Destiny 2: How To Farm Artifice Armor [Season 19]

Min max the stats of your Guardian in Destiny 2's endgame by hunting down the powerful Artifice Armor!

Destiny 2’s artifice armor becomes a crucial equipment piece for hunting down your guardian as it allows you to maximize their stats, which can be especially helpful in order to stand a chance in the game’s endgame activities. These definitely aren’t any typical kind of armor sets for your characters that can be found within world drops. Still, the main thing to remember is that they are only found in Master Difficulty versions of specific dungeons.

Important: The contents of the guide are according to the current Season 19 of Destiny 2 and are subject to change at any given moment with a new balance patch or DLC release
Key Takeaways
  • The artifice armor is unique as it can only be found in three specific dungeons of the game right now; Duality, Grasp of Avarice, and Spire of the Watcher.
  • Players can only farm the artifice armor drops on the final boss encounters of each dungeon whilst on the Master difficulty version.
  • The difference between the artifice armor set from regular armor is that it has five mod attachment slots as well as providing a boost in a specific stat value of the Guardian.
  • The efficient farming strategy for each dungeon’s final boss may vary and can change with the current meta of the game at any given time.
  • The pros of using the artifice armor are that with a higher stat value, players can create the best builds of each class easily and equip an extra mod on top of it.
  • Not using the artifice armor will more than likely give players a headache as they need to min-max their stat values in order to beat activities such as Grandmaster Nightfalls with ease.

What Is The Artifice Armor In Destiny 2

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Artifice armor (Image Captured by Us)

Bungie dropped the Artifice armor for players to collect during the Witch Queen expansion within the 30th Anniversary pack with the Grasp of Avarice dungeon’s release. The armor is designed in such an intricate way that it makes it stand out from the normal versions and incentivizes players to try their luck at farming a ‘god roll’ for it in their free time.

However, the main question remains; What makes Artifice armor so unique? Well, the main aspect of the Artifice armor, as shown in the image above, is that as opposed to normal armor you’d see in the game, with the former, you are able to equip up to five mod attachments, unlike the regular armor that provides you with four.

It can heavily benefit you in the long run. Still, it’s worth keeping in mind that you will only be able to attach a seasonal mode in the extra slot, which is more than useful enough, especially if you tackle high-risk, high-reward activities such as the grandmaster Nightfalls or the master difficulty raids. Secondly, the Artifice armor also has a high chance to roll with a boost in value for any specific stat, whether it’s Resilience or Strength.

This aspect alone can tremendously make farming for the artifice armor sets worth the hassle in a fireteam, as you will be able to craft your high-end builds efficiently due to their stat requirements which can make all the difference in gameplay.

How To Farm The Artifice Armor

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How to farm bosses (Image Captured by Us)

First things first, you can only farm the Artifice armor set drops from the final boss encounters of each of the three dungeons in the game, which are Grasp of Avarice, Duality, and Spire of the Watcher, the last one being the latest dungeon introduced in Season 19 of the game. Furthermore, you will have to farm the boss encounters on the master version, which is currently the greatest difficulty mode for these activities.

You may be wondering how to actually farm the final encounter over and over again. While most veteran players reading will know exactly what we mean, follow down below if you still want to know what you need to do to initiate the farming process with your fireteam members:

  • Upon reaching the final boss encounter, you and your fire team will have to start the fight and die in order to claim a checkpoint for the fight from another character.
  • Upon respawning, one of your fireteam members must switch characters and join back in with a substitute one, which will be used as the Final boss Checkpoint carrier.
  • Once you have loaded in, start the encounter and wipe once again to save the checkpoint for the new character.
  • Now you should be able to safely load back in with your main character with whom you want to farm to start the farming process.
  • Whenever you complete the final boss encounter, simply switch characters, load back into the dungeon, and make sure your fireteam members have joined so you can swap back to your main class in order to join them for the encounter farming.
  • Of course, if you’re other characters are well-leveled, you can start the dungeon with them and claim the checkpoint on them firsthand, making the checkpoint-claiming process a little faster at the beginning.

The Farming Strategy

When it comes down to a few tips and tricks from someone who invested well over a dozen hours at least in both Duality and Grasp of Avarice for the artifice armor, then it is imperative that you bring our recommended setup, which can work pretty well against almost every dungeon’s final boss.

Ideally, you would want 1 Well of Radiance Warlock on fusion grenades (which are great for DPS) along with two thunder crash titans. Hunters can also freely work here as their Celestial Nighthawk Golden guns, or even tethers, can immensely help with damage.

If those same titan players can equip the “Cuirass of the Falling Star” Exotic chest piece, then it would surely do them wonders as it can increase the damage of the Thunder crash super, which is excellent when using it for DPS against the boss.

The optimal farming strategy is that you should aim for a two-phase damage cycle on the bosses so that each run feels short in order to farm the artifice armor with ease. With the current Season 19, Linear Fusion Rifles are key to damaging the boss, and the best perks for it are Triple Tap, Firing Line, and Veist Stinger.

One might argue against using the Reeds Regret Linear Fusion Rifle from Season 15’s Trials of Osiris. Still, honestly, you can easily grab the Taipan-4FR, which not only can be accessible for every single player but can get the job done for demolishing the bosses.

Furthermore, as of writing the guide now, Linear fusion rifles are subjected to getting nerfed in the next seasons with a buff to grenade launchers, which may turn out to be the next best DPS weapons to use for DPS at all end or late-game activities of Destiny 2.

Tips And Tricks

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Resilience armorer ghost shell (Image by eXputer)

Before you even start the farming process, it is worth pointing out a couple of tips and tricks. As shown in the image above, we strongly recommend equipping an armorer mod on your ghost shell, which will make farming for specific stat artifice armor less painful.

It will essentially make RNG work in your favor a bit as each piece will more than likely drop with an increase in the stats of whichever mod you equipped, whether it’s resilience or discipline armorer. The best stats, in our humble opinion, would vary from class to class, but for both Titans and Warlocks, most of their best builds revolve around having both Tier 10 Discipline and Resilience, but these builds may change in the future.

Lastly, for Hunters, mobility and Strength would do you great favors in creating an Invisible Build; otherwise, feel free to check which build you might be going for either as they mainly consist of maxing out Resilience-Discipline or Intellect-Resilience.

The Wrap-Up

According to a recent Subreddit Post, the playerbase is worried about the recent changes coming to the game and the viability of Artifice Armor in the Lightfall expansion of the game. Although that will depend on once the expansion actually releases, the player opinion may differ on the matter, and you can be the judge of the news in any way you see fit.

Destiny 2 never ceases to impress folks as it is currently one of the best live service games on the market, alongside the likes of Final Fantasy XIV. The game has a larger roster of powerful artillery, which we have listed accordingly in our Tier List of Exotic Weapons as well as the Exotic Armor Tier List for the game.

While the game has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs in the past during its initial release, Bungie has always aimed to strive higher than player expectations to provide them with meaningful content to play in the game at all times. So we’re excited here at eXputer to see what they cook up with the next expansion, Lightfall, slated to release on February 28th.

For now, this wraps up our guide to the Artifice Armor in the game. If you have any other related questions or queries, please feel free to mention them down below in the comments section, and we will be more than happy to get back to you in the utmost haste. Until then, eXputer wishes you luck!

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Sameer Noman

A passionate gamer and avid viewer of eSports, you'll find Sameer either grinding on Valorant or playing FPS games with his friends. If not, then he'll be testing out all the latest games so he can guide through eXputer to anyone who needs guidance.

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