With the launch of Destiny 2: The Witch Queen and the 3.0 reworks to Arc, Solar, and Void, subclass builds are more important and, crucially, flexible than ever – hence our Destiny 2 Hunter build guide. But in a constantly-evolving universe like Destiny 2’s, chasing the ever-changing meta can feel like chasing wild geese. In the dark. On ice.
That said, while the meta is meta for a reason, it’s not the only way to play, and nor is it often the most fun. Destiny 2 has a huge array of weapons, armour, skills, subclasses, and mods to play around with. While it would take countless hours to assemble all the possible combinations, we’ll give you a few good jumping-off points to make the best use of everyone’s favourite stabby space ninjas.
Be aware that this Destiny 2 Hunter build guide will deal with endgame gear, mods and skills, though we’ll try to exclude gear that is hard to obtain like Raid-only Exotics.
Destiny 2 Hunter build for PvE
Arguably the best Destiny 2 Hunter build for PvE in The Season of Plunder is this Frozen Harvest Stasis build.
- Subclass: Stasis Revenant
- Primary stat: Discipline
- Secondary stat: Recovery
- Grenade: Duskfield
- Class ability: Gambler’s Dodge
- Aspects: Touch of Winter, Grim Harvest
- Fragments: Whisper of Rime, Whisper of Shards, Whisper of Chains, Whisper of Torment, Whisper of Conduction or Fissures
- Exotic armour: Any (Wormhusk Crown, Renewal Grasps, or Stomp-EE5 are great defaults)
- Weapons: An Exotic submachine gun like Riskrunner or The Witch Queen’s Osteo Striga will work well. Back it up with whatever takes care of the current activity’s Champions.
- Mods: This is really up to you, but a Charged with Light armour build turns this particular set-up into something terrifying in PvE. Slot Discipline mods into each piece of armour, and then go for Taking Charge, Font of Wisdom, High-Energy Fire, Firepower, and Elemental Charge. In your Arms, make sure you include the relevant Seasonal Mods.
The purpose of this build is to always have your grenade up. Grim Harvest causes frozen or slowed enemies to leave behind Stasis crystals on death, and a Duskfield Grenade will impart that status on any enemy inside its dome. The really cool part is what the Fragments do. Whisper of Rime will grant a portion of Overshield for every crystal you collect; Whisper of Shards boosts your grenade recharge rate for each one; and Whisper of Chains reduces damage taken when you’re in the vicinity of Stasis crystals.
The reason we advise Touch of Winter over the excellent Shatterdive in PvE is that, in addition to the enhanced grenade effects, the extra Fragment slot means you can slot both Whisper of Torment (recharges grenade as you take damage) and either Whisper of Conduction (draws crystals to you) or Whisper of Fissures (increases the damage and blast radius of shattered crystals).
When paired with the Charged with Light mods detailed above, which increase damage, Super recharge rate, and grenade energy recharge rate, this build becomes one of the most devastating endgame Hunter builds for solo, group, or even PvP activities. Though in PvP, you may want to ditch some of the Charged with Light mods for defence and switch-out Touch of Winter for Shatterdive. The weapon you choose is immaterial – just pick something you feel comfortable with. Stomp-EE5 make a great Exotic, as they have intrinsic high Mobility without sacrificing Discipline.
Destiny 2 Hunter build for PvP
For us, the best Destiny 2 Hunter build for PvP in The Season of Plunder is this Phantom Menace Void build.
- Subclass: Void Nightstalker
- Primary Stat: Strength
- Secondary Stat: Mobility
- Grenade: Suppressor
- Class Ability: Marksman’s Dodge
- Aspects: Vanishing Step, Stylish Executioner
- Fragments: Echo of Leeching, Echo of Domineering, Echo of Expulsion, Echo of Exchange
- Exotic Armour: Graviton Forfeit, Gemini Jester, or Gwisin Vest
- Weapons: Any of the best Destiny 2 weapons for close-range, such as shotguns or SMGs
- Mods: Targeting, handling, and reloading mods for your favoured weapons.
In stark contrast to the PvE build, this set-up is all about using the Hunter’s enhanced mobility, penchant for invisibility, and gift for suppression and confusion to get the upper hand. A skilled Nightstalker is an absolute menace in game modes like Control and even Trials of Osiris. Suppression Grenades are great for messing with other Guardians, and Echo of Domineering maximises their effectiveness by boosting Mobility and reloading your current weapon after suppressing a target. Echo of Leeching triggers health regen after a melee kill, which is great if you find yourself in a close quarters encounter. Echo of Expulsion adds an explosive effect to your Void final blows, while Echo of Exchange refills grenade energy with melee kills.
