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

by | Mar 25, 2024

Shotguns have been through a lot lately, especially in PvP. Several nerfs & buffs to specific archetypes and traits have completely changed the shotgun meta. But now that the dust has settled, Shotguns remain extremely lethal and continue to sit among the best Special weapons.

This guide covers every Shotgun in Destiny 2, including Exotic and Legendary shotties, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

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Destiny 2 Best Shotguns: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the best Exotic and Legendary shotguns right now, including the Matador 64:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
HeritageHeritage Destiny 2 art
Heritage
Shotgun
ShotgunPinpoint SlugSpecialKineticBeyond Light PackYesS › BestDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

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Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Deep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Pinpoint Slug

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Recombination
PvP God Roll:Slideshot + Offhand Strike

► Heritage is an absolute staple in the Kinetic Slot and will forever hold a place as a go-to option in my loadouts. It can hit like a truck with Recombination and can get up to double its regular magazine size. It wastes majors and bosses alike and is an option that we 100% recommend you grind for.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Pinpoint Slug

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Recombination
PvP God Roll:Slideshot + Offhand Strike
Top-tier
Conditional FinalityConditional Finality art
Conditional Finality
Shotgun
ShotgunExoticSpecialStasisLightfallYesS › BestRoot of Nightmares RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Root of Nightmares Raid
Lightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Dual barrels split into Stasis and Solar damage. Landing nearly all Stasis pellets will freeze targets; landing nearly all Solar pellets will ignite targets."

► Conditional Finality is the Shotgun to use in PvE and PvP. With incredibly high utility everywhere in the game, Conditional Finality is a must-have weapon in the current meta.
Season 20
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Dual barrels split into Stasis and Solar damage. Landing nearly all Stasis pellets will freeze targets; landing nearly all Solar pellets will ignite targets."
Top-tier
Tractor CannonDestiny 2 Tractor Cannon art
Tractor Cannon
Shotgun
ShotgunExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestExotic EngramCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Engram
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon emits a powerful impulse that pushes enemies away, suppresses their abilities, and makes them more vulnerable to all incoming damage."

► Ever since Divinity was nerfed, players now use Tractor Cannon instead, as it is extremely easy to use and applies one of the strongest debuffs in the entire game. To truly be an optimal Fireteam, someone should always have a Tractor Cannon on hand.
Season 1
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon emits a powerful impulse that pushes enemies away, suppresses their abilities, and makes them more vulnerable to all incoming damage."
Top-tier
Dead WeightDead Weight art
Dead Weight
Shotgun
ShotgunRapid-FireSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestPlaylist: GambitCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Playlist: Gambit
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Frenzy (also good: Demolitionist)

► Dead Weight is part of the Rapid-Fire archetype, the best Shotgun archetype for PvE right now. It also comes with almost every perk you could ever want for PvE, making it one of the best Shotguns for PvE right now.
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Frenzy (also good: Demolitionist)
Top-tier
IKELOS_SG_v1.0.3IKELOS SG v1.0.2 Destiny 2 art
IKELOS_SG_v1.0.3
Shotgun
ShotgunRapid-FireSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesS › BestOperation: Seraph's ShieldCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Operation: Seraph's Shield
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll:Threat Detector + Cascade Point (also good: Surrounded)

► Rapid-Fire Frame Shotguns are the best Shotguns in PvE right now, thanks to their improved ammo reserves. Plus, the IKELOS_SG comes with a ton of good perks, making it an incredible Shotgun for PvE.
Season 19
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll:Threat Detector + Cascade Point (also good: Surrounded)
Top-tier
Until Its ReturnUntil Its Return art Destiny 2
Until Its Return
Shotgun
ShotgunRapid-FireSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesS › BestSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Cascade Point or Surrounded

► Until Its Return is not only part of the Rapid-Fire Frame, but also comes packed with brilliant perks, making it one of the most powerful Shotguns for PvE right now. Cascade Point or Surrounded are great for damage, and Auto-Loading Holster provides added utility.
Season 21
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Cascade Point or Surrounded
Top-tier
The ChaperoneDestiny 2 The Chaperone art
The Chaperone
Shotgun
ShotgunExoticSpecialKineticBeyond Light PackYesS › BestExotic QuestCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Quest
Beyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a single-slug precision round. Precision kills briefly grant bonus handling, range, and precision damage with this weapon."

