Destiny 2 – how to clip a dragon’s fingernails with thunder punches

The Legend Himself, Slayerage, managed to get another one guardian challenge done. This time with the Riven raid boss encounter! Usually this isn’t a real challenge inside of Destiny and Destiny 2, as these raid encounters are made with mechanics that require a full fireteam of 6 guardians. But since the days of soloing the full Crota’s End raid of Destiny 1, more and more tasks are being done by fewer and fewer people. Most prominent for this are the guardians of the infamous Math clan in Destiny. Slayerage is the trendsetter and achiever of many world first one-guardian raid boss kills. The video of his final successful attempt is now live on his YouTube channel for everyone to enjoy.

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No raid team? No problem! Finish Last Wish with insane luck and powerful thunder punches!

How is this possible?

Usually raids are, as explained above, an activity that require 6 guardians to work together to overcome puzzle mechanics and to combine their firepower for enough damage output to take down enemies. With a newly found optimal combination of a few percs that come from weapons, armor and one subclass of the hunter class, it is possible to do insane output levels of damage. Oh and you have to be lucky with other things such as the right damage phase for the Riven encounter and not dieing to the enemies, but let’s leave that aside for a second and focus on the math!

The whole deal has been explained here by YouTuber Ehroar:

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The ingredients

Powerboost is done pretty simple, just have the right roll on a shotgun, the exotic gloves for your Hunter and the top tree of the Arcstrider subclass.

The shotgun needs the perc “one-two-punch” which can currently only appear on two specific shotguns. The first one is the Emperor’s Curtesy, the second shotgun is the Last Man Standing from the season of the drifter. The perc adds three times the damage upon using your melee attack, which is already quite nice. But it gets better!

The combination-blow perc on your top tree Arcstrider subclass increases your melee damage with a stack up to three times. This will ending up to give another 4,1 times buff damage boost to your melee ability. On top of that, you trigger your health regeneration which makes you more resistant to enemy fire.

But we can even top that off with the final part. The exotic gloves for the Hunter class called Liars Handshake have a special exotic perc which, after blowing a melee attack or receiving an enemy attack lets you follow that up with another extremely strong melee attack. This melee attack follow up has another three times damage boost.

So lets sum it up! You have three times the damage from the shotgun perc, 4,1 times the melee damage from your Arcstrider ability and a three times boost from the exotic gloves. Even if you only have either the shotgun or the gloves, you can already deal massive damage to enemies by just punching them. But with everything combined your melee ability gets a 36,9 times damage boost. An insane number which can top up to 44.127 damage with just one attack.

Combine this with the gambler’s doge, another movement ability of your Arcstrider hunter, and you can use your melee ability right away after a dodge. The combat flow is the counter perc so to say. It refills your dodge ability right after a melee attack. This combination alone feeds right away again into your melee ability being ready almost immediately again.

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Can this be used in any activity?

In theory, yes. Though you’ll find it a hard time getting enough enemy guardians around you at all times to have the percs activate in time with other requisites. But you can certainly use it in PvE for any activity as there are many more enemies around to help you get the damage train rolling. For example, yet again done by Slayerage, the Shattered Throne activity. The Shattered Throne, for those who don’t know, is a dungeon type activity in Destiny 2 (the first of its kind in the franchise). This requires you usually to have a fireteam of 3 guardians, but with the power that your Hunter now can hold, even that challenge melts down considerably.

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At the end of the day I play mainly as a Titan these days in Destiny 2, come Shadowkeep and the promised cross save, I will definitely start grinding my other characters to their current levels so I can play all the abilities and combinations I like. But this time, my hunter makes a comeback for good it seems with a very high priority over my Warlock.