Best Destiny 2 Titan exotics: PVP & PVE Tier List Ranking

by | May 30, 2021 | 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

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.

Alert iconSwaps: 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.

NameTypeRankExcelsSubclassSourceRequirementsArmorTierExcels inSubclass?Exotic Perk and Verdict
DunemarchersLegsS › BestPVE + PVPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayDunemarchers Titan Destiny 2
Dunemarchers
| Legs
Best

S

PVE + PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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 SectorsDeluxe EditionCuirass of the Falling Star Titan Destiny 2
Cuirass of the Falling Star
| Chest
Best

S

PVETitan Striker subclass Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Best

S

PVETitan Sentinel Void subclass Destiny 2
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
| Helm
Best

S

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Chest
Best

S

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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 SectorsDeluxe EditionThe Path of Burning Steps Titan Destiny 2
The Path of Burning Steps
| Legs
Strong

A

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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 EngramsFree-to-PlayCitan's Ramparts Titan Destiny 2
Citan's Ramparts
| Arms
Strong

A

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Chest
Strong

A

PVETitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Strong

A

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Strong

A

PVETitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Legs
Strong

A

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Helm
PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Helm
PVPTitan Striker subclass Destiny 2
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
| Helm
Average

B

PVETitan Striker subclass Destiny 2
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
| Legs
Average

B

PVE + PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Average

B

PVETitan Sentinel Void subclass Destiny 2
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
| Helm
Average

B

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Chest
Average

B

PVE + PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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 EngramsFree-to-PlaySeverance Enclosure Titan Destiny 2
Severance Enclosure
| Chest
Average

B

PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Chest
Average

B

PVE + PVPTitan class symbol Destiny 2
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 making considerable plays with the extra orb generation it provides
Hallowfire HeartChestB › Average-SolarExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayHallowfire Heart Titan Destiny 2
Hallowfire Heart
| Chest
Average

B

-Titan Sunbreaker subclass Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Average

B

-Titan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Average

B

-Titan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Helm
Weak

C

-Titan Sentinel Void subclass Destiny 2
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 EngramsFree-to-PlayPhoenix Cradle Titan Destiny 2
Phoenix Cradle
| Legs
Weak

C

-Titan Sunbreaker subclass Destiny 2
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
| Legs
Weak

C

-Titan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Weak

C

-Titan Sunbreaker subclass Destiny 2
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
| Helm
Worst

D

-Titan Sunbreaker subclass Destiny 2
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
| Legs
Worst

D

-Titan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Legs
Worst

D

-Titan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Worst

D

-Titan class symbol Destiny 2
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
| Arms
Worst

D

-Titan Behemoth Stasis subclass Destiny 2
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 PlansArmsLost SectorsSeason 15No Backup Plans Destiny 2 art
No Backup Plans
| Arms
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."

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 Legendary and Master Lost Sectors when completed solo. Legendary and Master Lost Sectors are in rotation as well as their rewards (one day will only reward Legs, another day only Arms, and so on).

This video from Fallout will provide you with more information.

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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