► It certainly requires more skill than your average pellet shotgun, but in the right hands, The Chaperone is the deadliest shotgun in the entire game. Because of its excellent base stats and Precision-slug frame, The Chaperone has the longest one-hit kill distance of any shotgun in the game, provided you can hit your headshots.
Season 4
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a single-slug precision round. Precision kills briefly grant bonus handling, range, and precision damage with this weapon."
Top-tier
Retold TaleRetold Tale art
Retold Tale
Shotgun
ShotgunPrecisionSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestShattered Throne DungeonCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Shattered Throne Dungeon
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Surplus) + Snapshot Sights

► As a Precision Frame Shotgun, Retold Tale is a powerful option in the Crucible. On top of this, it comes with some excellent perks, and the combination of Quickdraw + Snapshot Sights makes it one of the snappiest Shotguns in the entire game.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Surplus) + Snapshot Sights
Top-tier
FractethystFractethyst art
Fractethyst
Shotgun
ShotgunPrecisionSpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesS › BestXûrCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Xûr
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Slideshot) + Opening Shot

► As Precision Shotguns are clearly at the top of the Shotgun meta right now, some will argue that Fractethyst is the best PvP Shotgun in the game. Excellent base stats and top-tier perks make Fractethyst a sought-after weapon among PvP players.
Season 15
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Slideshot) + Opening Shot
Top-tier
Matador 64Matador 64 art
Matador 64
Shotgun
ShotgunPrecisionSpecialArc30th AnniversaryYesS › BestGrasp of Avarice DungeonCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon
Destiny 2 30th anniversary icon
30th Anniversary
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Opening Shot (also good: Killing Wind)

► Matador 64 is one of the best Shotguns in the game. Being part of the Precision Frame family gives it a boost, but its excellent perks bring it the extra mile, with Opening Shot and Perpetual Motion both being high-value perks.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Opening Shot (also good: Killing Wind)
Top-tier
SomedaySomeday art Destiny 2
Someday
Shotgun
ShotgunPrecisionSpecialKineticThe Final ShapeYesS › BestThe Pale HeartCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
The Pale Heart
The Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Elemental Capacitor + Opening Shot

► Someday is shaping up to be one of the best shotguns for PvP right now. As a Kinetic Precision frame shotgun, it may be able to secure those clutch headshot kills from a greater distance than other shotgun archetypes.
The Final Shape
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Elemental Capacitor + Opening Shot
Top-tier
Wastelander M5Wastelander M5 art
Wastelander M5
Shotgun
ShotgunLightweightSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongDares of EternityCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Dares of Eternity
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + One-Two Punch
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Slideshot) + Opening Shot

► The Wastelander is one of the nicest feeling Shotguns in the entire game. With a unique Hip-Fire reticle and an overall 'snappy' feel, many players will still opt for the Wastelander, despite Lightweights not being in the best of spots right now.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + One-Two Punch
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Slideshot) + Opening Shot
Top-tier
Legend of AcriusDestiny 2 Legend of Acrius art
Legend of Acrius
Shotgun
ShotgunExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires blasts of high-damage Arc energy that over penetrates enemies. Its radar detects enemies from farther away."

► Legend of Acrius can put out some incredible damage numbers in the right scenario. With its Trench Barrel catalyst, Legend of Acrius is slowly returning to its former glory and packs an incredible punch to any close-range boss.
Season 1
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires blasts of high-damage Arc energy that over penetrates enemies. Its radar detects enemies from farther away."
Top-tier
Astral HorizonDestiny 2 Astral Horizon
Astral Horizon
Shotgun
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialKineticThe Final ShapeYesA › StrongTrials of OsirisCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Trials of Osiris
The Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Threat Detector + Cascade Point (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► Astral Horizon is better suited for PvE these days due to its decent perk pool for general play. Cascade Point is an interesting option, and Vorpal Weapon can boost the damage even more, making it a decent option.
Season 10
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Threat Detector + Cascade Point (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Top-tier
The DeicideThe Deicide art
The Deicide
Shotgun
ShotgunRapid-FireSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongXûrCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Xûr
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Lead From Gold + One-Two Punch

