Best Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2: Tier List Ranking

by | Apr 10, 2022 | Weapons

Fusion Rifles are a staple of any loadout in Destiny 2. Whether you’ll be tearing it up against other Guardians in the Crucible, or fighting wave after wave of Scorn and Taken in the new Vow Of The Disciple Raid, you will find a Fusion Rifle that is just right for the occasion. With that said, there are some clear stand-outs in their class.

If you’re looking for the definitive Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles Tier List, look no further. We’ll discuss which Fusion Rifles are best-in-class for various situations, and rank them from best to worst. Let’s dive in!

Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles Tier list

The Tier list below includes every Exotic and non-sunset legendary Fusions in the game. It starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying in what area each weapon shines:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?RankSourceObtainable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
RiptideRiptide Destiny 2 art
Riptide
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesOngoingPlaylist: CrucibleOngoing...

Playlist: Crucible

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

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Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

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The Wizened RebukeThe Wizened Rebuke Destiny 2 art
The Wizened Rebuke
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesOngoingIron BannerOngoing...

Iron Banner

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

Review ongoing...


Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

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Burden of GuiltBurden of Guilt Destiny 2 art
Burden of Guilt
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesOngoingTrials of OsirisOngoing...

Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

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Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

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The EpicureanThe Epicurean Destiny 2 art
The Epicurean
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialVoidDeluxe EditionYesOngoingDuality DungeonOngoing...

Duality Dungeon

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

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Season 17
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

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Snorri FR5Snorri FR5 Destiny 2 art
Snorri FR5
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot pool
Best

S



Excels in:
PVP
World loot pool

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

PVP God Roll: Firmly Planted + Successful Warm-up

► With tons of good perks for both PVE and PVP players, Snorri FR5 is arguably the most well-rounded fusion rifle in the game. With extremely high range, Firmly Planted, and Successful Warm-up, this is an obvious pick for PVP. With good range and stability, the Snorri FR5 can be the perfect tool against shotgun apes or just map people from surprising distances. Plus, with the great combination of Compulsive Reloader and Reservoir Burst, Snorri can excel in PVE too.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVP God Roll: Firmly Planted + Successful Warm-up
TelestoDestiny 2 Telesto art
Telesto
Fusion RifleExoticSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Engram
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fusion projectiles attach and detonate with a delayed Void blast. Multikills with this weapon immediately reload your equipped Kinetic and Energy weapons from reserves."

► Telesto is a menace in PVP: Setting traps, getting multikills and shutting down Supers are all possible. And now that it can synergize with Void 3.0 it's even more usable. You'll find a place for it in any loadout.
Season 2
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fusion projectiles attach and detonate with a delayed Void blast. Multikills with this weapon immediately reload your equipped Kinetic and Energy weapons from reserves."
JötunnDestiny 2 Jotunn
Jötunn
Fusion RifleExoticSpecialSolarForsaken PackYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Exotic Kiosk

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Hold down the trigger to charge up a tracking shot that explodes and burns on impact. Energy matched shield explosion disorients enemies."

► With its tracking shots, Jotunn can be a very niche but fun perk for PvP and can prove useful in PvE environments where the boss may be moving around a lot. Best used in casual PvP playlists, as an experienced player will know how to dodge the tracking shot reliably.
Season 5
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Hold down the trigger to charge up a tracking shot that explodes and burns on impact. Energy matched shield explosion disorients enemies."
DeliveranceDeliverance Destiny 2 art v2
Deliverance
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesA › StrongVow of the Disciple Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Vow of the Disciple Raid

The Witch Queen
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Rolls: Demolitionist (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Chill Klip

► Being the first kinetic (and Stasis!) legendary Fusion makes Deliverance already worth grabbing. Plus, with the great perk combos for PVE and PVP, you can't go wrong with this one-of-a-kind weapon.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Rolls: Demolitionist (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Chill Klip
One Thousand VoicesDestiny 2 One Thousand Voices art
One Thousand Voices
Fusion RifleExoticHeavySolarForsaken PackYesA › StrongLast Wish Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Last Wish Raid

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Charging this weapon unleashes a giant continuous beam of death. The beam superheats its targets upon impact, causing delayed explosions."

