Destiny 2 TTK Chart: PVP Time-to-kill Values

by | May 12, 2021

Short for Time-to-kill, TTK dictates how fast a weapon can kill an enemy. Combining burst damage and time between bullets, TTK is the best indicator of a weapon’s lethality in PVP.

For the sake of clarity, TTKs in Destiny 2 are calculated per archetype and not per weapon. For example, all adaptive hand cannons deal the same damage per bullet at the same rate of fire and therefore have the same time to kill. The only thing that differentiates them is aesthetics, stat distribution, and perks.

In this post, we will keep things simple and focus on the TTK values of all primary weapon archetypes in the game. The table below will also include examples of the best weapons per archetype.

MerculesA big thank you to Mercules for helping me put together this post. Mercules is a former Gameplay Specialist at Bungie, creator of the extremely useful and free Archetype TTK comparison tool, and founder of the Massive Breakdown Podcast.

Last Updated May 12, 2021

Things change fast in Destiny 2, especially when it comes to the game’s sandbox (and hence Meta, DPS, and TTK values). One can expect major sandbox changes once per season.

Major changes introduced with Season of the Splicer:

  • Buff to 450 RPM Precision Auto Rifles
  • Changes to some of the example weapons given per archetype

Destiny 2 TTK Spreadsheet as of Season 14

Just as the Destiny 2 Meta, TTK values can dramatically change from season to season. The data below is up to date with Season of the Splicer:

TypeArchetypeOther characteristicsOptimal TTKOptimal KillBody Shot TTK Best in ClassWeapon TypeArchetype 2
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Hand Cannons

140 RPM

Good stability, decent range

0.873 crit1.73Destiny 2 Ace of Spades artAce of SpadesHand CannonsAdaptive
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Precision Hand Cannons

180 RPM

High stability, poor handling

1.03 crit 1 body1.67Posterity Destiny 2 artPosterityHand CannonsPrecision
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive Hand Cannons

120 RPM

High range, low stability and handling

1.02 crit 1 body1.5Igneous Hammer Destiny 2 artIgneous HammerHand CannonsAggressive
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Fan Fire Hand Cannons

225 RPM

Exotic Perk: Weapon fires full auto

1.03 crit1.33Destiny 2 The Last WordThe Last WordHand CannonsFan Fire
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2High Impact Pulse Rifles

340 RPM

High range & recoil, low aim assist

0.675 crit 1 body1.2The Messenger Destiny 2 artThe MessengerPulse RiflesHigh Impact
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive Pulse Rifles

450 RPM

Excellent range, low aim assist

0.736 crit 2 body1.6Sacred Provenance Destiny 2 artSacred ProvenancePulse RiflesAggressive
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Rapid Fire Pulse Rifles

540 RPM

High aim assist, low range

0.87 crit 2 body1.4The Time-Worn Spire Destiny 2 artThe Time-Worn SpirePulse RiflesRapid Fire
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight Pulse Rifles

450 RPM

Excellent handling, low range

0.878 crit1.33Chattering Bone Destiny 2Chattering BonePulse RiflesLightweight
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Pulse Rifles

390 RPM

High handling, decent range

0.935 crit 2 body1.4The Third Axiom Destiny 2 artThe Third AxiomPulse RiflesAdaptive
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Sidearms

300 RPM

High aim assist, decent elsewhere

0.64 crit1Drang Destiny 2DrangSidearmsAdaptive
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2SUROS Rapid-Fire Sidearms

450 RPM

Good recoil, very low range & aim assist

0.675 crit 1 body0.93The Fool's Remedy Destiny 2The Fool's RemedySidearmsSUROS Rapid-Fire
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight Sidearms

360 RPM

High handling, very low range

0.673 crit 2 body1Anonymous Autumn Destiny 2Anonymous AutumnSidearmsLightweight
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Precision Sidearms

260 RPM

Excellent aim assist, low stability & handling

0.73 crit 1 body1.17Lonesome Destiny 2 artLonesomeSidearmsPrecision
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive Burst Sidearms

325 RPM

High aim assist, low stability & handling

0.733 crit 2 body0.83Brass Attacks Destiny 2 artBrass AttacksSidearmsAggressive Burst
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2Omolon Adaptive Sidearms

491 RPM

High stability, decent elsewhere

0.735 crit 2 body1.1Last Dance Destiny 2 artThe Last DanceSidearmsOmolon Adaptive
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Rapid Fire Auto Rifles

