Best Bows in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE

by | Feb 29, 2024

Combat Bows in Destiny 2 were rarely seen in the wild, with the exception of bow aficionados who couldn’t care less about “the meta.” But thanks in part to excellent Exotics, several buffs, and their ease of use in endgame PvE content, Bows are now a permanent fixture of today’s endgame.

This guide covers every Combat Bow in Destiny 2, including both Exotics and Legendaries, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

s23 Season of the Wish icon Destiny 2 Updated as of Season of the Wish (S23). See Updates.

Destiny 2 Best Bows: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the best Exotic and Legendary Combat Bows right now , including the Wish-Keeper and Wish-Ender exotics:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Le MonarqueDestiny 2 Le Monarque art
Le Monarque
Combat BowExoticPrimaryVoidForsaken PackYesS › BestExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Exotic Kiosk
Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Arrows fired quickly after a full draw become poison arrows. Precision hits with poison arrows spread poison to nearby enemies."

► Le Monarque is a ridiculously oppressive pick in PvP as it can be combined with a Hand Cannon to deliver blindingly fast combo kills with relative ease. It also comes with intrinsic Overload Arrows, which, combined with its poison effect, are highly effective against Overload Champions. This makes Le Monarque an incredible pick for PvE too.
Season 5
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Arrows fired quickly after a full draw become poison arrows. Precision hits with poison arrows spread poison to nearby enemies."
Top-tier
Point of the StagPoint of the Stag art
Point of the Stag
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Precision Instrument (also good: Golden Tricorn or Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Archer's Tempo (also good: Elemental Capacitor) + Swashbuckler

► Back with random rolls, Point of the Stag is even nastier than its first inception. With the ability to roll with Swashbuckler, this will easily be a favorite of any PvP bow user, and the old fixed roll is still there for the PvE mains.
Season 10
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Precision Instrument (also good: Golden Tricorn or Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Archer's Tempo (also good: Elemental Capacitor) + Swashbuckler
Top-tier
Biting Winds class=
Biting Winds
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesS › BestEmpire HuntsCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Empire Hunts
Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvEvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Swashbuckler

► Many Bow users love the Biting Winds. It has some brilliant perks for both PvE and PvP like Swashbuckler, Rapid Hit, Moving Target, Killing Wind, and more, making it a fan-favorite pick.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvEvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Swashbuckler
Top-tier
Trinity GhoulDestiny 2 Trinity Ghoul art
Trinity Ghoul
Combat BowExoticPrimaryArcForsaken PackYesS › BestExotic EngramCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Engram
Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires an arrow that splits when released. Aiming down sights and fully drawing the bow both decrease the spread. Precision kills grant the next shot chain-lightning capabilities."

► Trinity Ghoul has always been brilliant for ad-clear, and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. Despite the more ability-focused meta we have right now, Trinity Ghoul is still a top contender for ad-clear in all PvE content.
Season 4
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires an arrow that splits when released. Aiming down sights and fully drawing the bow both decrease the spread. Precision kills grant the next shot chain-lightning capabilities."
Top-tier
Wish-EnderDestiny 2 Wish Ender art
Wish-Ender
Combat BowExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesS › BestExotic QuestCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Quest
Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "While aiming down sights with a fully drawn Bow, combatants behind walls are highlighted, and arrows pierce shields. Strong against Barrier Champions. One shot can over-penetrate multiple targets."

► Wish-Ender has never been this strong or popular. With the newfound intrinsic ability to deal with Anti Barrier Champions with ease, even in Master and Grandmaster levels, and the fact that it effectively hits 3 times per arrow due to its piercing perk, Wish-Ender is currently a monster in PvE.
Season 4
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "While aiming down sights with a fully drawn Bow, combatants behind walls are highlighted, and arrows pierce shields. Strong against Barrier Champions. One shot can over-penetrate multiple targets."
Top-tier
Under Your SkinUnder Your Skin art
Under Your Skin
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenYesS › BestVox ObscuraCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Vox Obscura
The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Successful Warm-up (also good: Explosive Head)

