Best Weapons to get before Lightfall in Destiny 2

Lightfall is only around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about the weapons you’ll be taking into the game so you are ready for each and every game mode. Today I’m going to run through the best weapons to take into Lightfall, plus how and where to get them, so you will be ready when Destiny 2’s next expansion releases on February 28th.

Before we get into it today, let me know in the comments which weapons you are taking into Lightfall, and which rolls are you going to prioritise?

Without further delay, lets dive into the best weapons to get before Lightfall.

Calus Mini Tool (Submachine Gun)

Calus Mini-Tool is a Legendary Energy Submachine Gun meaning it has superb handling. Move faster with this lightweight weapon equipped. Personally, this is a decent PVE Weapon, given it can roll with incandescent, making this perfect for Solar and Stasis builds. For PVE Arrowhead Brake, Tactical Mag, Threat Detector and Incandescent would be a decent roll.

To get Calus Mini-Tool you’ll want to open up Opulent Chests on the Derelict Leviathan. These Opulent Chests are located around the Leviathan, however, you can’t open them without an Opulent Key. You get Opulent Keys by opening loot chests on the Derelict Leviathan, and also you can get these at the end of the Nightmare Containment activity. This one is craftable also, meaning you’ll need to get 5 red bordered versions of the weapon, level them up to unlock the pattern. It’s well worth doing that before Lightfall, so I would check out the Nightmare Containment activity, plus the Crown of Sorrow in the HELM and get those red borders before Lightfall.

Witherhoard (Exotic Grenade Launcher)

Witherhoard is an Exotic Kinetic Grenade Launcher. This is one of the best weapons for add control, and it’s also useful for some PVP game modes like Iron Banner Fortress when you have to apply pressure on a point. Looking at the perks it has:

  • Primeval’s Torment – Projectiles fired by this weapon blight the target or nearby area on impact.
  • Break the Bank – Blighted targets take damage over time and blight the nearby area on death.

To get Witherhoard you can buy this from the Tower from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower, which you can find next to the Vault and it’s called Monument to Lost Lights. You will need materials, but you should be able to get the exotic cipher from Xur and ascendant shard from nightfall strikes. Both are also accessible from the season pass for future seasons.

Taipan 4FR (Linear Fusion Rifle)

This next one is a monster for DPS and is going to be useful in endgame content for Lightfall. Taipan-4FR is a Legendary Power Linear Fusion Rifle with a Precision Frame meaning the weapon fires a long-range precision energy bolt. This weapon’s recoil pattern is more predictably vertical. This one also comes with the Origin Trait Veist Stinger. Damaging an enemy with this weapon has a small chance to reload the magazine and increase movement speed while aiming down sights.

For PVE Triple Tap and Firing Line would be a good roll. Triple Tap is where rapidly landing precision hits will return one round to the magazine and Firing Line is where the weapon deals increased precision damage when near two or more allies. Rampage is also good, which is where kills with this weapon temporarily grant increased damage. Stacks 3x.

This is a world drop weapon, so you’ll be able to get this from playlist activities like Vanguard Ops, Crucible and Gambit matches. Plus, Banshee-44 will be selling it sometimes, so it’s worth checking him out in the tower, his inventory refreshes on Tuesdays at reset time. There’s also a quest from the Enclave related to weapon crafting, and you can get your own crafted Taipan through that quest.

Ikelos SMG (Submachine Gun)

Ikelos SMG v1.0.3 is a Legendary Energy Submachine Gun with an Aggressive Frame meaning High damage, high recoil. This one has the Origin Trait Rasputin’s Arsenal. Breaking a target’s shield reloads the magazine. For PVE Corkscrew Rifling, Seraph Rounds, Perpetual Motion, and Voltshot.

To get this SMG you are going to need to find Rasputin’s nodes which are found in hidden locations around the solar system. Here’s what you need to do:

Pick up your Resonance Amp from the opening mission of Season of Seraph
Collect Seraph Key Codes from activities (like Vanguard Ops, Story missions, Crucible and Gambit)
Run the new Season of the Seraph activity Heist Battlegrounds – launching from the H.E.L.M.
Pick up the Resonate Stem from the chests at the end
Combine 4 Resonant Stems with the Resonance Amp to get your location.
Once you have your location, then make your way there, and collect your loot from the Rasputin Node.

