Destiny 2 Kinetic Weapons Guide (and Tier list)

by | Sep 11, 2021 | 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

Kinetic symbol Destiny 2

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.


The 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 the top tier kinetic weapons currently in the game, for both PVE and PVP. By only including S and A Tier weapons, you can rest assured these are the most lethal guns out there.

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.

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

NameRarityTypeRankRequirementsObtainable-Name | TypeAmmoTierSourceRequiresObtainable now?
Ace of SpadesExoticHand CannonS › BestForsakenYesDestiny 2 Ace of Spades art
Ace of Spades
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

The MessengerLegendaryPulse RifleS › BestFree-to-PlayYesThe Messenger Destiny 2 art
The Messenger
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

Trials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Extraordinary RenditionLegendarySubmachine GunS › BestDeluxe EditionYesExtraordinary Rendition Destiny 2 art
Extraordinary Rendition
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

BattlegroundsDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

The ChaperoneExoticShotgunS › BestBeyond LightYesDestiny 2 The Chaperone art
The Chaperone
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Best

S

Exotic QuestDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

Night WatchLegendaryScout RifleS › BestFree-to-PlayYesNight Watch Destiny 2 art
Night Watch
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

World Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

SuccessionLegendarySniper RifleS › BestBeyond LightYesSuccession Destiny 2 art
Succession
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Best

S

Deep Stone Crypt RaidDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

HeritageLegendaryShotgunS › BestBeyond LightYesHeritage Destiny 2 art
Heritage
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Best

S

Deep Stone Crypt RaidDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

Eye of SolLegendarySniper RifleS › BestFree-to-PlayYesEye of Sol Destiny 2 art
Eye of Sol
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Best

S

Trials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

No Time to ExplainExoticPulse RifleS › BestDeluxe EditionYesNo Time to Explain Destiny 2
No Time to Explain
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

Exotic QuestDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Izanagi's BurdenExoticSniper RifleS › BestForsakenYesDestiny 2 Izanagi's Burden
Izanagi's Burden
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Best

S

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Vigilance WingExoticPulse RifleS › BestFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Vigilance Wing art
Vigilance Wing
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

Exotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

WitherhoardExoticGrenade LauncherS › BestForsakenYesWitherhoard art Destiny 2
Witherhoard
| Grenade Launcher
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Best

S

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

SUROS RegimeExoticAuto RifleS › BestFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 SUROS Regime
SUROS Regime
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

Exotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Chroma RushLegendaryAuto RifleS › BestDeluxe EditionYesChroma Rush Destiny 2 art
Chroma Rush
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

OverrideDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

FatebringerLegendaryHand CannonS › BestFree-to-PlayYesFatebringer Destiny 2 art
Fatebringer
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Best

S

Vault of Glass RaidDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

RiiswalkerLegendaryShotgunS › BestFree-to-PlayYesRiiswalker Destiny 2 art
Riiswalker
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Best

S

Iron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

The ScholarLegendaryScout RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesThe Scholar Destiny 2 art
The Scholar
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Trials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Sacred ProvenanceLegendaryPulse RifleA › StrongShadowkeepYesSacred Provenance Destiny 2 art
Sacred Provenance
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Garden of Salvation RaidDestiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3

Yes

The SupremacyLegendarySniper RifleA › StrongForsakenYesThe Supremacy Destiny 2 art
The Supremacy
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Strong

A

Last Wish RaidDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Seventh Seraph Officer RevolverLegendaryHand CannonA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesSeventh Seraph Officer Revolver Destiny 2 art
Seventh Seraph Officer Revolver
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

GunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

High AlbedoLegendarySidearmA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesHigh Albedo Destiny 2 art
High Albedo
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Europa DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Cold DenialLegendaryPulse RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesCold Denial Destiny 2 art
Cold Denial
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

World Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Multimach CCXLegendarySubmachine GunA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesMultimach CCX Destiny 2 art
Multimach CCX
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Iron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

BlasphemerLegendaryShotgunA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesBlasphemer Destiny 2 art
Blasphemer
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Strong

A

Moon DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Cold FrontLegendarySubmachine GunA › StrongFree-to-PlayNoCold Front Destiny 2 art
Cold Front
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

DawningDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

No

Astral HorizonLegendaryShotgunA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Astral Horizon
Astral Horizon
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Strong

A

Trials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Biting WindsLegendaryCombat BowA › StrongBeyond LightYesBiting Winds Destiny 2 art
Biting Winds
| Combat Bow
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Empire HuntsDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

