Best Destiny 2 Builds Today (Episode 1 Meta)

by | Jul 16, 2024 | Armor

Do you want to take your game to the next level? Destiny 2 is not only about having a 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, mods, and, more importantly, the right build.

Top Builds per Class

If you’re looking for a much more specific build to match your preferred Subclass (or the weekly Surges), you can find below all of our builds organized by subclass.

Destiny 2 builds per subclass

Hunter Subclass Strand
Hunter Strand Builds
Warlock Subclass
Warlock Strand Builds
Titan Subclass Strand
Titan Strand Builds
Stasis Hunter build
Stasis Hunter Builds
Shadebinder Warlock Stasis featured
Stasis Warlock Builds
Titan Stasis gameplay
Stasis Titan Builds
Hunter Arc 3.0 featured
Hunter Arc Builds
Warlock Arc 3.0 featured
Warlock Arc Builds
Titan Arc 3.0 featured
Titan Arc Builds
Solar Hunter build
Hunter Solar Builds
Warlock Solar 3.0 featured
Warlock Solar Builds
Titan Solar 3.0 featured
Titan Solar Builds
Void Hunter build
Hunter Void Builds
Warlock Void 3.0 featured
Warlock Void Builds
Titan Void 3.0 featured
Titan Void Builds

Episode 1 Echoes icon Destiny 2Updated as of Episode 1: Echoes. See Updates.

Destiny 2 Best Builds per Class

If you’re in a rush and just want the absolute best builds per class right now, below we cover our favorites (and most lethal) builds right now:

Top Hunter PvE Builds

--NameSubclassRankExcels inGearAreaClassStatus
Hunter Prismatic preview Destiny 2Shrouded LiarPrismatic icon Destiny 2 Prismatic1 🥇EndgameLiar's Handshake Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art Still Hunt art Destiny 2PvEHunterTop 3
Hunter Arc 3.0 featuredCombination GamblerArc Arc2 🥈EndgameAssassin's Cowl Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art Dead Weight Destiny 2 artPvEHunterTop 3
Solar Hunter buildRadiant AssassinSolar Solar3 🥉Solo ContentAssassin's Cowl Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art CALUS Mini-Tool Destiny 2 artPvEHunterTop 3

Top Titan PvE Builds

--NameSubclassRankExcels inGearAreaClassStatus
Titan Strand featured 3 Destiny 2Berserker of WarVoid Strand1 🥇EndgameSynthoceps Titan Exotic Destiny 2 art CALUS Mini-Tool Destiny 2 artPvETitanTop 3
Titan Solar 3.0 featuredUndying FlameSolar Solar2 🥈GrandmastersLoreley Splendor Helm Titan Destiny 2 artPvETitanTop 3
Titan StrandPoint-Contact AssassinPrismatic icon Destiny 2 Prismatic3 🥉EndgameGifted Conviction art Destiny 2 Khvostov 7G-0X art Destiny 2PvETitanTop 3

Top Warlock PvE Builds

--NameSubclassRankExcels inGearAreaClassStatus
Warlock Prismatic featured Destiny 2Prismatic BlizzardPrismatic icon Destiny 2 Prismatic1 🥇EndgameGetaway Artist Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art Khvostov 7G-0X art Destiny 2PvEWarlockTop 3
Solar WarlockRadiant SunbracerSolar Solar2 🥈EndgameSunbracers Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art CALUS Mini-Tool Destiny 2 artPvEWarlockTop 3
Khvostov Exotic Gameplay screenshot Destiny 2Prismatic FlamePrismatic icon Destiny 2 Prismatic3 🥉EndgameGetaway Artist Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art Destiny 2 Sunshot artPvEWarlockTop 3

Top 3 Destiny 2 Meta Builds: Hunter

 

Hunter Prismartic Build Infographic Destiny 2

Shrouded Liar

Excels In: Endgame (Dungeons, Raids, Legend content)

Goal of the build: Use Combination Blow combined with Gambler’s Dodge, Winter’s Shroud, and Stylish Executioner to delve in and out of Invisibility while dealing high damage.

Mandatory Gear: Liar’s Handshake or Relativism with Spirit of the Liar. The Still Hunt Exotic Sniper is recommended.

  • Aspects: Stylish Executioner and Winter’s Shroud.
  • Fragments: Facet of Purpose, Facet of Protection, Facet of Dawn, Facet of Courage, Facet of Ruin.
  • Abilities: Golden Gun, Duskfield Grenade, Combination Blow, Gambler’s Dodge.
  • Stats: Resilience 🡒 Discipline 🡒 Intellect.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Hands-On, Dynamo, and Heavy Ammo Finder.
    • Arms: 3x Heavy Handed.
    • Chest: Resist Mods matching your enemies.
    • Legs: Harmonic Scavenger, Innervation, and Absolution.
    • Class Item: Powerful Attraction, Bomber, and Special Finisher.

