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Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Ability Changes Explained

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  • What Are Variable Ability Cooldowns?
  • Passive And Active Super Regeneration
  • Other Ways Of Gaining Super Energy
  • All Grenade Cooldowns
  • All Melee Cooldowns
  • All Class Ability Cooldowns
  • All Super Cooldowns

Destiny 2 has seen a radical rework of its ability cooldown system since the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. Abilities now have unique cooldowns, Super energy received an overhaul, and many abilities had their cooldowns tweaked.

If you haven't played Destiny 2 recently, this can be a shock to come back to. And for veteran players, figuring out exact ability cooldowns can be a pain. This guide covers how ability cooldowns work in Destiny 2, explains what Super tiers and active Super generation methods are, and we cover every single ability cooldown in the game. Use the table of contents above to jump to any section that interests you.

Updated April 28th, 2022, by Charles Burgar: With the constant balance tweaks to ability cooldowns and Super tiers, we've added a section to this guide that showcases every ability cooldown in the game—including an ability's cooldown at each stat tier. Beyond that, we've also overhauled the first half of this article to better explain how variable ability cooldowns work, what Super tiers are, and better explain how Destiny 2's complicated Super energy system works.

What Are Variable Ability Cooldowns?

Destiny 2's abilities each have a unique cooldown that Bungie refers to as the variable ability cooldown system. In essence, Bungie can tweak the cooldowns of each ability in Destiny 2 without impacting the cooldown of similar abilities, something that was impossible before the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack was released.



Each grenade, melee ability, class ability, and Super has a unique cooldown. For example, Duskfield Grenades recharge in 1:04 minutes while Glacier Grenades take 2:32 minutes to charge. Both grenades have different cooldowns despite being a part of the same subclass. While abilities have differing cooldowns, most abilities tend to fall under certain cooldown bands that Bungie refers to as tiers.

Ability And Super Tiers Explained

You might have heard some community members or developers refer to some abilities as a "T3" or "T4" ability, but what does that mean? Simply put, tiers refer to a selection of abilities that all share the same base cooldown and active Super regeneration scalars (explained in the next section). The higher the ability tier, the shorter the cooldown.

For example, the shortest base Super cooldown is 6:57. This cooldown is shared between the Warlock's Well of Radiance Super (Solar) and the Titan's Ward of Dawn Super (Void). T5 refers to abilities with the fastest cooldowns in the game, so Well of Radiance and Ward of Dawn are both considered T5 Supers. If Bungie decided to nerf their base cooldowns, they'd move them to T4 or T3, sharing the same base cooldown as any Supers in that tier. This system also impacts how much Super energy you get while in combat, but we'll cover that in the next section; it's excessively complicated.

This terminology is only used outside of the game in This Week at Bungie posts, patch notes, or community-made videos, so don't worry about base cooldown tiers if you're a newcomer or returning to the game. Just know that not all abilities have the same cooldown rate.

This tier differentiation between ability cooldowns is not referring to your Disciple, Intellect, or Strength tiers. You can have T10 Disciple for a slow charging grenade or T1 Intellect for the fastest charging Super in the game. Bungie solely used this terminology to clump base cooldown bands together.

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Passive And Active Super Regeneration

If you're a returning Destiny 2 player, Super energy received an overhaul in the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. Supers have passive and active regeneration sources, regardless of build. Let's break that down:

  • Passive Regeneration: A Super's base cooldown rate.
    • Modified by the Intellect stat.
  • Active Regeneration: Killing enemies, dealing damage, and taking damage charges your Super faster.
    • Modified by weapon perks, armor mods, and how much damage is being dealt/taken.
    • Every Super in Destiny 2 will passively charge over a lengthy period. This passive rate can be accelerated by increasing the Intellect stat through certain armor pieces, mods, and subclass Fragments. Active regeneration is much more involved. In essence, the more active you are in combat, the faster you'll get your Super. Killing enemies and actively taking damage will charge your Super much faster, regardless of your Intellect stat or general build.

