Best Destiny 2 Titan exotics: Tier List Ranking

by | Aug 8, 2022 | Armor

Exotic armor is a truly unique and important part of Destiny 2.

While weapons usually get most of the attention, your choice of armor plays a crucial role too. This is especially true for Exotic armor as that one single piece of equipment can elevate your playstyle and lethality to new levels. Destiny 2 is all about finding synergies within your gear and Exotic armor is often the first piece of the puzzle.

In this guide, we’ll focus on the Titan class and cover every Titan Exotic armor piece currently in the game. We’ll rank them from best to worst, and explain how to used them for maximum lethality.

Castle artA big thank you to Castle for helping put together this tier list. Castle is one of my favorite Destiny 2 PVP content creators and an extremely cool guy. You should definitely check him out.

Destiny 2 Titan Exotics Tier list

The Tier list below includes every Titan Exotic armor piece in the game. It starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there:

NameTypeRankExcelsSubclassSourceRequirementsArmorTierExcels inSubclass?Final Verdict
DunemarchersLegsS › BestPVE + PVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayDunemarchers Titan Destiny 2

Dunemarchers

Best

S

PVE + PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Increases sprint speed. Sprinting builds up a static charge. After melee-attacking an enemy, that charge will chain damage to nearby enemies."

Pairs well with: Bottom Tree Striker (Juggernaut). Dunemarchers are an S-teir exotic for PVP due to the playmaking ability in 1v2/1v3 situations thanks to the 85dmg chain. This exotic is more A/B-tier in PVE but worth using for crowd control.
Cuirass of the Falling StarChestS › BestPVEArcLost SectorsBeyond LightCuirass of the Falling Star Titan Destiny 2

Cuirass of the Falling Star

Best

S

PVEArc Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Arc
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Greatly increases your Thundercrash impact damage. Gain an overshield that lasts longer the farther you travel before striking a target."

Pairs well with: Middle Tree Striker (Missile). The damage boost to Code of the Missile's Thundercrash is very effective in PVE
Ursa FuriosaArmsS › BestPVEVoidExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayUrsa Furiosa Titan Destiny 2

Ursa Furiosa

Best

S

PVEVoid Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Void
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Move faster while guarding when Sentinel Shield is active. Guarded damage converts to Super energy when the Super ends."

Pairs well with: Middle Tree Sentinel (Commander). While Ursa Furiosa does not benefit you during regular gameplay, swapping to this exotic before activating super is extremely valuable due to orb generation and super regen from taking damage.
One-Eyed MaskHelmS › BestPVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayOne-Eyed Mask Titan Destiny 2

One-Eyed Mask

Best

S

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Highlights the enemy who dares to damage you. Track down and destroy your enemy for an overshield."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). The overshield from getting a kill enables clutch-plays in all game-modes that otherwise would never be possible using any other exotic.
Heart of Inmost LightChestS › BestPVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayHeart of Inmost Light Titan Destiny 2

Heart of Inmost Light

Best

S

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

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."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). Heart of Inmost Light is likely the most underrated exotic. Using an ability enhances the others' regen-rate and damage. For Behemoth it helps with cooldowns and for all other subclasses the damage output is significant.
The Path of Burning StepsLegsA › StrongPVPNeutralLost SectorsBeyond LightThe Path of Burning Steps Titan Destiny 2

The Path of Burning Steps

Strong

A

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Solar final blows periodically grant you an escalating bonus to weapon damage. You are harder to slow or freeze with Stasis, and when you break out, you take no damage from doing so, creating a burst of Solar energy around yourself."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). Generating 1-3 solar kills (weapons included) grants a damage boost that can stack. For PVE this can get a good cycle going and for PVP it can make weapons such as a 120 RPM Hand Cannon 2-tap.
Citan's RampartsArmsA › StrongPVPNeutralExotic EngramsShadowkeepCitan's Ramparts Titan Destiny 2

