Destiny 2 DPS chart: The Highest DPS weapons

by | Apr 4, 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.

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

Destiny 2 DPS values: The Witch Queen edition

Checkmark icon V3List updated as of The Witch Queen’s release (S16).  

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

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 Risen:

Heavy Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs--Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Destiny 2 Deathbringer artRocket Launcher

Deathbringer

31,129-429,583---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artShotgun

Legend of Acrius

25,23225,232247,730---BuffedHeavy
Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 artRocket Launcher

Gjallarhorn

23,312-200,484---NewHeavy
Parasite Destiny 2 artGrenade Launcher

Parasite

22,720-293,776At x20 Averaged--SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artLinear Fusion Rifle

Sleeper Simulant

21,79925,351396,792With CatalystBuffedHeavy
Destiny 2 The Prospector artGrenade Launcher

The Prospector

20,52925,567148,752---SameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordAggressive20,429-413,487With Jagged EdgeCrown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-SplitterSameHeavy
Destiny 2 Black TalonSword

Black Talon

19,968-312,599---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artSniper Rifle

Whisper of the Worm

19,89219,892397,848With Catalyst--BuffedHeavy
The Lament Destiny 2Sword

The Lament

19,071-587,097---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 DARCI artSniper Rifle

D.A.R.C.I.

18,38322,836205,527With "Personal Assistant"--BuffedHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherAdaptive18,32721,855131,130With Spike GrenadesCrowd PleaserSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordVortex18,094-279,650With Jagged EdgeFalling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling GuillotineSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordAdaptive17,532-319,822With Jagged EdgeHonor's EdgeSameHeavy
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordLightweight17,466-435,241With Jagged EdgeQuickfang Destiny 2 artQuickfangSameHeavy
Destiny 2 Truth artRocket Launcher

Truth

17,322-132,222---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artFusion Rifle

One Thousand Voices

16,55617,991273,456---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artRocket Launcher

Two Tailed Fox

16,500-306,072---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artShotgun

Tractor Cannon

15,86216,451172,732After debuff--SameHeavy
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherRapid-Fire15,27322,236133,418With Spike GrenadesOutrageous FortuneSameHeavy
Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artLinear Fusion Rifle

The Queenbreaker

15,18217,844389,320With Marksman Sights--BuffedHeavy
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-Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded NeedleBuffedHeavy
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 Grenades--SameHeavy
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LauncherAdaptive14,528-200,480-HoosegowSameHeavy
Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilRocket Launcher

The Wardcliff Coil

14,440-226,704---SameHeavy
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
Destiny 2 The Colony artGrenade Launcher

The Colony

14,05017,089102,536---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 XenophageMachine Gun

Xenophage

12,61314,243246,870---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artMachine Gun

Heir Apparent

12,17113,740366,400---SameHeavy
Rocket Launcher

Eyes of Tomorrow

11,850-261,888---SameHeavy
Grand Overture Destiny 2 artMachine Gun

Grand Overture

9,57510,997395,880---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Thunderlord artMachine Gun

Thunderlord

9,30712,823242,544---SameHeavy
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2Machine GunRapid-Fire7,3529,855201,042-Thermal ErosionSameHeavy
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
Destiny 2 AnarchyGrenade Launcher

Anarchy

-->5,777346,608---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artCombat Bow

Leviathan's Breath

-->14,151363,878With Catalyst--BuffedHeavy

Special Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs--Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Destiny 2 The Fourth Horseman artShotgun

Fourth Horseman

27,20474,736186,840With Catalyst--BuffedSpecial
Destiny 2 The Chaperone artShotgun

The Chaperone

22,38229,320175,920With "Roadborne" active--NerfedSpecial
Destiny 2 Lord of Wolves artShotgun

Lord of Wolves

17,51523,050221,280With "Release the Wolves"--SameSpecial
Ager's Scepter Destiny 2 artTrace Rifle

Ager's Scepter

16,30016,920437,664With Catalyst Proc'd--SameSpecial
Duality Destiny 2Shotgun

Duality

15,95515,025249,642When aiming down sights--BuffedSpecial
Cloudstrike Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Cloudstrike

