Destiny 2 Season 14 Weapons Tier List: PVE and PVP God rolls

by | May 25, 2021 | Weapons

One of the biggest questions we get after a new Season is: What are the best weapons in the game now?

While we’ve answered that question before, this time we’ll focus on every new weapon released with Season 14, aka, Season of the Splicer.

In this guide, we cover all the Legendary weapons (with their respective preferred PVP and PVE perks, we include free-to-play weapons, Season Pass weapons, and Beyond Light exclusive weapons, and we will tell you which ones deserve your attention the most.

A big thank you to all the amazing content creators that helped us put together this resource. Needless to say, their perk recommendations are all excellent and I’m glad they accepted to be part of this.


Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Weapons Tier list

These are the different Tier levels used for this Tier list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapon types.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapon types, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

The list starts with the  S Tier and moves down from there:

WeaponTierExcels inDrops from ❘ RequiresReviewerPVE Recommended RollsPVP Recommended RollsTypeElementSourceRequirements
Fatebringer Destiny 2 art
Fatebringer
| Hand Cannon
Best

S

PVE + PVPVault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
LightGG art
Light.GG
► Barrel: Corkscrew / Full Bore / HF
► Mag: Accurized Rounds / Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Explosive Payload
► Perk 2: Firefly / Kill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
► Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling / Full Bore
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Explosive Payload / Tunnel Vision
► Perk 2: Opening Shot / Kill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
Hand CannonKineticVault of Glass RaidFree-to-Play
Found Verdict Destiny 2 art
Found Verdict
| Shotgun
Best

S

PVPVault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Castle artCastle-► Barrel: Smallbore / Full Choke / Barrel Shroud
► Mag: Accurized Rounds / Assault Mag
► Perk 1: Surplus / Slideshot
► Perk 2: Opening Shot / Killing Wind
► Masterwork: Range / Handling
ShotgunArcVault of Glass RaidFree-to-Play
Gridskipper Destiny 2 art
Gridskipper
| Pulse Rifle
Strong

A

PVE + PVPOverride
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
Ascendant Nomad art
Ascendant Nomad
► Barrel: Fluted Barrel
► Mag: Flared Magwell
► Perk 1: Tunnel Vision
► Perk 2: Multikill Clip
► Masterwork: Reload Speed
► Barrel: Arrowhead Brake
► Mag: High Calibre Rounds
► Perk 1: Moving Target / Heating Up
► Perk 2: Multikill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
Pulse RifleVoidOverrideSeason 14
Ignition Code Destiny 2 art
Ignition Code
| Grenade Launcher
Strong

A

PVE + PVPOverride
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
Jarv
Jarv
► Barrel: Volatile Launch
► Mag: Spike Grenades
► Perk 1: Ambitious Assassin
► Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon
► Masterwork: Velocity
► Barrel: Confined Launch
► Mag: Blinding Grenades
► Perk 1: Slideshot
► Perk 2: Frenzy
► Masterwork: Blast Radius
Grenade LauncherKineticOverrideSeason 14
Shayura's Wrath Destiny 2 art
Shayura's Wrath
| Submachine Gun
Strong

A

PVPTrials of Osiris
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Pattycakes-removebg-preview
Pattycakes
► Barrel: Smallbore
► Mag: Flared Magwell
► Perk 1: Heating Up
► Perk 2: Kill Clip
► Masterwork: Range

► Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Tunnel Vision
► Perk 2: Kill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
Submachine GunVoidTrials of OsirisFree-to-Play
PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 art
PLUG ONE.1
| Fusion Rifle
Strong

A

PVPNighfall: The Ordeals
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
Mercules904 art
Mercules904
► Barrel: Fluted Barrel / Arrowhead Brake
► Mag: Accelerated Coils / Enhanced Battery
► Perk 1: Bottomless Grief / Feeding Frenzy
► Perk 2: Reservoir Burst / Cornered / Kickstarter
► Masterwork: Reload Speed
► Barrel: Chambered Compensator
► Mag: Liquid Coils
► Perk 1: Heating Up / Under Pressure
► Perk 2: Kickstart / Thresh / Reservoir Burst
► Masterwork: Stability / Range
Fusion RifleArcNighfall: The OrdealsFree-to-Play
Chroma Rush Destiny 2 art
Chroma Rush
| Auto Rifle
Strong