Citan's Ramparts

Strong

A

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "You and your allies can shoot through your Towering Barricade, which has reduced health and duration."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). Citan's Ramparts are less effective in casual 6s PVP; however, in Trials of Osiris they perform more similar to S-Tier exotics.
Actium War RigChestA › StrongPVENeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayActium War Rig Titan Destiny 2

Actium War Rig

Strong

A

PVENeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Steadily reloads a portion of your equipped Auto Rifle's or Machine Gun's magazine from reserves."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). This exotic provides excellent ad-control when using Auto Rifles or machine guns, great to pair with Xenophage in PVE or Sweet Business in PVP if you want to try something entirely different.
SynthocepsArmsA › StrongPVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlaySynthoceps Titan Destiny 2

Synthoceps

Strong

A

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Increased melee lunge range. Improved melee and Super damage when you're surrounded."

Pairs well with: Stasis (Behemoth). The additional damage to Titan melee is amplified when surrounded and in particular on Behemoth's shiver strike, allowing it to one-hit-kill lower resilience guardians.
Aeon SafeArmsA › StrongPVENeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayAeon Safe Rig Titan Destiny 2

Aeon Safe

Strong

A

PVENeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk? Instead of an Intrinsic perk, Aeon Exotics have an additional mod socket which is used for Aeon Cult mods.

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). The Aeon Safe exotic works best when paired with other teammates working around its perks. The 3 different options make for good variability.
PeacekeepersLegsA › StrongPVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayPeacekeepers Titan Destiny 2

Peacekeepers

Strong

A

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Reloads stowed Submachine Guns and allows you to ready them instantly. Improves your handling with SMGs and your movement while wielding one."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). When using an SMG, this is the go-to exotic being S-Tier; however, given the fact it is restricted to SMGs and the current meta doesn't favor them, it doesn't warrant the top ranking.
Precious ScarsHelmSwapPVPNeutralLost SectorsBeyond LightPrecious Scars Titan Destiny 2

Precious Scars

SwapPVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

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."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). Equipping this while you are downed in Trials of Osiris can help clutch a round provided your teammate gets your res because of the additional overshield (within 15m).
Eternal WarriorHelmSwapPVPArcExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayEternal Warrior Titan Destiny 2

Eternal Warrior

SwapPVPArc Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Arc
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Gain an overshield when activating Fists of Havoc."

Pairs well with: Bottom Tree Striker (Juggernaut). Eternal Warrior is not benefitting you during regular gameplay however when using Striker, in particular bottom tree (Juggernaut), equipping this before using the super can nearly guarantee saving a round-win in Trials of Osiris.
An Insurmountable SkullfortHelmB › AveragePVEArcExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayAn Insurmountable Skullfort Titan Destiny 2

An Insurmountable Skullfort

Average

B

PVEArc Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Arc
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Kills with Arc melee abilities trigger health regeneration and restore melee energy."

Pairs well with: Top and Middle Tree Striker subclass. Getting health on arc melee kills during ad-control, alongside the melee regen can be effective; however, many cases are better handled with weapons and other exotics
Lion RampantLegsB › AveragePVE + PVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayLion Rampant Titan Destiny 2

Lion Rampant

Average

B

PVE + PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Provides additional aerial maneuverability and enables accurate hipfire while you're in the air during Lift."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). These boots excel in PVE for movement based puzzles. In PVP, with enough practice learning to "titan-skate" these boots can make titan movement quicker than most other classes. Excellent choice with Dead Man's Tale.
Doom Fang PauldronArmsB › AveragePVEVoidExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayDoom Fang Pauldron Titan Destiny 2

Doom Fang Pauldron

Average

B

PVEVoid Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Void
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Void melee kills give Super energy. While Sentinel Shield is active, melee kills recharge Shield Throw, which extends your Super on hits."

Pairs well with: Bottom Tree Sentinel (Aggressor). Although Doom Fang Pauldrons give considerable super energy upon void melee kills, it is rare unless spec'ng for it and there are better alternatives anyway.
Mask of the Quiet OneHelmB › AveragePVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayMask of the Quiet One Titan Destiny 2

Mask of the Quiet One

Average

B

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Grants ability energy when you're damaged. When critically wounded, regain maximum health on kills."

