Compared to some of our other recommendations for weapons in Destiny 2, the best Destiny 2 trace rifles for PvE, PvP & Gambit is going to be very short. This is because there are only three in the whole game and they are all exotic! A fourth trace rifle, known as Divinity, will be added in the Shadowkeep expansion.
Even though there are so few trace rifles, each of them do have their unique strengths and weaknesses which factor in when weighing which are better for PvE, PvP, and Gambit in Destiny 2. Let’s break each down, and then go over which you should use, when, and why.
Best Destiny 2 Trace Rifles
Best for PvE: Coldheart
Coldheart is an Arc trace rifle (but really wants to be the non-existent Cryo) that does more damage the longer that you keep the beam firing on an enemy.
In other words, it’s at its most effective when used on single targets with lots of HP rather than taking down groups of enemies. That said, it does have good stopping power though for very weak red bar enemies like Fallen Dregs.
Coldheart then is a decent weapon to use on some raid boss encounters, especially the Leviathan raid where it is still one of the best weapons you can use during the Calus fight.
In general, any situation that you can fire off a consistent stream of damage on an enemy’s critical spot, Coldheart will be a decent choice in Destiny 2.
If you’re looking to take out groups of enemies though, Prometheus Lens is a better option.
You can get Coldheart via a rare exotic world drop.