Destiny 2 Power Weapons Guide (and Tier list)

by | Jan 22, 2022 | Weapons

Destiny 2 may want to become a fully-fledged MMO, but we all love it because it’s an excellent first-person shooter.

Destiny 2 is all about the gunplay, and by extension, the weapons. They all feel different and changing weapon types can sometimes feel like changing games. For that reason, weapon guides play an important role around here.

Today, we focus on the most powerful weapon class in the game: Power weapons (recently renamed to Heavy weapons).  We’ll cover both Exotic and Legendary weapons (including their PVP & PVE god rolls) and give you an overview of the current Meta.

What are Power weapons in Destiny 2?

Also referred to as Heavy weapons, Power weapons are those that sit in the Heavy slot and do element damage.

These are the only 8 weapon types that can use Heavy ammo, and can therefore be equipped in the Powerslot:

Weapon Type Main Role
Rocket Launchers Burst Damage
 Grenade Launchers Add Clear
 Swords Add Clear, Single Target Damage
 Linear Fusion Rifles Single Target Damage
Machine Gun Add Clear
Shotguns*
Combat Bows*
Sniper Rifles* Single Target Damage

* The only few Heavy Shotguns, Bows, and Snipers are Exotics.

Just as Energy weapons, Power weapons can do either Solar, Arc, or Void damage, and are perfectly suited to deal with shielded enemies. And unlike Kinetic and Special weapons, Power weapons can deal massive amounts of damage to either shielded and unshielded enemies in a short time.

Heavy ammo

While Kinetic and Energy weapons both include Primary and Special ammo weapons, Power weapons only include guns that use Heavy ammo, aka, the purple ammo boxes:

Ammo art Destiny 2

Needless to say, Heavy weapons are the most powerful in the game but their ammo is the most difficult to find.

How to tell if a weapon is Heavy

Just as Energy weapons do, Power weapons have unique symbols that can be visible while hovering over them or inspecting them in your Inventory or vault:

Destiny 2 elements art

On top of their elemental symbol, Power weapons also show their Heavy ammo symbol when inspecting them:

Heavy ammo Destiny 2

The best Power weapons in Destiny 2: Tier list

Now that we’ve covered all the basics regarding Heavy weapons, it’s time we move on to what you’re probably here for: What are the best Power weapons in Destiny 2?

The list below includes the top-tier Power weapons currently in the game, for both PVE and PVP.

Best for PVE: Pure DPS

When talking about the best Power weapons for PVE, everything inevitably boils down to one thing: DPS.

About DPS: DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to Majors and Bosses in PVE content.

If you’re looking for a good Heavy weapon, these are, hands down, the best there is:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs--Best in ClassChange?
Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artLinear Fusion Rifles

Sleeper Simulant

21,79925,351396,792With CatalystBuffed
Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 artRocket Launchers

Gjallarhorn

23,312-200,484---New
Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artFusion Rifles

One Thousand Voices

16,55617,991273,456---Same
Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artSniper Rifles

Whisper of the Worm

19,89219,892397,848---Buffed
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsVortex18,094-279,650With Jagged EdgeFalling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling GuillotineSame
Destiny 2 XenophageMachine Guns

Xenophage

12,61314,243246,870---Same
Destiny 2 Deathbringer artRocket Launchers

Deathbringer

31,129-429,583---Same
The Lament Destiny 2Swords

The Lament

19,071-587,097---Same
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2Rocket LaunchersPrecision14,368-198,282-Royal Entry Destiny 2 artRoyal EntrySame
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflesPrecision14,97917,844356,880-Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded NeedleBuffed
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade Launchers

The Prospector

20,52925,567148,752-Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe ProspectorSame
Sword weapon type Destiny 2SwordsAggressive20,429-413,487With Jagged EdgeCrown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-SplitterSame
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2Grenade LaunchersAdaptive18,32721,855131,130With Spike GrenadesCrowd Pleaser Destiny 2 artCrowd PleaserSame
Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artShotguns

Legend of Acrius

25,23225,232247,730Assumes reload canceling--Buffed
Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artMachine Guns

Heir Apparent

12,17113,740366,400---Same

For the record, DPS is not the only thing that matters. Ease of use and consistency are also extremely important factors to keep in mind, but the ability to deal “good” DPS is a must for any top-tier Power weapon.

