Best Glaives in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP and PvE

by | Sep 5, 2022 | Weapons

Glaives are a brand-new weapon type that was added to Destiny 2 just a few months ago. They are unlike any other weapon ever seen in the Destiny universe, and while one could argue they still need more fine-tuning, they can still be extremely fun (and effective, when used right).

Today we cover every Glaive in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendary glaives, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

Destiny 2 Glaive Tier list

This Tier list starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there. It also covers both PvE and PvP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying in what area each weapon shines:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
The EnigmaThe Enigma art
The Enigma
GlaiveAdaptiveSpecialVoidThe Witch QueenYesA › StrongThrone World
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Throne World

The Witch Queen
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Grave Robber (also good: Impulse Amplifier) + Unrelenting (also good: Frenzy)

► With its well-rounded perk pool and great availability, The Enigma is currently the strongest glaive. While it does contain some great PvE perks, it's in PvP is where it shines. Because it's simply the 'tutorial glaive,' The Enigma could be quickly overtaken on this list soon enough; however, for now, this glaive is the best option.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Grave Robber (also good: Impulse Amplifier) + Unrelenting (also good: Frenzy)
Nezarec's WhisperNezarec's Whisper art
Nezarec's Whisper
GlaiveAdaptiveSpecialArcSeason 17YesB › AverageSeasonal activity
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Season 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Impulse Amplifier) + Unstoppable Force (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)

► Nezarec's Whisper is the first glaive to roll with some S-Tier PVE perks (such as Demolitionist), but that isn't saying much since it's only the third Legendary glaive to be released. Because of those unique perks, it can be used in ways the other two glaives can't, putting it above some of the rest.
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Impulse Amplifier) + Unstoppable Force (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)
Edge of ActionEdge of Action art
Edge of Action
GlaiveExoticSpecialVoidThe Witch QueenYesB › AverageExotic Quest
Average

B



Exotic Quest

The Witch Queen
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a protective shield on impact.."

► Edge of Action slowly became the best of the three class-specific glaives. That's because of its interactions with Helm of Saint-14 and its general ease of use. All that said, it still can be hard making the call to use your exotic slot on a glaive, and the exotic perk can be tedious to proc at times, making it average on our list.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a protective shield on impact.."
Edge of IntentEdge of Intent art
Edge of Intent
GlaiveExoticSpecialSolarThe Witch QueenYesB › AverageExotic Quest
Average

B



Exotic Quest

The Witch Queen
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a healing turret on impact."

► Warlocks have the most average of the three Exotic glaives: It doesn't offer as many build opportunities as the Titan one does, but it's also not utterly useless as the Hunter one. Sure, the healing turret is a nice tool in your kit to have, but there are way more powerful synergies you can experiment with for more potent effects.
Season 16
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot deploy a healing turret on impact."
Lubrae's RuinLubrae's Ruin art v2
Lubrae's Ruin
GlaiveAdaptiveSpecialSolarThe Witch QueenYesC › WeakVow of the Disciple Raid
Weak

C



Vow of the Disciple Raid

The Witch Queen
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Grave Robber + Swashbuckler

► While Lubrae's Ruin has amazing lore, it lacks in numerous key gameplay areas. Just like other glaives, the ranged ability feels weak, and the melee attack can get you into trouble if you're not careful. Not to mention, some melee-based traits don't even work with the glaive melee attack, making Lubrae's Ruin feel terrible to wield.
Season 16
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Grave Robber + Swashbuckler
Edge of ConcurrenceEdge of Concurrence art
Edge of Concurrence
GlaiveExoticSpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesD › WorstExotic Quest
Worst

D



Exotic Quest

The Witch Queen
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot track targets across the ground and unleash chain lightning on impact."

► Hunters are known to sometimes get the short end of the stick, and this happens to be one of those times. Edge of Concurrence and its chain lightning abilities are exceptional in theory, but other exotics already do this significantly better (namely Trinity Ghoul and Riskrunner). All that said, it's hard to recommend Edge of Concurrence, even with Arc 3.0.
Season 16
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "When weapon energy is full, consume it before firing to make your next shot track targets across the ground and unleash chain lightning on impact."

