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Destiny 2 – Most Popular PVP Legendary Weapons In The Destiny Community (Season 12)

There’s plenty of legendary weapons in the game, but which ones are the most popular with the community for PVP right now? Today I am going to have a look at the top 10 most popular weapons with the Destiny community for competitive PVP, plus have a quick look at some of the rolls to look out for and how to get the weapon.

We’re currently in Season of the Hunt (Season 12) and I’ll come back and update this list later on once the sandbox has changed. This list is based on community stats from the website Destiny Tracker and reflects which weapons the Destiny Community are using right now

Let’s dive straight into the top 10 weapons for PVP right now.

#10 Astral Horizon (1.1%)


Astral Horizon is a Legendary Kinetic Shotgun. For PVP I would look for either Celerity/Quickdraw or Opening Shot/Quickdraw. To get this weapon you’re going to need to run some Trials of Osiris. Before you head into Trials you’ll need to pick up a passage card from Saint-14 in the Tower Hangar.

#9 Xenoclast IV (1.1%)


Xenoclast VI is a Legendary Energy Shotgun which deals arc damage and takes special ammo. Lightweight Frame – Superb handling. It’s an 80 rounds per minute shotty with 6 in the magazine at the base level. For PVP Slideshot and Killing Wind would be a good roll. Slideshot and Thresh is a very popular roll of this weapon out there with the community right now. Disruption Break could also be a good choice for PVP… this gun has so many options, test out a few rolls for yourself and see what works for you.

To get this weapon run some strikes and it’ll drop for you at the end.

#8 Glacioclasm (1.2%)

Glacioclasm is a Legendary Energy Fusion Rifle that delivers void damage. It’s a High-Impact Frame meaning it’s Slow-firing and has high-damage. This weapon is more accurate when stationary and aiming down sights. This is a particularly good fusion rifle, which is very timely because Erentil has been sunset. This is comparable to Erentil, so if you like Fusion Rifles this could be a good replacement for you. Given the Dawning is free for all players, it’s worth jumping in and farming for some decent rolls of Glacioclasm, especially because fusion rifles are prime for a buff.

You can’t get Glasioclasm at the moment, you’ll have to likely wait until the next Dawning to do so.

#7 Gnawing Hunger (1.9%)


This is an adaptive frame auto rifle that goes in the energy slot, it’s a 600 rounds per minute auto with 43 in the magazine and shoots void damage. The curated roll comes with rampage, for kills with this weapon grant increased damage, Overflow for when you pick up special or heavy ammo it reloads beyond normal capacity, Appended Mag for that increase in magazine size and Arrowhead Brake for an increase in recoil and handling. For PVP Kill clip, Zen Moment and Accurized Rounds.

Gnawing Hunger currently is a random drop from activities.

#6 Dire Promise (2%)


Dire Promise is a 140 hand cannon with 11 in the magazine. It’s a lightweight frame hand cannon, allowing you to move faster with this weapon equipped. The curated roll comes with Triple Tap, when you land precision hits it returns a round to the magazine. It also comes with Steady Rounds for that increase in range and stability and Appended Mag for the increase in magazine size.

This one currently drops randomly from activities like Strikes, Crucible and Gambit.

#5 True Prophecy (3.2%)

True Prophecy is a Legendary Kinetic Hand Cannon. It’s an agressive frame, meaning high damage and high recoil. It’s a 120 hand cannon with 9 in the magazine.

The best all rounder for this weapon is Demolitionist and Overflow. For PVP Rangefinder and Explosive Payload would be good. For PVE Field Prep and Rampage would be a great roll to look out for.

This on has been taken out of the loot pool for now, but will hopefully be back in te future.

#4 Seventh Seraph CQC (5.2%)

Seventh Seraph CQC is a Legendary Energy Shotgun. It’s a lightweight frame meaning you can move faster with the weapon equipped. It’s got 65 for impact, 49 for range, 41 for stability, 72 for handling, 64 for reload speed. It’s an 80 rounds per minute shotgun with 6 in the magazine.

The curated roll comes with Lead from Gold and Shield Disorient. For PVP Quickdraw and Snapshot Sights would be good. For PVE Sideshot and Vorpal weapon would be a good roll.

You can get this to drop in Season 12 from random activities like strikes, crucible and gambit as well as world events like patrols and public events too.

#3 Adored (6.3%)


Adored is a Legendary Energy Sniper Rifle which has an Adaptive Frame – A well-rounded grip, reliable and sturdy. This one is a fixed roll and it comes full masterworked The perks on the weapon are:

  • Triple Tap – Rapidly landing precision hits will return one round to the mag
  • Killing Wind – Final blows increase mobility, range and handling for a short duration
    and some options in the fourth slot too
  • Vorpal Weapon – Increased damage against bosses, vehicles and guardians in their super
  • Snapshot Sights – Faster time to aim down sights

There are some nice options for both PVE and PVP here. For example, in PVP snapshot sights is a given and that would go nicely with Killing Wind. In PVE Triple Tap and Vorpal Weapon would be very good, so you can mix and match the perks to find a combo that works for you.

To get this one pick up the quest from Banshee-44 in the Tower. You can pick 3 routes – Strikes, Crucible and Gambit. Pick the one you want in the game mode you prefer and get started.

#2 The Steady Hand (10.2%)


The Steady Hand is a Legendary Kinetic Hand Cannon which is an Aggressive Frame meaning it has high damage, high recoil. Optimized for long-distance shooting. The curated roll comes with Mulligan where missing a shot has the chance to return ammo directly to the magazine and Slideshot where sliding partially reloads the magazine and boosts range and stability.

For PVP Killing Wind and Mulligan would be a good roll. The most popular roll out there with the community is Quickdraw and Swashbuckler.

To get this weapon you have to run through the Iron Banner quest for the season called Slaying Dragons. You’ll get this weapon as part of the Iron Banner quest, just before you have to get hand cannon kills. You can also turn in Iron Banner tokens to Lord Saladin for a chance at a drop of this weapon.

#1 Felwinter’s Lie (10.8%)


Felwinter’s Lie is a legendary energy shotgun. It’s got impact stats of 80 and not bad reload speed of 41. The perks on the gun include Shot Package, which is a slight modification to the aggressive frame shotguns but this one has a more uniform pellet spread. It comes with Full Choke for a reduction in the projectile spread and Accurized Rounds for an increase in range.

There’s a couple of options too with Slideshot / Quickdraw and Opening Shot / Vorpal weapon. Personally I’d go for quickdraw, opening shot but it’s down to personal preference.

You can’t currently get this one in the game, but it’s comeing back in Season 13 (9th Feb) and you’ll be able to pick this one up from the Kiosk in the Tower.

That’s it for the top 10 and there’s some interesting items in there.

  • There’s 2 120 hand cannons with both The Steady Hand and True Prophecy in the list, relfecting the change to Hand Cannons in a positive way.
  • There’s some classic weapons in here with Gnawing Hunger, Dire Promise and Felwinter’s Lie being popular choices for a number of months.
  • There’s a number of weapons here which new players can’t right now in the game. True Prophecy, Felwinter’s Lie, Glasioclasm are all weapons which aren’t currently obtainable, however, Felwinter’s is coming back next season.
  • There’s 4 shotguns, 3 hand cannons, an Auto Rifle, Sniper and a Fusion Rifle.

Let me know what you think of the list and if you are using something else in PVP, let me know.

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