Best Destiny 2 Builds for Titan, Hunter and Warlock

by | Oct 6, 2022 | Armor

Do you want to take your game to the next level? Destiny 2 is not only about good aim, or even good positioning. If you want to succeed in PvE, you also have to have the right gear. The right Exotics, weapons and mods: The right build.

And while we already covered the top builds per class for PvE and PvP (links to those below), this article summarizes the absolute best builds for PvE in Destiny right now.

Top 15 PvE builds in Destiny 2 today

--NameClassAreaSubclassExcels inElementStatus
Solar supersHarnesser of FlameWarlockPvESolar SolarMid to Endgame PvE contentSolarBest in Class
Void WarlockCommander of ChaosWarlockPvEVoid VoidGrandmaster NightfallsVoidBest in Class
Warlock Arc 3.0 featuredController of StormsWarlockPvEArc ArcMid to Endgame PvE contentArcBest in Class
Vex Mythoclast ExoticRadiant TimestriderWarlockPvESolar SolarCasual PvE ContentSolarBest in Class
Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock DestinyStasis EngineerWarlockPvEStasis StasisGrandmaster NightfallsStasisBest in Class
Hunter Arc 3.0 featuredFists of LightningHunterPvEArc ArcMid to Endgame PvE contentArcBest in Class
Omnioculous Hunter armorThe Veiled AnchorHunterPvEVoid VoidGrandmaster NightfallsVoidBest in Class
Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter ExoticThe Stealthed GyrfalconHunterPvEVoid VoidMid to Endgame PvE contentVoidBest in Class
Stasis Hunter buildTouch of DuskfieldHunterPvEStasis StasisMid to Endgame PvE contentStasisBest in Class
Solar supersThe Star-Eating BarrageHunterPvESolar SolarMid to Endgame PvE contentSolarBest in Class
Titan Arc 3.0 featuredGod of ThunderTitanPvEArc ArcMid to Endgame PvE contentArcBest in Class
Titan Void gameplayOne Punch (Bash) ManTitanPvEVoid VoidMid to Endgame PvE contentVoidBest in Class
Titan Solar 3.0 featuredUndying FlameTitanPvESolar SolarMid to Endgame PvE contentSolarBest in Class
Titan Stasis gameplayIce FortressTitanPvEStasis StasisMid to Endgame PvE contentStasisBest in Class
Doom Fang Pauldron Titan exotic gameplayDoom Fang PauldronTitanPvESolar SolarCasual PvE ContentVoidBest in Class

More Destiny 2 builds in-depth (per Class):

 

Void Warlock

Commander of Chaos

Excels In: Grandmaster Nightfalls

Goal of the Build: Be able to throw debuffing Vortex Grenades while maintaining Devour for survivability.

Mandatory Gear: A primary weapon with Demolitionist will significantly help. Contraverse Hold is at the center of this build, so running it is mandatory.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Contraverse Hold Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Contraverse Hold

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Resist incoming damage while charging your Void grenade with Chaos Accelerant, Feed the Void, or Handheld Supernova. Charged Void grenades return an amount of grenade energy on a hit."

  • Aspects: Chaos Accelerant and Feed the Void.
  • Fragments: Echo of Undermining, Echo of Remnants, and Echo of Persistence or Instability.
  • Abilities: Vortex Grenades are mandatory for this build.
  • Stats: Discipline and Recovery.
  • Mods: Elemental Ordnance is the one clear pick here since you’ll be getting tons of grenade kills. Beyond that, however, it’s up to you! Some recommendations

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Well of Tenacity mod Destiny 2 artWell of TenacityUniversalVoid Void2Picking up a Void elemental well reduces the damage you take from combatants for a short period of time.Elemental WellVoid
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop here is simple. Just throw a charged Vortex Grenade using Chaos Accelerant, and the build will do the rest for you. When that grenade damages something, Contraverse Hold will trigger, giving you just under 50% of your grenade energy back. This can proc twice with one Vortex Grenade when using Echo of Remnants, potentially giving you your full grenade back with no added work.

Any kills with that grenade will also grant you Devour to help you stay alive, and they’ll spawn Elemental Wells. Picking up these wells will grant you energy for all of your abilities. As previously stated, you can add more mods here to do anything from giving you damage resistance to buffing void weapon damage.

Like the Harnesser of Flame build shown earlier, this is strong on its own but can be expanded upon in numerous ways to fit the activity you’re playing.

 

Solar Warlock

Sun Wizard

Excels In: Casual PvE Content (Seasonal Activities, Strikes, etc.)

Goal of the Build: While it’s simple at its core, this build allows you to rain terror from above by throwing an infinite amount of Solar Grenades. It provides excellent ad-clear, and you’ll receive the Radiant buff frequently to provide extra weapon damage toward higher-health targets.

Mandatory Gear: Any solar weapons can be helpful here, but they are in no way required. Sunbracers is the exotic we’ll be using here, as it grants you tons of Solar Grenades and has unmatched synergy with Heat Rises.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Sunbracers Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Sunbracers

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases the duration of Solar Grenades. Solar melee kills grant unlimited Solar Grenade energy for a brief time."

  • Aspects: Touch of Flame and Heat Rises.
  • Fragments: Ember of Torches, Ember of Empyrean, Ember of Solace, and Ember of Ashes (optional)
  • Abilities & Stats: Solar Grenade and Celestial Fire are musts here.
  • Stats: Resilience and Recovery are the only two stats you might want to spec into here.
  • Mods: We don’t usually bother running any specific mods with this build, but some suggestions:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Well of Life mod Destiny 2 artWell of LifeUniversalSolar Solar2Picking up a Solar elemental well grants increased regeneration for a short period of time.Elemental WellSolar
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny

Gameplay Loop

Get a kill with your charged melee ability to start the gameplay loop. If you’re struggling with this step, try binding your charged melee to a unique button so you can send it off at a more specific time. Doing so will proc Ember of Torches, giving you and nearby allies Radiant. This can be extended by getting solar kills because of Ember of Empyrean.