► "Charging this weapon unleashes a giant continuous beam of death"... What more do you need to know? 1K is a fun addition to any PvE loadout and, if used right, can be deadly in PvP and wipe the floor when invading in Gambit.
Season 4
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Charging this weapon unleashes a giant continuous beam of death. The beam superheats its targets upon impact, causing delayed explosions."
Zealot's Reward
Zealot's Reward
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialVoidShadowkeepYesA › StrongGarden of Salvation Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Garden of Salvation Raid

Shadowkeep
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVP God Roll: Under Pressure + High-Impact Reserves

► With excellent base stats and some of the best PVP perks, Zealot's Reward became a PVP monster overnight. Its Rapid-Fire Frame and ability to benefit from "Volatile rounds" make the Zealot's Reward a beast in PvE too.
Season 8
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVP God Roll: Under Pressure + High-Impact Reserves
Coriolis Force
Coriolis Force
Fusion RifleAggressiveSpecialVoidBeyond LightYesA › StrongEmpire Hunts
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Empire Hunts

Beyond Light
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PVP God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Tresh

► It's the season of Void, and with Volatile rounds activated you'll see this Fusion Rifle perform well. If you happen to land on a god roll, you may as well keep it, but otherwise, don't waste your time chasing this one.
Season 12
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PVP God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Tresh
Glacioclasm
Glacioclasm
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongEvent: Dawning
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Event: Dawning

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PVE God Roll: Subsistence + Reservoir Burst

► You'll find no unique standout perks or rolls for the Glacioclasm. And for the record, a few other Fusion can do the same job but better. Still, a god-rolled Glacioclasm can be good in a pinch.
Season 12
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PVE God Roll: Subsistence + Reservoir Burst
Cartesian CoordinateCartesian Coordinate Destiny 2 art
Cartesian Coordinate
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot pool
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
World loot pool

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

PVE God Roll: Lead from Gold + Vorpal Weapon (also good: High Impact Reserves)

► With the right roll, and used in the correct circumstances, this Fusion Rifle can excel in boss-damage phases. The addition of Vorpal Weapon gives a +20% damage increase against bosses. Adding to that a Charge Time masterwork and a Boss Spec weapon mod and you get a great PvE weapon.
Season 13
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVE God Roll: Lead from Gold + Vorpal Weapon (also good: High Impact Reserves)
PLUG ONE.1PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 art
PLUG ONE.1
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The Ordeals
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Bottomless Grief (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Reservoir Burst (also good: Cornered)

► With outstanding range, this weapon proves why Precision archetype Fusions are so strong right now. Feeding Frenzy + Resovoir burst will synergize well with Volatile rounds too.
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Roll: Bottomless Grief (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Reservoir Burst (also good: Cornered)
Exile's Curse
Exile's Curse
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesA › StrongTrials of Osiris
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PVE God Roll: Slideshot + Kickstart (also good: High-Impact Reserves)

► The Slideshot plus Kickstart combo can be a monster to deal with in PvP. Sliding before firing will not only increase your charge rate but also your damage, range, stability, AND you'll gain a partial reload.
Season 10
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PVE God Roll: Slideshot + Kickstart (also good: High-Impact Reserves)
Main Ingredient
Main Ingredient
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot pool
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
World loot pool

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

PVP God Roll: Under Pressure + High Impact Reserves (also good: Tap the Trigger)

► With great stats and an insane perk selection (that had to be nerfed due to its potency), Main Ingredient is one of the most used weapons in the Crucible right now, and with reason.
Season 11
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVP God Roll: Under Pressure + High Impact Reserves (also good: Tap the Trigger)
Likely SuspectLikely Suspect Destiny 2 art
Likely Suspect
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongThrone World
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Throne World

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVP God Roll: Firmly Planted + Successful Warm-up

