Destiny 2 Armor Mods: The Complete List

by | Mar 10, 2023

Creating powerful builds is one of the most rewarding parts of Destiny 2’s endgame. When you manage to combine the right weapons, armor mods, and playstyle that result in a “good build,” everything comes together in a way that makes you feel stronger than you’ve ever been.

Armor mods play a crucial part in the build-crafting process. And while the entire system can be complex and intimidating, it is much more accessible than it used to be. To help you get started with builds (or go even further), this table covers all Armor mods and includes crucial information that will help you more easily create lethal builds.

Checkmark icon V3Updated as of Season of Defiance (S20).

Destiny 2 Armor Mods: Lightfall Edition

These are all the Mod currently available in Destiny 2 (excluding Raid mods and Seasonal mods):

ArtMod NameSlotCostRequirementsEffectsType
Powerful Friends modPowerful FriendsHelmet1Rank 7Collecting an Orb of Power causes nearby allies to increase their current Armor Charge by 1.General
Ashes to Assets mod Destiny 2 artAshes to AssetsHelmet3Rank 5Gain bonus Super energy on grenade kills.General
Hands On mod Destiny 2 artHands-OnHelmet3Rank 5Gain bonus Super energy on melee kills.General
Dynamo mod Destiny 2 artDynamoHelmet3Rank 5Reduces Super cooldown when using your class ability near targets.General
Harmonic Siphon modHarmonic SiphonHelmet1Rank 6Rapid final blows with weapons matching your Subclass create an Orb of Power.General
Kinetic Siphon modKinetic SiphonHelmet3Rank 6Rapid Kinetic weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.General
Solar Siphon modSolar SiphonHelmet3Rank 6Rapid Solar weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.General
Void Siphon modVoid SiphonHelmet3Rank 6Rapid Void weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.General
Stasis Siphon modStasis SiphonHelmet3Rank 6Rapid Stasis weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.General
Arc Siphon modArc SiphonHelmet3Rank 6Rapid Arc weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.General
Kinetic Targeting modKinetic TargetingHelmet3Rank 6Improved target acquisition, accuracy, and aim-down-sights speed for Kinetic weapons.General
Strand Targeting modStrand TargetingHelmet3Rank 6Improved target acquisition, accuracy, and aim-down-sights speed for Strand weapons.General
Heavy Ammo Scout modHeavy Ammo ScoutHelmet1Rank 5When one of your ammo finder perks creates a brick of Heavy ammo for you, it also creates bricks of Heavy ammo for your allies.General
Special Ammo Finder modSpecial Ammo FinderHelmet3Rank 5Increases the drop chance of Special ammo on kill.General
Heavy Ammo Finder modHeavy Ammo FinderHelmet3Rank 5Increases the drop chance of Heavy ammo on kill.General
Harmonic Targeting modHarmonic TargetingHelmet2Rank 6Improved target acquisition, accuracy, and aim-down-sights speed for weapons matching your Subclass.General
Arc Targeting modArc TargetingHelmet3Rank 6Improved target acquisition, accuracy, and aim-down-sights speed for Arc weapons.General
Solar Targeting modSolar TargetingHelmet3Rank 6Improved target acquisition, accuracy, and aim-down-sights speed for Solar weapons.General
Special Ammo Scout modSpecial Ammo ScoutHelmet1Rank 5When one of your ammo finder perks creates a brick of Special ammo for you, it also creates bricks of Special ammo for your allies.General
Void Targeting modVoid TargetingHelmet3Rank 6Improved target acquisition, accuracy, and aim-down-sights speed for Void weapons.General
Stasis Targeting modStasis TargetingHelmet3Rank 6Improved target acquisition, accuracy, and aim-down-sights speed for Stasis weapons.General
Strand Siphon modStrand SiphonHelmet3Rank 6Rapid Strand weapon final blows create an Orb of Power.General
Firepower modFirepowerArms3Rank 5Your grenade final blows create Orbs of Power.General
Anti Barrier Pulse Rifle Mod Destiny 2 artAnti-Barrier Pulse RifleArms1NonePulse Rifles you are wielding fire shield-piercing rounds and stun Barrier Champions (also deal bonus damage to Barrier Champions).Champions
Overload Auto rifle and SMG mod Destiny 2 artOverload Auto/SMGArms1NoneUninterrupted fire from Auto Rifles and Submachine Guns grants bullets that stun combatants, delaying ability energy regeneration and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions.Champions
Bolstering Detonation modBolstering DetonationArms2Rank 5Grants class ability energy when you cause damage with a grenade.General
Momentum Transfer mod Destiny 2 artMomentum TransferArms3Rank 5Causing damage with a grenade reduces your melee cooldown.General