Pairs well with: Stasis (Behemoth). Throughout a crucible match, taking damage helps in obtaining energy aross all abilities; however, the amount is small
ArmamentariumChestB › AveragePVE + PVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayArmamentarium Titan Destiny 2

Armamentarium

Average

B

PVE + PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Gain an additional grenade charge."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). Grenade energy in Destiny is quite valuable, in particular for PVP. This exotic provides 2 grenade charges and can benefit Stasis given the slower cool-downs.
Severance EnclosureChestB › AveragePVPNeutralExotic EngramsShadowkeepSeverance Enclosure Titan Destiny 2

Severance Enclosure

Average

B

PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Powered melee final blows unleash a damaging explosion. Finishers and final blows against more powerful targets increase the radius and damage of the explosion."

Pairs well with: Bottom Tree Striker (Juggernaut). The explosive damage wave sent by getting a melee final blow is significant and will kill nearby enemies. The downside is a steep damage falloff and delay before exploding.
Crest of Alpha LupiChestB › AveragePVE + PVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayCrest of Alpha Lupi Titan Destiny 2

Crest of Alpha Lupi

Average

B

PVE + PVPNeutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Generates an additional Orb of Power from Supers and a healing pulse when Barricade is activated."

Pairs well with: Top Tree Sentinel (Protector). In both PVP and PVE, a team working around the bubble super can make considerable plays with the extra orb generation it provides
Hallowfire HeartChestB › Average-SolarExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayHallowfire Heart Titan Destiny 2

Hallowfire Heart

Average

B

-Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Improves the recharge rate of your Solar abilities. Greatly improves recharge rate while your Super is charged."

Pairs well with: Bottom Tree Sunbreaker (Siegebreaker). Ability regen is approximately 50% higher while charging super, then once super is charged it's 250%. This exotic is slept on with Sunbreaker but unfortunate that it's restricted to the one subclass and the abilities aren't Titan's best.
ACD/0 Feedback FenceArmsB › Average-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayACD0 Feedback Fence Titan Destiny 2

ACD/0 Feedback Fence

Average

B

-Neutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Melee hits build energy. Being struck by a melee attack reduces incoming damage and unleashes the energy in a devastating explosion."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). ACD/0 Feedback fence can help you get significantly more kills, but it won't help you survive more. As a result, it can be beneficial in kill-trading whereas only you would have died otherwise.
StrongholdArmsB › Average-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayStronghold Titan Destiny 2

Stronghold

Average

B

-Neutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Maximizes Guard stats on equipped Swords. Shots blocked immediately after guarding will heal you."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). Excellent for damage phases using swords in PVE, also can be used in high level content using a cheese to make you almost invincible
Helm of Saint-14HelmC › Weak-VoidExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayHelm of Saint-14 Titan Destiny 2

Helm of Saint-14

Weak

C

-Void Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Void
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Enemies that enter Ward of Dawn are blinded, while allies that pass through gain an overshield. Guarding with Sentinel Shield blinds nearby enemies."

Pairs well with: Top Tree Sentinel (Protector). While this exotic boosts the bubble super and helps in PVE, bubble on its own is sufficient and other exotics can benefit more regularly throughout an activity.
Phoenix CradleLegsC › Weak-SolarExotic EngramsShadowkeepPhoenix Cradle Titan Destiny 2

Phoenix Cradle

Weak

C

-Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Sun Warrior lasts twice as long. Allies who pass through your Sunspots are granted Sun Warrior."

Pairs well with: Bottom Tree Sunbreaker (Siegebreaker). If a team of 3 intentionally uses this exotic and plays around the sun-spots of bottom tree Sunbreaker, it can be lethal, but on its own less valuable than some of the other exotics
Antaeus WardsLegsC › Weak-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayAntaeus Wards Titan Destiny 2

Antaeus Wards

Weak

C

-Neutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Improved slide. Sliding after sprinting for a short time reflects incoming projectiles."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). The reflective vents are especially useful for sliding in to an engagement to mitigate your opponent's first bullet, or when sliding in with a shotgun, but the window of time is quite small.
Ashen WakeArmsC › Weak-SolarExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayAshen Wake Titan Destiny 2

Ashen Wake

Weak

C

-Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Fusion Grenades now explode on impact and gain increased throw speed. Final blows with Fusion Grenades grant grenade energy."

