Best Destiny 2 Scout Rifles for PvE and PvP: 2022 Tier list

by | Sep 30, 2022

Scout rifles have come a long way. They went from the worst primary weapons in the entire game to must-have tools for endgame content. In fact, some of them are considered to be among the top weapons in Destiny 2.

Scout rifles are definitely “back,” but some archetypes remain much stronger than the rest. This guide covers every Scout Rifle in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendary Scouts, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

Destiny 2 Scout Rifle Tier list

The Tier list below includes every Exotic and non-sunset legendary Scout Rifle 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
Hung Jury SR4Hung Jury SR4 art
Hung Jury SR4
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestNightfall: The Ordeals
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload (also good: Firefly)
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Box Breathing

► Hung Jury was already a good Scout Rifle in PvE. However, with the recent changes to Scout in Season 17, Hung Jury can now hang with the best in PvP. Box Breathing allows for an easy 3 tap, giving it a fast and reasonably forgiving time-to-kill. Hung Jury is an excellent pick for everyone.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload (also good: Firefly)
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Box Breathing
Night Watch
Night Watch
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot pool
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Explosive Payload (also good: Multikill Clip)

► Night Watch is an excellent option, it is part of one of the best PvE archetypes right now, and it also comes with some fantastic perks such as Rapid Hit and Explosive Payload. Night Watch is always a weapon that I seriously consider when tackling challenging piece of PvE content.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Explosive Payload (also good: Multikill Clip)
Tarnished MettleTarnished Mettle art
Tarnished Mettle
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryArcSeason 18YesS › BestSeasonal activity
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Season 18 icon
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)

► 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)
Doom of ChelchisDoom of Chelchis art
Doom of Chelchis
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestKing's Fall Raid
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
King's Fall Raid

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)

► The King's Fall Scout Rifle, Doom of Chelchis, comes stacked with brilliant perks. It has combos like Firefly and Dragonfly and damage perks like One for All and Frenzy; you just can't go wrong with Chelchis. With the 'Runneth Over' origin trait, you can stack the magazine high to just lay on high health targets.
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)
Touch of MaliceTouch of Malice art
Touch of Malice
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestKing's Fall Raid
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
King's Fall Raid

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."

► Touch of Malice is finally back. Whilst largely untouched compared to D1, the addition of its new perk "Charged with Blight," combined with the abundance of healing now available, makes Touch of Malice a primary ammo DPS monster. Perhaps the best DPS primary in the game right now.
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."
The Jade RabbitDestiny 2 The Jade Rabbit art
The Jade Rabbit
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestExotic Engram
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Engram

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."

► The Jade Rabbit is one of the most potent options in PvP right now, with a very easy-to-use scope, excellent stability and a perk that furthers the potency and ease of use of High-Impact scout rifles.
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."
Dead Man's TaleDead Man's Tale art
Dead Man's Tale
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesA › StrongXûr
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Xûr

Beyond Light
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Chaining precision hits grants bonus damage and quickens reload speed. Future drops of this weapon will have random rolls.

PvE God Roll: Vorpal Weapon (also good: Killing Wind)

► Dead Man's Tale has been reworked to receive improved stats and an increased rate of fire, instead of the plain increased damage it used to offer. While this lowers the potency of Dead Man's Tale, it remains a powerful option due to its high damage per shot and incredible range.
Season 13
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Chaining precision hits grants bonus damage and quickens reload speed. Future drops of this weapon will have random rolls.

