Best Destiny 2 Titan Builds to Dominate this Season (S23)

by | Jan 10, 2024 | Armor

Are you a Titan main and want to take your game to the next level? These are the best Titan builds in Destiny 2, including builds for PvE and PvP. Whether you’re into any of the revamped 3.0 Subclasses or are still into Stasis, these builds have you covered.

And by the way, as with all the best Destiny 2 builds out there, these builds will guide you every step of the way, including essential Exotics, Mods, and more.

Top 10 Titan builds

--NameClassAreaSubclassExcels inElementStatus
Titan Strand featured 3 Destiny 2Berserker of WarTitanPvEVoid StrandEndgameStrandBest in Class
Titan Solar 3.0 featuredUndying FlameTitanPvESolar SolarGrandmaster ContentSolarBest in Class
Titan Subclass StrandOverflowing SuspensionTitanPvEVoid StrandGrandmaster ContentStrand
Titan StrandAbeyant LeapTitanPvEVoid StrandEndgameStrand
Titan Void gameplayOne Punch (Bash) ManTitanPvEVoid VoidEndgameVoidBest in Class
Titan Stasis gameplayIce FortressTitanPvEStasis StasisEndgameStasisBest in Class
Precious Scars Destiny 2 featuredWounded HealerTitanPvENeutralCasual ContentNeutral
Titan Arc 3.0 featuredGod of ThunderTitanPvEArc ArcCasual ContentArcBest in Class
Doom Fang Pauldron Titan exotic gameplayDoom Fang PauldronTitanPvEVoid VoidCasual ContentVoid
Solar supersSolar PaladinTitanPvESolar SolarEndgameSolar

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Best Titan PvE builds

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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: The only hard requirement for this build is either the Synthoceps or Wormgod Caress Exotics. No weapons are needed, but a One-Two Punch Shotgun makes your damage go through the roof. The Navigator, with its Exotic Catalyst, can also be a unique pick that can help. Tractor Cannon can serve as a self-provided debuff.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Synthoceps Titan Destiny 2

Synthoceps

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increased melee lunge range. Improved melee and Super damage when you're surrounded."
Wormgod Caress Titan Destiny 2

Wormgod Caress

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 3Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Melee kills increase melee damage for a period of time. Additional kills extend duration and increase effects."
  • 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, and Discipline. Recovery is fine, too.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Hands-On and a Siphon mod matching your weapon
    • Arms: Heavy Handed, Momentum Transfer, and Firepower
    • Chest: Damage resistance 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.

 

Titan Solar 3.0 featured

Undying Flame

Excels In: Grandmaster Content

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. 

You can alternatively opt for Synthoceps instead. You'll deal much more damage but have less survivability.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Loreley Splendor Helm Titan Destiny 2 art

Loreley Splendor Helm

TitanHelmThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "When you have Sun Warrior, your Sunspots heal you. When you are critically wounded, create a Sunspot at your location."
Synthoceps Titan Destiny 2

Synthoceps

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increased melee lunge range. Improved melee and Super damage when you're surrounded."
  • 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: Healing Grenade is good for extra survivability, but Solar Grenade might help for add clear. Throwing Hammer is a must for this build, and 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, Heavy Handed can help you pump out plenty of Orbs of Power for your team though.

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.

 

Lightfall Tormentors

Overflowing Suspension

Excels In: Grandmaster Content

Goal of the Build: With an insane ability uptime, this build allows a Titan to spam the new strand abilities for great ad-clear.

Mandatory Gear: Heart of Inmost Light is still one of the best exotics for ability-based builds and is used here. Again, Strand weapons best fit this build due to the numerous artifact mods that buff them.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Heart of Inmost Light Titan Destiny 2

Heart of Inmost Light

TitanChestForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
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."
  • AspectsInto the Fray and Drengr’s Lash.
  • Fragments: Thread of Mind and Thread of Generation are used for their ability regeneration. Thread of Wisdom and Thread of Warding are great ways to generate Orbs of Power and Woven Mail
  • Abilities: Grapple or Shackle Grenade are the best choices, with Shackle Grenade being the choice for harder content. Rally Barricade is used for the shorter cooldown.
  • Stats: Resilience and Recovery.
  • Mods: A mod that generates Orbs of Power, such as an Elemental Siphon or Firepower, works great. Grenade or Utility Kickstart can use these charges for even faster ability regeneration. Stacks on Stacks can provide additional charges, so is also recommended.

