Warlocks in Destiny 2 may have the most diverse assortment of subclass and Exotic armor combinations. Unlike the Titan, which tends to focus on melee, or the ranged mobile builds of Hunters, the best Warlock builds in tend to fit everywhere in-between. This makes for some very unique character builds that are only elevated by your mod and weapon choices.
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So, which Warlock builds are best in Destiny 2? Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites.
Best Warlock Build for Raids
For successful Raid and Nightfall runs, you’ll want to focus on support abilities. The benefit is that anything you design your build around will simultaneously apply to you and your Fireteam. Here are a few options you can work with that focus on recovery, damage output, and delaying enemies.
Well of Radiance Warlock Build
Having the ability to heal your Fireteam with Well of Radiance or Divine Protection grenades is a must in any Raid or Nightfall encounter. Then it’s up to you to decide how you like to use those abilities. Running with the Phoenix Protocol Exotic will continuously regenerate your Super as long as you and your team get kills while inside the Well. Sunbracers, on the other hand, will boost grenade charges and automatically refill this ability with melee kills.
Either option is solid, but we’d recommend opting for the Super most of the time. That’s because you can also add Warmind-specific mods into the mix to create blinding and explosive orbs that can help maintain your kill count. Aside from that, focusing on boosting the regen of your chosen ability and recovery is a must.
Exotic Armor: Phoenix Protocol or Sunbracers
Weapons: [Kinetic] IKELOS or Seventh Seraph weapon; [Energy] IKELOS or Seventh Seraph weapon; [Power] Code Duellos or any Void-based Power weapon
Subclass: Attunement of Grace
Primary Armor Stats: Discipline or Intellect and Recovery
Armor Mods: Fireteam Medic, Protective Light, Wrath of Rasputin, Cellular Suppression
Grenadier Warlock Build
This build will actually be useful in both PvE and PvP encounters, but for the purposes of this guide, it’s far more valuable when running Nightfalls and Raids. Like the Well of Radiance build, this is meant to help you and your Fireteam manage large groups of enemies. However, this isn’t done through consistent healing, but by slowing or freezing your enemies.
To make this work as one of the best Warlock builds in Destiny 2, you’ll want to run with the Frostpulse and Iceflare bolts Aspects, along with Duskfield Grenades and Whisper of Hedrons. Then be sure to have Eyes of Another World equipped to help boost ability regeneration, and either Monte Carlo or a Masterworked assault rifle to help do the same.
Exotic Armor: Eye of Another World
Weapons: [Kinetic] Monte Carlo or any Masterworked assault rifle; [Energy] Ticuu’s Divination or any pulse rifle; [Power] Martyr’s Retribution or Code Duellos
Primary Armor Stats: Mobility and Resilience
Armor Mods: High Energy Fire, Stacks on Stacks, Charge Harvester, Firepower
Best Warlock Build for PvE
Going full offense as a Warlock may be rare, but it’s entirely possible. The key is to focus on boosting recovery and connecting Exotic Armor with Exotic weapon buffs. Here are your best options to go wild in PvE activities.
Voidwalker Warlock Build
Going all out with one of the best Warlock builds in Destiny 2 is incredibly fun. To do it best, you’ll want to focus on amping up your Void reserves. The more Void options you have, the more kills you can get, the more likely that you’ll activate the recharge rate boost from Nezarec’s Sin. Then, be sure you’re running a subclass with the Nova Bomb as your Super to help clear out the stragglers or bosses that remain.
If you’d rather opt for grenade recharges, you can also run Verity’s Brow and focus on Void Energy weapon kills instead. This is a lesser version of this build, but when grenade damage is boosted or you’re dealing with Void-heavy shield types, it helps get the job done. Lastly, be sure to again focus on the ability stats you want to regen faster and Recovery, as well as any mods that can buff your weapon damage or recharge rates.
Exotic Armor: Nezarec’s Sin or Verity’s Brow
Weapons: [Kinetic] Any Masterworked pulse rifle or scout rifle; [Energy] Hardlight, Graviton Lance, or Bottom Dollar; [Power] Falling Guillotine, Black Talon, or Bad Omens
Subclass: Attunement of Chaos or Hunger
Primary Armor Stats: Intellect or Discipline and Recovery
Armor Mods: Taking Charge, Stacks on Stacks, Supercharged, High Energy Fire, Protective Light
Necrotic Grip Warlock Build
For those that don’t want to stick with a Void subclass, the Necrotic Grip build is an excellent option, as long as you like running Thorn. The reason is that Thorn will help trigger the poison spreading ability of the Exotic armor without having to land a melee hit. And if you end up killing any affected enemies, it will spread your poison damage to anyone nearby, making this incredibly useful for taking out large groups of Minor enemies or actively damaging Majors or Bosses.
The beauty of this build is that the rest is really up to you. You can run the rest of your favorite weapons that are best for damage output and look to increase stats for recovery and mobility. Your armor mod choices can then be weapon specific or mirror some of the other ability regeneration options found in our other PvE-focused builds.