Pairs well with: Middle Tree Sunbreaker (Devastator). When paired with a specific build around regenerating grenade energy, this can become a one-hit-kill grenade build full of fun.
Khepri's HornHelmD › Worst-SolarExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayKhepri's Horn Titan Destiny 2

Khepri's Horn

Worst

D

-Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Solar damage kills recharge your Barricade, which unleashes a blast of Solar energy when summoned."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). When using a solar weapon, this exotic provides the barricade very frequently, but there are better builds out there for Destiny's tougher content.
Peregrine GreavesLegsD › Worst-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayPeregrine Greaves Titan Destiny 2

Peregrine Greaves

Worst

D

-Neutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "All shoulder charge abilities (Seismic Strike, Hammer Strike, or Shield Bash) deal bonus damage when activated in the air."

Pairs well with: Any Shoulder Charge subclass. Increased shoulder charge damage while using in the air. You can kill a super with one shoulder charge but does not typically work out. Not recommended.
Mk. 44 Stand AsidesLegsD › Worst-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayMk. 44 Stand Asides Titan Destiny 2

Mk. 44 Stand Asides

Worst

D

-Neutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Grants an overshield when you're sprinting at full health with Seismic Strike, Hammer Strike, or Shield Bash equipped and charged. Hits with these abilities recharge a portion of your melee energy."

Pairs well with: Any Shoulder Charge subclass. These provide an overshield while sprinting on any one of the 3 subclasses having a shoulder charge ability, but doing so is not effective against others.
Wormgod CaressArmsD › Worst-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayWormgod Caress Titan Destiny 2

Wormgod Caress

Worst

D

-Neutral subclass Destiny 2 icon v2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Melee kills increase melee damage for a period of time. Additional kills extend duration and increase effects."

Pairs well with: Middle Tree Sunbreaker (Devastator). Burning fists provides a 5 second window of time where your melee has upwards of 5x damage, but it is harder to make use of these than you'd think! It doesn't happen too often unless pairing with hammer throws on Sunbreaker.
Icefall MantleArmsD › Worst-StasisLost SectorsBeyond LightIcefall Mantle Titan Destiny 2

Icefall Mantle

Worst

D

-Stasis Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Stasis
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Replaces your Barricade ability with a personal overshield. When you activate your Barricade, you create a burst around yourself that slows combatants. While you have the overshield, you are slowed and Barricade does not recharge."

Pairs well with: Anything (any subclass and/or combat style). The additional health points provided by activating this can save you in PVE engagements but there are better exotic options given the fact it removes your barricade.
No Backup PlansArmsTBC-Lost SectorsBeyond LightNo Backup Plans Destiny 2 art

No Backup Plans

Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "When you have full melee energy, Shotgun final blows activate your Defensive Strike and consume your melee energy. Shotgun final blows also give you melee energy."

Pairs well with: ...
Loreley Splendor HelmHelmTBC-Lost SectorsThe Witch QueenLoreley Splendor Helm Titan Destiny 2 art

Loreley Splendor Helm

Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "When you have Sun Warrior, your Sunspots heal you. When you are critically wounded, create a Sunspot at your location."

Pairs well with: ...
Hoarfrost-ZChestTBC-StasisLost SectorsThe Witch QueenHoarfrost-Z Titan Destiny 2 art v2

Hoarfrost-Z

Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

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."

Pairs well with: ...
Second ChanceArmsTBC-Lost SectorsThe Witch QueenSecond Chance Titan Destiny 2 art

Second Chance

Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Gain a second charge of your Shield Throw melee, which becomes shield-piercing and stuns Barrier Champions."