PvE God Roll: Vorpal Weapon (also good: Killing Wind)
Vision of ConfluenceVision of Confluence art
Vision of Confluence
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongVault of Glass Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Vault of Glass Raid

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

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds + Firefly (also good: Frenzy)
PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Kill Clip

► With the recent Scout Rifle buffs, Vision of Confluence is no longer only an option in PvE. With the right roll, Vision of Confluence can be a real menace in the Crucible. Vision also has stronger ad clear than some other Scout Rifles with Rewind Rounds and Firefly.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds + Firefly (also good: Frenzy)
PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Kill Clip
Servant LeaderServant Leader art
Servant Leader
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongPlaylist: Gambit
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Playlist: Gambit

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Rapid Hit) + Kill Clip

► Servant Leader remains the only Kinetic Rapid-Fire frame scout in the game, and it also comes with tons of solid perks. However, this is also a weakness as there are 12 perk options per column, making it a 1/144 chance to get the correct two perks you want. However, a solid roll will serve you well.
Season 15
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Rapid Hit) + Kill Clip
Skyburner's OathDestiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2
Skyburner's Oath
Scout RifleExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Engram
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon lobs large, explosive, seeking slugs when firing from the hip. When aiming down sights, the slugs travel fast and straight, with higher damage and a lower rate of fire."

► Skyburner's Oath received a significant buff with the launch of Season 17. Hipfire shots now apply scorch, which, when stacked high enough, causes an ignition. However, you are locked to hipfiring your weapon to take advantage of this. To maximize the potential of Skyburner's, you also have to run a Solar subclass, limiting you further.
Season 1
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon lobs large, explosive, seeking slugs when firing from the hip. When aiming down sights, the slugs travel fast and straight, with higher damage and a lower rate of fire."
VouchsafeVouchsafe art
Vouchsafe
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongDreaming City
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Dreaming City

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload

► Vouchsafe is one of my favorite Scout Rifles in the game. It's part of a favorable PvE archetype and can roll with Explosive Payload, which staggers enemies in PvE. It feels very nice to use and is a workhorse in all difficulties of PvE content.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload
Aisha's EmbraceAisha's Embrace art
Aisha's Embrace
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenNoA › StrongTrials of Osiris
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + Vorpal Weapon

► With a small and extremely well-rounded perk pool, it's hard to get a bad roll of Aisha's Embrace. That, combined with its Scout Rifle range, large magazine size, and frequent seasonal champion mods make Aisha's a great pick for anything PvE. The Rapid-Fire archetype is the only thing holding Aisha's back, as Lightweight and Precision frames are currently stronger.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + Vorpal Weapon
MIDA Multi-ToolDestiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool art
MIDA Multi-Tool
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Kiosk

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon boosts move speed. Radar stays active while aiming down sights."

► MIDA Multi-Tool is still one of the strongest Scout Rifle picks in PvP. It provides an increased movement speed, High-Caliber Rounds that flinch your opponent, and a reasonably competitive time-to-kill. It isn't the 'best' option because it is out-damaged by High-Impact Scout rifles such as Jade Rabbit or Polaris Lance.
Season 1
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon boosts move speed. Radar stays active while aiming down sights."
Polaris LanceDestiny 2 Polaris Lance art
Polaris Lance
Scout RifleExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Kiosk

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."

► Polaris Lance has skyrocketed up the ranks with the Scout Rifle buffs for PvP. With its exotic perk, Polaris behaves like a budget version of the Hawkmoon. Once you get that explosive shot primed, you can two-tap players with low enough Resilience or comfortably 1 crit 2 body opponents making the gun incredibly easy to use.
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."
TransfigurationTransfiguration Destiny 2
Transfiguration
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesA › StrongLast Wish Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Last Wish Raid

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rampage + Kill Clip

► Transfiguration has one stand-out roll that is massively potent: Rampage and Kill Clip. With both of these perks active, Transfiguration can kill in 2 shots giving it a blindingly fast time to kill. However, aside from this combination, Transfiguration doesn't offer much more outside of that.
Season 4
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rampage + Kill Clip
Talons of the Eagle
Talons of the Eagle
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Outlaw + Explosive Payload (also good: Opening Shot + Moving Target)

► Talons of the Eagle is a solid choice for Scout Rifle lovers. Its second perk column is stacked with strong perks like Opening Shot, Moving Target, and Explosive Payload, which all massively benefit the weapon in some way. It outclasses its Legendary Kinetic slot competition, making it a go-to option for PvP.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Outlaw + Explosive Payload (also good: Opening Shot + Moving Target)
The Scholar
The Scholar
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesB › AverageTrials of Osiris
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE/PvP God Roll: Opening Shot (also good: Snapshot Sights) + Vorpal Weapon

