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Weapon Optimization: Weapon Perks

All listed perks now include their enhanced perk as well as some general comments. As always, clicking on weapon icons will open that perk on Light.gg!

Reminder − Some weapons are leaving the loot pool in Season 18!

PlugOne.1 (High Impact Arc Fusion Rifle)
PLUG ONE.1
(NIGHTFALL ROTATION)
The Hothead (Arc Rocket Launcher)
THE HOTHEAD
(NIGHTFALL ROTATION)
Eye of Sol (Medium Impact Sniper Rifle)
EYE OF SOL
(TRIALS OF OSIRIS)
The Summoner (600RPM Solar Auto Rifle)
THE SUMMONER
(TRIALS OF OSIRIS)
Peacebond (Stasis Adaptive Sidearm)
PEACEBOND
(IRON BANNER)
Archon's Thunder (Solar 360 RPM High-Impact Machine Gun)
ARCHON'S THUNDER
(IRON BANNER)

Last Updated: 10/3/2022

Weapon Perks

  • This guide contains a list of weapon perks (traits) that weapons in Destiny 2 can roll with
  • Use the Quick Menu to help with navigation!
  • Click on any of the weapon icons to open that perk on Light.gg. This will open a new tab!
  • Weapon Tags can be used on this page to filter between perk benefits
  • Access Third-Party resources right from this page as well!

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Understanding Your Weapon

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Perk Columns

Every weapon has designated perk columns that adjust the weapon stat distribution outside of its base stats.

  • Optics: Adjustments to weapon range and scope. 
  • Magazine: Adjustments to weapon ammo capacity, handling, and stability. 
  • Base Traits: Two random perks that provide a unique benefit to the weapon. 
  • Origin Traits: Innate buffs that a weapon has, depending on the source activity and/or weapon manufacturer.
    • Weapons obtained before Season 16 will NOT have Origin Traits.
    • To learn more about Origin Traits, click here!

Some weapons, such as Adept or Seasonal Focused Weapons, may have additional perk options.

Weapon Stats

Weapons also have individual base stats that define how the weapon operates. Weapon perks, modifications, and masterwork bonuses can impact base stats.

  • Impact: Increases the damage inflicted by each round.
  • Range: Increases the effective range of the weapon.
  • Stability: The better stability the less recoil you experience. 
  • Handling: How quickly your weapon can be readied and aimed.
  • Reload Speed: The time it takes to reload the weapon.
  • Accuracy: For Bows, how well shots fired hit their target.
  • Draw/Charge Time: How long it takes to draw/charge your weapon. (Less is quicker)
  • Blast Radius: Increases the explosion radius of Launcher weapons.
  • Velocity: For Rocket/Grenade Launchers, the speed of projectiles fired.
  • Target Acquisition: Aim assist, bullet magnetism, and opponent hitbox. (More is better)

Enhanced Traits

  • Resonant Weapons, aka weapons that can be crafted, are able to be reshaped with enhanced perks that improve the original perk’s capabilities.
  • Enhanced Perks are typically the last set of perks to unlock while levelling up your weapon and have a much higher cost when reshaping the weapon.
  • Not every weapon perk in the perk pool has an enhanced version, however. Bungie will most likely add more in future seasons!
  • To learn more about Weapon Crafting, click here.

Perk Combinations

Understanding how perk combinations affect your weapon is crucial to perfecting your gameplay. If you are a new player, you will want to experiment with new weapons and perks. Ultimately, the “feel” of the weapon is based on player preference – so the best way to figure out what works best for you is to simply try out new weapons and perks! 

On this page, we have listed all available perks released thus far for weapons released in Destiny 2. Weapons typically receive two randomized perks that add to the base stats or enhance combat capabilities in some form. Perks continue to be added each season, so DLC icons (Forsaken+) will be marked on each of the perks below. When a new perk gets added, you can expect future seasonal weapon drops to feature one or more of the perks going forward.

Light.gg

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Weapon Tags

      Each weapon has a green tag (+) that categorizes a perk benefit and a yellow tag (-) that notes any reduced stats. Use CTRL-F to search each tag or weapon name!

