Rocket launchers were once the go-to power weapon in Destiny 2. Nothing could match the massive AOE, high velocity, unique shell types, and overall accuracy of these explosive weapons. At least, not until 2020 — last year, they were nerfed to the nth degree and left to be just as useful as a Nerf Mega Missile.

Thankfully, Season of the Chosen has brought a much-needed buff. It’s elevated some fan favorites out of your Vault and added a handful of excellent new rocket launchers to the mix.

Let’s try our best to avoid hitting our Fireteam point-blank and find out which rocket launchers are best in Destiny 2.

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10 Best Destiny 2 Rocket Launchers

There are still much better power weapons out there for the Crucible, and it’s likely going to take a few more tweaks to make them truly useful. Thanks to the Beyond Light Expansion and Season of the Chosen, a handful of new and returning options are still worth slotting. Here are the ten best rocket launchers in Destiny 2.

1. Code Duello

The Destiny 2 best rocket launcher overall

Code Duello
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Why is it one of the best? With a High Impact Frame, this rocket launcher is slow-moving with high damage output. The blast radius is absolutely massive and only amplified by either rolling Cluster Bomb or Chain Reaction in your 4th perk slot. Try to get Amplifier in your third slot, and this rocket launcher will quickly and efficiently clear out minor and powerful enemies in a single blast.

Code Duello is our pick for the best rocket launcher in Destiny 2 because it plays like a classic rocket launcher and backs it up with a massive amount of power. Rolling this a handful of times this season truly signaled that rocket launchers are back. 

What’s it good for? PvE and Gambit, due to the incredible AOE perks. 

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop from playing Battlegrounds or by decoding Umbral Engrams.

2. Eyes of Tomorrow

The Destiny 2 best Exotic rocket launcher

Eyes of Tomorrow
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Why is it one of the best? It seems like a miracle when Bungie introduces a rocket launcher that allows you to shoot more than one rocket. Eyes of Tomorrow does that and more. This Exotic weapon also includes Eyes on All and Adaptive Ordinance perks, meaning that you can target and track multiple enemies, potentially stacking damage on your next volley by killing four or more.

This rocket launcher is built to clear out enemies and make sizable dents in bosses. It isn’t easy to get, but more than worth it once you do.

What’s it good for? PvE, Gambit, and Crucible thanks to the unique enemy tracking perk.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop in the Taniks, the Abomination encounter in the Deep Stone Crypt Raid.

3. Two-Tailed Fox

The Destiny 2 best rocket launcher for PvE

Two-Tailed Fox
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Why is it one of the best? Two-Tailed Fox features one of the most unique and useful perks of any weapon in Destiny 2. You fire two rockets simultaneously — one is a Void shell, the other Solar, and they both lock onto the same target.

Void suppresses and Solar causes damage over time, making this an excellent option against bosses and other Guardians. It’s a high-damage dealing and well-rounded option that has remained consistently useful for the last few years.

What’s it good for? PvE, Gambit, and Crucible thanks to the unique elemental damage buffs.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random Exotic Engram drop or by purchasing from Xur when available.

4. Bad Omens

The Destiny 2 best Legendary rocket launcher

Bad Omens
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Why is it one of the best? Bad Omens is a high-velocity weapon with an Aggressive Frame to boot. It’s another option that feels like a classic rocket launcher and rolls with some excellent perks. Shoot to get Impact Casing, Tracking Module, and Cluster Bombs to extend this weapon’s AOE and accuracy. You’ll eviscerate your enemies and have another rocket in the chamber to do it again in the blink of an eye.

What’s it good for? PvE, Gambit, and Crucible with the perk roll mentioned above. 

How do I get it? Complete Gambit matches or turn in rank-up material to the Drifter.

