Destiny 2 best PvP weapons in The Season of Plunder

In Destiny 2 Season of Plunder, 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 The Season of Plunder?

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 The Season of Plunder include Austringer, The Chaperone, Likely Suspect, 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: Fatebringer, Eyasluna
  • 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
  • Craftable: Yes

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: An orange and black Eye of Sol sniper

Best Destiny 2 PvP Sniper Rifle: Beloved

The Trials of Osiris sniper rifle can roll with such great perk combinations that its already impressive stat spread becomes almost god-tier. With incredible range, handling, anti-flinch, it’s an amazing sniper to use under pressure. Roll Snapshot Sights with Moving Target or Opening Shot and you’ll never look at another sniper rifle again.

  • Best Perks: Snapshot Sights, Moving Target, Opening Shot
  • Source: Trials of Osiris engrams 
  • Alternative: Beloved, 1000 Yard Stare
  • 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.

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

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: The in-game menu for the Le Monarque bow

Best Destiny 2 PvP Bow: Le Monarque

We wouldn’t want to condone any underhandedness in the Crucible, but frankly Le Monarque’s poison tick is too good to pass up. While the Snapshot Sights perk is great for fast players, the beauty of this bow is that damage-over-time effect. It might be nasty, but it’s fun. This weapon will cost you though, as it’s now only available via the Monument to Lost Lights in the Tower.

  • Perks: Poison Arrows, Snapshot Sights
  • Source: Monument to Lost Lights
  • Alternative: Ticcu’s Divination
  • 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: Funnelweb, Osteo Striga
  • Craftable: No

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: A blue and black Likely Suspect fusion rifle

Best Destiny 2 PvP Fusion Rifle: Likely Suspect

Not only is Likely Suspect one of the best-looking Fusions in Destiny 2, it’s also a superb gun to take into the Crucible thanks to a few very useful Perk combinations. Perpetual Motion is a solid Perk on most weapons in PvP, but when combined with either Golden Tricorn or Successful Warm-Up it creates a truly formidable Fusion Rifle. The latter Perk in particular decreases charge time after a kill, reducing it to almost instant when you’re on a roll. 

  • Best Perks: Successful Warm-Up, Golden Tricorn, Perpetual Motion
  • Source: World drop (Savathun’s Throneworld)
  • Alternative: Deliverance, Riptide
  • Craftable: Yes

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, Syncopation-53
  • Craftable: No

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: The in-game menu for the Dead Man's Tale scout rifle

Best Destiny 2 PvP Scout Rifle: Dead Man’s Tale

One of the best guns in Destiny 2 for any activity, Dead Man’s Tale is a fantastic hip-fire Scout Rifle. Since The Witch Queen release, it can roll with randomised perks in Xur’s inventory. Killing Wind, Vorpal Weapon, or Snapshot Sights combine with the Cranial Spike intrinsic trait to devastating effect. Slow, steady, accurate, and powerful.

  • Best Perks: Killing Wind, Snapshot Sights
  • Source: Xur
  • Alternative: Mida Multitool, Servant Leader
  • Craftable: No, but does get random rolls from Xur

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: A grey Monte Carlo assault rifle

Best Destiny 2 PvP Auto Rifle: Monte Carlo

While there are some great Legendary choices if you’d rather rock an Exotic in slot two, Monte Carlo is still a great weapon for PvP. If you’re a player who likes to get up close and personal, it’s even better, as its intrinsic Perks restore ammo and buff damage for melee kills as well as weapon kills. It’s also got decent range and a solid TTK on mid-range Guardians.

  • Perks: Monte Carlo Method, Markov Chain
  • Source: World drop
  • Alternative: The Summoner, Krait
  • 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
  • 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 strikes, raids, or Witch Queen missions, check out our best Destiny 2 weapons list for more helpful advice.