Destiny 2 Weapon Sunsetting: The Complete List + Replacements

by | May 6, 2021

Weapon sunsetting in Destiny 2 may as well go down as one of the most bizarre decision-making by Bungie.

Weapon sunsetting was effectively introduced with the released of Beyond Light and impacted hundreds of weapons, including some of the best weapons at the time. By giving those weapons a limited Max Power Level, it made them instantly irrelevant for the majority of the game.  I.E. no longer viable for endgame content.

But in an unexpected turn of events, Bungie changed its mind and has now removed Weapon and Armor sunsetting from the game! Starting season 13, all weapons that are still viable (with a Power Level matching this season’s Power Level or more) will remain viable until the end of Destiny 2.

Unfortunately, all the weapons that were retired, will remain retired. This includes some of your all-time favorite weapons… This post covers every weapon that was retired and is not coming back.


Destiny 2 sunsetting list: Weapons impacted [per Season]

The following chart should help you better visualize what weapons were affected by sunsetting. For Season 9 weapons, the list is exhaustive and includes every Season of Dawn weapon lost to sunsetting. For Seasons 1 through 8, the list focuses on all the Pinnacle weapons, Rituals, and the most popular weapons overall.

PS: If you’re interested in the Legendary weapons that are not sunset and therefore still viable this Season, this guide is for you.