+Reload Speed

+Weapon Damage

+Weapon Range

+Magazine

+Weapon Readiness

+Weapon Accuracy

+Ammo Boost

+Weapon Stability

+Target Acquisition

+Reduced Flinch

+Movement Speed

+Unique Trait

+Ammo Reserve Capacity

+Zoom Magnification

+Ability Energy

+Reduced Charge Time

+Reduced Draw Time

+Weapon Velocity

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New Perks: Season of Plunder

New perks available in the current season or expansion.

GUT SHOT STRAIGHT

Aiming down sights increases body shot damage but decreases target acquisition.

Situational. If the penalty is too much, try a Targeting Adjuster mod.

Enhanced Trait: Reduced penalty.

+Weapon Damage
-Target Acquisition

PUGILIST

Final blows with this weapon generate melee energy. Dealing melee damage briefly improves this weapon’s handling.

Very handy (pun intended) for melee builds unless you get your melee back instantaneously (ex: Insurmountable Skullfort). 

Enhanced Trait: Improved Benefit.

+Ability Energy
+Weapon Readiness

SLICKDRAW

Significantly increases handling but significantly decreases target acquisition.

Situational. If the penalty is too much, try a Targeting Adjuster mod.

Enhanced Trait: Reduced penalty.

+Weapon Readiness
-Target Acquisition

VOLTSHOT

Reloading this weapon after defeating a target overcharges this weapon for a short period of time, causing it to jolt on its next hit.

A beneficial perk with perfect synergy with Arc. Focus on Reload Speed for optimal effectiveness. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Unique Trait

UNDER-OVER

Deals bonus damage to targets with overshields. Deals a small amount of bonus damage to combatant shields.

Perk does +20% damage against overshields, and +10% damage against combatant shields. Situational.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Benefit.

+Weapon Damage

Popular Perks

Perks that are highly sought after by the Destiny Community.

OUTLAW

Precision kills greatly decrease reload time, allowing for improved readiness.

Works well with any damage perk such as Rampage or Kill Clip. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Reload Speed

RAMPAGE

Kills with this weapon temporarily grant increased damage. Stacks 3x.

Works well with Outlaw or any reload perk. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

QUICKDRAW

This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast, allowing for a quick response time.

Works well with Snapshot Sights. Recommended perk for PvP scenarios.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Handling.

+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Readiness

SNAPSHOT SIGHTS

Faster time to aim down sights (zoom), allowing for quick response time.

Works well with Quickdraw. Recommended perk for Sniper Rifles

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Stability

FIREFLY

Precision kills with this weapon increase reload speed and cause the target to explode with Solar damage.

Overall a powerful perk and is highly recommended for any activity

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Reload Speed
+Unique Trait

DESPERADO

Reloading after a precision final blow increases your rate of fire

Works well with Outlaw and Rapid Hit. Top tier perk in PvP activities.  

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Unique Trait

DRAGONFLY

Precision kills create an elemental damage explosion, damaging enemies nearby. 

Works well with Outlaw. Use Dragonfly Spec Mod for better damage and radius. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved Reload.

+Unique Trait
+Reload Speed

MULTIKILL CLIP

Reloading grants increased damage based on the number of rapid kills beforehand.

Works well with Outlaw and Rapid Hit. Effective with Auto Rifles and SMGs.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

KILL CLIP

Reloading after a kill grants increased damage and target acquisition

Works well with Outlaw and Rapid Hit. Effective on Auto Rifles and SMGs.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

INCANDESCENT

Defeating a target spreads scorch to those nearby. More powerful combatants and opposing Guardians cause scorch in a larger radius.

An amazing perk overall. Synergic with Solar Builds.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Unique Trait

RAPID HIT

Rapid precision hits temporarily increase stability and reload speed.

Works well with Rampage, Kill Clip, and Multi-Kill Clip

Enhanced Trait: Improved Benefit.

+Reload Speed

FRENZY

Being in combat for 10+ seconds increases damage, handling, and reload until you are out of combat.

A highly recommended perk.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+15% Weapon Damage
+Weapon Readiness
+Reload Speed

FIRING LINE

This weapon deals increased precision damage when near allies.

Grants +25% Precision Damage. Great for Linear Fusion Rifles, particularly for endgame content.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Range.

