[Top 10] Destiny 2 Best Kinetic Weapons and How To Get Them

Destiny 2 Best Kinetic Weapons

In Destiny 2, kinetic weapons have no special elemental alignment. They use white ammo pickups and are the “standard” primary weapons Guardians use. Energy weapons are attuned to the elements Arc, Solar, and Void. These guns do higher damage to enemies’ shields, but once their shields break is when our kinetic guns shine. As they do much more damage to their health than our energy weapons do. 

These “regular” guns make the backbone of any players’ build or loadout so here’s our top 10 to help you find one that’s right for you.

Our Top 10 Kinetic Weapons

  • SUROS Regime
  • Izanagi’s Burden
  • Dire Promise
  • Chattering Bone
  • Astral Horizon
  • Perfect Paradox
  • Truthteller
  • Dire Promise
  • Gnawing Hunger
  • Breachlight


1. SUROS Regime (PvP)

Nostalgia as a weapon of war. Style as a hallmark of victory.

This beloved exotic featured in the first Destiny is around and kicking. The SUROS Regime is consistent and dominates in PvP. Its exotic perk SUROS Legacy adds bonus damage and can heal you when you reach the bottom half of your magazine, making you quite the beast.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 21

Range: 60

Stability: 62

Handling: 68

Reload Speed: 76

Rounds/Min: 600

Magazine: 27

Exotic Perks:

SUROS Legacy: The bottom half of each magazine deals bonus damage and has a chance to return health on kill.

Spinning Up: Holding down the trigger increases rate of fire.

What makes SUROS Regime good?:

  • Well-rounded stats
  • A chance at refilling health
  • Spinning Up perk can increase the rate of fire up to 900 RPM

Weapon Details:


How to get SUROS Regime:

You can acquire this weapon in random exotic rewards or purchase it from Xur for 29 legendary shards.

SUROS Regime in Action:


2. Izanagi’s Burden (PvE, Gambit)

"Shame. Guilt. Fear. We all bear them. Gather your regrets, purge them as best you can. Let your enemies feel the weight of your burdens." —Ada-1

This rifle packs a pretty hard punch when you use its Exotic perk, which consumes all the bullets in a magazine and exchanges them for a round that has more damage and range. Great for boss fights where that extra damage counts.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 70

Range: 62

Stability: 60

Handling: 52

Reload Speed: 46

Rounds/Min: 90

Magazine: 4

Exotic Perks:

Honed Edge: Consume the magazine and load a more powerful round.

No Distractions: Aiming this weapon for a short period reduces flinch.

What makes Izanagi’s Burden good?:

  • Handles flinch very well
  • Perk rolls work well together
  • Massive damage increase when all 4 rounds consumed with the perk

Weapon details:


How to get Izanagi’s Burden:

Izanagi’s Burden in Action:


3. Dire Promise (PvP)

"If you think this world ends well, you are mistaken." —Arach Jalaal

Dire Promise is a hand cannon that has the awesome look of a classic revolver but the power you would expect from a sci-fi six-shooter, (it, has 11 rounds by the way.) It’s a consistent hand cannon with some good rolls.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 80

Range: 41

Stability: 68

Handling: 75

Reload Speed: 54

Rounds/Min: 150

Magazine: 11


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

Triple Tap: Rapidly landing precision hits will return 1 round to the magazine.

Swashbuckler: This weapon gains increased damage from melee kills and kills with this weapon.

What makes Dire Promise good?:

  • Good stability
  • Good handling
  • Consistent shooting

Weapon Details:


How to get Dire Promise:

Dire Promise in Action:


4. Chattering Bone (PvE, PvP)

“We have so much to discuss, o seeker mine.”

Check out this pulse rifle, o reader mine. The Chattering Bone is lightweight and hits quickly. It’s got great recoil control and if you’re lucky enough to get the curated roll for this gun, you’ll have a damage buff for a majority of the time. This is because the curated rolls for this weapon include Kill Clip, where you get increased damage if you reload after a kill, and High impact Reserves, where the last rounds in a magazine do more damage. 

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 27

Range: 58

Stability: 61

Handling: 78

Reload Speed: 76

Rounds/Min: 450

Magazine: 33


Lightweight Frame: Move faster with this weapon.

Kill Clip: Reloading after a kill grants increased damage.

High-Impact Reserves: Rounds at the end of the magazine deal more damage.

What makes Chattering Bone good?

