Alchemist's Raiment Exotic Armor Review, Perks and Build Guide

Everything you need to know about the Exotic Warlock Chest, the Alchemist’s Raiment. 

The Alchemist’s Raiment is one of the more underappreciated pieces of Warlock gear in Destiny, and is often overlooked in favor of the more “powerhouse” pieces like The Ram or the Starfire Protocol. However, it has been known to offer a few benefits to those who take the time to look into what makes this unusual Exotic tick. Let’s get to looking at the intricacies of the Alchemist’s Raiment.

Alchemist’s Raiment Stats

As with any Warlock chest piece the focus here is all about the Intellect with the weighting being heavily in favor of the Super stat. Here’s how things look:

  • Intellect – Min: 44 / Max: 138
  • Strength – Min: 44 / Max: 86
  • Discipline – Min: 44 / Max: 86

Considering the nature of the Exotic perk for the Alchemist’s Raiment, this split actually makes a lot of sense, but the perk weight is still pretty skewed.

Alchemist’s Raiment Perks

Selectable Perk 1 – Stat Increase

This will entirely depend on the roll you get for the Alchemist’s Raiment, but it’s incredibly likely that you’ll be picking up an Intellect boost here, with a 2/3 chance to roll Intellect in the first bubble (with Strength making up the remaining third). The second bubble is a little more forgiving, with an even split across the board.

  • Increase Strength
  • Increase Discipline
  • Increase Intellect

With Intellect being the focus here, you’re going to want to plan the rest of your loadout accordingly.

Selectable Perk 2 – Ammo Perk

As with any Exotic chest piece the perks here are actually present with a choice between the two. As such, pick the one that suits your style best.

  • Special Ammo – Carry more ammo for Special Weapons.
  • Heavy Ammo – Carry more ammo for Heavy Weapons.

We would definitely recommend going with the Special Ammo perk, as regardless of gametype, you’re likely to find more use for your Special weapon than your Heavy.

Selectable Perk 3 – Elemental Buff

The first perk slot is split up into a “Defense” perk, mitigating elemental damage, and the second slot is similarly split up into an elemental “Armor” perk. These perks (both of them) will correspond with an elemental damage (Arc, Solar, Void), but the elemental buff may be different depending on your roll. Your possibilities should look like this:

Slot 1

  • Arc/Solar/Void Burn Defense – Reduces incoming Arc/Solar/Void Burn damage.

This gives you a little extra resistance to the corresponding elemental damage. Great for Nightfalls and Heroics if you’re lucky enough to get the right elemental roll.

Slot 2

  • Arc/Solar/Void Armor – Increased Armor when using an Arc/Solar/Void-based subclass.

Typically this is the better option, as it will give a boost to the Armor rating of your subclass if you’re using the right elemental match-up, so if you roll Void use Voidwalker, Solar, Sunsinger etc. Plan accordingly for best results.

Exotic Perk – Iron to Gold

  • Iron to Gold – Chance to gain Glimmer on Primary Ammo pickup.

Orbs collected when your Super is full recharge your grenades and melee. Immediately, we can dismiss the Alchemist’s Raiment for PvP Crucible play. While the latter part of the perk is arguably useful, Orbs of Light just aren’t common enough in the Crucible to warrant it. As such, we’ll be looking from a PvE perspective here, and arguably, the Alchemist’s Raiment might be one of the best “workhorses” you can get. Simply put it on, run a few Strikes, and watch your Glimmer up while your grenade and melee charge rates increase dramatically. This means that not only can you benefit your team by dealing more damage, you get to play a little more selfishly too, with the more mercenary effects of turning Ammo into Currency. Not a bad situation all round.

Simply put it on, run a few Strikes, and watch your Glimmer up while your grenade and melee charge rates increase dramatically. This means that not only can you benefit your team by dealing more damage, you get to play a little more selfishly too, with the more mercenary effects of turning Ammo into Currency. Not a bad situation all round.

The Last Word

The Alchemist’s Raiment is definitely on the “B team” for Warlock Exotics. This is by no means a bad thing. Due to the boost to melee and grenade thanks to the Exotic perk, the synergy between the dominant Intellect weighting and Iron to Gold is undeniable. If you’re strapped for cash and need to run a few Heroics anyways, the Alchemist’s Raiment is one of your best choices.

Unfortunately, that’s not saying a lot. We definitely do recommend the Alchemist’s Raiment, but the utility in PvP is lacking, and it’s not necessarily your best choice for PvE. If you’re in a specific situation (i.e. your character is flat broke), then definitely grab this one.

We recommend having it in the wardrobe, even if you’re not likely to put it on too much. As such, we’re giving the Alchemist’s Raiment a solid 3/5 Exotic Engrams! 

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