Destiny 2: An Expert’s Guide On The Best PVE Weapons

Season 20 has released officially and I have listed the 20 Best PvE weapons in destiny 2 that you should get.

In Destiny 2’s PvE, you’ll use a wide variety of weaponry against different foes in different missions, strikes, and raids. Season 20 has just been released, and with it comes a slew of awesome new weaponry. We have listed the top-tier hand canons, SMGs, bows, and heavy guns that are by far the best Destiny 2 PvE weapons this season.

PvE weapons are built to handle everything from swarms of lesser enemies to big bosses. Obtaining these firearms is vital to making advancement in the game’s PvE gameplay since they often have special perks that make them more useful in certain circumstances.

Key Takeaways
  • Destiny 2 season 20 and Lightfall expansion released on Feb. 28, 2023.
  • New PvE weapons emerged in season 20 to complete PvE effectively.
  • With the new season, many weapons have been updated and selecting the right weapons according to your playstyle is crucial.
  • Each weapon has its own stats and characteristics that suit players of different playstyle.
  • Some weapons are hard to obtain, while some are easily available.
  • Getting to know about the best options for weapons increases your game sense and helps you fight more efficiently.

Destiny 2 PVE Weapons Comparison

Here is the comparison and stats table of my picks for best PvE weapons:

Weapon Name TypeImpactEffect RangeStability Reload SpeedHandling
WitherhoardExotic Grenade Launcher60.012.063.033 sec48.0
FunnelwebLegendary SMG sec70.0
RegnantGrenade Launcher-70 (Blast Radius)62.039 sec40.0
Doom of ChelchisScout Rifle62.049.040.044 sec39.0
IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.3Submachine Gun23.044.025.024 sec62.0
Izanagi’s BurdenSniper Rifle70.048.041.040 sec47.0
ArbalestKinetic-79.031.062 sec53.0
Pardon Our DustGrenade Launcher-20 (Blast Radius)41.042 sec45.0
CataclysmicLinear Fusion Rifle70.068.038.031 sec31.0
Successionlegendary Sniper Rifle90.075.033.045 sec25.0
The HotheadRocket Launcher55.075 (Blast Radius)32.059 sec36.0
HeritageShotgun80.070.060.037 sec46.0
Osteo StrigaExotic SMG25. sec72.0
Corrective MeasureLegendary SMG41.083.060.051 sec57.0
Explosive PersonalityEnergy Shotgun80.040.028.036 sec55.0
Calus Mini ToolSubmachine Gun15.045.064.037 sec-
Lingering DreadGrenade Launcher-100 (Blast Radius)24.071 sec85.0
DivinityExotic Trace Rifle18.090.086.061 sec67.0
ForbearanceFusion Rifle95.065.029.029 sec29.0
GjallarhornExotic Rocket Launcher-100 (Blast Radius)14.035 sec28.0


The Weapon with AoE damage.
destiny 2 witherhoard
Witherhoard (Image captured by us)
WEAPON TYPE Exotic Grenade Launcher
Impact 60
Velocity 12
Stability 63
Handling 48
Reload Speed 33
Aim Assistance 84
Inventory Size 46
Zoom 12
Airborne Effectiveness 6
Rounds Per Minute 90
  • Why I chose it: Versatile area-of-effect damage effective against both bosses and groups.
  • The Witherhoard grenade launcher was first introduced in the Season of Arrivals.
  • Primeval’s Torment is the special perk that shoots out an Area-of-Effect damaging projectile.
  • If you own the Shadowkeep expansion, then the weapon can be claimed for 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Glacial Starwort, 1x Exotic Cipher, and 1x Ascendant Shard from the Exotic Archives kiosk.
  • The catalyst increases the handling and provides an auto-loading holster perk.
  • Primeval Torment has great damage over time.
  • It is a beginner-friendly exotic weapon.
  • The catalyst significantly improves its performance.
  • The reload speed can be tedious to manage.
  • Other Witherhoard shots from players won’t stack.


