Hunter Exotic Helm Review

Published on: Dec 30, 2014 @ 14:01

As most of you know, we’ve reviewed all of the Exotic weapons that are currently accessible in Destiny.

The Exotic armor reviews will focus on class builds to maximize their use. For more subclass guides, click here.

This article will cover each of Destiny’s Exotic Hunter helmets.

Each of these Exotic helmets can be acquired via Xûr or randomly in PvP/PvE.

ATS/8 ARACHNID (Gunslinger)ats/8 arachnid exotic hunter

  • Discipline & Strength
  • Light the Blade – Causing damage with a grenade reduces your melee cooldown.
  • Ashes to Asset – Replenish Super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade.
  • Arachnid Sensorium – Your Golden Gun zooms in for accuracy when aimed.

Review

New with The Dark BelowATS/8 ARACHNID‘s key ability will enhance the zoom of your Golden Gun, allowing you to get more precision shots. For those that don’t know, the Golden Gun does more damage with precision shots.

This helm will allow you to aim down sights a little better, and which may help you get more damage out of your Super.

In theory this sounds like a decent ability, but in reality it’s just underwhelming. The Golden Gun is already accurate when aiming down sights, and the enhanced zoom from the ATS/8 ARACHNID cuts down your field of view further, and isn’t really necessary or useful in most situations.

The other perks on the helm work very well, revolving around your grenades, allowing you to use your Super and melee ability more often.

Having your throwing knife and Super available more often is great, but it’s going to be more apparent in PvE, since damaging/killing non-players with grenades will be much easier. You will get Discipline and Strength from using ATS/8 ARACHNID, so those really go in line with those two perks as well.

Unfortunately the enhanced zoom very lackluster and provides no real benefit. Only use this if you’re going to accurately use your grenades liberally, or actually think the zoom is helpful.

Because this helm increases the Golden Gun zoom, don’t use the Over the Horizon and Deadeye talents.

Score

PvE: 6.5/10

PvP: 5/10

Achlyophage Symbiote (Gunslinger)ACHLYOPHAGE SYMBIOTE

  • Discipline
  • Fastball – Increases grenade throw distance.
  • Ashes to Asset – Replenish Super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade.
  • Last Man Standing – Golden Gun gains one additional shot per use.

Review

Similar to the ATS/8 ARACHNID, the Achlyophage Symbiote is a helm meant for the Gunslinger. Its unique ability will add an extra shot to your Golden Gun, arguably much more useful than the zoom that the ATS/8 ARACHNID offers.

Whereas the zoom may be beneficial in a select few circumstances, an extra shot will allow you to easily take down at least 1 more enemy, which of course is great in PvP if you miss one of your first three.

In PvE, though you probably won’t miss, you’ll still have another shot to use as you wish.

The helm will increase your Discipline as well, decreasing grenade cooldown time, which meshes well with the two other perks. This will help you get grenade kills further away, and if you’re able to kill enemies with your grenades, you can use your Super a little quicker.

Increasing you grenade throw distance is a great help, as it will better your chances of getting grenade kills, which will boost you Super energy charge rate, which then brings you back for more Golden Gun action.

This is easily one of the best Exotic helmets for a Gunslinger in both PvP and PvE. If you’re a Gunslinger without Exotic armor, definitely grab the Achlyophage Symbiote.

Score

PvE: 8.9/10

PvP: 8/10

Mask of the Third Man (Bladedancer)
mask of the third man review

  • Intellect
  • Infusion – Replenishes health each time you pick up an Orb of Light.
  • Switchblade – Increases melee attack speed.
  • Unstable Current – Arc Blade attacks use less super energy.

Review

This is a helm that every Bladedancer should own. Mask of the Third Man‘s unique ability is reduces the amount of Super energy used when attacking with Arc Blade. Couple this helm with the Encore talent for even more time with the Arc Blade.

If there are encounters that have swarms of enemies, like the first phase of Templar or the lamps in Crota’s End, you can easily double or triple the amount of time you’re able to use Arc Blade.

In PvP, Mask of the Third Man will allow for a bit more of an extension as well, since every kill won’t be using up as much energy.

Mask of the Third Man, being the only Exotic helm that’s specific to the Bladedancer, is a great choice if you enjoy that subclass. You’re going to always make use out of the Switchblade perk since you’ll undoubtedly be using your melee a lot.

Mask of the Third Man will also increase your Intellect, increasing  the passive charge of your Super.

