As Shadowkeep nears launch, Destiny 2’s Scout rifles aren’t in great shape, currently outclassed by pulse rifles and snipers. However, we can still hope that the meta is more kind for it Shadowkeep. Let’s go over the best scout rifles for PvE, PvP, and Gambit in Destiny 2.
For the best scout rifles to use in PvE, in most cases you’re going to want to go with the Polaris Lance. It has a powerful exotic perk which effectively allows you to fire forever as long as you can continue to land critical hits.
It’s pretty nice in Gambit in particular as you can very safely chip away at a primeval from a long distance while keeping an eye on any invaders coming your way.
On top of that, every five critical hits will trigger an explosion with a DoT effect. It’s an extremely fun weapon to use on something that you can consistently rain criticals on. And, while it lacks the exotic perks, the legendary version Braytech RWP Mk II is pretty good as well.
Surprisingly, the year one version of Nameless Midnight with explosive rounds still holds up quite well, and if you find a year two version with perks you like better go with that as it’s a very solid scout rifle stat-wise, and one of the best to use in PvE.
Then there’s, of course, Oxygen SR3. While underwhelming compared to other pinnacle weapons, if and when a scout rifle buff comes around, it could have excellent crowd DPS potential with its souped-up Dragonfly perk.
Best Scout Rifles in Destiny 2
Best in PvE & Gambit
- Braytech RWP Mk II (Energy, Solar) – Progress through the exotic quest Nascent Dawn.
- Nameless Midnight (Kinetic) – Possible drop from completing Strikes and ranking up with Commander Zavala in the Tower.
- Oxygen SR3 (Energy, Solar) – Complete the Vanguard pinnacle weapon quest, Redeployment.
- Polaris Lance (Energy, Scout, Exotic) – Complete the exotic quest Nascent Dawn.
- Transfiguration (Kinetic) – Random drop from completing encounters in the raid, Last Wish.