Best Destiny 2 PvP weapons: Meta weapons for Competitive and Trials of Osiris

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Destiny 2’s Season of Plunder is here, and that means it’s time to check out the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons for Crucible, Competitive and Trials of Osiris.

One of the things that keep many Destiny 2 players engaged with the hit looter-shooter is obtaining powerful gear, and then taking their hard-earned armaments into the Crucible to test them out against other Guardians.

With hundreds of weapons on offer, the Destiny 2 meta is constantly evolving, and that’s continued in Season of Plunder. Between seasonal artifact mods, new weapon releases, and sandbox changes courtesy of Bungie, there seems to always be something new and exciting to try out in PvP.

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Now, with the help of the tried-and-true community tool Destiny Tracker, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular weapons across all of Destiny 2’s competitive PvP modes — including Trials of Osiris.


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Whether you’re sweating it out in Trials or jumping into Control for some fun, we’ve got you covered on all the weapons you should be using.

Destiny 2 best PvP weapons: Top 10 Competitive guns

10. Without Remorse

Destiny 2 Without Remorse Legendary Shotgun

Of the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons, one shotgun reigns supreme right now.

Without Remorse is fairly easy to earn since being added in Season of the Haunted, and players can craft it, too. That means you can grind to get a great roll, with the Incandescent perk ideal for Solar 3.0 players.

9. Le Monarque

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Le Monarque is about the only bow you’ll want in Trials.

It’s not often that you’ll want to take a bow into competitive PvP, but for those that can use them effectively, Le Monarque is up there with the best. It’s quick to aim thanks to its Snapshot Sights perk, and it fires poison arrows if you nail a perfect draw.

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Hunters running with the Oathkeepers exotic guarantees a perfect draw, meaning you can poison enemies regularly.

8. Riiswalker

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Riiswalker is great, if you have the right perks.

Another Legendary Shotgun, the Riiswalker sits in the Kinetic Slot and is earned through Iron Banner.

With the right roll, it can be a great tool at a decent range, while Accurized Rounds and Quickdraw can put enemies down that get too close, too.

7. Ace of Spades

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The Ace of Spades can absolutely dominate primary weapon engagements.

The Ace of Spades continues to hold onto a spot in the Trials meta. A deadly combination of perks in High-Caliber Rounds, Firefly, and Momento Mori make this one of the best dueling options in Destiny 2, able to outplay almost any other primary weapon.

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6. Piece of Mind

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The Piece of Mind has dropped a bit since Season of the Risen

The Piece of Mind is a great Legendary Pulse Rifle introduced in Season of the Risen, but its powers have faded thanks to rebalancing and new weapons.

With the right perks, it offers impressive range and accuracy, as well as excellent stability, making it feel almost surgical — and that’s why it’s one of the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons right now.

5. The Jade Rabbit

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Jade Rabbit is an old favorite.

The Jade Rabbit has been around for a long time, but the Season of Plunder scout rifle buff makes it well worth digging out of your vault.

Its exotic perk, “The Fate of All Fools”, means that chaining body shots will let you deal bonus damage on your next precision shot. That means peppering an opponent or two in PvP can see you tear them to shreds in no time.

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4. Austringer

Destiny 2 Austringer hand cannon

A hand cannon that can go toe-to-toe with The Last Word and Ace of Spades, but won’t take up an exotic slot? Count us in.

Austringer is a craftable weapon that’s a great mix of power, precision, range, and ease of use. Get Eye of the Storm and Rangefinder, add a Range masterwork, and you can deal huge damage over long distances — making it one of Destiny 2’s best PvP weapons.

3. Beloved

Destiny 2 Beloved legendary sniper rifle

Beloved has seen a few versions over the years, but the Season of the Haunted version sees the lethal sniper rifle back in a big way.

With perks like Snapshot Sights and Moving Target available, players can get a big chunk of extra range and aim assistance to make it lethal.

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2. BxR-55 Battler

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This Halo crossover weapon is incredible.

Halo fans will feel right at home with this Solar pulse rifle, modeled on Master Chief’s iconic Battle Rifle.

This weapon, paired with perks like Accurized Rounds and Kill Clip, is a demon in the Crucible. The Perpetual Motion perk means it’s lethal without needing to ADS, too.

1. No Time To Explain

Destiny 2 No Time To Explain exotic pulse rifleNot bad for a pre-order bonus, eh?

It may have been made available as part of the Beyond Light Deluxe Edition, but if you have No Time To Explain you’ll know that this time-bending pulse rifle is well worth it.

Able to fire at full auto, its exotic perk, ‘Rewind Again’, returns shots to the magazine if they’re precision shots or hit enemies affected by Stasis.

Destiny 2 Best PvP weapons: Most popular Destiny 2 PvP weapons (by usage %)

As per Destiny Tracker:

  1. No Time To Explain (4.31%)
  2. BxR-55 Battler (3.29%)
  3. Beloved (2.44%)
  4. Austringer (2.32%)
  5. The Jade Rabbit (2.25%)
  6. Piece of Mind (2.24%)
  7. Ace of Spades (1.98%)
  8. Riiswalker (1.75%)
  9. Le Monarque (1.71%)
  10. Without Remorse (1.61%)

And there you have it: the best Destiny 2 PvP weapons. Keep an eye on this page to make sure you’re up-to-date on Destiny 2’s best PVP weapons, and check out some other helpful content here:

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