Destiny 2 – 9 Best Auto Rifles to Use

Top Auto Rifles in Destiny 2

When it comes to Auto Rifles in Destiny 2, there are a lot of options to choose from. Deciding which one is worth your time can be challenging. Today, we have a list of the best Auto Rifles that Destiny 2 has to offer. We will go over what makes each of these Auto Rifles special and how you can unlock them.

Ammit AR2

This 450 RPM Auto Rifle is one of the easiest god-roll weapons you can obtain in the game. It is given to you for free as part of the weapon crafting tutorial and comes with some incredible Perks that make it one of the best. The Perk combination of Dynamic Sway Reduction and Tap the Trigger gives this weapon virtually no recoil, allowing you to easily laser opponents at close, mid, and long-range. While it doesn’t have any damage-enhancing Perks, the consistency that these Perks provide makes this one of the best Auto Rifles in PvP. Outside of PvP, this weapon still performs great in PvE. You have options such as Incandescent for Scorch builds and Triple Tap for ammo conservation. Overall, this weapon is a must-have for any Destiny 2 player. It is available to free-to-play players and doesn’t take much to unlock.

Horror Story

This weapon surprised everyone when it was re-released with the Festival of the Lost. It is another 450 RPM Auto Rifle, one of the best Frames at the moment, and comes with Perks that rival even Ammit AR2. In PvP, you’ve got Dynamic Sway Reduction and Target Lock to give you that much-needed boost to stability while increasing damage. While Target Lock doesn’t drastically affect your time to kill, it does make it more forgiving. If you have a hard time activating Target Lock, you can always swap it for Frenzy. In PvE, this weapon has some great rolls, such as Demolitionist and Frenzy or Enlightened Action and Headstone. Vorpal Weapon is always available if you need more damage against Champions.

Quicksilver Storm

This Exotic Auto Rifle has become a staple for many PvE players and is beloved by many PvP players. Perks aside, this weapon has some great base stats that make it feel good to use, with near-max Stability and a very high Aim Assist stat. With the Perks, this gun becomes truly amazing. The Intrinsic Perk Rocket Tracers creates homing missiles while damaging enemies that fire towards your target to deal additional damage. After landing multiple homing missiles, you will activate the Grenade Chaser Perk, storing up to three Grenade Charges. Using your alternative fire mode by holding down the reload button, you can swap to Grenade Launcher mode and begin firing any stored Grenade Charges. Each Grenade Charge will deal a massive amount of damage.

Rufus’s Fury

This 720 RPM Strand Auto Rifle has some of the best Range in the game, along with many great Perks that capitalize on its great stat line. This gun is perfect for PvE, with many amazing Perk combinations. You have got Reconstruction and Target Lock, Demolitionist and Hatchling, or any combination of these Perks, along with Paracausal Affinity for another damage-boosting source. Reconstruction is one of the best PvE Perks you can get, as you will never have to reload this weapon. When you do swap to it, you will also have a magazine size that is twice as large as usual. While not the best choice for PvP, you can always go with Perpetual Motion and Tap the Trigger or Target Lock to give this weapon some great stat boosts.

Positive Outlook

The Vanguard 450 RPM Void Auto Rifle is surprisingly good. Positive Outlook is a great weapon in both PvE and PvP, with a diverse Perk pool that you can curate to whatever type of build you want. In PvE, this can be the perfect Void Primary for your Void 3.0 builds. Zen Moment and Destabalizing Rounds are a great choice. You also have Repulsor Brace for more survivability. In PvP, this weapon can reach an insane time to kill of 0.53 seconds when Kill Clip is activated. Pair this with either Zen Moment, Tap the Trigger, or Dynamic Sway Reduction for Stability, Accuracy, or recoil reduction and you will have a great Auto Rifle that will carry you through 6v6 and even 4v4 game modes.


This 450 RPM Auto Rifle is a great pick up if you are lucky enough to get one. While this weapon doesn’t have a diverse Perk pool like many others, it has a couple of Perks that can make it very, very good. In PvE, Fragile Focus or Fourth Time’s the Charm with Focused Fury or Adagio can be very good for bonus Range, damage, and ammo reserves. In PvP, Fragile Focus will give this weapon a great Range stat while you have your shield up, while Adagio will give this weapon increased damage at the cost of a slower RPM. This is a fine trade-off and will result in a very hard-hitting weapon at any range.


The Destiny 1 favorite is back and is actually a pretty good weapon in Destiny 2. Many were excited to see this Exotic Auto Rifle return to Destiny 2 and it hasn’t disappointed. It comes with the Intrinsic Perk Cursebringer, causing precision final blows to trigger a Cursed Thrall explosion. Landing final blows with a Cursed Thrall explosion will refill the weapon’s magazine. Reloading after a precision final blow or a Cursed Thrall final blow will trigger the Desperation Perk, increasing your fire rate…