Linear Fusion Rifles are great weapons, but which one is the best?
Destiny 2 added new types of weapons that players can try out. There were new things added to the sandbox, like Submachine Guns, Grenade Launchers, and Linear Fusion Rifles, to keep things interesting. In the first Destiny, Queenbreaker and Sleeper Simulant were kind of like Linears, but they were never a real archetype.
These weapons work like Sniper Rifles, but they take a moment to fire. This makes them good for holding down lanes in PvP or fighting tougher enemies in PvE. Even though they aren’t as strong as many Heavy weapons, they do something that most Heavy weapons can’t. Here are Destiny 2’s best Linear Fusion Rifles.
In Lightfall, Queenbreaker got a small change that changes how the Exotic’s linear shots work. Each shot from this weapon will give each target the Blind keyword from Arc. This is similar to, but not the same as, the Jolt keyword. A single shot from Queenbraker can kill a few enemies and blind the rest. This makes it a surprising good choice for harder content where your DPS is taken care of by abilities. Look somewhere else for boss DPS or PvP viability.
- Column One: Marksman Sights
- Column Two: Quickdraw
Fire And Forget
Right now, you can’t get this weapon. Reed’s Regret is a Stasis card that can be used instead of Fire and Forget.
Fire and Forget is a great Heavy weapon if you like LFRs with three-round bursts. This Aggressive Frame LFR fires three Stasis bolts at once, which can do a lot of damage if you hit the target in the head. Fire and Forget can do decent damage as long as you can control the gun’s recoil between shots.
The chase roll here is Field Prep and Focused Fury. Field Prep lets you save more ammo, which helps make up for the fact that you don’t have Triple Tap/Fourth Time’s the Charm. Also, Focused Fury goes off after two bursts instead of after half the magazine. In other words, Focused Fury is used almost the whole time the magazine is open. It won’t do as much damage as the current meta LFRs, but it’s still a good Stasis Linear Fusion Rifle.
- Column One: Field Prep
- Column Two: Focused Fury, Frenzy
The Root of Nightmares raid is where you can get Briar’s Contempt, which is the first Aggressive Frame Solar LFR in Destiny 2. Cataclysmic and Sleeper Simulant, which are both Heavy LFRs, give Solar LFRs a lot of trouble for the Heavy slot. At first glance, Briar’s Contempt seems like a big step down from Cataclysmic.
That changes when perks are taken into account. Rewind Rounds can do crazy amounts of damage when combined with either High-Impact Reserves or Focused Fury. Since this weapon hits targets more than once, it should consistently trigger Rewind Rounds during any DPS phase. This will make it so that you rarely have to reload, even during long damage phases. It might not be as easy to use as Sleeper or deal as much total damage as Cataclysmic, but the gun’s DPS bonuses make it a great choice for killing Champions, Tormentors, and most dungeon bosses.
- Column One: Rewind Rounds
- Column Two: Focused Fury, High-Impact Reserves
Focused Fury, High-Impact Reserves Sleeper Simulant is in the second column. Because all of the other LFRs in Lightfall were nerfed, the Sleeper Simulant became a great Heavy weapon. This gun shoots big, bouncing lasers that do a lot of damage to the body. When using Sleeper, players who struggle to consistently hit bosses in the head won’t be punished as badly. It hits hard, is easy to use, has a lot of extra ammo, and can be used in a pinch to get rid of all the adds in a hallway. Few Linear Fusion Rifles can make the same claim.
Do you like Arbalest but wish it was better at add-clear? Lorentz Driver is the Exotic Season Pass weapon for Season 15. This gun is like Arbalest in that it goes in the Energy slot and uses Special ammunition to snipe targets. Lorentz Driver, unlike Arbalest, has two perks that are way too good.
Lagrangian Sight is an exotic perk for Lorentz Driver that gives you wallhacks every so often. You get a telemetry stack if you kill the marked target. If you get three stacks of telemetry, your weapon does 50% more damage for 30 seconds. This lets Lorentz wipe out majors in PvE and kill Guardians with a single tap in PvP. And because this effect lasts for so long, it’s easy to keep it going once it’s started.
