Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon this Week: Rotation and Tier list

by | Jun 21, 2022 | Weapons

Bungie has been doing an excellent job when it comes to adding new weapons to endgame activities to Destiny 2.

Playlist and Seasonal weapons have been great so far, but the recently added Nightfall weapons truly stand out, with a few of them now sitting among some of the best weapons in the entire game.

In this guide, we’ll cover all Nightfall: The Ordeal weapons released so far (including their PVP and PVE god rolls) and show you how to farm them.

Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons this week

What is the Nightfall weapon dropping this week?

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
June 21, 2022The Hothead Destiny 2 artThe HotheadRocket LauncherArc ArcHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 5

For the week of June 21, 2022, the Nightfall weapon dropping from The Inverted Spire Nightfall is The Hothead Rocket Launcher.

PS: This week’s Nightfall: The Ordeal kicks off on Tuesday, June 7, at 10 am PDT

You can find guides, Shields, and Champion information here:

NameLocationShieldsChampionsRequires
The Inverted SpireNessus3-6x Arc
3-6x Void
0-5x Solar
15x Barrier
4x Unstoppable

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Nightfall Weapon rotation for 2022

There are 12 Nightfall-specific weapons in total, and with Season of the Haunted (S17), only 6 out of the 12 total weapons are currently on a weekly rotation, with only one dropping each week.

2022 Nightfall weapon rotation

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
June 21, 2022The Hothead Destiny 2 artThe HotheadRocket LauncherArc ArcHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 5
June 14, 2022Horror's Least Destiny 2 artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 4
June 7, 2022PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 artPLUG ONE.1Fusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 3
May 31, 2022D.F.A. Destiny 2 artD.F.A.Hand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 2
May 24, 2022Silicon Neuroma Destiny 2 artSilicon NeuromaSniper RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 1

Best Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons: Tier list

This table covers all Nightfall weapons. Keep in mind that moving forwards, all Nightfall weapons will come with the following Origin Traits:

-TraitSourceActivation | EffectsSpecsSource TypeReleased
Stunning Recovery trait Destiny 2 artStunning RecoveryNightfall: The OrdealsStunning a Champion partially refills the magazine, triggers health regeneration, and improves Recovery for a short duration.+60 HP instantly, +40 HP recovery over 3 secondsActivityThe Witch Queen
Vanguard's Vindication trait Destiny 2 artVanguard's VindicationPlaylist: StrikesFinal blows from this weapon grant a small amount of health.+7HPActivityThe Witch Queen

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 where each weapon shines:

⛔ These weapons are on a seasonal rotation. Each season, some weapons will become unobtainable to leave room for previously unavailable weapons to return.

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsAvailable?RankSourceObtainable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
Horror's LeastHorror's Least Destiny 2 art
Horror's Least
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesOngoingNightfall: The OrdealsOngoing...

Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

Review ongoing...


Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

Review ongoing...
The PalindromeThe Palindrome Destiny 2 art
The Palindrome
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayNoS › BestNightfall: The Ordeals
Best

S



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Outlaw + One for All
PVP God Roll: Killing Wind + Rangefinder

► With S-Tier perks for both PVE and PVP, great stats, and an adept version, there is nothing to hate about The Palindrome. Plus, it can get max range, can take advantage of Volatile Rounds, and it feels amazing to fire, making it one of the best legendary weapons in the game.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Outlaw + One for All
PVP God Roll: Killing Wind + Rangefinder
Uzume RR4Uzume RR4 Destiny 2 art
Uzume RR4
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayNoS › BestNightfall: The Ordeals
Best

S



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Triple Tap + High-Impact Reserves (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PVP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Explosive Payload)

► Arguably the most well-rounded sniper on this list, Uzume RR4 is an almost-perfect choice for both PVE and PVP. Sure, it doesn't have the best stats in the game, but the versatility of this weapon is unrivaled. No matter what part of the game you play, a good Uzume will complete your loadout.
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Triple Tap + High-Impact Reserves (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PVP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Explosive Payload)
THE SWARMTHE SWARM Destiny 2 art
THE SWARM
Machine GunHigh-ImpactHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoS › BestNightfall: The Ordeals
Best

