Top 10 Destiny 2 Best Exotic Weapons for PvP

Best Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons for PvP
Make your Fireteam the best with these PvP Exotics.

Slay your enemies with the best Exotics guns in Destiny 2

Nothing feels as good as seeing that golden engram fall of the strike boss you just defeated. Exotic weapons are the pinnacle of the Destiny 2 experience!

Each gun has its own quirks that puts it above the legendary counterparts and shows Bungie’s creative side.

Not only are these weapons amazing, but they demolish your enemies, especially in the Crucible.

Take a look at the top 10 best Destiny 2 Exotic weapons for PvP.

10. The Colony

“We outnumber you. We will find you. You are alone, and we are colony.”

Know someone scared of spiders? Good, ruin their life with The Colony. This grenade launcher fires explosive insectoids that chase down your pray. It’s super easy to use, pretty much guaranteeing a kill per shot. Get in a gunfight and notice the enemy ran around the corner or is hiding behind cover? Pull out this bad boy and let the ‘nades do the talking.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Insectoid Robot Grenades: This weapon’s grenades are insectoid robots that chase targets and explode close to them.

Serve the Colony: Insectoid robot grenades quickly repopulate the magazine from reserves while The Colony is unequipped.

Weapon Stats

  • Blast Radius: 22                   
  • Velocity: 42
  • Stability: 91                           
  • Handling: 86
  • Reload Speed: 73                 
  • Magazine: 7-8
  • Rounds Per Minute: 140

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 13                               
  • Inventory Size: 70-100
  • Aim Assistance: 60               
  • Recoil Direction: 80

How it’s Awesome

  • Extremely easy to use and get kills.
  • Grenades can track around corners and cover.
  • Get’s 4 ammo when picking up Power Ammo brick, essentially leading to 4 kills if used correctly.

The Colony full details:

9. Le Monarque

“Wings flutter. Beauty distracts. Poison injects. The butterfly's curse extends to your enemies. A short life, shortened further by your hand." -Ada-1

If you played Destiny 1, you would’ve been around for the Thorn meta. You can think of this as a bow version of Thorn. Shooting a fully drawn arrow becomes poison, and a precision hit spreads to nearby enemies. This. Is. Deadly.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Poison Arrows: Arrows fired quickly after a full draw become poison arrows. Precision hits with poison arrows spread poison to nearby enemies.

Weapon Stats

  • Impact: 76
  • Accuracy: 85
  • Stability: 56
  • Draw Time: 760
  • Reload Speed: 46
  • Inventory Size: 65
  • Handling: 63

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 18
  • Charge Time: 60
  • Aim Assistance: 70
  • Recoil Direction: 78

How it’s Awesome

  • Le Monarque can two shot an enemy at a distance.
  • If the poison arrow doesn’t kill your opponent, it can stop their recovery for a couple moment making it easy to go in for the kill.
  • A precision shot will spread poison to the surrounding Guardians. Great for Control!

Le Monarque full details:

8. Tractor Cannon

“Property of Ishtar Collective. WARNING: Gravity propulsor beam can cause serious injury or even death.”

Ripped straight from a Sci-Fi movie, don’t let this shotgun fool you. It shoots out a void blast that pushes your enemy away from you to give you some breathing room. Not only that, it suppresses them and makes them easier to kill.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Repulsor Force: This weapon emits a powerful impulse that pushes enemies away, suppresses their abilities, and makes them more vulnerable to all incoming damage, especially Void.

The Scientific Method: Damaging an opponent temporarily increases speed and handling.

Weapon Stats

  • Impact: 65
  • Range: 28
  • Stability: 96
  • Magazine: 4-7
  • Reload Speed: 24
  • Handling: 63
  • Rounds Per Minute: 180

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 12
  • Aim Assistance: 90
  • Recoil Direction: 70

How it’s Awesome

  • Will instantly shut down an enemy super they are touched by the blast.
  • One shot kill in close range. If not, it pushes the enemy away and they could get damaged by a wall or cover.
  • How fun is it to “boop” people away, especially off a cliff for an embarrassing and hopeless death.

