Destiny 2 Nightfall Weapon this Week: Full Rotation

by | May 14, 2024 | Weapons

Bungie has been doing an excellent job when it comes to adding new weapons to endgame activities. Playlist and Seasonal weapons have been great so far, but Nightfall weapons truly stand out, with a few of them now sitting among the best weapons in the 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.

Nightfall weapon this week: May 14, 2024

This week’s Nightfall weapon is The Slammer sword, dropping from the Heist Battleground: Cosmodrome. We cover the top The Slammer God Rolls here.

PsiOps Battleground: Cosmodrome

Nightfall this week

Shields: Arc icon  Solar   Void

Champions: Barrier Champion white Icon Destiny 2   Unstoppable Champion white Icon Destiny 2

Requirements: Free-to-play / 🔗GM guide

New Nightfall weapons this Season (S23)

Bungie released (and/or re-reissued) the following Nightfall weapons with Season of the Wish:

Nightfall Weapon rotation this season

There are now several Nightfall-specific weapons in Destiny 2, but only 6 out of the grand total are on rotation at any given time. These are the other weapons on rotation this season (as far as we know):

Season 23 Nightfall weapon rotation

ArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoRotationWeek #
Warden's Law artWarden's LawHand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryNovember 28, 2023Week 1
Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialDecember 5, 2023Week 2
Pre Astyanax IV artPre Astyanax IVCombat BowSolar SolarPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryDecember 12, 2023Week 3
Undercurrent art Destiny 2UndercurrentGrenade LauncherArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialDecember 19, 2023Week 4
Uzume RR4 artUzume RR4Sniper RifleSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialDecember 26, 2023Week 5
BrayTech Osprey art Destiny 2BrayTech OspreyRocket LauncherVoid VoidHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyJanuary 2, 2024Week 6
Warden's Law artWarden's LawHand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryJanuary 9, 2024Week 7
Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialJanuary 16, 2024Week 8
Pre Astyanax IV artPre Astyanax IVCombat BowSolar SolarPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryJanuary 23, 2024Week 9
Undercurrent art Destiny 2UndercurrentGrenade LauncherArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialJanuary 30, 2024Week 10
Uzume RR4 artUzume RR4Sniper RifleSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialFebruary 6, 2024Week 11
BrayTech Osprey art Destiny 2BrayTech OspreyRocket LauncherVoid VoidHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyFebruary 13, 2024Week 12
Warden's Law artWarden's LawHand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryFebruary 20, 2024Week 13
Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialFebruary 27, 2024Week 14
Wild Style art Destiny 2Wild StyleGrenade LauncherSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialMarch 5, 2024Week 15
Pre Astyanax IV artPre Astyanax IVCombat BowSolar SolarPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryMarch 12, 2024Week 16
The Slammer art Destiny 2The SlammerSwordStasis StasisHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyMarch 19, 2024Week 17
Undercurrent art Destiny 2UndercurrentGrenade LauncherArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialMarch 26, 2024Week 18
Uzume RR4 artUzume RR4Sniper RifleSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialApril 2, 2024Week 19
BrayTech Osprey art Destiny 2BrayTech OspreyRocket LauncherVoid VoidHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyApril 9, 2024Week 20
Warden's Law artWarden's LawHand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryApril 16, 2024Week 21
Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialApril 23, 2024Week 22
Wild Style art Destiny 2Wild StyleGrenade LauncherSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialApril 30, 2024Week 23
Pre Astyanax IV artPre Astyanax IVCombat BowSolar SolarPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryMay 7, 2024Week 24
The Slammer art Destiny 2The SlammerSwordStasis StasisHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyMay 14, 2024Week 25
Undercurrent art Destiny 2UndercurrentGrenade LauncherArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialMay 21, 2024Week 26
Uzume RR4 artUzume RR4Sniper RifleSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialMay 28, 2024Week 27

💠 Check out our Nightfalls this Week guide for more details about this Nightfall.

