Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (2024)

Short for Damage per Second, DPS dictates how much damage you can deal to Bosses or Majors per second. Combining burst damage, rate of fire, and reload speeds, DPS is the best indicator of a weapon’s lethality in PvE.

For the sake of clarity, DPS in Destiny 2 is calculated per archetype and not per weapon (excluding some Exotics). For example, all adaptive Sniper Rifles deal the same damage per bullet at the same rate of fire and, therefore, do the same DPS.

Destiny 2 DPS Chart: Spreedsheet

Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (1)Updated as of Season of the Wish (S23).

In this section, DPS refers to the average damage per second a weapon can inflict. You can read more about the methodology used here. We will keep things simple and focus on the Sustained DPS values of every weapon archetype in the game, therefore excluding Damage perks.

The table below also includes examples of the most popular weapons per archetype.

Destiny 2 Highest DPS Weapons: Heavy ammo

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (2)Combat Bow

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3863638636780645/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (3)Leviathan's BreathBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (4)Rocket Launcher

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3742537425791532-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (5)DeathbringerSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (6)Sniper Rifle

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36113361131023196/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (7)Whisper of the WormBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (8)Grenade Launcher

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3213932139467950x20 AveragedBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (9)ParasiteSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (10)Fusion Rifle

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3186235866525080-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (11)One Thousand VoicesSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (12)Grenade Launcher

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3143349979346771-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (13)The ProspectorSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (14)Linear Fusion Rifle

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2971734498703216/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (15)Sleeper SimulantBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (16)Grenade LauncherAdaptive2701937692358074-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (17)Memory InterdictSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (18)Glaive

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2672928310641699-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (19)WinterbiteHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (20)Sniper Rifle

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2588437128587922With "Personal Assistant"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (21)D.A.R.C.I.NerfedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (22)Grenade LauncherRapid-Fire2556937715346978-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (23)Berenger's MemorySameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (24)Shotgun

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2324829425609900-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (25)Legend of AcriusBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (26)Machine Gun

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2245733064562088-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (27)XenophageSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (28)Machine Gun

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222351365141378482-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (29)Grand OvertureSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (30)Grenade Launcher

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2201432618251622-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (31)The ColonySameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (32)Rocket Launcher

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2166521665604460-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (33)Two-Tailed FoxSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (34)Machine Gun

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21247309711994829-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (35)ThunderlordBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (36)Linear Fusion Rifle

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2090125186483576With "Marksman Sights"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (37)The QueenbreakerBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (38)Grenade LauncherCompressed Wave2077733600319200With Spike GrenadesBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (39)Dimensional HypotrochoidSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (40)Rocket Launcher

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2017929058363220-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (41)GjallarhornNewHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (42)Linear Fusion RifleAggressive1986621459712188-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (43)StormchaserNewHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (44)Rocket Launcher

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1953625267284256-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (45)TruthSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (46)Rocket LauncherAdaptive1900319003401913-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (47)Apex PredatorSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (48)Rocket LauncherAggressive1900319003401913-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (49)Hezen VengeanceSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (50)Rocket Launcher

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1876118761609720-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (51)Eyes of TomorrowSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (52)Machine Gun

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1872123640945600-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (53)Heir ApparentBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (54)Linear Fusion RiflePrecision1849020453500066-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (55)Reed's RegretBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (56)Rocket Launcher

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1775217752433152-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (57)The Wardcliff CoilSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (58)Rocket LauncherPrecision1734617346354382-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (59)AscendancySameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (60)Rocket LauncherHakke Precision1609616096365390-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (61)Palmyra-BSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (62)Shotgun

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1594918136285642After debuffBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (63)Tractor CannonSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (64)SwordLightweight703286703288-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (65)QuickfangSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (66)SwordAggressive694000694000-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (67)Crown-SplitterSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (68)Sword

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693680667667-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (69)Worldline ZeroHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (70)Sword

