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Best Destiny 2 PVP weapons: meta weapon tier list for Trials of Osiris & Control

Published: 24/Oct/2021 16:37 Updated: 24/Oct/2021 16:46

by Julian Young

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Destiny 2’s Season of the Lost is in full swing, and as the release of 2022’s Witch Queen expansion approaches, the PVP meta continues to shift. Here are the top ten weapons in Trials of Osiris and Control, as of October 24.

One of the things that keeps many Destiny 2 players engaged with the hit looter shooter is obtaining powerful loot, 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. 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 top ten weapons in both Trials of Osiris and Control, so you can make sure you have the proper guns equipped before heading into the Crucible.

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris Guardians Lighthouse
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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 weapon tier list: top 10 Trials of Osiris weapons

10. Adored

Destiny 2 Adored Legendary Sniper Rifle
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Adored is still one of the best snipers in Destiny 2.

Beyond Light’s original Pursuit weapon, Adored is an Adaptive-Frame sniper that remains one of the best in the game. With perk options like Killing Wind, Snapshot Sights, and Vorpal Weapon, there’s a good reason it’s still so popular inside Trials.

9. Ace of Spades

Destiny 2 Ace of Spades Exotic Hand Cannon
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The Ace of Spades can absolutely dominate primary weapon engagements.

Despite being nearly three years old, the trusty Ace of Spades continues to dominate the kinetic weapon slot. Kills with the weapon will increase your damage output by proccing Momento Mori, while High-Caliber Rounds can flinch your enemy’s aim and help you win duels with nearly any weapon.

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8. Main Ingredient

Destiny 2 Main Ingredient Legendary Fusion Rifle
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Many players point to the Main Ingredient as Destiny 2’s premier fusion rifle.

The Main Ingredient is hailed by many players as the penultimate fusion rifle for PVP, particularly Trials. With the ability to counter rushing shotgunners and reach an impressive range with the right perks, it’s an excellent choice for the 3v3 game mode.

7. Dead Man’s Tale

Destiny 2 Dead Mans Tale Exotic Scout Rifle
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Dead Man’s Tale broke into the Trials meta this week.

A distant cousin of the infamous Last Word, Dead Man’s Tale has earned its own reputation as a deadly weapon inside the Crucible. Breaking into the Trials meta comes as no surprise either, as the hip-fire scout rifle can even take down Guardians in their Super with the right roll.

6. Fractethyst

Destiny 2 Fractethyst Legendary Shotgun
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The Fractethyst is a solid choice for shotgunners.

Introduced in Season of the Lost, the Fractethyst is a Precision Frame shotgun that offers a fresh alternative to competitors like Felwinter’s Lie. With the ability to roll perk combos like Slideshot + Opening Shot, this is definitely a weapon worth chasing if you thrive on close-quarters combat.

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5. Felwinter’s Lie

Destiny 2 Felwinter's Lie Legendary Shotgun
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Destiny 2’s PVP meta cannot escape the Felwinter’s Lie.

Despite Bungie’s best attempts to curb its dominance of close-range engagements, Felwinter’s Lie cannot be tamed. Even after significant nerfs, its stats combined with perk options like Slideshot, Surplus, and Opening Shot keep this weapon firmly cemented as a top-tier shotgun.

4. Vex Mythoclast

Destiny 2 Vex Mythoclast Exotic Auto Rifle
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Recent buffs to the Vex have turned it from trash into treasure.

The Vex Mythoclast continues to hold a coveted a top-five spot in the Trials meta. While Auto Rifles aren’t typically dominant in Destiny 2’s PVP sandbox, Vex is an outlier due to its impressive stats and dual auto/fusion rifle firing modes.

After releasing in a fairly underwhelming state, Bungie buffed the Vault of Glass raid exotic and turned it into a fearsome weapon. If you’ve been lucky enough to acquire the Vex, you should absolutely be using it.

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3. The Palindrome (Adept)

Destiny 2 The Palindrome Adept Legendary Hand Cannon Nightfall Loot
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The Palindrome is another incredibly powerful hand cannon.

Soaring to a top-three spot in the meta, there’s a good chance you’ll run into plenty of Palindromes in Trials each weekend. An exclusive Nightfall reward, obtaining the coveted Adept version will take plenty of effort, but it’s well worth the grind to acquire it.

2. The Chaperone

Destiny 2 Chaperone Exotic Shotgun
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The trusty Chaperone remains a staple of the Trials meta.

The Chaperone is an extremely powerful choice for players with an eye for precision. Its impressive base range combined with The Roadborn perk enables you to take down Guardians at extreme distances, making it the perfect counter for aggressive shotgun rushers.

1. The Messenger

Destiny 2 The Messenger Legendary Pulse Rifle
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Destiny 2’s most popular pulse rifle is back on top of the Trials meta.

The Messenger has reclaimed its throne as the king of Trials this week. With one of the best perk pools in the game, including the coveted Desperado perk, if you can obtain a god-roll Messenger your opponents won’t even stand a chance.

