Destiny 2 DPS chart: The Highest DPS weapons

by | Jul 14, 2022 | 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.

The tables below use the excellent data from the Damage Chart Madness spreadsheet. A big thank you to IAMADragonAMAA for a great job done.

Destiny 2 DPS values: Season of the Haunted edition

Checkmark icon V3List updated as of Season of the Haunted’s release (S17). 

In this section, DPS refers to the average damage per second a weapon can inflict. You can read more about the methodology used here. 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.Just as the Destiny 2 Meta and TTK values, DPS values can also dramatically change from season to season. The tables below are up to date with Season of the Haunted (S17):

Heavy Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launcher

Exotic

31,129-429,583-Destiny 2 Deathbringer artDeathbringerSameHeavy
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotgun

Exotic

25,23225,232247,730-Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artLegend of AcriusBuffedHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launcher

Exotic

23,312-200,484-Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 artGjallarhornNewHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launcher

Exotic

22,720-293,776At x20 AveragedParasite Destiny 2 artParasiteSameHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

21,79925,351396,792With CatalystDestiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RifleAggressive21,72225,415381,218-Stormchaser Destiny 2 artStormchaserNewHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launcher

Exotic

20,52925,567148,752-Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe ProspectorSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordAggressive20,429-413,487With Jagged EdgeCrown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-SplitterSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Sword

Exotic

19,968-312,599-Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack TalonSameHeavy
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

19,89219,892397,848With CatalystDestiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the WormBuffedHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2Sword

Exotic

19,071-587,097-The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSameHeavy
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

18,38322,836205,527With "Personal Assistant"Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.BuffedHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherAdaptive18,32721,855131,130With Spike GrenadesMemory Interdict Destiny 2 artMemory InterdictSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordVortex18,094-279,650With Jagged EdgeFalling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling GuillotineSameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Gun

Exotic

17,61521,100274,300-Destiny 2 XenophageXenophageSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordAdaptive17,532-319,822With Jagged EdgeHalf-Truths Destiny 2 artHalf-TruthsSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordLightweight17,466-435,241With Jagged EdgeQuickfang Destiny 2 artQuickfangSameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launcher

Exotic

17,322-132,222-Destiny 2 Truth artTruthSameHeavy
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

16,55617,991273,456-Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand VoicesSameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launcher

Exotic

16,500-306,072-Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artTwo-Tailed FoxSameHeavy
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotgun

Exotic

15,86216,451172,732After debuffDestiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor CannonSameHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherRapid-Fire15,27322,236133,418With Spike GrenadesBerenger's MemorySameHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

15,18217,844389,320With Marksman SightsDestiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerBuffedHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordCaster15,078-298,546With Jagged EdgeSola's Scar Destiny 2 artSola's ScarSameHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflePrecision14,97917,844356,880-Reed's Regret Destiny 2 artReed's RegretBuffedHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LauncherAggressive14,695-202,790With Impact CasingHezen Vengeance Destiny 2 artHezen VengeanceSameHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherPrecision14,65518,061195,057With Spike GrenadesSameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LauncherAdaptive14,528-200,480-The Hothead Destiny 2 artThe HotheadSameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launcher

Exotic

14,440-226,704-Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff CoilSameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LauncherHigh-Impact14,368-198,282-Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode DuelloSameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LauncherPrecision14,208-196,077-Royal Entry Destiny 2 artRoyal EntrySameHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launcher

Exotic

14,05017,089102,536-Destiny 2 The Colony artThe ColonySameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Gun

Exotic

12,17113,740366,400-Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artHeir ApparentSameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket Launcher

Exotic

11,850-261,888-Eyes of TomorrowSameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Gun

Exotic

9,57510,997395,880-Grand Overture Destiny 2 artGrand OvertureSameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine Gun

