Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder Build (The Rift Build)

Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder Build (The Rift Build)

Rift is the most powerful support ability making Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build a good choice for many players. The build not only heals you and your allies but also lets you do an insane amount of damage. All you have to do is cast rift and you will destroy enemies. Casting rift will freeze and shatter enemies. It makes the rift build a good choice for ad clear. Especially in activities where you are surrounded by enemies such as Dungeons, Raids, and Gambit. The Rift build will help you survive even while standing in the middle of enemies. When you cast a rift in their midst they will freeze and shatter. It is one of the few builds that lets you use Rift defensively and offensively at the same time.

Armor Pieces for Destiny 2 Shadebinder Build

High resilience will let you tank more damage which is an important factor for any build. Resilience should be your first priority and recovery the second priority. Use armor pieces with high recovery to reduce the cooldown of Warlock’s Class Ability (Rift). The third most important stat for it is discipline because it will reduce the cooldown time of your grenades.

Exotic (Vesper of Radius)

Casting rift releases a shockwave of arc energy. After that rift will constantly emit an arc shock wave. Defeating an enemy with the shockwave will create an arc explosion. If you have an arc subclass the shockwave and arc explosions from it will blind enemies. We will not be utilizing the arc subclass functionality of it since Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build uses the Stasis subclass. Rift will recharge faster when surrounded by enemies. The recharge will increase depending on the enemies surrounding you.

You will freeze enemies with the FROSTPULSE aspect when you cast Rift. The arc shockwave that it releases from casting the rift will damage the enemies and kill them. The Rift build requires the Vesper of Radius exotic chest piece that will let it do arc damage thus shattering enemies. Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build is all about getting abilities by casting rift and doing damage. The cycle will keep on repeating and, you will never run out of rifts. You might even cast up to four or five rifts on top of each other.


Different mods will work in conjunction with aspects and fragments to increase the overall efficiency of the Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build.


Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build mods that grant super upon rift casting.

Dynamo (3 Energy)

Dynamo will give you super energy every time you cast rift near enemies. Since you will be casting a lot of rifts, you will get super energy quickly.


Gauntlets mods will decrease the cooldown time of abilities.

Impact Induction (2 Energy)

Damaging an enemy with melee will grant you grenade energy. It will help you gain grenade energy quickly since you will gain melee quickly due to all the Stasis shards that you create.

Bolstering Detonation (2 Energy)

Defeating an enemy with a grenade will grant you class-ability energy. Bolstering Detonation will help reduce the cooldown time of the rift even further.

Chest Armor

There are no mods on chest armor mod slots that can have an impact on your abilities.

Charged Up (3 Energy)

It will increase the number of charges you carry by one.

Up to You

The choice of other mods is up to you.


Mods on boots give you armor charges.

Elemental Charge (3 Energy)

Collecting Stasis Shards, Ionic Traces, Void Breach, Firesprite, or Destroying Strand Tangle has a chance of granting you an armor charge. Elemental Charge will be a major source of armor charges since you will be making a lot of Stasis Shards thanks to Glacial Harvest. Use it to decrease the cooldown time of your abilities even further for Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build.

Stacks on Stacks (4 Energy)

Getting an armor charge will give you an additional Armor Charge. Elemental Charge will give you armor charges and Stacks on Stacks will double these charges.

Warlock Bond

Mods on Warlock class item activates through class ability usage.

Reaper (3 Energy)

Defeating an enemy after using class ability will create an orb of power. Reaper will be one of the main sources for creating orbs of power. Picking up these orbs of power will grant you an armor charge and Utility Kickstart will use these armor charges.

Destiny 2 Warlock Reaper

Utility Kickstart (3 Energy)

Utility Kickstart will grant you class ability whenever you use class ability. The amount of class ability energy you get depends on the number of armor charges you have.

Bomber (1 Energy)

Using class ability will grant you grenade ability energy. Since you will be constantly using Bomber mod, it will help you gain grenade ability quickly. Only use Bomber if you have the energy for it.

Destiny 2 Warlock Bomber


The Stasis Warlock build uses Shadebinder Subclass.

Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder Build Details 2

Coldsnap Grenades

Stasis Subclass has three different grenade types. Coldsnap Grenade is the best choice because it can freeze enemies without aiming. Upon impact, it will freeze one enemy and send a seeker that will freeze another enemy.

Destiny 2 Warlock Coldsnap Grenade



Use Healing Rift since you will be staying close to enemies most of the time. Healing Rift will help you survive while staying close to your enemies.


Aspects are an important part of any build and Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build is no different. The aspect of Shadebinder allows you to freeze enemies with Rift and get stasis shards.


Freezing enemies with stasis will create stasis shards. Collecting these shards will give you and your allies melee energy. Elemental Charge mod on the build will grant armor charges and other mods will use these charges. Stasis shards will also heal you and give you overshield thanks to Whisper of Rime. Powerful enemies create more shards so the more powerful the enemy, the more shards it will make. Glacial Harvest will help Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build to do more damage.

Destiny 2 Warlock Glacial Harvest


Using the FROSTPULSE aspect will let you freeze enemies around you whenever you cast a rift. These frozen enemies will then make stasis shards which will grant armor charges due to the Elemental Charge mod. On top of freezing enemies with the rift, you will also be damaging them with arc energy. Enemies will freeze and shatter just by casting rifts. It turns your healing rift into a force to be reckoned with. Red health enemies will die instantly as soon as you cast a rift while yellow health enemies will lose half of their health depending on the difficulty.

Destiny 2 Warlock FROSTPULSE


Fragments can change the performance of the stasis subclass. Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build uses fragments that let you take more damage and recharge your abilities.

Whisper of Rime

Collecting a stasis shard will give you an overshield that will last for 10 seconds. Collecting further stasis shards will increase your overshield and reset the timer. So as long as you are collecting stasis crystals, you will never run out of overshield. If your health is low then Stasis shards will heal you. Since you will be making shards with each cast of a rift when enemies are near you, overshield and healing will remain active. It will also help you get overshield quickly while inside the rift, making you more resilient.

Destiny 2 Warlock Whisper of Rime

Whisper of Conduction

Nearby stasis shards will track your position. You would not need to go to every stasis shard and absorb it. As long as you are freezing enemies with the rift, you will automatically collect the stasis shards you make. Whisper of Conduction will also give you +10 resilience and +10 intellect.

Destiny 2 Warlock Whisper of Conduction

Whisper of Chains

You will take less damage while near a frozen target or friendly crystal. If you are near any target that is frozen by you or your ally, you will take less damage. Being near a friendly crystal will also have the same effect. Since you will be near a frozen enemy most of the time, this will remain active. It will also give you +10 extra recovery stats.

Destiny 2 Warlock Whisper of Chains

Whisper of Torment or Whisper of Fissures

When you take damage then it will recharge your grenade energy. With Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build, you will take a lot of damage that will recharge your grenade energy.

Destiny 2 Warlock Whisper of Torment

You can also use Whisper of Fissures to increase the damage output. It will increase the damage and bust of your stasis whenever you defeat a frozen enemy or destroy a stasis crystal. Since you will constantly be shattering frozen enemies with FROSTPULSE and Vesper of Radius, it will increase the damage to do.

Destiny 2 Warlock Whisper of Fissures


You can use any weapon with the Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder build. There is no requirement of using a specific weapon to do extra damage. The build depends on mods, abilities, and rift making weapons an afterthought. However, if you want to make it more powerful then use Ager Scepter or other Stasis exotic weapons. It will not only increase your damage output but also let you freeze more enemies with weapon damage. In harder content use Glaiave to become more resilient.

How to Use Destiny 2 Warlock Shadebinder Build?

Use all the pieces mentioned above. Starts off the combat by casting a rift. Doing so will freeze enemies and shockwaves from Vesper of Radius will shatter them. Your rift will constantly emit shockwaves which will defeat the enemies frozen from other sources as well. Your rift will do massive damage to the enemies. Rift will recharge more quickly since you will be close to enemies. Keep repeating these steps to turn your rift into a major damage source.

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