I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the best fusion rifles in Destiny 2. On the one hand, they’re incredibly powerful short-to-mid range, single-shot weapons. On the other, they’re often slower and less accurate than alternative weapons such as shotguns and hand cannons

That said, Season of the Chosen has given these energy weapons a much-needed buff, meaning that it may be time to dust off your hip firing skills and give them another go. Not sure which fusion rifle you should be using? Read on, and we’ll help you out!

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6 Best Destiny 2 Fusion Rifles

Fusion rifles have stabilized a bit thanks to a few buffs this last season. They now retain more damage at further distances, and the overall kick from firing has been decreased. That didn’t mix up the fusion rifle rankings too much, so you can expect the following list to remain stable no matter what changes they make.

1. Telesto

The Destiny 2 best fusion rifle

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Why is it one of the best? Telesto has been a long-standing favorite among fusion rifle mains. This Exotic weapon is incredibly powerful at short range, has almost no kickback, and can basically be used as a semi-automatic energy weapon. On top of that, it also fires projectiles that act like sticky grenades, meaning that you can unleash initial DPS and a secondary Void explosion.

Land a few kills against Guardians or minor enemies, and your primary and secondary weapon clips will automatically reload. Basically, the more you use Telesto, the more ammo you have at the ready, and the more you can keep using it. It’s a vicious cycle that represents how useful fusion rifles can be with the right innate perks.

What’s it good for? Use it in PvE, PvP, and Gambit due to the rapid-fire rate and delayed explosive damage. 

How do I get it? Acquire it from Exotic engrams or purchase it from Xur when available.

2. Bastion

The Destiny 2 best PvP fusion rifle

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Why is it one of the best? It may seem a bit strange to sacrifice your Exotic slot for a fusion rifle, but the range and quick-fire action make it well worth it. Unlike most fusion rifles, it doesn’t see any damage fall-off for mid-level distances, typically achieving max damage at twenty feet. This is incredibly beneficial due to the Breakthrough perk, which allows you to bypass elemental shields.

The main drawback with this weapon is that besides the impact, all other base stats are sub-par. Meaning that while you can fire from a distance, you may have a hard time actually hitting anything. It’s still worth running if you tend to play up close, and the three-shot firing makes it perfect against groups of Minor enemies. Just be prepared to miss a fair amount in the process. 

What’s it good for? It’s best in PvP and Gambit due to the range and rapid-fire damage.

How do I get it? Acquire it from Exotic engrams or purchase it from Xur when available.

3. Trinary System

The Destiny 2 best Legendary fusion rifle

Trinary System
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Why is it one of the best? Gambit-specific weapons have been a boon during Season of the Chosen. While you’re likely focused on landing a God-roll Bottom Dollar hand cannon, don’t skimp out on doing the same with Trinary System. This Adaptive Frame fusion rifle defies the traditionally mediocre nature of this archetype due to the slightly higher impact and magazine size.

However, what really sets it apart is the ridiculous number of perks that you can roll. No joke, you literally have the possibility of rolling all of the best fusion rifle perks in Destiny 2. For PvE, you’ll want to try and land High-Impact Reserves, Disruption Break, or One For All alongside Feeding Frenzy. For Crucible, opt for Killing Wind and Tap the Trigger to improve accuracy and speed. 

What’s it good for? Try it out in PvE, PvP, and Gambit if you want to run with a well-balanced Adaptive Frame

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop from playing Gambit matches.

4. Merciless

The Destiny 2 best Exotic fusion rifle

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Why is it one of the best? One of the biggest problems with most fusion rifles is that you’re working with a single shot. Miss it, and you’re done, especially when playing PvP. Merciless gets around that with the Conserve Momentum perk, which builds up charging speed on any non-lethal shot. This effect compounds until you finally get a killing blow of any kind.

What’s even better is that you can then compound your damage after a kill by reloading. This can give you a small window to take out multiple enemies and continuously maintain your recharge and damage-boosting cycle. The only drawback is that this is an older Exotic, meaning that the Catalyst and additional perks are pretty basic, but it’s still worth running if you have difficulty landing blows.

What’s it good for? Use it in PvE and PvP if you have difficulty landing killing blows. 

How do I get it? Acquire it from Exotic engrams or purchase it from Xur when available.

5. Hollow Words

The Destiny 2 best PvE fusion rifle

Hollow Words
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Why is it one of the best? Hollow Word’s Precision Frame makes it less like a scatter-based shotgun variant and more like a pulse rifle with a wider hitbox. The low base stats are only compensated by the high impact, range, and limited recoil. With the right perks, it can quickly become your favorite mid-to-long range weapon for chipping away at enemy health.

Try to land Killing Wind with either Vorpal Weapon, Unrelenting, or Disruption Break to help either keep you alive longer or improve damage output. The perk pool is already well-curated, meaning your chances of getting the following combos is relatively high. 

What’s it good for? Use it in PvE, PvP, and Gambit for longer-range play.

How do I get it? Acquire it from random Legendary Engram drops.

6. Glacioclasm

The Destiny 2 best long-range fusion rifle

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Why is it one of the best? If you like taking down enemies from a distance, the Glacioclasm is the best of the best fusion rifles in Destiny 2. The High-Impact Frame means it’s slow-firing but deals out high-damage, and this weapon has the added benefit of being more accurate when aiming down sites. 

Roll this with High Impact Reserves and Ambitious Assassin to push your damage output even further or Killing Wind and Unrelenting to build up health regeneration and accuracy. It’s simply not as effective up close, but if you can engage from further away than your typical shotgun or fusion rifle, you’ll typically win out.

What’s it good for? It’s best for PvP and PvE due to the ridiculously long-range.

How do I get it? Glacioclasm is only available during Season of the Dawning and will likely come back in late November or early December.

Hold On, I’m Charging

The best fusion rifles in Destiny 2 are still a bit lacking when it comes to energy weapon options, but there’s hope that we’ll see some more upgrades in upcoming seasons. If someone on your Fireteam has been aching to unleash fusion rifle charges on their enemies, be sure to share this article with them on your favorite social channels. To stay up-to-date on the latest from Destiny 2, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

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