Best Destiny 2 Reckoning Weapons

Tier list and God rolls
By Ric (aka Primatrix) | May 30, 2020

The future of Destiny 2’s Reckoning weapons is unclear right now. In fact, some of them could leave the game soon.

But that doesn’t change the fact a few of them are among the best weapons in the game. And even if most Reckoning weapons will be retired soon, some of them are still worth chasing.

But which ones are worth grinding for? And more importantly, how to farm them before it’s too late?

This guide will cover every Gambit Prime / Reckoning weapon in the game. We’ll cover all the best rolls and the best way to farm exactly the weapon you want.

Weapon sunsetting is coming soon and will affect every single one of these weapons, meaning they now have an expiration date for end-game content. If you want one of these, you better start farming now.

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, 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 S Tier and moves down the different tiers until it reaches the bottom D Tier.  Also, don’t forget that you can filter and sort the list however you prefer!


Destiny 2 Reckoning weapons list (as of May 2020)

ImageWeaponTierExcels inDrops fromExotic Perk / God rolls (in bold)TypeSlot
Destiny 2 Spare Rations

Spare Rations

| Hand Cannon
Best

S

PVPLikeness of Oryx or Gambit Prime
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary | Sunsets: Season 12

Perk 1: Snapshot Sights or Rapid Hit (also good: Threat Detector)
Perk 2: Kill Clip or Rampage (also good: Rangefinder, Moving Target)

► Arguably the best PVP primary weapon in the entire game, including Pinnacles and Exotics, the Spare Rations is extremely consistent and lethal. Its the weapon of choice of the vast majority of skilled PVP players.
Hand CannonKinetic
Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 art

Gnawing Hunger

| Auto Rifle
Best

S

PVP + PVELikeness of Oryx
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Primary | Sunsets: Season 12

Perk 1: Tap the Trigger (also good: Zen Moment)
Perk 2: Kill Clip (also good: Rampage)

► With the recent buff to 600 RPM Auto Rifles, the Gnawing Hunger became a good PVP primary, especially for those of us without a Summoner...
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Sole Survivor Destiny 2 art

Sole Survivor

| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A

PVEThe Swords or Gambit Prime
Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Sunsets: Season 12

Perk 1: Triple Tap (also good: Fourth Time's the Charm)
Perk 2: Firing Line (also good: Demolitionist)

Snipers were hit hard this season, especially in PVE, but a Sole Survivor with a good roll remains a good boss-damage PVE primary option.
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Last Man Standing

| Shotgun
Average

B

PVPThe Swords or Gambit Prime
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Sunsets: Season 12

Perk 1: Grave Robber
Perk 2: Demotionist (also good: One-Two Punch)

► Definitely not best in class, the Last Man Standing remains a solid shotgun, especially for PVE and especially for guardians that melee everything that moves.
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Lonesome Destiny 2 art

Lonesome

| Sidearm
Average

B

-The Swords or Gambit Prime
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary | Sunsets: Season 12

Perk 1: Full Auto Trigger System (also good: Zen Moment)
Perk 2: Kill Clip (also good: Demolitionist)

► Last season's buff to sidearms made them viable again, especially for PVP. The Lonesome is a good option that sees some action in Trials and pairs well with a Sniper Rifle.
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Just In Case

| Sword
Average

B

-The Swords
Slot: Solar Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: Season 12

► There's nothing particularly wrong with this weapon. It just doesn't offer anything special over any other Sword out there that makes it worth the grind.
SwordHeavy
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Outlast

| Pulse Rifle
Average

B

-Likeness of Oryx or Gambit Prime
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary | Sunsets: Season 12

► There's nothing particularly wrong with this weapon. There are just better options out there (such as a Blast Furnace or Bygones for example).
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Doomsday

| Grenade Launcher
Average

B

-Likeness of Oryx
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Sunsets: Season 12

► There's nothing particularly wrong with this weapon. There are just better Grenade Launchers out there (such as an Interference VI for example).
Grenade LauncherHeavy
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Night Watch

| Scout Rifle
Weak

C

-The Swords or Gambit Prime
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary | Sunsets: Season 12

► There's nothing particularly wrong with this weapon. But as Scouts are not in a great spot right now, you'll be better off with a Pulse or an Assault rifle.
Scout RifleKinetic
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Bug-Out Bag

| Submachine Gun
Weak

C

-Likeness of Oryx or Gambit Prime
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary | Sunsets: Season 12

► There's nothing particularly wrong with this weapon. But as SMGs are not in a great spot right now, you'll be better off with a fast-firing Assault rifle.
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If you’re really serious about chasing god rolls, you know that scope/barrel and magazine options are extremely important too. I realize that but prefer to keep things simple and only focus on the two main perks. I do go into more detail for the absolute must-have weapon below.


The best Destiny 2 Reckoning weapons?

As with all things D2, when I say the best, I mean the weapons I think are the best. But make no mistake, even if this list is based on my personal opinion, it also takes into account their usage in end-game activities and reviews from the most talented D2 players out there.