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589995576998-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (71)HeartshadowHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (72)SwordAdaptive545216550614-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (73)Half-TruthsSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (74)Sword

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468225485568-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (75)Black TalonSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (76)SwordCaster444176453432-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (77)Sola's ScarSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (78)SwordVortex437262439574-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (79)Falling GuillotineSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (80)Sword

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63051917118-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (81)The LamentSameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (82)Machine GunRapid-Fire1388018930779916-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (83)Recurrent ImpactBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (84)Machine Gun

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12771182041074280-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (85)Deterministic ChaosHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (86)Machine GunAdaptive1212416290977400-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (87)CommemorationBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (88)Machine GunHigh-Impact11837150601104400-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (89)THE SWARMBuffedHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (90)Grenade Launcher

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10630106301013420-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (91)AnarchySameHeavy
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (92)Grenade Launcher

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3410392270596-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (93)Salvation's GripHeavy

Destiny 2 Best DPS Weapons: Special ammo

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (94)Shotgun

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29183134242/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (95)The Fourth HorsemanBuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (96)Sniper Rifle

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2822634280-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (97)CloudstrikeSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (98)Shotgun

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2622925858620587-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (99)Conditional FinalitySpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (100)Shotgun

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2520435055/w Catalyst, "Release the Wolves"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (101)Lord of WolvesBuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (102)Shotgun

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2477244011225078With "Roadborne"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (103)The ChaperoneSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (104)Shotgun

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2420224202/w Catalyst, aiming down sightsBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (105)DualitySameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (106)Fusion Rifle

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2341324551451119-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (107)MercilessSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (108)Sniper Rifle

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2220022200/w Catalyst, 4x "Honed Edge"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (109)Izanagi's BurdenSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (110)Sidearm

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1932125653669552-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (111)ForerunnerSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (112)Linear Fusion Rifle

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1817020574488819-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (113)ArbalestSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (114)Fusion Rifle

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1796320882701631-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (115)BastionSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (116)Sniper RifleRapid-Fire1677823240368520-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (117)IKELOS_SR_v1.0.3SameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (118)Fusion Rifle

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1615618956/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (119)JötunnSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (120)Grenade Launcher

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1602716027Max "Enrage"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (121)Ex DirisSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (122)Linear Fusion Rifle

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1580017891425063-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (123)Lorentz DriverSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (124)Sniper RifleAggressive1539119722302404-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (125)SuccessionSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (126)Hand Cannon

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1527217801474680With "First Glance"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (127)Eriana's VowSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (128)Trace Rifle

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1519518525685425-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (129)Ruinous Effigy Special
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (130)Sniper RifleAdaptive1514019307386136-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (131)Uzume RR4SameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (132)Sniper Rifle

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1514019307386136-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (133)BorealisSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (134)Fusion Rifle

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1512616859546240-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (135)Delicate TombSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (136)SidearmRocket-Assisted1418814595595476-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (137)Indebted KindnessSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (138)Fusion Rifle

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1404715491470316/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (139)TelestoSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (140)Fusion RifleAggressive1403014867318752-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (141)Coriolis ForceSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (142)ShotgunRapid-Fire1398524052319704-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (143)Dead WeightBuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (144)Fusion RifleHigh-Impact1396115043431585-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (145)GlacioclasmSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (146)Trace Rifle

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1381916638410868At Max chargeBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (147)ColdheartBuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (148)Fusion RifleRapid-Fire1344014519360954-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (149)Cartesian CoordinateSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (150)Fusion RifleAdaptive1323614607388850-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (151)Trinary SystemSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (152)Sidearm

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1302414760761616-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (153)Buried BloodlineSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (154)Glaive

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1296415327379335-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (155)VexcaliburSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (156)ShotgunPinpoint Slug1288917718343455-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (157)HeritageNerfedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (158)Fusion Rifle

