Destiny Weapons and Weapon Mods Guide – Stats, Upgrades, Customization

By   /   Sep 10, 2014

Gear is the part and parcel of every MMO out there, and in Bungie’s Destiny, Weapons are an important part of your character’s gear.

For more help on Destiny, read our Titan Class Tips, Earth Story Missions and The Devil’s Lair Guide.

Destiny Weapons and Weapon Mods

Destiny offers a wide range of weapons which don’t matter much at the base levels, but after Level 20, you need to salvage the best weapons the game has to offer.

When we talk about weapons, there are three basic classes – primary, special, and heavy. However, what you need to look at is called Weapon Archetype.

Destiny Weapons

For each weapon class in the game, there are several different Weapon Archetypes that determine how a weapon behaves in combat.

For example, Rapid Archetype for primary weapons increases the rate of fire and shortens the range. On the contrary, Marksman slows down the rate of fire, but increases the range.

Although there is no clear way of knowing Weapon Archetypes in the game, you can most certainly make some educated guesses and choose weapons which best suit your style.

Weapon Stats

Weapon states or attributes determine how a weapon behaves in combat. The game explicitly displays some of the weapon stats of your weapon; however, there are some stats like recoil and handling, which are not displayed.

Tip: Two weapons of the same name have similar base stats, but can have different mods.

Rate of Fire
Rate of Fire determines how fast/slow a weapon shoots. Like in any other FPS out there, having a high ROF can greatly reduce recoil of a weapon. It’s advisable that weapons with a high ROF should be fired in short burst or at close range.

Impact
Impact can be considered as damage dealt per shot, but it’s not as simple as it sounds like. In PVP and PVE, level and attack can alter this value.

Still, if there are two weapons of the same class with similar attack, the weapon with higher Impact will deal more damage per shot.

Range
The maximum range of a weapon is the effective distance at which you can shoot without losing any damage. Going above the range of your weapon will make it lose damage.

Therefore, it’s recommended to check the area before the entering and choosing your weapon.

Along with the damage, another thing that is affected by the range is accuracy. – keep an eye on it!

Stability
Stability and recoil of a weapon are two opposite things. Stability determines how less a weapon sways in your hand while shooting.

Always remember that a weapon with high stability will be more accurate and vice versa. There are some players who can manually control their weapon’s recoil so they don’t rely on Stability that much.

Reload Speed
RS determines how quickly a player can change the gun’s magazine. At a crucial state, a bad-timed reload can result in instant death. You’ll find a couple of mods which will allow you to speed up the reloading speed of your weapon.

Magazine
Magazine determines how much bullets you can fire before needing to reload. This number depends upon the weapon class and can be enhanced by using certain weapon mods.

Charge Time
This weapon stat is exclusive to fusion rifles and determines the speed at which a weapon can completely charge its burst of energy. This may not be very helpful in PVP, but can be very handy in PVE.

A thing that you need to keep in mind is that weapons with slower CT deal more damage and vice versa.

Blast Radius
This weapon stat is exclusive to rocket launchers and determines the number of targets and the effective damage dealt to the opponents – obviously, this should always be high.

Velocity
Similar to BR, Velocity is also exclusive to rocket launchers and determines the speed with which rockets travels towards its target. Slow velocity targets are not very useful against opponents at a long range.

Understanding Your Weapons

Accuracy
There are a number of things which affect the accuracy of a weapon – for example, aiming down sights. When firing while ADS, your weapon will always have better accuracy than when firing from the hip.

Another thing that affects accuracy is the recoil and stability of a weapon. A weapon with lower recoil and higher stability will always be on target and will always be more accurate. There are some mods which can reduce a weapon’s recoil.

Furthermore, there are some players who can manually control their weapon’s recoil and stability.

Tip: When firing from a long-range, fire in small burst to reduce recoil – this affects DPS though.

Damage
Damage is a stat which is greatly affected by a number of other things – your action and level, for example. Rate of fire is another thing that affects the weapon damage. A weapon with higher ROF will always have less damage and vice versa.

