Best Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP and PvE

by | Oct 30, 2023

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 ads in the Root of Nightmares 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.

This guide covers every Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendary Fusions, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

Checkmark icon V3Updated as of Season of the Witch (S22). See Updates.

Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles Tier List: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the best Exotic and Legendary Fusions right now, including the Tessellation Exotic:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Techeun ForceTecheun Force art Destiny 2
Techeun Force
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialArcForsaken PackYesS › BestLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Last Wish Raid
Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction (also good: Rewind Rounds) + Controlled Burst
PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Kill Clip) + High Impact Reserves (also good: Kickstart)

► From zero to hero, Techeun Force is yet another example of a reprised weapon done right. While most adaptives are looked over, Techeun Force breaks the mold with both solid stats and solid perks for any content. And yes, it can still get double damage perks.
Season 4
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction (also good: Rewind Rounds) + Controlled Burst
PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Kill Clip) + High Impact Reserves (also good: Kickstart)
Top-tier
Iterative LoopIterative Loop art
Iterative Loop
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialArcLightfallYesS › BestNeomunaCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Neomuna
Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Compulsive Reloader + Voltshot
PvP God Roll: Under Pressure + Kickstart

► A craftable fusion with Voltshot, Iterative Loop swung hard upon release. Not only do rapid fusions take care of tougher targets with ease, but they are slowly becoming a meta PvP pick thanks to Time-To-Kill changes. Just be ready to spend quite a bit of time on Neptune.
Season 20
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Compulsive Reloader + Voltshot
PvP God Roll: Under Pressure + Kickstart
Top-tier
Scatter SignalScatter Signal art Destiny 2
Scatter Signal
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialStrandSeason 23YesS › BestSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Seasonal activity
Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Overflow + Controlled Burst (also good: Slice)
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Under-Over

► Scatter Signal is the Fusion rifle everybody's talking about in Season of the Wish. With amazing PvE perks, including Overflow and Controlled Burst, and the benefits of the Rapid-Fire Frame, it's easy to see why Scatter Signal is one of the most sought-after weapons this season.
Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Overflow + Controlled Burst (also good: Slice)
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Under-Over
Top-tier
MercilessDestiny 2 Merciless art
Merciless
Fusion RifleExoticSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesS › BestExotic EngramCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Engram
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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."

► Merciless is unmatched in the Fusion Rifle department. With the changes to the Conserve Momentum perk lasting through reloading, Merciless became a beast overnight and can put out some ridiculous burst damage.
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."
Top-tier
DeliveranceDeliverance art v2
Deliverance
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesS › BestVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Vow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

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

► With Chill Clip having more utility than ever, Deliverance is now an S tier weapon. Not only does it deal with all champion types, but being craftable means that you are essentially guaranteed to get a god roll. It's also one of two fusions to roll with Demolitionist, perfect for Osmiomancy builds!
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Rolls: Demolitionist (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Chill Klip
Top-tier
RiptideRiptide art
Riptide
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesS › BestPlaylist: CrucibleCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Playlist: Crucible
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Compulsive Reloader) + Chill Clip

► Thanks to Crucible focusing and Chill Clip's ability to combat all champions, Riptide is not only a must-have weapon; it's also extremely easy to get. Riptide currently dominates the PvE meta, and TTK changes to Rapid-Fire fusions mean this could be a welcome addition to a PvP loadout.
Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Compulsive Reloader) + Chill Clip
Top-tier
The EremiteThe Eremite art
The Eremite
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialSolarSeason 22YesS › BestSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Compulsive Reloader) + Reservoir Burst (also good: Controlled Burst)

► A fusion to match Loaded Question, The Eremite quickly became a favorite thanks to it being craftable, and with some solid perks to boot. Like most high-impact fusions, the only real issue you'll have with it is the slower charge time.
Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Compulsive Reloader) + Reservoir Burst (also good: Controlled Burst)
Top-tier
Snorri FR5Snorri FR5 art
Snorri FR5
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestGunsmithCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Gunsmith
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Firmly Planted + High-Impact Reserves (also good: 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 + High-Impact Reserves (also good: Successful Warm-up)
Top-tier
Vex MythoclastVex Mythoclast art
Vex Mythoclast
Fusion RifleExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongVault of Glass RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Vault of Glass Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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."
Top-tier
Likely SuspectLikely Suspect art
Likely Suspect
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongThrone WorldCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Throne World
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Slideways (also good: Stats for All) + Golden Tricorn
PvP God Roll: Firmly Planted + Successful Warm-up

