Destiny 2 Champion Mods are specific gear mods that help against enemy variants of champions.
These are different in each season, with the main variation being the types of weapons that can use them, as well as the effect on them.
These can help you defeat Unstoppable Champions, Overload Champions, and Barrier Champions.
Each Season brings its own set of mods, as they are tied to the Seasonal Artifact.
This page will explain how champion mods workas good as how to equip champion mods and the Season 18 Champion Mod List to prepare accordingly.
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List of Destiny 2 Champion Mods and Artifact Mods for Season 18
Champion mods and artifacts have a seasonal rotation, meaning no season will have the same set of mods available.
In Season 18, the Champion mods are as follows at a glance:
- Anti Barrier Mods – Scout rifles, automatic rifles
- Overload Mods – Bows, machine guns
- Unstoppable Mods – Pulse Rifles, Shotguns
Here are all the Artifact mods for Season 18, with the Champion mods in bold (all copied verbatum from Bungie.net):
|First row:||After two choices of advantages:||After four choices of advantages:||After eight perk choices:||After ten choices of advantages:|
|Overload bows (weapons)||Scout rifle magazine (arm)||Glaive Loader (Weapons)||LMG overload (arm)||Thunderous Retort (Class): Arc Supers deal more damage when cast in Critical or Amplified.|
|Unstoppable Pulse Rifles (Weapons)||Sword ammo scavengers (legs)||Focusing Strike (Arms): Dealing damage with a melee ability grants class ability energy.||Anti-barrier snipers (weapons)||Hype Train Conductor (Class): +2 seconds to Boost Timer. Battery.|
|Anti-barrier scout rifles (weapons)||Machine Gun Holster (Legs): Gradually reload stowed machine guns over time. Battery.||Arc Combo + Solar Resistance (Chest)||Wrong Amplitude (Class): Damaging a champion with an arc ability causes the champion to jerk.||Trace Evidence (Class): Precision hits on targets debuffed by Arc will generate Ion Traces.|
|Anti-barrier automatic rifles (weapons)||Scout and Sniper Targeting (Head)||Machine gun ammo catcher (legs)||Surge detonators (class)||Lightning Strikes Twice (Class)|
|Unstoppable Shotguns (Weapons)||Bottomless Bounty 1 (Head): Improves two original boons.||Bottomless Bounty 2 (Head): Improves two Origin perks.||Inferno Whip (Class)||Shattering Gaze (Class)|
How Champion Mods Work in Destiny 2
Champions mods are an essential tool when it comes to higher level content in Destiny 2.
These enemy variants will be present multiple times and can really throw plans out the window if you’re not prepared. Luckily, you’re always notified in advance in the lobby, so be sure to investigate the activity or quest beforehand.
There are three Champion mod variants, each countering a specific champion type. As of Season of the Lost, these are:
- Anti-Barrier (triangle icon with smaller icon inside)
- Overload (square icon with two lines from side to side)
- Unstoppable (circle icon with lighting through)
It’s important to know exactly what type of champion awaits you after the lobby, as different mods won’t work – they have to target the same type. Fortunately, these have always remained the same, with the biggest difference between seasons being the eligible weapon types.
For example, Season of the Lost has a total of three Unstoppable Champion mods, which can be used on Fusion Rifles, Sidearms, or Pulse Rifles.
These mods are tied to the Seasonal Artifact. As you earn XP by completing all sorts of weekly and daily activities, you will be able to unlock artifact mods.
Upon reaching certain XP milestones, you will be able to use artifact unlocks through your inventory to purchase artifact mods. These, of course, include Champion mods.
The process does not vary between standard mods and those designed specifically to target different variations of Champion enemies. Some of them can be obtained from the first row, which is very useful, but others will take a little time.
Once you’ve got your hands on one or more yourself, it’s time to put them to good use.
The release of season 18 is almost here! Before that, haunting season continues. Familiarize yourself with our leveling guide before tackling the Duality dungeon and learn how to collect Calus Bobblehead locations, Calus Automaton locations, and find all Opulent Key chests. For The Witch Queen, find out how to get Exotics including Dead Messenger and Parasite. Late last year, we saw Bungie’s 30th anniversary, which introduced the Grasp of Avarice dungeon, weird rooms, and new Exotics including the Gjallarhorn and Forerunner.
How to Equip Champion Mods in Destiny 2
Once you have gathered a Champion mod, you will need to equip it first for the effect to activate.
As we mentioned earlier, Champion mods are tied to gear. This means that instead of using them in weapons, you will equip them with your gauntlets, for example, or any other equipment.
It is a simple process. You need to open your character screen, select the pair of gauntlets you have equipped, and then select the Arms Armor mod. You will immediately notice the ones you have just purchased because they are blue.
Equipping them has a (low, attention) Glimmer cost, as well as an Energy cost. This is always stated in the Champion mod before making a purchase. If you don’t have enough, consider upgrading armor to increase the energy cap.
Unless the activity locks your loadout, you are free to equip mods at any time in case you forget to do so before hitting matchmaking. Certain activities, such as the quest in the Shattered Kingdom, will require specific champion mods.
It’s always worth diversifying your team’s Champion mods, if possible. On one occasion, the quest stated that we would need a mod to fight unstoppable champions, but it also didn’t mention the presence of overload champions, so we weren’t able to progress.
If you are flying solo, make sure you have at least two weapon variants with the corresponding mod. If you’re not sure which ones exist this season, follow our section below.
Good luck hunting your favorite Champion mods!