Welcome to the first in a series of Stasis spotlight
articles, where we’ll be taking a look at Stasis via each of the three Guardian
classes in Destiny 2
. Stasis is the first new elemental power to Destiny
since the original trio of Arc, Solar, and Void, and its introduction in Beyond
will have ramifications for players across all aspects of the game,
from narrative to combat , to the way in which players will customize their
Each Guardian class will feature a new Stasis subclass with Beyond
Light and, as you might expect, each class will use Stasis in a unique way.
Stasis is the domain of control; an elemental power that is less about outright
aggression and more about careful control of enemy combatants and space -- sometimes
even using the powers of Stasis in a defensive way. Hunters zipping by in the
blink of an eye while slowing down opponents in Stasis fields. Titans smashing
their fists to the ground, launching jagged eruptions of Stasis crystals from
No matter which class you prefer, Stasis will change the way
you play Destiny 2.
By commanding Stasis in Beyond Light, players will
have access to new powers that change their approach to a fight. In combat,
Stasis can manifest in multiple ways, including freezing or slowing opponents,
creating crystalline Stasis structures, and even shattering frozen combatants.
This range of options give players more ability to control large-scale fights
than ever before.
No class embodies the concept of “freezing” better than the
Warlock Shadebinder. Imbued by Stasis energy, the Shadebinder can summon a
Stasis staff that fires projectiles which can freeze opponents, immediately
rendering them immobile. The Shadebinder’s Penumbral Blast melee attack is a quick
burst of Stasis energy that erupts from the staff and instantly freezes anyone it
hits. From there, the Warlock can either deal with the frozen foes, or leave
them be and move on to other more immediate threats.
If you’re looking to combine freezing with destruction, look
no further than the Shadebinder’s Super: Winter’s Wrath. Here, the Shadebinder summons their Stasis staff and fires projectiles that instantly freeze
opponents. The second stage begins (and the fight ends) when the Guardian raises
the staff, detonates its Stasis crystal and sends a devastating Shatter
Shockwave that disintegrates nearby frozen opponents.
If you’ve played Destiny for long enough, you know
that choosing the right subclass for each situation can be crucial to the
outcome of a fight. Titans have their bubbles, Warlocks have their Wells;
skilled Guardians know how important those abilities can be in a pinch. With Beyond
Light and Stasis, we’re giving you even more flexibility to customize your
subclass to your style of play.
Each Stasis subclass in Beyond Light will give
players the ability to customize abilities like grenades, movement modes, class
abilities, and so on with. In addition, we’ve added new layers of customization
with the addition of Aspects and Fragments.
Aspects manifest as physical items in the world (such as a
crystallized Vex conflux or a robotic Fallen arm, for example). When slotted
in, Aspects will offer players new abilities, among other effects. These
abilities can be mixed and matched freely by the player. Many Aspects will have
space for Fragments to be slotted in. Fragments are also physical items you can
discover in the world that, when applied to Aspects, offer additional passive
perks such as stat bonuses that may come with penalties. Aspect upgrades are
unique to each Stasis subclass, while Fragment slots are class agnostic; how
players combine these two different types of upgrades will lead to a range
of customization options.
For example, a Warlock finds a Frostpulse Aspect in the
world and equips it. This Aspect augments their Rift ability, which now freezes
any enemies caught in the field. The Frostpulse Aspect also has a Fragment slot
available, allowing further customization. This Warlock decides to slot in the
Whisper of Refraction Fragment that replenishes some of their class ability
energy upon shattering enemies. They have now set themselves up with a nice 1-2
punch and, if played skillfully, can use this combo frequently.
With its focus on freezing and shattering, the Shadebinder subclass promises to give Guardians yet another reason to love their
floaty, book-loving Warlocks. But no matter what class you like, all players
will be able to take advantage of Aspects and Fragments that unlock even more
ways to make your Guardian yours.
In our next article, coming this Thursday, we’ll be pointing
the Stasis spotlight at the class that loves to punch first and ask questions
later: the Titan Behemoth. In the meantime, check out the Stasis hub
page to learn more about Stasis.