Good option in SMG Class
destiny 2 smgs
Funnelweb (image by eXputer)
Impact 15
Ammunition Rounds per Minute 900 (Magazine 37)
Range 49
Stability 44
Handling 70
Reload speed 41
Aim Assistance 54
Zoom 12
Airborne effectiveness 20
  • Why I chose it: Good Handling high rounds per minute.
  • The Funnelweb is by far one of the best legendary SMGs that you can use in PvE solely due to the fact that it can be obtained as a world drop.
  • You can essentially acquire it through almost any means, such as the new activity on Neomuna, Terminal Overload, as well as through vanguard strikes and golden patrols.
  • The best rolls or perks for the Funnelweb are either Perpetual motion or subsistence in the first column.
  • Lastly, Frenzy is preferred for the last one as it is one of the best perks for most legendary weapons in PvE.
  • Good option for close-range combats.
  • Guardians with grenade build can take advantage of Funnelweb.
  • Excellent for clearing away trash mobs easily.
  • Now only obtainable through random drops.
  • Frenzy might just be the only ‘best perk’ for the gun.
  • The Funnnelweb isn’t as vital to use in endgame content.


Weapon For Grenade Launcher lovers
destiny 2 regnant
Regnant (image by eXputer)
Blast Radius 70
Ammunition Type Heavy ammo
Rounds Per minute 120
Damage Void
Projectile Velocity 18
Aim Assistance 61
Zoom 13
Recoil 14
  • Why I chose it:  High blast radius and ain assistance.
  • The Regnant is a new seasonal weapon in Season Of Defiance with a Queensguard theme.
  • Obtainable through Defiant engrams, which drop from various activities in the game.
  • Defiant bounties and Defiant battlegrounds activity in the H.E.L.M. are common sources of these engrams.
  • Best perks for DPS include Volatile Launch, Spike Grenades, Auto-loading Holster, and Explosive Light.
  • Explosive Light, in particular, enhances the weapon’s PvE potential by buffing damage when gathering orbs of power.
  • These perks ensure the weapon is ready upon swapping and significantly increase its damage output.
  • Easily accessible in comparison to other grenade launchers.
  • You can also pull it from your collections tab with random rolls.
  • Using the Regnant for DPS phases in endgame activities.
  • Won’t be any efficient without having the exact perks for it.
  • Farming can get rather taxing since it requires four engrams.
  • RNG can heavily affect your farming.

Doom of Chelchis

Weapon with High Range
Doom of Chelchis
Impact 62
Range 49
Stability 40
Handling 39
Reload Speed 44
Reload Time 2.31s
Aim Assistance 64
Inventory Size 54
Zoom 20
  • Why I chose it: Reliable choice for Long-Distance interactions.
  • The King’s Fall raid, which is now part of the Destiny 1 content reintroduced in Destiny 2 through the Vault of Glass raid, is where players can get the weapon.
  • Players must complete the King’s Fall raid on any difficulty level to have a chance to receive the Doom of Chelchis as a drop at the end of the raid.
  • The Golgoroth encounter chest also has a chance of containing the weapon.
  • Additionally, players can use Destiny 2’s crafting system to create a new version of Doom of Chelchis.
  • However, this requires acquiring a Relic that drops from the raid and using it to craft the weapon.
  • Popular weapon returning in Destiny 2.
  • Versatile Void Scout Rifle suitable for both PVE and PVP.
  • Has multiple perk combinations to create a god roll for customization.
  • Explosive Payload and One For All can significantly boost damage output.
  • Versatility in perks selection.
  • Many possible perk combinations can be overwhelming.
  • The effectiveness of certain perks may depend on the player’s skill level.


SMG with High Arc Damage.
Impact 23
Range 44
Damage Falloff (Hip) ~12.75m
Damage Falloff (ADS) 17.53m
Stability 25
Handling 62
Reload Speed 24
Reload Time 2.39s
Aim Assistance 37
Inventory Size 45
Zoom 14
Airborne Effectiveness 13
  • Why I chose it: Powerful Arc damage output with multiple Perks and new Trait, must-have for Lightfall expansion.
  • Participate in Season of the Seraph activities and spend 500 Seraph Key Codes to unlock the Seraph Chest.
  • Focus an Umbral Engram at the Exo Frame in the H.E.L.M. for IKELOS weapons after unlocking the IKELOS Weapon Focusing upgrade.
  • Obtain a Deepsight version of the IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.3 to learn the crafting Pattern.
  • The IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.3 is a must-have for Lightfall expansion.
  • Powerful Arc gun with multiple Perks and a new Trait, Rasputin’s Arsenal.
  • Aggressive Frame outputs high damage.
  • Perks like Voltshot increase stability.
  • The deepsight version can be obtained through Umbral Engrams.
  • Guaranteed Deepsight can be earned each day until Lightfall’s release.
  • High recoil may be difficult to control.
  • Limited effectiveness at longer distances.
  • Requires completing Season of the Seraph activities.

