We’re now three weeks into the revamped version of Trials of Osiris, and it only continues to improve. Bungie keeps making tweaks to matchmaking, we had our first shot at a unique variant in Trials Lands, and now we’ll be taking a week off to make way for Iron Banner (yawn). Fortunately, this extra week between Trials outings is the perfect time to start crafting the perfect armor and weapon builds. Here are the best weapons and loadouts to use in Trials of Osiris.
15 Best Weapons for Trials of Osiris
As opposed to Crucible, Trials of Osiris truly allows you to lean into your strengths as a player. That means while there may be some obvious go-to weapons out there, you’re actually better off using combinations that you’re skilled with. Due to the unique nature of Trials weapons, this list won’t be ranked from worst to best or in any particular order, and instead features fifteen options that cover virtually all weapon types.
As a general recommendation, try to have a combination of weapons that lets you switch between short- and long-range, while also providing you with precision and semi-rapid fire options. This will ensure that you can play from any distance and be able to adjust to enemy player techniques without having to jump into your menus mid-match.
Type: Legendary Pulse Rifle
Virtually all of the Trials weapons are good options. However, The Messenger stands above the rest due to how effective of a Pulse Rifle it is and the versatile Perks you can roll. It has surprisingly well-rounded stats with especially killer range and stability, which makes up for the so-so impact damage. Overall, The Messenger serves as a fast and accurate mid-to-long range weapon that can quickly take down enemies who poke out their heads.
If you can, you want to roll options with a Chambered Compensator on the Barrel and Ricochet Rounds to start. This will further increase the general stability while increasing your range. For your Perks, you want to aim for Killing Wind, Desperado, and/or Kill Clip. These options will once again improve your stability while potentially increasing your rate of fire.
Type: Exotic Fusion Rifle
The Vex Mythoclast received a buff near the start of Season of the Lost and wow, is it busted. Not unfairly by any means, but enough so that it’s become a fan favorite in Crucible and Trials. This is mainly due to the alternate firing mode and how you can turn the typically mid-range Fusion Rifle into a deadly Linear Fusion Rifle with just a few stacks of Overcharge.
In short, speed is no longer an issue with this weapon. The charge rate has been ramped up, and if you have the Catalyst, it’s all too easy to ramp up power to land a heavy shot. Look to run this with Elemental Wells, Quick Charge, or the Particle Accelerator Mod to truly push this iconic weapon to the next level.
Type: Legendary Sniper Rifle
Running with a Sniper Rifle in PvP takes a certain type of player — one who is willing to get to know the map and capable of standing their ground. They’ll also want to be sure they’re running with Adored if they decide to play as a Sniper.
This is mainly due to the option to switch out Perks in the final two spots. We recommend going with Killing Wind and Vorpal Weapon to start, but switching to Triple Tap if you’re concerned about ammo conservation is also viable. Just know that you’ll have to run through a mission in the Quest Archive to unlock it if you don’t have it already.
Felwinter’s Lie has been a long-standing PvP favorite almost as long as it’s been around. While Shotguns like First In, Last Out, Fractethyst, and Astral Horizon (among many others) are also viable, there’s just something about Felwinter that seems to click. It may have something to do with how consistent it always is even after every single nerf.
Rolling with Slideshot and Opening Shot are your best bets to make quick work of enemies on the go. Running anything else that helps with Shotgun dexterity and reload speed is also a good call to make sure you’re moving and firing as fast as possible.
Ace of Spades
Exotic Hand Cannon
Hand Cannons have been great in PvP for a while now. As long as you’re running one with rapid firing speed or a stupid amount of impact, you’ll honestly do just fine. However, if you have to build around one, the Ace of Spades is your best option.
This is a Hand Cannon built for longer range and backed up by stellar stats all across the board. Then there’s the Memento Mori Intrinsic Trait, which rewards you for landing precision kills with an extended clip and bullets that grant additional damage. This makes it perfect when fighting against groups and can lead to some game-changing results with that damage boost.
Legendary Grenade Launcher
The introduction of Salvager’s Salvo seemed to shift the opinion surrounding Grenade Launchers. It provides far more accuracy thanks to the delayed timing option, can successfully knock out enemy shield or health in one go, and doesn’t require Heavy ammo to do it.
However, just like Sniper Rifle players, you need to be ready to play a certain way with this launcher. It’s best used for drawing enemies out or laying down splash damage when they’re cornered. You’ll basically be taking the lead or the rear in all situations to provide a level of cover with one or two shots. Try to equip Mods that help with Grenade Launcher reload speeds here to help eliminate the lengthy animation.
Legendary Scout Rifle
It’s best to be quick on the trigger with every weapon in Trials, and Trustee truly takes that to heart. The Rapid Fire Frame combined with balanced stats makes this a must-have if you like to play mid- to long-range. Find that sweet spot and hit the trigger as fast as possible to lay out fire at a rate similar to a Pulse Rifle.
If you happen to roll Killing Wind and High-Impact Reserves, all the better. These will encourage you to work all the way through your clip to activate the buffs and you should have no problem taking out enemies with a few shots.
Playing on the Heavy ammo spawn can be a great way to lure in opponents or give yourself a Power weapon advantage. If you happen to grab the ammo first, one of your best weapon options is Temptation’s Hook. With it, you can release a few quick minor slashes to cut down enemies or go with a heavy ranged attack that unleashes a Void-tinged projectile.
Make sure you have Whirlwind Blade or Tireless Blade on your roll to either increase damage output or reclaim ammo after successful kills. If you can, try to avoid guarding and get in close with multiple enemies to improve your chances of success. It’s risky, but Temptation’s Hook gives you slightly more room to make mistakes.
