Destiny 2 Dungeon weapons Tier List: Ranked for PVE and PVP

by | Jun 12, 2022 | Weapons

Albeit not as challenging as raids, Dungeons are also considered as endgame content in Destiny 2.

Therefore, they also reward players with top-tier loot. In fact, some of the best weapons in Destiny 2 come from dungeons.

In this guide, we’ll cover every Dungeon weapon currently available, including Legendaries with their PVP and PVE god rolls and Exotics.

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

Best Destiny 2 Dungeon weapons: Tier list

There are currently 20 dungeons weapons in the game. And unlike classic MMOs, some dungeon weapons are just as good as the best raid weapons in the game:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
EyaslunaEyasluna art
Eyasluna
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimaryStasis30th AnniversaryYesS › BestGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

30th Anniversary
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Headstone
PvP God Roll: Rangefinder + Kill Clip

► One of the most popular and beloved weapons from Destiny 1 has returned and it's even stronger than before. Eyasluna offers god-tier stats and an extremely good perk selection that will help it dominate the Crucible.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Headstone
PvP God Roll: Rangefinder + Kill Clip
GjallarhornGjallarhorn art
Gjallarhorn
Rocket LauncherExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesS › BestGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

30th Anniversary
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Rounds fired split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation. Gain increased handling and reload speed when standing near allies. Firing this weapon also grants Wolfpack Rounds to nearby allies wielding non-Exotic Rocket Launchers."

► Gjallarhorn is nowhere as overpowered as it once was but still offers excellent stats and a great exotic perk (especially with the catalyst) that gives it that extra oomph to excel and become the meta option for rocket launcher users.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Rounds fired split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation. Gain increased handling and reload speed when standing near allies. Firing this weapon also grants Wolfpack Rounds to nearby allies wielding non-Exotic Rocket Launchers."
StormchaserStormchaser art
Stormchaser
Linear Fusion RifleAggressiveHeavyArcDeluxe EditionYesS › BestDuality Dungeon
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Firing Line (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► The first linear fusion rifle to not be a Precision Frame, Stormchaser and its three-round burst is as unique as they are fun. And with S-Tier perk combinations like Rapid Hit + Firing Line, this already-strong linear fusion rifle easily competes with top picks like Reed's Regret.
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Firing Line (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Matador 64Matador 64 art
Matador 64
ShotgunPrecisionSpecialArc30th AnniversaryYesS › BestGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

30th Anniversary
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Opening Shot (also good: Killing Wind)

► Matador 64 is, in my experience, the best Precision shotgun in the game. Its ability to roll with excellent perks such as Opening Shot and Perpetual Motion makes Matador 64 a beast in PvP. It is a staple in my Energy slot if I ever need a shotgun, even in the most competitive of environments.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Opening Shot (also good: Killing Wind)
Lingering DreadLingering Dread art
Lingering Dread
Grenade LauncherLightweightSpecialStasisDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE/PvP God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Ambitious Assassin) + Chill Clip

► Lingering Dread is the first of its kind. It's the first Special Stasis Grenade Launcher, and it comes with one of the newer Stasis perks, Chill Clip. However, despite the potential nuance that Chill Clip may bring, Lingering Dread doesn't shake up the meta. It is merely another 'pretty good' option.
Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE/PvP God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Ambitious Assassin) + Chill Clip
New PurposeNew Purpose art
New Purpose
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStasisDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Headstone (also good: Desperado)
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Desperado

► For those not wanting to grind out The Messenger, New Purpose is the next best thing. Desperado was recently nerfed and is now significantly less potent, but it's still crazy fun in both PvE and PvP. Plus, New Purpose's Stasis element and Headstone can also play an integral part in a PvE Stasis build.
Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Headstone (also good: Desperado)
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Desperado
The Last BreathThe Last Breath art
The Last Breath
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongProphecy Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Demolitionist) + Frenzy (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)

► The Last Breath is a must-have auto rifle for PVE. It has all the right perks to excel in everyday PVE activities. And if next season happens to have an Anti-barrier auto rifle mod, you can bet The Last Breath will become meta.
Season 15
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Demolitionist) + Frenzy (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)
Hero of AgesHero of Ages art
Hero of Ages
SwordVortexHeavyArc30th AnniversaryYesA › StrongGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

