Are you a Warlock main and want to take your game to the next level? These are the best Warlock Arc builds in Destiny 2 for PvE and PvP. And by the way, as any great Warlock build, these will guide you every step of the way, including essential Exotics, Mods, and more.
Top Arc Warlock build
|Blinding Stormbringer||Warlock||PvE||Arc||Endgame||Arc||Best in Class|
|Arc Summoner||Warlock||PvE||Arc||Casual Content||Arc|
Best Warlock Arc build for PvE
Excels In: Casual Content (Seasonal Activities, Strikes, etc.)
Goal of the Build: Consistently have turrets assisting you and allies on the battlefield, allowing for great ad clear and slightly more boss DPS.
Mandatory Gear: We’ll be using Fallen Sunstar here to provide ability energy for the entire Fireteam. Coldheart is our preferred weapon, but Delicate Tomb or any other Arc weapon can theoretically be used.
|Warlock||Helm||The Witch Queen||Lost Sectors||Season 18|| |
The Witch Queen
|Exotic Perk: "Ionic traces you create move faster and grant you additional ability energy. Nearby allies also gain ability energy when you collect an ionic trace."|
- Aspects: Arc Soul and Electrostatic Mind are the two aspects we’ll utilize.
- Fragments: Fragments, on the other hand, depend on what Arc weapon you decide to use. If you’re running Coldheart (or any other Arc special weapon), use Spark of Magnitude, Shock, Beacons, and Brilliance. If you’re instead running an Arc primary weapon, Beacons and Brilliance can be replaced with your choice.
- Abilities: We’ll use Storm Grenade simply because it feels the strongest currently; however, Pulse Grenade and others are fine as well. Melee and Super are completely up to you, although we like Chaos Reach and Ball Lightning.
- Stats: Recovery and Resilience are great. We also recommend mid to high levels of Discipline to top off your grenade ability if needed.
- Helmet: Harmonic Siphon, Ashes to Assets
- Arms: Firepower, Bolstering Detonation
- Chest: Charged Up
- Legs: Elemental Charge, Arc Weapon Surge, Innervation
- Class Item: Time Dilation, Bomber, Powerful Attraction
Start by placing a rift down to grant you and your allies Arc Souls. Then, simply use the rest of your abilities and shoot everything in sight with your Arc weapon. Any Ionic Traces you collect will grant you and your allies substantial amounts of ability energy and will make you Amplified (buffing your Arc Soul and other abilities).
With that being the only information you need to succeed, this build is simple yet effective. While it may not be the greatest in high-difficulty PVE content (or in anything with a high-health boss), it’s one of our favorite builds to run and has become a community favorite as a result of Arc Soul’s recent buffs.
Excels In: Endgame (Dungeons, Raids, Legend content)
Goal of the Build: Blind and Jolt hordes of enemies through both your rift and weapons, allowing you and your allies to easily control the battlefield.
Mandatory Gear: Vesper of Radius is our choice for exotic armor. For weapons, you’ll want an Arc special weapon. We recommend Delicate Tomb for casual content and Coldheart for higher-difficulty activities, but anything should work.
Vesper of Radius
|Warlock||Chest||Free-to-Play||Exotic Engrams||Season 2|| |
|Exotic Perk: "Rifts periodically release Arc shockwaves. Final blows with these shockwaves create an Arc explosion. While an Arc subclass is equipped, the shockwaves and subsequent explosions blind nearby targets. Rift energy recharges faster when you are surrounded by targets."|
- Aspects: Electrostatic Mind is the only required aspect for the build. Lightning Surge can be fun for more casual content, while Arc Soul can easily benefit allies.
- Fragments: Spark of Brilliance, Spark of Beacons, Spark of Resistance, and Spark of Volts.
- Abilities: While no specific abilities are required here, we highly recommend Chaos Reach, Ball Lightning, Storm Grenade, and Healing Rift.
- Stats: Resilience and Recovery. Discipline is next on that list if you have mod slots to spare, but the other two are significantly more important.
- Helmet: Harmonic Siphon, Special Ammo Finder
- Arms: Bolstering Detonation, Focusing Strike
- Chest: Charged Up
- Legs: Elemental Charge, Insulation, Recuperation
- Bond: Distribution, Special Finisher, Powerful Attraction
To begin the loop of this build, simply place a rift near a group of enemies. This should both blind the enemies (thanks to Vesper of Radius) and grant some rift energy back (from Distribution).
Defeating any of these blinded targets will generate an Ionic Trace, which will then make you amplified. Becoming amplified allows you to then blind even more combatants with your Arc special weapon of choice. Using your other abilities in addition to your weapon will generate more Ionic Traces and ability energy, allowing you to begin the loop again.
If you ever run out of special ammo, you should be making enough Orbs of Power to do special finishers whenever you need them. Also remember that, depending on what you picked earlier, you can add tons more depth to this build. Arc Soul can continuously empower allies, while Lightning Surge is a powerful ability that synergizes perfectly with Vesper of Radius.
This build is perhaps the most diverse and powerful one on this list; it excels in all activities you put it up against and can even be focused to excel in higher-difficulty content.
Warlock Arc PvP build
Because of its competitive nature, stats are significantly more critical in the Crucible than in PVE. For Warlocks, high Recovery is a must as it is tied to your health and rift regeneration speeds. Additionally, because of Destiny’s ability-focused nature, high Discipline is irreplaceable too. Lastly, while it’s more important on Titan, mid-high Resilience can also be helpful. Some things (such as two-shot kills with Thorn) depend on the enemy’s Resilience stat, so having around Tier 6 or 7 is always useful.
Generally speaking, the most potent PvP mods come in the form of stat, unflinching, targeting, and dexterity mods. These all provide passive buffs that are strong enough to notice in moment-to-moment gameplay.
While there is usually a meta Warlock subclass or general setup to run for the Crucible, every element has unique strengths and weaknesses.
Inarguably the weakest of the three light subclasses before the Light 3.0 updates, Stormcaller now has a surprising amount going for it. Being all about speed and mobility, this subclass can grant you movement and weapon handling speed without the need to equip popular neutral exotic armor pieces such as Transversive Steps or Ophidian Aspect.
All three aspects are powerful here, but Lightning Surge is the stand-out, allowing you to close the gap between you and your opponents while also unleashing a substantial amount of damage. Arc Soul (and by extension, Getaway Artist) is also a popular pick, granting a good amount of chip damage to make kills more consistent. Lastly, while the Arc fragments available don’t have too much build potential, some (such as Spark of Resistance, Recharge, or Magnitude) provide very potent neutral buffs that can work anywhere.
- Extremely good neutral game
- Potent aspects
- Superior movement
- Weak super abilities
- Lacks build potential
- Weaker-than-average fragments
Best PvP Warlock Exotics
|Warlock||Arms||Free-to-Play||Exotic Engrams||Season 2|| |
|Exotic Perk: "Weapons ready and reload very quickly. Provides a small benefit to the airborne effectiveness stat of all weapons."|
|Warlock||Legs||Free-to-Play||Exotic Engrams||Season 1|| |
|Exotic Perk: "Sprint speed increased. After a short time sprinting, your currently equipped weapon is automatically reloaded."|
Because of their ease of use and 24/7 activation, neutral exotics are the most common for general PVP. Ophidian Aspect has always been an S-Tier pick, passively boosting the snappiness of your weapons. Transversive Steps excels for a similar reason, providing quicker and more fluid movement (plus the ability to get a free reload).
Before you go…
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