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Best Destiny 2 PVP weapons: Ranked list & how to get them

If you’re entering the Crucible, you have to make sure you’ve got the best gear. Here are the best Destiny 2 PVP weapons and how to get them.

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Some of the best gear in Destiny 2 can only be obtained through playing Crucible matches. To help these matches end in your favor, here are the best Destiny 2 PVP weapons.

It’s no secret that the bulk of Destiny 2’s content is focused on PVE. Most players spend their time in Destiny 2 teaming up with other guardians and participating in Raids, Strikes, and seasonal activities.

However, there are quite a few players that enjoy asserting their dominance. Destiny 2 offers the Crucible for these players, which allows guardians to fight against one another using their best gear.

While most weapons are viable in Crucible, some are far better than others. If you want to get a competitive advantage over your opponents, you’re going to want to find the best PVP weapons in Destiny 2.

Best Destiny 2 Season of the Lost PVP Exotic Weapons Ranked List & how to get

You can only take one Exotic weapon into the Crucible, so make it count. Here are the top five Exotic weapons for PVP in Destiny 2.

5. The Chaperone Shotgun – Kinetic Slot

Shotguns are the most powerful special weapons for PVP, thanks to their one-shot kill potential. And it’s hard to find a shotgun that’s better than The Chaperone. Many players regard The Chaperone as the best shotgun in Destiny 2.

The Chaperone is a slug shotgun with the longest one-shot kill distance out of all the shotguns in Destiny 2. However, it’s hard to justify giving up the Kinetic slot for The Chaperone when looking at the rest of this list. But, if you’re a skilled player with great aim, this may be the weapon for you.

How to unlock The Chaperone

To unlock The Chaperone, you have to own Destiny 2: Beyond Light. It is NOT available to F2P players. Afterward, you’ll need to get the “Holliday Family History” quest which drops randomly at the end of Crucible matches.

You can’t do anything to increase the odds of it dropping. You need to continue playing Crucible matches until it drops. Once you have the quest, you’ll need to continue playing Crucible to complete the quest. Here are all of the challenges you’ll need to complete to unlock The Chaperone.

  • Final Blows with a Shotgun x 20
  • Arc, Void, and Solar damage kills
    • 4% per kill
    • death sets score back 2%
  • Kills in Gambit x 15
  • Return to Holliday

4. Heir Apparent Machine Gun – Heavy Slot

The Heir Apparent is a ridiculous weapon that lets players let loose. Since it received a Catalyst, players who use the Heir Apparent are virtually unkillable. And even without the Catalyst, it’s a lot of fun to use.

The machine gun has to spin to start firing, but the Catalyst makes the wait time worth it. If a player has full health, they will also receive an Arc Shield when the weapon is fully wound up. The Heir Apparent turns Guardians into walking tanks.

How to get the Heir Apparent

The excellent news is Heir Apparent is available to everyone, even F2P players. The bad news is that it’s only available during the annual Guardian Games. Here are the steps needed to obtain the Heir Apparent.

  • Make sure Guardian Games are running
  • Speak with Zavala
  • Take Guardian Games class item to Eva Levante
  • Start quest The Games Begin
  • Earn 100 Laurels
  • Return to Levante
  • Buy Contender Card
  • Start Exotic quest Wreathed in Laurels

Guardians will earn the Heir Apparent once Wreathed in Laurels is completed.

3. Dead Man’s Tale – Kinetic Slot

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It’s very rare to see a scout rifle make it onto any Destiny 2 PVP weapon rankings. However, the Dead Man’s Tale is the universal exception to that rule. With the ability to two-shot guardians from long-range, players that like to hang back might want to pick up the Dead Man’s Tale.

That doesn’t mean this rifle is going to be a game-changer from the start. Players will need to activate its Exotic perk and obtain its Catalyst to make it a true monster. Once that’s done, even hip-firing the Dead Man’s Tale is highly lethal.

How to unlock Dead Man’s Tale

Sadly, the Dead Man’s Tale is only available to those who purchased the Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition. To get the weapon, players will have to complete both a Strike and an Exotic Quest. Here are the steps needed to unlock it.

  • Enter The Arms Dealer Strike on EDZ
  • Collect the Intercepted Distress Signal item
  • Visit Zavala in the Tower
  • Complete Presage Exotic Quest on the Tangled Shore

2. Wardcliff Coil Rocket Launcher – Heavy Slot

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The Warcliff Coil is the best PVP rocket launcher in Destiny 2. This weapon fires multiple rockets and reloads automatically when ammo is picked up. Not to mention, it has massive potential to wipe entire teams.

There isn’t much that needs to be said about the destructive power of The Wardliff Coil. It’s a machine designed to kill, and it’s good at doing just that.

How to get The Wardcliff Coil

The Wardcliff Coil is another Exotic locked behind a paywall. Players will have to have Destiny 2: Beyond Light to obtain it. Other than that, getting it is pure luck. It drops randomly from Exotic Engrams. Activities have the potential to reward this weapon to players, and sometimes Xur has it for sale.

