Destiny 2 TTK Chart: PVP Time-to-kill values per weapon

by | Dec 21, 2021 | Weapons

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. They are differentiated by aesthetics, stats, 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 us put together this post. Mercules is a former Gameplay Specialist at Bungie and creator of the extremely useful Destiny Massive Breakdowns TTK comparison tool.

Destiny 2 TTK Spreadsheet as of Season 15

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 Lost:

Checkmark icon V3Table updated as of Bungie’s 30th Anniversary event.  Link

Weapon TypeTypeArchetypeOptimal TTKOptimal KillBody Shot TTKOther characteristics-Best in Class
Hand CannonHand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Hand Cannons

140 RPM

0.873 crit1.73

Good stability, decent range

The Palindrome Destiny 2 artThe Palindrome
Hand CannonHand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Precision Hand Cannons

180 RPM

1.03 crit 1 body1.67

High stability, poor handling

Survivor's Epitaph Destiny 2 artSurvivor's Epitaph
Hand CannonHand cannon weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive Hand Cannons

120 RPM

1.02 crit 1 body1.5

High range, low stability and handling

Igneous Hammer Destiny 2 artIgneous Hammer
Pulse RiflePulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2High Impact Pulse Rifles

340 RPM

0.675 crit 1 body1.2

High range & recoil, low aim assist

The Messenger Destiny 2 artThe Messenger
Pulse RiflePulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive Pulse Rifles

450 RPM

0.736 crit 2 body1.6

Excellent range, low aim assist

Sacred Provenance Destiny 2 artSacred Provenance
Pulse RiflePulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Rapid Fire Pulse Rifles

540 RPM

0.87 crit 2 body1.4

High aim assist, low range

The Time-Worn Spire Destiny 2 artThe Time-Worn Spire
Pulse RiflePulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight Pulse Rifles

450 RPM

0.878 crit1.33

Excellent handling, low range

Chattering Bone Destiny 2Chattering Bone
Pulse RiflePulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Pulse Rifles

390 RPM

0.935 crit 2 body1.4

High handling, decent range

The Third Axiom Destiny 2 artThe Third Axiom
Pulse RiflePulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Legacy Pulse Rifles

450 RPM

0.878 crit1.6

Excellent handling, low range

BxR-55 Battler Destiny 2 artBxR-55 Battler
SidearmSidearm weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Sidearms

300 RPM

0.64 crit1

High aim assist, decent elsewhere

Drang Destiny 2Drang
SidearmSidearm weapon type Destiny 2SUROS Rapid-Fire Sidearms

450 RPM

0.675 crit 1 body0.93

Good recoil, very low range & aim assist

The Fool's Remedy Destiny 2The Fool's Remedy
SidearmSidearm weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight Sidearms

360 RPM

0.673 crit 2 body1

High handling, very low range

Anonymous Autumn Destiny 2Anonymous Autumn
SidearmSidearm weapon type Destiny 2Precision Sidearms

260 RPM

0.73 crit 1 body1.17

Excellent aim assist, low stability & handling

Lonesome Destiny 2 artLonesome
SidearmSidearm weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive Burst Sidearms

325 RPM

0.733 crit 2 body0.83

High aim assist, low stability & handling

Brass Attacks Destiny 2 artBrass Attacks
SidearmSidearm weapon type Destiny 2Omolon Adaptive Sidearms

491 RPM

0.735 crit 2 body1.1

High stability, decent elsewhere

Last Dance Destiny 2 artThe Last Dance
Auto RifleAuto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Rapid Fire Auto Rifles

720 RPM

0.779 crit 1 body1.17

High aim assist, very low range

Reckless Oracle Destiny 2Reckless Oracle
Auto RifleAuto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive Auto Rifles

600 RPM

0.88 crit 1 body1.3

High handling, decent elsewhere

Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing Hunger
Auto RifleAuto rifle weapon type Destiny 2Precision Auto Rifles

450 RPM

0.86 crit 1 body1.47

High range, low aim assist

Shadow Price Destiny 2 artShadow Price
Auto RifleAuto rifle weapon type Destiny 2High Impact Auto Rifles

360 RPM

0.835 crit 1 body1.33

Excellent range, low handling and stability

False Promises Destiny 2False Promises
SMGSMG weapon type Destiny 2Aggressive SMGs

750 RPM

0.679 crit1

High range, low aim assist

IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2
SMGSMG weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight SMGs

900 RPM

0.679 crit 2 body1.13

High aim assist and handling, low range

Multimach CCX Destiny 2 artMultimach CCX
SMGSMG weapon type Destiny 2Precision SMGs

600 RPM

0.87 crit 2 body1.1

Excellent range & aim assist, low handling

Seventh Seraph VY-7 Destiny 2Seventh Seraph VY-7
SMGSMG weapon type Destiny 2Adaptive SMGs

900 RPM

0.739 crit 3 body0.93

High stability & range, poor recoil

Destiny 2 RiskrunnerRiskrunner
Scout RifleScout rifle weapon type Destiny 2High Impact Scout Rifles

