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Destiny 2: The Best Sniper Rifles For PvP

TheGamer 1/11/2023 Charles Burgar
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Destiny 2 has a wide range of weapons for Guardians to choose from. From handheld Sidearms to laser rifles, you have hundreds of options for disintegrating your foes in the Crucible. Sniper Rifles serve as one of Destiny 2's most satisfying weapon archetypes, capable of one-taps to the head.

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With enough skill, a good Sniper Rifle user can swing a Crucible match in their team's favor. Limited ammo does hurt Sniper Rifles when compared to other categories, yet no other Special in Destiny 2 can one-shot players from such great distances. If you're looking to become a sniping powerhouse, these ten weapons will make that journey a little easier.

Updated January 11, 2023, by Charles Burgar: Season of the Seraph introduced a new 72 RPM Sniper Rifle into the Gambit loot pool. It draws some parallels to Silicon Neuroma from past seasons, featuring quite a few handling-focused perks and a clean scope. We've updated this list to include this season's Albruna-D Sniper Rifle, showcasing its great perks and how it compares to Silicon Neuroma.

Occluded Finality

How to obtain: Iron Banner matches and Engrams.

Occluded Finality is a weapon you either love or hate; there's no in-between. Obtained from Iron Banner, this Sniper Rifle can reach 100 range and has a zoom value of 58. In laymen's terms, this gun has the Hubble Telescope installed atop the receiver. When you ADS, you'll be looking into your enemy's very soul.

If you can get used to the absurd zoom, Occluded Finality is one of the most forgiving Sniper Rifles in Destiny 2. Headshots are a common occurrence with this gun, especially if your roll has Opening Shot. Give this weapon a try if you get one to drop; you'll be surprised just how consistent this sniper can be.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Snapshot Sights, Surplus
  • Column Two: Opening Shot


How to obtain: Gambit matches and Engrams.

If you never got your hands on a god roll Silicon Neuroma from previous seasons, the Drifter has you covered. Albruna-D is an Aggressive Frame Sniper Rifle that drops from Gambit matches. It has slightly better stats than Silicon Neuroma (excluding a slight drop in aim assist and range) and features some excellent perk combinations.

A rarity on this archetype is Elemental Capacitor, buffing this weapon's stats based on your subclass. If you main an Arc subclass, you're looking at +50 handling from this perk alone, making this weapon's ADS speed close to most Rapid-Fire Frames. You can pair this with Opening Shot for easy headshots or Snapshot Sights for instantaneous aiming. And if you're looking for a Sniper Rifle with a ton of aim assist, you can replace Elemental Capacitor with Moving Target. Paired with Opening Shot, landing headshots should be trivial.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Elemental Capacitor, Moving Target
  • Column Two: Opening Shot, Snapshot Sights


How to obtain: Purchased from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower. Costs 1 Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 150 Spinmetal Leaves, and 2 Ascendant Shards.

Landing a headshot is one thing, but you haven't truly experienced the joys of sniping until you've wiped an entire team with a single Cloudstrike shot. This Exotic Sniper Rifle releases lightning bolts from the sky whenever you land a precision final blow. This lightning bolt is capable of one-shotting Guardians at all Resilience levels. So long as you can the occasional headshot, ammo won't be an issue in 6v6 modes.

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Even in more competitive 3v3 activities, Cloudstrike manages to impress. Great base stats and a clean scope make sniping a breeze in the right hands. Spec for additional handling through mods or Exotic armor, and you have yourself one of Destiny 2's best Sniper Rifles for PvP.

Shepherd's Watch

How to obtain: Legendary world Engrams.

Shepherd's Watch is a Kinetic version of Father's Sins, capable of rolling Under Pressure and Snapshot Sights. This combination is fantastic for general consistency, causing your bullets to have absurd accuracy. If you're alright with dropping Snapshot Sights, Opening Shot is a great perk as well. Keep your eyes peeled for a good roll of this gun.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Under Pressure, Moving Target
  • Column Two: Snapshot Sights, Opening Shot

Father's Sins

How to obtain: Potential Wellspring reward (craftable).

Father's Sins is one of three Sniper Rifles you can craft in Destiny 2. That alone makes Father's Sins worth chasing, yet it has a perk combination that's quite rare. That combination is Under Pressure and Opening Shot. Under Pressure is at full effect most of the time, granting you an immense amount of bonus accuracy that's comparable to Opening Shot. Paired with Opening Shot, it's virtually impossible to miss a bullet. This gun has low zoom, shoots quickly, and can be tuned to your preferences. So long as you're willing to farm The Wellspring activity, Father's Sins is worth chasing.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Under Pressure
  • Column Two: Opening Shot, Snapshot Sights


How to obtain: Festival of the Lost event.