Best for PVP: Efficiency

When it comes to PVP, pure DPS figures take a backseat in favor of two more important factors: Ease of use and efficiency.

When dealing with opposing guardians in the Crucible, you want a Power weapon that can easily guarantee a kill. These are, without a doubt, the absolute kings of PVP right now:

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

WeaponTierDrops from / DifficultyExotic Perk (and my take)TypeSlotDrops from
Destiny 2 Heir Apparent art
Heir Apparent | Machine Gun
Strong

A

Season 10 Reward

Unavailable

Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy

"This weapon can be fired only when fully spun up. While at full health, spinning up this weapon protects you with an Arc Shield."

► Heir Apparent is a unique and fun weapon that simply shreds in PVE. It may not have the best DPS but it can deal good total DPS due to its huge magazine size. If you're looking for a fun ad-clearing weapon, Heir Apparent is a great choice.

Unfortunately, Heir Apparent is currently not obtainable in-game. If you missed this one 2 seasons ago, you will probably have to wait until next season when Bungie will probably add it to the Monument of Lost Lights.

Decent Alternative: Thermal Erosion.
Machine GunHeavyUnavailable
Destiny 2 The Wardcliff Coil
Wardcliff Coil | Rocket Launcher
Strong

A

Exotic Engram

Average

Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: NA

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a volley of rockets and automatically reloads on ammo pickup."


When it works as intended, The Wardcliff Coil is incredibly lethal and could potentially wipe an entire team in PVP. On top of that, it's a consistent and reliable weapon that practically guarantees kills, even in competitive modes. If you're looking for an easy to use Power weapon for the Crucible, the Wardcliff Coils is for you.

And as an added bonus, the Wardcliff Coils also has the ability to easily shut down supers from range.

Good Alternative: Truth.
Rocket LauncherHeavyExotic Engram
Destiny 2 Deathbringer art
Deathbringer | Rocket Launcher
Strong

A

Exotic Quest

Average

Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: NA

Exotic Perk: "Fires remotely detonated projectiles that drop Void orbs on combatants. Hold to fire, release to detonate. The further a Void orb falls, the more powerful its detonation becomes."


Deathbringer is one of the most fun heavy weapons in the Crucible. If you catch a team on spawn, you can wipe them all out with a well-placed detonation.

You can also use it to shoot it at a wall when someone pushes you and still secure a few kills in a pinch. It's great at tracking enemies, and overall, a slept on weapon more guardians should try.

Decent Alternative: Black Talon.
Rocket LauncherHeavyExotic Quest
Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 1
Eyes of Tomorrow | Rocket Launcher
Strong

A

Deep Stone Crypt

Hard

Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: NA

Exotic Perk: "This weapon is capable of tracking and firing at multiple targets simultaneously. Killing four or more combatants in a single volley increases the damage of the next volley."

► On paper, Eyes of Tomorrow was supposed to be one the best heavy exotics released in a long time. Some were even calling it the new Gjallarhorn!

Turns out, this rocket launcher has a damage reduction against Bosses, which was disappointing. But still, it remains a strong weapon overall, with high multikills potential in PVP and Gambit, and generally good DPS.

Decent Alternative: Wardcliff Coil in PVP.
Rocket LauncherHeavyDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Commemoration Destiny 2 art
Commemoration | Machine Gun
Strong

A

Deep Stone Crypt

Hard

Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: Season 16

Commemoration God Roll:
Perk 3: Dynamic Sway Reduction (PVE perk: Reconstruction)
Perk 4: Under Pressure (PVE perk: Dragonfly or Rampage)

► The natural replacement of the fan-favorite Hammerhead, Commemoration is a solid PVP weapon. It may not have as high base stats as Hammerhead, but it more than makes up for it with great perks.

