Destiny 2 Season of the Witch weapons: Ranked

by | Sep 18, 2023

The biggest question we get at the beginning of a new Season is: What are the best weapons right now?

In this guide, we cover every Legendary weapon (with their respective PvP and PvE god rolls) released this season, returning weapons, updated weapons, and Season of the Witch exclusive weapons, and tell you which ones deserve your attention the most.

❤ A big thank you to all the fantastic content creators who helped us put together this resource.

Destiny 2 Season 22 Weapons: PvE and PvP God rolls

The list starts with the  S Tier and moves down from there (it is a little too soon to rank these, but expect an update in a few days):

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Fang of Ir YûtFang of Ir Yût art
Fang of Ir Yût
Scout RifleRapid-FirePrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3

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



Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

SwordbreakerSwordbreaker art
Swordbreaker
ShotgunLightweightSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3

Crota's End Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight



Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

Word of CrotaWord of Crota art
Word of Crota
Hand CannonPrecisionPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3

Crota's End Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision



Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

Abyss DefiantAbyss Defiant art
Abyss Defiant
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3

Crota's End Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact



Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

Oversoul EdictOversoul Edict art
Oversoul Edict
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3

Crota's End Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire



Season 22
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

Song of Ir YûtSong of Ir Yût art
Song of Ir Yût
Machine GunAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3

Crota's End Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive



Season 22
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

Eidolon AllyEidolon Ally art
Eidolon Ally
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3

Crota's End Raid
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire



Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

The EremiteThe Eremite art
The Eremite
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialSolarSeason 22YesS › BestSeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin + Controlled Burst

► With its Aggressive archetype and its unique ability to roll with Envious Assassin and Controlled Burst, The Eremite is able to put out some of the most impressive DPS ever seen on a Legendary Fusion rifle...
Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin + Controlled Burst
Top-tier
NecrochasmNecrochasm art Destiny 2
Necrochasm
Auto RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestCrota's End RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Crota's End 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: "Precision final blows with this weapon trigger a Cursed Thrall explosion. Final blows with Cursed Thrall explosions refill the magazine."

► Necrochasm is back and is stronger than ever. With the ability to trigger Cursed Thrall explosions with ease, Necrochasm is one of the best (and most fun) ad clear weapons in Destiny 2 right now.
Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision final blows with this weapon trigger a Cursed Thrall explosion. Final blows with Cursed Thrall explosions refill the magazine."
Top-tier
TessellationTessellation art
Tessellation
Fusion RifleExoticSpecialKineticThe Final ShapeYes-Pre-order bonusCheckmark icon V3-

Pre-order bonus
Lightfall Preorder icon
The Final Shape
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon adapts its damage type to match your equipped subclass. Final blows grant grenade energy. Consume your grenade to load a large projectile that generates an elemental explosion on impact."

Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon adapts its damage type to match your equipped subclass. Final blows grant grenade energy. Consume your grenade to load a large projectile that generates an elemental explosion on impact."
Ex DirisEx Diris art
Ex Diris
Grenade LauncherExoticSpecialArcSeason 22Yes-Season PassCheckmark icon V3-

Season Pass
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon enrages when dealing or taking sustained damage, gaining increased rate of fire while enraged. Final blows with this weapon create a loyal moth. The moth will seek out nearby targets and detonate, damaging and blinding them."


Season 22
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon enrages when dealing or taking sustained damage, gaining increased rate of fire while enraged. Final blows with this weapon create a loyal moth. The moth will seek out nearby targets and detonate, damaging and blinding them."
Nox Perennial VNox Perennial V art
Nox Perennial V
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYes-World loot poolCheckmark icon V3-

World loot pool
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact



Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

Kept ConfidenceKept Confidence art
Kept Confidence
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimaryStrandSeason 22Yes-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3-

Seasonal activity
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive



Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

MaledictionMalediction art
Malediction
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYes-Playlist: PursuitCheckmark icon V3-

