You’re starting Destiny 2 Shadowkeep or New Light and the PvP is hard on you? Have no fear as we prepared a crucible weapons list that will instantly help you kill more opponents, get better scores and better rewards, regardless of your class. We will constantly update the list according to the balancing changes that Bungie makes so that you are always in the known on the current META.
Some of them will be exotics where only luck (and Xur) play a role, others can be gained through quests and we will, where applicable, let you know how to obtain them. The list consists of multiple weapon categories so you are sure to find something that will fit your playstyle. Be sure to also check out our comprehensive guide on how to quickly rank up your season pass and power level.
Hand cannons are your heavy hitters and the most popular weapons in Destiny. They are best used if you are a good shot as they’ll deliver a ton of damage and have the potential to kill opponents in a shot or two. No best crucible weapons list is complete without a few of those.
Ace of Spades
The first among them is Cayde’s very own, Ace of Spades hand cannon. Besides its monstrous damage and range, it has the Firefly and Memento Mori perks where the former explodes your opponents while the latter gives you more rounds in the next magazine that will do extra damage after a kill. Oh, and did we mention the fact that you keep your radar while aiming down the sights?
The Last Word
The second one is the Last Word and what makes it great is the fact that it’s an almost a full-auto fire hand cannon. What we like the most about this hand cannon is that it doesn’t have what is probably the biggest drawback of many hand cannons – a slow reload time. Not only is its base reload time lightning-fast, but it gets even faster when landing hip fire shots. This weapon can be gained after a lengthy quest gained from the Drifter in the tower.
Luna’s Howl is much the same when it comes to pure stats of the Last Word. High damage, high stability and quick reload times. To get it, you simply need to play Competitive PvP matches, get a bunch of kills and reach Fabled status in the Glory playlist. It’s not easy but it’s well worth it.
And finally, you get Eriana’s Vow by simply buying Shadowkeep expansion or by earning it through the battle pass. This weapon is similar in stats to the Ace of Spades with massive damage output and high range. As a bonus, opening shots deal even more damage when aiming down the sights.
Submachine guns are a crazy popular type of weapon in Destiny and one of the mainstays of every best crucible weapons list. This is mostly because they have the highest rate of fire out of any weapon category so players can quickly rack up multikills if they are precise enough. Our crucible weapons list brings probably the two of the most popular ones.
The Recluse is gained from a simple quest given by Lord Shaxx which tasks you with simply winning the crucible and achieving the Fabled rank. As you’d expect of a submachine gun, this one also has an insane rate of fire but the great thing about it is the damage and reload speed boost it gets each time you kill an enemy. Killing spree anyone?
The Riskrunner is a good alternative if you don’t want to put in the work needed for the Recluse and is a very easy weapon to obtain. Just go Asher Mir on Io and complete the Sacrilege story mission he gives you. It shoots fast and gets more powerful if someone damages you with arc damage. Go crazy with it.
When you want to have a good rate of fire with a bit more punch to your shots – you go for the auto rifle. Surprisingly enough, auto rifles are not as popular as hand cannons and submachine guns but we managed to pick a few which will get you great results in the Crucible.
Starting off with the most used auto rifle – the Suros Regime. You can get this weapon either from a random exotic drop, Xur or by finishing a weekly milestone. Suros Regime is a highly versatile weapon thanks to its awesome perks. When firing from the hip, the rate of fire increases the longer you keep shooting while aiming down the sight will get you higher damage output at the expense of the rate of fire. The bottom half of each magazine will also deal bonus damage and sometimes even return health on an enemy kill.
A new addition to the auto rifle lineup – Braytech Werewolf can be purchased as a part of the Festival of the Lost Halloween event. While the initial purchase isn’t much, you have an option to buy additional rifles with random perk rolls, exponentially increasing your chances of a godly one that you can take to the Crucible to wreck some players. So keep an eye on those hammer-forged, armor-piercing, zen moment and multi-kill perks to create one hell of a weapon.
Same as with the Suros Regime, Sweet Business can be obtained via a random exotic drop, Xur or by finishing a weekly milestone. This is an awesome weapon that is great for when you just want to kill some guardians without needing to be very precise. This is mostly thanks to its Business Time perk that will make holding down the trigger increase its rate of fire and range to insane levels while automatically loading ammo pickups into its huge magazine.