► The Scholar is a decent option for Scout Rifle lovers. Its perk pool doesn't offer anything too gameplay-altering, but it does come with a fair share of quality-of-life perks that can make the difference for many players.
Season 10
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE/PvP God Roll: Opening Shot (also good: Snapshot Sights) + Vorpal Weapon
Eternal BlazonEternal Blazon art
Eternal Blazon
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Overflow + One for All)

► Eternal Blazon is an option that doesn't see much use for some reason. It has a solid perk pool with damage options such as Kill Clip or utility options such as Disruption Break, making it viable in the game's hardest pieces of content. If you get a good roll of Eternal Blazon, don't sleep on it.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Overflow + One for All)
Staccato-46Staccato-46 art
Staccato-46
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

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)
The Guiding Sight
The Guiding Sight
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Vorpal Weapon

► The Guiding Sight comes with some okay perks. Rapid Hit is always a solid choice; however, in column 2, there isn't anything that stands out. Given that High-Impacts fall short in PvE compared to Lightweights and Precisions, you need to look at PvP rolls, of which there are none, making this an average Scout Rifle.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Vorpal Weapon
Trustee
Trustee
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimarySolarBeyond LightYesB › AverageDeep Stone Crypt Raid
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Deep Stone Crypt Raid

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 decent option, and in the right hands, it has the potential to pop off. However, it is simply outclassed by High-Impact Scout Rifles right now, making it a hard option to recommend.
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)
Contingency PlanContingency Plan art
Contingency Plan
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Kill Clip

► Contingency Plan is a very underrated option for PvP. It has a surprisingly fast time-to-kill when Kill Clip is active, and it also fires quickly, which can flinch your opponent off target. However, despite its potential with Kill Clip, it remains an average option due to its limited lethality without a damage perk.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus + Kill Clip
Tears of ContritionTears of Contrition art
Tears of Contrition
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticSeason 17YesB › AverageSeasonal activity
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Seasonal activity
Season 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Explosive Payload

► Even though Tears of Contrition is easily outclassed in PvE, it can excel in PvP. A 180 RPM weapon with Explosive Payload is always deadly, but with a 1-second TTK, it can be hard to justify. But if you play into it and are a good shot, it can work. For the vast majority, however, sticking to a Hand Cannon or SMG is best.
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion + Explosive Payload
SymmetryDestiny 2 Symmetry art
Symmetry
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryArcShadowkeepYesC › WeakExotic Kiosk
Weak

C



Exotic Kiosk

Shadowkeep
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision hits build up Dynamic Charge. Swapping to Arc Seeker mode increases damage and partially reloads the magazine. Arc Seekers track toward combatants you target."

► Symmetry isn't necessarily a bad option. It has a unique exotic perk and can kill enemies in two shots with enough stacks of Dynamic Charge. However, it requires constant precision to take full advantage of that perk. With alternatives such as High-Impact Pulse Rifles and Scout Rifles, Symmetry as an Exotic option struggles to keep up.
Season 9
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision hits build up Dynamic Charge. Swapping to Arc Seeker mode increases damage and partially reloads the magazine. Arc Seekers track toward combatants you target."
Pleiades CorrectorPleiades Corrector art
Pleiades Corrector
Scout RifleLightweightPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's the Charm + Wellspring (also good: Demolitionist)

► Pleiades Corrector is an 'okay at best' option. Despite it being a Lightweight frame, it comes with some seriously lackluster perks, having only a single option as a damage perk and many perks that are simply not great. Having a good roll makes this gun viable, but overall, there are better options.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's the Charm + Wellspring (also good: Demolitionist)
Pointed InquiryPointed Inquiry art
Pointed Inquiry
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakThrone World
Weak

