Best Destiny 2 weapons for PvE in The Season of Plunder

Prepping for your next Raid run? Here’s a list of the best Destiny 2 weapons for fans of Bungie’s FPS looter shooter and Guardians on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Best Destiny 2 Weapons: Three Guardians in shiny armour, with the one in the middle holding a rocket launcher

Bungie’s looter shooter is always growing and the selection of weapons now on offer for players to equip can be overwhelming. If you’re looking to jump into a Raid with your fireteam, you’re going to need the best Destiny 2 weapons in hand and ready to go. If you’re not sure what they might be, fear not; we’ve saved you the trouble of trial and error by putting together a list of the top Destiny 2 Exotics and some fantastic Legendary weapons below – whether you’re playing on PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

When you’re preparing for a high-level event in Destiny 2, it’s important to keep your loadout in mind, and The Season of Plunder has added a wealth of new weapons. While the right subclass, armour, and mods are all important, making sure you have the best Destiny 2 weapons equipped can also be the difference between success and failure.

Before we dive into the list, it’s worth keeping in mind that Destiny 2’s PvP combat is a different beast altogether – this list will only focus on top weapons for PvE activities. If you do want to slay out in the Crucible though, head over to our best Destiny 2 PvP weapons guide.

Anyway, let’s get stuck in. Here’s everything you need to know about the best Destiny 2 weapons available right now – and how you can obtain them.

Best Destiny 2 weapons

Here are our choices for the best Destiny 2 weapons available right now:

  • Divinity
  • Gjallarhorn
  • Riskrunner
  • Doom of Chelchis
  • Delicate Tomb
  • Malfeasance

Divinity – Exotic energy trace rifle

There are currently four Exotic trace rifles in Destiny 2, and they all have their perks when it comes to PvE combat. However, if you’re looking for the best of the bunch and one of the top Destiny 2 weapons for the game’s high level activities, you’re going to need to get your hands on Divinity.

Best Destiny 2 Weapons Divinity: An image of the Divinity in-game

This weapon comes with two perks that make it a boss at taking down bosses: Judgement and Penance. Judgement creates a debuffing field around an enemy after sustained damage and Penance will deal a burst of damage to enemies under the effects of Judgement for long enough. If you’re struggling to land critical hits, Judgement’s debuffing field actually makes every hit a critical, so it’s a fantastic option for quickly dealing damage to enemies with large health pools.

Interested? You can be in with a chance of unlocking the Divinity Exotic by completing the Garden of Salvation raid in the Shadowkeep expansion. There’s no longer a risk of the Shadowkeep expansion content being vaulted, so squad up and grab this beaut. If you want to team up with your friends – check out our Destiny 2 cross-play guide for help on how to do this.

Gjallarhorn – Exotic rocket launcher

Gjallarhorn is one of Destiny’s most iconic weapons – and it’s also one of its best. This rocket launcher isn’t going to be your main weapon, but it offers a huge damage payload that can take chunks out of enemies when you need it to.

Best Destiny 2 Weapons Gjallarhorn: An image of the Gjallarhorn in-game

This rocket launcher comes equipped with two perks that are at their best when you’re shoulder to shoulder with your other Guardians: Wolfpack Rounds and Pack Hunter. Wolfpack Rounds cause any fired rounds to split into tracking cluster missiles upon detonation – something nearby allies can enjoy with any non-Exotic rocket launcher, thanks to Pack Hunter. This second perk also increases the reload speeds and handling with the Gjallarhorn when it’s used near allies. There’s never been a better reason to stick with your Fireteam in Destiny 2 – especially if they’re all packing launchers.

If you want to get your hands on it, then you can unlock it through the And Out Fly The Wolves quest, or in the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack.

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Riskrunner – Exotic Submchine Gun

Yes, you read that right. Riskrunner is an old Exotic that’s been around so long most Guardians have forgotten it exists. But it has always been potent, and since the advent of Arc 3.0, this little monster has a new lease of life.