MIDA Multi-ToolExoticScout RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool art
MIDA Multi-Tool
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Traveler's ChosenExoticSidearmA › StrongShadowkeepYesTraveler's Chosen Destiny 2
Traveler's Chosen
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3

Yes

ArbalestExoticLinear Fusion RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Arbalest art
Arbalest
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Strong

A

Exotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

The Last WordExoticHand CannonA › StrongForsakenYesDestiny 2 The Last Word
The Last Word
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

CrimsonExoticHand CannonA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Crimson
Crimson
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

The HuckleberryExoticSubmachine GunA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 The Huckleberry art
The Huckleberry
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

SturmExoticHand CannonA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Sturm art
Sturm
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

ThornExoticHand CannonA › StrongForsakenYesDestiny 2 Thorn
Thorn
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Rat KingExoticSidearmA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Rat King art
Rat King
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

HawkmoonExoticHand CannonA › StrongDeluxe EditionYesHawkmoon Destiny 2 art
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic QuestDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

BastionExoticFusion RifleA › StrongShadowkeepYesDestiny 2 Bastion
Bastion
| Fusion Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Strong

A

Exotic KioskDestiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3

Yes

Monte CarloExoticAuto RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Dead Man's TaleExoticScout RifleA › StrongDeluxe EditionYesDead Man's Tale Destiny 2 art
Dead Man's Tale
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Exotic QuestDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Ignition CodeLegendaryGrenade LauncherA › StrongDeluxe EditionYesIgnition Code Destiny 2 art
Ignition Code
| Grenade Launcher
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Strong

A

OverrideDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Hung Jury SR4LegendaryScout RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesHung Jury SR4 Destiny 2 art
Hung Jury SR4
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Nighfall: The OrdealsDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Praedyth's RevengeLegendarySniper RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesPraedyth's Revenge Destiny 2 art
Praedyth's Revenge
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 Special
Strong

A

Vault of Glass RaidDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Loud LullabyLegendaryHand CannonA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesLoud Lullaby Destiny 2 art
Loud Lullaby
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Moon DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

ScathelockeLegendaryAuto RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesScathelocke Destiny 2 art
Scathelocke
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

World Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Servant LeaderLegendaryScout RifleA › StrongFree-to-PlayYesServant Leader Destiny 2 art
Servant Leader
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
Strong

A

Playlist: GambitDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

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


Kinetic weapons list: Every weapon still available

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:

NameTypeRarityRequirementsObtainable-Name | TypeAmmoSourceRequiresObtainable now?Released
Braytech WerewolfAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayNoBraytech Werewolf Destiny 2
Braytech Werewolf
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryFestival of the LostDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

No

Season 11
Horror StoryAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayNoHorror Story Destiny 2
Horror Story
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryFestival of the LostDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

No

Season 11
The Forward PathAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesThe Forward Path Destiny 2 art
The Forward Path
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Seventh Seraph CarbineAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesSeventh Seraph Carbine Destiny 2 art
Seventh Seraph Carbine
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
False PromisesAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesFalse Promises Destiny 2 art
False Promises
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Sweet BusinessAuto RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Sweet Business art
Sweet Business
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 1
Cerberus+1Auto RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Cerberus+1 art
Cerberus+1
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 4
SUROS RegimeAuto RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 SUROS Regime
SUROS Regime
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 3
Monte CarloAuto RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 8
Chroma RushAuto RifleLegendaryDeluxe EditionYesChroma Rush Destiny 2 art
Chroma Rush
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryOverrideDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 14
TigerspiteAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesTigerspite Destiny 2 art
Tigerspite
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryDreaming City DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
ScathelockeAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesScathelocke Destiny 2 art
Scathelocke
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 15
The Last BreathAuto RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesThe Last Breath Destiny 2 art
The Last Breath
| Auto Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryProphecy DungeonDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 15
Whispering SlabCombat BowLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesWhispering Slab Destiny 2 art
Whispering Slab
| Combat Bow
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Accrued RedemptionCombat BowLegendaryShadowkeepYesAccrued Redemption Destiny 2 art
Accrued Redemption
| Combat Bow
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGarden of Salvation RaidDestiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3

Yes

Season 8
Biting WindsCombat BowLegendaryBeyond LightYesBiting Winds Destiny 2 art
Biting Winds
| Combat Bow
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryEmpire HuntsDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

