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Caliban's Hand

This is a great build for all throwing knife enthusiasts that want to enjoy the proximity knife to it’s fullest. The throwing knife will now scorch all enemies that are damaged by the explosion, or will ignite targets on final blows with the power melee. If you throw the knife to a wall, you’ll gain 5x increase to your melee regeneration speed until it explodes. This allows the you to keep your throwing knife more readily available when you need it. Pair this off with melee focused mods and any weapon perk to help with your throwing knife regeneration to ensure you can keep throwing as many as you need.

On Your Mark is a simple aspect that increases your weapon handling and reload speed for a short duration. This can stack 3 times, and activating your dodge ability grants max stacks immediately. This bonus is also provided to nearby allies. Knock ‘Em Down is a very strong aspect that compliments just about all solar hunter builds currently available. It has 2 base functions, improving the super being used, and offering a powerful utility to your melee ability. Since we are using blade barrage, we gain the added benefit that it will launch more projectiles, which in turn, means more damage. Secondly, while radiant, all throwing knife final blows will fully refund your melee ability.

Ember of Torches
makes you radiant when you hit enemies with your powered melee attack. Radiant increases your damage and the damage of anyone near you. Ember of Ashes allow you to apply more scorch stacks when you scorch enemies. When enemies get scorched enough, they ignite and explode. Ember of Searing will create Firesprites when you defeat scorched enemies. Ember of Mercy allows you to gain restoration when you revive allies, or collect Firesprites. Ember of Char will spread scorch to enemies that are near enemies that ignite.

Class Breakdown

Super : Blade Barrage


On Your Mark & Knock ‘Em Down


Ember of Torches
Apply the radiant buff on successful powered melee hits.

Ember of Ashes
Increase the amount of scorch stacks you apply

Ember of Searing
Defeating scorched targets creates Firesprites

Ember of Mercy
Gain restoration when collecting Firesprites

Ember of Char
Spread scorch on your solar ignitions


Gambler’s Dodge
Best for melee builds, dodging fully recharges your melee ability.

Triple Jump
Best overall movement jump for the Hunter.

Proximity Explosive Knife
Throw a knife that attaches to surfaces and explodes on enemy proximity.

Tripmine Grenade
Great grenade that attaches to surfaces and detonates when enemies pass through it’s damage. Solar grenade can be substituted.

Weapon Recommendation
Exotic Weapon(s)

Sunshot is a great solar weapon, capable of applying good amounts of solar damage and explosions to enemies, and suits the hunter spec very much. Any exotic can be used that suits the content being played, but if you’re looking for a reliable, general use weapon, Sunshot is great, reliable, and loads of fun to play with.

Legendary Weapon(s)
Calus Mini-Tool

The Calus Mini-Tool SMG can roll with Incandescant which is very strong with any scorching build. Highly recommended in this build.

Cartesian Coordinate

This is a great rapid-fire fusion rifle that can output great damage. With the Vorpal weapon perk, it is great for bosses.


Cataclysmic is amazing for boss damage. It is particularly powerful for any distant DPS requirement.

Perk Recommendation

Incandescant or Demolitionist


Any weapon with Incandescant is ideal for this build since Incandescant will Scorch targets for each final blow. The more scorch stacks on enemies the better since it helps with solar ignitions as well. You could also get away with Demolitionist, it won’t synergize quite as well with this build, but it will help you keep your grenade energy charged.

Armor Stat Priority

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Armor Mod Recommendation


Solar Siphon/Harmonic Siphon
Either one of these siphons works for the build. Recommend using the less expensive one that is currently available.

Generate super energy on melee kills.

Font of Wisdom (opt)
Increase Intellect for a short while.



Powered Melee final blows create Orbs of Power

Impact Induction
Causing damage with your Melee attack will reduce your grenade cooldown


Element Resistance
Use the appropriate element resistance that corresponds with the activity you are doing.


Solar Weapon Surge
While having active armor charges, your Solar weapon damage is increased.

Reduce grenade cooldown with each Orb of Power pickup

Absolution (opt)
Reduce all ability cooldowns with each Orb of Power pickup.


Time Dilation
You can retain armor charges for a longer period of time

Reduce your grenade cooldown when you use your class ability