Destiny 2 Best PVE Weapons (Season of Dawn – March 2020)

Our Destiny 2 Best PVE Weapons list takes a look at the top options to play with in the new Shadowkeep expansion! These guns are the most popular among players in the game right now. So, if you're looking to shred your enemies in Raids, Strikes, and Nightfalls then these are the ones you are going to want to have equipped.

When creating this list of weapons we took a look at what most players are running when they head into the new Raids. We also look for potentially game breaking or overpowered perks that make the particular gun standout from the pack. There's always a reason these options in particular are popular, and we explain exactly why that is!

March 2020 Update

The Steelfeather Repeater has been added to the list as a great Auto Rifle option for your Kinetic slot!

Here's our list of Destiny 2's Best PVE Weapons:

Best PVE Kinetic Weapons

Steelfeather Repeater

There is strength in delicate things.

If you're looking for a strong Auto Rifle to place in your Kinetic slot then the Steelfeather Repeater is a versatile option! It can have a lot of different perks that can make it a very good monster killer, but allows it to also perform well in PVP.

Why is it Good?

As mentioned, this weapon can get a lot of different perks and some of these are extremely strong for slaying many enemies at a time. Feeding Frenzy is one such option, when you are destroying enemies your reload speed will increase so that you can continue to pump out rounds. Subsistence is also a strong one for PVE because every time you get a kill you will reload the magazine from your reserves. If you've got Feeding Frenzy, then you'll likely want to pair it with Multikill Clip! This gives you a significant damage buff if you've gotten kills prior to reloading!

How-to Get It

This weapon is also pretty easy to farm, you just need to pick up Timelost Weapon Bounties and complete the objectives! These are usually pretty easy, so getting the roll you want shouldn't take too long.

Izanagi's Burden

"Shame. Guilt. Fear. We all bear them. Gather your regrets, purge them as best you can. Let your enemies feel the weight of your burdens." —Ada-1

It's pretty much hands down that this is one of the most powerful weapons you can have in your arsenal if you are heading into any kind of PVE battle in Destiny 2. This thing does massive damage to bosses, so it's high on many player's lists of must haves when heading into raids.

Why is it Good?

Well, it's because of the Honed Edge perk that allows you to hold reload which consumes your magazine and loads one high damage round into it. You are essentially getting to fire off four rounds from the magazine in one shot. You can then hold reload after you fire to charge up another shot. This is why the gun can deal so much damage, because you can continue to fire a shot for huge damage and reload it back for another one until your ammo is depleted.

How-to Get It

This is a pretty grind heavy weapon to obtain, but it is doable if you've got the time. One issue is that you'l need to obtain keys by heading into all four forges, this isn't so much a problem, but these are on a daily rotation. So, you will have to do it over four days. There's many other steps, and one in particular is completely random and can slow down your progress significantly.

The Mountaintop

"In the heat of battle, Guardian, you will know the right choice to make." —Lord Shaxx

If you're looking for the most powerful Power weapon to have in your arsenal than this is easily at the top. The Mountaintop is an extremely strong Grenade Launcher that can dish out massive damage with a very fast reload speed. This is very much worth grabbing, the requirements for collecting this weapon were dropped in a patch prior to the release of Shadowkeep!

Why is it Good?

While the damage is an obvious factor, the perks on this thing are pretty insane. It has the Lightweight Frame which allows you to move faster while this weapon is equipped. That gives you more ability to move around and get out of harms way. It also has Micro-Missile which basically makes it a Rocket Launcher in that it doesn't lob shots like a typical Grenade Launcher. Instead, it fires them in a straight line and the shot moves much quicker than usual. You can also reload it speedily to continue to rain down terror onto enemies.

How-to Get It

Unfortunately, if you don't like PVP, this is another weapon that requires it! Lord Shaxx has it available, but you'll need to reach the Fabled rank in the Crucible. As mentioned previously, it's a lot easier to gain that now in the Shadowkeep expansion.

