Destiny 2 Solar Hunter PvP Build

This guide gives weapons, exotics, and armor mods for a Destiny 2 Solar Hunter PvP Build, intended for all levels of PvP players!

D2 Solar Hunter PvP Build

This build has been updated for Season 23, Season of the Wish.

Why Should You Play Solar Hunter in PVP?

PVP Solar Hunter is a powerful combination of damage and survivability. The object of the subclass is to utilize our melee for area denial and chip damage while our grenade heals us and our allies. This subclass is enjoyable and can be played with any playstyle and still be effective. Find out all the details on how to craft, create, and optimize our Solar Hunter PVP Build.

Destiny 2 Solar Hunter PVP Build

The following list presents all the essential Solar Hunter PVP Build Mechanics and Features in Destiny 2:

  • Subclass: Solar
  • Primary Stat: Mobility
  • Super: Blade Barrage
  • Class Ability: Gambler’s Dodge
  • Jump: Strafe Jump
  • Grenade: Healing Grenade
  • Melee: Proximity Explosive Knife
  • Aspects: Knock ’em Down, On Your Mark
  • Fragments: Ember of Torches, Ember of Combustion, Ember of Eruption, Ember of Beams, Ember of Solace

Abilities

The best abilities for the Solar Hunter PVP Build are Blade Barrage, Healing Grenade, and Proximity Explosive Knife. The Blade Barrage super is mighty because it can shut down other supers easily. The Healing Grenade is incredibly powerful for providing allies and ourselves with instant healing and additional regen for a short time. Lastly, our Proximity Explosive Knife is great for area denial by sticking into a location and blowing up when enemies run nearby. Also, it’s great for finishing low-health enemies who are behind cover.


Blade Barrage


Strafe Jump

Healing Grenade

Proximity Explosive Knife

Blade Barrage – This super casts a large amount of exploding knives that can cover an entire area in damage or be used to deal a lot of damage to a heavy health target. Great for shutting down enemy supers

– Activating this dodge while in close proximity to enemies will give you your melee ability back. It also makes ourselves harder to hit while dodging

Strafe Jump – A higher single jump with strong directional control makes this jump a must have for PvP

Healing Grenade – Healing grenade provide a burst of healing and extra regeneration for a short time

Proximity Explosive Knife – Throw this knife to have it stick to a targets location, waiting for it to go off until an enemy gets close.

The most important ability we are using is our Blade Barrage super. This super is great for shutting down enemies in their super especially those that require them to stay in a certain location like Well of Radiance. Also, our Healing Grenade provides instant healing and allows you to re-engage enemies more quickly. However, even in PVP abilities that may be stronger than others can be swapped due to situational needs.

Aspects

The best aspects to use with our Solar Hunter PVP Build are Known ‘Em Down and On Your Mark. Knock ‘Em Down gives us our melee back after getting a kill with it and buffs our super. Also, On Your Mark provides a stacking buff to our reload and handling stats.


Knock ‘Em Down

On Your Mark

Knock 'Em Down – This buffs our super and also gives us a melee back if we kill an enemy while radiant, basically allowing us to have constant melees

On Your Mark – This gives a handling and reload buff after getting a precision kill or max stacks when we use our dodge

Both of our Aspects are essential with this build since one buffs our super while the other provides us with stat boosts for our weapons ensuring no matter what weapon we use, it will have a good feel.

Fragments

The best fragments for our Solar Hunter PVP Build are the Ember of Torches, Ember of Combustion, Ember of Eruption, Ember of Beams, and Ember of Solace. These provide us with a damage boost, extend our subclass class buff timers, and provide additional utility to our supers.


Ember of Torches

Ember of Combustion

Ember of Eruption

Ember of Beams

Ember of Solace

Ember of Torches : Powered melees grant us and nearby allies radiant

Ember of Combustion : Targets killed by solar supers ignite the enemy

Ember of Eruption : Ignitions have an increased blast radius

Ember of Beams : Solar super gains increased targeting

Ember of Solace : Restoration and radiant have increased timers

Ember of Torches is one of the most important fragments for our build since it buffs our damage by providing us with radiant. Secondly, Ember of Solace extends our radiance and restoration buff from our grenade. Moreover, Ember of Combustion, Ember of Eruption, and Ember of Beams allow our super more utility and effectiveness.

Weapons for Solar Hunter PVP Build

The best weapon combination with the Solar Hunter PVP Build is an Igneous Hammerand Conditional Finality. Since these provide the best utility for both good close-range and mid-range engagements. Also, Hand Cannon and Shotgun is one of the highest skill gap weapon combinations and is often preferred by veteran players or those participating in high levels of PVP content.

