Destiny 2 Adept Weapons: Tier list & How to get them

by | Jul 16, 2022 | Weapons

For years, hardcore players begged for the ultimate weapon. Something that could only be acquired by completing the most difficult challenges in-game. Something rare they would be proud to show off. Enter Adept weapons.

Obtainable only in some of the most challenging parts of the Destiny 2 experience, Adept weapons offer better stats, a different design, and perhaps more importantly, bragging rights.

What are Adept weapons?

Adept weapons are special versions of guns that can only be found in some endgame activities in Destiny 2. On top of featuring a different color design, they are able to equip Adept mods and can get improved stats when Masterworked.

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Adept Nightfall weapons, Destiny 2

Acquiring Adept weapons requires you to either complete a Flawless card in Trials of Osiris, complete Grandmaster Nightfalls, or complete Master mode challenges in either the Vault of Glass or Vow of the Disciple raids.

Adept weapons in Destiny 2

There are currently 38 Adept weapons in the game.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Shayura's Wrath artShayura's WrathSubmachine GunPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 14EnergyNo
Insidious art v2InsidiousPulse RifleAggressive BurstLegendaryPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable
Forbearance art v2ForbearanceGrenade LauncherWaveLegendarySpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvEVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable
The Messenger artThe MessengerPulse RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 13KineticNo
Eye of Sol artEye of SolSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticThe Witch QueenNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10KineticNo
The Palindrome artThe PalindromeHand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPNightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Fatebringer artFatebringerHand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Uzume RR4 artUzume RR4Sniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPNightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Corrective Measure artCorrective MeasureMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
THE SWARM artTHE SWARMMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Best

S

PvENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Found Verdict artFound VerdictShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvPNightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNo
Sola's Scar artSola's ScarSwordCasterLegendaryHeavySolarThe Witch QueenNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 13HeavyNo
Reed's Regret artReed's RegretLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyStasisThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvE + PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 15HeavyNo
Submission art v2SubmissionSubmachine GunLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
Deliverance art v2DeliveranceFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvE + PvPVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
The ScholarScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvETrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10KineticNo
Igneous Hammer artIgneous HammerHand CannonAggressiveLegendaryPrimarySolarThe Witch QueenNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvETrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 13EnergyNo
Aisha's Embrace artAisha's EmbraceScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvETrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyNo
Exile's CurseFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10EnergyNo
The Summoner artThe SummonerAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarThe Witch QueenNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10EnergyNo
Silicon Neuroma artSilicon NeuromaSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPNightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Hung Jury SR4 artHung Jury SR4Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Praedyth's Revenge artPraedyth's RevengeSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
PLUG ONE.1 artPLUG ONE.1Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PvENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Vision of Confluence artVision of ConfluenceScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Hezen Vengeance artHezen VengeanceRocket LauncherAggressiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Duty Bound artDuty BoundAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Burden of Guilt artBurden of GuiltFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvE + PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 17KineticNo
Cataclysmic art v2CataclysmicLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16HeavyCraftable
Destiny 2 Astral HorizonAstral HorizonShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10KineticNo
Tomorrow's AnswerRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyVoidThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

-Trials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10HeavyNo
Forgiveness artForgivenessSidearmAggressive BurstLegendaryPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

-Trials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 17EnergyNo
The Hothead artThe HotheadRocket LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PvENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 15HeavyNo
D.F.A. artD.F.A.Hand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 17KineticNo
Price artShadow PriceAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

-Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
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
The Comedian artThe ComedianShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Weak

C

-Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNo
The Inquisitor artThe InquisitorShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc ArcOngoing...-Trials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 18EnergyNo
Whistler's WhimWhistler's WhimCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticOngoing...-Trials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 18KineticNo
Mindbender's Ambition artMindbender's AmbitionShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar SolarOngoing...-Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyNo
The Militia's BirthrightThe Militia's BirthrightGrenade LauncherLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticOngoing...-Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 18KineticNo

These are the different Tier levels used for this ranking:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapon types.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapon types, 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.