Destiny 2 sunsetting chart

 WeaponWeapon TypeSourceRetiredMax Power Level Good ReplacementDrops from
Komodo-4FR Destiny 2 artKomodo-4FR
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Linear Fusion RifleCrucible RitualSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded Needle
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Season Pass
Python Destiny 2 artPython
| Shotgun
ShotgunGambit RitualSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Felwinter's Lie Destiny 2 artFelwinter's Lie
| Shotgun
Exotic Kiosk
Infinite Paths 8 Destiny 2 artInfinite Paths 8
| Pulse Rifle
Pulse RifleSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260The Third Axiom Destiny 2 artThe Third Axiom
| Pulse Rifle
Playlist: Strikes
Patron of Lost Causes Destiny 2 artPatron of Lost Causes
| Scout Rifle
Scout RifleSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260The Guiding Sight Destiny 2The Guiding Sight
| Scout Rifle
Iron Banner
Pyroclastic Flow Destiny 2 artPyroclastic Flow
| Rocket Launcher
Rocket LauncherSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode Duello
| Rocket Launcher
Battlegrounds
Perfect Paradox Destiny 2 artPerfect Paradox
| Shotgun
ShotgunSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Destiny 2 Seventh Seraph CQC-12Seventh Seraph CQC-12
| Shotgun
Gunsmith
Steelfeather Repeater Destiny 2 artSteelfeather Repeater
| Auto Rifle
Auto RifleSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260The Forward Path Destiny 2 artThe Forward Path
| Auto Rifle
Iron Banner
Travelers Judgment 5 Destiny 2 artTraveler's Judgment 5
| Sidearm
SidearmSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260The Keening Destiny 2 artThe Keening
| Sidearm
Playlist: Crucible
Jack Queen King 3 Destiny 2 artJack Queen King 3
| Hand Cannon
Hand CannonSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Bottom Dollar Destiny 2 artBottom Dollar
| Hand Cannon
Playlist: Gambit
Martyr's Retribution Destiny 2 artMartyr's Retribution
| Grenade Launcher
Grenade LauncherSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Deafening Whisper Destiny 2 artDeafening Whisper
| Grenade Launcher
Wrathborn Hunts
Gallant Charge Destiny 2 artGallant Charge
| Fusion Rifle
Fusion RifleSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Hollow Words Destiny 2 artHollow Words
| Fusion Rifle
World Loot Pool
Trophy Hunter Destiny 2 artTrophy Hunter
| Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Succession Destiny 2 artSuccession
| Sniper Rifle
Deep Stone Crypt Raid
Breachlight Destiny 2 artBreachlight
| Sidearm
SidearmSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260High Albedo Destiny 2 artHigh Albedo
| Sidearm
Europa
Line in the Sand Destiny 2 artLine in the Sand
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Linear Fusion RifleSeason of DawnSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Threaded Needle Destiny 2 artThreaded Needle
| Linear Fusion Rifle
Season Pass
Buzzard Destiny 2 artBuzzard
| Sidearm
SidearmVanguard RitualSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260High Albedo Destiny 2 artHigh Albedo
| Sidearm
Europa
Elatha FR4 Destiny 2 artElatha FR4
| Fusion Rifle
Fusion RifleWorld Loot PoolSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Hollow Words Destiny 2 artHollow Words
| Fusion Rifle
World Loot Pool
Mos Epoch III Destiny 2 artMos Epoch III
| Rocket Launcher
Rocket LauncherWorld Loot PoolSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Code Duello Destiny 2 artCode Duello
| Rocket Launcher
Battlegrounds
Last Hope Destiny 2 artLast Hope
| Sidearm
SidearmWorld Loot PoolSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Brass Attacks Destiny 2 artBrass Attacks
| Sidearm
Season Pass
Hawthornes Field Forged Shotgun Destiny 2 artHawthorne's Field-Forged Shotgun
| Shotgun
ShotgunWorld Loot PoolSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Heritage Destiny 2 artHeritage
| Shotgun
Deep Stone Crypt Raid
The Old Fashioned Destiny 2 artThe Old Fashioned
| Hand Cannon
Hand CannonWorld Loot PoolSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260The Steady Hand Destiny 2 artThe Steady Hand
| Hand Cannon
Iron Banner
Uriels Gift Destiny 2 artUriel's Gift
| Auto Rifle
Auto RifleWorld Loot PoolSeason 13 | Feb 9, 20211260Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing Hunger
| Auto Rifle
World Loot Pool
Destiny 2 Galliard-42 XN7568 artGalliard-42 XN7568
| Auto Rifle
Auto RifleBlack ArmorySeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Destiny 2 The SummonerThe Summoner | Auto RifleTrials of Osiris
Destiny 2 Stryker's Sure-Hand artStryker's Sure-Hand
| Sword
SwordBlack ArmorySeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Falling Guillotine Destiny 2 artFalling Guillotine | SwordUmbral Engrams
Destiny 2 Hammerhead artHammerhead
| Machine Gun
Machine GunBlack ArmorySeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Seventh Seraph SAW Destiny 2Seventh Seraph SAW | Machine GunNA
Destiny 2 Kindled Orchid artKindled Orchid
| Hand Cannon
Hand CannonBlack ArmorySeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Nation of Beasts Destiny 2Nation of Beasts | Hand CannonLast Wish Raid
Destiny 2 Blast Furnace artBlast Furnace
| Pulse Rifle
Pulse RifleBlack ArmorySeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Sacred Provenance Destiny 2 artSacred Provenance | Pulse RifleGarden of Salvation Raid
Randy's Throwing Knife Destiny 2 artRandy's Throwing Knive
| Scout Rifle
Scout RifleCrucible PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Night Watch Destiny 2 artNight Watch | Scout Rifle Umbral Engrams
Destiny 2 Luna's HowlLuna's Howl
| Hand Cannon
Hand CannonCrucible PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Dire Promise Destiny 2 artDire Promise | Hand CannonWorld Drop
Destiny 2 The MountaintopThe Mountaintop
| Grenade Launcher
Grenade LauncherCrucible PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Truthteller Destiny 2 artTruthteller | Grenade LauncherWorld Drop
Destiny 2 RevokerRevoker
| Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleCrucible PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Eye of Sol Destiny 2 artEye of Sol | Sniper RifleTrials of Osiris
Redrix's Broadsword Destiny 2 artRedrix's Broadsword
| Pulse Rifle
Pulse RifleCrucible PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Cold Denial Destiny 2 artCold Denial | Pulse RifleUmbral Engrams
Destiny 2 The RecluseRecluse
| Submachine Gun
Submachine GunCrucible PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 | Submachine GunUmbral Engrams
Not Forgotten Destiny 2 artNot Forgotten
| Hand Cannon
Hand CannonCrucible PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Dire Promise Destiny 2 artDire Promise | Hand CannonWorld Drop
Destiny 2 21% Delirium21% Delirium
| Machine Gun
Machine GunGambit PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Destiny 2 Thunderlord artThunderlord | Machine GunExotic Engram
Hush Destiny 2 artHush
| Combat Bow
Combat BowGambit PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Point of the Stag Destiny 2 artPoint of the Stag | Combat BowIron Banner Ritual
Breakneck Destiny 2 artBreakneck
| Auto Rifle
Auto RifleGambit PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Gnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artThe Forward Path | Auto RifleIron Banner
Exit Strategy Destiny 2 artExit Strategy
| Submachine Gun
Submachine GunGambit PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 Destiny 2 artIKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 | Submachine GunUmbral Engrams
Austringer Destiny 2 artAustringer
| Hand Cannon
Hand CannonMenagerieSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060The Old Fashioned Destiny 2 artThe Old Fashioned | Hand CannonWorld Drop
Drang (Baroque) Destiny 2 artDrang (Baroque)
| Sidearm
SidearmMenagerieSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Buzzard Destiny 2 artBuzzard | Side ArmVanguard Ritual
Destiny 2 BelovedBeloved
| Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleMenagerieSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Omniscient Eye Destiny 2 artOmniscient Eye | Sniper RifleGarden of Salvation Raid
Destiny 2 Mindbender's AmbitionMindbender's Ambition
| Shotgun
ShotgunNightfallSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Felwinter's Lie Destiny 2 artFelwinter's Lie | ShotgunHidden Quest
Destiny 2 Spare RationsSpare Rations
| Hand Cannon
Hand CannonReckoningSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Dire Promise Destiny 2 artDire Promise | Hand CannonWorld Drop
Destiny 2 Wendigo GL3Wendigo GL3
| Grenade Launcher
Grenade LauncherVanguard PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Destiny 2 Interference VIInterference VI | Grenade LauncherWorld Drop
Edgewise Destiny 2 artEdgewise
| Machine Gun
Machine GunVanguard PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Seventh Seraph SAW Destiny 2Seventh Seraph SAW | Machine GunNA
Loaded Question Destiny 2 artLoaded Question
| Fusion Rifle
Fusion RifleVanguard PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060Elatha FR4 Destiny 2Elatha FR4 | Fusion RifleWorld Drop
Oxygen SR3 Destiny 2 artOxygen SR3
| Scout Rifle
Scout RifleVanguard PinnacleSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060The Scholar Destiny 2The Scholar | Scout RifleTrials of Osiris
Iron Banner weapons V2All Year 2 IB weapons.Iron BannerSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060
Shadowkeep weapons V2All Shadowkeep weapons.Moon DestinationSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060
Escalation Protocol iconAll Year 1 EP weapons.Escalation ProtocolSeason 12 | Nov 10, 20201060