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1271114853406525-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (159)TessellationSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (160)ShotgunLightweight1262818816297065-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (161)Wastelander M5BuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (162)ShotgunAggressive1241115708398559-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (163)Found VerdictBuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (164)ShotgunPrecision1168615912358006-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (165)Matador 64BuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (166)Trace Rifle

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1126513585543400AverageBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (167)WavesplitterBuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (168)Fusion RiflePrecision1033411331334026-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (169)DeliveranceSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (170)Trace Rifle

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1029511388With "Judgement"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (171)DivinitySameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (172)Grenade Launcher

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97799779-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (173)WitherhoardSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (174)GlaiveRapid-Fire971911237261268-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (175)Greasy LuckSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (176)Grenade LauncherDouble Fire94909490322854-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (177)WilderflightSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (178)GlaiveAdaptive91599829332413-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (179)Ecliptic DistaffSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (180)Glaive

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91599829310967-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (181)Edge of ActionSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (182)GlaiveAggressive89059169366750-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (183)Albedo WingSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (184)Glaive

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865011237261268-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (185)Edge of ConcurrenceSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (186)Trace RifleAdaptive848910170407478-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (187)AppetenceSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (188)Trace Rifle

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838910170394596-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (189)The NavigatorSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (190)Glaive

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79139776430155-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (191)Edge of IntentSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (192)Grenade LauncherLightweight77577757289041-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (193)Ignition CodeSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (194)Trace Rifle

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74138940298000-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (195)Prometheus LensBuffedSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (196)Grenade LauncherWave67416741251160-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (197)ForbearanceSameSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (198)Grenade Launcher

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67416741251160-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (199)Dead MessengerSpecial
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (200)Trace Rifle

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27587354947/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (201)Ager's ScepterSameSpecial

Destiny 2 DPS Weapons:Primary ammo

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (202)Auto Rifle

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1656118221-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (203)Tommy's MatchbookSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (204)Auto Rifle

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1578815788w/ Catalyst, Rounds + RocketsBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (205)Quicksilver StormSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (206)Combat Bow

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1570615706w/ Catalyst, "Guidance Ring"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (207)Hierarchy of NeedsPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (208)SMG

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1570022425With "Ravenous Beast"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (209)TarrabahSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (210)Sidearm

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1460718390Laser mixBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (211)Final WarningPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (212)Scout Rifle

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1415314153"TOM"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (213)Touch of MalicePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (214)Pulse Rifle

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1132814573With x5 "nanites"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (215)Outbreak PerfectedSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (216)Hand Cannon

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1094313668/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (217)MalfeasanceSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (218)Combat Bow

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1074110741-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (219)Wish-EnderSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (220)Auto Rifle

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1072312702Precision damage DPSBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (221)Cerberus+1SamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (222)Hand Cannon

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1067815274/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (223)HawkmoonSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (224)SMG

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1066614300-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (225)Osteo StrigaSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (226)Pulse Rifle

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984398434-burst, Rounds + "Hunter's Trace"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (227)Revision ZeroPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (228)Sidearm

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974911841-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (229)Devil's RuinSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (230)Auto Rifle

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961411814-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (231)Vex MythoclastSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (232)Combat Bow

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93709370w/ Catalyst and x6 "Causality Arrows"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (233)Ticuu's DivinationPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (234)Auto Rifle

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931311022Average per magBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (235)Sweet BusinessSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (236)Sidearm

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856011022With "Rat Pack x2"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (237)Rat KingSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (238)Scout Rifle

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80228022With "Perfect Fifth"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (239)Polaris LanceSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (240)Sidearm

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77489640/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (241)Traveler's ChosenPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (242)SidearmOmolon Adaptive77189084High stability, decent elsewhereBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (243)The VisionSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (244)SidearmAdaptive (3-burst)77189084High aim assist, decent elsewhereBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (245)DrangSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (246)Scout Rifle

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75888396When aiming down sightsBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (247)Skyburner's OathSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (248)Grenade Launcher