► A craftable weapon able to roll with all the hot new perks, including Successful Warmup, Likely Suspect is an easy weapon to recommend. Plus, as a Void weapon, it fully benefits from Void 3.0.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVP God Roll: Firmly Planted + Successful Warm-up
Vex MythoclastVex Mythoclast Destiny 2 art
Vex Mythoclast
Fusion RifleExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageVault of Glass Raid
Average

B



Excels in:
PVE
Vault of Glass Raid

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

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a single bolt with each trigger pull. Defeating targets builds stacks of Overcharge. Swap firing modes when fully Overcharged to charge up and fire more powerful linear fusion shots."

► Vex Mythoclast has gone through so many nerfs and buffs during its Destiny 2 lifespan, that it's hard to say how meta it currently is. With that said, Vex Mythoclast is one of the most sought-after Exotics and is a fun addition to any loadout.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a single bolt with each trigger pull. Defeating targets builds stacks of Overcharge. Swap firing modes when fully Overcharged to charge up and fire more powerful linear fusion shots."
Trinary SystemTrinary System Destiny 2 art
Trinary System
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AveragePlaylist: Gambit
Average

B



Excels in:
PVP
Playlist: Gambit

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

PVE God Roll: High-Impact Reserves(also good: Swashbuckler) + Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Feeding Frenzy)

► Any Fusion Rifle with Slideshot and Tap The Trigger is going to hold its own in the Crucible, but as an Adaptive Frame, Trinary System is a very average weapon you will seldom see in the wild.
Season 13
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: High-Impact Reserves(also good: Swashbuckler) + Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Feeding Frenzy)
MercilessDestiny 2 Merciless art
Merciless
Fusion RifleExoticSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Exotic Engram

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

Exotic Perk: "Non-lethal hits make this weapon charge faster. Reloading immediately after a kill increases weapon damage for a short time."

► Kudos to those of you who remember when Merciless was the best option for DPS in PvE. Unfortunately, even with its unique perk set, Merciless is outmatched by more than a few Legendary Fusion Rifles.
Season 1
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Non-lethal hits make this weapon charge faster. Reloading immediately after a kill increases weapon damage for a short time."
Hollow Words
Hollow Words
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



World loot pool

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

PVE God Roll: Lead From Gold + Vorpal Weapon

► A long charge time kills this weapon for PvE, so if you decide to run the Hollow Words you'll need to make sure you have a Charge Time Masterwork - but it will still be far too slow to stand out.
Season 11
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Roll: Lead From Gold + Vorpal Weapon
Timelines' Vertex
Timelines' Vertex
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesC › Weak
Weak

C





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



► While it can offer amazing range for an Adaptive Fusion Rifle, provided you have this specific roll and a Range Masterwork, Timeline's Vertex still can't compete with the top Fusions.
Season 10
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

Null ComposureNull Composure Destiny 2 art
Null Composure
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakExotic Kiosk
Weak

C



Exotic Kiosk

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire



► Its Rapid-Fire Frame destroys this weapon's usability for PvP, lacking the range and consistency to perform over the current meta Fusions. It has made a comeback in PvE with "Volatile Rounds" and works well with Nezarac's Sin, but there are better options.
Season 14
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

Dream BreakerDream Breaker Destiny 2 art
Dream Breaker
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakMoon
Weak

C



Moon

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

PVE God Roll: Firmly Planted + High-Impact Reserves

► With so many incredible fusion rifles at the moment that are easily acquired, Dream Breaker falls short. If you're still looking for your perfect Snorri, this roll can be a good filler for PvP.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Firmly Planted + High-Impact Reserves
Techeun Force
Techeun Force
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialArcForsaken PackYesD › WorstLast Wish Raid
Worst

D



Last Wish Raid

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Kill Clip + Rampage

► Part of a somewhat weak archetype and hard to farm, this weapon has little to offer and doesn't deserve your attention. If it was a Precision frame instead, it would be in a better spot right now.
Season 4
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Kill Clip + Rampage
BastionDestiny 2 Bastion
Bastion
Fusion RifleExoticSpecialKineticShadowkeepYesD › WorstExotic Kiosk
Worst

D



Exotic Kiosk

Shadowkeep
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Charge to fire 3 spreads of Kinetic slugs. This weapon fires staggering projectiles. Strong against Unstoppable Champions."

