Best Destiny 2 Titan Exotics: Tier List Ranking

by | Oct 30, 2023

Exotic armor pieces are truly a unique and important part of Destiny 2. While weapons 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.

This guide covers every Titan Exotic in Destiny 2, including the brand-new Pyrogale Gauntlets Exotic. We’ll rank them from best to worst, and explain how to use them for maximum lethality.

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Destiny 2 Titan Exotic Tier list

This Tier list features the best Titan Exotic armor for PvE and PvP:

NameTypeRankExcelsSubclassSourceRequirementsArmorTier rankSubclass?Final VerdictClass
DunemarchersLegsS › BestPvENeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayDunemarchers Titan Destiny 2

Dunemarchers

Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Subclass neutral 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."

Dunemarchers is the main Titan exotic for enhanced movement inside of PvP. It grants improved Sprint Speed and Slide Distance passively and also gives your melees the ability to chain light to other enemies, provided you have been sprinting for 1.5 seconds.
Titan
SynthocepsArmsS › BestPvE + PvPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlaySynthoceps Titan Destiny 2

Synthoceps

Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

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

Great in both PVE and PVP for melee-focused builds and general gameplay. The extra melee range is very strong in PVP and the damage increase can be used with other perks to one punch. There are a number of excellent PvE builds that include this exotic.
Titan
Heart of Inmost LightChestS › BestPvE + PvPNeutralExotic EngramsForsaken PackHeart of Inmost Light Titan Destiny 2

Heart of Inmost Light

Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Subclass neutral 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."

Heart of Inmost Light has been through the balancing wringer, but it has come through still strong. The ability regeneration from this exotic is still something that you can't ignore, and it still outclasses practically all of the competition.
Titan
PeacekeepersLegsS › BestPvPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayPeacekeepers Titan Destiny 2

Peacekeepers

Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Subclass neutral 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."

Peacekeepers grant numerous buffs to SMGs when equipped allowing for a far more aggressive playstyle inside PVP.
Titan
StrongholdArmsS › BestPvENeutralExotic EngramsForsaken PackStronghold Titan Destiny 2

Stronghold

Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Maximizes guard stats on equipped Swords. You take reduced damage while blocking with a Sword. Rapidly damaging targets after blocking shots with a Sword grants restoration for a duration determined by the number of shots blocked."

Stronghold is the exotic for Sword aficionados. With this exotic now granting Restoration and massive damage reduction while blocking, it's hard not to recommend these Gauntlets if you are planning on using a sword in endgame content. The only thing that holds this exotic back is the current state of Swords.
Titan
Loreley Splendor HelmHelmS › BestPvE + PvPSolarLost SectorsThe Witch QueenLoreley Splendor Helm Titan Destiny 2 art

Loreley Splendor Helm

Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
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."

Even after the nerf, Lorely is still one of the strongest builds for endgame content. With the right setup, you can be almost immortal. Check out the Top Titan Builds for an example.
Titan
Pyrogale GauntletsArmsS › BestPvESolarLost SectorsSeason 22Pyrogale Gauntlets art

Pyrogale Gauntlets

Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Modifies Burning Maul into a single high-damage slam of your hammer that creates five cyclones of flame. Consecration's second slam creates a cyclone of flame."

Pyrogale Gauntlets are the new DPS option for Titans. Being one of the few Super-modifying exotics that grant an additional effect, Pyrogale has a natural advantage over the competition. Burning Maul, in particular, does incredible damage with these Gauntlets equipped.
Titan
Lion RampantLegsA › StrongPvE + PvPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayLion Rampant Titan Destiny 2

Lion Rampant

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

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

Always helpful for jumping puzzles found in raids and dungeons, its good to always have a pair in your inventory.
Titan
Doom Fang PauldronArmsA › StrongPvEVoidExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayDoom Fang Pauldron Titan Destiny 2

Doom Fang Pauldron

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Void Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Void
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Defeating targets with Void damage has a chance to grant an escalating bonus to damage with Void weapons. Defeating targets with Void melee grants Super energy. While Sentinel Shield is active, defeating targets with melee attacks recharges Shield Throw, which extends your Super on hitting a target."

With the addition of Void 3.0, Doomfang allows for some great melee builds that can use both the shield throw and bash. Check out the Top Titan Builds for an example.
Titan
Wormgod CaressArmsA › StrongPvENeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayWormgod Caress Titan Destiny 2

Wormgod Caress

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Subclass neutral 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."