15,92619,784178,059---SameSpecial
Destiny 2 Izanagi's BurdenSniper Rifle

Izanagi's Burden

15,056-181,880With Catalyst--SameSpecial
Destiny 2 Merciless artFusion Rifle

Merciless

14,69916,216206,880---SameSpecial
Destiny 2 BastionFusion Rifle

Bastion

12,17113,918255,528---SameSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunPrecision Slug11,89412,983143,808-HeritageNerfedSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunLightweight11,71513,485121,368-Destiny 2 Seventh Seraph CQC-12Seventh Seraph CQC-12BuffedSpecial
Destiny 2 Eriana's Vow artHand Cannon

Eriana's Vow

11,60312,456224,208With "First Glance"--SameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleRapid-Fire11,54812,712166,068-Null Composure Destiny 2 artNull ComposureSameSpecial
Destiny 2 Arbalest artLinear Fusion Rifle

Arbalest

11,32513,412287,500---SameSpecial
Lorentz Driver Destiny 2 artLinear Fusion Rifle

Lorentz Driver

11,32513,412287,500---SameSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunRapid-Fire10,92716,107144,963-IKELOS_SG_v1.0.2BuffedSpecial
Forerunner Destiny 2 artSidearm

Forerunner

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

Jötunn

9,77111,033225,075---SameSpecial
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
Destiny 2 Telesto artFusion Rifle

Telesto

9,67510,532312,963With Catalyst--SameSpecial
Destiny 2 Coldheart artTrace Rifle

Coldheart

9,50010,667359,132At Max charge--SameSpecial
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunPrecision9,23010,869180,594-Retold Tale Destiny 2 artRetold TaleBuffedSpecial
Destiny 2 Wavesplitter artTrace Rifle

Wavesplitter

8,9619,998266,614With Orb pick up--SameSpecial
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-PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 artPLUG ONE.1SameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleHigh-Impact8,1319,042212,475-GlacioclasmSameSpecial
Destiny 2 Divinity artTrace Rifle

Divinity

7,1827,455192,836With debuff--SameSpecial
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherLightweight6,77915,617197,809With Spike GrenadesSalvager's Salvo Destiny 2 artSalvager's SalvoBuffedSpecial
Destiny 2 Prometheus Lens artTrace Rifle

Prometheus Lens

6,3207,140285,600---SameSpecial
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LauncherLightweight6,24114,376182,096-Ignition Code Destiny 2 artIgnition CodeBuffedSpecial
Witherhoard art Destiny 2Grenade Launcher

Witherhoard

3,601-740,985---SameSpecial

Primary Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs--Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Destiny 2 Tarrabah artSMG

Tarrabah

12,25015,615468,450With "Ravenous Beast"--SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Rat King artSidearm

Rat King

9,90212,863216,095With "Rat Pack x5"--SamePrimary
Hand Cannon

Hawkmoon

8,97910,980564,704Landing all crits--SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Malfeasance artHand Cannon

Malfeasance

7,7669,230323,033---SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Cerberus+1 artAuto Rifle

Cerberus+1

7,0978,481744,915With "perfect" RNG--SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Outbreak Perfected artPulse Rifle

Outbreak Perfected

6,1457,340422,810With averaged 'nanites"--SamePrimary
Osteo Striga Destiny 2 artSMG

Osteo Striga

6,1148,450331,240---SamePrimary
Vex Mythoclast Destiny 2 artAuto Rifle

Vex Mythoclast

6,0867,144507,738---SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Sweet Business artAuto Rifle

Sweet Business

5,4306,280413,550At Max rate of fire--SamePrimary
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 rangeAnonymous Autumn Destiny 2Anonymous AutumnSamePrimary
Destiny 2 Fighting Lion artGrenade Launcher

Fighting Lion

5,2569,713161,883With Catalyst--SamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmAdaptive5,1376,431192,937High aim assist, decent elsewhereDrangSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2 copySidearmAdaptive (3-burst)5,1376,431192,937High aim assist, decent elsewhereDrangSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmOmolon Adaptive5,0206,355356,452High stability, decent elsewhereThe Last DanceSamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmSUROS Rapid-Fire4,8816,380140,353Good recoil, very low range & aim assistThe Fool's Remedy Destiny 2The Fool's RemedySamePrimary
Destiny 2 The Huckleberry artSMG