► Rapid-Fire Frame Shotguns are simply a cut above the rest thanks to the ammo reserve bonus they have; that alone makes Deicide a solid pick. Plus, Lead from Gold and One-Two Punch are both solid perks.
Season 14
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Lead From Gold + One-Two Punch
Top-tier
One Small StepOne Small Step art
One Small Step
Shotgun
ShotgunRapid-FireSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongMoonCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Moon
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Lead From Gold + One-Two Punch

► Being a Rapid-Fire Frame Shotgun immediately places One Small Step into the upper tiers. While it doesn't have the best perks, it can roll with a few solid options.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Lead From Gold + One-Two Punch
Top-tier
Basso OstinatoBasso Ostinato art
Basso Ostinato
Shotgun
ShotgunRapid-FireSpecialVoidLightfallYesA › StrongTerminal OverloadCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Terminal Overload
Lightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Grave Robber + One-Two Punch

Grave Robber and One-Two Punch is always a brilliant combo, and Basso Ostinato brings this perk combination to the Rapid-Fire Frame, making it an excellent choice.
Season 20
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Grave Robber + One-Two Punch
Top-tier
Imperial DecreeImperial Decree art
Imperial Decree
Shotgun
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongEngram FocusingCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Engram Focusing
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Rolls: Auto-Loading Holster + Trench Barrel (also good: Surrounded)

► Imperial Decree is a very solid PvE Shotgun, thanks to its perk pool. While it may not be a Rapid-Fire, the perks allow it to be a decent swap option for DPS.
Season 20
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Rolls: Auto-Loading Holster + Trench Barrel (also good: Surrounded)
Top-tier
SwordbreakerSwordbreaker art
Swordbreaker
Shotgun
ShotgunLightweightSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Crota's End Raid
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Pugilist + One-Two Punch>

► Swordbreaker is a solid One-Two Punch Shotgun. Pugilist allows it to shine on certain builds on Titan and deal incredibly high damage.
Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Pugilist + One-Two Punch>
Top-tier
SuperclusterSupercluster art Destiny 2
Supercluster
Shotgun
ShotgunPinpoint SlugSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Pinpoint Slug

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Cascade Point or Surrounded

► Supercluster comes with a good number of perks that make it a solid backup DPS weapon. Reconstruction and Cascade Point or Surrounded allows players to unload on targets, dealing a good amount of DPS.
Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Pinpoint Slug

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Cascade Point or Surrounded
Top-tier
DualityDuality Destiny 2
Duality
Shotgun
ShotgunExoticSpecialSolarBeyond Light PackYesA › StrongExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Kiosk
Beyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a pellet spread in hip-fire or a single high-damage slug while aiming. Pellet final blows grant a stacking precision damage and reload speed buff. Precision hits with slugs extend the duration."

► Duality is still one of the most versatile options in the game. With its ability to switch between Slugs and Pellets at will, skilled players can truly take advantage of Duality's powerful flexibility.
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a pellet spread in hip-fire or a single high-damage slug while aiming. Pellet final blows grant a stacking precision damage and reload speed buff. Precision hits with slugs extend the duration."
Top-tier
Compass RoseCompass Rose art
Compass Rose
Shotgun
ShotgunPrecisionSpecialSolarFree-to-PlaySeasonalA › StrongEvent: SolsticeNote icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Event: Solstice
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw + Snapshot Sights (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► Compass Rose is quite the sleeper pick right now, as Precision Frame Shotguns are quite powerful in the current meta. Too bad it lacks some of the top tier perks to boost it into the S tier.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw + Snapshot Sights (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Shotguns: The Complete List

This database includes every viable Shotgun currently in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 The Chaperone artThe ChaperoneShotgunExoticExoticSpecialKineticBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPExotic QuestError icon V2 NoBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 4KineticNoTop-tier
Conditional Finality artConditional FinalityShotgunExoticExoticSpecialStasisLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvE + PvPRoot of Nightmares RaidError icon V2 NoLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 20KineticNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 The Fourth Horseman artThe Fourth HorsemanShotgunExoticExoticSpecialSolarShadowkeep PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Icon (final) Destiny 2
Shadowkeep Pack
Season 10EnergyNo
Duality Destiny 2DualityShotgunExoticExoticSpecialSolarBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 12EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Lord of Wolves artLord of WolvesShotgunExoticExoticSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 4EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artLegend of AcriusShotgunExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor CannonShotgunExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNoTop-tier
Toil and Trouble Destiny 2 artToil and TroubleShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Blasphemer artBlasphemerShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Worst

