Best Pulse Rifles in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP and PvE

by | Dec 15, 2022

Sometimes referred to as “Dad rifles,” some love to hate Pulse rifles. They claim Pulses require no skill and are too easy to use, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, some of them are considered to be among the best weapons in the entire game.

Today we cover every Pulse Rifle in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendaries, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

Checkmark icon V3Updated as of Season of the Seraph (S19).

Destiny 2 Pulse rifles Tier list

The Tier list below includes every non-sunset Pulse rifle in the game. It starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying in what area each weapon shines:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
No Time to ExplainNo Time to Explain Destiny 2
No Time to Explain
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesS › BestExotic Quest
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Exotic Quest

Beyond Light
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision shots and shots against combatants affected by Stasis return to the magazine. At 10 stacks, a small portal will open, shooting bullets from an alternate timeline version of this weapon. Precision hits extend the portal's duration."

► An exceptional pick in PVP (and a fun one in PVE), No Time to Explain's ability to provide you with an extra set of bullets continues to be helpful in most areas of the game.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Precision shots and shots against combatants affected by Stasis return to the magazine. At 10 stacks, a small portal will open, shooting bullets from an alternate timeline version of this weapon. Precision hits extend the portal's duration."
BxR-55 BattlerBxR-55 Battler art
BxR-55 Battler
Pulse RifleLegacy PR-55PrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesS › BestDares of Eternity
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Dares of Eternity

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Legacy PR-55

PvE God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Demolitionist) + Incandescent (also good: Kill Clip)
PvE God Roll: Killing Wind(also good: Perpetual Motion) + Kill Clip

► The BxR has always been a powerful pulse rifle, but it recently got even better. Now with the ability to roll with Incandescent (and the ability to craft it), this pulse rifle continues to dominate most areas of the game.
30th Anniversary event
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Legacy PR-55

PvE God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Demolitionist) + Incandescent (also good: Kill Clip)
PvE God Roll: Killing Wind(also good: Perpetual Motion) + Kill Clip
InsidiousInsidious art v2
Insidious
Pulse RifleAggressive BurstPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesS › BestVow of the Disciple Raid
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Vow of the Disciple Raid

The Witch Queen
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Dragonfly) + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Heating Up) + Rampage

► One of very few 4-burst pulse rifles, people had big expectations for this weapon. And with outstanding perk combinations for both PVE and PVP, Insidious blew those out of the water. With an S-Tier Origin Trait and no terrible perks in its pool, there's not much to hate about this pulse rifle. For PVP in particular, Aggressive Burst Pulses hit like a truck, flinching opponents with ease.
Season 16
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Dragonfly) + Rampage
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Heating Up) + Rampage
Outbreak PerfectedDestiny 2 Outbreak Perfected art
Outbreak Perfected
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestExotic Kiosk
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon creates SIVA nanite swarms on rapid hits and precision kills and does more damage to enemies based on the number of SIVA nanites that attach to them."

► Outbreak Perfected's theme and great firing feel alone make it a popular PVE choice. And with buffs to Exotic primary weapon damage, it's now an excellent option for casual PVE content.
Season 6
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon creates SIVA nanite swarms on rapid hits and precision kills and does more damage to enemies based on the number of SIVA nanites that attach to them."
Horror's LeastHorror's Least art
Horror's Least
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestNightfall: The Ordeals
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Heating Up) + Kill Clip

► Able to dominate in the Crucible at mid-range, Horror's Least is one of the best pulse rifles in the game. With great stats, an Adept variant, and a well-rounded perk pool, this weapon is a beast and worth grinding if you're a pulse rifle fan.
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Heating Up) + Kill Clip
The MessengerThe Messenger art
The Messenger
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenNoA › StrongTrials of Osiris
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE & PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Outlaw) + Kill Clip(also good: Desperado)

► Because Desperado is no longer exclusive to this pulse (and because the perk has suffered from a handful of nerfs), The Messenger isn't as popular as it once was. Kill Clip allows this weapon to continue to excel in PVP, but it isn't the monster it was previously.
Season 13
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE & PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Outlaw) + Kill Clip(also good: Desperado)
New PurposeNew Purpose art
New Purpose
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStasisDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongDuality Dungeon
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Headstone (also good: Desperado)
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Desperado

► For those not wanting to grind out The Messenger, New Purpose is the next best thing. Desperado was recently nerfed and is now significantly less potent, but it's still crazy fun in both PvE and PvP. Plus, New Purpose's Stasis element and Headstone can also play an integral part in a PvE Stasis build.
Season 17
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Headstone (also good: Desperado)
PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Desperado
Bad JujuDestiny 2 Bad Juju art
Bad Juju
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Kills refill the magazine, increase damage for a short duration, and grant Super energy based on the number of kills. Fires full-auto."