Nightfall weapons this week Destiny 2 900p

Nightfall weapon rotation

Best Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons

Keep in mind that every Nightfall weapon now comes 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

Our Tier list 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.

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Horror's LeastHorror's Least art
Horror's Least
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
Top-tier
Uzume RR4Uzume RR4 art
Uzume RR4
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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)

► Uzume RR4 has always been an underrated pick for both PvE and PvP. While some options outclass it in various scenarios, there's no questioning Uzume's versatility and overall strength. If you're searching for a well-rounded option that won't do you wrong, Uzume RR4 may be worth farming.
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)
Top-tier
Silicon NeuromaSilicon Neuroma art
Silicon Neuroma
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 falls into the large pool of snipers that are great at face value but are desperately awaiting a buff to help them out. Its strong perk pool for both PvE and PvP makes it an easy choice for any 72 RPM sniper enthusiast, but the weapon probably won't become mainstream without a significant shift in the meta.
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
Top-tier
Wendigo GL3Wendigo GL3 art

Wendigo GL3
Grenade LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Rolls: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Field Prep) + Explosive Light (also good: Cascade Point)

► Wendigo GL3's old curated roll is still available, and with spike grenades, it's actually better than its original incarnation for PvE. Try out Cascade Point for a different spin on DPS. For PvP, Grenade Launchers are top-tier, and the Wendigo GL3 is no exception. Impulse Amplifier + Rangefinder allows for a projectile speed of 58m/s, making securing kills remarkably easy with this weapon.
Season 19
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Rolls: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Field Prep) + Explosive Light (also good: Cascade Point)
Top-tier
Warden's LawWarden's Law art
Warden's Law
Hand CannonHeavy BurstPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Heavy Burst

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's the Charm (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Frenzy )
PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Discord) + Kill Clip

► While Warden's Law is only known for one thing (absurdly high DPS with the Hunter's Lucky Pants), it does exceptionally well at it. Although it definitely isn't a meta pick outside of that one use case, that alone bursts it above most of the pack; plus, it's an extremely fun and unique gun to use regardless!
Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Heavy Burst

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's the Charm (also good: Perpetual Motion) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Frenzy )
PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Discord) + Kill Clip
Top-tier
PLUG ONE.1PLUG ONE.1 art
PLUG ONE.1
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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)

► Still as strong as ever, PLUG ONE.1 is certainly not the best arc fusion out there, but it is a tried-and-true weapon that is a fun addition to any PvE loadout. While it may lack Voltshot, it still pairs nicely with Arc 3.0 when using Spark of Beacons.
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)
Top-tier
The HotheadThe Hothead art
The Hothead
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Field Prep) + Lasting Impression (also good: Explosive Light)

► While it's no longer the best option for high-end PvE content, The Hothead is an extremely solid choice that won't disappoint. Farming Cold Comfort or Apex Predator will be more worthwhile if you have the opportunity, but utilizing The Hothead instead is still considered an effective strategy for most groups.
Season 15
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Field Prep) + Lasting Impression (also good: Explosive Light)
Top-tier
Pre Astyanax IVPre Astyanax IV art
Pre Astyanax IV
Combat BowPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Successful Warmup (also good: Explosive Head)

► With its roll of Archer's Tempo and Successful Warmup, Pre Astynax is essenitally the new Hush. But if a 540 draw time isn't for you, it's got a swathe of perks that are sure to perform very well in any content.
Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Successful Warmup (also good: Explosive Head)
Top-tier
The SlammerThe Slammer art Destiny 2
The Slammer
SwordVortexHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Cold Steel

► While Vortex Frames are typically weak, The Slammer is an exception thanks to its ability to roll Eager Edge and Cold Steel. It does also come with Bait and Switch, however, Vortex Frames will need to receive a number of buffs for this perk to be used on this weapon.
Season 23
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Cold Steel
Top-tier
The PalindromeThe Palindrome art
The Palindrome
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Rangefinder