While having the increased melee attack speed from Switchblade is great (Fast Twitch for even more speed), Infusion’s health regeneration from Orb’s of Light will only be used in certain situations.

Infusion does come in handy in in Crota’s End from Crota’s Presence, and from other close-range PvE encounters, but it’s a niche ability.

Cosmetically, it’s got a Hive-esque design, and the three glowing eyes even change color depending on if you are a male or female.

Score

PvE: 7/10

PvP: 7/10

Knucklehead Radar
knucklehead radar exotic

  • Strength
  • Light the Blade – Causing damage with a grenade reduces your melee cooldown.
  • Inverse Shadow – Increased Super energy gained from killing minions of the Darkness.
  • Sensor Pack – Radar remains visible while aiming Primary Weapons.

Review

Each of the Knucklehead Radar‘s perks are great in their own way, though it may serve you best in PvE. This is the only subclass subclass-neutral Hunter Exotic helm other than ExoTac Angel Hunter, coming with HoW.

It’s going to provide you a lot of Strength, which works well with the Light the Blade perk, allowing you to use your melee ability even more.

This helm is amazing for those who like to switch their weapon loadouts around. Sensor Pack is useful in PvP: you’re able to see your radar while looking down the sights of primary weapons (MIDA Multi-tool and Patience and Time have a similar perk).

Being able to see your radar while ADS lends itself well to all playstyles, and all formats of the Crucible.

The downside to Knucklehead Radar is that Inverse Shadow does not work outside of PvE, which means it’s a useless perk in PvP. Furthermore, Sensor Pack will rarely be necessary in PvE, making it basically useless in PvE.

In PvP you’re left with the increased awareness from your radar and a melee cooldown from grenade damage. For newer players this is a wonderful helm to use until you have better map knowledge and awareness.

In PvE Knucklehead Radar is stronger, because you’ll always be able to damage enemies with your grenades easily, and you’ll also be able to increase your Super energy really easily just by killing enemies.

This helm can become a crutch too if you rely on it, and after changing to something else, you may have to rethink your playstyle.

Knucklehead Radar isn’t worth passing on completely, but ask yourself: Do you really think Sensor Pack will benefit you in PvE? Is losing Inverse Shadow in PvP worth it?

Score

PvE: 7.5/10

PvP: 7.3/10

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  • Justin Genus

    Knucklehead sensory pack is actually better in pvp if you ask me. Otherwise I agree entirely.

    • Pete

      They’re stating that sensory pack is only really useful in pvp and not pve. Personally it makes me lazy in pvp and pve lol. I like it paired with a scout rifle during the nexus strike those vex at the end can sneak up on you.

    • “Sensor Pack will rarely be necessary in PvE, making it basically useless in PvE.”

      • Justin Genus

        Then why the low pvp score compared to pave?

        • iponce96

          Because inverse shadow is a PvE exclusive perk. Regardless of how great this helmet objectively is, that’s one less perk that helps in PvP. Which matters.

      • iponce96

        I actually completely disagree with that. I play PvE almost exclusively and being able to keep my sensor up while pumping lead into a Major or Ultra without needing to worry about being flanked is a godsend. As a player who uses their radar quite often, I have a hard time playing with my Titan and Warlock for that reason alone. I think Knucklehead Radar is one of the better exotics in the game. It’s key perk rules in PvE.

  • Jason Peterson

    Basically, Symbiote outclasses everything here unless you’re a die hard Blade Dancer. Also Knucklehead is an acceptable alternative if you like the Radar for Crucible… But really you shouldn’t need it.

    Yeah, Hunter helmets are pretty much crap besides Symbiote.

  • BAMozzy69 .

    Aesthetically the Symbiote is probably the worst Helm but it is by far my preferred Gunslinger Exotic option. I don’t really like the benefit of the Zoom on the Arachnid as the field of view is greatly narrowed and certainly not as beneficial as the Symbiotes perk. Mask of the Third Man is a great choice when playing as a Bladedancer but in PvE there are few situations when it is really beneficial. Obviously the new Raid is one of those with all those Thralls but most often there isn’t sufficient groups of enemies to warrant using it in my opinion. Knucklehead Radar is a good Subclass Neutral helmet but I prefer the benefits given by the Symbiote and Third Man Helms

  • Diego Pedrollo

    Excelente artigo!
    Obrigado!

  • TRATH99

    I have only the Symbiote, just got it from Xur, almost fully upgraded, loving it. Definitely want Mask of the Third Man for bladedancing, will try my luck with a helm engram. I don’t care for Arachnid but want the Knucklehead at least for the collection.