The Huckleberry

4,8138,198245,925With "Ride the Bull x2"--SamePrimary
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmPrecision4,7426,193205,794Excellent aim assist, low stability & handlingLonesome Destiny 2 artLonesomeSamePrimary
Destiny 2 Devil's Ruin artSidearm

Devil's Ruin

4,6836,125202,125---SamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGLightweight4,6636,833180,378High aim assist and handling, low rangeMultimach CCX Destiny 2 artMultimach CCXSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGAggressive4,5916,558206,031High range, low aim assistIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2SamePrimary
Dead Man's Tale Destiny 2 artScout Rifle

Dead Man's Tale

4,4766,769568,588With Catalyst--SamePrimary
Destiny 2 SUROS RegimeAuto Rifle

SUROS Regime

4,3915,513259,200At Max rate of fire--SamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGAdaptive4,3006,075187,110High stability & range, poor recoilDestiny 2 RiskrunnerRiskrunnerSamePrimary
Destiny 2 ThornHand Cannon

Thorn

4,0875,347268,106---SamePrimary
Destiny 2 The Last WordHand Cannon

The Last Word

3,9655,438162,400With Fan Fire x4--SamePrimary
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RifleRapid-Fire3,9064,542280,847High aim assist, low rangeReckless Oracle Destiny 2Reckless OracleSamePrimary
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGPrecision3,8755,645220,155Excellent range & aim assist, low handlingSeventh Seraph VY-7 Destiny 2Seventh Seraph VY-7SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Polaris Lance artScout Rifle

Polaris Lance

3,7854,470353,984With "Perfect Fifth"--SamePrimary
No Time to Explain Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

No Time to Explain

3,6874,381371,126With Catalyst--SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Vigilance Wing artPulse Rifle

Vigilance Wing

3,6024,222215,100---SamePrimary
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 stabilityFalse Promises Destiny 2False PromisesSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleRapid-Fire3,3524,104170,460High stability, very low rangeTrusteeSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleLightweight3,3183,807219,264Excellent aim assist & handling, low rangeNight Watch Destiny 2 artNight WatchSamePrimary
Destiny 2 CrimsonHand Cannon

Crimson

3,2504,398358,800---SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Scout Rifle

Skyburner's Oath

3,2063,598259,020When aiming down sights--SamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleHigh-Impact3,0463,578340,578Excellent range, low aim assistThe Guiding SightSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RiflePrecision3,0153,489204,688High stability, decent elsewhereRoyal ChaseSamePrimary
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 rangeThe Time-Worn Spire Destiny 2 artThe Time-Worn SpireSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleAggressive Burst2,7443,232241,312Excellent range, low aim assistSacred Provenance Destiny 2 artSacred ProvenanceSamePrimary
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand CannonAdaptive2,7243,464163,295Good stability, decent rangeDestiny 2 Ace of Spades artAce of SpadesSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleHigh-Impact2,7203,281250,128High range & recoil, low aim assistThe Messenger Destiny 2 artThe MessengerSamePrimary
Destiny 2 Graviton Lance artPulse Rifle

Graviton Lance

2,7072,984271,733---SamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleLightweight2,5733,046160,805Excellent handling, low rangeChattering Bone Destiny 2Chattering BoneSamePrimary
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 timeBiting WindsSamePrimary
Destiny 2 Le Monarque artCombat Bow

Le Monarque

-->3,969357,225---SamePrimary
Destiny 2 Wish Ender artCombat Bow

Wish Ender

-->4,137391,952vs. non-Taken--SamePrimary

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:

The following items were added to the ranking:

  • Parasite exotic
  • Grand Ouverture archetype

The following weapons types received noticeable changes:

  • Rocket Launchers
  • Several Exotics

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11 Comments
  1. blueberry

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

    Reply
    • 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

    Reply
    • Ric (aka Prim)

      Thanks for the heads up! It is now corrected!

      Reply
      • COld

        What outbreak dps

        Reply
  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 :/

    Reply
    • 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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