Compared to some of our other recommendations for weapons in Destiny 2, the best Destiny 2 trace rifles for PvE, PvP & Gambit in 2021 as of Beyond Light is going to be very short. This is because there are only four in the whole game and they are all exotic!
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 2021
Best for PvE: Ruinous Effigy and Divinity
You have two solid options for Trace Rifles as of Beyond Light. Let’s go over the newest one first, Ruinous Effigy.
Ruinous Effigy is perhaps the most unique weapon in the game. The way it works is that you delete an enemy with it, and then that enemy turns into a spheroid relic that you can attack and guard with.
The guard attack will drain the health of enemies around you, the light attack will simply smack an enemy with it, but the heavy power attack will consume the rest of the HP of the relic and deliver a very powerful slam that will wipe red bars and hit orange bars hard as well.
The coolest part of this is that your teammates can pick up the relics too!
Divinity on the other hand doesn’t do as much damage but it’s designed that way since it’s a support weapon.
What it does is as you’re firing, it will create a new critical hit spot that any member of your team can fire into for higher damage. So in any fight where you don’t receive extra-bonus damage from crit firing at something’s head (which is sometimes the case) having someone run Divinity to fire at the Divinity crit spot instead will help the team do better overall DPS.
Coldheart is obtained via a rare exotic world drop, while you’ll need to quest for Divinity.