Izanagi’s Burden

The Sniper with High Range and Impact.
Izanagi’s Burden
Impact 70
Range 48
Stability 41
Handling 47
Reload Speed 40
Reload Time 3.22s
Aim Assistance 62
Inventory Size 60
Zoom 45
  • Why I chose it: Each shot has massive damage and can travel over long distances.

Here’s how to get Izanagi’s Burden in Destiny 2:

  1. Firstly, players need to acquire the Forsaken Pack expansion from the digital store.
  2. Once the Forsaken Pack is owned, players must head to the Tower and visit the Monument of Lost Lights.
  3. At the Monument of Lost Lights, players can access a collection of archived Exotics from past years, including Izanagi’s Burden in the Forsaken Exotics section.
  4. However, obtaining the Izanagi’s Burden is an expensive investment and requires a significant amount of resources, including one Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 250 Spinmetal Leaves, and two Ascendant Shards.
  5. Once players obtain Izanagi’s Burden, they can use it effectively in a variety of activities, including raids, strikes, and other endgame content.
  • High-powered Exotic Sniper Rifle in Destiny 2.
  • Honed Edge consumes the entire magazine to load a single massive shot.
  • Purchasable from the Monument of Lost Lights.
  • Versatile for activities like raids and strikes.
  • One of the most expensive Exotic weapons.
  • It may not be the best option for crowd control.
  • Other Exotic weapons may be more useful in different situations.


Weapon with Kinetic Damage.
Damage Type Kinetic
Magazine 5
Reload Speed 62
Handling 53
Range 79
Stability 31
Aim Assistance 87
Recoil Direction 70
Zoom 40
Inventory Size 47
Blast Radius 55
Rounds Per Minute 225
  • Why I chose it: Compounding Force’s unique ability increases damage against elemental shields of the player’s subclass, a fast way to smash opposing shields.

Destiny 2: Arbalest Gun Locations and Instructions:

  • Obtain the exotic linear fusion weapon Arbalest in Destiny 2 by completing the quest “The Draw.”
  • All players, with or without the Annual Pass, can participate in this mission.
  • Visit Ada-1 in the Tower to start the quest and search for the weapon.
  • Quest stages include dealing precise damage to Hive, completing the Hollowed Lair strike, and surviving the Blind Well.
  • Successful completion rewards players with Arbalest, which has the Compounding Force perk for extra damage against elemental shields matching the player’s subclass.
  • The Arbalest Catalyst, once obtained, offers benefits like improved control and more ammunition.
  • Being a kinetic linear fusion rifle without an elemental attachment, Arbalest may be less effective against specific elemental shields.
  • As an exotic weapon, players can only equip one exotic weapon at a time
  • Swift shield-breaking with its unique linear fusion rifle design.
  • Compounding Force boosts damage against elemental shields.
  • High aim assist and precision for easy target hits.
  • Large magazine and quick reload, minimizing interruptions.
  • Arbalest Catalyst enhances control and increases ammunition.
  • The mission to earn Arbalest may be difficult.
  • Less effective against certain enemies.
  • Challenging hitting moving targets.
  • Exotic weapon, which means players may only equip a single exotic weapon at a time.

Pardon Our Dust

Grenade Launcher with High AoE damage
Pardon Our Dust
Damage 750 (Power Level 1310)
Rate of Fire 90 RPM
Blast Radius 20
Velocity 40
Stability 41
Reload Speed 42
Handling 45
Magazine 5
  • Why I chose it:  Each round fires a projectile that deals enormous damage.