720 RPM

High aim assist, very low range

0.779 crit 1 body1.17Reckless Oracle Destiny 2Reckless OracleAuto RiflesRapid Fire
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Auto Rifles

600 RPM

High handling, decent elsewhere

0.88 crit 1 body1.3Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing HungerAuto RiflesAdaptive
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Precision Auto Rifles

450 RPM

High range, low aim assist

0.86 crit 1 body1.47Shadow Price Destiny 2 artShadow PriceAuto RiflesPrecision
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2High Impact Auto Rifles

360 RPM

Excellent range, low handling and stability

0.835 crit 1 body1.33False Promises Destiny 2False PromisesAuto RiflesHigh Impact
SMG weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive SMGs

750 RPM

High range, low aim assist

0.679 crit1IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2SMGsAggressive
SMG weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight SMGs

900 RPM

High aim assist and handling, low range

0.679 crit 2 body1.13Multimach CCX Destiny 2 artMultimach CCXSMGsLightweight
SMG weapon type Destiny 2Precision SMGs

600 RPM

Excellent range & aim assist, low handling

0.87 crit 2 body1.1Seventh Seraph VY-7 Destiny 2Seventh Seraph VY-7SMGsPrecision
SMG weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive SMGs

900 RPM

High stability & range, poor recoil

0.739 crit 3 body0.93Destiny 2 RiskrunnerRiskrunnerSMGsAdaptive
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2High Impact Scout Rifles

150 RPM

Excellent range, low aim assist

0.83 crit2The Guiding Sight Destiny 2The Guiding SightScout RiflesHigh Impact
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight Scout Rifles

200 RPM

Excellent aim assist & handling, low range

0.93 crit 1 body1.8Night Watch Destiny 2 artNight WatchScout RiflesLightweight
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Rapid Fire Scout Rifles

260 RPM

High stability, very low range

0.933 crit 2 body1.4Trustee Destiny 2 artTrusteeScout RiflesRapid Fire
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Precision Scout Rifles

180 RPM

High stability, decent elsewhere

1.03 crit 1 body1.67Royal Chase Destiny 2 artRoyal ChaseScout RiflesPrecision
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Lever-Action Scout Rifles

120 RPM

Good Range, Good stability

1.02 crit 1 body1.50Dead Man's Tale Destiny 2 artDead Man's TaleScout RiflesPrecision

These are important things to understand when reading the table below:

  1. All Times-to-Kill are calculated using a player HP of 192, roughly equivalent to Tier 6 Resilience.
  2.  Auto rifles, submachine guns, and pulse rifles may sometimes take one or two extra shots to kill someone, depending on rounding errors in the displayed numbers.
  3. Times-to-kills are listed with optimal damage (maximum damage at close range) and damage falloff will dramatically affect the listed numbers (SMGs and sidearms in particular).

Destiny 2 TTK values: Fastest to Slowest

Here you can see the different TTK values for primary weapons from best to worst:

Sidearm type whiteAdaptive Sidearms | 300 RPM 0,60s (60%)

Pulse rifle type whiteHigh Impact Pulse Rifles | 340 RPM 0,67s (67%)

Sidearm type whiteLightweight Sidearms | 360 RPM 0,67s (67%)

Sidearm type whiteRapid-Fire Sidearms | 450 RPM 0,67s (67%)

SMG type whiteAggressive SMGs | 750 RPM 0,67s (67%)

SMG type whiteLightweight SMGs | 900 RPM 0,67s (67%)

Sidearm type whitePrecision Sidearms | 260 RPM 0,70s (70%)

Sidearm type whiteAggressive Burst Sidearms | 325 RPM 0,73s (73%)

Sidearm type whiteOmolon Adaptive Sidearms | 491 RPM 0,73s (73%)

Pulse rifle type whiteAggressive Pulse Rifles | 450 RPM 0,73s (73%)

SMG type whiteAdaptive SMGs | 900 RPM 0,73s (73%)

Auto rifle type whiteRapid Fire Auto Rifles | 720 RPM 0,77s (77%)

SMG type whitePrecision SMGs | 600 RPM 0,80s (80%)

Pulse rifle type whiteRapid Fire Pulse Rifles | 540 RPM 0,80s (80%)

Scout rifle type whiteHigh-Impact Scout Rifle | 150 RPM 0,80s (80%)

Auto rifle type whiteAdaptive Auto Rifles | 600 RPM 0,80s (80%)