► Bad Juju is one of the most underrated weapons in Destiny 2. It can be an absolute monster in PVE and gets even better with the catalyst. And with the recent buffs to Exotic primaries and pulse rifles, it can finally compete with the best.
Season 7
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Kills refill the magazine, increase damage for a short duration, and grant Super energy based on the number of kills. Fires full-auto."
Collective ObligationCollective Obligation art
Collective Obligation
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryVoidThe Witch QueenYesA › StrongVow of the Disciple Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Vow of the Disciple Raid

The Witch Queen
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon leeches Void debuffs when damaging targets that are suppressed, weakened, or volatile. Once charged, damage from this weapon applies the same Void debuffs that were leeched. Weapon automatically reloads when you gain Devour, a Void overshield, or become invisible."

► With the ability to debuff everything in sight, Collective Obligation can do things no other weapon can. That being said, you're almost required to create a build with it to make it worth your exotic slot. While this weapon has potential, having to work so hard to make your exotic feel "exotic" isn't great.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon leeches Void debuffs when damaging targets that are suppressed, weakened, or volatile. Once charged, damage from this weapon applies the same Void debuffs that were leeched. Weapon automatically reloads when you gain Devour, a Void overshield, or become invisible."
Smite of MerainSmite of Merain art
Smite of Merain
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongKing's Fall Raid
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
King's Fall Raid

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Focused Fury) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: One for All)

► From its synergistic combinations like Demolitionist and Adrenaline Junkie to its ability to roll with two damage perks at once, Smite of Merain's perks alone make it a solid choice for PVE. 4-burst pulse rifles will continue to be the most potent option, but this can be a unique alternative.
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Focused Fury) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: One for All)
Veles-XVeles-X art
Veles-X
Pulse RifleAggressive BurstPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Repulsor Brace + Golden Tricorn (also good: Kill Clip)

► Veles-X is a perfect sidekick to any Void 3.0 build and one of the better ritual weapons we've gotten recently. If you don't have Collective Obligation, Veles-X is an exceptional pick.
Season 19
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Repulsor Brace + Golden Tricorn (also good: Kill Clip)
DisparityDisparity art

Disparity
Pulse RifleAggressive BurstPrimaryStasisSeason 19YesA › StrongSeasonal activity
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Seasonal activity
Season 19 icon
Season 19
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Outlaw) + Headstone (also good: Kill Clip)

► Being both a Stasis and 4-burst pulse rifle, Disparity doesn't have much competition. Even if it did, however, it would still excel—its S-Tier perks make it an excellent choice for medium-level PVE content.
Season 19
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Outlaw) + Headstone (also good: Kill Clip)
The Time-Worn SpireThe Time-Worn Spire art
The Time-Worn Spire
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Quickdraw) + Iron Grip (also good: Rampage)

► The Time-Worn Spire is a reprised Year 1 Iron Banner weapon that returned with plenty of fantastic perks. It belongs to one of the better archetypes, which, coupled with solid perks, can be a great choice for PVP.
Season 13
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Quickdraw) + Iron Grip (also good: Rampage)
Piece of MindPiece of Mind art
Piece of Mind
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticDeluxe EditionYesA › StrongPsiOps Battlegrounds
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
PsiOps Battlegrounds

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Overflow) + Moving Target

► With a TTK of 0.80s, Piece of Mind is a solid PVP choice. It's not a High-Impact Pulse and it doesn't have the best TTK, yet it can absolutely shred in PVP while simultaneously feeling great in your hands. As a Rapid-Fire pulse, Piece of Mind isn't great at peak shooting, but if used aggressively, it can easily dominate medium-range engagements.
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Perpetual Motion (also good: Overflow) + Moving Target
Graviton LanceDestiny 2 Graviton Lance art
Graviton Lance
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Second shot of a burst rips a hole through space-time, doing high damage and recoil with no falloff. Kills with this weapon cause enemies to detonate and spawn tracking Void projectiles."