This is another craftable weapon, meaning you’ll need 5 red bordered versions of the weapon to craft it. It’s worth doing this before the end of Season of the Seraph. Once you have it craftable, you can make your own god rolls. Speak to the Exo Frame in the HELM, pick up those red borders, plus do Heist Battlegrounds and find al the nodes, and you should be able to craft it in no time.

Arbalest (Exotic Linear Fusion Rifle)

This is one of the best weapons for dealing with Champions in Nightfalls and other endgame content. Arbalest is an Exotic Kinetic Linear Fusion Rifle. Let’s check out the perks on the weapon.

  • Compounding Force – Fires slugs that cause massive damage to elemental shields of enemy combatants.
  • Disruption Break – Breaking an enemy’s shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage for a brief period.

You can get Arbalest from random exotic engrams out there in the wild. This includes Nightfalls, especially higher tier nightfalls like Master and Grandmaster. Also, you can get this from Xur. Xur has exotic weapon protection, so he’ll give you something you don’t have rather than give you something you already have. Therefore if you don’t have Arbalest, then one of the best ways to get it is from Xur. I do a weekly Xur update video, letting you know location and loot, so subscribe to the channel and enable notifications to never miss an update.

Retrofit Escapade (Machine Gun)

Retrofit Escapade is a rapid-fire lightweight machine gun, which is fantastic for mowing down smaller enemies, but normally against bosses these types of weapons can struggle. Retrofit Escapade changes that with the inclusion of a particular perk called Target Lock, which has been making headlines this season, so I’d definitely recommend securing target lock on this weapon if you can. Combine Target Lock and Volatile Rounds, then you have a deadly combination. For PVE Arrowhead Brake, Tactical Mag, Feeding Frenzy and Target Lock. Target Lock – Damage increases the longer this weapon remains on a target.

To get Retrofit Escapade you have to take part in the seasonal activity called Heist Battlegrounds. When you complete the Heist Battlegrounds activity you can open up the chest at the end. The one on the right hand side will give you seasonal loot. You will need 500 Seraph Key Codes to open up this chest, and you can get this currency from activities including strikes, story missions, crucible and gambit. Given this is a seasonal weapon, you will need access to Season of the Seraph.

This weapon is also craftable and you’ll need five red border versions of Retrofit Escapade to get the pattern. You’ll be able to get red border versions of the weapon from Heist Battlegrounds, plus when you rank up at the Exo Frame Bray in the H.E.L.M. You’ll be able to purchase red borders from Exo Frame too.

Riptide (Fusion Rifle)

Riptide is a Legendary Fusion Rifle dealing Stasis damage with a Rapid-Fire Frame meaning it has deeper ammo reserves. Slightly faster reload when the magazine is empty.

We’ve seen a number of good weapons added since the Witch Queen expansion, but Riptide is up there with the best of them. If you love Fusion Rifles, then this is definitely one to seek out. This is especially true given it’s a kinetic stasis fusion rifle, which is going to go great in your stasis builds, but also given the fast charge time and high damage of this archetype of weapon. It’s also got a number of great perks, meaning it’s going to be a great addition to your arsenal, plus it’s not very difficult to get… but more on that in a minute.

For PVE Arrowhead Brake, Accelerated Coils, Auto-loading Holster, Chill Clip would be a decent roll. Chill Clip – Direct hits with the top half of the magazine cause a detonation that slows nearby targets.

To get Riptide you have to go into the Crucible. Riptide is a random reward from Crucible matches, and it will drop at the end. It is down to random chance as to whether this will drop for you, but this is the featured Crucible reward in Season of the Haunted, so if you play a few matches of Crucible, in no time at all you should have a few decent rolls.

Revision Zero (Exotic Pulse Rifle)

This is a great Exotic Pulse Rifle, which works in all game modes and situations given the flexbility with the catalysts. It’s a kinetic Pulse Rifle, with a two round burst mode and 4 round burst mode, plus it has an alternate firing mode that makes it work like a sniper.

