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Destiny 2: Season of the Haunted Weapons Guide

Each season of Destiny 2 brings with it a variety of weapons. This is, of course, still the case for Season of the Haunted. Aesthetically, this is already lining up to be one of the most interesting seasons since Splicer last summer, so there’s a lot to talk about here.

In this article, we’ll take a look at many of the new weapons that are already available in Destiny 2’s Season of the Haunted, specifically looking at how good they are, their god rolls, etc.

Let’s jump right in!

Season Pass Exotic

Up first in this Season of the Haunted weapons guide is the exotic weapon that comes with the Destiny 2 Season Pass. From there, we’ll jump into the other new weapons included this season.

Trespasser

Trespasser Season of the Haunted Weapons Guide
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Trespasser is an exotic sidearm with the Unrepentant perk, which allows for more powerful burst shots that do serious damage (for a sidearm). Overall, Trespasser is one of the best sidearms in the game right now, and could easily be used in some higher-level content (other than Grandmaster Strikes) with the anti-barrier mod. If nothing else, it’s a fun weapon to use every now and then.

Perks (pre-determined):

  • Full Bore
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Be the Danger
  • Smooth Grip
  • Unrepentant (origin trait)

How to Get: Purchase the season pass or upgrade the free version.

Derelict Leviathan Weapons (Haunted Weapons)

The Derelict Leviathan is the location for this season’s seasonal activity — an open-world event similar to Escalation Protocol and Altars of Sorrow. Completing this event has a chance to reward Haunted weapons, and they can also be focused at the Helm.

Tears of Contrition

Tears of Contrition
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Tears of Contrition has a great feel while using it, and its perks aren’t half bad either. Explosive Payload is always great, as are Fourth Time’s the Charm and Vorpal Weapon. It’s a solid Scout Rifle for high-end content, even Grandmaster Strikes or Master Raids if there’s an applicable Champion mod.

Best Perks:

  • Extrovert (origin trait)
  • Explosive Payload (PVP and PVE), Fourth Time’s the Charm (PVE), Vorpal Weapon (PVE)
  • Triple Tap (PVE), No Distractions (PVP)
  • Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling, Chambered Compensator

How to Get: Complete the seasonal activity (Nightmare Containment) or focus engrams at the Crown of Sorrow at the helm.

Nezarec’s Whisper

Nezarec's Whisper
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Nezarec’s Whisper is a perfectly fine Glaive. Vorpal Weapon and Frenzy are both good, as are Impulse Amplifier and Demolitionist, but they don’t make this weapon anything special. If Glaives are your thing, then it’d be worth picking up one of these. Otherwise, it’s probably not worth all the effort.

Best Perks:

  • Extrovert (origin trait)
  • Vorpal Weapon (PVE), Frenzy (PVE)
  • Impulse Amplifier (PVE), Demolitionist (PVE)
  • Alloy Magazine, Accurized Rounds
  • Ballistic Tuning, Supercooled Accelerator

How to Get: Complete the seasonal activity (Nightmare Containment) or focus engrams at the Crown of Sorrow at the helm.

Hollow Denial

Hollow Denial Season of the Haunted Weapons
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Hollow Denial is a welcome addition to the Destiny 2 weapons collection, as it’s only the second legendary Trace Rifle in the game. This is especially great since we have so many Trace Rifle mods in the Artifact this season, particularly Overload Trace Rifle. The perks on Hollow Denial aren’t amazing for late game content, but it has some solid builds that make it usable if nothing else. For lower level content, though, Killing Tally and Dragonfly are excellent.

Best Perks:

  • Extrovert (origin trait)
  • Killing Tally (PVE), Dragonfly (PVE)
  • Adaptive Munitions (PVE), Heating Up (PVE)
  • Enhanced Battery
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling

How to Get: Complete the seasonal activity (Nightmare Containment) or focus engrams at the Crown of Sorrow at the helm.

Bump in the Night

Bump in the Night
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This rocket launcher is pretty solid, especially if crafted. The perks are exactly what you want on a Rocket Launcher — Vorpal and Tracking Module / Auto-Loading Holster is a great combo, for example. Getting one of these to hold onto would be a great idea if you’re someone that frequently does Raids and other activities that often require high DPS.

Best Perks:

  • Extrovert (origin trait)
  • Vorpal Weapon (PVE), Chain Reaction (PVE), Chill Clip (PVP)
  • Tracking Module (PVE), Auto-Loading Holster (PVE)
  • Alloy Casing, High-Velocity Rounds
  • Volatile Launch, Confined Launch

How to Get: Complete the seasonal activity (Nightmare Containment) or focus engrams at the Crown of Sorrow at the helm.