Exotic Armor: Necrotic Grip
Weapons: [Kinetic] Thorn; [Energy] Any bow, scout rifle, or pulse rifle; [Power] Any sword or rocket launcher
Subclass: Any subclass
Primary Armor Stats: Recovery and Mobility
Armor Mods: Heavy Handed, Stacks on Stacks, Protective Light, Charge Harvester
Best Warlock Build for Crucible
In Crucible, you need to focus on surviving long enough to lay out AOE damage. In this case, your subclass plays a far more important role in ensuring that you can eviscerate enemies in a single go. This does limit your options but makes room for some excellent builds.
Attunement of Conduction Warlock Build
This is another build that leverages the ability regeneration of Eye of Another World, but this time with Arc damage as the core focus. Similar to our Shadebinder build, this is all about keeping your grenades up. And running with Attunement of Conduction allows you to consistently chain lightning, perfect for entrapping enemies in small rooms or pathways within Crucible.
Since this is Arc-focused, you can also opt for Crown of Tempests with this build. It will basically provide the same ability-recharge but exclusively focused on Arc ability kills. To assist with this, it’s recommended that you run Arc weapons, with Trinity Ghoul being one of the better options available.
Exotic Armor: Eye of Another World or Crown of Tempests
Weapons: [Kinetic] Any pulse rifle; [Energy] Trinity Ghoul or any Arc weapon; [Power] Any arc weapon
Subclass: Attunement of Conduction
Primary Armor Stats: Recovery and Discipline
Armor Mods: High Energy Fire, Stacks on Stacks, Charge Harvester
Attunement of Sky Warlock Build
Building around Attunement of Sky allows you to build around current top-tier weapons and leverage a neutral skilled Exotic like Transversive Steps or Karnstein Armlets. Both of these options will help you lean into playing faster and getting up close while being able to dash away with your Burst Glide jump.
Like the other best Warlock builds in Destiny 2 on this list, the rest of your stats should be focused on Recovery and Resilience. But your mods should be attuned to the weapons that you intend to use. Right now, we recommend running this setup along with the Deadman’s Tale scout rifle, your favorite close-range weapon, and Temptation’s Hook. This will allow you to take full advantage of your speed, agility, and gliding ability to take on Guardians up close and at a distance.
Exotic Armor: Transversive Steps or Karnstein Armlets
Weapons: [Kinetic] Dead Man’s Tale; [Energy] Any shotgun or sniper rifle; [Power] Temptation’s Hook
Subclass: Attunement of Sky
Primary Armor Stats: Recovery and Resilience
Armor Mods: High Energy Fire, Targeting, Lucent Blade, Protective Light
Best Warlock Build for Gambit
Your builds for Gambit should be fairly similar to your PvE options. You want highly offensive skillsets that can be combined with recovery and resilience buffs to keep you in the fight. These may not be as effective in PvE but should be your go-to options in this hybrid game mode.
Warlock Starfire Protocol Build
If you like rifts, this is one of the best Warlock builds in Destiny 2 for you. Running Starfire Protocol with Attunement of Grace will keep your grenades flowing. Any grenade kills recharge your rifts, and as long as you make those kills within an active Rift, you shouldn’t run out of ammo or grenades.
To truly make the most of this setup, be sure that you run Power weapons that track enemies or lay out splash damage. The rest of your stats and mods should focus on boosting your overall health and grenade recharge rate. This can help you avoid losing your Rift benefits when you inevitably have to move by having your abilities primed and ready to go.
Exotic Armor: Starfire Protocol
Weapons: [Kinetic] Any rapid-fire weapon; [Energy] Ticuu’s Divination or any hand cannon; [Power] Code Duello or The Colony
Subclass: Attunement of Grace
Primary Armor Stats: Intellect and Resilience
Armor Mods: Volatile Conduction, Surge Detonators, Global Reach, Hands-On
Warlock Stormcaller Build
The more you can fire, the better when it comes to Gambit. No Time to Explain, especially when Masterworked, is already useful in this capacity thanks to the time looped bullets that emerge after a few accurate shots. Add in the Getaway Artist Exotic when running Stormcaller, and you suddenly have two active turrets running.
This is a ridiculous Minor enemy destroyer and a helpful method for trimming down Guardian and Major enemy health. You do have to sacrifice a grenade to make this work, but it’s honestly worth it for the automatic fire you gain.
Exotic Armor: Getaway Artist
Weapons: [Kinetic] No Time to Explain; [Energy] Choose your favorite; [Power] Choose your favorite
Subclass: Any Stormcaller subclass
Primary Armor Stats: Mobility and Discipline
Armor Mods: High-Energy Fire, Targeting, Lucent Blade, Protective Light
Become a High Grounder
With Warlocks being such a well-suited support class, almost any of the above builds will work across every game mode — it really depends on which subclass you want to run. To make sure the Warlock on your Fireteam knows which build to focus on, be sure to share this article on your favorite social platform. And for the latest on Destiny 2 subclasses, armor, and weapons, sign up for our newsletter.