Best Destiny 2 Warlock Stasis Builds

by | Apr 2, 2023

Are you a Warlock main and want to take your game to the next level? These are the best Warlock Stasis builds in Destiny 2, including builds for endgame and Solo players. 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 Stasis Warlock builds

--NameClassAreaSubclassExcels inElementStatus
Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny Stasis EngineerWarlockPvEStasis StasisGrandmaster NightfallsStasisBest in Class
Ager's Scepter ExoticThe FrostmakerWarlockPvEStasis StasisGrandmaster NightfallsStasis

Best Warlock Stasis builds

Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny

Stasis Engineer

Excels In: Grandmaster Content

Goal of the Build: Slow and freeze large groups of enemies using countless Bleak Watcher turrets.

Mandatory Gear: The Osmiomancy Gloves are the exotic we’ll be using for this build.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny 2 art

Osmiomancy Gloves

WarlockArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Coldsnap grenades have an additional charge that recharges quicker on direct impact. The seeker spawned from Coldsnap grenades travels further."

No weapons are required, but some can exponentially increase the effectiveness of this build. You can run a primary gun with Demolitionist or one with Headstone. Wellspring as the second perk can help even more.

  • Aspects: Iceflare Bolts and Bleak Watcher, allowing you to slow and freeze the maximum number of enemies possible.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Refraction, Durance, Torment, and Chains. If you choose to run a Headstone weapon, you’ll want Whisper of Refraction, Durance, Chains, and Shards.
  • Abilities: Coldsnap Grenade is essential here as it will give you two grenade charges via Osmiomancy Gloves.
  • Stats: Discipline is far and away the most crucial stat here to allow for the maximum amount of turrets possible.
  • Mods: An Elemental Siphon mod matching your primary weapon’s element will be your main source of Orbs and Armor Charge. Also:
ArtMod NameSlotCostRequirementsEffectsType
Bolstering Detonation modBolstering DetonationArms2Rank 5Grants class ability energy when you cause damage with a grenade.General
Grenade Kickstart modGrenade KickstartArms3Rank 7When your grenade energy is fully expended, you gain grenade energy. Additionally, your Armor Charge is consumed and you gain additional grenade energy for each stack.Active
Stacks on Stacks modStacks on StacksLegs4Rank 7Picking up an Orb of Power grants you 1 additional stack of Armor Charge.Generator

Gameplay Loop

The primary loop of this build is just to throw turrets onto the field whenever you get them. Whisper of Torment and max Discipline will hopefully carry you to your next grenade charge without a problem. However, this is also where the two types of weapons mentioned previously come into play.

Adding a Demolitionist/Wellspring weapon here is self-explanatory: getting kills with it will regenerate your grenade quicker.

In comparison, the setup with a Headstone weapon is slightly more complicated but benefits you a little more. Once you trigger Headstone and generate a stasis crystal, simply destroy it to get increased grenade regeneration for five seconds (via Whisper of Shards).

This build has been a monster in Grandmaster Nightfalls since Bleak Watcher was released, but Osmiomancy Gloves and Headstone weapons have boosted it to another level. Freezing so many enemies not only makes them easier to kill but also inhibits them from hurting you and your fireteam in any way, making this a simple yet well-rounded build that can fit any team composition.


Ager's Scepter Exotic

The Frostmaker

Excels In: Solo Content

Goal of the Build: The goal here is to slow and freeze everything in sight, giving you tons of super energy and, eventually a weapon damage boost.

Mandatory Gear: The primary weapon we’ll be utilizing here is Ager’s Scepter, a Stasis Trace Rifle.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Ager's Scepter artAger's ScepterTrace RifleExoticExoticSpecialStasisBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialStasis Stasis


PvE + PvPExotic KioskError icon V2Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 15KineticNoTop-tier

This pairs exceptionally well with a Stasis subclass and Mantle of Battle Harmony.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Mantle of Battle Harmony Destiny 2 art

Mantle of Battle Harmony

WarlockChestBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 13Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Takedowns with weapons that have a damage type matching your subclass element grant you Super energy. While your Super energy is full, you instead gain a temporary bonus to weapon damage of the type matching your subclass element."

To use this build to its maximum potential, you’ll want to equip a stasis Power weapon such as Reed’s Regret or Palmyra-B.

  • Aspects: Iceflare Bolts is convenient here as it will cause all of your freezing effects to spread. Glacial Harvest is also needed as it will allow us to gain both ability energy and an overshield.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Bonds, Fissures, Rime, and Conduction. These give numerous buffs, including more super energy and shatter damage.
  • Abilities & Stats: While no specific abilities are required, Discipline, Resilience, and Recovery are all good stats to spec into.
  • Mods: The only mods you’ll need are:
ArtMod NameSlotCostRequirementsEffectsType
Harmonic Siphon modHarmonic SiphonHelmet1Rank 6Rapid final blows with weapons matching your Subclass create an Orb of Power.General
Special Ammo Finder modSpecial Ammo FinderHelmet3Rank 5Increases the drop chance of Special ammo on kill.General
 width=Charged UpChest3Rank 7Increases the maximum number of stacks of Armor Charge you can carry by 1.Generator
Stacks on Stacks modStacks on StacksLegs4Rank 7Picking up an Orb of Power grants you 1 additional stack of Armor Charge.Generator
Innervation mod Destiny 2 artInnervationLegs1Rank 5Reduces grenade cooldown each time you pick up an Orb of Power.General
Special Finisher modSpecial FinisherClass Item1Rank 7Finishers generate Special ammo for the whole fireteam. Consumes 3 stacks of Armor Charge.Active
Empowered Finish modEmpowered FinisherClass Item3Rank 7Generator