► What happened to Bastion was criminal. This was an extremely unique, fun, and deadly weapon to bring to the Crucible. But after dominating for too long, it was nerfed to the ground a few seasons ago. It can now stagger Unstoppable Champions in PVE, yet Bastion is still not worth that Exotic slot, or a Kinetic slot for that matter.
Season 9
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Charge to fire 3 spreads of Kinetic slugs. This weapon fires staggering projectiles. Strong against Unstoppable Champions."
Iota DraconisIota Draconis Destiny 2 art
Iota Draconis
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstXûr
Worst

D



Xûr

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



► If you're running the Iota Draconis you'll notice the Charge Time at 1000 is too slow for any meaningful activity, just about enough time to make a cup of tea between trigger presses.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, 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.

More Destiny 2 Tier lists:

Best Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles in 2022

This section not only covers the top Fusions currently in the game, it also tells you where you can find them.

PS: This guide covers every weapon source in Destiny 2 and most of the sources below are self-explanatory, but in doubt, you can always leave a comment below or ask away on our Discord server.

Overall, these are our Top 10 favorite Fusion rifles for PVE and PVP.

 

Vex Mythoclast Destiny 2 featured fusion rifle

10. Vex Mythoclast

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Now before anyone gets their underwear in a twist over where the Vex Mythoclast belongs on this list, I’d just like to point out that the myriad of buffs and nerfs this gun has received since its introduction to Destiny 2 has left it in a strange spot, couple that with how rare the gun actually is (1% drop rate) and you begin to see why it’s not the most popular Fusion Rifle in the game.

The most recent nerf saw a drastic reduction in aim assistance and accuracy and now requires three kills to proc Overcharge instead of the original two. To further cement the Vex Mythoclast as an average-at-best Fusion Rifle, the Witch Queen buffs that saw an increase of damage for Exotic primary weapons to red-bar enemies did not include the Mythoclast.

In PvP, you’ll find the TTK extremely slow unless you happen to have Overcharge proc’d which is hard enough as it is, and you’ll easily be out-ranged by most meta primaries. Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the Vex Mythoclast and/or looking to create a just-for-fun build then it’s likely to remain in your vault for the time being.

Exotic Perk: “This weapon fires a single bolt with each trigger pull. Defeating targets builds stacks of Overcharge. Swap firing modes when fully Overcharged to charge up and fire more powerful linear fusion shots.”

How to get it: Vex Mythoclast can be acquired by completing the Vault of Glass raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Vex Mythoclast Destiny 2 artVex MythoclastFusion RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PVEVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo

 

Deliverance Fusion Rifle Destiny 2 featured

9. Deliverance

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Finally, our prayers have been answered, Bungie has delivered (excuse the pun) a Stasis Fusion Rifle, and it’s in the kinetic slot, allowing you to run a primary in your secondary weapon slot. Deliverance is the Vow of The Disciple exclusive Fusion, dropped from the first and third encounters, as well as secret chests.

Deliverance can roll with some fantastic perks for PvE, and while it won’t be melting through bosses, it’s extremely efficient at dealing with large groups of enemies. You’ll be wanting to keep an eye out for Deepsight Resonance versions of this weapon, so you can craft your perfect God roll.