A

PVEOverride
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
Ekuegan
Ekuegan
► Barrel: Hammer Forged / Smallbore
► Mag: Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Subsistence / Feeding Frenzy
► Perk 2: Rampage / Adrenaline Junkie
► Masterwork: Handling
► Barrel: Hammer Forged
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Heating Up / Feeding Frenzy
► Perk 2: Rampage / Kill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
Auto RifleKineticOverrideSeason 14
Farewell Destiny 2 art
Farewell
| Sidearm
Strong

A

PVEOverride
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
Jarv
Jarv
► Barrel: Arrowhead Break
► Mag: Flared Magwell
► Perk 1: Full Auto Trigger
► Perk 2: Frenzy
► Masterwork: Range
► Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Rangefinder
► Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon
► Masterwork: Range
SidearmKineticOverrideSeason 14
Riiswalker Destiny 2 art
Riiswalker
| Shotgun
Strong

A

PVPIron Banner
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
IllPhysics art
illPhysics
-► Barrel: Smallbore / Corkscrew
► Mag: Accurized Rounds / Assault Mag
► Perk 1: Quickdraw / Slideways
► Perk 2: Iron Reach / Killing Wind
► Masterwork: Range / Handling
ShotgunKineticIron BannerFree-to-Play
Empty Vessel Destiny 2 art
Empty Vessel
| Grenade Launcher
Strong

A

PVEPlaylist: Strikes
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Demonjoe art v2
demonjoefrance
► Barrel: Volatile Launch
► Mag: Spike Grenades
► Perk 1: Ambitious Assassin / Feeding Frenzy
► Perk 2: Multikill Clip / Swashbuckler / Vorpal Weapon
► Masterwork: Blast Radius / Velocity
► Barrel: Volatile Launch
► Mag: Spike Grenades
► Perk 1: Quickdraw
► Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon / Thresh
► Masterwork: Blast Radius / Velocity
Grenade LauncherSolarPlaylist: StrikesFree-to-Play
Shattered Cipher Destiny 2 art
Shattered Cipher
| Machine Gun
Strong

A

PVESeason Pass
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
Ascendant Nomad art
Ascendant Nomad
► Barrel: Corkscrew Rifling
► Mag: Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Heating Up
► Perk 2: Rampage
► Masterwork: Stability
► Barrel: Arrowhead Brake
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Heating Up
► Perk 2: Snapshot Sights
► Masterwork: Stability
Machine GunVoidSeason PassSeason 14
Stochastic Variable Destiny 2 art
Stochastic Variable
| Submachine Gun
Strong

A

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Panda PaxPandaPaxxy► Barrel: Fluted Barrel / Smallbore
► Mag: Phase Mag / High-Caliber Rounds / Ricochet Rounds
► Perk 1: Feeding Frenzy / Ambitious Assassin / Killing Wind
► Perk 2: MultiKill Clip / Dragonfly
► Masterwork: Range
► Barrel: Fluted Barrel / Smallbore / Hammer-Forged Rifling
► Mag: High-Caliber Rounds / Phase Mag / Ricochet Rounds
► Perk 1: Killing Wind / Surplus / Zen Moment
► Perk 2: MultiKill Clip / Quickdraw / Wellspring
► Masterwork: Range
Submachine GunArcWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
The Vision Destiny 2 art
The Vision
| Sidearm
Strong

A

PVEWorld Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
AbbyHour art
AbbyHour
► Sight: Control SAS
► Mag: Appended Mag / Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Ambitious Assassin
► Perk 2: One for All / Swashbuckler
► Masterwork: Range / Reload
► Sight: Control SAS / Farpoint SAS
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Surplus / Killing Wind
► Perk 2: Kill Clip
► Masterwork: Range / Reload
SidearmArcWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
Occluded Finality Destiny 2 art
Occluded Finality
| Sniper Rifle
Average

B

PVPIron Banner
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Benjjjyy art
Benjjjyy
-► Barrel: Hammer-Forged / Fullbore
► Mag: Ricochet Round / High-Caliber
► Perk 1: Snapshot
► Perk 2: Opening Shot
► Masterwork: Range / Handling
Sniper RifleArcIron BannerFree-to-Play
Survivor's Epitaph Destiny 2 art
Survivor's Epitaph
| Hand Cannon
Average

