Destiny 2 Nightfall Weapon this Week: September 20, 2022

by | Sep 20, 2022 | 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: Sept. 20, 2022

The Nightfall weapon this week is the Horror’s Least, dropping from the Exodus Crash Nightfall.

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
20 September 2022Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 5

Horror's Least Pulse Rifle

Horror's Least God rolls

PvP God roll: Smallbore, Accurised Rounds, Perpetual Motion or Heating Up, and Kill Clip.

PvE God roll: Smallbore or Corkscrew Rifling, Accurised Rounds, Perpetual Motion, and either Kill Clip, Frenzy, or Focused Fury.

Verdict: As a Rapid-Fire pulse, Horror’s Least does come with a fairly lacking range Stat. However, it makes up for it thanks to its excellent performance. It does have some Arc competition in the way of Insidious, though, which is an excellent option. Personally, I would opt for Insidious for PvE, but Horror’s Least for PvP.

Nightfall this week

This week, the Nightfall is The Disgraced and features Barrier and Unstoppable rounds Unstoppable Champions and Solar Solar and Arc Shields.  The Disgraced is an alright Nightfall to farm. It’s not the best, but it certainly isn’t the worst for your farming clear.

Nightfall: Exodus Crash

Featured Nightfall this week

Shields: Solar Solar & Void Void     /     Champions: Barrier & Overload rounds Overload

Requires: Free-to-Play

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

Nightfall Weapon rotation for 2022

There are 14 Nightfall-specific weapons in total, and since the release of Season of Plunder  (S18), only 6 out of the 14 total weapons are currently on rotation, with only one dropping each week.

2022 Nightfall weapon rotation

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
23 August 2022D.F.A. artD.F.A.Hand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 1
30 August 2022Mindbender's Ambition artMindbender's AmbitionShotgunSolar SolarSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 2
6 September 2022Duty Bound artDuty BoundAuto RifleKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 3
13 September 2022The Militia's BirthrightThe Militia's BirthrightGrenade LauncherKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 4
20 September 2022Horror's Least artHorror's LeastPulse RifleArc ArcPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 5
27 September 2022Week 6
4 October 2022Week 7
11 October 2022Week 8
18 October 2022Week 9
25 October 2022Week 10
1 November 2022Week 11
8 November 2022Week 12
15 November 2022Week 13

New Nightfall weapons from Season 18

Bungie released the following Nightfall weapons with Season of Plunder:

Best Destiny 2 Nightfall weapons

Keep in mind that since the release of The Witch Queen expansion, every Nightfall weapon comes with the following Origin Traits.

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.

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
The PalindromeThe Palindrome 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 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 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)
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
Silicon NeuromaSilicon Neuroma 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 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 art
PLUG ONE.1
Fusion RiflePrecisionSpecialArcFree-to-PlayNoA › 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 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 art
The Hothead
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoB › 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. 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 PricePrice 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 art
The Comedian
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakNightfall: The Ordeals
Weak

C



Nightfall: The Ordeals

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

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

► The Comedian is truly a joke, no pun intended. It has a woefully bad perk pool and cannot compete in PvP or PvE. Its perks center around ad clear, which is not the role that Shotguns should fill at all. And even in its Adept form, The Comedian still falls short.
Season 15
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Trench Barrel)
Mindbender's AmbitionMindbender's Ambition art
Mindbender's Ambition
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesOngoingNightfall: The OrdealsOngoing...

Nightfall: The Ordeals

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



► Verdict coming soon...
Season 18
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

The Militia's BirthrightThe Militia's Birthright
The Militia's Birthright
Grenade LauncherLightweightSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesOngoingNightfall: The OrdealsOngoing...

Nightfall: The Ordeals

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



► Verdict coming soon...
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

  • 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.

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 and 2 more weapons at the beginning of Season 17. This means they 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 guns will be cycled out next season:

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

Nightfall weapons this week Destiny 2 900p

Nightfall weapon rotation

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.

Nightfall Difficulties Destiny 2 featured

Nightfall difficulties in Season 17

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

Nightfall Difficulty Recommended Level Drop rate
Adept 1480 Rare
Hero 1520 Uncommon
Legend 1550 Common
Master 1580 Common
Grandmaster 1600 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 Haunter, Grandmaster Nightfalls became available on July 5, 2022.

Nightfall weapons Destiny 2 featured wide

Nightfall Strike weapons from Season 17

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.

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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3 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  2. PandAcakes

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

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