Whilst taking more set-up compared to Synthoceps, the combination of damage stacking and Wormgod Caress can lead to some of the strongest builds in the game.
Titan
Phoenix CradleLegsA › StrongPvESolarExotic EngramsShadowkeepPhoenix Cradle Titan Destiny 2

Phoenix Cradle

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
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."

After Solar 3.0 and the addition of Restoration, Phoenix Cradle has become a viable option for early to mid-game content. However, they only find use in fireteam content and don't get value in solo content.
Titan
Antaeus WardsLegsA › StrongPvPNeutralExotic EngramsForsaken PackAntaeus Wards Titan Destiny 2

Antaeus Wards

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

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

Antaeus Wards have been one of the best options for Titans for a while. Thankfully, they were recently nerfed to consume your entire class ability energy when deflecting damage. Despite this nerf, they are still arguably one of the best neutral game exotics you can run in PvP on Titan.
Titan
Aeon SafeArmsA › StrongPvENeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayAeon Safe Rig Titan Destiny 2

Aeon Safe

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Subclass neutral 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.

An extremely valuable exotic for end game Fireteam based activities such as Raids and GMs, and the ability to tailor the exotic perk to the situation makes it a very strong choice in a team setting.
Titan
One-Eyed MaskHelmA › StrongPvPNeutralExotic EngramsForsaken PackOne-Eyed Mask Titan Destiny 2

One-Eyed Mask

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Subclass neutral 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."

A well-rounded exotic that excels in PVP and rewards kills allowing for you to easily go on streaks due to the overshield it generates.
Titan
Precious ScarsHelmA › StrongPvENeutralLost SectorsBeyond LightPrecious Scars Titan Destiny 2

Precious Scars

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Subclass neutral 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."

After the rework, the exotic perk provides a great source of healing both after resurrections and in general combat. The only downside is having to match the weapon and subclass element.
Titan
The Path of Burning StepsLegsA › StrongPvE + PvPSolarLost SectorsBeyond LightThe Path of Burning Steps Titan Destiny 2

The Path of Burning Steps

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Solar final blows periodically grant you an escalating bonus to weapon damage, and Solar grenade final blows grant you the highest bonus. 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."

With the addition of Solar 3.0 and Radiant, it has become a lot easier to make this exotic work. The damage bonus stacks with Radiant making weapons hit a lot harder.
Titan
Second ChanceArmsA › StrongPvEVoidLost SectorsThe Witch QueenSecond Chance Titan Destiny 2 art

Second Chance

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Void Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Void
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Gain a second charge of your Shield Throw melee. Your Shield Throw melee now weakens targets and becomes shield-piercing, stunning Barrier Champions. When you stun a Barrier Champion with your Shield Throw melee, you regain a melee charge.."

Second Chance is one of the better neutral game options for Void Titans right now. Shield Throw can make enemies volatile, increasing your DPS. Having these can be valuable in high-level content when needing to take down beefy targets. Additionally, the anti-champion features of this exotic boost its viability in endgame content.
Titan
Abeyant LeapLegsA › StrongPvEStrandLost SectorsLightfallAbeyant Leap Titan exotic

Abeyant Leap

Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Strand logo Destiny 2 art
Strand
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Drengr's Lash spawns two additional projectiles, tracks targets more aggressively, and travels farther. Gain Woven Mail when suspending targets."

Abyeant Leap is a solid exotic. If you're looking to use the Berserker subclass for its Suspending abilities, Abyeant Leap is the way to go. Adding two additional Drengr's Lash projectiles, as well as granting Woven Mail upon Suspending enemies, it's easy to make a solid build using this exotic alone.
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These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking Exotics in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong Exotics, 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.

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.

All Titan Exotics: The rest of the best

This database includes all Titan Exotics available in Destiny 2:

NameTypeRankExcelsSubclassSourceRequirementsArmorTier rankSubclass?Final VerdictClass
Actium War RigChestB › Average-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayActium War Rig Titan Destiny 2

Actium War Rig

Average

B



Subclass neutral 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."