► Likely Suspect has been a long-standing PvP hot pick and has become even more powerful thanks to its TTK buff. In PvE, this fusion shreds enemies with ease thanks to the insanely powerful Golden Tricorn, and with volatile rounds, it bursts down barriers like no tomorrow.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Slideways (also good: Stats for All) + Golden Tricorn
PvP God Roll: Firmly Planted + Successful Warm-up
Top-tier
GlacioclasmGlacioclasm art Destiny 2
Glacioclasm
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialVoidFree-to-PlaySeasonalA › StrongEvent: DawningNote icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Event: Dawning
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Reservoir Burst

► A refreshed perk pool has breathed new life into Glacioclasm, and while it is held back by its charge time, the introduction of Repulsor Brace and Golden Tricorn allows for a perfectly synergized Void 3.0 build. Pair it with your favorite Void exotic and go to town.
Season 12
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Reservoir Burst
Top-tier
Cartesian CoordinateCartesian Coordinate art
Cartesian Coordinate
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Lead from Gold + Vorpal Weapon

► As a Solar weapon, Cartesian Coordinate synergizes perfectly with a powerful Solar Heavy weapon to generate lots of Elemental Surges. Plus, featuring solid perks and being part of a competitive weapon frame, Cartesian remains a staple in the energy slot Fusion Rifle meta.
Season 13
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Lead from Gold + Vorpal Weapon
Top-tier
PLUG ONE.1PLUG ONE.1 art
PLUG ONE.1
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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)

► Still as strong as ever, PLUG ONE.1 is certainly not the best arc fusion out there, but it is a tried-and-true weapon that is a fun addition to any PvE loadout. While it may lack Voltshot, it still pairs nicely with Arc 3.0 when using Spark of Beacons.
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)
Top-tier
Aurvandil FR6Aurvandil FR6 art

Aurvandil FR6
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongGunsmithCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Gunsmith
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Rolls: Reconstruction + Chill Clip

► Aurvandil shines in its ability to roll with Reconstruction, a formerly raid-exclusive perk. Doubling the magazine allows Chill Clip to have a higher uptime, and the punch of a High-Impact frame will help take down larger targets. This is an exceptional PvE weapon.
Season 19
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Rolls: Reconstruction + Chill Clip
Top-tier
Royal ExecutionerRoyal Executioner art
Royal Executioner
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarSeason 20YesA › StrongSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Rolls: Envious Assassin + Reservoir Burst (also good: Incandescent)

► One of two craftable fusions with Reservoir Burst, Royal Executioner is an Adaptive fusion that heavily outshines all others. With Envious Assassin, Reservoir Burst has a high uptime on this fusion, and Incandescent provides synergy with Solar 3.0 builds.
Season 20
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Rolls: Envious Assassin + Reservoir Burst (also good: Incandescent)
Top-tier
Nox Perennial VNox Perennial V art
Nox Perennial V
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongLost SectorCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Lost Sector
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Lead from Gold) + Controlled Burst

► While Nox lacks the highly sought-after Reservoir Burst, it is the only Kinetic slot fusion rifle that could be considered a backup DPS weapon. Controlled Burst only deals 5% less damage than Reservoir and also decreases the charge time, letting it eke out that extra damage that could make or break a DPS phase.
Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Lead from Gold) + Controlled Burst
Top-tier
Zealot's RewardZealots Reward Destiny 2 art
Zealot's Reward
Fusion RifleRapid-FireSpecialVoidShadowkeepYesA › StrongGarden of Salvation RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Garden of Salvation Raid
Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure + High-Impact Reserves

► Zealot's Reward has been recently outshined by Iterative Loop, but that's not to say it's past its prime. Offering similar stats, Zealot prefers consistency over damage, and since rotator raids are farmable, this is much easier to acquire than the elusive Iterative.
Season 8
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure + High-Impact Reserves
Top-tier
Main IngredientMain Ingredient Destiny 2 art
Main Ingredient
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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)
Top-tier
The EpicureanThe Epicurean art
The Epicurean
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialVoidDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality DungeonCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Duality Dungeon
The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
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 the right roll, The Epicurean can have a base stability that matches Main Ingredient's god roll, and when using Counterbalance Stock, can achieve 100 recoil direction. If that isn't enough, consider that Well-Rounded x2 adds 20 range and stability, and you can see why this gun is so powerful.
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)
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles: The complete list