Gameplay Loop

Despite its nerf, Heart of Inmost Light is still one of the best exotics for PVE. Casting your barricade will suspend enemies due to Drengr’s Lash and empower your other abilities, making them stronger with faster regeneration. Defeating the suspended enemies will refund your barricade and create Orbs of Power.

Grenade/Utility Kickstart can then use these orbs to refund large portions of the respective abilities. The melee is best used by using a single charge to try and maintain the Overflowing Light buff from Heart of Inmost Light. This combination allows for a high-ability uptime.

 

Titan Strand

Abeyant Leap

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

Goal of the Build: This build allows a single titan to dominate large areas by Suspending enemies whilst also providing Woven Mail to you and your allies.

Mandatory Gear: The only hard requirement for this build is the new exotic leg armor, Abeyant Leap. However, the new exotic Strand Bow, Wish-Keeper, can be a perfect pairing. The built-in suspension functionality will activate the Woven Mail from Abeyant Leap, giving even more survivability.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Abeyant Leap Titan exotic

Abeyant Leap

TitanLegsLightfallLost SectorsSeason 20Lightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Exotic Perk: "Drengr's Lash spawns two additional projectiles, tracks targets more aggressively, and travels farther. Gain Woven Mail when suspending targets."
  • AspectsInto the Fray and Drengr’s Lash.
  • Fragments: Thread of Mind is the most valuable fragment for this build. Other fragments such as Thread of Continuity and Thread of Generation are also suitable. The last fragment is a personal choice.
  • Abilities: Rally Barricade is preferred due to the shorter cooldown and Shackle Grenade is the grenade of choice.
  • Stats: Resilience and Recovery.
  • Mods: An Elemental Siphon that matches your preferred weapon is the most important mod to include. Stacks on Stacks can then utilize the orbs generated for additional armor charges. Grenade or Utility Kickstart will be able to consume these charges.

Gameplay Loop

The centerpiece of this build is the Abeyant Leap exotic. The exotic perk Puppeteer’s Control buffs Drenger’s Lash by creating additional ripples. These ripples suspend enemies and allow for some of the best ad control in the game. Defeating these enemies will refund portions of your barricade due to Thread of Mind and create Tangles and Orbs of Power.

The tangles can be used to grant yourself and allies the Woven Mail buff, whereas the orbs of power can be used to proc Grenade/Utility Kickstart reducing the cooldown of these abilities. This setup allows you to infinitely suspend large groups of enemies.

 

Titan Void gameplay

One Punch (Bash) Man

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

Goal of the Build: Titans are known for their punching skills, and this build aims to take it to a new level. Peregrine Greaves now refunds all melee energy when hitting a miniboss, Champion, or Tormentor, and when paired with Void 3.0, cuts them down to size too. 

Mandatory gear: Peregrine is the only hard requirement here. If you want to supercharge the damage, throw on good ol’ Tractor Cannon for an easy Weaken.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Peregrine Greaves Titan Destiny 2

Peregrine Greaves

TitanLegsForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 7Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "All shoulder charge abilities (Seismic Strike, Hammer Strike, or Shield Bash) deal bonus damage when activated in the air."
  • 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. Such mods include Heavy Handed, Melee Kickstart, Hands-On, and Focusing Strike.

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.

Peregrine Greaves add to this by enhancing all shoulder charge abilities after being airborne for a short duration. To most enemies, this would be a 225% increase, but to anything classified as a mini-boss (Champions, Tormentors), this is a staggering 1000%! 

So when going up against any of them, the idea is to apply Tractor Cannon’s debuff, sprint, jump, and then Shield Bash right into them. If they aren’t dead on the first go around, your melee should be back in time to do it again. It is important that you are in the air for at least half a second. Otherwise, the perk will not activate and you will not receive the damage buff, nor the melee energy.