► Significant buffs to Graviton Lance specifically and Exotic primaries as a whole have made this pulse rifle not only a fun pick but also a potent one. While Collective Obligation is more suitable for Void builds, Graviton Lance's unique firing pattern and explosions lead to an exceptional weapon in casual content.
Season 1
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Second shot of a burst rips a hole through space-time, doing high damage and recoil with no falloff. Kills with this weapon cause enemies to detonate and spawn tracking Void projectiles."
Sacred ProvenanceSacred Provenance art
Sacred Provenance
Pulse RifleAggressive BurstPrimaryKineticShadowkeepYesB › AverageGarden of Salvation Raid
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Garden of Salvation Raid

Shadowkeep
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Outlaw) + Kill Clip

► 4-burst pulse rifles have always excelled in PVE, and Sacred Provenance is no exception. Even though Insidious and Veles-X are generally considered better, this pulse is still a solid option for PVE.
Season 8
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive Burst

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Outlaw) + Kill Clip
Ogma PR6Ogma PR6 art
Ogma PR6
Pulse RifleLightweightPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist + Wellspring

► Containing some perk combinations we've never seen before, Ogma PR6 is definitely an underrated pick. Able to roll with both Demolitionist and Wellspring at the same time, this exact roll is a must-have for any player making ability-focused builds. Beyond that though, Ogma doesn't have much going for it.
Season 16
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist + Wellspring
Vigilance WingDestiny 2 Vigilance Wing art
Vigilance Wing
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a 5-round burst. When a nearby ally is killed, gain health regeneration, and increased movement speed."

► Vigilance Wing has always been a solid choice for PVP; in recent times, however, it's gotten outclassed. Without a buff soon, Vigilance Wing may drop down into the lower half of pulse rifles.
Season 1
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "This weapon fires a 5-round burst. When a nearby ally is killed, gain health regeneration, and increased movement speed."
Cold DenialCold Denial art
Cold Denial
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Killling Wind (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Multikill Clip

► Boasting an excellent base time-to-kill and solid PvE perks, Cold Denial is above-average but has been recently outclassed. If you have one saved from Season of Arrivals, it'll continue to be fantastic. However, if you don't have one, don't fret—newer and better pulse rifles are readily available.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Killling Wind (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Multikill Clip
GridskipperGridskipper art
Gridskipper
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageUnobtainable
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Unobtainable

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Heating Up (also good: Killing Wind) + Multikill Clip

► While not a must-have weapon, Gridskipper performs well in the Crucible. However, with newer and better perks constantly being released, Gridskipper is slowly falling out of the meta.
Season 14
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Heating Up (also good: Killing Wind) + Multikill Clip
Darkest BeforeDarkest Before art
Darkest Before
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageProphecy Dungeon
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Prophecy Dungeon

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Rampage (also good: Elemental Capacitor)

► Because Rapid-Fire Frame pulse rifles continue to be strong in PVP, Darkest Before is still a great choice. There are undoubtedly better pulse rifles for both ends of the game, but if you're a free-to-play player in desperate need of a stronger pulse rifle, Darkest Before has got you covered.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Tunnel Vision) + Rampage (also good: Elemental Capacitor)
Legal Action IILegal Action II art
Legal Action II
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Surplus) + Rampage

► Able to challenge opponents at a longer range than most pulse rifles, Legal Action II is an alright pick for those who prefer pulses over scouts. With the meta shifting toward faster and closer-range gameplay, however, playing at this more extended range may be a bad thing.
Season 15
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Surplus) + Rampage
Syncopation-53Syncopation-53 art
Syncopation-53
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Headstone

► Other than the fact that it is Stasis, and therefore can roll with Headstone, Syncopation-53 is an average weapon with not too many strong points.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Headstone
Stay FrostyStay Frosty art
Stay Frosty
Pulse RifleLightweightPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageEvent: Dawning
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Event: Dawning

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Moving Target) + Kill Clip

► New with the Dawning 2022 event, Stay Frosty is one of few Lightweight pulse rifles. With pretty good PVP perks, this seasonal weapon has the opportunity to excel past competition in the Crucible. However, once the hype around it settles down, we believe Stay Frosty will fall in the middle of the pack.
Season 19
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Moving Target) + Kill Clip
Jurassic GreenJurassic Green art
Jurassic Green
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageEvent: Festival of the Lost
Average