Pairs well with: ...

These are the different Tier levels used for this ranking:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking armor.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong armor, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

The list starts with the S Tier and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying where each armor piece shines.

Swaps: You’ll see a couple of armor pieces ranked as “Swap“. Swap refers to those armor pieces that are generally not great but can be excellent in very specific situations, namely when using your Super. For that reason, these deserve a different ranking as they still have a place in your loadout.

More Destiny 2 Exotic Armor Tier lists:

Best Destiny 2 Titan Exotic armor in 2022

This section not only covers the top Exotic armor pieces for Titans currently in the game, it also tells you where you can find them. On top of being top-tier options for PvE and PvP, some of them look great. So much so, that they are often seen in Destiny 2 fashion contests.

Overall, these are our Top 10 favorite Titan Exotics for PvE and PvP.

10. Phoenix Cradle

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

This pair of boots have been around for a while now. They have never dominated the meta, but they’re a solid pick for Titans wanting to support their team while dishing out significant damage.

The exotic trait found on these boots is “Beacons of Empowerment”. It states that allies who pass through your Sunspots are granted Sol Invictus and Solar Restoration, causing your abilities to recharge faster and your health to regenerate. Restoration is very powerful in PvE activities right now, making your Guardian near impossible to kill. You can also create Sunspots by defeating enemies with your Solar abilities.

These are very good in PvE and could be used in PvP, although there are clearly better options out there.

How to get it: Phoenix Cradle can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk

9. Hoarfrost-Z

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

Newly released with The Witch Queen expansion, Hoarfrost-Z combines the Titan Barricade Class Ability with the power of Stasis to provide you with extra ways to put ice on the battlefield.

Hoarfrost-Z turns your Barricade into a stasis wall, with a smaller Stasis Crystal in the middle allowing you to shoot over a small piece of cover. You can combine this with the shorter cooldown of the Rally Barricade, as it has no effect on the Stasis wall other than giving you the Rally Barricade buff. This buff also stays active where you placed the wall even if all the crystals are shattered.

This exotic allows for a lot of creative build crafting thanks to Stasis Aspects and Fragments.

How to get it: Hoarfrost-Z can only be acquired via solo Legend/Master Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Hoarfrost-Z Titan Destiny 2 art v2

Hoarfrost-Z

TitanChestThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
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."

8. Synthoceps

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

The Synthoceps have been a staple of the Titan loadout since Destiny 2’s release. Allowing an increased passive melee range and in certain situations extra melee damage. “Biotic Enhancements” is the perk on these gauntlets, it gives you more range on your melee and damage while surrounded by three or more opponents. But only for a limited duration.

These gloves make shotgunning and aggressive play in PvP easier and more fun. As it allows you more forgiveness on your melee lunges and when you’re surrounded, lets you kill your enemies with one melee. You can use these gauntlets with a Subclass trait that regenerates your health on melee kill or hit to make them more viable in PvP and PvE

Pairing these with weapons with Swashbuckler or the Exotic auto rifle Monte Carlo creates some fun builds and fluid gameplay.

Synthoceps are very strong in PvE whereas you can use “Biotic Enhancements” to deal some good damage to bosses and major ads. But it’s also a viable PvP pick despite still having better options.

How to get it: Synthoceps can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Synthoceps Titan Destiny 2

Synthoceps

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

7. Ursa Furiosa

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Ursa Furiosa, released in the Forsaken Expansion, has been a decent option for most PvE activities giving your team extra damage and protection with good uptime.

These gauntlets are only being used while in the Sentinel Shield super ability. When you block with your Sentinel Shield, it activates the “Ursine Guard” perk. Which states that when you block damage with your Shield, you get extra super energy upon the end of your super.

This exotic is very useful in Solo and Teamplay, and while it is not needed in endgame activities because of the addition of Solar 3.0 and Restoration, is still a solid choice if you want to stay in your super a lot of the time.

In PvP it’s a decent choice although most supers will break your Shield quickly so unless you are patient it’s not recommended as a counter to other supers.

