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Destiny 2: Best PvP Weapons to Get Before Season 15

And the perfect rolls to hunt for

by Bennet Lockridge

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Destiny 2 is well known for its ever-evolving PvP sandbox. Due to this, it can be difficult to keep up with the constantly changing crucible meta. With Season 15 of Destiny 2 planned to begin on August 24th, who knows what PvP sandbox updates will come with it. For now, we are here to inform you of our personal choices on the best weapons to bring along with you into the crucible when Season 15 of Destiny 2 launches.

#10 Fatebringer (Timelost) – Kinetic Hand Cannon

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  • Best PvP Roll:
  • Full Bore
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Explosive Payload
  • Opening Shot
  • Range Masterwork

The Fatebringer is one of the most iconic weapons in the Destiny franchise history. With the re-launch of the Vault of Glass raid in Season of the Splicer, the Fatebringer achieved the possibility to drop as Timelost, which is essentially a rename for Adept weapons. The combination of explosive payload and opening shot will do you well in the crucible, offering extra range and flinch potential against anyone who challenges you.

#9 Frozen Orbit – Energy Sniper Rifle

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  • Best PvP Roll:
  • Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Moving Target
  • Snapshot Sights
  • Stability Masterwork

Added in Season of the Chosen, Frozen Orbit has proved itself to be a hard-hitting 72 RPM sniper that is deadly in the right hands. With the combination of snapshot sights and moving target, quickly finding and snapping onto your targets should prove to be a breeze.

#8 Thorn – Kinetic Hand Cannon

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  • Exotic Perks:
  • Intrinsic: Mark of the Devourer – Rounds pierce targets and deal damage over time. Kills with this weapon leave behind Remnants.
  • Trait: Soul Devourer – Absorbing a Remnant strengthens Mark of the Devourer and partially refills the magazine.

Thorn, the weapon that always seems to be in a crucible lobby. Love it or hate it, Thorn has time and time again proved its ability to eliminate other players quickly, especially with its exotic perk active. In the hands of an aggressive player, Thorn is a dangerous sight.

#7 Riiswalker – Kinetic Shotgun

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  • Best PvP Roll:
  • Smallbore
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Quickdraw
  • Iron Reach
  • Range Masterwork

With the wave of tuning that hit aggressive frame shotguns that came with update 3.2.1, people were looking for a new shotgun to take up their kinetic slot. Enter Riiswalker, a lightweight frame iron banner shotgun that has an impressive range stat with the added benefit of quicker follow-up shots. Expect to see this one for months to come.

#6 The Last Word – Kinetic Hand Cannon

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  • Exotic Perks: 
  • Intrinsic: Fan Fire – This weapon fires full auto. Hip-fire shots deal bonus precision damage while increasing reload speed and accuracy.
  • Trait: Hip-Fire Grip – Increases accuracy, stability, and precision hit targeting when firing from the hip.

Another well-known PvP choice, The Last Word rewards skill and good aim like no other gun in Destiny 2. If you can get used to almost exclusively firing from the hip, The Last Word has one of the fastest time to kill ratings in Destiny 2.

#5 Adored – Energy Sniper Rifle

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  • Static Perks:
  • Hammer-Forged Rifling
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Killing Wind
  • Snapshot Sights

Adored has been making its presence very clear since its introduction in Season 12. It is by far the most popular PvP sniper rifle choice by players, and for good reason. It is relatively easy to get, it comes with great perks, and it feels fantastic to use. Definitely pick this one up if you consider yourself a marksman within the crucible.

#4 The Palindrome (Adept) – Energy Hand Cannon

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  • Best PvP Roll:
  • Full Bore
  • Richochet Rounds
  • Quickdraw
  • Rangefinder
  • Range Masterwork

A returning favorite from the original Destiny, The Palindrome (Adept) is known for being the long-range hand cannon in Destiny 2. With the ability to roll quickdraw and rangefinder, you’ll be able to eliminate other players from surprising ranges very quickly. Even at close ranges, you should have no problem taking other players out due to its fantastic handling and stability stats.

#3 Ace of Spades – Kinetic Hand Cannon

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  • Exotic Perks: 
  • Intrinsic: Memento Mori – Reloading after a kill loads magazine with a few extra-damage bullets. Grants radar while aiming down sights.
  • Trait: Firefly – Precision kills with this weapon increase reload speed and cause the target to explode, dealing Solar damage to nearby enemies.

Ace of Spades is the king of crucible hand cannons in Destiny 2. It manages to do almost everything right and is an easy choice for any player looking to jump into PvP. 13 rounds, damage boosts, quick reloads and impressive range, Ace of Spades truly is the jack of all trades.

#2 The Chaperone – Kinetic Shotgun

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  • Exotic Perks:
  • Intrinsic: Precision Slug – Fires a single-slug precision round.
  • Trait: The Roadborn – Precision kills briefly grant bonus handling, range, and precision damage with this weapon.

The Chaperone has always been a good choice but recently has climbed the meta into a lot of players’ slots. Its ability to eliminate players from staggering ranges with a shotgun is unlike any other in the game, and it only gets better the more eliminations you get. Consider this weapon for your exotic choice, you won’t be disappointed.

#1 Felwinters Lie – Energy Shotgun

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  • Static Perks: 
  • Shot Package
  • Slideshot
  • Opening Shot

To nobody’s surprise, Felwinters Lie remains to be the most dominant weapon in Destiny 2 PvP. Despite several nerfs to the shotgun and its archetype, Felwinters Lie continues to run rampant in the crucible with no sign of slowing down. Combined with its ease of acquisition and ridiculously good stats, Felwinters Lie is a no-brainer if you want to rock a shotgun in the crucible.

Those were our picks for the best weapons to bring into Season 15 of Destiny 2. Do you agree or disagree with our list? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

Be sure to stay tuned at Attack of the Fanboy for all upcoming Destiny 2 Season 15 news and guides.

Destiny 2 is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Google Stadia, and PC.

- This article was updated on August 18th, 2021

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