Pardon Our Dust is a powerful grenade launcher in Destiny 2 that can be obtained by completing a series of steps. To get your hands on this legendary weapon, here’s what you need to do:

  • First, talk to the Drifter in the Tower to obtain the “Seething Heart” quest.
  • Next, you’ll need to complete the “Last Wish” raid to obtain the exotic bow called “Wish-Ender.”
  • Once you have the “Wish-Ender,” head to the Dreaming City and complete a special variant of the “Corrupted” strike while using the bow.
  • After that, head to the EDZ and complete a special variant of the “Arms Dealer” strike while using the “Wish-Ender” bow.
  • When you’ve completed both strikes, the “Seething Heart” quest will be complete, and you’ll receive the Pardon Our Dust grenade launcher as a reward.

If you’re looking for the perfect roll for this grenade launcher, keep an eye out for one with the following perks:

  • “Ambitious Assassin” allows you to overfill the magazine by defeating multiple enemies in rapid succession.
  • “Vorpal Weapon” increases damage against bosses, vehicles, and guardians in their super state.
  • High damage output.
  • The “Cluster Bombs” perk causes the grenades to split into smaller explosions.
  • The “Vorpal Weapon” perk increases damage against bosses.
  • The “Ambitious Assassin” perk allows you to overfill the magazine by defeating multiple enemies.
  • Has a slow reload time.
  • The weapon has a low ammo reserve.
  • The “Cluster Bombs” perk can cause collateral damage to players if used improperly.
  • The weapon requires completing a challenging quest and raid.


Weapon with High Range and Stability
Rarity Legendary
Impact 70
Range 68
Stability 38
Handling 31
Reload Speed 31
Rounds Per Minute 25
Magazine 5
Ammo Reserves 14
  • Why I chose it: High accuracy and impact, powerful against bosses and elites.

The Cataclysmic is a Linear Fusion Rifle, a powerful and accurate long-range weapon. It can drop randomly from any activity in the game that rewards legendary or exotic engrams. However, to increase your chances of getting it, you can focus on certain activities that have a higher drop rate for weapons of this type, such as Nightfall strikes, raids, or the Menagerie.

You can also use the Umbral Engram system introduced in the Season of the Chosen to target specific weapon types and increase your chances of getting the Cataclysmic. To get the “god roll” version of the Cataclysmic, which has the best possible perks, you’ll need to farm it repeatedly and hope for lucky drops.

The ideal perks for the Cataclysmic include:

  • Chambered Compensator or Extended Barrel for improved stability and recoil control
  • Liquid Coils or Projection Fuse for increased damage
  • Killing Wind or Vorpal Weapon for improved damage and handling, or Frenzy for increased damage after kills
  • High-Impact Reserves or Box Breathing for increased damage when the magazine is low or when aiming down sights for a few seconds, respectively.
  • Only takes a few bullets from the Cataclysmic to kill an enemy.
  • Suitable against more powerful foes like bosses and elites.
  • Can eliminate threats while keeping you safe at bay.
  • It’s a great tool since it has dual applications (PvE and PvP).
  • As it only holds limited rounds, you’ll need to be strategic with your shots.
  • Less useful in battle if space is limited or against swift opponents.
  • Obtaining the perfect “god roll” variant calls for extensive farming.


Sniper Rifle with High Impact and Zooming capability
destiny 2 snipers
succession (Image by eXputer)
WEAPON TYPE Legendary Sniper Rifle
Impact 90
Ammunition Rounds per Minute 72 (Magazine 4)
Range 75
Stability 33
Handling 25
Reload speed 45
Aim Assistance 48
Zoom 50
Airborne effectiveness 4
  • Why I chose it:  High power, Range and Accuracy

Succession is by far the best PvE sniper to use in the game ever since it was first introduced back in the Beyond Light Expansion.

  • The weapon supports an aggressive frame, meaning it can have high damage on each shot to the target.
  • You can only obtain the weapon via the Deep Stone Raid and its loot pool.
  • The weapon can also be crafted at the Enclave with the perks of your choice if you have acquired five patterns for it from the raid.
  • The Best perks for it are Reconstruction as well as Vorpal Weapon or Firing Line, which will make it a superb weapon for DPS.
  • Reconstruction perks essentially overflow the Magazine.
  • Fantastic to use as a hot swap gun with an auto-loading holster rocket or launcher.
  • It can prove to be extremely viable against Champion-type enemies.
  • Solo players might find it difficult to obtain this weapon.
  • The weapon drop, as well as its patterns, are all based on RNG.