► Allowing you to reduce your draw time to unprecedented levels, Under Your Skin is an easy S-Tier pick. Both Archer's Tempo and Successful Warm-up won't reduce impact (damage per arrow), meaning you can keep doing the same damage while drawing arrows at the speed of light.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Successful Warm-up (also good: Explosive Head)
Top-tier
Wolftone DrawWolftone Draw art
Wolftone Draw
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongXûrCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Xûr
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Adagio (also good: Frenzy)
PvP God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Frenzy (also good: Harmony)

► Wolftone Draw is able to roll with a number of good perks, making it a solid option everywhere in the game. With options like Harmony allowing some crazy combos in PvP, Wolftone is a really nice choice.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Adagio (also good: Frenzy)
PvP God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Frenzy (also good: Harmony)
Top-tier
Whistler's WhimWhistler's Whim
Whistler's Whim
Combat BowLightweightPrimaryKineticLightfallYesA › StrongTrials of OsirisCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Trials of Osiris
Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Archer's Tempo)
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Swaschbuckler (also good: Kill Clip )

► Thanks to recent buffs, Whistler's Whim is arguably the strongest lightweight bow in Destiny 2 right now. Not only does it roll with solid damage perks for both PvP and PvE, but it has the highest accuracy of any lightweight!
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Archer's Tempo)
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Swaschbuckler (also good: Kill Clip )
Top-tier
LethophobiaLethophobia art Destiny 2
Lethophobia
Combat BowLightweightPrimaryVoidSeason 23YesA › StrongSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Seasonal activity
Season of the Wish icon Destiny 2
Season 23
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Successful Warmup + Golden Tricorn
PvP God Roll: Steady Hand + Disruption Break

► Lethophobia is a bow swapper's dream come true. Rolling with Disruption Break means that most handcannons can clean up after a crit, and in PvE, Golden Tricorn lets you steam roll through ads and majors with ease.
Season 23
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Successful Warmup + Golden Tricorn
PvP God Roll: Steady Hand + Disruption Break
Top-tier
Tyranny of HeavenTyranny of Heaven art Destiny 2
Tyranny of Heaven
Combat BowLightweightPrimarySolarForsaken PackYesA › StrongLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Last Wish Raid
Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Explosive Head

► Now craftable, Tyranny of Heaven is a bow not to be slept on. It has the second highest accuracy of any Lightweight bow, and comes with a lethal perk pool that's sure to pique the interest of any bow user.
Season 4
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Explosive Head
Top-tier
Accrued RedemptionAccrued Redemption art
Accrued Redemption
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesA › StrongGarden of Salvation RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Garden of Salvation Raid
Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Rampage (also good: Explosive Head)

► Accrued Redemption is a solid bow, it can roll with Archer's Tempo and Explosive Head making it an excellent pick in PvE to quickly stagger targets at any distance.
Season 8
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Rampage (also good: Explosive Head)
Top-tier
Leviathan's BreathDestiny 2 Leviathan's Breath art
Leviathan's Breath
Combat BowExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesA › StrongExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk
Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a massive heavy bolt that stuns unshielded combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions. When fully drawn, the bolt creates a large concussive blast that knocks combatants back."

► With a catalyst and a direct buff, Leviathan's Breath has gone from zero to hero. Not only does it make short work of Champions and apply Volatile! Plus, Leviathan's Breath is relatively easy to use and can put up some of the highest total damage numbers in the game.
Season 8
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a massive heavy bolt that stuns unshielded combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions. When fully drawn, the bolt creates a large concussive blast that knocks combatants back."
Top-tier
Strident WhistleStrident Whistle art
Strident Whistle
Combat BowPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongVanguard FocusingCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Vanguard Focusing
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Incandescent (also good: Successful Warm-up)

► Bow players have been waiting long for the next Solar bow, and Strident Whistle doesn't disappoint. With new S-Tier perks like Successful Warm-up and Incandescent alongside old but reliable ones like Archer's Tempo and Explosive Head, this bow can fit any role you need.
Season 17
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Incandescent (also good: Successful Warm-up)
Top-tier
RaconteurRaconteur art
Raconteur
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryStasisSeason 20YesA › StrongSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer’s Tempo + Headstone (also good: Explosive Head)

