Destiny 2 Power Weapons Guide (and Tier list)

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.

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

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 element icons ALL art

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

Heavy ammo Destiny 2

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

Best Heavy weapons in Destiny 2: Tier list

Now that we’ve covered all the basics regarding Power 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 what we consider the top-tier Heavy 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:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PVE + PVPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
CommemorationMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVE + PVPDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PVEExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Corrective Measure Destiny 2 artCorrective MeasureMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVE + PVPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Palmyra-B Destiny 2 artPalmyra-BRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Best

S

PVE + PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16HeavyCraftable
Falling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling GuillotineSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARMMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Best

S

PVENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Crown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-SplitterSwordAggressiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo

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: The complete list

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:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceObtainable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Bump in the Night Destiny 2 artBump in the NightRocket LauncherAggressiveLegendaryHeavyStasisSeason 17YesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis StasisOngoing...-Seasonal activitySeason 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Season 17HeavyCraftable
Fixed Odds Destiny 2 artFixed OddsMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar SolarOngoing...-Duality Dungeon
Deluxe Edition
Season 17HeavyCraftable
Stormchaser Destiny 2 artStormchaserLinear Fusion RifleAggressiveLegendaryHeavyArcDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcOngoing...-Duality Dungeon
Deluxe Edition
Season 17HeavyNo
Heartshadow Destiny 2 artHeartshadowSwordExoticExoticHeavyVoidDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PVEDuality Dungeon
Deluxe Edition
Season 17HeavyNo
Recurrent Impact Destiny 2 artRecurrent ImpactMachine GunRapid-FireLegendaryHeavyStasisDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Average

B

PVEPsiOps Battlegrounds
Deluxe Edition
Season 16HeavyCraftable
Sola's Scar Destiny 2 artSola's ScarSwordCasterLegendaryHeavySolarThe Witch QueenNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVE + PVPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 13HeavyNo
Reed's Regret Destiny 2 artReed's RegretLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyStasisThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PVE + PVPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 15HeavyNo
Parasite Destiny 2 artParasiteGrenade LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEExotic Quest
The Witch Queen
Season 16HeavyNo
Cataclysmic Destiny 2 art v2CataclysmicLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Average

B

PVEVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16HeavyCraftable
Tomorrow's AnswerRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyVoidThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

-Trials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10HeavyNo
Tarnation Destiny 2 artTarnationGrenade LauncherRapid-FireLegendaryHeavyArcThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

-Wellspring
The Witch Queen
Season 16HeavyCraftable
Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PVE + PVPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
Hero of Ages Destiny 2 artHero of AgesSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyArc30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PVEGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
CommemorationMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVE + PVPDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PVEExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Eyes of TomorrowRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVPDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Thermal ErosionMachine GunRapid-FireLegendaryHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Weak

C

-Empire Hunts
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
BequestSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Worst

D

-Deep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Salvation's Grip Destiny 2Salvation's GripGrenade LauncherExoticExoticHeavyStasisBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Worst

D

-Exotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Thunderlord artThunderlordMachine GunExoticExoticHeavyArcForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PVE + PVPExotic Engram
Forsaken Pack
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 AnarchyAnarchyGrenade LauncherExoticExoticHeavyArcForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PVEExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 5HeavyNo
Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices artOne Thousand VoicesFusion RifleExoticExoticHeavySolarForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVELast Wish Raid
Forsaken Pack
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Truth artTruthRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyVoidForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

-Exotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 7HeavyNo
Apex PredatorRocket LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Worst

D

-Last Wish Raid
Forsaken Pack
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Deathbringer artDeathbringerRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PVE + PVPExotic Quest
Shadowkeep
Season 8HeavyNo
Destiny 2 XenophageXenophageMachine GunExoticExoticHeavySolarShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

-Exotic Quest
Shadowkeep
Season 8HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's BreathCombat BowExoticExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

-Exotic Kiosk
Shadowkeep
Season 8HeavyNo
Chain of Command Destiny 2 artChain of CommandMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis StasisOngoing...-Playlist: Pursuit
Free-to-Play
Season 17HeavyNo
Corrective Measure Destiny 2 artCorrective MeasureMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVE + PVPVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Palmyra-B Destiny 2 artPalmyra-BRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Best

S

PVE + PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16HeavyCraftable
Falling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling GuillotineSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARMMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Best

S

PVENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Crown-Splitter Destiny 2 artCrown-SplitterSwordAggressiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Best

S

PVEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Tractor Cannon artTractor CannonShotgunExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PVE + PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode DuelloRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded NeedleLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PVEUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Royal Entry Destiny 2 artRoyal EntryRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PVEPlaylist: Strikes
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 3HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the WormSniper RifleExoticExoticHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 3HeavyNo
Eternity's Edge Destiny 2 artEternity's EdgeSwordVortexLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Archon's Thunder Destiny 2 artArchon's ThunderMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Hezen Vengeance Destiny 2 artHezen VengeanceRocket LauncherAggressiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Ascendancy Destiny 2 artAscendancyRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PVEExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 15HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff CoilRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Memory Interdict Destiny 2 artMemory InterdictGrenade LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Razor's Edge Destiny 2 artRazor's EdgeSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

-Iron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 16HeavyNo
Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.Sniper RifleExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

Exotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Heir Apparent artHeir ApparentMachine GunExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PVE + PVPEvent: Guardian Games
Free-to-Play
Season 10HeavyNo
Seventh Seraph SAW Destiny 2Seventh Seraph SAWMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PVE
Free-to-Play
Season 10HeavyNo
AvalancheMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Average

