If you’re looking for a Warlock chest piece that is stylish but also excels in PvE end-game activities, then Phoenix Protocol should be atop your list. The ability to chain Well of Radiance and provide super energy to your allies will make you an invaluable asset to any raiding group, and the gameplay loop couldn’t be more simple.
Today, we cover the Phoenix Protocol, one of our favorite Warlock Exotics right now, in-depth: How it works, where to get it, and the best builds and fashion around it.
Phoenix Protocol: How to master it
The gameplay loop to get Phoenix Protocol going is straightforward. Kills and assists while standing in your Well of Radiance will return super energy, up to 50 of your super bar.
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|Exotic Perk: "Kills and assists you make while standing in your Well of Radiance return Super energy."|
The goal is getting your super back as quickly as possible, so try to focus on perks and mods that provide Super Energy boosts or assist with regen. A perfect example is “Ashes to Assets,” focusing on grenade spam during your super.
How it works: The numbers
According to Light.gg’s community research:
10% Super Energy is returned upon a kill. However, each kill will grant 1.5% less than the previous to a minimum of 4% super energy per kill – meaning it will effectively take 10 kills to return 50% of your Super energy bar.
Best Phoenix Protocol Builds
With Phoenix Protocol, we want to focus on returning Super-energy while having the highest possible Super up-time during fights. To do that, we recommend this top-tier Warlock build:
Excels In: Endgame activities, such as Raids
Goal of the Build: Have constant Super Up-Time to spam abilities and provide healing and weapon buffs for your allies.
Mandatory Gear: The Phoenix Protocol is the exotic we’ll use for this build.
No specific weaponry is necessary; since we are focusing on Super-energy generation. It may be wise to bring mods that create elemental wells, such as Elemental Armaments and Explosive Well Maker. It is also heavily advised to use weapons with Solar Energy since it will synergize with our Fragments later.
- Aspects: Touching Flame to allow your Fusion Grenades to explode twice – increasing your chance of Well creation, and Icarus Dash for the added mobility.
- Fragments: Ember of Combustion, Ember of Eruption, Ember of Wonder & Ember of Char
- Abilities: Coldsnap Grenade is essential here as it will give you two grenade charges via Osmiomancy Gloves.
- Stats: Discipline is far and away the most crucial stat here to allow for the maximum amount of turrets possible.
- Mods: Look to include as many mods that regenerate Super-energy as possible. These include Explosive Well Maker, Elemental Armaments, etc. Bomber is also a fantastic mod, allowing you to regenerate grenades faster and create more ignitions!
Our gameplay loop is simple; we want to defeat as many enemies as possible within a short period to create orbs of power and super energy.
We will be using our Fusion Grenades as much as possible here, which should help get our Ember of Combustion started. Don’t worry; with the Bomber mod, we should have plenty of grenades as and when we need them. You can supplement grenades with a hail of fire from any Solar energy weapon.
Ember of Eruption should now increase the area of effect from Ignition. Ember of Wonder will then proc, allowing you to begin spawning Orbs of Power for your team and generating Super Energy.
Elemental Armaments and Explosive Well Maker will ensure plenty of wells spawn to increase your super energy. Placing Rifts will regenerate your Fusion Grenades to begin the loop again.
This build works wonders in end-game content such as Raids and Grandmaster Nightfalls where groups of enemies need to be defeated in quick succession, and super abilities can be the difference between failing and completing an encounter. With success, you should have an almost constant up-time on your Well of Radiance, providing invaluable buffs and healing to you and your Fireteam.
How to get Phoenix Protocol
Phoenix Protocol can be obtained either from Exotic engrams or by completing Legend or Master Lost Sectors solo on days that Arms armor is dropping. Note that the Season pass offers several Exotic engrams. Xur also sells a single Exotic engram per weekend.
There isn’t much more to say about Exotic engrams, only that they have a higher chance to drop from end-game activities. If collecting exotics is your priority, Nightfall: The Ordeals are for you. And the higher the difficulty, the higher the chance of getting one.
Alternatively, you can farm Legend and Master Lost Sectors solo on Arms days (Lost Sector rewards are on a daily rotation, one day will reward Legs pieces, the next day only Arms pieces, etc.). You can find the Lost Sectors daily rotation here.