Exotic

9,30712,823242,544-Destiny 2 Thunderlord artThunderlordSameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunRapid-Fire7,3529,855201,042-Recurrent Impact Destiny 2 artRecurrent ImpactSameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunAdaptive6,4668,595265,872-CommemorationSameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunHigh-Impact5,9407,938317,520-THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARMSameHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launcher

Exotic

-->5,777346,608-Destiny 2 AnarchyAnarchySameHeavy
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

-->18,152466,763With CatalystDestiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's BreathBuffedHeavy

Special Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotgun

Exotic

27,20474,736186,840With CatalystDestiny 2 The Fourth Horseman artThe Fourth HorsemanBuffedSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotgun

Exotic

22,38229,320175,920With "Roadborne" activeDestiny 2 The Chaperone artThe ChaperoneNerfedSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotgun

Exotic

17,51523,050221,280With "Release the Wolves"Destiny 2 Lord of Wolves artLord of WolvesSameSpecial
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifle

Exotic

19,55120,295524,964With Catalyst Proc'dAger's Scepter Destiny 2 artAger's ScepterSameSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2Shotgun

Exotic

15,95515,025249,642When aiming down sightsDuality Destiny 2DualityBuffedSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

15,92619,784178,059-Cloudstrike Destiny 2CloudstrikeSameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

15,056-181,880With CatalystDestiny 2 Izanagi's BurdenIzanagi's BurdenSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

14,69916,216206,880-Destiny 2 Merciless artMercilessSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

12,17113,918255,528-Destiny 2 BastionBastionSameSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunPrecision Slug11,89412,983143,808-HeritageNerfedSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunLightweight11,71513,485121,368-Wastelander M5 Destiny 2 artWastelander M5BuffedSpecial
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

Exotic

11,60312,456224,208With "First Glance"Destiny 2 Eriana's Vow artEriana's VowSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleRapid-Fire11,54812,712166,068-Cartesian Coordinate Destiny 2 artCartesian CoordinateSameSpecial
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

11,32513,412287,500-Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestSameSpecial
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

11,32513,412287,500-Lorentz Driver Destiny 2 artLorentz DriverSameSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunRapid-Fire10,92716,107144,963-Dead Weight Destiny 2 artDead WeightBuffedSpecial
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Sidearm

Exotic

10,41612,890278,424-Forerunner Destiny 2 artForerunnerSameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RifleRapid-Fire10,04013,44586,430-IKELOS_SR_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SR_v1.0.2SameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

9,77111,033225,075-Destiny 2 JotunnJötunnSameSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunAggressive9,73610,685174,840-Found Verdict Destiny 2 artFound VerdictBuffedSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAggressive9,67710,774250,236-Coriolis ForceSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

9,67510,532312,963With CatalystDestiny 2 Telesto artTelestoSameSpecial
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifle

Exotic

11,39412,795430,765At Max chargeDestiny 2 Coldheart artColdheartBuffedSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunPrecision9,23010,869180,594-Matador 64 Destiny 2 artMatador 64BuffedSpecial
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifle

Exotic

10,75512,000320,000With Orb pick upDestiny 2 Wavesplitter artWavesplitterBuffedSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAdaptive8,9559,714150,948-Trinary System Destiny 2 artTrinary SystemSameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RifleAdaptive8,72511,398121,576-Uzume RR4 Destiny 2 artUzume RR4SameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RifleAggressive8,61111,191139,883-SuccessionSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflePrecision8,2529,306191,940-Deliverance Destiny 2 art v2DeliveranceSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleHigh-Impact8,1319,042212,475-GlacioclasmSameSpecial
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifle

Exotic

8,6128,940231,248With debuffDestiny 2 Divinity artDivinitySameSpecial
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherLightweight6,77915,617197,809With Spike GrenadesIgnition Code Destiny 2 artIgnition CodeBuffedSpecial
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifle

Exotic

7,5818,565342,600-Destiny 2 Prometheus Lens artPrometheus LensBuffedSpecial
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherLightweight6,24114,376182,096-Ignition Code Destiny 2 artIgnition CodeBuffedSpecial
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherWave6,24114,376182,096-Forbearance Destiny 2 art v2ForbearanceBuffedSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launcher