B



Event: Festival of the Lost

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Multikill Clip

► While Jurassic Green does have some decent perks for all areas of the game, the BxR-55 Battler outclasses this in most situations. This pulse will continue to be a competent pick if you have one, but there are better options out there as well.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Multikill Clip
Chattering BoneChattering Bone Destiny 2
Chattering Bone
Pulse RifleLightweightPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesC › WeakLast Wish Raid
Weak

C



Last Wish Raid

Forsaken Pack
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage

► Because of its relatively small perk pool and challenging obtaining method, Chattering Bone has yet ever to be a popular pick. The age-old combination of Outlaw and Rampage can have this weapon prove useful in PVE, but we still recommend many other options on this list regardless.
Season 4
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage
Last Perdition
Last Perdition
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Rampage (also good: Kill Clip) + Outlaw

► Last Perdition is a solid choice if you need a Void pulse rifle, but its usefulness stops there. With more recent options like Collective Obligation and Veles-X containing synergistic perks for Void 3.0, Last Perdition is finding its way out of most players' arsenals.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Rampage (also good: Kill Clip) + Outlaw
Stars in Shadow
Stars in Shadow
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakPlaylist: Crucible
Weak

C



Playlist: Crucible

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Outlaw) + Kill Clip

► Outclassed by numerous other options, Stars in Shadow has lost most of its fans to newly-released pulse rifles.
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Outlaw) + Kill Clip
Hailing Confusion
Hailing Confusion
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakEuropa
Weak

C



Europa

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Demolitionist (also good: Wellspring)

► Even though there was heavy community interest in Hailing Confusion when it was released, it was quickly outclassed. The vast majority of its perks are subpar, and being in the Adaptive Frame family of pulses makes Hailing Confusion a weaker choice for PVP.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Demolitionist (also good: Wellspring)
The Third AxiomThe Third Axiom art
The Third Axiom
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakPlaylist: Vanguard
Weak

C



Playlist: Vanguard

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Killing Wind) + Rampage

► The Third Axiom's bloated perk pool and older traits make it a hard pulse rifle to recommend. It's a passable option if you don't have many other pulse rifles, but we'd recommend getting a BxR or similar.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy (also good: Killing Wind) + Rampage
PremonitionPremonition art
Premonition
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryVoidShadowkeepYesC › WeakPit of Heresy Dungeon
Weak

C



Pit of Heresy Dungeon

Shadowkeep
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Rampage

► Like Last Perdition, Premonition can be a solid option if you need a Void pulse rifle. However, with The Messenger and others dominating PVP and Collective Obligation and Veles-X excelling in PVE, it's not worth going out of your way for Premonition anymore.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Rampage
Forge's PledgeForge's Pledge art
Forge's Pledge
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron Banner
Weak

C



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All + One for All (also good: Rampage)

► Despite the fact that Pulse Rifles have never been the meta in PVE, Forge's Pledge can roll with Rampage and other good perks, making it decent when the seasonal champion mods support it.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All + One for All (also good: Rampage)
Perses-DPerses-D art
Perses-D
Pulse RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakWorld loot pool
Weak

C



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload (also good: Headstone)

► While Perses-D can roll with some of the best PVE scout rifle perks, it falls into an archetype that is extremely lacking, making other weapons (such as Night Watch and Hung Jury SR4) better picks overall.
Season 16
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload (also good: Headstone)
YesteryearYesteryear art
Yesteryear
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakPlaylist: Gambit
Weak

C



Playlist: Gambit

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Golden Tricorn

► While Yesteryear boasts some alright traits, its perk pool is too bloated to be worth farming for. Obtaining Veles-X is way more straightforward, and its perks complement Void 3.0 nicely compared to Yesteryear's.
Season 18
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Golden Tricorn
Jian 7 Rifle
Jian 7 Rifle
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstWorld loot pool
Worst

D



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Firmly Planted + Rampage

► Lacking base stats, TTK, and perks results in the Jian 7 Rifle being extremely mediocre. If you're looking for a solid Arc pulse rifle, you're much better off going for either Insidious or even Darkest Before.
Season 10
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Firmly Planted + Rampage
Revision ZeroRevision Zero art
Revision Zero
Pulse RifleExoticPrimaryKineticSeason 19YesOngoingExotic QuestOngoing...

Exotic Quest
Season 19 icon
Season 19
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: To be confirmed...

► Still too early to tell, review ongoing...
Season 19
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: To be confirmed...

