[Top 5] Destiny 2 Best Kinetic Shotguns and How To Get Them

Destiny 2 Best Kinetic Shotguns

Aggressive, reliable, and powerful, nothing does it like a shotgun. When it comes to damage types, your kinetic weapon is what will do the most damage to an enemy’s health, while your energy will break down shields. A kinetic shotgun gives that hard punch once you bust through the shield. Plus, if you want you can run with both a kinetic and energy shotgun for cool points, granted it’s at the expense of effectiveness.

How the List Works:

Most of these weapons have either a predetermined (curated) perk roll as a random perk roll. Since naming every possible perk for each weapon would be a pain to read, we’ll list it’s curated traits/perks and its 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

  • The Chaperone
  • Hawthorne’s Field Forged Shotgun
  • Perfect Paradox
  • Blasphemer
  • One Small Step

1. The Chaperone

"My mother had a shotgun we called the Chaperone. Kept us alive out there before we got to the City." —Amanda Holliday

The Chaperone is an exotic slug shotgun with great range, well, actually max range. Yes, that’s right this thing reaches far (for a shotgun) and hits hard. Its exotic perk boosts handling, range, and precision damage when you get a precision kill. Once you get over the weapon’s sizable learning curve, you’ll be shootin’ till the cows come home, or whatever southern/wild west/cowboy analogy fits here.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 75

Range: 100

Stability: 37

Handling: 82

Reload Speed: 37

Rounds/Min: 70

Magazine: 6


Precision Slug: Fires a single-slug precision round.

Roadborn: Precision kills briefly grant bonus handling, range, and precision damage with this weapon.

What makes The Chaperone good?:

  • Maximum shotgun range
  • Good handling
  • Good for PvP
  • Roadborn perk enhances opportunities for precision shots

Weapon Details:


How to get The Chaperone:

The Chaperone in Action:

2. Hawthorne’s Field Forged Shotgun 

"What am I supposed to put here? 'It's a gun. Kill bad guys with it.'" —Suraya Hawthorne

Crafted with love (well, not really) by our favorite poncho person, Suraya Hawthorne. Her Field Forged shotgun was a beloved PvE shotgun back in the day and it still holds true.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 65

Range: 60

Stability: 51

Handling: 51

Reload Speed: 64

Rounds/Min: 90

Magazine: 7


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

Full Auto Trigger System: Holding down the trigger will fire this weapon at full auto.

Eye of the Storm: This weapon becomes more accurate and boosts handling as your health gets lower.

What makes Hawthorne’s Field Forged Shotgun good?:

  • Decent overall stats
  • Good perk pool
  • Very effective for PvE
  • Viable PvP weapon

Weapon Details:


How to get Hawthorne’s Field Forged Shotgun:

You can acquire this weapon in various legendary engram drops and rewards so hope you get lucky.

Hawthorne’s Field Forged Shotgun in Action:

3. Perfect Paradox

A tale that's different from the rest: the thread unfurls against the clocks. The one the Speaker loved the best must have a perfect paradox.

Perfect Paradox is a powerfully potent piece. This shotgun is a rapid-fire frame that shoots faster and reps magazine size of 7, which can be increased with mag perks for even more ammo. This is another shotgun that plays well in PvE.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 65

Range: 39

Stability: 47

Handling: 49

Reload Speed: 81

Rounds/Min: 140

Magazine: 7


Precision Frame: This weapon's recoil pattern is more predictably vertical.

Field Prep: Increased ammo reserves. Faster reload, stow, and ready when you're crouching.

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

What makes Perfect Paradox good?:

  • Effective for PvE with the right roll
  • Good random perk pool
  • Decent reload speed

Weapon Details:


How to get Perfect Paradox:

Perfect Paradox in Action:

4. Blasphemer

"The logic is ineluctable: Those who die deserve oblivion." —Kuldax

This scary-looking piece is an effective PvP shotgun that can rival the likes of exotic shotgun The Chaperone. While it doesn’t quite have the range of the aforementioned exotic this shotgun still performs well up in PvP.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 70

Range: 89

Stability: 46

Handling: 49

Reload Speed: 49

Rounds/Min: 65

Magazine: 6


Precision Frame: This weapon's recoil pattern is more predictably vertical.

Quickdraw: This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.

Opening Shot: Improved accuracy and range on the opening shot of attack.

What makes Blasphemer good?:

  • A non-exotic alternative to The Chaperone
  • Good range
  • Decent perk pool

Weapon Details:


How to get Blasphemer:

This weapon can be acquired through the Altars of Sorrow public event on the moon.

Blasphemer in Action:

5. One Small Step

"Humanity once dreamt of walking on the Moon. Such innocence." —Eris Morn

This shotgun rolls with One-Two Punch, which is a useful perk for PvE by increasing your melee damage, it synergizes with its other curated perk Grave Robber which gives you ammo on melee kills. This is useful for players who like to be aggressive.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 65

Range: 35

Stability: 51

Handling: 55

Reload Speed: 78

Rounds/Min: 140

Magazine: 7


Rapid-Fire Frame: Fires full auto with deeper ammo reserves. Faster reload when the weapon is empty.

Grave Robber: Melee kills reload a portion of this weapon's magazine. Grants ammo for Primary ammo weapons; reloads from reserves for Special and Heavy ammo weapons.

One-Two Punch: Hitting an enemy with every pellet in a shot increases melee damage for a short duration.

What makes One Small Step good?:

  • Decent overall stats
  • Grave Robber synergizes with One-Two Punch
  • Good reload speed

Weapon Details:


How to get One Small Step:

One Small Step in Action:


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