All Destiny 2 Moon weapons Ranked & How to get them

by | Aug 18, 2021 | Weapons

Back in the Shadowkeep days, the Moon was a prime destination to find good weapons. Most were low-key, but a few of them were among the best weapons in the entire game.

And then they were all retired from the game… Months later, after much complaining from the community, they returned to us, but with entirely different perks, which begs the question: Are they still as good as they used to be?

In this guide, we’ll cover all re-issued Moon weapons (including their PVP and PVE god rolls) available today and show you where to find them.


Best Destiny 2 reissued Moon weapons: Tier list

These are the different Tier levels used for this ranking:

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

The list starts with the S Tier and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying where each weapon shines:

NameTypeElementRankExcelsWeapon | TypeTier rankVerdict
Loud LullabyHand CannonKineticA › StrongPVPLoud Lullaby Destiny 2 art
Loud Lullaby
| Hand Cannon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVP
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PVP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Heating Up) + Kill Clip

► The Loud Lullaby with its average stats used to be mediocre. But since the recent nerf to 120 RPM hand cannons, Loud Lullaby is one of the only two 120 RPM hand cannons that can 2-tap Guardians in the Crucible thanks to the perk Kill Clip.

With the potential to roll with Kill Clip and Surplus to improve its average stats, Loud Lullaby is definitely worth farming for PVP.
BlasphemerShotgunKineticA › StrongPVE + PVPBlasphemer Destiny 2 art
Blasphemer
| Shotgun
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Precision Slug

PVE God Roll: Surplus (also good: Fourth Time's the Charm) + Swashbuckler

PVP God Roll: Threat Detector Opening Shot

► As mentioned before, slug shotguns are in a great place right now for PVE, and Blasphemer benefits from that. However, Blasphemer has very stiff competition in the likes of Heritage or First In, Last Out.

On the PVP side, Blasphemer is certainly no Chaperone, but it's still an excellent choice for slug shotgun users, and with the right perks, it can be the best Chaperone Legendary alternative.
Every Waking MomentSubmachine GunVoidA › StrongPVEEvery Waking Moment Destiny 2 art
Every Waking Moment
| Submachine Gun
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Roll: Ambition Assassin (also good: Range Finder) + Multikill Clip

► Every Waking Moment is one of only 2 Void SMGs in the entire game. The other being Shayura's Wrath, a Trials of Osiris weapon, Every Waking Moment is definitely much easier to farm. It may not have such strong base stats, but it does offer interesting perks, especially for PVE.

With perk combinations such as Ambitious Assassin and Multikill Clip, Every Waking Moment can be a better choice than Shayura's Wrath for PVE, but definitely not for PVP.
PremonitionPulse RifleVoidB › AveragePVPPremonition Destiny 2 art
Premonition
| Pulse Rifle
Average

B



Excels in:
PVP
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Ammo: Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

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

► Premonition can be an extremely lethal pulse rifle in the Crucible. It used to be one of the top high-impact pulse rifles for PVP, but has been largely replaced by The Messenger in the kinetic slot and a Shadow Star in the Energy slot.

Also, the feel of the weapon remains up for debate. According to many, Premonition feels sluggish and slow. However, to others, it's a monster. I can only recommend testing it out for yourself.
HereticRocket LauncherArcB › AveragePVEHeretic Destiny 2 art
Heretic
| Rocket Launcher
Average

B



Excels in:
PVE
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PVE God Roll: Impulse Amplifier (also good: Field Prep) + Lasting Impression

► A 25 RPM rocket launcher capable of rolling with the new Impulse Amplifier + Lasting Impression combo, Heretic is one of the best DPS rocket launchers in the game.

Plus, it's not that hard to obtain and is an excellent excuse to farm the Altars of Sorrow in the Moon.
ApostateSniper RifleArcB › Average-Apostate Destiny 2 art
Apostate
| Sniper Rifle
Average

B

Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVE God Roll: Outlaw Wellspring

► Apostate has decent stats and a fairly good perk selection, but again, this is a weapon that suffers from coming back with inferior perks and from being part of a weak archetype and having.

Apostate can't roll with Snapshot Sights anymore, which is a big letdown for PVP. For PVE, while I has a fine perk selection, Apostate doesn't bring anything special to the table.
One Small StepShotgunKineticB › Average-One Small Step Destiny 2 art
One Small Step
| Shotgun
Average

B

Slot: KInetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Trench Barrel (also good: Swashbuckler)

► One Small Step is the only Rapid-Fire kinetic shotgun in the game right now, which makes it somewhat special. It's too bad Bungie killed it when it re-issued it without One-Two Punch, which was its signature and best perk before.

