Swords recently are undergoing a bit of a renaissance in Destiny 2. For a long time neglected, a recent overhaul of sword mechanics in-game, coupled with very powerful legendary weapons and mods have turned swords into arguably the best weapons in the game for lots of content in Destiny 2. So then, let’s look at the best swords in PvE, PvP & Gambit right now in Destiny 2 for 2020.
In situations where you can actually safely use these weapons, Sword damage can go through the roof, so it’s important to know which ones are the best to use.
Best Destiny 2 Swords 2020
Best for PvE & Gambit
Like Rocket Launchers, swords in PvE are mostly defined by their perk set. Specifically, you almost always want Whirlwind Blade, which scales up damage each time you land a strike. After getting Whirlwind Blade, you have a bit more freedom but most players tend to prefer something that will generate ammo such as Tireless Blade or Relentless Strikes.
In PvE, you almost always want to rock a legendary sword if you want to rock a sword. The exotic swords in the game, Worldline Zero and Black Talon, are a bit underpowered. Black Talon with the catalyst can be quite decent but it’s certainly not worth using up an exotic slot.
Season of the Arrivals added two swords that have instantly jumped to the top of the sword list, Falling Guillotine and Temptation’s Hook, AKA Dark Drinker and Bolt Caster 2.0 respectively.
Falling Guillotine’s heavy move does a spinning attack that when stacked with 5x Whirlwind Blade stacks does an insane amount of damage to both single targets or just anything caught in its radius.
Temptation’s Hook on the other hand allows casting of long-range attacks similar to Black Talon using its heavy attack. While not as powerful as Falling Guillotine’s spinning attack, it allows you to hit enemies from a safe range which is nice to have.
Those are the best two swords, but any sword that can get Whirlwind Blade such as Steel Sybil Z-14 can be decent in this current meta. Also Throne-Cleaver, the Titan exclusive sword from the Menagerie can pump out some strong damage as well with the Shattering Blade and Counterattack combo.
- Falling Guillotine (Void, Power) – Seasonal pass weapon for Season of the Arrivals, Focused Umbral Engrams
- Goldtusk (Void, Power) – The Menagerie, Hunter Only
- Negative Space (Solar, Power) – Prophecy dungeon
- Steel Sybil Z-14 (Void, Power) – Possible drop from Crucible matches and Lord Shaxx rank-up packages.
- Temptation’s Hook (Arc, Power) – Contact public event during Season of the Arrivals
- Throne-Cleaver (Void, Power) – The Menagerie, Titan Only