Destiny 2: Lightfall allows Guardians to tap into the power of Strand, a paracasual energy that binds the universe. Once you master this Darkness subclass, you’ll be able to grapple across massive distances, keep enemies suspended in the air, or create an army of explosive minions.
But as with all Destiny subclasses, your build heavily relies on Fragments to function. Strand has 14 excellent Fragments for players to use, ranging from utility buffs to powerful ability generation tools. In this list, we’ll be looking at all Strand Fragments and ranking them against one another, showcasing their effectiveness in both PvE and PvP.
14 Thread Of Wisdom
Thread of Wisdom: Defeating suspended targets with precision final blows creates an Orb of Power.
Killing a suspended target with a headshot will spawn an Orb of Power, triggering an eight-second cooldown. This isn’t a bad Fragment on its own, but when you compare the other fantastic Strand Fragments to this one, Thread of Wisdom leaves much to be desired. There are so many ways to spawn Orbs of Power that dedicating a Fragment slot for orb generation just isn’t worth it, especially considering the added cooldown period and lack of stat bonuses.
13 Thread Of Transmutation
Thread of Transmutation: While you have Woven Mail, weapon final blows create a Tangle. +10 Strength.
This Fragment’s description makes it sound much better than it really is. While you’re affected by Woven Mail, your weapons can spawn Tangles in addition to your Strand abilities. This effect does not allow you to spawn a Tangle more than once every 12 seconds.
In essence, using this Fragment grants slightly more flexibility with spawning Tangles. While this can be useful for certain PvP builds, most Strand builds have little issue spawning Tangles as is. Its stat bonus does make Thread of Transmutation an option for certain PvP builds looking to hit triple 100 stats, but this Fragment’s niche isn’t needed in PvE.
12 Thread Of Finality
Thread of Finality: Finisher final blows create Threadlings. +10 Recovery.
Despite stating “Threadlings” in the description, Thread of Finality spawns a single Threadling when you perform a finisher on a PvE enemy. The Threadling behaves as all other Strand minions, rushing a target before exploding for moderate damage.
It’s by no means a bad Fragment, but the opportunity cost of using Thread of Finality over other Strand Fragments isn’t worth it for most builds. Since you can’t perform finishers on opposing Guardians, this Fragment’s sole use in PvP is for boosting your Recovery.
11 Thread Of Fury
Thread of Fury: Damaging targets with a Tangle grants melee energy. -10 Strength.
Hitting an enemy with a Tangle grants roughly ten percent melee energy, affected by how many enemies you hit. That sounds great in theory, yet Thread of Fury doesn’t work if you detonate the Tangle with your weapon. You must throw the Tangle to receive any energy.
You can bypass this by using the Untangler Artifact passive, although that effect will be removed once Season of Defiance ends. Without considering Artifact passives, this Fragment is only useful for Strand builds that frequently use Tangles as mobile grappling points. For builds that want to detonate stationary Tangles—mainly Broodweavers and Berserkers—Thread of Fury isn’t worth using.
10 Thread Of Isolation
Thread of Isolation: Landing rapid precision hits emits a severing blast from the target.
Consecutive precision hits will cause the target to release a wave of Strand energy, reducing the target’s damage output for the next few seconds. This debuff can be fantastic for reducing a boss’ damage output in endgame PvE activities, but that’s about the only situation where this Fragment truly shines.
For most PvE content, you can just as easily suspend the target through your class ability or Shackle Grenades. PvP players could get some use out of this if the enemy team roams together, but don’t expect this to trigger often unless you have perfect accuracy. Don’t underestimate this Fragment for GM Nightfalls and Master raids, but most activities aren’t hard enough to warrant using Thread of Isolation.
9 Thread Of Rebirth
Thread of Rebirth: Strand weapon final blows have a chance to create a Threadling.
Defeating three enemies or two Guardians with a Strand weapon will spawn a Threadling, seeking out a nearby target before exploding. This is a great way to give your Strand weapons some add-clearing potential in PvE content. For PvP, Thread of Rebirth is solid for applying pressure onto the enemy team and getting easy cleanup kills.
Broodweaver Warlocks will get a ton of use from this Fragment since their Threadlings can perch on their body. As for the other Strand classes, Threadrunners and Berserkers might find Thread of Propagation to be a better choice for enhancing their weapon’s add-clearing potential.
8 Thread Of Evolution
Thread of Evolution: Threadlings travel farther and deal additional damage. +10 Intellect.
Thread of Evolution is mandatory for all Threadling builds. This makes your Threadlings far more reliable, causing them to travel much faster and deal roughly 25 percent more damage. While that damage bonus is certainly nice, the real strength of this Fragment is the enhanced movement speed of your Threadlings.
Faster Threadlings make it easier for them to track targets or, if no enemies are nearby, perch onto you—assuming you’re a Broodweaver. Any Threadling build will want Thread of Evolution equipped. For everyone else, you can safely ignore this Fragment.
7 Thread Of Binding
Thread of Binding: Super final blows emit a suspending burst from the target. +10 Resilience.
Thread of Binding is a deceptively powerful Fragment. Whenever your Super kills a target, that enemy’s corpse will release a wave of Strand energy that suspends all targets caught in the blast radius. This explosion is comparable to a Shackle Grenade, doesn’t have a cooldown, and lasts eight seconds.
