Swords recently are undergoing a bit of a renaissance in Destiny 2. For a long time neglected, a recent overhaul of sword mechanics in-game, coupled with very powerful legendary weapons and mods have turned swords into arguably the best weapons in the game for lots of content in Destiny 2. So then, let’s look at the best swords in PvE, PvP & Gambit right now in Destiny 2 for 2020 as of Beyond Light.
In situations where you can actually safely use these weapons, Sword damage can go through the roof, so it’s important to know which ones are the best to use.
Best Destiny 2 Swords 2020
Best for PvE & Gambit
- Falling Guillotine (Void, Power) – Seasonal pass weapon for Season of the Arrivals, Focused Umbral Engrams
- Temptation’s Hook (Arc, Power) – Contact public event during Season of the Arrivals
- The Lament (Solar, Power, Exotic) – Complete Lost Lament exotic quest.
Right now the king of the legendary sword scene is still Falling Guillotine AKA Dark Drinker 2.0. Find one with Whirlwind Blade and Tireless Blade and just go to down on any enemy that will allow you to get close.
Falling Guillotine’s heavy move does a spinning attack that when stacked with 5x Whirlwind Blade stacks does an insane amount of damage to both single targets or just anything caught in its radius.
If sword DPS is critical to your strategy. you’re up against champions, or you just want to take sword damage to an even higher level than Falling Guillotine then go ahead and rock The Lament.
The Lament is a new Beyond Light sword that can be charged up by blocking for a second, and then you can unleash just an insane amount of damage with its light and heavy attacks.
Although niche, Temptation’s Hook is essentially Black Talon-lite. It allows for long-range attacks similar to Black Talon using its heavy attack. While not even close to as powerful as Falling Guillotine’s spinning attack, it allows you to hit enemies from a safe range which is nice to have in your back pocket.
Best Sword for PvP & Invading in Gambit: Black Talon
- Black Talon (Void, Power, Exotic) – Rare exotic world drop.
If you’re going to commit to being the PvP Sword person in Destiny 2, you might as well go all out and use Black Talon.
Black Talon has the Tireless Blade perk to make the most of the limited ammo you get and it of course features the Crow’s Wing perk which allows you to fire a projectile.
Swords, especially Black Talon, can be very effective in PvP but you have to play smart. Make use of your radar, hide as much as possible and use the third-person angle to peak around corners.
Almost no one is going to be mentally prepared to dodge a Crow’s Wing hit, so if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t safely get up in someone’s face, definitely make use of the exotic perk to get kills where you would have otherwise died.
That’s all for our best Swords in Destiny 2 for PvE, PvP, & Gambit. If you’re interested in learning more weapon recommendations. Check out our all-encompassing lists below: