Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide – Best Loadouts, PVP Tips, Subclasses and Abilities, Weapons, Combat Tips

Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide to help you learn everything you need to know about Crucible PVP, best loadouts, how to excel, and win more games.

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In this Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide, we tell you about Crucible in Destiny. We have detailed everything about Crucible in our Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide. In addition, we have listed what Crucible is, how you can access it, the heads up display and how it can help you during the game in this Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide.

We have also listed information about Subclasses and their abilities, weapons and what the notifications mean in the game. Read our detailed Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide to know everything about the Crucible in Destiny 2.

For more help on Destiny 2, you can check out our Titan Adventures Guide, Raid Guide, and Lost Sectors Locations Guide.

Destiny 2 Crucible PVP

Crucible is very different compared to PvE elements of the game as in this players will fight against players and in this guide, we will help you step-by-step on all the Crucible PvP combat tips and tricks. Our Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide details everything that you need to know about Crucible in Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 – Crucible PVP Tips And Tricks

In this guide, we will discuss everything from combat tricks and tips to the subclasses and the best abilities that players need to know about before they jump into the arena against other players.

What is Crucible?

Crucible is a series of fast-paced contests in which Guardians fight against each other in open combat. Winners earn rewards and glory. You can play Crucible in two modes. You can either select Quickplay. Quickplay features a series of rotating fun matches that are more casual than the other mode. If you looking for some quick action with straightforward rules then Quickplay is for you.

The other mode is Competitive Playlist and as the name suggests, it is more focused of competition. It is more challenging, is more objective-based, and requires combat proficiency and team tactics. This is intended for skilled players and your real skill will be tested here.

Both modes have a specific selection of maps and modes and they will keep rotating in between them to allow a more diverse and unique experience. When you complete each match you earn experience, a Crucible Token and one randomly selected piece of equipment. Playing in Crucible also gives you a chance of completing daily challenges and weekly Milestones for additional rewards.

Crucible is unlocked after completing the Campaign Mission: Spark. Once you get access to it, you will unlock higher levels of competition as your Guardian becomes more powerful. In Crucible, you will see that level advantages are deactivated. Therefore, every weapons will deal standardized damage and armor will offer no additional mitigation.


Every Crucible match is played in a 4V4 team format. Fireteams of up to four players are accommodated on both sides. Either you can choose to play in a team of random players or you can also choose to bring your own team to the party.

If you are a returning player, you will notice that there are no longer official designations. Teams will be simply shown on the screen as Your Team and Opponents. You will always be in the blue team. Each map has starting points for the teams and they located across the map. The starting areas vary between match types but they are always consistent in a same match. Variations tend to be minor.

Tips for Teamwork

Teamwork is necessary for the crucible if you want to be good at it. We have some tips and tricks for you to follow to make teamwork even easier for you.

Communicate with your teammates
Always be connected with your team so you can make strategies for offense and defense together. It will drastically improve your game and will give you an upper edge over the competition team if they lack a proper team.

Understand the UI
When open communication is not an option, UI is your best friend to find out what your team is doing on the battlefield. Follow them to predict what they are hoping to accomplish. Understand the UI and use it to your advantage.

Participate in Team-Firing
Team-Assaults or simple team gunfights deal the maximum damage and they are good to harass opposition and make them retreat right at the start. Try to attack with your tam as much as possible to maximize the impact of the attack. Make efforts to join any gunfights that break out because a little extra firepower always makes the difference.

Find Strength in Numbers
Stay near your teammates or at least one of them to ensure the chances of team firing. It maximizes the effectiveness of support-related Class abilities. It will also ensure that all sides are under surveillance all the time if someone decides to attack from the rear. But you need to keep one thing in mind, Destiny 2 has splash damage so leave enough space to minimize the effects if incoming splash damage.


There are different pre-built loadouts in the game. You can either use them or make your own custom loadouts. You can use all the weapons, armor pieces and Abilities that are allowed in the Crucible. Try out different weapons and abilities in conjunction with each other to find the best possible loadout.

Subclasses and Abilities

Every Subclass has a place in the Crucible and you can use anyone you want. If you are comfortable with a Subclass for the PvE, it is not certain that you will be on same levels with the same class in PvP. If this is the case then you can easily try other classes or sub classes. Try out different Grenades, Movements Modes and Melee Abilities and find your perfect fit.

