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The Ultimate Guide to the Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter Build in Destiny 2

Once upon a time, during the Season of Plunder, I devised a Destiny 2 Hunter Void 3.0 build featuring the Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk. At that time, I boldly claimed it was the best Hunter build in the game. However, Bungie later reworked the Exotic, rendering my previous build ineffective. But fear not, because the Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk has received a buff, making this new build even better than the previous one.

This Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter build completely revolutionizes the way you play PvE. It amplifies the concept of offensive Invisibility, granting you near-infinite Invisibility and Volatile Rounds. With this build, you can make everything explode while minimizing the risk of taking serious damage.

Let’s dive into the details of this build. While there are several essential components, such as Stylish Executioner with Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk, the build offers significant flexibility, especially in terms of your mod loadout. Feel free to tailor the build to your preferred playstyle while using the foundation I provide here.

It’s worth mentioning that I’ve been a Hunter Void main since the subclass debuted back in The Taken King in Destiny 1. So, if anyone understands how to master this subclass, it’s me.

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter Build

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This Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter build strikes the perfect balance between offense and defense. You’ll constantly shift in and out of Invisibility. Each time you activate Invisibility, your current Void weapon will be empowered with Volatile Rounds. Killing enemies with these Volatile Rounds triggers your Invisibility, allowing you to maintain an endless loop of Invisibility and explosive firepower.

In terms of engine complexity, this build is refreshingly straightforward. Unlike other builds that require multiple components to function, all you need for this build is the Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Exotic and an Aspect.

Given the simplicity of the build’s core engine, you have plenty of room for customization. Modify the build according to your playstyle, as long as you include Stylish Executioner and Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk. Tailor the build with a grenade-based Elemental Wells mod setup, as in my own build. Combining Elemental Armaments, Bountiful Wells, and Devour from our subclass grants us exceptional grenade uptime for a Hunter. These grenades, in turn, generate Wells for Font of Might and refund some grenade energy. This additional sub-engine complements the Volatile/Invis spam, further enhancing the build’s power.

Notably, this build offers not only firepower but also defensive utility. The Gambler’s Dodge grants us Invisibility upon activation, and our Snare Bomb grants Invisibility when killing an enemy affected by it. Moreover, our Dodge refunds the Snare Bomb, creating yet another sub-engine within the build.

Both of these sub-engines can be enhanced using different mod setups to suit your needs. This versatility makes this build one of the most powerful and customizable options in Destiny 2.

Abilities and Super

Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter Build – Super

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Deadfall.
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Divinity, once a popular choice, has suffered from recent nerfs. While it still finds use in certain raid encounters, its effectiveness has significantly diminished. As a result, Deadfall Void Hunters have surged in popularity.

If, like me, you prefer Mobius Quiver, prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the extended duration of Deadfall. It provides a 30% damage debuff on all affected targets, lasting through multiple DPS phases. However, in solo play, Mobius Quiver remains a viable option. It offers better burst damage and Add-clear potential. Just keep in mind that using Mobius Quiver means sacrificing the use of Orpheus Rigs, unless you quickly swap during damage phases.

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With that said, Deadfall currently reigns as the go-to choice for boss debuffs, so familiarize yourself with this Super.

Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter Build – Grenade

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Vortex Grenade.
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In my previous Void 3.0 Hunter Build, I relied on Suppressor Grenades. While I still utilize Suppressors for high-end PvE activities like Masters and Grandmasters, Vortex Grenades are the ideal choice for regular gameplay and raids.

As an avid fan of Witherhoard, I can attest to the exceptional synergy between Vortex Grenades and this Grenade Launcher. Vortex grenades pull targets towards their impact zone, amplifying the damage output when combined with a Witherhoard pool. This deadly combination can decimate enemies like the Minotaurs in Spire of the Watcher in just seconds.

Furthermore, our grenades inflict Weaken thanks to one of our Fragments. Killing enemies with Vortex Grenades grants Invisibility and generates Wells, thanks to my mod setup.

Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter Build – Melee and Class Ability

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Gambler's Dodge.
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When it comes to Hunter Melees, Snare Bomb is the only option, leaving no room for choice. Similarly, we have just two Class Abilities to choose from. Despite their limited variety, these two abilities form a crucial survival sub-engine within the build.

I highly recommend using Gambler’s Dodge, which grants Invisibility every time you activate it. The only reason to opt for Marksman’s Dodge is during boss DPS phases; otherwise, Gambler’s Dodge is the ideal choice. The combination of Gambler’s Dodge and Vanishing Step provides three potential sources of instant Invisibility, ensuring your survival even in Grandmaster difficulty.

This powerful synergy was the foundation of my previous Void build. Additionally, you can enhance this sub-engine by using mods like Heavy Handed, though I’m not utilizing it in this build.