Season 12
Wish-EnderCombat BowExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 Wish Ender art
Wish-Ender
| Combat Bow
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic QuestDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 4
BastionFusion RifleExoticShadowkeepYesDestiny 2 Bastion
Bastion
| Fusion Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialExotic KioskDestiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3

Yes

Season 9
WitherhoardGrenade LauncherExoticForsakenYesWitherhoard art Destiny 2
Witherhoard
| Grenade Launcher
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialExotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Ignition CodeGrenade LauncherLegendaryDeluxe EditionYesIgnition Code Destiny 2 art
Ignition Code
| Grenade Launcher
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialOverrideDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 14
Seventh Seraph Officer RevolverHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesSeventh Seraph Officer Revolver Destiny 2 art
Seventh Seraph Officer Revolver
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
The Steady HandHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesThe Steady Hand Destiny 2
The Steady Hand
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 12
True ProphecyHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesTrue Prophecy Destiny 2 art
True Prophecy
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
Crimil’s DaggerHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesCrimils Dagger Destiny 2 1
Crimil’s Dagger
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Dire PromiseHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesDire Promise Destiny 2 art
Dire Promise
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
Ace of SpadesHand CannonExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 Ace of Spades art
Ace of Spades
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 4
The Last WordHand CannonExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 The Last Word
The Last Word
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 5
CrimsonHand CannonExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Crimson
Crimson
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 2
LuminaHand CannonExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 Lumina art
Lumina
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 7
SturmHand CannonExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Sturm art
Sturm
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 1
ThornHand CannonExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 Thorn
Thorn
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 6
HawkmoonHand CannonExoticDeluxe EditionYesHawkmoon Destiny 2 art
Hawkmoon
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic QuestDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 12
MalfeasanceHand CannonExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 Malfeasance art
Malfeasance
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic QuestDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 4
FatebringerHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesFatebringer Destiny 2 art
Fatebringer
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVault of Glass RaidDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
Survivor's EpitaphHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesSurvivor's Epitaph Destiny 2 art
Survivor's Epitaph
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryPlaylist: CrucibleDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
Loud LullabyHand CannonLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesLoud Lullaby Destiny 2 art
Loud Lullaby
| Hand Cannon
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryMoon DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
ArbalestLinear Fusion RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Arbalest art
Arbalest
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 6
Sacred ProvenancePulse RifleLegendaryShadowkeepYesSacred Provenance Destiny 2 art
Sacred Provenance
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGarden of Salvation RaidDestiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3

Yes

Season 8
Cold DenialPulse RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesCold Denial Destiny 2 art
Cold Denial
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
The Time-Worn SpirePulse RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesThe Time-Worn Spire Destiny 2 art
The Time-Worn Spire
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 13
The MessengerPulse RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesThe Messenger Destiny 2 art
The Messenger
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryTrials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 13
Hailing ConfusionPulse RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesHailing Confusion Destiny 2 art
Hailing Confusion
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryEuropa DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 12
Chattering BonePulse RifleLegendaryForsakenYesChattering Bone Destiny 2
Hailing Confusion
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryLast Wish RaidDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 4
No Time to ExplainPulse RifleExoticDeluxe EditionYesNo Time to Explain Destiny 2
No Time to Explain
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic QuestDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 12
Outbreak PerfectedPulse RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Outbreak Perfected art
Outbreak Perfected
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 6
Bad JujuPulse RifleExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 Bad Juju art
Bad Juju
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 7
Vigilance WingPulse RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Vigilance Wing art
Vigilance Wing
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 1
Legal Action IIPulse RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesLegal Action II Destiny 2 art
Legal Action II
| Pulse Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 15
The ScholarScout RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesThe Scholar Destiny 2 art
The Scholar
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryTrials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
Talons of the EagleScout RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesTalons of the Eagle Destiny 2 1
Talons of the Eagle
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
The Guiding SightScout RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesThe Guiding Sight Destiny 2 art
The Guiding Sight
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 12
Night WatchScout RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesNight Watch Destiny 2 art
Night Watch
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
TransfigurationScout RifleLegendaryForsakenYesTransfiguration Destiny 2
Transfiguration
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryLast Wish RaidDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 4
MIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool art
MIDA Multi-Tool
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 1
The Jade RabbitScout RifleExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 The Jade Rabbit art
The Jade Rabbit
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 2
Dead Man's TaleScout RifleExoticDeluxe EditionYesDead Man's Tale Destiny 2 art
Dead Man's Tale
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic QuestDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 13
Hung Jury SR4Scout RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesHung Jury SR4 Destiny 2 art
Hung Jury SR4
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryNighfall: The OrdealsDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
Servant LeaderScout RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesServant Leader Destiny 2 art
Servant Leader
| Scout Rifle
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryPlaylist: GambitDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 15
Toil and TroubleShotgunLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesToil and Trouble Destiny 2 art
Toil and Trouble
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
BlasphemerShotgunLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesBlasphemer Destiny 2 art
Blasphemer
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialMoon DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 13
Astral HorizonShotgunLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Astral Horizon
Astral Horizon
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialTrials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
HeritageShotgunLegendaryBeyond LightYesHeritage Destiny 2 art
Heritage
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialDeep Stone Crypt RaidDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

