Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (2024)

While not suited for all situations, swords can deal unparalleled damage as long as you can get close enough. And that is the entire deal with swords. They can be extremely lethal, provided you take risks and get up close and personal. Still, the right sword with the right perks can be considered a top-tier option, no matter the situation.

This guide covers every Sword in Destiny 2, including both Exotics and Legendaries, as well as the best rolls for PvE and PvP.

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (1)Updated as of Season of the Wish (S23). See Updates.

Destiny 2 Best Swords: Top-tier Options

This Tier list features the best Exotic and Legendary Swords right now:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
BequestBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (2)
Bequest

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavyArcBeyond Light PackYesS › BestDeep Stone Crypt RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (3)

Best


S

Excels in:
PvE

Deep Stone Crypt Raid
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (4)

Beyond Light Pack

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (5) Arc | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (6) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded

► Bequest is THE DPS sword if you want to be optimal. Surrounded is incredible for damage, and with its Adaptive Frame, its ability to be crafted, and its higher base impact of 70, Bequest is easily one of the best swords in the game right now.

Season 12

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (7) Arc | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (8) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded
Top-tier
Crown-SplitterBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (9)
Crown-Splitter

Sword

SwordAggressiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestWorld loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (10)

Best


S

Excels in:
PvE

World loot pool
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (11)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (12) Void | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (13) Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► Crown-Splitter features the Relentless Strikes and Surrounded combo and also deals incredible base damage thanks to its archetype. While this weapon is class-specific, any Titan player can enjoy the ability to slam down on a target to deal a big burst of damage.

Season 14

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (14) Void | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (15) Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Top-tier
The Other HalfBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (16)
The Other Half

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesS › BestDares of EternityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (17)

Best


S

Excels in:
PvE

Dares of Eternity
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (18)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (19) Void | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (20) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Whirlwind Blade (also good: Frenzy)

► The Other Half is Half-Truth's stronger sibling. With more perk flexibility while also coming with Eager Edge, it is one of the best swords in the game for general play, and every player should look to have The Other Half in their arsenal.

30th Anniversary event

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (21) Void | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (22) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Whirlwind Blade (also good: Frenzy)
Top-tier
Half-TruthsBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (23)
Half-Truths

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongDares of EternityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (24)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE + PvP

Dares of Eternity
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (25)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (26) Arc | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (27) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Eager Edge (also good: Tireless Blade)

► Half-Truths is one of two swords that can roll with the perk Eager Edge. This perk alone sets it above the rest as it is incredibly fun and allows you to travel at outrageous speeds with specific abilities, such as Icarus Dash.

30th Anniversary event

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (28) Arc | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (29) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Eager Edge (also good: Tireless Blade)
Top-tier
Negative SpaceBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (30)
Negative Space

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongWorld loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (31)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE

World loot pool
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (32)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (33) Solar | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (34) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Whirlwind Blade)

► Similar to the Caretaker, Negative Space comes with Relentless Strikes and Surrounded, with the Whirlwind Blade alternative meaning that it is one of the better options in terms of perks. It is also Solar, and a part of the Adaptive Archetype, making it a solid option for many players.

Season 11

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (35) Solar | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (36) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Whirlwind Blade)
Top-tier
The LamentBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (37)
The Lament

Sword

SwordExoticHeavySolarBeyond Light PackYesA › StrongExotic QuestBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (38)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE

Exotic Quest
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (39)

Beyond Light Pack

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (40) Solar | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (41) Heavy | Archetype: Exotic


Exotic Perk: "Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (42) shield piercing to all attacks. You also gain stacks when dealing damage with revved attacks. Additional stacks increase the damage and damage resistance of heavy attacks."

► Since the nerfs it received and the introduction of Ergo Sum, the Lament has fallen in terms of strength. While it's still a solid pick for those who don't have a good Ergo Sum god roll, there are better options at your disposal.

Season 12

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (43) Solar | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (44) Heavy | Archetype: Exotic


Exotic Perk: "Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (45) shield piercing to all attacks. You also gain stacks when dealing damage with revved attacks. Additional stacks increase the damage and damage resistance of heavy attacks."
Top-tier
ZephyrBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (46)
Zephyr

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongEvent: DawningBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (47)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE

Event: Dawning
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (48)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (49) Stasis | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (50) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Cold Steel

► Adaptive Frame Swords are excellent, and Zephyr is no exception. Coming with Relentless Strikes and Cold Steel, Zephyr is an excellent option for damage.

