Best Destiny 2 Hunter Builds for PvE and PvP

by | Oct 6, 2022

Are you a Hunter main and want to take your game to the next level? These are the best Hunter builds in Destiny 2, including builds for PvE and PvP. Whether you’re into Solar 3.0, Void 3.0, or are still into Stasis, these builds have you covered.

And by the way, as any top tier Destiny 2 build, these builds will guide you every step of the way, including essential Exotics, Mods, and more.

Top 10 Hunter builds

--NameClassAreaSubclassExcels inElementStatus
Hunter Arc 3.0 featuredFists of LightningHunterPvEArc ArcMid to Endgame PvE contentArcBest in Class
Solar Hunter buildThe Radiant AssassinHunterPvESolar SolarMid to Endgame PvE contentSolar
Omnioculous Hunter armorThe Veiled AnchorHunterPvEVoid VoidGrandmaster NightfallsVoidBest in Class
Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter ExoticThe Stealthed GyrfalconHunterPvEVoid VoidMid to Endgame PvE contentVoidBest in Class
Hunter Solar SuperTripmine MasterHunterPvESolar SolarCasual PvE ContentSolar
Stasis Hunter buildTouch of DuskfieldHunterPvEStasis StasisMid to Endgame PvE contentStasisBest in Class
Solar supersThe Star-Eating BarrageHunterPvESolar SolarMid to Endgame PvE contentSolarBest in Class
Solar gameplay Destiny 2 featuredThe Igniting KnifeslingerHunterPvESolar SolarMid to Endgame PvE contentSolar

More Destiny 2 Builds:

Best Hunter PvE builds

Hunter Arc 3.0 featured

Fists of Lightning

Excels in: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: Stack Combination Blow to x3 and keep the combo of Punch>Dodge>Punch rolling to slay high health targets and clear ads.

Mandatory Gear: For the Exotic, you’ll definitely Liar’s Handshake. There are no “necessary” weapons for this build. However, a One-Two Puch shotgun will synergize brilliantly with this build for even stronger melees.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Liar's Handshake Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Liar's Handshake

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Using your Arc melee ability or being hit by a melee attack will allow you to follow up with an extremely powerful melee counterpunch that will heal you."
  • Aspects: Lethal Current and Flow State are the go-to’s for this build.
  • Fragments: Spark of Resistance is the perfect pick for this setup. Your other fragment slots are personal preference.
  • Abilities: Combination Blow and Gambler’s Dodge are both required. Any Grenade works. However, Arcbolt and Pulse Grenades are both strong picks.
  • Stats: Maximum Resilience and Mobility are highly recommended for this build. Dump the rest of your stats into Recovery and Discipline.
  • Mods: Melee Wellmaker is the perfect mod for this build. Pairing this with other Elemental Well mods like Well of Striking and Font of Might make for quite a solid setup:
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Well of Striking mod Destiny 2 artWell of StrikingUniversalArc Arc1Picking up an Arc elemental well grants you additional melee energy. Multiple copies of this mod increase this effect.Elemental WellArcSeason 15
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop is rather simple; however, executing it (especially in high-level content) can be rather challenging. Stacking up Combination Blow to x3 is your main goal as that is your main source of Melee Damage. To stack Combination Blow, you have to constantly refresh your melee ability, so dodging near enemies and being in the fray is needed. Once you reach x3 stacks of Combination Blow, you can begin dealing some major damage to high health targets.

Once you land a punch on a target, Liar’s Handshake’s ‘Cross Counter’ perk is ready to go. Follow up instantly with another melee to hit the target with some major damage. If you combine One-Two Punch with this build, hit your shotgun shot and then follow up with two fast melees for maximum damage.

This build revolves entirely around the Punch>Dodge>Punch loop to keep your stacks of Combination Blow going, and maintain that add-clear potential with Lethal Current.

