Destiny 2 Nightfall Weapon this Week: Full Rotation

by | Sep 19, 2023 | 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.

What is the Nightfall weapon this week: September 19, 2023

This week’s Nightfall weapon is THE SWARM (Adept) machine gun, dropping from The Devil’s Lair.

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
19 September 2023THE SWARM artTHE SWARMMachine GunArc ArcHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 5

Nightfall: The Devil's Lair

Featured Nightfall this week

Shields: Solar Solar & Destiny 2 Arc Arc     /     Champions: Shield Piercing rounds Barrier, Overload rounds Overload & Unstoppable rounds Unstoppable

Requires: Free-to-Play

New Nightfall weapons this Season (S22)

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

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):

Finally, these are the remaining Nightfall weapons that are not on rotation this season:

  • Wendigo GL3 – Grenade Launcher
  • Hung Jury SR4 – Scout Rifle
  • Silicon Neuroma – Sniper Rifle
  • D.F.A. – Hand Cannon
  • Horror’s Least – Pulse Rifle
  • The Militia’s Birthright – Grenade Launcher
  • Mindbender’s Ambition – Shotgun
  • PLUG ONE.1 – Fusion Rifle
  • Duty Bound – Adaptive Auto Rifle
  • The Comedian – Shotgun
  • The Hothead – Rocket Launcher
  • The Palindrome – Hand Cannon
  • Uzume RR4 – Sniper Rifle

Nightfall weapons this week Destiny 2 900p

Nightfall weapon rotation

Season 22 Nightfall weapon rotation

WeekArtWeaponTypeElementAmmoWeek #
22 August 2023Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 1
29 August 2023BrayTech Osprey art Destiny 2BrayTech OspreyRocket LauncherVoid VoidHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 2
5 September 2023Buzzard artBuzzardSidearmKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 3
12 September 2023Warden's Law artWarden's LawHand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 4
19 September 2023THE SWARM artTHE SWARMMachine GunArc ArcHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 5
26 September 2023Pre Astyanax IV artPre Astyanax IVCombat BowSolar SolarPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 6
3 October 2023Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 7
10 October 2023BrayTech Osprey art Destiny 2BrayTech OspreyRocket LauncherVoid VoidHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 8
17 October 2023Buzzard artBuzzardSidearmKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 9
24 October 2023Warden's Law artWarden's LawHand CannonKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 10
31 October 2023THE SWARM artTHE SWARMMachine GunArc ArcHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 11
7 November 2023Pre Astyanax IV artPre Astyanax IVCombat BowSolar SolarPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryWeek 12
14 November 2023Loaded Question art Destiny 2Loaded QuestionFusion RifleArc ArcSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialWeek 13
21 November 2023BrayTech Osprey art Destiny 2BrayTech OspreyRocket LauncherVoid VoidHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyWeek 14

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

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.

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Hung Jury SR4Hung Jury SR4 art
Hung Jury SR4
Scout RiflePrecisionPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



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: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Explosive Payload (also good: Firefly)
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Box Breathing

► Hung Jury is an extremely powerful Scout Rifle. it is a solid pick in PvE, and with the right roll, it can dominate in PvP too. With Box Breathing active, Hung Jury can kill in 0.67s, making it a highly competitive weapon.
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)
PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Box Breathing
Top-tier
Uzume RR4Uzume RR4 art
Uzume RR4
Sniper RifleAdaptiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesS › BestNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



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
The HotheadThe Hothead art
The Hothead
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



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
The PalindromeThe Palindrome art
The Palindrome
Hand CannonAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayNoS › BestNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2
Best

S



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

► With S-Tier perks, great stats, and an adept version, there is nothing to hate about The Palindrome. Plus, it can get max range, take advantage of Volatile Rounds, and 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

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Rangefinder
Top-tier
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
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
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
Duty BoundDuty Bound art
Duty Bound
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-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: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All Perpetual Motion + Frenzy 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 + Frenzy Rampage
Top-tier
Wendigo GL3Wendigo GL3 art

Wendigo GL3
Grenade 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 Rolls: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Field Prep) + Explosive Light (also good: Cascade Point)

► Not much can be said about Wendigo that hasn't been already. It's old curated roll is still available, and with spike grenades, is actually better than its original incarnation. Try out Cascade Point for a different spin on DPS.
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
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 an alright pick, but it's outmatched by several other weapons. It does feature a truly good perk in One For All, but as it is part of the High-Impact archetype, many Guardians will end up avoiding it.
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)
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)
Shadow PricePrice art
Shadow Price
Auto RiflePrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsError icon V2
Average

B



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)

► Shadow Price is a decent option. It features a couple of good perks, but that's about it. Not being part of a good archetype, having no origin trait and mediocre stats lands it in the middle of the pack.
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)
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

► D.F.A. used to be a community favorite but can't seem to hold its ground. With no subclass-synergistic perks whatsoever, there's little reason to run this over something that can elevate your abilities and builds. If you want a top-tier kinetic Hand Cannon, we recommend Austringer instead.
Season 17
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage
Mindbender's AmbitionMindbender's Ambition art
Mindbender's Ambition
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



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
The ComedianThe Comedian art
The Comedian
ShotgunAggressiveSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstNightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3
Worst

D



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)

► One of the absolute worst options within its archetype; do not waste your time farming one of these...
Season 15
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Trench Barrel)
Loaded QuestionLoaded Question art Destiny 2
Loaded Question
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYes-Nightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3-

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



Season 21
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

Warden's LawWarden's Law art
Warden's Law
Hand CannonHeavy BurstPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYes-Nightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3-

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



Season 22
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Heavy Burst

Pre Astyanax IVPre Astyanax IV art
Pre Astyanax IV
Combat BowPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYes-Nightfall: The OrdealsCheckmark icon V3-

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



Season 22
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

  • 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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9 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
    • Josh

      he rated at S tier

      Reply
  2. PandAcakes

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

    Reply
  3. Dušan Lomen

    OK Super app.

    Reply
  4. Nathanael

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

    Reply
  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.

    Reply
  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.

    Reply
  7. Veggies

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

    Reply
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