It is worth noting that weapon retirement only affects endgame content where Power Level matters. This means you can still take out your old friend The Recluse and use it in Control for PVP and Strikes for PVE. Basically, content where Power Level doesn’t matter at all.

Unsurprisingly, weapon sunsetting did what it was supposed to and significantly shifted the game’s meta. The current top PVE and PVP weapons are very different from what they were just a few months ago. If you’re serious about endgame content, replacing your retired gear should be your top priority.

About re-issued weapons…

Re-issued Weapons: Some weapons in the list above have been re-issued. Re-issued weapons remain exactly the same as before but have a higher Power level cap. However, whatever god roll you already had will keep the same old Power Level Cap, not the new re-issued one.

Destiny 2 Weapon sunsetting Revoker

Pinnacle weapons: The ones we will miss the most…

Bungie did re-issue weapons in less than ideal ways in the past (keeping the exact same perks as before), but moving forward, we expect re-issued weapons to come with exciting new perk combinations.

Destiny 2 Sunsetting: Exotics remain untouched

Some of our favorite Legendary weapons were retired, but fortunately, Exotic weapons were not subject to sunsetting.

Destiny 2 Anarchy featured

Anarchy shall remain one of the best PVE weapons for a little longer

This means you can continue to use your favorite Exotic weapons in end-game content and challenging activities. This is why chasing the Top Tier Exotics should be a priority, if you don’t have them yet.

The state of Combat bows is a great example. Most of the best bows in Destiny 2 were retired with the release of Beyond Light, and that makes the Exotics, such as Trinity Ghoul, even more appealing.

The same goes for hand cannons. The most popular hand cannon for PVP, Spare Rations, was sunset with Beyond Light. Granted, other legendary hand cannons have appeared, but the best alternatives are, for the most part, exotic hand cannons.

The way Weapon Sunsetting was implemented was a fiasco. But by excluding Exotics, Bungie showed respect to player’s time and dedication. After all, some of the best Exotic weapons and Catalysts are locked behind difficult quests that can take several hours to complete.


Armor sunsetting in Destiny 2: The exceptions

Sunsetting also impacted armor. This means many of the armor pieces you spent massive resources to Masterwork are gone.

But fortunately, Armor sunsetting is gone too, meaning everything that was not sunset should remain viable for the foreseeable future.

Destiny 2 Armor sunsetting

A Masterworked piece of armor down the drain

Also, from a pure cosmetics perspective, the effects of armor sunsetting should be somewhat limited by the upcoming ability to transmog the looks of your favorite armor pieces into newer gear.


Frequently Asked Questions

At this point we’ve covered everything there is to know about sunset in Destiny 2. That said, I’ve been asked the following questions so many times, they deserve a dedicated section:

Can I still use gear that has reached its Max Power Level?

Yes. You will always be able to equip and use any piece of gear. Reaching the player Power Cap is beneficial, but not strictly required, for most activities in Destiny. You can continue to equip and use all gear in these activities.

did this apply to armor as well as weapons?

Yes – all Legendary gear that provides Power will have a Max Power Level.
When gear drops after its debut Season, what will its Max Power Level be? It will have the same Max Power Level as it did in its initial release Season.

Is Drang getting Sunset?

We thought it would, but Bungie just revealed that Gunsmith will begin selling a version of Drang on November 10 with no infusion cap. Same for MIDA Mini-Tool.

Is Revoker getting Sunset?

Yes, it was sunset on November 10, 2020, with the release of Beyond Light.

Is Redrix’s Broadsword getting Sunset?

Yes, it was sunset on November 10, 2020, with the release of Beyond Light.

Is Spare Rations getting Sunset?

Yes, it was sunset on November 10, 2020, with the release of Beyond Light.


Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about weapons and armor sunsetting in D2.

The weapon list above is my take on how sunsetting impacted the most popular (and some of my favorites) weapons in Destiny 2.

But perhaps I missed some. If I did miss your favorites or weapons you consider S Tier, let me know in the comments section below.

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