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As for the Aspects, Vanishing Step grants invisibility on Dodge, and Stylish Executioner grants invisibility and Truesight after killing a weakened, suppressed, or volatile target. Frankly, this build is lethal when paired with certain Exotics. Gwisin Vest, for example, causes you to vanish after each Spectral Blade kill; Graviton Forfeit improves invisibility, and Gemini Jester messes with the enemy’s radar. On the whole, this build is just great fun in the Crucible. It doesn’t even matter which weapon you choose, although you’re probably going to want to get up-close and personal, so submachine guns, shotguns, or fusion rifles are probably the play here.
Destiny 2 Hunter build for Arc 3.0
The best Destiny 2 Hunter build for those wanting to try out Arc 3.0 in The Season of Plunder is this Shock Assassin Arc build.
- Subclass: Arcstrider – Gathering Storm
- Primary stat: Mobility
- Secondary stat: Resilience
- Grenade: Flashbang
- Class Ability: Gambler’s Dodge
- Melee Ability: Disorienting Blow
- Aspects: Lethal Current, Flow State
- Fragments: Spark of Resistance, Spark of Shock, Spark of Ions, Spark of Brilliance
- Exotic armour: Liar’s Handshake
- Weapons: Riskrunner, Trinity Ghoul
- Mods: Ashes to Assets or Hands-on (x2), Melee Wellmaker, Elemental Charge, Firepower, Impact Induction, Seeking Wells
While it’s usually Titans that like to punch their way through problems, this Hunter build will have you ripping into the enemy with teeth and claws. It focuses on Blinding and Jolting packs of enemies, getting up-close and dirty before unleashing the devastating new Arc 3.0 Super, Gathering Storm.
While you may miss the long-range melee abilities of the other subclasses, Disorienting Blow is a superb attack that blinds enemies and amplifies your Hunter. Combine it with the Cross Counter perk on Liar’s Handshake for maximum effectiveness. Alternatively, the Hunter has a ton of viable Exotic options such as Assassin’s Cowl, Frost-EE5, and Wormhusk Crown.
Lethal Current and Flow State make for a great combination of Aspects. The former powers up your melee after a dodge (so Gambler’s Dodge is super useful), increasing its range and adding Jolt and Blind. Flow State then makes you Amplified after killing the Jolted target. Spark of Brilliance will double down on the Blind debuff, and Spark of Ions will reward your aggression with a steady flow of Ionic Traces.
Weaponry here is really up to you. There are so many good Arc Exotics such as Riskrunner, Thunderlord, Trinity Ghoul, Trespasser, and the new Delicate Tomb. Pick your favourite, and go nuts.
Destiny 2 Hunter build for all activities
One of the best Destiny 2 Hunter builds for any activity in The Season of Plunder is this Searing Blade Solar 3.0 Hunter build.
- Subclass: Gunslinger – Blade Barrage
- Primary stat: Recovery
- Secondary stat: Discipline
- Grenade: Any
- Class Ability: Gambler’s Dodge
- Melee Ability: Knife Trick
- Aspects: Knock ‘Em Down, Gunpowder Gamble
- Fragments: Ember of Singeing, Ember of Solace, Ember of Torches
- Exotic armour: Shards of Galanor or The Sixth Coyote
- Weapons: Any of the best Destiny 2 weapons (preferably Solar)
- Mods: Ashes to Assets, Melee Wellmaker, Elemental Charge, Firepower, Impact Induction, Seeking Wells
Solar 3.0 has allowed Hunters to become even more deadly, swiftly tearing around the battlefield dishing out heavy DPS to mow down mobs and blind enemy Guardians with crazy pyrotechnic displays.
This particular build is based entirely around endless throwing knives, scorch, and radiant. Ember of Torches makes you radiant after getting powered melee kills, which in turn refund your melee ability thanks to Knock ‘Em Down. This Aspect also adds more projectiles to Blade Barrage, which refunds a massive amount of Super energy if you’re wearing Shards of Galanor Exotic arms.
Equip the Gunpowder Gamble Aspect to add a spicy zing by charging a high-powered grenade with every Solar kill. Once ready, you’ll toss a bundle of explosives that can be shot in mid-air to do huge damage and apply stacks of scorch. It also looks as awesome as it sounds.
The Knife Trick melee is the go-to in PvE for crowds, but you may want Weighted Knife in PvP for more precision. Ideally you’ll need to keep moving, hurling knives whenever you have a guaranteed kill, and keeping your abilities on recharge with grenade kills, Gambler’s Dodge, and Solar final blows.