 

Solar Hunter build

The Radiant Assassin

Excels in: Mid to Endgame PvE content (Dungeons, Raids, Grandmaster Nightfalls)

Goal of the Build: Have infinite survivability through invisibility and a constant source of healing by having access to infinite throwing knives.

Mandatory Gear: A solid ad clear primary weapon is helpful (Osteo Striga and Huckleberry are among my favorites), and a high-damage Solar Heavy weapon is also valuable (Cataclysmic, Gjallarhorn and Lament are all excellent options).

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Osteo Striga artOsteo StrigaSubmachine GunExoticExoticPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvE + PvPDeluxe Edition
The Witch Queen
Season 16KineticCraftable
Gjallarhorn artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Destiny 2 The Huckleberry artThe HuckleberrySubmachine GunExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 3KineticNo
Cataclysmic art v2CataclysmicLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEVow of the Disciple Raid
The Witch Queen
Season 16HeavyCraftable

For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Assassin’s Cowl:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Assassin's Cowl Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Assassin's Cowl

HunterHelmShadowkeepExotic EngramsSeason 8
Shadowkeep
Exotic Perk: "Powered melee final blows grant invisibility and restore a portion of health and shields. Finishers and final blows against more powerful targets increase the duration of the invisibility and the amount of health and shields."
  • Aspects: Knock ‘em Down is necessary. The other Aspect is up to you. However, we do recommend On Your Mark for the ability to equip 5 Fragments.
  • Fragments: Ember of Torches is mandatory too. For the rest, Ember of Solace, Ember of Empyrean, Ember of Singeing, and Ember of Searing are all suitable.
  • Abilities: Gambler’s Dodge, Blade Barrage, Healing Grenade, and Knife Trick.
  • Stats: High Mobility and Resilience are recommended for optimal uptime on your Gambler’s Dodge and heightened levels of damage resistance.
  • Mods: No mods are “necessary” here. However, adding these can give you solid DPS:
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Charge mod Destiny 2 artElemental ChargeUniversalAny2Become Charged with Light by picking up an elemental well. If the elemental well's element type matches your subclass element, you gain 2 stacks of Charged with Light.Elemental WellAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop is quite simple with Assassin’s Cowl. The goal is to chain Knife Trick kills together to ensure maximum uptime on your invisibility and to have as much healing as possible. If you miss, Gambler’s Dodge is there to pick up the slack and provide you with another melee. Gambler’s Dodge and your melee will also recharge faster by scorching enemies with your Knife Trick.

You also have options like Healing Grenade if you find yourself out of a dodge and a melee ability. This can help fill in the gaps where you may miss your abilities on a target and need some survivability.

To maximize DPS, you will want the mods mentioned earlier. Simply get a throwing knife kill, grab the Solar Elemental Well that drops and deal as much damage as possible with your Solar Heavy Weapon of choice. At the same time, you have the Font of Might buff and High Energy Fire. You will also have Radiant from Ember of Torches, which can serve as a backup buff should you lose High Energy Fire or Font of Might.

 

Omnioculous Hunter armor

The Veiled Anchor

Excels in: Grandmaster Nightfalls

Goal of the Build: Protect your Fireteam with constant Invisibility and damage resistance, and be the ‘anchor’ of the team.

Mandatory Gear: Given that this build will normally be used in Grandmaster Nightfalls, the weapon requirements are simply whatever weapons can be used to kill the specific Champions in that GM.

For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Omnioculus:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Omnioculus Destiny 2 art

