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

by | Mar 5, 2024

Sniper Rifles used to dominate both PvP and PvE content in Destiny 2, but several nerfs knocked them down a few pegs. But slowly, Snipers are coming back, thanks to recent changes that make them easier to use in PvP and more lethal in PvE. If you’re looking to deal a lot of pain from a safe distance, Sniper Rifles are for you.

This guide covers every Sniper Rifle in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendary snipers, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

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Destiny 2 Best Sniper Rifles: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the best Exotic and Legendary Snipers right now, including Cloudstrike:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
The SupremacyThe Supremacy art Destiny 2
The Supremacy
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleRapid-FireSpecialKineticForsaken PackYesS › BestLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Last Wish Raid
Forsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds (also good: Lead from Gold) + Bait and Switch (also good: Focused Fury)
PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights (also good: Discord) + Opening Shot

► The Supremacy had a small fanbase upon initial release, but its popularity has only grown since its reissue in Season of the Deep. With strong perks, excellent stats, and the ability to be crafted, there's really nothing holding The Supremacy down.
Season 4
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds (also good: Lead from Gold) + Bait and Switch (also good: Focused Fury)
PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights (also good: Discord) + Opening Shot
Top-tier
SuccessionSuccession Destiny 2 art
Succession
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticBeyond Light PackYesS › BestDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Deep Stone Crypt Raid
Beyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Recombination (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Moving Target + Snapshot Sights

► Despite the stigma most community members have against 72 RPM snipers, Succession still finds its way into most Guardian's inventories. If 72RPM snipers ever receive a buff, Succession may become one of the best special weapons in entire the game.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Recombination (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Moving Target + Snapshot Sights
Top-tier
Succession (Brave)Succession (Brave) art Destiny 2
Succession (Brave)
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestOnslaught ActivityCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Onslaught Activity
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Recombination (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Moving Target + Snapshot Sights

► Despite the stigma most community members have against 72 RPM snipers, Succession still finds its way into most Guardian's inventories. If 72RPM snipers ever receive a buff, Succession may become one of the best special weapons in entire the game.
Into the Light
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Recombination (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Moving Target + Snapshot Sights
Top-tier
Critical AnomalyCritical Anomaly FINAL art Destiny 2
Critical Anomaly
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialStasisThe Final ShapeYesS › BestSalvation's Edge RaidCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Salvation's Edge Raid
The Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds or Chill Clip + Firing Line or Triple Tap
PvP God Roll: Quickdraw or Opening Shot + Snapshot Sights or Explosive Payload

► Snipers are in a very good place, and the rolls on Critical Anomaly set it above most others. Not only can it roll with Rewind Rounds and Triple Tap, but it’s the first sniper to roll with Chill Clip. Being able to apply Slow or Freeze from a great distance will always come in handy as the difficulty rises.
The Final Shape
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds or Chill Clip + Firing Line or Triple Tap
PvP God Roll: Quickdraw or Opening Shot + Snapshot Sights or Explosive Payload
Top-tier
Whisper of the WormDestiny 2 Whisper of the Worm art
Whisper of the Worm
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleExoticHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesS › BestThe WhisperCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
The Whisper
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Higher base precision damage. Rapidly landing three precision hits refills the magazine and missing a shot has a chance to return ammo."

► Whisper of the Worm is unrivaled in the total damage department, but as the current meta doesn't require such levels of total damage, players may prefer more burst options such as Grenade Launchers, Rocket Launchers, or Still Hunt.
Season 3
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Higher base precision damage. Rapidly landing three precision hits refills the magazine and missing a shot has a chance to return ammo."
Top-tier
Izanagi's BurdenDestiny 2 Izanagi's Burden
Izanagi's Burden
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleExoticSpecialKineticForsaken PackYesS › BestExotic KioskCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk
Forsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Holding reload consumes the magazine and loads a round with additional range and damage."

