Destiny 2’s Season of the Deep artifact heavily features Arc, Void, and Strand element mods. This leaves other elements like Solar out to dry. That said, Solar weapons are incredibly powerful in the current sandbox. So today, we’re going over the top 10 Solar weapons for Season of the Deep in Destiny 2.
Best Solar Weapons In Destiny 2
Kicking off the list is arguably the most iconic weapon in the Destiny franchise, Gjallarhorn. Since its release during the 30th Anniversary event, the Gjallarhorn wasted no time climbing the ranks as one of the best Solar weapons in Destiny 2. It is a great DPS weapon, and its Exotic perk, Pack Hunter, buffs this Legendary Rocket Launchers’ damage output. As a result, the Gjallarhorn is a must-run gun in the current sandbox, where Rocket Launchers are the best weapons to use. You can acquire this gun by completing the Exotic quest from Xur in the Treasure Hoard.
Exotic Bows usage varies from Season to Season. When the Ticuu’s Divination was released during Season of the Chosen, it wasn’t met with great reception initially. It wasn’t until multiple Seasons had already passed that players realized just how powerful the Bow truly is. The ability to automatically track enemies and then detonate them on the second shot is a deadly advantage. It’s no secret that most Solar builds revolve around exploding your enemies, and the Ticuu’s Divination is arguably the best weapon to choose from for high-end content. You can acquire this gun by purchasing it from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower.
When it comes to rapidly creating detonations, no gun in the game can recreate what the Sunshot Exotic Cannon can do. From shooting explosive shots with no damage fall-off to generating Solar explosions with ease, this weapon is a match made in heaven for nearly all Solar builds. The majority of Solar Aspects and Fragments revolve around explosions; thus, the Sunshot is no doubt the best option to use. You can acquire this powerful weapon from the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower.
Kicking off the Legendary weapons is essentially a “baby” version of the Sunshot, the Zaouli’s Bane Hand Cannon. While it isn’t as potent, this weapon can roll with Explosive Payload and Incandescent, which packs just as much of a punch. It’s not as explosive in power, but Incandescent works better for Solar builds that revolve around Scorching enemies. Not to mention that with Explosive Payload, this weapon won’t have a normal range fall off, making it great for more open areas. Overall, this weapon can fill the shoes of the Sunshot very nicely without needing to use up an Exotic slot. You can obtain this gun by completing encounters in the King’s Fall Raid.
Auto Rifles are in a pretty rough spot in the current sandbox, with hardly any of them being suitable for most activities. However, exceptions exist, such as the Solar Auto Rifle — Ammit. The Ammit is a world loot drop with a fantastic perk pool that can also be crafted. However, its amazing stat pool sets this weapon apart, giving it ludicrous range and flinch, allowing you to shred enemies easily. This weapon is the shining hope for Auto Rifles to return to the meta one day. Since it’s a world loot drop, this weapon can be a little challenging to obtain. However, Banshee sells this weapon pretty often, so check in with him every week to see if he’s selling one.
The Explosive Personality Grenade Launcher was released over a year after the launch of The Witch Queen DLC. Since then, it has been a staple for solar builds. As the only non-sunset Solar waveframe currently in the game, this weapon has a massive advantage over other Solar Grenade Launchers. This gun also pairs nicely with Solar fragments that deal in explosions, as Explosive Personality will trigger them. Overall, this weapon is simply too good for Solar builds in the current sandbox. Plus, this weapon will likely become even stronger with the high chance of Solar artifact mods being featured next Season. You can obtain this gun by playing Season of the Risen activities or wait until Banshee sells it at the Tower.
Sniper Rifles have always had a skill gap when it comes to using them correctly, and the Beloved is no different. Since its release last year during Season of the Haunted, PvP players have rejoiced using it. With an amazing perk pool, great stats, and fantastic scope, it’s no secret how this weapon became the most used Sniper Rifle in the game. Given that it’s already been a year, and no other Sniper has replaced it, it’s safe to say it won’t be replaced anytime soon. You can acquire this gun by completing Season of the Haunted activities or purchasing one from Banshee.
Thanks to a recent buff, Trace Rifles are incredibly potent in the current sandbox, and the Acasia’s Dejection is no exception. The Acasia’s Dejection is fantastic for Solar builds that revolve around scorching enemies and has a hidden perk that boosts it over other Trace Rifles. The exclusive trait of the Root of Nightmares Raid weapons, Harmonic Resonance, grants the guns increased damage against Lucent Hive, Tormentors, and opposing Guardians in their Super when you use more than one weapon from the set. For example, if you were to use the Acasia’s Dejection and then the Briar’s Contempt Linear Fusion Rifle, both weapons would receive the damage bonus. This pairing is incredibly potent in the new Lucent Hive Dungeon, Ghosts of the Deep. Overall, the Acasia’s Dejection is a fantastic addition to Solar setups.
Calus Mini Tool
Continuing the trend of Season of the Haunted weapons, the Calus Mini Tool was easily the star of the Season. Obtaining a new suite of perks, such as Incandescent and Unrelenting, the gun can spread Scorch like no other. Combine this with Solar aspects and fragments that revolve around Scorch, and you’ll become the embodiment of the quote, “Burn the world.” SMGs are incredibly potent in the current sandbox, and the Calus Mini Tool is undoubtedly one of the best SMGs and Solar weapons to use in Destiny 2.
With the ability to be crafted this Season, the Apex Predator Rocket Launcher has gone from arguably one of the worst weapons in the game’s history to one of the most powerful guns the game has ever seen. It got a new suite of perks, including Reconstruction and Bait and Switch. Reconstruction will overflow and automatically reload the magazine from reserves. Meanwhile, Bait and Switch grants a 35% damage buff when you first hit a target with your other weapons. If you use this weapon with the Gjallarhorn, then your damage output will skyrocket. Moving forward, this is a must-have gun, and you can obtain it by completing encounters in the Last Wish Raid.