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A damage type is an attribute of a weapon or ability that has potential to do bonus damage depending on an enemy's shield or whether or not a Burn modifier is active.

The color of an enemy's shield represents which damage type it is vulnerable to. Using a damage type against the corresponding shield will do 200% damage. Using a damage type against a non-corresponding shield will do 100% damage.[1]

In Destiny, burn modifiers increase the damage of weapons and abilities, depending on their damage types, up to 200% for Guardians and 300% for enemies.[2]

In Destiny 2, enemy shields are much more volatile as breaking them with the matching damage type will result in an elemental explosion, dealing significant area-of-effect damage to all others in close proximity. Because the damage type of these explosions is the same as the enemy's shield, this can cause a chain reaction of explosions when nearby enemies with matching shield types are caught in the blast radius.

Icon Type Description Most effective against
Kinetic damage icon Kinetic Physical damage. Enemies without shields.
Arc damage icon Arc Related to electricity and ice. Enemies with blue shields such as Captains.
Fire damage icon Solar Related to fire and thermal energy. Enemies with orange shields such as Wizards and Centurions.
Void damage icon Void Related to gravity and dark energy. Enemies with purple shields such as Minotaurs.


  1. Reddit "Elemental Damage & Nightfall Burn Damage Calculations". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  2. Destiny Update 2.0.0
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