Best Rocket Launchers in Destiny 2: Tier List Ranking

by | Jan 27, 2022 | Weapons

Not too long ago, Destiny 2’s Rocket launchers were in an absolutely sorry state. They were underpowered and simply not fun to use. But slowly, they received several buffs, from increased ammo reserves to significant damage increases against Majors and Bosses.

All those buffs have catapulted Rocket launchers back to the forefront, making them some of the best weapons in the game.

This guide covers every Rocket launcher in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendaries, as well as the best rolls for PVE and PVP.

Destiny 2 Rocket Launchers Tier list

The Tier list below includes every Exotic and non-sunset legendary GENRE in the game. It starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying in what area each weapon shines:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
GjallarhornGjallarhorn art
Gjallarhorn
Rocket LauncherExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesS › BestGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon

30th Anniversary
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Rounds fired split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation. Gain increased handling and reload speed when standing near allies. Firing this weapon also grants Wolfpack Rounds to nearby allies wielding non-Exotic Rocket Launchers."

► Gjallarhorn is nowhere as overpowered as it once was but still offers excellent stats and a great exotic perk (especially with the catalyst) that gives it that extra oomph to excel and become the meta option for rocket launcher users.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Rounds fired split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation. Gain increased handling and reload speed when standing near allies. Firing this weapon also grants Wolfpack Rounds to nearby allies wielding non-Exotic Rocket Launchers."
Palmyra-BPalmyra-B art
Palmyra-B
Rocket LauncherPrecisionHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot pool
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Explosive Light
PvP God Roll: Impulse Amplifier + Chain Reaction

► Rockets are S-tier options for boss damage, and Palmyra-B is the best of the bunch. Auto-Loading Holster allows you to use special weapons while Palmyra is reloading, and its damage perks boost this weapon further above its competition. Plus, intrinsic tracking makes Palmyra a great pick for both PVE and PVP. After all, you'll want all the help you can get to hit those shots.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Explosive Light
PvP God Roll: Impulse Amplifier + Chain Reaction
DeathbringerDestiny 2 Deathbringer art
Deathbringer
Rocket LauncherExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesA › StrongExotic Quest
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Exotic Quest

Shadowkeep
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

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 a strange beast. In fact, many discard it simply because they don't fully understand it. But when used right, Deathbringer can deal massive damage in PVE and can easily lead to insane multi-kills in PVP. Some even prefer it to Gjallarhorn.
Season 8
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

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."
Code DuelloCode Duello art
Code Duello
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongUnobtainable
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Unobtainable

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Impulse Amplifier (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Lasting Impression

► Able to roll with the brand-new Frenzy perk, Code Duello does the highest burst damage in the entire game. And as Frenzy also affects your reload, it can take your DPS numbers even higher. In fact, with Frenzy, it can do +15% damage.
Season 13
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Impulse Amplifier (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Lasting Impression
Royal EntryRoyal Entry art
Royal Entry
Rocket LauncherPrecisionHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongPlaylist: Vanguard
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Playlist: Vanguard

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Impulse Amplifier) + Lasting Impression

► One of the best Legendary rocket launchers in the game, Royal Entry comes with tracking out of the box. On top of that, it can roll with all the best rocket perks in the game,
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Impulse Amplifier) + Lasting Impression
Hezen VengeanceHezen Vengeance art
Hezen Vengeance
Rocket LauncherAggressiveHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongVault of Glass Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Vault of Glass Raid

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Overflow + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Lasting Impression)

► Hezen Vengeance, the rocket launcher from the Vault of Glass raid, is an overall great package. It offers good stats and good perks all-around, and that alone makes it a decent reward for a raid.

But thanks to one single perk, Overflow, Hezen Vengeance is a unique weapon. The only rocket launcher that can roll with Overflow, it has the potential of having two rockets in the chamber quite often, which translates into insane burst-DPS.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Overflow + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Lasting Impression)
AscendancyAscendancy art
Ascendancy
Rocket LauncherPrecisionHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE Fixed Roll: Impulse Amplifier + Explosive Light

► Ascendency is one of the most popular rocket launchers this season. It comes with auto-tracking as an intrinsic perk and also offers Explosive Light, one of the best DPS perks for rockets in the game.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE Fixed Roll: Impulse Amplifier + Explosive Light
Roar of the BearRoar of the Bear
Roar of the Bear
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Demolitionist) + Lasting Impression (also good: Incandescent)

► Roar of the Bear is back and has a couple of perks to back up its reissue in PvE. The Hothead and other rockets will still be the go-to options, but perks like Incandescent help Roar of the Bear stir the pot.
Season 18
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Demolitionist) + Lasting Impression (also good: Incandescent)
The Wardcliff CoilDestiny 2 The Wardcliff Coil
The Wardcliff Coil
Rocket LauncherExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Engram
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

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

► One of the best PVP rocket launcher in the game, The Wardcliff Coil is incredibly lethal and could potentially wipe an entire team. On top of that, it's a consistent and reliable weapon that can practically guarantee kills, even in competitive modes.
Season 1
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a volley of rockets and automatically reloads on ammo pickup."
Eyes of Tomorrow
Eyes of Tomorrow
Rocket LauncherExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesA › StrongDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Deep Stone Crypt Raid

Beyond Light
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

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."

