Best Destiny 2 Gambit weapons: Tier List and Triumphs

by | Aug 30, 2021 | Weapons

Just as with the recently released Nightfall weapons, Gambit has also become a reliable source of great weapons. Not all of them are must-haves, but the ones that are, are some of the best weapons in the entire game.

But Gambit weapons are also sought after for another reason: The Dark Age Arsenal triumph. This triumph, which requires wins with Gambit weapons, is mandatory to earn to Dredgen title and the reason why many Guardians continue to chase it.

In this guide, we’ll cover Gambit weapons in full depth. First, all the guns that count as Gambit weapons for the Dredgen triumph, and then, every exclusive Gambit weapon released so far (including their PVP and PVE god rolls).

The weapons that count as “Gambit weapons”

For some reason, Bungie never updated the Dark Age Arsenal triumph to ensure that every weapon from Gambit counts towards its completion. For that reason, the following list is important, as it only includes the weapons that will allow you to complete that tirumph.

The Dark Arsenal: Win a Gambit match with a Gambit weapon equipped in every slot.

This list includes every non-sunset weapon that counts as a Gambit weapon towards that triumph, and eventually, the Dredgen seal:

NameTypeElementRequirements?Obtainable now?-Weapon | TypeDamageSourceRequiresStill obtainable?
MalfeasanceHand CannonKineticFree-to-PlayYesDestiny 2 Malfeasance artMalfeasance
| Hand Cannon
KineticExotic KioskDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1


LonesomeSidearmKineticFree-to-PlayYesLonesome Destiny 2 artLonesome
| Sidearm
KineticWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1


Night WatchScout RifleKineticFree-to-PlayYesNight Watch Destiny 2 artNight Watch
| Scout Rifle
KineticWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1


Gnawing HungerAuto RifleVoidFree-to-PlayYesGnawing Hunger Destiny 2 artGnawing Hunger
| Auto Rifle
Void VoidWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1


Bad OmensRocket LauncherVoidFree-to-PlayYesBad Omens Destiny 2 artBad Omens
| Rocket Launcher
Void VoidWorld Loot PoolDestiny 2 Free to Play logo 1


The following, now sunsetted weapons, also count as Gambit weapons:

  • Bygones – Pulse Rifle
  • Trust – Hand Cannon

Where can you find these Gambit weapons?

This weapon selection that applies for that triumph is clearly outdated and doesn’t properly take into account that half of the weapons in the game were retired late last year.

But if you’re still struggling to get the Dredgen seal, and more precisely, the Dark Age Arsenal triumph, this is how you can still find them:

  • Malfeasance: As many other Exotics did, Malfaseance lost its Exotic quest when several planets were removed from the game. Those weapons can be now purchased at the Monument to Lost Lights (aka, the Exotics Kiosk) in the tower.
  • Gnawing Hunger, Lonesome, Night Watch, and Bad Omens: These former Reckoning-specific weapons are now part of the World Pool and can drop when playing any activity in the game. The Gunsmith also offers a rotating selection of World Pool weapons that can sometimes offer some of these.
  • Trust and Bygones: Finally, these two weapons were retired but can still be directly purchased from the Drifter. You’ll need to have reset your Infamy ranks once or twice before being able to purchase them.

Does Power Level matter in Gambit?

Keep in mind that Power Levels do not matter against AI combatants. A 1250 and a 1310 Power Level weapon will do equal damage to AI enemies. Power Levels are only important when fighting other Guardians while invading or during an enemy invasion.

Pro tip: You can just equip the Gambit weapons before the end of the match to get the win to count towards the triumph.

Destiny 2 Gambit weapons: Exclusive Drops

Now that we’ve clarified what weapons count towards the Dredgen seal’s triumphs, we can focus on what really matters: Gambit exclusive weapons.

These weapons are exclusive to Gambit and can only drop from Gambit match completions randomly. For some reason, earning ranks and Gambit-specific engrams cannot reward the Gambit-exclusive weapons, only match completions.

These are the different Tier levels used for this tier list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapon types.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapon types, 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.