D

-MoonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo
Destiny 2 Astral HorizonAstral HorizonShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticThe Final ShapeYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvETrials of OsirisError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Season 10KineticNoTop-tier
Heritage Destiny 2 artHeritageShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialKineticBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 12KineticCraftableTop-tierReconstruction
Riiswalker artRiiswalkerShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Iron BannerError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
One Small Step artOne Small StepShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEMoonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNoTop-tier
Fractethyst artFractethystShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvPXûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNoTop-tier
Wastelander M5 artWastelander M5ShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPDares of EternityCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventKineticCraftableTop-tier
Reckless Endangerment artReckless EndangermentShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Worst

D

-Exotic KioskError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Ragnhild-D artRagnhild-DShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-GunsmithCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticCraftable
Fortissimo-11 artFortissimo-11ShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPVanguard FocusingError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
No Reprieve artNo ReprieveShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Worst

D

-XûrCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 18KineticCraftable
Imperial Decree artImperial DecreeShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEEngram FocusingCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 20KineticCraftableTop-tier
Until Its Return art Destiny 2Until Its ReturnShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Best

S

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticCraftableTop-tier
Swordbreaker artSwordbreakerShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvECrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22KineticCraftableTop-tierSword Logic
Supercluster art Destiny 2SuperclusterShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 23KineticCraftableTop-tierReconstruction
Someday art Destiny 2SomedayShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialKineticThe Final ShapeYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPThe Pale HeartCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
The Final ShapeKineticCraftableTop-tier
Perfect Paradox art Destiny 2Perfect ParadoxShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticEpisode 1: EchoesYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticDawn EngramsError icon V2 NoEP1 Echoes Icon (final) Destiny 2
Episode 1: Echoes
The Final ShapeKineticNo
Felwinter's Lie artFelwinter's LieShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 10EnergyNo
First In Last Out Destiny 2 artFirst In, Last OutShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo
Xenoclast IV Destiny 2 artXenoclast IVShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvPVanguard FocusingError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo
Wishbringer Destiny 2 artWishbringerShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-Playlist: CrucibleError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo
Retrofuturist artRetrofuturistShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
IKELOS SG v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SG_v1.0.3ShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvEOperation: Seraph's ShieldCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 19EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Destiny 2 Seventh Seraph CQC-12Seventh Seraph CQC-12ShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 10EnergyNo
Prophet of Doom Destiny 2 artProphet of DoomShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialArcShadowkeep PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvE + PvPGarden of Salvation RaidError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Icon (final) Destiny 2
Shadowkeep Pack
Season 8EnergyNo
Bonechiller Destiny 2 artBonechillerShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Worst

D

-EuropaError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo
Retold Tale artRetold TaleShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Best

S

PvPShattered Throne DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNoTop-tier
Found Verdict artFound VerdictShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Weak

C

-Vault of Glass RaidError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Sojourner's Tale artSojourner's TaleShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
The Deicide artThe DeicideShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEXûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNoTop-tier
Compass Rose artCompass RoseShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlaySeasonalSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvPEvent: SolsticeError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent
A Sudden Death art Destiny 2A Sudden DeathShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvPProphecy DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 23EnergyNo
The Comedian artThe ComedianShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Weak

C

-Nightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNo
Matador 64 artMatador 64ShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialArc30th AnniversaryYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvPGrasp of Avarice DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 30th anniversary icon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventEnergyNoTop-tier
Without Remorse artWithout RemorseShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialSolarBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvPPresageCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 17EnergyCraftableIncandescent
Dead Weight artDead WeightShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvEPlaylist: GambitError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNoTop-tier
Mindbender's Ambition artMindbender's AmbitionShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvPNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyNoIncandescent
The Inquisitor artThe InquisitorShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialArcThe Final ShapeYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Season 18EnergyNo
Gunnora's Axe art
Gunnora's AxeShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvE + PvPIron BannerError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 19EnergyNoVoltshot
Basso Ostinato artBasso OstinatoShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvETerminal OverloadError icon V2 NoLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 20EnergyNoTop-tier
Hand in Hand artHand in HandShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Weak