The main benefit of using this exotic is its ability to improve the Xenophage Exotic. However, Machine Guns are not a good DPS option, meaning that Actium War Rig is a pretty mediocre option. That said, Xenophage can be a solid pick if you want a slightly more ammo-efficient, non-precision option.
Titan
Citan's RampartsArmsB › AveragePvPNeutralExotic EngramsShadowkeepCitan's Ramparts Titan Destiny 2

Citan's Ramparts

Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

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

Previously a scourge of Trials of Osiris, Citan's Ramparts aren't as mind-numbingly powerful as they once were. However, despite the major increase in cooldown to your barricade, the ability to shoot at an enemy and them not being able to shoot back at you remains extremely effective, especially when using one-hit-kill weapons like Snipers.
Titan
Eternal WarriorHelmB › AveragePvPArcExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayEternal Warrior Titan Destiny 2

Eternal Warrior

Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Arc Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Arc
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Arc final blows grant an escalating damage bonus with Arc weapons. Gain an overshield when activating Fists of Havoc, and gain the highest tier damage bonus to Arc weapons when your Fists of Havoc Super ends."

Eternal Warrior is a great exotic to swap to in PVP before casting Fists of Havoc. The bonus overshield can be critical in closing down the gap.
Titan
ArmamentariumChestB › AveragePvE + PvPNeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayArmamentarium Titan Destiny 2

Armamentarium

Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Gain an additional grenade charge."

A strong exotic that can be used effectively for all subclasses. It benefits from the ability-focused sandbox in both PVE and PVP but gets outshined by other ability-based exotics like Heart of Inmost Light.
Titan
Peregrine GreavesLegsB › AveragePvE + PvPNeutralExotic EngramsForsaken PackPeregrine Greaves Titan Destiny 2

Peregrine Greaves

Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Subclass neutral 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."

Peregrine Greaves can allow for some unexpected one-shots in PVP. In PVE they are a viable choice, especially when combined with a 1-2 punch build.
Titan
Crest of Alpha LupiChestB › AveragePvE + PvPVoidExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayCrest of Alpha Lupi Titan Destiny 2

Crest of Alpha Lupi

Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Void Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Void
Source: Exotic Engrams

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

The small healing pulse it provides when casting barricade can come in handy both in PVP and PVE. The ability to generate an extra orb can also be valuable on certain subclasses, like Ward of Dawn, but overall, this exotic remains mediocre in the current sandbox.
Titan
ACD/0 Feedback FenceArmsB › AveragePvENeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayACD0 Feedback Fence Titan Destiny 2

ACD/0 Feedback Fence

Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Melee hits grant Armor Charge, and you take less melee damage while you have Armor Charge. Taking melee damage causes you to emit a burst of damaging Arc energy that Jolts targets, consuming your Armor Charge and dealing more damage based on the number of stacks consumed."

ACD/0 Feedback Fence has seen a few changes, most notably so that it now interacts with the Armor Charge system. With this change, a build arises where you can spam your Flechette Storm melee attacks from the skies, rarely needing to come back down. Despite this cool interaction though, there are much stronger builds for Titan right now.
Titan
Ashen WakeArmsB › Average-SolarExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayAshen Wake Titan Destiny 2

Ashen Wake

Average

B



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."

A very niche exotic that requires a lot of setup to gain value. With the addition of Solar 3.0, it has seen an increase in effectiveness but not enough to make it worth choosing.
Titan
No Backup PlansArmsB › Average-NeutralLost SectorsBeyond LightNo Backup Plans Destiny 2 art

No Backup Plans

Average

B



Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "While using a Void subclass, rapid Shotgun final blows or defeating a powerful combatant with a Shotgun will grant a Void overshield and start health regeneration. While you have a Void overshield, Shotguns deal additional damage, and Shotgun final blows refresh the overshield. Provides a moderate benefit to Shotgun airborne effectiveness and reload speed."

Whilst it can be valuable in its niche, the current sandbox doesn't favour the playstyle required to get the most from this exotic.
Titan
Hoarfrost-ZChestB › AveragePvEStasisLost SectorsThe Witch QueenHoarfrost-Z Titan Destiny 2 art v2

Hoarfrost-Z

Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Stasis Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Stasis
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."

