Best Destiny 2 Warlock Builds Right Now (S23 Meta)

by | Apr 11, 2024 | Armor

Are you a Warlock main and want to take your game to the next level? These are the best Warlock builds in Destiny 2, including builds for endgame, Solo players, and PvP content. Whether you’re into Solar, Void, or are into the brand-new Strand subclass, these builds have you covered.

And by the way, as any great Destiny 2 build, these will guide you every step of the way, including essential Exotics, Mods, and more.

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Endgame Builds

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GM Builds

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Solo Builds

Best Warlock PvE builds

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--NameSubclassRankExcels inGearAreaClassStatus
Solar WarlockRadiant SunbracerSolar Solar1 🥇EndgameSunbracers Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art CALUS Mini-Tool Destiny 2 artPvEWarlockTop 3
Cenotaph Mask Warlock ExoticMasked NavigatorVoid Strand3 🥉EndgameCenotaph Mask Warlock exotic The Navigator art Destiny 2PvEWarlockTop 3
Void WarlockVoid LeechVoid Void2 🥈GrandmastersSecant Filaments Warlock Destiny 2 art Collective Obligation Destiny 2 artPvEWarlockTop 3
Delicate Tomb ExoticBlinding VesperArc Arc4EndgameVesper of Radius Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art Destiny 2 Coldheart artPvEWarlock
Warlock SubclassMindspun SuspenderVoid Strand5EndgameNecrotic Grip Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art The Immortal artPvEWarlock
Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock DestinyStasis EngineerStasis element Destiny 2 Stasis7GrandmastersOsmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny 2 art Eyasluna Destiny 2 artPvEWarlockBest in Class
Boots of the Assembler WarlockNoble AssemblerSolar Solar6EndgameBoots of the Assembler Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art Destiny 2 Lumina artPvEWarlock
Warlock Void featured Destiny 2Void CasterVoid Void8Solo ContentBriarbinds art The Recluse art Destiny 2PvEWarlock
Fallen Sunstar Warlock ExoticArc SunstarArc Arc9Casual ContentFallen Sunstar Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 Coldheart artPvEWarlock
Ager's Scepter ExoticFrostmakerStasis element Destiny 2 Stasis10Solo ContentMantle of Battle Harmony Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art Ager's Scepter Destiny 2 artPvEWarlock

Best Warlock Builds: Top 3

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.


Cenotaph Mask Warlock Exotic

Masked Navigator

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

Goal of the Build: Support allies on the battlefield by spreading Woven Mail, providing heavy ammo, and severing enemies.

Mandatory Gear: Cenotaph Mask and The Navigator.

  • Aspects: Weaver’s Call and Mindspun Invocation.
  • Fragments: Thread of Rebirth, Thread of Evolution, Thread of Continuity, and Thread of Generation.
  • Abilities: Needlestorm, Threadling Grenade, Arcane Needle, and Healing Rift.
  • Stats: Resilience 🡒 Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon, Special Ammo Finder.
    • Arms: Focusing Strike, Impact Induction.
    • Chest: Relevant Resistance and Reserve Mods.
    • Legs: Strand Scavenger, Strand Weapon Surge.
    • Class Item: Outreach, Bomber.

Gameplay Loop

Because it relies on weapon and armor perks instead of abilities, Masked Weaver doesn’t have a specific loop. Basic knowledge of both Exotics is all you’ll need to succeed here.

Shooting an ally with The Navigator grants you and them Woven Mail, equating to 60% damage resistance. If you hit an enemy instead, you’ll Sever them, reducing their outgoing damage by 33%. Damaging combatants will also regenerate your grenade ability, and Navigator kills have a chance to spawn a Threadling.

When you’re ready to use your abilities, start by swallowing your grenade. After doing so, casting your rift will immediately send out eight Threadlings, providing substantial burst damage.

Lastly, damaging a vehicle, boss, or champion with The Navigator will mark them. Marked enemies will drop heavy ammo for allies upon death, providing even more support to your fireteam.


Void Warlock

Void Leech

Excels In: Grandmaster Content

Goal of the Build: Be able to debuff everything in sight while maintaining Devour for survivability.

Mandatory Gear: Secant Filaments. Collective Obligation is recommended.

  • Aspects: Feed the Void and Child of the Old Gods.
  • Fragments: Echo of Undermining, Echo of Instability, Echo of Domineering, and either Echo of Expulsion or Echo of Harvest.
  • Abilities: Suppressor Grenade and Empowering Rift.
  • Stats: Resilience 🡒 Recovery 🡒 Discipline.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon.
    • Arms: Grenade Kickstart.
    • Chest: Charged Up.
    • Legs: Stacks on Stacks.
    • Class Item: Bomber.

