Best Scout Rifles in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE

by | Mar 21, 2024

Scout rifles have gone through a lot. They went from being the worst primary weapons in the entire game to must-have tools for endgame content. These days, they are in a much more balanced state. They don’t lag behind every other primary weapon as they once did, but they don’t necessarily dominate in endgame PvE content anymore. 

This guide covers every Scout in Destiny 2, including both Exotics and Legendaries, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

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Destiny 2 Best Scout Rifles: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the best Exotic and Legendary Scouts right now, including the Dead Man’s Tale and Polaris Lance:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Polaris LanceDestiny 2 Polaris Lance art
Polaris Lance
Scout RifleExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesS › BestExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Exotic Kiosk
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision hits return ammo to the mag. Landing 4 precision hits loads a delayed Solar explosive round for your next shot."

► Despite its reliance on the Seasonal Artifact, there is no denying that Polaris Lance is one of the easiest and most powerful options for content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls this season. Constant ignitions and never having to reload is a powerful combo, and this weapon can clear rooms and champions with ease.
Season 3
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision hits return ammo to the mag. Landing 4 precision hits loads a delayed Solar explosive round for your next shot."
Top-tier
Randy's Throwing KnifeRandy's Throwing Knife art Destiny 2
Randy's Throwing Knife
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestPlaylist: CrucibleCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Playlist: Crucible
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Under-Over + Kinetic Tremors
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Perpetual Motion)

► Randy's Throwing Knife might just be one of the best Scouts in the game. It is incredibly viable in every area of the game, with viability in both PvE and PvP. Randy's can be used in high-level Nightfalls to handle Champion
Season 21
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Under-Over + Kinetic Tremors
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Perpetual Motion)
Top-tier
Tarnished MettleTarnished Mettle art
Tarnished Mettle
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestXûrCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Xûr
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Voltshot (also good: Shoot to Loot + Explosive Payload)

► Tarnished Mettle Scout Rifle is one of the first two weapons to roll with the perk 'Voltshot'. Voltshot is one of the strongest perks in the game right now, as it turns your gun into a mini Trinity Ghoul. Ignoring Voltshot, though, Tarnished Mettle comes with S-tier perks and is the best Arc Scout Rifle in the game right now.
Season 18
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Voltshot (also good: Shoot to Loot + Explosive Payload)
Top-tier
Doom of ChelchisDoom of Chelchis art
Doom of Chelchis
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
King's Fall Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Explosive Payload + One For All (also good: Firefly + Frenzy)

► Doom of Chelchis is stacked with brilliant perks. It has combos like Firefly and Dragonfly and damage perks like One for All and Frenzy; you can't go wrong with Chelchis. Plus, Doom of Chelchis is part of the very capable Precision archetype,
Season 18
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Explosive Payload + One For All (also good: Firefly + Frenzy)
Top-tier
Dead Man's TaleDead Man's Tale art
Dead Man's Tale
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesS › BestPresageCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Presage
Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Chaining precision hits grants bonus target acquisition and range" + Killing Wind

PvP God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Vorpal Weapon )

► Dead Man's Tale is incredible in the Crucible right now. Due to the recent patch slowing the game down, players are able to take advantage of Dead Man's Tale's incredible range and hip-fire dueling potential.
Season 13
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Chaining precision hits grants bonus target acquisition and range" + Killing Wind

PvP God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Vorpal Weapon )
Top-tier
Trustee class=
Trustee
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimarySolarBeyond LightYesA › StrongDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Deep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Surplus)+ Eye of the Storm (also good: High-Impact Reserves)

► Trustee is a solid pick. It can hold its own in PvP, and it features top-tier perks for PvE, such as Incandescent, Rapid Hit, and Reconstruction. Its Origin Trait is also quite strong and has excellent synergy with Incandescent.
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Surplus)+ Eye of the Storm (also good: High-Impact Reserves)
Top-tier
Staccato-46Staccato-46 art
Staccato-46
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongGunsmithCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Gunsmith
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Shoot to Loot) + Incandescent (also good: Explosive Payload)

► Staccato-46 contains some exceptional new perks, including Incandescent. However, its rolls aren't very useful in high-end PvE content (where scout rifles are primarily used). Unless you're a huge scout rifle fan, there isn't a reason to run this weapon over something like Strident Whistle or CALUS Mini-Tool.
Season 17
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Shoot to Loot) + Incandescent (also good: Explosive Payload)
Top-tier
Touch of MaliceTouch of Malice art
Touch of Malice
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
King's Fall Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "The final round in the magazine deals bonus damage and then regenerates itself. Rapidly defeating three targets restores health. Precision hits drain combatants' life force and charge up a ball of darkness."