Getting that powered melee kill will also proc Sunbracers, granting you five seconds of ‘infinite’ Solar Grenades. Realistically, you can only fire a maximum of five in this time due to the time it takes to execute the animation. After this, take to the skies, and watch everything below you start to burn. Any kills in the air (including those from the grenades) will give you 30% of your melee energy, allowing you to repeat this loop infinitely. If you ever fail to kill something with your melee, just get kills in the air with your weapons—you’ll get it back soon after due to Heat Rises.

This build was already strong before Solar 3.0, but with the new aspects and fragments, it has gotten even more powerful. While it doesn’t excel much in higher-level content, this is a great build to run in seasonal activities and other lower-end content if you want to mix it up.

 

Ager's Scepter Exotic

The Frostmaker

Excels In: Grandmaster Nightfalls

Goal of the Build: The goal here is to slow and freeze everything in sight, giving you tons of super energy and eventually a weapon damage boost.

Mandatory Gear: The primary weapon we’ll be utilizing here is Ager’s Scepter.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Ager's Scepter artAger's ScepterTrace RifleExoticExoticSpecialStasisBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvE + PvPExotic Kiosk
Beyond Light
Season 15KineticNo

This pairs exceptionally well with a Stasis subclass and Mantle of Battle Harmony.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Mantle of Battle Harmony Destiny 2 art

Mantle of Battle Harmony

WarlockChestBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 13
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Takedowns with weapons that have a damage type matching your subclass element grant you Super energy. While your Super energy is full, you instead gain a temporary bonus to weapon damage of the type matching your subclass element."

To use this build to its maximum potential, you’ll want to equip a stasis Power weapon such as Reed’s Regret or Palmyra-B.

  • Aspects: Iceflare Bolts and Glacial Harvest as it will allow us to gain both ability energy and easy access to Elemental Well mods.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Bonds, Fissures, Hedrons, and Conduction.
  • Abilities & Stats: While no specific abilities are required, Discipline, Resilience, and Recovery are all good stats to spec into.
  • Mods: Special Finisher is one of the most potent mods to run here. Even though one-third of your Super energy seems expensive, you’ll need the extra Ager’s ammo, and you’ll be getting tons of super energy anyway. Other useful mods:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Elemental Shards mod Destiny 2 artElemental ShardsUniversalStasis Stasis2Stasis shards count as Stasis elemental wells for you. Does not apply to Crucible, Trials, or Iron Banner.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Well of Restoration mod Destiny 2 artWell of RestorationUniversalStasis Stasis4Picking up a Stasis elemental well grants you additional energy for your ability that has the lowest energy. Multiple copies of this mod increase this effect.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Font of Wisdom mod Destiny 2 artFont of WisdomUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants you a temporary significant increase in your Intellect, improving the recharge rate of your Super.Elemental WellAny

Gameplay Loop

There isn’t a specific gameplay loop here; just use Ager’s Scepter and your abilities to freeze and kill as many enemies as possible. Both Whisper of Bonds and Mantle of Battle Harmony will give you super energy from said kills, allowing you to use Special Finisher if you run out of Ager’s ammo.

Once you reach full super energy, you have three options that are all very strong. The first is to use your super to kill a large group of ads (or even damage a boss!). Assuming you have excess Ager’s ammo, a second option is to use the firing mode from Ager’s Scepter’s catalyst, making the weapon freeze everything and do more damage. The third and final option is not to use either and instead take advantage of Mantle of Battle Harmony’s second perk, giving you extra Stasis weapon damage after a Stasis weapon kill (as long as you keep full super energy).

Unlike other builds, the Frostmaker is extremely potent while not having a super specific gameplay loop, meaning it can be effective anywhere.

 

Warlock Arc 3.0 featured

Controller of Storms

Excels In: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: Have constant access to jolt-inflicting abilities, allowing for exceptional ad clear and major-killing potential.

Mandatory Gear: To regenerate abilities quickly, we’ll use Crown of Tempests. Season 18’s Fallen Sunstar can also work here, but we usually prefer Crown for its consistency. As for weapons, we’ll be utilizing Delicate Tomb.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Crown of Tempests Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Crown of Tempests

WarlockHelmFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Arc ability kills increase the recharge rate of your Arc abilities and extend the duration of Stormtrance."