30th Anniversary event

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (51) Stasis | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (52) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Cold Steel
Top-tier
CaretakerBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (53)
Caretaker

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongSeasonal activityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (54)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE

Seasonal activity
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (55)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (56) Solar | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (57) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Rolls: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Valiant Charge)

► Caretaker is Bequest's slightly weaker counterpart. It comes with the same god roll of Relentless Strikes and Surrounded, but it only has 60 Impact instead of 70, meaning it will always be the weaker pick. That said, Caretaker is still great and remains a powerful option for non-raiders.

Season 20

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (58) Solar | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (59) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Rolls: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Valiant Charge)
Top-tier
NasreddinBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (60)
Nasreddin

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongLost SectorBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (61)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE

Lost Sector
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (62)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (63) Arc | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (64) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Whirlwind Blade)

► Nasreddin is a decent option. Relentless Strikes and Surrounded is the preferred combo on DPS Swords. However, it is completely outclassed by Bequest as it is the same element, archetype, and god roll combination, except Bequest has 10 more Impact, making Nasreddin weaker.

Season 20

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (65) Arc | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (66) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Whirlwind Blade)
Top-tier
Double-Edged AnswerBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (67)
Double-Edged Answer

Sword

SwordAdaptiveHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongPlaylist: VanguardBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (68)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE

Playlist: Vanguard
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (69)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (70) Void | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (71) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Whirlwind Blade)

► Double-Edged Answer is the Void counterpart to Caretaker. Rolling with Relentless Strikes and Surrounded and being a part of the Adaptive archetype means that it does output some solid damage. However, it still has 10 less Impact than Bequest, making it slightly weaker.

Season 23

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (72) Void | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (73) Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive


PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded (also good: Whirlwind Blade)
Top-tier
The SlammerBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (74)
The Slammer

Sword

SwordVortexHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongNightfall: The OrdealsBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (75)

Strong


A

Excels in:
PvE

Nightfall: The Ordeals
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (76)

Free-to-Play

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (77) Stasis | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (78) Heavy | Archetype: Vortex


PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Cold Steel

► While Vortex Frames are typically weak, The Slammer is an exception thanks to its ability to roll Eager Edge and Cold Steel. It does also come with Bait and Switch, however, Vortex Frames will need to receive a number of buffs for this perk to be used on this weapon.

Season 23

Slot: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (79) Stasis | Ammo: Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (80) Heavy | Archetype: Vortex


PvE God Roll: Eager Edge + Cold Steel
Top-tier

Destiny 2 Swords: The Complete List

This database includes every viable Sword in the game:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (81)The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond Light PackYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (82) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (83) Solar

Strong


A

PvEExotic QuestBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (84) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (85)

Beyond Light Pack

Season 12HeavyNoTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (86)Worldline ZeroSwordExoticExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (87) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (88) Arc

Worst


D

-Exotic KioskBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (89) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (90)

Free-to-Play

Season 3HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (91)Black TalonSwordExoticExoticHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (92) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (93) Void

Worst


D

-Exotic EngramBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (94) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (95)

Free-to-Play

Season 4HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (96)HeartshadowSwordExoticExoticHeavyVoidThe Witch Queen Dungeon KeyYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (97) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (98) Void

Average


B

PvEDuality DungeonBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (99) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (100)

The Witch Queen Dungeon Key

Season 17HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (101)Ergo SumSwordExoticExoticHeavyKineticThe Final ShapeYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (102) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (103) Kinetic

Meta


S+

PvEThe Pale HeartBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (104) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (105)

The Final Shape

The Final ShapeHeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (106)Fang of Ir YûtScout RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (107) PrimaryBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (108) Strand

Strong


A

PvECrota's End RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (109) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (110)

Free-to-Play

Season 22KineticCraftableTop-tierSword Logic
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (111)SwordbreakerShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (112) SpecialBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (113) Strand

Strong


A

PvECrota's End RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (114) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (115)

Free-to-Play

Season 22KineticCraftableTop-tierSword Logic
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (116)Word of CrotaHand CannonPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (117) PrimaryBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (118) Void

Strong


A

PvE + PvPCrota's End RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (119) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (120)

Free-to-Play

Season 22EnergyCraftableTop-tierSword Logic
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (121)Abyss DefiantAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (122) PrimaryBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (123) Solar

Strong


A

PvECrota's End RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (124) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (125)

Free-to-Play

Season 22EnergyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent,Sword Logic,Reconstruction
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (126)Oversoul EdictPulse RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (127) PrimaryBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (128) Arc