► Eyes of Tomorrow was disappointing at launch because of its low damage output against bosses. A recent buff has improved the situation, but more importantly, it remains an excellent weapon for ad clear and a monster in Gambit and in 6v6 PvP modes.
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

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."
Subzero Salvo
Subzero Salvo
Rocket LauncherPrecisionHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageEuropa
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Europa

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Ambitious Assassin + Chain Reaction

► Being a Precision rocket launcher, Subzero Salvo comes with Tracking out of the box. Add to that Chain Reaction and Ambitious Assassin and you get the best ad clear rocket launcher in the game.
Season 12
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Ambitious Assassin + Chain Reaction
The HotheadThe Hothead art
The Hothead
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageNightfall: The Ordeals
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Field Prep) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Explosive Light)

► The Hothead is one of the few weapons that can roll with the new Explosive Light perk, previously exclusive to the Wendigo GL3 grenade launcher. Explosive Light is not as powerful as it once was but is still a good perk for DPS phases.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Field Prep) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Explosive Light)
Red HerringRed Herring art
Red Herring
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageThrone World
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Throne World

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Field Prep + Lasting Impression

► Being part of one of the most competitive weapon types, the Red Herring Rocket Launcher has a high standard to live up to. Sadly, with no intrinsic tracking and few S-tier perks, this weapon isn't worth using over its competitors.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Field Prep + Lasting Impression
Bump in the NightBump in the Night art
Bump in the Night
Rocket LauncherAggressiveHeavyStasisSeason 17YesB › AverageSeasonal activity
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Season 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Field Prep) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Chill Clip)

► While Bump in the Night does have various top-tier PvE perks, it gets drowned out by all the great options we currently have. Unless you want to use Chain Reaction or Chill Clip for fun, crafting a Palmyra-B or farming for The Hothead will be more worthwhile.
Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Field Prep) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Chill Clip)
Two-Tailed FoxDestiny 2 Two-Tailed Fox art
Two-Tailed Fox
Rocket LauncherExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Shoots two rockets, one Void and one Solar, that can track onto the same target. The Void rocket suppresses enemies. The Solar rocket causes damage over time."

► Two-Tailed Fox is, on paper, still a great boss-damage rocket launcher. But with additions such as The Gjallarhorn or even the Deathbringer, the Two-Tailed Fox simply doesn't cut it anymore.
Season 4
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Shoots two rockets, one Void and one Solar, that can track onto the same target. The Void rocket suppresses enemies. The Solar rocket causes damage over time."
TruthDestiny 2 Truth art
Truth
Rocket LauncherExoticHeavyVoidForsaken PackYesB › AverageExotic Kiosk
Average

B



Exotic Kiosk

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon's rockets have tracking and detonate when they are within close proximity of their targets."

► Truth used to be a must-have weapon for Gambit invaders. But with the release of the Eyes of Tomorrow raid rocket launcher, Truth is nowhere near as popular as it used to be.
Season 7
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon's rockets have tracking and detonate when they are within close proximity of their targets."
Tomorrow's Answer
Tomorrow's Answer
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavyVoidThe Witch QueenYesB › AverageTrials of Osiris
Average

B



Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Impulse Amplifier + Lasting Impression

► Able to roll with Impulse Amplifier and Lasting Impression, Tomorrow's Answer is technically a great DPS rocket launcher. It's just too bad the weapon is not available this season.
Season 10
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Impulse Amplifier + Lasting Impression
Hoosegow
Hoosegow
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Cluster Bomb

► Hoosegow isn't technically bad. It's just an average weapon that brings nothing special to the table. It can roll with a couple of decent rolls but your time will be better spent chasing more capable weapons.
Season 11
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Cluster Bomb
HereticHeretic art
Heretic
Rocket LauncherAggressiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageMoon
Average

B



Moon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

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

► A 25 RPM rocket launcher capable of rolling with Impulse Amplifier + Lasting Impression combo, Heretic is a perfectly capable DPS rocket launcher.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Impulse Amplifier (also good: Field Prep) + Lasting Impression
SleeplessSleepless art
Sleepless
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageDreaming City
Average