      Active Super Regeneration Explained

      All sources of damage from your Guardian will grant a small chunk of Super energy. The amount of energy gained depends on a few factors:

      1. The damage inflicted
      2. The weapon type used to inflict said damage (Primary, Special, Heavy)
      3. The rate at which you damage the target
      4. The enemy damaged
      5. Your Super's cooldown tier (not your Intellect)

      Intellect has no impact on the amount of Super energy gained from damaging enemies or taking damage.

      Dealing Damage

      The most important factor is your weapon type, both for PvE and PvP. Primary weapons give the most Super energy per damage dealt, with Specials and Heavies granting around half as much. For example, dealing 41,200 damage with an Auto Rifle will give about 4% of your Super, assuming you're using a T5 Super (we'll come back to how tiers affect energy gained in a second). If you used a Special or Heavy weapon and dealt the same amount of damage, you'd get about 2% Super energy instead. Overkill damage does not grant additional Super energy.

      Super energy scalars are different in PvP, but the concept is the same. As shown in Castle Content's YouTube video analyzing this topic, dealing 265 Primary damage against an enemy Guardian will grant 2.3% of your Super, the same as killing a Guardian. You'd have to deal 440 damage with a Special weapon to get the same amount as your Primary. In PvP, Specials give about 40% less Super energy than Primaries, Heavy weapons presumably giving even less. This is regardless of your Super's cooldown tier.

      With that said, it's important to note that Special and Heavy weapons have far better DPS than Primaries. PvE players can main a Machine Gun or Fusion Rifle and receive the same Super returns per second, potentially more, as if they used a Primary. The conversion rate of damage to Super might be less efficient on Specials and Heavies, yet that's counteracted by their far better DPS values in PvE. For PvP, this scalar highly rewards players for using their Primary in duels, granting far less energy if you slay out with your Special.

      If you'd like a more thorough breakdown of this system for PvP, we recommend watching Castle Content's YouTube video on how Super cooldowns work.

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      Taking Damage

      Fortunately, the correlation between Super energy and damage received is much simpler. The magnitude of damage you receive determines how much Super energy you get. The harder the hit is, the more energy you'll get. Small hits, such as a Thrall's melee attack, give a sliver of Super energy (0.25% or so). Harder-hitting attacks scale to around 0.5% or 1% of your Super.

      In the Crucible, you also gain Super energy for taking damage—albeit at a reduced rate. You gain energy equal to 67% of the damage you took from enemy Guardians. For example, if you took 600 damage with a T1 Super, you'd gain Super energy equal to dealing 400 Primary damage yourself (about 2.3%).

      With that said, overshields completely disable this mechanic. If you have any overshields active—even a sliver from Whisper of Rime—you won't gain any Super energy from taking damage. Should your overshield break from enemy fire, you'll need to wait for your shields to fully recharge before this mechanic works again. Having your overshield dissipate without taking excess damage will re-enable Super gains from damage received. This overshield caveat is present in all activities, not just PvP.

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      Super Cooldown Tiers

      If things weren't complicated enough, your Super's cooldown tier also impacts how much energy you receive from dealing and receiving damage. The higher your Super's cooldown tier is, the more energy you'll receive from dealing and taking damage. Bonus energy received from higher tier Supers is also affected by the Special and Heavy energy scalars we talked about earlier, but here's a rough rundown of the bonus energy you can expect from each tier. Values for this table are based on Castle Content's findings.

      Values are for Primary weapons. Special and Heavy weapons gain a smaller bonus due to their Super energy scalars.

      Super Tier Super Energy Bonus
      Tier 1 0%
      Tier 2 12.5%
      Tier 3 17.5%
      Tier 4 27.5%
      Tier 5 33.75%

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      Other Ways Of Gaining Super Energy

      Dealing and taking damage aren't your only two ways of earning Super energy. There are a few more Super energy sources that are worth mentioning:

      • Killing enemies
      • Picking up Orbs of Power
      • Using certain weapon perks (notably Thresh)

      Defeating enemies in Destiny 2—both in PvE and PvP—will grant a chunk of Super energy. PvE values seem to remain consistent from Shadowkeep, although PvP values have been adjusted with the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. The table below showcases rough approximations of how much energy you'll receive from kills and assists.

