Destiny 2 DPS chart: The Highest DPS weapons

by | Jul 10, 2021 | Weapons

Short for Damage per Second, DPS dictates how much damage you can deal to Bosses or Majors. Combining burst damage, rate of fire, and reload speeds, DPS is the best indicator of a weapon’s lethality in PVE.

For the sake of clarity, DPS in Destiny 2 is calculated per archetype and not per weapon (excluding some Exotics). For example, all adaptive Sniper Rifles deal the same damage per bullet at the same rate of fire and therefore do the same DPS. What differentiates them are aesthetics, stat distribution, and perks.

In this post, we will keep things simple and focus on the base DPS values of every weapon archetype in the game, therefore excluding Damage perks. The table below will also include examples of the best weapons per archetype.

The chart below uses the excellent data from the Damage Chart Madness spreadsheet. A big thank you Reddit user IAMADragonAMAA for a great job.


Destiny 2 DPS values as of Season 14

Just as the Destiny 2 Meta and TTK values, DPS values can also dramatically change from season to season. The data below is up to date with Season of the Splicer:

Alert iconDamage numbers: In this guide, DPS refers to the average damage per second a weapon can inflict. You can read more about the methodology used here.

Heavy Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSpecsAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal Damage--Best in Class
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersAdaptiveWith Spike Grenades perk18,32721,855131,130Crowd Pleaser Destiny 2 artCrowd Pleaser
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

Anarchy

--8,252990,240Destiny 2 AnarchyAnarchy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

The Colony

-14,05017,089102,536Destiny 2 The Colony artThe Colony
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

The Prospector

-20,52925,567148,752Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe Prospector
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersRapid-FireWith Spike Grenades perk15,27322,236133,418Outrageous Fortune Destiny 2 artOutrageous Fortune
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersPrecisionWith Spike Grenades perk14,65518,061195,057--
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflesPrecision-13,52116,107322,140Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded Needle
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifles

The Queenbreaker

With Marksman Sights13,70516,107351,430Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe Queenbreaker
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifles

Sleeper Simulant

With its Catalyst16,24220,211316,344Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper Simulant
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsHigh-Impact-4,9526,618264,728THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARM
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Thunderlord

-7,75810,688202,158Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artThunderlord
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsAdaptive-5,3887,161221,527Commemoration Destiny 2 artCommemoration
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsRapid-Fire-6,1298,215167,581Thermal Erosion Destiny 2 artThermal Erosion
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Heir Apparent

-10,14411,453305,400Destiny 2 Thunderlord artHeir Apparent
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Xenophage

-14,68017,584228,592Destiny 2 XenophageXenophage
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersAdaptive-14,368-198,282Hoosegow Destiny 2 artHoosegow
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersAggressiveWith Impact Casing perk14,687-202,685Hezen Vengeance Destiny 2 artHezen Vengeance
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersHigh-Impact-14,368-198,282Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode Duello
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersPrecision-14,368-198,282Royal Entry Destiny 2 artRoyal Entry
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

The Wardcliff Coil

-14,440-226,704Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff Coil
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Eyes of Tomorrow

-11,850-261,888Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 1Eyes of Tomorrow
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Deathbringer

-31,129-429,583Destiny 2 Deathbringer artDeathbringer
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Two Tailed Fox

-16,500-306,072Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artTwo-Tailed Fox
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Truth

-17,322-132,222Destiny 2 Truth artTruth
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotguns

Tractor Cannon

-11,87912,320129,360Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor Cannon
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotguns

Legend of Acrius

-21,60221,602212,090Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artLegend of Acrius
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

Whisper of the Worm

-17,92417,924268,866Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the Worm
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

D.A.R.C.I.

-15,26518,963170,667Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsAdaptiveWith Jagged Edge perk17,532-319,822Honors Edge Destiny 2 artHonor's Edge
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsAggressiveWith Jagged Edge perk20,429-413,487Crown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-Splitter
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsVortexWith Jagged Edge perk18,094-279,650Falling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling Guillotine
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsCasterWith Jagged Edge perk15,078-298,546Sola's Scar Destiny 2 artSola's Scar
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsLightweightWith Jagged Edge perk17,466-435,241Quickfang Destiny 2 artQuickfang
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Swords

The Lament

-19,071-587,097The Lament Destiny 2The Lament
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Swords

Black Talon

-19,968-312,599Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack Talon
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifles

One Thousand Voices

-16,55617,991273,456Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand Voices
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bows

