Destiny 2 Arc Warlock PvE Build

The Destiny 2 Arc Warlock PvE Build gives weapons, exotics, and armor mods intended for all levels of PvE players!

D2 Arc Warlock PvE Build

This build has been updated for Season 23, Season of the Wish.

Why Should You Play Arc Warlock PvE?

PVE Arc Warlocks are strong in the game due to the strength of their abilities. Built into their kits is a class ability that can be used to either heal or buff any allies who enter it. Their subclasses allow for aspects and fragments that lean into their abilities, buffing them above the other classes and giving them powerful utilities. Also, they are equally as strong in more complex or group content without changing their builds. Find out all the details on how to craft, create, and optimize our Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build.

Destiny 2 Arc Warlock PvE Build

The following list presents all the essential Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock Build Mechanics and Features in Destiny 2:

  • Subclass: Arc
  • Primary Stat: Resilience
  • Super: Stormtrance
  • Class Ability: Healing Rift
  • Jump: Burst Glide
  • Grenade: Pulse Grenade
  • Melee: Ball Lightning
  • Aspects: Arc Soul, Electrostatic Mind
  • Fragments: Spark of Shock, Spark of Ions, Spark of Discharge, Spark of Magnitude


The best abilities for the Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build are Healing Rift, Pulse Grenade, and Stormtrance. The Healing Rift is mighty with this build because it provides us with survivability and an arc buddy that can easily keep our exotic perk going. Also, the Pulse Grenade is equally as necessary to keep our exotic perk alive and help with clearing out hordes of enemies. Lastly, the Stormtrance super is buffed by our exotic and provides us with roaming super damage.


Healing Rift

Burst Glide

Pulse Grenade

Ball Lightning

Stormtrance – This super turns us into the embodiment of lightning allowing you to roam around the battlefield chaining electricty to any enemies you get near.

Healing Rift – This class ability constantly heals you while standing in it

Burst Glide – The faster glide allowing you to boost forward extremely fast

Pulse Grenade – A grenade that periodically damages targets within its explosion radiuss

Ball Lightning – This melee sends an orb forward that deals lightning damage to anyone caught in its path

Our Healing Rift is the most important ability we use in this build. Not only does this provide you with an auto-aiming turret that follows you around but it continues to heal you while standing inside of it. Secondly, the Stormtrance super damage is buffed by Crown of Tempests allowing it to deal massive single-target damage or take out hordes of enemies. Choose Reach can be substituted for Stormtrance if you want more of a burst boss super than a roaming super. Lastly, the Pulse Grenade provides large damage over time and a large area of effect to deal damage to any enemies hit with it. While most of these abilities can be swapped depending on content or playstyle, these abilities are the best all-around choice for the build.


The best aspects to use with our Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build are Electrostatic Mind and Arc Soul. Electrostatic Mind generates ionic traces to help regenerate our abilities. After passing through our rift, Arc Soul gives us an arc turret that will shoot any targets in front of us.

Electrostatic Mind

Arc Soul

Electrostatic Mind – Defeating targets with abilities or arc debuffed enemies creates an ionic trace. Collecting these traces makes us amplified.

Arc Soul – When passing through our rift, we or any allies will gain an auto-firing arc turret that will follow us and shoot any enemies in front of us. While amplified these arc souls have increased fire rate.

Arc Soul is incredibly important with this build since the arc turret can keep our exotic buff going and generate ionic traces for us. Also, the Electrostatic Mind easily generates ionic traces which amplify us and give us ability energy.


The best fragments for our Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build are the Spark of Shock, Spark of Ions, Spark of Discharge, and Spark of Magnitude. Since these provide us buffs to our grenades, and generate additional ionic traces for us.

Spark of Shock

Spark of Ions

Spark of Discharge

Spark of Magnitude

Spark of Shock : Arc grenades apply jolt to enemies

Spark of Ions : Generates an ionic trace on killing jolted enemies

Spark of Discharge : Arc weapon kills generate ionic traces

Spark of Magnitude : Increases the duration of our grenades

All of our fragments serve similar synergies with our build by focusing on buffing our grenades and generating ionic traces. There are a few fragments that can be swapped out depending on content and preference. However, these are intended to provide the highest uptime in our abilities to help clear as many enemies as possible.


