Destiny 2: 8 BEST Exotic & Legendary Glaives [Hands-On Experience]

With 2500+ hours and counting in Destiny 2, here are my recommendations for Glaives to use in PVE and PVP.

Glaives are a new weapon type that was introduced with the Witch Queen expansion. Destiny 2 best glaives utilize special ammo and are unique because they have a ranged and melee attack. They are the first of the kind in the game to have both attacks at the same time. Despite being a weaker weapon type compared to other weapons in the game, they still provide great utility and support.

Key Takeaways
  • Destiny 2 Glaives are special ammo weapons that are great for killing champions.
  • Winterbite is the only heavy ammo glaive that also has the highest damage output.
  • If used correctly, Glaives like Edge of Action can be great for up-close encounters.
  • A disadvantage of Glaives is that they are weak special weapons, mainly due to their slow reload speed and ammo economy.
  • The best glaive, in my opinion, is Lubrae’s Ruin, due to the high damage resistance it provides.

Best Glaives In Destiny 2 With Comparison

Here is a summary of the 8 best Glaives in Destiny 2, with stats comparison:

WEAPONSTYPEELEMENTIMPACTSHIELD DURATION
WinterbiteExotic - HeavyStasis9539
VexcaliburExotic - SpecialVoid800
Edge of ActionExotic - SpecialVoid8090
Edge of IntentExotic - SpecialSolar9580
Edge of ConcurrenceExotic - SpecialArc5530
Lubrae's RuinLegendary - SpecialSolar8030
Greasy LuckLegendary - SpecialSolar558
Judgement of KelgorathLegendary - SpecialSolar9515

1. Winterbite

Highest impact Glaive in Destiny 2.
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Winterbite Exotic Glaive. (Screenshot By eXputer)

Following are the stats for Winterbite Exotic Glaive:

WEAPON TYPEEXOTIC - GLAIVE
Impact95
Range85
Shield Duration39
Handling0
Reload Speed5
Aim Assisstance81
Airborne Effectiveness10
Rounds Per Minute45
Magazine3
  • Why I chose this: It is a strong weapon to use in Nightfalls when Glaive mods are active.

Winterbite is an Exotic weapon that was introduced in the Lightfall expansion. It is the only Glaive in the game that uses Heavy ammo instead of Special ammo. After using it in some GM Nightfall runs, I personally found Winterbite strong, especially against Champions and other high-tier enemies.

The exotic perk on Winterbite ‘Big Frigid Glaive’ fires a large ball of Stasis energy that locks onto nearby enemy combatants and freezes them. The secondary perk, Tilting at Windmills, increases your movement speed when you are blocking damage with the Glaive shield.

You can acquire Winterbite exotic glaive through a long and tedious quest, ‘The Hall of Heroes’, which is only available after you have completed the Lightfall campaign. 

Pros

Cons

  • Quest to acquire Winterbite is extremely long and tedious.
  • Reduced magazine size and fire rate.

2. Vexcalibur

The best glaive to tank damage.
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Vexcalibur Exotic Glaive. (Image By eXputer)

Following are the stats for Vexcalibur Exotic Glaive:

WEAPON TYPEEXOTIC - GLAIVE
Impact80
Range95
Shield Duration0
Handling82
Reload Speed62
Aim Assisstance74
Airborne Effectiveness10
Rounds Per Minute80
Magazine6
  • Why I chose this; High-range stat makes it effective at long-range encounters.

Yet another exotic Destiny 2 best PVE glaive is Vexcalibur, which was also introduced in Lightfall, Season 20. However, unlike Winterbite, it uses special ammo and is also a craftable weapon. As a Titan main, I highly recommend Vexcalibur because it integrates with Void builds very well.

Its exotic perk M1R Distribution Matrix offers great shielding features. When you block damage with Vexcalibur, it grants you and your allies a void overshield. Furthermore, with the perk Perpetual Loophole, your Glaive melee damage is increased when your shield is up. Killing enemies will keep refreshing the shield.

Vexalibur is only available to players who own Season of Defiance. If you want to learn in detail about how to get Vexcalibur from the secret mission, you can visit this guide.

Pros

  • Overshield grants great utility and support.
  • The shot fired covers a wide area, damaging more enemies.
  • It pairs fairly well with various Void sub-class builds.

Cons

  • Requires players to own Season of Defiance.
  • The secret mission is long and difficult for some players.
  • You may need a fireteam of three people for the secret mission.
Important: Before you start farming Wellspring for the class-specific Glaives, you must complete the REPORT: REVERSE-LURE quest from the evidence board at the Enclave.

