Achlyophage Symbiote

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


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.

SHOULD I BUY IT? (Update Xur March 11th)

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.

  • Innervation - Bonus grenade energy on Orb pickup.
  • Inverse Shadow - Increased Super energy gained from killing minions of the Darkness.
  • Last Man Standing - Golden Gun gains one additional shot per use.


Where to get Achlyophage Symbiote

Wrath of the Machine

This item is granted by playing the Rise of Iron raid, "Wrath of the Machine."

The Taken King

This item requires the Taken King expansion.

Xûr, Agent of the Nine

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


This item can drop from Nightfall activities.

King's Fall

This item can drop in the King's Fall Raid.

Trials of Osiris

This item can drop as a Trials of Osiris reward.