► While not the first Stasis bow, Raconteur is arguably the better one. Better perks and a better frame, Raconteur is sure to be a welcome addition for Stasis users in PvE.
Season 20
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer’s Tempo + Headstone (also good: Explosive Head)
Top-tier
Pre Astyanax IVPre Astyanax IV art
Pre Astyanax IV
Combat BowPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Successful Warmup (also good: Explosive Head)

► With its roll of Archer's Tempo and Successful Warmup, Pre Astynax is essenitally the new Hush. But if a 540 draw time isn't for you, it's got a swathe of perks that are sure to perform very well in any content.
Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Successful Warmup (also good: Explosive Head)
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Bows: The complete list

This database includes every viable Bow currently in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Wish Ender artWish-EnderCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNoTop-tier
Verglas Curve artVerglas CurveCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryStasisSeason 20YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvESeason PassError icon V2 NoLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20KineticNo
Wish-Keeper art Destiny 2Wish-KeeperCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryStrandSeason 23YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvE + PvPExotic QuestCheckmark icon V3 YesSeason of the Wish icon Destiny 2
Season 23
Season 23KineticCraftable
Destiny 2 Trinity Ghoul artTrinity GhoulCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryArcForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2 NoForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Le Monarque artLe MonarqueCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryVoidForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 5EnergyNoTop-tier
Ticuu's Divination artTicuu's DivinationCombat BowExoticExoticPrimarySolarBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoBeyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 13EnergyNo
Hierarchy of Needs artHierarchy of NeedsCombat BowExoticExoticPrimarySolarDeluxe EditionYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvESpire of the Watcher DungeonError icon V2 NoThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 19EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's BreathCombat BowExoticExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 8HeavyNoTop-tier
Whispering Slab Destiny 2 artWhispering SlabCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Accrued Redemption artAccrued RedemptionCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEGarden of Salvation RaidError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 8KineticNoTop-tier
Biting Winds Destiny 2 artBiting WindsCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPEmpire HuntsError icon V2 NoBeyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNoTop-tier
Fel Taradiddle artFel TaradiddleCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEWellspringCheckmark icon V3 YesFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticCraftable
Lunulata-4b artLunulata-4bCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Weak

C

-GunsmithError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17KineticNo
Whistler's WhimWhistler's WhimCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2 NoLightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 18KineticNoTop-tier
Raconteur artRaconteurCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryStasisSeason 20YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20KineticCraftableTop-tier
Vengeful Whisper art preview Destiny 2Vengeful WhisperCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticDeluxe EditionYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Warlord's Ruin DungeonError icon V2 NoThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 23KineticNo
Arsenic Bite 4b Destiny 2 artArsenic Bite-4bCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo
Point of the Stag artPoint of the StagCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPIron BannerError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 10EnergyNoTop-tier
Imperial Needle artImperial NeedleCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Tyranny of Heaven art Destiny 2Tyranny of HeavenCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimarySolarForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvELast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Wolftone Draw artWolftone DrawCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Strong

A

PvE + PvPXûrError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNoTop-tier
Under Your Skin artUnder Your SkinCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvEVox ObscuraCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftableTop-tier
Strident Whistle artStrident WhistleCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEVanguard FocusingError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent
Tripwire Canary artTripwire CanaryCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvPOperation: Seraph's ShieldCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 19EnergyCraftable
Pre Astyanax IV artPre Astyanax IVCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvENightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 22EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent
Lethophobia art Destiny 2LethophobiaCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryVoidSeason 23YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvE + PvPSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesSeason of the Wish icon Destiny 2
Season 23
Season 23EnergyCraftableTop-tier

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.

Best Destiny 2 Bows in 2024

Ready to dig deeper into the absolute best bows in Destiny 2? These are the cream of the crop, our favorites (for PvE and PvP):

 

Wish Ender Destiny 2 featured bows

5. Wish-Ender

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Our first “dungeon exotic”, Wish-Ender has been making waves since it was released.

Released alongside Trinity Ghoul in Forsaken, Wish-Ender’s exotic perk of wall-hacks has been both a blessing and a curse for years, and with it getting intrinsic anti-barrier, it is a staple choice of many a loadout for Grandmaster Nightfalls and even Day One raids. It’s really hot right now thanks to making the Ir Yut encounter in Crota’s End slightly easier by letting you see where the Wizards are.