Type: Exotic Bow
I’m a major fan of using Bows in PvP. With the right Mods, they can easily become faster, more powerful, and wildly accurate substitutes for Scout Rifles, Pulse Rifles, and even Sniper Rifles. Of course, the best of the bunch is Trinity Ghoul if you’ve unlocked the Catalyst.
Additionally, you’ll need to run some sort of Arc subclass, which can be detrimental in some cases, but well worth the negatives if you land a single kill. This will activate Lightning Rod, allowing you to chain lightning against the enemy team and bottleneck anyone playing close together.
Type: Exotic Auto Rifle
Suros Regime is simply one of those weapons that are incredibly fun to play with. It also seems to be a renewed favorite for many Trials players who have found running or defending while activating the Spinning Up Perk to be a viable strategy once again. This will increase your rate of fire as you empty your clip which can be used in tandem with the Dual Speed Receiver option.
While this will slow your rate of fire, it increases damage and as long as you continue to hit the back half of your clip, you’ll do almost double the damage output. Try to play mid- to close-range, and equip a reload speed and clip size Mod to ensure you basically never run out of ammo.
Type: Legendary Sidearm
This is Destiny 2’s first non-Exotic Stasis Sidearm, and it rules. For one, it has an incredibly fast firing rate thanks to it being a three-round burst option. It becomes especially useful if you’re running a Stasis Subclass along with an Armor Mod that drops Stasis Elemental Orbs.
Additionally, if you roll an option with Headstone, you can spawn a Stasis crystal after landing a precision kill that you can then shatter. With the right Stasis Aspect equipped, you can extend the range of this AOE attack, making this perfect when facing down a full team.
Type: Exotic Trace Rifle
Trace Rifles are an underappreciated weapon in Destiny 2. There aren’t that many of them, but the majority of your options are incredibly deadly and typically come with some excellent Perks. That’s especially true of the latest Exotic Trace Rifle, Ager’s Scepter.
Sitting in your primary slot, this weapon is great for ammo conservation and even pulls in ammo from your reserves when landing Stasis final blows. If you can eliminate a single enemy with it, you’ll engage a freezing effect that can help you shatter any remaining team members. Additionally, if you have the Catalyst equipped you can leverage your Super energy for a more powerful version of the Stasis beam.
Keep in mind, this isn’t really a go-to weapon type for PvP. However, it may be worth building a Stasis loadout around if you’ve become comfortable running it.
Type: Legendary Rocket Launcher
Bad Omens has excellent perk options and operates as an incredibly fast explosive weapon. If you can roll with Tracking Module or Cluster Bombs, you’ll increase your chances of doing damage and potentially keep your clip loaded.
Just know that Rocket Launchers are a bit middling in competitive PvP and really depends on the map. If you’re playing in an arena with open hallways and large combat rooms, it can be incredibly effective. Otherwise, you’re better off running with a Sword.
Seventh Seraph SAW
Type: Legendary Machine Gun
Typically, I’d recommend Seventh Seraph for PvE, but it’s actually pretty useful in Trials. This is due to how accurate it can be at a longer range and how useful it can be if you establish a build around spawning Warmind Cells. If you have a roll that includes Auto-Loading Holster and Elemental Capacitor, you increase your chances of doing damage without having to rush to use up your clip.
Again, like the Rocket Launcher, I’d highly recommend running with a Sword. However, if you’re playing defensively and especially if you’re holding a capture point, this can really help deter enemies from rushing you.
Type: Legendary SMG
I’m going to say this upfront, SMGs are not the best weapon for PvP. They’re often wildly inaccurate, lack a large enough clip size, and simply aren’t useful at longer range. However, if you absolutely want to run with one, make sure you have a mid- to long-range precision weapon and grab Shayura’s Wrath.
This Trials weapon features one of the better base stat and Perk roll options among SMGs. The aim assist puts it on par with mid-level Auto Rifles and you can even earn an Adept variant that supercharges your range. It’s your best option for PvP if you’re going to use an SMG.
Best Loadouts for Trials of Osiris
Subclass and Exotic Armor combinations have somewhat followed the same trend as weapons in this revamped version of Trials of Osiris. You aren’t popping Supers as often anymore, so what you decide to run really depends on your playstyle and what your team needs. Here’s an option for each Class worth checking out.
1. Titan Trials of Osiris Loadout — Defensive Scars
A support loadout that grants an overshield through Well of Radiance for your team when revived and damage buffs when using Ward of Dawn.
- Exotic Helmet — Precious Scars
- Weapon Type — Temptation’s Hook, Gnawing Hunger or other Void options
- Subclass — Code of the Protector (Sentinel)
- Armor Mods — Anything that spawns Elemental Wells and stacks Charged With Light
2. Hunter Trials of Osiris Loadout — Frost-EE5
Offensive Stasis build that leverages your Shatterdive, Grenades, and Frost-EE5 decreased ability cooldowns plus broken dodge ability.
- Exotic Legs — Frost-EE5
- Weapon Type — Vex Mythoclast, Ace of Spades, and/or Peacebond
- Subclass — Revenant
- Aspects — Shatterdive + Touch of Winter
- Fragments — Fissures + Shards
- Armor Mods — Anything that increases Grenade regeneration and Stasis Elemental Orb spawns
3. Warlock Trials of Osiris Loadout — The Stag
With a recent buff, this build leverages The Stag to make Rifts more prominent and deadly while encouraging defensive play with Stormcaller and the ability to spawn Arc Souls.
- Exotic Helmet — The Stag
- Weapon Type — The Messenger or No Time to Explain
- Subclass — Attunement of the Elements (Stormcaller)
- Armor Mods — Anything that increases Rift benefits (duration, ability regen, etc.)
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