3. Edge of Action

The best glaive for Titan void build.
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Edge of Action: Titan Glaive. (Screenshot By eXputer)

Following are the stats for Edge of Action Exotic Glaive:

WEAPON TYPEEXOTIC - GLAIVE
Impact80
Range30
Shield Duration90
Handling35
Reload Speed30
Aim Assisstance30
Airborne Effectiveness7
Rounds Per Minute55
Magazine5
  • Why I chose this: long shield duration, good for void builds.

One of the three class-specific Destiny 2 PVE best glaive, Edge of Action, was introduced with the Witch Queen expansion. It is a void energy special weapon and is only usable by the Titan class. The exotic perk Edge of Action provides a void over-shield to the player when you deal ranged damage, very similar to the Titan bubble. However, the weapon boost you get from the Titan bubble is missing.

It can be obtained as an RNG drop from the Wellspring activity. I honestly found Edge of Action to be slightly weaker compared to Vexcalibur which has similar functions. However, one place where it stood out for me was its high shield duration.

Pros

  • It gives a Void Overshield similar to Ward of Dawn.
  • When paired with a Void sub-class, it can be a decent combination.

Cons

  • Lacks damage and uses your only weapon Exotic slot.
  • Random reward with very low chances of dropping.

4. Edge of Intent

The best glaive for healing support.
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Edge of Intent: Warlock Glaive. (Screenshot Grab By eXputer)

Following are the stats for Edge of Intent Exotic Glaive:

WEAPON TYPEEXOTIC - GLAIVE
Impact95
Range60
Shield Duration80
Handling25
Reload Speed50
Aim Assisstance50
Airborne Effectiveness12
Rounds Per Minute45
Magazine5
  • Why I chose this: high-impact and shield duration.

Edge of Intent is the Warlock, class-specific Destiny 2 best glaive. It is a Solar energy glaive that features some healing capabilities, which makes it a good choice to pair with a Solar warlock build focused on healing allies.

The exotic perk, Edge of Intent, generates energy on ranged and melee attacks, and when the glaive is fired with full energy, it grants healing to you and your allies. However, the healing is so little that the results are insignificant, especially in the endgame.

Similar to Edge of Action, this glaive is a random drop from the Wellspring activity in the Witch Queen expansion. I found Edge of Intent to be the weakest of all three class-specific Glaives; therefore, I will not recommend going after it unless you need it for the Throne World seal or a Healer-only Warlock build.

Pros

  • Grants the user and allies healing when fired with full energy.
  • It can be integrated into a Warlock solar sub-class build to provide support.

Cons

  • Healing provided by Edge of Intent is little compared to healing from other sources.
  • Edge of Intent is very annoying to obtain due to it being a random drop.

5. Edge of Concurrence

The best glaive for ad-clear.
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Edge of Concurrence: Hunter Glaive. (Image By eXputer)

Following are the stats for Edge of Concurrence Exotic Glaive:

WEAPON TYPEEXOTIC - GLAIVE
Impact55
Range45
Shield Duration30
Handling50
Reload Speed85
Aim Assisstance75
Airborne Effectiveness9
Rounds Per Minute80
Magazine6
  • Why I chose this: quick in killing enemies, snappy reload.

The third class-specific Destiny 2 best glaive is the Edge of Concurrence. It is only usable by the Hunter class and has Arc energy. However, compared to the other two class-specific Glaives, this one outperforms both of them. I really enjoyed using Edge of Concurrence, especially in the seasonal playlist activities where enemy density is quite high.

The exotic perk on the Glaive Edge of Concurrence and Lighting Spear is great for ad-clear and killing enemies. The Lightning Spear perk will unleash a wave of arc energy, tracking targets and killing them by chain lightning.

Like the other two class-specific Glaives, Edge of Concurrence is also obtainable from Wellspring as a random drop, granted you have completed the REPORT: REVERSE-LURE quest from the evidence board.

Pros

  • Edge of Concurrence is great for killing grouped-up ads.
  • It is a good option for a Hunter Arc build.

Cons

  • Edge of Concurrence glaive will take up your only exotic slot.
  • Similar to the other class-specific glaives, it is also a random drop.

6. Lubrae’s Ruin

The best glaive for PVP playlist activities
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Lubrae’s Ruin. (Image Captured By Us)

Following are the stats for Lubrae’s Ruin Legendary Glaive:

WEAPON TYPELEGENDARY - GLAIVE
Impact80
Range60
Shield Duration30
Handling45
Reload Speed50
Aim Assisstance72
Airborne Effectiveness11
Rounds Per Minute55
Magazine5
  • Why I chose this: exceptional performance in PvP activities.