Impact Induction mod Destiny 2 artImpact InductionArms2Rank 5Causing damage with a melee attack reduces your grenade cooldown.General
Focusing Strike mod Destiny 2 artFocusing StrikeArms2Rank 5Grants class ability energy when you cause damage with a melee attack.General
Fastball mod Destiny 2 artFastballArms1Rank 5Increases grenade throw distance.General
 class=Piercing SidearmsArms1NoneSidearms gain shield-piercing rounds, which bypass combatant defenses.
Strong against Barrier Champions.
Champions
Unstoppable Scout Rifle Mod Destiny 2 artUnstoppable Scout RifleArms1NoneAiming down sights for a short time causes Scout Rifles you wield to fire a powerful explosive payload that stuns unshielded combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions.Champions
Void Dexterity modVoid DexterityArms3Rank 6Faster ready and stow speed for Void weapons.General
Kinetic Dexterity modKinetic DexterityArms3Rank 6Faster ready and stow speed for Kinetic weapons.General
Stasis Dexterity modStasis DexterityArms3Rank 6Faster ready and stow speed for Stasis weapons.General
Arc Loader modArc LoaderArms3Rank 6Increases reload speed of Arc weapons.General
Void Loader modVoid LoaderArms3Rank 6Increases reload speed of Void weapons.General
Strand Dexterity modStrand DexterityArms3Rank 6Faster ready and stow speed for Strand weapons.General
Overload Bow ModOverload BowArms1NoneDamage by fully drawn arrows disrupts combatants, stunning them, delaying ability energy regeneration and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions.Champions
Harmonic Loader modHarmonic LoaderArms2Rank 6General
Strand Loader modStrand LoaderArms3Rank 6Increases reload speed of Strand weapons.General
Solar Loader modSolar LoaderArms3Rank 6Increases reload speed of Solar weapons.General
Arc Dexterity modArc DexterityArms3Rank 6Faster ready and stow speed for Arc weapons.General
Kinetic Loader modKinetic LoaderArms3Rank 6Increases reload speed of Kinetic weapons.General
Stasis Loader modStasis LoaderArms3Rank 6Increases reload speed of Stasis weapons.General
Solar Dexterity modSolar DexterityArms3Rank 6Faster ready and stow speed for Solar weapons.General
Heavy Handed modHeavy HandedArms1Rank 5Your powered melee final blows create Orbs of Power.General
Lucent Blades modLucent BladesChest2Rank 6Increases the energy recharge rate of your equipped Swords. Your equipped Glaives gain more energy from dealing damage with their ranged attacks.General
Arc Resistance modArc ResistanceChest2Rank 5Reduces incoming Arc damage from combatants.General
Sniper Damage Resistance mod Destiny 2 artSniper Damage Resistance Chest3Rank 5Reduces incoming damage from combatants that are at long range.General
Concussive Dampener mod Destiny 2 artConcussive DampenerChest1Rank 5Reduces incoming area-of-effect damage from combatants.General
Void Resistance modVoid ResistanceChest2Rank 5Reduces incoming Void damage from combatants.General
Solar Resistance modSolar ResistanceChest2Rank 5Reduces incoming Solar damage from combatants.General
Stasis Resistance modStasis ResistanceChest2Rank 5Reduces incoming Stasis damage from combatants.General
Melee Damage Resistance modMelee Damage ResistanceChest3Rank 5Reduces incoming damage from combatants that are at point-blank range.General
Unflinching Arc Aim ModUnflinching Arc AimChest3Rank 6Reduces flinching from incoming fire while aiming an Arc weapon.General
Void Reserves modVoid ReservesChest3Rank 6Increases the amount of ammo you can carry for Void weapons.General
Kinetic Reserves modKinetic ReservesChest3Rank 6Increases the amount of ammo you can carry for Kinetic weapons.General
Solar Reserves modSolar ReservesChest2Rank 6Increases the amount of ammo you can carry for Solar weapons.General
Unflinching Void Aim modUnflinching Void AimChest3Rank 6Reduces flinching from incoming fire while aiming a Void weapon.General
Unflinching Harmonic Aim modUnflinching Harmonic AimChest2Rank 6Reduces flinching from incoming fire while aiming a weapon matching your Subclass.General
Unflinching Stasis Aim modUnflinching Stasis AimChest3Rank 6Reduces flinching from incoming fire while aiming a Stasis weapon.General
Unflinching Solar Aim modUnflinching Solar AimChest3Rank 6Reduces flinching from incoming fire while aiming a Solar weapon.General
Utility Finisher modUnflinching Strand AimChest3Rank 6Reduces flinching from incoming fire while aiming a Strand weapon.General
Stasis Reserves modStasis ReservesChest3Rank 6Increases the amount of ammo you can carry for Stasis weapons.General
Harmonic Reserves mod artHarmonic ReservesChest2Rank 6Increases the amount of ammo you can carry for weapons matching your Subclass.General