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

More Destiny 2 Tier lists:

Best Destiny 2 Glaives in 2022

These are all six glaives currently in the game, ranked from worst to best for PvE and PvP:

 

Edge of Concurrence Exotic Glaive

6. Edge of Concurrence

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

While it may be surprising to see an exotic at the bottom of this list, Edge of Concurrence is undoubtedly the weakest glaive in the game.

Chain lightning is an effect that has been used numerous times throughout Destiny’s history, and usually, it’s pretty potent. Trinity Ghoul and Riskrunner are great examples of this and some of the game’s strongest exotics. However, Edge of Concurrence’s chain lightning can’t compare.

Unlike the more powerful chain lightning exotics, Edge of Concurrence requires you to hit at least four shots with your ranged attack to trigger the chain lightning even once. Considering that glaives need special ammo (and that melee attacks don’t count toward the chain lightning charge), this caveat makes Edge of Concurrence a pain to use.

While this glaive may be a fun option to run in PVE every once in a while, it can’t compare to the other options in the game.

How to get it: Edge of Concurrence can be acquired by completing an Exotic quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Edge of Concurrence artEdge of ConcurrenceGlaiveExoticExoticSpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Worst

D

-Exotic Quest
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable

 

Edge of Intent Exotic Glaive

5. Edge of Intent

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The Warlock-specific exotic glaive, Edge of Intent, allows you to place down a healing turret. And while this ability does seem like a great support option, it can be a bit lackluster.

Just like Edge of Concurrence, Edge of Intent requires four hits with ranged attacks to fully recharge the healing turret. While this ability is slightly more potent than the chain lightning that Concurrence offers, it isn’t worth the trouble of molding your playstyle around it.

This exotic also has a few opportunities for a healing or support build, but with how many other options we have now with Solar 3.0, there isn’t a real reason to run Intent. Lumina and Boots of the Assembler can get the job done better if you want to take a significant support role. Still, even then, Solar 3.0 provides enough intrinsic support abilities to satisfy most players.

Overall, Edge of Intent isn’t a bad option in some specific cases but falls flat when compared to the other glaives (or exotic weapon choices). If you like glaives and are a support player, maybe this is for you. But for most players, you’re better off running something else.

How to get it: Edge of Intent can be acquired by completing an Exotic quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Edge of Intent artEdge of IntentGlaiveExoticExoticSpecialSolarThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

-Exotic Quest
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable

 

Lubrae's Ruin Glaive

4. Lubrae’s Ruin

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Even though it’s undoubtedly fun to use the weapon wielded by arguably the most incredible boss in the franchise, Lubrae’s Ruin is only average from a gameplay perspective.

Grave Robber and Swashbuckler seem like a fantastic combination at first glance, but because they don’t fully work with the glaive’s melee ability, they fall flat. It’s still an interesting combination to try out with a melee build of your choice, but other options may still be more synergistic.

Lubrae’s Ruin also has various other perk combinations that can be good in the right hands, but for needing to step into a raid to obtain the weapon, it isn’t worth it when comparing it to The Enigma or Nezarec’s Whisper.

Lubrae’s Ruin is a fine glaive that can succeed in numerous situations, but it lacks power when considering its relatively difficult drop source.

How to get it: Lubrae’s Ruin can be acquired by completing the Vow of the Disciple raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Lubrae's Ruin art v2Lubrae's RuinGlaiveAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-Vow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable

 

Edge of Action Exotic Glaive

3. Edge of Action

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Easily the best of the three class-specific exotic glaives, Edge of Action provides great defensive opportunities everywhere in the game.

After getting the four projectile hits to charge the weapon fully, you can place down a mini Ward of Dawn. While this mini-bubble only lasts a short time, Bungie buffed it at the beginning of Season 17 to give you and your allies an overshield while stationed inside. This effect also works with Helm of Saint-14, allowing you to easily gain even more defensive buffs for you and your fireteam.