+Weapon Damage
+Weapon Range

KILLING WIND

Final blows grant increased mobility, weapon range, and weapon handling (readiness) for a short duration. 

Great for PvP Combat. Grants +20 Range, +50 Mobility, +40 Handling when the perk is triggered.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Range
+Improved Mobility

 

VORPAL WEAPON

Increased damage against bosses, vehicles, and Guardians in their super. 

Works well with Special & Heavy Weapons. Equip Boss Spec Mod for additional damage. Excellent for endgame content.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Reload.

+Weapon Damage
+15% damage (Bosses)
+50% damage (Guardians)
+Reload Speed

PERPETUAL MOTION

This weapon gains bonus stability, handling, and reload speed while the wielder is in motion.

We are always in motion. This can be especially useful in PvP

Enhanced Trait: Reduced Time to Trigger Perk.

+Weapon Stability
+Weapon Readiness
+Reload Speed

Useful Perks

Perks that are well favoured by the Destiny Community.

OPENING SHOT

Improved accuracy and range on the opening shot of attack. 

Works best on Hand Cannons, Sniper Rifles , and Shotguns.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Benefit.

+Weapon Accuracy
+Weapon Range

ZEN MOMENT

Causing damage with this weapon increases its stability, allowing better accuracy.

Great for Auto Rifles and weapons that have low stability.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

+Weapon Stability
+Weapon Stability

TUNNEL VISION

Reloading after defeating a target greatly increases target acquisition and aim down sight speed for a short duration.

Works well with any reload-boosting perk, such as Outlaw.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Target Acquisition
+Weapon Readiness

DYNAMIC SWAY REDUCTION

Improves accuracy and stability while continuously holding down the trigger.

Great for Auto Rifles and weapons that have low stability.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Accuracy
+Weapon Stability

SURPLUS

Increases handling, reload speed, and stability for each fully charged ability. 

Works well with Wellspring or any ability-boosting perk.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Readiness
+Reload Speed
+Weapon Stability

 

ADAPTIVE MUNITIONS

This weapon adapts its damage output and effectiveness against energy shields that don’t match the weapon’s damage type.

Extremely useful against tougher shields. (ex: Match Game Modifier) View on Light.gg for Community Research data for more details!

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Unique Trait

HARMONY

Final blows with other weapons improve this weapon’s damage and performance for a short duration.

Useful if you have Quickdraw. Having this perk on other equipped weapons allows for a constant damage buff.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage
+Target Acquisition

ENCORE

Precision final blows grant a stacking range bonus to this weapon. Non-precision final blows remove range stacks but grant bonus accuracy and stability when all range stacks have been removed.

This perk works very well with perks that add bonus accuracy, target acquisition, and damage.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Range
+Weapon Stability
+Weapon Accuracy

ENSEMBLE

Improved handling and reload speed when allies are nearby.

Works well with Firing Line. Handy to have when playing PvP activities such as Trials of Osiris, Elimination or Competitive.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Readiness
+Reload Speed

FEEDING FRENZY

Each rapid kill with this weapon progressively increases reload time for a short period of time. Stacks 5x.

Great for weapons with slow reload time. Works well with damage bonus perks.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Reload Speed

STATS FOR ALL

Hitting three separate targets increases weapon handling, stability, reload, and range for a moderate duration.

Easy to trigger, and helps multiple stats. Pair with One For All for maximum effectiveness!

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Stability
+Reload Speed

ONE FOR ALL

Hitting three separate targets within four seconds increases weapon damage for a moderate duration.

Great for Primary Weapons. Acts similar to the Rampage trait.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage
+Target Aquisition

HEATING UP

Final blows with this weapon increase accuracy and stability while improving vertical recoil.

Great for high RPM weapons. Pair with Counterbalance or Targeting Adjuster Mods.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Accuracy
+Weapon Stability
+Reduced Recoil

FULL-AUTO TRIGGERING SYSTEM

Holding down the trigger will fire this weapon in full auto.

Great for weapons with large magazines. Convenience perk.

This perk is no longer in rotation.  

+Unique Trait

ADAGIO

After defeating a target, this weapon fires, charges, or draws more slowly and deals increased damage for a brief time.