Since Lubrae’s Ruin is a legendary glaive, it keeps a slot free for any exotic weapons such as Monte Carlo. The perk that stands out the most from the perk pool is Immovable Object. When you deal ranged damage to enemies, you receive increased weapon energy while your shield is raised and you are stationary. Simply put, you get a good amount of damage resistance.

It is available as a random drop from the final boss of Vow of the Disciple Raid, Rhulk. In my experience, you can’t go wrong with a crafted version of this glaive for your PvP endeavors.

Pros

  • Great combination of perks viable for PvP and PvE.
  • It is a craftable weapon that gives you the choice to choose your own perks.
  • Once crafted, you can unlock enhanced perks.

Cons

  • Initially, acquiring Lubraes Ruin can be difficult because it comes from a Raid.
  • It is difficult to manage ammo economy if ammo finder mods are not used.

7. Greasy Luck

The best glaive for endgame activities.
ghost of the deep glaive
Greasy Luck. (Image Credit: eXputer)

Following are the stats for Greasy Luck Legendary Glaive:

WEAPON TYPELEGENDARY - GLAIVE
Impact55
Range67
Shield Duration8
Handling61
Reload Speed63
Aim Assisstance65
Airborne Effectiveness10
Rounds Per Minute80
Magazine5
  • Why I chose this: It has a faster fire rate compared to other glaives.

A completely new Destiny 2 best glaive with looks similar to a harpoon. Greasy Luck came out with the Ghost of the Deep Dungeon in 2023.

Without a doubt, the best perk combination on Greasy Luck will be Replenishg Aegis and Unstoppable Force. With these perk combinations on your Glaive, when you block incoming damage, your weapon will partially reload. Furthermore, it will also increase outgoing projectile damage.

Greasy Luck will drop as a random reward from the second encounter, Ecthar from Ghost of the Deep Dungeon. In my opinion, it’s worth putting in the effort to go after this glaive because it’s the only Rapid-Fire frame, which makes it a good option to use when Glaive mods are added in the seasonal artifact.

Pros

  • It is a Rapid-Fire Frame, which makes it fire faster.
  • Perks like Replenishing Aegis help reload your weapon weapon quicker.

Cons

  • Greasy Luck is time-consuming to acquire and can be difficult for some players.
  • It has a lower impact stat, which decreases its damage against enemies.

8. Judgement of Kelgorath

The most customizable glaive.
Judgement of Kelgorath. (Image Captured By eXputer)

Following are the stats for Greasy Luck Legendary Glaive:

WEAPON TYPELEGENDARY - GLAIVE
Impact95
Range86
Shield Duration15
Handling28
Reload Speed35
Aim Assisstance70
Airborne Effectiveness13
Rounds Per Minute45
Magazine4
  • Why I chose this: easy to acquire and craftable once the pattern is acquired.

Judgment of Kelgorath is the most customizable Destiny 2 best glaive amongst all the Glaives in Destiny 2. Furthermore, it can be crafted, which gives you access to choosing the perks according to your play style and build.

Easily, the most viable perk combination on Judgement of Kelgorath is Overflow and Close To Melee. With this combination of perks, your glaive will reload automatically upon picking up heavy or special ammo.

Your only source to acquire Judgement of Kelgorath is from encounters in the rotator exotic mission, Operation: Seraph’s Shield. However, it is only available after every two weekly resets. In my experience, it is the best overall legendary Glaive for pretty much any activity because you have a plethora of perks to choose from.

Pros

  • Judgment of Kelgorath has a large perk pool, making it highly customizable.
  • With the crafted version acquired, you can further improve it by unlocking enhanced perks.

Cons

  • The exotic mission to acquire Judgment of Kelgorath is only available every two weeks.
  • The mission is difficult and will require a fireteam of three people.

My Criteria For Destiny 2 Best Glaives

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In my opinion, glaives are an underestimated weapon type that, given the right conditions, can perform really well. I have considered the most useful options in making this list of Destiny 2’s best glaives. I definitely recommend looking at some other options on light.gg for a total list of Glaives to see what suits you the best.

My favorite amongst these is definitely Vexcalibur because of the overshield and damage resistance it provides. Also, the secret mission to obtain this gun is pretty cool. Be sure also to check out my review of Destiny 2 and its overall past expansions, excluding the Lightfall expansion, which has its own separate review with my full thoughts on the campaign and new additions.

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