Commemoration also has a lot of potential for PVE. With the right perks, it can certainly outclass any other legendary machine gun for ad clear.

Decent Alternative: Seventh Seraph SAW.
Machine GunHeavyDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon art
Tractor Cannon | Shotgun
Strong

A

Exotic Engram

Average

Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: NA

Exotic Perk: "This weapon emits a powerful impulse that pushes enemies away, suppresses their abilities, and makes them more vulnerable to all incoming damage."

► Tractor Cannon was Top tier just a few seasons ago, but now that buffs and debuffs don't stack, it's no longer a must-have.

Tractor Cannon is still a good weapon overall, both for PVE and PVP, and can secure kills just as well as any other Heavy weapon. Plus, it also has the ability to suppress supers, and that alone can be incredibly valuable in high stakes competitive matches.

Good Alternative: One Thousand Voices.

Decent Alternative: NA...
ShotgunHeavyExotic Engram
Seventh Seraph SAW Destiny 2
Seventh Seraph SAW | Machine Gun
Average

B

Currently Unavailable

NA

Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: NA

Seventh Seraph SAW PVP God Roll:
Perk 1: Zen Moment
Perk 4: Vorpal Weapon (also good: Elemental Capacitor w/Void)

► Machine guns are popular in PVP because they offer an excellent ammo economy. When used right, one ammo brick can result in 4-5 kills.

The Seventh Seraph SAW is one of the few legendary machine guns that will survive sunsetting later this year, which is why it easily earned a spot here. That said, it does have good stats and decent perk options.
Machine GunHeavyCurrently NA

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.

Heavy weapons list: Every weapon still available

In case you’re looking for something much more specific (i.e. an Arc Precision Linear Fusion rifle) that you couldn’t find above, this list includes every Heavy weapon still viable in Destiny 2:

-WeaponsTypeRarityAmmo typeRequirementsObtainableAmmoDamageSourceAvailable now?Requires
A Fine Memorial Destiny 2 artA Fine MemorialMachine GunLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcMoon Destination

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Abide the Return Destiny 2 artAbide the ReturnSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarDreaming City Destination

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 AnarchyAnarchyGrenade LauncherExoticHeavyForsakenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Kiosk

Yes

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
Apex Predator Destiny 2 artApex PredatorRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyForsakenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarLast Wish Raid

Yes

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
Archon's Thunder Destiny 2 artArchon's ThunderMachine GunLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarIron Banner

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Ascendancy Destiny 2 artAscendancyRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavySeason 15YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarPursuit Weapon

Yes

Destiny 2 Season 15 logo
Avalanche Destiny 2 artAvalancheMachine GunLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarDawning

No

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Bad Omens Destiny 2 artBad OmensRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Bequest Destiny 2 artBequestSwordLegendaryHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcDeep Stone Crypt Raid

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Berengers Memory Destiny 2 artBerenger's MemoryGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack TalonSwordExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Blast Battue Destiny 2 artBlast BattueGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcWrathborn Hunts

Yes

Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
Canis Major Destiny 2 artCanis MajorGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavySeason 15YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarShattered Realm

Yes

Destiny 2 Season 15 logo
Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode DuelloRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarBattlegrounds

Yes

Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
Commemoration Destiny 2 artCommemorationMachine GunLegendaryHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidDeep Stone Crypt Raid

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Corrective Measure Destiny 2 artCorrective MeasureMachine GunLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidVault of Glass Raid

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Corsairs Wrath Destiny 2 artCorsair's WrathLinear Fusion RifleLegendaryHeavyDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarWrathborn Hunts

Yes

Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
Crowd Pleaser Destiny 2 artCrowd PleaserGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidPlaylist: Gambit

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Crown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-SplitterSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.Sniper RifleExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Deathbringer artDeathbringerRocket LauncherExoticHeavyShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidExotic Quest

