All classes of Destiny 2 offer builds capable of dealing massive damage, but no class has such a long list as the Hunter class. The Hunter is a great DPS option for PvE options and a formidable opponent in any PvP activity like Crucible or Gambit.
With the perfect combination of subclass tree abilities and exotic armor, any hunter can go from being a good damage dealer to a great one. Here are some of the best versions of Hunter across Destiny 2.
Gunslinger + Ophidia Spathe + Monte-Carlo
It’s a knife to meet you. One of the perks of the Gunslinger subclass, the Solar subclass for hunters, is its variety of throwing knife options. Each Gunslinger tree features a different knife variant that adds explosive damage, burn damage, or precision damage, and this build maximizes the number of knives you can throw.
The Ophidia Spathe chest armor piece grants you a second charge from the throwing knife. Combined with the Monte Carlo Auto Rifle that quickly recharges your melee ability with damage and kills, the Gunslinger Hunter becomes a fast-paced knife-throwing machine. For PvE activities, Way of the Outlaw maximizes this subclass build, with the Explosive Knife and Golden Gun six-shotgun designed to take out huge treasures of enemies. Way of the Sharpshooter is also great for PvP or for taking out big bosses.
Arcstrider + Raiden Flux
The Arc Staff super ability is one of the most powerful in the game, dealing a ton of damage via wide melee moves and arc damage that chains to multiple enemies. On his own he already has a decent duration, but he gets even more powerful with the Raiden Flux chest armor piece equipped.
With Raiden Flux equipped, the bow staff’s chain hits improve its damage and duration, increasing the length and potency of the super. This is best amplified by the Way of the Warrior tree, which adds a lightning strike to bow staff hits when used after a dodge.
Night tracker + Graviton package
The Way of the Wraith tree of the Nightstalker subclass replaces Shadowshot with a brand new super, Spectral Blades. Summoning this ability allows you to become invisible until your next attack. And if you right click with your heavy attack, you can disappear again. It is useful for taking out priority enemies in PvE activities and can be a game-changer in various PvP modes. Wraith players can also become invisible while crouching.
As with the Arc build, we want to maximize this super as much as possible– and for this we need the Graviton Forfeit helmet. This exotic helmet increases the duration of any invisibility effects, and while invisible, it recharges faster in melee, reloads its weapons, and improves its recovery. This means that the super’s invisibility effects will last longer, and hunters can gain all of these benefits by crouching and killing.
Revenant + FR0ST-EE5
With so many variations available to unlock and use in the Hunter Stasis class, Revenant, you want something to amplify the freezing and slowing effects that also gives you a huge mobility boost. To do this, you want the FR0ST-EE5 Exotic Boots, which allow sprinting to increase grenade regeneration, melee, and your dodge ability.
Dodge also increases your sprint speed, so if you freeze enemies with your grenade or super you can quickly reduce the distance and use a Shatterdive to take out a huge group with one hit.
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