      Kills Assists
      Minor 0.6% 0.3%
      Elite 0.96% 0.48%
      Mini-Boss 1.8% 0.9%
      Boss 3% 1.5%
      Enemy Guardian ~2.3% ~1.1%

      Beyond kills, you can also earn more Super energy from Orbs of Power, certain weapon perks, and armor mods. Credit to Light.gg for many of the values listed below:

      Orbs Of Power
      Source Super Energy

      Orbs of Power

      (Mods)

      2.5%

      Orbs of Power

      (Super)

      7.143%
      Perks
      Source Super Energy
      Thresh 1%

      Thresh

      (Special, PvE)

      1.5%
      Enhanced Thresh 1.33%

      Enhanced Thresh

      (Special, PvE)

      2%
      Armor Mods (On Kill)
      Enemy Type Ashes To Assets Hands-On
      Minor 2.3% 1.31%
      Elite 4% 2.44%
      Mini-Boss 7.7% 4.65%
      Boss 13% 8%
      Enemy Guardian 6.5% 0%
      Armor Mod (Dynamo)
      Hunter 2.5%
      Titan 3%
      Warlock 5%
      Armor Mod (Energy Converter)
      One CwL Stack 5%
      Two CwL Stacks 10%
      Three CwL Stacks 15%
      Four CwL Stacks 20%
      Five CwL Stacks 40%

      *CwL is short for "Charged with Light."

      Amor mods can be stacked twice to increase their energy returns. Stacking the same armor mod three times via Artifice Armor will not grant additional energy.

      • Ashes to Assets x2: 12.5% more effective.
      • Hands-On x2: ~25% more effective.
      • Dynamo x2: 60% more effective.

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      All Grenade Cooldowns

      Base Cooldowns (Tier 3 Discipline)

      Arc Solar
      Flashbang 1:31 Firebolt 1:04
      Storm 1:31 Fusion 1:13
      Pulse 1:45 Swarm 1:31
      Skip 1:45 Tripmine 1:31
      Arcbolt 2:01 Thermite 1:45
      Lightning 2:01 Solar 1:45
      Flux 3:02 Incendiary 2:01
      Void Stasis
      Axiom 2:32 Duskfield 1:04
      Scatter 1:45 Coldsnap 2:01
      Spike 1:45 Glacier 2:32
      Voidwall 1:45
      Vortex 1:45
      Magnetic 2:01
      Suppressor 2:01

      Grenade Tiers

      For mobile users and general readability, we're going to clump most grenade cooldowns into tiers, similar to how Supers work. Some grenades fall outside these cooldowns, which are listed in a separate table. Tiers referenced in the Discipline cooldowns table refer to these grenades.

      Grenade Tiers
      Tier Base Cooldown Grenades
      Tier 5 1:04 Duskfield, Firebolt
      Tier 4 1:31 Flashbang, Storm, Swarm, Tripmine
      Tier 3 1:45 Pulse, Skip, Solar, Spike, Thermite, Void Wall, Vortex
      Tier 2 2:01 Arcbolt, Coldsnap, Incendiary, Lightning, Magnetic, Scatter, Suppressor
      Tier 1 2:32 Axiom, Duskfield (Renewal Grasps), Glacier
      Unique Grenade Cooldowns
      Grenade Cooldown
      Flux 3:02
      Fusion 1:13

      Discipline Cooldowns

      Grenade Discipline Cooldowns (By Tier)

      Tier (Row)

      Discipline (Column)

      Tier 5 Tier 4 Tier 3 Tier 2 Tier 1
      T0 Discipline 1:20 1:54 2:11 2:32 3:09
      T1 Discipline 1:12 1:43 1:59 2:18 2:52
      T2 Discipline 1:06 1:35 1:49 2:06 2:38
      T3 Discipline 1:04 1:31 1:45 2:01 2:32
      T4 Discipline 0:53 1:16 1:27 1:41 2:06
      T5 Discipline 0:45 1:05 1:15 1:27 1:48
      T6 Discipline 0:40 0:57 1:05 1:16 1:35
      T7 Discipline 0:35 0:51 0:58 1:07 1:24
      T8 Discipline 0:32 0:45 0:52 1:01 1:16
      T9 Discipline 0:29 0:41 0:48 0:55 1:09
      T10 Discipline 0:24 0:35 0:40 0:47 0:58
      Grenade Discipline Cooldowns (Outliers)