C

-Lost SectorError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 20EnergyNo
Nessa's Oblation artNessa's OblationShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialVoidLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvERoot of Nightmares RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 20EnergyCraftableDestabilizing Rounds,Repulsor Brace,Reconstruction
Last Man Standing art Destiny 2Last Man StandingShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Worst

D

-FishingError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNo
Deadpan Delivery artDeadpan DeliveryShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Weak

C

-Recovered Red WarError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22EnergyNo
Ded Gramarye IV art Destiny 2Ded Gramarye IVShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc ArcWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
The Final ShapeEnergyNoVoltshot

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 Shotguns in 2024

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

 

The Chaperone Shotgun Destiny 2 featured

5. The Chaperone

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvP

Chaperone is deceptively easy to use. While it does have a bit of a learning curve, once players get past the early difficulties, Chaperone becomes one of the most consistent and straightforward weapons in the game.

Learning where to play and keeping your distance will be the hardest part, as it can be tempting to rush in and forget to aim like you have a pellet Shotgun, but if you take your time, the Chaperone will reward you.

Exotic Perk: “Fires a single-slug precision round. Precision kills briefly grant bonus handling, range, and precision damage with this weapon.”

How to get it: The Chaperone can be acquired by completing an Exotic quest.

 

Dead Weight Preview Destiny 2

4. Dead Weight

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Dead Weight comes with everything a PvE Shotgun user could ask for. Rapid-Fire Frame for deeper ammo reserves, One-Two Punch and Grave Robber for melee builds, and some good damage perks like Surrounded paired with Auto-Loading Holster, making it a good backup option.

While Dead Weight may not be craftable, it is such a versatile weapon in terms of its perk pool that every Shotgun aficionado should have in their arsenal as it is a true jack-of-all-trades weapon.

  • PvE God roll: Subsistence + Frenzy (also good: Demolitionist)

How to get it: Dead Weight can be acquired by completing matches from the Gambit Playlist.

 

Heritage Destiny 2 featured shotgun

3. Heritage

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Heritage is simply a monster. This slug Shotgun not only feels great to use, but it also comes with a great combination of Reconstruction and Recombination. Recombination provides a very high-damage shot at the start of the magazine after getting kills with other weapons, and Reconstruction’s magazine size increase allows you to continue to unload on a target, making it an excellent pick.

In addition, Heritage can be crafted and gain enhanced perks, meaning players can farm for the pattern and craft their own personal roll, as there are plenty of perks available on Heritage.

  • PvE God roll: Reconstruction (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Recombination
  • PvE God roll: Slideshot + Offhand Strike

How to get it: Heritage can be acquired from the Deep Stone Crypt raid.

 

Omnipotentia Tractor Cannon ornament Destiny 2

2. Tractor Cannon

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

While unconventional, Tractor Cannon is one of the most important weapons in a Raid team. It provides a 30% debuff to any target, meaning other players, such as Hunters, can use high-damage supers instead of Shadowshot. This enables your team to deal much better damage overall, especially if you incorporate Special weapons into your DPS loadout when using the Tractor Cannon.

Essentially, when using Tractor Cannon, you should look to also deal damage with other Special weapons as you don’t need to constantly apply Tractor Cannon as the debuff lasts 10 seconds, meaning you don’t have to spam shots. This makes Tractor Cannon the ideal support weapon, and is a major boon to any fireteam.

Exotic Perk: “This weapon emits a powerful impulse that pushes enemies away, suppresses their abilities, and makes them more vulnerable to all incoming damage.”

How to get it: Tractor Cannon can be acquired via Exotic engrams or occasionally from Xûr.

 

Conditional Finality Shotgun

1. Conditional Finality

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE and PVP

Conditional Finality is easily the best Shotgun in the game right now. It is versatile but also powerful in each of its use cases. It is a consistent Shotgun in The Crucible, putting enemies down at respectable ranges. It also has the ability to completely shut down any Super in the game by simply hitting all Shotgun pellets, freezing them, and allowing you to get a free kill on them. This is especially useful in Trials of Osiris against a Ward of Dawn.

