Destiny 2 best PvP weapons in Season of the Seraph

In Destiny 2 Season of the Seraph, there are plenty of viable options for dominating in PvP modes. Here are the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons in the current meta

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: A fireteam runs into battle in Destiny 2

From hand cannons to glaives, Destiny 2 has a vast and varied spread of weapons. Multiple archetypes, dozens of Legendary or Exotic guns, and tons of randomised perks make for one of the most diverse and exciting arsenals in any online shooter. But which are the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons right now in Season of the Seraph?

A skilled player can make any weapon combination viable, while those who simply want to have fun can do so with whatever feels comfortable. But who comes to the Crucible, Gambit, or Trials of Osiris to have fun? Not you. No, you come to bask in the warm glow of a fallen enemy’s Ghost as it cleans up after the beating you just dolled out.

If you want to be certain you’re bringing the meanest guns to the gunfight, our guide to the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons has got you covered.

Best Destiny 2 PvP weapons

Some of the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons to use in Season of the Seraph include Austringer, Deliverance, The Chaperone, and many more. While there are dozens of viable weapons to take into competitive PvP modes, we’ve highlighted the best options from each weapon archetype in this list.

Note that we’ve excluded Power weapons like swords or rocket launchers as these are often dependant on you securing heavy ammo. It’s the Energy and Kinetic slots where you’ll want to pay the closest attention.

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: an Austringer hand cannon

Best Destiny 2 PvP Hand Cannon: Austringer

Hand Cannons are still very much the meta in Destiny 2 PvP. They’re versatile, powerful, and there’s a ton of Legendary options to free up your Exotic slot.

While Eyasluna and Fatebringer remain popular, Austringer clinches the top spot. It hits hard with 140 RPM, and the To Excess Origin Trait boosts melee and grenade recharge speed on final blows. It can also be crafted in the Enclave on Mars once you’ve extracted the Resonance from three of them, allowing you to build your own God Roll. Adding Rangefinder and Snapshot Sights make it devastating, or roll Outlaw with Rampage for similarly terrifying effects.

  • Best perks: Rangefinder, Snapshot Sights, Outlaw, Rampage
  • Source: Opulent Chests, Helm: Crown of Sorrow
  • Alternative: Ace of Spades, Hawkmoon, Thorn, Fatebringer, Eyasluna, Rose, Palindrome
  • Craftable: Yes

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: a gold and purple Drang sidearm

Best Destiny 2 PvP Sidearm: Drang

An old workhorse siderarm, Drang has seen a new lease of life thanks to its inclusion in Season of the Haunted’s Opulent Arsenal. In PvE, it’s a solid choice for a back-up weapon if you’re running Solar, whereas in PvP it’s a surprisingly lethal choice for the secondary slot. It can roll with perks like Moving Target, Incandescent, Quickdraw, and Disruption Break, making it a great gun for competitive play.

  • Best perks: Moving Target, Incandescent, Quickdraw, Disruption Break
  • Source: Opulent Chests, Helm: Crown of Sorrow 
  • Alternative: Forerunner, The Last Dance, Trespasser, Liminal Vigil, Forgiveness, Empirical Evidence
  • Craftable: Yes

Best Destiny 2 PvP Sniper Rifle: Mechabre

Introduced during the Festival of the Lost in the Season of Plunder, the Mechabre is seen as something of a novelty weapon – not least because of the Gundam-themed noise it makes when you fire it. It’s more than just a gimmick gun, though. It’s one of the best 72 RPM snipers you can find and has an excellent perk package. Most will swear by Eye of Sol or Beloved for PvP or PvE, but Mechabre can more than hold its own, and packs a hell of punch on other Guardians. Mix perks such as Snapshot Sights and Opening Shot, or even Auto-Loading Holster and Moving Target to exploit its utility.

  • Best Perks: Snapshot Sights, Moving Target, Opening Shot, Triple Tap
  • Source: Festival of the Lost packages
  • Alternative: Beloved, Eye of Sol
  • Craftable: No

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: The in-game menu for The Chaperone shotgun

Best Destiny 2 PvP Shotgun: The Chaperone

Shotgun Bros dominate the Crucible in Destiny 2 for a reason. In the right hands (read: most aggressive), The Chaperone is nigh unstoppable. The Precision Slug allows for devastating headshots up close, which in turn proc The Roadborn, an intrinsic perk that makes this beauty even more dangerous. It’s also a fine-looking weapon, if that’s your bag.

  • Best Perks: Precision Slugs, The Roadborn
  • Source: Exotic Quest
  • Alternative: Felwinter’s Lie, Duality
  • Craftable: No

Best Destiny 2 PvP Bow: Biting Winds

Although Le Monarque is still a firm favourite for many, the Biting Winds Legendary bow frees up an Exotic slot while still offering a powerful deterrent in the Crucible. While it can roll with Explosive Head for a hidden surprise, one of the best perks it has is Swashbuckler, which increases weapon damage for every kill with Biting Winds or melee kill. Get on a streak with this weapon and you will be headshotting any Guardian that gets in your way.