Because it’s quite literally a smaller version of a Super ability, Edge of Action’s exotic perk is extremely versatile. In Grandmaster Nightfalls, Action can be used to create a small safe space in the middle of an encounter, or just as a way to get an overshield. Edge of Action can also be used in PVP to lock down heavy ammo, capture zone, or any other important points on the map.

As long as you find a use for the bubble itself, this exotic could be worth a try over a normal legendary glaive.

How to get it: Edge of Action can be acquired by completing an Exotic quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Edge of Action artEdge of ActionGlaiveExoticExoticSpecialVoidThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

-Exotic Quest
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable

 

Nezarec's Whisper Glaive

2. Nezarec’s Whisper

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Only the third legendary glaive to release into the game, Nezarec’s Whisper has some perks that you can’t find on any other glaive as of Season 17.

To begin, Nezarec’s Whisper can roll with Demolitionist. While this alone sets it apart from other glaives, it can also roll with Adrenaline Junkie, resulting in a killer combination for PVE. It’s worth noting that, unlike some other perks, Demolitionist triggers on melee kills with the glaive, making it even better.

As a PVP option, Nezarec’s Whisper can roll with Impulse Amplifier and Unstoppable Force, the same combination that makes The Enigma so good. Impulse Amplifier makes it significantly easier to hit opposing Guardians with the ranged attack, and Unstoppable Force can be an excellent addition if appropriately used.

Nezarec’s Whisper is an extremely great option for any activity in the game. That said, there’s one more glaive we have yet to cover that we believe is even better: The Enigma.

How to get it: Nezarec’s Whispercan be acquired by completing Seasonal activities on the Derelict Leviathan and focusing Umbral engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Nezarec's Whisper artNezarec's WhisperGlaiveAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcSeason 17YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvESeasonal activitySeason 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Season 17EnergyCraftable

 

The Enigma Glaive

1. The Enigma

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The first glaive Guardians’ ever got their hands on, The Enigma is a solid pick that hasn’t been beaten yet.

Beginning with PVE, this glaive has a little for everyone. There isn’t a standout roll here, but that’s primarily because there’s so much you can do with the weapon. This glaive has everything from damage perks like Kill Clip or Rampage to utility perks like Threat Detector or Thresh. You’re guaranteed to find something that fits your playstyle here.

Moving to PVP, The Enigma has the same S-Tier roll that Nezarec’s Whisper does: Impulse Amplifier + Unstoppable Force. As stated earlier, Impulse Amplifier is a nice bonus to projectile speed, allowing you to hit enemies with your main attack consistently. On the other hand, Unstoppable Force gives you a notable damage increase to the projectile, making an extremely synergistic combination.

While Nezarec’s Whisper could have this spot in other players’ eyes, we believe that The Enigma is still the best glaive to date. It’s a breeze to obtain, and its perk pool is powerful and versatile.

How to get it: The Enigma can be crafted at the Enclave on the Throne World.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
The Enigma artThe EnigmaGlaiveAdaptiveLegendarySpecialVoidThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEThrone World
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable

Are Glaives Meta?

How do Glaives compare, in general, with other Special weapons? Are they good in Destiny 2?

The current Meta for PvE

So, are Snipersgood in Destiny 2 PvE? This table summarizes how the several Special weapon types rank against each other in PvE:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
S › Best
Best

S

► Shotguns are in a great place right now, and that's mainly due to the buff to slug shotguns but also the many new shotguns recently released with great stats and insane damage-dealing perks such as Reconstruction, Vorpal weapon, one-two punch, etc.

Overall, shotguns are finally hitting that sweet spot between risk and reward. Slug shotguns, in particular, are among the best shotguns in the game.
PVE Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

► Special ammo Grenade launchers used to be Top tier, but that was only because of the Mountaintop. Technically, the Mountaintop is still one of the best (if not THE best) special weapon for PVE.