  • Aspects: Arc Soul doesn’t contribute much here, so Lightning Surge and Electrostatic Mind are the way to go for aspects.
  • Fragments: Spark of Shock, Discharge, Magnitude, and Beacons.
  • Abilities: We prefer Stormtrance (especially with Crown of Tempests). Pulse Grenade and Chain Lightning are the most potent abilities here in our experience, but these are once again up to you.
  • Stats: Resilience and Recovery are the top two stats you’ll want to spec into. Discipline can also help you top off your grenade charge if you don’t get it from everything else, but this shouldn’t be too much of an issue in theory.
  • Mods: Because no Charged with Light or Elemental Well mods have come out recently, there’s little we can do with mods here. The classic Taking Charge + a Charged With Light-consuming mod will work, but beyond that, there’s little opportunity to expand this build:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Elemental Charge mod Destiny 2 artElemental ChargeUniversalAny2Become Charged with Light by picking up an elemental well. If the elemental well's element type matches your subclass element, you gain 2 stacks of Charged with Light.Elemental WellAny
Solar Siphon mod Destiny 2 artSolar SiphonHelmetSolar Solar3Rapid Solar weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.Charged with LightSolarSeason 16
Void Siphon mod Destiny 2 artVoid SiphonHelmetVoid Void3Rapid Void weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.Charged with LightVoidSeason 16
Stasis Siphon mod Destiny 2 artStasis SiphonHelmetStasis Stasis3Rapid Stasis weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.Charged with LightStasisSeason 16
Arc Siphon mod Destiny 2 artArc SiphonHelmetArc Arc3Rapid Arc weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.Charged with LightArcSeason 16
 width=Harmonic SiphonHelmetAny1Rapid weapon final blows with damage matching your subclass type create an Orb of Power.Charged with LightAnySeason 16
 width=Kinetic SiphonHelmetAny3Rapid Kinetic weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.Charged with LightAnySeason 16
Protective Light ModProtective LightUniversalVoid Void2While Charged with Light, you gain significant damage resistance against combatants when your shields are destroyed. This effect consumes all stacks of Charged with Light. The more stacks consumed, the longer the damage resistance lasts. -10 Strength ▼Charged with LightVoidSeason 9
Argent Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artArgent OrdnanceUniversalSolar Solar5While Charged with Light, dealing damage with a Rocket Launcher to a powerful combatant gives you a major increase to Rocket Launcher damage for a short time, consuming one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightSolar
Blast Radius mod Destiny 2 artBlast RadiusUniversalSolar Solar3Become Charged with Light by rapidly defeating multiple enemies with Grenade Launchers or Rocket Launchers.Charged with LightSolar
Charge Harvester mod Destiny 2 artCharge HarvesterUniversalVoid Void3While you are not Charged with Light, any kill or assist has a small cumulative chance to cause you to become Charged with Light. -10 to the stat that governs your class ability recharge rate.Charged with LightVoid
Charged Up mod Destiny 2 artCharged UpUniversalSolar Solar2Allows for 1 additional stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightSolar
Heal Thyself mod Destiny 2 artHeal ThyselfUniversalSolar Solar4While Charged with Light, grenade final blows heal you and consume one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightSolar
Extra Reserves mod Destiny 2 artExtra ReservesUniversalVoid Void3While Charged with Light, defeating combatants with Void damage grants a chance to drop Special ammo. This effect consumes all stacks of Charged with Light. The more stacks you have, the higher your chance of gaining the ammo drop. -10 Intellect.Charged with LightVoid
Powerful Friends mod Destiny 2 artPowerful FriendsUniversalArc Arc4When you become Charged with Light, nearby allies also become Charged with Light, if they are not already. +20 Mobility.Charged with LightArc
Precisely Charged mod Destiny 2 artPrecisely ChargedUniversalVoid Void1Become Charged with Light by getting multiple rapid precision final blows with Linear Fusion Rifles or Sniper Rifles. -10 Discipline.Charged with LightVoid
Taking Charge Mod mod Destiny 2 artTaking ChargeUniversalAny3Become Charged with Light by picking up Orbs of Light.Charged with LightAny
Sustained Charge mod Destiny 2 artSustained ChargeUniversalSolar Solar4Become Charged with Light by rapidly defeating combatants with Auto Rifles, Trace Rifles, or Machine Guns.Charged with LightSolar
Supercharged mod Destiny 2 artSuperchargedUniversalSolar Solar5You can have 2 additional stacks of Charged with Light, up to a maximum of 5.Charged with LightSolar
Firepower mod Destiny 2 artFirepowerUniversalSolar Solar4While Charged with Light, regain a portion of your grenade energy when you use your grenade, consuming one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightSolar
Shield Break Charge mod mod Destiny 2 artShield Break ChargeUniversalAny1Become Charged with Light by breaking an enemy shield with the matching energy type.Charged with LightAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny
Striking Light mod Destiny 2 artStriking LightUniversalArc Arc5While Charged with Light, defeating enemies with melee damage and Swords spawns 1 Orb of Light for your allies and consumes one stack of Charged with Light. Gain damage resistance against non-Guardian enemies while sprinting.Charged with LightArc
Energy Converter mod Destiny 2 artEnergy ConverterUniversalVoid Void4While Charged with Light, using your grenade attack grants you Super energy, consuming all stacks of Charged with Light. -10 Discipline.Charged with LightVoid
Lucent Blade mod Destiny 2 artLucent BladeUniversalArc Arc4While Charged with Light, dealing damage with a Sword gives you bonus Sword damage for 5 seconds, consuming one stack of Charged with Light. Greatly increases the charge rate for your equipped Swords.Charged with LightArc
Surprise Attack mod Destiny 2 artSurprise AttackUniversalVoid Void1While Charged with Light, reloading or readying a Sidearm will consume all stacks of Charged with Light and convert them into stacks of a major damage buff, which are depleted as you damage combatants with that Sidearm. -10 Intellect.Charged with LightVoid
Heavy Handed mod Destiny 2 artHeavy HandedUniversalArc Arc7While Charged with Light, regain half of your melee energy when you use a charged melee ability, consuming one stack of Charged with Light. While surrounded by multiple enemies, defeating an enemy with a Fusion Rifle, Shotgun, Sidearm, or Submachine Gun adds ammo for that weapon to your reserves.Charged with LightArc
Quick Charge mod Destiny 2 artQuick ChargeUniversalArc Arc5Become Charged with Light by rapidly defeating multiple enemies with Fusion Rifles or Shotguns.
Greatly increases the ready speed of Fusion Rifles, Shotguns, Submachine Guns, and Swords.
Charged with LightArc
Radiant Light mod Destiny 2 artRadiant LightUniversalArc Arc3Casting your Super causes nearby allies to become Charged with Light. +20 Strength.Charged with LightArc
Empowered Finish mod Destiny 2 artEmpowered FinishUniversalAny1Become Charged with Light by finishing a combatant, consuming one-tenth of your Super energy.Charged with LightAny
Swift Charge mod Destiny 2 artSwift ChargeUniversalArc Arc5Become Charged with Light by rapidly defeating combatants with Pulse Rifles, Sidearms, or Submachine Guns. Defeating combatants with a Pulse Rifle grants a chance to drop Special ammo for your allies.Charged with LightArc
Precision Charge mod Destiny 2 artPrecision ChargeUniversalVoid Void2Become Charged with Light by rapidly defeating combatants with precision kills from Bows, Hand Cannons, and Scout Rifles. -10 Strength.Charged with LightVoid
Kindling the Flame mod Destiny 2 artKindling the FlameUniversalSolar Solar2While Charged with Light, reviving a downed Guardian gives you a burst of healing, consuming one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightSolar
Stacks on Stacks mod Destiny 2 artStacks on StacksUniversalVoid Void4Gain an extra stack of Charged with Light for every stack you gain. -10 Recovery.Charged with LightVoid
Reactive Pulse mod Destiny 2 artReactive PulseUniversalArc Arc3While Charged with Light, taking damage when surrounded by combatants allows you to emit a burst of damaging Arc energy, consuming one stack of Charged with Light. Gain a powerful overshield while performing your finisher.Charged with LightArc
Incinerating Light mod Destiny 2 artIncinerating LightUniversalSolar Solar3Become Charged with Light by rapidly defeating multiple enemies with the explosion of a Warmind Cell.Warmind CellSolar
Warmind's Light mod Destiny 2 artWarmind's LightUniversalArc Arc1Become Charged with Light by collecting a Warmind Cell.Warmind CellArc
Light from Darkness mod Destiny 2 artLight from DarknessUniversalVoid Void3Become Charged with Light by rapidly defeating multiple enemies near a Warmind Cell using weapons or abilities.Warmind CellVoid