Works well with range or target acquisition perks for improved weapon capability.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage
-Lower Rate of Fire

EYE OF THE STORM

This weapon becomes more accurate and boosts handling as your health gets lower.

An underrated perk that can prove useful in PvP engagements by providing +30 Handling as well as optimizing the accuracy ‘cone’ size/cone growth while at critical health.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

+Weapon Accuracy
+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Stability

BOX BREATHING

Aiming this weapon for a short period without firing grants bonus range and precision damage that resets after firing or exiting zoom.

Triggers after being scoped in for 1.5s. View on Light.gg for Community Research data for more details!

Enhanced Perk: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage
+Weapon Range

KILLING TALLY

Final blows increase this weapon’s damage until it is stowed or reloaded. 

An effective damage perk. Pair with any magazine-enhancing perk for maximum benefit!

Enhanced Trait: Improved magazine size.

+Weapon Damage
+Magazine

GOLDEN TRICORN

Final blows with this weapon grant bonus damage. While this buff is active, grenade or melee kills of the same damage type greatly increase its damage and duration.

Damage perks are popular; if your build ties in with abilities, this can be especially useful.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

BLUNT EXECUTION ROUNDS

Damaging nearby combatants with melee abilities dramatically increases handling and damage. Expires after a short duration or the next shot.

Exclusive to the BxR-55 Battler Pulse Rifle. +500% PvE, +100% PvP increased damage for one burst, and +100% handling for 10s. Can be activated while stowed.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Damage

ELEMENTAL CAPACITATOR

Improved stats based on the currently equipped subclass.

Solar: +50% Reload Speed
Arc: +50% Handling
Void: +20% Stability
Stasis: +Recoil Direction, Reduced ADS Penalty

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Reload Speed
+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Stability
+Reduced Recoil

SUBSISTENCE

Kills partially reload the magazine from reserves.

Great for Auto Rifles. May need bonus reserve mods depending on the weapon.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Magazine

HEADSEEKER

Body shots landed with this weapon increase precision damage for a short time.

Great for weapons with medium to heavy recoil patterns.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

+Weapon Damage
+Weapon Stability

STEADY HANDS

Kills provide improved handling for all weapons for a short duration.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Readiness

OVERFLOW

Picking up Special or Heavy ammo reloads this weapon beyond normal magazine capacity.

Great for all weapons! Optimal perk for low ammo situations.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Magazine

FOURTH TIME'S THE CHARM

Rapidly landing four precision hits will return two rounds to the magazine.

Great for stable weapons with low to mid magazine size.

Enhanced Trait: Easier to trigger perk.

+Magazine

AMBITIOUS ASSASSIN

Overflows the magazine based on the number of rapid kills before reloading your weapon.

Great for weapons with low magazine size.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Reload Speed.

+Magazine
+Reload Speed

RANGEFINDER

Increased Range and Zoom when aiming this weapon. Increased Velocity with Launchers.

Great for PvP activities.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Handling.

+Weapon Range
+Zoom Magnification
+Weapon Velocity (Launchers)
+Weapon Readiness

CLOWN CARTRIDGE

Reloading this weapon randomly overfills it from reserves, allowing for more in the magazine than normal.

Great for weapons with a lower magazine size.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Magazine

UNRELENTING

Rapid kills trigger Health Regeneration. Guardians and powerful combatants count as more than one kill.

Great for endgame activities and builds that are without quick health-regen capabilities.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Handling.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Readiness

SWASHBUCKLER

This weapon gains increased damage from melee kills and kills with this weapon for a short time.

Great for most Close Quarters and High-Impact Weapons. Synergic with melee builds.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

MOVING TARGET

Increased movement speed and target acquisition when moving while aiming down sights.

Great for PvP activities.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Movement Speed
+5 Target Acquisition

AIR ASSAULT

This weapon gains increased airborne effectiveness as your health gets lower.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Unique Trait

FRAGILE FOCUS

This weapon gains bonus range until the wielder takes damage. The bonus returns when no damage is taken for a short duration.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Range

DISRUPTION BREAK

Breaking an enemy’s shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic Damage for a brief period.

Great for all weapons and stacks with other weapon mods.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage
+50% Kinetic Damage

TAP THE TRIGGER

Grants a short period of increased stability and accuracy on initial trigger pull (first bullet).

