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Is Duality The Best Exotic Shotgun In Destiny 2?

It’s a Shotgun with two types of shot, but is it good?

Is Duality The Best Exotic Shotgun In Destiny 2?

If you’ve played any amount of Destiny 2 Beyond Light, then the chances are that you’ve come across Duality. It’s an Exotic Shotgun that you get with the annual pass, and if you buy the Season of the Hunt pass then you’ll also get it straight away. You can earn it on the free track though.

This Shotgun has been something that I’ve seen a lot of Guardians talking about. So let’s do it, let’s see if it’s the best Exotic Shotgun in Destiny 2. We’ll start as we always do, with stats and perks.


  • Impact – 80
  • Range – 78
  • Stability – 55
  • Handling – 82
  • Reload Speed – 11
  • Rounds per Minute – 65
  • Magazine – 6

Hidden Stats

  • Aim Assistance – 65
  • Inventory Size – 70
  • Recoil Direction – 78
  • Zoom – 12


  • Intrinsic Perk: Compression Chamber – Aim to fire slugs, hip-fire pellets.
  • On Black Wings – Pellet fire blows grant a stacking precision reload speed buff. Any precision hits with slugs will extend the buff.
  • Alloy Magazine – Reload faster when the magazine is empty.
  • Short-Action Stock – Increases Handling Speed.

The Competition

There are quite a few Exotic Shotguns in the game, so let’s see how they compare.

Legend of Acrius

This Shotgun fires a high damage Arc blast. It’s fancy, but the thing with Duality is that it’s good over a couple of distances. The stacking buff also makes it faster to handle, so overall I think Duality wins out.

Lord of Wolves

Now this is an interesting Shotgun. It’s similar to Duality in that it has two types of burst, but they’re both shaped around the hot Solar slugs it shoots. I think Duality is better because it’s more useful in several situations, whereas Lord of Wolves is restrictive.

The Chaperone

another new Exotic Shotgun. This one also has a single slug precision round, but it’s not as good as Duality from the sounds of it. There isn’t even a stacking buff. It sounds pretty pants in my opinion.

The Fourth Horseman

Here we have a better perk. The damage gets bigger with each consecutive hit. Ultimately, nothing’s beating that big hit at the end of the magazine. Duality loses here.

Tractor Cannon

Tractor Cannon is absolutely not a good Exotic Shotgun. It’s a complete gimmick, but a good one. Duality still wins though.


Overall, Duality is one of the better Exotic Shotguns, but The Fourth Horseman is better. There could also be times when other Shotguns would be preferable. Personally, I don’t see what the hype is about. I’ve been running with this Shotgun for ages and I haven’t noticed that it’s particularly good.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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I'm an avid Destiny 2 fan and player. I fell in love with Destiny 1 during the early alpha and have been hooked by the universe ever since. I really enjoy playing with other Guardians, speculating about the lore, and writing about as much of the Destiny universe as I can.

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  1. The King

    March 30, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I clicked on this weirdly useless article. So it is better than all other exotic shotguns except The Fourth Horseman in your opinion, and only because of a last shot power charge which is pretty useless in crucible. So it’s at least your second best exotic, in your opinion, and you say you have ran with it “for ages” but then the final verdict is it’s all hype and you don’t think it’s very good? This was the most confusing and poorly logically reasoned articles I’ve ever seen on destiny weapons.

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