Gameplay Loop

The beauty of this build is that there isn’t a specific “loop” for it; using Delicate Tomb or any ability will end up triggering something else most of the time. The goal here is to generate as many Ionic Traces as possible, amplifying you and buffing Delicate Tomb, then allowing you to jolt enemies.

One fun synergy worth mentioning is that of Delicate Tomb and Spark of Beacons. While amplified (which you can easily get by picking up an Ionic Trace through Electrostatic Mind), kills with Delicate Tomb will release blinding explosions. This makes it very easy to jolt and blind enemies simultaneously, while also regenerating other abilities to continue the loop.

Overall, as long as you’re getting kills with arc abilities or Delicate Tomb, all of the moving parts in this build should automatically regenerate your abilities quickly. A great build for ad clear that’s also extremely fun to use, the Controller of Storms can excel against anything you put it up against.

Best Hunter PvE builds

 

Hunter Arc 3.0 featured

Fists of Lightning

Excels in: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: Stack Combination Blow to x3 and keep the combo of Punch>Dodge>Punch rolling to slay high health targets and clear ads.

Mandatory Gear: For the Exotic, you’ll definitely Liar’s Handshake. There are no “necessary” weapons for this build. However, a One-Two Puch shotgun will synergize brilliantly with this build for even stronger melees.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Liar's Handshake Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Liar's Handshake

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Using your Arc melee ability or being hit by a melee attack will allow you to follow up with an extremely powerful melee counterpunch that will heal you."

  • Aspects: Lethal Current and Flow State are the go-to’s for this build.
  • Fragments: Spark of Resistance is the perfect pick for this setup. Your other fragment slots are personal preference.
  • Abilities: Combination Blow and Gambler’s Dodge are both required. Any Grenade works. However, Arcbolt and Pulse Grenades are both strong picks.
  • Stats: Maximum Resilience and Mobility are highly recommended for this build. Dump the rest of your stats into Recovery and Discipline.
  • Mods: Melee Wellmaker is the perfect mod for this build. Pairing this with other Elemental Well mods like Well of Striking and Font of Might make for quite a solid setup:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Well of Striking mod Destiny 2 artWell of StrikingUniversalArc Arc1Picking up an Arc elemental well grants you additional melee energy. Multiple copies of this mod increase this effect.Elemental WellArcSeason 15
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop is rather simple; however, executing it (especially in high-level content) can be rather challenging. Stacking up Combination Blow to x3 is your main goal as that is your main source of Melee Damage. To stack Combination Blow, you have to constantly refresh your melee ability, so dodging near enemies and being in the fray is needed. Once you reach x3 stacks of Combination Blow, you can begin dealing some major damage to high health targets.

Once you land a punch on a target, Liar’s Handshake’s ‘Cross Counter’ perk is ready to go. Follow up instantly with another melee to hit the target with some major damage. If you combine One-Two Punch with this build, hit your shotgun shot and then follow up with two fast melees for maximum damage.

This build revolves entirely around the Punch>Dodge>Punch loop to keep your stacks of Combination Blow going, and maintain that add-clear potential with Lethal Current.

 

Omnioculous Hunter armor

The Veiled Anchor

Excels in: Grandmaster Nightfalls

Goal of the Build: Protect your Fireteam with constant Invisibility and damage resistance, and be the ‘anchor’ of the team.

Mandatory Gear: Given that this build will normally be used in Grandmaster Nightfalls, the weapon requirements are simply whatever weapons can be used to kill the specific Champions in that GM.

For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Omnioculus:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Omnioculus Destiny 2 art

Omnioculus

HunterChestBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 13
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "You gain a second Smoke Bomb charge and have damage resistance while invisible. When you make an ally invisible, they gain damage resistance while invisible and you gain melee energy."

