Destiny 2 TTK Chart

Time-to-kill Weapon Values

By Ric (aka Prim)updated Updated Dec 1, 2020

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 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 Dec 1, 2020

Things change fast in Destiny 2, especially when it comes to the game’s sandbox (and hence Meta, DPS, and TTK values).

Major changes introduced today:

The following TTK values were changed based on the weapon changes introduced with Beyond Light on November 10, 2020:

  • Removal of the 150 RPM Hand Cannons archetype (now part of the Adaptive archetype). 
  • Nerf to the 6OO RPM Adaptive Auto Rifles
  • Changes to some of the example weapons given per archetype (some have been retired now)

Destiny 2 TTK Spreadsheet: Key values as of Beyond Light

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 Hunt and the launch of Beyond Light on November 10, 2020:

ArchetypeOther characteristicsOptimal TTKCrit PercentOptimal KillBody Shot TTK Best exampleSourceWeapon TypeArchetype
Hand cannon type whiteHand Cannons
Adaptive

140 RPM

Good stability, decent range

0.87100%3 crit1.73Dire Promise Destiny 2 artDire PromiseWorld DropHand CannonsAdaptive
Precision

180 RPM

High stability, poor handling

1.0

75%3 crit 1 body1.67Posterity Destiny 2 artPosterityDeep Stone CryptHand CannonsPrecision
Aggressive

120 RPM

High range, low stability and handling

1.0

67%2 crit 1 body1.5Crimil's Dagger Destiny 2Crimil's DaggerIron BannerHand CannonsAggressive
Fan Fire

225 RPM

Exotic Perk: Weapon fires full auto

0.53

100%3 crit1.33Destiny 2 The Last WordThe Last WordExotic QuestHand CannonsFan Fire
Pulse rifle type whitePulse Rifles
High Impact

340 RPM

High range & recoil, low aim assist

0.67

83%5 crit 1 body1.2Cold Denial Destiny 2 artCold DenialUmbral EngramsPulse RiflesHigh Impact
Aggressive

450 RPM

Excellent range, low aim assist

0.73

75%6 crit 2 body1.6Sacred Provenance Destiny 2 artSacred ProvenanceGarden of SalvationPulse RiflesAggressive
Rapid Fire

540 RPM

High aim assist, low range

0.878%7 crit 2 body1.4-

Retired archetype...

Pulse RiflesRapid Fire
Lightweight

450 RPM

Excellent handling, low range

0.87100%8 crit1.33Chattering Bone Destiny 2Chattering BoneLast WishPulse RiflesLightweight
Adaptive

390 RPM

High handling, decent range

0.9371%5 crit 2 body1.4Hailing Confusion Destiny 2 artHailing ConfusionWorld DropPulse RiflesAdaptive
Sidearm type whiteSidearms
Adaptive

300 RPM

High aim assist, decent elsewhere

0.6

100%4 crit1Drang Destiny 2DrangGunsmithSidearmsAdaptive
SUROS Rapid-Fire

450 RPM

Good recoil, very low range & aim assist

0.67

83%5 crit 1 body0.93The Fool's Remedy Destiny 2The Fool's RemedyIron BannerSidearmsSUROS Rapid-Fire
Lightweight

360 RPM

High handling, very low range

0.67

60%3 crit 2 body1Anonymous Autumn Destiny 2Anonymous AutumnMenagerieSidearmsLightweight
Precision

260 RPM

Excellent aim assist, low stability & handling

0.7

75%3 crit 1 body1.17Lonesome Destiny 2 artLonesomeUmbral EngramsSidearmsPrecision
Aggressive Burst

325 RPM

High aim assist, low stability & handling

0.7360%3 crit 2 body0.83Breachlight Destiny 2 artBreachlightUmbral EngramsSidearmsAggressive Burst
Omolon Adaptive

491 RPM

High stability, decent elsewhere

0.7371%5 crit 2 body1.1Last Hope Destiny 2 artLast HopeWorld DropSidearmsOmolon Adaptive
Auto rifle type whiteAuto Rifles
Rapid Fire

720 RPM

High aim assist, very low range

0.77

90%9 crit 1 body1.17Reckless Oracle Destiny 2Reckless OracleGarden of SalvationAuto RiflesRapid Fire
Adaptive

600 RPM

High handling, decent elsewhere

0.889%8 crit 1 body1.3Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing HungerUmbral EngramsAuto RiflesAdaptive
High Impact

360 RPM

Excellent range, low handling and stability

0.8383%5 crit 1 body1.33False Promises Destiny 2False PromisesUmbral EngramsAuto RiflesHigh Impact
Precision

450 RPM

High range, low aim assist

0.93

75%6 crit 2 body1.47Seventh Seraph Carbine Destiny 2 artSeventh Seraph CarbineWorld DropAuto RiflesPrecision
SMG type whiteSMGs
Aggressive

750 RPM

High range, low aim assist

0.67

100%9 crit1IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2Umbral EngramsSMGsAggressive
Lightweight

900 RPM

High aim assist and handling, low range

0.67

82%9 crit 2 body1.13Escape Velocity Destiny 2Escape VelocityWorld DropSMGsLightweight
Precision

600 RPM

Excellent range & aim assist, low handling

0.878%7 crit 2 body1.1Seventh Seraph VY-7 Destiny 2Seventh Seraph VY-7Season of the WorthySMGsPrecision
Adaptive

900 RPM

High stability & range, poor recoil

0.73

75%9 crit 3 body0.93Destiny 2 RiskrunnerRiskrunnerExotic QuestSMGsAdaptive
Scout rifle type whiteScout Rifles
High Impact

150 RPM

Excellent range, low aim assist

0.8100%3 crit2Talons of the Eagle Destiny 2Talons of the EagleIron BannerScout RiflesHigh Impact
Lightweight

200 RPM

Excellent aim assist & handling, low range

0.975%3 crit 1 body1.8Night Watch Destiny 2 artNight WatchUmbral EngramsScout RiflesLightweight
Rapid Fire

260 RPM

High stability, very low range

0.93

60%3 crit 2 body1.4Trustee Destiny 2 artTrusteeDeep Stone CryptScout RiflesRapid Fire
Precision

180 RPM

High stability, decent elsewhere

1.0

75%3 crit 1 body1.67Royal Chase Destiny 2 artRoyal ChaseSeason 12 PassScout 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 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%)

Auto rifle type whitePrecision Auto Rifles | 450 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 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

Auto rifle type whitePrecision Auto0,93s

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.

Cold Denial Destiny 2 Featured

Cold Denial, a perfect example of a “Meta weapon” that combines both fast TTKs and ease of use

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

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.