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75557555/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (249)Fighting LionSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (250)SMG

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746011124"Ride the Bull" averageBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (251)The HuckleberrySamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (252)Scout Rifle

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727010770/w CatalystBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (253)Dead Man's TaleSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (254)SidearmSUROS Rapid-Fire72509128Good recoil, very low range & aim assistBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (255)Punching OutSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (256)SidearmPrecision70798441Excellent aim assist, low stability & handlingBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (257)A Swift VerdictSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (258)SidearmLightweight70319054High handling, very low rangeBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (259)Redback-5siSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (260)SidearmAggressive Burst69737860High aim assist, low stability & handlingBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (261)Brass AttacksSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (262)Sidearm

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65518441-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (263)Cryosthesia 77KPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (264)SMG

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64989540w/ "Arc Conductor"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (265)RiskrunnerSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (266)SMGLightweight64639255High aim assist and handling, low rangeBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (267)FunnelwebSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (268)Combat Bow

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63896389-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (269)Le MonarqueSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (270)SMG

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63599255GroundedBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (271)The ManticorePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (272)SMGAggressive62938904High range, low aim assistBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (273)UnforgivenSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (274)Pulse Rifle

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62857117-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (275)Graviton LanceSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (276)SMGPrecision61498180Excellent range & aim assist, low handlingBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (277)Shayura's WrathSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (278)Scout Rifle

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61158471-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (279)Wicked ImplementPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (280)Hand Cannon

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60987022"Soul Devourer"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (281)ThornSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (282)Sidearm

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60759084-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (283)TrespasserPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (284)SMGAdaptive60658685High stability & range, poor recoilBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (285)The Hero's BurdenSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (286)Scout Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (288)Auto Rifle

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56166023-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (289)CentrifusePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (290)Hand Cannon

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55139803-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (291)The Last WordSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (292)Auto RifleRapid-Fire54566216High aim assist, low rangeBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (293)Chroma RushSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (294)Auto Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (296)Pulse Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (298)Auto Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (300)Pulse Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (302)Auto Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (306)Auto RifleAdaptive51156030High handlingBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (307)Gnawing HungerSamePrimary
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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (310)Auto Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (312)Auto RifleHigh-Impact48235436Excellent range, low stabilityBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (313)Age-Old BondSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (314)Scout Rifle

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (316)Scout RiflePrecision46725307High stability, decent elsewhereBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (317)Vision of ConfluenceSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (318)Hand Cannon

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46366418"Momento Mori"Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (319)Ace of SpadesPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (320)Scout RifleHigh-Impact46275113Excellent range, low aim assistBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (321)The ScholarSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (322)Hand Cannon

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45526730-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (323)CrimsonSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (324)Scout RifleLightweight44935197Excellent aim assist & handling, low rangeBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (325)Night WatchSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (326)Hand CannonPrecision43365244High stability, poor handlingBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (327)PosterityBuffedPrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (328)Hand CannonLightweight43275215-Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (329)RosePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (330)Combat BowPrecision43184318680 ms Draw timeBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (331)Under Your SkinSamePrimary
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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (346)Hand Cannon

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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (350)Pulse RifleAggressive Burst39434418Excellent range, low aim assistBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (351)InsidiousSamePrimary
Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (352)Hand CannonAdaptive39344741Good stability, decent rangeBest DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (353)EyaslunaSamePrimary
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Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (360)Scout Rifle

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These are important things to understand when reading these tables:

  1. Damage perks will significantly change maximum DPS values

Just as the Destiny 2 Meta and TTK values, DPS values can dramatically change from season to season. Make sure you revisit this page at least once per season. Also, these tables use the excellent data from the Destiny 2: Quantum Damage-ics spreadsheet. A big thank you to XboxUser123 for a great job.

About the Destiny 2 DPS Meta: Power Weapons

Keep in mind that the top Power weapons are not only defined by their raw DPS or Total Damage. Many other things come into play. Some of them are almost as important as raw damage.

