Destiny 2 Best PVE Weapons (Season of Arrivals – July 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!

July 2020 Update

The Witherhoard is across the board one of the most popular weapons around right now! I'm also see a lot of Gnawing Hunger, and a whole lot of Falling Guillotine.

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

Best PVE Kinetic Weapons


"Like a one-man private security company." —The Drifter

A super powerful addition to the game, another grenade launcher that is a must have if you're looking to grind out dungeons and anything else!

Great AOE and direct target damage. You can fire a grenade onto the ground to land a blight AOE that will deal damage to anything inside of it. Alternatively, you can directly hit a target to deal damage to it and blight it. Once that target dies, it will drop a blight AOE on the ground. Most of the time you'll want to launch the blight onto a target, switch to another weapon, and then shred them!

How-to Get It

The Witherhoard is obtained via the Season of Arrivals Pass!

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!

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.

Other Good Kinetic Options

  • Wish-Ender
  • The Forward Path
  • Night Watch
  • Ace of Spades

Best PVE Energy Weapons

Gnawing Hunger

Don't let pride keep you from a good meal.

A powerful auto rifle with a variety of options via roles. This is also pairs well with the Witherhoard or Mountaintop.

It has a variety of rolls that will give it a ton of stability which makes it super accurate and fire like a laser beam. It deals a ton of damage, and you can also farm it quite a bit to get the tailored roles you would like. The common ones people looking for are Steady Rounds, Arrowhead Brake, Zen Moment/Tap the Trigger, and Kill Clip

How-to Get It

You can open up Umbral Engrams to obtain the Gnawing Hunger.

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.

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:


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.

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.

Hard Light

Ionized polymer synballistic attack platform. The system's lethality is dynamically robust across tactical spaces.

Hard Light has popped back up on the radar due to its Volatile Light perk which removes damage falloff, overpenetrates targets, and ricochets rounds off of hard surfaces. The damage increases when you bounce the projectiles, which is okay in PVE, but is even better in PVP where players are hiding around corners or ducking behind cover. Another particularly nice perk is that you can cycle through the weapon's damage type. If you have a quest that requires Solar, Arc, or Void damage, you can do any of those with this weapon!

How-to Get It

It drops out of an Exotic Ingram, so you're just going to have to get lucky unfortunately!

Other Good Energy Options

  • Trinity Ghoul
  • Subtle Calamity

Best Power PVE Weapons

Falling Guillotine

What won't be given must be taken.

The Falling Guillotine can do massive damage and is great against bosses! This thing will melt high health enemies down quickly, especially if you head in with some friends and all slice up your targets. You can also customize this thing with different perks. Most people look for Whirlwind Blade which increases damage after rapidly swinging your sword around.

How-to Get It

You can open up Umbral Engrams to obtain the Falling Guillotine.


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.

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.

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!


This might sting a little.

Xenophage has jumped in popularity after the nerfs to both Snipers and Grenade Launchers. It can dish out a lot of sustained damage and has good AOE due to the Pyrotoxin Rounds perk that it comes with.

How-to Get It

You have to go through a fairly lengthy quest to obtain the Xenophage. You also have to do some puzzles that were pretty hard to figure out for the community. If you haven't gotten it yet, however, then you're lucky because they've all been figured out. Check out our Xenophage Quest Steps Guide to get the weapon.

Other Good Power Options

  • Anarchy
  • Bad Omens
  • Wendigo GL3
  • Avalanche
  • Fixed Odds
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  1. Good guns but a bit late to bother getting recluse/mountain top etc if you don’t have them.
    They are being sun-setted so will be useless for future higher light activities and only useful for regular crucible that isn’t light dependent.
    Still great guns but wouldn’t bother putting too much time into them unless you just like collecting stuff in your vault

  2. Hey, didn’t bungie already fix that bug with the wish ender in a previous patch?

    1. Yes, it’s still good though.

  3. I don’t think you can do Timelost Bounties in season 10…

  4. 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

  5. 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”

    1. Updated now, thanks for the heads up!