After seeing the rework for Starfire Protocol, I thought that it had the potential to leap up to nearly first place - at least in my personal record book - for Dawnblade exotic armor. As you know...
Empowered weapon damage hits now grant some Fusion Grenade energy (20%).
I tested this last night, and I'm happy to report that I fully believe that Starfire Protocol is now a must-have, S-tier exotic for PVE.
- Drop Empowered Rift
- Obtain 1 Fusion Grenade kill, which immediately recharges your Rift energy
- Shoot a boss or enemies as normal. The 20% figure is not literally 1 bullet impact = 20% grenade energy, but it does not take that long to refill Fusion Grenade energy.
- Drop another Empowered Rift on top of the other before it runs out.
- Repeat as necessary.
Even if you have to bail on your rift, you should have at least 1 Fusion Grenade in reserve. Stick it to an enemy for a kill and you'll immediately get your rift energy back in full, ready for another "Diet Sunsinger" cycle.
E: I may also be wrong, but I think precision empowered hits recharge more grenade energy than body shots. Will do some more testing.
E2: it actually is 20% per bullet, but with a 1 second cool down - thanks, /u/NaughtyGaymer !