The list starts with the S Tier and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying where each weapon shines:

NameTypeElementRankExcelsWeapon | TypeTier rankVerdict
Servant LeaderScout RifleKineticA › StrongPVE + PVPServant Leader Destiny 2 art
Servant Leader
| Scout Rifle


Excels in:
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PVE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Rampage (also good: Frenzy)

PVP God Roll: Surplus (also good: Rapid Hit) + Kill Clip (also good: Rampage)

► To see scout rifles become meta was unthinkable just a few months ago, but here we are. After several buffs, scout rifles are back on the menu and the brand-new Servant Leader has everything it takes to rise to the top.

The only kinetic rapid-fire scout in the game, Servant Leader is the perfect replacement for the now-retired Randy's Throwing Knife. With arguably even better base stats than Randy's and a great perk selection, Servant Leader can truly excel in PVE and PVP. If you ever run into a stacked team running Gambit non-stop this season, you can bet they're farming Servant Leaders.
Bottom DollarHand CannonVoidA › StrongPVE + PVPBottom Dollar Destiny 2 art
Bottom Dollar
| Hand Cannon


Excels in:
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PVE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Outlaw) + Explosive Payload (also good: Rampage)

PVE God Roll: Rangefinder (also good: Rapid Hit) + Opening Shot (also good: Rampage)

► Arguably the most sought-after weapon in the entire Gambit loot pool, Bottom Dollar is one of the best 120 RPM hand cannons in the game. It's so good, some consider it better than the infamous Trials of Osiris' Igneous Hammer. With excellent base stats and very good perks for both PVE and PVP, this is a weapon you don't want to miss.

As with every other Playlist weapon, Bottom Dollar has a huge perk pool, which means that finding a good roll is very difficult. That's the entire reason why some people still farm Gambit...
Borrowed TimeSubmachine GunSolarA › StrongPVEBorrowed Time Destiny 2 art
Borrowed Time
| Submachine Gun


Excels in:
Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PVE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Rampage (also good: Frenzy)

► One of the latest additions to the Gambit pool, this SMG is more a PVE workhorse. With the classic Reload Speed + Damage buff combo, this is a great weapon for ad clear. It pales in comparison to the Huckleberry SMG, but that’s a bit of an unfair comparison, as Huckleberry is an Exotic and one of its kind.

Needless to say, the good stats, the right archetype (750 RPM SMG), and the right perks make this a good addition to any Guardian's PVE arsenal.
Crowd PleaserGrenade LauncherVoidA › StrongPVECrowd Pleaser Destiny 2 art
Crowd Pleaser
| Grenade Launcher


Excels in:
Slot: Void Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PVE God Roll: Ambitious Assassin (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Chain Reaction

► While not the most impressive grenade launcher on paper, Crowd Pleaser does offer a few excellent perks that more than make up for the average base stats.

Chain Reaction is hands down the perk you'll want, as it's currently one of the best perks for ad clear in the game. Just fire it once at a group of enemies and see them explode to understand what I mean. And as an added bonus, Crowd Pleaser is the only arc grenade launcher that can roll with Chain Reaction.
Trinary SystemFusion RifleSolarB › Average-Trinary System Destiny 2 art
Trinary System
| Fusion Rifle


Slot: Solar Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: PERK (also good: PERK) + PERK (also good: PERK)

PVE God Roll: PERK (also good: PERK) + PERK (also good: PERK)

The Last Word

You now know everything there is to know about Gambit weapons. Whether you’re going for the Dredgen seal and need to know what Bungie means by “Gambit weapons” or whether you’re aiming to farm Gambit-exclusive weapons, these 2 lists have you covered.

Are you currently chasing any of these weapons? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. obama

    “And as an added bonus, Crowd Pleaser is the only arc grenade launcher that can roll with Chain Reaction.” Blast Battue can also roll with chain reaction and is pretty easy to target farm if you have season of the hunt

    • topaz

      i mean… salvager’s salvo, too

  2. Wot_Mixa_fox_

    Yay i got the weapon called trust from equiping all 3 weapons from each akenetic, power and, energy.

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