In PvE, Conditional Finality has anti-champion uses as it counters Unstoppable Champions thanks to the freezing or ignition caused by the Shotgun. On top of this, it is simply a very well-rounded option, dealing solid damage to beefy enemies, making it a brilliant weapon to take into any content.

Exotic Perk: “Dual barrels split into Stasis and Solar damage. Landing nearly all Stasis pellets will freeze targets; landing nearly all Solar pellets will ignite targets.”

How to get it: We cover How to get Conditional Finality here.

Shotguns and the PvP Meta: TTK

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

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

S

-► With the introduction of fixed (and consistent) pellet spread patterns per archetype and the reversal of some widely disliked nerfs, Shotguns are finally back. With consistent changes in the right direction, Shotguns are once more a staple pick among many PvP players.

► Best Archetype: Precision (65 RPM) - Example: Matador 64
PVP Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► Sniper Rifles are in an excellent spot right now. After the nerfs to Linear Fusion Rifles, it only makes sense that Sniper usage picked up. And with weapons that come stacked with aim assist and excellent perks, such as the Defiance of Yasmin or Beloved, it's easy to see why Snipers have risen up the ranks.

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

S

Trend up► Fusion Rifles have been at the top of the meta for a while now, and it doesn't seem to be changing. Fusions can cover the close to medium ranges excellently, and a good Fusion Rifle player can be incredibly frustrating to play against, no matter the range of the engagement.

► Best Archetype: Precision (780ms Charge Time) - Example: Main Ingredient
PVP Specials
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► The special ammo Linear Fusion category of weapon is rather barren, but the two weapons that occupy it, Arbalest and Lorentz Driver, are both forces to be reckoned with. While they have received some deserved nerfs throughout Seasons 17-19, they remain a solid choice for many players wanting a long range option.PVP Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► 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
Glaive weapon type Destiny 2 art
Glaives
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► With their buffs in Season 19 and the hit registration improvements they've seen, Glaives can be quite annoying to play against. That said, they are outclassed by other mid/long range options and can't compete at close range due to their lackluster melee.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (55 RPM)- Example: The Enigma
PVP Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Grenade Launchers are annoying to play against, and that's about it. They can be used in a hot-swap loadout, but you'll be better served by a Bow like Le Monarque. Grenade launchers can put pressure on your enemies, but they can't bring the heat like some other Special Weapons can.

► Best Archetype: Lightweight - Example: Truthteller
PVP Specials

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. We have a TTK guide/chart that includes TTK figures, but that mostly applies to Primary weapons, not Specials.

For PvP, you want a Special weapon that can consistently get you a one-hit kill. Shotguns are quite consistent and can be easy to use, provided you can get close enough to your opponent. In the grand scheme of things, Shotguns are among the top Special weapons to bring to the Crucible.

Shotguns and the PvE Meta: DPS

How do Shotguns compare to other Special weapons in PvE?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up►Fusion Rifles are absolutely insane right now. There were a ton of viable options already and newer options, such as The Eremite, can roll with perk combinations that can turn them into monsters. This, on top of certain Exotic options like Merciless, makes Fusion Rifles a staple option for either backup DPS or just general major clear.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (500ms Charge Time) - Example: Cartesian Coordinate
PVE Specials
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Shotguns are excellent right now. They can be used in traditional hot-swap loadouts when combined with Tractor Cannon in a raid setting, and they remain strong at both major clear and burst damage. However, they can achieve some of the highest damage combos in the game due to their ease of use, high burst damage, and perks like One-Two Punch.

► Best Archetype: Lightweight (90 RPM) - Example: Wastelander M5
PVE Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

-► Grenade Launchers are brilliant right now. They are versatile and are arguably the best pick in almost all areas. They can have excellent add control through Blinding Grenades or the Wave Frame archetype, and they can also deal good boss damage in a 'hotswap' build with Spike Grenades.

Simply put, having a strong arsenal of Grenade Launchers is something you should definitely prioritize if you're looking to get into high-level content.