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Titan Stasis gameplay

Ice Fortress

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

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 16The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
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. Grenade Kickstart and Utility Kickstart/Bomber are some examples. This build can also incorporate an Orbs of Power build by using Heavy Handed or Firepower mod to create Orbs of Power.

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.

 

Precious Scars Destiny 2 featured

Wounded Healer

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

Goal of the Build: This build is all about creating a mobile healing station for both you and nearby allies.

Mandatory gear: The main requirements for this build are the Precious Scars exotic and good ad-clear weapons. Wave frame grenade launchers fit this task perfectly, but primary weapons with access to area-of-effect perks, such as Voltshot or Incandescent, work extremely well.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Precious Scars Titan Destiny 2

Precious Scars

TitanHelmBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 12Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Final blows from weapons with a damage type matching your subclass energy create a burst of healing around you. After reviving or being revived, you gain an aura that provides overshields to you and nearby allies."
  • Aspects: This build works on any subclass; therefore, the choice is up to you.
  • Fragments: This build focuses on weapon final blows; therefore, any fragment that aids this is a great choice.
  • Abilities: Rally barricade is a good choice due to the weapon buffs it grants; Vortex grenades are another good example due to their ability to pull and group enemies.
  • Stats: High or Max Resilience (increased damage reduction and faster barricade cooldown) is the only recommended stat.
  • Mods: A Elemental Surge build would benefit this build. An example set-up would be a matching Elemental Surge, Stacks on Stacks, Firepower, and an Elemental Siphon mod.

Gameplay Loop

This build is based around chaining weapon final blows that match your subclass in order to consistently proc the Precious Scars’ exotic perk.

Precious Scars’ exotic perk, “Kintsugi,” creates a burst of Restoration around you when you get weapon final blows matching your subclass. On top of that, it also provides an aura after you revive/get revived that grants you and nearby allies an overshield. This allows you to become a moving source of healing whilst you kill enemies. The overshield can be extremely handy if someone is revived in a risky spot.

It is important to note that the Restoration effect lasts only 3 seconds, and the duration cannot be refreshed while it is active. The only exception to this is when pairing it with Ember of Empyrean, which extends Restoration and Radiant via Solar final blows.

 

Titan Arc 3.0 featured

God of Thunder

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

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 (we also have a Strand build that works wonders with HoiL!).

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

TitanChestForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
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.

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.

 

Doom Fang Pauldron Titan exotic gameplay

Doom Fang Pauldron

Excels In: Casual Content (Seasonal Activities, Strikes, 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. Doom Fang Pauldron is the only requirement for this build. A Void weapon with high kill chain potential is recommended, such as wave frames with Chain Reaction or fusion rifles with Reservoir Burst.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Doom Fang Pauldron Titan Destiny 2

Doom Fang Pauldron

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Defeating targets with Void damage has a chance to grant an escalating bonus to damage with Void weapons. Defeating targets with Void melee grants Super energy. While Sentinel Shield is active, defeating targets with melee attacks recharges Shield Throw, which extends your Super on hitting a target."
  • 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. Melee Kickstart, Outreach, Hands-On, and Heavy Handed are some of the best. If using a Void weapon, consider a Harmonic Siphon as well.

Gameplay Loop

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

Doom Fang Pauldron’s exotic perk, “Horns of Doom,” grants 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.

With the new functionality added in Season of the Wish, Doom Fang’s now also grant a x4 weapon surge (25% damage buff in PvE) to all Void weapons after 2-3 Void weapon or grenade kills, or just one powered melee kill. Use this in tandem with siphon mods to further enhance your Super regen. It is also important to note that while you have an Overshield active, any melee will count towards the Super regen and the Void weapon surge.

 

Solar supers

Solar Paladin

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

Goal of the Build: Create lots of Sunspots to turn your Titan into a "budget warlock." With Phoenix Cradle exotic, these sunspots will help your teammates too. This build is solid in team activities where sources of healing are scarce.