  • Aspects: Trapper’s Ambush, Vanishing Step (Pro tip: Trapper’s Ambush’s ‘dive’ effect grants you increased invisibility duration and debuffs enemies for a longer period of time compared to the base smoke bomb, so always dive if possible).
  • Fragments: Echo of Persistence, Echo of Obscurity, and Echo of Remnants.
  • Abilities: Gambler’s Dodge, Vortex Grenade, Trapper’s Ambush Snare Bomb, and Moebius Quiver.
  • Stats: Maximum Mobility is strongly recommended to be able to have optimal invisibility rotations. High Resilience and Discipline are also recommended.
  • Mods: These mods are incredibly helpful in retaining infinite invisibility, and we strongly recommend you fit them into your Omnioculus build:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Bountiful Wells mod Destiny 2 artBountiful WellsUniversalSolar Solar2Elemental well mods that cause you to spawn elemental wells can now stack, spawning additional wells for each additional copy of the mod you have equipped.Elemental WellSolarSeason 15
Well of Utility mod Destiny 2 artWell of UtilityUniversalVoid Void1Picking up a Void elemental well grants you additional class ability energy. Multiple copies of this mod increase this effect.Elemental WellVoidSeason 15
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny
Reaping Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artReaping WellmakerUniversalVoid Void2After activating your class ability, your next weapon final blow spawns a Void elemental well.Elemental WellVoid
Utility Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artUtility KickstartClass ItemStasis Stasis1When your class ability energy is fully expended, you gain class ability energy.GeneralStasis

Gameplay Loop

The Omnioculus build is one of the most versatile builds in the game. This gives it a plethora of gameplay loops and combat rotations. However, the most important loop to learn is the ‘Dive>Dodge>Repeat’ combo, as Mactics puts it. To be able to repeat the loop, you need to push your invisibility to the absolute limit. To do this, you must alternate between your Trapper’s Ambush smoke bomb and your Vanishing Step dodge while only having a second to spare.

Learning this basic combo will allow you to incorporate more advanced skills into your gameplay.

Another gameplay loop that is key to the ‘support’ nature of Omnioculus is the ‘Rez>Dive’ combo. Mastering this combo allows you to pick up allies from anywhere on the field, no matter the danger. To pull this off, you should activate your ‘Shadowdive’ when you are around 80% through your teammate’s revive. This will grant them invisibility as soon as they spawn, allowing you to both retreat to safety.

This build is heavily inspired by Mactic’s guide. If you want to learn how to truly master the Omnioculus playstyle with detailed strategies and combat rotations, check out his video.

 

Stasis Hunter build

Touch of Duskfield

Excels in: Mid-High tier content

Goal of the Build: Keep areas locked down and protect your Fireteam with infinite Duskfield Grenades.

Mandatory Gear: Headstone weapons such as the Syncopation-53 or Eyasluna are solid options for even more synergy and increased uptime on your Duskfield Grenades. Demolitionist weapons are also an excellent choice. Options like the Ogma PR6 with Demolitionist and Wellspring can be highly useful.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Eyasluna artEyaslunaHand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStasis30th AnniversaryYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
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PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventKineticNo
Ogma PR6 artOgma PR6Pulse RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyNo
Syncopation-53 artSyncopation-53Pulse RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticCraftable

For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Renewal Grasps:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Renewal Grasps Hunter Destiny 2 art

Renewal Grasps

HunterArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Duskfield grenades have a much larger effect radius. Allies inside the Duskfield take reduced damage and targets inside the area deal reduced damage."

  • Aspects: Touch of Winter and Grim Harvest are the best Aspect choices. Touch of Winter provides improved Duskfield Grenades, and Grim Harvest synergizes with certain Fragments.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Torment, Whisper of Conduction, Whisper of Rime, Whisper of Chains, and Whisper of Shards. These will also allow for more survivability and even more Duskfield Grenades.
  • Abilities: Duskfield Grenades and Gambler’s Dodge are the best options for maximum freezing potential.
  • Stats: Maximum Discipline and Resilience are highly recommended. High Mobility is also good.
  • Mods:  Grenade Kickstart helps by giving you a bump to your Grenade energy, and Elemental Shards open up many build opportunities as you will be generating tons of Stasis Shards while spamming Duskfield Grenades. Typical offensive mods are also excellent choices:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Elemental Shards mod Destiny 2 artElemental ShardsUniversalStasis Stasis2Stasis shards count as Stasis elemental wells for you. Does not apply to Crucible, Trials, or Iron Banner.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Charge mod Destiny 2 artElemental ChargeUniversalAny2Become Charged with Light by picking up an elemental well. If the elemental well's element type matches your subclass element, you gain 2 stacks of Charged with Light.Elemental WellAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny
Grenade Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artGrenade KickstartArmsStasis Stasis4When your grenade energy is fully expended, you gain grenade energy.GeneralStasis

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop for the Renewal Grasp build can be altered and changed depending on your needs and playstyle. But, despite the versatility, the core ‘needs’ of the build remain the same.

Whisper of Shards is the engine that keeps the train going, granting Grenade energy upon shattering a Stasis crystal. Forming crystals is easy with Headstone weapons or through Touch of Winter Grenades. Making sure you destroy every Stasis crystal you see is paramount to keeping the Duskfield spam going.

Despite saying this, Whisper of Chains also provides damage resistance when near a Stasis crystal, so timing is essential. Try to destroy Stasis crystals when you have gotten good use out of them as they can not only provide damage resistance but also deal solid AoE damage.

Overall, the aim is to lock down large groups of enemies and make them deal less damage while spamming Duskfields. This will help protect you and your Fireteam, regardless of difficulty.

 

Star Eater Scales Hunter Exotic

The Star-Eating Barrage

Excels in: Mid-High tier content

Goal of the Build: Optimise DPS by stacking up ‘Feast of Light’ to unleash the highest burst damage Super in the game- Blade Barrage.