Wish-Ender

"Don't fret. It's a simple expedition. We'll be back before lunch." —Sjur Eido, First Queen's Wrath

I had lost a lot of hope that I'd ever see a bow on this list, and this is based on a bug... but it still counts! I've always enjoyed bows in games, and if you'd like to play like Hanzo from Overwatch then now is the time do it. You will want to get in on the fun before Bungie fixes the bug and sends this bow back to the shadow realms.

Why is it Good?

As mentioned, there's a bug that seems to be dealing extra damage based upon the arrow entering the target then exiting and hitting the target again. The amount of times a shot can hit again is random, but it looks like it will hit for nearly the exact damage you hit for up to four times. So, if you hit for 5k damage on your initial crit, you could hit an additional four times to the target for slightly less or more damage. That would mean you could hit a target for 25,000 damage in one hit. This weapon is also extremely good in Gambit because it can take down the larger health enemies quite quickly.

How-to Get It

Wish-Ender is part of the Shattered Throne dungeon, and you will need to complete it at least once to put you on the quest you need to complete for the bow. Here's a full guide on how to obtain the Wish-Ender.

Other Good Kinetic Options

  • Ace of Spades
  • Go Figure
  • BrayTech Werewolf

Best PVE Energy Weapons

The Recluse

My bite will turn your sweet flesh to vile rot.

The Recluse is probably the most popular overall weapon in the game in both PVP or PVE. If you're a PVE player, you aren't going to enjoy trying to get this weapon because you need to grind away in the Competitive Crucible playlist to reach 2,100 Glory and hit Fabled. Lucky for you, the penalty for losing games in Competitive was updated recently and losses are less punishing and wins are usually worth more.

Why is it Good?

While The Recluse was finally nerfed, it remains one of the top weapons in the game. You can no longer hit anywhere on an enemy after a kill for critical strikes. However, you still get improved damage after getting kills, which makes it a great weapon to slay multiple enemies with. It has the Feeding Frenzy trait which makes it so you can reload it quickly after getting a kill. The gun fires very quickly, so you will need to reload fairly often, but that's covered up by the trait. Another great factor about this gun is that it's not an Exotic, which means you can pair it with another very powerful weapon like The Mountaintop or Izanagi's Burden.

How-to Get It

As mentioned, this weapon requires a ton of PVP to obtain. Go to Lord Shaxx and pick up the From The Mouths of Babes quest. You will then to obtain The Stuff of Myth Triumph:

In the Crucible, win matches and earn Glory rank "Fabled." Survival and Iron Banner matches grant the most efficient progress. (Iron Banner matches do not grant Glory.)

This is the 2,100 Glory you'll need to acquire, as well as a bunch of wins. You can learn more about it in this video:

Riskrunner

Charge your soul and let the electrons sing.

If you don't want to grind The Recluse and you have an open exotic weapon slot, then the Riskrunner is a great option for you! Now that Shadowkeep is out, you can even obtain it by completing a very simple quest line.

Why is it Good?

It has huge range on it, which makes it deal max damage from long distances. The big factor, however, is the Arc Conductor intrinsic perk. When you take Arc Damage, the weapon becomes more powerful and resists incoming Arc Damage. If you get more kills, the time is extended and you continue to gain that damage and resistance! You also have the Superconductor perk which when the Arc Conductor perk is active, your shots have a chance to become chain lightning which can return ammo. That means you won't be needing to reload all that often. The quest version of the weapon also comes with the Catalyst which generates Orbs on multikills!

Shadowkeep in particular is great for this weapon because a majority of the enemies you fight dish out Arc damage.

How-to Get It

You can get the quest by completing the first story mission in the Shadowkeep expansion. Once you do, head over to the Tower and talk to Banshee-44 to pick it up. You might want to wait though, if you haven't reached 900 power yet the gun will be based on your current power level. After that, you just need to complete a Lost Sector, Heroic Public Event, and a Nightfall Strike! That's pretty easy for what is one of the most powerful weapons you can have in your arsenal right now.