Wish-Ender is now available as a quest through the Quest Archives for any player that owns Forsaken.

Exotic Perk: “While aiming down sights with a fully drawn Bow, combatants behind walls are highlighted, and arrows pierce shields. Strong against Barrier Champions. One shot can over-penetrate multiple targets.”

How to get it: Wish-Ender can be acquired by completing the Hunters’ Remembrance quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Wish Ender artWish-EnderCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNoTop-tier

 

Point of the Stag Bow Destiny 2

4. Point of the Stag

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Regarded as one of the best legendary bows, Point of the Stag has returned with random rolls.

Initially released back in Season of the Worthy, Point of the Stag quickly became a hot pick for many players. The curated roll of Archer’s Tempo and Vorpal Weapon made it a solid pick for higher-end content, and now that it has a whole new set of perks, it’s even better than before. While its old roll still exists, many are loving the addition of Precision Instrument for PvE and Swashbuckler for PvP.

If you want a reprised roll of this legendary bow, you’ll need to wait for Iron Banner to roll around. Once it does, head in and hope for the best! These are the top Point of the Stag: God Rolls:

  • PvE God roll: Archer’s Tempo + Precision Instrument
  • PvP God roll: Archer’s Tempo + Swashbuckler

How to get it: Point of the Stag can be acquired by completing Iron Banner matches and turning in Iron Banner tokens.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Point of the Stag artPoint of the StagCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPIron BannerError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 10EnergyNoTop-tier

 

Leviathan's Breath Exotic Bow Destiny 2

3. Leviathan’s Breath

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Initially regarded as a joke, Leviathan’s Breath has had a glow-up like no other.

An exotic from Season of Undying, Leviathan’s Breath was nowhere close to the monster it is today. It lacked a catalyst, and its damage output overall was C-tier at best. But last year, that all changed when the catalyst and the weapon itself both got buffs. The catalyst gave it what is basically enhanced Archer’s Tempo, and the weapon itself received intrinsic Unstoppable capabilities as well as a 30% buff to Champions. Its only drawback? The insane amount of kills needed for the catalyst.

If a heavy bow with all that sounds like your gun, Leviathan’s Breath can be picked up from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower.

Exotic Perk: “Fires a massive heavy bolt that stuns unshielded combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions. When fully drawn, the bolt creates a large concussive blast that knocks combatants back.”

How to get it: Leviathan’s Breath can be purchased at the Monument to Lost Lights in the Tower.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's BreathCombat BowExoticExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 8HeavyNoTop-tier

 

Lethophobia bow featured Destiny 2

2. Lethophobia: Best PvP Bow

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Make your foes fear oblivion with Lethophobia.

Our newest Lightweight in quite some time, Lethophobia is a bow swapper’s dream come true thanks to the inclusion of Disruption Break. Dealing 50% more damage after breaking an enemy’s shield means most hand cannons can follow up with a body shot to secure the kill. Even with the incoming nerfs, this combo will still be just as potent, so rest easy knowing this.

Head into The Coil or Riven’s Lair to start earning yours today!

  • PvP God roll: Steady Hand + Disruption Break

How to get it: Lethophobia can be acquired by completing Seasonal activities and focusing Umbral engrams.

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Strong

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Season 23
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Trinity Ghoul Destiny 2 featured bows

1. Trinity Ghoul: Best PvE Bow

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

One of our first exotic bows, Trinity Ghoul has proven that sometimes all an exotic needs to be S-tier is a simple catalyst.

Released back in Forsaken, Trinity Ghoul wasn’t the hottest ad clear weapon out there. Sure, it could clear a room, but the requirement of precision kills held it back. That all changed, however, when its catalyst dropped and made any arc kill activate its chain lightning arrows. Now, it’s a favorite pick in all manners of content, especially when paired on an Arc subclass.

Trinity Ghoul is available through exotic engrams to any player who owns the Forsaken DLC.