Playlist: Pursuit
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive



Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

NightshadeNightshade art
Nightshade
Pulse RifleLightweightPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYes-Recovered Red WarCheckmark icon V3-

Recovered Red War
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight



Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

Warden's LawWarden's Law art
Warden's Law
Hand CannonHeavy BurstPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYes-Nightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3-

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: Heavy Burst



Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Heavy Burst

The ShowrunnerThe Showrunner art
The Showrunner
Submachine GunLightweightPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYes-Recovered Red WarCheckmark icon V3-

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



Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

Psi Hermetic VPsi Hermetic V art
Psi Hermetic V
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYes-World loot poolCheckmark icon V3-

World loot pool
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact



Season 22
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

Locus LocutusLocus Locutus art
Locus Locutus
Sniper RifleAdaptivePrimaryStasisSeason 22Yes-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3-

Seasonal activity
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive



Season 22
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

Pre Astyanax IVPre Astyanax IV art
Pre Astyanax IV
Combat BowPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYes-Nightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3-

Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision



Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

Unending TempestUnending Tempest art
Unending Tempest
Submachine GunPrecisionPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYes-Playlist: CrucibleCheckmark icon V3-

Playlist: Crucible
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Rolls: Moving Target + Target Lock

► Many are calling Unending Tempest the new king of SMGs. This Precision frame SMG has an excellent TTK, great range, and has all the right perks (Target Lock, anyone?) to compete with The Immortal. If you're a fan of SMGs, you need this weapon.
Season 22
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvP God Rolls: Moving Target + Target Lock
Brya's LoveBrya's Love art
Brya's Love
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryVoidSeason 22Yes-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3-

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



Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

Deadpan DeliveryDeadpan Delivery art
Deadpan Delivery
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYes-Recovered Red WarCheckmark icon V3-

Recovered Red War
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive



Season 22
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

Luna Regolith IIILuna Regolith III art
Luna Regolith III
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYes-Playlist: VanguardCheckmark icon V3-

Playlist: Vanguard
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive



Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

Heliocentric QScHeliocentric QSc art
Heliocentric QSc
SidearmLightweightPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYes-World loot poolCheckmark icon V3-

World loot pool
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight



Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PersuaderPersuader art
Persuader
Sniper RifleRapid-FireSpecialVoidSeason 22Yes-Recovered Red WarCheckmark icon V3-

Recovered Red War
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire



Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

Cataphract GL3Cataphract GL3 art
Cataphract GL3
Grenade LauncherAdaptiveHeavyStrandLightfallYes-Trials of OsirisCheckmark icon V3-

Trials of Osiris
Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Rolls: Impulse Amplifier + Vorpal Weapon

► Grenade Launchers are reliable options for PvP as they can typically secure very easy kills on multiple targets if you are accurate. On top of that, Cataphract features great stats and all the right perks to excel in high stakes PvP.
Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Rolls: Impulse Amplifier + Vorpal Weapon
Acosmic GSpAcosmic GSp art
Acosmic GSp
Grenade LauncherRapid-FireHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYes-Event: Festival of the LostCheckmark icon V3-

Event: Festival of the Lost
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire



Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

Qua Xaphan VQua Xaphan V art
Qua Xaphan V
Machine GunHigh-ImpactHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYes-Playlist: GambitCheckmark icon V3-

Playlist: Gambit
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact



Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

Eleatic PrincipleEleatic Principle art
Eleatic Principle
Machine GunRapid-FireHeavyArcSeason 22Yes-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3-

Seasonal activity
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire



Season 22
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

Geodetic HSmGeodetic HSm art
Geodetic HSm
SwordAdaptiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYes-World loot poolCheckmark icon V3-

World loot pool
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive



Season 22
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

SemioticianSemiotician art
Semiotician
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavyStrandSeason 22Yes-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3-

Seasonal activity
Season of the Witch (S22) icon
Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact



Season 22
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

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.

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?

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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