  • Good recoil control
  • Good reload speed
  • Great handling

Weapon Details:


How to get Chattering Bone:

Grab some friends because to get this rifle you’ll need to go through the Last Wish Raid and get it through the Wishing Wall or in a raid chest. There is however, a possible way to do it solo: https://youtu.be/yUe8Izm188I?t=23

Chattering Bone in Action:


5. Hawthorne’s Field Forged Shotgun (PvE)

"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:


6. Perfect Paradox (PvE, PvP)

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 a 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:


7. Truthteller (PvE, PvP)

"If we wish others to accept the grim reality, we must break through every comforting illusion." —Arach Jalaal

With sunsetting coming to Destiny 2 in a matter of time, Truthteller is said to be the weapon to replace The Mountaintop. While nothing can quite be the new Mountaintop, this grenade launcher is nothing to sleep on. In PvE, it performs well and in PvP having the perk Disruption Break helps you do some great damage and works well with hard-hitting Kinetic weapons.

Weapon Stats:

Blast Radius: 55

Velocity: 77

Stability: 26

Handling: 72

Reload Speed: 74

Rounds/Min: 90

Magazine: 1


Lightweight Frame: One-shot handheld Grenade Launcher with remote detonation. : Fire; release to detonate.

Underdog: This weapon gains a boost to reload speed as your health gets lower.

Swashbuckler: This weapon gains increased damage from melee kills and kills with this weapon.

What makes Truthteller good?:

  • Good handling
  • Good reload speed
  • Control when grenades detonate

Weapon Details:


How to get Truthteller:

The Truthteller in Action:


8. Outbreak Perfected (PvE, PvP, Gambit)

“-directive = KILL while enemies = PRESENT: executive(directive)-”

If you've played the Rise of Iron expansion in the first Destiny, you’ll remember Outbreak Prime, here’s it’s big brother. On precision kills and consistent hits upon an enemy, SIVA nanites will spawn, swarm, and attack your target. To make things worse for them, Outbreak Perfected will do more damage based on how many nanites are swarming an enemy. This is great when you need a little more punch when chipping away at a major enemy’s health. In essence, it’s practically wasps in a gun.

Exotic Weapon Stats:

Impact: 27

Range: 68

Stability: 46

Handling: 42

Reload Speed: 51

Rounds/Min: 450

Magazine: 35

Exotic Perks:

The Corruption Spreads: This weapon creates SIVA nanite swarms on rapid hits and precision kills.

Parasitism: This weapon does more damage to enemies based on the number of SIVA nanites that attach to them.

What makes Outbreak Perfected good?

  • Good Stability
  • Nanites track down a target; if they die, they will find attack another target
  • Exotic Catalyst for this rifle stacks nanites and damage
  • Good for PvE and PvP

Weapon Details:


How to get Outbreak Perfected:

Outbreak Perfected in Action:


9. Gnawing Hunger (PvE, PvP, Gambit)

Don't let pride keep you from a good meal.

While you have to get this gun as a reward from playing Gambit, this adaptive frame Void auto rifle handles nicely and has decent range and stability. Even if you don’t get the perks you want, Gnawing Hunger will carve through enemies like a finely crafted knife through a slow-roasted turkey.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 21

Range: 53

Stability: 49

Handling: 77

Reload Speed: 61

Rounds/Min: 600

Magazine: 48


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

Overflow: Picking up Special or Heavy ammo reloads this weapon to beyond normal capacity.

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

What makes Gnawing Hunger good?:

  • Good handling
  • Decent range
  • Good stability
  • Good for DPS

Weapon Details:


How to get Gnawing Hunger:

Gnawing Hunger in Action:


10. Breachlight (PvE, PvP, Gambit)

It has been melted and reforged many times.

A weapon from our beloved Titan buddy Saint-14, Breachlight is a kinetic primary sidearm that is a beast for most activities. It’s one of three aggressive burst sidearms in the game, firing a two-round burst. This gun is reliable and has some great rolls.

Weapon Stats:

Impact: 56

Range: 53

Stability: 43

Handling: 42

Reload Speed: 31

Rounds/Min: 325

Magazine: 25


Aggressive Burst: Hard-hitting two-burst fire

Demolitionist: Kills with this weapon generate grenade energy. Activating your grenade ability reloads this weapon from reserves.

Elemental Capacitor: Increased stats based on the currently equipped subclass. [Solar] increases reload speed, [Arc] increases handling, [Void] increases stability

What makes Breachlight good?:

  • Good perk rolls
  • Usable for most activities
  • Damage perks make it even more lethal

Weapon Details:


How to get Breachlight:

Breachlight in Action:

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