B

PVPPlaylist: Crucible
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Drewsky art
Drewsky
► Barrel: Any Range Boost
► Mag: High-Caliber Rounds
► Perk 1: Rapid Hit
► Perk 2: Kill Clip / Multikill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
► Barrel: Any Range Boost
► Mag: High-Caliber Rounds
► Perk 1: Slideshot / Surplus / Killing Wind
► Perk 2: Kill Clip / Multikill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
Hand CannonKineticPlaylist: CrucibleFree-to-Play
Archon's Thunder Destiny 2 art
Archon's Thunder
| Machine Gun
Average

B

PVPIron Banner
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Diffizzle artDiffizzle► Barrel: Smallbore
► Mag: Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Mulligan
► Perk 2: Rampage
► Masterwork: Handling
► Barrel: Smallbore
► Mag: Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Rangefinder
► Perk 2: Snapshot Sights
► Masterwork: Handling
Machine GunSolarIron BannerFree-to-Play
Borrowed Time Destiny 2 art
Borrowed Time
| Submachine Gun
Strong

A

PVEPlaylist: Gambit
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Critbuff art
Critbuff
► Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
► Mag: Extended Mag
► Perk 1: Feeding Frenzy
► Perk 2: Rampage
► Masterwork: Range
► Barrel: Arrowhead Brake
► Mag: Ricochet Rounds
► Perk 1: Threat Detector / Dynamic Sway Reduction
► Perk 2: Tap the Trigger / Demolitonist
► Masterwork: Range
Submachine GunSolarPlaylist: GambitFree-to-Play
Memory Interdict Destiny 2 art
Memory Interdict
| Grenade Launcher
Average

B

-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
LightGG art
Light.GG
► Barrel: Volatile / Hard launch
► Mag: Spike Grenades
► Perk 1: Auto-Loading Holster / Clown Cartridge
► Perk 2: Wellspring / Chain Reaction
► Masterwork: Blast Radius
► Barrel: Volatile or Hard launch
► Mag: Spike Grenades / Sticky Grenades
► Perk 1: Quickdraw / Impulse Amplifier
► Perk 2: Danger Zone / Chain Reaction
► Masterwork: Handling
Grenade LauncherVoidWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
Sojourner's Tale Destiny 2 art
Sojourner's Tale
| Shotgun
Average

B

PVPSeason Pass
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
ApathetticApathettic► Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Quickdraw
► Perk 2: Surrounded
► Masterwork: Range
► Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Quickdraw
► Perk 2: Opening Shot
► Masterwork: Range
ShotgunSolarSeason PassSeason 14
Hung Jury SR4 Destiny 2 art
Hung Jury SR4
| Scout Rifle
Average

B

PVENighfall: The Ordeals
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
Diffizzle artDiffizzle► Barrel: Smallbore
► Mag: Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Rapid Hit
► Perk 2: Firefly
► Masterwork: Handling
► Barrel: Hammer-Forged Rifling
► Mag: Accurized Rounds
► Perk 1: Subsistence
► Perk 2: Box Breathing
► Masterwork: Range
Scout RifleKineticNighfall: The OrdealsFree-to-Play
Finite Impactor Destiny 2 art
Finite Impactor
| Hand Cannon
Average

B

PVPIron Banner
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
BRAVExHERO artBRAVExHERO-► Barrel: Suroshot HCS
► Mag: Appended Mag / Ricochet / High-Caliber
► Perk 1: Slideways
► Perk 2: Iron Reach / Multikill Clip
► Masterwork: Range
Hand CannonArcIron BannerFree-to-Play
Null Composure Destiny 2 art
Null Composure
| Fusion Rifle
Weak

