Destiny 2 Kinetic Weapons Guide (and Tier list)

Weapons

Playing Destiny 2 is all about chasing the strongest weapon. That becomes obvious the second you start playing. However, true power comes from a great loadout, not from a single weapon.

For that reason, you will soon find yourself chasing the best weapons for each one of your slots: Kinetic, Energy, and Heavy.

In this guide, we will cover the best Kinetic weapon in Destiny 2, explain what makes them special compared to Energy weapons, and share with you a chart with every Kinetic option still available.

What are Kinetic weapons in Destiny 2?

Kinetic weapons sit in the Kinetic slot, and unlike Energy and Heavy weapons, they cannot do elemental damage. This means they aren’t ideal when dealing with shielded enemies, but on the other hand, they do extra damage to unshielded enemies.

Kinetic and Energy weapons do have one thing in common, they both include Primary and Special ammo weapons. Not to be confused with Energy weapons, Special weapons are those that use Special ammo (green bricks).

Primary and Special Ammo bricks Destiny 2

How to tell if a weapon is kinetic

As with everything in Destiny 2, Kinetic weapons have a unique symbol that can be visible while hovering over them or inspecting them in your Inventory or vault.

Pro tip: You can also tell whether a weapon is Kinetic or Special simply by looking at its icon orientation:

  • Kinetic weapons point to the left
  • Special weapons point to the right

Kinetic VS Energy weapons: More damage

A little-known fact (and something that even veterans tend to forget) is that Kinetic weapons do more damage to unshielded enemies than Special weapons in PVE, 10% more damage to be precise.

On the flip side, Energy weapons do roughly 3 times more damage to shielded enemies until their shields are destroyed.

Checkmark icon V3Lists updated as of Bungie’s 30th Anniversary event.

Best Kinetic weapons in Destiny 2: Tier list

But you probably already had a good idea of what a Kinetic weapon was and what makes one special. You’re here because you’re looking for the best Kinetic options in the game right now, and that is what this section is all about.

The list below includes what we consider the top-tier Kinetic weapons in the game, for both PVE and PVP. By only including S Tier weapons, you can rest assured these are the most lethal guns out there:

ArtNameTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Witherhoard art Destiny 2WitherhoardGrenade LauncherExoticExoticSpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 11KineticNo
Dead Man's Tale Destiny 2 artDead Man's TaleScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPXûr
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo
Chroma Rush Destiny 2 artChroma RushAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Fatebringer Destiny 2 artFatebringerHand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Wastelander M5 Destiny 2 artWastelander M5ShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventKineticNo
Osteo Striga Destiny 2 artOsteo StrigaSubmachine GunExoticExoticPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPDeluxe Edition
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
HeritageShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialKineticBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVEDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo
Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVEExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 6KineticNo
The Messenger Destiny 2 artThe MessengerPulse RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 13KineticNo
Eye of Sol Destiny 2 artEye of SolSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Chaperone artThe ChaperoneShotgunExoticExoticSpecialKineticBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 4KineticNo
Destiny 2 Ace of Spades artAce of SpadesHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNo
No Time to Explain Destiny 2No Time to ExplainPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo

As a reminder, these are the different Tier levels used for our rankings:

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

Note that this list is the result of the many different Tier lists we’ve done so far.

Kinetic weapons list: The complete list

In case you’re looking for something much more specific (i.e. a kinetic aggressive shotgun) that you couldn’t find above, this list includes every Kinetic weapon still viable in Destiny 2:

ArtNameTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Witherhoard art Destiny 2WitherhoardGrenade LauncherExoticExoticSpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 11KineticNo
Dead Man's Tale Destiny 2 artDead Man's TaleScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPXûr
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo
Chroma Rush Destiny 2 artChroma RushAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Fatebringer Destiny 2 artFatebringerHand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Wastelander M5 Destiny 2 artWastelander M5ShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventKineticNo
Osteo Striga Destiny 2 artOsteo StrigaSubmachine GunExoticExoticPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVE + PVPDeluxe Edition
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
HeritageShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialKineticBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVEDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo
Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVEExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 6KineticNo
The Messenger Destiny 2 artThe MessengerPulse RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 13KineticNo
Eye of Sol Destiny 2 artEye of SolSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Chaperone artThe ChaperoneShotgunExoticExoticSpecialKineticBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 4KineticNo
Destiny 2 Ace of Spades artAce of SpadesHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNo
No Time to Explain Destiny 2No Time to ExplainPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PVPExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo
Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemerShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPMoon
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo
SuccessionSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo
Traveler's Chosen Destiny 2Traveler's ChosenSidearmExoticExoticPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPExotic Kiosk
Shadowkeep
Season 11KineticNo
Ignition Code Destiny 2 artIgnition CodeGrenade LauncherLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Servant Leader Destiny 2 artServant LeaderScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPPlaylist: Gambit
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Shepherd's Watch Destiny 2 artShepherd's WatchSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Forerunner Destiny 2 artForerunnerSidearmExoticExoticSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPExotic Quest
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventKineticNo
Submission Destiny 2 art v2SubmissionSubmachine GunLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVE + PVPVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
The ScholarScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVETrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10KineticNo
Sacred Provenance Destiny 2 artSacred ProvenancePulse RifleAggressive BurstLegendaryPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEGarden of Salvation Raid
Shadowkeep
Season 8KineticNo
Seventh Seraph Officer RevolverHand CannonPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEGunsmith
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNo
High AlbedoSidearmAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEEuropa
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
Extraordinary Rendition Destiny 2 artExtraordinary RenditionSubmachine GunAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo
Night WatchScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Biting WindsCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEEmpire Hunts
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo
Destiny 2 Izanagi's BurdenIzanagi's BurdenSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 5KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Huckleberry artThe HuckleberrySubmachine GunExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 3KineticNo
Hung Jury SR4 Destiny 2 artHung Jury SR4Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Praedyth's Revenge Destiny 2 artPraedyth's RevengeSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
The Last Breath Destiny 2 artThe Last BreathAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEProphecy Dungeon
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Pardon Our Dust Destiny 2 artPardon Our DustGrenade LauncherLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVEDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventKineticNo
Duty Bound Destiny 2 artDuty BoundAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Multimach CCX Destiny 2 artMultimach CCXSubmachine GunLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo
The Time-Worn Spire Destiny 2 artThe Time-Worn SpirePulse RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo
Destiny 2 Astral HorizonAstral HorizonShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10KineticNo
Destiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool artMIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Last WordThe Last WordHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 5KineticNo
Destiny 2 CrimsonCrimsonHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 2KineticNo
Destiny 2 ThornThornHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 6KineticNo
HawkmoonHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPXûr
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
Destiny 2 Vigilance Wing artVigilance WingPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Destiny 2 SUROS RegimeSUROS RegimeAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 3KineticNo
Riiswalker Destiny 2 artRiiswalkerShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Loud Lullaby Destiny 2 artLoud LullabyHand CannonAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPMoon
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Legal Action II Destiny 2 artLegal Action IIPulse RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Scathelocke Destiny 2 artScathelockeAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Piece of Mind Destiny 2 artPiece of MindPulse RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticSeason 16YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPSeasonal activity
Season 16
Season 16KineticCraftable
Ragnhild-D Destiny 2 artRagnhild-DShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticCraftable
Silicon Neuroma Destiny 2 artSilicon NeuromaSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPNightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Fortissimo-11 Destiny 2 artFortissimo-11ShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PVPPlaylist: Strikes
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
Destiny 2 Outbreak Perfected artOutbreak PerfectedPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

-Exotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 6KineticNo
Destiny 2 Rat King artRat KingSidearmExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

-Exotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Empirical Evidence Destiny 2 artEmpirical EvidenceSidearmAggressive BurstLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

-Throne World
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
Destiny 2 Monte CarloMonte CarloAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVE + PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 8KineticNo
Talons of the EagleScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVEIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Seventh Seraph CarbineAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVEGunsmith
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNo
Cold FrontSubmachine GunAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVEEvent: Dawning
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
Transfiguration Destiny 2TransfigurationScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVELast Wish Raid
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNo
Destiny 2 Bad Juju artBad JujuPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVEExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 7KineticNo
Fel Taradiddle Destiny 2 artFel TaradiddleCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVEWellspring
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
The Supremacy Destiny 2 artThe SupremacySniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPLast Wish Raid
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNo
Cold Denial Destiny 2 artCold DenialPulse RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
The Steady HandHand CannonAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
The Guiding SightScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
Crimil’s DaggerHand CannonAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Bite of the FoxSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Destiny 2 Sturm artSturmHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Survivor's Epitaph Destiny 2 artSurvivor's EpitaphHand CannonPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PVPPlaylist: Crucible
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Whispering SlabCombat BowLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Escape VelocitySubmachine GunLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Gunsmith
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNo
Toil and TroubleShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Braytech WerewolfAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Event: Festival of the Lost
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Horror StoryAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Event: Festival of the Lost
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
True ProphecyHand CannonAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Gunsmith
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNo
LonesomeSidearmPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Accrued Redemption Destiny 2 artAccrued RedemptionCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Garden of Salvation Raid
Shadowkeep
Season 8KineticNo
Dire Promise Destiny 2 artDire PromiseHand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Gunsmith
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNo
Long Shadow Destiny 2 artLong ShadowSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Friction FireSubmachine GunPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Xûr
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
Destiny 2 Wish Ender artWish-EnderCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Exotic Quest
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNo
Destiny 2 Lumina artLuminaHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Exotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 7KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Jade Rabbit artThe Jade RabbitScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Exotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 2KineticNo
Destiny 2 Malfeasance artMalfeasanceHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Exotic Quest
Free-to-Play
Season 4KineticNo
Farewell Destiny 2 artFarewellSidearmLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Unobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
One Small Step Destiny 2 artOne Small StepShotgunRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Moon
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Tranquility Destiny 2 artTranquilitySniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Moon
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Spoiler Alert Destiny 2 artSpoiler AlertSidearmLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Reckless Endangerment Destiny 2 artReckless EndangermentShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

-Playlist: Pursuit
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNo
The Forward PathAuto RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Iron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Enigma's DrawSidearmPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Gunsmith
Free-to-Play
Season 10KineticNo
False PromisesAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Hailing ConfusionPulse RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Europa
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
Chattering Bone Destiny 2Chattering BonePulse RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Last Wish Raid
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNo
Destiny 2 Sweet Business artSweet BusinessAuto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Exotic Quest
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Destiny 2 Cerberus+1 artCerberus+1Auto RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Exotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 4KineticNo
Tigerspite Destiny 2 artTigerspiteAuto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Dreaming City
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Destiny 2 BastionBastionFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticShadowkeepYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Worst

D

-Exotic Kiosk
Shadowkeep
Season 9KineticNo

Your turn

By now you know everything there is to know about Kinetic weapons in Destiny 2: What makes them special, how to recognize them, and which ones are the best.

This will hopefully help you get one step closer to the perfect loadout, combining top-tier armor and kinetic, energy, and heavy weapons.

Which one is your favorite? For me, The Messenger and Ace of Spades are my go-to weapons of destruction for PVP and Ignition Code for PVE!

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