Unflinching Kinetic Aim modUnflinching Kinetic AimChest3Rank 6Reduces flinching from incoming fire while aiming a Kinetic weapon.General
Strand Reserves modStrand ReservesChest1Rank 6Increases the amount of ammo you can carry for Strand weapons.General
Harmonic Resistance modHarmonic ResistanceChest1Rank 5Reduces incoming damage from combatants matching your Subclass.General
Arc Reserves modArc ReservesChest3Rank 6Increases the amount of ammo you can carry for Arc weapons.General
Recuperation mod Destiny 2 artRecuperationLegs1Rank 5Replenishes health each time you pick up an Orb of Power.General
Better Already mod Destiny 2 artBetter AlreadyLegs1Rank 5Your health begins to regenerate immediately after picking up an Orb of Power.General
Absolution mod Destiny 2 artAbsolutionLegs3Rank 5Reduces all ability cooldowns each time you pick up an Orb of Power.General
Invigoration mod Destiny 2 artInvigorationLegs1Rank 5Reduces melee cooldown each time you pick up an Orb of Power.General
Insulation mod Destiny 2 artInsulationLegs1Rank 5Reduces class ability cooldown each time you pick up an Orb of Power.General
Innervation mod Destiny 2 artInnervationLegs1Rank 5Reduces grenade cooldown each time you pick up an Orb of Power.General
Orbs of Restoration mod Destiny 2 artOrbs of RestorationLegs2Rank 5Picking up an Orb of Power grants a small amount of energy to your ability with the least energy.General
Arc Scavenger modArc ScavengerLegs3Rank 6Arc weapons get bonus reserves when picking up ammo used by that weapon.General
Strand Scavenger modStasis ScavengerLegs3Rank 6Stasis weapons get bonus reserves when picking up ammo used by that weapon.General
Harmonic Holster modHarmonic HolsterLegs1Rank 6Gradually reloads your stowed weapons matching your Subclass over time.General
Kinetic Scavenger modKinetic ScavengerLegs3Rank 6Kinetic weapons get bonus reserves when picking up ammo used by that weapon.General
Kinetic Holster modKinetic HolsterLegs2Rank 6Gradually reloads your stowed Kinetic weapons over time.General
Solar Scavenger modSolar ScavengerLegs3Rank 6Solar weapons get bonus reserves when picking up ammo used by that weapon.General
Stasis Scavenger modStrand ScavengerLegs3Rank 6Strand weapons get bonus reserves when picking up ammo used by that weapon.General
Stasis Holster modStasis HolsterLegs2Rank 6Gradually reloads your stowed Stasis weapons over time.General
 class=Strand HolsterLegs2Rank 6Gradually reloads your stowed Strand weapons over time.General
Void Scavenger modVoid ScavengerLegs3Rank 6Void weapons get bonus reserves when picking up ammo used by that weapon.General
Arc Holster modArc HolsterLegs2Rank 6Gradually reloads your stowed Arc weapons over time.General
Solar Holster modSolar HolsterLegs2Rank 6Gradually reloads your stowed Solar weapons over time.General
Harmonic Scavenger modHarmonic ScavengerLegs2Rank 6Weapons matching your Subclass get bonus reserves when picking up ammo used by that weapon.General
Void Holster modVoid HolsterLegs2Rank 6Gradually reloads your stowed Void weapons over time.General
Bomber mod Destiny 2 artBomberClass Item1Rank 5Reduces grenade cooldown when using your class ability.
General
Distribution mod Destiny 2 artDistributionClass Item3Rank 5Reduces all ability cooldowns when using your class ability near targets.General
Outreach mod Destiny 2 artOutreachClass Item1Rank 5Reduces melee cooldown when using your class ability.General
Reaper modReaperClass Item3Rank 6After using your class ability, your next weapon final blow spawns an Orb of Power.General
Proximity Ward modProximity WardClass Item2Rank 7Gain a powerful overshield while performing your finisher.
General
Discipline Mod mod Destiny 2 artDiscipline ModAny3Rank 5Provides +10 Discipline.General
Mobility Mod mod Destiny 2 artMinor Mobility ModAny1Rank 5Provides +5 Mobility.General
Minor Discipline mod Destiny 2 artMinor Discipline ModAny1Rank 5Provides +5 Discipline.General
Minor Strength mod Destiny 2 artMinor Strength ModAny1Rank 5Provides +5 Strength.General
Modular Lightning mod Destiny 2 artMobility ModAny3Rank 5Provides +10 Mobility.General
Minor Recovery mod Destiny 2 artMinor Recovery ModAny2Rank 5Provides +5 Recovery.General
Recovery Mod mod Destiny 2 artRecovery ModAny4Rank 5Provides +10 Recovery.General
Intellect Mod mod Destiny 2 artIntellect ModAny5Rank 5Provides +10 Intellect.General
Minor Resilience mod Destiny 2 artMinor Resilience ModAny2Rank 5Provides +5 Resilience.General
Resilience Mod mod Destiny 2 artResilience ModAny3Rank 5Provides +10 Resilience.General
Strength Mod mod Destiny 2 artStrength ModAny3Rank 5Provides +10 Strength.General
Minor Intellect mod Destiny 2 artMinor Intellect ModAny2Rank 5Provides +5 Intellect.General