The Reckoning may not offer as many excellent weapons as the Black Armory, but it does have one of the best PVP weapons in the game:

 

Destiny 2 Reckoning Spare Rations

Spare Rations

Weapon Type: Hand Cannon Slot: Kinetic
Ammo: Primary Source: Reckoning

The Spare Rations needs no introduction. One of the most lethal primary weapons in the Crucible, the Spare Rations was, by far, the king of PVP for months. It was the weapon of choice for hardcore PVP players who enjoyed using it with a Mindbender’s Ambition for the ultimate meta/try-hard loadout.

Things are a little different this season, mainly due to the buff to 600 RPM Auto Rifles, but the Spare Rations remains one of the best PVP options, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a good roll. A god roll Spare Rations can easily compete with any of the best Exotics.

Absolute god rolls:

  • Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling for M&K users and Smallbore for controller users
  • Magazine: High-Caliber Rounds for M&K users and Ricochet Rounds for controller users
  • Perk 1: Snapshot Sights or Rapid Hit for PVP
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip, Rampage or Rangefinder (also good: Moving Target)

If you’re serious about farming a Spare Rations god roll, you need to watch this guide from Fallout Plays. You won’t find another resource that explains the different perks and potential god rolls on a Spare Rations better than he does.

Weapons such as Gnawing Hunger, Sole Survivor, and Lonesome are great too, but they cannot be considered Top Tier as better alternatives exist elsewhere…


Destiny 2 Reckoning and Gambit Prime: How to farm god rolls

Before you get started farming Reckoning weapons, there are two things you should know:

  1. All Reckoning and Gambit Prime weapons will be retired this Fall (Season 12)
  2. The way some Reckoning weapons can be farmed will change next season (Season 11)
Destiny 2 Reckoning wide

Two infamous Reckoning weapons: Spare Rations and Night Watch

As of today, some Reckoning weapons are exclusive to Reckoning activities, whereas some can also drop randomly from Gambit Prime. This is covered in the “Drops from” column above, but to summarize, these are the weapons exclusive to Reckoning Tier 3:

  • The Gnawing Hunger Auto Rifle drops from Likeness of Oryx boss
  • The Doomsday Grenade Launcher drops from Likeness of Oryx boss
  • The Just in Case Sword drops from The Swords boss

All the other weapons can drop from either Reckoning T3 bosses or Gambit Prime.

The Swords (Knights final boss) Likeness of Oryx
Sole Survivor | Sniper Rifle Spare Rations | Hand Cannon
Last Man Standing | Shotgun Outlast | Pulse Rifle
Nightwatch | Scout Rifle Bug-Out Bag | SMG
Lonesome | Sidearm Gnawing Hunger | Auto Rifle T3 only
Just in Case | Sword T3 only Doomsday | Grenade Launcher T3 only

Farming weapons in Reckoning

Farming Reckoning weapons is fairly straightforward. You need to head over to the Gambit section in your Directory, select Reckoning and select the Tier 3 activity. The activity is matchmade and every time you kill the boss, you have a chance of getting a weapon.

Destiny 2 Reckoning mode

The bridge section of a Reckoning run

If you struggle trying to complete the activity itself (the bridge section is undeniably hard without a coordinate fireteam), Rick Kackis did an excellent video covering how to best tackle it.

Bungie made the entire farming process easier a few months ago by increasing the chances of obtaining a weapon after completion without drops.

To properly farm a weapon, the most important thing to know is when to do the Reckoning, as every day the Boss changes and the weapons change accordingly. Reddit user Alhexus made this handy calendar including the bosses and modifiers:

Destiny 2 Reckoning weapons calendar

Be aware that this entire process is changing in 2 weeks with the start of Season 11.

Based on Bungie’s Roadmap for Destiny 2, we know they are moving several weapons to the World Loot Pool starting season 11. Among the long list of weapons impacted, we have:

  • Gnawing Hunger
  • Night Watch
  • Lonesome

This means those 3 weapons will be removed from the Gambit Prime / Reckoning loot pool. Bungie also implied in their TWAB that the remaining Gambit weapons may entirely go away:

If you still need a weapon or weapon roll from the current Vanguard, Crucible, or Gambit playlists that isn’t on that list, go grab it now!

Bottom line: If you want some of the Reckoning weapons, you better farm it now before Season 11 starts the middle of June 2020.

Farming Weapons in Gambit Prime?

Except for the weapons exclusive to Reckoning Tier 3, you can get all Reckoning weapons while playing Gambit Prime. That said, I wouldn’t recommend intentionally farming weapons in Gambit Prime.

Drop rates are fairly low, and even if you get a drop at the end of a match, it could be anything!


Tier list ranking criteria:

For the record, as much as I try to keep this list as objective as possible, it’s still based on my personal experience playing the PC version of the game.

Also, even with hundreds of hours of playtime, I’m far from being neither an expert nor an amazing PVE/PVP player. That’s the whole point of this site. I’m just a blueberry who loves this game and wants to share everything I’ve learned so far!

Finally, 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.

So which is your favorite Reckoning weapon? Do you already have your god roll?