Leviathan's Breath

--12,291242,585Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's Breath

Special Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSpecsAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal Damage--Best in Class
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersAdaptiveWith Spike Grenades perk18,32721,855131,130Crowd Pleaser Destiny 2 artCrowd Pleaser
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

Anarchy

--8,252990,240Destiny 2 AnarchyAnarchy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

The Colony

-14,05017,089102,536Destiny 2 The Colony artThe Colony
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

The Prospector

-20,52925,567148,752Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe Prospector
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersRapid-FireWith Spike Grenades perk15,27322,236133,418Outrageous Fortune Destiny 2 artOutrageous Fortune
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersPrecisionWith Spike Grenades perk14,65518,061195,057--
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflesPrecision-13,52116,107322,140Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded Needle
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifles

The Queenbreaker

With Marksman Sights13,70516,107351,430Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe Queenbreaker
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifles

Sleeper Simulant

With its Catalyst16,24220,211316,344Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper Simulant
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsHigh-Impact-4,9526,618264,728THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARM
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Thunderlord

-7,75810,688202,158Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artThunderlord
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsAdaptive-5,3887,161221,527Commemoration Destiny 2 artCommemoration
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsRapid-Fire-6,1298,215167,581Thermal Erosion Destiny 2 artThermal Erosion
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Heir Apparent

-10,14411,453305,400Destiny 2 Thunderlord artHeir Apparent
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Xenophage

-14,68017,584228,592Destiny 2 XenophageXenophage
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersAdaptive-14,368-198,282Hoosegow Destiny 2 artHoosegow
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersAggressiveWith Impact Casing perk14,687-202,685Hezen Vengeance Destiny 2 artHezen Vengeance
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersHigh-Impact-14,368-198,282Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode Duello
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersPrecision-14,368-198,282Royal Entry Destiny 2 artRoyal Entry
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

The Wardcliff Coil

-14,440-226,704Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff Coil
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Eyes of Tomorrow

-11,850-261,888Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 1Eyes of Tomorrow
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Deathbringer

-31,129-429,583Destiny 2 Deathbringer artDeathbringer
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Two Tailed Fox

-16,500-306,072Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artTwo-Tailed Fox
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Truth

-17,322-132,222Destiny 2 Truth artTruth
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotguns

Tractor Cannon

-11,87912,320129,360Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor Cannon
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotguns

Legend of Acrius

-21,60221,602212,090Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artLegend of Acrius
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

Whisper of the Worm

-17,92417,924268,866Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the Worm
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

D.A.R.C.I.

-15,26518,963170,667Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsAdaptiveWith Jagged Edge perk17,532-319,822Honors Edge Destiny 2 artHonor's Edge
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsAggressiveWith Jagged Edge perk20,429-413,487Crown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-Splitter
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsVortexWith Jagged Edge perk18,094-279,650Falling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling Guillotine
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsCasterWith Jagged Edge perk15,078-298,546Sola's Scar Destiny 2 artSola's Scar
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsLightweightWith Jagged Edge perk17,466-435,241Quickfang Destiny 2 artQuickfang
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Swords

The Lament

-19,071-587,097The Lament Destiny 2The Lament
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Swords

Black Talon

-19,968-312,599Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack Talon
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifles

One Thousand Voices

-16,55617,991273,456Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand Voices
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bows

Leviathan's Breath

--12,291242,585Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's Breath

Primary Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSpecsAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal Damage--Best in Class
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersAdaptiveWith Spike Grenades perk18,32721,855131,130Crowd Pleaser Destiny 2 artCrowd Pleaser
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

Anarchy

--8,252990,240Destiny 2 AnarchyAnarchy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

The Colony

-14,05017,089102,536Destiny 2 The Colony artThe Colony
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

The Prospector

-20,52925,567148,752Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe Prospector
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersRapid-FireWith Spike Grenades perk15,27322,236133,418Outrageous Fortune Destiny 2 artOutrageous Fortune
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersPrecisionWith Spike Grenades perk14,65518,061195,057--
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflesPrecision-13,52116,107322,140Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded Needle
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifles

The Queenbreaker

With Marksman Sights13,70516,107351,430Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe Queenbreaker
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifles

Sleeper Simulant

With its Catalyst16,24220,211316,344Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper Simulant
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsHigh-Impact-4,9526,618264,728THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARM
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Thunderlord