Omnioculus

HunterChestBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 13
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "You gain a second Smoke Bomb charge and have damage resistance while invisible. When you make an ally invisible, they gain damage resistance while invisible and you gain melee energy."
  • Aspects: Trapper’s Ambush, Vanishing Step (Pro tip: Trapper’s Ambush’s ‘dive’ effect grants you increased invisibility duration and debuffs enemies for a longer period of time compared to the base smoke bomb, so always dive if possible).
  • Fragments: Echo of Persistence, Echo of Obscurity, and Echo of Remnants.
  • Abilities: Gambler’s Dodge, Vortex Grenade, Trapper’s Ambush Snare Bomb, and Moebius Quiver.
  • Stats: Maximum Mobility is strongly recommended to be able to have optimal invisibility rotations. High Resilience and Discipline are also recommended.
  • Mods: These mods are incredibly helpful in retaining infinite invisibility, and we strongly recommend you fit them into your Omnioculus build:
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Bountiful Wells mod Destiny 2 artBountiful WellsUniversalSolar Solar2Elemental well mods that cause you to spawn elemental wells can now stack, spawning additional wells for each additional copy of the mod you have equipped.Elemental WellSolarSeason 15
Well of Utility mod Destiny 2 artWell of UtilityUniversalVoid Void1Picking up a Void elemental well grants you additional class ability energy. Multiple copies of this mod increase this effect.Elemental WellVoidSeason 15
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny
Reaping Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artReaping WellmakerUniversalVoid Void2After activating your class ability, your next weapon final blow spawns a Void elemental well.Elemental WellVoid
Utility Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artUtility KickstartClass ItemStasis Stasis1When your class ability energy is fully expended, you gain class ability energy.GeneralStasis

Gameplay Loop

The Omnioculus build is one of the most versatile builds in the game. This gives it a plethora of gameplay loops and combat rotations. However, the most important loop to learn is the ‘Dive>Dodge>Repeat’ combo, as Mactics puts it. To be able to repeat the loop, you need to push your invisibility to the absolute limit. To do this, you must alternate between your Trapper’s Ambush smoke bomb and your Vanishing Step dodge while only having a second to spare.

Learning this basic combo will allow you to incorporate more advanced skills into your gameplay.

Another gameplay loop that is key to the ‘support’ nature of Omnioculus is the ‘Rez>Dive’ combo. Mastering this combo allows you to pick up allies from anywhere on the field, no matter the danger. To pull this off, you should activate your ‘Shadowdive’ when you are around 80% through your teammate’s revive. This will grant them invisibility as soon as they spawn, allowing you to both retreat to safety.

This build is heavily inspired by Mactic’s guide. If you want to learn how to truly master the Omnioculus playstyle with detailed strategies and combat rotations, check out his video.

 

Hunter Solar Super

Tripmine Master

Excels in: Casual PvE Content (Seasonal Activities, Strikes, etc.)

Goal of the Build: Combo your abilities to keep your Tripmine Grenade uptime as high as possible.

Mandatory Gear: Weapons with Incandescent can enhance the build. Typical meta options work well too. For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Young Ahamkara’s Spine:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Young Ahamkara's Spine Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Young Ahamkara's Spine

HunterArmsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases Tripmine Grenade duration and blast radius. Ability damage grants Tripmine Grenade energy."
  • Aspects: Knock ‘em Down is a must. However, you can choose between Gunpowder Gamble and On Your Mark.
  • Fragments: Optimal Fragments are Ember of Solace, Ember of Singeing, and Ember of Torches. Other decent options include Ember of Eruption and Ember of Char.
  • Abilities: Blade Barrage, Tripmine Grenade, Knife Trick, and Gambler’s Dodge.
  • Stats: High Mobility and Discipline should be specced into. Resilience is a good option too.
  • Mods: No mods are necessary as the gameplay loop of the build is entirely self-sustaining. But these can provide solid bonuses:
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop for this build is rather simple, Tripmine>Knife Trick>Repeat. Throwing your Tripmine Grenade into a cluster of enemies or a beefier target is best for your grenade uptime. Once you have used your Tripmine, getting kills with infinite throwing knives is the way to go. Chaining Throwing Knife kills and Tripmine explosions allows you to clear out waves of enemies without even firing a bullet.

It is also worth noting that with Gunpowder Gamble ready, you effectively have two Tripmine Grenades. This is due to Gunpowder not consuming your base Tripmine Grenade, allowing you to create some massive explosions.

