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Destiny 2 guide: Best Hunter Exotic armor

Only picking three is hard for Hunters.

Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

Exotic armor pieces in Destiny 2 can completely change the way you play your class. Hunters have some of the best Exotics in the game. In fact, some of the Hunter Exotics are so good that your classes and subclasses can feel underpowered without them. Here are the three best Hunter Exotics.

Celestial Nighthawk


Celestial Nighthawk causes your Golden Gun to fire one shot instead of three. However, it does far more damage than all three shots combined. Celestial Nighthawk is easily the best PvE (player versus environment) Exotic in Destiny 2.

For PvP (player versus player), we think this helmet is completely useless. Please ignore it.

In PvE, Celestial Nighthawk can deal more damage at once than anything else in Destiny 2. On Calus, Hunters using this helmet regularly deal 200,000 more damage than their teammates. The same rings true for the dogs and even the censors in the Leviathan raid. This helmet is even great for the Gauntlet fight since it can kill Centurions in one shot. In Nightfalls, it kills bosses very quickly. In Public Events it does the same.

This Exotic is incredible. If you have it, you should use it.

Orpheus Rig


Each enemy that you tether with Shadowshot refunds part of your Shadowshot cooldown. If you hit a group of eight or so enemies, you will instantly refill your meter.

This is another incredible PvE Exotic that you really shouldn’t use in PvP. But for Public Events or any other large group activity like Nightfalls, these boots are great. Being able to link all enemies in one fight together is awesome, but being able to do it again only a few seconds later is even better.



Foetracer reveals and marks enemies that you deal damage to. You also do increased damage to low health enemies.

The damage here is pretty negligible, which is what makes Foetracer a mostly PvP Exotic. Putting on Foetracer feels a bit like cheating in Trials of the Nine or other game modes. If you hit an enemy, you can see them even through walls. Because you can practically see through the environment, you can start shooting at an enemy who previously ran away before they turn the corner to reengage you.

This is easily the best PvP Exotic in the game, and you should equip it before jumping into the Crucible.

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