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The Bombardiers Are The Best Exotic You’re Not Using

The Bombardiers, a Hunter Exotic first introduced way back in Season of Dawn, have always been more of a sleeper pick. Their explosion effect they provide is actually quite useful in Crucible duels, provided your enemy is close enough to get affected by it. However, its buffs with Season 15 make it even crazier. Here’s how it works now:

Dodging leaves behind an explosive that detonates after a short delay, damaging targets around it and creating a secondary effect based on your subclass energy type:
• [Arc] Blinds targets.
• [Solar] Burns targets.
• [Void] Suppresses targets.
• [Stasis] Slows targets.

These buffs open up a lot of opportunities for these boots. Do you run in to blind your enemy with an Arc Dodge, then blow them up with the explosive? What if you slow them so they can’t get away? If you feel like you need an insurance policy, then that can work, but so can suppressing your foes. Likewise, burning opponents can help you win a duel if you’re in a pinch.

Now, one thing to note is that the suppression effect does not work on Guardians in their Supers, but even then it’s still amazing to shut down your enemies, be they one or many.

If you can pair any of these effects with the Dynamo and Perpetuation mods, then expect even better results overall. You can even technically get a Stasis Aspect for free with these boots, meaning you can free up a slot for a different Aspect on your Hunter to further customise your build.

The bomb itself works as follows: It has a radius of about 7-and-a-half metres, and should take off a Guardian’s shields if they’re caught within this radius. When deployed, the bomb lifts up into the air before dropping down a little and blowing up, though if used in corridors or rooms with a low ceiling, it will detonate on impact.

This means that, even if a Guardian is caught below the physical bomb, the explosion radius can and will catch them out. It’s a brilliant tool to finish off a hiding opponent, disorient a team, or cover an escape. I expect as more people catch onto this, its usage will skyrocket.

But what do you think? Were its buffs substantial enough? Let us know in the comments.

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