The Hothead

Rocket Launcher with large explosion radius
destiny 2 hothead
The Hothead (Image by us)
Type Rocket Launcher
Rarity Legendary
Magazine 1
Ammo Heavy
Reload Speed 59
Blast Radius 75
Velocity 34
Stability 32
Handling 36
Impact 55
Recoil 60
  • Why I chose it:  Large explosion radius, cluster bomb, and tracking module, effective against large enemy formations and moving targets

A legendary rocket launcher, the Hothead may be obtained in Destiny 2 in a few different ways:

  • It can be obtained as a random drop if it is a part of the loot table for the Weekly grandmaster nightfall.
  • In Season 20 of Destiny 2, it is yet to be determined from which GM nightfall it drops from.
  • Alternatively, it can also be purchased from Zavala via focused decoding by purchasing it for the first time for 5x Vanguard engrams, 10,000 glimmer, and 25 legendary shards.
  • The Hothead with a God Roll is possible by prioritizing the following benefits:
    • Vorpal Weapon: The weapon can deal bonus damage to bosses, vehicles, and guardians.
    • Explosive Light: Picking up an Orb of Power increases the next projectile’s blast radius and damage.
    • Impact Casing: increases the rocket’s blast radius and damage.
    • Velocity MW: increases the rocket’s projectile speed, making it easier to hit distant targets.
  • Players should be prepared to grind several activities and devote a large amount of time in order to obtain a Hothead with a God Roll since the odds of receiving one are completely unpredictable.
  • Large initial explosion radius
  • Effective against large enemy formations.
  • Targets that are in movement can be targeted more easily.
  • Rapid reload time that facilitates rapid fire.
  • Effective in a number of situations: use it for strikes, Gambit, the Crucible, or Nightfall.
  • Slow initial speed makes the weapon tough to reach distant targets.
  • Low base impact, making each projectile less damaging.
  • Takes precise targeting to keep from taking self-damage.


Good Option for Shotgun Lovers
Weapon Type Shotgun
Rarity Legendary
Damage Type Kinetic
Impact 80
Range 70
Stability 60
Handling 46
Reload Speed 37
Rounds Per Minute 45
Magazine 7
  • Why I chose it: High Impact with decent range.

The legendary shotgun Heritage may be acquired from the Deep Stone Crypt raid.

  • If you manage to take down the game’s final boss, Taniks the Abomination, you could find the shotgun lying about as a reward.
  • Players that complete the raid on harder levels, such as Master or Grandmaster, have a better chance of obtaining the Heritage.
  • The Heritage is not a sure drop and may need a number of runs to acquire.

To maximize the potential of the Heritage, players should aim for a God Roll, which is a combination of specific perks that make the weapon more powerful.

  • The best God Rolls for the Heritage include perks such as Smallbore, Accurized Rounds, Reconstruction, and Rampage.
  • Players can increase their chances of getting a God Roll by using the raid chest checkpoint exploit, which allows them to farm the final chest for multiple chances at the shotgun.
  • Lethal legendary shotgun that is most effective at close range.
  • Decent range for a shotgun, and it’s much better with specific upgrades.
  • Shotgun’s already huge magazine capacity may be expanded even more.
  • The Rampage perk is useful against groups of foes.
  • The Heritage’s good base stability facilitates rapid aiming and shooting.
  • It’s not easy to use the Heritage at long range.
  • Takes a long time to reload the weapon.
  • Can only be obtained via the completion of the raid. 
  • It has a sluggish firing rate.

Osteo Striga

SMG with high Range and Stability
Osteo Striga
Type Exotic SMG
Ammo Kinetic
Magazine Size 30
Reload Speed 1.8 seconds
Range 38
Stability 76
Handling 72
Recoil 80
Rounds Per Minute 750
Damage 19
  • Why I chose it: An Exotic SMG in destiny 2 that has high recoil.
  • You will receive the weapon pattern to craft the Osteo Striga once you finish up the main campaign of the Witch Queen DLC.
  • Once you complete the campaign, head back to the enclave on Mars, to the relic, and shape this weapon.
  • Since it is a craftable exotic, the stats can change depending on how you insert the rolls for it, which can alter its stats variably.
  • You will need to level up the weapon to Level 10 in order to unlock its catalyst, which will overflow the magazine based on the number of kills you get using its poison damage.
  • A good way to farm the kills to level up the weapon is by heading into the Shuro Chi encounter in the Last Wish raid and killing a large number of enemies there, and then wiping to reset the encounter.
  • Easily one of the best crowd-controlling weapons.
  • Also fantastic to use in the crucible for PVP due to its fast TTK.
  • It becomes even better with the Catalyst equipped.
  • The range is pretty lacking, 
  • Obtaining the catalyst can take a rather long time if you don’t opt to farm the kills.