Auto rifle type whitePrecision Auto Rifles | 450 RPM 0,80s (80%)

Auto rifle type whiteHigh-Impact Auto Rifles | 360 RPM 0,83s (83%)

Pulse rifle type whiteLightweight Pulse Rifles | 450 RPM 0,87s (87%)

Hand cannon type whiteAdaptive Hand Cannons | 140 RPM 0,87s (87%)

Scout rifle type whiteLightweight Scout Rifle | 200 RPM 0,90s (90%)

Pulse rifle type whiteAdaptive Pulse Rifles | 390 RPM 0,93s (93%)

Scout rifle type whiteRapid Fire Scout Rifle | 260 RPM 0,93s (93%)

Hand cannon type whitePrecision Hand Cannons | 180 RPM 1,0s (100%)

Hand cannon type whiteAggressive Hand Cannons | 120 RPM 1,0s (100%)

Scout rifle type whitePrecision Scout Rifle | 180 RPM 1,0s (100%)

Sidearm type whiteAdaptive0,60s

Pulse rifle type whiteHigh Impact Pulse0,67s

Sidearm type whiteLightweight0,67s

Sidearm type whiteRapid-Fire0,67s

SMG type whiteAggressive SMGs0,67s

SMG type whiteLightweight SMGs0,67s

Sidearm type whitePrecision0,70s

Sidearm type whiteAggressive Burst0,73s

Sidearm type whiteOmolon Adaptive0,73s

Pulse rifle type whiteAggressive Pulse0,73s

SMG type whiteAdaptive SMGs0,73s

Auto rifle type whiteRapid Fire Auto0,77s

SMG type whitePrecision SMGs0,80s

Pulse rifle type whiteRapid Fire Pulse0,80s

Scout rifle type whiteHigh-Impact Scout0,80s

Auto rifle type whiteAdaptive Auto0,80s

Auto rifle type whitePrecision Auto0,80s

Auto rifle type whiteHigh-Impact Auto0,83s

Pulse rifle type whiteLightweight Pulse0,87s

Hand cannon type whiteAdaptive HC0,87s

Scout rifle type whiteLightweight Scout0,90s

Pulse rifle type whiteAdaptive Pulse0,93s

Scout rifle type whiteRapid Fire Scout0,93s

Hand cannon type whitePrecision HC1,0s

Hand cannon type whiteAggressive HC1,0s

Scout rifle type whitePrecision Scout1,0s

But more importantly, a weapon’s true lethality is more than just TTK.

TTK and ease of use

It would be a mistake to look solely at TTK values. Equally important is a weapon’s ease of use.

The game’s meta itself is determined by both TTK (lethality) and ease of use (forgiveness). A good combination of both is what defines the best PVP weapons in Destiny 2.

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What does Meta even mean? Meta refers to the most used weapons for a particular activity. Generally, these weapons are the most used because they are the most powerful/efficient.

Three scenarios come to mind:

  1. A weapon with a fast TTK and easy to use will instantly become meta and will be used by many: 600 RPM Auto rifles are the perfect example right now.
  2. A weapon with a fast TTK but low ease of use (i.e, offering little forgiveness) might only work in the hands of a skilled player: Redrix’s Broadsword comes to mind.
  3. A weapon with a slow TTK and low ease of use will barely see any: Precision frame Scout rifles are the perfect example.

But what exactly does “ease of use mean”? As Mercules puts it:

Ease of use is a combination of a weapon’s optimal crit percentage and its numerical stats such as stability, range, aim assist, zoom, etc.

In conclusion, you want to take into account TTK values, crit percentages, and overall stats, and chose a weapon according to your playstyle.

What about Special and Heavy weapons’ TTKs?

Mercules’ original Google sheet includes data and TTK values for every weapon in the game, including Special and Heavy ammo weapons and Exotics.

However, the vast majority of Special and Heavy weapons used in PVP can one-shot kill any guardian. That’s why shotguns and sniper rifles are so widely used.

For that reason, we prefer to keep those types of weapons out of this review.

The Last Word

Seasoned PVP players have a good understanding of the current PVP meta, and by extension, TTK values. However, if all of this is new to you, this is how you can use these values to your advantage.

You should always use the weapons you like the most and/or have the most fun with.

That said, the lower the TTK of a weapon archetype, the more lethal it can be. If you’re looking for a competitive advantage, these figures should point you to the most effective weapons out there.

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