Destiny 2 Warlock PVE Build (The Earth Shaker Warlock)

Destiny 2 Warlock PVE Build (The Earth Shaker Warlock)

A good PVE build should have high damage and insane survivability, which is exactly what Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build offers. It can even make players nearly immortal in most activities. The build will enable you to do massive damage while also giving you nearly unlimited class ability.

It performs well in Gambit and any other PVE activity. For raids, it could be a lifesaver for everyone on the team. To top it all off, it gives ability energy and super energy upon casting a rift. Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build offers healing, damage, ability energy, and super. Players would be getting everything just by casting the class ability. Let’s discuss how the Rift build is made.

Stats for Destiny 2 Warlock PVE Build

Stats are an important part of any build and Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build is no different. The most important stat for the Rift build is regeneration. Warlock’s class ability is tied to regeneration. So the more regeneration you have, the less the cooldown of your class ability. Regeneration is also the most important stat for survival.

High regeneration will reduce the cooldown of Rift and increase your chances of survival. You can focus on any other stat depending on your preference. However, having a high resilience will help a lot in tanking more damage.

Exotic Armor (Vesper of Radius)

To make the Rift build, you would need Vesper of Radius. Vesper of Radius is the most important piece of the Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build and cannot perform well without it. You can also use Sanguine Alchemy but, it will not make the build as effective. Casting Rift will also grant you super energy due to the mods on the helmet.

Vesper of Radius has the Planetary Torrent perk. This perk is all about making your Rift stronger. Whenever you use Rift, it will unleash an Arc Shock Wave. This will push enemies backward and kill all the weak enemies while taking a chunk of the stronger enemy’s health.

Rift will periodically emit the shock wave. Enemies killed with the shockwave will create an arc explosion. While you have the arc subclass, the shockwave kills and explosion you make with shockwave kills will blind nearby enemies.

Rift will recharge faster when enemies surround you. The more the enemies are surrounding you the faster it will recharge. If more than 6 enemies surround you, the rift will recharge in 2 seconds at max regeneration.


Every mod on the Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build offers either class ability energy or other ability energy upon the use of the class ability. It creates a cycle that gives ability energy upon the use of the Rift or vice versa. All of the mods are listed below.


Mods on the helmet will grant you super by casting rifts

Dynamo (3 Energy)

Dynamo will reduce super cooldown time whenever you use class ability near enemies. That is exactly what you will be doing every time you cast the Rift. Since you will be near enemies most of the time. Use two Dynamo mods for maximum efficiency. Dynamo is one of the most important mods on the Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build.


The mods on gauntlets should be Bolstering Detonation and Focusing Strike.

Bolstering Detonation (2 Energy)

Bolstering Detonation will give you class ability energy whenever you damage enemies with grenades.

Firepower (3 Energy)

Firepower will let you create an orb of power whenever you defeat an enemy with grenade ability.

Focusing Strike (2 Energy)

Focusing Strike will give you class ability energy whenever you cause damage with the powered melee attack. Only use Focusing Strike if you have the energy for it.

The two mods can give you Rift energy just by damaging enemies with grenades or melee. So killing enemies is not needed to activate the buff. You can even use two Bolstering Detonation or two Focusing Strike mods depending on your preference.

Chest Armor

There is no option for the second mod on the chest other than protection and weapon ammo mods. You can use any mod you see fit.

Charged Up (3 Energy)

It will increase the amount of armor charges you can carry. Charged Up will let you carry up to 4 charges at a time.

Up to You

The use of other mods is up to you.

Leg Armor

Leg armor mods will give you armor charges and other mods will use these charges.

Elemental Charge (3 Energy)

Collecting Ionic Trace has a chance of giving you an armor charge. Every third ionic trace you collect will give you an armor charge.

Stacks of Stacks (4 Energy)

Getting an armor charge will give you an additional armor charge. Stacks of Stacks will give you two armor charges instead of one whenever you get an armor charge.


Bond is an important part of Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build as it offers one of the best mods for class ability cooldown.

Distribution (3 Energy)

Use of the Distribution mod will reduce the cooldown of all abilities every time you use your class ability near enemies.

Utility Kickstart (3 Energy)

Use Utility Kickstart as the second mod. It will give you class ability energy whenever you use class ability. The amount of class ability energy you get will depend upon the number of charges you have.


The Bomber mod will grant you grenade energy whenever you use class ability. Only use bomber mod if you have the energy for it.