Best


S

PvE + PvPCrota's End RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (129) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (130)

Free-to-Play

Season 22EnergyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot,Sword Logic
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (131)Falling GuillotineSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (132) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (133) Void

Weak


C

PvEOnslaught ActivityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (134) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (135)

Free-to-Play

Into the LightHeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (136)Negative SpaceSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (137) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (138) Solar

Strong


A

PvEWorld loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (139) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (140)

Free-to-Play

Season 11HeavyNoTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (141)Temptation's HookSwordCasterLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (142) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (143) Arc

Worst


D

-World loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (144) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (145)

Free-to-Play

Season 11HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (146)Sola's ScarSwordCasterLegendaryHeavySolarThe Final ShapeNoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (147) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (148) Solar

Worst


D

-Trials of OsirisBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (149) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (150)

The Final Shape

Season 13HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (151)Steel Sybil Z-14SwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (152) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (153) Void

Weak


C

-World loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (154) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (155)

Free-to-Play

Season 11HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (156)BequestSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcBeyond Light PackYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (157) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (158) Arc

Best


S

PvEDeep Stone Crypt RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (159) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (160)

Beyond Light Pack

Season 12HeavyCraftableTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (161)Honor's EdgeSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (162) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (163) Arc

Average


B

-XûrBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (164) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (165)

Free-to-Play

Season 10HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (166)Crown-SplitterSwordAggressiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (167) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (168) Void

Best


S

PvEWorld loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (169) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (170)

Free-to-Play

Season 14HeavyNoTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (171)QuickfangSwordLightweightLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (172) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (173) Void

Worst


D

-World loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (174) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (175)

Free-to-Play

Season 14HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (176)Eternity's EdgeSwordVortexLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (177) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (178) Solar

Weak


C

-World loot poolBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (179) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (180)

Free-to-Play

Season 14HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (181)Abide the ReturnSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (182) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (183) Solar

Average


B

PvEShattered Throne DungeonBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (184) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (185)

Free-to-Play

Season 14HeavyNoIncandescent
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (186)Night TerrorSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (187) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (188) Arc

Average


B

-MoonBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (189) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (190)

Free-to-Play

Season 14HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (191)Half-TruthsSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (192) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (193) Arc

Strong


A

PvE + PvPDares of EternityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (194) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (195)

Free-to-Play

30th Anniversary eventHeavyCraftableTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (196)Hero of AgesSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyArc30th AnniversaryYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (197) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (198) Arc

Worst


D

PvEGrasp of Avarice DungeonBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (199) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (200)

30th Anniversary

30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (201)The Other HalfSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (202) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (203) Void

Best


S

PvEDares of EternityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (204) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (205)

Free-to-Play

30th Anniversary eventHeavyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (206)ZephyrSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (207) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (208) Stasis

Strong


A

PvEEvent: DawningBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (209) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (210)

Free-to-Play

30th Anniversary eventHeavyNoTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (211)Razor's EdgeSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (212) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (213) Void

Weak


C

-Iron BannerBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (214) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (215)

Free-to-Play

Season 16HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (216)CaretakerSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (217) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (218) Solar

Strong


A

PvESeasonal activityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (219) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (220)

Free-to-Play

Season 20HeavyCraftableTop-tierIncandescent
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (221)NasreddinSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (222) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (223) Arc

Strong


A

PvELost SectorBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (224) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (225)

Free-to-Play

Season 20HeavyNoTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (226)Death's RazorSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (227) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (228) Void

Average


B

PvEEngram FocusingBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (229) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (230)

Free-to-Play

Season 20HeavyCraftableDestabilizing Rounds
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (231)GoldtuskSwordLightweightLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (232) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (233) Arc

Weak


C

-Engram FocusingBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (234) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (235)

Free-to-Play

Season 20HeavyCraftable
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (236)Throne-CleaverSwordAggressiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (237) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (238) Solar

Average


B

-Engram FocusingBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (239) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (240)

Free-to-Play

Season 20HeavyCraftableIncandescent
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (241)Just in CaseSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (242) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (243) Solar

Weak


C

-FishingBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (244) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (245)

Free-to-Play

Season 21HeavyNoIncandescent
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (246)Thin PrecipiceSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyStrandFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (247) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (248) Strand

Worst


D

-Seasonal activityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (249) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (250)

Free-to-Play

Season 21HeavyCraftable
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (251)Geodetic HSmSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (252) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (253) Void

Average


B

-Lost SectorBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (254) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (255)