-7,75810,688202,158Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artThunderlord
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsAdaptive-5,3887,161221,527Commemoration Destiny 2 artCommemoration
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunsRapid-Fire-6,1298,215167,581Thermal Erosion Destiny 2 artThermal Erosion
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Heir Apparent

-10,14411,453305,400Destiny 2 Thunderlord artHeir Apparent
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Guns

Xenophage

-14,68017,584228,592Destiny 2 XenophageXenophage
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersAdaptive-14,368-198,282Hoosegow Destiny 2 artHoosegow
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersAggressiveWith Impact Casing perk14,687-202,685Hezen Vengeance Destiny 2 artHezen Vengeance
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersHigh-Impact-14,368-198,282Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode Duello
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersPrecision-14,368-198,282Royal Entry Destiny 2 artRoyal Entry
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

The Wardcliff Coil

-14,440-226,704Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff Coil
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Eyes of Tomorrow

-11,850-261,888Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 1Eyes of Tomorrow
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Deathbringer

-31,129-429,583Destiny 2 Deathbringer artDeathbringer
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Two Tailed Fox

-16,500-306,072Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artTwo-Tailed Fox
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launchers

Truth

-17,322-132,222Destiny 2 Truth artTruth
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotguns

Tractor Cannon

-11,87912,320129,360Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor Cannon
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotguns

Legend of Acrius

-21,60221,602212,090Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artLegend of Acrius
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

Whisper of the Worm

-17,92417,924268,866Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the Worm
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

D.A.R.C.I.

-15,26518,963170,667Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsAdaptiveWith Jagged Edge perk17,532-319,822Honors Edge Destiny 2 artHonor's Edge
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsAggressiveWith Jagged Edge perk20,429-413,487Crown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-Splitter
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsVortexWith Jagged Edge perk18,094-279,650Falling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling Guillotine
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsCasterWith Jagged Edge perk15,078-298,546Sola's Scar Destiny 2 artSola's Scar
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsLightweightWith Jagged Edge perk17,466-435,241Quickfang Destiny 2 artQuickfang
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Swords

The Lament

-19,071-587,097The Lament Destiny 2The Lament
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Swords

Black Talon

-19,968-312,599Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack Talon
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifles

One Thousand Voices

-16,55617,991273,456Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand Voices
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bows

Leviathan's Breath

--12,291242,585Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's Breath

These are important things to understand when reading these tables:

  1. Damage perks will significantly change maximum DPS values
  2.  
  3. Times-to-kills are listed with optimal damage (maximum damage at close range) and damage falloff will dramatically affect the listed numbers (SMGs and sidearms in particular).

Destiny 2 Power Weapons: What is the Meta?

Keep in mind that the top Power weapons are not only defined by their raw DPS or Total Damage. Many other things come into play. Some of them, almost as important as raw damage.

For example, just as damage numbers and ease of use are extremely important, a weapon’s role is critical too. This is specially true for Heavy weapons:

Role Explanation Target Weapon types
Add Clear Clearing weaker enemies faster than you could with a primary ammo weapon. For most content, primaries do the add clear job perfectly well, so this is most useful in high difficulty PvE.

Main: Machine Guns, Grenade Launchers, Swords

Secondary: Rocket Launchers

Single Target Damage Burning down a boss.

Main: Linear Fusion Rifles, Exotic Snipers, Swords

Secondary: Grenade Launchers, Machine Guns

Burst Damage Burning down a champion quickly, or for bosses with multiple damage phases, clearing a phase quickly.

Main: Rocket Launchers

Secondary: Linear Fusion Rifles

Based on that, when choosing a Power weapon, always keep in mind the type of damage you need.


 Methodology

About the DPS numbers: As mentioned before, the DPS figures used for this Tier list come from the excellent Damage Chart Madness database.

As explained in that document:

Average DPS represents a weapons performance when emptying all of its reserves, with only full magazines. This factors in that the first magazine is already loaded, and you keep firing until the last mag is empty. Effectively, a combination of Burst DPS and Sustain DPS. The most accurate representation of a gun’s performance in most circumstances.

Bear in mind this number is done with luna/rally/fieldprep reload buffs

That document also includes Sustained DPS in case you want to get into the nitty-gritty.


The Last Word

Seasoned PVE players have a good understanding of the current PVE meta, and by extension, DPS values. However, if all of this is new to you, the chart above will help you better decide what weapons to bring to your next PVE challenge.

And by the way, even if you’re a veteran, it’s always good to have these figures at hand!

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