This is one of the weapons that suffered the most from coming back from retirement with new perks. Without One-Two Punch, One Small Step simply can't compete with either One-Two Punch shotguns or generally superior shotguns.
Arc LogicAuto RifleArcB › Average-Arc Logic Destiny 2 art
Arc Logic
| Auto Rifle
Average

B

Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PVP God Roll: Surplus + Frenzy

► The retired Arc Logic was recently brought back to us with new and... not really improved perks. More specifically, it no longer has access to any good range nor lethality perks. While it can still roll with some great consistency perks like Surplus, the final perk column doesn’t offer many good choices.

What also holds the Arc Logic back is that its only lethality perk is Frenzy, which works great on close-range weapons, but not so much on an auto rifle. As a 600 RPM auto (still considered the best archetype for PVP) and one of the only 2 arc auto rifles, Arc Logic remains somewhat viable, but nothing to write home about.
Dream BreakerFusion RifleSolarB › Average-Dream Breaker Destiny 2 art
Dream Breaker
| Fusion Rifle
Average

B

Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Heating Up + Frenzy

► Unfortunately, Dream Breaker suffers from simply being a fusion rifle. Right now, Fusion rifles are easily outclassed by slug shotguns in PVE.

In PVP, fusion rifles can have a place, but Dream Breaker can't compete with vastly superior fusions such as PLUG.ONE or the Glaciocasm. Bungie did announce an upcoming buff to fusion rifles, but we will have to see how much it can help the Dream Breaker.
TranquilitySniper RifleKineticC › Weak-Tranquility Destiny 2 art
Tranquility
| Sniper Rifle
Weak

C

Slot: KInetic | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Surplus + Elemental Capacitor

► Tranquility is the most disappointing example of a reissued weapon. Back when it was first released, it had some of the best perks for PVE and PVP. With Firing Line, it was a top DPS option in the entire game.

But this time around, Tranquility came back with downright awful perks for both PVE and PVP. You hate to see it, but this is the perfect example of how to re-issue a weapon the wrong way...
A Fine MemorialMachine GunArcC › Weak-A Fine Memorial Destiny 2 art
A Fine Memorial
| Machine Gun
Weak

C

Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + One for All

► A Fine Memorial could be a decent weapon. It's just too bad it's part of the Adaptive archetype, which is currently weak compared to other Machine gun archetypes and other Power weapon types.

On top of that, as an Arc machine gun, it has to compete with the Seventh Seraph SAW, which is hands down a superior alternative, especially for PVE. On top of having better perks, the Seven Seraph SAW can create Warmind Cells, which remain top tier.
. It has to compete with Seraph saw, it can't. the weapon is not too bad, but SAW is superior.
Night TerrorSwordArcC › Weak-Night Terror Destiny 2 art
Night Terror
| Sword
Weak

C

Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Whirlwind Blade

► Night Terror is unfortunately outclassed by too many swords. As an adaptive frame sword, it simply cannot match Caster nor Vortex frame swords in the game, not to mention the top-tier exotics such as The Lament or Black Talon.

Night Terror could have the best perks in the game, but adaptive frames can't compete with the vastly superior sword archetypes available.
Love and DeathGrenade LauncherSolarC › Weak-Love and Death Destiny 2 art
Love and Death
| Grenade Launcher
Weak

C

Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVE God Roll: Clown Cartridge + Chain Reaction

► Another weapon that was re-issued the wrong way, Love And Death used to be one of the best DPS weapons when Shadowkeep launched. But the perk that helped it achieve that status, Full Court, is no longer available.

The removal of Full Court makes Love and Death basically worthless compared to other heavy grenade launchers for DPS. When it comes to ad clear, Love and Death has good perks, but it's just too bad that special ammo grenade launchers with Chain Reaction are currently a much better option.
It was only worth it because it had Full Court, but now that perk is gone, there's no point using this.

Destiny 2 Moon weapons farm: Where to find them

Farming weapons in Destiny 2 is often very difficult due to low drop rates and/or having too many weapons drop from the same sources.