B



Dreaming City

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Chain Reaction

► Able to roll with Chain Reaction, Sleepless is an excellent ad clear rocket launcher. Add to that Tracking Module or Auto-Loading Holster and you get a great all-around rocket launcher perfect for general play and solo adventures.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Chain Reaction
Bad Omens
Bad Omens
Rocket LauncherAggressiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Cluster Bomb

► Bad Omens is average at best. Its God roll includes Tracking Module, which is something all Precision rocket launchers get for "free". On top of that, it's missing all the best PVE damage perks.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Cluster Bomb
Apex Predator
Apex Predator
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavySolarForsaken PackYesD › WorstLast Wish Raid
Worst

D



Last Wish Raid

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module + Auto-Loading Holster

► What makes this weapon one of the worst of its kind is the fact it has an extremely limited and weak perk selection. And is difficult weapon to acquire, as it can only be found in the Last Wish raid.
Season 4
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Tracking Module + Auto-Loading Holster
Shining Sphere
Shining Sphere
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron Banner
Worst

D



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Tracking Module

► Even though Rocket Launchers are amazing in PVE right now, this one isn't great. Shining Sphere simply can't hold a candle to the many excellent rocket launchers that have been released these past few seasons.
Season 11
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Tracking Module

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.

More Destiny 2 Tier lists:

Best Destiny 2 Rocket Launchers in 2022

This section not only covers the top Rocket Launchers currently in the game, it also tells you where you can find them. This guide covers every weapon source in Destiny 2 and most of the sources below are self-explanatory, but in doubt, you can always leave a comment below or ask away on our Discord server.

Overall, these are our Top 10 favorite Rocket launchers for PVE and PVP.

 

Subzero Salvo Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

10. Subzero Salvo

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Being a Precision rocket launcher, Subzero Salvo comes with Tracking out of the box. Add to that Chain Reaction and Ambitious Assassin and you get one of the best ad clear rocket launchers in the game.

Indeed, Chain Reaction and Ambitious Assassin pair really well. The first perk makes securing multi-kills a piece of cake while the other will load 2 rockets in the chamber per multi-kill!

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Ambitious Assassin
  • Perk 2: Chain Reaction

How to get it: Subzero Salvo can be acquired by completing activities in Europa.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Subzero SalvoRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Average

B

PvEEuropa
Free-to-Play
Season 12HeavyNo

 

Tomorrow's Answer Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

9. Tomorrow’s Answer

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Able to roll with Impulse Amplifier and Lasting Impression, Tomorrow’s Answer is technically a great DPS rocket launcher. It’s just too bad the weapon is currently unavailable (Trials of Osiris only offers some of its weapons per Season).

Luckily, other equivalent and arguably easier to obtain options exist (such as the Code Duello).

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Impulse Amplifier
  • Perk 2: Lasting Impression

How to get it: Tomorrow’s Answer can be acquired via Trials of Osiris engrams and rank ups.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Tomorrow's AnswerRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyVoidThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Average

B

-Trials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 10HeavyNo

 

Eyes of Tomorrow Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

8. Eyes of Tomorrow

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Eyes of Tomorrow was somewhat disappointing because of the low damage it does to bosses. Still, it remains an excellent weapon for ad clear, but more importantly, a monster in Gambit and in 6v6 PVP modes.

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.”

How to get it: Eyes of Tomorrow can be acquired by completing the Deep Stone Crypt raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Eyes of TomorrowRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvPDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo

 

Code Duello Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

7. Code Duello

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Able to roll with the brand-new Frenzy perk, Code Duello does the highest burst damage in the entire game. And as Frenzy also affects your reload, it can take your DPS numbers even higher. In fact, with Frenzy, it can do +15% damage.

Also, as a weapon found in Battlegrounds and focused Umbral engrams, it can be easily farmable this season!

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Impulse Amplifier (also good: Auto-Loading Holster)
  • Perk 2: Lasting Impression

How to get it: Code Duello can be acquired by completing Battlegrounds and focusing Umbral engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Code Duello artCode DuelloRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo

 

Royal Entry Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

6. Royal Entry

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

One of the best Legendary rocket launchers in the game, Royal Entry has a lot going for it. First of all, as a Precision rocket launcher, it comes with tracking out of the box.

On top of that, it can roll with all the best rocket perks in the game, including Clown Cartridge, Lasting Impression, Chain Reaction and Impulse Amplifier.”

