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 November 27.
One of the things that keeps 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. 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.
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 weapon tier list: top 10 Trials of Osiris weapons
10. Dead Man’s Tale
The Dead Man’s Tale has found itself in the Trials meta once again. Despite dropping in usage, there are plenty of players still taking this weapon into the playlist, and with the ability to quickly eliminate enemies and even take on Supers with the right roll, that comes as no surprise.
Another weapon that had dropped out of the meta in previous weeks, Adored has returned alongside DMT. With perk options like Killing Wind, Vorpal Weapon, and Snapshot Sights, Beyond Light’s original Ritual Weapon can still hold its own in Trials.
8. Main Ingredient
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. Vex Mythoclast
Despite a small dip in usage, the Vex Mythoclast continues to hold a spot in the Trials meta. While Auto Rifles aren’t typically dominant in Destiny 2’s PVP sandbox, the Vex is an outlier due to its impressive stats and dual auto/fusion rifle firing modes.
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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.
6. Ace of Spades
Jumping up a few spots this week, the Ace of Spades continues to hold onto a place 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.
5. The Messenger
After a slight drop-off in usage, The Messenger soared back into the top-five Trials weapons this week. Offering one of the best perk pools in the game (including the coveted Desperado perk), this pulse rifle is still nothing to scoff at — hence its continued usage.
4. Fatebringer (Timelost)
Fatebringer’s Timelost variant saw a massive surge in usage to claim a top-five spot in the meta this week. One of the many Destiny 1 weapons to return with the reprised Vault of Glass raid, you’ll need to farm the Master VOG’s Templar encounter to get your hands on this powerful hand cannon.
3. Felwinter’s Lie
The formidable Felwinter’s Lie has broken into the top three Trials meta weapons once again. Even after significant nerfs, its stats combined with perks like Slideshot, Surplus, and Opening Shot keep this weapon firmly cemented as a top-tier shotgun.
2. The Palindrome (Adept)
The Palindrome has exploded in usage during recent Trials weeks, and remains the playlist’s most popular hand cannon. Hailed by most players as the best 140RPM hand cannon in the game, you can’t go wrong with this trusty weapon if you’ve been lucky enough to pick up a good roll.
1. The Chaperone
Already a staple for many players in Control, The Chaperone has beat out every other weapon in the Trials meta to claim its number-one spot for another week.
While it requires a more precise touch to use effectively, this slug shotty can terrorize enemy teams and even shut down Supers with a well-time headshot — it’s definitely worth adding to your loadout, even with some nerfs planned for the 30th Anniversary Update.
Most popular Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris weapons (%)
- The Chaperone (4.55%)
- The Palindrome (Adept) (3.85%)
- Felwinter’s Lie (3.55%)
- Fatebringer (Timelost) (3.51%)
- The Messenger (3.38%)
- Ace of Spades (2.89%)
- Vex Mythoclast (2.87%)
- Main Ingredient (2.79%)
- Adored (2.78%)
- Dead Man’s Tale (2.75%)
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. The Messenger
Destiny 2’s premier pulse rifle continues to hold firm in the current 6v6 meta. Offering some impressive base stats and a perk pool filled with excellent combos, it’s certainly worth spending a few hours in Trials to grab a god-roll Messenger if you haven’t already.
9. Seventh Seraph CQC-12
Introduced all the way back in Season 10, the Seventh Seraph CQC-12 shotgun is still quite viable in today’s PVP sandbox. With perk combos like Assault Mag, Slideshot, and Snapshot Sights, a well-rolled copy of this gun can be quite deadly inside Control.
8. The Palindrome (Adept)
Alongside its popularity within Trials, The Palindrome is also a top-ten weapon in 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.
The Riiswalker is yet another shotgun to claim 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.
6. Fatebringer (Timelost)
The Fatebringer’s Timelost version also claimed a spot in this week’s Control meta after breaking into the top ten Trials weapons. Acquiring one will take some time and effort spent inside the Master Vault of Glass raid, but it will be well worth the effort once you have this deadly weapon in your hands.
5. The Chaperone
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.
4. Dead Man’s Tale
The Dead Man’s Tale has seen a bump in usage in Control this week, and remains a great pick for the playlist. 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.
Even after being unseated by Felwinter’s Lie as Control’s most popular shotgun, the Fractethyst remains an excellent option for the playlist. With a perk pool that can land you some perfect rolls for the 6v6 environment, it can be an absolute terror on smaller maps in particular.
2. Felwinter’s Lie
The terrifying Felwinter’s Lie remains 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 it’s something you feel comfortable using.
1. Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades held its throne as the Control meta’s number-one weapon for another week. 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.
Most popular Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris weapons (%)
- Ace of Spades (3.08%)
- Felwinter’s Lie (2.97%)
- Fractethyst (2.66%)
- Dead Man’s Tale (2.29%)
- The Chaperone (2.26%)
- Fatebringer (Timelost) (2.13%)
- Riiswalker (1.93%)
- The Palindrome (Adept) (1.89%)
- Seventh Seraph CQC-12 (1.73%)
- The Messenger (1.57%)
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, and check out some other helpful content here:
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