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter Build – Aspects

Vanishing Step

Void Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build Vanishing Step Aspect.
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Some players prefer Trapper’s Ambush, and I understand why. It instantly grants Invisibility to both you and your teammates. However, in my opinion, Vanishing Step is easier to trigger and perfectly complements our Snare Bombs.

Vanishing Step also provides two Fragment slots, which, while nice, aren’t as crucial as you might think. Three Fragments in this build are essential, while the fourth is optional. In my opinion, there are two Fragments worth including in that fourth slot, but you can forgo it altogether if you prefer Trapper’s Ambush. Keep in mind that by removing the Dodge/Melee Invisibility sub-engine, you lose a significant amount of synergy.

Stylish Executioner

Void Hunter Stylish Executioner Aspect.
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Stylish Executioner is one of the two necessary components for this build, along with Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk itself.

Stylish Executioner triggers Invisibility whenever you defeat a Void debuffed target, including targets weakened by your Grenade or Weakened Clear, suppressed targets from Suppressor Grenades, and enemies affected by Volatile. This pairs perfectly with Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk, which provides Volatile Rounds on exiting Invisibility. Combining these two components creates an infinite loop, causing targets to explode and ensuring exceptional Add-clear capabilities, as well as constant activation of Invisibility for unparalleled survivability, as long as you consistently eliminate enemies.

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter Build – Fragments

Echo of Undermining

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Echo of Undermining.
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Unfortunately, Echo of Undermining’s -20 Discipline negatively impacts this Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Void Hunter build. The build heavily relies on Resilience and Discipline, making it challenging to achieve 120 Discipline. However, even if you can’t reach that level of Discipline, running 80 Discipline is still worth activating this Fragment.

Undermining causes our Void Grenades to Weaken targets, synergizing with Stylish Executioner and allowing all our Void Grenades to trigger Invisibility. With Suppressor Grenades, this combination grants Suppression and Weaken effects.

This version of the Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk build emphasizes Grenades, making Echo of Undermining especially potent. Our grenades provide Invisibility, Weaken targets, and generate Wells, thanks to my mod setup. With excellent grenade uptime, we can achieve remarkable results with minimal investment.

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Echo of Persistence

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Echo of Persistence.
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Echo of Persistence is an undeniable asset to this build. It prolongs the duration of Devour, Invisibility, and Overshields. Considering how heavily we rely on Invisibility and Devour in this build, including Echo of Persistence is a no-brainer.

Furthermore, the recent change to Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk grants us access to extended Overshields, making this Fragment even more impactful. With Echo of Persistence, you receive three benefits in one.

Echo of Starvation

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Echo of Starvation.
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This is where the build encounters some difficulties. Hunters possess limited options for Grenade regeneration technology. Devour is our only reliable source for Grenade regeneration, so we must fully embrace it with Echo of Starvation.

Echo of Starvation triggers Devour each time we pick up an Orb of Power. This emphasizes the importance of constantly generating Orbs, which, in turn, limits helmet mod and weapon choices slightly.

Generating Orbs is crucial because Devour is our primary source of Grenade regeneration outside of Wells. Without Orbs and Devour, our Grenades and Wells become non-existent.

Echo of Harvest

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Echo of Harvest.
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This fourth Fragment slot offers a wildcard option. In my build, I run Echo of Harvest to generate Orbs more reliably with our Grenade.

However, until recently, I was utilizing Echo of Obscurity to incorporate an additional source of Invisibility and capitalize on Gyrfalcon’s secondary reserve Overshield effect.

Currently, I believe Obscurity may be the better option, but I suspect I haven’t fully tapped into Harvest’s potential. Take some time to experiment with this slot and other Fragments; you may discover something I’ve overlooked.

Gear and Mods

Gear

This Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter build provides ample freedom in terms of mods. However, your equipment loadout imposes certain restrictions. Naturally, you must equip Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk as your Exotic armor piece. That’s the whole point of this build, after all.

Nevertheless, there’s one more limitation that significantly impacts the build: you must primarily use Void weapons. Since Gyrfalcon’s Volatile Rounds only work with Void weapons, your elemental slot will always be occupied by a Void primary. This limitation restricts your loadout options but is also the build’s most significant drawback.

That being said, there are numerous excellent Void primary options available. In my build, I utilize Funnelweb, but I’m actively seeking a Feeding Frenzy/Repulsor Brace Unforgiven from Duality. Repulsor Brace pairs exceptionally well with this build, granting an Overshield every time you kill a Volatile target. Unfortunately, Funnelweb cannot roll Repulsor Brace, indicating that Unforgiven may be the best weapon to accompany this build. However, Doom of Chelchis, the Ikelos Hand Cannon, and the Veles-X seasonal weapon all can roll exceptional Repulsor Brace perks. If you happen to possess the Collective Obligation, do not hesitate to use it.