► A powerhouse of a weapon, Izanagi's Burden can reach some incredible DPS numbers, especially when combined with a Bait and Switch Heavy Weapon. Due to how popular Bait and Switch is, Izanagi's is the perfect weapon to deal a chunk of damage with, before swapping to your main damage-dealing Heavy weapon.
Season 5
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Holding reload consumes the magazine and loads a round with additional range and damage."
Top-tier
Eye of SolEye of Sol art
Eye of Sol
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialKineticThe Final ShapeNoS › BestTrials of OsirisError icon V2
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Trials of Osiris
The Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Surplus) + Snapshot Sights (also good: Opening Shot)

► Because of its similar stats and perks, Eye of Sol is said to be a kinetic version of Beloved. And while it is a little harder to obtain, its low zoom, high aim assist, and S-Tier perks in both columns make it easily worth the effort.
Season 10
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Surplus) + Snapshot Sights (also good: Opening Shot)
Top-tier
BelovedBeloved art
Beloved
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarBeyond Light PackYesS › BestPresageCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Presage
Beyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Moving Target (also good: Quickdraw)

► Arguably the community's favorite legendary sniper in the entire franchise, this "beloved" weapon is back and better than ever before. With low zoom, high aim assist, the ability to be crafted, and Snapshot Sights, it's no wonder Beloved is so popular in PVP.
Season 17
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Moving Target (also good: Quickdraw)
Top-tier
MechabreMechabre art
Mechabre
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestEvent: Festival of the LostCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Event: Festival of the Lost
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Moving Target (also good: Opening Shot)

► Immediately grabbing the community's attention with its solid perks and stats, Mechabre is the rare case of an event weapon that's worth the grind. Being 72 RPM also means Beloved and Mercurial Overreach can't directly replace it, so farming it next time Festival of the Lost is around isn't a bad idea.
Season 18
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Moving Target (also good: Opening Shot)
Top-tier
Mercurial OverreachMercurial Overreach art Destiny 2
Mercurial Overreach
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestCrucible CompetitiveCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Crucible Competitive
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights (also good: Discord) + Opening Shot (also good: Moving Target)

► Mercurial Overreach is a beast in The Crucible. With great stats, solid and unique perks, and a clean scope, it's no wonder why Guardians are beginning to prefer this over Beloved.
Season 21
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights (also good: Discord) + Opening Shot (also good: Moving Target)
Top-tier
CloudstrikeCloudstrike Destiny 2
Cloudstrike
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleExoticSpecialArcBeyond Light PackYesA › StrongExotic QuestCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Exotic Quest
Beyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision final blows generate a lightning bolt at the target's location. Rapid precision hits create a lightning storm at the point of impact."

► Cloudstrike is a monster in all areas of the game. It pumps out substantial damage in PvE compared to other snipers, and it can easily eliminate an entire team of Guardians in The Crucible. Plus, it's super fun and satisfying to use. What's not to love?
Season 12
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision final blows generate a lightning bolt at the target's location. Rapid precision hits create a lightning storm at the point of impact."
Top-tier
Uzume RR4Uzume RR4 art
Uzume RR4
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + High-Impact Reserves (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Explosive Payload)

► Uzume RR4 has always been an underrated pick for both PvE and PvP. While some options outclass it in various scenarios, there's no questioning Uzume's versatility and overall strength. If you're searching for a well-rounded option that won't do you wrong, Uzume RR4 may be worth farming.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + High-Impact Reserves (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Explosive Payload)
Top-tier
ThoughtlessThoughtless art
Thoughtless
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesA › StrongVox ObscuraCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Vox Obscura
The Witch Queen Icon (final) Destiny 2
Witch Queen
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Overflow + Firing Line (also good: Focused Fury)
PvP God Roll: Firmly Planted (also good: Steady Hands) + Snapshot Sights

► A very well-rounded weapon, Thoughtless has something for everyone. With Snapshot Sights and multiple different handling perks for PVP, or Overflow / Firing Line for PVE, this Sniper Rifle can be viable everywhere. That said, most people still prefer snipers that can specialize in either PVP or PVE.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Overflow + Firing Line (also good: Focused Fury)
PvP God Roll: Firmly Planted (also good: Steady Hands) + Snapshot Sights
Top-tier
Silicon NeuromaSilicon Neuroma art
Silicon Neuroma
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + Firing Line
PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot

► Silicon Neuroma falls into the large pool of snipers that are great at face value but are desperately awaiting a buff to help them out. Its strong perk pool for both PvE and PvP makes it an easy choice for any 72 RPM sniper enthusiast, but the weapon probably won't become mainstream without a significant shift in the meta.
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap + Firing Line
PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot
Top-tier
Defiance of YasminDefiance of Yasmin art
Defiance of Yasmin
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
King's Fall Raid
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot
PvE God Roll: Firefly + Firing Line

► Defiance of Yasmin rarely gets any talk, which is strange given how solid its perk pool and stats are. Individual snipers are better in specific activities, but Defiance is a jack of all trades that's hard to beat in terms of overall potency.
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot
PvE God Roll: Firefly + Firing Line
Top-tier
Embraced IdentityEmbraced Identity art Destiny 2
Embraced Identity
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialVoidThe Final ShapeYesA › StrongThe Pale HeartCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
The Pale Heart
The Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds (also good: Reconstruction) + Fourth Time’s The Charm or Precision Instrument

► Embraced Identity comes with some solid perks that help it establish itself as THE option for players looking to have a good Void swap weapon while also having a solid backup DPS weapon.we
The Final Shape
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds (also good: Reconstruction) + Fourth Time’s The Charm or Precision Instrument
Top-tier
Praedyth's RevengePraedyth's Revenge art
Praedyth's Revenge
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleRapid-FireSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongVault of Glass RaidCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Vault of Glass Raid
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds + Firefly (also good: High-Impact Reserves)

► Despite most Vault of Glass weapons needing a major refresh to return to the meta, Praedyth's Revenge succeeds in keeping up with the majority of its PvE competition. While better sniper rifles have been released since, Praedyth's remains one of the stronger 140 RPM snipers available.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Rewind Rounds + Firefly (also good: High-Impact Reserves)
Top-tier
IKELOS_SR_v1.0.3IKELOS_SR_v1.0.2 art
IKELOS_SR_v1.0.3
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleRapid-FireSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongOperation: Seraph's ShieldCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Operation: Seraph's Shield
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's the Charm (also good: Triple Tap) + High-Impact Reserves

► While it is consistently overlooked by the community, IKELOS_SR_v1.0.3 is arguably the best energy 140 RPM sniper currently available. Sure, snipers as a whole are hard to recommend in PvE right now, but if you do happen to be looking for one, this isn't a bad choice whatsoever.
Season 19
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's the Charm (also good: Triple Tap) + High-Impact Reserves
Top-tier
Naeem's LanceNaeem's Lance art preview Destiny 2
Naeem's Lance
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleRapid-FireSpecialStrandLightfall Dungeon KeyYesA › StrongWarlord's Ruin DungeonCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Warlord's Ruin Dungeon
Lightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall Dungeon Key
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Precision Instrument

► Naeem's Lance was immediately forgotten about after its release with Warlord's Ruin, but we don't think that's completely warranted. With the combination of Reconstruction and Precision Instrument, Naeem's can become one of the most capable 140 RPM snipers for PvE.
Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Reconstruction + Precision Instrument
Top-tier
1000 Yard Stare1000 Yard Stare art
1000 Yard Stare
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialVoid30th AnniversaryYesA › StrongGrasp of Avarice DungeonCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Grasp of Avarice Dungeon
Destiny 2 30th anniversary icon
30th Anniversary
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: No Distractions) + Snapshot Sights

► 1000 Yard Stare has been out for a while but has yet to decline in popularity; its excellent stats and S-Tier perks have kept it in the meta even through newer releases. If you're looking for a solid Legendary sniper rifle that combines ease of use and lethality, 1000 Yard Stare is for you.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: No Distractions) + Snapshot Sights
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Snipers: The complete list