Without Remorse

Without Remorse
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Without Remorse is a pretty good shotgun, but it doesn’t seem like it will excel in PVP, and it’s mediocre in PVE. Since most Shotgun users are in PVP, I doubt we’ll see many people using this weapon at all. If shotguns get a buff in PVE, then its combination of Incandescent and Well-Rounded could make it very relevant, but that seems unlikely at the moment.

Best Perks:

  • Extrovert (origin trait)
  • Incandescent (PVE), Vorpal Weapon (PVE or PVP)
  • Well-Rounded (PVE), Hip-Fire Grip (PVP)
  • Assault Mag, Tactical Mag
  • Rifled Barrel, Smoothbore, Smallbore

How to Get: Complete the seasonal activity (Nightmare Containment) or focus engrams at the Crown of Sorrow at the helm.

Firefright

Firefright
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Firefright is a Kinetic Auto Rifle with all-round good perks, but nothing too crazy. Surrounded is great as usual, but Osmosis makes the weapon more useful in higher end content or for Solar builds. Fourth Time’s the Charm is always a pretty good perk, and there’s Threat Detector for those who might not like that one.

Best Perks:

  • Extrovert (origin trait)
  • Surrounded (PVE), Osmosis (PVE)
  • Fourth Time’s the Charm (PVE), Threat Detector (PVE)
  • Ricochet Rounds, Armor-Piercing Rounds, High-Caliber Rounds
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling

How to Get: Complete the seasonal activity (Nightmare Containment) or focus engrams at the Crown of Sorrow at the helm.

Opulent Weapons

The Opulent weapons are found on the Derelict Leviathan, located in the Opulent Chests found around the area. These are re-issued weapons that were previous in the game but got sunset at some point. They all come with a new suite of perks and a pretty solid origin trait.

Austringer

Austringer
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Austringer is already one of the best Hand Cannons in the Kinetic slot, especially for PVP. The combination of Rangefinder, Rampage, Outlaw, and Snapshot Sights provides a variety of really great PVP builds. For PVP players, this is one of the best new additions to the game.

Best Perks:

  • To Excess (origin trait)
  • Rampage (PVE or PVP), Rangefinder (PVP), Frenzy (PVE)
  • Outlaw (PVE or PVP), Snapshot Sights (PVP)
  • Ricochet Rounds, High-Caliber Rounds, Armor-Piercing Rounds
  • Corkscrew Rifling, Arrowhead Break, Extended Barrel

How to Get: Open Opulent Chests. To open an Opulent Chest, you need to have an Opulent Key. Those drop from Nightmare Containment and the hidden chests that unlock after that event. You can also focus this weapon at the Crown of Sorrow once you’ve acquired one normally.

Drang (Baroque)

Drang (Baroque)
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Drang (Baroque) is another excellent sidearm, making this a great season overall for fans of that weapon type. It has overall excellent perk selections, and I recommend looking into the full list on light.gg to see exactly what all you can do with it. This is one of the best re-issues this season.

Best Perks:

  • To Excess (origin trait)
  • Incandescent (PVE or PVP), Rampage (PVE or PVP)
  • Quickdraw (PVP), Well Rounded (PVE or PVP), Moving Target (PVP)
  • Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling, Hammer-Forged Rifling

How to Get: Open Opulent Chests. To open an Opulent Chest, you need to have an Opulent Key. Those drop from Nightmare Containment and the hidden chests that unlock after that event. You can also focus this weapon at the Crown of Sorrow once you’ve acquired one normally.

Beloved

Beloved
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Beloved is one of, if not the best Sniper Rifle in the game for PVP. It has the perfect perks for PVP, and includes more than one standard perk combination that you can choose from. For PVE, there’s no reason to use Beloved, but that’s because it’s so good in PVP. Be prepared to see this all over Trials for the foreseeable future.

Best Perks:

  • To Excess (origin trait)
  • Incandescent (PVP), Moving Target (PVP), Box Breathing (PVP)
  • Snapshot Sights (PVP), No Distractions (PVP)
  • Ricochet Rounds, High Caliber Rounds, Armor-Piercing Rounds
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling

How to Get: Open Opulent Chests. To open an Opulent Chest, you need to have an Opulent Key. Those drop from Nightmare Containment and the hidden chests that unlock after that event. You can also focus this weapon at the Crown of Sorrow once you’ve acquired one normally.

