Destiny 2: The Best Warlock Builds For Hard PvE Content

Following the release of Beyond Light, the stasis subclasses have taken over Destiny 2. In both PVP and PVE, stasis appears to be the most powerful class in Destiny. Not surprisingly, the best Warlock build will be a stasis build. However, there are a few other options for gamers that have grown tired of the stasis abilities. Guardians will be impressed by how good the alternatives are.

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Players will want to have the best abilities, mods, and gear when attempting the new PVE activities this season. The warlock is a jack of all trades, and the classes outlined in this article will maximize the utility of each warlock ability. Below are the two best builds for players attempting to complete challenging PVE content.

The Shadebinder subclass is so good, players do not even have to worry about mods and exotics. Guardians should be using the coldsnap grenade, which will freeze enemies within a wide radius. If there are multiple enemies near the grenade, it will chain all enemies that are in the same general vicinity. Gamers that have yet to complete the missions and challenges to unlock the aspects and shards should do so before attempting to spec the build. The stasis shard Whisper of Hedrons will give players a 25% damage buff for each enemy that is killed while frozen. Additionally, the aspects and shards will give players unlimited rifts and boosted power orb drops.

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The Warlock stasis class is the most effective when players are freezing and killing enemies. In addition to the coldsnap grenade, gamers can use Penumbral blast, which creates a bubble that freezes enemies within the area of effect. Guardians can alternate using coldsnap and Penumbral blast to constantly have the frozen damage buff active. The Iceflare Bolt aspect will spawn additional seekers to freeze targets after shattering an enemy. Likewise, the Frostpulse aspect will freeze nearby combatants whenever a Warlock casts a rift.

Unlike the hunter and titan, the warlock can equip four different fragments. Guardians should use the four fragments listed below to optimize the class:

  • Whisper of Bonds: Defeating frozen targets with weapons grants super energy.
  • Whisper of Hedrons: Gain a bonus to weapon damage after freezing a target with stasis.
  • Whisper of Refraction: Defeating slowed or frozen targets grants class ability energy.
  • Whisper of Fissures: Increases the damage and size of the burst of stasis when a stasis crystal or frozen target is destroyed.

Each of the fragments will help players do more stasis damage, recharge their super, and recharge their abilities. Because of how many enemies will be frozen and killed, each of the above buffs will remain active throughout the majority of an activity. Each of the abilities will stack and gamers will just have to pull the trigger on frozen enemies to complete even the most difficult raids.

Most of the Destiny community has underestimated the effectiveness of the original trees since Beyond Light was released. The Voidwalker subclass is incredible in PVE, and guardians should take a break from stasis and give the build a try.  First, gamers should be using the vortex grenade, which is the best void grenade by far. Additionally, warlocks should be using healing rift as well as burst glide. Healing rift will, of course, heal guardians. Burst glide is preferred as it will help players to use the skating method in the air.

The top tree warlock stands out because of the effects of Chaos Accelerant. The perk allows gamers to overcharge the vortex grenade to create an even higher damage output. Entropic Pull will also recharge the warlock’s grenade after each melee attack. Combining the two abilities will give gamers infinite powerful grenades. In any high difficulty mission, the grenade-centric build will decimate bosses and majors. While the buffed vortex grenade constantly outputs damage, gamers can focus on recharging their grenades with Entropic Pull.

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When selecting mods for the build, gamers should focus on intellect, discipline, and recovery. Intellect will decrease the orbs of power needed to activate the super and discipline will reduce the cooldown of grenades. Recovery is essential for every class, and should probably be prioritized over discipline because of how quick Voidwalkers recharge their grenade ability. To make the class even better, guardians should equip the Contraverse Hold gauntlets. The exotic gauntlets will resist damage to the Warlock while charging the void grenade with Chaos Accelerant. The gauntlets will also return extra damage with each grenade damage tick. All of the abilities in the build combine to give players endless grenades to melt bosses in hard PVE activities.

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