Stasis has been a viable option in both PVE and PVP. Most titan builds revolve around energy generation using crystal, making Hoarfrost-Z an ideal choice for stasis builds.
Titan
An Insurmountable SkullfortHelmC › Weak-ArcExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayAn Insurmountable Skullfort Titan Destiny 2

An Insurmountable Skullfort

Weak

C



Arc Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Arc
Source: Exotic Engrams

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

An Insurmountable Skullfort is similar to ACD/0 Feedback Fence in that a new build can be made with it. While it seems powerful on the surface, it is only usable in mid-tier content. Combining Skullfort with the Ballistic Slam melee can generate a ton of Super energy, but doing this in challenging content will just get you killed.
Titan
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."

Helm of Saint-14 is a very niche exotic that is easily outdone by others. The overshield and blinding are not worth trading the exotic slot when bubble is already very strong.
Titan
Ursa FuriosaArmsC › WeakPvEVoidExotic EngramsForsaken PackUrsa Furiosa Titan Destiny 2

Ursa Furiosa

Weak

C



Excels in:
PvE
Void 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."

After the general nerfs to super regeneration, this exotic has lost value. Whilst it can be good in niche situations, it is often better to run another more powerful exotic.
Titan
Khepri's HornHelmC › Weak-SolarExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayKhepri's Horn Titan Destiny 2

Khepri's Horn

Weak

C



Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Solar final blows recharge your Barricade, which unleashes a blast of Solar energy that scorches targets when summoned."

Khepri's Horn is a niche exotic. Firing out a blast of scorching Solar damage, it can catch enemies off-guard in PvP, and clear a wave of enemies in PvE, but it won't be viable in any high-level or challenging content.
Titan
Severance EnclosureChestC › Weak-NeutralExotic EngramsShadowkeepSeverance Enclosure Titan Destiny 2

Severance Enclosure

Weak

C



Subclass neutral 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."

There are many sources of weakening in the game currently, and the size of the explosion plus the set-up required to generate puts Severance Enclosure in a weak spot.
Titan
Hallowfire HeartChestC › Weak-SolarExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayHallowfire Heart Titan Destiny 2

Hallowfire Heart

Weak

C



Solar Subclass Destiny 2 icon
Solar
Source: Exotic Engrams

Exotic Perk: "Solar takedowns while standing in a Sunspot create a Sunspot. Greatly improves recharge rate of your Solar abilities while your Super is charged. Provides a small benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."

Hollowfire Heart is easy to use/build around and be used as a gateway into build-crafting. However it is easily outshined by Heart of Inmost Light.
Titan
Icefall MantleArmsC › Weak-StasisLost SectorsBeyond LightIcefall Mantle Titan Destiny 2

Icefall Mantle

Weak

C



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

Exotic Perk: "Stasis final blows have a chance to grant an escalating bonus to Stasis weapon damage. Replaces your Barricade ability with a personal overshield. When you activate your Barricade, you gain the highest-tier Stasis weapon damage bonus and create a burst around yourself that slows combatants. While you have this overshield, you are slowed and Barricade does not recharge."

The drawbacks of Icefall Mantle outweigh the positives it grants. The slowed movement speed is a hindrance in both PVE and PVP.
Titan
Point-Contact Cannon BraceArmsC › Weak-ArcLost SectorsThe Witch QueenPoint-Contact Cannon Brace Titan Exotic

Point-Contact Cannon Brace

Weak

C



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

Exotic Perk: "Defeating targets with your Thunderclap melee restores melee energy. Targets near you when you use your Thunderclap suffer lightning strikes and become jolted; being amplified increases the damage of these lightning strikes."

With the lightning strikes that it generates being negiable and the fact it only works with Thunderclap, its a hard choice to take it over other options like An Insurmountable Skull Fort.
Titan
Arbor WardenChestC › Weak-NeutralLost SectorsLightfallArbor Warden Titan exotic

Arbor Warden

Weak

C



Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Legend/Master Lost Sectors

Exotic Perk: "Using your class ability channels defensive Light inward, providing a grenade that creates a barricade on impact."