► With the release of Special weapons that fill the backup DPS role excellently, such as the Supremacy, Touch of Malice has fallen down in terms of ranking. It also hogs your exotic slot, which could be better used on another weapon. That being said, it is still a very easy to use and powerful backup DPS option.
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "The final round in the magazine deals bonus damage and then regenerates itself. Rapidly defeating three targets restores health. Precision hits drain combatants' life force and charge up a ball of darkness."
Top-tier
Brya's LoveBrya's Love art
Brya's Love
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryVoidSeason 22YesA › StrongSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Shoot to Loot + Explosive Payload (also good: Frenzy)

► Brya's Love comes with a wide range of solid perks. However, its archetype holds it back. There are simply better options when it comes to Precision Frame Scout Rifles, but Shoot to Loot and Explosive Payload are good utility perks, making Brya's Love a decent option.
Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Shoot to Loot + Explosive Payload (also good: Frenzy)
Top-tier
Fang of Ir YûtFang of Ir Yût art
Fang of Ir Yût
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Crota's End Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Shoot to Loot (also good: Rapid Hit) + Sword Logic (also good: Hatchling)

► The Fang of Ir Yût is a great Strand Scout Rifle that works in most situations. With utility perks like Shoot to Loot, Strand perks like Hatchling, and one of the best damage perks in the game, Sword Logic, Fang of Ir Yût is quite the all-rounder.
Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Shoot to Loot (also good: Rapid Hit) + Sword Logic (also good: Hatchling)
Top-tier
Hung Jury SR4Hung Jury SR4 art Destiny 2
Hung Jury SR4
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongOnslaught ActivityCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Onslaught Activity
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Shoot to Loot) + Kinetic Tremors (also good: Firefly)

► Hung Jury comes with some of the best perks available on a Scout Rifle for endgame PvE. Shoot to Loot is always a standout perk, and Kinetic Tremors is one of the better perks available on Kinetic weapons. Frenzy is also a solid option too.
Into the Light
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Shoot to Loot) + Kinetic Tremors (also good: Firefly)
Top-tier
The Jade RabbitDestiny 2 The Jade Rabbit art
The Jade Rabbit
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic EngramCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Engram
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Chain body shots to gain bonus damage on your next precision shot, return ammo to the magazine, and increases its stability."

► Jade Rabbit is a pretty strong option. While it may not be as powerful as it once was, it deals incredible damage and can net a 3-tap in 0.8 seconds, provided you have perfect precision. It's also incredibly easy to use and has excellent range, making it a powerful option in this sandbox.
Season 2
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Chain body shots to gain bonus damage on your next precision shot, return ammo to the magazine, and increases its stability."
Top-tier
TransfigurationTransfiguration art Destiny 2
Transfiguration
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesA › StrongLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Last Wish Raid
Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rewind Winds (also good: (also good: Demolitionist) + Kinetic Tremors

► Transfiguration is a great weapon for high-level content. While it may not have the same level of effectiveness as something like Randy's Throwing Knife, it still comes with Kinetic Tremors, making it a solid option for challenging Nightfalls.
Season 4
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rewind Winds (also good: (also good: Demolitionist) + Kinetic Tremors
Top-tier
Contingency PlanContingency Plan art
Contingency Plan
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongXûrCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Xûr
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Kill Clip