30th Anniversary
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Unrelenting) + Chain Reaction (also good: One for All)

► Hero of Ages is an excellent arc alternative to the fan-favorite Falling Guillotine. Its perk selection is rather niche and leans into an add clearing playstyle with perks such as One for All, Demolitionist, and Chain Reaction.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Unrelenting) + Chain Reaction (also good: One for All)
Fixed OddsFixed Odds art
Fixed Odds
Machine GunHigh-ImpactHeavySolarDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Incandescent (also good: Rampage)

► With some scattered good picks in the first column and an almost-perfect second column of perks, Fixed Odds is one of the better PvE machine guns in the game. With the recent buff to machine gun damage and unique perks such as Incandescent and Killing Tally, Fixed Odds is a great choice anywhere.
Season 17
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Incandescent (also good: Rampage)
HeartshadowHeartart
Heartshadow
SwordExoticHeavyVoidDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Heavy attacks made with full Sword energy turn you invisible and fire exploding Void projectiles. Remaining invisible grants this weapon increased damage. Hitting a target with this weapon’s projectiles while invisible weakens them."

► While Heartshadow does require you to change your playstyle a bit due to its unique perks and heavy attack, it can be extremely useful in the right hands. Not only are Invisibility and Weaken irreplaceable buffs for PVE, but they also allow this sword to have great synergy with a Void subclass. Plus, Heartshadow is extremely fun to use!
Season 17
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Heavy attacks made with full Sword energy turn you invisible and fire exploding Void projectiles. Remaining invisible grants this weapon increased damage. Hitting a target with this weapon’s projectiles while invisible weakens them."
UnforgivenUnforgiven art
Unforgiven
Submachine GunAggressivePrimaryVoidDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Rampage)

► The only SMG in the game that can roll Demolitionist in its first column, Unforgiven is one of the many unique weapons to come from the Duality dungeon. Plus, its second column is full of tons of S-Tier damage and utility perks, making Unforgiven an easy choice for any Void 3.0 build.
Season 17
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Rampage)
A Sudden DeathA Sudden Death art
A Sudden Death
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongProphecy Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Threat Detector (also good: Slideshot) + Elemental Capacitor

► A Sudden Death's combination of Threat Detector and Elemental Capacitor provides some of the best handling and swap speeds ever seen on an Aggressive frame shotgun. This is one of the top shotguns for PvP players who main Arc subclasses.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Threat Detector (also good: Slideshot) + Elemental Capacitor
Darkest BeforeDarkest Before art
Darkest Before
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongProphecy Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Rampage (also good: Elemental Capacitor)

► Rapid-Fire pulses are oppressive and excel in medium-range engagements. And while Gridskipper is still great, Darkest Before is the absolute best Rapid-fire currently in the game. It has better base stats and a great sight.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Rampage (also good: Elemental Capacitor)
1000 Yard Stare1000 Yard Stare art
1000 Yard Stare
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialVoid30th AnniversaryYesA › StrongGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

30th Anniversary
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: No Distractions) + Snapshot Sights

► One of the best snipers from Destiny 1 returns. With best-in-class stats and excellent perks, 1000 Yard Stare remains a popular sniper among top-tier PVP players. With a fairly low zoom stat, decent sights, and high aim assist, 1000 Yard Stare offers a great combination of lethality and ease of use.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: No Distractions) + Snapshot Sights
PremonitionPremonition art
Premonition
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryVoidShadowkeepYesB › AveragePit of Heresy Dungeon
Average

B



Pit of Heresy Dungeon

Shadowkeep
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Rampage

► Premonition used to be one of the top high-impact pulse rifles for PVP, but has been largely replaced by The Messenger in the kinetic slot and a Shadow Star in the Energy slot.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Rampage
A Swift VerdictA Swift Verdict art
A Swift Verdict
SidearmPrecisionPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageProphecy Dungeon
Average

B



Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Surplus) + Rangefinder (also good: Kill Clip)