Yes

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
Eternity's Edge Destiny 2 artEternity's EdgeSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 1Eyes of TomorrowRocket LauncherExoticHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarDeep Stone Crypt Raid

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Falling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling GuillotineSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticHeavy30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarExotic Quest

Yes

Destiny 2 30th anniversary logo
Half-Truths Destiny 2 artHalf-TruthsSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcDares of Eternity

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artHeir ApparentMachine GunExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcGuardian Games

No

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Heretic Destiny 2 artHereticRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcMoon Destination

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Hero of Ages Destiny 2 artHero of AgesSwordLegendaryHeavy30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcGrasp of Avarice Dungeon

Yes

Destiny 2 30th anniversary logo
Hezen Vengeance Destiny 2 artHezen VengeanceRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarVault of Glass Raid

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Honors Edge Destiny 2 artHonor's EdgeSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcGunsmith

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Hoosegow Destiny 2 artHoosegowRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Interference VIInterference VIGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcGunsmith

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artLegend of AcriusShotgunExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Kiosk

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's BreathCombat BowExoticHeavyShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidExotic Kiosk

Yes

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
Love and Death Destiny 2 artLove and DeathGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarMoon Destination

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Memory Interdict Destiny 2 artMemory InterdictGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Negative Space Destiny 2 artNegative SpaceSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Night Terror Destiny 2 artNight TerrorSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcMoon Destination

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand VoicesFusion RifleExoticHeavyForsakenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarLast Wish Raid

Yes

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
Outrageous Fortune Destiny 2 artOutrageous FortuneGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Quickfang Destiny 2 artQuickfangSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Reed's Regret Destiny 2 artReed's RegretLinear Fusion RifleLegendaryHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis icon StasisTrials of Osiris

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Royal Entry Destiny 2 artRoyal EntryRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidPlaylist: Strikes

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Salvation's Grip Destiny 2Salvation's GripGrenade LauncherExoticHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis icon StasisExotic Quest

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Seventh Seraph SAW Destiny 2Seventh Seraph SAWMachine GunLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcGunsmith

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Shattered Cipher Destiny 2 artShattered CipherMachine GunLegendaryHeavyDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidSeason Pass

Yes

Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
Shining Sphere Destiny 2Shining SphereRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcIron Banner

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarExotic Kiosk

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Sleepless Destiny 2 artSleeplessRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcDreaming City Destination

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Sola's Scar Destiny 2 artSola's ScarSwordLegendaryHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarTrials of Osiris

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Steel Sybil Z 14 Destiny 2 artSteel Sybil Z-14SwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Subzero Salvo Destiny 2 artSubzero SalvoRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcEuropa Destination

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Swarm of the Raven Destiny 2Swarm of the RavenGrenade LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidIron Banner

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Tarantula Destiny 2 artTarantulaLinear Fusion RifleLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Temptations Hook Destiny 2 artTemptation's HookSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcWorld Loot Pool

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 The Colony artThe ColonyGrenade LauncherExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
The Hothead Destiny 2 artThe HotheadRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcNighfall: The Ordeals

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarExotic Quest

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
The Other Half Destiny 2 artThe Other HalfSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidDares of Eternity

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe ProspectorGrenade LauncherExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerLinear Fusion RifleExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARMMachine GunLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcNighfall: The Ordeals

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff CoilRocket LauncherExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Thermal Erosion Destiny 2 artThermal ErosionMachine GunLegendaryHeavyBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarEmpire Hunts

Yes

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded NeedleLinear Fusion RifleLegendaryHeavyDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidBattlegrounds

Yes

Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition logo
Destiny 2 Thunderlord artThunderlordMachine GunExoticHeavyForsakenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
Tomorrows Answer Destiny 2 artTomorrow's AnswerRocket LauncherLegendaryHeavyBeyond LightNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidTrials of Osiris

