Destiny 2 Gear & Armor Stat Changes Explained

One of the things that are going to change as players transition from Destiny to Destiny 2 is the way armor stats work. The changes are somewhat subtle, and irregular players probably won’t even register them. However, on higher skill levels, they’re probably going to make a substantial difference.

destiny 2 armor stats explained
Destiny 2 gear stats

The explanation comes via youtuber Arekkz. In the first game, armor stats dictated how quickly various abilities would recharge. You had intellect, which goverened how quickly your super ability would recharge, discipline, which defined your grenade cooldowns, and strength, which would allow you to use your melee attack more often.

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All three abilities now fall under the same stat. There are ways to decrease cooldown times, but the baseline has been unified, probably in order to stop people from specializing in super or grenade spamming.

Gear stats now include armor, agility and recovery. Armor increases the amount of damage you can take before dying, increasing your resistance as you get more of it. Agility is tied to your movement speed and jump height. With these two alone, you can see how it will morph into familiar ground. You can sacrifice speed in order to get more damage resistance, or you can invest in speed and get a more fragile character. Finally, recovery is in charge of health regeneration.

Once again, if you’re interested in PvE and following the story, the change probably won’t affect you much. However, it’s going to give the Crucible a much needed shake-up, and it might make raids more interesting as well.

If you’re interested in Destiny 2, you might want to check out the new worlds it’s going to include, how clans & guided games will work, the new subclasses for each class, or a list of exotics that have been revealed.

Destiny 2 is going to be released on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on September 8th, while the PC version will come out at a later point.


If you need further help with Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, check out our guides on Dead Ghost Locations, Jade Rabbit Locations, and Eyes on the Moon - How to Start Vex Invasion. If it's Exotic Weapons that you're after, we've got you covered with our Pain And Gain Exotic Quest and Deathbringer Exotic Rocket Launcher - Symphony of Death guides. Going back in time for new players, we can offer you guides like Ikelos Weapons - How to Get SMG, Sniper Rifle, Shotgun, or, if you're playing Forsaken content, guides like Corsair Down & Badge - Dead Body Locations.


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