Destiny 2 brought new weapon archetypes for players to experiment with. Submachine Guns, Grenade Launchers, and Linear Fusion Rifles were all new additions to keep the sandbox interesting. Linear's existed indirectly in the original Destiny with Queenbreaker and Sleeper Simulant, but never as a proper archetype.
These weapons act as Sniper Rifles with a delay before firing, making them well-suited for holding down lanes in PvP or fighting tougher enemies in PvE content. While weaker than many Heavy weapons, they fill a unique niche that most Heavies can't. Here are the best Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2.
Updated August 25th, 2021, by Charles Burgar: Two new Linear Fusion Rifles have been added in Season of the Lost, both of which have added some much-needed love to this underused archetype of Heavy weapon. We've added Reed's Regret and Lorentz Driver to the tier list. If you love Linear Fusion Rifles, you won't want to miss these new offerings. Some entries also saw small changes to align with balance changes and the current meta.
10 King Cobra-4fr
How to obtain: Rare world Engrams.
The first Linear Fusion Rifle players will likely find is the King Cobra-4fr. Since this is a blue-quality weapon, it only comes with one main perk.
Snapshot Sights sounds strange to have on a Linear Fusion, but it works well for lining up shots in PvE or long-distance hits in PvP. It is easily the worst non-sunset Linear Fusion in the game, but its high range stat and fixed roll make it easy for anyone to earn and use.
How to obtain: Purchased from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower. Costs 75,000 Glimmer, 100 Legendary Shards, 2 Enhancement Prisms, and 1 Ascendant Shard.
Ritual weapons offer perk combinations that are hard to find elsewhere, Komodo-4fr being a great example. This weapon has two perks in each column that players can choose between.
Players can use Komodo as a Sniper Rifle, holding angles with No Distractions and Boxed Breathing to shut down Supers. Alternatively, Moving Target and Eye of the Storm make a surprisingly devastating combo in Crucible to give the weapon a sense of responsiveness and consistency that no Linear Fusion can match. Ignore this weapon in PvE, though, as its perks are ill-suited for fighting tanky enemies.
- Column One: Moving Target (PvP)
- Column Two: Eye of the Storm (PvP)
How to obtain: Legendary world Engrams.
Tarantula is arguably a generic Linear Fusion Rifle, yet its refreshed perk pool in Season of the Chosen has made it a solid Heavy weapon for PvE and PvP.
Field Prep and Kill Clip make for a solid combo in PvE as a major and boss-slaying weapon. Get a single kill on a red bar, then annihilate a tough opponent's HP with a few well-placed shots. For PvP, Moving Target and Snapshot Sights make for a forgiving Heavy weapon that can headshot enemies with ease.
- Column One: Field Prep (PvE), Moving Target (PvP)
- Column Two: Kill Clip (PvE), Rampage, Snapshot Sights (PvP)
7 The Queenbreaker
How to obtain: Exotic Engrams found through Xur or world drops.
Notorious for making Gambit a nightmare for a short timespan, The Queenbreaker Exotic Linear Fusion Rifle packs a serious punch with a short charge time.
Unlike most exotics, Queenbreaker has perk options to choose from. Players can choose between a long-range option with more damage and a slower charge, or Queenbreaker can swap to a faster charge time for medium-range encounters. It instantly kills most majors and Guardians on either mode, and its blinding effect is great for disabling tougher enemy's special attacks such as the Taken Captain's orb throw. There are better options for PvE, but this weapon is surprisingly good in Gambit.
- Column One: Marksman Sights
- Column Two: Quickdraw
6 Corsair's Wrath
How to obtain: Wrathborn hunts.
Season of the Hunt introduced a Linear Fusion Rifle that is slightly better than Tarantula. It might not top Line in the Sand with its perk pool, but it finds a niche of its own for PvE.
Killing Wind and Kill Clip make for a powerful combination in PvE, giving this weapon excellent handling and damage against majors. It can also serve as a solid Heavy weapon for Gambit, utilizing perks such as Quickdraw and Thresh instead of Kill Clip. It also has perks better suited for PvP as well, with the likes of Killing Wind and Quickdraw rolling together on this weapon. If you like Linear Fusion Rifles and want to mix things up, Corsair's Wrath isn't a bad pick.
- Column One: Killing Wind
- Column Two: Kill Clip (PvE), Quickdraw (PvP)
5 Sleeper Simulant
How to obtain: Purchased from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower. Costs 1 Exotic Cipher, 125,000 Glimmer, 200 Baryon Bough, and 1 Ascendant Shard.