We will be looking for a Charge Time Masterwork, Chill Clip to detonate enemies and Perpetual Motion to improve reload speed, stability, and handling while moving – which you’ll be doing a lot of in raids. This weapon comes with the Souldrinker Origin trait which will heal you based on how many shots you land before reloading.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Perpetual Motion (also good: Demolitionist)
  • Perk 2: Chill Clip (also good: Adrenaline Junkie)

How to get it: Deliverance can be acquired by completing the fourth or fifth encounter of the Vault of Glass raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Deliverance Destiny 2 art v2DeliveranceFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PVE + PVPVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable

 

Main Ingredient Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

8. Main Ingredient

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Main Ingredient is the Fusion Rifle of choice for a lot of Crucible players, due to its vertical recoil of 73, Precision Frame, and (insanely) high range. One of the first Fusion Rifles to strike fear into the heart of a Guardian through that famous charging sound, it’s been a staple for entire seasons.

Now, there are plenty of weapons to match its power, and so it’s fallen down the list a few spots, but it still makes the top 10. The Main Ingredient has seen somewhat of a resurgence in the Crucible over the last month as Xur sold a God roll, and now everyone and their ghost have a best-in-slot crucible Fusion.

If you’re looking for a PvE Fusion Rifle then you may be better suited with another from this list. Tap the Trigger and Firmly Planted are too strong to pass up on for PvP action, combining to reduce the “accuracy cone size” by 50%, it almost becomes harder to miss your target with the Main Ingredient.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Firmly Planted (also good: Under Pressure)
  • Perk 2: Tap the Trigger

How to get it: Main Ingredient can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities or via the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Main IngredientFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo

 

PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

7. PLUG ONE.1

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

The PLUG ONE.1 is a Destiny 1 classic brought to life in Destiny 2 not only with some incredible rolls, but an adept version as well. A vertical recoil pattern of 75 (Directly up) means you won’t be struggling to hit every round, with the Precision Frame allowing for some serious range.

PLUG ONE.1’s perk pool is nothing to scoff at, with some top tier rolls available in the table for both PvP and PvE, but you’ll want to run it in the Crucible to maximize its outstanding potential. Heating Up increases accuracy and improves the vertical recoil pattern even further upon final blows, and stacks up to two times, combine Kickstart for a charge rate of 640ms and a 20% damage buff shortly after sliding and you’ve got yourself a miniature orbital cannon.

In summary: PLUG ONE.1 is a Destiny 1 classic adored by the community, brought back spectacularly. You’ll find the range and recoil pattern of this Fusion keeps you in the fight even against all those Piece of Minds.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Feeding Frenzy
  • Perk 2: Reservoir Burst

How to get it: PLUG ONE.1 can be acquired by completing Nightfall: The Ordeals (the highest difficulties have increased drop rates).

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 artPLUG ONE.1Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PVENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo

 

Jötunn Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

6. Jötunn

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE and PVP

If you’re looking for a Fusion Rifle that acts more like a grenade launcher, with the tracking capabilities to match Gjhallahorn, then you’ve found it with Jotunn. There’s no wrong way to use this weapon. It can melt through shielded enemies and bosses’ health bars with its Charged Shot which tracks and burns on impact when the trigger is held, or you can have Guardians dancing around the crucible in a feeble attempt to escape their inevitable death… trust me I’ve tried.

There isn’t much that needs to be said about Jotunn, it doesn’t require a whole lot of skill to use, just charge it up and aim in the general direction of something you want to kill. The Jotunn may not be the best weapon available for the job, and it will take up an exotic slot that may be used elsewhere, but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun.

In summary: An insane amount of fun with very little knowledge or skill needed to reach its potential. As long as you know the general range of the weapon and the location of your opponent, you’re almost guaranteed a kill with every shot. Don’t expect to perform miracles in competitive PvP but you’ll have a good time nonetheless.

Exotic Perk: “Hold down the trigger to charge up a tracking shot that explodes and burns on impact. Energy matched shield explosion disorients enemies.”

How to get it: Jötunn can be purchased at the Monument to Lost Lights in the Tower.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 JotunnJötunnFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialSolarForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PVE + PVPExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 5EnergyNo

 

Cartesian Coordinate Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

5. Cartesian Coordinate

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Cartesian Coordinate is the only Rapid Fire Frame Fusion that can roll with Vorpal Weapon. With the right roll, and under the correct circumstances, Cartesian Coordinate can excel in boss-phase DPS. Vorpal Weapon increases damage by 20% to boss targets, which might not seem like much, but it makes a massive difference to enemies with a lot of health.