The Exotic perk is called Hunter’s Trace.

Hunter’s Trace – This weapon fires special shield-piercing ammunition. Precision hits grant targeting data. [Alternate Weapon Action] to swap to the alternate scope, loading high-damage rounds based on the amount of targeting data. Strong against [Shield-Piercing] Barrier Champions.

The weapons also has two origin traits.

Hakke Light Burst Fire: Fires a stable burst of four lightweight rounds.
Hakke Heavy Burst Fire: Fires a less stable burst of two high-damage, high-range rounds.
We also have four catalysts

Pressurized Refit: Improved stability and accuracy as the magazine gets lower.
4-Timer Refit: Rapidly landing precision hits will return two rounds to the magazine.
Frenzy Refit: Each rapid kill with this weapon progressively increases reload speed for a short time.
Outlaw Refit: Precision kills greatly decrease reload time.

Hands down, one of the best weapons in the game right now. Hats off to Merc and the team for a great gun.

Austringer (Hand Cannon)

If you are looking for a decent hand cannon for PVP then Austringer is a good bet especially given you can craft it. Eyasluna and Rose are decent alternatives, but personally I like Austringer, it’s a great feeling weapon. Austringer is Legendary Kinetic Hand Cannon with an Adaptive Frame meaning it’s a well-rounded grip, reliable and sturdy.

To get Austringer in Season of the Haunted you’ll want to open up Opulent Chests on the Derelict Leviathan. These Opulent Chests are located around the Leviathan, however, you can’t open them without an Opulent Key. You get Opulent Keys by opening loot chests on the Derelict Leviathan, and also you can get these at the end of the Nightmare Containment activity.

Once again it’s a craftable weapon, so make sure to get those red borders before Lightfall and before the Crown of Sorrow leaves the HELM.

Fire and Forget (Linear Fusion Rifle)

This is a fairly unqiue weapon, it’s a 3 round burst Linear Fusion Rifle, good in PVP and PVE. Fire and Forget is a Legendary Power Linear Fusion Rifle with an Aggressive Frame meaning this fires a three-round burst. This is only the second aggressive frame Linear Fusion, since we got Stormchaser in the Duality Dungeon back in Season of the Haunted. Fire and Forget is going to become a go to weapon for Guardians who like to build with Stasis weapons, given the relativelty uniqueness of the gun, plus it’s stasis damage output. For PVE Arrowhead Brake, Accelerated Coils, Field Prep, Chill Clip or Focused Fury.

To get Fire and Forget you’ll need to complete the seasonal activity called Heist Battlegrounds, which can be found in the H.E.L.M. You have the chance for Fire and Forget to drop for you at the end in the chest. Also in the H.E.L.M. you’ll find our Seasonal Vendor Clovis Bray, and you’ll be able to purchase a version of Fire and Forget. Get 5 red bordered versions of Fire and Forget and you’ll be able to craft this weapon at the Enclave on Savathun’s Throne World via the Director.

Trinity Ghoul (Exotic Bow)

Trinity Ghoul is an Exotic Energy Combat Bow

  • Split Electron – Fires an arrow that splits when released. Aiming down sights and fully drawing the bow both decrease the spread.
  • Lightning Rod – Precision kills grant the next shot chain-lightning capabilities.

This is also one of the most popular weapons in PVE at the moment, given bows are extra strong in Season of the Lost, due to the Overload Bow mod on the seasonal artifact. Bows are also getting a buff soon in the sandbox update coming in December, so it’s worth getting hold of a good exotic bow, whether it’s this one, Le Monarque or Ticcu’s Divination.

Other notable weapons include Drang, a great sidearm to take into PVP. Disparity is a great Pulse Rifle that’s decent in PVP and PVE, although I didn’t include it in the main list because I included Revision Zero, which is overall better. Wilderflight is a great energy Grenade Launcher, and unqiue given it fires two void rounds, great for Void builds. Plus we have Exhaulted Truth, another energy void weapon, this time a hand cannon.

Let me know in the comments what weapons you’re looking to take into Lightfall, and let me know what I have missed.

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