Destiny 2 Exotic Reviews

Exotic Review: Karnstein Armlets

“You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one forever.”

These Exotic gauntlets are perfect for the Warlock that likes to get up close and personal and punch things. Or palm them. Essentially the Karnstein Armlets let the Warlock embody the spirit of overly physical Titan, Wei Ning.

The Exotic perk of the Karnstein Armlets is known as Vampires Caress which grants health recovery and the additional Melee, Grenade and Class Ability energy. This is a great perk from the get-go, as it encompasses pretty much everything your Guardian could need in the ability department, which can make life a little easier out in PVE activities or save your life in the Crucible. It is important to note that the Karnstein Armlets do not require melee kills, simply hitting your target will provide that bonus, which logically means that hitting your target several times makes it all the better. In terms of health recovery, it is important to remember that it will not make a huge difference if you are still taking damage after your melee attack. Remember this.


The Karnstein Armlets are incredibly powerful if you are a Guardian that likes to get up close and personal with your foes. In certain high-level PVE activities, this could end up being your downfall if you close with an enemy and they happen to be a lot stronger than you are. What I am saying is just be careful. The fact that Vampire’s Caress only requires a melee hit and not a kill makes the Karnstein Armlets practical in almost any scenario whether they are strong enemies or weak ones. In the fast-paced and enemy rich environment of Destiny 2, the potential to generate a lot more ability energy is only going to be an asset.

No more is this truer than in the Crucible, where many altercations, especially in the tight corridors of some maps, can end in fist fights. Whether you win or lose the battle, you will have a bit of additional ability energy which can become integral for your next fight, as either an opening salvo or a way to survive. Plus the initial health regen, which activates pretty quickly after the initial melee strike may boost your health to just to right level to walk away damaged but alive. Coupled with the Subclass neutral practicality of the Karnstein Armlets and you have a powerful Exotic.


The Karnstein Armlets can be acquired from an Exotic engram decryption or from Xur if he happens to carry it in his inventory.

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