It won’t compete with Void fusion rifles in a season that heavily relies on void synergy and Volatile Rounds, but it will not let you down on the DPS charts either and makes a fantastic substitute for some harder to obtain Fusion Rifles

In summary: With Cartesian Coordinate being the only Rapid Fire fusion that can also roll Vorpal Weapon it sits firmly in the category of “top tier”. However, if no such roll existed it more than likely would not make the top ten.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Lead from Gold (also good: Under Pressure)
  • Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon

How to get it: Cartesian Coordinate can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities or via the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Cartesian Coordinate Destiny 2 artCartesian CoordinateFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo

 

Glacioclasm Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

4. Glacioclasm

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Originally, Glacioclasm was much further down this list – but now that it can roll with Subsistence, and is the only Fusion Rifle that can do so, we had to bump it up a few spots.

Glacioclasm almost matches PLUG ONE.1 in a directly vertical recoil pattern of 78 and base stability of 36 making it extremely reliable in terms of accuracy. With the right set of perks, Glacioclasm it’s an extremely versatile Fusion Rifle that can really stand out in the new Season 16 Void builds, with Resovoir Burst causing enemies to explode upon death when the battery is full.

You’ll find yourself melting wave after wave of ads with Subsistence, which partially reloads 10-17% (depending on the weapon type) of the magazine upon defeating a target. Without these perks, Glacioclasm is second-best to many other Fusion’s on this list, so keep grinding until you bag yourself a god roll!

In summary: Glacioclasm manages to claw its way into the top ten by being one of the only Fusion Rifles that can roll Subsistence, refilling the magazine upon killing a target means that you’ll run out of special ammunition way before you find yourself reloading, it’s a DPS chaser’s wet dream.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Subsistence
  • Perk 2: Reservoir Burst

How to get it: Glacioclasm can only be acquired during the Dawning event (usually in December-January).

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
GlacioclasmFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PVEEvent: Dawning
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo

 

Telesto Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

3. Telesto

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE and PVP

Telesto has become a cult classic and is thought to be the most broken weapon ever put into a video game. Telesto somehow finds itself repeatedly breaking the game in more and more ridiculous ways (38 times to this date), from instantly filling your super energy bar to granting infinite ammo.

In the here and now, even without game-breaking bugs, Telesto is still a worthy weapon for any arsenal. The Unplanned Reprieve perk attaches projectiles fired from Telesto to its target with a delayed void explosion and then, Harbinger’s Pulse reloads your Kinetic and Energy weapons from reserves upon multi-kills. The combination of these two perks allows you to continuously provide heavy damage numbers to bosses that include ADD’s in their arena, such as Vault of Glasses Templar.

In summary: Telesto has consistently provided huge numbers in terms of DPS and finds its way into almost 95% of fusion rifle builds. It’s only a matter of time until Telesto finds another way to break the game, so keep it somewhere at the ready even if you wish to use something else for now.

Exotic Perk: “Fusion projectiles attach and detonate with a delayed Void blast. Multikills with this weapon immediately reload your equipped Kinetic and Energy weapons from reserves.”

How to get it: Telesto can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Telesto artTelestoFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PVE + PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 2EnergyNo

 

Likely Suspect Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

2. Likely Suspect

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2

Likely suspect was the first Fusion rifle that players can craft with the new weapon crafting system introduced in The Witch Queen, so chasing those god rolls isn’t as important here – just craft one yourself!

Rapid Fire Frame and Void-based damage with the right set of perks make Likely Suspect an absolute PvE monster. A very manageable 80 recoil and respectable 2.13 second reload speed (2 seconds with a masterwork) make this Fusion Rifle top-tier. Firmly Planted and the new Successful Warmup perk are must-haves here, increasing your reload/charge speed and stability even further.