S



Excels in:
PVE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PVE God Roll: Surplus (also good: Outlaw) + One for All (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► High-Impact machine guns currently suffer from a lack of identity. That said, THE SWARM can still be great for PVE. It packs a strong punch and can roll with perks that not only improve its lethality but also its handling. It has good base stats too and can use the top-tier Adept Big Ones mod, if you have an Adept version of the gun.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PVE God Roll: Surplus (also good: Outlaw) + One for All (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Silicon NeuromaSilicon Neuroma Destiny 2 art
Silicon Neuroma
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The Ordeals
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE + PVP
Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PVE God Roll: Triple Tap + Firing Line
PVP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot

► Silicon Neuroma is one of the few snipers that can roll with Snapshot Sights and Opening Shot, the holy grail of PVP snipers. On top of that, it packs a low zoom value that helps it excel at closer ranges, and thanks to the recent buff to low zoom snipers, it simply feels great to use.
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PVE God Roll: Triple Tap + Firing Line
PVP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot
Hung Jury SR4Hung Jury SR4 Destiny 2 art
Hung Jury SR4
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongNightfall: The Ordeals
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

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

► Very capable in Master and Grandmaster content, Hung Jury SR4 has a nice and vertical recoil pattern that makes precision shots easy to land. On top of that, it has access to all the best PVE perks, including Explosive Payload and Firefly, which can be excellent for ad clear.
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload (also good: Firefly)
PLUG ONE.1PLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 art
PLUG ONE.1
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The Ordeals
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Roll: Bottomless Grief (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Reservoir Burst (also good: Cornered)

► With outstanding range, this weapon proves why Precision archetype Fusions are so strong right now. Feeding Frenzy + Resovoir burst will synergize well with Volatile rounds too.
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Roll: Bottomless Grief (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Reservoir Burst (also good: Cornered)
Duty BoundDuty Bound Destiny 2 art
Duty Bound
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The Ordeals
Strong

A



Excels in:
PVE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Stats for All + Rampage OR Triple Tap + Fourth Time's The Charm

► A returning fan favorite from Year 1, Duty Bound has some great PVE-oriented perks and even the rare combo of Triple Tap/Fourth Time's The Charm. That said, Adaptive Frame Auto Rifles aren't the worst, but also don't excel anywhere.
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Stats for All + Rampage OR Triple Tap + Fourth Time's The Charm
The HotheadThe Hothead Destiny 2 art
The Hothead
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The Ordeals
Average

B



Excels in:
PVE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Field Prep) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Explosive Light)

► The Hothead is one of the few weapons that can roll with the new Explosive Light perk, previously exclusive to the Wendigo GL3 grenade launcher. Explosive Light is not as powerful as it once was but is still a good perk for DPS phases.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Field Prep) + Adrenaline Junkie (also good: Explosive Light)
D.F.A.D.F.A. Destiny 2 art
D.F.A.
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The Ordeals
Average

B



Excels in:
PVE
Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage

► A community favorite back in Year 1, D.F.A. has been brought back in, sadly, a pretty average state. This weapon doesn't have the stats or perks to carry it in PVP, and while it can roll Outlaw / Rampage, there isn't too much here for high-level PVE content either.
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PVE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage
Shadow PriceShadow Price Destiny 2 art
Shadow Price
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageNightfall: The Ordeals
Average

B



Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Swaschbuckler (also good: Disruption Break)

► Shadow Price is the perfect example of what is wrong with Destiny 2's sandbox. Shadow Price is a fine weapon. It has good stats and good perks. But no matter how good it is on paper, Shadow Price will always be held back by its archetype: 450 RPM Precision Auto rifles. 450 RPM autos have very little to offer and are outclassed by way too many weapons.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PVE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + Swaschbuckler (also good: Disruption Break)
The ComedianThe Comedian Destiny 2 art
The Comedian
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageNightfall: The Ordeals
Average

B



Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

PVE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Ensemble) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Trench Barrel)

► The Comedian is yet another aggressive shotgun that comes to us in the wake of several nerfs. And to make matters worst, it lacks the best PVP perks other aggressive shotguns can roll with. It does have better base stats than say, Felwinter's Lie, and can offer excellent PVE perks, such as Subsistence. But neither are enough to help it stand out.
Season 15
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PVE God Roll: Subsistence (also good: Ensemble) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Trench Barrel)

These are the different Tier levels used for this ranking:

  • 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.

