Armor Synthesis Guide



Armor Synthesis is Destiny 2’s version of “transmog,” a feature that allows players to use unlocked armor from their Collections to create Universal Ornaments for a specific class.


Universal Ornaments will only appear on “Legendary” purple-background armor pieces that show an Energy icon (Void, Solar, or Arc) on them.


Getting Started: Unlocking the Loom


Ada-1 has returned to the Tower Annex and has brought a modified Forge with her that she calls a “Loom.” To activate the Loom and begin using unlocked armor to create Universal Ornaments, players will need to:

  1. Speak to Banshee-44 in the Tower Courtyard.
  2. Visit Ada-1 in the Tower Annex.
  3. Head to Europa and locate a BrayTech processor needed to activate the Loom.
  4. Connect the processor to the Loom to activate it.


Creating and Applying Ornaments


Once the Loom is activated, Ada-1 will give players a package containing five Synthweave per character class that will allow players to use unlocked armor from their Collections to create Universal Ornaments.

Players can do so by going to their Character Appearance screen, going down to the Appearance Subscreen, entering Appearance Customization, and choose any armor piece (Legendary quality or lower) they’ve unlocked in their Collection to create a Universal Ornament.


Obtaining More Synthweave

To obtain more Synthweave, players can earn 10 free ones per character class per Season by completing the following:


1. Defeat Enemies to Earn Synthstrand
To use unlocked armor to create Universal Ornaments, players will need to earn Synthstrand, a currency that will drop into a player's inventory when killing enemies and other players in Destiny 2.

PLEASE NOTE: 750 Synthstrand can be held at one time and won't go to the Postmaster if players have a full inventory.


2. Purchase Threader Bounties
Once enough Synthstrand is obtained, it can be used to purchase Armor Synthesis Threader Bounties from Ada-1.

Each Season, Ada-1 will offer 10 Threader Bounties for each character class that will need to be completed in the following activities: Strikes, Crucible, Gambit, Destinations, and Raids & Dungeons. Upon completing and claiming Threader Bounties, Synthcord will be rewarded.

PLEASE NOTE: Dismantling a bounty won't return the full amount of Synthstrand used to purchase the bounty.


3. Deposit Synthcord
When players claim completed Threader bounties, they will receive Synthcord, which will need to be deposited into the Loom to convert into Synthweave. Each class has its own Synthcord:

s14_DPS_Icons_Synthcord_Plush.jpg Warlocks: Plush s14_DPS_Icons_Synthcord_Rigid.jpg Titans: Rigid s14_DPS_Icons_Synthcord_Sleek.jpg Hunters: Sleek

PLEASE NOTE: Players holding 500 Synthcord for their class won't be able to purchase Threader Bounties until Synthcord is converted into Synthweave.


4. Use Synthweave
Synthweave is a currency that can convert a player’s unlocked armor into a Universal Ornament.

To use Synthweave, go to the Character Appearance screen, go down to the Appearance Subscreen, enter Appearance Customization, and choose any armor piece (Legendary quality of lower) unlocked in Collections to create a Universal Ornament. Each class has its own Synthweave:

s14_DPS_Icons_Synthweave_Bolt.jpg Warlocks: Bolt s14_DPS_Icons_Synthweave_Plate.jpg Titans: Plate s14_DPS_Icons_Synthweave_Strap.jpg Hunters: Strap

PLEASE NOTE: Players can't hold more than 15 Synthweave per character class.


5. Obtain More Synthweave
After completing all 10 Threader Bounties that Ada-1 offers for each class, players will need to wait until the next Season to obtain more bounties.

Players can also visit Eververse at any time to purchase universal Synthweave Templates, which can be used to create ornaments for any class.


Armor Exceptions for Universal Ornaments

Exotic_Armor.png Exotic armor cannot take the appearance of alternate armor, nor can Exotic armor be converted into a Universal Ornament and used on Legendary armor.

Some Year 1 armor ornaments won't be available for Armor Synthesis at the start of Season of the Splicer:

  • Vanguard Sets: Steadfast, Take Shelter, On the Offense, Xenos Shore
  • Crucible Sets: Ankaa Friend, Fire-Forged, Phoenix Battle, Soaring Sword
  • Iron Banner Sets: Iron Pledge, Gheleon's Iron, Perun's Iron, Weyloran's Iron, Haakon's Iron, Radegast's Iron, Silimar's Iron, Bretomart's Iron, Tormod's Iron, Skorri's Iron, Colovance's Iron, Ashraven's Iron, Timur's Iron
  • Faction Rallies Sets: Extinction Orbit, Arach's Chosen, War Simulator, Executor's Will, Sovereign Lion, Cape/Mark/Bond of the Royal, Cape/Mark/Bond of Last Departure, Superior's Vision, Cape/Mark/Bond of Eternal War
  • Prestige Leviathan Raid Sets: Eater of Wolds, Spire of Stars
  • Trials of the Nine Sets: Trials, Trials Prestige 

Glows from 2018's and 2019's Solstice of Heroes live event won't be supported for Armor Synthesis at Season 14 launch, but legendary versions are being worked on and will be implemented in Summer 2021.