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
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflesAdaptive-8,3219,026140,265Trinary System Destiny 2 artTrinary System
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflesRapid-Fire-8,7719,498150,920Null Composure Destiny 2 artNull Composure
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflesPrecision-7,6808,660178,621PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 artPLUG ONE.1
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflesAggressive-9,67710,774250,236Coriolis Force Destiny 2 artCoriolis Force
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflesHigh-Impact-7,9868,924200,129Glacioclasm Destiny 2 artGlacioclasm
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifles

Merciless

-14,12915,905166,681Destiny 2 Merciless artMerciless
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifles

Bastion

-10,92312,490229,320Destiny 2 BastionBastion
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifles

Jötunn

-9,72610,982224,029Destiny 2 JotunnJötunn
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifles

Telesto

-9,65610,512312,372Destiny 2 Telesto artTelesto
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersLightweight-5,57312,837162,605Ignition Code Destiny 2 artIgnition Code
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersLightweightWith Spike Grenades perk6,05213,940176,572Salvager's Salvo Destiny 2 artSalvager's Salvo
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

Witherhoard

-3,601-740,985Witherhoard art Destiny 2Witherhoard
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

Eriana's Vow

With First Glance perk11,60312,456224,208Destiny 2 Eriana's Vow artEriana's Vow
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifles

Arbalest

-11,32513,412287,500Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalest
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunsRapid-Fire-9,86214,538130,838IKELOS SG v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SG_v1.0.2
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunsPrecision Slug-12,86214,039155,508Heritage Destiny 2 artHeritage
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunsPrecision-8,3309,810162,994Retold Tale Destiny 2 artRetold Tale
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunsLightweight-10,57312,171109,536Destiny 2 Seventh Seraph CQC-12Seventh Seraph CQC-12
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2ShotgunsAggressive-8,7879,644157,806Found Verdict Destiny 2 artFound Verdict
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RiflesAggressive-8,61111,191139,883Succession Destiny 2 artSuccession
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RiflesAdaptive-8,72511,398121,576Uzume RR4 Destiny 2 artUzume RR4
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

Izanagi's Burden

With its Catalyst15,056-181,880Destiny 2 Izanagi's BurdenIzanagi's Burden
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifles

Cloudstrike

-15,92619,784178,059Cloudstrike Destiny 2Cloudstrike
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RiflesRapid-Fire-10,04013,44586,430IKELOS_SR_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SR_v1.0.2
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifles

Coldheart

At Max charge9,50010,667359,132Destiny 2 Coldheart artColdheart
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifles

Prometheus Lens

-4,6185,217208,669Destiny 2 Prometheus Lens artPrometheus Lens
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifles

Divinity

-7,1827,455192,836Destiny 2 Divinity artDivinity
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2Trace Rifles

Wavesplitter

With Orb pick up8,9619,998266,614Destiny 2 Wavesplitter artWavesplitter

Primary Weapons

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSpecsAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal Damage--Best in Class
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflesRapid-Fire

High aim assist, very low range

3,9064,542280,847Reckless Oracle Destiny 2Reckless Oracle
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflesPrecision

High range, low aim assist

3,3694,073225,888Shadow Price Destiny 2 artShadow Price
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflesAdaptive

High handling, decent elsewhere

3,5554,300295,840Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing Hunger
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Auto RiflesHigh-Impact

Excellent range, low handling and stability

3,3613,993298,144False Promises Destiny 2False Promises
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat BowsLightweight640 ms Draw time-3,265229,704Arsenic Bite 4b Destiny 2 artArsenic Bite-4b
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat BowsPrecision680 ms Draw time-3,215252,221Biting Winds Destiny 2 artBiting Winds
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bows

Le Monarque

--3,969357,225Destiny 2 Le Monarque artLe Monarque
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2Combat Bows

Wish Ender

--4,137391,952Destiny 2 Wish Ender artWish-Ender
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand Cannon

The Last Word

Exotic Perk: Weapon fires full auto

3,9655,438162,400Destiny 2 The Last WordThe Last Word
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand CannonAggressive

High range, low stability and handling

2,9653,843224,816Igneous Hammer Destiny 2 artIgneous Hammer
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand CannonPrecision

High stability, poor handling

2,8653,639131,004Posterity Destiny 2 artPosterity
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Hand CannonAdaptive

Good stability, decent range

2,7243,464163,295Destiny 2 Ace of Spades artAce of Spades
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleLightweight

Excellent handling, low range

2,5733,046160,805Chattering Bone Destiny 2Chattering Bone
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleAggressive

Excellent range, low aim assist

2,7443,232241,312Sacred Provenance Destiny 2 artSacred Provenance
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleRapid-Fire

High aim assist, low range

2,7713,285137,970The Time-Worn Spire Destiny 2 artThe Time-Worn Spire
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleHigh-Impact

High range & recoil, low aim assist

2,7203,281250,128The Messenger Destiny 2 artThe Messenger
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleAdaptive

High handling, decent range

2,8253,246194,778The Third Axiom Destiny 2 artThe Third Axiom
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleRapid-Fire

High stability, very low range

3,3524,104170,460Trustee Destiny 2 artTrustee
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RiflePrecision

High stability, decent elsewhere

3,0153,489204,688Royal Chase Destiny 2 artRoyal Chase
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Good Range, Good stability

4,9426,769568,588Dead Man's Tale Destiny 2 artDead Man's Tale
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleHigh-Impact

Excellent range, low aim assist

3,0463,578340,578The Guiding Sight Destiny 2The Guiding Sight
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleLightweight

Excellent aim assist & handling, low range

3,3183,807219,264Night Watch Destiny 2 artNight Watch
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmLightweight

High handling, very low range

5,2846,645149,510Anonymous Autumn Destiny 2Anonymous Autumn
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmAdaptive

High aim assist, decent elsewhere

5,1376,431192,937Drang Destiny 2Drang
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmPrecision

Excellent aim assist, low stability & handling

4,7426,193205,794Lonesome Destiny 2 artLonesome
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmOmolon Adaptive

High stability, decent elsewhere

5,0206,355356,452Last Dance Destiny 2 artThe Last Dance
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmAggressive Burst

High aim assist, low stability & handling

5,3316,193320,151Brass Attacks Destiny 2 artBrass Attacks
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SidearmSUROS Rapid-Fire

Good recoil, very low range & aim assist

4,8816,380140,353The Fool's Remedy Destiny 2The Fool's Remedy
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGPrecision

Excellent range & aim assist, low handling

3,8755,645220,155Seventh Seraph VY-7 Destiny 2Seventh Seraph VY-7
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGAggressive

High range, low aim assist

4,5916,558206,031IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGLightweight

High aim assist and handling, low range

4,6636,833180,378Multimach CCX Destiny 2 artMultimach CCX
SMG weapon type Destiny 2SMGAdaptive

High stability & range, poor recoil

4,3006,075187,110Destiny 2 RiskrunnerRiskrunner

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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2 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
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