Mandatory gear: The only hard requirement for this build is the Phoenix Cradle exotic leg armor.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Phoenix Cradle Titan Destiny 2

Phoenix Cradle

TitanLegsShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 8Shadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Sun Warrior lasts twice as long. Allies who pass through your Sunspots are granted Sun Warrior."
  • Aspects: This build is quite flexible in terms of the aspects needed. Only Sol Invictus is required.
  • Fragments: Fragments that work with/benefit Sol Invictus are the best choice, including Ember of Torches, Ember of Solace, Ember of Empyrean, and Ember of Tempering.
  • Abilities: Thermite and Solar grenades are the best bet when dealing with large groups of enemies. For the melee, Throwing Hammer is recommended, as it also provides the Cure buff when picked up.
  • Stats: High or Max Resilience (increased damage reduction and faster barricade cooldown) is the main stat to focus on. Strength and Discipline are the next most important stats.
  • Mods: Whilst requiring no mods to function, this build can benefit from a simple Orbs of Power set-up. In addition, mods that reduce the cooldown for your abilities, such as Bomber or any Kickstart mods, can be great, as more abilities mean more sunspots.

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop here revolves around creating as many sunspots as possible.

The Phoenix Cradle’s exotic perk, “Beacons of Empowerment", significantly buffs the sunspots created by Sol Invictus. The sunspots last twice as long, and your fireteam members can now gain buffs when passing through them. They grant both Sol Invictus and Solar Restoration. This makes the sunspots function as a makeshift Warlock Healing Rift whilst keeping their ability to scorch enemies.

Unlike Warlock rifts, it is possible to have several sunspots at once. This is done by defeating enemies with solar abilities or defeating enemies while they are scorched in order to proc Sol Invictus. Therefore, the gameplay loop for this build is quite straightforward. Use your solar abilities/weapons to create sunspots and move from sunspot to sunspot to have a constant source of Restoration.

 

Crucible featured

Best Titan PvP builds

PvP Essentials

PvP is a different ball game when it comes to gearing up and taking your Titan to the max level. Unlike PvE, most gameplay mods such as Elemental Wells and Warmind Cells are disabled in PvP. Those slots are then freed up for more PvP-orientated mods such as Targeting or Unflinching mods.

One thing that does carry over between the game modes is the importance of certain stats. Recovery replaces Resilience as the most important stat. You should always aim to get 100 Recovery or as close as possible. Recovery dictates the speed at which you can engage in fights and can be the difference between a loss and a win.

Due to the current sandbox that focuses on abilities, your next port of call should be to increase your Discipline, Strength, and Resilience as high as possible. Whilst Resilience doesn’t give a damage reduction like in PvE, the increased health can allow you to survive certain weapons and combos. It also grants you a faster barricade, which is always helpful.

Subclasses

Titan is actually in a pretty good spot when it comes to the strength of its subclasses in PvP.

Titan Arc 3.0 featured

Arc 3.0: Striker

The latest class to get the 3.0 treatment, Arc titan, is incredibly strong in this current meta. Strong Aspects such as Knockout and Touch of Thunder, make titan a force to be reckoned with in close-range engagements. The new thruster class ability adds a new level of movement to the class which has previously lacked behind the other classes. This allows titans to rapidly close the distance and get it to key positions/melee range.

Fragments such as Spark of Magnitude and Spark of Feedback enhance Arc titan’s ability to be a menace in close range. Spark of Magnitude combined with Touch of Thunder grants Titan arguably the best grenades in PVP.

Titan Void 3.0 featured

Void 3.0: Sentinel

With the ability to combine the best of the old trees together, Void Titan has been at the top of the PVP meta since the Witch Queen. Void Titan shines the most in smaller game modes such as Elimination, Competitive, and Trials. Bastion provides it with an easily accessible over-shield that is extremely strong in PVP. Combined with one of the best supers for elimination modes, Ward of Dawn, Void Titan has one of the best kits in the game.

Fragments such as Echo of Leaching can be extremely beneficial when in close range, and when combined with Bastion and Offensive Bulwark, can make a very strong close-range class. Other fragments such as Echo of Dilation strengthen the neutral game of this class.

Titan Solar 3.0 featured

Solar 3.0: Sunbreaker

Whilst having a slightly weaker neutral game when compared to Void or Arc, Solar titan can still hold its own. The aspects are more tailored to PVE however aren’t awful in PVP. Sol Invictus can help to create space and provide you with a source of healing. Whilst its effect is very niche, Roaring Flames can lead to some unexpected one-hit kills if enough kills are chained together. Both supers are usable, with Burning Maul being a relatively unknown counter to Ward of Dawn.