1. Ace of Spades Hand Cannon – Kinetic Slot

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If you watch a lot of Destiny 2 content, you might have seen this one coming. The Ace of Spades has held its spot on the top of Kinetic PVP weapons since its introduction. It has fantastic stats, amazing perks, and an amazing TTK.

If you aren’t rocking the Wardcliff Coil, you need to equip the Ace of Spades. Especially since the recent Destiny 2 buff, which gives players infinite Kinetic ammo. You’ll never have to worry about running out of Hand Cannon ammo. Just make sure you hit your shots.

How to get Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades requires access to the Destiny 2: Forsaken expansion content. Following Cayde’s death, players will have the opportunity to obtain his famed sidearm. Here’s how:

  • Complete Forsake Last Call mission
  • Speak with Gunsmith in Tower
  • Finish Main Story
  • Return to the Gunsmith
  • Kill enemies or invaders with a Hand Cannon in Gambit
  • Kill 250 enemies with a Hand Cannon in Strikes
  • Get 25 precision kills with a Hand Cannon in Crucible matches
  • Open Cayde’s four caches in the Tangled Shore, EDZ, Io and Nessus
  • Complete ‘Ace in the Hole’ mission on Titan
  • Receive weapon from Gunsmith

Best Destiny 2 Season of the Lost PVP Legendary Weapons Ranked List & how to get

Since you can only take one Exotic weapon into battle, here are the top five Legendary weapons you’ll need to pad out your arsenal.

5. Multimach CCX SMG – Kinetic Slot

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You don’t see a lot of SMGs in top Destiny 2 PVP weapons rankings. Shotguns are more dominant at close range, except for the Multimach CCX. It has an insane TTK and decent range, allowing it to stay viable in the current meta.

How to get Multimach CCX

While it is available to everyone, it’s another weapon that’s locked behind timed events. The Multimach CCX is obtained via the Iron Banner rewards system. That means it takes a lot of luck to get, and even more luck to get a good roll.

4. Commemoration Machine Gun – Heavy Slot

Exotic heavy weapons are often preferred over Legendary heavy weapons because Legendaries just can’t hang. However, the Commemoration machine gun is an exception to that rule.

The Commemoration has an insane TTK and can get 4 to 5 kills per ammo brick. It’s no Heir Apparent, but it still gets the job done. Yet, you’re better off taking The Wardcliff Coil.

How to get Commemoration

Players can earn Commemoration by completing the Deep Stone Crypt Raid in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. It is dropped by the boss during the final raid encounter.

After the first time through the raid, players can find the Commemoration in the raid’s secret chests. It can also be found in the Raid Chest after beating the final boss again.

3. The Palindrome Hand Cannon – Energy Slot

The Palindrome is the lesser-known cousin to the Ace of Spades. It is still an extremely powerful hand cannon with a low TTK. However, it can compete with other meta hand cannons, and it sits in the Energy slot.

How to get The Palindrome

This hand cannon is locked behind Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s The Ordeals Nightfall. It drops randomly after the Nightfall is complete, which means it could take multiple completions to obtain.

2. Gridskipper Pulse Rifle – Energy Slot

So you’ve opted for the Ace of Spades or some other Exotic Kinetic weapon, and you need the best Legendary Energy weapon. Pulse Rifles rule the PVP weapons meta in Destiny 2, so the Gridskipper should be your choice of Energy weapon.

It has a decent TTK and dominates mid-range encounters. With the buff to Kinetic weapon ammo, you might not switch to your Energy weapon as often. However, the Gridskipper is a great backup when your Kinetic weapon just isn’t cutting it.

How to get Gridskipper

Short answer: you can’t. The Gridskipper is a seasonal weapon that was only available during Season 14. Since that was last season, you might have this weapon. But if you’re a newer player or skipped out on Season 14, the Gridskipper is long gone.

1. The Messenger Pulse Rifle – Kinetic Slot

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The Messenger has earned its spot as the #1 Legendary weapon on this list and is considered one of the best PVP weapons in all of Destiny 2. Pulse Rifles dominate PVP, and The Messenger dominates all other pulse Rifles.

It has one of the fastest TTKs in Destiny 2, and its Desperado perk can shorten it even more. With the best Pulse Rifle base stats and incredible perks, you need to get your hands on The Messenger.

How to get The Messenger

Now that you’re drooling over the dream Pulse Rifle, here’s the bad news: it’s an absolute pain to get. It is one of the four randomized loot pieces in Trials of Osiris. So, if you want to get The Messenger, you’re going to have to sweat to get it.

Players will have to get 3, 5, and 7 wins in Trials of Osiris to earn rewards. And the fourth piece of loot is earned by going flawless in Trials. Earning The Messenger is entirely skill-based, but it’s much easier to get if it ends up in the 3 wins award slot.


These weapons are what most players are currently rocking in Destiny 2 PVP, and they will help you improve your game against other guardians.

For more Destiny, check out our ranking of the best PVE weapons in Destiny 2, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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How to get Planestrider emblem in Destiny 2 Season of the Lost

The Planestrider emblem is one Destiny 2’s newest emblems, and our quick guide will run you through how to get it.