Season 20 Artifact Mods

These are all of the seasonal Artifact mods for Season of Defiance. As we have come to expect from seasonal mods, these are among the most powerful in-game:

ArtMod NameSlotCostRequirementsEffectsType
Anti Barrier Pulse Rifle Mod Destiny 2 artAnti-Barrier Pulse RifleArms1NonePulse Rifles you are wielding fire shield-piercing rounds and stun Barrier Champions (also deal bonus damage to Barrier Champions).Champions
Overload Auto rifle and SMG mod Destiny 2 artOverload Auto/SMGArms1NoneUninterrupted fire from Auto Rifles and Submachine Guns grants bullets that stun combatants, delaying ability energy regeneration and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions.Champions
 class=Piercing SidearmsArms1NoneSidearms gain shield-piercing rounds, which bypass combatant defenses.
Strong against Barrier Champions.
Champions
Unstoppable Scout Rifle Mod Destiny 2 artUnstoppable Scout RifleArms1NoneAiming down sights for a short time causes Scout Rifles you wield to fire a powerful explosive payload that stuns unshielded combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions.Champions
Overload Bow ModOverload BowArms1NoneDamage by fully drawn arrows disrupts combatants, stunning them, delaying ability energy regeneration and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions.Champions

To be clear, weapon perks and your usage of buffs and debuffs will also play an integral part in your build. Those are covered in separate guides:

Armor Charge Mods

These are all the Combat Style Armor Mod currently available in Destiny 2 (excluding Raid mods and Seasonal mods):