Exotic

3,601-740,985-Witherhoard art Destiny 2WitherhoardSameSpecial

Primary Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMG

Exotic

12,25015,615468,450With "Ravenous Beast"Destiny 2 Tarrabah artTarrabahSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Sidearm

Exotic

9,90212,863216,095With "Rat Pack x5"Destiny 2 Rat King artRat KingSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

Exotic

8,97910,980564,704Landing all critsHawkmoonSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

Exotic

7,7669,230323,033-Destiny 2 Malfeasance artMalfeasanceSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

7,0978,481744,915With "perfect" RNGDestiny 2 Cerberus+1 artCerberus+1SamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

6,1457,340422,810With averaged 'nanites"Destiny 2 Outbreak Perfected artOutbreak PerfectedSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMG

Exotic

6,1148,450331,240-Osteo Striga Destiny 2 artOsteo StrigaSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

6,0867,144507,738-Vex Mythoclast Destiny 2 artVex MythoclastSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

5,4306,280413,550At Max rate of fireDestiny 2 Sweet Business artSweet BusinessSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmAggressive Burst5,3316,193320,151High aim assist, low stability & handlingBrass Attacks Destiny 2 artBrass AttacksSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmLightweight5,2846,645149,510High handling, very low rangeRedback-5si Destiny 2 artRedback-5siSamePrimary
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launcher

Exotic

5,2569,713161,883With CatalystDestiny 2 Fighting Lion artFighting LionSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmAdaptive5,1376,431192,937High aim assist, decent elsewhereHigh AlbedoSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmAdaptive (3-burst)5,1376,431192,937High aim assist, decent elsewhereDrangSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmOmolon Adaptive5,0206,355356,452High stability, decent elsewhereThe Vision Destiny 2 artThe VisionSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmSUROS Rapid-Fire4,8816,380140,353Good recoil, very low range & aim assistPunching Out Destiny 2 artPunching OutSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMG

Exotic

4,8138,198245,925With "Ride the Bull x2"Destiny 2 The Huckleberry artThe HuckleberrySamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmPrecision4,7426,193205,794Excellent aim assist, low stability & handlingA Swift Verdict Destiny 2 artA Swift VerdictSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Sidearm

Exotic

4,6836,125202,125-Destiny 2 Devil's Ruin artDevil's RuinSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGLightweight4,6636,833180,378High aim assist and handling, low rangeFunnelweb Destiny 2 artFunnelwebSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGAggressive4,5916,558206,031High range, low aim assistUnforgiven Destiny 2 artUnforgivenSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

4,4765,866568,588With CatalystDead Man's Tale Destiny 2 artDead Man's TaleSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto Rifle

Exotic

4,3915,513259,200At Max rate of fireDestiny 2 SUROS RegimeSUROS RegimeSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGAdaptive4,3006,075187,110High stability & range, poor recoilThe Hero's Burden Destiny 2 artThe Hero's BurdenSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

Exotic

4,0875,347268,106-Destiny 2 ThornThornSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

Exotic

3,9655,438162,400With Fan Fire x4Destiny 2 The Last WordThe Last WordSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleRapid-Fire3,9064,542280,847High aim assist, low rangeChroma Rush Destiny 2 artChroma RushSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGPrecision3,8755,645220,155Excellent range & aim assist, low handlingShayura's Wrath Destiny 2 artShayura's WrathSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

3,7854,470353,984With "Perfect Fifth"Destiny 2 Polaris Lance artPolaris LanceSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

3,6874,381371,126With CatalystNo Time to Explain Destiny 2No Time to ExplainSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

