Destiny 2 Voltshot: Weapons and Perk guide

by | May 14, 2023

With the massive Subclass 3.0 revamp, powerful new perks that synergize with subclasses started to appear—Headstone, Repulsor Brace, Incandescent, and Voltshot.  While all four elevate their respective subclasses to a new level, Voltshot is the most popular due to its absurd base strength and ease of use.

Now a staple in most Guardian’s Arc 3.0 builds, knowing what Voltshot does, how to use it, and how it synergizes with Arc subclasses is more critical than ever. We’ll cover all of that information and more down below.

Voltshot weapons in Destiny 2

Voltshot can only roll on a few select Arc weapons, meaning it’s relatively exclusive for the time being. Here is a list of all of the Arc weapons available that can roll with Voltshot:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Brigand's Law Brigand's LawSidearmRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc ArcOngoing...-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 18EnergyCraftable
Dark Decider artDark DeciderAuto RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc


PvEIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 19EnergyNo
Gunnora's Axe art
Gunnora's AxeShotgunPinpoint SlugLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc


PvE + PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 19EnergyNoTop-tier
IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.3Submachine GunAggressiveLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc


PvE + PvPWorld loot poolCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 11EnergyCraftableTop-tier
Iterative Loop artIterative LoopFusion RifleRapid-FireLegendarySpecialArcLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc


PvE + PvPNeomunaCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20EnergyCraftableTop-tier
Mechabre artMechabreSniper RifleAggressiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc


PvPEvent: Festival of the LostError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 18EnergyNoTop-tier
Path of Least Resistance art
Path of Least ResistanceTrace RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc ArcOngoing...-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 19HeavyCraftable
Phyllotactic Spiral artPhyllotactic SpiralPulse RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryArcLightfallYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc ArcOngoing...-NeomunaCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20EnergyCraftable
Posterity Destiny 2 artPosterityHand CannonPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryArcBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc


PvEDeep Stone Crypt RaidCheckmark icon V3Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 12EnergyCraftable
Prodigal Return artProdigal ReturnGrenade LauncherLightweightLegendarySpecialArcSeason 20YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc ArcOngoing...-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 20
Season 20EnergyCraftable
Sailspy Pitchglass artSailspy PitchglassLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc ArcOngoing...-Seasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 18HeavyCraftable
Tarnished Mettle artTarnished MettleScout RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc


PvESeasonal activityCheckmark icon V3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 18EnergyCraftableTop-tier
Terminus Horizon art Destiny 2Terminus HorizonMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavyArcDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc


-Spire of the Watcher DungeonError icon V2The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 19HeavyNo
The Wizened Rebuke artThe Wizened RebukeFusion RifleHigh-ImpactLegendarySpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc


PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Season 17EnergyNo
Season 18 Plunder weapons

Voltshot weapons examples, Destiny 2

This list effectively covers all the weapons that can currently apply jolt to a target as of this season.

What does Voltshot do: Hard Figures

Voltshot’s description in-game, albeit vague, does provide some insight as to how the perk works:

Reloading this weapon after defeating a target overcharges this weapon for a short period of time, causing it to jolt on its next hit.

-Weapon PerkPvE Damage increasePvP Damage increaseDurationActivation | EffectsTypeWeaponsReleased
Voltshot PerkVoltshotJolts targets7sReloading after a Kill applies Jolt on the next hit. Chain lightning will release to enemies near it.SpecificVariousSeason 17

More specifically, Voltshot provides the following:

  • After getting a kill, reloading within about 3.5 seconds will proc the perk.
  • The next weapon hit within seven seconds Jolts the target.

The enhanced version of Voltshot, available via the weapon crafting system, does the following:

  • Extends Voltshot’s duration from seven to eight seconds.

These precise numbers come from The Destiny Data Compendium.

But what is Jolt in Destiny 2?

Jolt is an Arc 3.0 debuff available via numerous Arc fragments, supers, aspects, and weapons.

Once an enemy becomes Jolted through Voltshot or other means, chain lightning will release to enemies near it after taking a certain amount of damage. This effect lasts 10 seconds in PvE and 5 seconds in PvP.

With that in mind, Voltshot can be described as a combination of Kill Clip and Chain Reaction. After killing a combatant and reloading, hitting an enemy applies Jolt, causing powerful chain lightning to nearby combatants after damage.

How do you trigger Voltshot, and what synergizes with it?

Triggering Voltshot is simple—just reload your weapon shortly after getting a kill and then damage a target with it. Because this perk utilizes an Arc 3.0 debuff, there are numerous ways to make Voltshot even stronger.

Enhanced Voltshot

Enhanced Voltshot is available by crafting a weapon that can roll with the Voltshot perk. Once you level it up enough to unlock the enhanced version of this trait, the time you have to hit an enemy after reloading increases from seven to eight seconds.

Sure, it’s not the most potent enhanced trait upgrade, but there’s no reason not to get it if you plan on utilizing Voltshot frequently.

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Voltshot with an Arc 3.0 build, Destiny 2

Arc 3.0 fragments

If you’re using an Arc subclass in conjunction with Voltshot, fragments such as Spark of Discharge or Spark of Ions can create synergies between the two. Spark of Discharge generates an Ionic Trace every 1-3 Arc weapon kills, while Spark of Ions generates an Ionic Trace after killing a Jolted target (with a cooldown of 10 seconds).

Ionic Traces grant you ability energy, allowing you to follow weapon kills with powerful grenade and melee abilities.

Seasonal Artifact Mods

Seasonal artifact mods such as Season of the Seraph’s Monochromatic Maestro can elevate Voltshot and the builds surrounding it. While these mods change each season, Bungie has recently released artifact mods that enhance builds utilizing new Light 3.0 options. There’s no guarantee every season will have one that pairs with Voltshot perfectly but keep an eye out for ones that may enhance your Arc builds.

Before you go…

New ways to increase Voltshot’s potency and synergy with Arc builds are always coming. As always, we encourage you to take this perk a step further and make it your own! And just as Voltshot is a top-tier Arc perk, definitely check out Incandescent, its Solar counterpart.

About The Author

Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
When my brother introduced me to the Destiny franchise in 2015, I immediately knew that it would take up a lot of my free time for years to come. With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for, 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.
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