This database includes every viable Fusion rifle currently in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 6KineticNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 BastionBastionFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticShadowkeepYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 9KineticNo
Destiny 2 Merciless artMercilessFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNoTop-tier
Vex Mythoclast artVex MythoclastFusion RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPVault of Glass RaidError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNoTop-tier
Lorentz Driver artLorentz DriverLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 15EnergyNo
Delicate TombDelicate TombFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialArcThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Season 18EnergyNo
Tessellation artTessellationFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticThe Final ShapeYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEPre-order bonusError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
The Final Shape
Season 22EnergyNo
Destiny 2 JotunnJötunnFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialSolarForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-Exotic KioskError icon V2Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 5EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Telesto artTelestoFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Weak

C

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 3HeavyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand VoicesFusion RifleExoticExoticHeavySolarForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Weak

C

-Last Wish RaidError icon V2Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo
Deliverance art v2DeliveranceFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvEVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftableTop-tierBait and Switch
Riptide artRiptideFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvEPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17KineticNoTop-tier
Scatter Signal art Destiny 2Scatter SignalFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStrandSeason 23YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Best

S

PvE + PvPSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 23
Season 23KineticCraftableTop-tier
Aurvandil FR6 art
Aurvandil FR6Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvEGunsmithError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 19KineticNoTop-tierReconstruction
Nox Perennial V artNox Perennial VFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvELost SectorError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 22KineticNoTop-tier
Burden of Guilt artBurden of GuiltFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialStasisLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvE + PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 17KineticNo
Pressurized Precision art Destiny 2Pressurized PrecisionFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvE + PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNo
Techeun Force art Destiny 2Techeun ForceFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4EnergyCraftableTop-tierReconstruction
Snorri FR5 artSnorri FR5Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Best

S

PvPGunsmithError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyNoTop-tier
Iterative Loop artIterative LoopFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialArcLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPNeomunaCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 20EnergyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot
The Eremite artThe EremiteFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialSolarSeason 22YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Season 22EnergyCraftableTop-tier
Cartesian Coordinate artCartesian CoordinateFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNoTop-tier
Main Ingredient Destiny 2 artMain IngredientFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNoTop-tier
Glacioclasm art Destiny 2GlacioclasmFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlaySeasonalSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEEvent: DawningError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNoTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Zealots Reward Destiny 2 artZealot's RewardFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidShadowkeepYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvPGarden of Salvation RaidError icon V2Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 8EnergyNoTop-tier
PLUG ONE.1 artPLUG ONE.1Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PvENightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNoTop-tier
Likely Suspect artLikely SuspectFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvE + PvPThrone WorldCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyCraftableTop-tier
The Epicurean artThe EpicureanFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialVoidDeluxe EditionYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

-Duality DungeonCheckmark icon V3The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 17EnergyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Royal Executioner artRoyal ExecutionerFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarSeason 20YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Coriolis Force Destiny 2 artCoriolis ForceFusion RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialVoidBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvEEmpire HuntsError icon V2Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 12EnergyNo
Trinary System artTrinary SystemFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

-Playlist: GambitError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Exiles Curse Destiny 2 artExile's CurseFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialArcLightfallNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 10EnergyNo
Null Composure artNull ComposureFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
The Wizened Rebuke artThe Wizened RebukeFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNoVoltshot
Midhas’s Reckoning artMidha’s ReckoningFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvE + PvPKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftable
Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvENightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNo
Timelines Vertex Destiny 2 artTimelines' VertexFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 10EnergyNo
Hollow Words Destiny 2 artHollow WordsFusion RiflePrecisionLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Weak

C

-World loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo
Dream Breaker artDream BreakerFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-MoonError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Iota Draconis artIota DraconisFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNo
Doomed Petitioner art Destiny 2Doomed PetitionerLinear Fusion RifleAggressiveLegendaryHeavyVoidSeason 23YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 23
Season 23HeavyCraftableReconstruction
Cataclysmic art v2CataclysmicLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEVow of the Disciple RaidCheckmark icon V3The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Season 16HeavyCraftableTop-tierBait and Switch
Briar's Contempt artBriar's ContemptLinear Fusion RifleAggressiveLegendaryHeavySolarLightfallYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvERoot of Nightmares RaidCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 20HeavyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent,Reconstruction
Reed's Regret artReed's RegretLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyStasisLightfallYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvETrials of OsirisError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 15HeavyNoTop-tier
Stormchaser artStormchaserLinear Fusion RifleAggressiveLegendaryHeavyArcDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PvEDuality DungeonError icon V2The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 17HeavyNoTop-tier
Taipan-4fr artTaipan-4frLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEGunsmithCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18HeavyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Sailspy Pitchglass artSailspy PitchglassLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PvEXûrCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18HeavyCraftableVoltshot
Fire and Forget art
Fire and ForgetLinear Fusion RifleAggressiveLegendaryHeavyStasisThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvEOperation: Seraph's ShieldCheckmark icon V3The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Season 19HeavyCraftable
Laser Painter art Destiny 2Laser PainterLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyStrandFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvEPlaylist: GambitError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21HeavyNo
Threaded Needle artThreaded NeedleLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Weak