3,6024,222215,100-Destiny 2 Vigilance Wing artVigilance WingSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleAdaptive3,5554,300295,840High handlingGnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing HungerSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflePrecision3,3694,073225,888High range, low aim assistShadow Price Destiny 2 artShadow PriceSamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleHigh-Impact3,3613,993298,144Excellent range, low stabilityAge-Old BondSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleRapid-Fire3,3524,104170,460High stability, very low rangeAisha's Embrace Destiny 2 artAisha's EmbraceSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleLightweight3,3183,807219,264Excellent aim assist & handling, low rangeNight WatchSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

Exotic

3,2504,398358,800-Destiny 2 CrimsonCrimsonSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

3,2063,598259,020When aiming down sightsDestiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Skyburner's OathSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleHigh-Impact3,0463,578340,578Excellent range, low aim assistThe ScholarSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RiflePrecision3,0153,489204,688High stability, decent elsewhereVision of Confluence Destiny 2 artVision of ConfluenceSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand CannonAggressive2,9653,843224,816High range, low stability and handlingIgneous Hammer Destiny 2 artIgneous HammerSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand CannonPrecision2,8653,639131,004High stability, poor handlingPosteritySamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleAdaptive2,8253,246194,778High handling, decent rangeThe Third Axiom Destiny 2 artThe Third AxiomSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleRapid-Fire2,7713,285137,970High aim assist, low rangePiece of Mind Destiny 2 artPiece of MindSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleAggressive Burst2,7443,232241,312Excellent range, low aim assistInsidious Destiny 2 art v2InsidiousSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand CannonAdaptive2,7243,464163,295Good stability, decent rangeEyasluna Destiny 2 artEyaslunaSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleHigh-Impact2,7203,281250,128High range & recoil, low aim assistThe Messenger Destiny 2 artThe MessengerSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

2,7072,984271,733-Destiny 2 Graviton Lance artGraviton LanceSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleLightweight2,5733,046160,805Excellent handling, low rangeOgma PR6 Destiny 2 artOgma PR6SamePrimary
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat BowLightweight-->3,265229,704640 ms Draw timeArsenic Bite-4bSamePrimary
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat BowPrecision-->3,215252,221680 ms Draw timeUnder Your Skin Destiny 2 artUnder Your SkinSamePrimary
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

-->3,969357,225-Destiny 2 Le Monarque artLe MonarqueSamePrimary
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bow

Exotic

-->4,137391,952vs. non-TakenDestiny 2 Wish Ender artWish-EnderSamePrimary

These are important things to understand when reading these tables:

  1. Damage perks will significantly change maximum DPS values
  2. 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 are 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 especially 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!

Latest changes

Things change fast in Destiny 2, especially the Meta. The weapons we call the best one day can completely change the next. All it takes are a few minor changes on Bungie’s end. For that reason, this ranking will be updated at least once per season.

Changes introduced this season:

  • New Exotic archetypes were introduced, some of them featuring brand-new damage archetypes.
  • Some weapons types received buffs or nerfs. You can read more about those changes here.

About The Author

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

    Seems to be broken for me? All 3 sections show heavy weapons.

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    • Ric (aka Prim)

      That was a bad bug… Thanks a lot for letting me know, that bug would have stayed up there for a while if you hadn’t altert me. Cheers

      Reply
  2. berry of blue

    thunderlord and heir apparent thumbnails are switched

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    • Ric (aka Prim)

      Thanks for the heads up! It is now corrected!

      Reply
      • COld

        What outbreak dps

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  3. vaio

    seems like Tarrabah is missing from the primary weapon list.

    Reply
  4. Friend

    Can you update this to the Witch Queen changes.

    Reply
  5. :(

    There is no way promethous lens deals 285k burst damage :/

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    • Ric "Prim" Molina

      You’re absolutely right. That was an error on my database (it was showing the same as Total damage). Corrected now, thanks for the heads up!

      Reply
  6. Oz

    No witch queen legendary or crafted weapons are top of their class? Was curious how a crafted weapon at level 20 would stack up.
    Only witch queen exotics made the cut?

    Reply
  7. Oz

    Sorting by average dps on heavy weapons section shows the top 5 results out of order

    Reply
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