Arbor Warden is the definition of a gimmick exotic. It's a fun, goofy option that unfortunately provides little value in serious settings. You're rarely going to want to go through the hassle of throwing your barricade when you could just place it in front of you. However, it is a fun option and has some synergy with Drengr's Lash.
Titan
Mask of the Quiet OneHelmD › Worst-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayMask of the Quiet One Titan Destiny 2

Mask of the Quiet One

Worst

D



Subclass neutral icon V2
Neutral
Source: Exotic Engrams

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

Both parts of the exotic perk grant very small amounts of abilities and health respectively. Whilst it does heal you to maximum health, this is not maximum shields which makes it far less significant.
Titan
Mk. 44 Stand AsidesLegsD › Worst-NeutralExotic EngramsFree-to-PlayMk. 44 Stand Asides Titan Destiny 2

Mk. 44 Stand Asides

Worst

D



Subclass neutral 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."

Not only does this exotic only work with a shoulder charge melee, but the overshield it grants can also easily be destroyed and struggles for value.
Titan
Cadmus Ridge LancecapHelmD › Worst-StasisLost SectorsLightfallCadmus Ridge Lancecap Titan exotic

Cadmus Ridge Lancecap

Worst

D



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

Exotic Perk: "Diamond Lances create Stasis crystals on impact when thrown, with more crystals created by hitting bosses and vehicles. While using a Stasis subclass and behind your rally barricade, rapid precision hits and combatant final blows with a Stasis weapon creates a Diamond Lance near you."

Cadmus Ridge Lancecap is a fine exotic, unfortunately, it was designed for arguably the worst subclass in the entire game. Behemoth has practically zero viability is PvE, and the buffs to Diamond Lances that this exotic provides are not enough to save the subclass.
Titan
Cuirass of the Falling StarChestSwapPvEArcLost SectorsBeyond LightCuirass of the Falling Star Titan Destiny 2

Cuirass of the Falling Star

Swap

Excels in:
PvE
Arc 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."

If you are set on using Striker inside of PvE, Cuirass of the Falling Star is THE exotic to run (at least for DPS phases). This exotic makes Thundercrash a viable damage option while also granting you a small overshield to help you survive. However, this exotic has zero functionality without your Super, making it purely a Swap exotic.
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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, but 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. Aeon Safe

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvE

For most of their life, the Aeon Cult exotics have been extremely lackluster. However, they got a substantial rework in Season of the Chosen, allowing the user to benefit both their fireteam and themselves in various ways.

Aeon Soul doesn’t have a normal exotic perk. To replace it, it has three different unique mods you can select. These allow you to customize what the exotic does for you and your team, while also staying as powerful as any other exotic.

The most popular of the three mods is “Sect of Insight” by far. This mod allows you to generate ammo for the rest of your fireteam (not yourself) by finishing different types of enemies. Finishing Elites (things like Honored Legionaries or Quantum Goblins) gives special ammo, and finishing minibosses or bosses (like Champions) gives heavy.

While Sect of Insight is widely regarded as the strongest of the three mods, each one is extremely unique and can benefit your team in a variety of ways. Overall, this exotic gives strong benefits to the rest of your team and is a great option to run in any team-based PVE activity.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Aeon Safe Rig Titan Destiny 2

Aeon Safe

TitanArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk? Instead of an Intrinsic perk, Aeon Exotics have an additional mod socket which is used for Aeon Cult mods.

 

9. Hoarfrost-Z

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Most of the time when an exotic is tied to a subclass it means it is very good in that area. That is the case for the combination of Hoarfrost-Z and Stasis.

Glacial Fortification turns your barricade into a wall of stasis crystals. Not only does this wall have a lowered area to shoot through, but it also acts as both a rally barricade and a source of stasis crystals. The best stasis Titan builds revolve around generating and maintaining as many stasis crystals as possible. Hoarfrost-Z helps to provide an additional source of stasis crystals, making these builds easier to sustain.

It can also be paired with certain stasis aspects and fragments to help give damage reduction when you are near it and provide energy to your other abilities when you destroy a crystal. This way it can function in a similar way to Heart of Inmost Light and allow for a high ability uptime.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Hoarfrost-Z

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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. Cuirass of the Falling Star

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Cuirass of the Falling Star is perhaps the best example of a “Swap” Exotic. It turns Thundercrash from a mid-tier super to an S-tier super.

This exotic doubles the damage of Thundercrash and provides an overshield after the super ends. Glorious Charge makes Thundercrash one of the best DPS supers in the game due to how much damage it adds. The super can be used quickly for some instant damage, and then you can retreat to use your DPS weapons. This is made easier by the overshield that it generates when you strike someone. This overshield lasts longer based on the duration of your flight so even if the target is far away, the overshield will last until you can get back in cover.