Great for High Impact weapons.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Stability
+Weapon Accuracy

 

THREAT DETECTOR

Increased reload speed, stability, and handling when enemies are in close proximity. 

Handy in tricky situations. Useful on SMGs and close-quarter weapons.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Reload Speed
+Weapon Stability
+Weapon Readiness

NO DISTRACTIONS

Aiming this weapon for a short period reduces flinch.

Great for PvP activities. Optimal for Sniper Rifles.

Enhanced Trait: Easier to trigger perk.

+35% Reduced Flinch

SURROUNDED

This weapon gains bonus damage when three or more enemies are in close proximity.

Use Surrounded Spec mod to increase effectiveness.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Damage

ADRENALINE JUNKIE

Grenade final blows grant bonus damage and handling for a moderate duration.

A useful perk with a beneficial damage boost. Works great with Demolitionist.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage
+Weapon Readiness

FIRMLY PLANTED

Increased accuracy, stability, and handling when firing while crouched. 

Great for more covert builds. Grants +30 Handling, +20 Stability, and reduces accuracy cone size when crouched. Effects halved for Fusion Rifles.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Accuracy
+Weapon Stability
+Weapon Readiness

FIELD PREP

Increased ammo capacity. Faster reload and handling when crouched.

Great for weapons with slow reload speed and handling

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+30 Ammo Reserve Capacity
+Reload Speed
+Weapon Readiness

GENESIS

Breaking a combatant’s shield with this weapon fills its magazine from reserves. Energy weapons regenerate ammo on hit when matching element.

Great for any weapon type; Convenience perk.

Enhanced Trait: Overflows Magazine for Kinetic Weapons.

+Ammo Boost
+Unique Trait

OSMOSIS

Using your grenade ability changes this weapon’s element matching your subclass until you stow it.

Helpful for Element-Focused Bounties and Match Game (Strike Modifier).

Enhanced Trait: Improved Handling.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Readiness

LEAD FROM GOLD

Picking up Heavy Ammo also grants ammo to this weapon.

Great for Special Weapons. Optimal perk for low ammo situations.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Ammo Boost

HIGH-IMPACT RESERVES

Rounds at the end of the magazine deal more damage.

Great for weapons with a moderate magazine size

Enhanced Trait: Improved damage starts earlier in the magazine.

+Weapon Damage

Situational and Low Rated Perks

Perks that may only provide benefits in specific circumstances or need further refinement by Bungie.

TURNABOUT

Using this weapon to break the shield of a combatant or a Guardian using their Super will grant you an overshield.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Unique Trait

COMPULSIVE RELOADER

Grants increased reload speed when close to full magazine.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Reload Speed.

+Reload Speed
+Reload Speed

FOCUSED FURY

Dealing half of the magazine as precision damage grants this weapon bonus damage. The shot count is reset whenever the weapon is reloaded or stowed.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

SHOOT TO LOOT

Shooting an ammo brick picks it up and automatically reloads all of your equipped weapons from reserves.

A returning perk from D1 with added benefits. Useful in more difficult PvE activities where you may need more ammo but cannot get to it.  

Enhanced Trait: Improved Range.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Range

SYMPATHETIC ARSENAL

Reloading after a final blow also reloads stowed weapons.

Great for all weapons, although situational. Convenience Perk.

Enhanced Trait: Time to trigger proc extended.

+Weapon Stability
+20 Reload

GRAVE ROBBER

Melee kills reload a portion of this weapon’s magazine. Grants ammo for Primary ammo weapons. Reloads from reserves for Special and Heavy ammo weapons.

Can feel situational. Works well with melee builds or on weapons with low reload speed.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Reload Speed.

+Magazine
+Reload Speed

HIP-FIRE GRIP

Increased accuracy, stability, and precision hit targeting when firing from the hip (free-fire). 

Actively promotes free-firing, which is often situational

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Accuracy
+Weapon Stability
+Target Acquisition

SLIDESHOT

Sliding partially reloads this weapon’s magazine and temporarily boosts range and stability.

Can feel situational and can be often forgotten about.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Reload Speed
+Weapon Range
+Weapon Stability

MULLIGAN

Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine. 