C

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Tarantula artTarantulaLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

-World loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Corsairs Wrath Destiny 2 artCorsair's WrathLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Worst

D

-World loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 12HeavyNo

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.

Best Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles in 2023

Ready to dig deeper into the absolute best Fusions in Destiny 2 right now? These are the cream of the crop, our favorites (for PvE and PvP):

 

Vex Mythoclast Destiny 2 featured fusion rifle

5. Vex Mythoclast

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Returning from D1 and more lethal than ever, Vex Mythoclast lives up to its legendary status.

Now that exotic primaries do 40% more damage to red bar enemies, Vex’s Overcharged rounds are a reliable way to help put down beefier targets in end-game content, and the 20% damage buff after a kill will help get there quicker. It’s also getting a massive buff next season, dealing 200% more damage to Champions when using the Overcharged mode, as well as 25% more to bosses.

Vex is also able to take advantage of any mod or perk that modifies fusions, so for Solar Warlocks running Rain of Fire, this is a must-have weapon. While it might take a while to acquire, once you do, you might never put it down.

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.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Vex Mythoclast artVex MythoclastFusion RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPVault of Glass RaidError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNoTop-tier

 

Techeun Force Fusion rifle Destiny 2

4. Techeun Force

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE and PVP

Once overlooked by many, Techeun Force’s reprisal has made it an S-tier fusion.

Dropping from Last Wish, Techeun Force is an Adaptive frame fusion with a swathe of perks and solid stats that make it lethal anywhere. Rewind Rounds or Reconstruction can let players get massive benefits from Controlled Burst in PvE, and Under Pressure with Kickstart will secure kills with ease in PvP, even with the nerfs. It’s also craftable, so don’t fret if you don’t land the god roll right away.

Grab your fireteam, dive into Last Wish, so you too can have this amazing fusion rifle!

PvE God roll:

  • Rewind Rounds + Controlled Burst

PvP God roll:

  • Under Pressure + Kickstart

How to get it: Techeun Force can be acquired from the Last Wish raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Techeun Force art Destiny 2Techeun ForceFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4EnergyCraftableTop-tierReconstruction

 

Royal Executioner Fusion rifle Destiny 2

3. Royal Executioner

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

An adaptive fusion to shine above all, Royal Executioner is here to slay out.

Arriving in Season of Defiance, Royal Executioner made a big splash thanks to it being yet another fusion with Reservoir Burst. While the perk is great for ad clear, it also tacks on a whopping 25% damage buff, which when paired with Envious Assassin, means you can get roughly 10 shots with that buff! And did I mention it is craftable?

Hop into Season of Defiance activities today to start earning those red borders!

PvE God roll:

  • Envious Assassin + Reservoir Burst (also good: Incandescent)

How to get it: Royal Executioner can be acquired by completing Season of Defiance activities and focusing Defiant engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Royal Executioner artRoyal ExecutionerFusion RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarSeason 20YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent

 

Iterative Loop Fusion rifle

2. Iterative Loop

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE and PVP

Coming from Neomuna, Iterative Loop is as powerful as it is rare, and a worthy addition to the game.

In PvE, Iterative Loop dominates through its prized perk: Voltshot. While Reservoir Burst exists on others, Voltshot synergizes with Arc 3.0, as well as having a less strict activation.

Iterative is also a monster in PvP thanks to the Rapid-Fire TTK buff. With its god roll and impressive stats, Iterative can compete with even the best of shotguns. If you’re looking for a versatile fusion, Iterative is the one for you.

PvE God roll:

  • Compulsive Reloader + Voltshot

PvP God roll:

  • Under Pressure + Kickstart

How to get it: Iterative Loop can be acquired by completing activities in Neomuna.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Iterative Loop artIterative LoopFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialArcLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPNeomunaCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 20EnergyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot

 

Riptide Fusion rifle

1. Riptide

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

A Crucible drop, Riptide is a PvE powerhouse that’s never been easier to acquire.

In Lightfall, Bungie made a major overhaul to combating champions, with Stasis coming out on top thanks to freeze no longer resetting the stun. As a result, what was once seen as a liability in Chill Clip is now the king of verb-based stunning and a must-have for any Champion-containing content.

Not only this, but reduced costs to focus engrams at Shaxx means that it is cheaper for people to get their roll, and the resetting system means you could end up with a multi-perk drop! Hop into Crucible and snag your roll today!

PvE God roll:

  • Auto-Loading Holster + Chill Clip

How to get it: Riptide can be acquired via Engram Focusing or completing Crucible Playlist activities.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Riptide artRiptideFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvEPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17KineticNoTop-tier

Fusion Rifles and the PvP Meta: TTK

We covered which Fusions are considered top-tier (and should be farmed) and which ones can be safely ignored. But how do they compare to other Special weapons in PvP?

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

S

-► With the introduction of fixed (and consistent) pellet spread patterns per archetype and the reversal of some widely disliked nerfs, Shotguns are finally back. With consistent changes in the right direction, Shotguns are once more a staple pick among many PvP players.

► Best Archetype: Precision (65 RPM) - Example: Matador 64
PVP Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► Sniper Rifles are in an excellent spot right now. After the nerfs to Linear Fusion Rifles, it only makes sense that Sniper usage picked up. And with weapons that come stacked with aim assist and excellent perks, such as the Defiance of Yasmin or Beloved, it's easy to see why Snipers have risen up the ranks.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (90 RPM) - Example: Beloved
PVP Specials
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Fusion Rifles have been at the top of the meta for a while now, and it doesn't seem to be changing. Fusions can cover the close to medium ranges excellently, and a good Fusion Rifle player can be incredibly frustrating to play against, no matter the range of the engagement.

► Best Archetype: Precision (780ms Charge Time) - Example: Main Ingredient
PVP Specials
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► The special ammo Linear Fusion category of weapon is rather barren, but the two weapons that occupy it, Arbalest and Lorentz Driver, are both forces to be reckoned with. While they have received some deserved nerfs throughout Seasons 17-19, they remain a solid choice for many players wanting a long range option.PVP Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► Trace Rifles are quite a niche pick and will fall short as a competitive option in most players' hands. Even once you learn to master Trace Rifles, you'll be better off with a Special weapon that can provide a one-hit-kill t rather than one that can be out-dueled by a Primary weapon.

► All Archetypes are 1000 RPM - Best Option: Coldheart
PVP Specials
Glaive weapon type Destiny 2 art
Glaives
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► With their buffs in Season 19 and the hit registration improvements they've seen, Glaives can be quite annoying to play against. That said, they are outclassed by other mid/long range options and can't compete at close range due to their lackluster melee.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (55 RPM)- Example: The Enigma
PVP Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Grenade Launchers are annoying to play against, and that's about it. They can be used in a hot-swap loadout, but you'll be better served by a Bow like Le Monarque. Grenade launchers can put pressure on your enemies, but they can't bring the heat like some other Special Weapons can.

► Best Archetype: Lightweight - Example: Truthteller
PVP Specials

Remember that when it comes to PvP, TTK is perhaps the most important factor. As you know, the lower the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. We have a TTK guide/chart that includes TTK figures, but that mostly applies to Primary weapons, not Specials.

Suffice it to say: When it comes to PvP, top Fusions can dominate a Crucible lobby. The many nerfs and buffs in the game are slowly changing the PvP meta and Fusions appear to be clear winners.

Fusion Rifles and the PvE Meta: DPS

How do Fusions compare to other Special weapons in PvE?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up►Fusion Rifles are absolutely insane right now. There were a ton of viable options already and newer options, such as The Eremite, can roll with perk combinations that can turn them into monsters. This, on top of certain Exotic options like Merciless, makes Fusion Rifles a staple option for either backup DPS or just general major clear.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (500ms Charge Time) - Example: Cartesian Coordinate
PVE Specials
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Shotguns are excellent right now. They can be used in traditional hot-swap loadouts when combined with Tractor Cannon in a raid setting, and they remain strong at both major clear and burst damage. However, they can achieve some of the highest damage combos in the game due to their ease of use, high burst damage, and perks like One-Two Punch.