Solar subclasses tend to focus on powerful, direct-damage attacks. Arc Subclasses tend to focus on short-range-multi-target attacks. Void Subclasses tend to focus on survivability. Choose the one that suits your playstyle and then move on to the abilities unique to it.

Movement Modes

You need a brisk mover for PvP because you cannot afford too much hang time. Airborne Guardian makes up for an easy target. Start experimenting with Movement modes that favor directional control. If it does not favor you, try out other movement styles and find your favorite style. We recommend that you try the Voidwalker’s Blink. It is a short-range teleport and is very well suited for PvP. If you get good practice with it, it is a very good evasive tool.


Crucible offers five basic types of Grenades:

  • Sticky Grenades stick to surfaces and targets and they explode dealing explosive damage.
  • Blast Grenades are straightforward grenades and they explode to damage nearby enemies.
  • Persistent Grenades produce damaging fields or other lasting effects. It is good for crowd control as well as if you want to control a particular section of the map.
  • Seeker Grenades produce one or more homing projectiles, which target the nearest foe. They work best when you attack enemies behind cover or running away.
  • Status Grenades cause enemies to suffer from different status effects such as Subclass Striker’s Flashbang Grenade disorients enemies and Sentinel’s Suppressor Grenade prevents enemies from using abilities.

Class Abilities

All Subclasses can use the Class ability in PvP. You can select anyone that suit your playstyle. For Titans, Towering Barricade is the better choice for defensive applications. The extra height is also useful for providing better cover options in modes like Capture Points and Power Ammo Spawns. Similarly, Rally Barricade’s ability to instantly reload your weapon makes it very useful for offensive option.

While using Hunter Class, close combat fans can use Gambler’s Dodge. Using this Class ability near enemies will automatically recharge your Melee Ability. For long-range combat, you can look at Marksman’s Dodge. A well-timed Dodge will reload your weapon and minimize your downtime during combat.

For the Warlock, you can use Healing Rift for group healing or the Empowering Rift for the damage boost. Both work well as a support class. For this, you can select which your teammates are happy with.

Melee Abilities
Melee Abilities comes with powerful and unique effects. When you select a melee ability, it will affect your Super Ability, Class Ability and more. For the best Melee Ability, try out all of them and then pick one that is suiting the best one for you.


You will need to find the perfect combination of Kinetic and Energy weapons. You will need to consider a few factors before you choose your weapons. First, you need to consider range. A short-range weapon will not be effective on long and big maps and vice versa. Take flexibility, your playstyle. For your Power weapon, you must follow the same process too.

If you prefer close combat, put shotguns and close range weapons in our loadout. Otherwise, if you prefer long-range encounters, use long-range weapons such as scout rifles, auto rifles and sniper rifles. It all boils down to your preferences and play style.


While selecting Armor, you need to keep three things in mind:

  • The Supported Attributes
  • The Attached Mods
  • How cool it looks. This comes in the end and is just optional but still you will want to look good too while owning your competition.

For attributes, you need to make sure that the armor is a good balance between Resilience, Mobility and Recovery. A good advice here is that do not exceed 10 when boosting an attribute as going up from 10 will be a waste of points.

For mods, pick the mods that suit your playstyle. Try out different mods and then finally assemble a collection.

Combat Tips

We have some combat tips, which will be beneficial for you in playing Crucible:

Don’t Stop Moving
One of the most important thing while playing Crucible is that you never stop moving. A standing Guardian is a very easy target. Even when you hide behind cover to regenerate health, enemy Guardians will not stop chasing you. Therefore, unless you are collecting Power Ammo, dealing with a charge or reviving an ally, you should always be moving here and there. Develop this habit as early as possible and you should be fine.

Aim for Headshots
Always shoot the head for quick kills. Shooting any other part will be take more time to kill the opponent. This is especially beneficial when both are using same weapon. Guardian with more precise aim will take the kill in such situations.

Don’t Crouch all the Time
Crouch seriously hinders your movement capabilities. Yet it has its advantages too such as the Motion Tracker takes more time to spot you. In addition, crouching makes you a smaller target making you a hard target.

Sprinting Helps
Run as much as you can. The more you run, harder you will be to hit. However, when you are running, you cannot reload. If you begin reloading when sprinting, you will stop running and vice versa.

This concludes our Destiny 2 Crucible PVP Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use to comments section below!

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