Gameplay Loop

The overall goal of this build is to utilise the raw melee strength of Combination Blow, combined with Gambler’s Dodge’s refunding capabilities and Winter’s Shroud’s freezing potential to deal increased damage. The classic melee>dodge>melee playstyle is key here, dodging near enemies to ensure your Combination Blow is refunded.

By using Winter’s Shroud and a Duskfield Grenade on top of this, you will be able to freeze enemies by throwing a Duskfield and dodging near them, instantly applying more than 100 stacks of Slow, allowing you to shatter them with your melees, dealing massive damage thanks to the Stasis shatter buffs this season. Your Combination Blow damage is also increased by the Facet of Courage when enemies are afflicted with Slow, as Slow is a Stasis debuff.

Stacking Combination Blow to x3 can be quite the chore in high-level content, so priming enemies with a primary weapon or using the high-damage Cross Counter melee from Liar’s Handshake is crucial for getting those early stacks online.

 

Hunter Arc 3.0 featured

Combination Gambler

Excels in: Endgame (Dungeons, Raids, Legend content)

Goal of the Build: Stack up Combination Blow and slay with your Arc abilities while striking from the shadows.

Mandatory  Gear: Assassin’s Cowl. A One-Two Punch shotgun is recommended.

  • Aspects: Lethal Current and Flow State.
  • Fragments: Spark of Resistance, Spark of Feedback, and Spark of Shock.
  • Abilities: Gathering Storm, Gambler’s Dodge, and Combination Blow. Storm Grenades and Pulse Grenades are both strong.
  • Stats Priority: Max Resilience 🡒 Discipline.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Hands-On, Heavy Ammo Finder, Dynamo.
    • Arms: x2 Heavy Handed and Impact Induction.
    • Chest: Resistance Mods based on your enemies.
    • Legs: Weapon Surge Mods matching your equipped weapons.
    • Class Item: Powerful Attraction, Bomber, Distribution.

Gameplay Loop

This gameplay loop is relatively simple on the surface. However, as you weave more techniques and abilities into the Melee>Dodge>Melee combo, it becomes slightly more complex.

Stacking Combination Blow to x3 is your main goal. Once you do this, you will be able to 1-punch all squishy enemies and will be able to 1-2 Punch Shotgun all other enemies besides bosses.

Due to the insane number of Orbs of Power you will be making, equipping the Hands On mod will help you generate your Super very quickly, allowing you to rip through minor and major enemies alike.

This build is quite tricky to use, especially for a less experienced player in higher-level content. However, mastering it will allow you to take on practically all types of content, regardless of the difficulty.

 

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 Radiant Assassin

Excels in: Solo Content

Goal of the Build: Have infinite survivability through invisibility and a constant source of healing by having access to unlimited throwing knives.

Mandatory Gear: Assassin's Cowl

Shards of Galanor and Dragon’s Breath. A Solar Primary and close-range Special weapon are recommended.

  • Aspects: Knock ‘em Dow and On Your Mark (to equip 5 Fragments).
  • Fragments: Ember of Torches, Ember of Mercy, Ember of Torches, Ember of Empyrean, Ember of Singeing, and Ember of Searing.
  • Abilities: Blade Barrage, Gambler’s Dodge, Knife Trick, and Healing Grenade.
  • Stats Priority: Resilience 🡒 Discipline 🡒 Mobility.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Hands-On, Harmonic Siphon, Powerful Friends.
    • Arms: Heavy Handed, Focusing Strike, Impact Induction.
    • Chest: Concussive Dampener and Resistance Mods based on your enemies.
    • Legs: Weapon Surge Mods matching your weapons.
    • Class Item: Time Dilation, Reaper, Powerful Attraction.

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop is quite simple with Assassin’s Cowl. The goal is to chain Knife Trick kills together to ensure maximum uptime on your invisibility and to have as much healing as possible. If you miss, Gambler’s Dodge is there to pick up the slack and provide you with another melee. Gambler’s Dodge and your melee will also recharge faster by scorching enemies with your Knife Trick.

You also have options like Healing Grenade if you find yourself out of a dodge and a melee ability. This can help fill in the gaps where you may miss your abilities on a target and need some survivability.

You always want to land the final blow with your knives, so if you can’t outright one-shot an enemy, prime them first with your weapon and finish them with the knife. Constantly getting kills with your knives will spam Orbs of Power for yourself and for your team.

 

Top 3 Warlock Builds

 

Warlock Prismatic featured Destiny 2

Prismatic Blizzard

Excels In: Endgame (Dungeons & Raids)

Goal of the Build: Utilize both Bleak Watcher and Getaway Artist turrets to dominate the battlefield while also having access to Devour and Transcendence.