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

More Destiny 2 Tier lists:

Best Destiny 2 Pulse Rifles in 2022

This section not only covers the top Pulses currently in the game, it also tells you where you can find them. This guide covers every weapon source in Destiny 2 and most of the sources below are self-explanatory, but in doubt, you can always leave a comment below or ask away on our Discord server.

Overall, these are our Top 5 favorite Pulse Rifles for PVE and PVP.

 

Outbreak Perfected Pulse rifle

5. Outbreak Perfected

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Consistently a solid option in all areas of the game, Outbreak Perfected is a well-rounded pick.

In PVE, Outbreak has always been popular. While some utilize it for its relatively-high DPS (compared to other primary weapons), it has more recently excelled in general gameplay. With a handful of buffs that affected Outbreak and other weapons, this weapon feels more powerful than ever.

Outbreak Perfected is nowhere near as potent in The Crucible, but it’s still an excellent choice if you have nothing higher on this list. Feeling extremely nice to wield makes it easy to get used to as well.

While Outbreak has never been the definitive #1 pulse rifle in the game, it has always been up there. If you’re looking for a solid pulse rifle that doesn’t require you to grind or build into it, Outbreak Perfected is for you.

How to get it: Outbreak Perfected can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Destiny 2 Outbreak Perfected artOutbreak PerfectedPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 6KineticNo

 

Horror's Least Pulse rifle

4. Horror’s Least

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

A prevalent choice for The Crucible, Horror’s Least makes up for its lack of PVE utility in PVP.

With great stats, an Adept variant, and unmatched perks, Horror’s Least is a monster in mid-range battles. Especially when Kill Clip is triggered, this pulse is highly consistent and can prove rewarding if used correctly.

All that said, Horror’s Least contains nearly nothing for PVE players, making it only #4 on this list.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Perpetual Motion (also good: Heating Up)
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip

How to get it: Horror’s Least can be acquired by completing Nightfall: The Ordeals (the highest difficulties have increased drop rates).

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?

 

BxR-55 Battler Destiny 2 featured

3. BxR-55 Battler

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The BxR has always been a fantastic option for PVP, but with its recently-updated perk pool, it now excels everywhere.

The BxR can now roll with Incandescent, the best Solar perk for PVE. Pair this with Outlaw (or even Demolitionist), and you’ve got yourself a great weapon to pair with any Solar 3.0 build.

This weapon’s strengths don’t stop there—the BxR-55 Battler is strong in PVP, too. If you craft a roll with Perpetual Motion and Kill Clip, you’ll be equipped with a fantastic weapon that isn’t anticipated to be nerfed anytime soon.

The BxR-55 Battler was extremely strong when it was released and has only gotten stronger over the past year. If you’re a solo player who doesn’t want to step into Vow of the Disciple for Insidious, the BxR is your best bet.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Outlaw (also good: Demolitionist)
  • Perk 2: Incandescent (also good: Kill Clip)

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Killing Wind(also good: Perpetual Motion)
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip

How to get it: BxR-55 Battler can be acquired by completing Dares of Eternity runs or turning in Treasure keys at Xûr’s in Eternity.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
BxR-55 Battler artBxR-55 BattlerPulse RifleLegacy PR-55LegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventEnergyCraftable

 

No Time to Explain Destiny 2 featured

2. No Time to Explain

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PvP Pulse in Destiny 2

Currently the best pulse rifle for PVP, No Time to Explain has proven to be both fun and potent in recent times.

In PVE, NTTE is nothing special. While it can be fun to have a time portal follow you around (especially when utilizing Arc Souls), it isn’t worth the Exotic slot.

In contrast, NTTE is absurd in PVP. With above-average stats, a great base TTK, and the ability to have a second copy of the same weapon shooting with you, this pulse rifle dominates in The Crucible.

From its clean sights to its absurd stats and TTK, No Time To Explain continues to prove powerful in PVP.

How to get it: No Time to Explain can be acquired by purchasing Beyond Light’s Deluxe edition.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
No Time to Explain Destiny 2No Time to ExplainPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticBeyond LightYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12KineticNo

 

Insidious Pulse rifle

 

1. Insidious

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

The best pulse rifle in the game for quite some time now, Insidious has everything a pulse rifle fan could ever want.

Insidious is a great choice regardless of your roll, with a solid base TTK of 0.73s and great overall stats. And with an unmatched feel while wielding the weapon, this pulse holds up against newer competition like Veles-X and Disparity. Insidious truly shines, however, when you dive into its perk pool. From Rapid Hit and Rampage to Dragonfly and One for All, Insidious has combinations that can fit any playstyle in any activity.

