The best Scout Rifles in Destiny 2

Dangerous at a distance, and deadly accurate, here are the Scout Rifles you need in your arsenal.

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If your first priority in Destiny 2 is to not get killed, and your second priority is to kill everything else, there is one weapon type that you ought to be looking at: Scout Rifles. They might not be as great as they were in the original Destiny, but they still ought to be your go-to tool for when you want to take out your foes from afar.

Here is our roundup of the best Scout Rifles to equip your guardian with for both PvE and PvP.

Night Watch

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For DPS builds, you can’t go wrong with the Night Watch. It’s a powerhouse and versatile weapon with some fantastic perks. Lightweight Frame will let you move quickly and agilely, while Explosive Payloads makes even less-than-accurate shots devastating. This gun doesn’t always get the credit it deserves, but it is a great one.

Night Watch stats:

Impact60
Range43
Stability42
Handling68
Reload Speed62
Rounds Per Minute200
Magazine16
Aim Assistance69
Inventory Size49
Zoom20
Recoil57
Bounce Intensity43
Bounce DirectionTends right
Legendary/Kinetic/Scout Rifle

Randy’s Throwing Knife

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If you feel comfortable (dare we say: powerful) with the fully automatic capabilities of a Rapid-Fire Frame weapon, Randy’s Throwing Knife is a shining beacon of terror. You can quickly dispatch mobs from afar with this lethal weapon, and it can tear people apart in the Crucible as well.

Randy’s Throwing Knife stats:

Impact45
Range31
Stability45
Handling28
Reload Speed35
Rounds Per Minute260
Magazine17
Aim Assistance63
Inventory Size48
Zoom20
Recoil59
Bounce Intensity41
Bounce DirectionTends right
Legendary/Kinetic/Scout Rifle

Black Scorpion-4sr

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It might play second fiddle to Randy’s Throwing Knife, but the Black Scorpion-4sr is a fantastic and versatile choice for people who want a little more flexibility with their Scout Rifles. This Scout Rifle is as good up close and personal as it is from a distance, and is especially effective in PvE against shields.

Black Scorpion-4sr stats:

Impact45
Range28
Stability54
Handling34
Reload Speed35
Rounds Per Minute260
Magazine18
Aim Assistance56
Inventory Size60
Zoom20
Recoil60
Bounce Intensity40
Bounce DirectionTends right
Legendary/Energy/Scout Rifle

MIDA Multi-Tool

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Arguably the best all-around Kinetic weapon in the game, the MIDA Multi-Tool is a fantastic weapon for more ambiguous builds. Its aim assist works miracles and the fact that you’re able to use the radar while aiming down the sights makes it an absolute monster.

MIDA Multi-Tool stats:

Impact60
Range42
Stability37
Handling82
Reload Speed82
Rounds Per Minute200
Magazine16
Aim Assistance100
Inventory Size60
Zoom20
Recoil80
Bounce Intensity20
Bounce DirectionTends right
Exotic/Kinetic/Scout Rifle

Nameless Midnight

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It might not be the best Scout Rifle out there, but this coolly named weapon is great for both PvE and PvP, thanks to its explosive rounds. As you might expect, bullets explode when they hit their target. There is also no damage drop off for the explosions, meaning they do the same base damage at any distance.

Nameless Midnight stats:

Impact62
Range46
Stability44
Handling47
Reload Speed50
Rounds Per Minute180
Magazine16
Aim Assistance62
Inventory Size46
Zoom20
Recoil79
Bounce Intensity21
Bounce DirectionTends right
Legendary/Kinetic/Scout Rifle

Symmetry

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Should you use this weapon just because it looks rad? Arguable. It doesn’t have the best overall stats, but it has some excellent perks that can make all the difference. It’s Arc Seeker mode does the hard work of hitting targets for you. And, yeah, it looks rad.

Symmetry stats:

Impact45
Range28
Stability54
Handling38
Reload Speed24
Rounds Per Minute260
Magazine20
Aim Assistance75
Inventory Size60
Zoom20
Recoil85
Bounce Intensity15
Bounce DirectionTends vertical
Exotic/Energy/Scout Rifle

There are tons of other Scout Rifles that can serve as good options—especially depending on your play style—but if you need some help to sort the chaff from the grain, these suggestions won’t lead you astray.