C

-Pursuit Weapon
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Mercules904 art
Mercules904
► Barrel: Fluted Barrel (Fixed)
► Mag: Projection Fuse (Fixed)
► Perk 1: Feeding Frenzy
► Perk 2: Reservoir Burst
► Masterwork: Range (Fixed)
► Barrel: Fluted Barrel (Fixed)
► Mag: Projection Fuse (Fixed)
► Perk 1: Heating Up
► Perk 2: Reservoir Burst
► Masterwork: Range (Fixed)
Fusion RifleVoidPursuit WeaponFree-to-Play
Quickfang Destiny 2 art
Quickfang
| Sword
TBC-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: One For All
-SwordVoidWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
Crown-Splitter Destiny 2 art
Crown-Splitter
| Sword
TBC-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: Vorpal Weapon / Whirlwind Blade
-SwordVoidWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
Eternity's Edge Destiny 2 art
Eternity's Edge
| Sword
TBC-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Blade: Jagged
► Guard: Relentless Strikes
► Perk 1: Assassin's Blade / Surrounded
-SwordSolarWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
The Number Destiny 2 art
The Number
| Auto Rifle
TBC-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Extended Barrel / Arrowhead Brake
► Mag: High Caliber / Armor-Piercing / Appended Mag
► Perk 1: Threat Detector / Field Prep
► Perk 2: Multikill Clip / Wellspring / One For All
► Masterwork: Range
-Auto RifleArcWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
Pleiades Corrector Destiny 2 art
Pleiades Corrector
| Scout Rifle
TBC-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Fluted Barrel
► Mag: High-Caliber / Ricochet / Armor-Piercing
► Perk 1: Fourth Times's the Charm / Outlaw / Subsistence
► Perk 2: Demolitionist / Wellspring
► Masterwork: Reload / Handling
-Scout RifleSolarWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
The Deicide Destiny 2 art
The Deicide
| Shotgun
TBC-World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Full Choke
► Mag: Appended Mag
► Perk 1: Grave Robber
► Perk 2: One-Two Punch
► Masterwork: Handling
-ShotgunVoidWorld Loot PoolFree-to-Play
Uzume RR4 Destiny 2 art
Uzume RR4
| Sniper Rifle
Strong

A

PVPNighfall: The Ordeals
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep logo 3
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Fluted Barrel
► Mag: Tactical Mag / Appended Mag
► Perk 1: Triple Tap / Clown Cartridge
► Perk 2: High-Impact Reserves / Vorpal / Explosive Payload
► Masterwork: Reload
TBC once it's available....Sniper RifleSolarNighfall: The OrdealsFree-to-Play
Praedyth's Revenge Destiny 2 art
Praedyth's Revenge
| Sniper Rifle
TBC-Vault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Fluted Barrel
► Mag: Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Rewind Rounds / Osmosis
► Perk 2: High-Impact Reserves / Frenzy / Firefly
► Masterwork: Reload
-Sniper RifleKineticVault of Glass RaidFree-to-Play
Corrective Measure Destiny 2 art
Corrective Measure
| Machine Gun
TBC-Vault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Fluted Barrel
► Mag: Tactical Mag
► Perk 1: Rewind Rounds / Subsistence / Feeding Frenzy / Demolitionist
► Perk 2: Firefly / One For All
► Masterwork: Reload
-Machine GunVoidVault of Glass RaidFree-to-Play
Hezen Vengeance Destiny 2 art
Hezen Vengeance
| Rocket Launcher
TBC-Vault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Hard / Quick Launch
► Mag: Impact Casing
► Perk 1: Tracking Module / Auto-Loading Holster / Impulse Amplifier
► Perk 2: Vorpal / Lasting Impression / Demolitionist / Cluster Bomb
► Masterwork: Handling
-Rocket LauncherSolarVault of Glass RaidFree-to-Play
Vision of Confluence Destiny 2 art
Vision of Confluence
| Scout Rifle
TBC-Vault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Chevy's Super POG List► Barrel: Fluted Barrel
► Mag: High-Caliber / Ricochet Rounds
► Perk 1: Rewind Rounds
► Perk 2: Frenzy / Firefly / Disruption Break
► Masterwork: Reload
-Scout RifleSolarVault of Glass RaidFree-to-Play
Cryosthesia 77K Destiny 2 art
Cryosthesia 77K
| Sidearm
Weak

C

-Season Pass
Destiny 2 Season 14 logo
Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableSidearmKineticSeason PassSeason 14
Vex Mythoclast Destiny 2 art
Vex Mythoclast
| Fusion Rifle
TBC-Vault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Free to Play logo 1
Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableFusion RifleSolarVault of Glass RaidFree-to-Play

For more detailed overviews from our guests:

Season 14 Override weapon Destiny 2 wide

Override Weapons

Gridskipper – Pulse Rifle

For PvE, I opted for a stable, high tempo experience to help me focus more on the killing. Tunnel Vision is one of the new weapon perks that come with Season of the Splicer, boosting ADS speed and Target Acquisition (Aim Assist) when you reload after a kill. This synergizes ridiculously well with Multikill Clip, which will ensure that as long as you stay alive, enemies will be shredded without much problem.

In PvP, I wanted to make sure the gun felt consistent over anything else. Arrowhead Brake boosts the weapon’s recoil direction to 85, minimizing recoil whilst keeping it perfectly vertical in spread. High Caliber Rounds make it harder to fight back, whilst Moving Target gives me a passive AA boost that comes in very handy. MKC is just the cherry on top after a hard day’s killing.

