Destiny 2 Seasonal Weapons: Ranked for PvE & PvP

by | Mar 19, 2023

Destiny 2 is notorious for straight-up removing content from the game, either by putting it into the infamous DCV or simply removing items from the current rotation. 

This is particularly the case for Seasonal activities and weapons, which officially are removed once the next Expansion is released. In this guide we cover all seasonal weapons still available in Destiny 2. We tell you how to get them and which ones are worth farming.

💠 We cover the New Destiny 2 weapons from this season here.

Best Season of the Witch Weapons (S22)

Witch weapons can be acquired by farming Altars of Summoning and Savathûn’s Spire activities or decoding Witch Engrams at the H.E.L.M.:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Kept Confidence artKept ConfidenceHand CannonStrand Element StrandCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 22
Locus Locutus artLocus LocutusSniper RifleStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 22
Brya's Love artBrya's LoveScout RifleVoid VoidCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 22
The Eremite artThe EremiteFusion RifleSolar SolarCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 22
Eleatic Principle artEleatic PrincipleMachine GunArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 22
Semiotician artSemioticianRocket LauncherStrand Element StrandCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 22

These weapons can be acquired by decoding Recovered Red War Engrams:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Nightshade artNightshadePulse RifleStrand Element StrandError icon V2 NoRecovered Red WarSeason 22
The Showrunner artThe ShowrunnerSubmachine GunKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticError icon V2 NoRecovered Red WarSeason 22
Deadpan Delivery artDeadpan DeliveryShotgunArc ArcError icon V2 NoRecovered Red WarSeason 22
Persuader artPersuaderSniper RifleVoid VoidError icon V2 NoRecovered Red WarSeason 22

Best Season of the Deep Weapons (S21)

Deep weapons, aka, Taken weapons, can be acquired by farming Deep Dives or decoding Deep Engrams at the H.E.L.M.:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Different Times art Destiny 2Different TimesPulse RifleStrand Element StrandCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 21
A Distant Pull art Destiny 2A Distant PullSniper RifleStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 21
Until Its Return art Destiny 2Until Its ReturnShotgunStrand Element StrandCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 21
Rapacious Appetite art Destiny 2Rapacious AppetiteSubmachine GunStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 21
Epochal Integration art Destiny 2Epochal IntegrationHand CannonSolar SolarError icon V2 NoSeasonal activitySeason 21
Targeted Redaction art Destiny 2Targeted RedactionHand CannonVoid VoidCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 21
Thin Precipice art Destiny 2Thin PrecipiceSwordStrand Element StrandCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 21

The retuning Reckoning weapons can be acquired by fishing or decoding Deep Engrams:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Spare Rations art Destiny 2Spare RationsHand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticError icon V2 NoFishingSeason 21
Outlast art Destiny 2OutlastPulse RifleSolar SolarError icon V2 NoFishingSeason 21
Last Man Standing art Destiny 2Last Man StandingShotgunSolar SolarError icon V2 NoFishingSeason 21
Sole Survivor art Destiny 2Sole SurvivorSniper RifleArc ArcError icon V2 NoFishingSeason 21
Bug-Out Bag art Destiny 2Bug-Out BagSubmachine GunSolar SolarError icon V2 NoFishingSeason 21
Just in Case art Destiny 2Just in CaseSwordSolar SolarError icon V2 NoFishingSeason 21

Best Season of Defiance Weapons (S20)

These weapons can be acquired by farming Defiant Battlegrounds or decoding Defiant Engrams at the H.E.L.M.:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Perpetualis artPerpetualisAuto RifleStrand Element StrandCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 20
Raconteur artRaconteurCombat BowStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 20
Royal Executioner artRoyal ExecutionerFusion RifleSolar SolarCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 20
Prodigal Return artProdigal ReturnGrenade LauncherArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 20
Regnant artRegnantGrenade LauncherVoid VoidCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 20
Caretaker artCaretakerSwordSolar SolarCheckmark icon V3 YesSeasonal activitySeason 20

The retuning Reckoning weapons can be acquired by decoding Defiant Engrams:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Imperial Decree artImperial DecreeShotgunKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticCheckmark icon V3 YesEngram FocusingSeason 20
Death's Razor artDeath's RazorSwordVoid VoidCheckmark icon V3 YesEngram FocusingSeason 20
Goldtusk artGoldtuskSwordArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesEngram FocusingSeason 20
Throne-Cleaver artThrone-CleaverSwordSolar SolarCheckmark icon V3 YesEngram FocusingSeason 20

The With Queen Seasonal Weapons

Seasonal weapons from prior Expansions are mostly gone from the game. However, some have returned thanks to the Exotic Mission Rotator.