Destiny 2 Warlock Bomber

Sub Class and Abilities

Arc subclass will not only make your exotic more efficient but will increase the overall damage of the Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build.

Healing Rift

Make sure to use the Healing Rift, not the Empowering Rift. Using Healing Rift will increase the chances of survivability to a great degree. You can even stand in the middle of enemies and not worry about dying in most activities. The max regeneration will pair with Healing Rift making you a lot stronger. With max resilience, you will be gaining more health than the damage you take in most activities. Couple that with the constant use of grenades, melee, class ability, and super you will become an unstoppable force.

When the enemy surrounds you, then you can use the Rift ability after every two seconds. This will damage the enemies thanks to the Planetary Torrent perk of Vesper of Radius. At times, you might even cast up to five Rifts on top of each other. Keep in mind, you will only have a single Arc Soul even if you cast multiple rifts on top of each other. Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build will turn the Healing Rift into a force to be reckoned with.

The use of Rift will be giving you all the other abilities. So you won’t need to focus much on melee or discipline.

Destiny 2 Warlock Arc Healing Rift


Use any grenade you see fit. However, using Pulse or Storm grenades will make Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build a lot stronger.

Destiny 2 Warlock Pulse GrenadeDestiny 2 Warlock Storm Grenade


You can use any of the two melee as the choice is up to you. Chain Lighting will work best in easier content when you are close to enemies most of the time.

Destiny 2 Warlock Ball LightingDestiny 2 Warlock Chain Lighting


Aspects will make the build stronger by adding extra damage sources and will increase ability regeneration.

Electrostatic Mind

Defeating an enemy with an arc ability or defeating an enemy having an arc debuff (Blinding or Jolt) applied to it will create an ionic trace. Collecting Ionic Trace will make you amplified. Electrostatic Mind will be a major source of Ionic Trace generation. Collecting Ionic Traces will grant you armor charges due to the use of Elemental Charge. Collecting Ionic Traces will grant you all ability energy.

Destiny 2 Warlock Electrostatic Mind

Arc Soul

Casting a rift will create an Arc Soul that will fire at the enemies in front of you. Allies that pass through your rift will also get an Arc Soul. While amplified, your Arc Soul becomes supercharged, and its rate of fire increases.

Rift recharges faster when you are near allies. Vesper of Radius will increase your rift recharge when near enemies. Any of the two scenarios will increase rift regeneration. The two buffs can activate at the same time as well which will increase the recharge rate even further.

Destiny 2 Warlock Arc Soul


Fragments will increase the overall efficiency of the Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build and will also increase the damage output.

Spark of Shock

Your arc grenades will jolt enemies. Jolted targets spread shock to the surrounding enemy when they take damage. Spark of Shock will also give you a -10 discipline penalty.

Destiny 2 Warlock Spark of Shock

Spark of Ions

Defeating an enemy will create an Ionic trace. Spark of Ions will create an extra Ionic Trace since you will jolt enemies with grenades. It has 10 seconds cooldown.

Destiny 2 Warlock Spark of Ions

Spark of Resistance

While you are surrounded by enemies you will take less damage. It activates whenever 3 or more enemies are in a 15-meter radius of you. Spark of Resistance will also give you +10 strength.

Destiny 2 Warlock Spark of Resistance

Spark of Magnitude

Lighting Grenade, Pulse Grenade, and Storm Grenade will have increased duration. Since your grenade will be active for a longer duration, its overall damage output will increase.

Destiny 2 Warlock Spark of Magnitude


Weapons are not that important for Destiny 2 Warlock PVE build. However, having weapons with perks that can give you some type of ability energy can make it better. Having a weapon with perks such as Thresh or Demolitionist can be good but not necessary. The build is self-sufficient so having a weapon to shoot is enough. You can use a Glaive to increase the survivability since you will be close to enemies most of the time.

How To Make Destiny 2 Warlock PVE Build?

To make the Rift build, you would need all the pieces, mods, aspects, and fragments mentioned above. After that go into the combat. The loop of the build revolves around the rift. Cast the rift near enemies to damage them with shockwave. Your rift will emit a shockwave after every 5 seconds. Cast multiple rifts to damage the enemies. You will gain the rift very quickly allowing you to cast up to five rifts simultaneously. Destiny 2 Warlock PVE Build uses the rift offensively to decimate the foes.

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