The best pulse rifle overall, Insidious offers variety and consistency that no other pulse rifle can.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Rapid Hit (also good: Dragonfly)
  • Perk 2: Rampage

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Rapid Hit (also good: Heating Up)
  • Perk 2: Rampage

How to get it:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?
Insidious art v2InsidiousPulse RifleAggressive BurstLegendaryPrimaryArcThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryArc Arc
Best

S

PvE + PvPVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16EnergyCraftable

Pulse Rifles in PVP: Lethality & TTK

TTK is particularly important in PVP, because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. This TTK guide includes the TTKs for every weapon in Destiny 2.

When it comes to PVP, Pulse rifles are a strong choice. In fact, they probably are the top second choice for competitive players, just behind hand cannons. Some of the top Pulses are even considered “Meta”, especially High-impact Pulses that can reach insane time-to-kills (TTK).

-Weapon TypeArchetypeOptimal TTKOptimal KillBody Shot TTKSpecs---Best in Class

Do keep in mind that TTKs aren’t everything. Versatility and ease of use also come into play. High-Impacts may offer one of the best TTKs in the game, but if you can’t land your shots, the archetype loses all its advantages.

If you’re looking for a more forgiving alternative, Rapid-Fires (Darkest Before) and Adaptives (The Third Axiom) can be excellent choices too.

Pulse Rifles in PVE: DPS

DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major.

This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2. When it comes to actual DPS, Pulses deal very mediocre damage:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

6,1457,340422,810With averaged 'nanites"Destiny 2 Outbreak Perfected artOutbreak PerfectedSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

3,6874,381371,126With CatalystNo Time to Explain Destiny 2No Time to ExplainSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

3,6024,222215,100-Destiny 2 Vigilance Wing artVigilance WingSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleAdaptive2,8253,246194,778High handling, decent rangeThe Third Axiom artThe Third AxiomSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleRapid-Fire2,7713,285137,970High aim assist, low rangePiece of Mind artPiece of MindSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleAggressive Burst2,7443,232241,312Excellent range, low aim assistInsidious art v2InsidiousSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleHigh-Impact2,7203,281250,128High range & recoil, low aim assistThe Messenger artThe MessengerSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse Rifle

Exotic

2,7072,984271,733-Destiny 2 Graviton Lance artGraviton LanceSamePrimary
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2Pulse RifleLightweight2,5733,046160,805Excellent handling, low rangeOgma PR6 artOgma PR6SamePrimary

Endgame content

Whereas Pulses can dominate any Crucible match, be it casual 6v6s or Trials of Osiris rounds, they currently struggle in PVE. They have the range and ease of use to compete, but they simply deal too little damage. And since hand cannons and scout rifles recently received a PVE damage buff, Pulse rifles struggle even more.

For this reason, you won’t often see Pulse rifles in PVE endgame content, unless seasonal Pulse rifle mods become available (Anti-barrier, Overload, etc).

Destiny 2 Pulse Rifles: Are they Meta?

We’ve talked about the best Pulses for PVE and PVP already, but how do they compare, in general, with other primary weapon types? In other words:

Are Pulse Rifles good in Destiny 2?

The current Primary weapons Meta for PvE

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
S › Best
Best

S

-► SMGs are doing very well right now. They have good DPS to tear through ads and beefier orange bar enemies, but also come with excellent perks. There are a plethora of good SMGs you can go for right now, like Funnelweb, Unforgiven, Every Waking Moment, or Extraordinary Rendition, the choice is completely yours. They may struggle slightly in super high-end content, but they are still definitely usable.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (750 RPM) - Example: Unforgiven
PVE Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Auto Rifles currently feel like a worse version of SMGs. They have a bit more range, but outside of the absolute top-shelf content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls, range isn't too much of a factor. And if you are actively tackling difficult content, Auto Rifles aren't exactly the best pick either, making Autos a decent, but outclassed option right now.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (600 RPM) - Example: Gnawing Hunger
PVE Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Aside from a few select sidearms with certain perks, there really isn't much of a reason to use Sidearms. They have slightly higher damage numbers than SMGs, but typically come with significantly less range. Outside of top-tier weapons like a god-roll Brigand's Law or High Albedo, there is no real reason to run a sidearm.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (491 RPM) - Example: High Albedo
PVE Primaries
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
B › Average
Average

