Destiny 2 Incandescent: Weapons and Perk Guide

by | Sep 2, 2022 | Weapons

Solar 3.0 has been tearing it up in both PvE and PvP for a while now. Not only is it fun as hell to use, but it also introduced new mechanics and powerful new perks. Namely, Incandescent.

Incandescent has been extremely popular this season, with top players incessantly farming weapons that can roll with it, but what does it do, and how does it pair with Solar subclasses? We’ll cover that and more below.

Scorch weapons: Weapons with the Incandescent Perk

Incandescent can only roll on Solar weapons, meaning it’s relatively exclusive for the time being. That said, a few select Energy and Power weapons can have this S-Tier perk. Here is a list of all of the Solar weapons available that can roll with Incandescent:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
CALUS Mini-Tool artCALUS Mini-ToolSubmachine GunMIDA SynergyLegendaryPrimarySolarSeason 17YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEDerelict LeviathanSeason 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Season 17EnergyCraftable
Without Remorse artWithout RemorseShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialSolarSeason 17YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvPSeasonal activitySeason 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Season 17EnergyCraftable
Beloved artBelovedSniper RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarSeason 17YesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Best

S

PvPDerelict LeviathanSeason 17 Destiny 2 icon
Season 17
Season 17EnergyCraftable
Strident Whistle artStrident WhistleCombat BowPrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEPlaylist: Vanguard
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNo
Fixed Odds artFixed OddsMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarDeluxe EditionYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEDuality Dungeon
Deluxe Edition
Season 17HeavyCraftable
Retraced Path artRetraced PathTrace RifleAdaptiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventEnergyCraftable
BxR-55 Battler artBxR-55 BattlerPulse RifleLegacy PR-55LegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvE + PvPDares of Eternity
Free-to-Play
30th Anniversary eventEnergyCraftable
Roar of the BearRoar of the BearRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 18HeavyNo
Compass Rose artCompass RoseShotgunPrecisionLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar Solar
Strong

A

-Event: Solstice
Free-to-Play
Season 14EnergyNo
Staccato-46 artStaccato-46Scout RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 17EnergyNo
DrangSidearmAdaptiveLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

-The Gunsmith
Free-to-Play
Season 12EnergyNo
Ammit AR2 artAmmit AR2Auto RiflePrecisionLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar SolarOngoing...-World loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyCraftable
Mindbender's Ambition artMindbender's AmbitionShotgunAggressiveLegendarySpecialSolarFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialSolar SolarOngoing...-Nightfall: The Ordeals
Free-to-Play
Season 18EnergyNo
Incandescent weapons

Incandescent weapons in Destiny 2, a few examples

This list effectively covers all the weapons that can currently apply scorch to a target as of Season of Plunder (S18).

What does Incandescent do: Hard Figures

The perk description of Incandescent does a pretty good job of explaining the basics of it:

Defeating a target spreads scorch to those nearby. More powerful combatants and opposing Guardians cause scorch in a larger radius.

-Weapon PerkPvE Damage increasePvP Damage increaseDurationActivation | EffectsTypeWeaponsReleased
Incandescent30 scorch-Kills apply scorch to nearby enemies. Killing Powerful enemies and Players increases the range to 8 meters.GeneralVariousSeason 17

In clearer terms, Incandescent does the following:

  • Kills apply 30 Scorch to enemies within a few meters.
  • Ember of Ashes increases this to 40 Scorch.
  • Killing Powerful Combatants and Players increases the range to 8 meters.

The enhanced version of the perk does the following:

  • PVE: Scorch stacks increased to 40 and to 85 with Ember of Ashes equipped
  • PVP: Scorch stacks stay at 30 and are increased to 45 with Ember of Ashes equipped

These precise figures come from always excellent Light.gg.

But what is Scorch in Destiny 2?

Scorch is a stacking Solar 3.0 debuff that causes damage over time to enemies. If an enemy reaches 100 stacks of scorch, they will ignite, causing a high-damage area of effect explosion.

Incandescent applies 30 scorch stacks at its base to affected targets, and the “larger radius” extends to 8 meters.

All of that makes Incandescent similar to Dragonfly or Firefly while not requiring a precision kill (and having significantly more synergy with other abilities). There are numerous ways to make this perk even more potent; we’ll cover those in the next section.

How do you trigger Incandescent, and what synergizes with it?

Proccing Incandescent is as simple as getting a kill with your weapon while other enemies are nearby. However, there are tons of ways to make its effect even better.

Enhanced Incandescent

The first is to get the enhanced version of the perk, available by crafting a weapon capable of rolling with the trait. Doing so will increase the scorch stacks applied to enemies from 30 to 40. While that doesn’t sound like much, it reduces the kills needed to ignite a nearby enemy from four to three.

Solar Warlock

Incandescent with a Solar 3.0 build, Destiny 2

A Solar 3.0 fragment

While using a Solar subclass, you can also utilize the Ember of Ashes fragment to make Incandescent more powerful. This fragment increases the number of all scorch stacks applied by 50%. That means you’ll add 45 scorch stacks to an enemy with regular Incandescent and 85 with the enhanced version. With both Ember of Ashes and enhanced Incandescent, you only need to get two kills to trigger an ignite explosion!

There are many other ways to pair an Incandescent weapon with a Solar subclass—we’re just scratching the surface here. We encourage you to experiment with various Solar 3.0 fragments and abilities to make Incandescent fit your playstyle better! This perk is already substantial on its own, but its synergies make it as popular as it is.

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 Blueberries.gg, 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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