Mandatory Gear: A Solar Heavy Weapon is best for optimal damage. You can use options like Bad Juju for improved super regeneration, but it is not needed and arguably not worth it.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Gjallarhorn artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Bad Juju artBad JujuPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 7KineticNo

For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Star-Eater Scales:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Star Eater Scales Destiny 2 art

Star-Eater Scales

HunterLegsBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 14
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "You gain additional Super energy from Orbs of Power you pick up. While your Super energy is full, picking up an Orb of Power overcharges your Super, causing you to gain a burst of healing when cast and a bonus to your Super damage. At maximum overcharge, you also gain an overshield."

  • Aspects: Optimal Aspect combination is Knock ‘em Down and On Your Mark. Knock ‘em Down is required for optimal damage.
  • Fragments: Ember of Solace, Ember of Torches, Ember of Beams, Ember of Benevolence, and Ember of Empyrean. These are the best five ‘neutral game’ Fragments for Gunslinger as they provide a plethora of benefits without requiring much input.
  • Abilities: Marksman’s or Gambler’s Dodge are both viable options, Knife Trick and Healing Grenade/Solar Grenade are the best options for your Melee and Grenade, respectively.
  • Stats: Maximum Resilience is recommended for improved survivability, and aiming for high Mobility and Discipline is also recommended.
  • Mods: These are the best mods for optimizing your DPS (Orb generation mods such as Harmonic Siphon or Kinetic Siphon are also optimal choices for stacking up Orbs for Star-Eater Scales):

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Elemental Time Dilation mod Destiny 2 artElemental Time DilationUniversalStasis Stasis3Elemental well mods that grant you time-limited benefits can now stack, increasing the duration of the effect for each copy of the mod you have equipped.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Armaments mod Destiny 2 artElemental ArmamentsUniversalAny2Weapons takedowns with a damage type that matches your subclass element have an escalating chance to spawn an elemental well.Elemental WellAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny

Gameplay Loop

This build has a remarkably short gameplay loop, almost completed by passively gathering Orbs of Power. Prioritizing collecting Orbs is the key, so playing safe with a weapon that will generate Orbs is the way to go. Once it is time to deal damage, get a powered melee kill with your Knife Trick. This will create an Elemental Well. Super the boss, collect the Elemental Well, and start dealing damage with your Solar Heavy weapon of choice.

Once DPS has ended or you have killed the target, collect Orbs to get your Super back and have a Solar Elemental Well ready for DPS.

(Pro tip: hold Backwards while casting Blade Barrage so you move away from the target while casting. This gives the knives much better tracking, resulting in more consistent damage).

 

Best Titan PvE builds

Titan Arc 3.0 featured

God of Thunder

Excels In: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: This build aims to turn you into the ultimate ad clearing machine harnessing the power of the new Arc 3.0 subclass and the Heart of Inmost Light exotic.

Mandatory gear: This build focuses on ability uptime, and hence no weapons are mandatory. This allows you to tailor your weapon choice to best fit the activity you are completing, such as weapons that have season champion mods. The only hard requirement is the Heart of Inmost Light Titan exotic.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Heart of Inmost Light Titan Destiny 2

Heart of Inmost Light

TitanChestFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Using an ability (grenade, melee, or Barricade) empowers the other two abilities. Empowered means abilities have faster regen, melees and grenades do more damage, and Barricades have more hit points."

  • Aspects: Touch of Thunder is the only required aspect for this build. That means the second aspect is up to personal preference.
  • Fragments: Spark of Magnitude is the only required fragment. However, Spark of Shock and Spark of Ions are strongly recommended to enhance this build.
  • Abilities: Storm Grenades combined with Rally Barricade or Thruster are the best suited for this build.
  • Stats: High or Max Resilience (increased damage reduction and faster barricade cooldown) and Discipline are the two stats that you should focus on.
  • Mods: Heart of Inmost Light doesn’t require any mods to excel, but mods that help reduce ability cooldowns help strengthen this build. Examples include:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny
Bomber mod Destiny 2 artBomberClass ItemSolar Solar2Reduces grenade cooldown when using your class ability.
GeneralSolar
Bolstering Detonation mod Destiny 2 artBolstering DetonationArmsVoid Void1Grants class ability energy when you cause damage with a grenade.GeneralVoid

Gameplay Loop

This is one of the strongest builds in Destiny with a very simple and easy playstyle. It excels in both solo and team content.

The playstyle of this build revolves around the Heart of Inmost Light and maintaining high ability uptime. Heart of Inmost Light’s exotic perk ‘Overflowing Light’ empowers your abilities when you use one. This increases both the damage and the regeneration of your abilities. This can stack up to 2x for each ability, and the goal is to maintain a 2x stack by using your abilities whenever they are off cooldown.

When Heart of Inmost Light is combined with storm grenades and the required aspects/fragments, you can achieve a 100% uptime on your grenade. These nades are extremely good for both ad clear and damaging bosses. With this aspect, they roam around following enemies, which makes them even more deadly. Any enemies that survive the constant barrage of thunder from the roaming grenades can be easily dealt with using your empowered melee. This results in one of, if not the best ad clearing builds in the game currently.

 

Titan Void gameplay

One Punch (Bash) Man

Excels In: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: Titans are known for their punching skills, and this build aims to take it to a new level. Void 3.0 and Wormgod Caress allow you to one-punch anything from strike Bosses to soloing Raid bosses; the raw damage potential of this build is unmatched.

Mandatory gear: Wormgod Caress is the only hard requirement here. Since this build is all about punching things, weapons that improve/recharge/benefit from melee excel. One-Two Punch shotguns are heavily recommended.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Wormgod Caress Titan Destiny 2

Wormgod Caress

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 5
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Melee kills increase melee damage for a period of time. Additional kills extend duration and increase effects."