Thing is, Mountaintop will be retired with Beyond Light and won't be viable for endgame content anymore. And as much as people keep saying Truthteller will replace it, no other grenade launcher will be nearly as good as the Mountaintop.
PVE Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

► Up until Season of Dawn, snipers were the best PVE special weapons in the game. They were extremely lethal and safe to use in endgame content, as they allowed players to deal insane DPS from afar.

But Bungie decided to nerf them hard because they were "too safe", bringing them back to pre-Shadowkeep values. Except, they were buffed with Shadowkeep because they were too average...
PVE Specials
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

► Fusion rifles were recipients of a significant nerf some time ago, making them technically weaker than before.

That said, fusion rifles deserve more love, because even if they were nerfed, they are still powerful. They are capable of dealing more damage than snipers while being safer to use (due to having more range) than shotguns.
PVE Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

► Trace rifles don't have much going for them in PVP. They can deal respectable total damage, which can be useful on a boss. But in PVP, you wan't the opposite.

With insanely high TTKs (remember, high = bad), it can take forever to down an opponent, unless they're absolutely terrible and barely move at all, or you have excellent tracking. Generally speaking, Trace rifles take too long to do significant damage and most opponents will either hide or counter you with something that hits harder, such as a shotgun.
PVE Specials

The current Meta for PvP

What about PvP? This table summarizes how they rank against each other in PvP:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend down► Shotguns have been hit by several nerfs and are no longer the undisputed go-to short-range option. They have lost their 'mapping' potential and even struggle to pick up kills at close range due to inconsistencies. However, Shotguns remain the easiest Special weapons in the game to pick up and slay out with, so for that reason, it still sits comfortably in the A tier.

► Best Archetype: Lightweight (80 RPM)- Example: Without Remorse
PVP Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Snipers have benefitted massively from the 'Anti-Flinch' changes that have been added with Season of the Haunted. Leaning into high Stability and equipping Sniper Unflinching Mods can allow you to still land the headshot while getting shot by multiple people. They do have a little bit of a learning curve, but if you become skilled with a Sniper, you can be nearly unstoppable.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (90 RPM)- Example: Beloved
PVP Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Trace Rifles are quite a niche pick and will fall short as a competitive option in most players' hands. Even once you learn to master Trace Rifles, you'll be better off with a Special weapon that can provide a one-hit-kill t rather than one that can be out-dueled by a Primary weapon.

► All Archetypes are 1000 RPM - Best Option: Coldheart
PVP Specials

Glaives
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Glaives received a buff going into Season of the Haunted, and have also benefitted from the Special Ammo changes that also launched with Season 17. Simply hitting a single shot will chunk your opponent for 131 damage, and will also provide energy for your Shield which is a chunky 75% damage resist. Glaives require mastery of a certain playstyle, but once you get it down, you can dominate lobbies with ease.

► All Glaives share the same archetype
PVP Specials
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Fusion Rifles have seen buff after buff, and with Season of the Haunted, they finally saw a slight nerf. However, this change hasn't altered the state of Fusion Rifles enough to consider them noticeably weaker than before. They are able to cover the close-medium range excellently and a good Fusion Rifle player can be incredibly hard to beat.

► Best Archetype: Precision (780ms Charge Time) - Example: Main Ingredient
PVP Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Grenade Launchers remain the most 'annoying' option in PvP. The ability to flush players out from cover is not lost on players in PvP, and being able to 1-hit kill with certain rolls allows Grenade Launchers to be a highly tactical, but also lethal option. They also serve as an excellent 'hot-swap' choice to allow for easy cleanups with your Primary weapon.

► Best Archetype: Wave Frame - Example: Dead Messenger
PVP Specials

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about Glaives in Destiny 2, whether that is for PvP or PvE content.

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Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
When my brother introduced me to the Destiny franchise in 2015, I immediately knew that it would take up a lot of my free time for years to come. With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for Blueberries.gg, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago.
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