No

Destiny 2 Beyond Light logo 1
Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor CannonShotgunExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Truth artTruthRocket LauncherExoticHeavyForsakenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidExotic Kiosk

Yes

Destiny 2 Forsaken logo 1
Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artTwo-Tailed FoxRocket LauncherExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid VoidExotic Engram

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the WormSniper RifleExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarExotic Kiosk

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 Worldline Zero artWorldline ZeroSwordExoticHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcExotic Kiosk

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Destiny 2 XenophageXenophageMachine GunExoticHeavyShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarExotic Quest

Yes

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
Zephyr Destiny 2 artZephyrSwordLegendaryHeavyFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis icon StasisDawning

Yes

Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1

Current Power weapons Meta

It’s always exciting to review the best weapons in any given category, understand where to find them, and then go for them. After all, the chase for the best weapons is at the heart of Destiny 2. That said, it’s also important to understand how the different weapon types compare against each other.

What is “Meta”? Meta refers to the most used weapons for a particular activity. Generally, these weapons are the most used because they are the most powerful/efficient.

We talk a lot about Swords, for example, and less about Rocket Launchers. This section will give you a good overview of the current PVE and PVP Meta for Power weapons.

Role Explanation Target Weapon types
Add Clear Clearing weaker enemies faster than you could with a primary ammo weapon. For most content, primaries do the add clear job perfectly well, so this is most useful in high difficulty PvE. Main: Machine Guns, Grenade Launchers, Swords

Secondary: Rocket Launchers

Single Target Damage Burning down a boss. Main: Linear Fusion Rifles, Exotic Snipers, Swords

Secondary: Grenade Launchers, Machine Guns

Burst Damage Burning down a champion quickly, or for bosses with multiple damage phases, clearing a phase quickly. Main: Rocket Launchers

Secondary: Linear Fusion Rifles

PS: If you’re looking for the complete rundown of the state of the current Meta for PVP and PVP, check out our Destiny 2 Meta weapons guide.

As done before, the 2 lists below start with the S Tier weapon types and move down from there:

PVE Power weapons meta

Weapon TypeTierRole ❘ Current State
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
Best

S

Main roles: Add Clear & Single Target damage (i.e. Boss damage).

Current State: Swords are incredibly strong right now. Several buffs and a huge rework during Season of the Worthy made them much more usable. They are now safer to use, have a better ammo economy, and can deal much more damage.

Swords are as high risk / high reward as it gets. If used right, a top-tier sword can basically delete any enemy, even on higher difficulties. No wonder The Lament and Falling Guillotine are still some of the best Power weapons available.
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
Strong

A

Main role: Burst Damage (Secondary role: Add Clear)

Rocket launchers went through a rough patch that relegated to the least preferred Heavy weapon in the entire game.

Bungie has been hard at work at making them relevant again, and after two noticeable buffs, Rocket launchers are making a huge comeback. With great DPS potential and bigger magazines, they are among the best tools at your disposal, no matter the content.
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
Strong

A

Main role: Single Target damage (Secondary role: Burst Damage)

Current State: Linear fusion rifles have been in the middle of an identity crisis for a while, but that should finally change this season. With increased damage to critical hits, Linear Fusions are now much more lethal and rewarding, provided you can hit your shots.

It's still too early to tell how meta they can become, but keep an eye on Sleeper Simulant, or a Threaded Needle with Vorpal Weapon. These will be among your top DPS options this season.
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
Average

B

Main role: Add Clear

Current State: Machine guns are not what they used to be, not for PVE at least. While a god-rolled Commemoration or a Thunderlord will definitely get the job done at clearing ads, they remain the shadow of their former selves.

Bungie itself has confirmed they need to be fine-tuned, but that could take a while... To be fair, they still have their place and have proven to be excellent to deal with elemental shields in Grandmaster Nightfall: The Ordeals.
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
Average

B

Main role: Add Clear (Secondary role: Single Target Damage).