It only adds value to your Thundercrash exotic and hence is best used as a “Swap” Exotic. This means it doesn’t cost your neutral game anything and you can still use other exotics, only swapping to Cuirass for super damage.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Cuirass of the Falling Star

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

 

7. Wormgod Caress

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Wormgod Caress got its time in the spotlight with the introduction of the 3.0 subclasses and the 1-2 Punch perk. By stacking the exotic perk and using certain melees, it is possible to one-hit bosses and even solo raid encounters.

Burning Fists is the name of the exotic perk and grants a scaling increase to your melee damage whenever you get a melee kill. The full potential was unlocked when Bungie allowed separate keybinds for your charged and normal melee. This allows you to build up the stacks with normal melees before using your charged melee to deal the big final blow. Other abilities and melee buffs can also be stacked on top of this for some of the highest one-shot damage in the game.

A good example of a strong Wormgod Caress loadout would be Void 3.0 sentinel with Bastion and Offensive Bulwark aspects. These work together to increase melee damage when you have an overshield which is granted by casting your barricade. A 1-2 Punch shotgun can also be used with the Sheild Bash melee to nuke bosses.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Wormgod Caress

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

 

6. Synthoceps

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An exotic that excels at what titan does best: punching things. Used effectively in both PVE and PVP, Synthoceps offer a great base to build a melee-focused build.

As the game has changed Synthoceps have gotten stronger since when they first released. Additions such as 1-2 punch and surrounded weapons are ideal to pair with Synthoceps. This is because the exotic perk, Biotic Enhancements, increases your melee and super damage if you are close to 3 or more enemies. This works hand in hand to create a front-line brawler playstyle.

Synthoceps also find great value inside the crucible as the extra lunge range they grant can be helpful when paired with a shotgun for a longer-than-normal shotgun-melee combo. The 7m can catch people off guard and can allow you to easily win melee fights by punching from out of their reach.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Synthoceps

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

 

5. Peacekeepers

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SMGs are currently very strong in the sandbox and have been a viable choice for a while. Peacekeepers take SMGs to the next level by granting a large number of buffs to make SMGs even more deadly.

Peacekeepers add a total of 7 different buffs when you are using an SMG, more than any other exotic. They passively grant 40 Airborne Effectiveness, 50 mobility, increased sprint speed and slide distance, bonus FOV when ADS, and 100 Handling with a 0.6x animation. This adds up to make SMGs have almost instant swapping speeds and the mobility bonus plays a huge role in closing the gap to get within SMG ranges.

Peacekeepers also reload your SMG when it is not equipped making this exotic provide lots of value even without holding an SMG. Peacekeepers are a game changer for SMGs and create a far more aggressive and powerful playstyle when using them.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Peacekeepers

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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."

 

 

4. One-Eyed Mask

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Ever since its debut in Forsaken, the One-Eyed Mask has become an infamous exotic inside the crucible. Even after receiving multiple nerfs it still manages to hold its own and be a great choice for PVP.

One-Eyed Mask’s exotic perk is Vengeance. This works by granting you an overshield for defeating a target that had damaged you. Whilst it no longer possesses the tracking through walls, it still highlights the target that damaged you making it easy for you to track them. The 95HP overshield is incredibly useful inside PVP as the extra health can alter the TTK of weapons giving you a clear advantage in 1v1 situations.

Despite not being as strong as its prime, the One-Eyed Mask is a great choice for PVP if you want to play an aggressive playstyle and get rewarded for chaining kills.

How to get it: One-Eyed Mask can be acquired via Exotic engrams, Xûr, or farming Lost Sectors.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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One-Eyed Mask

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

 

3. Loreley Splendor Helm

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When it was first released in Season 16, Loreley was nothing groundbreaking and an average choice at best. However, when Solar 3.0 came out Loreley quickly became one of the strongest exotics in the game.

Cauterizing Flame is the perk of this exotic and generates a sunspot when you reach critical health with your barricade charged or when you cast your barricade. With Solar 3.0 these sunspots granted Restoration, an extremely powerful healing ability. This is a solid foundation to make a variety of builds upon helping Loreley to cover a wide range of roles by using Solar 3.0 to the maximum.