Gameplay Loop

Because there are so many moving parts to this build, there’s no one “loop” you’ll need to execute. You have multiple ways to debuff enemies: Weaken and Suppression with a grenade, Volatile from melee and Volatile Rounds, and more Weaken from Child of the Old Gods. Plus, you’ll get Devour by placing your rift or getting an ability kill.

After debuffing an enemy with any of these sources, shoot them once with Collective Obligation. Holding reload will cause the weapon to fire bullets that debuff enemies with any effect you shot earlier. After the chaos subsides, you should have most abilities recharged and ready for a second round.

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Warlock Endgame Builds

Delicate Tomb Exotic

Blinding Vesper

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

Goal of the Build: Blind and Jolt hordes of enemies through both your rift and weapons, allowing you and your allies to easily control the battlefield.

Mandatory Gear: Vesper of Radius. An Arc Special weapon is recommended (such as Delicate Tomb for casual content or Coldheart for higher-difficulty activities).

  • Aspects: Electrostatic Mind and Arc Soul.
  • Fragments: Spark of Brilliance, Spark of Beacons, Spark of Resistance, and Spark of Volts.
  • Abilities: Chaos Reach, Ball Lightning, Storm Grenade, and Healing Rift.
  • Stats: Max Resilience 🡒 Recovery 🡒 Discipline.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon, Special Ammo Finder.
    • Arms: Bolstering Detonation, Focusing Strike.
    • Chest: Charged Up.
    • Legs: Elemental Charge, Insulation, Recuperation.
    • Class Item: Distribution, Special Finisher, Powerful Attraction.

Gameplay Loop

To begin the loop of this build, simply place a rift near a group of enemies. This should both blind the enemies (thanks to Vesper of Radius) and grant some rift energy back (from Distribution).

Defeating any of these blinded targets will generate an Ionic Trace, which will then make you amplified. Becoming amplified allows you to then blind even more combatants with your Arc special weapon of choice. Using your other abilities in addition to your weapon will generate more Ionic Traces and ability energy, allowing you to begin the loop again.

If you ever run out of special ammo, you should be making enough Orbs of Power to do special finishers whenever you need them. Also remember that you have additional avenues to synergies as well, like with Arc Soul.


Warlock Strand featured 3 Destiny 2

Mindspun Suspender

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

Goal of the Build: Dominate the battleground with both Suspend and Threadlings, immobilizing and damaging combatants with little effort.

Mandatory Gear: Necrotic Grip. A Primary Strand weapon with Demolitionist is recommended.

  • Aspects: Mindspun Invocation and The Wanderer.
  • Fragments: Thread of Mind, Thread of Generation, Thread of Continuity, and Thread of Warding.
  • Abilities: Needlestorm, Shackle Grenade, Arcane Needle, and Healing Rift
  • Stats: Discipline 🡒 Resilience 🡒 Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon.
    • Arms: Grenade Kickstart, Impact Induction.
    • Chest: Charged Up.
    • Legs: Elemental Charge.
    • Class Item: Bomber, Outreach.

Gameplay Loop

Consuming your Shackle Grenade with Mindspun Invocation grants you 25 seconds of Weaver’s Trace, making all final blows create an explosion of Suspend. Killing these Suspended targets will create a Tangle and grant class ability energy.

Throwing that Tangle at another group of enemies will Suspend them, starting the process over again. All of these Suspend instances also last longer due to Thread of Continuity. To top it all off, collecting Orbs of Power from your Siphon mod will give you Woven Mail and grenade energy indirectly via Grenade Kickstart.


Fallen Sunstar Warlock Exotic

Arc Sunstar

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

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

Mandatory Gear: Fallen Sunstar. Coldheart is recommended, but Delicate Tomb can also work.

  • Aspects: Arc Soul and Electrostatic Mind.
  • Fragments: Spark of Magnitude, Spark of Shock, Spark of Beacons, and Spark of Brilliance.
  • Abilities: Storm Grenade, Chaos Reach, Ball Lightning, and Healing Rift.
  • Stats: Recovery 🡒 Resilience 🡒 Discipline.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon, Ashes to Assets
    • Arms: Firepower, Bolstering Detonation
    • Chest: Charged Up
    • Legs: Elemental Charge, Arc Weapon Surge, Innervation
    • Class Item: Time Dilation, Bomber, Powerful Attraction

Gameplay Loop

Start by placing a rift down to grant you and your allies Arc Souls. Then, simply use the rest of your abilities and shoot everything in sight with your Arc weapon. Any Ionic Traces you collect will grant you and your allies substantial amounts of ability energy and will make you Amplified (buffing your Arc Soul and other abilities).