► A niche option, Contingency Plan is loved by Scout Rifle aficionados in PvP due to its high kill potential and solid perk pool. Kill Clip helps it stand out inside the Crucible, bringing its TTK (time-to-kill) down to a whoping 0.7 seconds.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Kill Clip
Top-tier
Jararaca-3srJararaca-3sr art
Jararaca-3sr
Scout RifleVEIST Rapid-FirePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongGunsmithCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Gunsmith
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: VEIST Rapid-Fire

PvP God Rolls: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip

► Jararaca-3sr is similar to Contingency Plan. It can roll with Kill Clip and is a Veist Rapid Fire Frame weapon. With Rapid Hit and Kill Clip, it can become quite the killing machine inside of PvP.
Season 19
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: VEIST Rapid-Fire

PvP God Rolls: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip
Top-tier
TaraxipposTaraxippos art Destiny 2
Taraxippos
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongEvent: Guardian GamesCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Event: Guardian Games
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Keep Away (also good: Eye of the Storm) + Cascade Point (also good: Kill Clip)

► Taraxippos is a solid option for both PvE and PvP. As a Strand weapon, it can offer synergies with Strand builds, but most players will prefer damage-dealing perks rather than options like Slice or Hatchling.
Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Keep Away (also good: Eye of the Storm) + Cascade Point (also good: Kill Clip)
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Scouts: The Complete List

This database includes every viable Scout rifle currently in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool artMIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Exotic KioskError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNo
Destiny 2 The Jade Rabbit artThe Jade RabbitScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2KineticNoTop-tier
Dead Man's Tale artDead Man's TaleScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPPresageCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 13KineticCraftableTop-tier
Touch of Malice artTouch of MaliceScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEKing's Fall RaidError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18KineticNoTop-tier
Wicked ImplementWicked ImplementScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Weak

C

-Exotic QuestError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNo
Destiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Skyburner's OathScout RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Symmetry artSymmetryScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryArcShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Weak

C

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 9EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Polaris Lance artPolaris LanceScout RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 3EnergyNoTop-tier
The Scholar Destiny 2 artThe ScholarScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticLightfallNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Trials of OsirisError icon V2 NoLightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 10KineticNo
Talons of the Eagle Destiny 2 1Talons of the EagleScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

PvPIron BannerError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
The Guiding Sight Destiny 2 artThe Guiding SightScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Worst

D

-Iron BannerError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
Night Watch Destiny 2 artNight WatchScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Transfiguration art Destiny 2TransfigurationScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticCraftableTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Hung Jury SR4 art Destiny 2Hung Jury SR4Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEOnslaught ActivityError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Into the LightKineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Servant Leader artServant LeaderScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPPlaylist: GambitError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Tears of Contrition artTears of ContritionScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPPresageCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 17KineticCraftable
Jararaca-3sr artJararaca-3srScout RifleVEIST Rapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvPGunsmithError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 19KineticNoTop-tier
Nameless Midnight artNameless MidnightScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEPlaylist: VanguardError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 20KineticNoKinetic Tremors
Glissando-47 art Destiny 2Glissando-47Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvELost SectorError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNoReconstruction
Last Rite art Destiny 2Last RiteScout RifleAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPPlaylist: PursuitError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNoReconstruction
Randy's Throwing Knife art Destiny 2Randy's Throwing KnifeScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Fang of Ir Yût artFang of Ir YûtScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvECrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 22KineticCraftableTop-tierSword Logic
Imperative art Destiny 2ImperativeScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticSeason 23YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Worst

D

-UndyingCheckmark icon V3 YesSeason of the Wish icon Destiny 2
Season 23
Season 23KineticCraftableKinetic Tremors
The Prophet art Destiny 2The ProphetScout RifleAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryStasisLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis StasisOngoing...-Trials of OsirisError icon V2 NoLightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 23KineticNo
Taraxippos art Destiny 2TaraxipposScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvPEvent: Guardian GamesError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 23KineticNoTop-tier
Vouchsafe artVouchsafeScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvEShattered Throne DungeonError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Trustee Destiny 2 artTrusteeScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimarySolarBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 12EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent,Reconstruction
Eternal Blazon artEternal BlazonScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Weak