Tractor Cannon full details:

7. The Wardcliff Coil

“Ingenuity. Desperation. A haphazard prototype of terrible power. Such were the factors at play in the Wardcliff Incident.”

The Wardcliff Coil is like a beehive on the end of a boom stick. When you shake it up, a bunch of little “bees” come out to “sting” your “friends”. On a serious note, It takes one little rocket from this beast to obliterate your enemies. Multi-kills are its forte.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Mad Scientist: This weapon fires a volley of rockets.

Mechanized Autoloader: This weapon automatically reloads on ammo pickup..

Weapon Stats

  • Blast Radius: 62
  • Velocity: 96
  • Stability: 60
  • Magazine: 1
  • Reload Speed: 37
  • Handling: 82
  • Rounds Per Minute: 60

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 15
  • Aim Assistance: 80
  • Recoil Direction: 60

How it’s Awesome

  • Due to the volley of rockets, you can kill multiple Guardians with ease.
  • Picking up a Power Ammo brick gives you two rounds so you can wipe the enemy team twice.
  • If you’re killed while the swarm of rockets are being fired, you drop a brick of power ammo you or your allies can use to continue the killing.

The Wardcliff Coil full details:

6. Telesto

“Vestiges of the Queen's Harbingers yet linger among Saturn's moons.”

Have you ever played Halo? Have you seen the Needler? Think of the Telesto as its cousin. The Telesto fires bolts that stick on the walls. If that wasn’t good enough, multi-kills will refill your ammo to keep the party falling….er….vaporizing.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Unplanned Reprieve: Fusion projectiles attach and detonate with a delayed Void blast.

Harbinger’s Pulse: Multikills with this weapon immediately reload your equipped Kinetic and Energy weapons from reserves.

Weapon Stats

  • Charge Time: 780
  • Impact: 85
  • Range: 42
  • Stability: 81
  • Magazine: 4-7
  • Reload Speed: 82
  • Handling: 66

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 20
  • Aim Assistance: 46
  • Inventory Size: 55-95
  • Recoil Direction: 66

How it’s Awesome

  • Bolts stick to the wall and floor allowing you to set traps for your opponents.
  • Will one shot kill whoever is unfortunate enough to walk in front of you.
  • If you kill two Guardians with the Telesto, you will have your magazine refilled on both your kinetic and energy slot.

Telesto full details:

5. Graviton Lance

“Think of space-time as a tapestry on a loom. This weapon is the needle.”

Graviton Lance is unique being a 2 burst pulse rifle that FREAKING FIRES BLACK HOLES. You read that right; it fires black holes. The second shot has no drop off damage letting you pop heads from a distance.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Black Hole: Second shot of a burst rips a hole through space-time, doing high damage and recoil with no falloff.

Cosmology: Kills with this weapon cause enemy targets to detonate and spawn Void projectiles that track targets.

Weapon Stats

  • Impact: 29
  • Range: 73-91
  • Stability: 100
  • Magazine: 31
  • Reload Speed: 61
  • Handling: 54
  • Rounds Per Minute: 257

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 17
  • Aim Assistance: 60-75
  • Inventory Size: 60
  • Recoil Direction: 85

How it’s Awesome

  • Get multi-kill’s from causing your enemy to explode with a precision kill.
  • Second shot has no damage falloff making for easy long distance kills.
  • It’s 100 in stability means your shots will go exactly where you aim–no worrying about bloom.

Graviton Lance full details:

4. The Chaperone

“My mother had a shotgun we called the Chaperone. Kept us alive out there before we got to the City." -Amanda Holliday

Think of an old lady sitting in her rocking chair with a shotgun under the blanket, and that was Amanda’s mom. This was her gun. The single slug from this will murder an opposing Guardian before they could get close enough to admire the engravings.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Precision Slug: Fires a single-slug precision round.