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 as a result of Arc Soul’s recent buffs.


Best Warlock Grandmaster Builds

Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny

Stasis Engineer

Excels In: Grandmaster Content

Goal of the Build: Slow and freeze large groups of enemies using countless Bleak Watcher turrets.

Mandatory Gear: Osmiomancy Gloves and a Primary or Special weapon with Demolitionist.

  • Aspects: Iceflare Bolts and Bleak Watcher.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Refraction, Whisper of Durance, Whisper of Torment, and Whisper of Chains.
  • Abilities: Coldsnap Grenade.
  • Stats: Discipline 🡒 Resilience.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon
    • Arms: 2x Grenade Kickstart, Bolstering Detonation
    • Chest: Charged Up
    • Legs: x2 Innervation
    • Class Item: Bomber

Gameplay Loop

The primary loop of this build is just to throw turrets onto the field whenever you get them. Whisper of Torment and max Discipline will hopefully carry you to your next grenade charge without a problem. 

If you do end up experiencing downtime, be sure to take full advantage of your Demolitionist weapon. Once you gain another grenade charge, continue through turrets for as long as enemies survive!


Best Warlock Solo Builds

Boots of the Assembler Warlock

Noble Assembler

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

Goal of the Build: Empower yourself and allies using support exotics and abilities such as Healing Grenade and Lumina.

Mandatory Gear: Boots of the Assembler and Lumina.

  • Aspects: Heat Rises and Touch of Flame.
  • Fragments: Ember of Benevolence, Ember of Torches, and Ember of Solace (final Fragment is up to you).
  • Abilities: Well of Radiance, Celestial Fire, Healing Grenade, and Healing Rift.
  • Stats: Discipline 🡒 Resilience 🡒 Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Kinetic Siphon.
    • Arms: Impact Induction, Focusing Strike.
    • Chest: Resistance Mods based on your enemies.
    • Legs: Innervation, Insulation.
    • Class Item: Bomber.

Gameplay Loop

While there isn’t a specific gameplay ‘loop’ for this build, everything works in conjunction, and understanding all the moving parts is vital to your success.

Kills with Lumina will drop Noble Rounds, which you can shoot at allies to give both you and them a damage buff. This will also proc Ember of Benevolence, giving you more ability energy. This ability energy will give you your melee back, which, when used, will provide you and your nearby allies Radiant (which, once again, procs Benevolence). Throwing or swallowing your grenade will also grant Restoration, giving you even more ability energy.

Lastly, placing down your rift will activate Boots of the Assembler’s perk, spawning Noble Seekers and empowering allies while giving you the Ember of Benevolence buff. As you can see, everything has a place in this build, allowing you to chain support ability after support ability. Even better, you’ll receive buffs from most of these sources, making you more potent while also helping allies.


Warlock Void featured Destiny 2

Void Caster

Excels In: Solo Content

Goal of the Build: Cover the battlefield with weakening Void Souls, gain substantial amounts of grenade energy, and Volatile Rounds.

Mandatory Gear: Briarbinds. A Void primary weapon is recommended.

  • Aspects: Feed the Void and Child of the Old Gods
  • Fragments: Echo of Instability, Echo of Undermining, Echo of Vigilance, and Echo of Harvest
  • Abilities: Nova Bomb: Cataclysm, Vortex Grenade, and Healing Rift.
  • Stats: Resilience 🡒 Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon
    • Arms: Bolstering Detonation x2
    • Chest: Stat, Reserve, and Damage Resistance mods
    • Legs: Elemental Charge, Void Weapon Surge, and Insulation
    • Class Item: Bomber, Powerful Attraction

Gameplay Loop

The loop here is relatively straightforward: start by placing a rift, then shoot an enemy to send out your Void Soul. Killing combatants that are weakened by either this or your grenade will trigger Echo of Harvest, granting you a Void Breach. Killing an enemy with a grenade will also grant your Void weapon(s) Volatile Rounds.

Once you and your fireteam clear the wave of enemies your Void Soul is centered around, you can interact with it to once again get Void Soul Ready. As mentioned earlier, placing more rifts will grant you more Void Souls, allowing you to have multiple on the battlefield simultaneously.

That’s about it for the basics of this build, but you can make it infinitely more complex by adding a synergistic weapon like Collective Obligation or a legendary weapon with Repulsor Brace.