► A Swift Verdict is part of a fairly unpopular archetype: Precision sidearms. There are more lethal options out there, namely lightweight sidearms. Still, if you happen to land a god roll, this weapon can certainly compete in 6v6 PVP modes.
Season 15
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Surplus) + Rangefinder (also good: Kill Clip)
JudgmentJudgment art
Judgment
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageProphecy Dungeon
Average

B



Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Timed Payload)

► Considered underrated by a small portion of the community, Judgment does have some interesting perk combinations that can't be found on many other Hand Cannons. While this gun has found its small place in the game, it's hard to rank Judgment too high because of all the other amazing options.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Timed Payload)
The Long WalkThe Long Walk art
The Long Walk
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageProphecy Dungeon
Average

B



Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Clown Cartridge + Firing Line
PvE God Roll: Killing Wind + Snapshot Sights

► While not a bad sniper rifle on paper, The Long Walk is just eclipsed by vastly superior snipers. Frankly, you're better off just farming community favorites such as Uzume RR4 or Beloved.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Clown Cartridge + Firing Line
PvE God Roll: Killing Wind + Snapshot Sights
The EpicureanThe Epicurean art
The Epicurean
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialVoidDeluxe EditionYesC › WeakDuality Dungeon
Weak

C



Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Well-Rounded) + Moving Target (also good: Backup Plan)

► With no good PvE perks and very scattered picks for PvP, The Epicurean comes in slightly below average. It still isn't a horrible choice for the Crucible, but there are so many better fusion rifles right now that there isn't a point in running this one.
Season 17
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Well-Rounded) + Moving Target (also good: Backup Plan)

These are the different Tier levels used for this tier list ranking:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapon types.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapon types, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

The list starts with the S Tier and moves down from there.

Destiny 2 Dungeon weapon farming: How to get them

Farming dungeons for unlimited loot is easier than you think. All you need is a committed Fireteam and a couple of hours ahead of you.

Farming newer dungeons

This is how you can go about farming both Prophecy and Grasp of Avarice dungeons:

  1. Go through the dungeon on your first character until you reach the encounter you want to farm.
  2. Start the encounter and wipe (i.e. die without beating it).
  3. Ask your Fireteam to wait. Change characters and log into a character that hasn’t run the dungeon that week.
  4. On that second character, join again your Fireteam.
  5. Wipe again. Now your second character has the proper checkpoint.

Prophecy’s first encounter

And that’s it. You can now farm that encounter ad nauseam until reset! To continue farming, you need to:

  1. Launch the dungeon using your second character (the one that is holding the checkpoint).
  2. Change characters and rejoin your Fireteam on your first character.
  3. Complete the encounter for loot.
  4. Exit the dungeon, switch characters again, and repeat Step 1.

This is how you can technically farm a dungeon.

These loot tables cover exactly what items can drop from every encounter:

Farming older dungeons?

Up until recently, farming older dungeons (Shattered Throne or Pit of Heresy) was impossible. Just as older raids, these could only be completed once per character per week.

But Season of the Haunted (S17) introduced a Raid and Dungeon rotation. Every week, a different raid and dungeon are part of the weekly rotation, which means they become fully farmable, on top of also offering a Pinnacle reward each. This page covers the weekly Raid and dungeon rotation in depth.

Ranking criteria

For the record, as much as we tried to keep this list as objective as possible, it’s still based on our personal experience playing the PC version of the game.

Finally, if you’re wondering what criteria was used to build this Tier list, these are the main factors I took into account:

  • Lethality: The higher the effective DPS and usability, the higher the ranking.
  • Consistency: Some weapons may not have the highest DPS numbers, but they are so consistent, they more than make up for their lower DPS numbers.
  • Ease of use: Similar to the point above, some weapons are very effective because they are easy to use and don’t require too much skill or setup. This is also rewarded with higher rankings.
  • PVE/PVP Performance: High lethality in either PVE or  PVP is equally valuable. However, a weapon that is good at both PVE and PVP should rank higher than one that is slightly better on only PVE or PVP.
  • Fun factor: Not the most important factor, but it also helps if the weapon is damn fun to shoot with!

If you strongly disagree with some of the rankings here, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. By the way, what is your personal favorite?

The Last Word

You now know everything there is to know about Dungeons weapons. Are you currently chasing any of these weapons? Let us know in the comments below.

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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