 

Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter Exotic

The Stealthed Gyrfalcon

Excels in: Casual PvE Content (Seasonal Activities, Strikes, etc.)

Goal of the Build: Chain Invisibility to retain damage buffs and synergise as much as possible with your Void 3.0 kit

Mandatory Gear: The Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Exotic is the most important part of this build. Weapons-wise, there are a plethora of exotics that work incredibly with Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk, namely Collective Obligation, Wavesplitter, Heartshadow and even Rat King can work.

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter Exotic

Gyrfalcon's Hauberk

HunterChestThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 18
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your weapons gain a bonus to damage briefly after you emerge from being invisible. When you are invisible and defeat a combatant using a finisher, you and your nearby allies gain a reserve overshield and improved class ability regen. These reserve overshields can be deployed by using a class ability."
  • Aspects: Any Aspect can work. Vanishing Step is generally good. Trapper’s Ambush is good for boss DPS and Stylish Executioner is good for general play/ad clear.
  • Fragments: Echo of Starvation, Echo of Instability, Echo of Remnants and Echo of Persistence/Echo of Undermining.
  • Abilities: Moebius Quiver for your Super, Vortex Grenades and either Dodge can work.
  • Stats: Maximum Resilience and high Mobility and Discipline.
  • Mods: An orb generation tool is necessary, so Harmonic Siphon works perfectly. You can opt for the followiug setup:
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Elemental Time Dilation mod Destiny 2 artElemental Time DilationUniversalStasis Stasis3Elemental well mods that grant you time-limited benefits can now stack, increasing the duration of the effect for each copy of the mod you have equipped.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Ordnance mod Destiny 2 artElemental OrdnanceUniversalAny3Defeating a combatant with a grenade spawns an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAny
 width=Harmonic SiphonHelmetAny1Rapid weapon final blows with damage matching your subclass type create an Orb of Power.Charged with LightAnySeason 16

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop of Gyrfalcon’s is rather simple as the exotic and your Aspects do most of the work for you. The goal is to enter and exit invisibility around every 6-7 seconds to maintain a constant 35% damage buff. This can happen through Stylish Executioner, Vanishing Step or Trapper’s Ambush. Depending on your aspect setup, the gameplay loop will differ.

Simply look to have invisibility ready as often as possible to take advantage of the damage buff. Going for an invisible finisher is possible, however it sometimes may not be worth the hassle.
Make sure you are throwing your grenade at clumps of enemies to get you Volatile Rounds on your weapon of choice, as well as maintaining Devour to keep the chain going.

Making sure you are on top of everything is the gameplay loop of this exotic. Be aware of your timers for each damage buff duration, and constantly slay out to keep Devour going.

 

Stasis Hunter build

Touch of Duskfield

Excels in: Mid-High tier content

Goal of the Build: Keep areas locked down and protect your Fireteam with infinite Duskfield Grenades.

Mandatory Gear: Headstone weapons such as the Syncopation-53 or Eyasluna are solid options for even more synergy and increased uptime on your Duskfield Grenades. Demolitionist weapons are also an excellent choice. Options like the Ogma PR6 with Demolitionist and Wellspring can be highly useful.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Eyasluna artEyaslunaHand CannonAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStasis30th AnniversaryYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Best

S

PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventKineticNo
Ogma PR6 artOgma PR6Pulse RifleLightweightLegendaryPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvEWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16EnergyNo
Syncopation-53 artSyncopation-53Pulse RifleAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStasis Stasis
Average

B

PvPWorld loot pool
Free-to-Play
Season 16KineticCraftable

For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Renewal Grasps:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Renewal Grasps Hunter Destiny 2 art

