[Top 5] Destiny 2 Best Energy Hand Cannons and How To Get Them

Destiny 2 Best Energy Hand Cannon

Do you like feeling like a space cowboy? (No Bebop) Then you should give hand cannons a try. If you’re already a hand cannon slingin’ cowboy or cowgirl do you know which ones are best suited for you? Well, you’re in luck partner because we’ve curated a list of the Top 5 energy hand cannons for you and yer’ posse.

How the List Works:

Many of these weapons have randomized perks, since naming every possible perk for each weapon would be a pain to read, we’ll list it’s curated traits and it’s stats when it has the curated roll. Don’t worry though we’ll provide a link to the full weapon breakdown in the Weapon Details section for each weapon.

Our Top 5

  • Sunshot
  • Kindled Orchid
  • Waking Vigil
  • Luna’s Howl
  • Jack Queen King 3


1. Sunshot

"Can't outrun the sunrise." —Liu Feng

Get the sunscreen kids. This Exotic Solar hand cannon packs a punch with an explosive surprise. Sunshot’s rounds explode and highlight targets that are hit in the case they don’t die right away. It’s exotic trait Sun Blast adds insult to injury by making enemies explode when they are killed. This is a consistent gun that can chain kills in PvE.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 80

Range: 47

Stability: 51

Handling: 92

Reload Speed: 75

Rounds/Min: 150

Magazine: 12


Sunburn: This weapon fires explosive rounds and highlights targets that take damage from Sunshot.

Sun Blast: Targets killed with Sunshot explode in Solar energy.

What makes Sunshot good?:

  • Great handling
  • Good reload speed
  • Good stability
  • Good for clearing groups with a few shots

Weapon Details:


How to get Sunshot:

You can acquire this gun as a random exotic engram drop or purchase it from Xur if he has it in stock for 29 Legendary Shards.

Sunshot in Action:


2. Kindled Orchid

Find the beauty in the flame.

Kindled Orchid is a versatile Void hand cannon with decently balanced stats all around and makes a great gun in PvE and PvP. It’s curated roll holds a deadly combo of Kill Clip and Rampage. Death is in bloom.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 84

Range: 59

Stability: 60

Handling: 51

Reload Speed: 76

Rounds/Min: 140

Magazine: 10


Adaptive Frame: A well-rounded grip, reliable and sturdy.

Kill Clip: Reloading after a kill grants increased damage.

Rampage: Kills with this weapon temporarily grant increased damage. Stacks 3x.

What makes Kindled Orchid good?:

  • Good range
  • Decent stability
  • Good for PvE and PvP

Weapon details:


How to get Kindled Orchid:

Kindled Orchid in Action:


3. Waking Vigil

"We have a duty to this solar system that goes deeper than blood, deeper than oaths." —Paladin Devi Cassl

Waking Vigil is a lightweight frame Arc hand cannon that presents itself as a strong and steady choice for PvP. Its recoil is not all over the place like other hand cannons. Its snappy but smooth, like the perfect glass of lemonade. However, most lemonades aren’t this lethal.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 80

Range: 45

Stability: 47

Handling: 70

Reload Speed: 60

Rounds/Min: 150

Magazine: 12


  • Lightweight Frame: Superb handling. Move faster with this weapon equipped.
  • Outlaw: Precision kills greatly decrease reload time.
  • Snapshot Sights: Faster time to aim down sights.

What makes Waking Vigil good?:

  • Good impact
  • Consistent recoil
  • Decent handling

Weapon Details:


How to get Waking Vigil:

Waking Vigil in Action:


4. Luna’s Howl

"Guardians never die. But we don't forget those who do." —Lord Shaxx 

You hand canon aficionados will definitely know the solar Luna’s Howl, one of the most used Crucible guns. Though it’s taken a step down from its former glory due to nerfs, Luna's Howl still hangs on to some of its formidable power. Its unique perk Magnificent Howl rewards precision shots and it’s other perk Zen Moment increases stability when you do damage, synergizing to great effect.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 80

Range: 47

Stability: 79

Handling: 42

Reload Speed: 86

Rounds/Min: 150

Magazine: 10


Precision Frame: Recoil pattern on this weapon is more predictably vertical. Fires quickly with high accuracy.

Zen Moment: Causing damage with this weapon increases its stability.

Magnificent Howl: Rapidly landing two precision shots increases the next shot's damage and range for a short duration.

What makes Luna’s Howl good?:

  • Good impact
  • Good stability
  • Good reload speed
  • Perks work well together

Weapon Details:


How to get Luna’s Howl:

Luna’s Howl in Action:


5. Jack Queen King 3

An army meets, and stands, and falls. Three nobles wage their hopeless war. In shifting madness, evil crawls. One stands above the battle's roar. 

Jack Queen King 3 is a versatile hand cannon that performs great in PvE and PvE, assuming you get a good roll suited for the job. The curated roll for this Arc hand cannon comes with Rampage and Pulse Monitor, which aren’t the best but work well. If you’re willing to farm a little, you can score some amazing perks that enhance this already good gun.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 80

Range: 50

Stability: 55

Handling: 87

Reload Speed: 63

Rounds/Min: 150

Magazine: 13


Lightweight Frame: Superb handling. Move faster with this weapon equipped.

Pulse Monitor: Automatically reloads the magazine and improves weapon handling when critically wounded—even when this weapon is stowed.

Rampage: Kills with this weapon temporarily grant increased damage. Stacks 3x.

What makes Jack Queen King 3 good?:

  • Good impact
  • Good handling
  • Perk rolls make it excel in different areas

Weapon Details:


How to get Jack Queen King 3:

Jack Queen King 3 in Action:


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