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10 Best Legendary Weapons in Destiny 2 Ranked Worst to Best

Having a good supply of Legendary weapons is essential in Destiny 2. It’d be a dream come true if we could just use our favorite Exotics in every slot, but that would probably be a bit too fun (if we’re being completely honest).

In this guide, we’ll discuss the best Legendary weapons in Destiny 2, as well as provide some information for each one. We’ll go over the god rolls for each weapon, talk about some of their uses, and how they can be acquired. We hope this helps you in your journey!

What Makes a Legendary Weapon Good?

Before we jump straight into the list, I do want to discuss how you can go about determining if a Legendary weapon is any good. Legendary weapons don’t have to be flashy, they just need to be efficient. It’s great if they have specific uses they can excel at (such as long range or DPS), and even better if they can receive mods (specifically Champion mods).

I recommend trying out every Legendary you come across just to see how it feels, even if you don’t plan on using it much. Sometimes a weapon won’t seem very good, but feels a lot better once it’s actually in your hands.

Now, on to the list!

The 10 Best Legendary Weapons in Destiny 2

Starting with #10, let’s work our way down to the best of the best Legendary weapons in Destiny 2.


Seventh Seraph Carbine

SS Carbine
Image: Bungie

Obtain From: Gunsmith 

Seventh Seraph Carbine really surprised me this season. I wouldn’t have recommended it highly in the past, but with how good Warmind Cell mods are right now, I can’t pass it up anymore. Since anti-barrier mods have made auto rifles especially good this season, this gun is a perfect match for people hoping to use Warmind Cells in weekly Nightfall strikes. All around, it’s a perfectly fine weapon, but the additional bonuses it gets this season make it just good enough to make this list.

Seventh Seraph Carbine God Roll:

  • Corkscrew Rifling or Chambered Compensator
  • Ricochet Rounds or High-Caliber Rounds
  • Fourth Time’s the Charm
  • Rampage or Vorpal Weapon


The Palindrome

The Palindrome
Image: Bungie

Obtain From: Nightfall Strikes

The Palindrome is a personal favorite of mine, and for many reasons. For one, I really just love hand cannons (even if they are slightly underpowered at the moment). But more than that, having a solid Void primary weapon has been a blessing this season. Several of the Nightfall strikes require Void damage, and since hand cannons have an overload mod right now, it’s the best time to be a Palindrome fan. This gun is excellent and feels great to use, especially if you get a good roll on it. The only downside is that you can’t obtain it at the moment since it was a Nightfall reward from last season, but it’s going to be available again toward the end of the current season.

The Palindrome God Roll:

  • Hammer Forged Rifling or Corkscrew Rifling
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Outlaw
  • Rampage



Image: Bungie via HGG

Obtain From: Gunsmith or Legendary Engram

Ever since I learned of the power of blinding grenades, Truthteller has become one of my favorite weapons. In super late-game content like Grandmaster Nightfall strikes, blinding grenades are one of your most useful assets — that alongside the other excellent perks (especially Disruption Break) makes Truthteller stand out amongst the other grenade launchers in this regard. It being an energy weapon that can receive a Champion mod this season also puts it in contention to be one of the best overall weapons you can use in late-game content.

Truthteller God Roll:

  • Quick Launch
  • Blinding Grenades
  • Auto-Loading Holster
  • Disruption Break


Falling Guillotine

Image: Bungie via HGG

Obtain From: Legendary Engram

Falling Guillotine has been a fan favorite ever since its introduction, and it’s not hard to see why. Even when swords were at their peak and Lament was running wild, Guillotine still had a solid place in the meta. And while the recent sword nerfs have lowered its usage, it still remains one of the best Legendary heavy weapons Destiny 2 has to offer. Falling Guillotine excels at lower to mid-range content, and in the right situations can be a monster even in the late-game stuff. Honestly, I’d recommend keeping a Guillotine on you even when you aren’t planning on needing one. You never know when a sword might come in handy, and this is one of the most reliable.

Falling Guillotine God Roll:

  • Jagged Edge or Hungry Edge
  • Balanced Guard
  • Relentless Strikes
  • Whirlwind Blade



Image: Bungie via HGG

Obtain From: Deep Stone Crypt Raid

Succession is my pick for strongest sniper rifle and best Legendary special weapon in Destiny 2 right now, and it’s all because of one specific perk: Reconstruction. Every weapon that can have this perk is excellent, but it’s at its best on Succession. Even when paired against the Exotic snipers, I’d still rather have a Succession at my side. It does great boss damage, and is a great help in Nightfall strikes when trying to kill the overly-tanky Champions. If you really want, you can even find perks that make it useful for ad-clear as well. It’s absolutely worth slogging through the Atraks-1 fight in the Deep Stone Crypt raid for one of these.

