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The best Assault Rifles in Destiny 2

Solid options.

It is the season of the Assault Rifle in Destiny 2 at the moment. Recent buffs and changes have made Assault Rifles quite powerful in PvP, and a pretty solid option in PvE as well. In this article, we will run through some of the more interesting options available to you in the game right now. 

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Hard Light

The Hard Light is easily the standout Assault Rifle right now, for one simple reason. The Hard Light doesn’t suffer from damage dropoff the way other Assault Rifles do, meaning you can do some pretty crazy damage at long range, as long as your aim is up to the task. It also boasts Ricochet Rounds, sowing a nice seed of panic in the enemy team as all those rounds bounce around corridors. 

Stats

Impact21
Range46
Stability 82
Handling 79
Reload Speed68
Rounds/Min600
Magazine49

Tommy’s Matchbook

The Seasonal Exotic for the Season of the Worthy, Tommy’s matchbook balances risk and reward by doing increase damage as long as you are happy to be set on fire. That is not a joke, as the weapon will inflict damage on the user after a certain length of time, but this only serves to increase the damage it does to other targets. Risky business in PvP, but a whole lot of fun in PvE. 

Stats

Impact18
Range 58
Stability 59
Handling62
Reload Speed 10
Rounds/Min720
Magazine72

Seventh Seraph Carbine

The Seventh Seraph Carbine is available as a Bounty from the Sepraph Bunker on the EDZ. It can roll with Fourth Time’s the Charm, and Elemental Capacitor, giving it a ridiculous “uptime” compared to other Assault Rifles. A fantastic PvE weapon, it offers ridiculously high DPS if you can keep proccing the Fourth Time’s the Charm perk. 

Stats

Impact29
Range62
Stability45
Handling45
Reload Speed47
Rounds/Min450
Magazine34

Breakneck

Originally introduced during the Season of the Forge, this Legendary Assault Rifle is a Gambit Pinnacle weapon, so you’ll need to spend some time playing in the Drifter’s games to get it. The Onslaught perk means that the rate of fire will increase as you stack up Rampage, meaning you can blitz down most targets as long as you take out some smaller enemies first. 

Stats

Impact29
Range 77
Stability 60
Handling43
Reload Speed 33
Rounds/Min450
Magazine 40

Suros Regime

The Suros Regime exotic seems to be a popular option for those who haven’t been blessed with a Hard Light yet. The Spinning Up perk means that the longer you hold the trigger, the faster it fires, making it an incredible option for taking on multiple targets, as the TTK will drop considerably by the time you start working over your second Guardian in a row. A solid PvP option, but not quite up to the level of the Hard Light.

Stats

Impact21
Range 60
Stability 62
Handling68
Reload Speed 76
Rounds/Min600
Magazine 27

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Aidan O'Brien has been playing games for over three decades and has been writing about them for five years. When not getting stomped on by the creations of Hidetaka Miyazaki, he enjoys spending too much time in Warframe, Destiny 2 and any other ARPG with a solid grind. When not writing, he is doing inexplicable behind-the-scenes magic for GAMURS Group.