Can be useful in a few scenarios for weapons with a larger magazine, such as Machine Guns. 

Enhanced Trait: Easier to trigger perk.

+Magazine

AUTO-LOADING HOLSTER

The holstered weapon is automatically reloaded after a short period of time. 

Can be useful for weapons with low reload speed, or if you’re just terrible with reloading your weapon.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Magazine

UNDER PRESSURE

Improved stability and accuracy as the magazine get lower. 

Situational.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Stability 
+Weapon Accuracy

SLIDEWAYS

Sliding partially reloads this weapon’s magazine and temporarily boosts handling and stability

Situational.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Reload Speed
+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Stability

PULSE MONITOR

Automatically reloads the magazine and improves weapon handling when critically wounded – even when stowed. 

Situational.

Enhanced Trait: Easier to trigger the perk.

+Magazine
+Weapon Readiness

TIMED PAYLOAD

Projectiles attached to enemies explode after a short delay. 

Though some may in fact enjoy this perk, it is often surpassed by many other perks.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Range.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Range

Ability or Synergic Perks

Perks that provide ability energy in some form, or work in synergy with subclasses or specific builds.

CHILL CLIP

Direct hits with the top half of the magazine cause a detonation that slows nearby targets.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Stability

HEADSTONE

Precision final blows spawn a Stasis crystal at the victim’s location.

A great perk that has good synergy with the Stasis Subclass

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Stability

THRESH

Killing combatants with this weapon generates a small amount of Super Energy. Excludes PvP.

Great for Primary Weapons and helpful for super-focused builds.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Ability Energy

WELL-ROUNDED

Throwing a grenade or hitting a target with a charged melee grants a stacking bonus to weapon stability, handling, and range. Using a Super grants maximum stacks.

Can feel situational at times.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Stability
+Weapon Readiness
+Weapon Range

DEMOLITIONIST

Kills with this weapon generate grenade energy. Activating your grenade ability reloads this weapon from weapon reserves.

Great for grenade-focused builds.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Ability energy

WELLSPRING

Kills with this weapon generate ability energy. This energy is divided between your uncharged abilities. 

Works well with Surplus or any other ability perks. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Ability Energy

REPULSOR BRACE

Defeating Void-debuffed targets grants an overshield.

Works well with void subclass abilities

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Unique Trait

Bow/Fusion Rifle Specific Perks

Perks that are exclusive to Bows and Fusion Rifles.

SUCCESSFUL WARM-UP

Each final blow increases charge/draw speed.

A must-have for most bows, fusion rifles and Linear Fusion Rifles. It can make your weapon quite fast!

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Reduced Draw Time (Bows)
+Reduced Charge Time (Fusion Rifles)

 

ARCHER'S TEMPO

Draw time decreases after every precision hit.
Exclusive to Bows.

Recommended for all bows. Significant impact to draw time makes your bow very effective, quick, and deadly.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Reduced Draw Time

EXPLOSIVE HEAD

Arrows explode after a very short delay.
Exclusive to Bows.

Great for dealing with rank-and-file enemies and enemies with shields. Slight damage bonus.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Weapon Accuracy.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Damage
+Weapon Accuracy

SNEAK BOW

Increases hold time and reload speed, and prevents radar ping from shooting while crouched. Exclusive to Bows.

Great for PvP activities and when you need to be stealthy. Void sneaky Hunters may like this one. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability and Reload Speed.

+Unique Trait (x2)
+Reload Speed
+Weapon Stability
+Reload Speed

KICKSTART

Gain bonus damage and charge rate during a slide after sprinting for a short duration. Exclusive to Fusion Rifles.

Can feel situational and surpassed by other perks.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage
+Charge Rate

BACKUP PLAN

Grants reduced charge time and increased handling for a short time after weapon swap. Exclusive to Fusion Rifles.

Can be helpful for PvP-centered fusion rifles. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Reduced Charge Time
+Weapon Readiness

RESERVOIR BURST

When the battery is full, your next burst deals additional damage and causes enemies to explode on death. Exclusive to Fusion Rifles.