C

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Royal Chase Destiny 2 artRoyal ChaseScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Worst

D

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo
Pleiades Corrector artPleiades CorrectorScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Vision of Confluence artVision of ConfluenceScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEVault of Glass RaidError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Contingency Plan artContingency PlanScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Strong

A

PvPXûrError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNoTop-tier
Aisha's Embrace artAisha's EmbraceScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryVoidLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Weak

C

PvETrials of OsirisError icon V2 NoLightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 16EnergyNo
Pointed Inquiry artPointed InquiryScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvEThrone WorldCheckmark icon V3 YesFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyCraftable
Staccato-46 artStaccato-46Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEGunsmithError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent
Tarnished Mettle artTarnished MettleScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvEXûrCheckmark icon V3 YesFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot
Doom of Chelchis artDoom of ChelchisScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvEKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Long Arm artLong ArmScout RifleAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryArcDeluxe EditionYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvPSpire of the Watcher DungeonError icon V2 NoThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 19EnergyNo
Brya's Love artBrya's LoveScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidSeason 22YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesSeason of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Season 22EnergyCraftableTop-tier

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.

Best Destiny 2 Scouts in 2024

Ready to dig deeper into the absolute best Scouts in Destiny 2? These are the cream of the crop, our favorites (for PvE and PvP):

 

Hung Jury SR4 Preview v2 Destiny 2

5. Hung Jury SR4

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Hung Jury has already been reprised three times in Destiny 2, meaning it already has a whopping six variants, and all versions have been incredibly solid, so we don’t see why this rendition of the iconic Scout Rifle will be any different.

Hung Jury is a 180 RPM Scout Rifle. This archetype is pretty good but nothing too special. Scout Rifles also aren’t in the best of spots right now, meaning that players may be hesitant to use the weapon in more challenging pieces of content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls. However, with perks like Kinetic Tremors and Precision Instrument available, Hung Jury isn’t too bad of an option. These are the top Hung Jury SR4 God Rolls:

  • PvE God roll: Explosive Payload + One For All (also good: Firefly + Frenzy)

How to get it: Hung Jury SR4 is a Brave weapon from the Onslaught activity.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Hung Jury SR4 art Destiny 2Hung Jury SR4Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEOnslaught ActivityError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Into the LightKineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors

 
Polaris Lance Exotic featured Destiny 2

4. Polaris Lance

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Polaris Lance has always been a solid pick, but it has never had something that makes it truly powerful; that has changed now. With the most recent change to Polaris, it has been given synergy with the Solar 3.0 kit, as it can now trigger an Ignition simply by landing two ‘Perfect Fifth’ shots back to back, which is incredibly easy to do. This can help you pluck down a tanky target or spread Scorch with certain Fragments.

Polaris Lance is also viable in PvP. It is remarkably stable, especially with Zen Moment, and the Perfect Fifth explosion, combined with the Dragonfly exotic catalyst, can help you chain kills against enemies that are clumped together.

Overall, Polaris works pretty much everywhere and is an acceptable pick in almost all areas of the game.

Exotic Perk: “Chain body shots to gain bonus damage on your next precision shot, return ammo to the magazine, and increases its stability.”

How to get it: We cover How to get Polaris Lance (and Catalyst) here.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Polaris Lance artPolaris LanceScout RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 3EnergyNoTop-tier

 

Randy's Throwing Knife scout preview Destiny 2

3. Randy’s Throwing Knife

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Randy’s Throwing Knife may seem like a bit of a joke, but it is one of the best legendary options available for high-end content containing Champions such as Grandmaster Nightfalls or Master Raids. This makes it a staple pick for players looking to tackle difficult activities.

With the Under-Over and Kinetic Tremors combo, it can rip through Barrier Champion shields while packing a punch against adds, clearing out nearby enemies. This makes it a brilliant weapon for high-level Nightfalls.

In addition, it is also incredible inside the Crucible. With Kill Clip or Cascade Point, players can reach time-to-kills unheard of for Scout Rifles, dropping as low as 0.56 with Cascade Point activated.
Overall, Randy’s Throwing Knife is definitely a sleeper pick, but it will serve you excellently throughout all areas of the game.