Even after receiving a nerf, Loreley is still one of the go-to exotics for high-light-level activities as the easy source of Restoration makes harder-hitting enemies more manageable.

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

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Loreley Splendor Helm

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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."

 

2. Dunemarchers

Crucible logo Destiny 2Best PvP Titan Exotic in Destiny 2

Dunemarchers have been an iconic exotic inside the crucible ever since the game first came out. Whilst there have been occasions where another exotic has temporarily taken the top spot, Dunemarchers have always been a reliable pick that has withstood the test of time.

Dunemarchers grant an increased sprint speed and slide distance that works in tandem with the main part of the exotic perk. Linear Actuators build an arc charge when sprinting for more than 1.5s. When you then melee someone, this charge is released in the form of chain lightning that does 85 damage to enemies within 20m. This is incredibly strong inside PVP as the extra damage can allow for easier clean-ups when paired with a CQC weapon like a shotgun or one of Titan’s many buffed melees.

The overall utility of Dunemarchers makes them the go-to pick for Titans looking for a fast-paced and aggressive playstyle within the crucible.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Dunemarchers

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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. Heart of Inmost Light

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PvE Titan Exotic in Destiny 2

The Heart of Inmost Light has always been a solid option for all PVE content ranging from Strikes to Raids. With the addition of Stasis and the 3.0 subclasses, Heart of Inmost Light has become one of the most powerful exotics in the game.

Heart of Inmost Light’s exotic perk, Overflowing Light, buffs both the regeneration speed and strength of your abilities. It does this by giving you a stacking buff when you cast one of your abilities that empowers the others. This can stack up to 2x. With the combination of the in-depth customisation offered by the 3.0 subclasses and certain mod setups, Heart of Inmost Light can allow you to spam empowered abilities.

This exotic pairs perfectly with mods that reduce ability cooldowns such as bomber, kickstart, and well mods. Abilities in this current sandbox are incredibly strong and Heart of Inmost Light takes this to another level. Its greatest strength is in PVE, but it can also be used extremely well inside the crucible. More frequent and powerful abilities can easily dominate and provide a great way to take control of space.

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

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
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Heart of Inmost Light

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Forsaken Pack
Exotic Perk: "Using an ability (grenade, melee, or Barricade) empowers the other two abilities. Empowered means abilities have faster regen, melees and grenades do more damage, and Barricades have more hit points."

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.

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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. 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.

Exotic Armor focusing

Some Exotic engrams won’t automatically decrypt when found. These can be taken to the Tower and can be decrypted into exactly the Exotic you want (it will cost you, though). We cover Exotic armor focusing in detail here.

Lost Sector farming

If you’re looking for new Exotic armor, those can be farmed by completing Legend and Master Lost Sectors solo on specific days (Lost Sector rewards are on a daily rotation, one day will reward Legs pieces, the next day only Arms pieces, etc). You can read more about how to farm Legend and Master Lost Sectors here.

Vex Strike Force Public event

Another option is to participate in Vex Strike Forces, which are unique (and very challenging) Public events that randomly occur in Neomuna. These can drop up to three Exotic armor pieces per completion!

See latest Updates

We keep our content up to date! These are the latest changes made to this guide:
  • October 30, 2023: General updates based on recent buffs/nerfs to underused Exotics, plus, inclusion of Year 5 (Lightfall) Exotics.
  • December 15, 2023: General updates and the inclusion of Year 4 (The Witch Queen) Exotics.
  • May 30, 2021: The guide is published for the first time.

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3 Comments
  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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  2. KHAL YNNOTH

    Crest Excellent run down however the following are all subclass neutral
    Crest of Alpha Lupi (listed as Void)
    The Path of the Burning Steps (listed as Solar)
    Khepris Horn (listed as Solar)
    Icefall Mantle (listed as Stasis)

    They each synergise or have associations with the listed subclass, but none require you to use that subclass to gain the benefit of the exotic perk.

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  3. brandon

    Second Chance should absolutely be in S tier. paired with Monte Carlo, you can do so many things to make harder content more difficult. In my fireteam, we always have an warlock, and a solar or strand hunter. this exotic has become my permanent piece of equipment for void, with a void grenade launcher and a high damage void heavy wapon, i have incredibly high single enemy damage output. Captain America vibes for sure.

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