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The best Pulse Rifles in Destiny 2 The Witch Queen

Pulse Rifles are reliable mid to long-range weapons in Destiny 2. We list the best ones for Guardians to find.
The best Pulse Rifles in Destiny 2 The Witch Queen

Now that the initial phase of the latest expansion cycle has come to an end in Destiny 2, it's time for endgame grinders to find the best loot possible. With extra modes added, such as Master Raids, GM Nightfalls, Iron Banner, and Trials of Osiris, players will want the best tools to continuously increase their Power Level.

Even if you're not an ultra-dedicated player, having a meta weapon with a decent roll can be the difference between fragging out in PvP or looking like a scrub. Pulse Rifles have always been a staple of Destiny 2, with many iconic guns being sturdy and reliable options, particularly in the primary weapon category.

With all that being said, let's take a look at some Pulse Rifles that might be worth checking out in Destiny 2 The Witch Queen.

Best Destiny 2 Pulse Rifles

For this list, we've taken into account how viable these Pulse Rifles are in both PvE and PvP content. Furthermore, accessibility is an important factor as there's no point in recommending one you can't get your hands on.

Without further ado, let's check out the must-have Pulse Rifles.

Piece of Mind Pulse Rifle

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Piece of Mind is the most used Pulse Rifle in Destiny 2. (Picture: Bungie)

The new Pulse Rifle that debuted with Season of the Risen has seen a lot of playing time in PvP and PvE due to its incredible perk pool and the fact that it can be craftable.

  • Recommended perks: Overflow, Moving Target, Perpetual Motion, Adrenaline Junkie
  • How to get: Available as a Season Pass reward or completing PsiOps.

The Messenger Pulse Rifle

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The Messenger is a Trials of Osiris reward. (Picture: Bungie)

The Trials of Osiris activity has some incredible rewards, including The Messenger Pulse Rifle. While it may be harder to get than some others, this one will certainly do the job regardless of what you're playing, especially if you get an Adept version. 

  • Recommended perks: Rapid Hit, Outlaw, Heating Up, Desperado, Kill Clip
  • How to get: Trials of Osiris reward

No Time To Explain Exotic Pulse Rifle

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No Time To Explain is an iconic Destiny weapon. (Picture: Bungie)

The No Time To Explain Pulse Rifle has a long history tied to the franchise, going back to the launch of the original vanilla Destiny in 2014. Returning with 2020's expansion, Beyond Light, NTTE is still as amazing as it was almost eight years ago.

  • Recommended perks: This weapon does not have random rolls
  • How to get: Complete the Beyond Light campaign


The Stasis primary Syncopation is a solid choice for PvE. (Picture: Bungie)

This one's more for PvE players, the Syncopation-53 excels paired with Stasis builds, which can be extremely helpful in high-end content such as GM Nightfalls or raids. For PvP, there are definitely better, more solid choices, but it should do relatively well regardless, just don't expect top-tier performance.

  • Recommended perks: Headstone, Frenzy, Vorpal Weapon, Outlaw, Focused Fury
  • How to get: Random world-loot drop

Vigilance Wing Exotic Pulse Rifle

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The Vigilance Wing is exceptional in PvP. (Picture: Bungie)

The final Pulse Rifle on our list is the Vigilance Wing, an ever-present gun since the release of Destiny 2 in 2017. This Exotic is tailor-made for PvP, as its intrinsic perk gives you health and increased movement speed when an ally dies nearby.

On top of that, for those hardcore playing Trials, being the Last Man Standing grants you increased weapon performance and increased recovery.

  • Recommended perks: This weapon does not have random rolls
  • How to get: Exotic engrans, purchasable from the Kiosk, random world-loot drops.


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