Destiny Character Builds by Subclass

Destiny Character Builds by Subclass by KillerKodiak69

Just a little guide I whipped up for my clan, just realized it would be an excellent addition to this sub, as I have yet to see a comprehensive guide for builds. I’m open to both changes for what I have already and any builds you run yourself that I did not include.


Striker Builds

Stormbringer (Aftershocks) – PvE/PvP

Do not fear the storm; you ARE the storm.

  • Grenade: Lightning (DoT)
  • Havoc: Aftermath (DoT)
  • Storm: Amplify (Faster FoH)
  • Codex: I (Recovery & Toughness)
  • Perk 1: Aftershocks (Better DoT)
  • Codex: V (Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Unstoppable
  • Stats: Intellect, Balanced (Faster Fist, Grenades or Melee as needed)
  • Exotic: The Armamentarium (2x Lightning grenades for even more DoT)

Boxer (Transfusion) – Solo PvE/PvP

In the Wild stands a Boxer, and a Fighter by his trade.

  • Grenade: Flashbang/Lightnight (PvE/PvP)
  • Havoc: User Preference
  • Storm: Overload (Chance to reset cooldown)
  • Codex: I (Recovery & Toughness)
  • Perk 1: Transfusion (Health regen on SF & SC)
  • Codex: V (Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Shoulder Charge (OHKOs & health regen)
  • Stats: Strength (More melee for more health regen)
  • Exotic: An Insurmountable Skullfort (Improved Transfusion lets you replace Transfusion)

Man of Steel (Death from Above) – PvE/PvP

Bring the rain.

  • Grenade: Flashbang/Pulse
  • Havoc: Death from Above
  • Storm: Amplify
  • Codex: I (Recovery & Toughness)
  • Perk 1: Headstrong
  • Codex: V (Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Unstoppable
  • Stats: Intellect, Balanced (As much FoH as possible, grenades and melee are secondary)
  • Exotic: Helm of Inmost Light (Replace DfA and Headstrong with Aftermath and Aftershocks)

Defender Builds

Vindicator (WoL) – PvE

Your Light protects your companions; it also empowers them.

  • Grenade: Spike/Magnetic (Mob AoE/Target burst)
  • Ward: Weapons of Light (Increases DPS of Fireteam)
  • Barrier: War Machine (Increases personal DPS)
  • Codex: I (Recovery & Toughness)
  • Perk 1: Bastion (Longer Ward = Longer WoL)
  • Codex: V (Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Illuminated (Stronger WoL)
  • Stats: Intellect, Balanced (Faster Ward, Grenades or Melee as needed)
  • Exotic: The Glasshouse (Longer WoL)

Paladin (Orbs) – PvE

Provide shelter with which to fill one another with Light.

  • Grenade: Spike/Magnetic (Mob AoE/Target burst)
  • Ward: Blessings of Light (Give Fireteam Overshield while still being able to deal damage)
  • Barrier: Gift of Light (Generate Orbs)
  • Codex: I (Recovery & Toughness)
  • Perk 1: Gift of the Void (Generate Orbs)
  • Codex: V (Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Iron Harvest (Generate Orbs)
  • Stats: Intellect, Strength (Faster Ward, Faster Barrier for more Orbs)
  • Exotic: Crest of Alpha Lupi (Generate more orbs)

Sentinel (Tank) – PvE/PvP

You are the solitary rock, but you are not alone; weather the tide so others may break it.

  • Grenade: Spike/Magnetic/Suppressor (Mob AoE/Target burst/PvP)
  • Ward: Armor of Light (Durability in the middle of a mob or on a Control/choke point)
  • Barrier: Unbreakable (Durability outside of Ward)
  • Codex: I (Recovery & Toughness)
  • Perk 1: Relentless (Barrier +5 seconds and stronger)
  • Codex: V (Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Untouchable (Faster Ward)
  • Stats: Intellect, Strength (Faster Ward, punch all the things)
  • Exotic: No Backup Plans/Helm of Saint-14 (PvE: Barrier +5 seconds/PvP: blind enemies)


Voidwalker Builds

Darkstar (Vortex) – PvE/PvP

Send them to the brink, and watch as they are consumed.

