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Hunters once prowled the wilderness and wastelands, taking big risks for even bigger rewards. You're no outlaw—at least, not anymore—but making your own luck has always meant bending the rules. Your unique brand of daring and ingenuity is needed now more than ever.[1]

The Hunter is a Guardian class that specializes in mobility, stealth, and marksmanship. Hunters are quick with a blade and quicker on the draw, and are known as the "Masters of the Frontier."[2] Hunters have a well-earned reputation for enjoying spending time out of the wilds, which sometimes gets them into trouble with their commanding officers.


Hunters were once survivors that roamed the wastelands and wilderness making their own luck. Through manipulation of the Traveler's energies, Hunters learned how to survive in the wild.[3] This heritage has led to their characteristic tendency of bending the rules to suit their particular situation.

Though Hunters prefer working alone, others see the value of working with other Guardians as part of a fireteam. Some fear them as being too reckless and dangerous, but their bravery has led to many discoveries dating back to the Golden Age.[3]

Distinguishing Features[]

Hunters can be easily distinguished in-game by their signature hooded cloaks, thin builds, and lightly armored outfits,[1][4] which contain an armor-to-cloth ratio of about 50:50.[5]

Also, as with the other player classes, in addition to helmets, chest armor, gauntlets, and leg armor, Hunters have a special fifth armor slot that is unique to their class and further helps to distinguish them:[6] a cloak worn on the head and back.[6]

While Hunters, like all Guardians, can use any and all weapons in-game, they employ a unique utility blade, the Hunter Knife, for stealth kills and melee combat.[7]


Hunter's method of attack has an emphasis on dealing high damage from short and medium range.[8]


Notable Hunters[]

For a full list of Hunters, please see Category:Hunters.


  • During Bungie's GDC 2013 Panel, Bungie said that the Hunter class is meant to be reminiscent of the classic "bounty hunter," citing influences such as Han Solo and classic characters from old Western films such as Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name.[9] For players, choosing the Hunter class "satisfies a survivalist fantasy."[7]
  • Hunters are the only class to holster a Hand Cannon on their hip and not the back of their belt. This could have also been done because of the long Cloaks they wear.
  • According to some sources, Hunters suffer from insomnia more than the other Guardian classes.[10]
  • Hunters are the only Guardians who immediately acquire a sniper rifle when they start Destiny 2; Warlocks and Titans can only acquire shotguns. Presumably, this was done as a character build since Hunters are made out to be effective long range shooters.




  1. 1.0 1.1  (2013) "Explore Destiny: Hunter". Bungie Inc.. Retrieved Sep. 5, 2013.
  2. "Destiny Hunter Guardian Class". Retrieved Jul 10, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DBO Forums "Transcript of the official English version of the cards". Retrieved Jul 10, 2014.
  4. (2013-03-29) YouTube.comBungie's Destiny Panel - GDC 2013 46:15. Retrieved Sep. 5, 2013.
  5. GDC 2013 Panel. 46:20. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 (20 Mar. 2014) GDC VaultBuilding Customizable Characters for Bungie's 'Destiny 04:40. Retrieved 08 Apr. 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dague, David. (2013-11-12) "Destiny Drawing Board: The Hunter's Knife". Retrieved 14 Nov. 2013.
  8. /r/DestinyTheGame "Game Master July 2014 Destiny Cover Issue & PlayStation UK Magazine June 2014 Destiny Hands-on: Breakdown". Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  9. (2013-03-29) YouTube.comBungie's Destiny Panel - GDC 2013 43:50. Retrieved Sep. 5, 2013.
  10. Dream-Eater Grasps