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Destiny 2’s Planestrider emblem is a new addition thanks to Season of the Lost, but players are confused as to how to get their hands on it. Our simple guide will walk you through the process.

Customization is a big part of many modern games with a ridiculous amount of cosmetic items for players to choose from almost being mandatory. Destiny 2 is no stranger to this, and the Planestrider is a cool-looking emblem for players to add to their collection.

Each new Destiny season adds a hefty amount of new goodies for players to collect and browse through, especially emblems. The Planestrider emblem is one such item that players can get in Season of the Lost.

Find out how to claim one for yourself, using our guide, in Destiny 2 Season of the Lost.

How to unlock Planestrider emblem in Destiny 2

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To unlock the Planestride emblem in Destiny 2 Season of the Lost, players must obtain the Vanguard ornament for the Season 15 ritual weapon to complete the “Display of Supremacy” weekly challenge.

At the time of writing, the Planestrider emblem is currently unavailable as it only drops during Destiny 2 Season of the Lost Week 10’s challenges.

Bungie introduced weekly challenges during Destiny 2 Season of the Chosen and they added a ton of playability to each season by adding in extra objectives that rewarded XP and bonuses.

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It’ll still be a bit of time until players can complete this objective and gain access to the special emblem.

It’s expected that the Polanestrider emblem will be an item exclusive to Season of the Lost, so all Guardians should focus on acquiring it as soon as the challenge is active.


For some more news and guides on Destiny 2, check out everything we know about Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion.

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Destiny 2 Season of the Lost Xur glitch offers Legendary weapons and rolls

A Destiny 2 glitch is keeping Xur around longer than normal, packed with Legendary weapons possessing incredible god rolls.

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Thanks to a glitch, Destiny 2’s mysterious vendor Xur has been overstaying his welcome and providing players with access to Legendary god roll weapons in Season of the Lost.

Xur, Agent of the Nine is everyone’s favorite, handy vendor that pops up here and there to offer Guardians a selection of items to buy. His company is usually only available for several days before he hightails it off to another area of the map.

Only, a new Destiny 2 Season of the Lost glitch is causing Xur to become a bit too attached to the world as players have still been finding him some time after his usual departure time. Not only that, but Xur is also offering some crazy Legendary weapons too for players to purchase.

Where to find Xur glitch in Destiny 2

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If you act quickly, then you should be able to find Xur lurking around the Nessus area, just waiting to stock you up with Legendary weapons and god rolls.

It’s out with the old as Destiny 2’s glitched Xur has scrapped his last inventory of goodies and swapped them out for some desirable weapons and Perks.

The True Prophecy Hand Cannon, the Steel Sybil Z-14 Sword, and IKELOS Submachine Gun are some of the awesome guns that you can add to your arsenal at the moment, courtesy of Xur, and use to smash PvP.

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But the exciting part of this Destiny 2 Season of the Lost glitch is that these weapons are also coming equipped with some incredible god roll Perks to increase their effectiveness.

For instance, the True Prophecy Hand Cannon can be obtained with both Rangefinder and Timed Payload that, between them, massively boost range, zoom, bullet velocity, and damage.

It’s not certain how long this glitch will remain in Destiny 2, so be sure to hunt him down ASAP.


Also, for more Destiny 2 news and guides, check out how to check your Destiny 2 stats.

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Destiny 2 stat tracker: How to check your Destiny 2 stats

Guardians who are curious about their Destiny 2 stats will be rewarded if they use this Destiny 2 stat tracker to see how they are doing.

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Checking stats is one of the things players enjoy about video games, especially ones like Destiny 2, so here is the best Destiny 2 stat tracker you can use to see how you have been performing lately.

Destiny 2 has become one of the most popular games in the world over the past few years, as players enjoy jumping into the shoes of their Guardians and taking on the forces of the Darkness or each other in the game’s competitive multiplayer.

With plenty of things for players to rack up stats in, such as the Trials of Osiris, it is not surprising to see that many players have the desire to check their stats and see how good they are.

With this in mind, here is the ultimate Destiny 2 stat tracker that will help you gain a deeper understanding of how you are playing the fan-favorite first-person shooter.

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Destiny 2 stat tracker

This Destiny 2 stat tracker we are speaking of is destinytracker.com which provides a treasure trove of different analytics that players can use to track how they are performing in the Crucible, strikes, and other activities they may find themselves in when playing.

All you need to do is sign into the account that you use to play Destiny 2, and then you will be able to see all of your stats.

Considering destinytracker.com has tracked a total of 23.2 million players, it is safe to say it is a reputable Destiny 2 stat tracker that will provide you with all of the information you need when it comes to how you have been playing.

The stat tracker also provides players with various guides and overviews of the current PVE and PVP metas, so that Guardians can know exactly what to use to put themselves in the best position to succeed.

There is no doubt that players who take advantage of everything that this Destiny 2 stat tracker has to offer will find themselves much more informed about their time playing than before.

For more Destiny 2, check out everything you need to know about the upcoming Witch Queen expansion and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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