Fusion rifles are near and dear to my heart as a longtime user of them going back to the day I got Pocket Infinity in Destiny 1. Naturally, I have lots of strong opinions on them, so let’s go over the best fusion rifles for PvE, PvP, and Gambit in Destiny 2 in 2020 as of Beyond Light.
Best Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2
Best for PvE and Gambit
- Hollow Words (Energy, Arc) – Random world drop.
- Jotuun (Energy, Solar, Exotic) – Possible drop after completing powerful weapon frames at Bergusia Forge.
- Merciless (Energy, Solar, Exotic) – Rare exotic world drop.
- One Thousand Voices (Power, Solar, Exotic) – Extremely rare drop from completing the raid, Last Wish.
- Telesto (Energy, Void) – Rare exotic world drop.
- Zealot’s Reward (Energy, Void) – Possible drop from completing encounters in the raid, Garden of Salvation.
In PvE (and Gambit) right now the fusion rifle meta is dominated by small group of stand out weapons.
Sunsetting removed one of the all time great fusion rifles in Loaded Question from relevant activities. May it rest in peace.
That doesn’t leave us a lot of great PvE options. Zealot’s Reward is a very nice feeling, quick firing fusion that can quickly erase minors, preform better against majors than you would think, and also roll with some decent perks.
Hollow Words is another very interesting choice within high-impact archetype as it has a variety of random rolls including Vorpal Weapon which will make it a bit more useful against boss-class enemies.
Your other popular options are the exotic fusion rifles currently in-game: Jotuun, One Thousand Voices, Telesto and Merciless.
Jotuun is an excellent long-range fusion rifle that does solid of damage to, well, anything but is especially great at dealing with minors and majors and isn’t bad on bosses either. It’s a solid all around weapon.
Merciless is more of a traditional fusion rifle, and as long as you don’t mind being up a bit closer and can spec your character to keep you ammo reserves high, it can burn down majors and bosses decently well with it.
One Thousand Voices is extremely hard to get, but is one of the strongest guns in the game for certain encounters. It’s particular great at burning majors and is strong versus bosses as well.
Telesto is the closest thing you’ll get as of right now to replacing the Loaded Question experience as its rounds will explode and can catch multiple targets.