5. Sleepless

The Destiny 2 best Legendary rocket launcher for PvE

Sleepless
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Why is it one of the best? Season of the Chosen has brought Sleepless back with a tantalizing assortment of new perks. On its own, it’s an accurate, powerful, and wide-reaching rocket launcher. Throw in the option to roll for Unrelenting, Chain Reaction, Demolitionist, Wellspring, or Vorpal Weapon, and suddenly this can be whatever you need it to be. High damage and personalized to you, what more could you want?

What’s it good for? PvE, Gambit, and Crucible depending on your perk roll.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop by completing events in the Dreaming City.

6. Tomorrow’s Answer

The Destiny 2 best rocket launcher for PvP

Tomorrow's Answer
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Why is it one of the best? It only makes sense that a Trials rocket launcher would be the best PvP option. Like many others on this list, Cluster Bombs is a useful perk here, but the option to roll Lasting Impression with Tracking Module or Autoloading Holster sets it over the edge for PvP. 

It’s one of the rare options that embrace speed and accuracy over anything else, and it pays out in spades in any competitive mode. You just have to continuously bang your head against the wall in Trials to have the chance at getting one. 

What’s it good for? PvP and Gambit due to the accuracy benefits.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop by participating in Trials of Osiris.

7. Subzero Salvo

The Destiny 2 best rocket launcher to reroll

Subzero Salvo
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Why is it one of the best? Sometimes the best weapon is one that you can easily keep acquiring to get precisely what you want. Subzero Salvo is one of those times and features an accurate frame with decent stats and a robust perk pool to work from. Luckily, it serves as one of the few times where you can easily farm a weapon to get what you want. Shoot for Ambitious Assassin and Chain reaction to start and fine-tune from there.

What’s it good for? PvE and Gambit for crowd control.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop on Europa or by completing weapon bounties for Variks.

8. The Wardcliff Coil

The Destiny 2 best Exotic rocket launcher for PvP

The Wardcliff Coil
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Why is it one of the best? Wardcliff Coil is like the distant cousin of the Colony grenade launcher. It circumvents tradition by firing a swarm of smaller projectiles at your targets. Masterwork the weapon, and you’ll have no problem tracking enemies down. And if you’re lucky enough to run over some heavy ammo, you can automatically reload and keep on firing.

What’s it good for? PvP and PvE once Masterworked.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random Exotic Engram drop or by purchasing from Xur when available.

9. Heretic

The Destiny 2 best rocket launcher for DPS

Heretic
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Why is it one of the best? Heretic is all about hitting fast and hard. Roll Impulse Amplifier with Demolitionist, and you’ll be able to keep on hitting fast between your rocket launcher and grenade ability. This is crucial when taking on massive amounts of minor enemies or when working on a boss. Just know that the right perk combos are what makes this weapon great. 

What’s it good for? PvE with the right perks.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop by completing Altar of Sorrows activities on the Moon.

10. Shining Sphere

The Destiny 2 best generalist rocket launcher

Shining Sphere
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Why is it one of the best? If you’re not a fan of kickback or slow reloading and just want a balanced option, Shining Sphere is for you. The Adaptive Frame makes it perfectly reliable, easy to adjust to, and ready for the right perk combinations. Try to get Quickdraw or Snapshot Sites to make this useful in Crucible and Demolitionist for PvE encounters.

What’s it good for? PvE and Crucible as long as you have a powerful Kinetic or Energy weapon to complement this more stable Power option.

How do I get it? Acquire it as a random drop from completing Iron Banner rounds.

Best Mods for Rocket Launchers in Destiny 2

When it comes to rocket launchers, your mod choice will often depend on the perks you roll. Generally, you want to elevate the amount or area of damage your dealing. It’s that simple. Here are the mods you should look out for:

  • Dragonfly Spec: Dragonfly damage and radius increased.
  • Rampage Spec: Increase time allotted for Rampage.
  • Major Spec: Increased damage against powerful enemies.
  • Boss Spec: Increased damage against bosses and vehicles.

Wherefore Art Thou, Gjallarhorn?

The latest update to Destiny 2 still hasn’t brought us back to the good ol’ days of wrecking shop with the Gjallarhorn, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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