How To Get Adept Weapons in Destiny

There are 4 different methods to acquire Adept weapons in Destiny 2:

1. Complete a Flawless card in Trials of Osiris

In order to farm Trials Adept Weapons, you need to complete Flawless cards in Trials of Osiris. This guide includes the rotation and entire seasonal calendar, the featured Map, and more.

What is the Adept Trials of Osiris weapon dropping this week?

⛔ Trials of Osiris is only active on weekends, from Friday to Tuesday at 10 AM PDT.

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
23 September 2022Whistler's WhimWhistler's WhimCombat BowKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 5

2. Complete a Nightfall: The Ordeal in Grandmaster difficulty

In order to farm Nightfall Adept Weapons, you need to complete Nightfall: The Ordeals on Grandmaster difficulty. Needless to say, this is a challenge, not only because it requires ridiculous Power Levels (1585), but also because it’s an extremely challenging activity that requires a coordinated team with strong builds.

Adept Nightfall weapons are also on a weekly rotation. This guide includes the entire season schedule and rotation.

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
20 September 2022Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 5

3. Complete Challenges in Vow of the Disciple’s Master mode

To farm Adept Vow Weapons, you need to complete its weekly Master Challenges. These vary in difficulty. Some of them are fairly straightforward while others require much more communication and coordination. Plus, these Challenges need to be performed in Master difficulty, which is on and by itself hard enough.

Adept weapons Vow Master Destiny 2 featured

Vow of the Disciple Adept weapon, Destiny 2

Adept Vow weapons follow a knockout system. Every week you complete the challenge, a new Adept weapon will drop. Once you have acquired all Adept Vow of the Disciple weapons, random Adept weapons will drop.

This guide includes the rotation and schedule for the season and features guides on how to conquer every single Challenge.

This week’s Vow Master Challenge is the following:

ArtRaid ChallengeEncounterDescription
Acquisition Vow of the DiscipleSwift DestructionAcquisitionKill all Champions within a few seconds of each other, on all rounds.
Caretaker Vow of the DiscipleBase InformationCaretakerOnly pick up one (1) stack of Knowledge (Glyph) per run.
Exhibition VowDefenses DownExhibitionEach player can’t kill more than one Taken Knight in total.
Rhulk Vow of the DiscipleLooping CatalystRhulkDo not lose Leeching Force before the damage phase.

4. Complete Challenges in Vault of Glass Master mode

Adept VoG Weapons can be acquired by completing the weekly challenges. For the sake of clarity, Adept VoG weapons are called Timelost weapons. It is unclear why Bungie decided to give them another name, but make no mistake, Timelost and Adept variants offer exactly the benefits.

This post includes the rotation and schedule for the season and features guides on how to conquer every Challenge.

What is the Timelost weapon dropping this week?

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoChallengeWeek #
20 September 2022Praedyth's Revenge artPraedyth's RevengeSniper RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialAllWeek 5

Other benefits

On top of the prestige of owning one, Adept weapons offer other noticeable advantages. 

Are Adept weapons stronger?

Unlike “normal” weapons that only offer +10 points to the Masterworked stat, Adept weapons also gain an additional +2 points to all non-Masterworked stats. Some will argue that +2 points aren’t noticeable in-game, but on paper, Adept weapons are stronger. 

Adept mods

Only Adept weapons can equip Adept mods, which are stronger variants of standard mods.

Unique designs

Finally, Adept weapons have slightly color schemes. Their geometry is the same as the standard version of the gun, but their coloring will be different. This is pure aesthetically and reserved for bragging rights.

  • Have higher stats when Masterworked
  • Adept mods
  • Unique designs

As Playlist activities are supposed to prioritize their exclusive loot, this will help you earn more Crucible gear, including weapons.

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about Adept weapons and how to farm them. Did we miss any good farming methods or important characteristics of Adept weapons that should be highlighted? If so, let us know in the comments!

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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