Remember, Likely Suspect also comes with an Origin trait, in this case, Psychohack, which diminishes your target’s damage output by -10% for 3 seconds when taking sustained damage, fantastic for mini-bosses and ADD control.

In summary: Likely Suspect is the first craftable Fusion Rifle in the game, and an absolute must-have for high-tier end-game PvE content, with void-based damage and an incredible perk roll, including the new craftable perk, leave this Fusion Rifle a MUST HAVE.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Perpetual Motion
  • Perk 2: Successful Warmup (also good: Adagio)

How to get it: Likely Suspect can be acquired by completing activities in the Throne World. It can also be crafted!

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Likely Suspect Destiny 2 artLikely SuspectFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PVPThrone World
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyCraftable

 

Snorri FR5 Destiny 2 Fusion rifle featured

1. Snorri FR5

Crucible logo Destiny 2Best PVP Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2

There’s likely no shock here that the Snorri FR5 is at the top of our list of Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles, as it’s the current king of the Crucible and is so easily accessible that you probably have one right now without even knowing it.

The Snorri FR5 is a Precision Frame Fusion Rifle with some best-in-slot stats and the perks to match, an absolute monster in PVP and you’re likely to see at least one player using it per game. A base recoil pattern of 78 (vertical) makes it incredibly easy to control, which only gets easier with Arrowhead Brake and Firmly Planted tightening the spread to almost nothing. While it may have a slower charge time than some other Fusion’s, the range of 20.27m (while ADS) and insane handling will more than make up for it.

In summary: The Snorri FR5 is absolutely everywhere, it’s one of the easiest Fusion Rifles to obtain, and, more than likely, you have a few knocking around without even noticing it. Best in class range and stability make this weapon an absolute monster in the crucible.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Firmly Planted
  • Perk 2: Successful Warmup (also good: High-Impact Reserves)

How to get it: Snorri FR5 can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities or via the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams and Prime engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Snorri FR5 Destiny 2 artSnorri FR5Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Best

S

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyNo

Fusions in PVP: Lethality & TTK

TTK is usually very important in PVP, because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. You can read all about it in our TTK guide.

However, TTK is mostly used when comparing primary ammo weapons. When talking about Special ammo weapons, such as Fusion rifles, players are looking for a one-hit-kill weapon. After years of being a laughing stock in the Crucible, Fusion rifles finally received much-needed buffs that catapulted them to the top of the meta.

The best fusion rifles were toned down mere days ago (especially the Firmly Planted perk on fusions), but make no mistake, they remain a strong option for PVP.

Fusions in PVE: DPS

DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major.

This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs--Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artFusion Rifle

One Thousand Voices

16,55617,991273,456---SameHeavy
Destiny 2 Merciless artFusion Rifle

Merciless

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

Bastion

12,17113,918255,528---SameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleRapid-Fire11,54812,712166,068-Null Composure Destiny 2 artNull ComposureSameSpecial
Destiny 2 JotunnFusion Rifle

Jötunn

9,77111,033225,075---SameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAggressive9,67710,774250,236-Coriolis ForceSameSpecial
Destiny 2 Telesto artFusion Rifle

Telesto

9,67510,532312,963With Catalyst--SameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAdaptive8,9559,714150,948-Trinary System Destiny 2 artTrinary SystemSameSpecial
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

Compared to other special weapons, Fusions Rifles remain strong in PVE. Able to dish some serious damage from distances that are generally safer than shotguns, Fusions are always solid PVE option.

Are Fusion Rifles Meta?

We’ve talked about the best Fusions for PVE and PVP already, but how do they compare, in general, with other Special weapon types?

The current Meta for PVE

So, are Fusions good in Destiny 2 PVE? This table summarizes how the several special weapon types compare against each other:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
S › Best
Best

S

► Shotguns are in a great place right now, and that's mainly due to the buff to slug shotguns but also the many new shotguns recently released with great stats and insane damage-dealing perks such as Reconstruction, Vorpal weapon, one-two punch, etc.