Corrective Measure

A High-Power Machine Gun
destiny 2 lmgs
corrective measure (image by eXputer)
Impact 41
Ammunition Rounds per Minute 450 (Magazine 59)
Range 83
Stability 60
Handling 57
Reload speed 51
Aim Assistance 72
Zoom 15
Airborne effectiveness 6
  • Why I chose it: High magazine capacity with decent range and base damage.
  1. The Corrective Measure can seamlessly take down enemies with the right perks, making it a superb ad-clearing machine gun in the game.
  2. The weapon supports an adaptive frame archetype meaning each shot fired is hard-hitting and precise rather than the rapid-firing LMGs.
  3. You can obtain the weapon through the Vault of Glass raid, and on the master difficulty, you have the chance to acquire the time-lost or ‘adept’ version of it.
  4. The core difference with the adept version of the weapon is that it essentially offers two extra perks alongside the usual ones, as well as a slot for adept weapon mods.
  5. The Best perks for the Corrective Measure can range from feeding frenzy or subsistence to either one for all or firefly.
  • Can explode heaps of enemies within seconds if you have activated the Volatile flow.
  • The weapon comes almost close to the DPS of the best exotic LMG, Thunderlord.
  • One-For-All perk can also make it a great DPS weapon.
  • Players might be tempted to chase after the weapon for its time-lost variant
  • Other variant is locked behind the master difficulty version of Vault of Glass.
  • The weapon isn’t an ideal choice for DPS in most endgame activities.
  • Players will need to be precise with their shots at enemies.

Explosive Personality

Launcher with Highest Blast Radius
Explosive Personality
Rarity Legendary
Type Energy Shotgun
Element Arc
Impact 80
Range 48
Stability 28
Handling 55
Reload Speed 36
Rounds Per Minute 65
Magazine 5
  • Why I chose it: A legendary energy shotgun in Destiny 2 that can roll with some very powerful perks.
  • To get the Explosive Personality shotgun, players must complete the “Presage” mission on Master difficulty.
  • The chance of getting Explosive Personality as a drop from completing the mission is random, but the odds increase with each successful completion.
  • Players can also increase their chances of getting Explosive Personality by using the “Luck in the Chamber” perk on their ghost.

The recommended God roll for Explosive Personality includes perks such as Quickdraw, Vorpal Weapon, and Reconstruction.

  • Quickdraw allows players to quickly swap to the shotgun, Vorpal Weapon increases damage against bosses, and Reconstruction allows the magazine to gradually reload over time.
  • The Explosive Personality shotgun can also roll with other powerful perks such as Auto-Loading Holster, Trench Barrel, and Killing Wind.
  • Players can increase their chances of getting a God roll by using materials to re-roll the perks on the shotgun through the Umbral Engrams system.
  • It’s important to note that getting a God roll on Explosive Personality is not guaranteed and can take many attempts to achieve.
  • Has a high rate of fire and a decent range for a weapon 
  • The damage it does may be considerably increased with Vorpal Weapon, Trench Barrel, and Death Wind.
  •  Reconstruction perk allows auto-refill.
  • The animations and look of the weapon are quite pleasing to the eye.
  • As an energy weapon, it competes for the same slot as many other strong weapons.
  • Has a slow reload time without the Reconstruction perk.
  • Requires completion of the challenging “Presage” mission on Master difficulty.
  • It is not always the most effective option in PvP.
  • Its perks and effectiveness depend heavily on the user’s play style and the situation.

Calus Mini Tool

SMG for close range interactions
Calus Mini Tool
Weapon Type Submachine Gun
Ammo Type Primary
Damage Type Kinetic
RPM 900
Impact 15
Range 45
Stability 64
Reload Speed 37
Magazine Size 23
Aim Assistance 56
Zoom 15
Recoil Direction 100
  • Why I chose it: A stable and precise submachine gun with a high rate of fire, great for close combat

One of the best methods to get the Calus Mini Tool is to complete the Leviathan Raid and open the loot box in the Underbelly part of the raid.