This database includes every viable Sniper currently in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Izanagi's BurdenIzanagi's BurdenSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoForsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Season 5KineticNoTop-tier
Cloudstrike Destiny 2CloudstrikeSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialArcBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PvE + PvPExotic QuestError icon V2 NoBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 12EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Borealis artBorealisSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 1EnergyNo
Still Hunt art Destiny 2Still HuntSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialSolarThe Final ShapeYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Meta

S+

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
The Final ShapeEnergyNo
Destiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the WormSniper RifleExoticExoticHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEThe WhisperCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 3HeavyCraftableTop-tier
Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.Sniper RifleExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Worst

D

-Exotic EngramError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 1HeavyNo
The Supremacy art Destiny 2The SupremacySniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesForsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticCraftableTop-tierKinetic Tremors,Bait and Switch
Succession Destiny 2 artSuccessionSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 12KineticCraftableTop-tierReconstruction
Bite of the Fox Destiny 2Bite of the FoxSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPIron BannerError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Long artLong ShadowSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Weak

C

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11KineticNo
Eye of Sol artEye of SolSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticThe Final ShapeNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvPTrials of OsirisError icon V2 NoThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
Season 10KineticNoTop-tier
Praedyth's Revenge artPraedyth's RevengeSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEVault of Glass RaidError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNoTop-tier
Tranquility artTranquilitySniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Worst

D

-MoonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo
Shepherd's Watch artShepherd's WatchSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvE + PvPWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15KineticNo
Thoughtless artThoughtlessSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialStasisThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvE + PvPVox ObscuraCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Icon (final) Destiny 2
Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftableTop-tier
Silicon Neuroma artSilicon NeuromaSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticNoTop-tier
Defiance of Yasmin artDefiance of YasminSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPKing's Fall RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 18KineticCraftableTop-tier
Irukandji artIrukandjiSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvELost SectorError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 20KineticNo
Volta Bracket artVolta BracketSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialStrandLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Average

B

PvPNeomunaCheckmark icon V3 YesLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall
Season 20KineticCraftable
A Distant Pull art Destiny 2A Distant PullSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStasisFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21KineticCraftable
Locus Locutus artLocus LocutusSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22KineticCraftable
Naeem's Lance art preview Destiny 2Naeem's LanceSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialStrandLightfall Dungeon KeyYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStrand Element Strand
Strong

A

PvEWarlord's Ruin DungeonError icon V2 NoLightfall Icon (final) Destiny 2
Lightfall Dungeon Key
Season 23KineticNoTop-tier
Succession (Brave) art Destiny 2Succession (Brave)Sniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPOnslaught ActivityError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Into the LightKineticNoTop-tierReconstruction
Critical Anomaly FINAL art Destiny 2Critical AnomalySniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialStasisThe Final ShapeYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvE + PvPSalvation's Edge RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
The Final ShapeKineticCraftableTop-tierChaos Reshaped,Bait and Switch
Adored Destiny 2 artAdoredSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo
Far Future artFar FutureSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Worst

D

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Omniscient Eye artOmniscient EyeSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarShadowkeep PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-Garden of Salvation RaidError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Icon (final) Destiny 2
Shadowkeep Pack
Season 8EnergyNo
IKELOS_SR_v1.0.2 artIKELOS_SR_v1.0.3Sniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEOperation: Seraph's ShieldCheckmark icon V3 YesDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 19EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Apostate artApostateSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Weak

C

-MoonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Frozen Orbit artFrozen OrbitSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvPPlaylist: CrucibleError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 13EnergyNo
Distant Tumulus Destiny 2 artDistant TumulusSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 10EnergyNo
Widows Bite Destiny 2 artWidow's BiteSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Worst

D

-World loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo
Occluded Finality artOccluded FinalitySniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Weak

C

PvPIron BannerError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Uzume RR4 artUzume RR4Sniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNoTop-tierIncandescent
Twilight Oath artTwilight OathSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvPShattered Throne DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNoIncandescent
The Long Walk artThe Long WalkSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-XûrError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 15EnergyNo
1000 Yard Stare art1000 Yard StareSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialVoid30th AnniversaryYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvPGrasp of Avarice DungeonError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 30th anniversary icon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventEnergyNoTop-tier
Father's Sins artFather's SinsSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidThe Witch QueenYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvPWellspringCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Icon (final) Destiny 2
Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable
Fugue-55 artFugue-55Sniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Worst