CALUS Mini-Tool

CALUS Mini-Tool
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CALUS Mini-Tool is a really solid SMG for a variety of content. Incandescent is a great perk, especially with how prevalent the Solar class is this season. In PVE, with the right perk combinations this thing can be a monster. It’s not very good in PVP, but you could use it there if you really wanted to, though.

Best Perks:

  • To Excess (origin trait)
  • Incandescent (PVP or PVE)
  • Moving Target (PVP), Threat Detector (PVE), Unrelenting (PVE)
  • Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag
  • Corkscrew Rifling, Arrowhead Break

How to Get: Open Opulent Chests. To open an Opulent Chest, you need to have an Opulent Key. Those drop from Nightmare Containment and the hidden chests that unlock after that event. You can also focus this weapon at the Crown of Sorrow once you’ve acquired one normally.

New World Drop Weapons

Along with all the new activities, new weapons have also been added to the world drop pool. The way to acquire these is essentially just to play the game. These are the kinds of weapons that drop randomly when killing enemies or after certain activities. Luck is the name of the game for getting these weapons, however Umbral Engram focusing does provide a solid route for farming in many cases.

Lunlata-4b

Lunlata-4b Season of the Haunted Weapons
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While most of its perks are nothing to get excited about, Headstone is actually really good in the right builds. Lunulata is great for stasis users who have been looking for a good bow to go with the rest of their build. Outside of the stasis build, however, you’d be better off with something like Whispering Slab.

Best Perks:

  • Veist Stinger (origin trait)
  • Headstone (PVE), Successful Warm Up (PVE)
  • Rangefinder (PVE), Ensemble (PVE)
  • Fiberglass Arrow Shaft, Compact Arrow Shaft 
  • Elastic String, Agile Bowstring

How to Get: This is a world drop weapon, so it can drop from pretty much any activity.

Enyo-D

Enyo-D
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Enyo-D is a pretty average SMG with good perks. Rampage, Multikill Clip, and Vorpal are all great in PVE, and Feeding Frenzy accompanies them well. While I wouldn’t say there’s anything special about this weapon, I would say it’s worth picking up if you’re a newer player who doesn’t have a ton of Kinetic slot SMGs with good perks.

Best Perks:

  • Hakke Breach Armaments (origin trait)
  • Rampage (PVE or PVP), Multikill Clip (PVE), Vorpal Weapon (PVE)
  • Feeding Frenzy (PVE), Well-Rounded (PVE), Tunnel Vision (PVP)
  • Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling

How to Get: This is a world drop weapon, so it can drop from pretty much any activity.

Staccato-46

Staccato-46
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Overall, Staccato-46 feels great and has excellent perks, but the star of the show here is Incandescent (for this season at least). It combines really well with Solar 3.0 and the new Artifact mods this season, so getting one of these feels like a must. Outside of its Solar uses, Explosive Payload and Triple Tap / Outlaw is already a deadly combo, so it’ll be good after this season as well.

Best Perks:

  • Suros Synergy (origin trait)
  • Incandescent (PVE or PVP), Explosive Payload (PVE or PVP), Rampage (PVP)
  • Triple Tap (PVE), Outlaw (PVE or PVP)
  • Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling, Chambered Compensator

How to Get: This is a world drop weapon, so it can drop from pretty much any activity.

Gallu RR3

Gallu RR3
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Gallu RR3 feels like a sniper thrown in for the more casual PVP players who won’t care enough to go farm Beloved. If you’re someone that doesn’t care for PVE and just want a decent sniper, this would be great. But if you play a lot of Destiny and want the best of the best, there’s no reason to farm Gallu.

Best Perks:

  • Omolon Fluid Dynamics (origin trait)
  • Snapshot Sights (PVP), Dragonfly (PVE), Focused Fury (PVE)
  • No Distractions (PVP), Overflow (PVE), Ensemble (PVE or PVP)
  • Accurized Rounds, Tactical Mag
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling, Chambered Compensator

How to Get: This is a world drop weapon, so it can drop from pretty much any activity.

Miscellaneous Weapons

This section is for other new Season of the Haunted weapons that don’t fall into any specific categories or fall into categories with only one or two new additions. I’ll specify where to find these in their individual descriptions, since they vary so greatly.

D.F.A.