ArtMod NameSlotCostRequirementsEffectsType
Font of Wisdom modFont of WisdomHelmet3Rank 7You gain a bonus to intellect while you have any Armor Charge. Armor Charges decay over time.Passive
Radiant Light modRadiant LightHelmet1Rank 7Casting your Super causes nearby allies to also increase their current Armor Charge by 1. Allies that have a different subclass element from you increase Armor Charge by 2.Generator
Power Preservation mod Destiny 2 artPower PreservationHelmet3Rank 5Your Super final blows create extra Orbs of Power for your allies.Generator
Font of Focus modFont of FocusHelmet3Rank 7You gain a bonus to discipline while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Font of Agility modFont of AgilityHelmet3Rank 7You gain a bonus to mobility while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Shield Break Charge modShield Break ChargeArms4Rank 7Breaking a combatant's shield with the matching damage type grants you Armor Charge.Generator
Melee Kickstart modMelee KickstartArms4Rank 7When your melee energy is fully expended, you gain melee energy. Additionally, your Armor Charge is consumed and you gain additional melee energy for each stack.Passive
Grenade Kickstart modGrenade KickstartArms3Rank 7When your grenade energy is fully expended, you gain grenade energy. Additionally, your Armor Charge is consumed and you gain additional grenade energy for each stack.Active
Font of Vigor modFont of Vigor Arms3Rank 7You gain a bonus to strength while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
 class=Charged UpChest3Rank 7Increases the maximum number of stacks of Armor Charge you can carry by 1.Generator
Font of Endurance modFont of Endurance Chest3Rank 7You gain a bonus to resilience while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Emergency Reinforcement modEmergency ReinforcementChestRank 7When your shields become broken, you gain temporary damage reduction. Consumes 3 or more stacks of Armor Charge, granting a longer duration to the damage reduction for each charge consumed.Active
Stacks on Stacks modStacks on StacksLegs4Rank 7Picking up an Orb of Power grants you 1 additional stack of Armor Charge.Generator
Kinetic Weapon Surge modKinetic Weapon SurgeLegs3Rank 7Your Kinetic weapons gain a small bonus to damage while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Stasis Weapon Surge moStasis Weapon SurgeLegs3Rank 7Your Stasis weapons gain a small bonus to damage while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Solar Weapon Surge modSolar Weapon SurgeLegs3Rank 7Your Solar weapons gain a small bonus to damage while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Arc Weapon Surge modArc Weapon SurgeLegs3Rank 7Your Arc weapons gain a small bonus to damage while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Strand Weapon Surge modStrand Weapon SurgeLegs3Rank 7Your Strand weapons gain a small bonus to damage while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Void Weapon Surge modVoid Weapon SurgeLegs3Rank 7Your Void weapons gain a small bonus to damage while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
One-Two Finisher modOne-Two FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Finishers restore melee abilities. Consumes 3 or more stacks of Armor Charge, granting additional energy for each charge consumed.Active
Healthy Finisher modHealthy FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Finishers heal you. Consumes 1 stack of Armor Charge.
Active
Utility Finisher modUtility FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Finishers restore class abilities. Consumes 3 or more stacks of Armor Charge, granting additional energy for each charge consumed.Active
Restorative Finisher modRestorative FinisherClass Item1Rank 7When you use a finisher, you gain a portion of energy for your least-recharged ability. Consumes 2 stacks of Armor Charge.Active
Utility Kickstart modUtility KickstartClass Item3Rank 7When your class ability energy is fully expended, you gain class ability energy. Additionally, your Armor Charge is consumed and you gain additional class ability energy for each stack.Active
Explosive Finisher modExplosive FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Finishers restore grenades. Consumes 3 or more stacks of Armor Charge, granting additional energy for each charge consumed.Active
Special Finisher modSpecial FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Finishers generate Special ammo for the whole fireteam. Consumes 3 stacks of Armor Charge.Active
Bulwark Finisher moBulwark FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Finisher final blows generate an overshield. Consumes 3 or more stacks of Armor Charge, granting a longer duration to the overshield for each charge consumed.Active
Benevolent Finisher modBenevolent FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Using a finisher on a combatant spawns Orbs of Power for your allies. Consumes 3 stacks of Armor Charge.Active
Empowered Finish modEmpowered FinisherClass Item3Rank 7Generator
Time Dilation modTime DilationClass Item3Rank 7Your decaying Armor Charge has a longer duration.Generator
Font of Restoration modFont of RestorationClass Item3Rank 7You gain a bonus to recovery while you have any Armor Charge. Your Armor Charge now decays over time.Passive
Armor Charge Mods Destiny 2

Armor Charge Mods, Destiny 2

How to get Armor Mods in 2023

Mods were previously difficult to obtain, as they were only available from Ada-1. These days, Mods are unlocked by completing Guardian Ranks. Reaching rank 6 will virtually unlock every mod in the game.

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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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4 Comments
  1. John

    I Like the list, for the top ten mods I think ”Radiant Light” is good for PVE and PVP the 20+ Strength is really good on titans. One mod I thought would make it on the top ten would be “better already” healing just by picking up orbs of power just seem crazy good.

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  2. dustin

    Hello, so I am wondering how to get better version of the mods. Example, I have ashes to assets but its only rank 1. I need the rank 3 version but have no idea of to get it and I am already level 6 as a player. What do I do?

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  3. MIKE

    This list would be far more useful if you had numbers attached to these benefits. How am I supposed to know which mods are actually worth the slot?

    Reply
    • Blue

      Same…did you ever find a good resource for these?

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