If a one-tap weapon with ridiculous aim assist isn’t enough to convince you, precision kills will create a black hole that pulls enemies toward the enemy you just killed. It can also clear adds this way, and it can really throw off opponents in the Crucible. Masterworking this weapon removes the need for precision while you have three stacks of telemetry. This could make it one of the best Special weapons for PvP in Destiny 2. It’s also a great PvE Special, but it’s not quite as good as Arbalest.
Stormchaser is one of the best Arc LFRs in Destiny 2 right now, which is impressive given how strong the other ones are. Even though the recent change to Stormchaser’s charge rate hurt its overall DPS by a lot, it’s still a great Linear Fusion Rifle that can compete with Cataclysmic and Sleeper Simulant.
Stormchaser fires in three-round bursts, while most Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2 only fire one shot at a time. This gun does 42% more damage in a single burst than Reed’s Regret or any other Legendary LFR, but there is a noticeable delay between each shot. When you combine these bursts of high damage with Firing Line, you have a damage monster. And if you can figure out how to use weapon surge mods and Radiant on Stormchaser, this gun can be used in Master raids and GM Nightfalls alongside meta Heavy weapons.
- Column One: Clown Cartridge, Rapid Hit
- Column Two: Firing Line (PvE), Frenzy, Vorpal Weapon
Because of legacy focusing, Reed’s Regret is back in Lightfall. It has the same benefits as its refresh in The Witch Queen, including the great combination of Triple Tap and Firing Line. There isn’t much to say about this. It does great damage, and the Veist Stringer origin trait lets it partially refill its magazine. It also works better with Stasis surge mods on leg armor. Reed’s Regret is no longer the best DPS Heavy weapon in the game, but if you want a great Stasis Heavy weapon, it’s hard to find a better one than Reed’s Regret.
- Column One: Triple Tap
- Column Two: Firing Line
Even though Arbalest might not be the best Special weapon for PvP anymore, it is still very useful for PvE. This Linear Fusion Rifle is one of two Special LFRs in Funny Shooter 2 game. It goes in the Kinetic slot. When its Catalyst is installed, it hits very hard from far away, ignores shield resistance, and reloads after breaking a shield. It works well against Champions and hurts bosses. Just don’t expect Arbalest to be a headshot magnet in the Crucible; Lorentz Driver is for that.
The first Void LFR you can make in Destiny 2 is a real beast. After you finish a short quest at the crafting station in The Enclave, you’ll be able to make a Taipan with the roll you want. Just because of that, Taipan is one of the best LFRs on this list, but the way its perks work together also makes it a strong contender against the best PvE weapons.
This weapon, like its cousin Stasis, can roll Triple Tap and Firing Line. Taipan also comes with Veist Stringer, which lets you hit someone and have the magazine automatically reloaded from reserves. This gives Taipan the chance to deal insanely high DPS over a long period of time, similar to what Reed’s Regret and Cataclysmic can do. Best of all, it can be made and is part of a simple quest. If you have a few hours to spare, anyone can make a god roll Taipan.
- Column One: Triple Tap, Field Prep
- Column Two: Firing Line, Frenzy
Cataclysmic, a Solar LFR that you can get from the Vow of the Disciple raid, is the best Linear Fusion Rifle. Most of this weapon’s power comes from its bonuses, especially when Fourth Time’s the Charm and Bait and Switch are used together. This is the only LFR in Destiny 2 that can get Fourth Time’s the Charm, which lets it fire ten rounds before having to reload if it has the right magazine perk.
Bait and Switch turns this weapon into a monster. If you hit with all three of your weapons, you get a 35% damage boost for ten seconds. Firing Line, which adds 20% damage, is the next best damage buff you can find in LFRs. If you use Bait and Switch and hit your targets in the head, you’ll be at the top of the DPS charts in every endgame PvE activity in Destiny 2.
- Column One: Fourth Time’s the Charm
- Column Two: Bait and Switch, Focused Fury, High-Impact Reserves