The Voidwalker. The purple soldier harnessing the power of the Void to create epic explosions across the battlefield that leave those caught in its wake, dead and disintegrating. The Voidwalker captures the power of nothingness and transmutes it into pure unstoppable force.
The first thing to consider is your grenade of which you have three basic types:
This grenade provides a bubble of localised void light that deals damage while the enemy is present within its area. This can be extremely useful for shutting down areas as well as taking out large groups of adds that are clumped together. For this reason it is primarily a PVE grenade but its ability to damage multiple enemies at once as well as to close off areas with its damaging void light make it a useful choice for PVP as well.
The scatter grenade involves a main charge that divides into submunitions when contacting the environment or an enemy. It is great for dealing a large amount of damage in a localised area, quite quickly. However while its capability to shut down areas due to its high damage quotient, it disappears quite quickly and if you miss your target or they move out of the way, the grenade can be wasted. For this reason it would be useful to utilise this grenade with the exotic gauntlets, Nothing Manacles to enable tracking for the submunitions.
This grenade is quite useful in both PVP and PVE as it is a bolt of void light that splits into two smaller bolts that seek out targets within the original range of the grenade. This homing feature means you can attack targets around corners or around cover quite effectively which is limited with the other grenades. As well as this, you do not have to be dead accurate with the placement of it, as long as it is in the general area the tracking feature will be activated.
The melee attack of the Warlock is known as Energy Drain and it is utilised by removing energy/health from your enemies on impact and using it to reduce the cooldown of your grenade in a very vampirish way. Three Perks assist in this :
-Surge : Damaging an enemy with energy drain increases your weapon and movement speed
-Life Steal : Killing an enemy with energy drain restores a potion of your health
-Soul Rip : Killing an enemy with energy drain reduces the cooldown of your next Nova Bomb
The warlock has a rather elegant movement method that belies the command of this order over the light that it wields. The glide is a smooth float that can carry the warlock up to a certain point after which it will begin to float downward if activated from a standstill but if activated while gaining height it will carry your warlock higher like a mystical jetpack. The glide showcases the dexterity and speed of the warlock and allows for pinpoint control for motion around the environment. On top of this, it is quite useful for stopping potentially lethal falls at the very last second. There are three different perks that alter the way your Voidwalker moves and they are;
-Focused Control : Upgrades glide for better directional control while in mid-air
-Focused Burst : Upgrades glide to provide an initial burst of speed
-Blink : A short distance teleport that replaces glide
The Super for the knowledge hungry Warlock is known as the Nova Bomb and is a highly offensive and devastating attack in which focused ball or balls of void light is hurled at the enemy disintegrating any who are caught within the blast. There are not many that can survive the full unbridled fury of a Voidwalker but how that fury is manifested comes about in three ways;
Shatter : Nova Bomb splits into three projectiles. This is quite useful when intending to cover a larger area of the environment with the explosive power of a nova bomb. Each of the projectiles does one third of the damage and begins to curve downward in an arc once thrown.
Vortex : Nova Bomb creates a vortex that deals damage to enemies trapped inside. Lasts approximately 3 seconds. This is useful if there are a few enemies that escape the initial blast of the nova bomb but move back into the vortex and succumb to its energy. Also useful for bigger enemies that may not be eliminated by the explosive power of the nova bomb itself.
Lance : Nova Bomb travels farther and faster. This is a straight shot nova bomb. Unlike the shatter perk of nova bomb, Lance enables all the power to be condensed into one purple ball of void power and it will travel quite quickly in a straight line until it either hits something or disappears into the aether.
The Perks of Being a Voidwalker
There are a variety of miscellaneous perks that alter the way the Voidwalker reacts to the environment and is completely dependent on your individual playstyle. Some of these perks affect your Warlock itself and others affect its abilities which I will go into below.
-Arcane Wisdom : Training focused on battle recovery and speed
-Arcane Spirit : Training focused on battle recovery and toughness
-Arcane Force : Training focused on toughness and speed
-Ancestral Order : Training focused on all attributes
-Chaos Order : Training focused on raw speed
-Divine Order : Training focused on toughness at all costs
-Annihilate : Increases the size of the explosion caused by Nova Bomb and Vortex Grenade
-Angry Magic : Nova Bomb tracks enemies
-The Hunger : Increases the duration of the energy drain effect
-Vortex Mastery : Increases the range of axion bolt seekers and duration of the vortex effect of Nova Bomb and Vortex Grenade
-Bloom : Enemies killed by any of your abilities explode
-Embrace the Void : Damaging enemies with Nova Bomb or any grenade triggers the energy drain effect.