      Tier (Row)

      Discipline (Column)

      Fusion Flux
      T0 Discipline 1:31 3:47
      T1 Discipline 1:23 3:27
      T2 Discipline 1:16 3:09
      T3 Discipline 1:13 3:02
      T4 Discipline 1:01 2:32
      T5 Discipline 0:52 2:10
      T6 Discipline 0:45 1:54
      T7 Discipline 0:40 1:41
      T8 Discipline 0:36 1:31
      T9 Discipline 0:33 1:23
      T10 Discipline 0:28 1:10

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      All Melee Cooldowns

      Base Cooldowns (T3 Strength)

      Hunter
      Subclass Melee Ability Cooldown
      Arc Combination Blow 0:15
      Tempest Strike 1:40
      Disorienting Blow 1:40
      Solar Proximity Throwing Knife 1:40
      Knife Trick 1:22
      Weighted Knife 1:49
      Void Snare Bomb 1:30
      Stasis Withering Blade 1:53
      Titan
      Subclass Melee Ability Cooldown
      Arc Seismic Strike 1:30
      Ballistic Slam 1:30
      Frontal Assault 1:46
      Solar Hammer Strike 1:30
      Throwing Hammer 1:30
      Mortar Blast 1:22
      Void Shield Bash 1:30
      Shield Throw 1:40
      Stasis Shiver Strike 1:53
      Warlock
      Subclass Melee Ability Cooldown
      Arc Chain Lightning 1:30
      Ball Lightning 1:53
      Rising Storm 1:30
      Solar Celestial Fire 1:40
      Guiding Flame 1:30
      Igniting Touch 1:30
      Void Pocket Singularity 1:30
      Stasis Penumbral Blast 1:53

      Melee Ability Tiers

      To make this article and the Strength cooldowns table easier to read, we're going to clump most melee abilities into tiers. Melee abilities with unique cooldowns are listed in a separate table. The Strength cooldowns table refers to these abilities with each tier column:

      Melee Ability Tiers
      Tier 4 (1:22)
      Hunter Knife Trick
      Titan Mortar Blast
      Warlock N/A
      Tier 3 (1:30)
      Hunter Snare Bomb
      Titan Seismic Strike, Ballistic Slam, Throwing Hammer, Shield Bash
      Warlock Chain Lightning, Rising Storm, Guiding Flame, Igniting Touch, Pocket Singularity
      Tier 2 (1:40)
      Hunter Tempest Strike, Disorienting Blow, Proximity Throwing Knife
      Titan Shield Throw
      Warlock Celestial Fire
      Tier 1 (1:53)
      Hunter Withering Blade
      Titan Shiver Strike
      Warlock Penumbral Blast
      Unique Melee Cooldowns
      Melee Cooldown
      Weighted Knife 1:49
      Frontal Assault 1:46
      Combination Blow 0:15

      Strength Cooldowns

      Melee Strength Cooldowns (By Tier)

      Tier (Row)

      Strength (Column)

      Tier 4 Tier 3 Tier 2 Tier 1
      T0 Strength 1:43 1:53 2:05 2:21
      T1 Strength 1:33 1:43 1:54 2:08
      T2 Strength 1:25 1:34 1:44 1:57
      T3 Strength 1:22 1:30 1:40 1:53
      T4 Strength 1:08 1:15 1:24 1:34
      T5 Strength 0:59 1:04 1:12 1:21
      T6 Strength 0:51 0:56 1:03 1:10
      T7 Strength 0:46 0:50 0:56 1:03
      T8 Strength 0:41 0:45 0:50 0:56
      T9 Strength 0:37 0:41 0:46 0:51
      T10 Strength 0:32 0:35 0:39 0:43
      Melee Strength Cooldowns (Outliers)

      Tier (Row)

      Strength (Column)

