The glaive is Destiny 2’s newest weapon type. Introduced in The Witch Queen expansion, glaives are incredibly unique because you can use them to melee, to shoot projectiles, and to block incoming damage.
In this Destiny 2 guide, we’ll go over how to get the first glaive you have access to, The Enigma, and what perks to consider in both PvE and PvP.
How to get The Enigma
You earn and can craft The Enigma after the first mission of The Witch Queen campaign. The campaign guides you through this process, taking you through the new weapon crafting system via an in-depth tutorial. You can’t miss it.
If you need a refresher on weapon crafting, you can read up on it in our weapon crafting guide.
The perk pool
Listed here is every perk that you can put on The Enigma.
Because these weapons are craftable, you’ll need to unlock perks by leveling your weapon (using it in combat and activities) first. We’ve denoted the required level in the list below.
- Low-Impedance Windings: 1
- Ballistic Tuning: 1
- Tempered Truss Rod: 2
- Supercooled Accelerator: 3
- Auxiliary Reserves: 4
- Lightweight Emitter: 5
PERK ROW ONE OPTIONS:
- Tilting at the Windmills: 1
- Threat Detector: 2
- Feeding Frenzy: 4
- Impulse Amplifier: 6
- Subsistence: 8
- Grave Robber: 10
PERK ROW TWO OPTIONS:
Each of the perks listed above also has an enhanced version. Enhanced perks increase either the duration of the perk, the effectiveness of the perk, or a stat of the weapon. For example, Enhanced Kill Clip increases the duration of the Kill Clip buff; Enhanced Thresh increases the amount of Super energy you gain from kills; and Enhanced Impulse Amplifier increases the weapon’s reload stat. Enhanced Perks are almost always worth aiming for, but aren’t mandatory.
As of this writing, you don’t unlock Enhanced Perks permanently, so test the normal perks out first to see if you like them, then consider upgrading them to their enhanced versions.
PvE perks and rolls to consider
While glaives do have their place in PvE, overall they are being carried by the seasonal Artifact Mods like Suppressing Glaive and Unstoppable Glaive (meaning they might not perform as well after May 24). In higher-end content, they can fall behind their special weapon counterparts, though there are times where the glaives’ shield utility can really shine.
Here’s our baseline recommendation for a PvE glaive:
- Haft: Lightweight Emitter (reload) or Ballistic Tuning (range)
- Magazine: Light Mag
- Perk 1: Impulse Amplifier
- Perk 2: Frenzy
Grave Robber is another good option for the first perk row, as it reloads your weapon from your ammo reserves when you get melee kills, including melee attacks with the Glaive.
A few other perk combinations to consider:
- Lightweight Emitter, Light Mag, Impulse Amplifier, and Unrelenting
- Low-Impedance Windings, Light Mag, Grave Robber, and Unstoppable Force
PvP perks and rolls to consider
At the time of this writing, Glaives are not great in PvP — but they can be fun to use. If you’re building out The Enigma for PvP, you’re going to want to spec into range, or shield duration, or a balance of the two. These are the two most impactful stats on the Glaive at this time.
Here’s our baseline recommendation for a PvP glaive:
- Haft: Auxiliary Reserves (shield duration) or Ballistic Tuning (range)
- Magazine: Light Mag (reload/range) or Swap Mag (swap speed)
- Perk 1: Impulse Amplifier
- Perk 2: Kill Clip
If Impulse Amplifier becomes less impactful after the projectile speed buff coming in Season 17, Threat Detector would be a great option to increase your handling, reload, and stability when near enemies.
Unstoppable Force becomes a great option if you plan on using a more defensive playstyle in PvP and taking advantage of the glaive’s shield.
Another perk combination to consider using would be:
- Auxiliary Reserves, Light Mag, Threat Detector, Unstoppable Force