D

-GunsmithError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyNo
Gallu RR3 artGallu RR3Sniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Weak

C

PvPGunsmithError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNo
Beloved artBelovedSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvPPresageCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 17EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Mechabre artMechabreSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvPEvent: Festival of the LostError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyNoTop-tierVoltshot
Albruna-D artAlbruna-DSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvE + PvPPlaylist: GambitError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 19EnergyNo
Mercurial Overreach art Destiny 2Mercurial OverreachSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvPCrucible CompetitiveError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNoTop-tier
Sole Survivor art Destiny 2Sole SurvivorSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Average

B

PvEFishingError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNoVoltshot
Last Foray art Destiny 2Last ForaySniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Weak

C

-Lost SectorError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNoIncandescent
Luna Regolith III artLuna Regolith IIISniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Average

B

PvE + PvPPlaylist: VanguardError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22EnergyNoIncandescent
Persuader artPersuaderSniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Weak

C

-Recovered Red WarError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 22EnergyNo
Embraced Identity art Destiny 2Embraced IdentitySniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialVoidThe Final ShapeYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvE + PvPThe Pale HeartCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Final Shape Icon (final) Destiny 2
The Final Shape
The Final ShapeEnergyCraftableTop-tier
The Domino art Destiny 2The DominoSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar SolarWorld loot poolError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
The Final ShapeEnergyNoIncandescent

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 Sniper Rifles in 2024

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

 

Succession Preview Destiny 2

5. Succession (Brave)

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

One of only a few kinetic Aggressive Frame snipers, Succession quickly cemented itself as an S-Tier choice because of its one-of-a-kind perks and great stats.

In PvE, Succession’s most popular roll is easily Reconstruction and Recombination. Both provide substantial buffs that you can easily feel working, making the weapon a community favorite. Firing Line is also worth mentioning in the second column, especially if you’re using this in an encounter with a longer DPS window.

Succession’s clean scope, good stats, and great perks also carry it to the top in PVP. With Moving Target or Killing Wind in column one and Snapshot Sights in column two, this weapon competes with great choices like Bite of the Fox and Eye of Sol.

Even though it barely makes the Top 5, there isn’t too much negative to say about Succession. All of the snipers covered in this section are S-Tier choices that won’t let you down, and Succession is no exception. These are the top Succession God Rolls:

  • PvE God roll: Reconstruction + Recombination (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
  • PvP God roll: Moving Target + Snapshot Sights

How to get it: Succession can be acquired by completing the Deep Stone Crypt raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Succession Destiny 2 artSuccessionSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialKineticBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 12KineticCraftableTop-tierReconstruction

 

Mercurial Overreach Sniper featured Destiny 2

4. Mercurial Overreach

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvP

After what has felt like years of waiting, Beloved finally has some direct competition. This comes in the form of Mercurial Overreach, a new Competitive Crucible playlist sniper with some exceptional stats and perks.

Snapshot Sights and Opening Shot is the go-to roll for most here, but there’s plenty of opportunity to mix it up. New with Season of the Deep is Discord, a relatively complex perk that grants the same benefits as Snapshot Sights and more. If you’re confident that you can proc the perk consistently, it may be worth a try!

The only significant criticism the community shared upon Mercurial Overreach’s debut was its absurdly small reticle. This, however, was fixed in a patch during Season of the Deep, leaving the community with little to nothing to complain about.

Overall, Mercurial Overreach is a fantastic pick for any PvP player. It’s a bit more challenging to obtain than any of its competition, but the pain of farming for it is undoubtedly worth it. These are the top Mercurial Overreach God Rolls:

  • PvP God roll: Snapshot Sights + Moving Target (also good: Quickdraw)

How to get it: Mercurial Overreach can be acquired by participating in the PvP Competitive Playlist.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Mercurial Overreach art Destiny 2Mercurial OverreachSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Best

S

PvPCrucible CompetitiveError icon V2 NoDestiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Season 21EnergyNoTop-tier

 

The Supremacy Destiny 2 featured Sniper rifle

3. The Supremacy

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

One of many reissued Last Wish weapons that now appears at the top of the meta, The Supremacy is one of the strongest snipers currently available.