  • PvE God roll: Under-Over + Kinetic Tremors
  • PvP God roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Perpetual Motion)

How to get it: Randy’s Throwing Knife can be acquired by completing matches from the Crucible Playlist.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Randy's Throwing Knife art Destiny 2Randy's Throwing KnifeScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors

 

Dead Man's Tale Exotic scout rifle

2. Dead Man’s Tale

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvP

What can’t the Dead Man’s Tale do right now? It has excellent range, has hardly been affected by the recent overhaul to the PvP sandbox, has brilliant hip-fire, and is also absurdly easy to use, making it viable for practically anyone who uses it.

Dead Man’s Tale also comes with Cranial Spike, which provides stat bonuses as you hit more headshots. This means the gun becomes easier to use mid-fight as it grants increased aim assist, capping out at 80 aim assist when at maximum stacks. On top of this, when Cranial Spike x5 is reached, the weapon’s RPM skyrockets, allowing players to take down players blindingly fast, making Dead Man’s Tale the option for new and veteran players alike. These are the top Dead Man’s Tale God Rolls:

Exotic Perk: “Chaining precision hits grants bonus target acquisition and range” + Killing Wind

  • PvP God roll: Outlaw (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

How to get it: Dead Man’s Tale can be acquired by completing the Presage Exotic Mission.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Dead Man's Tale artDead Man's TaleScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPPresageCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 13KineticCraftableTop-tier

 

Tarnished Mettle Scout featured

1. Tarnished Mettle

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Tarnished Mettle is the Season of Plunder Scout Rifle, and it has almost everything going for it. It has a favorable Lightweight archetype, it can roll with the classic strong perks like Rapid Hit, Explosive Payload, and Shoot to Loot, but it can also roll with the new perk, Voltshot.

Voltshot is a cut above the rest when it comes to perks. It essentially turns your Legendary weapon into Trinity Ghoul. Jolting enemies is incredibly potent, making this Scout Rifle an add-clearing monster (which is typically something Scout Rifles can struggle with). Voltshot also pairs wonderfully with specific Fragments and Aspects.

Tarnished Mettle is also Arc, allowing it to synergize even further with any Arc 3.0 build you want to run. Tarnished Mettle will hold its own no matter what you throw at it and will serve as a jack-of-all-trades, master of all, making it a clear cut above the rest.

  • PvE God roll: Rapid Hit + Voltshot (also good: Shoot to Loot + Explosive Payload)

How to get it: Tarnished Mettle is hard to acquire these days, but Xur may sell it from time to time. We cover Where is Xûr here.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Tarnished Mettle artTarnished MettleScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvEXûrCheckmark icon V3 YesFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot

Scouts and the PvP Meta: TTK

We covered which Scout rifles are considered top-tier (and should be farmed) and which ones can be safely ignored. But how do they compare to other primary weapons in PvP?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Hand Cannons feel great right now and can deal with all the other meta options, provided they are in the hands of a skilled player. They are unbelievably forgiving in terms of aim-assist and can compete at solid ranges. Hand Cannons are the jack of all trades, and while they may not dominate up close or far away, they are incredibly scary to face in a mid-range duel.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Example: Igneous Hammer
PVP Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► Pulse Rifles have seen a resurgence in the past few seasons, with constant buffs to all types of Pulse Rifles. It is hard not to find success with one due to the high-flinch potential of Rapid-Fire Pulses or the lethal time-to-kill of High-Impact Pulses.

► Best Archetype: High-Impact (340 RPM) - Example: The Messenger
PVP Primaries
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► SMGs remain a staple of the PvP meta. SMGs absolutely shred enemies at close range and as soon as their top option is nerfed, a new top-tier SMG is introduced to replace it. SMGs have been, and seemingly will remain, meta for a long time to come.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (720 RPM) - Example: The Immortal
PVP Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Sidearms have lost their place at the top of the meta, but they remain a solid pick, especially for players using a Controller, as they inherently have manageable stability with a rapid time-to-kill. Honestly, the main reason they've lost their place at the top is due to how powerful SMGs are right now.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (325 RPM) - Example: Forgiveness
PVP Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend up► After a couple of recent changes and buffs, Auto Rifles are feeling great to use right now, especially in the more casual Crucible playlists. While they may not have the juice to compete with some of the top dogs, they are still a solid pick and can help you frag out with relative ease.