Impact, as discussed above, also affects the damage dealt by you. A weapon with higher impact will deal more damage per shot. Lastly, your Attack and Defence stats play a major role.

For example, if you and your opponent are on the same level and you’ve higher Attack than his/her Defence then you’ll most certainly deal more damage.

Precision Damage
Precision Damage is the damage dealt when you hit an enemy on its weak spot. While playing the PVP, the weak spot of every enemy is at its head.

Whereas, in PVE, the weak spot of enemies vary from monster to monster. Furthermore, you’ll also come across some monsters without any weak spot – rendering your PD useless.

Elemental Damage
Elemental Damage refers to Arc, Solar, and Void damage dealt by special weapons, heavy weapons, grenades, and super moves.

In PVE, you’ll come across different monster with different elemental shields – hitting them with the same element will deal double amount of damage.

  • Blue is for Arc Damage
  • Red is for Solar Damage
  • Purple is for Void Damage

Flinch
Whenever you take damage from the enemies, your character will flinch which will affect your accuracy to land a shot on target. Depending upon the damage taken, flinch can be minute or major.

You’ll find a bunch of weapon with reduced flinch along with different mods that can reduce it significantly.

Primary Weapons

Primary Weapons have decent rate of fire and stability stats. In order to achieve success with these weapons, you need to be highly accurate with your shots.

However, there are some exceptions like scout rifles and hand cannon which are semi-automatic weapons and require a certain delay before firing the next round – unlike fully automatic weapons.

While firing in short bursts can reduce recoil and improve accuracy, it most certainly reduces the damage per second which is something quite important, especially in PVP.

Auto Rifles
These fully-automatic rifles have good stability and decent rate of fire – which work really well in medium-range.

Although these weapons don’t perform as good on long-range as on medium-range, you can always go with sights to overcome that issue. Being consistent with your shots is very important when going with these weapons.

Pulse Rifles
These three-burst rifles should only be selected by those who have a good trigger finger.

Having burst-fire mode, these weapons allow players to achieve decent accuracy, but also suffer from less DPS. And contrary to the popular belief, these weapons don’t deal more damage than Auto Rifles.

Scout Rifles
These single-shot semi-automatic rifles provide the best of both damage and accuracy.

Having the ability to fire in rapid successions and somewhat decent accuracy with these weapons can prove fatal for the enemies. While these guns are ideal for the long range, they’re not as effect on the short range.

Hand Cannons
Like with most pistols, these weapons have good damage output, but suffer from smaller range and slow rate of fire along with smaller magazine size. It’s recommended that you go for these weapons while playing short-sighted maps and during close-ranged combat.

Special Weapons

There are a total of three weapons in this category and all of them target different ranged combat. Ideally, these weapons should be used to make up for the deficiencies of your primary weapons.

For example, if you’re going with scout rifles as your primary weapons, try going for a shotgun as your special weapon. Furthermore, these are the only weapons which are the source of your elemental damage.

Aside from sniper and shotgun, the fusion rifle provides the best of both worlds. While it cannot replace the sniper rifle’s insanely long range, its charged burst can put any shotgun to shame.

Sniper Rifles
Sniper Rifles have insanely long range and damage, but suffer from smaller magazine sizes and rate of fire. While in the PVP combat, no party is complete with a sniper looking to cover the long distance engagements.

However, unlike many popular FPS out there, snipers in Destiny should never be used at a short-range and should always be fired while ADS and not from the hip.

While in the PVE space, look for your enemy’s weak spots and then make your shots count.

Shotguns
Shotguns are only meant to be used at long range – well, unless you’re planning on missing every shot. It’s not necessary to ADS when using a shotgun; you can easily go with the hip-fire and get accurate shots.

The best strategy of using a shotgun is to fire from the hip as soon as you come across an enemy followed by ADS to make your shots more accurate.

In PVP, if you’re going with scout rifles or fully-automatic rifles as your primary weapons, you should definitely consider using shotguns as your special weapons.

Keeping damage and accuracy aside, shotguns have slow ROF, bad range, and sluggish reload times.

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