The presence of Bait and Switch alone makes The Supremacy a worthy pick in PvE, but its main appeal is actually from a different set of perks entirely: Rewind Rounds and Fourth Time’s the Charm. In tandem, these traits allow you to fire off seemingly infinite shots, making for an option that is as fun as it is powerful.

The Supremacy also has a considerable amount of fans in The Crucible. From its solid stat package to the amazing perk combination of Snapshot Sights and Opening Shot, this sniper is an extremely competent PvP pick, even if it lacks flashiness.

Even though snipers haven’t been truly meta for a while, The Supremacy continues to garner significant popularity among community members due to its general potency and great handling feel. If this archetype ever receives a buff, The Supremacy is the one weapon you should be looking out for.

  • PvE God roll: Rewind Rounds (also good: Lead from Gold) + Bait and Switch (also good: Focused Fury)
  • PvP God roll: Snapshot Sights (also good: Discord) + Opening Shot

How to get it: The Supremacy can be acquired from the Last Wish raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
The Supremacy art Destiny 2The SupremacySniper RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPLast Wish RaidCheckmark icon V3 YesForsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticCraftableTop-tierKinetic Tremors,Bait and Switch

 

Izanagì's Burden Sniper Destiny 2 featured

2. Izanagi’s Burden

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

An insanely popular choice ever since its debut in Black Armory, Izanagi’s Burden is meta to this day, even through all the nerfs.

Because it no longer benefits from reload speed buffs like Lunafaction Boots or Rally Barricade, Izanagi’s is now primarily used for majors and Champions. These enemies require high burst damage as opposed to DPS (which Izanagi’s is significantly worse at because of its long and frequent reloads).

However, as of the writing of this article, a new DPS strategy with Izanagi’s and an auto-loading rocket launcher has become meta. While it’s slightly advanced, this strategy allows you to fire a rocket while your sniper is reloading. It takes a little practice, but once you have the right weapons and experience, you’re able to constantly fire rockets and powerful sniper shots–two things that are balanced through their long, and usually unavoidable, reload animations. Wh all of the buffs and nerfs it receives, Izanagi’s Burden’s potential can vary season by season.

Exotic Perk: “Holding reload consumes the magazine and loads a round with additional range and damage.”

How to get it: Izanagi’s Burden can be purchased at the Monument to Lost Lights in the Tower.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Izanagi's BurdenIzanagi's BurdenSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticForsaken PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoForsaken Icon (final) Destiny 2
Forsaken Pack
Season 5KineticNoTop-tier

 

Cloudstrike Destiny 2 featured sniper rifle

1. Cloudstrike

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Cloudstrike nails the balance between fun and powerful in both PvE and PvP, even in a meta where snipers typically aren’t the best pick.

In PvE, Cloudstrike’s lightning storms (and Triple Tap via its catalyst) make it fly past most other snipers in terms of damage. Of course, it’s no Izanagi’s Burden, but with a solid sniper buff, Cloudstrike could easily become a top pick.

In The Crucible, Cloudstrike is the most popular sniper rifle right now by a fair margin. While that’s partially because the weapon feels fantastic to use, it’s also due to its easy multi-kill potential via lightning storms. This weapon in the hands of a skilled PvP player is one of the scariest things to spot on the enemy team right now.

While other options can be better than it in certain scenarios, Cloudstrike continues to maintain significant popularity due to its great feel, fun perks, and considerable lethality.

Exotic Perk: “Precision final blows generate a lightning bolt at the target’s location. Rapid precision hits create a lightning storm at the point of impact.”

