In Destiny 2‘s Season of the Plunder, all Arc subclasses underwent a significant overhaul. The Arc subclasses are now focused on mobility and aggressive playstyles, with new abilities and mechanics that enhance these aspects.
The new Aspects and Fragments allow players to customize their Arc subclasses further. Aspects are powerful new abilities that can be equipped to enhance your subclass, while Fragments offer additional bonuses that can be applied to Aspects. With this new system, players have even more control over how their Arc subclass plays and can tailor their abilities to their playstyles.
The Season of the Plunder has significantly changed all three Guardian classes in Destiny 2; the Hunters, Warlocks, and Titans have each received specific updates that enhance their Arc subclass abilities.
Hunters now have a new Super called “Whirlwind,” which allows them to quickly move around the battlefield and deal massive damage to enemies. Warlocks have a recent slide melee attack that can quickly close the gap with enemies and deal damage. Titans can now make grounded dashes with their unique class ability, which allows them to move around the battlefield and avoid enemy attacks rapidly.
Alongside the changes made to Arc subclasses in Destiny 2’s Season of the Plunder, Bungie reintroduced several fan-favorite abilities from the original Destiny, including the Arcbolt Grenade and the Thunderstrike Melee. Furthermore, Bungie has added some unexpected new features to Arc 3.0, significantly increasing its importance in the game.
This guide helps players to understand the updated mechanics and abilities of Arc subclasses in Destiny 2. It explains how Arc functions and basic terms and showcases all available Aspects and Fragments for Arc subclasses. The guide also includes comprehensive information on all Arc grenades, melee abilities, and Supers, as well as an updated Jolt section that explains how its damage scaling works in PvE activities.
The new keywords associated with Arc subclasses, such as “Chains,” “Surges,” and “Overload,” add to the new mechanics and make the subclass feel fresh and unique. These keywords are tied to specific abilities and offer additional effects when triggered, further emphasizing the aggressive and speedy playstyle that Arc subclasses are designed for.
Arc 3.0 Keywords
The Arc 3.0 update introduced several keywords specific to the Arc subclass. These keywords include:
Amplified is an effect that increases a player’s movement speed and improves their weapon handling. This effect benefits players who enjoy aggressive playstyles and want to move quickly around the map while still being able to aim and shoot accurately.
Jolting is a debuff that can be applied to enemies, causing them to chain lightning damage to other enemies nearby if they take more damage while jolted. This particular effect is highly effective in managing large groups of enemies, making it a powerful tool for swiftly and effectively defeating them.
Blinding is an effect that can be applied to enemies, preventing them from firing their weapons. In PvP, this effect also causes the player’s screen to be whited out, making it difficult to see and aim. This effect can be potent in both PvE and PvP situations, as it can disable enemies and give players a tactical advantage.
Overall, the new effects introduced in the Season of the Plunder add depth and strategy to Destiny 2 gameplay. Players can use these effects to their advantage in different situations, whether fighting enemies in PvE or other players in PvP.
Aspects and Fragments
Destiny 2’s Arc 3.0 update includes an extensive overhaul of all Arc subclasses, including the Hunter Arcstrider, Titan Striker, and Warlock Stormcaller. These subclasses now employ the Aspects and Fragments system, introduced with Stasis in Beyond Light, which allows players to customize their builds by selecting multiple Fragments.
With the Arc 3.0 update in Destiny 2, most of the features from the previous Arc 2.0 system have been preserved, including the ability to access at least two melee abilities, two Supers, and all Arc grenades. However, specific subclasses like the Hunter’s Gathering Storm Super have received new skills with the update.
Unlock Arc 3.0
Players who have been playing Destiny 2 for some time will already have Arc 3.0 unlocked; new players just starting their journey in Destiny 2 will need to unlock the Arc 3.0 update through the New Light experience. Meanwhile, veteran players will still need to open some Fragments, as not all will be available at the outset. Additionally, specific Arc options will be unavailable to new players until they progress further.
To unlock the full range of abilities in Arc 3.0, players can visit Ikora Rey at the Tower. She offers Aspects, Fragments, and grenade abilities for all subclasses, which can be obtained by paying a small Glimmer fee. By doing so, players can access a broader range of skills and customization options to suit their playstyle.