While it’s not particularly useful for the Broodweaver’s Super, this Fragment is incredible for Threadrunners and Berserkers. Both Silkstrike and Bladefury can stunlock entire hordes of enemies with this single Fragment, countering tough foes like Wyverns and even Champions. If you have room in your build for a spare Fragment, Thread of Binding is a great pick. It also buffs your Resilience, making this a solid pick for PvP as well.
6 Thread Of Propagation
Thread of Propagation: Powered melee final blows grant your Strand weapons Unraveling Rounds.
After you land a melee ability kill, your Strand weapons will gain Unraveling Rounds for the next ten seconds, releasing Unravel projectiles upon damaging foes. The effect itself doesn’t deal much damage, but Unraveling Rounds can greatly improve your Strand weapon’s add-clearing potential once those projectiles infect every target.
A rapid-fire weapon with Unraveling Rounds can deal some serious damage to dense crowds in PvE content. The best part is grapple melees can also trigger this perk, giving your Unraveling Rounds close to permanent uptime with the right build. While a niche choice for PvP, Thread of Propagation is a great choice for all PvE builds that plan to use Strand weapons.
5 Thread Of Continuity
Thread of Continuity: Suspend, Unravel, and Sever effects applied to targets have increased duration. +10 Strength.
All of your Strand debuffs last 50 percent longer with this Fragment equipped, both in PvE and PvP. While Sever and Unravel don’t benefit greatly from this Fragment, Suspend is such a powerful CC tool that extending its duration is nothing short of S-tier.
Suspend completely disables PvE enemies and makes opposing Guardians much less nimble. Extending that debuff can make it far easier to win tough gunfights where you’re outnumbered. It also comes with a stat buff, making this the most flexible Fragment available for Strand. If you’re unsure what to run, Thread of Continuity is always a good pick.
4 Thread Of Ascent
Thread of Ascent: Activating your grenade ability reloads your equipped weapon and grants bonus airborne effectiveness and handling for a short duration. +10 Mobility
Thread of Ascent was built for Threadrunners. When you activate your grenade ability, you instantly reload your current weapon and gain a buff for 15 seconds, granting +20 airborne effectiveness and a major handling boost. Unlisted in the Fragment’s description, this buff also hastens your weapon’s reload speed.
The real use of this Fragment is to bypass reloading for short DPS phases in raids and dungeons. Hunters can use Widow’s Silk to create a grappling point with their Grapple grenade. Latch onto that with your Grapple to immediately reload your weapon. And so long as you cancel your grapple, it won’t consume any energy. Simply grapple, fire your weapon, and repeat. Once you get comfortable with this strategy, you’ll never reload again.
3 Thread Of Mind
Thread of Mind: Defeating suspended targets grants class ability energy.
Each suspended target you kill grants roughly ten percent class ability energy. This seems lackluster at first glance, but this Fragment really shows its true colors when you start considering Aspects. Each class has a way of suspending targets, two of which rely on their class ability:
- Threadrunners use their class ability to suspend targets.
- Berserkers use their class ability to suspend targets.
- Broodweavers can consume Shackle Grenades to suspend targets through kills.
Threadrunners and Berserkers get more opportunities to suspend targets by using their respective kits correctly, and Broodweaver can get absurdly high uptime on their Rift ability just by killing enemies. Overall, Thread of Mind is a fantastic Fragment for enhancing the ability uptime of all classes.
2 Thread Of Warding
Thread of Warding: Picking up an Orb of Power grants Woven Mail. -10 Resilience.
Woven Mail is the glue that holds Strand together, at least when it comes to endgame PvE content. Woven Mail is the strongest DR buff in the game, granting a whopping 60 percent damage resistance (25 percent in PvP) while active. Getting access to this effect typically requires a Berserker on your team, but thanks to Thread of Warding, you can have near-permanent uptime of Woven Mail with some basic buildcrafting.
Creating Orbs of Power has never been easier in Destiny 2, in large part thanks to the mod overhaul that launched with Lightfall. Ability kills, weapon kills, and Super final blows can all spawn Orbs of Power which trigger this effect, making you virtually unkillable for its ten-second duration. It’s even great in the Crucible if you can find a way to consistently spawn Orbs of Power. If you aren’t already getting Woven Mail from another source, Thread of Warding is a must for all Strand builds.
1 Thread Of Generation
Thread of Generation: Dealing damage generates grenade energy. -10 Discipline.
Thread of Generation might be the strongest Fragment introduced in Destiny history. Dealing any damage, regardless of source, will grant a small chunk of grenade energy. This behaves identically to Super energy, rewarding rapid and consistent sources of damage with rapid ability cooldowns.
As great as Woven Mail might be, nothing can top an infinite supply of Shackle Grenades or Grapple uses. The best part is this Fragment really benefits from strong add-clearing weapons like Osteo Striga and Machine Guns. Shoot a few Osteo Striga bullets into a crowd and watch your grenade energy skyrocket. It single-handedly fixes Grapple’s long cooldowns, allows you to spam Shackle Grenades, and gives Broodweavers an easy way to spawn Threadlings. No Fragment can top that.