Renewal Grasps

HunterArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 16
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Duskfield grenades have a much larger effect radius. Allies inside the Duskfield take reduced damage and targets inside the area deal reduced damage."
  • Aspects: Touch of Winter and Grim Harvest are the best Aspect choices. Touch of Winter provides improved Duskfield Grenades, and Grim Harvest synergizes with certain Fragments.
  • Fragments: Whisper of Torment, Whisper of Conduction, Whisper of Rime, Whisper of Chains, and Whisper of Shards. These will also allow for more survivability and even more Duskfield Grenades.
  • Abilities: Duskfield Grenades and Gambler’s Dodge are the best options for maximum freezing potential.
  • Stats: Maximum Discipline and Resilience are highly recommended. High Mobility is also good.
  • Mods:  Grenade Kickstart helps by giving you a bump to your Grenade energy, and Elemental Shards open up many build opportunities as you will be generating tons of Stasis Shards while spamming Duskfield Grenades. Typical offensive mods are also excellent choices:
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Elemental Shards mod Destiny 2 artElemental ShardsUniversalStasis Stasis2Stasis shards count as Stasis elemental wells for you. Does not apply to Crucible, Trials, or Iron Banner.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Charge mod Destiny 2 artElemental ChargeUniversalAny2Become Charged with Light by picking up an elemental well. If the elemental well's element type matches your subclass element, you gain 2 stacks of Charged with Light.Elemental WellAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny
Grenade Kickstart mod Destiny 2 artGrenade KickstartArmsStasis Stasis4When your grenade energy is fully expended, you gain grenade energy.GeneralStasis

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop for the Renewal Grasp build can be altered and changed depending on your needs and playstyle. But, despite the versatility, the core ‘needs’ of the build remain the same.

Whisper of Shards is the engine that keeps the train going, granting Grenade energy upon shattering a Stasis crystal. Forming crystals is easy with Headstone weapons or through Touch of Winter Grenades. Making sure you destroy every Stasis crystal you see is paramount to keeping the Duskfield spam going.

Despite saying this, Whisper of Chains also provides damage resistance when near a Stasis crystal, so timing is essential. Try to destroy Stasis crystals when you have gotten good use out of them as they can not only provide damage resistance but also deal solid AoE damage.

Overall, the aim is to lock down large groups of enemies and make them deal less damage while spamming Duskfields. This will help protect you and your Fireteam, regardless of difficulty.

 

Star Eater Scales Hunter Exotic

The Star-Eating Barrage

Excels in: Mid-High tier content

Goal of the Build: Optimise DPS by stacking up ‘Feast of Light’ to unleash the highest burst damage Super in the game- Blade Barrage.

Mandatory Gear: A Solar Heavy Weapon is best for optimal damage. You can use options like Bad Juju for improved super regeneration, but it is not needed and arguably not worth it.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Gjallarhorn artGjallarhornRocket LauncherExoticExoticHeavySolar30th AnniversaryYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvE + PvPGrasp of Avarice Dungeon
30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary eventHeavyNo
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic Quest
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNo
Destiny 2 Bad Juju artBad JujuPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvEExotic Kiosk
Forsaken Pack
Season 7KineticNo

For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Star-Eater Scales:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Star Eater Scales Destiny 2 art

Star-Eater Scales

HunterLegsBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 14
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "You gain additional Super energy from Orbs of Power you pick up. While your Super energy is full, picking up an Orb of Power overcharges your Super, causing you to gain a burst of healing when cast and a bonus to your Super damage. At maximum overcharge, you also gain an overshield."
  • Aspects: Optimal Aspect combination is Knock ‘em Down and On Your Mark. Knock ‘em Down is required for optimal damage.
  • Fragments: Ember of Solace, Ember of Torches, Ember of Beams, Ember of Benevolence, and Ember of Empyrean. These are the best five ‘neutral game’ Fragments for Gunslinger as they provide a plethora of benefits without requiring much input.
  • Abilities: Marksman’s or Gambler’s Dodge are both viable options, Knife Trick and Healing Grenade/Solar Grenade are the best options for your Melee and Grenade, respectively.
  • Stats: Maximum Resilience is recommended for improved survivability, and aiming for high Mobility and Discipline is also recommended.
  • Mods: These are the best mods for optimizing your DPS (Orb generation mods such as Harmonic Siphon or Kinetic Siphon are also optimal choices for stacking up Orbs for Star-Eater Scales):
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Elemental Time Dilation mod Destiny 2 artElemental Time DilationUniversalStasis Stasis3Elemental well mods that grant you time-limited benefits can now stack, increasing the duration of the effect for each copy of the mod you have equipped.Elemental WellStasisSeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Armaments mod Destiny 2 artElemental ArmamentsUniversalAny2Weapons takedowns with a damage type that matches your subclass element have an escalating chance to spawn an elemental well.Elemental WellAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny

Gameplay Loop

This build has a remarkably short gameplay loop, almost completed by passively gathering Orbs of Power. Prioritizing collecting Orbs is the key, so playing safe with a weapon that will generate Orbs is the way to go. Once it is time to deal damage, get a powered melee kill with your Knife Trick. This will create an Elemental Well. Super the boss, collect the Elemental Well, and start dealing damage with your Solar Heavy weapon of choice.

Once DPS has ended or you have killed the target, collect Orbs to get your Super back and have a Solar Elemental Well ready for DPS.

(Pro tip: hold Backwards while casting Blade Barrage so you move away from the target while casting. This gives the knives much better tracking, resulting in more consistent damage).

 

Caliban's Hand Hunter Exotic

The Igniting Knifeslinger

Excels in: Mid-High tier content

Goal of the Build: Chain Proximity Knives back to back with constant Radiant while causing Ignitions to clear waves of enemies.

Mandatory Gear: No specific weapons are required. However, guns that roll with Swashbuckler can synergize well with the constant melee kills you will be getting. For the Exotic, you’ll definitely need Caliban’s Hand:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Caliban's Hand Hunter Destiny 2 art

Caliban's Hand

HunterArmsThe Witch QueenLost SectorsSeason 17
The Witch Queen
Exotic Perk: "Your Proximity Knife scorches targets it damages with its explosions, or ignites targets on a direct hit. After throwing a Proximity Knife, you gain increased melee regeneration until the knife explodes."
  • Aspects: Knock ‘em Down is necessary. The second aspect is up to you. However, we recommend On Your Mark for those extra Fragment slots.
  • Fragments: Ember of Torches is a must. The remaining aspects are up to you, however, strong options include Ember of Eruption, Ember of Wonder, Ember of Empyrean, and Ember of Blistering.
  • Abilities: Proximity Knife is required. Healing Grenade, Solar Grenade, or Thermite Grenade are all solid options.
  • Stats: Maximum Mobility and Resilience are recommended, and high Discipline is also helpful.
  • Mods: No mods are required for the build to function. However, these are all solid options to help improve your weapon damage:
ArtMod NameSlotAffinityCostEffectsTypeElementReleased
Melee Wellmaker mod Destiny 2 artMelee WellmakerUniversalAny4Powered melee combatant final blows spawn elemental wells matching your subclass energy type.Elemental WellAnySeason 15
Font of Might mod Destiny 2 artFont of MightUniversalAny4Picking up an elemental well that matches your subclass energy type grants a temporary bonus to weapon damage of that same elemental type.Elemental WellAny
Elemental Charge mod Destiny 2 artElemental ChargeUniversalAny2Become Charged with Light by picking up an elemental well. If the elemental well's element type matches your subclass element, you gain 2 stacks of Charged with Light.Elemental WellAny
High Energy Fire mod Destiny 2 artHigh-Energy FireUniversalAny4While Charged with Light, gain a bonus to weapon damage. Each defeated enemy consumes one stack of Charged with Light.Charged with LightAny

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay loop for this build is very simple. The only condition that you must always meet to keep the engine running is a kill with your Proximity Knife. That is it. The build is entirely dependent on your knives, which is why you are going to want to have your Gambler’s Dodge always ready as a backup option. With your Fragment choices, you will be able to create constant orbs through Ember of Wonder, and with Ember of Blistering, you can have high uptime on your Grenades, allowing for either more survivability with Healing Grenade or even more burning with Solar Grenade.