C



Throne World

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's The Charm + Adaptive Munitions

► Perhaps one of the weaker options released with The Witch Queen, the Pointed Inquiry is a mediocre Scout Rifle. It handles poorly and feels rather clunky due to its High-Impact frame and lacks many top-tier perks, with the only decent options being Shoot to Loot and Adaptive Munitions for Match Game content.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's The Charm + Adaptive Munitions
Royal Chase
Royal Chase
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstXûr
Worst

D



Xûr

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

PvE God Roll: Full Auto Trigger System + Multikill Clip

► Royal Chase comes with an incredibly poor perk pool. In the first perk column, there is not a single good option available; in the second column, the only somewhat good option is Multikill Clip. Overall, there are plenty of better alternatives out there, and right now, there is no reason to use Royal Chase.
Season 12
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Full Auto Trigger System + Multikill Clip
Jararaca-3srJararaca-3sr art
Jararaca-3sr
Scout RifleVEIST Rapid-FirePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesOngoingWorld loot poolOngoing...

World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: VEIST Rapid-Fire

God Rolls: To be confirmed...

► Still too early to tell, review ongoing...
Season 19
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: VEIST Rapid-Fire

God Rolls: To be confirmed...
Long ArmLong Arm art
Long Arm
Scout RifleAggressivePrimaryArcDeluxe EditionYesOngoingSpire of the Watcher DungeonOngoing...

Spire of the Watcher Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

God Rolls: To be confirmed...

► Still too early to tell, review ongoing...
Season 19
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

God Rolls: To be confirmed...

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 Scout Rifles in 2022

Overall, these are our Top 5 favorite Scout Rifles for PvE and PvP.

PS: This guide covers every weapon source in Destiny 2, but in doubt, you can always ask me on Twitter.

 

5. The Jade Rabbit

Crucible logo Destiny 2Best PvP Scout in Destiny 2

The Jade Rabbit has only recently risen to prominence in the PvP scene with the changes to High-Impact Scout rifles.

You may wonder what exactly makes Jade Rabbit special. There are several things. First off is the incredible scope. It takes up very little of your screen, which lets you adjust your aim and swap targets faster. It also has High Caliber Rounds which flinches your opponent slightly more, which always helps in a 1v1 duel. Finally, it comes with Zen Moment making it feel effortless to use (especially on a controller).

The Jade Rabbit also effectively has infinite range, which lets you easily hold any lane on every single map and hit that optimal .8s time to kill. Overall the Jade Rabbit is a super solid all-rounder in the Crucible and is an easy time for anyone wanting to use Scout Rifles.

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: The Jade Rabbit can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Destiny 2 The Jade Rabbit artThe Jade RabbitScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
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S

PvPExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 2KineticNo

 

4. Hung Jury SR4

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The Hung Jury was a Destiny 1 favourite, and since its return to Destiny 2 in Season of the Splicer, it has been a top pick. It is a part of the Precision frame archetype, which notably received some buffs in PvP during Season of the Haunted.
Hung Jury can roll with the perk Box Breathing. This perk’s damage bonus bumps Hung Jury’s damage up to 99 on a headshot, allowing you to 2 tap enemy guardians running 8 resilience or lower.

Hung Jury can also come with Explosive Payload, which is an excellent option for PvP if you don’t want to use Box Breathing, but it is also excellent in PvE as it staggers enemies when hit. If you pair this with Rapid Hit, you have an absolute workhorse of a Scout that will serve you excellently in all types of content.

PvE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Rapid Hit
  • Perk 2: Explosive Payload (also good: One for All)

PvP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Rapid Hit
  • Perk 2: Box Breathing (also good: Moving Target)

How to get it: Hung Jury SR4 can be acquired by completing Nightfall: The Ordeals (the highest difficulties have increased drop rates).