Sleeper Simulant has become much more powerful after its Catalyst became more accessible. It still hasn't received the 15% damage buff it was supposed to at the start of the season, yet Sleeper's raw damage output makes it a surprisingly good Heavy weapon in Master PvE content and Gambit.
Masterworking this gun allows you to carry extra ammo and charge shots much faster, two things Sleeper needed. The increased charge time results in a weapon that can take out majors and most bosses without much issue. It's just under Xenophage in terms of DPS, but once Bungie buffs Sleeper Simulant later this season, it'll become one of the most reliable Heavy weapons for PvE. Sleeper also works as a flexible weapon for Gambit, defeating Primevals and Guardians with little issue.
How to obtain: Exotic Engrams found through Xur or world drops.
As Destiny 2's only Kinetic Linear Fusion, Arbalest has the ability to pierce any shield type. Since Beyond Light, Arbalest's Exotic perk now works against shields in Match Game activities, making Arbalest one of the most versatile weapons for endgame PvE content.
The buff to Linear Fusions in Season of the Splicer is particularly noticeable on Arbalest, allowing it to take down majors more reliably in harder PvE content. Arbalest also works as a short-zoom Sniper Rifle in PvP and Gambit, giving players that hate sniping the ability to land some long-range kills. It doesn't have the absurd amount of aim assist on controller that it used to, but Arbalest still stands as an excellent, versatile Special weapon that is more than worth the Exotic slot.
3 Threaded Needle
How to obtain: Focused Umbral Engrams and Battlegrounds.
Season of the Chosen's Linear Fusion Rifle, Threaded Needle, is the spiritual successor to Season of Dawn's Line in the Sand Linear Fusion Rifle. This weapon has a perk pool that makes it the best Linear Fusion for PvE content.
Rapid Hit and Vorpal Weapon is the best roll you can get on this gun, allowing it to reload in an instant while dealing excellent damage to Champions, majors, and most bosses. If you use Linear Fusions as workhorse weapons, you can run with Killing Wind and Multikill Clip instead. Virtually every perk in the second column is good here. You'll have better luck bringing Arbalest or Corsair's Wrath into the Crucible, but for PvE, Threaded Needle is one of the best Legendary Linear Fusion Rifles you can use in Destiny 2.
- Column One: Rapid Hit (PvE), Killing Wind, Auto-Loading Holster
- Column Two: Vorpal Weapon, Frenzy (PvE), Dragonfly
2 Reed's Regret
How to obtain: Trials of Osiris matches and Engrams
Reed's Regret is currently the only Linear Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2 that deals Stasis damage. While that doesn't inherently mean anything, it allows this weapon to obtain the Headstone perk and make use of Stasis Elemental Wells. So, is Reed's Regret any good?
It is, but not because of the Headstone perk. Creating a Stasis crystal on a precision kill isn't useful in PvE or PvP for a Power weapon, much less one that has limited ammo. However, Reed's Regret can roll with Triple Tap and Vorpal Weapon, making this one of the strongest Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2 for PvE. If you care about PvP, this weapon can also roll with Surplus and Vorpal Weapon to fix the weapon's low base stats. It isn't the most meta pick for PvP, but if you love LFRs, Reed's Regret is tough to beat.
- Column One: Triple Tap (PvE), Surplus (PvP)
- Column Two: Vorpal Weapon, Firing Line (PvE)
1 Lorentz Driver
How to obtain: Season Pass (rank 1 for season owners; rank 35 for free players)
Do you love Arbalest but wish it was better at add-clear? Look no further than Lorentz Driver, Season 15's Exotic Season Pass weapon. This weapon is similar to Arbalest, residing in the Energy slot and utilizing Special ammo to snipe targets. Unlike Arbalest, Lorentz Driver has two absurdly strong perks.
Lagrangian Sight, Lorentz Driver's Exotic perk, gives you wallhacks periodically. If you kill the marked target, you get a telemetry stack. Should you grab three stacks of telemetry, your weapon deals 50% bonus damage for 30 seconds. A wallhack mechanic is enough to make this gun terrifying in PvP, but this gun gets even more absurd.
If you land a precision final blow, this gun pulls in nearby targets before releasing an explosion. Think of the suction of a Duskfield Grenade coupled with a Grenade Launcher blast. This works in PvP and PvE, giving Lorentz absurd add-clear and PvP multikill potential. It might not have the same utility as Arbalest for PvE, but if you mainly play PvE or want a workhorse LFR, Lorentz Driver is easily the best of its class. Next: Destiny 2: Beyond Light Complete Guide And Walkthrough
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