► Best Archetype: Precision (450 RPM) - Example: Ammit AR2
PVP Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
B › Average
Average

B

-► Bows are incredibly unique. They have a remarkably slow time to kill, however, this isn't where Bows shine. Hotswap builds with bows can be incredibly potent and don't require much learning either. Bows also provide incredible value when teamshooting opponents. Despite this, Bows on their own are quite mediocre and need something behind them to really shine.

► Best Archetype: Precision (Slower Draw Time) - Example: Strident Whistle
PVP Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Scout Rifles are struggling right now. In most situations, the maps are too small to benefit the long range of a Scout rifle. An Aggressive or High-Impact Pulse Rifle will better serve your needs. Plus, Scout Rifles are abysmal up close. There are one or two outliers that shine but, on the whole, Scout Rifles are in a weak spot.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (260 RPM) - Example: Fang of Ir Yût
PVP Primaries

Remember that when it comes to PvP, TTK is perhaps the most important factor. As you know, the lower the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. This TTK guide includes the TTK figures for every weapon in Destiny 2. When it comes to PvP, Scouts can do well in the Crucible:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeOptimal TTKOptimal KillBody Shot TTKSpecs---Best in Class
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleHigh-Impact

150 RPM

0.803 crit1.60

Excellent range, low aim assist

 class=The Scholar
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleLightweight

200 RPM

0.903 crit 1 body1.80

Excellent aim assist & handling, low range

 class=Night Watch
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RiflePrecision

180 RPM

1.002 crit 2 body1.67

High stability, decent elsewhere

Vision of Confluence artVision of Confluence
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleRapid Fire

260 RPM

0.933 crit 2 body1.40

High stability, very low range

Aisha's Embrace artAisha's Embrace
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleAggressive

120 RPM

1.002 crit 1 body1.50

High range, low aim assist

Long Arm artLong Arm
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

0.933 crit 2 body1.40

Last round drains ~10 health per shot

Touch of Malice artTouch of Malice
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

1.002 crit 1 body1.50-Dead Man's Tale artDead Man's Tale
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

0.933 crit 2 body1.40-Destiny 2 Symmetry artSymmetry
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

0.803 crit1.60-Destiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Skyburner's Oath

That said, TTK is only half of the picture. With excellent range and relative ease of use, Scouts can dominate large maps that benefit long-range weapons.

Scouts and the PvE Meta: DPS

How do Scouts compare to other primary weapons in PvE?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
S › Best
Best

S

-► SMGs are doing very well right now. They have good DPS to tear through ads and beefier orange bar enemies, but also come with excellent perks. There are a plethora of good SMGs you can go for right now, like Funnelweb, Unforgiven, Every Waking Moment, or Extraordinary Rendition, the choice is completely yours. They may struggle slightly in super high-end content, but they are still definitely usable.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (750 RPM) - Example: Unforgiven
PVE Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► Pulse Rifles are in a great place right now. They offer good range and pretty decent damage, allowing you to take down some beefier targets nicely. There are also some excellent pulses in the game right now, like Insidious, Sacred Provenance, or New Purpose. Unfortunately, High-Impact and Aggressive frames are the only archetypes worth your time, as the others rely on Exotic Perks or god rolls to compete.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (450 RPM) - Example: Insidious
PVE Primaries
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Hand Cannons have shot up the rankings thanks to the changes introduced this Season, all the way up to the S tier. They have solid range and can dispatch enemies with complete ease in almost all difficulties. Hand Cannons have truly taken over the spotlight with their most recent buffs, and they shouldn't be leaving it any time soon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Fatebringer
PVE Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Bows are a high-damage, high-range option for players who prefer to keep their distance. The main issue with bows is that they are slow at clearing ads (outside of Trinity Ghoul). and when you have to deal with ads up close, bows can massively struggle. However, their solid range and excellent damage make them a strong option.