As for your heavy weapon, I recommend using a Linear Fusion Rifle when playing with a Fireteam. Taipan is an excellent choice. Otherwise, opt for Stormchaser or Threaded Needle unless you need specific loadouts for particular encounters or activities. Once Weakened Clear rotates out, you’ll have more flexibility with your primary slot and can fill the gaps in your loadout accordingly, potentially with an Arbalest.

Funnelweb

Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Funnelweb in inventory.
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For me, Funnelweb is unequivocally the best primary weapon in Destiny 2. It may lose its effectiveness in higher-tier content like Masters, but it excels in shredding enemies across mid-level activities.

Subsistence ensures we always have ammo by synergizing with Veist Stinger, while Adrenaline Junkie provides a consistent 33% damage buff. When combined with the 7% boost from Minor Spec and the potential 25% from Font of Might, along with possible debuffs, Funnelweb unleashes devastating DPS. Although this weapon lacks the Repulsor Brace perk, some players may prefer the offensive boost of Adrenaline Junkie over the defensive option.

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Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk

Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Hauberk in inventory.
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I initially believed Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk was the best Hunter Exotic in the game. Now, with its recent buff, I am convinced it’s the best Exotic overall, especially for PvE.

While we’ve lost the 35% damage buff it used to provide, it has been replaced by a new effect that grants Volatile Rounds to Void weapons every time you exit Invisibility. Personally, and don’t tell anyone this, I still have a soft spot for the old effect. However, objectively speaking, this rework has made the Exotic immeasurably better.

Additionally, activating a finisher while Invisible grants you and your allies a reserve Overshield that can be activated by using your class abilities. This effect holds more significance than you might think, particularly when playing high-end PvE content with a coordinated three-man Fireteam.

Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk also offers the previous damage buff when performing a finisher, but the buff’s short duration renders it almost negligible. By the time your finisher animation ends, you’ll have at most three seconds of the buff remaining.

While I suspect Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk may revert to its previous form in the near future, it currently sits at the top of the META.

Mods

Destiny 2 Gyrfalcon's Hauberk Hunter build - Bountiful Wells on helmet.
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All engines within this Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter build are self-contained. Our subclass and equipment power the entire build, freeing up our mod slots for maximum customization. Previously, I considered Heavy Handed a must-have, but with the recent changes, I’ve decided to forgo it and Charged with Light entirely.

As it stands, this is the mod setup I’m using (though it’s completely optional):

  • Bountiful Wells
  • Elemental Armaments
  • Elemental Armaments
  • Elemental Armaments
  • Font of Might

The only mandatory inclusion not included in the above list is a helmet mod that generates Orbs. Harmonic Siphon is a one-energy-cost mod, so be sure to use it. Without it, the build simply won’t function because you won’t be able to keep your Grenades active.

This mod setup offers a classic approach, generating an abundance of Wells for both ourselves and our teammates through the use of grenades. If you carefully position and collect your Wells, particularly in high-end PvE encounters, you can extend the Font of Might effect for at least 20 seconds per Grenade.

Alternatively, if you prefer Elemental Time Dilation, the aforementioned mod loadout works just fine as well.

It’s important to note that during the Season of the Seraph, due to Solo Operative and Weakened Clear occupying your class item, you may only have room for four combat mods. This is why I recommend the Bountiful Wells setup in this case. Sacrificing that one slot doesn’t significantly impact this type of setup since you’ll still have plenty of Wells available. However, for a Charged with Light setup or Elemental Time Dilation, it can hinder your build’s effectiveness.

There are other technical options available, such as Firepower, potentially an excellent Charged with Light option for Grenade regeneration. However, since I don’t have that particular mod, I can’t provide personal feedback on its effectiveness. It may also be worth experimenting with Warmind Cells if you’re using the Ikelos Hand Cannon, but that further limits build options, and Warmind Cells aren’t currently in the best state.

In my opinion, a simple Bountiful Wells setup works best. It allows us to free up the class item slot, ensures excellent ability regeneration due to the additional Wells, and provides substantial damage amplification through Font of Might. However, this setup requires more micromanagement.

Wrap Up

That concludes our guide to the Destiny 2 Void 3.0 Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk Hunter build. When I say this build excels in mid-level activities, I truly mean it. With practice, you can comfortably solo any Legend content or Dungeon you desire.

Moreover, this build offers a significant skill ceiling. By mastering your buffs and Invisibility management, you’ll easily carry in Master-level content with this build. As for Grandmaster difficulty, its viability remains to be seen, but I suspect Omnioculous will continue to dominate that specific niche activity.

Regardless, this build stands as one of the most enjoyable and powerful options in Destiny 2 right now. Even my Warlock-main friend has dabbled with it on their Hunter, so why wouldn’t you give it a try?

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