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The Sigil of the Bladedancer
Beautiful lethality, relentless style.

The Bladedancer is an Arc-based Hunter subclass.


"And my vanquisher will read that book, seeking the weapon, and they will come to understand me, where I have been and where I was going."
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There's something to be said for the blade. A knife won't jam. A knife won't run dry. A knife is very, very quiet.

Leave the noise and fire to others. There's work to be done, out there in the dark - monsters that deserve death, delivered quickly, silently, and without mercy.[1]

Notable Bladedancers


Tier 1—Grenades

  • Flux Grenade—an explosive grenade which deals additional damage when attached to enemies
  • Skip Grenade—a grenade which splits on impact, creating multiple projectiles which seek enemies
  • Arcbolt Grenade—a grenade that chains bolts of lightning to nearby enemies

Tier 2—Movement

  • Double Jump—jump a second time after leaving the ground
  • Higher Jump—upgrades Double Jump for even greater height
  • Better Control—upgrades Double Jump for better directional control while in the air
  • Blink—a short distance teleport that replaces Double Jump

Tier 3—Super

  • Arc Blade—charge your blade with Arc Light and consume your foes with lightning
  • Showstopper—press during Arc Blade to damage nearby enemies
  • Razor's Edge—press during Arc Blade to unleash a destructive wave of energy that travels along the ground
  • Vanish—press during Arc Blade to disappear from sight

Tier 4—Melee

  • Blink Strike—a powerful melee attack with extended range
  • Backstab—hitting an enemy from behind with Blink Strike causes significantly more damage
  • Escape Artist—hitting an enemy with Blink Strike grants brief invisibility
  • Fast Twitch—reduces the cooldown of Blink Strike

Tier 5—Training 1

  • Path Forgotten—training focused on toughness and speed
  • Path Forbidden—training focused on battle recovery and speed
  • Path Unknown—training focused on battle recovery and toughness

Tier 6—Perks 1

  • Fleet Footed—increases maximum sprint speed and extends slide distance
  • Quick Draw—weapons ready immediately
  • Shadowjack—increases the duration of invisibility effects

Tier 7—Training 2

  • Way of the Drifter—training focused on all attributes
  • Way of the Fearless—training focused on toughness at all costs
  • Way of the Nomad—training focused on maximum battle recovery

Tier 8—Perks 2

  • Encore—killing an enemy with Arc Blade extends its duration
  • Stalker—gain invisibility after crouching in place for a short time
  • Hungering Blade—kills with Arc Blade and Blink Strike immediately regenerate health


  • Bladedancers do not appear in Destiny 2 and are replaced by Arcstriders.
  • The central ability tree of Nightstalkers in Destiny 2 may have been inspired by the Bladedancer subclass.

List of appearances


  1. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Bladedancer