How to get it: Cloudstrike can be acquired by completing Empire Hunt activities in Europa. We cover how to get Cloudstrike here.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Cloudstrike Destiny 2CloudstrikeSniper RifleExoticExoticSpecialArcBeyond Light PackYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PvE + PvPExotic QuestError icon V2 NoBeyond Light Icon (final) Destiny 2
Beyond Light Pack
Season 12EnergyNoTop-tier

Snipers and the PvP Meta: TTK

We covered which Snipers are considered top-tier (and should be farmed) and which ones can be safely ignored. But how do they compare to other Special weapons in PvP?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
S › Best
Best

S

-► With the introduction of fixed (and consistent) pellet spread patterns per archetype and the reversal of some widely disliked nerfs, Shotguns are finally back. With consistent changes in the right direction, Shotguns are once more a staple pick among many PvP players.

► Best Archetype: Precision (65 RPM) - Example: Matador 64
PVP Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

-► Sniper Rifles are in an excellent spot right now. After the nerfs to Linear Fusion Rifles, it only makes sense that Sniper usage picked up. And with weapons that come stacked with aim assist and excellent perks, such as the Defiance of Yasmin or Beloved, it's easy to see why Snipers have risen up the ranks.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (90 RPM) - Example: Beloved
PVP Specials
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Fusion Rifles have been at the top of the meta for a while now, and it doesn't seem to be changing. Fusions can cover the close to medium ranges excellently, and a good Fusion Rifle player can be incredibly frustrating to play against, no matter the range of the engagement.

► Best Archetype: Precision (780ms Charge Time) - Example: Main Ingredient
PVP Specials
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► The special ammo Linear Fusion category of weapon is rather barren, but the two weapons that occupy it, Arbalest and Lorentz Driver, are both forces to be reckoned with. While they have received some deserved nerfs throughout Seasons 17-19, they remain a solid choice for many players wanting a long range option.PVP Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► Trace Rifles are quite a niche pick and will fall short as a competitive option in most players' hands. Even once you learn to master Trace Rifles, you'll be better off with a Special weapon that can provide a one-hit-kill t rather than one that can be out-dueled by a Primary weapon.

► All Archetypes are 1000 RPM - Best Option: Coldheart
PVP Specials
Glaive weapon type Destiny 2 art
Glaives
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► With their buffs in Season 19 and the hit registration improvements they've seen, Glaives can be quite annoying to play against. That said, they are outclassed by other mid/long range options and can't compete at close range due to their lackluster melee.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (55 RPM)- Example: The Enigma
PVP Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Grenade Launchers are annoying to play against, and that's about it. They can be used in a hot-swap loadout, but you'll be better served by a Bow like Le Monarque. Grenade launchers can put pressure on your enemies, but they can't bring the heat like some other Special Weapons can.

► Best Archetype: Lightweight - Example: Truthteller
PVP Specials

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. We have a TTK guide/chart that includes TTK figures, but that mostly applies to Primary weapons, not Specials.

For PvP, you want a Special weapon that can consistently get you a one-hit kill. Snipers are slowly making a comeback. Partially because of a few buffs that make them easier to use, but also because shotguns, the most-used Special weapons for PvP, received several nerfs last year. For these reasons, Snipers are once again a top choice for PvP.

Snipers and the PvE Meta: DPS

How do Snipers compare to other Special weapons in PvE?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Fusion Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up►Fusion Rifles are absolutely insane right now. There were a ton of viable options already and newer options, such as The Eremite, can roll with perk combinations that can turn them into monsters. This, on top of certain Exotic options like Merciless, makes Fusion Rifles a staple option for either backup DPS or just general major clear.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (500ms Charge Time) - Example: Cartesian Coordinate
PVE Specials
Shotgun weapon type Destiny 2
Shotguns
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Shotguns are excellent right now. They can be used in traditional hot-swap loadouts when combined with Tractor Cannon in a raid setting, and they remain strong at both major clear and burst damage. However, they can achieve some of the highest damage combos in the game due to their ease of use, high burst damage, and perks like One-Two Punch.

► Best Archetype: Lightweight (90 RPM) - Example: Wastelander M5
PVE Specials
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

-► Grenade Launchers are brilliant right now. They are versatile and are arguably the best pick in almost all areas. They can have excellent add control through Blinding Grenades or the Wave Frame archetype, and they can also deal good boss damage in a 'hotswap' build with Spike Grenades.

