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Destiny 2: Best Stats for Warlock (2024)

Stats are just as important in Destiny 2 as in any other game, and the stats you’ll want depend partially on what class you’re playing. There are three classes in Destiny 2: Warlock, Titan, and Hunter. In this article we’ll focus on just Warlock, since it’s difficult to discuss them all at once. Just like the other two classes, Warlocks can play a wide variety of roles on a team, so there isn’t just one specific way to play them. However, there are certain stats that are particularly good on Warlock. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best stats for Warlock in Destiny 2!

What is the Best Stat for Warlock in Destiny 2?

If you could only choose one stat to max on Warlock, there are two standard options. Recovery is the typical Warlock stat, since it determines how fast the Warlock class ability cools down. This is in addition to the usual Recovery stat bonuses to health regeneration. For Warlocks, you can never go wrong with Recovery. However, you could also reasonably pick Resilience instead. Resilience gives a 40% damage reduction when maxed, which makes even difficult activities feel trivial at times.

Choosing between Recovery and Resilience depends mostly on your build. If you’re using a build that will utilize your class ability often, then Recovery is a no-brainer. But if you feel like being tanky is more beneficial for your build, then Resilience is a great alternative. Since Recovery and Resilience are both “tanky” stats, they can be picked interchangeably. Ultimately it comes down to class ability vs more health. Pick whichever you feel is best for you, as both are great. Recovery and Resilience are both great stats for both PvE and PvP, which lowers the amount of armor grinding you’ll need to do since you won’t necessarily need different sets for each.

As we wrap up Season 19, it’s worth noting that Lightfall will probably bring lots of changes to stats. Make sure and check our newest articles to see the latest changes and updates that we’ve covered!

What Other Stats Should Warlocks Prioritize?

Other Stats to Prioritize for Warlocks
Best Stats for Warlock (Destiny 2)
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Warlocks can go with a few stats alongside their main one(s). Generally, you’ll want to have at least two stats maxed at any given time. Some people go for three, but this isn’t required and takes a lot of time to do. While Recovery/Resilience is obviously a great two-stat combo, there are several other options as well.

For some Warlock builds, Discipline might be the main stat to prioritize. Discipline determines your grenade cooldown rate, which is really important for many Warlocks. Especially Solar Warlocks, who get some of the best grenade builds in the game.

Intellect is a solid pick for Warlocks that want to super spam. For Supers like Nova Bomb (Void) or Stormtrance (Arc), Intellect can be great. Intellect can realistically be used with any subclass, but it works best on Supers that will likely be used as soon as they’re off cooldown. If you’re using something like Well of Radiance that will likely be saved for when it’s needed, you’re best off maxing another stat.

The only two stats that you definitely don’t want on Warlock are Mobility and Strength. Mobility simply doesn’t do enough to be worth using on Warlock, especially since Warlocks already have Icarus Dash on their Solar subclass to help with movement. Strength lowers melee ability cooldown, but it’s not worth investing points into. Even in PvP where melee abilities tend to be much better, it’s not worth maxing Strength for.

How to Farm High Stat Armor in Destiny 2

Once you’ve decided what stats you want to prioritize, it’s time to go grind some armor. Farming high-stat armor isn’t too hard if you know where to find it! Here are a few ways you can get high-stat armor quickly.

Ghost Armorer Mod

The Ghost Armorer mod is the easiest way to farm armor that aligns with your stat goals. The only downside here is that the Ghost Armorer mod doesn’t technically give high-stat armor itself. The armor you get is just the standard armor drops you would have gotten either way, but with a guaranteed minimum stat number in a chosen category. This mod is best used by pairing it with one of the ways to find actual high-stat armor, listed below.

H.E.L.M. Focusing

Each season, there is a new seasonal kiosk at the H.E.L.M., which usually includes a method of high-stat armor farming. Since each season tends to follow a similar upgrade path, you can typically expect to unlock this ability at some point via time-gated activities. It usually doesn’t take more than a couple weeks for the high-stat armor focusing to be available. Once you unlock high-stat armor focusing, it usually requires an Umbral Engram and some amount of seasonal materials. It’s the quickest easy way to get high-stat armor, for sure.

Dungeon Farming

Dungeons are one of very few activities in Destiny 2 that you can farm for full loot infinitely, which makes them perfect for armor farming. While you can only farm the newest and weekly rotator dungeons, being able to do so at all is a godsend. You can farm armor on normal level dungeons, but master difficulty guarantees high-stat armor and also Artifice armor. Artifice armor is a special form of high-stat armor that also gives an extra mod slot (for use with artifact mods only). This is the best way to farm high-stat armor in Destiny 2.

Example of an Optimized Warlock Build

Example of Optimized Warlock Build
Best Stats for Warlock (Destiny 2)
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

To give you an idea of what a completed Warlock stat/loadout build looks like, consider this example.

This build centers around using Sunbracers (Warlock Exotic arm piece) to allow for massive grenade cooldown reduction for a temporary time after getting a kill with your melee ability. This means that when you get a Solar melee kill, you can throw grenades at rapid speed for a few seconds.

Since you get to do this, you don’t really need maxed Discipline (although you still don’t want it to be too low). Sunbracers’ Exotic perk allows you to focus your stat points on other stats to make your build more well-rounded.

For this build, you’d want to max Recovery and Resilience for maximum survivability. Sunbracers will provide more than enough grenades to clean out the room, and Recovery and Resilience will help you stay alive while doing so. Something like 100 Rec / 100 Res / 50 Dis would be optimal if you could get it. (Triple maxed stats would be better technically, but don’t feel like you have to push for perfect armor because it’s very time consuming and not required for even the hardest content.)

This is just one example of a simple Warlock build, but most builds function like this. You want your maxed stats to synergize with the Exotic you choose if possible. It’s even better if you can synergize with your class ability as well!

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