► Best Archetype: Lightweight (90 RPM) - Example: Wastelander M5
PVE Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

-► Grenade Launchers are brilliant right now. They are versatile and are arguably the best pick in almost all areas. They can have excellent add control through Blinding Grenades or the Wave Frame archetype, and they can also deal good boss damage in a 'hotswap' build with Spike Grenades.

Simply put, having a strong arsenal of Grenade Launchers is something you should definitely prioritize if you're looking to get into high-level content.

► All Breach Grenade Launchers share the same archetype
PVE Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► Sniper Rifles have improved a tad, but not that much. They are still too slow for most players' liking, but they can still be a solid backup DPS option. These are commonly used in many longer-range DPS scenarios, but other than that, they remain mediocre.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (140 RPM) - Example: Supremacy
PVE Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► With the nerfs to the double-special ammo economy, Trace Rifles have been knocked down a notch. Using a Primary weapon is just more efficient these days. However, they remain solid utility weapons and a go-to if players still want to run double-special lodouts. They also have a couple of solid Exotic options too, making them a decent pick right now.PVE Specials
Glaive weapon type Destiny 2 art
Glaives
B › Average
Average

B

-► Glaives require a bit of getting used to, but when you do, they can grant you crazy levels of damage resistance. However, they are quite a risky pick, especially if you haven't learned how to master them first. Glaives are also one-dimensional. There is basically no reason to use their melee attack, which is unfortunate as that is probably the most fun part of the Glaives.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (55 RPM) - Example: The Enigma
PVE Specials
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Linear Fusion Rifles are difficult to rank as there are only two of them. While Arbalest is definitely a powerful weapon, it is by no means a must-pick anymore. And Lorentz Driver isn't exactly a serious contender for PvE. Overall, this archetype is quite weak, especially now that Arbalest isn't the top-pick it used to be.PVE Specials

Keep in mind that when it comes to PvE, DPS is one of the most important factors. As you know, the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major. This D2 DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2.

When it comes to actual DPS, Fusions are well-placed, and offer the benefit of having longer ranges than shotguns:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

3186235866525080-Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand VoicesSameHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

2971734498703216/w CatalystDestiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantBuffedHeavy
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

2341324551451119-Destiny 2 Merciless artMercilessSameSpecial
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

2090125186483576With "Marksman Sights"Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RifleAggressive1986621459712188-Stormchaser artStormchaserNewHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflePrecision1849020453500066-Reed's Regret artReed's RegretBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1817020574488819-Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1796320882701631-Destiny 2 BastionBastionSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1615618956/w CatalystDestiny 2 JotunnJötunnSameSpecial
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1580017891425063-Lorentz Driver artLorentz DriverSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1512616859546240-Delicate TombDelicate TombSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1404715491470316/w CatalystDestiny 2 Telesto artTelestoSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAggressive1403014867318752- class=Coriolis ForceSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleHigh-Impact1396115043431585-Glacioclasm art Destiny 2GlacioclasmSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleRapid-Fire1344014519360954-Cartesian Coordinate artCartesian CoordinateSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RifleAdaptive1323614607388850-Trinary System artTrinary SystemSameSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion Rifle

Exotic

1271114853406525-Tessellation artTessellationSpecial
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Fusion RiflePrecision1033411331334026-Deliverance art v2DeliveranceSameSpecial

Endgame content

For the record, while Fusion rifles can hold their own in most PvE content, they aren’t the top choice for Master and Grandmaster content. For the most difficult activities, you want a longer-range option that allows you to easily peek shoot.

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about Fusion rifles in Destiny 2, whether that is for PVP or PVE content.

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • October 30, 2023: Inclusion of Season 21 and 22 weapons.
  • May 19, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Season 18, 19, and 20 Fusions.
  • April 10, 2022: The guide is published for the first time.

Stay tuned, and don’t forget to bookmark this page for next season!

About The Author

Wyatt Lamb
Wyatt Lamb
If you asked any of my friends what I like to do with Destiny 2, they’d probably say “break it”. Build the biggest DPS, clear ads the fastest, zip zoom across the room; that’s my game. And with Blueberries.gg, I hope to show you all how to top the charts and make your friends go “wow”. You can find Wyatt on Twitter.
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2 Comments
  1. Nathanael ligon

    Update “It’s the season of void”

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    • Wyatt Lamb

      Hey, author here! Things got a little mixed up, tier list has been updated.

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