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

Published: 27/Nov/2021 20:22 Updated: 27/Nov/2021 20:30

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 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.

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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. 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 again this week.

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.

9. Adored

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

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.

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8. Main Ingredient

Destiny 2 Main Ingredient Legendary Fusion Rifle
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The Main Ingredient is often seen 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. Vex Mythoclast

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

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.

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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6. Ace of Spades

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

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

Destiny 2 The Messenger Legendary Pulse Rifle
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Destiny 2’s most popular pulse rifle remains a staple of the Trials meta.

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)

Destiny 2 Fatebringer Timelost Legendary Hand Cannon Vault of Glass
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Fatebringer surged into the Trials meta this week.

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.

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3. 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.

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)

Destiny 2 The Palindrome Adept Legendary Hand Cannon Nightfall Loot
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The Palindrome is the dominant hand cannon in Trials yet again.

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

Destiny 2 Chaperone Exotic Shotgun
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The Chaperone continues to reign over the Trials meta.

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.

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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 (%)

  1. The Chaperone (4.55%)
  2. The Palindrome (Adept) (3.85%)
  3. Felwinter’s Lie (3.55%)
  4. Fatebringer (Timelost) (3.51%)
  5. The Messenger (3.38%)
  6. Ace of Spades (2.89%)
  7. Vex Mythoclast (2.87%)
  8. Main Ingredient (2.79%)
  9. Adored (2.78%)
  10. 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 The Messenger Legendary Pulse Rifle
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The Messenger has reclaimed a spot in Control’s top-ten weapons.

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

Destiny 2 Seventh Seraph CQC12 Legendary Shotgun Season of the Worthy
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This Season of the Worthy shotgun has seen a serious comeback.

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)

Destiny 2 The Palindrome Adept Legendary Hand Cannon Nightfall Loot
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The Palindrome continues to hold a spot in the Control meta.

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.

7. Riiswalker

Destiny 2 Riiswalker Legendary Shotgun Iron Banner Reward
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Iron Banner’s infamous shotgun has been a staple of the meta in Season 15.

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)

Destiny 2 Fatebringer Timelost Legendary Hand Cannon Vault of Glass
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Fatebringer also broke into the Control meta.

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

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.

4. Dead Man’s Tale

Destiny 2 Dead Mans Tale Exotic Scout Rifle
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Dead Man’s Tale has claimed a spot in the Control meta for another week.

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.

3. Fractethyst

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

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

Destiny 2 Felwinter's Lie Legendary Shotgun
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Felwinter’s Lie is still a force to be reckoned with in PVP.

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

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 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 (%)

  1. Ace of Spades (3.08%)
  2. Felwinter’s Lie (2.97%)
  3. Fractethyst (2.66%)
  4. Dead Man’s Tale (2.29%)
  5. The Chaperone (2.26%)
  6. Fatebringer (Timelost) (2.13%)
  7. Riiswalker (1.93%)
  8. The Palindrome (Adept) (1.89%)
  9. Seventh Seraph CQC-12 (1.73%)
  10. 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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