Who doesn’t like explosions? Works amazingly with Subsistence and higher ammo reserves.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

+Weapon Damage
+Unique Trait
+Weapon Stability

CORNERED

Faster charge time or draw-time when surrounded by combatants.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Stability.

More effective on Fusion Rifles, or when paired with other damage perks.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Stability

Shotgun/Glaive Specific Perks

Perks that are only available on Shotguns and Glaives.

TILTING AT WINDMILLS

Blocking damage with your shield increases movement speed until you lower your shield. Exclusive to Glaives.

Can be useful, though situational.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Movement Speed

UNSTOPPABLE FORCE

Blocking damage with your shield increases projectile damage for a short time. Exclusive to Glaives.

Improves projectile damage by 30% for 4 seconds or until you stop blocking. Blocking any hit refreshes the duration.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

TRENCH BARREL

After a successful melee hit, this weapon gains increased damage, handling, and reload speed for a short duration – or until three shots are fired from this weapon. Exclusive to Shotguns.

Great overall perk for any shotgun. Works well with close-quarter builds.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+50% Weapon Damage
+Weapon Readiness
+Reload Speed

ONE-TWO PUNCH

Hitting an enemy with every pellet in a shot increases melee damage for a short duration. Exclusive to Shotguns.

Does significant damage when stacked with other melee perks. Optimal for DPS. Works well with close-quarter builds.

Enhanced Trait: Easier to trigger perk.

+Melee Damage

DUAL LOADER

Reloads two shells at a time, but reduces reload speed. Exclusive to Shotguns.

Great for shotguns that can take the hit to reload speed. You can reload shoot, reload shoot, if necessary.

Enhanced Trait: Loads three shells instead of two.

+Unique Trait
-35 Reload Speed

Launcher Specific Perks

Perks that are only available on Grenade Launchers and Rocket Launchers.

CHAIN REACTION

Each final blow with this weapon creates an elemental damage explosion.

Great for clearing adds. Recommended perk for any rocket launcher or grenade launcher.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Ammo Reserves.

+Unique Trait
+Ammo Reserves

TRACKING MODULE

Adds tracking capability to rockets. Locks onto targets when aiming down sights.

Great for Rockets without tracking. There is a sound effect when the weapon is locked on target.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Blast Radius.

+Unique Trait
+Blast Radius

CLUSTER BOMB

Rockets spawn cluster bombs (mini-explosives) upon detonation.

Great for crowd control. Recommended for DPS phase activities when rockets are preferred.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Blast Radius.

+Unique Trait
+Blast Radius

DANGER ZONE

Increased Blast Radius when surrounded by combatants.

Situational, but useful in high-fire combat.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Blast Radius.

+Blast Radius
+Blast Radius

FULL COURT

Increases detonation damage as the projectile travels further before exploding.

Great for all Grenade Launchers that support this perk. Works well with Spike Grenades.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Blast Radius.

+Weapon Damage
+Blast Radius

LASTING IMPRESSION

Rockets attach on impact and detonate after a delay. Increases blast radius and damage.

Great for clearing adds. Can be dangerous if you forget about it though.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Damage
+50% Blast Radius

IMPULSE AMPLIFIER

Massively increases projectile velocity, increases reload speed.

Great for quick rocket action. Works well with Tracking Module.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Velocity
+Reload Speed

Sword Specific Perks

Perks that are only available on Swords.

WHIRLWIND BLADE

Rapid sword strikes increase this weapon’s damage for a short duration. Guarding ends the effect.

Recommended perk for swords. Works well with Relentless Strikes.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

RELENTLESS STRIKES

Landing three light-attack hits within a short time grants sword ammo.

Great for PvE activities, especially in low ammo situations.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Ammo Boost

 

SURROUNDED

This weapon gains bonus damage when three or more enemies are in close proximity.

Great for any weapon. Works well with any other damage perk.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Damage

ASSASSIN'S BLADE

Sword kills boost movement speed and damage for a short time.

Good overall perk for damage and maneuverability.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Movement Speed
+Weapon Damage

EAGER EDGE

Gain increased Sword lunge distance immediately after switching to this weapon.

Did someone say sword skating?  Exclusive to the “Half-Truths” and “The Other Side” Swords obtainable via Dares of Eternity or Xur.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Unique Trait

COLD STEEL

Powered Sword hits slow targets.