Mandatory Gear: Getaway Artist and Khvostov 7G–0X.

  • Aspects: Feed the Void and Bleak Watcher.
  • Fragments: Facet of Grace, Facet of Devotion, Facet of Dawn, Facet of Purpose, and Facet of Protection.
  • Abilities: Song of Flame, Phoenix Dive, Arcane Needle, Storm Grenade.
  • Stats: Resilience → Discipline.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Kinetic Siphon, Heavy Ammo Finder.
    • Arms: Impact Induction, Focusing Strike.
    • Chest: Relevant reserve/resist mods.
    • Legs: Relevant ammo scavenger/surge mods.
    • Class Item: Distribution, Time Dilation.

Gameplay Loop

Swallowing your grenade not only provides an Arc Soul and Amplified from Getaway Artist but also places a Bleak Watcher turret at your feet. This (potentially bugged) interaction is the centerpiece of the build, allowing you to double-dip on things whenever your grenade is charged.

Feed the Void grants Devour on ability kills (including your Arc Soul!), increasing survivability. Beyond that, the majority of our fragment choices are focused primarily on building Transcendence quickly, which is assisted by the use of Khvostov since it lacks an elemental affinity.

 

Solar Warlock

 

Radiant Sunbracer

Excels In: Endgame (Dungeons, Raids, Legend content)

Goal of the Build: Rain terror from above by throwing an infinite amount of Solar Grenades. It provides excellent ad clear and can give you a seemingly infinite damage buff via surge mods.

Mandatory Gear: Sunbracers. A Solar weapon with Incandescent is recommended.

  • AspectsTouch of Flame and Heat Rises.
  • Fragments: Ember of Ashes, Ember of Searing, Ember of Empyrean, and Ember of Resolve
  • Abilities & Stats: Well of Radiance, Solar Grenade, Phoenix Dive, and Incinerator Snap.
  • Stats: Max Resilience 🡒 Max Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: x2 Ashes to Assets, Harmonic Siphon.
    • Arms: Firepower, Bolstering Detonation, Momentum Transfer
    • Chest: Relevant Resistance and Reserve Mods.
    • Legs: x2 Solar Weapon Surge
    • Class Item: -

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.

Getting that powered melee kill will proc Sunbracers, granting you five seconds of ‘infinite’ Solar Grenades. Realistically, you can only fire a maximum of five during this time due to the time it takes to execute the animation. Swallow your first grenade to get Heat Rises, then take to the skies and watch everything below burn via your other Solar Grenades. 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. As a nice bonus, casting Phoenix Dive while Heat Rises is active grants Restoration, which you can extend with Solar kills via Ember of Empyrean.

 

Khvostov Exotic Gameplay screenshot Destiny 2

Prismatic Flame

Excels In: Endgame (Dungeons & Raids)

Goal of the Build: Control the battlefield with both Hellion and Getaway Artist turrets, while also taking advantage of Prismatic Warlock’s kit and inherently potent weapon options.

Mandatory Gear: Getaway Artist. We highly recommend The Call with Strategist coupled with a potent Energy-slot Primary such as Sunshot, Trinity Ghoul, etc.

  • Aspects: Feed the Void and Hellion.
  • Fragments: Facet of Hope, Facet of Sacrifice, Facet of Balance, Facet of Dawn, Facet of Purpose.
  • Abilities: Song of Flame, Healing Rift, Arcane Needle, Storm Grenade.
  • Stats: Resilience → Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Heavy Ammo Finder and a Siphon matching your primary weapon.
    • Arms: Impact Induction, Focusing Strike.
    • Chest: Relevant reserve/resist mods.
    • Legs: Relevant ammo scavenger/surge mods.
    • Class Item: Time Dilation.

Gameplay Loop

Swallowing your grenade offers an Arc Soul and Amplified through Getaway Artist while casting your rift summons Hellion. The former regenerates easily with Devour through Feed the Void, while your class ability can be quickly regenerated through Facet of Hope and your Strategist weapon.

Beyond this, there isn’t much of a “loop” for this build. Rotate your grenade and class abilities as frequently as you can while also attempting to build Transcendence through weapon kills and Arcane Needle hits.

 

Top 3 Titan Builds

 

Titan Strand featured 3 Destiny 2

Berserker of War

Excels In: Endgame (Dungeons, Raids, Legend content)

Goal of the Build: Utilise the Banner of War Aspect to continuously grant healing bursts to yourself and allies while also dealing outrageous melee damage.

Mandatory Gear: Synthoceps or Wormgod Caress Exotics. A One-Two Punch Shotgun is recommended. The Navigator or Tractor Cannon can also help.