Overall, shotguns are finally hitting that sweet spot between risk and reward. Slug shotguns, in particular, are among the best shotguns in the game.
PVE Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

► Special ammo Grenade launchers used to be Top tier, but that was only because of the Mountaintop. Technically, the Mountaintop is still one of the best (if not THE best) special weapon for PVE.

Thing is, Mountaintop will be retired with Beyond Light and won't be viable for endgame content anymore. And as much as people keep saying Truthteller will replace it, no other grenade launcher will be nearly as good as the Mountaintop.
PVE Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

► Up until Season of Dawn, snipers were the best PVE special weapons in the game. They were extremely lethal and safe to use in endgame content, as they allowed players to deal insane DPS from afar.

But Bungie decided to nerf them hard because they were "too safe", bringing them back to pre-Shadowkeep values. Except, they were buffed with Shadowkeep because they were too average...
PVE Specials
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

► Fusion rifles were recipients of a significant nerf some time ago, making them technically weaker than before.

That said, fusion rifles deserve more love, because even if they were nerfed, they are still powerful. They are capable of dealing more damage than snipers while being safer to use (due to having more range) than shotguns.
PVE Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

► Trace rifles don't have much going for them in PVP. They can deal respectable total damage, which can be useful on a boss. But in PVP, you wan't the opposite.

With insanely high TTKs (remember, high = bad), it can take forever to down an opponent, unless they're absolutely terrible and barely move at all, or you have excellent tracking. Generally speaking, Trace rifles take too long to do significant damage and most opponents will either hide or counter you with something that hits harder, such as a shotgun.
PVE Specials

The current Meta for PVP

What about PVP? This table summarizes how they rank against each other in PVP:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
S › Best
Best

S

Shotguns are so strong right now, they have been officially identified as a problem. They are simply too dominant in the current sandbox.

Shotguns are extremely lethal, easy to use, and encourage players to use them even more than primary weapons. And as Destiny 2's maps are relatively crowded (they were conceived for 8 players only), close-quarters combat is heavily encouraged, thus allowing shotguns to shine.
PVP Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

► Sniper rifles have always been a top choice for PVP. But unlike shotguns, they have a higher skill-ceiling. In other words, it's harder to master a sniper, but in the hands of a skilled player, there's nothing deadlier than a sniper rifle in the entire game.

Overall, snipers are in a weird place right now. Recent nerfs to their flinch and aim assist have made them harder to use, which lead to even more people using shotguns. But if you do cross paths with a sniper user, beware. If they are still using one, it's because they know how to use it...
PVP Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

► If you try to use Trace Rifles as any other Special weapon, you'll be very disappointed. Shotguns, snipers, and even fusion rifles are meant to be one-hit-kill weapons. Trace rifles, on the other hand, are not. They are slow.

But if you try to use them as a primary weapon, you'll see their true potential. With enough ammo, they behave like souped-up auto rifles, reaching the TTK of some of the best primary weapons in the game.
PVP Specials
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

► Fusion rifles have been struggling for a while. After their big range nerf a few seasons ago, mainly due to the infamous Erentil FR4, Fusion rifles have lagged behind shotguns and snipers.

Bungie is clearly trying to rectify the situation, offering a few minor buffs here in there. Fusion rifles still have a long way to go before becoming competitive again, but standouts such as Bastion or the newer PLUG.ONE can still dominate a lobby.
PVP Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
B › Average
Average

B

► The reign of Special ammo Grenade launchers came to an end the day the Mountaintop was retired. And the Crucible has been a happier place ever since. Jokes aside, Mountaintop was a real problem. It was too strong, downright broken, while the rest of its kind left a lot to be desired.

These days, special ammo grenade launchers have finally found some balance. Some of the latest breechloaded grenade launchers are very good on paper, but unlike Mountaintop, they require some skill to be lethal in the Crucible.
PVP Specials

Your turn

So there you have it, the top ten Fusion Rifles available right now in Destiny 2: Witch Queen, let us know which ones you’ve used and where you might place them on this list – we’re sure there may be some contrasting opinions!

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