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Hung Jury SR4 artHung Jury SR4Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPNightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo

 

3. Night Watch

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Players can still argue Night Watch is the nicest feeling and best Scout Rifle in the game. It has many solid rolls and all the S-tier perks you want. Night Watch has so many good perks that I would say that out of the 10 different perks that can drop on Night Watch, only 3 of them are bad. All of the others are excellent choices and will serve you well.

My roll of Rapid Hit and Explosive Payload is incredible. It feels nice to fire, it has a very clean scope and, like the Hung Jury, is a consistent workhorse.
Night Watch, unfortunately, isn’t as strong in PvP as some of the competition, but it more than makes up for that in PvE having total viability no matter how challenging the content is.

PvE God roll:

    • Perk 1: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence)
    • Perk 2: Explosive Payload (also good: Multikill Clip)

    How to get it: Night Watch can be randomly acquired as end-of-match activities, from the Gunsmith, Legendary engrams and Prime engrams.

    ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
    Night WatchScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
    Best

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    PvEWorld loot pool
    Free-to-Play
    Season 11KineticNo

     

    2. Doom of Chelchis

    Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

    Since the launch of Deep Stone Crypt, Raid weapon quality has taken a massive turn for the better, and the King’s Fall’s Doom of Chelchis is no exception. This precision frame Scout Rifle comes with excellent perks like Explosive Payload, Frenzy or One for All, which are amazing perks in endgame content.

    Doom of Chelchis can slowly be farmed, too, by purchasing it from the cache for your 1 weekly Deepsight weapon (provided you have already had the gun drop normally). If you are lucky, however, you can have it drop from secret chests or specific encounters. See which encounters Doom of Chelchis can drop from on our King’s Fall loot table.

    Once you get all your patterns, you can craft it, meaning you can get your desired God Roll, unlike Night Watch and Hung Jury.

    PvE God roll:

    • Perk 1: Explosive Payload(also good: Firefly)
    • Perk 2: One For All (also good: Frenzy)

    How to get it: Doom of Chelchis can be acquired by completing the King’s Fall raid.

    ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
    Doom of Chelchis artDoom of ChelchisScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
    Best

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    PvEKing's Fall Raid
    Free-to-Play
    Season 18EnergyCraftable

     

    1. Tarnished Mettle

    Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PvE Scout in Destiny 2

    Tarnished Mettle is the Season of Plunder Scout Rifle, and it has almost everything going for it. It has a favourable 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 synergise 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 weapon, making it a clear cut above the rest.

    PvE God roll:

    • Perk 1: Rapid Hit (also good: Shoot to Loot)
    • Perk 2: Votshot (also good: Explosive Payload)

    How to get it: Tarnished Mettle can be acquired by completing Seasonal activities and focusing Umbral engrams.

    ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
    Tarnished Mettle artTarnished MettleScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcSeason 18YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
    Best

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    PvESeasonal activitySeason 18 icon
    Season 18
    Season 18EnergyCraftable

    Scouts in PvP: Lethality & TTK

    TTK is particularly important in PvP, because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. You can read all about it in our TTK guide below.

    TTK is very important in PvP, because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. But this only applies to primary weapons.

    -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

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    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleLightweight

    200 RPM

    0.904 crit1.8

    Excellent aim assist & handling, low range

     width=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 body1.4

    High stability, very low range

    Aisha's Embrace artAisha's Embrace

    Scouts in PvE: DPS

    DPS is important for PvE, because 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.

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

    Exotic

    4,4765,866568,588With CatalystDead Man's Tale artDead Man's TaleSamePrimary
    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

    Exotic

    3,7854,470353,984With "Perfect Fifth"Destiny 2 Polaris Lance artPolaris LanceSamePrimary
    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleRapid-Fire3,3524,104170,460High stability, very low rangeAisha's Embrace artAisha's EmbraceBuffedPrimary
    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleLightweight3,3183,807219,264Excellent aim assist & handling, low range width=Night WatchSamePrimary
    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout Rifle

    Exotic

    3,2063,598259,020When aiming down sightsDestiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Skyburner's OathSamePrimary
    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RifleHigh-Impact3,3473,931374,255Excellent range, low aim assist width=The ScholarSamePrimary
    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Scout RiflePrecision3,3593,888228,096High stability, decent elsewhereVision of Confluence artVision of ConfluenceSamePrimary

    Are Scout rifles Meta?