150 RPM

0.83 crit2

Excellent range, low aim assist

The Guiding Sight Destiny 2The Guiding Sight
Scout RifleScout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Lightweight Scout Rifles

200 RPM

0.93 crit 1 body1.8

Excellent aim assist & handling, low range

Night Watch Destiny 2 artNight Watch
Scout RifleScout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Rapid Fire Scout Rifles

260 RPM

0.933 crit 2 body1.4

High stability, very low range

Trustee Destiny 2 artTrustee
Scout RifleScout rifle weapon type Destiny 2Precision Scout Rifles

180 RPM

1.03 crit 1 body1.67

High stability, decent elsewhere

Royal Chase Destiny 2 artRoyal Chase

Always keep these in mind when reading these TTK values:

  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 fastest TTK weapons

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

Sidearm type whiteAdaptive Sidearms | 300 RPM 0,60s

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

Sidearm type whiteLightweight Sidearms | 360 RPM 0,67s

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

SMG type whiteAggressive SMGs | 750 RPM 0,67s

SMG type whiteLightweight SMGs | 900 RPM 0,67s

Sidearm type whitePrecision Sidearms | 260 RPM 0,70s

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

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

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

SMG type whiteAdaptive SMGs | 900 RPM 0,73s

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

SMG type whitePrecision SMGs | 600 RPM 0,80s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hand cannon type whitePrecision Hand Cannons | 180 RPM 1,0s

Hand cannon type whiteAggressive Hand Cannons | 120 RPM 1,0s

Scout rifle type whitePrecision Scout Rifle | 180 RPM 1,0s

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

TTK Calculator

99% of your needs should be covered with the TTK table above, but if you want to dive deeper into a specific weapon and/or situation, you can use this TTK Comparison Tool.

That tool is the closest you’ll find to a Destiny 2 TTK Calculator and it allows you to set:

  •  Player Crit Accuracy (in %)
  • Opponent Resiliency Tier (from 1 to 10)
  • Opponent HP (hit points)

To use it, you’ll need to create a copy of the Google sheet for yourself.

TTK Formulas

There’s absolutely no reason why you’d want to do this yourself as Mercules already does it for you, but if you ever wanted to calculate TTK values yourself, these are the formulas you can use.

  • Constant Rate of Fire weapons: (Shots to kill – 1) * (60sec /Game Rate of Fire)
  • Burst Rate of Fire weapons: [Frames to kill – Frames per Bullet – Frames between Burst – Frames between Bullets – (Uneven Burst Frames to Kill * Uneven Burst Frame Correction)]

Again, there’s no reason why you’d want to put yourself through using these formulas, but these work for Destiny 2 and for any other modern FPS for that matter.

Best TTK Exotics

The TTK for most Exotic primary weapons is covered in the chart above as most Exotics share the same base damage profile as their Legendary counterparts. That said, some Exotics can have significantly lower TTK figures, which is why we also cover the most requested Exotics below:

No Time to Explain TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.67 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.20 seconds

Tarrabah TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.67 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.0 seconds

Huckleberry TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.67 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.0 seconds

Coldheart TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.67 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 0.93 seconds

Vigilance Wing TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.7 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.20 seconds

Dead Man’s Tale TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.8 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.63 seconds

Ace of Spades TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.87 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.30 seconds

Crimson TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.87 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.43 second

Graviton Lance TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 1.0 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 1.87 seconds

And finally, while not technically an Exotic, the Messenger Pulser rifle has one of the best perks in the entire game:

Desperado TTK:

  • Optimal TTK: 0.47 seconds
  • Body Shot TTK: 0.8 seconds

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.

No Time to Explain Destiny 2 Full V2

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.

Latest changes

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 Lost (S15):

  • Introduction of the Legacy PR-55 Frame with the 30th Anniversary event

Major changes introduced with Season of the Splicer (S14):

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

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  1. joheli

    Very clean overview, however there is a small typo in the graph-section: 450rpm puls-rifles are listed as adaptive -> should be lightweight and adaptives, currently listed as 340 lightweight should be 390rpm adaptives.

    keep up the great work!

    • Ric (aka Prim)

      Thank you for helping me spot that typo! Everything is corrected, cheers and thanks again! 🙂

  2. Strykeassassin

    Any chance of bows being added to this list?

    • Phwtr

      the ttk of a bow is just its charge time as its measured in milliseconds

  3. addy_issa

    Last word optimal ttk is 0.8, because that’s how long it takes to fire 3 bullets with 225 rpm. I did the math.

    • CAYDE_unit

      Did you remember to subtract the first bullet? Those aren’t included in the calculations. The TTK should be around 0.53 seconds at max RoF.

  4. Aqua

    The last word optimal ttk is 3 crits at 0.53 seconds

  5. Gnawing Hunger

    What about Rampage, Kill Clip etc.

  6. VypR

    Hi. Is the information here up to date with lates dlc/patch?

    • Ric Molina

      Yes it is 🙂

      By the way, most guides have a box right after the intro that indicates when was the last update.

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