Getting the final blow with the knife is key. The additional Scorch damage from the Proximity Knife does not count as a knife kill, thus not causing the Ignition.

 

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Best Hunter PvP builds

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Step one to playing Hunter in PvP is to understand that your Dodge is the strongest ability in your kit. Because of this, maximizing Mobility is a very standard choice for the shortest cooldown on your Dodge. Making sure that you have maximum Recovery is also recommended.

Hunters come with the benefit of being able to completely ignore the Strength stat, as using Gambler’s Dodge allows you to completely refund your melee ability when dodging near an enemy. This lets you dump the rest of your stat points into Discipline and Resilience. Personally, I choose to run 100 Mobility, Recovery, and Discipline, however, feel free to adapt some stats to your own preference.

Subclasses

There will always be a ‘meta’ option for PvP, but every Hunter subclass is viable in its own way, with its own set of pros and cons.

Solar Hunter build

Gunslinger

Gunslinger can be set up in numerous ways. You can focus on making your allies Radiant with Acrobat’s Dodge, you can go for maximum explosions with Proximity Knives and Tripmine Grenades, or you can play more passively and utilize your agility to survive combined with Healing Grenades. The choice is completely yours.

PROS:

  • Wide variety of melee options
  • Has excellent teamplay with On Your Mark and Acrobat’s Dodge
  • Very strong supers in Golden Gun and Blade Barrage

CONS:

  • Only has two truly viable aspects. Gunpowder Gamble is too niche for consistent use.
  • Aspects don’t overly alter gameplay in an incredibly potent manner compared to Invisibility on Nightstalker.
  • Lack of map control/area control capabilities that Smoke Bomb and Stasis both bring.

Hunter Arc 3.0 featured

Arcstrider

Arcstrider has quite a few unique parts of its kit, built-in damage resistance, blink and some blinding potential with Disorienting Blow, it makes Arcstrider quite the all-rounder.

Pros:

  • Excellent super. Lasts long and can outduel any other melee supers with skill and timing.
  • High Jolt potential with Disorienting Blow.
  • Solid neutral game with high mobility.

Cons:

  • No game-changing qualities that the other 3 subclasses have (Freezing, Invisibility, Radiant, or Restoration)
  • Super can be outmaneuvered by ranged supers such as Golden Gun, Dawnblade, or Hammer of Sol.
  • The All-rounder kit makes it a bit of a ‘jack of all trades master of none.’

Void Hunter build

Nightstalker

Nightstalker remains one of the most powerful kits in the game, even despite the nerfs that it has received. Invisibility is still incredible, and the map control and radar manipulation possible is not something to ignore.

Pros:

  • Invisibility and Smoke Bombs allow you to fool your opponents and catch them off guard completely.
  • It Synergises incredibly well with certain meta picks such as Omnioculus or Wormhusk Crown.
  • Invisibility makes you incredibly hard to see with the changes to Invisibility’s ‘visibility’ that came with Void 3.0.

Cons:

  • Weak super choices. Spectral Blades is often outclassed and takes incredibly long to charge, and Tether is too inconsistent to warrant use.
  • The kit relies heavily on Invisibility as much of the kit’s strength is placed on Invisibility.
  • One-dimensional fragment choices. All grant Invisibility and provide little else, perhaps making the subclass slightly boring to play.

Stasis Hunter build

Revenant

Despite falling off in use, Revenant is still an excellent option for all hunters, as it can have such an influence on the game by merely throwing your abilities in the general direction of your opponent.

Pros:

  • High utility. Can be used to help win gunfights solo or pick targets off with your teammates.
  • Slowing enemies can massively help you win a fight, but freezing enemies make your opponent a free kill.
  • Strong Aspects across the board and even stronger Fragments that allow for some potent builds.