The Roadborn: Precision kills briefly grant bonus handling, range, and precision damage with this weapon.

Weapon Stats

  • Impact: 75
  • Range: 100
  • Stability: 37
  • Magazine: 6
  • Reload Speed: 37
  • Handling: 82
  • Rounds Per Minute: 70

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 12
  • Aim Assistance: 70
  • Inventory Size: 45
  • Recoil Direction: 50

How it’s Awesome

  • Only shotgun able to one shot at mid-range.
  • Head shooting an enemy increased the range, damage, and handling making it possible to KO with even more ease.
  • Faster RPM than most shotguns, allowing for a quick rebound if you miss that first shot.

The Chaperone full details:

3. Ace of Spades

“Folding was never an option.” -Cayde-6

This beauty used to belong to everyone’s favorite Vanguard. Being his trusty weapon, you know it could do some damage. Having a range stat of 86, It’s most effective at mid to long range. When you kill your enemy, do it for Cayde!

Exotic Perk/Trait

Memento Mori: Reloading after a kill loads magazine with a few extra-damage bullets. Grants radar while aiming down sights.

Firefly: Precision kills with this weapon increase reload speed and cause the target to explode, dealing Solar damage to nearby enemies.

Weapon Stats

  • Impact: 84
  • Range: 86
  • Stability: 55
  • Magazine: 13
  • Reload Speed: 48
  • Handling: 55
  • Rounds Per Minute: 140

Hidden Stats

Zoom: 14                                     Aim Assistance: 70

Inventory Size: 56                       Recoil Direction: 100

How it’s Awesome

  • Can cause flinch at long ranges allowing you to get into killing range.
  • 13 Rounds means you will have a lot of shots before having to reload.
  • Memento Mori give you bonus damage to your bullets allowing you to have the upper hand in a gunfight.

Ace of Spades full details:

2. Jötunn

“Untamed. Destructive. As forceful and chaotic as Ymir himself." -Ada-1

Jötunn in Norse mythology could be translated as a giant, or entity contrasting with gods. Added in the Black Armory DLC, this Fusion Rifle is pretty much an energy rocket launcher. The bolt from this weapon will track your enemies and instantly turn them to dust.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Charge Shot: Hold down the trigger to charge up a tracking shot that explodes and burns on impact.

Weapon Stats

  • Charge Time: 860
  • Impact: 100
  • Range: 52
  • Stability: 31
  • Magazine: 5
  • Reload Speed: 31
  • Handling: 42

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 15
  • Aim Assistance: 67
  • Inventory Size: 26
  • Recoil Direction: 77

How it’s Awesome

  • Bolts are a one shot kill.
  • Bolts track enemy Guardians, even across the map.

Jötunn full details:

1. The Last Word

“Yours, until the last flame dies and all words have been spoken.” -Shin Malphur to you

Straight from an old western, The Last Word is meant for a quick draw. Don’t aim down your sights, fire from your hip and turn everyone in your path into swiss cheese. This gun is meant for close combat.

Exotic Perk/Trait

Fan Fire: This weapon can be fired quickly and continuously. Faster reload and increased accuracy on successive hip-fire damage.

Weapon Stats

  • Impact: 78
  • Range: 28
  • Stability: 46
  • Magazine: 8
  • Reload Speed: 82
  • Handling: 28
  • Rounds Per Minute: 225

Hidden Stats

  • Zoom: 11
  • Aim Assistance: 40
  • Inventory Size: 40
  • Recoil Direction: 100

How it’s Awesome

  • Laugh in the current meta’s face by shutting down shotgunners.
  • Extremely fast RPM leading to one of the best Time-To-Kill in the game.
  • Just plain fun to use. Let your inner cowboy out!

The Last Word full details:

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