  • Complete the Menagerie or increase in Gunsmith rank to get a random drop. You may or may not get the promised perks, nevertheless.
  • Use the Chalice of Opulence in the Menagerie to aim at a particular gun and boost your chances of obtaining a “god roll” (perks like Kill Clip, Feeding Frenzy, and Rampage).
  • Upgrade the effectiveness of your Calus Mini Tool by installing a weapon mod like the Counterbalance Stock or the Aiming Adjuster. Submachine Gun Scavenger and Loader are two excellent armor modifications that can greatly enhance your gameplay.
  • A deadly submachine rifle that can tear through foes in Destiny 2, the Calus Mini Tool can get yours with some luck and grinding.
  • Great for dealing with enemies up close because of their high rate of fire.
  • The weapon is simple to use and produces precise results.
  • For a submachine gun, the gun’s range is rather decent.
  • Can be obtained through various activities in the game, making it accessible to all players.
  • The firearm may be made even more effective by rolling a “god roll,”.
  • The gun’s magazine size is relatively small.
  • The Calus Mini Tool does not have access to as many mods as other weapons.
  • Obtaining a “god roll” can be a grind and require a lot of luck.
  • The gun’s damage output is lower than other weapons in its class.
  • The Calus Mini Tool can take some time to master due to its unique recoil pattern.

Lingering Dread

The High-Power Grenade Launcher
destiny 2 grenade launcher
Lingering dread (image by eXputer)
Blast Radius 100
Ammunition Type Special
Rounds Per minute 90
Damage stasis
Projectile Velocity 83
Reload Speed 71
Aim Assistance 75
Zoom 13
Airborne Effectiveness 3
  • Why I chose it:  A Grenade Launcher weapon that has various perks including blinding grenades and ambitious assassin.
  1. The Lingering Dread is a stasis grenade launcher, which, when used with the best perks, can make it an ideal choice for most endgame activities in Destiny 2.
  2. The best perks that you want to get on it include; Chill clip, blinding grenades, and ‘ambitious assassin.’
  3. You can only acquire the weapon through the Duality dungeon located on the Moon.
  4. It is a random drop that is most commonly found in the first and last encounters of the dungeon.
  • Blinding Grenades can also do well on the Lingering Dread.
  • One of the rare grenade launchers which can roll with the chill clip perk.
  • It is a solid choice for endgame activities.
  • Generally a great PvE weapon for crowd control.
  • It is only available from the Duality dungeon as a random drop.
  • The Reload speed can be a deal-breaker for a few players.


The Trace Rifle with exceptional Range
Type Exotic Trace Rifle
Ammo Type Energy
Damage Type Arc
Impact 18
Range 90
Stability 86
Handling 67
Reload Speed 61
Rounds Per Minute 120
Magazine 29
Inventory Size 100
Zoom 16
Recoil Direction 100
Aim Assistance 60
  • Why I chose it: Excellent Range, Stability and Aim assistance.

Here is the process of getting Divinity gun in Destiny 2:

  • You must have the Shadowkeep downloadable content and have played through the main Shadowkeep story campaign before you can proceed.
  • After that, gather a group of six people and go to the Lunar Battlegrounds on the Moon to finish the “Raid: Garden of Salvation” raid.
  • To advance through the raid, you and your squad must solve a series of hidden “divine” puzzles by hunting down and eliminating targets. In all, you’ll need to solve seven riddles.
  • An “Enhancement Core” item will be rewarded to you for your efforts in killing the raid’s final boss, the Sanctified Mind.
  • The “Divine Fragmentation” quest item can be found in a secret box in the boss area; to access it, you must first take the Enhancement Core there.
  • You’ll need to kill a certain number of foes with a certain weapon, perform a certain raid challenge, and gather 120 Orbs of Light to progress through the mission.
  • The “Divinity” exotic trace rifle may be claimed from the Garden of Salvation raid’s secret chest if all goals have been met.
  • With the “Judgment” perk, allies close to an enemy target can do more damage.
  • The gun’s stability and precision allow for effortless, accurate shooting.
  • It delivers Arc damage, which is particularly devastating against shields.
  • It’s able to hold a sufficient supply of ammunition and be swiftly reloaded.
  • Judgment perk is time-limited.
  • It’s a tough weapon to get for casual players.
  • The slow firing rate and lengthy charging time make it less useful in close quarters.