How to get it: Ursa Furiosa can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Ursa Furiosa Titan Destiny 2

Ursa Furiosa

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Move faster while guarding when Sentinel Shield is active. Guarded damage converts to Super energy when the Super ends."

6. Peacekeepers

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

If you enjoy the playstyle of Submachine Guns in Destiny 2 these are the boots for you.

Peacekeepers make Submachine Guns very quick to handle and make you strafe faster while you have them equipped.

They make Titans a nightmare to play against in Crucible. while not being too useful in PvE, the extra strafe speed makes you very hard to hit, and you don’t have to worry about swapping weapons because “Mecha Holsters” readies your SMGs instantly.

They also reload your stowed SMGs faster than Auto Loading Holster does; reloading isn’t a worry with these boots because you can just swap weapons and after a second or two, your stowed SMG is reloaded for you.

Additionally, with the new changes brought upon by Airborne Effectiveness, their usefulness has increased as they now give all SMGs a +40 to Airborne Effectiveness while they are equipped.

How to get it: Peacekeepers can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Peacekeepers Titan Destiny 2

Peacekeepers

TitanLegsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Reloads stowed Submachine Guns and allows you to ready them instantly. Improves your handling with SMGs and your movement while wielding one."

5. Wormgod Caress

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

These gauntlets have been through a series of changes, nerfs, and buffs, and even right now they are really good in certain situations.

“Burning Fists” is a melee damage buff that you can stack with melee kills. There are a lot of different ways you can use this buff to annihilate bosses and Major enemies. One being with the Throwing Hammer on the Sunbreaker, although it’s not as powerful as it once was, it’s still very good.

The main one though, is stacking the extra melee damage from the Offensive Bulwark Void Aspect and the Burning Fists buff along with One-Two Punch perk on shotguns to deal massive damage to anything you hit with your Shield Bash. You can also do a lot of damage with the regular auto melee.

As long as you keep the buff up, and have an overshield, from Ward of Dawn or Bastion Void Aspect, your melee damage is unparalleled.

How to get it: Wormgod Caress can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Wormgod Caress Titan Destiny 2

Wormgod Caress

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 5
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Melee kills increase melee damage for a period of time. Additional kills extend duration and increase effects."

4. Heart of Inmost Light

PVE and PVP logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE and PvP

This chest piece is a wonderful pick if you like using your abilities as much as possible no matter what the element.

Overflowing Light states that using your abilities briefly improves your other abilities. For example, they make them more powerful and make their cooldowns significantly shorter. On Sunbreaker if you place a Barricade your next Fusion Grenade will one-shot any opponent while not in a Super.

Throwing a grenade will make your Barricade and Charged Melee recharge quicker. You can do this on any Subclass. But is very powerful if you have a grenade that does a lot of damage equipped, so is only used for shorter cooldowns on the Stasis Subclass Behemoth.

It offers a damage buff to all your abilities almost all the time, so you can use them anywhere, whether it be endgame PVE or endgame PVP it’s always a great pick.

How to get it: Heart of Inmost Light can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Heart of Inmost Light Titan Destiny 2

Heart of Inmost Light

TitanChestFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
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."

3. Cuirass of The Falling

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Another staple of the Titan’s loadout, this chest piece should never leave your inventory if you’re looking to do any PVE content.

Its Exotic Trait Glorious Charge, states that the Striker Super Thundercrash deals greatly increased damage. It also gives you an overshield that lasts longer depending on how far you travel, giving you extra survivability after the Crash.

It does an incredible amount of damage to anything in the game, and it’s very simple. All you need to do is hit the enemy directly to do optimal damage and get back to a safer position to stay alive afterward.

It does great in raids, and won’t fail you in Strikes or Gambit. However, does not do much in PVP outside of the Overshield after the impact of the super. This is probably best in slot for reliable and quick, easy boss damage, even if it ties you to the Striker Subclass.

How to get it: Cuirass of The Falling can only be acquired via solo Legend/Master Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk

2. Dunemarchers

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This is the most common Titan exotic in PVP and can be found in most Crucible matches, as it makes movement faster on Titan and allows for extra damage.

