Achlyophage Symbiote

"They told me it would eat my thoughts and leave me full of Light."


Achlyophage Symbiote is an Exotic Hunter Helmet which grants your Golden Gun an additional shot (from 3 to 4).

Excerpt from "'Should I Buy It?' – Patience and Time & Other Exotics"

Achlyophage Symbiote is one of three Gunslinger-specific helms; the others are the speckled Young Ahamkara's Spine (Gauntlets). The main feature of Achlyophage is an extra Golden Gun shot, upped from 3 to 4.

If you're a Gunslinger and don't own one, absolutely. It's a strong pick in PVP and PVE, as an extra shot often directly translates to kills / Orbs of Light. In PVP, it takes two shots to destroy a Defender's shield; the two remaining shots can vaporize multiple exposed Guardians. In revival PVP gametypes & Nightfalls, we recommend Crest of Alpha Lupi instead. Otherwise, Achlyophage Symbiote is our preferred day-to-day Exotic.

Since Symbiote boosts your Golden Gun damage, it's being compared with the new Celestial Nighthawk. Ultimately, it comes down to if you're willing/able to patiently line-up PVE targets. Nighthawk wins if you can make its 1 shot count. Otherwise, Symbiote's four-shot versatility still wins out for PVE – and unquestionably beats Nighthawk in everyday PVP.

Where to get Achlyophage Symbiote


This item can drop from Nightfall activities.

Prison of Elders

This item can drop as a Prison of Elders reward.


This item can drop in situationally dependent ways.

Xûr, Agent of the Nine

Xûr, Agent of the Nine, sometimes sells this item in the Tower.