Exotic Perk: “Fires an arrow that splits when released. Aiming down sights and fully drawing the bow both decrease the spread. Precision kills grant the next shot chain-lightning capabilities.”

How to get it: Trinity Ghoul can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

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Season 4EnergyNoTop-tier

Bows and the PvP Meta: TTK

We covered what Bows are considered top-tier (and should be farmed) and which ones can be safely ignored. But how do they compare to other primary weapons in PvP?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Hand Cannons feel great right now and can deal with all the other meta options, provided they are in the hands of a skilled player. They are unbelievably forgiving in terms of aim-assist and can compete at solid ranges. Hand Cannons are the jack of all trades, and while they may not dominate up close or far away, they are incredibly scary to face in a mid-range duel.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Example: Igneous Hammer
PVP Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► Pulse Rifles have seen a resurgence in the past few seasons, with constant buffs to all types of Pulse Rifles. It is hard not to find success with one due to the high-flinch potential of Rapid-Fire Pulses or the lethal time-to-kill of High-Impact Pulses.

► Best Archetype: High-Impact (340 RPM) - Example: The Messenger
PVP Primaries
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► SMGs remain a staple of the PvP meta. SMGs absolutely shred enemies at close range and as soon as their top option is nerfed, a new top-tier SMG is introduced to replace it. SMGs have been, and seemingly will remain, meta for a long time to come.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (720 RPM) - Example: The Immortal
PVP Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Sidearms have lost their place at the top of the meta, but they remain a solid pick, especially for players using a Controller, as they inherently have manageable stability with a rapid time-to-kill. Honestly, the main reason they've lost their place at the top is due to how powerful SMGs are right now.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (325 RPM) - Example: Forgiveness
PVP Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend up► After a couple of recent changes and buffs, Auto Rifles are feeling great to use right now, especially in the more casual Crucible playlists. While they may not have the juice to compete with some of the top dogs, they are still a solid pick and can help you frag out with relative ease.

► Best Archetype: Precision (450 RPM) - Example: Ammit AR2
PVP Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
B › Average
Average

B

-► Bows are incredibly unique. They have a remarkably slow time to kill, however, this isn't where Bows shine. Hotswap builds with bows can be incredibly potent and don't require much learning either. Bows also provide incredible value when teamshooting opponents. Despite this, Bows on their own are quite mediocre and need something behind them to really shine.

► Best Archetype: Precision (Slower Draw Time) - Example: Strident Whistle
PVP Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Scout Rifles are struggling right now. In most situations, the maps are too small to benefit the long range of a Scout rifle. An Aggressive or High-Impact Pulse Rifle will better serve your needs. Plus, Scout Rifles are abysmal up close. There are one or two outliers that shine but, on the whole, Scout Rifles are in a weak spot.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (260 RPM) - Example: Fang of Ir Yût
PVP Primaries

Remember that when it comes to PvP, TTK is perhaps the most important factor. As you know, the lower the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. This TTK guide includes the TTK figures for every weapon in Destiny 2. But bows don’t follow that TTK logic. As weapons that take forever to reload, you’ll only want to main a bow in PvP if you can secure a one-hit kill (with something like Swashbuckler) or with a hot-swap build.

Bows and the PvE Meta: DPS

How do Bows compare to other primary weapons in PvE?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
S › Best
Best

S

-► SMGs are doing very well right now. They have good DPS to tear through ads and beefier orange bar enemies, but also come with excellent perks. There are a plethora of good SMGs you can go for right now, like Funnelweb, Unforgiven, Every Waking Moment, or Extraordinary Rendition, the choice is completely yours. They may struggle slightly in super high-end content, but they are still definitely usable.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (750 RPM) - Example: Unforgiven
PVE Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► Pulse Rifles are in a great place right now. They offer good range and pretty decent damage, allowing you to take down some beefier targets nicely. There are also some excellent pulses in the game right now, like Insidious, Sacred Provenance, or New Purpose. Unfortunately, High-Impact and Aggressive frames are the only archetypes worth your time, as the others rely on Exotic Perks or god rolls to compete.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (450 RPM) - Example: Insidious
PVE Primaries
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Hand Cannons have shot up the rankings thanks to the changes introduced this Season, all the way up to the S tier. They have solid range and can dispatch enemies with complete ease in almost all difficulties. Hand Cannons have truly taken over the spotlight with their most recent buffs, and they shouldn't be leaving it any time soon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Fatebringer
PVE Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Bows are a high-damage, high-range option for players who prefer to keep their distance. The main issue with bows is that they are slow at clearing ads (outside of Trinity Ghoul). and when you have to deal with ads up close, bows can massively struggle. However, their solid range and excellent damage make them a strong option.