  • Aspects: Into the Fray and Banner of War.
  • Fragments: Thread of Fury, Thread of Warding, Thread of Generation, and Thread of Transmutation.
  • Abilities: Grapple, Frenzied Blade, and either Barricade works.
  • Stats: Resilience 🡒 Strength 🡒 Discipline🡒 Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Hands-On and a Siphon Mod matching your weapon.
    • Arms: Heavy Handed, Momentum Transfer, and Firepower.
    • Chest: Relevant Resistance and Reserve Mods.
    • Legs: Invigoration, Absolution, and Innervation.
    • Class Item: Distribution, Bomber, and Outreach.

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop for this build is quite simple but has slight alterations based on the exotic being used. In general, you’ll want to leverage your Grapple Melees to engage in fights, killing a minor enemy, and then use your Banner of War buffed Frenzied Blades melee attacks to deal outrageous damage.

If using Wormgod’s Caress, it's important to remember that both melee kills (charged or uncharged) and finishers fill up the meter. This can be used to build up the charge before a larger fight, where enemies might be sparse, and Synthoceps might not activate.

A tip to follow is ensuring that you actually hit the enemy with your Grapple attack to proc the melee generation from Momentum Transfer. Killing an enemy with the Grapple Melee will create two Orbs of Power thanks to Heavy Handed and Firepower, and Orbs you grab will grant plenty of melee energy, allowing you to slay out with your Frenzied Blades, practically one-shotting any enemy that isn’t a multi-million health boss.

Finally, when entering a damage phase, remember that your melee charges are refunded after your super ends, so a proper damage loop would be: melee → super → melee. This will get the most use out of both melee-enhancing buffs.

 

Loreley Splendor Helm Titan Exotic featured Destiny 2

Undying Flame

Excels In: Solo, Endgame, Grandmasters.

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: Loreley Splendor Helm. Solar weapons are recommended.

  • Aspects: Sol Invictus and Roaring Flames (for endgame content) or Consecration (fun and solid too).
  • Fragments: Ember of Solace, Ember of Singeing, Ember of Empyrean, and Ember of Torches.
  • Abilities: Healing Grenade for extra survivability or Solar Grenade for ad clear. Throwing Hammer, Rally Barricade.
  • Stats: Max Resilience.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Siphon matching your subclass.
    • Arms: Heavy Handed.
    • Chest: Resistance Mods based on your enemies.
    • Legs: -
    • Class Item: -

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. Opting for Synthoceps instead of Loreley Splendor removes your barricade from the loop, but the whole idea of throwing your hammer over and over at enemies stays the same.

 

Titan Strand

Point-Contact Assassin

Excels In: Endgame (Dungeons, Raids, Legend content)

Goal of the Build: Breeze through solo content through invis and massive AoE damage thanks to Prismatic and Stoicism

Mandatory Gear: Stoicism with Spirit of the Assassin and Contact. Buried Bloodline or Khvostov are recommended.

  • Aspects: Consecration and Drengr's Lash.
  • Fragments: Facet of Dawn, Facet of Hope, Facet of Balance, Facet of Protection, Facet of Blessing, Facet of Purpose.
  • Abilities: Thruster, Frenzied Blade, Shackle Grenade, Bladefury.
  • Stats: Resilience 🡒 Strength 🡒 Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Siphon Mod matching your weapon, Hands-On.
    • Arms: Heavy Handed.
    • Chest: Relevant Resistance and Reserve Mods.
    • Legs: Better Already, Recuperation, Invigoration.
    • Class Item: Outreach, Powerful Attraction.

Gameplay Loop

The loop is quite simple: use Consecration on a group of enemies to ignite and jolt them, granting yourself healing, invis, amplified, and radiant. Activate Thruster when you approach the next group to proc Drengr’s Lash and pick up orbs, which activates Woven Mail through Facet of Purpose. Kill the suspended enemies, and start from the top. Using this in tandem with Episode 1’s artifact perk “Galvanic Armor'' will enhance your survivability even more!

Once you have Transcendence, activate it to make the loop go even faster. While Transcendent, you’ll be nigh unkillable thanks to its intrinsic damage resistance on top of Facet of Protection, Galvanic Armor, and Woven Mail.

 

Before you go…

If you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole that is build crafting in Destiny 2, you should also check our Subclass tier lists for Hunter, Warlock, and Titan.

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • January 12, 2024: Updates based on the Season 23 meta.
  • September 13, 2023: Updates based on the Season 22 meta and the addition of the “Berserker of War” build.
  • July 3, 2023: Updates based on the Season 19 meta.
  • January 16, 2023: Updates based on the Season 18 meta.
  • October 6, 2022: The guide is published for the first time.

Stay tuned, and don’t forget to bookmark this page for next season!

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 (and now Diablo 4) for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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2 Comments
  1. Erikatron

    Harnesser of flame for warlock links to a titan build?

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  2. djmelvee

    Are there any prismatic build coming?

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