Season 17 Nightfall weapons

Bungie released the following Nightfall weapons with Season of the Haunted:

  • D.F.A. – Adaptive Hand Cannon
  • Horror’s Least – Rapid-Fire Pulse Rifle

Weapons cycled out from the loot pool

With now 12 Nightfall weapons in total, Bungie cycled out 4 weapons at the beginning of Season 16 (THE SWARM, Shadow Price, Uzume RR4, Hung Jury SR4) and 2 more weapons at the beginning of Season 17 (The Comedian and The Palindrome). This means these weapons can no longer be obtained until Bungie decides to reintroduce them to the loot pool.

For the record, Bungie has already warned that the following weapons will be cycled out at the beginning of Season 18 (next season):

  • PLUG ONE.1 Fusion Rifle
  • The Hothead Rocket Launcher

Nightfall weapons this week Destiny 2 900p

Nightfall weapon rotation, Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons farm: How to get them

Farming Nightfall weapons is as straightforward as it gets: they only drop from Nightfall: The Ordeals completions (accessible via the Strikes menu in the Director).

This means you’ll have to wait until the weapon you want is on rotation to farm Nightfall: The Ordeals.

Nightfall Difficulties Destiny 2 featured

Destiny 2 Nightfall Modes in Season 17

Nightfall weapons drop rates

Exact drop rates are unknown but the higher the difficulty of the Nightfall, the higher the chances to earn one:

Nightfall Difficulty Recommended Level Drop rate
Adept 1480 Rare
Hero 1520 Uncommon
Legend 1550 Common
Master 1580 Common
Grandmaster 1600 Common+

For the record, the Grandmaster screen does not say what the drop rates are, but players keep reporting higher drop rates at Grandmaster difficulty than Master.

Adept Nightfall weapons

On top of offering higher drop rates, Grandmaster Nightfalls (the most difficult in the entire game), drop Adept versions of the Nightfall weapon. As Trials of Osiris Adept weapons, reserved for Flawless runs, Nightfall Adept weapons also offer better stats (via an improved Masterwork) and can accept Adept mods, which are superior to normal mods.

Nightfall Adept weapons will be available in roughly 6 weeks.

Nightfall weapons Destiny 2 featured wide

Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons, Season 17

Needless to say, Adept versions of these weapons are superior and a major flex (as Grandmaster Nightfalls are not an easy feat for the average player).

Ranking criteria

For the record, as much as we tried to keep the above tier list as objective as possible, it’s still based on our personal experience playing the PC version of the game.

If you’re wondering what criteria was used to build this Tier list, these are the main factors I took into account:

  • Lethality: The higher the effective DPS and usability, the higher the ranking.
  • Consistency: Some weapons may not have the highest DPS numbers, but they are so consistent, they more than make up for their lower DPS numbers.
  • Ease of use: Similar to the point above, some weapons are very effective because they are easy to use and don’t require too much skill or setup. This is also rewarded with higher rankings.
  • PVE/PVP Performance: High lethality in either PVE or  PVP is equally valuable. However, a weapon that is good at both PVE and PVP should rank higher than one that is slightly better on only PVE or PVP.
  • Fun factor: Not the most important factor, but it also helps if the weapon is damn fun to shoot with!

If you strongly disagree with some of the rankings here, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

By the way, what is your personal favorite Nightfall weapon?

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2 Comments
  1. An avid Grandmaster and master Vog player

    About the hothead. It should be minimum A tier. It can roll with explosive light and clown cartridge making it one of if not the best legendary rocket to pair with gally if you are not using izanagi rocket strat. Plus with access to adept big ones this makes running rockets in GM’s worth again due to bonus damage to champions and bosses, just make sure you have a hunter running aeons.

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  2. PandAcakes

    Subsistence Vorpal on Silicion neuroma doesn’t really seem like the pvp god roll

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