For example, just as damage numbers and ease of use are extremely important, a weapon’srole is critical too. This is especially true for Heavy weapons:

RoleExplanationTarget Weapon types
Add ClearClearing weaker enemies faster than you could with a primary ammo weapon. For most content, primaries do the add clear job perfectly well, so this is most useful in high-difficulty PvE.Main: Machine Guns, Grenade Launchers, Swords

Secondary: Rocket Launchers

Single Target DamageBurning down a boss.Main: Linear Fusion Rifles, Exotic Snipers, Swords

Secondary: Grenade Launchers, Machine Guns

Burst DamageBurning down a champion quickly, or for bosses with multiple damage phases, clearing a phase quickly.Main: Rocket Launchers

Secondary:Linear Fusion Rifles

Based on that, when choosing a Power weapon, always keep in mind the type of damage you need.

DPS Chart: Methodology

About the DPS numbers: As mentioned before, the DPS figures used for this Tier list come from the excellent Destiny 2: Quantum Damage-ics database.

As explained in that document:

Mag DPS or “True DPS” > The amount of DPS without considering reloading or of a single magazine. It is the same in both the DPS of a single magazine and the DPS of omitting reloads entirely and focusing solely on damage and fire rate. Note that some weapons have a unique 1-mag DPS compared to their theoretical “True DPS” counterpart due to how they work (ex. The Fourth Horseman).

Sustained DPS > The amount of DPS while also considering reloading. This is the DPS you would expect to have for DPS phases, assuming you had infinite reserves. Note that this also assumes you reload the frame you finish firing the weapon, with the combat loop of: shoot > shoot > … > shoot > shoot last round & reload > repeat.

The Last Word

Seasoned PVE players have a good understanding of the current PVE meta, and by extension, DPS values. However, if all of this is new to you, the chart above will help you better decide what weapons to bring to your next PVE challenge.

And by the way, even if you’re a veteran, it’s always good to have these figures at hand!

Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (370)

Ric Molina

I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 (and now Diablo 4) for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.

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    • Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (372)

      Ric (aka Prim) on August 8, 2021 at 9:45 pm

      That was a bad bug… Thanks a lot for letting me know, that bug would have stayed up there for a while if you hadn’t altert me. Cheers

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    berry of blue on October 26, 2021 at 5:48 am

    thunderlord and heir apparent thumbnails are switched

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    • Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (374)

      Ric (aka Prim) on November 5, 2021 at 11:29 am

      Thanks for the heads up! It is now corrected!

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        COld on January 17, 2022 at 4:09 pm

        What outbreak dps

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    vaio on November 21, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    seems like Tarrabah is missing from the primary weapon list.

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    🙁 on April 4, 2022 at 7:06 am

    There is no way promethous lens deals 285k burst damage :/

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    • Best DPS Weapons Destiny 2: DPS Chart (379)

      Ric "Prim" Molina on April 4, 2022 at 10:19 am

      You’re absolutely right. That was an error on my database (it was showing the same as Total damage). Corrected now, thanks for the heads up!

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    Oz on April 4, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    No witch queen legendary or crafted weapons are top of their class? Was curious how a crafted weapon at level 20 would stack up.
    Only witch queen exotics made the cut?

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    Oz on April 5, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Sorting by average dps on heavy weapons section shows the top 5 results out of order

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    Nathanael on October 18, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Can we please add Element to the chart?

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    Joseph King on November 21, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Where is Touch of Malice?

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    kowiii on March 1, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    can you try testing the bequest, it has the highest impact of all adaptive swords, and i want to know if that makes a diference

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    nemo on April 27, 2023 at 8:56 am

    are those value aligned to season 20

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    Veggies on August 20, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    Can we get an update on this?

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    Litch on January 17, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Why isnt dragons breath in the heavy weapons, yet its considered the king of launchers by most end game level players?

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