Season 12
The ChaperoneShotgunExoticBeyond LightYesDestiny 2 The Chaperone art
The Chaperone
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialExotic QuestDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

Season 4
RiiswalkerShotgunLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesRiiswalker Destiny 2 art
Riiswalker
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
One Small StepShotgunLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesOne Small Step Destiny 2 art
One Small Step
| Shotgun
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialMoon DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
High AlbedoSidearmLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesHigh Albedo Destiny 2 art
High Albedo
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryEuropa DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 12
Enigma's DrawSidearmLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesEnigmas Draw Destiny 2 art
Enigma's Draw
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
LonesomeSidearmLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesLonesome Destiny 2 art
Lonesome
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Traveler's ChosenSidearmExoticShadowkeepYesTraveler's Chosen Destiny 2
Traveler's Chosen
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3

Yes

Season 11
Rat KingSidearmExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Rat King art
Rat King
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 1
FarewellSidearmLegendaryDeluxe EditionYesFarewell Destiny 2 art
Farewell
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryOverrideDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 14
Spoiler AlertSidearmLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesSpoiler Alert Destiny 2 art
Spoiler Alert
| Sidearm
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 15
The SupremacySniper RifleLegendaryForsakenYesThe Supremacy Destiny 2 art
The Supremacy
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialLast Wish RaidDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 4
SuccessionSniper RifleLegendaryBeyond LightYesSuccession Destiny 2 art
Succession
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialDeep Stone Crypt RaidDestiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1

Yes

Season 12
Bite of the FoxSniper RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesBite of the Fox Destiny 2
Bite of the Fox
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Long ShadowSniper RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesLong Shadow Destiny 2 art
Long Shadow
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 11
Eye of SolSniper RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesEye of Sol Destiny 2 art
Eye of Sol
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialTrials of OsirisDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
Izanagi's BurdenSniper RifleExoticForsakenYesDestiny 2 Izanagi's Burden
Izanagi's Burden
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialExotic KioskDestiny 2 Forsaken logo 1

Yes

Season 5
Praedyth's RevengeSniper RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesPraedyth's Revenge Destiny 2 art
Praedyth's Revenge
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVault of Glass RaidDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
TranquilitySniper RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesTranquility Destiny 2 art
Tranquility
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialMoon DestinationDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 14
Shepherd's WatchSniper RifleLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesShepherd's Watch Destiny 2 art
Shepherd's Watch
| Sniper Rifle
Special ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 15
Escape VelocitySubmachine GunLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesEscape Velocity Destiny 2 art
Escape Velocity
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryGunsmithDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 10
Multimach CCXSubmachine GunLegendaryFree-to-PlayYesMultimach CCX Destiny 2 art
Multimach CCX
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryIron BannerDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 13
Extraordinary RenditionSubmachine GunLegendaryDeluxe EditionYesExtraordinary Rendition Destiny 2 art
Extraordinary Rendition
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryBattlegroundsDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 13
Cold FrontSubmachine GunLegendaryFree-to-PlayNoCold Front Destiny 2 art
Cold Front
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryDawningDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

No

Season 12
Friction FireSubmachine GunLegendaryDeluxe EditionYesFriction Fire Destiny 2 art
Friction Fire
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWrathborn HuntsDestiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo

Yes

Season 12
The HuckleberrySubmachine GunExoticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 The Huckleberry art
The Huckleberry
| Submachine Gun
Primary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryExotic EngramDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Yes

Season 3

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 destuction for PVP and Ignition Code for PVE!

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