Take Bottom Dollar, for example, a sought-after Gambit weapon that requires absurd amounts of Gambit matches for a chance to find one with good perks. Hell, you may never find one if you have bad RNG…

But luckily, all Moon weapons are some of the easiest weapons to farm. They still require work, but thanks to the Lectern of Enchantment, you can actively target the weapon you want and work towards it.

Lectern of Enchantment farming

The Lectern of Enchantment is a vendor located in the Moon, next to Eris Morn. There, you can grab weekly, daily and repeatable bounties. But more importantly, you can find Nightmare Essences, which are special bounties that reward Moon weapons and armor.

Nightmare Essences Destiny 2 v2

Each Nightmare Essence has slightly different requirements, including kills with specific weapons, activity completions, and Phantasmal Cores.

To farm the weapon you’re interested in, all you need to do is purchase the right Nightmare Essence and complete it:

Weapon Nightmare Essence Requirements
Love and Death (Grenade Launcher) Essence of Insanity ►Grenade Launcher Kills (100)

► Bound Manacle recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

One Small Step (Shotgun) Essence of Rage ►Super Kills (%)

► Fangs of Shun’Gath recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

Dreambreaker (Fusion Rifle) Essence of Servitude ► Vex defeated on the Moon (30)

► Fusion Rifle Kills (15)

► Ehrath’Ur’s Horned Wreath recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

A Fine Memorial (Machine Gun) Essence of Greed ► Activities completed (%)

►Machine Gun Kills (%)

► Ethereal Charms recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

Tranquility (Sniper Rifle) Essence of Vanity ► Activities completed (%)

►Sniper Rifle Kills (25)

► Horned Wreath recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

Loud Lullaby (Hand Cannon) Essence of Brutality ► Activities completed (%)

►Hand Cannon Kills (50)

► Necromantic Strand recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

Night Terror (Sword) Essence of Jealousy ► Activities completed (%)

►Sword Kills (%)

► Ralniks’s Hatchet recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

Arc Logic (Auto Rifle) Essence of Failure ► Activities completed (%)

►Auto Rifle Kills (50)

► Captive Cord recovered

► Phantasmal Core (1)

For detailed guides on how to recover those specific items, 360GameTV has a video for each one.

As long as you have the resources to purchase them, you can farm Moon weapons indefinitely.

Completing activities on the Moon will steadily reward you with Phantasmal Cores, but if you happen to be out of Cores, you can also get more from the Lectern of Enchantment.

Phantasmal Core Destiny 2

You can get more Phantasmal Cores by:

  • Completing the Moon weekly bounties (there are 2 in total)
  • Purchasing them with Phantasmal Fragments at the Lectern

Ok, I know this sounds complicated but it isn’t, trust me. You can earn Phantasmal Fragments by completing Moon daily bounties or you can purchase them with Helium Filaments.


Destiny 2 Moon weapons rotation

Unlike Nightfall weapons, which are all on a strict weekly rotation, most Moon weapons can be farmed whenever you feel like through random activity completions on the Moon or through the Lectern of Enchantment.

There are 3 exceptions, though: The Altars of Sorrow weapons:

  • Heretic – Rocket Launcher
  • Blasphemer – Shotgun
  • Apostate – Sniper Rifle

These 3 weapons require you to complete all Altars of Sorrow waves. Each time you complete an Altars of Sorrow (by defeating the final boss), you will receive the weapon that is on rotation.

The weapons rotate daily, with only one weapon available per day:

Altars of Sorrow weapon today

NameWeaponsElementAmmo

Altars of Sorrow rotation for 2021

The following calendar outlines what weapon is dropping when:

NameWeaponsElementAmmo
8/17/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/18/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
8/19/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/20/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/21/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
8/22/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/23/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/24/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
8/25/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/26/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/27/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
8/28/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/29/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
8/30/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
8/31/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/1/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/2/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
9/3/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/4/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/5/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
9/6/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/7/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/8/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
9/9/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/10/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/11/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
9/12/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/13/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/14/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
9/15/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/16/2021Apostate Destiny 2 artApostate
| Sniper Rifle
Arc ArcDestiny 2 special ammo Special
9/17/2021Heretic Destiny 2 artHeretic
| Rocket Launcher
Arc ArcDestiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy
9/18/2021Blasphemer Destiny 2 artBlasphemer
| Shotgun
KineticDestiny 2 special ammo Special

Tier list ranking criteria

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

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

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

If you strongly disagree with some of the rankings here, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

By the way, what is your personal favorite Moon weapon?

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