Free-to-Play

Season 22HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (256)Song of Ir YûtMachine GunAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (257) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (258) Arc

Strong


A

PvECrota's End RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (259) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (260)

Free-to-Play

Season 22HeavyCraftableTop-tierVoltshot,Sword Logic,Reconstruction,Bait and Switch
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (261)Chivalric FireSwordCasterLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (262) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (263) VoidOngoing...-Playlist: PursuitBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (264) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (265)

Free-to-Play

Season 23HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (266)Double-Edged AnswerSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (267) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (268) Void

Strong


A

PvEPlaylist: VanguardBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (269) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (270)

Free-to-Play

Season 23HeavyNoTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (271)Dragoncult SickleSwordCasterLegendaryHeavyStrandLightfall Dungeon KeyYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (272) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (273) Strand

Worst


D

-Warlord's Ruin DungeonBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (274) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (275)

Lightfall Dungeon Key

Season 23HeavyNo
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (276)The SlammerSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (277) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (278) Stasis

Strong


A

PvENightfall: The OrdealsBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (279) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (280)

Free-to-Play

Season 23HeavyNoTop-tier
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (281)Summun BonunSwordWaveLegendaryHeavyArcThe Final ShapeYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (282) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (283) Arc

Average


B

-Salvation's Edge RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (284) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (285)

The Final Shape

The Final ShapeHeavyCraftable
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (286)False IdolsSwordVortexLegendaryHeavySolarThe Final ShapeYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (287) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (288) Solar

Average


B

-The Pale HeartBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (289) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (290)

The Final Shape

The Final ShapeHeavyCraftable
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (291)Ill OmenSwordCasterLegendaryHeavyStasisEpisode 1: EchoesYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (292) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (293) StasisEchoes ActivitiesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (294) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (295)

Episode 1: Echoes

The Final ShapeHeavyCraftable

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

Best Destiny 2 Swords in 2024

Ready to dig deeper into the absolute best Swords in Destiny 2 right now? These are the cream of the crop, our favorites (for PvE and PvP):

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (296)

5. The Slammer

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (297)Excels in PvE

The Slammer is the first sword to come with the perk combination of Eager Edge and Cold Steel, two brilliant perks for Swords. While it is a Vortex Frame, these two utility perks make it an excellent alternative to The Other Half.

In addition, should Vortex Frame Swords ever see a buff, Relentless Strikes and Bait and Switch will be a potent combination for damage. However, Vortex Frames are not too strong right now, meaning players should opt for Eager Edge and Cold Steel rather than trying to build The Slammer for damage. These are the top The Slammer God Rolls:

  • PvE God roll: Eager Edge + Cold Steel

How to get it: The Slammer can be acquired by completing Nightfall: The Ordeals (the highest difficulties have increased drop rates).

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (298)The SlammerSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyStasisFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (299) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (300) Stasis

Strong


A

PvENightfall: The OrdealsBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (301) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (302)

Free-to-Play

Season 23HeavyNoTop-tier

4. Falling Guillotine

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (304)Excels in PvE

Falling Guillotine doesn’t seem to be changing, coming back as a Void Vortex Frame sword. Unfortunately, the Vortex Frame archetype is weak right now, as Adaptive Frame swords like the Bequest massively outclass it for damage. However, Falling Guillotine is one of the few weapons in the game with the ability to roll with double damage perks, potentially making it a contender. However, we’ll have to wait and see and test the damage numbers against the competition.

The perks in question are Frenzy and Vorpal Weapon in the first column and Bait and Switch and Surrounded in the second column. These perks all facilitate Falling Guillotine’s use in a swap rotation for DPS as they do not require stacking like Whirlwind Blade does. This damage bonus total comes out to 45-50%, which is 10-15% more than just Surrounded on Swords, giving some weight to speculation that Falling Guillotine could be a sleeper pick. These are the top Edge Transit God Rolls:

      • PvE God roll: Frenzy or Relentless Strikes + Eager Edge

How to get it: Falling Guillotine is a Brave weapon from the Onslaught activity.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (305)Falling GuillotineSwordVortexLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (306) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (307) Void

Weak


C

PvEOnslaught ActivityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (308) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (309)

Free-to-Play

Into the LightHeavyNo

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3. The Lament

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (311)Excels in PvE

The Lament is the easy-to-get option for Sword users. While it may be slightly outclassed in damage by Bequest, Lament also has the bonus of providing a self-heal on damage, giving it some versatility.

