As Destiny 2 nears halfway through, and Bungie continues to evolve its galaxy to heights we’ve never seen before, one of the things likely lingering on your Guardian Warlock’s mind is which exotic armor to step out into battle in. A warlock’s exotic armor is much more than an aesthetic. As a warlock, you play a big role in claiming victory, whether it’s effective healing, ranged melee attacks, or casting elemental spells that devastate your foes.
Warlocks have the strongest exotics, and their armor is one of the major pieces of the puzzle you’ll want to get right to build the most powerful combination of attack and defense there can be. If you’re getting ready to explore the mysteries of Destiny 2’s solar system as a Warlock, here is the best Warlock armor you’ll want to get equipped on your character first.
5. Best Warlock Armor: Helmet
Nezarec’s Sin is a particularly great helmet for PVE for Voidwalkers looking for a high recharge rate. The main perk of donning the Nezarec’s Sin helmet is its energy recharge rate. So if your void-damage kill rate is high, whether from weapons or your abilities, your regeneration rate also goes up on all your abilities. And it even goes further up when you use the Void subclass.
That also means that without high void damage, or maximizing the Void subclass, the recharge rate could go down. So only add Nezarec’s Sin to your arsenal if you’re a Voidlock go-to, pairing it with void abilities and a reliable void weapon to constantly recharge your character’s damage-dealing rounds.
Crown of Tempests
Alternatively, you might want to capitalize on fast recharges with the Crown of Tempests. Provided you’re using your arc abilities or jolt kills, the Crown of Tempests will quickly regenerate them for you, enhancing your tenacity in battle. It also increases your Stormtrance Super plus mobility and is perfect now that Arc 3.0 Warlocks is out.
4. Best Warlock Armor: Arms
Ophidian Aspect is no stranger to warlocks in PVP with its high-speed passive buffs when reloading and handling your weapon. Plus, it offers an impressive one meter of extended melee range, giving you a boost on two fronts that are hard to resist in PVP: high-speed responsiveness and snappy attacks.
Additionally, Ophidian Aspect adds an extra buff for airborne snipers and hunters who prefer scouting from above, thus providing a more accurate aim in the air. That said, wielding the Ophidian Aspect gauntlet isn’t as effective in PVE, especially when compared to other better-performing PVE exotics. Consequently, many warlocks prefer to use it in the Crucible rather than PVE.
Osmiomancy Gloves pair with the Coldsnap grenade to offer an additional charge on the grenade on direct impact. So even if you use the basic Coldsnap grenade on an enemy, you can double down on the attack using the additional charge to permanently stun the target, provided your throw is a direct hit.
3. Best Warlock Armor: Chest
For Warlock chest armor, the Phoenix Protocol is a great choice for players looking to maximize the power of the Well of Radiance. To use it, you activate your Battle-Hearth Well of Radiance super ability while wearing the armor to get a boost of super energy for every kill and assist given to your team.
The only caveat is that you need to stand in your Well of Radiance, which was safe before; but not so much anymore. Plus, the super energy is now capped at 50%. Regardless, the power of the Phoenix Protocol is easy to see, giving you more uptime that goes a long way in helping you excel in PVE.
2. Best Warlock Armor: Legs
Boots of the Assembler
Boots of the Assembler greatly amplify your healing abilities by extending your rift duration, thus giving you a healing boost. It’s especially useful when in a group PVE where you can not only buff your healing but that of your team too. In addition, they help maximize damage, making them great armor if you’re playing a supporting role.
To complete your armor and overall look, you may want to add the Transversive Steps armor to your arsenal, especially if you’re looking to join in on the fun in the Crucible. Each second counts, so any transversive steps that increase your sprint speed are highly welcome.
In addition to a leg up in quick mobility, Transversive Steps helps you automatically reload your current equipped weapon whilst sprinting. That way, you’re always “weapons ready,” reloading your guns quickly at any moment during battle, especially for heavy weapons. If you’re an aggressive player and want to capitalize on movement speed, Transversive Steps could be your next best boot of choice.
1. Best Warlock Armor: Overall
No longer a joke to laugh about, Starfire Protocol has evolved since the release of Season of the Haunted, revamping itself into one of the most powerful chest armors there is. From fusion grenades to touches of flame to empowering rifts to embers of ashes to eruptions, is there nothing the Starfire Protocol won’t do?
With Starfire Protocol, you can unleash two fusion grenades and charge them too. Your grenade kills help recharge your empowering rift energy, and damage sustained while standing in your empowering rift (or Well of Radiance) helps return the favor by helping recharge your grenade energy.
That way, you end up entering a pretty cool gameplay loop that allows you to have a somewhat infinite surge of grenades and rifts at your disposal. With Touch of Flame, you can deal more damage by making your grenade explore twice.
Even without a complete build, Starfire Protocol reigns supreme and is more than enough to lay waste to the masses in any mode. So if you’re looking to deal the kind of damage that offers so many limitless options that your foes won’t know what hit them, Starfire Protocol is the way to go.