Ager's Scepter Exotic


Excels In: Solo Content

Goal of the Build: Slow and freeze everything in sight, giving you tons of super energy and, eventually a weapon damage boost.

Mandatory Gear: Mantle of Battle Harmony and Ager’s Scepter.

  • Aspects: Iceflare Bolts and Glacial Harvest.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Bonds, Whisper of Fissures, Whisper of Rime, and Whisper of Conduction.
  • Abilities: No specific abilities are required.
  • Stats: Discipline 🡒 Resilience 🡒 Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon, Special Ammo Finder
    • Arms: Stat, reload, and dexterity mods
    • Chest: Charged Up
    • Legs: Stacks on Stacks, Innervation
    • Class Item: Special Finisher, Empowered Finisher

Gameplay Loop

here 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, and dropped Orbs of Power allow you to use Special Finisher as necessary.

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.



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Best Warlock PvP builds

PvP Essentials

Because of its competitive nature, stats are significantly more critical in the Crucible than in PVE. For Warlocks, high Recovery is a must as it is tied to your health and rift regeneration speeds. Additionally, because of Destiny’s ability-focused nature, high Discipline is irreplaceable too. Lastly, while it’s more important on Titan, mid-high Resilience can also be helpful. Some things (such as two-shot kills with Thorn) depend on the enemy’s Resilience stat, so having around Tier 6 or 7 is always useful.

Generally speaking, the most potent PvP mods come in the form of stat, unflinching, targeting, and dexterity mods. These all provide passive buffs that are strong enough to notice in moment-to-moment gameplay.

Warlock Subclasses: Ranked

While there is usually a meta subclass or general setup to run for the Crucible, every element has unique strengths and weaknesses.


Solar Warlock

Beginning with Solar, Dawnblade primarily focuses on giving you and your allies various buffs. Radiant, a 10% damage bonus, can be easily activated using something like Ember of Torches. Restoration is the second primary Solar buff, giving you constant regeneration—even while taking damage. There are various ways to activate this, including Healing Grenade and  the combination of Phoenix Dive and Heat Rises.

These buffs can be enhanced using fragments such as Ember of Solace and Ember of Empyrean. You can also use Ember of Benevolence to boost ability regeneration when benefitting your allies.


  • Great healing/support potential
  • Various movement options
  • Numerous choices for all abilities


  • Generally weaker abilities compared to Voidwalker/Shadebinder
  • Weaker debuffs
  • Less desirable fragment options


Warlock Void 3.0 featured

Moving onto the next element, Voidwalker is functionally the opposite of Dawnblade, focusing on debuffing opposing Guardians. Echo of Undermining is the most direct way of doing so, weakening your enemies when hit with your grenade. You can also use Echo of Instability if you have a void weapon, granting you Volatile Rounds on grenade kill.

Voidwalker also provides some survivability with the Devour buff, most easily triggered on Warlock via the Feed the Void aspect. This makes Void widely considered the most well-rounded Warlock subclass as of the writing of this article, but that’s bound to change.


  • Powerful abilities at base
  • Powerful buffs and debuffs
  • Numerous super options and a unique jump ability (Blink)


  • Lacks movement compared to Dawnblade
  • Weaker super abilities
  • Able to do everything other subclasses can do, but significantly less well (jack of all trades, master of none)


Warlock Arc 3.0 featured

Inarguably the weakest of the three light subclasses before the Light 3.0 updates, Stormcaller now has a surprising amount going for it. Being all about speed and mobility, this subclass can grant you movement and weapon handling speed without the need to equip popular neutral exotic armor pieces such as Transversive Steps or Ophidian Aspect.

All three aspects are powerful here, but Lightning Surge is the stand-out, allowing you to close the gap between you and your opponents while also unleashing a substantial amount of damage. Arc Soul (and by extension, Getaway Artist) is also a popular pick, granting a good amount of chip damage to make kills more consistent. Lastly, while the Arc fragments available don’t have too much build potential, some (such as Spark of Resistance, Recharge, or Magnitude) provide very potent neutral buffs that can work anywhere.


  • Extremely good neutral game
  • Potent aspects
  • Superior movement


  • Weak super abilities
  • Lacks build potential
  • Weaker-than-average fragments


Warlock Subclass

Broodweaver functions as a mix between Stormcaller, Dawnblade and Shadebinder, providing strong crowd control in combination with useful movement abilities.

Each grenade does something unique but powerful: Grapple can either close the gap or give you space, Shackle can stop opponents in their tracks, and Threadling can seek down low health enemies to kill.


