These are the weapons you should use for optimal damage against Destiny 2’s Leviathan Raid boss


If you’re a numbers junky and nothing excites you like figuring out optimal DPS for a Raid boss, then you’re probably very familiar with Datto.

Datto is a fixture in the Destiny community thanks to his in-depth YouTube videos and guides about the series, and he has been consistently putting out solid content for Destiny 2 since it launched nearly a month ago.

But today we have something to put the rest of it to shame, and it’s an extensive look at the best loadouts to use in the Emperor Calus boss fight in the Leviathan Raid.

A common loadout for the Calus boss fight is an auto rifle with Coldheart and a rocket launcher. Datto tested this. Some players also prefer to use the Merciless fusion rifle. Datto tested that, too.

All told, the video is nearly 27 minutes long. You can skip to the end if you want a simple answer, but the equations are anything but simple.

Related: Destiny 2: Leviathan Raid guide

There are a ton of variables when it comes to dealing damage to Calus, such as how high your “Force of Will” damage buff goes, which is figured out by how many skulls are destroyed in the shadow realm. There’s also things like reload time, Empowering Rift, and Rally Barricade that can alter your DPS.

But in the end, Datto and his team discovered that the Raid auto rifle, Ghost Primus, paired with Future War Cult’s auto rifle, The Number, and Merciless was one of the best combinations. He also suggests using the Sweet Business exotic auto rifle and a sniper, or Coldheart and a sniper.

It might come down to preference, but you can’t go wrong with the numbers. And if there’s one thing Datto does well, it’s numbers—and great Destiny content.