Weapon Combinations

Below are some additional weapon combinations for our Solar Hunter PVP Build:

  1. Hand Cannon & Fusion Rifle – Best for good aimers
  2. Submachine Gun & Sniper Rifle – Best for aggressive players
  3. Pulse Rifle and Shotgun – Best for passive players

If you wish to run a different weapon combination, we highly recommend at least running a primary ammo weapon and a special ammo weapon. Running two special weapons will limit your ammo and is not functional. Even though utilizing two primary weapons is doable, you will be at a massive disadvantage due to the strength of special ammo weapons.

Hand Cannon & Fusion Rifle

While not as iconic as the hand cannon and shotgun meta that ruled Destiny 2 for many years, the hand cannon and fusion rifle combo is a lethal pairing. You gain the benefit of both mid-range engagements with your hand cannon and close-range bursts with your fusion rifle. This combination is especially powerful for guardians who like the high skill gap of Hand Cannons while providing an easier-to-use special weapon with the Fusion Rifle.

Submachine Gun & Sniper Rifle

With both close-range and long-range engagements taken care of with this pairing, however, it is recommended to play very aggressively with this combination. With a submachine gun, you are lethal at close ranges allowing you to contest most weapons within short range. A sniper rifle allows you to clear a lane and push up towards your enemies.

Pulse Rifle & Shotgun

This pairing allows for both long-range and close-range to be secured. Pulse Rifles can out-range most hand cannons while providing a very easy-to-use weapon so they work well with more passive players. Shotguns provide one-shot potential when getting rushed by enemy players that push your position.

Exotic Armor for Solar Hunter PVP Build

The best exotic armors for Solar Hunter PVP Build are Knucklehead Radar and ST0MP-EE5. Within PVP, the best exotics are often neutral exotics that work without requirements like subclass or build synergy.

Often, movement and passive exotics are preferred over exotics that require a specific gameplay loop to be effective as these can be hard to maintain in a PVP environment. So Exotics like Knuckhead Radar and ST0MP-EES are great because they provide massive passive benefits like movement and constant radar without needing outside assistance from abilities or builds. For example, Knucklehead Radar provides radar and minimap even while aiming down sights, visually marks targets, provides extra damage to low-health marked targets, and provides a small boost in airborne effectiveness of all weapons. Also, ST0MP-EE5 increases your sprint speed and slide distance, improves your jumps, and gives a slight boost in damage reduction while airborne.

Armor Stats

The best stats to focus on in our Solar Hunter PVP Build are Mobility, Intellect, and Recovery. Since these provide us with survivability, reduce our class ability cooldown, and reduce our super cooldown.

  • Mobility: 100
  • Resilience: 80
  • Recovery: 20
  • Disciple: 50
  • Intellect: 50
  • Strength: 50

Armor Mods

The best armor mods for our Solar Hunter PVP Build are Targeting Mods, Dexterity Mods, and Unflinching Mods. Since these build into how well our weapons perform in combat, they are of the highest priority.

Head
Arm
Chest
Leg
Class

While we have kinetic weapon mods and arc weapon mods, you should adjust these depending on your weapon choices. So make sure to swap these mods to match your weapon energy types.

Gameplay Tips

This Solar Hunter PVP Build is about using our abilities to buff ourselves and survive. Our entire kit is designed around moving about the battlefield shutting down enemy lanes with our knife while engaging enemies. Our melee forces enemies from certain angles by dealing damage if they get too close. Placing the Proximity Knife at an off angle ensures enemies can’t flank you and if they do, you are warned by dealing damage to them. Also, our melee is fantastic for finishing low-health enemies by throwing it near the cover they are hiding behind. With our grenade, we gain survivability to rechallenge lanes sooner than enemies expect and throw them off. Also, we can use the grenade to heal our allies if they take too much damage while peaking lanes.

Our weapons and base abilities aren’t the only powerful weapons in the kit. Our super is fantastic as a shutdown super and has a major area of effect and area denial. Lastly, they can one-shot roaming supers and destroy defensive supers like Well of Radiance and Ward of Dawn bubble.

Build Summary – Destiny 2 Solar Hunter PvP Build

Below is a complete summary of stats, weapons, mods, abilities, and fragments for our Solar Hunter PVP Build for Destiny 2:

Abilities

  • Gambler’s Dodge
  • Healing Grenade
  • Proximity Explosive Knife
  • Blade Barrage

Aspects

  • Knock ‘Em Down
  • On Your Mark

Fragments

  • Ember of Torches
  • Ember of Combustion
  • Ember of Eruption
  • Ember of Beams
  • Ember of Solace

Weapon Combinations

  • Hand Cannon & Shotgun
  • Submachine Gun & Sniper Rifle
  • Shotgun & Pulse Rifle
  • Hand Cannon & Fusion Rifle

Head Mods

  • Targeting Mods

Arm Mods

  • Dexterity Mods
  • Fast Ball

Chest Mods

  • Unflinching Mods

Leg Mods

  • Holster Loading Mods
  • Recuperation

Class Mods

  • 2x Bomber
  • Reaper

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