Cons:

  • Poor super. Cast time is incredibly long, and there are better options if you are looking for a ‘shutdown’ super.
  • Very limited kit, with only one Melee option, and 3 Grenade options.
  • Lack of potent freeze potential when compared to Shadebinder Warlock and lack of high movement compared with Behemoth Titan.

Best PvP Hunter Exotics

General Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Fr0st-EE5 Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Fr0st-EE5

HunterLegsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increased grenade, melee, and dodge regeneration while sprinting. Dodging increases your sprint speed."
St0mp-EE5 Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

St0mp-EE5

HunterLegsFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "Increases sprint speed and slide distance. Improves High Jump, Strafe Jump, and Triple Jump."
Wormhusk Crown Hunter Exotic Destiny 2 art

Wormhusk Crown

HunterHelmFree-to-PlayExotic Engrams
Free-to-Play
Exotic Perk: "We strive to know infinity, and sharpen our minds on the whetstone of the impossible."

Due to a lack of prerequisites, neutral and more passive Exotics are often favored in PvP. Stompees, Wormhusk and Frostees always find a place in the meta for Hunters as they provide benefits while requiring nothing/very little to receive benefits from.

Stompees, despite the nerfs, is still an excellent pick. It allows you to rotate around the map quicker and also feels brilliant to use, which is always a bonus. People like moving fast regardless of the downside, and Stompees provides this in abundance.

Wormhusk Crown has been in the meta since it was released back in the Warmind DLC. Wormhusk provides unmatched instant value as it gives around a third of your health back for simply dodging. This allows you to take riskier engagements and get out with ease. Dodging is already a ‘get out of jail free card’, and Wormhusk takes this to another level.

Frostees are the pick for players that want to have high-ability uptime but don’t want to commit to a full-on build. By merely sprinting, you can increase your ability recharge rate by 100% and increase your Sprint Speed by 6.25% by simply dodging. Frostees will always serve players well when they want to maybe switch it up from the Stompees, but want to retain some movement speed and have high ability uptime.

Subclass-specific Exotics

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Omnioculus Destiny 2 art

Omnioculus

HunterChestBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 13
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "You gain a second Smoke Bomb charge and have damage resistance while invisible. When you make an ally invisible, they gain damage resistance while invisible and you gain melee energy."
Mask of Bakris Destiny 2 art

Mask of Bakris

HunterHelmBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 12
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Replaces your Stasis subclass Dodge ability with a longer range, faster-moving Shift that partially cloaks you during use. After Shifting, your Arc weapons deal increased damage to combatants for a short time, and you deal increased damage to all slowed or frozen combatants."

Subclass-specific Exotics normally see less use overall as they have more requirements to satisfy to reach their full potential. However, their raw strength often makes up for this increased demand, as seen with Omnioculus, Mask of Bakris, and Young Ahamkara’s Spine.

Omnioculus is arguably the single strongest exotic in the game right now for PvP. Being able to grant damage resistance to yourself and your allies is incredibly strong, and gaining another Smoke Bomb charge on top of this just tops this exotic off.

Mask of Bakris may be one of the most fun exotics in the game. Replacing your Dodge with an extended ‘Shift’ allows you to get the drop on your opponents and completely break their ankles. Mastering this exotic can help you see incredible success as you can weave in and out of dangerous situations like nobody’s business.

Young Ahamkara’s Spine is very simple on paper. However, this simplicity shouldn’t be seen as a weakness. Ahamkara’s Spine increases Tripmine Grenade damage massively, to the point where it will leave your opponent at death’s door, requiring a single shot from any weapon in the game to finish them off. Furthermore, Ahamkara’s Spine also grants Tripmine energy on Ability damage, allowing you to further abuse your explosive power.

There are plenty of other exotics that can find success, such as Athrys’s Embrace or Gemini Jester, and I recommend you experiment and find what build clicks with your playstyle the most.

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Matthew Evans
Matthew Evans
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