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Impulse Amplifier)
  • Perk 2: Lasting Impression

How to get it: Royal Entry can be acquired by completing Strikes from the Vanguard Playlist.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Royal Entry artRoyal EntryRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEPlaylist: Vanguard
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo

 

Ascendancy Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

5. Ascendancy

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Season 15’s Pursuit weapon, Ascendency is one of the most popular rocket launchers this season. It comes with auto-tracking as an intrinsic perk and also offers Explosive Light, one of the best DPS perks for rockets in the game.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Impulse Amplifier
  • Perk 2: Explosive Light

How to get it: Ascendancy can be acquired by completing Season 15’s ritual quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Ascendancy artAscendancyRocket LauncherPrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 15HeavyNo

 

Deathbringer Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

4. Deathbringer

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

Deathbringer is a strange beast. In fact, many discard simply because they don’t fully understand it. But when used right, Deathbringer can deal massive damage in PVE and can easily lead to insane multi-kills in PVP.

To be fair, Deathbringer’s projectiles are not always consistent, which is why a few bad early experiences can lead players to give up on it far too quickly. But when used right, it can lead to even better DPS numbers than the current king: Gjallarhorn.

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.”

How to get it: Deathbringer can be acquired by completing an Exotic quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Deathbringer artDeathbringerRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvE + PvPExotic Quest
Shadowkeep
Season 8HeavyNo

 

Hezen Vengeance Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

3. Hezen Vengeance

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Hezen Vengeance, the rocket launcher from the Vault of Glass raid, is an overall great package. It offers good stats and good perks all-around, and that alone makes it a decent reward for a raid.

But thanks to one single perk, Overflow, Hezen Vengeance is a unique weapon. The only rocket launcher that can roll with Overflow, it has the potential of having two rockets in the chamber quite often, which translates into insane burst-DPS.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Overflow
  • Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon (also good: Lasting Impression)

How to get it: Hezen Vengeance can be acquired by completing the fourth or fifth encounter of the Vault of Glass raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Hezen Vengeance artHezen VengeanceRocket LauncherAggressiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEVault of Glass Raid
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo

 

The Wardcliff Coil Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

2. The Wardcliff Coil

Crucible logo Destiny 2Best PVP Rocket Launcher in Destiny 2

Arguably the best rocket launcher for PVP in the entire game, The Wardcliff Coil is incredibly lethal and could potentially wipe an entire team. On top of that, it’s a consistent and reliable weapon that can practically guarantee kills, even in competitive modes.

The Wardcliff Coils also has the ability to easily shut down supers from range.

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

How to get it: The Wardcliff Coil can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 The Wardcliff CoilThe Wardcliff CoilRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PvPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo

 

Gjallarhorn Destiny 2 featured rocket launcher

1. Gjallarhorn

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Rocket Launcher in Destiny 2

The most famous weapon in Destiny is finally back and it doesn’t disappoint. Many worried it would come back either as broken as it was in Destiny 1 or so nerfed it would be a shell of its former self.

Gjallarhorn is nowhere as overpowered as it once was but still offers excellent stats and a great exotic perk (especially with the catalyst) that gives it that extra oomph to excel and become the meta option for rocket launcher users.

Exotic Perk: “Rounds fired split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation. Gain increased handling and reload speed when standing near allies. Firing this weapon also grants Wolfpack Rounds to nearby allies wielding non-Exotic Rocket Launchers.”

How to get it: Gjallarhorn can be acquired by completing the Grasp of Avarice dungeon.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Gjallarhorn artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo

Rocket Launchers in PVP: Consistency

TTK is usually important in PVP, because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent.

This TTK guide includes the TTKs for every weapon in Destiny 2. But Heavy weapons follow different rules (except machine guns). These are supposed to be the most powerful weapons in the entire game and the expectation is that they one-shot enemy guardians. This is why TTK is not applicable here.

It’s all about consistency when it comes to rocket launchers in PVP. You want a rocket launcher that can easily secure those one-kills. That’s why The Wardcliff Coil is such a popular choice for PVP.

Rocket Launchers in PVE: DPS

DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major.

But before we look into damage numbers and ease of use (two of the most important factors to take into account in PVE), we need to be clear about the role Rocket Launchers are supposed to fill. According to Bungie, these are the different roles for Heavy 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

Based on that, when using a Rocket launchers, you’re looking to dish burst damage to a single target, such as a Champion, or for a short damage phase.

This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2. When it comes to actual DPS, Rocket launchers are in a great place right now, with some of the top exotics and legendary god rolls sitting at the top of the Meta:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo

Top Rocket Launcher Perks

But not every rocket launcher will excel PVE, be it for burst damage against a Boss or crowd control. First of all, we need to keep in mind one important thing:

Every legendary rocket launcher does the same damage per rocket.

