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A sampling of concept art of weapons in Destiny, shown at the GDC 2013 Bungie Panel.

Weapons are equipment designed to inflict damage on living beings, vehicles, or structures as an effect of combat. Weapons play a dominant role in the Destiny series, as along with grenades, melees, and some super abilities, weapons act as the primary mode of combat and defense against hostile forces in the game. Multiple types of weapons exist, some of which may be more effectively used by certain classes and subclasses, or while wearing certain pieces of armor. There are, however, no restrictions on which classes can use which weapons; every type of gun can be used by every Guardian class.[1]

For a list of all weapons, please view the category page.

Weapon TypesEdit

Each weapon fits into one of three inventory slots according to its type: primary, special, and heavy. A player can equip one weapon of each type and hold up to nine more of each type in the inventory.[2] Players can equip any weapon in their inventory at any time, but changing the equipped Special or Heavy weapon will forfeit all of the weapon's ammo.


Primary weapons are the main weapons used by Guardians. There are four different types of primary weapons:

Primary weapon ammo can be replenish by picking up small, white boxes.


Special weapons have niche uses and deal higher amounts of damage. There are three types of special weapons:

  • Shotguns: Short range, but high damage.
  • Sniper Rifles: Long-range scope and very accurate.
  • Fusion Rifles: Mid-range burst-fire rifle that must be charged for every shot.

Special weapon ammo can be replenished by picking up small, green boxes or opening green ammo crates.


Heavy weapons deal massive amounts of damage. There are two types of heavy weapons:

Heavy weapon ammo can be replenished by picking up large, purple boxes or opening purple ammo crates.

Damage RatingEdit

A weapon's damage rating is represented by a number. The higher a weapon's damage rating is, the more damage it will do to enemies.[3]

In the Crucible, weapons' damage ratings are normalized so that no one has an unfair advantage over anyone else.[3]


Weapons are differentiated from each other by six attributes:

  • Rate of Fire: How quickly shots can be fired.
  • Impact: How much damage each individual shot does.
  • Range: How far shots travel before rapidly dropping.
  • Stability: How much the weapon recoils when fired.
  • Reload: How long the weapon takes to reload.
  • Magazine: How many shots can be fired before having to reload.

In addition, some weapons have a player attribute modifier.

In the Crucible, although weapons' damage ratings are normalized, their attributes are not.[3]


Main article: Rarity

Generally, the more rare a weapon is, the higher its damage rating will be.

Though players may carry as many exotic weapons as they like in their inventory, only one exotic weapon may be equipped at one time.[4]


Earning experience with a weapon equipped can unlock upgrades for that weapon, such as different optics options, increased damage, or adjusted attributes.[5][6] Upgrades can be purchased with Glimmer, Weapon Parts, or other Materials.[5] All non-basic weapons can be upgraded.

Damage TypesEdit

Some weapons can do additional damage to an enemy's shields if they have the corresponding damage type.


  1. , DestinyTheGame on Twitter. (29 Dec. 2013) "Twitter/DestinyTheGame: Did You Know that...". Retrieved 18 Mar. 2014.
  2. (2013-08-22) YouTubeOut Here in the Wild - Official Destiny ViDoc 1:33. Retrieved 12 Oct. 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 (2014) YouTubeDestiny Beta: Attack vs. Impact - Weapon Damage Explained Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  4. Miller, Matt. (January 2014 Print Edition) "A Player's Journey: Destiny". Game Informer. Retrieved 31 Dec. 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Foman123 (20 June 2014) YouTubeDestiny Alpha - Resource Upload Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  6. IGN (2013) YouTube: Destiny Gameplay Revealed - E3 2013 Sony Conference 07:20. Retrieved 18 June 2013.

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