      Combination Blow Frontal Assault Weighted Knife
      T0 Strength 0:19 2:13 2:16
      T1 Strength 0:17 2:01 2:03
      T2 Strength 0:16 1:51 1:53
      T3 Strength 0:15 1:46 1:49
      T4 Strength 0:13 1:28 1:31
      T5 Strength 0:11 1:16 1:18
      T6 Strength 0:09 1:06 1:08
      T7 Strength 0:08 0:59 1:00
      T8 Strength 0:08 0:53 0:54
      T9 Strength 0:07 0:48 0:49
      T10 Strength 0:06 0:41 0:42

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      All Class Ability Cooldowns

      Base Cooldowns (T3 Mobility, Resilience, Recovery)

      Hunter (Mobility)
      Marksman's Dodge 0:29
      Gambler's Dodge 0:38
      Titan (Resilience)
      Rally Barricade 0:32
      Towering Barricade 0:40
      Warlock (Recovery)
      Empowering Rift 1:22
      Healing Rift 1:22

      Class Ability Cooldowns

      Barricades created with Sentinel's Bastion Aspect have the same cooldown as Warlock Rifts.

      Mask of Bakris uses the Marksman's Dodge cooldown with a ten-second delay, even if you're using Gambler's Dodge.

      Stat Tier Markman's Dodge

      (Hunter)

      Gambler's Dodge

      (Hunter)

      Rallying Barricade

      (Titan)

      Towering Barricade

      (Titan)

      Rifts

      (Warlock)

      T0 0:34 0:45 0:46 0:57 1:57
      T1 0:32 0:42 0:40 0:50 1:43
      T2 0:30 0:40 0:36 0:44 1:31
      T3 0:29 0:38 0:32 0:40 1:22
      T4 0:26 0:35 0:29 0:36 1:15
      T5 0:24 0:32 0:26 0:33 1:08
      T6 0:22 0:29 0:24 0:30 1:03
      T7 0:19 0:25 0:21 0:26 0:59
      T8 0:16 0:22 0:18 0:22 0:51
      T9 0:15 0:20 0:15 0:19 0:46
      T10 0:14 0:18 0:13 0:16 0:41

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      All Super Cooldowns

      Base Cooldowns (T3 Intellect)

      Tier 5 (Fastest Cooldown)
      Ward of Dawn 6:57
      Well of Radiance 6:57
      Tier 4
      Blade Barrage 7:35
      Shadowshot: Deadfall 7:35
      Silence And Squall 7:35
      Tier 3
      Burning Maul 8:20
      Nova Bomb: Cataclysm 8:20
      Nova Bomb: Vortex 8:20
      Shadowshot: Moebius Quiver 8:20
      Thundercrash 8:20
      Tier 2
      Arc Staff 9:16
      Chaos Reach 9:16
      Golden Gun 9:16
      Glacial Quake 9:16
      Fists Of Havoc 9:16
      Nova Warp 9:16
      Sentinel Shield 9:16
      Stormtrance 9:16
      Winter's Wrath 9:16
      Tier 1 (Slowest Cooldown)
      Daybreak 10:25
      Hammer Of Sol 10:25
      Spectral Blades 10:25

      Intellect Cooldowns

      Tier (Row)

      Intellect (Column)

      Tier 5 Tier 4 Tier 3 Tier 2 Tier 1
      T0 Intellect 10:00 10:55 12:00 13:21 15:01
      T1 Intellect 8:51 9:40 10:38 11:49 13:17
      T2 Intellect 7:57 8:40 9:32 10:36 11:55
      T3 Intellect 6:57 7:35 8:20 9:16 10:25
      T4 Intellect 6:35 7:11 7:54 8:47 9:53
      T5 Intellect 6:16 6:50 7:31 8:21 9:24
      T6 Intellect 5:59 6:31 7:10 7:58 8:58
      T7 Intellect 5:43 6:14 6:51 7:37 8:34
      T8 Intellect 5:33 6:03 6:39 7:24 8:19
      T9 Intellect 5:23 5:53 6:28 7:11 8:05
      T10 Intellect 5:19 5:48 6:23 7:05 7:59

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