Best Season of the Seraph Weapons (S19)

Seraph weapons can be acquired by farming the Operation: Seraph’s Shield Exotic Mission:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Revision Zero artRevision ZeroPulse RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
 class=IKELOS_HC_v1.0.3Hand CannonVoid VoidCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
 class=IKELOS_SG_v1.0.3ShotgunSolar SolarCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
IKELOS_SR_v1.0.2 artIKELOS_SR_v1.0.3Sniper RifleSolar SolarCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.3Submachine GunArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
Tripwire Canary artTripwire CanaryCombat BowArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
Fire and Forget art
Fire and ForgetLinear Fusion RifleStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
Judgment of Kelgorath artJudgment of KelgorathGlaiveSolar SolarCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
Disparity art
DisparityPulse RifleStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
Retrofit Escapade art
Retrofit EscapadeMachine GunVoid VoidCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19
Path of Least Resistance art
Path of Least ResistanceTrace RifleArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesOperation: Seraph's ShieldSeason 19

Season of Plunder Weapons (S18)

Plunder weapons are technically gone from the game. They can sometimes return as part of Xur’s wares. We keep track of Xur’s rotation here.

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased
Planck's Stride artPlanck's StrideMachine GunArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesXûrSeason 18
Brigand's LawBrigand's LawSidearmArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesXûrSeason 18
Sailspy Pitchglass artSailspy PitchglassLinear Fusion RifleArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesXûrSeason 18
No Reprieve artNo ReprieveShotgunStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesXûrSeason 18
Blood Feud artBlood FeudSubmachine GunStasis StasisCheckmark icon V3 YesXûrSeason 18
Tarnished Mettle artTarnished MettleScout RifleArc ArcCheckmark icon V3 YesXûrSeason 18

Season of the Haunted Weapons (S17)

Haunted weapons can be acquired by farming the Presage Exotic Mission:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased

Season of the Risen Weapons (S16)

Risen weapons can be acquired by farming the Vox Obscura Exotic Mission:

ArtNameTypeElementCraftable?SourceReleased

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.

Before you go…

If you’re interested in the Exotics from past seasons, we cover and rank the Best Exotics in Destiny 2 here. 

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 (and now Diablo 4) for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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7 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.

    Reply
    • 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

    Reply
  3. J.H

    Is there a reason the PVE and PVP columns are swapped in the two weapon tables (“Destiny 2 Season of the Lost Weapons God rolls” & “Season of the Splicer Weapons God Rolls”)? It makes it slightly confusing to read.

    Reply
  4. Manoj Patel

    Can you rate these rolls?

    Chroma Rush
    AH Brake, Tact.Mag/Acc’d rounds, Subsistence, AJ
    MW -Handling
    Jurassic Green vs BXR-55
    JG – AHB, Rich. Rounds,Heating Up, Multikill clip. MW -Handling
    BXR – AHB, Steady Rounds, PM, AJ MW – Stability

    Night Watch Vs Servant Leader
    Night Watch – HF’d, Tact. Mag, Rapid hit, E. Payload, MW Handling
    Servant Leader – AHB, Acc’d rounds, Outlaw, Frenzy – MW Range

    Reply
  5. Big POPPA

    What is danger zone?

    Reply
  6. mike oxsmall

    What does danger zone do on blinding grenades because blinding grenades has very small blast radius so how is danger zone best pve slot on the ignition code this does not make sense whatsoever i do not get it can you please explain this to me i dont get it

    Reply
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