Destiny 2 - Best Power Weapons for PvP and PvE

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Power weapons do the most damage of any weapon in Destiny 2, but are tempered by having limited ammo. Oftentimes, the type of Power weapons you equip will entirely shape your playstyle. Snipers can be good for putting high damage on single targets, rocket launchers can clear out huge groups, and swords demand a more aggressive, in your face style to really pay off.

Much like Energy weapons, Power weapons can be easily brought to the max Light level as they take Arc, Solar and Void mods. Let’s look at some of my go to choices when something absolutely, positively has to die.

Curtain Call

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Why It’s Good

Curtain Call is a Legendary Rocket Launcher. It comes with Aggressive Frame, which grants high damage but high recoil. As the weapon is shoot and reload, the recoil isn’t really a factor. It also comes with the Volatile Launch perk which increases its blast radius at the cost of handling speed and projectile speed. I like running this perk, as you want all the damage you can get and it is a good tactic to aim this weapon at the feet of targets so they can’t dodge it as easily. The real strength of the Curtain Call is the Cluster Bomb perk. Upon detonation the rockets form cluster bombs which will explode in a circle around the target. This Rocket Launcher is a monster and well worth picking up.

How to Get It

The Curtain Call can be gotten from Vanguard packages from Zavala. Grind some Strikes to collect tokens then hand them in at the Tower.

Merciless

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Why It’s Good

Fusion Rifles are quite strong in Destiny 2 right now, and few match the Merciless for its ability to shred a yellow health bar. This Exotic Fusion Rifle grants faster charge times after non- lethal hits, allowing you to dump huge damage at good speeds into strong enemies. It has manageable recoil even when ammo dumping, and you can choose between a bigger magazine or a damage boost if you reload after a kill. It’s also quite lethal in PvP as Fusion Rifles are probably a little bit too good out to medium range right now.

How to Get It

Much of player base is likely to have this one already as it was the first Power weapon that Xur brought. I don’t think anyone wanted to repeat what happened with Gjallarhorn in Destiny 1. If not, it will drop from Exotic Engrams.

Hawthorne’s Field Forged Shotgun

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Why It’s Good

For PvE I haven’t found a single shotgun that I love more than this. With decent impact and range, the real standout factor of this shotgun is its rapid fully automatic fire. Just hold down the trigger and watch enemies melt. It also grants a movement speed boost when you are using it, which makes it easier to get in an out of effective range safely. I like to set up the perks for max stability and then just dive on top of yellow bars and melt them away with this.

How To Get It

You can get this beast of a Power weapon by handing in tokens to Devrim Kay, from Gunsmith packages and it also has a chance to drop from Legendary Engrams that you take to the Cryptarch.

Unification VII

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Why It’s Good

Power weapons for PvP can be an interesting thing. Some people like the shock and awe of explosions, some like precision power. The Unification VII is definitely the latter. This slug firing shotgun will offer high rewards to people with solid aim. It is lethal at, quite frankly, ridiculous range. A single slug to the head will stop any Guardian in their tracks. It also comes with full-auto for when you are feeling particularly vindictive.

How to Get It

The Unification VII is a New Monarchy reward that can be picked up during Faction Rallies. Pledge to New Monarchy then start handing in those tokens at the Tower.

The Prospector

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Why It’s Good

I’m going to be frank, about 90 percent of the player base are asleep at the wheel when it comes to Grenade Launchers. They are great weapons when you learn how and when to use them, and the Prospector is one of the best in class. I really like using this in the Raid. Its focused damage, solid handling, and fully auto fire make it fantastic at bursting down Bathers, Censures or anything else you need to disappear. It’s also one of the best-looking Exotics in the game I feel. Let’s be honest here, looks are not everything, but they do matter.

How to Get It

The Prospector is one of the Exotic Power weapons and, as such, will drop from an Exotic Engram. If you don’t like the odds of it dropping, check out the Orthus. It’s a Legendary Grenade Launcher you can get from Nessus packages, Gunsmith Engrams and Legendary Engrams.

D.A.R.C.I

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Why It’s Good

I don’t snipe much in Destiny 2, but when I do, I use this. It’s a medium impact with very good stability and excellent handling Sniper Rifle. The main reason I like it is that it has an incredibly fast firing speed and the scope allows for a nice wide view of what you are aiming at. I’ve had some fun with this one in the Crucible, as it allows very quick adjustments if you mess up the first shot. Being able to one shot enemies has become less of a priority in Crucible in Destiny 2, as most gun fights tend to be team gun fights. Being able to quickly ping multiple targets for heavy damage can be quite the game changer now.

How to Get It

D.A.R.C.I can drop from Exotic Engrams. Xur will probably sell it one day, so be sure to check with the Agent of the Nine each weekend.

A Single Clap

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Why It’s Good

Frankly, giving up a Power weapon slot AND an Exotic for the D.A.R.C.I may not suit you. If you are looking for a Legendary Sniper, I’d suggest this beauty. It is one of the highest impact Snipers in the game. It also fires explosive rounds. Destiny 2 doesn’t provide many reasons to run Snipers, but if you are already carrying an Exotic and need to kill something far away then this is a good choice.

How to Get It

This Sniper will drop from Titan packages, Gunsmith Engrams and possibly from Legendary Engrams.

The Wardcliff Coil

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Why It’s Good

The Wardcliff Coil is a good blend of difficult to use but effective once you learn its ways. Firing clusters of missiles that can do huge single target damage or wipe out a mob, this is a fun weapon. I like to run it when I am up in my enemy’s face, as it automatically reloads when you pick up ammo. Once you learn how to get all the rockets on target you will find this can melt enemies. It also does Arc damage, meaning it will strip enemies of Arc shields incredibly easily.

How to Get It

The Wardcliff Coil can drop from Exotic Engrams.

Unspoken Promise

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Why It’s Good

Swords are a lot of fun in Destiny 2. Power weapons worth experimenting with. I like the Unspoken Promise for PvE due to its Relentless Strikes perk. Land three quick hits and you will get some ammo back. This makes it very powerful in the Pleasure Gardens portion of the raid. When it comes to Swords, while I love this one, I would suggest you experiment. Different Swords will offer different benefits and you may like to have more than one depending on the occasion.

How to Get It

You can get the Unspoken Promise from packages on Io.

That’s it for my preferred Power weapons in Destiny 2. Be sure to check out my list of Kinetic and Energy weapons as well. If you need help with other aspects of Destiny 2, you can check out our Guide Hub.

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