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

by | Mar 1, 2023

On top of delivering a tremendous new Destination and a banger Campaign, Lightfall and Season of Defiance also feature several brand-new weapons. Some of these definitely have the potential to become top-tier someday, and you should definitely farm them before they go.

This guide covers all the weapons from Season of Defiance (S20) seasonal activities (Defiant Battlegrounds) and tells you how to best farm them.

The best Defiant weapons in Destiny 2

The list below includes every Defiant weapon in the game (it’s still a little too early to rank them, but we’ll update this section as we land diverse rolls to play around with):

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Perpetualis artPerpetualisAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStrandSeason 20YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid StrandOngoing...-Seasonal activityLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20KineticCraftable
Raconteur artRaconteurCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryStasisSeason 20YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis StasisOngoing...-Seasonal activityLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20KineticCraftable
Royal Executioner artRoyal ExecutionerFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarSeason 20YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar SolarOngoing...-Seasonal activityLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20EnergyCraftable
Prodigal Return artProdigal ReturnGrenade LauncherLightweightLegendarySpecialArcSeason 20YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc ArcOngoing...-Seasonal activityLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20EnergyCraftable
Regnant artRegnantGrenade LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidSeason 20YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidOngoing...-Seasonal activityLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20HeavyCraftable
Caretaker artCaretakerSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarSeason 20YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarOngoing...-Seasonal activityLightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20HeavyCraftable

💠 Did you know? Every single Defiant weapon can be crafted

Destiny 2 Defiant weapons farm: Where to find them

Unlike previous Seasons that were plagued with confusing currencies and gameplay loops, Season of Defiance promises a more straightforward system with fewer currencies and items to deal with. In a nutshell, there are mainly three methods to acquire Defiant weapons:

  • Completing Defiant Battlegrounds (S20’s seasonal activity)
  • Decoding Defiant engrams at the War Table in the H.E.L.M.
  • Increasing your War Table Reputation

Seasonal activities

Season 20’s gameplay loop is as straightforward as it gets. There are no intermediate currencies to farm nor steps to complete. You simply can head over to the Defiant: Battlegrounds playlist and start farming completions. And that’s it! You don’t need to farm Umbral energy or anything of that sort.

Pro tip: Having a Defiant Key will reward you with more seasonal loot, including Defiant weapons, when completing Defiant Battlegrounds.

Defiant engrams

Completing Defiant Battlegrounds when in possession of a Defiant Key will reward you with Defiant Engrams. These can be taken to the War Table at the H.E.L.M and focused into Defiant weapons or Armor.

The cost to focus Defiant engrams has been greatly reduced compared to previous seasons. You’ll simply require:

  • 1 Defiant Engram (or 4 if you want a specific weapon)
    • 3,000 Glimmer
Defiant Umbral Decoding Gameplay Destiny 2

Defiant weapons farming, Destiny 2

Before you go…

Don’t miss more of our guides featuring many of the exciting new features delivered with Lightfall and Season of Defiance:

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, 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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