► Because of a couple of perk nerfs in combination with the release of new and potent hand cannons, The Palindrome has seen a slow decline in popularity. While it still isn't a bad pick for The Crucible, there are better options out there.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Rangefinder
Top-tier
BrayTech OspreyBrayTech Osprey art Destiny 2
BrayTech Osprey
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Lasting Impression
PvP God Roll: Cluster Bomb + Chain Reaction

► The original Braytech Osprey was mediocre, and the reissued version follows this trend. While it does have a handful of perks that make other rockets top-tier, Osprey is almost entirely outclassed by top options like Apex Predator and Cold Comfort.
Season 21
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Lasting Impression
PvP God Roll: Cluster Bomb + Chain Reaction
THE SWARMTHE SWARM art
THE SWARM
Machine GunHigh-ImpactHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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)

► THE SWARM is a solid, but not great, Arc machine gun. Like the comparable Terminus Horizon, there isn't enough on offer here to consider it a must-have anymore.
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)
Duty BoundDuty Bound art
Duty Bound
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All Perpetual Motion + Rampage

► Duty Bound is a decent all-around weapon. It comes with solid perks and can be used effectively pretty much anywhere in the game. 600 RPM Auto Rifles have always had a decent spot in PvE, and Duty Bound does not break this trend.
Season 16
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All Perpetual Motion + Rampage
The Militia's BirthrightThe Militia's Birthright
The Militia's Birthright
Grenade LauncherLightweightSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

God Rolls: Ambitious Assassin (also good: Slideways) + Auto-Loading Holster

► With slightly better perks than its original version, the reprisal of Militia's Birthright hasn't made it any more enticing than the several other Kinetic GL's out there. Nice to have, but not worth farming for.
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

God Rolls: Ambitious Assassin (also good: Slideways) + Auto-Loading Holster
BuzzardBuzzard art
Buzzard
SidearmAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

God Rolls: Fourth Time's the Charm (also good: Overflow) + Kinetic Tremors (also good: Frenzy)

► Buzzard had a lot of hype coming in: Fourth Time's + Kinetic Tremors sounded like a devastating combo. However, the reality calls for conditions unsuitable for sidearms, making it more gimmick than anything. However, if used right, Buzzard can make quick work of beefier targets.
Season 20
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

God Rolls: Fourth Time's the Charm (also good: Overflow) + Kinetic Tremors (also good: Frenzy)
Loaded QuestionLoaded Question art Destiny 2
Loaded Question
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Overflow) + Controlled Burst (also good: Reservoir Burst)

► A reprised Pinnacle reward, Loaded Question's return has been well received. Not only does it keep Reservoir Burst, but the inclusion of Overflow and Envious means higher uptime for the perk, letting it perform quite well in higher-end content.
Season 21
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Envious Assassin (also good: Overflow) + Controlled Burst (also good: Reservoir Burst)
UndercurrentUndercurrent art Destiny 2
Undercurrent
Grenade LauncherWaveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Wave

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Field Prep) + Voltshot

► If you lack The Witch Queen DLC or just can't find a raid group, Undercurrent is your best replacement for Forebearance. While not as strong, it can surely compete thanks to Voltshot being as powerful as it is.
Season 23
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Wave

PvE God Roll: Demolitionist (also good: Field Prep) + Voltshot
Mindbender's AmbitionMindbender's Ambition art
Mindbender's Ambition
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Rolls: Threat Detector + Fragile Focus

► Mindbender's Ambition is a decent all-rounder. It isn't best-in-class anywhere in the game, but it will get the job done provided it has the right rolls, and a good Adept Mod socketed.
Season 18
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Rolls: Threat Detector + Fragile Focus
D.F.A.D.F.A. art
D.F.A.
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



