Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons: Rotation schedule and Tier list

by | Sep 21, 2021 | Weapons

Destiny 2 is a great game with a community that loves to complain, and sometimes, rightfully so.

But there’s one thing Bungie absolutely hit out of the park this season: The weapons. Playlist and Seasonal weapons have been great so far, and the newly 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.

Best Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons: Tier list

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.

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
The PalindromeHand CannonVoidS › BestPVE + PVPThe Palindrome Destiny 2 art
The Palindrome
| Hand Cannon


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

PVE God Roll: Outlaw (also good: Overflow) + One for All (also good: Rampage)

PVP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Killing Wind) + Rangefinder

► The Palindrome embodies everything a Nightfall weapon should be. It has great stats, excellent perks, and can dominate in both PVE and PVP.

The only reason you don't see it more often is because 120 RPM hand cannons currently dominate the Crucible while sidearms and SMGs dominate the PVE scene. But make no mistake, The Palindrome is arguably the best legendary 140 RPM in the entire game right now.
The ComedianShotgunVoidA › StrongPVEThe Comedian Destiny 2 art
The Comedian
| Shotgun


Excels in:
Slot: Void Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Aggressive

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

► At first glance, 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.

But when looking at it closely, it has better base stats than the current PVP king of aggressive shotguns, Felwinter's Lie. It also offers some excellent perks, including the never seen before on a special ammo weapon: Subsistence. With Subsistence and top tier perks such as Vorpal Weapon or One for All, The Comedian has immense PVE potential.
PLUG ONE.1Fusion RifleArcA › StrongPVPPLUG ONE.1 Destiny 2 art
| Fusion Rifle


Excels in:
Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Destiny 2 special ammo Special | Archetype: Precision

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

PVP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Heating Up) + Kickstart (also good: Cornered)

► PLUG ONE.1 is perhaps the most surprising Nightfall weapon released so far. No one expected much from it, mainly because Fusion rifles aren't particularly strong right now, but also because Null Composure was supposed to be the next Loaded Question.

Null Composure ended up being a dud, but PLUG ONE.1 turned out to be excellent, especially for PVP. With the right balance between damage and load times, PLUG ONE.1 also offers remarkable consistency and range.
Uzume RR4Sniper RifleSolarA › StrongPVPUzume RR4 Destiny 2 art
Uzume RR4
| Sniper Rifle


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

PVE God Roll: Triple Tap (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Explosive Payload (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

PVP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Explosive Payload (also good: High-Impact Reserves)

► The most sought-after Sniper rifle this season, at least within the PVP community, Uzume RR4 has a lot going for it, including decent stats and the must-have perk any decent Sniper should have: Snapshot Sights.

While it still suffers from the recent nerfs done to Snipers in PVP, it still offers tons of ease of use and consistency thanks to its relatively high Aim assistance and 50 zoom level.
Hung Jury SR4Scout RifleKineticA › StrongPVEHung Jury SR4 Destiny 2 art
Hung Jury SR4
| Scout Rifle


Excels in:
Slot: Kinetic | Ammo: Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Precision

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

► The most famous Scout Rifle from Destiny 1 is back and it has a lot to offer, including the Firefly perk.
Very capable for Grandmaster Nightfalls and Master Vault of Glass, Hung Jury SR4 has a base recoil pattern that is nice and vertical, making precision shots easy to land.

These easy precision hits can temporarily increase Hung Jury's stability and reload speed with Rapid Hit. Explosive Payload, one of the best PvE perks in the game, is also available. With Explosive Payload, you get no damage falloff and 10% to 15% more damage to red bar enemies.
The HotheadRocket LauncherArcB › Average-The Hothead Destiny 2 art
The Hothead
| Rocket Launcher


Excels in:
Slot: Arc Heavy | Ammo: Destiny 2 Heavy ammo 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. But now that we've seen how Explosive Light is nowhere near as powerful as it once was, it is no surprise The Hothead has been received with disappointment.