  • Has a nice variety of abilities and uses
  • Area control, shutdown, and movement abilities
  • Powerful subclass verbs (Suspend, Woven Mail, etc.)


  • Few options for Super, Melee, and Aspects
  • Little access to subclass verbs compared to other Strand classes
  • Acts as a jack of all trades, master of none


Shadebinder Warlock Stasis featured

Shadebinder is primarily used to counter your enemies by slowing or freezing them.

All three grenades have some slowing or freezing capability, and the Iceflare Bolts and Frostpulse aspects can grant more opportunities. Fragments are simple here; most simply buff your abilities or give you stat boosts. Whisper of Hedrons and Whisper of Chains are some of the more popular picks, but you can easily build into unique ones like Whisper of Rime as well.

With the addition of the Light 3.0 subclasses, Stasis has slightly fallen out of the meta. However, it’s still potent and is sometimes unfairly disregarded by the community.


  • Excels in close quarters combat
  • Various shutdown and area control abilities
  • Amazing dueling super
  • Exceptional fragments and debuffs (Freeze/Slow)


  • Extreme lack of movement
  • Less Grenade, Melee, and Super ability choices
  • Mediocre grenade options at base
  • Little to no intrinsic buffs (compared to Devour, Restoration, etc.)

Best PvP Warlock Exotics

General Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Ophidian Aspect Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Ophidian Aspect

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Exotic Perk: "Weapons ready and reload very quickly. Provides a small benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."
Transversive Steps Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Transversive Steps

WarlockLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Exotic Perk: "Sprint speed increased. After a short time sprinting, your currently equipped weapon is automatically reloaded."

Because of their ease of use and 24/7 activation, neutral exotics are the most common for general PVP. Ophidian Aspect has always been an S-Tier pick, passively boosting the snappiness of your weapons. Transversive Steps excels for a similar reason, providing quicker and more fluid movement (plus the ability to get a free reload).

Subclass-specific Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Boots of the Assembler Destiny 2 art

Boots of the Assembler

WarlockLegsBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 14Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Standing in a healing rift creates Noble Seekers that seek out allies that are not in a rift and heal them. Noble Seekers from Empowering rift grant both you and your ally a damage bonus. Each time a Noble Seeker finds one of your allies, the duration of your rift is briefly extended."
Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny 2 art

Osmiomancy Gloves

WarlockArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Coldsnap grenades have an additional charge that recharges quicker on direct impact. The seeker spawned from Coldsnap grenades travels further."
Rain of Fire Warlock Destiny 2 art

Rain of Fire

WarlockLegsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 17The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Air dodge reloads all of your weapons and improves the airborne effectiveness of Fusion Rifles and Linear Fusion Rifles; final blows with these weapons make you radiant."

As for subclass-specific exotics that you can build into, Osmiomancy Gloves are one of the stand-outs. Coldsnap Grenades are already extremely strong, and the increased travel distance and extra charge make for an unparalleled shutdown option. Rain of Fire, the Season of the Haunted exotic, is highly beneficial when using a Solar subclass and a fusion rifle (especially Vex Mythoclast). Boots of the Assembler also isn’t a terrible option to run on Dawnblade, allowing you to embrace the support role.

You can find more complex and in-depth builds online with niche exotics such as Verity’s Brow. My favorite two content creators for PvP builds are Coolguy and Apathettic, but you can find numerous fantastic community members creating builds frequently on all social platforms.

Before you go…

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

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • December 18, 2023: Updates based on the Season 23 meta.
  • September 11, 2023: Updates based on the Season 22 meta, the addition of the Void Caster build (replaces Radiant Timestrider) and Blinding Stormbringer (replaces Sorcerer of Swarms).
  • June 8, 2023: Updates based on the Season 21 meta
  • July 30, 2022: The guide is published for the first time.

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  1. Boom

    DIM links would be appreciated

  2. jediD

    Why use solace and empyrean on the first build if you have no way of getting radiant or restoration?? Is there something I am missing?

    • Xorrof

      When you have Heat Rises, your Phoenix Dive grants Restoration x2, as for radiant it would be season 23’s artifact mods where multiple precision hits with a solar weapon grants Radiant.

  3. ODIN

    At the very top of the page the warlock in the title picture looks awesome, what armor is that?

  4. Abn0

    The Nobel Assembler PVE build appears to be mislabeled. It says it excels in ‘solo content’, yet the entire build (both exotic weapon and exotic armor) requires a fireteam to be of any utility.

    • Ric Molina

      Agreed, that was an editing mistake from me…. Corrected, thanks for the heads up!

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