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Most popular Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris weapons (%)

  1. The Messenger (5.27%)
  2. The Chaperone (4.53%)
  3. The Palindrome (Adept) (4.16%)
  4. Vex Mythoclast (3.98%)
  5. Felwinter’s Lie (3.62%)
  6. Fractethyst (3.01%)
  7. Dead Man’s Tale (2.96%)
  8. Main Ingredient (2.95%)
  9. Ace of Spades (2.76%)
  10. Adored (2.71%)

Now that we’ve wrapped that up, here are the top ten meta weapons you should be taking into Destiny 2’s Control playlist.

Destiny 2 weapon tier list: Top 10 Control weapons

10. Ascendancy

Destiny 2 Ascendancy Legendary Rocket Launcher
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The Ascendancy has broken into the Control meta once again.

It’s a bit unusual for a heavy weapon to break into Destiny 2’s PVP meta, but the Ascendancy has done it again. One of a select few weapons that roll with the Explosive Light perk, this rocket launcher can devastate entire teams in Control — if you can land the perfect shot.

9. Dead Man’s Tale

Destiny 2 Dead Mans Tale Exotic Scout Rifle
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Dead Man’s Tale has also broken into the Control meta.

After breaking into the Trials meta, Dead Man’s Tale has found itself in the top ten Control weapons as well. One of only a few exotics that can drop with random rolls, it’s definitely worth running Destiny 2’s Presage mission a few times to acquire one.

8. The Messenger

Destiny 2 The Messenger Legendary Pulse Rifle
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The Messenger isn’t limited to the Trials meta by any means.

Already a staple in Trials, there’s nothing stopping The Messenger from dominating Control lobbies either. If you have a roll with Desperado, the higher number of potential victims allows you to keep the perk procced almost indefinitely — and the enemy team will find it hard to keep up with your firepower.

7. Vex Mythoclast

Destiny 2 Vex Mythoclast Exotic Auto Rifle
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This coveted raid exotic can demolish Control lobbies.

While using the Vex in Trials is more than viable, taking the weapon into Destiny’s 6v6 playlist can be an absolute delight. With more targets available, you can activate the gun’s alternate linear fusion rifle firing mode more often, allowing you to lay waste to opponents both near and far.

6. Riiswalker

Destiny 2 Riiswalker Legendary Shotgun Iron Banner Reward
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The latest Iron Banner shotgun has seen a surge in usage during Season 15.

The Riiswalker is yet another weapon that continues to hold a spot in the Control meta. You’ll need to spend some time in Iron Banner to acquire a good roll, but with perks like Quickdraw, Surplus, Slideways, and Iron Reach, it’s well worth the time investment.

5. Felwinter’s Lie

Destiny 2 Felwinter's Lie Legendary Shotgun
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Felwinter’s Lie remains a force to be reckoned with in Control.

Despite a dip in usage, Felwinter’s Lie is still a formidable option in close-range fights. Its one-hit kill potential keeps it viable in the face of stiff competition from other shotguns, and you really can’t go wrong with this weapon if its something you feel comfortable using.

4. The Palindrome (Adept)

Destiny 2 The Palindrome Adept Legendary Hand Cannon Nightfall Loot
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The Palindrome has broken into the Control meta as well.

In addition to climbing in popularity in Trials, The Palindrome has also seen a surge in usage within Control. You’ll need to farm a few Nightfalls to get your hands on one, but as one of the best hand cannons in the game, it’s definitely worth the effort.

3. Ace of Spades

Destiny 2 Ace of Spades Exotic Hand Cannon
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The Ace of Spades can chew through enemy after enemy with ease.

The Ace of Spades has finally been knocked out of the Control meta’s number one spot, but it remains a deadly option nonetheless. A higher volume of enemies in 6v6 means you can activate its Momento Mori perk more often, chaining together damage for some impressive streaks.

In addition, its Firefly trait allows you to explode enemies by landing headshots, making the weapon absolutely deadly for grouped-up opponents trying to capture a control point.

2. The Chaperone

Destiny 2 Chaperone Exotic Shotgun
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The Chaperone can be an incredible tool in the right hands.

It requires a careful hand to use effectively, but if you’re able to land your headshots and chain kills to activate the weapon’s Roadborn perk, The Chaperone can run through entire Control lobbies — as long as you don’t run out of Special ammo along the way.

1. Fractethyst

Destiny 2 Fractethyst Legendary Shotgun
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The Fractethyst can tear through clumped-up teams in Control.

After surpassing Felwinter’s Lie as Destiny 2’s most dominant shotgun, the Fractethyst has now crowned itself king of the Control meta. This Precision Frame shotgun has a perk pool that can land you some perfect rolls for the 6v6 playlist, making it an absolute terror on smaller maps in particular.

Most popular Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris weapons (%)

  1. Fractethyst (3.26%)
  2. The Chaperone (3.1%)
  3. Ace of Spades (3.09%)
  4. The Palindrome (Adept) (3.08%)
  5. Felwinter’s Lie (2.71%)
  6. Riiswalker (1.95%)
  7. Vex Mythoclast (1.91%)
  8. The Messenger (1.74%)
  9. Dead Man’s Tale (1.55%)
  10. Ascendancy (1.45%)

And there you have it: the top ten weapons for both Trials of Osiris and Control. Keep an eye on this page to make sure you’re up-to-date on the best PVP weapons to use in Destiny 2‘s constantly evolving meta.