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Destiny 2 Best Grenade Launchers

GameRant logo GameRant 8/6/2022 Anastasia Maillot
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Destiny 2's meta may not currently favor grenade launchers, both heavy and special, but this weapon archetype has managed to hold on to its decently powerful position for quite some time now. After being meta for over a year ago in the game, they have slowly started to come back and take on a more prominent role.

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Grenade launchers are fantastic utility weapons. They can deal damage, blind certain enemies, and clear rank-and-file enemies quickly. Thanks to the game having two different flavors of grenade launchers, too, players can pick and choose whether they prefer a heavy or a special one. Here's which grenade launchers are worth the player's time in Destiny 2.

Ignition Code

  • How To Get: Xur's weekly stock (rotating)

Ignition Code is a remnant from the Season of the Splicer, and at the time, it was one of the best grenade launchers for a variety of reasons. First of all, it was ideal for endgame PVE content since it could occupy the Kinetic slot while leaving the Energy slot for a primary weapon and the Heavy slot for a damage weapon.

It could also roll with the Blinding Grenade perk, which made it a cheap and accessible option for any PVE enthusiast wanting a great utility weapon for most endgame PVE content. Blinding grenades, overall, are a must-have perk for many grenade launchers, and they were especially sought-after with Ignition Code.

Pardon Our Dust

  • How To Get: Xur's Treasure Chest in Eternity

Players who prefer not to wait for Ignition Code to roll around into Xur's rotating inventory can also try to grind for Pardon Our Dust, which is another Kinetic grenade launcher and can also roll with the highly useful Blinding Grenade perk. If anything, this weapon is a nice backup for those who couldn't get an Ignition Code.

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This one is far easier to get by simply completing some Dares of Eternity and using the Treasure Keys to open the chest in Eternity next to Xur. Keep in mind that some RNG is involved in this as well, so a Pardon Our Dust isn't always guaranteed.

Salvager's Salvo

  • How To Get: Legacy gear tab in Monument to Lost Lights

In anticipation of Arc 3.0, Salvager's Salvo could be a useful pick-up for a lot of players. It's in the Energy slot and deals Arc damage, and since it was once one of the seasonal weapons in Destiny 2, it comes with some incredibly juicy perks worth playing around with.

To get this grenade launcher, players can buy it easily from the Legacy gear tab at the Tower's Monument to Lost Lights. The perk options include Vorpal Weapon or Chain Reactions, and Ambitious Assassin or Demolitionist. All of these are some of the best perks out there for grenade launchers.

Lingering Dread

  • How To Get: Duality dungeon

Season 17 introduced players to the Duality dungeon that dives deep into Calus' mind, featuring some very unique and cool-looking weapons. Among them is a Stasis grenade launcher found in the kinetic weapon slot, which can come with some cool perks.

Players should look for one that has some of the following perks: Auto-Loading Holster, Vorpal Weapon, Kill Clip, and even Blinding Grenades. It can pair quite nicely with some Stasis builds on just about all classes.

Salvation's Grip

While most of the other grenade launchers on this list are there for their good perks or damage, Salvation's Grip is here for its unique utility. Ever wondered how some players manage to get out of bounds in Destiny 2? Or climb to otherwise unreachable locations? Salvation's Grip is the answer.

This grenade launcher spits out Stasis shards, which come in handy when players want to create a platform to climb onto. It's a well-known Exotic among players who explore out-of-bounds areas in the game, but its usefulness in PVP and PVE is highly questionable.

Dead Messenger

  • How To Get: The Vox Obscura Exotic quest in Savathun's Throne World

The Dead Messenger is a really interesting Exotic grenade launcher, due to its ability to change its element. This can make it a powerful weapon of choice in PVE activities that require players to have multiple types of elemental damage to deal with shielded foes and such, though Arbalest will still be the more obvious choice.

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The Dead Messenger can be acquired from the Vox Obscura Exotic quest. One of the more unique aspects of this weapon is that it fires in a cone-shaped area of effect, which increases its effectiveness, particularly when clearing ads.


  • How To Get: Shadowkeep Exotics tab on Monument to Lost Lights

Another fantastic ad-clearing weapon is the Witherhoard. It's one of the must-have PVE weapons every player should have in Destiny 2, especially when paired with its catalyst that gives it Auto-Loading Holster.

Witherhoard fires a projectile slug which will blight the target. It creates pools of this blight on the ground as well, which quickly kills off enemies. Enemies affected by the blight will leave behind a blighted area as well. In both PVP and PVE it's quite the annoying weapon to deal with and has been in a powerful position in the game's meta for some time now.


  • How To Get: Vow of the Disciple raid, craftable

Forbearance is one of the few craftable grenade launchers in the game, along with Explosive Personality. However, Forbearance is a slightly better option overall, even if it isn't quite as accessible as it requires players to complete encounters in the Vow of the Disciple raid. Five patterns are needed to unlock it for crafting.

Players should look for perks like Chain Reaction and Ambitious Assassin. Its intrinsic perk Souldrinker is extremely powerful in PVE, which will regenerate the player's health depending on how many kills they have scored before reloading the weapon.

Destiny 2 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia.

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