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Star-Eater Scales

This is a “Swap Exotic”, meaning, this exotic serves a specific purpose that affects your super, but does not offer any gameplay value. Best used to swap to them, before starting damage vs a boss or difficult enemy. If you don’t like swapping exotics, or are playing content that has a loadout lock, then the following build should help perform nicely with this exotic piece. This exotic piece increases the amount of super energy all orbs of power provide, and increases your super damage based on the amount of orbs you’ve collected with a fully charged super (Max of 4 stacks). Best to use while having these full stacks to get the most damage benefit when using your super ability. This build has amazing boss damage potential and performs amazingly in raids or dungeons, content that has difficult bosses we’re the most damage possible is required.

Ensnaring Slam is really the only option of the 3 available aspects available. While in the air, slam down to the ground and consume your dodge ability to suspend all nearby enemies. Using this ability will increase the dodge ability recharge time. Threaded Specter is a fun aspect that both helps with surviving and some minor damage. When you activate your dodge ability, you leave behind a decoy made of strand in your place. When this decoy takes enough damage, or when enemies get close, the decoy will detonate, dealing damage. Additionally, it will release Threadlings that seek out and attack nearby enemies.

Thread of Continuity
increase the duration of all suspend, unravel and sever effects applied to enemies. Thread of Generation dealing damage will now generate grenade energy. This will help our survivability with the build and ensuring we have our grapple grenade as much as possible.  Thread of Mind defeating suspended targets generates class ability energy. Thread of Warding will grant Woven Mail when you collect orbs of power.

Class Breakdown

Super : Silkstrike

Ensnaring Slam & Threaded Specter


Thread of Continuity
Suspend, unravel and sever effects last longer.

Thread of Generation
Dealing damage generates grenade energy.

Thread of Mind
Defeating suspended enemies grants class ability energy.

Thread of Warding
Picking up Orbs of power grants Woven Mail.


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

Triple Jump
Best overall movement jump for the Hunter.

Threaded Spike
Throwable rope that ricochets from target to target before returning to you. Activate your melee as it returns to increase the melee energy received.

Shackle Grenade
A grenade that can immediately suspend enemies, very effective against champions

Weapon Recommendation
Exotic Weapon(s)
Quicksilver Storm

This is a great option for a strand weapon (when the catalyst is complete) that has multiple added extra features. While retaining fire, it will shoot out rockets that deal extra damage. After securing enough kills, you can use the alternate firing mode that acts like a grenade launcher. Getting final blows with the grenade launcher firing mode will create tangles that can be used to deal further damage, or to help traverse with your grapple grenade.

Legendary Weapon(s)
The Immortal

Currently the strongest strand SMG available. Has create perks and stats for both a threadling build, or general.

Until it's Return

A strong strand shotgun should you need to use a exotic heavy. Has great perks available to suit any playstyle

Laser Painter

If you can get good perks on it, this strand linear can be a strong contender for your heavy weapon of choice.

Perk Recommendation

Hatchling // Demolitionist

Any weapon with the above perks will benefit the build. Hatchling is always a strong choice with any strand build thanks to the strand effect damage they  They are a great source of additional damage at no extra cost of yourself. Demolitionist is a simply perk that produces grenade energy with any final blow. This is ideal for keeping your grenade energy charged throughout any encounter.

Armor Stat Priority


Armor Mod Recommendation


Strand 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 Powered Melee kills.

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


Heavy Handed

Powered Melee final blows create Orbs of Power

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


Grenade Kickstarter (opt)
When using your grenade, generate grenade energy based on armor charges.


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


Strand Weapon Surge
While having active armor charges, your Void 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