Succession God Roll:

  • Fluted Barrel or Arrowhead Break
  • Tactical Mag
  • Reconstruction
  • Vorpal Weapon


Crown Splitter

Crown Splitter
Image: Bungie

Obtain From: Seasonal Engrams (Titan)

Falling Guillotine might be the must-have Legendary sword right now, but that’s only because this weapon is locked to Titans exclusively. Crown Splitter has quickly proven itself as an elite weapon due to its insane DPS and its fun appearance. Crown Splitter is the most explosive sword in the game right now, and I’ve even been seeing tons of people using it in late-game content as well. You know a weapon is good (maybe even too good) when some people are using it over Anarchy. In late-game content, Anarchy is by far the commonly used weapon in the game, but Crown Splitter is doing everything it can to contest that.

Crown Splitter God Roll:

  • Jagged Edge
  • Heavy Guard
  • Relentless Strikes
  • Vorpal Weapon


Ignition Code

Ignition Code
Image: Bungie via HGG

Obtain From: Seasonal Engram

Ignition Code is a powerful grenade launcher in and of itself, but it’s also one of the best Legendary Kinetic weapons in Destiny 2 overall. Having a Kinetic grenade launcher that’s this good is a rarity, but it’s made even better by this season’s artifact mods. Breach and Clear has completely taken over the meta this season, and Ignition Code fits perfectly into what it wants to do. It’s good for ad-clear since it’s a grenade launcher (that’s just what they do), but it also gets to help massively with boss DPS. Shoot a boss with it once to activate Breach and Clear (and also do a lot of damage thanks to Vorpal Weapon), then you’re free to use your other weapons however you want. This weapon is a serious advantage to have in any situation.

Ignition Code God Roll:

  • Hard Launch or Quick Launch
  • Blinding Grenades or Spike Grenades
  • Slideshot or Ambitious Assassin
  • Vorpal Weapon


Salvager’s Salvo

Salvager's Salvo
Image: Bungie via HGG

Obtain From: Banshee-44’s Quest

Salvager’s Salvo does everything Ignition Code does, but with more flair. Right now, I’d say it’s on par with Trinity Ghoul in terms of ad-clear, but its status as a Legendary makes it far more valuable. Its curated roll is effectively perfect for what its used for, and its boss DPS is nothing to laugh at as long as you’re using it in lower-tier content. Salvo’s only downside is that it’s an Energy weapon, but it still beats out a large majority of the other Energy weapons in the game. If you’re looking for ad-clear, this is the pinnacle of the group. And to top it off, you don’t even have to do anything difficult to acquire one.

Salvager’s Salvo God Roll:

  • Quick Launch
  • Spike Grenades
  • Ambitious Assassin or Demolitionist
  • Vorpal Weapon or Chain Reaction



Image: Bungie via HGG

Obtain From: Vault of Glass Raid

The reason I love Fatebringer so much is mostly because of how good its rolls are. Explosive Payload is one of the best perks available right now, allowing even hand cannons to do serious damage at very long ranges. And its final perks don’t lack either, as Firefly is amazing for ad-clear and Frenzy is great in late-game content where you’re desperate for extra damage. Fatebringer is one of the only hand cannons I feel comfortable bringing into Grandmaster strikes, and I’m more than excited to use it through most of the master difficulty Vault of Glass raid. It’s one of the best all-round weapons you can have right now, you just have to get lucky to get a good roll in VoG.

Fatebringer God Roll:

  • Corkscrew Rifling or Full Bore
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Explosive Payload
  • Firefly or Frenzy



Image: Bungie via HGG

Obtain From: World Engram or Gunsmith

The IKELOS SMG isn’t a super flashy weapon, but it’s so consistently great that I had to mark it as the best Legendary primary in Destiny 2. The major appeal here is that it’s capable of spawning Warmind Cells, and is by far the best weapon that can do so. This thing tears through weak enemies like they’re nothing, and is easily capable of taking on tougher enemies too. Even if you’re not in the market for Warmind Cells, this is still an excellent weapon. It’s easy to acquire, has excellent perk options, and its damage output is exactly what you want it to be. All in all, it’s one of the best Legendary weapons in Destiny 2

IKELOS_SMG_v1.0.2 God Roll:

  • Corkscrew Rifling or Smallbore
  • Seraph Rounds
  • Threat Detector or Subsistence
  • Surrounded or Vorpal Weapon

Become a High Grounder

There are tons of Legendary weapons to choose from this season, meaning this list of best Legendaries in Destiny 2 is only scratching the surface. I hope you’ve got a good idea of what weapons you might want to look into, but ultimately the decision is up to you. Get out there, farm engrams and activities for hours on end, and don’t forget to subscribe to our email list for more content like this.

Happy gaming!

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