Mechabre is the love child of Frozen Orbit and Occluded Finality. This Arc 72 RPM Sniper Rifle features great base stats, excellent perk combinations, and it has arguably the best origin trait out of any Sniper Rifle. If you love Sniper Rifles at all, get this weapon before Festival of the Lost ends.

A base 45 zoom, 41 aim assist, and 74 range make for an incredibly consistent Sniper Rifle. You can greatly improve the gun's consistency with Snapshot Sights and Opening Shot, leading to easy headshots in all PvP modes. This pairs exceptionally well with the gun's origin trait: Search Party. While you're isolated from allies, you ADS faster and strafe faster while aiming. This stacks with Snapshot Sights, Moving Target, and handling scalars, leading to the snappiest 72 RPM the game has seen.

If you don't care about quick headshots, Mechabre is also a powerhouse against Supers. The second perk column can roll Vorpal Weapon, allowing you to demolish Supers with a single headshot or a few body shots. As far as PvP Sniper Rifles go, Mechabre is the best Legendary 72 RPM Sniper Rifle you'll stumble across.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Snapshot Sights
  • Column Two: Opening Shot, Slickdraw, Vorpal Weapon

Defiance Of Yasmin

How to obtain: King's Fall raid.

Consistency is the Defiance of Yasmin's specialty. Excellent base stats, a scope that only appears while aiming, and a great perk pool make this one of Destiny 2's best Sniper Rifles for the Crucible. If you don't mind Adaptive Frames, this weapon is for you.

Snapshot Sights and Opening Shot is a great roll for most PvP modes, making it easy to land a quick headshot mid-duel. And if you don't mind dropping your aim assist value, this weapon's Slickdraw perk is effectively pre-nerf Quickdraw at the cost of aim assist, effectively capping your Handling stat at 100. Lane snipers can use No Distractions, players that love 6v6 modes can get use out of Firefly, and just about every Sniper main will like Snapshot Sights. If you enjoy sniping at all in Destiny 2, you need this gun in your inventory.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Snapshot Sights, Firefly, No Distractions
  • Column Two: Opening Shot, Slickdraw, Moving Target

1000 Yard Stare

How to obtain: Grasp of Avarice dungeon.

The Grasp of Avarice dungeon brought forward some of Destiny's most iconic weapons, 1000 Yard Stare being no exception. This Sniper Rifle is similar to Beloved when it comes to stats and perks. It has a solid stat package as an Adaptive Frame, can roll with Quickdraw and Snapshot Sights, and resides in the Energy slot.

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This weapon is a monster in the right hands, yet the existence of Beloved makes this weapon somewhat tough to recommend. You can either farm the dungeon for a good sniper, or you can farm Opulent Chests to get a god roll Beloved after enough tries. Most players will opt for the latter. If you find yourself disliking Beloved and want something similar, give 1000 Yard Stare a try.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Quickdraw, No Distractions
  • Column Two: Snapshot Sights


How to obtain: Opulent Chests aboard the Derelict Leviathan (craftable).

Beloved is a reprised Sniper Rifle that originally debuted in Season of Opulence. Back then, most players considered Beloved to be the strongest PvP Sniper Rifle in the game. Plenty of changes have happened since then, so how does Beloved hold up today?

It's still a powerhouse in today's sandbox. Despite the changes to aim assist and ammo economy, Beloved is still one of the most responsive Sniper Rifles in the game. Its classic Quickdraw and Snapshot Sights combo is back, but don't sleep on Surplus and Incandescent. Surplus is absurdly strong if you don't use your abilities often, giving Beloved a ton of flinch resistance and maximum handling. Incandescent makes Beloved a Legendary version of Cloudstrike that applies a ton of pressure onto groups. Best of all, it's craftable. If any roll looks good to you, just make it.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Snapshot Sights, Surplus
  • Column Two: Quickdraw, Incandescent

Eye Of Sol

How to obtain: Trials of Osiris matches and Engrams.

Eye of Sol has raised the bar for all Sniper Rifles in Destiny 2. Surplus and Snapshot Sights is a fantastic roll that turns Eye of Sol into an Exotic. The weapon has tons of flinch resistance, capped handling, great reload speed, and aims immediately.

If you don't like Surplus, Moving Target is a great alternative to buff Eye of Sol's aim assist. With an Adept version, you can pair this perk with Adept Targeting to give Eye of Sol 89 aim assist. Throw on a targeting mod, and you have the most forgiving 90 RPM Sniper Rifle in the game.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Surplus, Moving Target
  • Column Two: Snapshot Sights

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