Fragments and Abilities is where Solar 3.0 Titan shines. Healing grenades are a game changer and are often picked over an offensive grenade due to their potency. Radiant is a great buff to have inside PVP. While not an enormous increase, it can be used to change the optimal TTKs of certain weapons and allows you to engage at longer ranges than normal, sometimes catching your opponents off guard. Fragments that buff this, such as Ember of Solace, can be great to choose and build around.

Titan Subclass Strand

Berserker

Berserker is the king of Titan movement. The combination of Grapple and the three charges of Frenzied Blade melee allows Berserker to move around the map much faster than any other titan subclass.

Whilst not meta-defining, Berserker can still be used effectively in all the different PVP playlists. Building into the suspend mechanic is the best way to go around creating a Berserker PVP build.

Pros:

  • Powerful crowd-control abilities (Suspend)
  • Fantastic movement
  • Great Super

Cons:

  • Weaker Neutral Game
  • Long Cooldowns
  • Higher Skill Floor

Titan Stasis gameplay

Stasis: Behemot

The strengths of the Stasis Titan are similar in PvE and PvP: Area denial and control. While it may be weaker than the other subclasses in terms of killing potential, the utility of Stasis can sometimes be a good choice. The aspects and fragments that are usually chosen in PvE also work well inside the crucible. Whisper of Chains is a great choice, as the extra resistance it provides can affect the optimal TTK of certain weapons used by your opponents.

Glacier grenades and Howl of the Storm are great choices to help gain map control too. The crystals not only serve as a source of ability regeneration and resistance but can also be used to block sight lines or cut down longer lanes. These can also be used to help close the gap or provide some respite from your opponents.

Best PvP Titan Exotics

General Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Dunemarchers Titan Destiny 2

Dunemarchers

TitanLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases sprint speed. Sprinting builds up a static charge. After melee-attacking an enemy, that charge will chain damage to nearby enemies."
One-Eyed Mask Titan Destiny 2

One-Eyed Mask

TitanHelmForsaken PackExotic EngramsSeason 4Forsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Highlights the enemy who dares to damage you. Track down and destroy your enemy for an overshield."
Synthoceps Titan Destiny 2

Synthoceps

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increased melee lunge range. Improved melee and Super damage when you're surrounded."

There are loads of viable exotics for Titans to use inside the Crucible.

Dunemarchers are a good example of an exotic that has stood the test of time. The added mobility they provide as well as the extra lightning chain upon punching an opponent makes them extremely strong for all subclasses. Titans have struggled to keep up with the other classes, and Dunemarchers help to close that gap.

The infamous One-Eyed Mask is still a solid choice inside PVP. While is nowhere near as strong as it once was, it still is a competitive option for all subclasses. Its exotic perk “Vengeance” grants you an over-shield for defeating an opposing guardian. This gives you an advantage when it comes to the next fight due to the health increase.

Synthoceps are another strong exotic that work with any titan subclass. The extra melee range can catch opposing guardians off guard and pair well with a close-range weapon such as a shotgun or SMG.

Subclass-specific Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Loreley Splendor Helm Titan Destiny 2 art

Loreley Splendor Helm

TitanHelmThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "When you have Sun Warrior, your Sunspots heal you. When you are critically wounded, create a Sunspot at your location."

Perhaps the better-known and strongest subclass-specific exotic for Titan is the Loreley Splendor helmet. Even after receiving a nerf, it is still widely used and surprisingly strong. The extra source of instant restoration makes it very strong for 1v1 situations as opposing guardians have to hit additional shots in order to take you down.

Before you go…

The new Titan Exotic is definitely worth chasing this season. We cover how to get the Pyrogale Gauntlets in Destiny 2 here.

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • 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 21 meta
  • October 4, 2022: The guide is published for the first time.

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

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4 Comments
  1. Grim

    Seems like this is the titan page instead of hunter.

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  2. Spud

    Can this be updated for season of the wish?

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  3. tohtori

    theese seriously need to be updated

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  4. Spud

    Please please please can these builds be updated? The Hunter and Warlock pages are all recent-ish.

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