Ascendant Nomad

 

Season 14 Playlist weapons Destiny 2 wide

Playlist Weapons

Survivor’s Epitaph – Hand Cannon

This weapon’s strength is incredibly consistency, ease of use, and versatility through pin point shooting, and inherently high accuracy. We’re looking to maximize on range, although we can hit shots easily outside of optimal range, we need to try and maintain damage output – range boosts and slideshot help with that.

Surplus helps make up for another weakness of the weapon – low handling, so we can shotgun swap quickly. Otherwise, we since the 180s have less overall lethality, we want to tap into making them kill quickly on top of having great consistency & ease of use through KC & MKC allowing the weapon to 3 tap in 0.67s – and because the 180s already have such great inherent consistency, you could justify going for killing wind to make kill clip even more lethal.

Drewsky

Borrowed Time – Submachine Gun

This weapon is more a PVE workhorse, with the classic Reload Speed + Damage buff combo creating an experience for add clear in, ironically enough, Gambit. It pales in comparrison to Huckleberry, but that’s a bit
of an unfair comparrison. As for PVP, well, Aggressive Frame SMGs are stuck in a bit of a no-man’s land in the Crucible. 900 RPMs with Killclip like Multimach are generally better at the same job, while 600’s have
better Range. Rampage doesn’t get to do much in PVP due to this weapon’s magazine size, so that’s why I suggest going for consistency over kill potential.

Critbuff

Empty Vessel

Empty Vessel is the direct replacement of Salvager’s Salvo in my books. With it’s ability to roll with Ambitious Assasin, Damage Perks, as well as any Masterwork you want, ON TOP of being Solar to implement Warmind Cell potential, it does what Salvo does, but better. It also can roll with Blinding Nades & Disruption Break for those Endgame PvE encounters making it even more versatile

demonjoefrance

 

Season 14 Ritual weapon Destiny 2 wide

Pursuit Weapon

Null Composure

Unfortunately a member of the weakest fusion archetype, Null Composure suffers in PvP from a distinct lack of 15m+ killing ability,which is nearly required to run a fusion in a shotgun centric meta. Heating up is an excellent perk that addresses the main issue all Rapid-Fire fusions have, which is poor bolt grouping at longer range, and thus should be prioritized in PvP along with Reservoir burst, which unfortunately basically requires you to run double Scavengers to get to a full magazine so you can utilize the bonus damage. High Impact Reserves is not recommended because the 1-2 bonus damage does nothing to change the bolts to kill, and the increase to lethal kill distance is negligible because the bolt spread is the real constraining factor. In PvE, Feeding Frenzy and Reservoir burst is a fun roll, useful in mid level content but unfortunately a lack of fusion rifle champion mods holds it back.

Mercules904

Iron Banner Weapons

Riiswalker

Non-aggressive frame shotguns struggled with consistent OHK lethality since the shotgun changes early last year. I am hoping that the extra +20 range from Iron Reach can help remedy this. Iron Reach is a match made in heaven on shotguns because the downside is -30 stability on a weapon type where stability isn’t particularly important. In addition, this shotgun rolls with Quickdraw, and although it recently got a hard nerf to its ADS speed, 74 base handling (and any boost given by Corkscrew and/or a Handling MW) should make the difference between pre-nerf & post-nerf ADS speed a bit less jarring.

illPhysics

Finite Impactor

Most players think that 140 RPM HCs don’t stand a chance in the current META due to 120s being so strong, but if you can get a good set of perks on a 140, you shouldn’t have a problem. For the Finite Impactor I would go with Sureshot HCS for the sight, for the magazine option I would say anything is good, personally since this weapon only has 10 rounds at base, I would try to bump that up with Appended Mag.

For the first set of perks, I would go with Slideways to boost the handling and stability while reloading during each slide. On the last column I would choose either Iron Reach or Multi-KC. Combing MKC with Slideways and a larger magazine, and having Sureshot/Range Masterwork, you can really push the limits when it comes to range with this weapon.