The Lament also doesn’t require a specific roll or a Raid; simply completing the exotic quest will get you the Lament. It is definitely worth it, and it will carry you through any Sword-dependent damage phase.

Exotic Perk: “Revving the blade increases damage, shield bypass, and adds Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (312) shield piercing to all attacks. You also gain stacks when dealing damage with revved attacks. Additional stacks increase the damage and damage resistance of heavy attacks.”

How to get it: The Lament can be acquired by completing an Exotic quest.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (313)The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond Light PackYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (314) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (315) Solar

Strong


A

PvEExotic QuestBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (316) NoBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (317)

Beyond Light Pack

Season 12HeavyNoTop-tier

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2. The Other Half

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (319) Excels in PvE and PvP

The Other Half is the most popular Sword among players thanks to the ‘Eager Edge’ perk. This perk is enjoyable to use and provides versatility through incredible movement, allowing players to use it in situations where damage isn’t necessary, but movement is.

The Other Half also comes with some solid damage perks like Whirlwind Blade, Vorpal Weapon, and Frenzy, making it even better. It can take down beefy enemies much easier while also having the movement capabilities of Eager Edge. Simply put, The Other Half is brilliant, and it is definitely recommended.

  • PvE God roll: Eager Edge + Whirlwind Blade (also good: Frenzy)

How to get it: The Other Half can be acquired by completing Dares of Eternity runs or turning in Treasure keys at Xûr’s in Eternity.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (320)The Other HalfSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (321) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (322) Void

Best


S

PvEDares of EternityBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (323) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (324)

Free-to-Play

30th Anniversary eventHeavyCraftableTop-tierRepulsor Brace

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1. Bequest

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (326)Excels in PvE

The Deep Stone Crypt Sword, Bequest, has been the top dog since Vortex Frames saw a decline in power. With its 70 base Impact, it already does more damage than any other sword in the game, and combined with brilliant perks like Relentless Strikes and Surrounded, it’s easy to see why Bequest is the best.

Bequest isn’t too hard to get as players can simply farm one of the encounters Bequest can drop from. Deep Stone Crypt is also one of the less challenging Raids in the game, meaning anyone can step into the Raid and attempt to get it. These are the top Bequest God Rolls:

  • PvE God roll: Relentless Strikes + Surrounded

How to get it: Bequest can be acquired from the Deep Stone Crypt raid.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (327)BequestSwordAdaptiveLegendaryHeavyArcBeyond Light PackYesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (328) HeavyBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (329) Arc

Best


S

PvEDeep Stone Crypt RaidBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (330) YesBest Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (331)

Beyond Light Pack

Season 12HeavyCraftableTop-tier

Swordsand the PvP Meta: TTK

We covered which Swords are considered top-tier (and should be farmed) and which ones can be safely ignored. But how do they compare to other Heavy weapons in PvP?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
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Rocket Launchers
S › Best

Best


S

-► Rocket Launchers remain a staple in many players' loadouts. They can provide high-range one-shot kills, and can also do AoE damage which can potentially allow you to clear teams if they are close enough together.

► Best Archetype: Precision (15 RPM) - Example: Gjallarhorn

PVP Heavies
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Grenade Launchers
S › Best

Best


S

-► Heavy Grenade Launchers are an incredible option for those who are confident in landing their direct hits. They can functionally serve as a Rocket Launcher, but instead of coming with only a single shot, Grenade Launchers can bring 3, which, of course, means more potential kills.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Example: Memory Interdict

PVP Heavies
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Machine Guns
A › Strong

Strong


A

-► Machine Guns are still an incredible option for Control as they can provide many kills. However, they do require multiple shots to kill which can lead to you potentially being Sniped or peak-shot by a Primary Weapon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (450 RPM) - Example: Corrective Measure

PVP Heavies
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Linear Fusion Rifles
B › Average

Average


B

► Linear fusion rifles are in the middle of an identity crisis. They are stronger than sniper rifles and have more aim assistance, but they still require Heavy ammo and a headshot to one-shot an enemy. On top of that, they also have a charge time to take into account. Compared to a sniper rifle that fires immediately and only uses Special ammo, Linear Fusion rifles make little sense for the Crucible.PVP Heavies
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Swords
C › Weak

Weak


C

-► Swords are perhaps the most fun option (especially with Eager Edge); however, they are too inconsistent to warrant any competitive use. Furthermore, benefitting from third-person view is no longer possible without Heavy ammo, making the only niche usage swords had redundant.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive/Lightweight- Examples: Half-Truths/Quickfang

PVP Heavies

Remember that when it comes to PvP, TTK is perhaps the most important factor. As you know, the lower the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. This TTK guide includes the TTK figures for every weapon in Destiny 2.