Gameplay Loop

here isn’t a specific gameplay loop here; just use Ager’s Scepter and your abilities to freeze and kill as many enemies as possible. Both Whisper of Bonds and Mantle of Battle Harmony will give you super energy from said kills, and dropped Orbs of Power allow you to use Special Finisher as necessary.

Once you reach full super energy, you have three options that are all very strong. The first is to use your super to kill a large group of ads (or even damage a boss!). Assuming you have excess Ager’s ammo, a second option is to use the firing mode from Ager’s Scepter’s catalyst, making the weapon freeze everything and do more damage. The third and final option is not to use either and instead take advantage of Mantle of Battle Harmony’s second perk, giving you extra Stasis weapon damage after a Stasis weapon kill (as long as you keep full super energy).

Unlike other builds, the Frostmaker is extremely potent while not having a super specific gameplay loop, meaning it can be effective anywhere.


Crucible featured

Warlock Stasis 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.

Regarding mods, Warmind Cell and Elemental Well mods don’t activate in the Crucible. And while Charged with Light mods do work, they’re significantly more challenging to trigger than in PVE. Because of this, the two most important types of mods for PVP are extremely general: stat mods and weapon mods (such as targeting). These are always active and can provide you with noticeable benefits.

Warlock Subclasses: Ranked

While there is usually a meta subclass or general setup to run for the Crucible, every element has unique strengths and weaknesses.

Shadebinder Warlock Stasis featured


Lastly, Shadebinder is primarily used to counter your enemies by slowing or freezing them.

All three grenades have some slowing or freezing capability, and the Iceflare Bolts and Frostpulse aspects can grant more opportunities. Fragments are simple here; most simply buff your abilities or give you stat boosts. Whisper of Hedrons and Whisper of Chains are some of the more popular picks, but you can easily build into unique ones like Whisper of Rime as well.

With the addition of the Light 3.0 subclasses, Stasis has slightly fallen out of the meta. However, it’s still potent and is sometimes unfairly disregarded by the community.


  • Excels in close quarters combat
  • Various shutdown and area control abilities
  • Amazing dueling super
  • Exceptional fragments and debuffs (Freeze/Slow)


  • Extreme lack of movement
  • Less Grenade, Melee, and Super ability choices
  • Mediocre grenade options at base
  • Little to no intrinsic buffs (compared to Devour, Restoration, etc.)

Best PvP Warlock Exotics

General Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Ophidian Aspect Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Ophidian Aspect

WarlockArmsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Exotic Perk: "Weapons ready and reload very quickly. Melee range is extended."
Transversive Steps Warlock Exotic Destiny 2 art

Transversive Steps

WarlockLegsFree-to-PlayExotic EngramsSeason 1Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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, simply boosting the snappiness of your weapons and increasing melee range. Transversive Steps excels for a similar reason, providing quicker and more fluid movement (plus the ability to get a free reload).

Subclass-specific Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Rain of Fire Warlock Destiny 2 art

Rain of Fire

WarlockLegsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 17The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Air dodge reloads all of your weapons and improves the airborne effectiveness of Fusion Rifles and Linear Fusion Rifles; final blows with these weapons make you radiant."
Osmiomancy Gloves Warlock Destiny 2 art

Osmiomancy Gloves

WarlockArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Coldsnap grenades have an additional charge that recharges quicker on direct impact. The seeker spawned from Coldsnap grenades travels further."
Boots of the Assembler Destiny 2 art

Boots of the Assembler

WarlockLegsBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 14Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Standing in a healing rift creates Noble Seekers that seek out allies that are not in a rift and heal them. Noble Seekers from Empowering rift grant both you and your ally a damage bonus. Each time a Noble Seeker finds one of your allies, the duration of your rift is briefly extended."

As for subclass-specific exotics that you can build into, Osmiomancy Gloves are one of the stand-outs. Coldsnap Grenades are already extremely strong, and the increased travel distance and extra charge make for an unparalleled shutdown option. Rain of Fire, the Season of the Haunted exotic, is highly beneficial when using a Solar subclass and a fusion rifle (especially Vex Mythoclast). Boots of the Assembler also isn’t a terrible option to run on Dawnblade, allowing you to embrace the support role.

You can find more complex and in-depth builds online with niche exotics such as Verity’s Brow. My favorite two content creators for PvP builds are Coolguy and Apathettic, but you can find numerous fantastic community members creating builds frequently on all social platforms.

About The Author

Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
When my brother introduced me to the Destiny franchise in 2015, I immediately knew that it would take up a lot of my free time for years to come. With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago.
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