► All Breach Grenade Launchers share the same archetype
PVE Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► Sniper Rifles have improved a tad, but not that much. They are still too slow for most players' liking, but they can still be a solid backup DPS option. These are commonly used in many longer-range DPS scenarios, but other than that, they remain mediocre.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (140 RPM) - Example: Supremacy
PVE Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► With the nerfs to the double-special ammo economy, Trace Rifles have been knocked down a notch. Using a Primary weapon is just more efficient these days. However, they remain solid utility weapons and a go-to if players still want to run double-special lodouts. They also have a couple of solid Exotic options too, making them a decent pick right now.PVE Specials
Glaive weapon type Destiny 2 art
Glaives
B › Average
Average

B

-► Glaives require a bit of getting used to, but when you do, they can grant you crazy levels of damage resistance. However, they are quite a risky pick, especially if you haven't learned how to master them first. Glaives are also one-dimensional. There is basically no reason to use their melee attack, which is unfortunate as that is probably the most fun part of the Glaives.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (55 RPM) - Example: The Enigma
PVE Specials
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Linear Fusion Rifles are difficult to rank as there are only two of them. While Arbalest is definitely a powerful weapon, it is by no means a must-pick anymore. And Lorentz Driver isn't exactly a serious contender for PvE. Overall, this archetype is quite weak, especially now that Arbalest isn't the top-pick it used to be.PVE Specials

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 D2 DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2.

When it comes to actual DPS, Shotguns are in a good place, but they require you to get up close and personal to enemies:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

3186235866525080-Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand VoicesSameHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

2971734498703216/w CatalystDestiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantBuffedHeavy
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

2341324551451119-Destiny 2 Merciless artMercilessSameSpecial
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

2090125186483576With "Marksman Sights"Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RifleAggressive1986621459712188-Stormchaser artStormchaserNewHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflePrecision1849020453500066-Reed's Regret artReed's RegretBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1817020574488819-Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1796320882701631-Destiny 2 BastionBastionSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1615618956/w CatalystDestiny 2 JotunnJötunnSameSpecial
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1580017891425063-Lorentz Driver artLorentz DriverSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1512616859546240-Delicate TombDelicate TombSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1404715491470316/w CatalystDestiny 2 Telesto artTelestoSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAggressive1403014867318752- class=Coriolis ForceSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleHigh-Impact1396115043431585-Glacioclasm art Destiny 2GlacioclasmSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleRapid-Fire1344014519360954-Cartesian Coordinate artCartesian CoordinateSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAdaptive1323614607388850-Trinary System artTrinary SystemSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1271114853406525-Tessellation artTessellationSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflePrecision1033411331334026-Deliverance art v2DeliveranceSameSpecial

Before you go…

Are you looking for a top-tier Primary and Heavy weapon to round out your loadout? We cover the Best Destiny 2 SMGs and Best Destiny 2 Rocket Launchers, too.

You now know everything there is to know about shotties 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:
  • March 26, 2024: Significant updates based on the buffs/nerfs to the different archetypes, as well as the inclusion of Seasons 21, 21, and 23 Shotguns.
  • May 23, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Seasons 18, 19, and 20 Shotguns.
  • July 24, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Year 3 and 4 shotguns.
  • February 17, 2021: 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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6 Comments
  1. Misha Ekelchik

    Seems solid, just wish blasphemer was a bit higher. As soon as season 13 launched I got a reissued one with hammer-forged accurized rounds quickdraw opening shot with a range mw. The thing slaps in pvp, and in my opinion, a chaperone substitute if you are running an exotic energy primary.

    Reply
    • ConfidentFlAme

      If you take out the exotics and endgame PvE/PvP content rewards, Blasphemer is pretty high on the list, like top 5 😊. Outside of Wastelander, a random Altar PvE is the same amount of effort of Dares, so it’s pretty easy to pick up 👍

      Reply
      • ConfidentFlame

        *Top 7 👍

        Reply
  2. Leaf

    I’m pretty sure the Fourth Horseman is arc, not solar.

    Reply
    • Ric (aka Prim)

      Yep, that was my bad, little coding error snuck in there… Thank you for the heads up, corrected now!

      Reply
  3. VEggies

    ‘No Reprieve’ has been out for several seasons, needs a rating.

    Reply
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