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

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage

► While some people stand by D.F.A., there's no real reason to run it in the current meta. With buildcrafting synergies on top in PvE and a flood of new weapons for The Crucible, this outdated hand cannon simply gets drowned out. There is something to say about Timed Payload in PvP, but it's something that isn't strong enough to recommend.
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage
Shadow PricePrice art
Shadow Price
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2
Weak

C



Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + One for All (also good: Swashbuckler)

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Overflow (also good: Feeding Frenzy) + One for All (also good: Swashbuckler)
The ComedianThe Comedian art
The Comedian
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Weak

C



Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

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

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 15
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Trench Barrel)
Wild StyleWild Style art Destiny 2
Wild Style
Grenade LauncherDouble FireSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesOngoingNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3Ongoing...

Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Double Fire



Season 23
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Double Fire

  • 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.

Nightfall weapon farm: How to get them

Farming a Nightfall weapon is as straightforward as it gets: they only drop from Nightfall: The Ordeals completions. But you’ll have to wait until the weapon you want is on rotation before you start farming Nightfalls.

But completing a Nightfall is easier said than done. Sometimes referred to as a Nightfall Strike, a Nightfall: The Ordeal is much harder than a Strike, especially on Legend, Master, and Grandmaster difficulties. As soon as you start tackling Legend Nightfalls and above, you’ll have to deal with Match game enemy shields, no matchmaking, and more.

The list of modifiers you’ll have to deal with can be found in the Nightfall selection screen. You can also find them in our Nightfall guide.

Nightfall weapons drop rates

Obviously, most players opt to tackle higher difficulties because the higher the difficulty, the bigger the reward. This applies to Nightfall weapon drops too. Exact drop rates are unknown but the higher the difficulty, the higher the chances to earn a Nightfall weapon:

Hero activity level is now soft cap + 20. Legend is Power cap + 30, and Master is Power cap + 40. Each has a scaling combat delta that keeps you under level in the activity and provides a smoother pathway to Grandmaster.

Nightfall Difficulty Recommended Level Drop rate
Hero 1770 Uncommon
Legend 1830 Common
Master 1840 Common
Grandmaster TBC Common+

Adept Nightfall weapons

On top of offering higher drop rates, completing a Nightfall on the Grandmaster difficulty can also reward you with an Adept weapon.

Nightfall Adept weapons are souped-up versions of the standard Nightfall: The Ordeal weapons. They sport a new design, offer better stats (via an improved Masterwork), and can equip powerful Adept mods, which are superior to normal mods.

Unlike Adept Trials weapons, Adept weapons from Nightfalls can only be farmed once the Grandmaster difficulty becomes available, which is during the latter part of a season. In Season of the Deep, Grandmaster Nightfalls will become available in June 2023.

Nightfall weapons Destiny 2 featured wide

Nightfall Adept weapons, Destiny 2

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

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  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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    • Dotdotdot

      Agreed. Not to mention it gets Auto Loading and even Demo in that first column. A lot of the weapon reviews and grades, on this site, are kinda whack… but the one for Hothead is pretty bad.

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    • Josh

      he rated at S tier

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  2. PandAcakes

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

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  3. Dušan Lomen

    OK Super app.

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  4. Nathanael

    Please update. Weapons such as the SWARM are available and on rotation.

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  5. Parsus77

    I would suggest a change in the perk selection on Hot-Head. First-off, Lasting Impression is considered worse than Explosive Light for several reasons and Field Prep + Clown Cartridge as well as Demolitionist still see use despite the otherwise superior options of Apex Predator and Cold Comfort.

    The tiering is also pretty silly. Hot-Head is a significantly stronger drop than anything else in the S tier by a large margin.

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  6. GRAPHITE

    How is it that buzzard isnt in the rotation list this season yet it is currently the nightfall weapon drop? Please update ur list.

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  7. Veggies

    Duty Bound has a typo. The God Roll is listed as “Frenzy Rampage”.

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  8. Neofox

    SWARM is in rotation today not Wardens law

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  9. Cryha

    Since when are Vortex frame swords bad?

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