Destiny 2: Top 5 DPS Loadouts (2024)

Highlights

  • Using a combination of multiple weapons is typically stronger than using a single gun during damage phases in Destiny 2.
  • High burst damage or damage over time Special Weapons, like Izanagi's Burden and Witherhoard, are excellent in a damage loadout.
  • Using buffs and debuffs like Wolfpack Rounds or Repulsor Force is essential to optimize damage.

Damage loadouts and rotations have always been key parts of Destiny 2. Optimizing DPS loadouts and damage rotations is key if players want to kill raid bosses in one phase or simply top the damage charts on the final boss. Unfortunately, plenty of misconceptions exist about optimal DPS strategies within the community, with many players not understanding that specific weapons aren't as good as they may appear.

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Certain classes can do better damage than others, like the Banner of War build on Titan. Different weapon types are more commonly used for boss damage, as some provide strong 'total' damage, and others specialize in burst damage. This article will provide the more common and generalized damage strategies the average player can employ in a raid or dungeon setting.

5 Witherhoard Bait And Switch Cataclysmic

Excellent Total Damage With High Ease Of Use

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  • Fire Witherhoard
  • Activate Bait and Switch by firing an Energy weapon
  • Hit all precision shots with Cataclysmic
  • Reload Cataclysmic when the mag is empty
  • Repeat

Arguably the most straightforward rotation to perform, combining Witherhoard with one of the strongest Linear Fusion Rifles in the game, Cataclysmic, can yield excellent results. While this rotation might not have as much burst damage, it makes up for this in its ease of use and total damage thanks to how ammo-efficient Cataclysmic is, especially with Fourth Time's The Charm. The main difficulty of this rotation is ensuring that every shot is a precision hit; if one goes wide, the damage falls quite a bit.

To perform this rotation, start by sticking the boss with Witherhoard. This will deal damage over time while firing Cataclysmic. Next, activate Bait and Switch by firing an energy weapon, and then move into firing with Cataclysmic. With Fourth Time's The Charm and Bait and Switch, players can get off the perfect number of shots to line up with Bait and Switch's timer, provided all shots are precision hits. Once the magazine is empty, reload it, swap to Witherhoard, and repeat the process.

4 Izanagi's Burden Bait And Switch Reconstruction

High Damage From Izanagi's Burden Makes It An Optimal Swap Weapon

  • Fire a Honed Edge Izanagi's Burden Shot
  • Reload Izanagi's Burden, re-activating Honed Edge
  • Swap to an Energy weapon to activate Bait and Switch
  • Fire Apex Predator
  • Repeat

Thanks to its simplicity, Izanagi's Burden with a Bait and Switch Rocket Launcher, like Apex Predator from the Last Wish Raid, is probably the most well-known DPS rotation. It can provide excellent damage against all bosses. A Special Grenade Launcher like Wilderflight can be included to improve the rotation further. However, this is a little more advanced and unnecessary in the average raid.

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Players must load a Honed Edge x4 shot into Izanagi's Burde to perform this rotation. Once fired at the boss, reload Izanagi's Burden, re-activating Honed Edge in the process. Next, Bait and Switch must be activated, so firing the weapon in the energy slot is needed, and then finally finish off with Apex Predator. Due to Reconstruction, Apex Predator will auto-reload, meaning players should return to Izanagi's Burden and repeat the cycle to allow Apex Predator to reload. If swaps are too fast, Reconstruction won't have the time to activate.

3 Cold Comfort Rocket Dump

A Specific Weapon Combo Yields Remarkable DPS

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  • Prepare Restoration Ritual and Envious Assassin
  • Dump all Rockets in reserves
  • When out of ammo, swap to a supplementary DPS weapon like a Fusion or Sniper Rifle

Cold Comfort is the highest-DPS Rocket in the game, thanks to various factors. However, the main one is the Origin Trait 'Restoration Ritual'. This trait loads an emergency reload upon emptying the magazine (which is very common on Rocket Launchers). To activate this, perform some finishers. This strategy gets even better if the Cold Comfort has Envious Assassin on it, as players can fire off around four Rockets back-to-back with everything working together.

This rotation is not necessarily a strategy, but instead, it involves spamming Cold Comfort shots at a boss until it dies. Cold Comfort will deal absurd amounts of burst damage when combined with a teammate using Gjallarhorn and a debuff like Tractor Cannon.

2 Lucky Pants Celestial Nighthawk Swap

Combining Two Exotics For Immense Burst Damage

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  • Cast Golden Gun with Celestial Nighthawk equipped
  • Swap to Lucky Pants
  • Fire Golden Gun
  • Draw a Hand Cannon like Malfeasance or Warden's Law (with Fourth Time's the Charm and Vorpal Weapon)
  • Fire the Hand Cannon until the Lucky Pants buff runs out
  • Reload once empty or if the buff has run out
  • Swap to the supplementary DPS weapon until the 'Out of Luck' debuff runs out
  • Swap back to the Hand Cannon once the 'Out of Luck' debuff runs out and repeat from step 4

This is a very short DPS cycle but slightly more complex, allowing the user to deal millions of damages instantly. Of course, players can only equip one exotic at a time. Still, once Golden Gun has been cast with Celestial Nighthawk equipped, Hunters can swap to Lucky Pants to be prepared to take advantage of the insane burst damage of these exotic legs when paired with Warden's Law or Malfeasance. These two exotics are some of Hunter's strongest exotic armor options, so when combined, they pack a serious punch.

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This rotation is best paired with a supplementary damage option that can be used while the Lucky Pants 'Out of Luck' debuff runs down. Some weapon choices could be a Fusion Rifle in the energy slot, a Bait and Switch Rocket, or a Linear Fusion Rifle in the heavy slot to increase the damage.

1 Envious Assassin Cataphract GL3 Bait And Switch

A Simple Yet Effective Rotation

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  • Get kills to stack Envious Assassin
  • Activate Bait and Switch as soon as possible
  • Dump the entire Envious Assassin magazine on the boss
  • Finish off with damage from other weapons

One of the simplest rotations in Destiny 2, it earns this spot thanks to its ridiculous ease of use and accessibility. The hardest part about this rotation is obtaining the Cataphract GL3, which requires players to hop into Trials of Osiris. Alternatively, the Koraxis's Distress from Root of Nightmares can be used, but this can be harder to use as the damage perk of choice is Surrounded. Any weapon can activate Bait and Switch, but options like Izanagi's Burden, Witherhoard, or a Fusion Rifle will be best.

The most important part of this rotation is that the Grenade Launcher has Envious Assassin, as without this perk, the loadout becomes much weaker in terms of burst damage. To start, kill as many enemies before DPS as possible. This will load additional shots for Envious Assassin. Once the damage phase begins, activate Bait and Switch by firing every weapon in the loadout, finishing with the Grenade Launcher. Once active, dump the entire magazine of the Grenade Launcher, and then use the other weapons in the loadout to round out the damage phase.

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Destiny 2
Platform(s)
PS5 , PS4 , Xbox Series X , Xbox Series S , Xbox One , PC , Stadia

Released
August 28, 2017
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Bungie
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FPS
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