B

PVEEvent: Dawning
Free-to-Play
Season 12HeavyNo
Crowd PleaserGrenade LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PVEPlaylist: Gambit
Free-to-Play
Season 12HeavyNo
Subzero SalvoRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PVEEuropa
Free-to-Play
Season 12HeavyNo
The Hothead Destiny 2 artThe HotheadRocket LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PVENightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 15HeavyNo
Zephyr Destiny 2 artZephyrSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Average

B

PVEEvent: Dawning
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
Grand Overture Destiny 2 artGrand OvertureMachine GunExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PVEExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 16HeavyNo
Red Herring Destiny 2 artRed HerringRocket LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PVEThrone World
Free-to-Play
Season 16HeavyCraftable
Destiny 2 Black TalonBlack TalonSwordExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PVPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo
Quickfang Destiny 2 artQuickfangSwordLightweightLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PVPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Half-Truths Destiny 2 artHalf-TruthsSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PVPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
The Other Half Destiny 2 artThe Other HalfSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

PVPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
Temptation's HookSwordCasterLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Interference VIInterference VIGrenade LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 10HeavyNo
Heretic Destiny 2 artHereticRocket LauncherAggressiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-Moon
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
HoosegowRocket LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Tarantula Destiny 2 artTarantulaLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Sleepless Destiny 2 artSleeplessRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-Dreaming City
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Legend of Acrius artLegend of AcriusShotgunExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-Exotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

-Exotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox artTwo-Tailed FoxRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

-Exotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 4HeavyNo
Typhon GL5 Destiny 2 artTyphon GL5Grenade LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Average

B

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16HeavyNo
Negative SpaceSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Weak

C

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Corsair's WrathLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Weak

C

-Xûr
Free-to-Play
Season 12HeavyNo
Steel Sybil Z-14SwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Weak

C

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Blast BattueGrenade LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

-Xûr
Free-to-Play
Season 12HeavyNo
Berenger's MemoryGrenade LauncherRapid-FireLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Weak

C

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Honor's EdgeSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

-
Free-to-Play
Season 10HeavyNo
Bad OmensRocket LauncherAggressiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Weak

C

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Prospector artThe ProspectorGrenade LauncherExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

-Exotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Colony artThe ColonyGrenade LauncherExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Weak

C

-Exotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 2HeavyNo
Love and Death Destiny 2 artLove and DeathGrenade LauncherRapid-FireLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Weak

C

-Moon
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
A Fine Memorial Destiny 2 artA Fine MemorialMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

-Moon
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Night Terror Destiny 2 artNight TerrorSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Weak

C

-Moon
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Swarm of the RavenGrenade LauncherRapid-FireLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Worst

D

-Iron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Shining SphereRocket LauncherAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Worst

D

-Iron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Outrageous FortuneGrenade LauncherRapid-FireLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Worst

D

-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 11HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Worldline Zero artWorldline ZeroSwordExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Worst

D

-Exotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 3HeavyNo
Shattered Cipher Destiny 2 artShattered CipherMachine GunRapid-FireLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Worst

D

-Unobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Abide the Return Destiny 2 artAbide the ReturnSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Worst

D

-Dreaming City
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo
Canis Major Destiny 2 artCanis MajorGrenade LauncherRapid-FireLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Worst

D

-Xûr
Free-to-Play
Season 15HeavyNo

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

First Encounter
Crypt Security
Second Encounter
Atraks-1
Third Encounter
Rapture
Final Encounter
The Abomination
Trustee
Rapid-Fire Scout Rifle | Solar Solar
Succession
Aggressive Sniper Rifle | Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Posterity
Precision Hand Cannon | Arc Arc
Bequest
Adaptive Sword | Arc Arc
Heritage
Precision Shotgun | Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Commemoration
Adaptive Machine Gun | Void Void
Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 featured rocket launcherEyes of Tomorrow
Exotic Rocket Launcher | Solar Solar
Legacy's Oath Gauntlets
| Arms
Legacy's Oath Gauntlets
| Arms
Legacy's Oath Plate
| Chest
Legacy's Oath Helm
| Head
Legacy's Oath Greaves
| Legs
Legacy's Oath Greaves
| Legs
Legacy's Oath Gauntlets
| Arms
Legacy's Oath Plate
| Chest
Legacy's Oath Mark
| Class Item
Legacy's Oath Mark
| Class Item
Legacy's Oath Mark
| Class Item
Legacy's Oath Greaves
| Legs

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

First Encounter
Ogre
Second Encounter
Servitor
Third Encounter
Final Boss
Matador 64 Destiny 2 featuredMatador 64
Shotgun | Arc Arc
Matador 64 Destiny 2 featuredMatador 64
Shotgun | Arc Arc
Matador 64 Destiny 2 featuredMatador 64
Shotgun | Arc Arc
Hero of Ages Destiny 2 featuredHero of Ages
Sword| Arc Arc
Hero of Ages Destiny 2 featuredHero of Ages
Sword| Arc Arc
Hero of Ages Destiny 2 featuredHero of Ages
Sword| Arc Arc
Eyasluna Destiny 2 featuredEyasluna
Hand Cannon | Stasis Stasis
1000 Yard Stare Destiny 2 featured1000 Yard Stare
Sniper Rifle | Void Void
Descending Echo Greaves Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Greaves
| Legs
Descending Echo Cage Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Cage
| Chest
Descending Echo Helm Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Helm
| Helm
Descending Echo Mark Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Mark
| Class Item
Descending Echo Gauntlets Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Gauntlets
| Arms
Descending Echo Gauntlets Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Gauntlets
| Arms
Descending Echo Greaves Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Greaves
| Legs
Descending Echo Mark Destiny 2 featuredDescending Echo Mark
| Class Item

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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