  • Aspects: Bastion and Offensive Bulwark.
  • Fragments: While no fragments are mandatory, there are several fragments that enhance this build, including Echo of Undermining, Echo of Leeching, and Echo of Expulsion.
  • Abilities: Any barricade will work for this build. In terms of grenades, Vortex or Void Wall are best. For melee, Shield Bash is the required option.
  • Stats: High or Max Resilience (increased damage reduction and faster class ability) with as high as possible Recovery, Discipline, and Strength as possible.
  • Mods: Whilst not mandatory, mods can be used to enhance this build:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Focusing Strike ModFocusing StrikeArmsAny1Grants class ability energy when you cause damage with a melee attack.SeasonalAnySeason 18
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Melee Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artMelee KickstartArmsStasis Stasis4When your melee energy is fully expended, you gain melee energy.GeneralStasis
Focusing Strike mod Destiny 2 artFocusing StrikeArmsVoid Void2Grants class ability energy when you cause damage with a melee attack.GeneralVoid
Outreach mod Destiny 2 artOutreachClass ItemArc Arc2Reduces melee cooldown when using your class ability.GeneralArc

Gameplay Loop

The aspects used in this build work hand in hand with each other to help strengthen your melee damage you output. Bastion grants an overshield when using your barricade, allowing Offensive Bulwark to activate. This increases your melee damage, range, and regeneration. It also allows for melee final blows to increase the duration of the overshield. This loop of constant overshield helps you regen your other abilities faster and help keep the melee chain going.

Wormgod Caress adds to this chain by significantly increasing the melee damage dealt with each kill. When combined with a 1-2 punch shotgun, you will be able to punch your way through anything you encounter. It is worth saving your weakening grenade and shield bash for when you encounter a more difficult opponent such as a champion or mini-boss. Weaken them with your grenade and use a 1-2 punch bash for an instant kill (or an easy finisher). To do this, make sure you shoot when sliding as it will allow you to shield bash coming out of the slide.

Titan Solar 3.0 featured

Undying Flame

Excels In: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: This build aims to create an unkillable Titan by harnessing the power of Solar 3.0 and the Loreley Splendor exotic helm.

Mandatory gear: This build is all about the Lorely Splendor exotic helm, and hence this exotic piece is a must-have. Since this build focuses on survivability, there a no mandatory weapons, but solar weapons will see the most benefit due to their synergy with Solar 3.0.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk

  • Aspects: Sol Invictus is the only hard requirement for this build. The secondary aspect is up for debate: Roaring Flames can be more beneficial in endgame content, but Consecration is a fun and solid choice.
  • Fragments: Ember of Solace, Ember of Singeing, Ember of Empyrean, and Ember of Torches are recommended.
  • Abilities: Rally barricade is preferred as it has a shorter cooldown and provides several buffs for you and your team.
  • Stats: High or Max Resilience is the only requirement for this build.
  • Mods: Whilst no mods are needed for this build to work, a simple elemental well setup can improve this build:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Well of Life mod Destiny 2 artWell of LifeUniversalSolar Solar2Picking up a Solar elemental well grants increased regeneration for a short period of time.Elemental WellSolar
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny
Utility Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artUtility KickstartClass ItemStasis Stasis1When your class ability energy is fully expended, you gain class ability energy.GeneralStasis

Gameplay Loop

This is one of the easiest and most straightforward builds for Titan. It requires little to no setup and functions extremely well in all levels of content.

This build revolves around the Loreley Splendor exotic helmet. Its exotic perk, “Cauterizing Flame,” creates a sunspot upon barricade cast or when you are critically wounded. This allows you to get the Restoration buff which regenerates your health and shields over time. This cannot be stopped by damage and only runs out when the buff itself runs out. Ember of Solace increases this duration.

Ember of the Empyrean allows you to maintain this restoration buff by chaining solar weapon kills to refresh the duration. With the above-mentioned Elemental Well build, using Font of Might can also increase the damage of your solar weapon, making it even easier to maintain the restoration buff.

Titan Stasis gameplay

Ice Fortress

Excels In: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: In a similar fashion to a Heart of Inmost Light build, this build utilizes the Hoarfrost-Z exotic to cover an area in stasis crystals and maintain high ability uptime.

Mandatory gear: Hoarfrost-Z is the only mandatory piece of gear for this build, but a Stasis weapon with Headstone or a Stasis Power weapon for DPS can help make this build more viable in endgame content.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Hoarfrost-Z Titan Destiny 2 art v2

Hoarfrost-Z

TitanChestThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "When using the Stasis subclass, your Barricade becomes a wall of Stasis crystals that slows nearby targets when created. Standing behind this barricade will grant you and your allies increased weapon reload speed, stability, and range."

  • Aspects: Tectonic Harvest is mandatory for this build. For the second aspect, Howl of the Storm provides an extra source of stasis crystals, which this build revolves around.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Shards and Whisper of Conduction are the two key fragments needed for this build.
  • Abilities: Rally barricade is the best choice due to its shorter cooldown and the fact that Hoarfrost-Z changes the barricade itself. Glacier grenades are great as they provide an additional source of stasis crystals.
  • Stats: High or Max Resilience (increased damage reduction and faster barricade cooldown) and Discipline are the two most important stats for this build.
  • Mods: Mods that reduce the cooldown for abilities are best suited for this build. For example:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Elemental Shards mod Destiny 2 artElemental ShardsUniversalStasis Stasis2Stasis shards count as Stasis elemental wells for you. Does not apply to Crucible, Trials, or Iron Banner.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Bomber mod Destiny 2 artBomberClass ItemSolar Solar2Reduces grenade cooldown when using your class ability.
GeneralSolar
Grenade Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artGrenade KickstartArmsStasis Stasis4When your grenade energy is fully expended, you gain grenade energy.GeneralStasis
Utility Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artUtility KickstartClass ItemStasis Stasis1When your class ability energy is fully expended, you gain class ability energy.GeneralStasis

Gameplay Loop

This build can fill entire areas with stasis crystals and use them to deal high shatter damage to close-by enemies.