Other Good Energy Options

  • Subtle Calamity
  • Fighting Lion
  • Eriana's Vow

Best Power PVE Weapons

Hammerhead

Smash through the veil.

Hammerhead is a great heavy weapon, and is extremely versatile because of its random rolls which can contain a whole lot of different perks. These can make it strong for taking out a ton of monsters at once, or can be used as a longer ranged weapon to snipe enemies.

Why is it Good?

As mentioned, it's good because it is so versatile. You can carry multiple versions of the weapon that make it stronger in different situations. It can have the Armor-Piercing Rounds perk which gives it increased range and deals extra damage to enemies with shields. There's also Rampage, which can stack and grant increased damage when you get kills with the weapon. There's a lot of other options you can mix and match depending on what you value in a weapon.

How-to Get It

You will need to go through the Black Armory quests and obtain the Black Armory Machine Gun Frame. Grab that and complete the objectives it details and you will obtain the weapon. You can do this repeatedly if you purchase the frame from again from Ada-1.

21% Delirium

"All right." —A Dark Age drifter

The 21% Delirium is one of the best Power options in the game for PVE. You can almost just run this exclusively if you're able to find the Power ammo to support it because it rewards you for not stowing it away. It can do big damage and is well-suited for taking out packs of monsters that lead into a boss.

Why is it Good?

It gives you a huge Power Ammo reserve, increases damage on kills, and the Overflow perk which ups the amount of ammo in your magazine significantly. That means you don't have to reload often, especially if you are just shooting bursts. This will make it so you'll consistently have Killing Tally up which ups the damage significantly on the gun. The only time you will lose Killing Tally is if you stow away the weapon or reload it! To put it all together, you have a huge capacity magazine that rarely needs to be reloaded, and gains a significant damage for killing enemies in a row. This things is extremely good for wiping out large groups of enemies, or just holding down the trigger while you deal massive damage to a boss.

How-to Get It

This is a Gambit based Pinnacle weapon that will require you to play a ton of the mode. You need to earn the Notorious Hustle Triumph:

In any Gambit activity, earn multikills of 5 or more, defeat Primeval envoys and Primevals, and reset your Infamy Rank.

The multikill part isn't a big deal, but the envoys and Primevals is where you'll struggle. This can take up to 100 games of Gambit to complete, so only go after this thing if you've got that kind of time to spend or you really like Gambit!

Fixed Odds

An Earth artifact, refashioned to suit the Emperor's modest tastes.

This is a bit of an odd Machine Gun because it has a pretty low RPM compared to some of the others. This is less about firing a lot of bullets quickly, and more about tap tapping enemies with big damage because of the high impact.

Why is it Good?

This weapon hits really hard and is very accurate if you're standing still and looking down the sights because of the High-Impact Frame. Fixed Odds also benefits greatly in PVE because of the Rampage perk. That weapon rewards you with a big buff to your damage if you can maintain three stacks of Rampage. You gain a stack for each kill, which makes it great for clearing packs of enemies. You'll also be hoping that you end up with the Curated Roll, because Feeding Frenzy will significantly increase your reload speed after a kill. Random rolls of this weapon can be all over the place because there's a lot of different possible perks.

How-to Get It

This is a drop from The Menagerie, so you'll need to fill out your chalice appropriately before running one. Place the red Rune of Ambition into the top slot, and any blue run into your second slot. Once you've got that ready, just head into The Menagerie and complete it! One of the benefits of this weapon is that it's relatively easy to get. However, the perk rolls are random, so it might be hard to find the most powerful version.

Other Good Power Options

  • Wendigo GL3
  • Avalanche

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  1. You should check for Black Scorpion, is an absolute fast-break-ass, probably one of the best weapon with the right perks, with anti barrier and perk that reload your ammo everytime you break a shield is a beast in pinnacle and raid

  2. Your description of Recluse is not accurate any longer. They nerfed it at the start of season of the dawn. You now have to land precision shots if you want the precision damage. It’s still a super powerful gun, but you can’t “shoot it in the toe for the same damage as shooting it in the head”