Riskrunner’s unique perk is the Arc Conductor, which reacts to incoming Arc damage (such as enemy weapons fire). It becomes more powerful and resists the incoming damage – but the real beauty is the Superconductor element that procs with it. This turns your shots into chain lightning that can absolutely decimate crowds of enemies. It’s particularly lethal for mob-clearing in Gambit.

Destiny 2 best weapons: A white gold and blue Riskrunner submachine gun

It’s also an easy weapon to get hold of. New Lights will receive the quest from Shaw Han when finishing up the opening questline in the Cosmodrome, and the steps to acquiring the weapon are pretty simple. It also comes with the Catalyst, which increases range when unlocked.

Pair this with any Arc build (or any build at all, really), and the addition of Arc Conductor and Superconductor make it a truly terrifying force on the battlefield.

Doom of Chelchis – Legendary Scout Rifle

Returning to Destiny 2 along with the Kings Fall Raid, this Scout Rifle is the kind of workhorse gun that can fit into anyone’s loadout. Not only does it have decent range and impact, a roll with Arrowhead Brake and Accurized Rounds will turn it into a mini sniper rifle.

The real selling point here is that the Kings Fall weapons can roll with unique perk combinations we haven’t seen before. Landing one of these with Firefly and Dragonfly, for example, makes for some incredibly pretty fireworks and impressive add-clearance. Better yet, it can also double up almost any first slot stat with Explosive Payload.

Destiny 2 best weapons:  A sand and maroon coloured Doom of Chelchis scout rifle

Of course, the problem with this is that you’ll need the RNG gods to shine on you during the Raid. Doom of Chelchis can drop from the first encounter or the Totems, and can only be found in other chests once you’ve gotten it the first time. It can roll with Deepsight Resonance, making it craftable, but that means putting some heavy hours into the Raid.

Delicate Tomb – Exotic Fusion Rifle

A brand new addition, Delicate Tomb is given to anyone with the Season of Plunder Season Pass. It’s a powerful Arc Fusion Rifle that can be utterly deadly with the right build – but it is heavily subclass-specific.

Its first unique Perk is Traitor’s Vessel, which allows it to fire a lethal horizontal spread when fired from the hip. Kills with Delicate Tomb generate Ionic Traces, which buff your Arc Ability regen. The Tempest Cascade perk then overpowers your next shot and applies Jolt to targets you hit.

As you can imagine, pairing this weapon with an Arc build will allow you to fully maximise its damage output, not only annihilating packs of enemy mobs but constantly buffing your Ability regeneration as you fight. 

Destiny 2 best weapons: A blue glowing Delicate Tomb fusion rifle

Unlocking the Catalyst applies the Ionic Interment Perk, which partially reloads the magazine when you collect a Trace. Warlocks with Crown of Tempests equipped will be nothing short of godlike on a PvE battleground.

Malfeasance – Exotic Hand Cannon

Originally introduced in Season of the Outlaw, Malfeasance is a 180 RPM Exotic hand cannon often slept-on due its higher potency in Gambit. Its unique Taken Predator perk is enemy-specific, while its increased damage to other Guardians only procs in Drifter’s little pocket dimension.

However, its high magazine capacity of 20 and its other unique Perk, Explosive Shadow, make it a formidable weapon for any encounter. Explosive Shadow fires volatile slugs that lodge in the target; build up enough, and they’ll explode to deal massive damage. Not only that, but Malfeasance has received a rework in Season of Plunder to add intrinsic anti-Unstoppable capability, making it even more useful in endgame content.

The biggest downside to Malfeasance is the stress you’ll need to go through to acquire it. Its questline is massive, requiring a huge amount of Gambit and completion of a tougher version of The Corrupted Strike. You’ll receive this questline from Drifter when you reach the Tower for the first time as a New Light.

Well, that’s all there is to it – the best Destiny 2 weapons available right now and how you can get your hands on them. If you’re not sure you’re a fan of Bungie’s looter shooter, you can check out our guide to the best free Xbox games here and the best free PS5 games here.