Stasis

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Guardians wielding Stasis

Stasis is an elemental manifestation of the Darkness, in an equivalent manner as Arc, Solar and Void are elemental manifestations of the Light. It is related to cold, and more precisely to the cessation of movement on a macroscopic and atomic level. It is first introduced in the expansion Beyond Light as the first of Darkness-based subclasses.

History[edit]

Stasis was first encountered by Clovis Bray I when he was called to Europa after communing with the Anomaly. Clovis found he was unable to wield it himself and instead made extensive notes upon it as well as Clarity Control in his journal.

According to Shaw Han, the Darkness used Stasis in The Collapse to kill many humans. This is the reason he is fervently against Guardians wielding it as a weapon.

After the second arrival of the Pyramids in the Sol System, Eramis, the Shipstealer obtained the ability to wield Stasis through the use of a Splinter of Darkness. With the help of Praksis, the Technocrat she was able to extend the use of Stasis to several other members of the House of Salvation. The Fallen house would go on to experiment with Stasis themselves, culminating in the creation of Salvation's Grip which was later located by the Drifter and stolen by the Guardian.

After arriving on Europa, the Exo Stranger would teach the Drifter and Eris Morn how to wield Stasis. Later, the Guardian would also be granted the power of Stasis, first through using a stolen Splinter and later by calling upon the Darkness within themselves. The Exo Stranger would go on to help them further understand Stasis using Clovis' journals and encouraged them to introduce the power to other Guardians. However, the Vanguard leadership, primarily Zavala, holds ill-feelings about Guardians wielding powers that came from that which brought about the Collapse. Though Zavala understood the reasoning of wielding Stasis against Eramis and her forces as "fighting fire with fire", he concluded that Guardians cannot compromise with the Darkness, thereby making it a policy to ban Guardians from using Stasis. Despite this policy proclamation, Guardians continue to learn and wield the power of Stasis in their efforts to save the Solar System from suffering another Collapse.

Season of the Lost[edit]

With Xivu Arath's forces hunting her sister down, some of the Humanity's enemies linked directly to the Darkness, namely Taken and Scorn, have been seen utilizing Stasis as well, with some powerful Taken using Boomers that leave behind slowing fields on impact, and Scorn Ravagers wielding Stasis Censers instead of their typical Solar Censer.

Gameplay[edit]

Guardians[edit]

Subclasses[edit]

Behemoth Titans can use Stasis to summon a Stasis gauntlet that can be slammed into the ground to create a large area of freezing Stasis crystals known as Glacial Quake.

Revenant Hunters use Stasis to summon two Stasis kamas thrown in quick succession, known as Silence and Squall. Silence creates a small area of freezing, and Squall creates a roaming Stasis storm that slows and damages enemies caught inside.

Shadebinder Warlocks can manifest a staff out of Stasis to send out barrages of freezing Stasis shards amd create shockwaves that shatter all frozen targets. This Super is known as Winter's Wrath.

Verbs[edit]

Common effects of Stasis subclasses are:

  • Slow –The target has slowed movement, slowed ability regeneration, and reduced weapon performance. Slowed combatants have difficulty firing accurately. After accumulating enough Slow stacks, the target is frozen.
    • A slowed player will see their visuals darkened and tinged in blue
  • Freeze –The target is trapped in Stasis matter and is unable to move. After taking additional damage while frozen, the target shatters.
    • Players can break out of freezing by using the appropriate button, taking a small amount of damage.
  • Shatter –When a frozen target is shattered, they take damage and deal damage in an area around them.
  • Stasis Shard –A small shard of Stasis matter that can be collected to restore Melee energy.
  • Stasis Crystal –A crystal of solidified Stasis matter. Upon creation, freezes nearby combatants and slows nearby players. Crystals can be destroyed, dealing damage in an area.
  • Overshield – A protective barrier of Stasis Energy which reduces damage taken from combatants.

Grenades[edit]

Stasis grenades are accessible to all classes.

  • Glacier Grenade – A grenade that creates walls out of Stasis crystals to block damage and freeze targets; these walls can be shattered for damage.
  • Duskfield Grenade – A grenade that shatters on impact, leaving behind a field that slows targets and freezes those who do not leave the volume.
  • Coldsnap Grenade – A grenade that freezes on impact and sends another seeker to find and freeze targets.

Fragments[edit]

Shared effects that can be exchanged to customize the powers of a subclass. Stasis Fragments are initially obtained from the Exo Stranger on Europa.

  • Whisper of Bonds – Defeating frozen targets with weapons grants super energy; -10 Intellect; -10 Discipline. (added in Season 12)
  • Whisper of Chains – While you are near frozen targets or a friendly Stasis crystal, you take reduced damage from targets; +10 recovery. (added in Season 13)
  • Whisper of Conduction – Nearby Stasis shards track to your position; +10 Intellect; +10 Resilience. (added in Season 14)
  • Whisper of Durance – Increases the duration of slow effects and those with lingering effects also last longer; +10 strength. (added in Season 12)
  • Whisper of Fissures – Increases the damage and burst radius of Stasis when you destroy a Stasis crystal or defeat a frozen target. (added in Season 12)
  • Whisper of Fractures – Your melee energy recharges faster when you are near two or more targets; -10 Discipline. (added in Season 13)
  • Whisper of Hedrons – Gain bonus weapon damage after freezing a target with Stasis; -10 strength. (added in Season 12)
  • Whisper of Hunger – Increases the melee energy gained from picking up Stasis shards; -10 Mobility; -10 Recovery. (added in Season 14)
  • Whisper of Impetus – Damaging targets with a Stasis melee reloads your stowed weapons and grants you a temporary boost to weapon ready speed. (added in Season 13)
  • Whisper of Refraction – Defeating a slowed or frozen enemy provides class ability energy. (added in Season 12)
  • Whisper of Rending – Kinetic weapons do increased damage to Stasis crystals and frozen targets. (added in Season 14)
  • Whisper of Rime – Collecting a Stasis shard grants a small amount of overshield, which falls off after 10 seconds. Collecting additional shards adds to the overshield and refreshes the timer. (added in Season 14)
  • Whisper of ShardsShattering a Stasis crystal boosts your grenade recharge rate; shatter additional crystals to increase the duration of the effect; +10 Resilience. (added in Season 12)
  • Whisper of Torment – You gain grenade energy each time you take damage from targets. (added in Season 13)

Enemies[edit]

Stasis damage is rare among enemies. Powerful Fallen of the House of Salvation can use Stasis abilities in the form of Duskfield Grenades, Stasis crystal storms, or with their Ultra Smash. The only ranged Stasis weapon is the Stasis Boomer wielded by some Taken, while the only melee weapon is the Stasis Censer used by Scorn Ravagers. That said, these abilities have additional effects beyond their elemental damage, being capable of slowing and freezing the player.

Gallery[edit]

Stasis Subclasses

Stasis in Combat

Stasis used by Fallen

List of appearances[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • According to Bungie, the crystals formed by Stasis are not simply ice.[1]
  • If counting the timelines the Exo Stranger has lived through previously, she is currently the first known wielder of Stasis in the Destiny series.

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