B

-► While Hand Cannons routinely dominate the PvP meta, they are often outclassed by weapon types that can either offer better DPS or better range. There are a couple of solid options, such as Fatebringer or Zaouli's Bane, but putting those aside, you'll be better off using something else.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Fatebringer
PVE Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Pulse Rifles are in a great place right now. They offer good range and pretty decent damage, allowing you to take down some beefier targets nicely. There are also some excellent pulses in the game right now, like Insidious, Sacred Provenance, or New Purpose. Unfortunately, High-Impact and Aggressive frames are the only archetypes worth your time, as the others rely on Exotic Perks or god rolls to compete.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (450 RPM) - Example: Insidious
PVE Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Scout Rifles have come a long way. They are a solid and consistent option for anyone that prefers a safer and slower playstyle. They also shine in high-level content due to their excellent range. The best part about Scout Rifles, however, is their versatility across archetypes. Basically, every type of Scout Rifle is viable and can be used anywhere in the game.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (72 RPM) - Example: Tarnished Mettle
PVE Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend up► Bows are a high-damage, high-range option for players who prefer to keep their distance. The main issue with bows is that they are slow at clearing ads (outside of Trinity Ghoul). and when you have to deal with ads up close, bows can massively struggle. However, their solid range and excellent damage make them a strong option.

► Best Archetype: Precision - Example: Under Your Skin
PVE Primaries

The current Primary weapons Meta for PvP

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Hand cannon weapon type Destiny 2
Hand Cannons
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend down► Hand Cannons are in a bit of a strange spot. Many will argue that they are still the best weapons in the game, however, due to the prevalence of Pulse Rifles and Sidearms, and certain special weapons like Arbalest and Lorentz Driver, Hand Cannons have slowly been pushed out of many players' main pick. They are still excellent duelling weapons though, and feel amazing to use so they still retain a strong ranking.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (140 RPM) - Example: Eyasluna
PVP Primaries
Pulse rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Pulse Rifles
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Pulse Rifles have seen a resurgence in the past few seasons, with constant buffs to all types of Pulse Rifles. It is hard not to find success with one due to the high-flinch potential of Rapid-Fire Pulses or the lethal time-to-kill of High-Impact Pulses.

► Best Archetype: High-Impact (340 RPM) - Example: The Messenger
PVP Primaries
Sidearm weapon type Destiny 2
Sidearms
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Sidearms recently received a monumental buff to their ease of use and effective range by increasing auto-aim fall-off distance by 30%. This means that Sidearms simply can kill from further away, and more easily. Sidearms are particularly potent on a controller.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (300 RPM) - Example: Drang
PVP Primaries
Auto rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Auto Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

-► Auto Rifles aren't doing greét right now. They contest a similar range as Hand Cannons, however, they lack the peak shooting potential that Adaptive Hand Cannons bring. They can also be contested at close range by SMGs, making them difficult to use everywhere. However, a good player can still find value in an Auto Rifle as they do provide high flinch and constant damage.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (600 RPM) - Example: Gnawing Hunger
PVP Primaries
Combat bow weapon type Destiny 2
Combat Bows
B › Average
Average

B

-► Bows are incredibly unique. They have a remarkably slow time to kill, however, this isn't where Bows shine. Hotswap builds with bows can be incredibly potent and don't require much learning either. Bows also provide incredible value when teamshooting opponents. Despite this, Bows on their own are quite mediocre and need something behind them to really shine.

► Best Archetype: Precision (Slower Draw Time) - Example: Strident Whistle
PVP Primaries
Scout rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Scout Rifles
B › Average
Average

B

Trend down► Scouts have been tuned down to make them less potent in the hands of the average player. However, good scout rifle players will still be able to do pretty well in lobbies, however, they may find themselves outmatched by Pulse Rifles.

► Best Archetype: High-Impact (150 RPM) - Example: Polaris Lance
PVP Primaries
SMG weapon type Destiny 2
Submachine Guns
A › Strong
Strong

A

Trend down► A few SMGs were recently hit with a range and/or damage nerf that knocked them down a peg or two. However, SMGs still have fast TTKs at short to medium ranges but are slightly outclassed by Sidearms now.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (900 RPM)- Example: Borrowed Time
PVP Primaries

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about Pulse Rifles in Destiny 2, whether that is for PVP or PVE content.

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  1. Brendan

    On the darkest before review, it says gridskipper instead of darkest before in its description, in the very first section, overall a very useful tier list!

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