Best Destiny 2 Celestial Nighthawk Build (and How to get it)

by | Dec 8, 2023

Celestial Nighthawk is one of the handful of Exotics that received significant buffs with the release of Season of the Wish (S23). The updates always looked good on paper, but now that we’ve got our hands on it, we can confidently say that Celestial Nighthawk is now top-tier.

Today, we’ll go through acquiring this Warlock Exotic and put together one of the best Hunter builds in D2.

How to get the Celestial Nighthawk Exotic

As an Exotic from Year 1 of Destiny 2, Celestial Nighthawk can be acquired as a random Exotic drop, when farming Legend or Master Lost Sectors, completing Vex Strike Force events or when buying Fated engrams from Xûr.

Celestial Nighthawk Buffs

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Celestial Nighthawk Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Celestial Nighthawk

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Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Modifies Golden Gun to fire a single high-damage shot. Enemies eliminated by the shot explode and grant you Super energy."

The buff Celestial Nighthawk received with Season of Wish (S23) is the following:

Precision kills now grant Super energy ranging between +1.5% and +4.5%, depending on target type killed.

Increased Golden Gun impact damage by 25%.

Celestial Knighthawk Exotic screen Destiny 2

Celestial Knighthawk Exotic, Destiny 2

Best Celestial Nighthawk Build Right Now

This build focuses on quick Super regeneration and high burst damage with Celestial Knighthawk. It only requires:

  • Celestial Nighthawk Exotic Helm
  • Solar Hand Cannon (Zaouli’s Bane, Igneous Hammer, and Sunshot are perfect for this).

This build requires you to use the Solar subclass and the following abilities:

  • Healing Grenade
  • Knife Trick
  • Acrobat’s Dodge
  • Golden Gun – Marksman

☑️ Aspects: Knock Em’ Down and On Your Mark.

☑️ Fragments: Ember of Wonder, Ember of Mercy, Ember of Combustion, Ember of Searing, Ember of Beams.

🦾 For Stats, you should prioritize the highest possible Intellect and Resistance, then Recovery and Discipline.

⚙️Artifact perks: Kindling Trigger, Flint Striker, Heart of the Flame, Rays of Precision

Celestial Knighthawk Build screen Destiny 2

Celestial Knighthawk Build, Destiny 2

Armor Mods:

  • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon, Heavy Ammo Finder, Heavy Ammo Scout
  • Arms: Heavy Handed, Focusing Strike
  • Chest: Resistance Mods, Reserve Mods
  • Legs: Scavenger Mod, Surge Mod
  • Bond: Powerful Attraction, Bomber

Strategy & Gameplay Loop:

Celestial Nighthawk now grants extra Super energy from precision kills and Ember of Wonder grants orbs from ignitions, which we get from Rays of Precision. Now all you need to do is follow these steps:

1️⃣ Use your dodge, melee, or get rapid Solar kills or precision hits to get Radiant.

2️⃣ Land precision kills on targets to ignite them and those around them to spawn an orb. Repeat until you have Super.

3️⃣ Activate your Super, land the precision hit, and watch as it ignites and returns a great deal of Super energy along with some orbs.

Before you go…

Looking for other Exotics that are tearing it up this season? Don’t miss this Apotheosis Veil Build.

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 (and now Diablo 4) for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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