Having said that, The Hothead can still roll with nice perks and interesting combinations, namely a Demolitionist and Adrenaline Junkie roll which could prove to be extremely fun.
Shadow PriceAuto RifleArcB › AveragePVEShadow Price Destiny 2 art
Shadow Price
| Auto Rifle


Excels in:
Slot: Arc Energy | Ammo: Ammo: Primary | Archetype: Precision

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

PVP God Roll: Killing Wind + Swaschbuckler

► Shadow Price is, unfortunately, the perfect example of what is wrong with Destiny 2's current sandbox. Shadow Price is by itself a fine weapon. It has good stats, good perks, and is the only Auto rifle in the game that can take Adept Mods.

But no matter how good it is on paper, Shadow Price will always be held back by its archetype: 450 RPM Precision Auto rifles. In spite of receiving a minor buff, 450 RPM autos still have very little to offer and are outclassed by way too many weapons. Unless Bungie gives the entire archetype a big buff, Shadow Price will never shine.
THE SWARMMachine GunArcB › Average-THE SWARM Destiny 2 art
| Machine Gun


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

PVE God Roll: Surplus (also good: Outlaw) + Dragonfly (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
PVP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Zen Moment (also good: Tap the Trigger)

► THE SWARM suffers from the same issues Shadow Price does, albeit to a lesser extend. High-Impact machine guns are not as bad as 450 RPM auto rifles, but they still suffer from a clear lack of identity.

THE SWARM is a good machine gun with good base stats and good perks, especially for PVE, but machine guns as a whole still lag behind Swords, Rocket Launchers and even Grenade launchers.

Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons this week

There are 8 Nightfall-specific weapons in total (excluding the Year 1 Nightfall weapons that were retired last year), and with Season of the Lost, their rotation has changed to ensure they all drop regularly throughout the season.

All 8 weapons are currently on a weekly rotation, with only two of them dropping each week.

Nightfall Weapon rotation for 2021

The following calendar outlines which weapons are dropping when during Season of the Lost:

Nightfall Weapons today

September 21, 2021The Comedian Destiny 2 artThe Comedian | ShotgunVoid EnergySpecial ammo Destiny 2 Special
Shadow Price Destiny 2 artShadow Price | Auto RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
September 14, 2021The Palindrome Destiny 2 artThe Palindrome | Hand CannonVoid EnergyPrimary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
THE SWARM Destiny 2 artTHE SWARM | Machine GunArc ArcHeavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy
September 7, 2021The Comedian Destiny 2 artThe Comedian | ShotgunVoid EnergySpecial ammo Destiny 2 Special
Uzume RR4 Destiny 2 artUzume RR4 | Sniper RifleSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 Special
August 31, 2021Shadow Price Destiny 2 artThe Hothead | Rocket LauncherArc ArcHeavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy
THE SWARM Destiny 2 artHung Jury SR4 | Scout RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
August 24, 2021Shadow Price Destiny 2 artShadow Price | Auto RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 Primary
The Comedian Destiny 2 artThe Comedian | ShotgunVoid EnergySpecial ammo Destiny 2 Special

Season 15 Nightfall weapons

Bungie released the following Nightfall weapons in Season 15:

  • The Comedian – Shotgun
  • The Hothead – Rocket Launcher

With now 8 total Nightfall weapons in the loot pool, the rotation changed accordingly:

Instead of six weapons in a 1/1/1/3 rotation as we had in the second half of Season 14, we’ll have eight weapons, in pairs consisting of one newer and one older weapon.

What about Season 13 and 14 weapons?

If you too are still looking for a decently rolled Palindrome, you’ll have to be patient, as the 6 previously released Nightfall weapons will be available every 4 weeks.

Farming a particular weapon will be more difficult from now with 2 different weapons available per week.

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 drop rates Season 15 Destiny 2

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 1250 Rare
Hero 1290 Uncommon
Legend 1320 Common
Master 1350 Common
Grandmaster 1370 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.

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Adept versions of Season 14’s Nightfall weapons

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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