The best weapons for our Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Buildd are Witherhoard, Tarnished Mettle, and The Hothead. The Tarnished Mettle is the star of the show allowing us to clear hordes of enemies by jolt targets with Voltshot. Since this pairs with our aspect allowing us to generate ionic traces with just our weapons. Also, Witherhoard provides an amazing source of damage over time and area denial. Lastly, The Hothead deals massive single-target damage allowing us to burst anything that survives our abilities.

Here’s a list of the best weapon loadout for our Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build:

  • Kinetic: Witherhoard, Exotic Grenade Launcher
  • Energy: Tarnished Mettle, Arc Lightweight Frame Scout Rifle
  • Heavy: The Hothead, Arc Adaptive Frame Rocket Launcher

Alternatively, you can run any legendary special weapon in the kinetic slot. However, it’s best to focus on damage options like fusions and snipers rather than just utility options like grenade launchers. Tarnished Mettle can be replaced with any arc primary ammo weapon that can roll with Voltshot but the extra utility of Demolitionist provides some extra ability regeneration towards the build. Lastly, The Hothead can be swapped with other arc-heavy weapons but the focus should be on high single-target damage options.

Exotic Armor

D2 Crown of Tempests Exotic Armor

The best exotic armor for the Arc Warlock PVE build is Crown of Tempests. Overall, this exotic helmet provides two massive benefits. Firstly, the main benefit is that it buffs our ability regeneration rates when getting ability kills. With so many area-of-effect damage skills, this just makes a potent combination giving us constant ability uptimes. Secondly, it buffs our Stormtrance super duration allowing us to be in our super for extended durations.

Armor Stats

The best stats to focus on in our Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build are Resilience, Recovery, and Discipline. Since these provide us with survivability, reduce our class ability cooldown, and reduce our grenade cooldown.

  • Mobility: 10
  • Resilience: 100
  • Recovery: 70
  • Disciple: 70
  • Intellect: 50
  • Strength: 30
D2 Arc Warlock PVE Stats

Armor Mods

The best armor mods for our Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build are Ashes to Assets, Grenade Kickstart, and Elemental Charge. Since these build into our super regeneration, ability cooldown reduction, and give us armor charges.


Gameplay Tips

This Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build is about using our abilities to get back our abilities. Our super can be used for clearing entire rooms of enemies easily. Our grenades and melee are incredibly powerful tools to keep up our exotic buff. Also, our arc soul kills count as ability kills for our exotic buff so it’s important to cast our rift for an arc soul even if we don’t need its healing right then. It’s important to be constantly throwing our abilities because the more we use them the faster we can get them back.

Our exotic helmet not only provides our super significant duration increase as long as we are getting kills with it but with insane ability regeneration as well. With our constant abilities and damage most on-leveled content in PVE should be easy to complete. Higher level content you may need to play within your rift more often for survivability. We don’t have a lot of survivability on this build besides our rift and our ability to kill everything fast so playing around what we do have will be crucial towards survival.

Build Summary

Below is a complete summary of stats, weapons, mods, abilities, and fragments for the Crown of Tempests Arc Warlock PVE Build for Destiny 2:


  • Healing Rift
  • Pulse Grenade
  • Ball Lightning
  • Stormtrance


  • Electrostatic Mind
  • Arc Soul


  • Spark of Shock
  • Spark of Ions
  • Spark of Discharge
  • Spark of Magnitude


  • Witherhoard
  • Tarnished Mettle
  • The Hothead

Head Mods

  • Harmonic Siphon
  • 2x Ashes to Assets

Arm Mods

  • Grenade Kickstart
  • Firepower
  • Bolstering Detonation

Chest Mods

  • Solar Resistance
  • Void Resistance
  • Arc Resistance

Leg Mods

  • Recuperation
  • Innervation
  • Elemental Charge

Class Mods

  • 2x Bomber
  • Reaper

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