  • Best Perks: Killing Wind, Explosive Head, Swashbuckler, Moving Target
  • Source: Europa activities
  • Alternative: Le Monarque
  • Craftable: No

Best Destiny 2 PvP Auto Rifle: Gnawing Hunger

This is a beast of an Auto Rifle that packs a large magazine with solid range and impact. It can also roll with some very impressive Perks, such as Zen Moment and Kill Clip that make a huge difference in PvP. It can also roll with Swashbuckler, which will stack damage buffs for every melee kill or kill with the weapon. A superb all-rounder that can hold its own in and out of the Crucible.

  • Best Perks: Kill Clip, Rampage, Zen Moment, Swashbuckler
  • Source: Gambit engrams
  • Alternative: Monte Carlo, Krait, Chroma Rush
  • Craftable: No

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: The in-game menu for the Shayura's Wrath SMG

Best Destiny 2 PvP SMG: Shayura’s Wrath

If you’ve ever been mowed down in seconds and left wondering if you were killed by a Guardian or a bolt of lightning, chances are you came up against an SMG with the right perks. There are plenty of great options for this weapon, but the best is Shayura’s Wrath. The 600 RPM grants it an incredible TTK (time to kill), and the aim assist is more than decent. Killing Wind and Kill Clip combine to make it truly terrifying. If you’re up to the task of earning the Adept version, even better.

  • Best Perks: Killing Wind, Kill Clip
  • Source: Trials of Osiris Engrams
  • Alternative: Huckleberry, Funnelweb, Osteo Striga, IKELOS  SMG, Calus Mini-Tool
  • Craftable: No

Best Destiny 2 PvP Fusion Rifle: Deliverance

Not only is Deliverance a great-looking weapon, it also packs a mean punch in PvP playlists. It’s not particularly easy to get hold of, either, as you’ll need to farm the Vow of the Disciple Raid to get it – but it’s worth the effort. If you’re lucky enough to roll it with Tap the Trigger and Heating Up, you’ll be a force to be reckoned with thanks to the massively improved accuracy. Alternatively, roll Chill Clip and pair it with Stasis to slow enemies and trigger your Stasis Fragment effects.

  • Best Perks: Heating Up, Chill Clip, Perpetual Motion, Tap the Trigger
  • Source: Vow of the Disciple Raid
  • Alternative: Likely Suspect, Jotunn
  • Craftable: No

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: A red and white New Purpose pulse rifle

Best Destiny 2 PvP Pulse Rifle: New Purpose

Introduced with the Duality Dungeon in Season of the Haunted, New Purpose has some incredible perk combos that make it an absolute monstrosity in the Crucible. Combining Perpetual Motion with just about anything is a great move, but roll it with Desperado and you’re laughing all the way to the morgue. It’s worth noting that it’s also a Stasis weapon, so it can roll with the always-entertaining Headstone. Oh, and it can drop with the Bitterspite Origin Trait, increasing performance when you take damage.

  • Best Perks: Perpetual Motion, Tunnel Vision, Desperado, Headstone
  • Source: Duality Dungeon
  • Alternative: No Time to Explain, Revision Zero, Bad Juju, Disparity, Outbreak Perfected, The Messenger
  • Craftable: No

Best Destiny 2 PvP Scout Rifle: Hung Jury

One of the best PvP Scout Rifles returned to the loot pool in Season of the Seraph. You can drop Hung Jury during Nightfall Strikes if you’re lucky, and the right roll on this weapon can make it godlike. It has some great combinations such as Firefly and Rapid Hit, or Surplus and Explosive Payload. The weapon feel is second to none, and the right perks make this fan-favourite weapon come to life.

  • Best Perks: Firefly, Surplus, Explosive Payload, Subsistence
  • Source: Nightfall rewards
  • Alternative: Mida Multitool, Servant Leader, Dead Man’s Tale, Long Arm
  • Craftable: No

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: A Lingering Dread grenade launcher

Best Destiny 2 PvP Light Grenade Launcher: Lingering Dread

Introduced in Season of the Haunted, Lingering Dread is a random drop from the Duality Dungeon. Not only does it come with great base velocity and high reload speed, it can also roll with the Bitterspite perk which causes incoming damage to increase reload speed. Pair it with Chill Clip, which causes the top half of the magazine to slow targets, it’s surprisingly lethal in PvP activities.

  • Best Perks: Ambitious Assassin, Chill Clip, Auto-Loading Holster, Bitterspite
  • Source: Duality Dungeon (random drop)
  • Alternative: Witherhoard, Salvager’s Salvo, Fighting Lion
  • Craftable: No

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So there you have it. The best Destiny 2 PvP weapons across each Kinetic and Energy archetype. Experiment with what’s out there and find a loadout that works for you. For PvE activities like Nightfalls or Raids, check out our best Destiny 2 weapons list for more helpful advice.