The ‘Destiny 2’ Armor Focus Trick It took me two years to learn

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Not much going on in Destiny 2 these days, even if the reset comes later in the day. Just more Festival of the Lost, which I’ve already finished, save for some of the absurdly long triumphs for the gilded Ghost Writer title. So I wanted to get back to a little more general advice.

Destiny 2 now has two years of new ghost mods in the game after a dramatic rework of the system that first arrived in November 2020. They include things like increased shine and XP gains, bonus playlist rewards and, most importantly, the ability to target focus armor stats.

You can pick any six stats and your high stat armor or exotics (except from vendor engrams) will drop by a minimum of +10 in that stat. Often more than 20+. When used in conjunction with the Season of the Risen War Table’s high stat armor focus, it’s never been easier to focus on big stat totals and just the numbers you need across different stats.

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However, it took me forever to learn what might be the best way to go about this. A reader pointed it out to me a few weeks ago. Here’s what you need to know about how focusing works:

Destiny 2 splits stats into two pools, Mobility, Resilience, and Recovery and then Discipline, Intellect, and Strength. A while ago, the only stats anyone cared so much about were recovery and intellect (minus some Hunters), which later became recovery and discipline. But now with the resilience improvement where tier 10 gives you 40% resistance to damage, you now want both recovery and resilience. As high as you can get in both, ideally.

So, here’s the trick. You want to use the discipline focus ghost mod.

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Why? Because of the way Bungie splits stats between the two pools. High starting armor, 60+, causes ~30+ stats in one group and 30+ in the other. This is so that you have no like, +20 in mobility, recovery and resilience, and like, +2 in discipline, intellect and strength. Armor doesn’t exist like that.

So what you do with discipline is you pick the most popular stat of the bottom three to focus on, which means you then have a 2 in 3 chance that the other “side” of the high stat focus will hit you. a large number gives in either recovery or resilience, or a solid amount in both. I use discipline here because the intellect is quite severely affected and strength is usually a lot less desirable than the ability to have more grenades more often. But to each his own.

If you do this the other way around, and just choose the ghost mod to focus recovery or resilience, you now have a 2 in 3 chance that the high stat on the other hand is one you don’t want that much.

This has done wonders for me. I can’t tell you how dramatically the quality of my armor has improved since I made this switch, and I keep many more pieces more often with great distributions. This also works for wild exotic exotics, so you really always want that discipline mod on, just in case.

So yes, I hope you learned something like me. Good hunting.

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