This makes perks all the more important. When the base damage is technically the same for all Rocket Launchers, it’s the perks that will make or break them.

Among the many excellent rocket launcher perks available, the most popular are often the damage-dealing perks. These are the damage increases you can expect from the most popular damage-dealing perks:

Perk Increase Damage
Base Damage 73,107
Cluster Bomb 6.1% 77,559
Frenzy 15% 84,073
Lasting Impression 19% 87,017

Do note that these figures include the Impact Casing perk, which grants 10% more impact.

The best PVE perks will depend on your expected usage. These are the most common situations you’d want to have a top-tier Rocket launcher for PVE for.

0. All-around perks

The following perks are always good to have, mainly because they will greatly improve your rocket launcher’s uptime:

  • Auto-loading Holster: “The holstered weapon is automatically reloaded after a short period of time.”
  • Field Prep: “Increased ammo reserves. Faster reload, stow, and ready when you’re crouching.”
  • Impulse Amplifier: “Massively increases projectile velocity, increases reload speed.”

1. Boss DPS and/or Damage phases 

If you’re looking to deal the highest possible damage to a boss, a god roll will look something like this:

  • Lasting Impression: “Rockets attach on impact and detonate after a delay. Increases blast radius and damage.”
  • Frenzy: “Being in combat for an extended time increases damage, handling, and reload for this weapon until you are out of combat.”

Needless to say, combining a good uptime perk (such as Impulse Amplifier)  with a top-tier damage perk (such as Lasting Impression) can result in one of the best PVE weapons in the game.

2. Crowd Control

Sometimes you just need to deal with a bunch of red bar enemies (ads). In those situations, you’ll need entirely different perks than before, something like these:

  • Chain Reaction: “Each final blow with this weapon creates an elemental damage explosion.”
  • Cluster Bomb: “Rockets spawn cluster bombs upon detonation.”

Finally, it is worth mentioning that Rocket launchers are not considered optimal for crowd control. A grenade launcher or machine gun will probably better serve you. In the current meta, you’ll want to use a rocket launcher for damage phases against bosses and majors (and benefit from that juicy +30% damage buff they received).

Destiny 2 Rocket Launchers: Are they Meta?

We’ve talked about the best Rocket launchers for PVE and PVP already, but how do they compare, in general, with other primary weapon types? In other words:

Are Rocket Launchers good in Destiny 2?

The current Meta for PVE

So, are Rocket Launchers good in Destiny 2 PVE? This table summarizes how the several Heavy weapon types rank against each other in PVE:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
S › Best
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.
PVE Heavies
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
A › Strong
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.
PVE Heavies
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
A › Strong
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.
PVE Heavies
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
B › Average
Average

B

Trend downMain 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.
PVE Heavies
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
B › Average
Average

B

Trend upMain 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.
PVE Heavies
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Exotic Sniper Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend upMain 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.
PVE Heavies

The current Meta for PVP

What about PVP? This table summarizes how they rank against each other in PVP:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

-► Rocket Launchers remain a staple in many players' loadouts. They can provide high-range one-shot kills, and can also do AoE damage which can potentially allow you to clear teams if they are close enough together.

► Best Archetype: Precision (15 RPM) - Example: Gjallarhorn
PVP Heavies
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Machine Guns are still an incredible option for Control as they can provide many kills. However, they do require multiple shots to kill which can lead to you potentially being Sniped or peak-shot by a Primary Weapon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (450 RPM) - Example: Corrective Measure
PVP Heavies
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Heavy Grenade Launchers are an incredible option for those who are confident in landing their direct hits. They can functionally serve as a Rocket Launcher, but instead of coming with only a single shot, Grenade Launchers can bring 3, which, of course, means more potential kills.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Example: Memory Interdict
PVP Heavies
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
C › Weak
Weak

C

-► Swords are perhaps the most fun option (especially with Eager Edge), however, they are too inconsistent to warrant any competitive use. Furthermore, benefitting from third-person view is no longer possible without Heavy ammo, making the only niche usage swords had now redundant.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive/Lightweight- Examples: Half-Truths/Quickfang
PVP Heavies
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
C › Weak
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.
PVP Heavies

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about Rocket Launchers in Destiny 2, whether that is for PVP or PVE content.

Latest changes made to this guide

Things change fast in Destiny 2, especially when a new Season or Expansion launches. For that reason, this post will be updated at least once per season.

With the release of Season of the Lost (Season 15) and Bungie’s 30th Anniversary event, the following weapons were added:

  • Gjallarhorn

Stay tuned and don’t forget to bookmark this page for next season!

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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