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

by | Aug 21, 2023

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.

his guide covers every Scout in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendary alternatives, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

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Destiny 2 Scout rifles Tier list: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the Top-tier Exotic and Legendary Scouts, including the Dead Man’s Tale Exotic, and covers both PvE and PvP:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Hung Jury SR4Hung Jury SR4 art
Hung Jury SR4
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
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 + Explosive Payload (also good: Firefly)
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Box Breathing

► Hung Jury is an extremely powerful Scout Rifle. it is a solid pick in PvE, and with the right roll, it can dominate in PvP too. With Box Breathing active, Hung Jury can kill in 0.67s, making it a highly competitive weapon.
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
Top-tier
Night WatchNight Watch Destiny 2 art
Night Watch
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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.
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)
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
Touch of MaliceTouch of Malice art
Touch of Malice
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-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: 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 one of the best Scouts in Destiny 2. It is the most accessible backup DPS option in the game making it a favoured pick in DPS situations. While it isn't a must for most players, as far as Scout Rifles go, it is definitely top tier.
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
Polaris LanceDestiny 2 Polaris Lance art
Polaris Lance
Scout RifleExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesS › BestExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
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."

► Polaris Lance is an excellent pick. Landing back-to-back Perfect Fifth to trigger a Solar explosion is a very straightforward process, making this a simple, but effective, exotic.
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
TrusteeTrustee Destiny 2 art
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
Skyburner's OathDestiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2
Skyburner's Oath
Scout RifleExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic EngramCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



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

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

► After several buffs and reworks, Skyburner's Oath is now a competent option. That said, it feels weird to use. To most, it's a worse option than Polaris Lance, but that doesn't mean it can't get the job done.
Season 1
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Rapid Hit) + Kill Clip
Top-tier
VouchsafeVouchsafe art
Vouchsafe
Scout RifleLightweightPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongShattered ThroneCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Shattered Throne
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload

► Vouchsafe is an excellent Scout Rifle; as far as Legendaries go, few are better than it. However, it lacks the lethality that some other options have to be considered the best, but it is a workhorse of a weapon that is usable in all kinds of content.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload
Top-tier
Nameless MidnightNameless Midnight art
Nameless Midnight
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongPlaylist: VanguardCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Playlist: Vanguard
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 Rolls: Triple Tap + Kinetic Tremors (also good: Rampage/Kill Clip)

► Nameless Midnight has made quite a comeback, returning to us as one of the stronger Scout Rifles in the game. A strong frame and a potent perk pool give this Scout Rifle enough power to rise above the competition.
Season 20
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Rolls: Triple Tap + Kinetic Tremors (also good: Rampage/Kill Clip)
Top-tier
MIDA Multi-ToolDestiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool art
MIDA Multi-Tool
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Kiosk
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: "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."
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."

► The Jade Rabbit is a simple, yet effective pick inside of PvP. A clean scope, solid base stats, and Zen Moment all make for a an extremely solid Scout that almost anyone could succeed with.
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: 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
Top-tier
Dead Man's TaleDead Man's Tale art
Dead Man's Tale
Scout RifleExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesA › StrongPresageCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



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 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)
Top-tier
Contingency PlanContingency Plan art
Contingency Plan
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool
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 › StrongWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool
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
Randy's Throwing KnifeRandy's Throwing Knife art Destiny 2
Randy's Throwing Knife
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongPlaylist: CrucibleCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
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

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Perpetual Motion)

► The returning Randy's Throwing Knife is a solid option. It comes with its former signature perk, Kill Clip, which allows it to deal 58 damage to the head, giving it a TTK of 0.7s, which is decently fast, especially for the range that a Scout Rifle has.
Season 21
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip (also good: Perpetual Motion)
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Scouts: The complete list

This database includes every viable Scout currently in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?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
Strong

A

PvPPresageCheckmark icon V3Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 13KineticCraftableTop-tier
Destiny 2 MIDA Multi Tool artMIDA Multi-ToolScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1KineticNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Polaris Lance artPolaris LanceScout RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 3EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Skyburner's Oath art V2Skyburner's OathScout RifleExoticExoticPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Symmetry artSymmetryScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryArcShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 9EnergyNo
Destiny 2 The Jade Rabbit artThe Jade RabbitScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPExotic EngramError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 2KineticNoTop-tier
Touch of Malice artTouch of MaliceScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEKing's Fall RaidError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18KineticNoTop-tier
Aisha's Embrace artAisha's EmbraceScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryVoidLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Average

B

PvETrials of OsirisError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 16EnergyNo
Brya's Love artBrya's LoveScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidSeason 22YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Season 22EnergyCraftable
Contingency Plan artContingency PlanScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Strong

A

PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNoTop-tier
Doom of Chelchis artDoom of ChelchisScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvEKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Eternal Blazon artEternal BlazonScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Average

B

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Fang of Ir Yût artFang of Ir YûtScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element StrandCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 22KineticCraftable
Glissando-47 art Destiny 2Glissando-47Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNo
Hung Jury SR4 artHung Jury SR4Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Jararaca-3sr artJararaca-3srScout RifleVEIST Rapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 19KineticNoTop-tier
Last Rite art Destiny 2Last RiteScout RifleAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPPlaylist: PursuitError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNoReconstruction
Long Arm artLong ArmScout RifleAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryArcDeluxe EditionYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Weak