BRAVEXHERO

Occluded Finality

The only thing stopping this sniper from being A tier is the zoom. It has a 58 zoom. If you can get used to that, you’re set. It’s a 72rpm which can roll the insane combo of Snapshot/Opening Shot. This combination of insane range + opening shot can lead to some very forgiving heasdshots. Also, 72rpm’s can take advantage of the many damage buffs currently available in game and frequently 1 shot body. Special mention for two perks. First is Iron Reach; you can crank that range up to max at the cost of stability. Second is Elemental Capacitor; by running an Arc subclass you gain a significant boost to handling. Paired with Snapshot and you have a 72rpm sniper that handles like a 140rpm.

Benjjjyy

 

Season 14 Nighfall Ordeals weapons Destiny 2 wide

Nightfall: The Ordeal Weapons

PLUG ONE.1

Actually a very strong option for PvE activites without champions or if you have champion mods on your primary and heavy, you can easily max out the magazine at 8 with multiple perk options, speed up the charge time, slap on an Adept Big Ones mod, and then get more bonus damage via a multitude of perks in the last slot. For PvP it is slightly worse, but helping stability and damage as much as possible will do wonders for the gun.

Mercules904

World Loot Weapons

The Vision

PvE – If you are a fan of sidearms, The Vision is a great pick up for PvE content. A reprised FWC Omolon Adaptive Frame, similar to Last Hope from previous seasons, but now with new perks. Ambitious assassin, paired with Tactical or Appended mag can comfortably give you 50 bullets in the mag. Slap on One for All or Swashbuckler in the second perk and boost your damage while mowing down all the little guys. The Vision already comes with very high stability, so focus on perk to increase damage, range, and reload.

AbbyHour

Stochastic Variable

This is a weapon that deserves your attention. If you enjoy SMGs at all this is at the very least worth trying out. Phase Mags has not been seen on any randomly rolled weapon in the life of Destiny 2. It first appeared on Omolon SMGs back in year 1, but failed to.make the cut into any random rolls staring in Forsaken. Why do you want to care about this gun? Phase Mag takes the rpm and drops it a tier from 900 to 600. This also increases the damage from the normal 15 and bumps it up to 25. So you have an SMG with the base stats of a lightweight (bonus movement speed, great handling, decent stability) and the damage profile of a precision frame smg. It’s so very fun. The ideal roll for PvE is either Feeding Frenzy with Dragonfly, or Feeding Frenzy with MultiKill Clip. One will crush groups close together like in horde modes; the other will crush higher health enemies. Always look for Phase Mag, and the really awesome part of Stochastic Variable, is there’s three mag options. That means even you get even more chances to roll a good mag perk. Best of luck Guardians, and Happy Hunting

PandaPaxxy

Vault of Glass Weapons

Found Verdict

This is essentially Felwinter’s Lie but instead of Shot Package it comes with better base stats, in particular the handling. As an aggressive frame shotgun it deals 22-23 damage per pellet which is extremely advantageous in Crucible.

Castle

PS: You can read all about the Vault of Glass loot table and potential god rolls to chase here.


Ranking criteria

For the record, as much as we try to keep our tier list as objective as possible, they are still based on our personal experience playing the PC version of the game.

Also, even with a thousand+ hours of playtime, I’m far from being an expert nor an amazing PVE/PVP player. This is why I brought Panda_Pax along, to give you a more educated overview and description of all the new Season 13 weapons!

Finally, if you’re wondering what criteria was used to build this Tier list, these are the main factors taken into account:

  • Lethality: The higher the effective DPS, TTK and usability, the higher the ranking.
  • Consistency: Some weapons may not have the highest DPS numbers, but they are so consistent, they more than make up for their lower DPS numbers.
  • Ease of use: Similar to the point above, some weapons are very effective because they are easy to use and don’t require too much skill or setup. This is also rewarded with higher rankings.
  • PVE/PVP Performance: High lethality in either PVE or  PVP is equally valuable. However, a weapon that is good at both PVE and PVP should rank higher than one that is slightly better on only PVE or PVP.
  • Fun factor: Not the most important factor, but it also helps if the weapon is damn fun to shoot with!

If you strongly disagree with some of the rankings here, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. By the way, what is your personal Top 3?

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3 Comments
  1. Leaf

    I feel like Royal Entry should be S-tier, considering all rockets deal the same amount of damage either way, and precision frames have inherent tracking. That, and Clown Cartridge can cause some insanely high burst damage.

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    • Ric (aka Prim)

      Fully agreed/ I have changed the tier rankings to reflect that and put Royal Entry in front of Code Duello for that reason. Thanks, cheers!

      Reply
  2. Astra

    Threaded needle is from the free battlepass

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