    How do Scouts compare, in general, with other Primary weapons? Are they good in Destiny 2?

    The current Meta for PvE

    This table summarizes how the several Primary weapon types rank against each other in PvE:

    Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ 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
    Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
    Auto Rifles
    B › Average
    Average

    B

    Trend down► 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: Adaptive (600 RPM) - Example: Gnawing Hunger
    PVE Primaries
    Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
    Sidearms
    B › Average
    Average

    B

    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
    Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
    Hand Cannons
    B › Average
    Average

    B

    -► While Hand Cannons routinely dominate the PvP meta, they are often outclassed by weapon types that can either offer better DPS or better range. There are a couple of solid options, such as Fatebringer or Zaouli's Bane, but putting those aside, you'll be better off using something else.

    ► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Fatebringer
    PVE Primaries
    Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
    Pulse Rifles
    S › Best
    Best

    S

    Trend up► 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
    Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
    Scout Rifles
    S › Best
    Best

    S

    Trend up► Scout Rifles have come a long way. They are a solid and consistent option for anyone that prefers a safer and slower playstyle. They also shine in high-level content due to their excellent range. The best part about Scout Rifles, however, is their versatility across archetypes. Basically, every type of Scout Rifle is viable and can be used anywhere in the game.

    ► Best Archetype: Aggressive (72 RPM) - Example: Tarnished Mettle
    PVE Primaries
    Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
    Combat Bows
    A › Strong
    Strong

    A

    Trend up► 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

    The current Meta for PvP

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

    Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
    Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
    Hand Cannons
    A › Strong
    Strong

    A

    Trend down► Hand Cannons are in a bit of a strange spot. Many will argue that they are still the best weapons in the game, however, due to the prevalence of Pulse Rifles and Sidearms, and certain special weapons like Arbalest and Lorentz Driver, Hand Cannons have slowly been pushed out of many players' main pick. They are still excellent duelling weapons though, and feel amazing to use so they still retain a strong ranking.

    ► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Eyasluna
    PVP Primaries
    Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
    Pulse Rifles
    S › Best
    Best

    S

    Trend up► 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
    Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
    Sidearms
    S › Best
    Best

    S

    Trend up► Sidearms recently received a monumental buff to their ease of use and effective range by increasing auto-aim fall-off distance by 30%. This means that Sidearms simply can kill from further away, and more easily. Sidearms are particularly potent on a controller.

    ► Best Archetype: Adaptive (300 RPM) - Example: Drang
    PVP Primaries
    Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
    Auto Rifles
    C › Weak
    Weak

    C

    -► Auto Rifles aren't doing greét right now. They contest a similar range as Hand Cannons, however, they lack the peak shooting potential that Adaptive Hand Cannons bring. They can also be contested at close range by SMGs, making them difficult to use everywhere. However, a good player can still find value in an Auto Rifle as they do provide high flinch and constant damage.

    ► Best Archetype: Adaptive (600 RPM) - Example: Gnawing Hunger
    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
    B › Average
    Average

    B

    Trend down► Scouts have been tuned down to make them less potent in the hands of the average player. However, good scout rifle players will still be able to do pretty well in lobbies, however, they may find themselves outmatched by Pulse Rifles.

    ► Best Archetype: High-Impact (150 RPM) - Example: Polaris Lance
    PVP Primaries
    SMG weapon type Destiny 2
    Submachine Guns
    A › Strong
    Strong

    A

    Trend down► A few SMGs were recently hit with a range and/or damage nerf that knocked them down a peg or two. However, SMGs still have fast TTKs at short to medium ranges but are slightly outclassed by Sidearms now.

    ► Best Archetype: Aggressive (900 RPM)- Example: Borrowed Time
    PVP Primaries

    Your turn

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

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Matthew Evans
Matthew Evans
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