The Hoarfrost-Z exotic perk, “Glacial Fortification,” takes the normal Titan barricade and replaces it with a wall of stasis crystal. This special wall can be shattered like a normal stasis crystal. This means it can be used to create another source of stasis crystals.

The gameplay loop is simple: Use both the Hoarfrost-Z and the glacier grenade to create a mass of stasis crystals. Standing next to these crystals will provide more damage resistance. Shattering a crystal will provide you with enhanced ability regeneration and a small portion of an overshield. The shards created can then also be used with the Elemental Shard mod to act as an easy source for an Elemental well build. A quick and easy way to shatter lots of crystals is to use a wave frame grenade launcher.

 

Doom Fang Pauldron Titan exotic gameplay

Doom Fang Pauldron

Excels In: Early to Mid PVE activities (Strikes, Dungeons, Seasonal Content, etc

Goal of the Build: The goal of this build is to get as many Supers as possible by using the Doom Fang Pauldron and Void 3.0.

Mandatory gear: Doom Fang Pauldron is the only requirement for this build. Also, any weapon that benefits from (or enhances) your melee are a good fit. An example is the exotic auto rifle Monte Carlo or a weapon from Season of the Plunder with the trait “Right Hook” and “Pugilist.”

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Doom Fang Pauldron Titan Destiny 2

Doom Fang Pauldron

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Void melee kills give Super energy. While Sentinel Shield is active, melee kills recharge Shield Throw, which extends your Super on hits."

  • Aspects: Bastion and Offensive Bulwark are the recommended options.
  • Fragments: Echo of Expulsion can make up for the lack of Controlled Demolition. Echo of Leeching is great as this build is focused on melee kills. Echo of Exchange, Echo of Reprisal, or Echo of Undermining are the best options for the final slot.
  • Abilities: This build is made for easier content in which the shield throw is strong enough to get one hit kills. Vortex is the best grenade due to its grouping potential.
  • Stats: Resilience (increased damage reduction and faster barricade cooldown) and Strength are the two most important stats.
  • Mods: Mods that help reduce the cooldown for the Shield Throw are best for this build:

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Hands On mod Destiny 2 artHands-OnHelmetArc Arc3Gain bonus Super energy on melee kills.GeneralArc
Melee Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artMelee KickstartArmsStasis Stasis4When your melee energy is fully expended, you gain melee energy.GeneralStasis
Outreach mod Destiny 2 artOutreachClass ItemArc Arc2Reduces melee cooldown when using your class ability.GeneralArc

Gameplay Loop

This build rewards Titans for doing what Titans do best: punching things.

Doom Fang Pauldron’s exotic perk “Horns of Doom” grant super energy for void melee kills. When combined with enough enemies and the right mod setup, this allows for some ridiculously fast Supers. Doom Fang Pauldrons also buff your sentinel shield. Melee kills while in Super recharge your shield throw, which in turn extends the duration of the Super. The Super doesn’t always have to be used for ad-clearing. Instead, guarding grants you and your allies safety and a significant DPS increase. The duration can be easily extended by quickly throwing a shield at an enemy.

Weapons like Monte Carlo can be used to help reduce that cooldown and make the best use of the Doom Fang Pauldron. Additionally, if Echo of Undermining is chosen, it can be used to weaken tougher enemies to allow them to be finished off by the shield throw.

 

Best Warlock PvE builds

 

No Time to Explain Destiny 2 featured Pulse rifle

Arc Summoner

Excels In: Casual PvE Content (Seasonal Activities, Strikes, etc.)

Goal of the Build: Consistently have two turrets assisting you on the battlefield, allowing for great ad clear and slightly more boss DPS.

Mandatory Gear: Getaway Artist and No Time to Explain are crucial here as they both grant small mobile turrets that also stack with each other.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Getaway Artist Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Getaway Artist

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Convert your Arc Grenade into a supercharged Arc Soul. The Arc Soul functions as an autonomous turret."

  • Aspects: Arc Soul and Electrostatic Mind.
  • Fragments: Fragment choices aren’t as critical here, but we personally enjoy Spark of Amplitude, Resistance, and Recharge, with the fourth slot being up to you.
  • Abilities: Flashbang Grenade as it has the shortest cooldown of all Arc grenades. You’ll always be consuming it for an Arc Soul, so the grenade itself doesn’t matter. Melee and Super are completely up to you, although we like Stormtrance and Chain Lightning.
  • Stats: Recovery and Resilience are great. We also recommend mid to high levels of Discipline to ensure your Arc Soul has 100% uptime.
  • Mods: Taking Charge is an easy pick with Spark of Amplitude’s consistent Orbs of Power. High Energy Fire or Protective Light are easy picks but don’t contribute much to this specific build

ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Protective Light ModProtective LightUniversalVoid Void2While Charged with Light, you gain significant damage resistance against combatants when your shields are destroyed. This effect consumes all stacks of Charged with Light. The more stacks consumed, the longer the damage resistance lasts. -10 Strength ▼Charged with LightVoidSeason 9
Taking Charge Mod mod Destiny 2 artTaking ChargeUniversalAny3Become Charged with Light by picking up Orbs of Light.Charged with LightAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny

Gameplay Loop

Start by getting precision hits with No Time to Explain to summon a Time Portal. Then, swallow your grenade (or cast your rift) to summon an Arc Soul. Both of these combined in addition to your own weapons will clear enemies in an instant. With Electrostatic Mind and the fragments we’re using, you should very easily get back your grenade before your Arc Soul even disappears.

With that being the only information you need to succeed, this build is simple yet effective. While it may not be the greatest in high-difficulty PVE content (or in anything with a high-health boss), it’s one of our favorite builds to run and has become a community favorite with Arc 3.0’s release.

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