Sealed Ahamkara Grasps are Hunter Exotic gauntlets that made their first appearance with the release of The Taken King in September of 2015. Offering the potential for crowd control, lethality, invisibility, as well as automatic reloads, the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps are a force to be reckoned with in both PvE and PvP. There are numerous paths to acquiring this Exotic piece: Xur, Nightfall, Exotic and Legendary Engrams, King’s Fall Oryx reward, and through Trials of Osiris package/chest.
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps Stat Split
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps are stat-locked to Strength, so no matter how you roll, they will always turn up with Strength along with a guaranteed Strength perk in the Stat Increase column. If you want to pair these with Intellect, you will have a tough time as there’s only a 33% chance of receiving an Intellect node.
- Intellect: 30-60
- Discipline: 30-60
- Strength: 30-94
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps Perks
Exotic Perk - Nightmare Fuel: Gain an additional melee charge. Melee damage has a chance to automatically reload your Primary Weapon.
Gunslingers gain an additional Throwing Knife, Bladedancers gain an additional Blink Strike, and Nightstalkers gain an additional Smoke Bomb. All while offering the chance of automatically reloading your Primary Weapon on melee damage. Keep in mind that this perk does not stack with the Gunslinger’s Gambler’s Dagger.
Selectable Perk 1 - Stat Increase
The first unlockable node has a 2:1 ratio for Discipline and Intellect, while the second node will always roll with Strength. If you need Intellect to smooth out your build, you might find yourself having to use a few Glass Needles.
Selectable Perk 2 - Melee or Grenade Effect
Switchblade is a built-in perk of the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps that decreases your melee attack cooldown time meaning that after you stab, throw a knife or smoke bomb, the time before you can do that animation again is reduced. Below this is a 50/50; you will either receive Momentum Transfer, gain bonus melee energy on grenade hits; or Impact Reduction, bonus grenade energy on melee hits. Due to Strength being the predominant feature of this Exotic item, you are more likely to have your melee charged making Momentum Transfer a bit redundant. Impact Reduction will help you have your grenade up more often, allowing for a melee-grenade-melee combo.
Selectable Perk 3 - Reload Speed Increase
This is where things can get a bit messy. The Sealed Ahamkara Grasps can roll with just about any Reloader. The first node will have the chance to get: Fusion Rifle Loader, Sidearm Loader, Shotgun Loader, or Sniper Rifle Loader. The bottom node will be either Machine Gun Loader or Rocket Launcher Loader. Pick which one means more lethality for you and go with that. However, if you’re playing Trials of Osiris it’s almost always a good idea to have Rocket Launcher Loader for the “Rocket Round”.
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps in PvE
Thankfully all Hunter subclasses are viable with the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps, so if you prefer one over the other for PvE you won’t feel restricted. Keeping that in mind, the Nightstalker’s Smoke Bomb is currently one of the most powerful abilities in the game, offering suppression, blinding, and the potential for invisibility. Avoiding enemy aggression is paramount to surviving in Destiny, especially in raids.
By having two Smoke Bombs with the Vanish in Smoke perk, you can play a supporting role by assisting teammates who become the target of a boss’ aggression. However, if you prefer the straight-up lethality path, the Gunslinger’s Throwing Knife may be your preference as you are able to forgo Gambler’s Dagger in exchange for Chain of Woe; precision kills increase weapon reload speed. If you’re a crack-shot with knives you will no doubt be using Knife Juggler to keep the knives flowing.
Bladedancer has been left in the dust recently with the glitch hit-detection of their melee. But if Bladedancer is your calling, the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps will be just as useful for you as the other classes. Taking Fast Twitch will allow you to have your two melees available at an outrageous rate, couple this with Hungering Blade and you’ll likely never find yourself short of health. Or you could simply opt for Escape Artist and never be seen again.
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps in PvP
The Crucible is where the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps shine, as having two Smoke Bombs or two Throwing Knives with the Incendiary Blade perk applied makes you an unstoppable killing machine. While Bladedancers are underwhelming in PvE, in PvP they have the opportunity to become almost as formidable as they were in Year 1. By using Universal Remote, Blink, and two Blink Strikes, you can quickly and ferociously get up into the face of your foes and shotgun-melee them before they can react.
The benefit comes with the second part of the Exotic Perk, being that melee damage has a chance to reload your Primary Weapon. So if your Universal Remote is running low, the melee hit may just autofill it for you. When playing Trials of Osiris, it is important to be able to disorientate and suppress an enemy, either to allow an offensive strike or to quickly escape a sticky situation.
One trick with the Smoke Bombs is to throw one, followed by a grenade, and then another Smoke Bomb, as doing this three-button-press can quickly can allow you to throw out a lethal dose of damage within mere frames. The benefit of this is to either wall off an area to deter enemies from following, or as previously mentioned, give your teammates an opening for attack.
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps Score
The Sealed Ahamkara Grasps, while benefiting all Hunter subclasses, seems to favor the Nightstalker class above all. with its potential to fit both the support role or the attack role. By using two Smoke Bombs and Shadestep, a Nightstalker can quickly outplay and out-position their enemies while either pressing the attack or offering a retreat.
Despite this, Gunslingers and Bladedancers also benefit from these gauntlets which increase their lethality by allowing two burning Throwing Knives or two ultra-fast Blink Strikes. With no glaring faults, the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps earn a well-deserved 5 out of 5 Engram Score! If you’re a Hunter, you should definitely pick these Exotic gauntlets up and use them.
Now that your Hunter is decked out with one of the best pieces of armor, it’s time to check out this week's Iron Banner and all the rewards on offer. Thankfully, Bungie managed to patch the Unlimited Ammo glitch found in the Iron Banner. Do you think the next step would be to remove the Gunsmith's test weapons from the Crucible?