Exclusive to the reprised Zephyr Stasis Legendary Sword!

Enhanced Trait: Improved Ammo Capacity.

+Unique Trait
+Ammo Capacity

TIRELESS BLADE

Sword ammo granted for every other sword kill.

Great for PvE activities, especially in low ammo situations.

Enhanced Trait: Adds a chance for additional ammo to be provided.

+Ammo Boost
+Unique Trait

 

EN GARDE

Quick attacks immediately after swapping to this sword do additional damage.

Good damage output, although the perk can feel situational.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

 

FLASH COUNTER

Melee blocked immediately after guarding disorients and weakens the attacker for a short time.

Can stack with other debuff perks. Situational.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Ammo Reserves.

+Unique Trait
+Ammo Reserves

 

ENERGY TRANSFER

Guarding while receiving damage generates class ability energy.

Situational.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Ability Energy

DUELIST'S TRANCE

Sword final blows grant increased charge rate, efficiency, and defence until this weapon is stowed.

Very handy and could be very efficient with certain weapons.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Charge Rate
+Sword Bonuses

SHATTERING BLADE

If your heavy attack consumes the last of your ammo, it deals significantly increased damage. Excludes aerial attacks.

Good damage output, although the perk can feel situational.

Enhanced Trait: N/A.

+Weapon Damage

COUNTERATTACK

Blocking an attack immediately after guarding increases damage for a short time.

Decent damage output but the perk can feel situational. 

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Weapon Damage

 

Activity Exclusive Perks

Perks that can only be found on certain activity-specific weapons, such as Raids or Events.

RECONSTRUCTION

This weapon slowly reloads itself over time, up to double capacity.

This perk can only be found on Deep Stone Crypt weapons.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Magazine

 

RECOMBINATION

Elemental kills increase the damage of this weapon’s next shot.

This perk can only be found on Deep Stone Crypt weapons.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Range.

+Weapon Damage
+Weapon Range

 

REDIRECTION

Damaging rank-and-file combatants increases damage against more powerful ones. Stacks up to 20 for a single powerful bullet. 

This perk can only be found on Deep Stone Crypt weapons.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Weapon Damage

REWIND ROUNDS

When this weapon’s magazine is empty, it refills from reserves based on the number of hits.

This perk can only be found on Vault of Glass weapons.

Enhanced Trait: Improved Range.

+Unique Trait
+Weapon Range

IRON GRIP

Massively improves Weapon Stability at the cost of Reload Speed.

Can only be found on Iron Banner weapons from recent seasons.

Enhanced Trait: Reduced Penalty.

+20 Weapon Stability
-30 Reload Speed

IRON GAZE

Massively improves Target Acquisition at the cost of Weapon Range.

Can only be found on Iron Banner weapons from recent seasons.

Enhanced Trait: Reduced Penalty.

+20 Target Acquisition
-30 Weapon Range

IRON REACH

Massively improves Weapon Range at the cost of Weapon Stability.

Can only be found on Iron Banner weapons from recent seasons.

Enhanced Trait: Reduced Penalty.

+20 Weapon Range
-30 Weapon Stability

Retired Perks

Perks that are no longer in the perk pool due to low usage or performance.

BOTTOMLESS GRIEF

While you are the last living member of your fireteam, each takedown refills your magazine. Grants additional magazine size.

Kind of a last-stand perk.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+Unique Trait
+30 Magazine

CELERITY

Improved weapon performance when Last Guardian Standing. Permanently grants +20 Reload and Handling.

Great for PvP activities, especially Elimination and Trials of Osiris.

Enhanced Trait: Improved benefit.

+100 Target Acquisition
+100 Weapon Readiness
+100 Reload Speed
+Reduced Flinch
+Reduced Recoil
+Reduced Spread

SHIELD DISORIENT

Breaking a shield with a matching element disorients nearby combatants.

Can be useful PvE activities.

Enhanced Trait: Improved duration.

+Unique Trait

UNDERDOG

This weapon gains a boost to reload speed as your health gets lower. 

Situational.

Enhanced Trait: Also boosts Weapon Stability.

+Reload Speed
+Weapon Stability

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