Having said that, TTK figures rarely apply to Heavy weapons. When choosing a Heavy weapon for PVP, you want something reliable and able to deliver one-hit-kills consistently. Swords can certainly do that but require you to get up close and personal. This carries a lot of risks, which is why you’ll rarely see a Sword user in endgame PvP content.

You can still choose one and have fun with it in 6v6 matches, but you’ll be better off with other weapon types.

Swords and the PvE Meta: DPS

How do Swords compare to other primary weapons in PvE?

Weapon Type RankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (337)
Rocket Launchers
S › Best

Best


S

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (338)Main role: Burst Damage (Secondary role: Add Clear)

► If an S+ category existed, Rocket Launchers would be there. They absolutely dominate the DPS meta for any boss that isn't Crota and easily outclass other options thanks to their flexibility in damage rotations and their ability to be spammed at bosses. Rockets are incredibly strong right now, and it wouldn't be surprising if they received some tuning soon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (20 RPM) - Example: The Hothead

PVE Heavies
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Machine Guns
A › Strong

Strong


A

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (340)Main role: Add Clear

► With the nerf to double-special loadouts, players can't mindlessly spam Machine Guns at enemies anymore and be rewarded for it. However, Machine guns are still excellent at ad clear and remain decent for DPS. That said, for DPS, they are massively outclassed by Rocket Launchers.

► Best Archetype: Rapid-Fire (900 RPM) - Example: Retrofit Escapade

PVE Heavies
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Swords
A › Strong

Strong


A

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (342)Main roles: Add Clear & Single Target damage (i.e. Boss damage).

► Swords are in a good spot right now. In fact, they are the go-to option for Crota in Crota's End. However, this is only because of a modifier that increases Sword damage against Crota. Outside of this specific boss, Swords are a decent option that doesn't excel simply because they are out-damaged by other heavy weapons.

► Best Archetype: Whirlwind - Example: Falling Guillotine

PVE Heavies
Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (343)
Linear Fusion Rifles
A › Strong

Strong


A

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (344)Main role: Single Target damage (Secondary role: Burst Damage)

► Linear Fusion Rifles might not be the top dogs anymore, but they are still serious contenders when it comes to total damage. Options like Cataclysmic and Briar's Contempt can still see some use in today's meta. However, despite their strengths, most situations do not require the amount of total damage that Linear Fusions offer, and if they do, options like Leviathan's Breath can fill that void very easily.

► Best Archetype: Precision (533 RPM) - Example: Reed's Regret

PVE Heavies
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Grenade Launchers
B › Average

Average


B

-Main role: Add Clear (Secondary role: Single Target Damage).

► Grenade Launchers are on the rise, and with a couple of changes, we could see them soar to the top of the pile. For now, though, they remain a mediocre option with a couple of outliers, such as the Cataphract GL3, which is mainly good because it has Bait and Switch, not because it's a Grenade Launcher.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Cataphract GL3

PVE Heavies
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Exotic Sniper Rifles
C › Weak

Weak


C

-Main role: Single Target damage

► Exotic Snipers still require more help. D.A.R.C.I remains a complete joke, and Whisper of the Worm isn't strong enough to bring the ranking up. While Whisper is a surprisingly decent option, it requires a teammate using Divinity in most situations, unless you are very consistent with your shots. And even then, Rocket Launchers are still superior DPS options.

► Best Archetype: Aggressive (72 RPM) - Example: Whisper of the Worm

PVE Heavies

According to Bungie, these are the different roles 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

Keep in mind that when it comes to PvE, DPS is one of the most important factors. As you know, the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major. This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2.

When it comes to actual DPS, Swords are top-tier:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeSustained DPSMag DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo

Before you go…

Are you looking for a top-tier Primary and Special weapon to round out your loadout? We cover the Best Destiny 2 Scout Riflesand Best Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles, too.

You now know everything there is to know about machine guns in Destiny 2, whether that is for PvP or PvE content.

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We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:

  • March 18, 2024: General updates and the inclusion of Swords from Season 21, 22 an 23.
  • May 10, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of all the new swords released up to Season 20.
  • April 13, 2022: General updates and the inclusion of all the new swords released up to Season 16.
  • July 5, 2021: The guide is published for the first time.

Stay tuned, and don’t forget to bookmark this page for next season!

Best Swords in Destiny 2: Tier List for PvP & PvE (2024)

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