Linear Actuators is the Exotic Trait, it is very simple to proc, all you have to do is Sprint for a short time and you’ll see it activate. After it activates, when you melee a combatant Arc Energy will chain to anyone in line of sight of the enemy you melee’d. Dealing a moderate amount of damage to anything that happens to be near you when you melee.

Like Synthoceps this makes shotgunning and aggressive play easier to pull off. Because you are doing damage to people when you aren’t paying attention to them, and the reach on the chain is very good, so you don’t have to be too close to your next target.

They are also a good option for mass clearing ads in PVE without using a grenade or a Rocket Launcher, But it is a little risky to just dive in an attempt to melee something.

How to get it: Dunemarchers can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Dunemarchers Titan Destiny 2

Dunemarchers

TitanLegsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
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."

1. Loreley Splendor Helm

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Finally, we have what is considered the best Titan Exotic at the moment. Lorely Splendor Helm is very good in both PVE and PVP. Allowing for good survivability in both and while it isn’t as strong as it was in Season of The Risen, it is still extremely good in the Solar Restoration Meta of Crucible.

Its Exotic Trait Cauterising Flame states that you place a Sunspot when critically wounded (when your shield breaks) underneath you. As well as when you place a Barricade. This is very strong in PVE as you can now cast a Sunspot nearly as strong as a Healing Rift ability when you want to and when wounded since Restoration is amplified in PVE.

It’s not as powerful as it was in Season 16 in PVP. But it is still very useful getting you a lot of free kills in the Crucible because you’re healing behind a Barricade, safe behind cover. Overall the best option as of right now in both PVE and PVP with its ability regeneration and healing capabilities.

How to get it: Loreley Splendor Helm can only be acquired via solo Legend/Master Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Loreley Splendor Helm

TitanHelmThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
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."

Destiny 2 Titan Exotics sources: How to get them

Unlike Exotic weapons, finding Exotic armor is a straightforward affair. This is not to say it’s easy to farm for specific armor pieces. It, unfortunately, isn’t. To be fair, if you’re starting out and just want to find as many different exotics as possible, it can be done. Things become difficult when you are looking for good rolls of armor.

Exotic Engrams

Most Exotic armor can be found within Exotic Engrams: These can be found in the Season pass, they are sold by Xur and can also drop randomly at any time.

Destiny 2 Exotic Engram

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 to get one.

Lost Sectors

A few specific armor pieces can only be found in Legend and Master Lost Sectors when completed solo. Lost Sectors are on a daily rotation (with only one Legend and one Master available each day), as well as their rewards (one day will reward Legs pieces, the next day only Arms pieces, etc). You can find the daily rotation and list of exclusive Lost Sector Exotics here.

If you’re still in doubt, you can always leave a comment below with your question or ask away on our Discord server.

Ranking criteria

For the record, as much as we tried to keep this list as objective as possible, it’s still based on our personal experience playing the PC version of the game.

Finally, if you’re wondering what criteria was used to build this Tier list, these are the main factors I took into account:

  • Consistency: Some armor pieces may not have the highest DPS potential, but they are so consistent, they more than make up for their lower burst damage numbers.
  • Ease of use: Similar to the point above, some pieces are very effective because they are easy to use and don’t require too much skill or setup. This is also rewarded with higher rankings.
  • PVE/PVP Performance: High lethality in either PVE or  PVP is equally valuable. However, an armor piece that is good at both PVE and PVP should rank higher than one that is slightly better on only PVE or PVP.
  • Fun factor: Not the most important factor, but it also helps if the weapon is damn fun to shoot with!

If you strongly disagree with some of the rankings here, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. By the way, what is your personal favorite?

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1 Comment
  1. Shane

    This is absolutely amazing in both content and delivery… This is going to go a long way in helping me clean up the duplicate exotics that I might use one day but don’t know what super to pair them with… or the ideal distribution of stats…

    Is there a spreadsheet of this available anywhere?

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