Simply put, having a strong arsenal of Grenade Launchers is something you should definitely prioritize if you're looking to get into high-level content.

► All Breach Grenade Launchers share the same archetype
PVE Specials
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Sniper Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► Sniper Rifles have improved a tad, but not that much. They are still too slow for most players' liking, but they can still be a solid backup DPS option. These are commonly used in many longer-range DPS scenarios, but other than that, they remain mediocre.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (140 RPM) - Example: Supremacy
PVE Specials
Trace rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Trace Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

-► With the nerfs to the double-special ammo economy, Trace Rifles have been knocked down a notch. Using a Primary weapon is just more efficient these days. However, they remain solid utility weapons and a go-to if players still want to run double-special lodouts. They also have a couple of solid Exotic options too, making them a decent pick right now.PVE Specials
Glaive weapon type Destiny 2 art
Glaives
B › Average
Average

B

-► Glaives require a bit of getting used to, but when you do, they can grant you crazy levels of damage resistance. However, they are quite a risky pick, especially if you haven't learned how to master them first. Glaives are also one-dimensional. There is basically no reason to use their melee attack, which is unfortunate as that is probably the most fun part of the Glaives.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (55 RPM) - Example: The Enigma
PVE Specials
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend down► Linear Fusion Rifles are difficult to rank as there are only two of them. While Arbalest is definitely a powerful weapon, it is by no means a must-pick anymore. And Lorentz Driver isn't exactly a serious contender for PvE. Overall, this archetype is quite weak, especially now that Arbalest isn't the top-pick it used to be.PVE Specials

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 D2 DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2.

When it comes to actual DPS numbers, Snipers are average:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

36113361131023196/w CatalystDestiny 2 Whisper of the Worm artWhisper of the WormBuffedHeavy
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

2822634280-Cloudstrike Destiny 2CloudstrikeSameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

2588437128587922With "Personal Assistant"Destiny 2 DARCI artD.A.R.C.I.NerfedHeavy
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

2220022200/w Catalyst, 4x "Honed Edge"Destiny 2 Izanagi's BurdenIzanagi's BurdenSameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RifleRapid-Fire1677823240368520-IKELOS_SR_v1.0.2 artIKELOS_SR_v1.0.3SameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RifleAggressive1539119722302404- class=SuccessionSameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper RifleAdaptive1514019307386136-Uzume RR4 artUzume RR4SameSpecial
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2Sniper Rifle

Exotic

1514019307386136-Destiny 2 Borealis artBorealisSpecial

Endgame content

Snipers do have a place in endgame content, even if they aren’t the most lethal from a DPS standpoint. The fact they can be used from a distance makes them safer to use than most other Special weapons. In fact, it was this perceived “safety” that pushed Bungie to severely nerf their DPS during the Shadowkeep era.

But even with lower DPS than other weapon types, the best PvE rolls can still dish serious damage to Bosses and Majors. If you’re into high-end PvE, do not sleep on Snipers.

Before you go…

Are you looking for a top-tier Primary and Heavy weapon to round out your loadout? We cover the Best Destiny 2 Pulse Rifles and Best Destiny 2 Rocket Launchers, too.

You now know everything there is to know about Snipers 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:
  • March 5, 2024: General updates and the inclusion of Sniper rifles from Season 23.
  • October 25, 2023: Inclusion of Season 22 weapons.
  • August 1, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Seasons 18, 19, and 20 Snipers.
  • Dec 21, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Year 3 and 4 weapons.
  • July 6, 2022: The guide is published for the first time.

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Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for Blueberries.gg, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago. You can find Andrew on Twitter.
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3 Comments
  1. Michał Grzegorzek

    I would like to say that the fugue, mainly due to the new changes to flinch, is a slightly better pick nowadays. The suros synergy paired with no distractions is a nasty combo in pvp.

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  2. Veggies

    “IKELOS_SR_v1.0.2 is a great pick that is sometimes overlooked.”

    Correct to “IKELOS_SR_v1.0.3”

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  3. Veggies

    Mechabre is “Still too early to tell”?

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