Current State: Grenade launchers went from the indisputable PVE choice to just an average, situational weapon type, in a matter of months.

To be fair, they remain viable, especially when getting too close to the enemy is impossible. Otherwise, they have been replaced by Swords as the go-to damage-dealing Heavy weapon type in the game.
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Exotic Sniper Rifles
Weak

C

Main role: Single Target damage

Current State: Finally, we have Exotic Sniper rifles, a very niche choice represented by only 2 weapons, D.A.R.C.I and Whisper of the Worm.

Heavy Exotic Snipers are far from being meta right now. D.A.R.C.I is one of the most underwhelming Exoticsin the entire game, while Whisper of the Warm is the shadow of its former self due to the blanket nerf all snipers received a few seasons ago.

For the record, weapon categories consisting of only 1 or 2 exotics have been excluded from this overview. In this case, Heavy snipers, shotguns, and fusion rifles have been excluded.

PVP Power weapons meta

Weapon TypeTierRole ❘ Current State
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
Best

S

Rocket launchers are in a great place right now for PVP. As ammo economy is not an issue in the Crucible, their insane high-burst damage per rocket allows them to shine.

Rocket launchers, and especially the exotics, can basically guarantee a kill without requiring much skill nor effort. And if used right, you can easily get multi kills in 6v6 modes. Rocket launchers even have a place in competitive modes, namely the Wardclif Coil, due to their consistency.
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
Strong

A

Machine guns are always a safe bet in PVP. They have excellent TTK, are very consistent from medium to long-range, and have enough ammo to kill easily 2 to 3 guardians, 4 if you play your cards right.

Not all machine guns were created equal, though, as some of them are much stronger than the rest, especially the exotics (Heir Apparent immediately comes to mind). But with the right perks, legendary Machine guns can also shine
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
Average

B

Grenade launchers can be good options in PVP. They are powerful and can come with great perks, including the newish Chain Reaction, which can easily net you multi kills when hitting enemies grouped together. When used with something like Proximity grenades, grenade launchers can be even more reliable and easy to use.

Compared to the other Power weapon in the game, grenade launchers remain strong contenders. And when you take into account the exotics, namely The Colony, they can basically give you free kills.
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
Weak

C

Swords may be a top-tier choice in PVE due to their high-risk, high reward approach. But in PVP, the risk is much higher than the reward.

You can, of course, use a sword to benefit from the third-person view and wait for opponents around corners. But in many situations, you could find yourself completely vulnerable out in the open while chasing an enemy. On top of that, 3-peeking with swords is considered a douchy approach by the community, and with reason!
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
Weak

C

Linear fusion rifles are in the middle of an identity crisis. They are stronger than sniper rifles and have more aim assistance, but they still require Heavy ammo and a headshot to one-shot an enemy.

On top of that, they also have a charge time to take into account. Compared to a sniper rifle that fires immediately and only uses Special ammo, Linear Fusion rifles make little sense for the Crucible. In PVP, you want a Heavy weapon that can either easily down several guardians or guarantee a kill in a high-stakes match. It isn't impossible to do with a linear fusion rifle, but other weapon types can accomplish that more easily.

Your turn

By now you should have a good understanding of what the best Power weapons in Destiny 2 are: 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 a kinetic, energy, and heavy weapon.

Hopefully, you also understood the importance of keeping these lists up to date. Bungie usually changes the “sandbox” with buffs and nerfs that can rather any “Weapons ranking” obsolete overnight. You can rest assured this overview is up to date with the current sandbox and it will be updated as soon as a significant sandbox update occurs!

So, which one is your favorite Power weapon?

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2 Comments
  1. Leaf

    What about machine guns for PvE?

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  2. neuronji

    Thanks for this. It’s really helpful, especially for us old-age gamers. You know, you could come up with some great lessons in math, science, social studies, literature – an entire unit for secondary school kids (or, as I said, old folks at a retirement center). Why don’t you consider this? Thanks again.

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