D.F.A.
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D.F.A. is in a really weird place right now. Its origin trait, Stunning Recovery, causes stunning a Champion to partially refill the magazine and grants health regeneration and a short-term recovery boost, but this is irrelevant this season. Why Bungie chose to add this weapon to the Nightfall rotation during a season in which its origin trait (the cool one at least) is useless is a mystery. Looking past that, though, it does have strong competition in the Kinetic slot. I’d definitely say try this out and we’ll see how good it is when there’s a Champion mod for it to utilize.

Best Perks:

  • Stunning Recovery, Vanguard’s Vindication (origin trait)
  • Rampage (PVE or PVP), Timed Payload (PVE), Wellspring (PVE)
  • Outlaw (PVE or PVP), Triple Tap (PVE), Perpetual Motion (PVP)
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Corkscrew Rifling

How to Get: D.F.A. is one of the new Nightfall weapons this season.

Riptide

Riptide
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Riptide is one of the best new additions to the game, and not only because it’s another Kinetic slot Fusion Rifle. This weapon is a solid contender to Deliverance (the Vow of Disciple Fusion Rifle) as best Kinetic slot Fusion because it has excellent rolls. There’s a lot of build-crafting that can be done with this weapon, and it can be used for a variety of purposes from long DPS races to ad-clear.

Best Perks:

  • One Quiet Moment (origin trait)
  • Vorpal Weapon (PVE), Chill Clip (PVE or PVP), Successful Warm-Up (PVE or PVP), Frenzy (PVE)
  • Perpetual Motion (PVP), Auto-Loading Holster (PVE), Feeding Frenzy (PVE)
  • Accelerated Coils, Liquid Coils, Enhanced Battery
  • Arrowhead Break, Corkscrew Rifling

How to Get: This weapon drops from Crucible match completions.

Chain of Command

Chain of Command Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted Weapons
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Chain of Command is a very hit-or-miss weapon. While it isn’t bad, it seems much less powerful than some of the previous Ritual Weapons we’ve had recently. What makes it interesting, though, are its perks. Demolitionist and Adrenaline Junky are a really fun combo that can be highly effective for grenade builds, and Adaptive Munitions could make this a viable pick for high-end content. It’s definitely worth trying out though either way, since it’s the Ritual Weapon — you don’t have to farm for it.

Perks (pre-determined):

  • Vanguard’s Vindication, One Quiet Moment, Invader Tracker (origin trait)
  • Demolitionist, Adaptive Munitions
  • Adrenaline Junky, Osmosis
  • High-Caliber Rounds
  • Arrowhead Break

How to Get: This is this season’s Ritual Weapon. It can be unlocked as a rank-up reward from Zavala (Vanguard), Lord Shaxx (Crucible), or the Drifter (Gambit).

Strident Whistle

Strident Whistle
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Strident Whistle is going to be seeing a lot of use simply because it is one of the few non-Exotic Solar bows in the game. It also has incredible perks and is easy to get, so it’s certainly worth farming. Incandescent is great this season and Explosive Head is just good in general, so it won’t be falling off post Solar 3.0 season. Its massive perk pool allows for tons of combinations, so be sure to try out whatever appeals to you.

Best Perks:

  • Incandescent (PVE), Explosive Head (PVE)
  • Archer’s Tempo (PVE), Rangefinder (PVE or PVP), Shoot to Loot (PVE)
  • Carbon Arrow Shaft, Compact Arrow Shaft
  • Agile Bowstring, Tactile Bowstring

How to Get: This weapon drops from Vanguard playlist activity completions.

Dead Weight

Dead Weight
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Honestly this is just a really fun Rapid Fire Shotgun. Trench Barrel is always an excellent perk on shotguns, and Vorpal and Frenzy are good depending on what you want to use the weapon for. Subsistence is also great if you’re just using it to kill ads. Invader Tracker is a bit awkward here, though. Typically if you’re shooting an invader with a shotgun you’re going to get the kill before anyone else needs to track them, but it doesn’t hurt.

Best Perks:

  • Invader Tracker (origin trait)
  • Trench Barrel (PVE), Vorpal Weapon (PVE), Frenzy (PVE)
  • Subsistence (PVE), Auto-Loading Holster (PVE), Feeding Frenzy (PvE)
  • Appended Mag, Tactical Mag
  • Smoothbore, Rifled Barrel

How to Get: This weapon drops from Gambit playlist activity completions.

Join the High Ground

Thanks for reading our guide on all the new weapons introduced to Destiny 2 with Season of the Haunted! This season is shaping up to be really fun, so get out there and try out as many of these weapons as you can get your hands on! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Happy gaming!

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