Destiny 2: Elemental Wells Explained

Elemental wells are a new mechanic introduced in Destiny 2’s Season of the Chosen. Similar to the Charged with Light mechanic, players can equip armor mods that alter the benefits that these wells grant, ranging from increased Intellect to weapon damage.

Players can obtain these mods from various vendors at the H.E.L.M. This guide will go over how elemental wells work, debunk a few synergies that don’t work in-game, and showcase a few builds that should give you an idea of how to use these mods.

Note: This guide is focused on explaining the elemental well mechanic itself, not the mods associated with it. If you want to look at how each mod works, check out our elemental well mod guide.

Updated June 12th, 2021 by Charles Burgar: Season of the Splicer has added more elemental well mods for Guardians to experiment with, some of which are incredibly strong. We’ve updated this guide to give a comprehensive breakdown of how elemental wells work, and we’ve added a few builds to give you an idea of what elemental wells are capable of.

What’s An Elemental Well?

Elemental wells are small orbs that grant ability energy when they are grabbed. They behave similarly to Orbs of Power, resting on the ground for a long duration before they despawn. When a player spawns a well, it appears for the entire fireteam. Wells are also instanced, meaning that the elemental wells you see on your screen are truly yours. Allies get their own instanced wells.

Elemental Well Effects

Here is a quick breakdown of what elemental wells do. This is regardless of your currently equipped Combat Style mods.

  • Effect: Gain 10% ability energy to your ability with the lowest current energy. If you grab a well that matches your subclass element, gain 10% ability energy to all abilities (grenade, melee, and class ability).
  • Duration: 20 seconds until it despawns.
  • Compatible Elements: Solar, Arc, Void, and Stasis

Elemental wells also seem to have a lockout on how often they can spawn. When a mod causes a well to spawn, it cannot spawn another well for a handful of seconds (it seems to be around 2-4 seconds).

Elemental Well FAQ

Elemental wells are a rather unique mechanic that can be somewhat tough to understand at first. Before we delve into builds, let’s clear up a few details first.

Can Elemental Wells Spawn In Crucible?

No. Similar to Warmind Cells, elemental wells cannot spawn in PvP. With that said, they can spawn in Gambit.

Are Elemental Wells Instanced?

Yes. They behave the same as Orbs of Power. Whenever you generate one, an ally can grab an elemental well without consuming your instanced well spawn.

What Armor Can Equip These Mods?

All non-sunset armor can equip these mods. Any armor from Shadowkeep and earlier cannot equip these mods.

How Can I Tell An Elemental Well’s Element Type?

The well’s color correlates with its elemental affinity.

  • Solar: Orange
  • Arc: Light blue
  • Void: Purple
  • Stasis: Dark blue

Season of the Chosen’s elemental well mods typically spawn wells that match your subclass element. Season of the Splicer’s mods are more focused on spawning certain types of elemental wells based on actions you perform.

Is There An Easy Way Of Spawning Stasis Wells?

Yes. Pair Elemental Armaments with a Kinetic weapon with Osmosis. Throw a Stasis grenade to convert your weapon into a Stasis weapon, allowing you to spawn Stasis wells by killing enemies with your gun. Good Osmosis weapons include Fatebringer and Escape Velocity.

Mods like Elemental Ordnance aren’t recommended for spawning Stasis wells, as most Stasis kills occur from shatter damage instead of your abilities.

How To Obtain These Mods

There are two vendors that sell elemental well mods, both of which can be found at the H.E.L.M. The War Table sells Season of the Chosen’s elemental wells mods, and the Splicer Servitor sells Season of the Splicer’s elemental well mods. There are 12 mods in total. Mods from either vendor cost ten Mod Components.

War Table Mods

Season of the Chosen’s mods are obtained from the War Table at the H.E.L.M. Two mods are sold each week on a weekly rotation. There are six mods in total. You don’t need to meet any prerequisites to purchase the mods. If they’re currently being sold, you can buy them.

Splicer Servitor Mods

Season of the Splicer’s mods are purchased from the Splicer Servitor in the west wing of the H.E.L.M. These mods are locked behind a reputation rank with the Servitor. You’ll need to obtain Decrypted Data from Override chests and Seasonal Challenges to increase your rank with the Servitor, therefore unlocking these mods. You don’t need to spend the Decrypted Data to increase your reputation; you just need to earn data.

The Servitor’s mods are unlocked at the following reputation ranks:

  • Rank 1: Reaping Wellmaker
  • Rank 2: Well of Tenacity
  • Rank 4: Explosive Wellmaker
  • Rank 5: Well of Life
  • Rank 7: Overload Wellmaker
  • Rank 8: Well of Ions
  • Rank 10: Shieldcrash Wellmaker

All Elemental Well Mods

As of Season of the Splicer, there are 12 elemental well mods you can obtain. If you want to learn how each mod works and powerful synergies you can exploit, check out our in-depth elemental well mod guide.

Elemental Well Builds

You might be limited to PvE and Gambit with elemental wells, yet their synergy with Charged with Light and ability-focused builds make these mods worth using. We’ll give two example builds to give you an idea of how you can make this mechanic suit your playstyle.

Charged With Wells

Combining Charged with Light and elemental wells, this build allows your grenades to give you Charged with Light stacks, which can then be converted into any effect you desire.

Mods

  • Elemental Charge: Grabbing an elemental well grants x1 Charged with Light. If the well matches your subclasses, gain x2 stacks instead.
  • Elemental Ordnance: Grenade final blows spawn elemental wells.

Now that you have a means of spawning elemental wells, you have three mod slots to spend or alter your Charged with Light stacks.

  • Supercharged: Increases your Charged with Light cap to x4.
  • Stacks of Stacks: A single elemental well will give you x4 Charged with Light.
  • Protective Light: Gain 50% damage resistance when your shields break for a long duration.

If you don’t want to use Protective Light, other good options include FirepowerHigh-Energy Fire, and Energy Converter.

Ability Spam

This build focuses on spawning as many elemental wells as possible, giving you a constant influx of ability energy. If you can convince members of your fireteam to use this build, you can have near-infinite abilities thanks to the number of elemental wells your team will be generating.

Mods

  • Elemental Ordnance: Grenade final blows spawn elemental wells.
  • Elemental Armaments: Weapon final blows that match your subclass elemental type have a chance of spawning elemental wells.

To get the most out of these wells, you can use the following mods:

  • Font of Might: Gain a 10% multiplicative damage boost for a short time after grabbing an elemental well.
  • Font of Light: Drastically increases your Intellect for 30 seconds upon grabbing an elemental well.
  • Well of Life: Gain passive health regeneration for 10 seconds upon grabbing a Solar elemental well.

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