I started playing a Titan last season in Destiny 2, and even as a Warlock main, I see the appeal of being a crayon-eating punchaholic. It helps that Titans have a better spread of Exotics than Warlocks, with many suitable for constructing entire builds around. Here are my picks for the current best of the crop.
1. Stronghold (PVE)
A success story for the ages, Stronghold went from being a D-List Exotic to a star this season, thanks to its role alongside the breakout weapon Ruinous Effigy in: Block Everything and Never Die, a Titan Story. Every hit blocked with a Transmutation Orb generated by Ruinous Effigy counts as a “perfect” block for Stronghold’s perk, meaning you become an effectively invincible ball of death as long as you’re holding one. Intentional behavior? Probably not. But for the time being, it’s a beautiful combo.
2. Ashen Wake (PVP)
After a long-awaited buff, Ashen Wake has become a great choice for PVP — provided you can land your grenades. Any kill with a Fusion Grenade in the Crucible will immediately refund your grenade energy, so the idea here is to crit with a hand cannon or similar high-powered weapon, then finish with your grenade. Pair with either middle or bottom tree Sunbreaker for extra bonuses: middle tree gives you the Roaring Flames buff, which if stacked up to 3x can give you insta-kill grenades. Alternatively, bottom tree gives you health regeneration and access to Sunspots. Equip Ashes to Assets and the seasonal Solar Plexus mod for extra effect.
3. Dunemarchers (PVP/PVE)
Increased movement speed in PVP is always appreciated, and unlike the Warlock Exotic Transversive Steps, the Dunemarchers also offer a direct offensive advantage. Melee attacking enemies generates a static charge that chains between them, which is a great bonus in both PVE and PVP — and does not require a powered melee to generate. The speed is really where it’s at for PVP, though, and Dunemarchers also give you increased slide distance, which can make all the difference in close matches.
4. Helm of Saint-14 (PVE)
A beautiful Titan Exotic that improves the already-amazing Ward of Dawn ability, the Helm of Saint-14 is a must-have for any PVE player. It combos especially well with this season’s powerful Falling Guillotine, as well as the Transmutation Orbs created by Ruinous Effigy. Get up close and personal, drop your bubble on your enemies, and hack or punch them apart while they’re blinded by the light.
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5. Doom Fang Pauldron (PVE)
The Doom Fang Pauldron is ok on its own, but has a neat little combo with the Monte Carlo Exotic auto rifle. The former gives you super energy on powered melee kills, and the latter returns your super energy (and benefits from a Swashbuckler-like damage bonus itself). Together, they mean you can keep your bubble up almost constantly.
6. One-Eyed Mask (PVP)
Nerfs have reduced One-Eyed Mask’s popularity in the Crucible, but it’s still an incredibly powerful Exotic. The ability to tag people who hit you then gain a damage boost and overshield when you get revenge requires no special change in tactics — it simply makes you stronger in the normal course of play. Of course, if you’re having trouble getting kills in the first place, then One-Eyed Mask might not be of that much benefit.
7. Synthoceps (PVE/PVP)
Synthoceps are a useful tool in any Titan’s arsenal, whether you’re playing PVE or PVP. For PVP, they critically increase your melee lunge range, meaning you can shoulder charge guardians from even further away. In PVE, you’ll appreciate the increased melee damage they give you when you’re surrounded, a perk that pairs well with abilities like Defensive Strike.
Those are my picks for the best Titan Exotics in Destiny 2 right now! Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.