► Best Archetype: Precision - Example: Under Your Skin
PVE Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► Auto Rifles currently feel like a worse version of SMGs. They have a bit more range, but outside of the absolute top-shelf content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls, range isn't too much of a factor. And if you are actively tackling difficult content, Auto Rifles aren't exactly the best pick either, making Autos a decent, but outclassed option right now.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (720 RPM)- Example: Quicksilver Storm
PVE Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Scout Rifles are the definition of average right now. They can do the job just fine, you can plink away at enemies from a safe distance in high-level content; however, when it comes down to it, most players will prefer to use a Hand Cannon or SMG as they simply do the same job better and faster. Scouts aren't bad at all, but they certainly aren't a go-to

► Best Archetype: Lightweight (200 RPM) - Example: Tarnished Mettle
PVE Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Aside from a few select sidearms with certain perks, there really isn't much of a reason to use Sidearms. They have slightly higher damage numbers than SMGs, but typically come with significantly less range. Outside of top-tier weapons like a god-roll Brigand's Law or High Albedo, there is no real reason to run a sidearm.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (491 RPM) - Example: High Albedo
PVE Primaries

Keep in mind that when it comes to PvE, DPS is one of the most important factors. As you know, the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major. This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2. When it comes to actual DPS, Sidearms are at the top of the meta:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

1415314153"TOM"Touch of Malice artTouch of MalicePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

80228022With "Perfect Fifth"Destiny 2 Polaris Lance artPolaris LanceSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

75888396When aiming down sightsDestiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Skyburner's OathSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

727010770/w CatalystDead Man's Tale artDead Man's TaleSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

61158471-Wicked ImplementWicked ImplementPrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

56235623-Destiny 2 The Jade Rabbit artThe Jade RabbitPrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleRapid-Fire50555889High stability, very low rangeAisha's Embrace artAisha's EmbraceBuffedPrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

47805717-Destiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool artMIDA Multi-ToolPrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RiflePrecision46725307High stability, decent elsewhereVision of Confluence artVision of ConfluenceSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleHigh-Impact46275113Excellent range, low aim assist class=The ScholarSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleLightweight44935197Excellent aim assist & handling, low range class=Night WatchSamePrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

Exotic

38724085x5 Revolution mixDestiny 2 Symmetry artSymmetryPrimary
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleAggressive34494656-Long Arm artLong ArmPrimary

Endgame content

In end-game content, staying far away from enemies is the wiser strategy. This is where Scouts shine. Weapons such as Sidearms excel in Casual content thanks to their low range but high DPS, but they struggle in endgame content as they require players to get up close and personal to deal decent damage.

Scouts, however, deal significantly less damage, but their high range allows them to get the job done from a distance. This is particularly useful when tackling Master and Grandmaster content.

Before you go…

Are you looking for a top-tier Primary and Special weapon to round out your loadout? We cover the Best Destiny 2 Trace Rifles and Best Destiny 2 Rocket Launchers, too.

You now know everything there is to know about Scouts in Destiny 2, whether that is for PvP or PvE content.

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • March 21, 2024: General updates and the inclusion of Swords from Seasons 22 and 23.
  • August 21, 2023: General updates (based on the current sandbox) and the inclusion of Season 18 to Season 21 Scouts.
  • September 30, 2022: General updates and inclusion of Year 3 Scouts.
  • August 22, 2021: The guide is published for the first time.

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

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Matthew Evans
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6 Comments
  1. Cameron

    hey, they upgraded Trustee.
    Its better now

    Reply
  2. Veggies

    Perses-D is missing.

    Reply
  3. Veggies

    Taraxippos strand scout rifle is missing.

    Reply
  4. VEggies

    Dead Man’s Tale says “excels in PvP”, but only lists a PVE god roll.

    Reply
  5. Veggies

    Perses-D and Taraxippos still missing…

    Reply
  6. veggies

    Polaris Lance is listed as excelling in both PvP and PvE in the descriptive list, but PvP only in the longer item list.

    Also, is anyone reading these?

    Reply
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