  • Grenade: Vortex/Axion Bolt (PvE & PvP/PvP)
  • Nova Bomb: Vortex
  • Energy Drain: User Preference
  • Arcane: Wisdom or Spirit
  • Perk 1: Annihilate
  • Order: Ancestral
  • Perk 2: Vortex Mastery
  • Focus: Intellect, Discipline
  • Exotic: Obsidian Mind/Voidfang Vestments (PvE/PvP)

Shadow Priest (Energy Drain) – PvE/PvP

Devour their soul; feed their destruction.

  • Grenade: User Preference
  • Nova Bomb: User Preference
  • Energy Drain: Soul Rip
  • Arcane: Wisdom or Spirit
  • Perk 1: The Hunger (longer Energy Drain)
  • Order: Ancestral
  • Perk 2: Embrace the Void (more Energy Drain)
  • Focus: Discipline, Strength (spam grenades & melee to trigger Energy Drain)
  • Exotic: Skull of Dire Ahamkara (replaces the Hunger, can use Angry Magic if Lance is taken, or Annihilate)

Sunsinger Builds

Salamander (Overshield) – PvE/PvP

With scales of flame, nothing can harm you.

  • Grenade: User Preference
  • Radiance: Radiant Skin
  • Scorch: Flame Shield
  • Arcane: Spirit
  • Perk 1: Radiant Will
  • Order: Ancestral or Divine
  • Perk 2: Gift of the Sun
  • Focus: Intellect & Strength (more shields from Radiance and Scorch)
  • Exotic: Claws of Ahamkara (2x Scorch)

Fireskald (Song of Flame) – PvE

Sing their praises and help them Light the world.

  • Grenade: User Preference
  • Radiance: Song of Flame
  • Scorch: User Preference
  • Arcane: Wisdom or Spirit
  • Perk 1: Sunburst (Orbs from Scorch)
  • Order: Ancestral
  • Perk 2: User Preference
  • Focus: Intellect & Strength (more Radiance and Scorch for more Orbs)
  • Exotic: Light Beyond Nemesis (more orbs from Radiance) or Heart of the Praxic Fire (stronger buffs from Song of Flame)

Pyromancer (Ignite) – PvE/PvP

Burn them to ash.

  • Grenade: Solar
  • Radiance: User Preference
  • Scorch: User Preference
  • Arcane: Wisdom or Spirit
  • Perk 1: Viking Funeral
  • Order: Ancestral
  • Perk 2: Touch of Flame
  • Focus: Discipline & Strength (more DoT from grenades and Scorch)
  • Exotic: Sunbreakers (longer grenades for more things burned)


Gunslinger Builds

Despite my first character being a Hunter, I was not able to come up with any distinctive builds for Gunslinger.

Bladedancer Builds

Berserker (Fast Twitch) – PvE/PvP

Thin their ranks with efficient weapon handling, then close the gap and cut them down.

  • Grenade: User Preference
  • Arc Blade: Showstopper/Razor’s Edge (PvE/PvP)
  • Blink Strike: Fast Twitch (Lost of melee)
  • Path: Forbidden (Agility & Recovery)
  • Perk 1: Quick Draw (Immediate draw & ADS)
  • Way: Drifter (Agility)
  • Perk 2: Encore (Longer Arc Blade)
  • Focus: Intellect, Discipline (Blink Strike is capped at 5 seconds so buff Super & Grenades)
  • Exotic: Mask of the third Man (sustainable Arc Blade)

Rogue (Shadowjack) – PvE/PvP

If they can’t see you, they’re already dead.

  • Grenade: User Preference
  • Arc Blade: Vanish (Invis)
  • Blink Strike: Backstab/Escape Artist (Assasinate/Invis)
  • Path: Forbidden (Agility & Recovery)
  • Perk 1: Shadowjack (Longer invis)
  • Way: Drifter/Nomad (Agility/Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Stalker (Even more invis & stealth revives)
  • Focus: Balanced
  • Exotic: Don’t Touch Me (More invis), will be Ikaheka’s Hooks after HoW

Phantom (Hungering Blade) – Solo PvE/PvP

Float in and out of combat like a ghost.

  • Grenade: Arc Bolt/Flux, Skip (PvE/PvP)
  • Arc Blade: User Preference
  • Blink Strike: Escape Artist (As the name suggests)
  • Path: Forbidden (Agility & Recovery)
  • Perk 1: Fleet Footed (Get to cover)
  • Way: Nomad (Recovery)
  • Perk 2: Hungering Blade (Regen)
  • Focus: Balanced
  • Exotic: Don’t Touch Me (More Invis)
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