Misfit is liked by many Destiny players and with good reason, especially if you get good rolls. It’s an easy to obtain legendary drop that you’ll get many times during your Destiny playthrough. Expect a good rate of fire, some solid damage output and a nice punchy sound to your shots.
As in many FPS games, sniper rifles are usually a one-hit kill – if you are precise enough. So even though these two are top of the line sniper rifles in the current META, be sure you have the skill and confidence before using them.
Beloved is a sniper rifle that can be obtained by playing the Menagerie and filling up the Chalice of Opulence to a certain compatibility level. It’s a legendary weapon that is a nice mix of all stats and one that’s a bit easier to control than the second entry in the sniper rifles list.
Probably the most used sniper rifle in the PvP of Destiny 2, the Revoker is the one-punch man of Destiny. It can quickly get you aiming down the sights, lining up a shot and killing enemy players in a snap. If you are skilled with it, chances are that you’ve been called a hacker at least once in your Destiny PvP career. It’s a pinnacle weapon that you can obtain by visiting Lord Shaxx and getting his In Your Sights questline.
Machine guns are hard-hitting power weapons with deep ammo reserves. From their inclusion, they quickly gained in popularity and overtook other power weapons due to their reliability and precision. Our crucible weapon list has two of the best ones for your convenience.
You can obtain Hammerhead in the Black Armory forge and this is the best and the most used machine gun in the game. Hammerhead does extra damage to shields, overpenetrates targets and each kill increases its damage and reload speed. Need I say more?
21% Delirium, on the other hand, is the speedster of machine guns. Its rate of fire is double than that of Hammerhead at the expense of damage output. It’s Killing Tally perk, however, will increase its damage until you reload its magazine which will be deeper than usual thanks to another perk. It’s more suited to less precise players who are more into spraying their bullets to rack up kills. This weapon can be obtained by visiting the Drifter and finishing his By Your Bootstraps questline.
Fusion rifles are not very precise, have small, one digit magazines and limited range. So why are they awesome? Well, because of their insanely high damage output. They require less precision than sniper rifles but are still a highly skill-based weapon that can be used to dominate opponents in the Crucible.
First up, the Jotunn. This norse-inspired weapon looks more like some sort of power-fist than like an actual rifle. It can be obtained by unlocking all he forges and then speaking to ADA-1 to get its calibration quest. As far as its capabilities, you have a charged tracking shot, explosive shots, player disorienting shots and much more for a really versatile, high destruction package.
Second, Erentil FR4. This is a great weapon that’s easily obtained by ranking up with the Gunsmith and much of its potential depends on the rolls you get. It’s one of the most used fusion rifles in the PvP portion of the game and this best weapons list wouldn’t be much without it.
High power, burst firing pulse rifles reward a steady hand at a medium range and are liked by many Destiny players. Some of the best crucible weapons fall into this category and we bring some of the most well rounded down below.
Bygones & Last Perdition
Bygones and Last Perdition are easily obtained either as a reward from the Drifter or from Lord Shaxx. What’s great about them is that they often come with the Full-auto trigger system perk that will make the weapon fire as long as you keep that mouse button pressed. Combine that with their solid stability and good damage output and you have the answer to why they are some of the best crucible weapons in the Destiny 2 PvP.
Vigilance Wing can be obtained via a random exotic drop, Xur or by finishing a weekly milestone. It fires a 5-round burst and will get you health regeneration and increased movement speed every time a nearby ally is killed. This makes it ideal for the crowded PvP modes where you can count on your allies dying regardless of how well your team does. Oh, did we mention that its single burst is more than enough to bring an enemy player down?
Long ranged, stable and powerful. What’s not to like about scout rifles? These are our personal favorite weapon type and the two down below will make you an absolute PvP powerhouse.
MIDA Multi-Tool is one of the best crucible weapons in Destiny. Period. It’s insanely powerful, long-ranged and it boosts your movement speed while giving you radar when aiming down the sight. While you initially obtain it by simply reaching level 20 and progressing through the story, getting it to its full potential is a bit tricky. First, you need to finish the “Enhance” quest given out by Devrim Kay in the EDZ and visiting Banshee for a series of quests involving submachine guns.
The Jade Rabbit
The Jade Rabbit, on the other hand, can be obtained via a random exotic drop, Xur or by finishing a weekly milestone. It’s also a very powerful, long-range weapon that increases its stability and damage with each body shot while returning ammo to the magazine on precision shots.