C

-Spire of the Watcher DungeonError icon V2The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 19EnergyNo
Nameless Midnight artNameless MidnightScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEPlaylist: VanguardError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 20KineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Night Watch Destiny 2 artNight WatchScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNoTop-tier
Pleiades Corrector artPleiades CorrectorScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Weak

C

-World loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Pointed Inquiry artPointed InquiryScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Weak

C

-Throne WorldCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyCraftable
Randy's Throwing Knife art Destiny 2Randy's Throwing KnifeScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Royal Chase Destiny 2 artRoyal ChaseScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Worst

D

-World loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo
Servant Leader artServant LeaderScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPPlaylist: GambitError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Staccato-46 artStaccato-46Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEWorld loot poolError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNoIncandescent
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 V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Tarnished Mettle artTarnished MettleScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvEXûrCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot
Tears of Contrition artTears of ContritionScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPPresageCheckmark icon V3Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 17KineticCraftable
The Guiding Sight Destiny 2 artThe Guiding SightScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand
Worst

D

-Iron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 12KineticNo
The Scholar Destiny 2 artThe ScholarScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticLightfallNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-Trials of OsirisError icon V2Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 10KineticNo
Transfiguration art Destiny 2TransfigurationScout RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticCraftableTop-tierKinetic Tremors
Trustee Destiny 2 artTrusteeScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimarySolarBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 12EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent,Reconstruction
Vision of Confluence artVision of ConfluenceScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEVault of Glass RaidError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Vouchsafe artVouchsafeScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEShattered ThroneError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNoTop-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 2023

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

 

Touch of Malice Scout Rifle

5. Touch of Malice

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

Touch of Malice is a niche but powerful option. With the Intrinsic Trait active, the final round in the magazine will deal increased damage and will refund itself. However, it will drain your health in the process. This makes it quite challenging to use in regular content or difficult Nightfalls as you typically do not want to be damaging yourself.
However, in a Raid situation where you have a Well of Radiance constantly healing you, Touch of Malice can be a viable option if you need a weapon as a backup after running out of Heavy and Special Ammo.

Compared to other Scout Rifles, Touch of Malice is one of the stronger picks as it massively excels in a certain area, however niche it may be. Most Scout Rifles are victims of ‘being a Scout Rifle’ as Scouts aren’t too powerful right now; however, it falls short of ranking higher as it is quite unusable outside of its niche due to the self-damaging aspect of the weapon.

Overall, Touch of Malice is a powerful weapon and can greatly excel in specific situations, but it is too niche to rank higher.

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.”

How to get it: Touch of Malice can be acquired from the King’s Fall raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Touch of Malice artTouch of MaliceScout RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEKing's Fall RaidError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18KineticNoTop-tier

 

Hung Jury SR4 Scout featured

4. Hung Jury SR4

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The Hung Jury was a Destiny 1 favorite, and since its return to Destiny 2 back in Season of the Splicer, it has been a top pick. It is a part of the Precision frame archetype, which means it is a solid option inside of PvE but requires some special perks to work in PvP. Thankfully, the Hung Jury has this.

Hung Jury can roll with the perk Box Breathing. This perk’s damage bonus bumps Hung Jury’s damage up to 94 on a headshot, allowing you to 2 crit 1 body enemies that have Tier 6 Resilience or less. However, against all enemies, you’ll have an incredibly fast TTK of 0.67 seconds.

The current PvP meta doesn’t precisely favor Scout Rifles, though. Scouts consistently have one of, if not the lowest, kill counts out of any primary weapon, as many players opt for an SMG or Hand Cannon instead.

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 great 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:

  • Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload (also good: Firefly)

PvP God roll:

  • Rapid Hit + Box Breathing

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?Best of?Top Perk?
Hung Jury SR4 artHung Jury SR4Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNoTop-tierKinetic Tremors

 

Doom of Chelchis Scout Rifle

3. Doom of Chelchis

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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 the weapon, meaning you can get your desired God Roll, unlike some other Legendary options.

PvE God roll:

  • Explosive Payload + One For All (also good: Firefly + 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?Best of?Top Perk?
Doom of Chelchis artDoom of ChelchisScout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvEKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace

 

2. Polaris Lance

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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 plink 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: Polaris Lance can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

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

S

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 3EnergyNoTop-tier

 

Tarnished Mettle Scout featured

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:

  • Rapid Hit + Voltshot (also good: Shoot to Loot + 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?Best of?Top Perk?
Tarnished Mettle artTarnished MettleScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvEXûrCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot

Scouts and the PvP Meta: TTK

We covered in detail the Scout rifles that are considered top-tier (and should be farmed) and the ones that 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

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

200 RPM

0.903 crit 1 body1.80

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 body1.40

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 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

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.

Your turn

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:
  • 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.

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5 Comments
  1. Cameron

    hey, they upgraded Trustee.
    Its better now

    Reply
  2. Veggies

    Perses-D is missing.

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  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…

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