► Best Archetype: Precision - Example: Under Your Skin
PVE Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► Auto Rifles currently feel like a worse version of SMGs. They have a bit more range, but outside of the absolute top-shelf content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls, range isn't too much of a factor. And if you are actively tackling difficult content, Auto Rifles aren't exactly the best pick either, making Autos a decent, but outclassed option right now.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (720 RPM)- Example: Quicksilver Storm
PVE Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Scout Rifles are the definition of average right now. They can do the job just fine, you can plink away at enemies from a safe distance in high-level content; however, when it comes down to it, most players will prefer to use a Hand Cannon or SMG as they simply do the same job better and faster. Scouts aren't bad at all, but they certainly aren't a go-to

► Best Archetype: Lightweight (200 RPM) - Example: Tarnished Mettle
PVE Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Aside from a few select sidearms with certain perks, there really isn't much of a reason to use Sidearms. They have slightly higher damage numbers than SMGs, but typically come with significantly less range. Outside of top-tier weapons like a god-roll Brigand's Law or High Albedo, there is no real reason to run a sidearm.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (491 RPM) - Example: High Albedo
PVE Primaries

Keep in mind that when it comes to PvE, DPS is one of the most important factors. As you know, the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major. This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2. When it comes to actual DPS, Bows do just fine:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

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Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

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Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

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Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

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Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

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Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

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Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

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Mastering Bows in Destiny 2

If you’re truly interested in mastering combat bows in Destiny 2, there are a few key principles you need to understand. These all come from the excellent Dummies Guide to Bows on Reddit user Mwray:

The most important stat for Bows is their Draw Time:

  • For Precision Bows, Reload is the next most impactful stat.
  • For Lightweight Bows, Accuracy is the second most impactful, followed by Reload.

Unlike Charge Time, which negatively affects a weapon’s Impact, Draw Time does NOT affect the Impact stat. Because of this, faster Draw Time = better DPS.

Precision Bows have higher impact and much higher accuracy compared to Lightweight Bows and are able to achieve 576 Draw Time with Elastic String and a Draw Time MasterWork.

Unlike other weapons, Bows rely heavily on Strings and/or Masterwork to reduce Draw Time. To give it some perspective, imagine an Iron Grip or Extended Magazine Steady Hand vs. a Steady Hand and with Outlaw proc’d. Most people are running around with the equivalent of Extended Magazine on their Bow.

Endgame content

Bows (Precision bows in particular) excel in endgame content such as Nightfall: The Ordeals, Legend Lost Sectors, etc, as they can 1-2 hit kill red bars without damage perks active, compared to other primaries that can take entire magazines for a single kill.

Before you go…

Are you looking for a top-tier Special and Heavy weapon to round out your loadout? We cover the Best Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles and Best Destiny 2 Grenade Launchers, too.

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

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • February 29, 2024: General updates and the inclusion of Combat bows from Season 23.
  • October 3, 2023: General updates (based on the current sandbox) and the inclusion of Season 19 to Season 22 Bows.
  • January 5, 2023: General updates and inclusion of Year 4 Bows.
  • September 30, 2022: General updates and inclusion of Year 3 Bows.
  • August 5, 2022: The guide is published for the first time.

Stay tuned, and don’t forget to bookmark this page for next season!

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Wyatt Lamb
Wyatt Lamb
If you asked any of my friends what I like to do with Destiny 2, they’d probably say “break it”. Build the biggest DPS, clear ads the fastest, zip zoom across the room; that’s my game. And with Blueberries.gg, I hope to show you all how to top the charts and make your friends go “wow”. You can find Wyatt on Twitter.
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  1. Veggies

    The page mistakenly says “Ready to dig deeper into the absolute best sidearms in Destiny 2?” when it should say “bows”.

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