The last of the Light subclasses, the Arc subclass, is due to finally get its reworking in the upcoming season 18 of Destiny 2. Unlike the previous improvements for the Solr and Void subclasses, the changes to the Arc subclass will be much more beneficial. It has always been the weakest of the three. Ark 3.0 is set to arrive when Season 18 launches on August 23rd.
Bungie has yet to reveal any details about the changes to what the rework will look like, but until then, we can go over what changes we can expect to see, and how Arc 3.0 will last over time. will be old. so today we’re going Five things to expect from Destiny 2’s Arc 3.0 changes.
pieces and facets
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The most significant changes with the upcoming resale are the addition of Fragments and Facets and the removal of capabilities specific to the Arch subclass. Fragments and facets were introduced with the Stasis subclass in Beyond Light. Pieces are passive buffs that only enhance your performance by performing a specific task. For example, there’s a void subclass piece called the Leaching Key Echo, where the void ability causes enemies to explode, giving your intelligence status an additional ten-point boost.
On the other hand, Aspects are active movers that you can choose to dictate how you want to play. Each square has three unique aspects that no other square can duplicate, unlike the pieces they all share. Before the final Solar 3.0 changes, Warlocks had one of four intrinsic abilities, the Icarus Dash, that allowed them to dodge in the air. When Solr 3.0 went live, the Icarus Dash was changed to a facet instead, and they lost one of their other internal capabilities in the process, for example.
So can we expect the same to happen with Arch 3.0? Absolutely. Each square will have its own specific aspects assigned to them and all will share pieces with each other. For example, an internal ability that can be converted into an aspect, Knockout, could be a Titan-specific ability where seriously injuring an enemy or breaking their shield increases your melee range and damage. Pieces can lead to performing special actions and then give you a passive buff of an additional 10-point stat boost for strength. We’ll finally learn more about upcoming fragments and aspects for the Arc subclass within the coming weeks, ahead of the Season 18 launch.
Bungie stated in a previous TWAB that when making the 3.0 changes to the Lighting subclasses, they wanted to make each subclass unique on its own. For example, Void focuses on applying over-shields, warding off enemies, becoming invisible, and more. Solar, on the other hand, tends to burn your goals, heal you and your allies, and more. But what exactly does Arch do best in comparison to the other two? The Arc subclass has always focused more on chasing abilities with each other and chasing arc damage on multiple enemies at once. You could say that it is the most “crime” of the three subclasses.
With that said, is it possible that we can get healing or defensive pieces or aspects to it? It’s hard to tell, as some arc internal abilities in each class heal you, such as Reversal for Titans, where melee triggers instant health regeneration. If Bungie wants to continue to make Ark, Solar and Void feel different from each other, there’s a good chance we’ll see them remove some of the healing factors from it.
Exotics Joe Arc 3.0 . will harmonize with
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We already have a list of weapons you’ll want to get ahead of the launch of Ark 3.0, but for now, let’s talk about the alien armor pieces that will stand out with the upcoming revamp. As mentioned earlier, Arc has always been the weakest of the three light subclasses. However, this does not mean that it does not perform well, but it is not as effective as others in performing specific tasks. However, some exotic armor pieces help to ease this burden. Some notable things that pair very well with the Ark subclass are the Tempest’s Crown and Stormdancer’s Brace for Warlock, the insurmountable Skullfort and Severance Enclosure for the Titans, and Shinobu’s Pledge for Raiden Flux and Predator. These mentioned exotics will continue to flourish with the changes coming in Season 18.
One important thing to note, however, is that some exotics may also be remodeled with Arc 3.0 changes. For example, prior to Solr 3.0, the Exotic chest piece Starfire protocol was one of the least used Warlock Exotic. Post-Solar 3.0, with proper setup, the Starfire protocol has become the most commonly used alien to Warlocks in PVE. Exotic was not “reworked” like a subclass, but was given more value and use due to changes in Solr 3.0. When Arc 3.0 launched, we could see the same thing again with another alien.
Effects on PvE and PvP Activities
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Now that we know more or less what to expect about the literal changes from Ark 3.0, it’s time to talk about PvP and its effects on the game in relation to PvE activities. It’s hard to give a detailed answer without knowing how powerful Arch 3.0 will be. There are two ways to answer this though. In PvE activities, it’s fair to say that it will age well for most of the content in the game. However, if no healing or defensive abilities are given in any shape or fashion, it won’t age well in long-term endgame stuff like Grandmaster Nightfalls or Raids.
PVP, however, is a very different story. Ark Titans already see a fair amount of play in Crucible, but depending on the changes made, Hunters and Warlocks could once again be in the limelight. Some exotics, as mentioned earlier, will also play an important role in deciding how the subclass will age in PvP.
post arc 3.0
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As mentioned earlier, Arc is the last of the Lighting subclasses to get an improvement. So what happens after that? At the moment, we have no clue! There is no confirmation of any further subclass updates or new subclass announcements, and only through speculation we can try and guess what will happen next. It’s possible we’ll see some tuning for other lighting subclasses sometime in future seasons, but none of the major improvements we’ve seen so far. Ongoing rumor has it that we’ll see reports of a new dark subclass similar to Stasis featuring Lightfall DLC during the Destiny 2 2022 showcase. But until then, we only have leaks and rumours for now.
That’s all for now. Arc 3.0 launches when Season 18 will go live on August 23 in less than two weeks, right after Bungie’s 2022 Destiny 2 showcase. For more related information and other Destiny 2 news, including frequent updates on what’s happening in-universe, check out our related articles below.