Grenade Launcher with High Velocity Reload Speed
Rarity Legendary
Type Fusion Rifle
Damage Type Solar
Impact 95
Range 65
Stability 29
Handling 29
Reload Speed 29
Rounds Per Minute 660
Magazine 5
  • Why I chose it: Enormous destructive power and remarkable range, formidable in both PvE and PvP with the right modifications

Forbearance is a legendary fusion rifle in Destiny 2 that can be obtained through various means.

  • Forbearance is a possible drop from The Caretaker and Rhulk fights.
  • Spoils of Conquest can be used to buy previously acquired weapons.
  • Forbearance can also be crafted by completing pattern extraction for 5 grenade launchers.
  • Players can then visit the Enclave to craft a custom Forbearance.
  • The first weapon obtained from the end of the raid chest each week is a guaranteed Deepsight drop.
  • This can help players work towards a craftable Forbearance.
  • Impressive damage even against the most resilient of foes.
  • Once fully charged, it can fire off many bullets in rapid succession.
  • The gun has a remarkable range that may be increased with the Rangefinder perk.
  • Slow recharge hampers its effectiveness
  •  Limited stability makes handling challenging.
  • Slower than other fusion rifles.


High Blast Radius Grenade Launcher
Type Exotic Rocket Launcher
Rarity Exotic
Magazine Size 2
Reserve Ammo 6
Rate of Fire 15
Blast Radius 100
Velocity 60
Stability 14
Handling 28
Reload Speed 35
Rounds Per Minute 30
Aim Assistance 50
Recoil Direction 80
Zoom 20
  • Why I chose it:  An exotic weapon with Wolfpack Rounds perk that deals high damage and tracks enemies, excellent for tough foes.

Here is how you can unlock Gjallarhon in Destiny 2:

  • Complete the Out for a Walk quest, which is part of Bungie‘s 30th-anniversary celebration.
  • Talk to Amanda Holliday in the Tower Hangar to receive the Out Fly the Wolves quest.
  • Complete the first step of the Out Fly the Wolves quest by defeating 50 enemies with a rocket launcher in strikes or Crucible matches.
  • Complete the second step of the quest by defeating 25 enemies with rocket launcher precision final blows in strikes or Crucible matches.
  • Complete the third step of the quest by completing a special version of the Devil’s Lair strike on Master difficulty.
  • Defeat Taniks, the Abomination, the boss of the Master version of the Devil’s Lair strike, to receive the Gjallarhorn gun.
  • The Gjallarhorn gun can be acquired once per account, and it cannot be reacquired from collections.
  • High damage output
  • Wolfpack Rounds perk
  • Tracking capability:
  • Exotic rarity 
  • Consumes a lot of ammunition.
  • The Gjallarhorn’s sluggish reload time is an annoyance.
  • Has a shorter effective range than other weapons.

Why Trust My List?

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Destiny 1 and 2 hours (Image via Time Wasted on Destiny)

I created the list of the best PVE weapons (Steam Name: LIONT4MER), with over six years of experience with the Destiny franchise, you can be sure that my rankings will meet your expectations with these weapons. I’ve also generated over 2000+ hours solely in Destiny 2 and achieved completions in almost every single of the Raids seen via my Raid Report stats.

This brings to the end of our best PvE weapons in Destiny 2 guide. What are your top 10 weapons so far in Season 20? We’d love to know your thoughts. Meanwhile, before you leave, consider checking our Destiny 2 Unlock Deterministic ChaosHow To Farm Artifice Armor, and Everything New In Destiny’s Lightfall Update.


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Usama Mehmood is a Games Specialist, and writer on eXputer who's either hunting for the richest loot in Destiny 2 or endlessly playing his favorite games such as Yakuza or Final Fantasy. Usama has been gaming for 15+ years during which he has accumulated 4000+ hours on Destiny 1 & 2. His constant adoration for video games has allowed him to pursue eXputer as a platform to showcase his striving talents in writing helpful articles. Get familiar with Usama's extensive gaming library on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

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