Destiny 2 Warlock Class Overview
Warlocks are Destiny’s class of Guardian that is arguably most in touch with the Light. Destiny 2 introduces a new subclass to fans of the Warlock and reinvents one from the original Destiny days. The Dawnblade subclass is brand new and takes the place of the solar element-focused class.
Making its return from the days before the Cabal attack is the Voidwalker class. Yes, the Nova Bomb continues to be available in Destiny 2.
The Stormcaller also returns to Destiny 2, bringing with it the best in class crowd clearing ability, this time backed up by healing Rifts.
Like all Destiny 2 classes, the Warlock has a variety of grenades available to choose from. The choices are as follows:
- Axion Bolt – A bolt of Void Light that forks into smaller bolts on impact that seek out enemies
- Vortex Grenade – Creates a Vortex that continually damages enemies trapped inside
- Scatter Grenade – Splits into submunitions and covers a large area with multiple explosions
- Firebolt Grenade – Unleashes bolts of Solar Light at nearby enemies
- Solar Grenade – Creates a flare of Solar Light that continually damages enemies trapped inside
- Fusion Grenade – Explosive grenade that deals bonus damages when it attaches to a target
- Arcbolt Grenade – A grenade that chains bolts of lightning to nearby enemies
- Pulse Grenade – A grenade that periodically damages enemies inside its explosion radius
- Storm Grenade – A grenade that calls down a focused lightning storm
Warlocks aren’t known to be very nimble on the field of battle, so choose wisely from one of these falling, erm, movement modes:
- Strafe Glide – Jump while airborne to activate Glide with strong directional control
- Burst Glide – Jump while airborne to activate Glide with a strong initial boost of speed
- Balanced Glide – Jump while airborne to active Glide with both moderate speed and directional control
Admittedly these movement modes are more than just ways to control your descent, but jumping as a Warlock continues to be one of the more challenging activities in Destiny 2.
Class abilities are a new concept in Destiny 2, and each class gets to choose from two abilities that add a new level of depth to the game.
Both Warlock class skills provide the ability to support your team with a variety of powers:
- Healing Rift – Conjures a well of Light that continuously heals those inside it
- Empowering Rift – Conjures a well of Light that increases weapon damage for those inside it
Warlock Supers in Destiny have always been a crowd favorite, as they have provided some very powerful and unique abilities in the past. The return of the Voidwalker subclass means that the Nova Bomb is back and its explosive bolt of Void Light will continue to blast enemies into space, as well as frustrate your PvP opponents.
The new Dawnblade subclass may have the most spectacular looking Super in Destiny 2 as the Daybreak ability will weave Solar Light into blades to smite your foes from the skies. As seen in the various screenshots, it’s a fantastic display of solar power and chaos, and is as visually stunning as it is effective.
The Stormcaller subclass brings with it the Stromtrance Super, affectionately known at TL;DR as Jazz Hands. This Super allows you to chain Arc Lightning from your hands and electrify enemies with devastating streams of Arc Light. Incredibly effective at melting huge groups of enemies, nothing clears a room quite like the Stormtrance.
Perks are additional abilities that can be unlocked as you level your Guardian. Destiny 2 offers two distinct branches of perk trees for each subclass. For the Voidwalker Warlock, they are the Attunement of Chaos and the Attunement of Hunger.
Attunement of Chaos:
- Chaos Accelerant – Draw energy from your Super Ability to overcharge your grenade
- Bloom – Void ability kills cause enemies to explode
- Cataclysm – Nova Bomb will seek out enemies and can be exploded earlier if shot
- Entropic Pull – Strike an enemy with your melee attack to recharge your grenade
Attunement of Hunger:
- Devour – Killing an enemy with your melee ability fully restores your health
- Feed the Void – Consume grenade energy to regenerate your health
- Insatiable – While Devour is active, killing enemies extends its duration and recharges your grenade
- Vortex – Nova Bomb creates a spot that continually damages enemies trapped inside
The Dawnblade Warlock has two perks trees that are all about settings things on fire while improving your mobility. They are the Attunement of Sky and the Attunement of Flame.
Attunement of Sky:
- Winged Sun – Fire weapons and throw grenades while gliding
- Heat Rises – Kills while airborne recharge your grenade and melee energy
- Icarus Dash – Double press Circle/B while airborne to dodge
- Swift Strike – Strike an enemy to burn the target and temporarily increase your movement and reload speed
Attunement of Flame:
- Igniting Touch – Strike an enemy to burn them and cause them to explode when killed
- Fated for the Flame – Daybreak projectiles seek targets as they travel
- Everlasting Fire – Killing an enemy with Daybreak extends its duration
- Phoenix Dive – Hold Circle/B while airborne to quickly descend and regain health
The Stormcaller has access to two skill trees, Attunement of Conduction and Attunement of the Elements.
Attunement of Conduction:
- Transcendence – When cast with full grenade and melee energy, Stormtrance last longer and fully restores health
- Arc Web – Enemies damage by your Grenades chain deadly lightning to nearby enemies
- Ionic Blink – Activate to teleport during Stormtrance
- Chain Lightning – This electrocuting Melee ability hits at extended range and chains lighting from the struck target to nearby enemies
Attunement of the Elements:
- Landfall – On casting Stormtrance, fire a bolt of lightning into the ground, creating a devasting shockwave under you
- Rising Storm – This electrocuting melee ability hit at extended range and recharges your Super, grenade, and melee energy
- Arc Soul – Your Rift now grants you or any ally that uses it an Arc Soul to aid them in battle
- Electrostatic Surge – Your Rift charges faster when allies are near
Once again, the Warlock class offers a nice variety of supportive and offensive skills and is an ideal class for Guardians who are looking for a little bit of help staying alive. Its abilities to heal itself and members of your fireteam makes having a Warlock a must.
For further info on the other classes in Destiny 2, be sure to visit our Destiny 2 Guide Hub.