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Destiny 2: Top 10 Linear Fusion Rifles, Ranked

TheGamer logo TheGamer 6/4/2022 Charles Burgar
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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 it never existed as a proper archetype.

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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 June 4th, 2022, by Charles Burgar: Season of the Haunted's Duality Dungeon has introduced arguably the best Legendary Linear Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2: Stormchaser. This weapon is arguably better than Reed's Regret and other Linears when used properly. We've updated this list to include this weapon, and we've removed some Linear Fusion Rifles that are no longer obtainable.

Komodo-4fr

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 few Linears can match. Ignore this weapon in PvE, though, as its perks are ill-suited for fighting tanky enemies.

Recommended Traits

  • Column One: Moving Target (PvP)
  • Column Two: Eye of the Storm (PvP)

Tarantula

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.

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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 land headshots with ease.

Recommended Traits

  • Column One: Field Prep (PvE), Moving Target (PvP)
  • Column Two: Kill Clip (PvE), Rampage, Snapshot Sights (PvP)

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.

Recommended Traits

  • Column One: Marksman Sights
  • Column Two: Quickdraw

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 hits hard, charges surprisingly quick considering its damage output, and it's incredibly easy to use.

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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. And against Guardians, Sleeper is typically overkill. All you need is one shot. It's surprisingly easy to land headshots with Sleeper as well, helping you shut down Supers.

Threaded Needle

How to obtain: Periodically sold by Xur.

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 Void 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. Keep an eye out for this weapon whenever Xur shows up.

Recommended Traits

  • Column One: Rapid Hit (PvE), Killing Wind, Auto-Loading Holster
  • Column Two: Vorpal Weapon, Frenzy (PvE), Dragonfly

Cataclysmic

How to obtain: Vow of the Disciple raid.

Vow of the Disciple brought with it a new Linear Fusion Rifle, and its perk combinations are nothing short of incredible. Fourth Time's the Charm and any damage perk—High-Impact Reserves, Bait and Switch, Focused Fury, and Clown Cartridge—allows Cataclysmic to output an immense amount of total damage, more than Reed's Regret. However, since Reed's Regret can roll with Veist Stinger, Cataclysmic isn't the new top dog for PvE raid DPS.

As for more casual content, Cataclysmic has some interesting perks. Successful Warm-Up is a solid choice if you're attempting to kill multiple majors or Champions with this weapon. For PvP, Surplus and Box Breathing isn't a terrible option, but you'd be better off using another Heavy weapon or something like Lorentz Driver.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Fourth Time's the Charm, Successful Warm-Up
  • Column Two: High-Impact Reserves, Bait and Switch, Clown Cartridge

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 Firing Line, a devastating perk combination that lets this weapon output some absurd damage. Better yet, the Veist Stinger Origin Trait allows this weapon to fire faster and fully reload its magazine when it procs, allowing you to deal some absurd damage against raid bosses. Pair that with Supreme Wellmaker and Font of Might, and you have yourself one of the best DPS Heavy weapons in Destiny 2.

If you care about PvP, this weapon can also roll with Surplus and Vorpal Weapon to fix the weapon's low base stats. Best of all, this weapon comes with Veist Stinger and Alacrity, the former being an S-tier Origin Trait. If you're looking for a good Legendary Heavy weapon, look no further.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Triple Tap (PvE), Surplus (PvP)
  • Column Two: Vorpal Weapon, Firing Line (PvE)

Lorentz Driver

How to obtain: Purchased from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower. Costs 1 Exotic Cipher, 100,000 Glimmer, 150 Glacial Starwort, and 1 Ascendant Shard.

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. This allows Lorentz to annihilate majors in PvE and one-tap Guardians to the body in PvP. And since the duration of this effect is so long, it's quite easy to keep this effect going once it's active.

If a one-tapping weapon with absurd aim assist still doesn't have you sold, precision kills will spawn a black hole, pulling targets towards the enemy you just killed. This gives it add-clearing potential as well and can seriously throw off opponents in the Crucible. Masterworking this weapon removes the precision requirement while you have three telemetry stacks, arguably making this one of Destiny 2's strongest Special weapons for PvP. It's a great PvE Special as well, but it doesn't quite beat Arbalest.

Stormchaser

How to obtain: Duality dungeon.

Stormchaser is one of the strongest DPS weapons in Destiny 2 and miles above the likes of Sleeper Simulant. Its only real competition is Reed's Regret, a weapon that requires the user to take full advantage of Font of Might and get lucky with the Veist Stinger Origin Trait to compete. Stormchaser just needs you to land headshots, nothing more.

Unlike every other Linear Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2, Stormchaser fires in three-round bursts, each shot releasing three energy shots. A single burst from this gun deals 42% more damage than Reed's Regret or any other Legendary LFR, meaning this weapon pumps out some absurd damage. Pair that with Firing Line, and you have yourself a DPS monster. And if you can find a way to use Font of Might, Radiant, and High-Energy Fire on this gun, this gun blows just about every DPS setup out of the water. If you raid or play endgame PvE content at all, you need this gun in your inventory; it's that good.

Recommended Traits:

  • Column One: Clown Cartridge, Rapid Hit
  • Column Two: Firing Line (PvE), Frenzy, Vorpal Weapon

Arbalest

How to obtain: Exotic Engrams found through Xur or world drops.

Arbalest got an immense buff in the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack, turning this weapon into one of the strongest, most versatile Special weapons in Destiny 2. This weapon now has intrinsic Anti-Barrier Rounds, allowing Arbalest to break Barrier Champion shields in Legend, Master, and Grandmaster content. It handles shields better than Eriana's Vow as well, breaking shields in Master-tier content with a single shot.

Each shot also deals increased damage to elemental shields, even if Match Game is active. Whenever you break a shield—whether elemental or Barrier—the target will take 50% increased kinetic damage for a few seconds thanks to Disruption Break. And since Arbalest is a Kinetic weapon, it deals substantially more damage to these targets. It also has an Exotic Catalyst that gives the weapon Genesis, refilling your magazine upon breaking a combatant's shield.

If it wasn't clear, Arbalest is the ultimate Special weapon for endgame content in Destiny 2. It counters Barrier Champions with a single shot, breaks every type of shield when Match Game is active, deals excellent damage to majors from safety, and it can even be used as a solid DPS weapon against Champions thanks to Genesis. You're not going to find a better PvE utility weapon than this. For PvP, Arbalest is quite easy to use and can land headshots with ease, although Lorentz Driver is a far stronger option for the Crucible.

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