Destiny 2 Champion mods list for Season 18, how artifact mods work explained

Destiny 2 Champion Mods are specific gear mods that help fight enemy champion variants.

These are different each season, the main variation being what types of weapons 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 related to the seasonal artifact.

This page will explain how Champion mods work, as well as how to equip them and the list of Season 18 Champion mods to prepare accordingly.

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Destiny 2 Champion Mods and Artifact Mods List 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, Champion’s 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 of Plunder, with the champion mods in bold (all copied verbatim from

First row: After two benefit options: After four benefit options: After eight benefit options: After ten benefit options:
Overload arches (arms) Scout rifle magazine (weapons) Glaive loader (arms) LMG Overload (weapons) Thunderous Response (Class): Arc Supers deal more damage when cast under critical conditions or while amplified.
Unstoppable Pulse Rifles (Weapons) Sword Ammo Scavengers (Legs) Focus Strike (Arms): Dealing damage with a melee skill grants class skill energy. Anti-barrier snipers (weapons) Hype Train Driver (Class): +2 seconds to amplified timer. Batteries.
Anti-barrier scout rifles (weapons) Machine Gun Holster (Legs): Gradually reloads stored machine guns over time. Batteries. Bow + Solar Resistance Combo (Chest) Bad Spread (Class): Damaging a champion with a bow ability causes the champion to shake. Trace Evidence (Class): Precision hits on targets weakened by Arc will generate ion traces.
Anti-barrier automatic rifles (weapons) Scout and sniper target (head) Machine gun ammo scavenger (legs) Surge detonators (class) Lightning strikes twice (class)
Unstoppable Shotguns (Weapons) Bottomless Bounty 1 (Head): Upgrade two source perks. Bottomless Bounty 2 (Head): Upgrades two Origin perks. Hellwhip (Class) Heartbreaking Radiance (class)

How Champion Mods Work in Destiny 2

Champion mods are an essential tool when it comes to higher-tier content in Destiny 2.

These enemy variants will be present at various times and can really ruin plans if you are not prepared. Luckily, they always give you advance notice in the lobby, so be sure to research the activity or mission beforehand.

Always check to see if there will be established champions before starting an activity.

There are three Champion mod variants, each countering a specific Champion type. As of Season of the Lost, these are as follows:

  • Anti-barrier (triangle-shaped icon with a smaller icon inside)
  • Overload (square shaped icon with two transverse lines)
  • Unstoppable (circle-shaped icon with cross lighting)

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, they’ve always been the same, and the biggest difference between seasons is the eligible weapon types.

Front row in order: Barrier, Unstoppable, and Overload Champion mods.

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 modifications are linked to the seasonal artifact. As you earn XP by completing all kinds of weekly and daily activities, you’ll be able to unlock artifact mods.

By 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 specifically designed to target different champion enemy variants. Some of them can be obtained from the front row, which is very useful, but others will require a little effort.

Once you’ve gotten one or more, it’s time to put them into practice.

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How to equip champion mods in Destiny 2

Once you’ve collected a Champion mod, you’ll first need to equip it for the effect to activate.

As we mentioned above, champion mods are tied to equipment. This means that instead of using them on weapons, you’ll equip them on your gauntlets, for example, or any other piece of equipment.

This is a simple process. You have to open your character screen, select the pair of gauntlets you have equipped, and then select the Arms Armor mod. You’ll notice which ones you just bought right away, since they’re blue.

Equipping them has a (low, of course) Glimmer cost, as well as an energy cost. This is always indicated in the Champion mod before making a purchase. If you don’t have enough, remember to upgrade the armor to increase the energy cap.

Unless the activity locks your equipment, you are free to equip mods at any time in case you forget to do so before starting matchmaking. Some activities, such as the quest in Shattered Realm, will require specific Champion mods.

It’s always worth diversifying what champion mods are in your team, if possible. On one occasion, the quest indicated that we would need a mod to fight Unstoppable Champions, but it also did not mention the presence of Overload Champions and therefore we were unable to progress.

If you fly solo, make sure you have at least two weapon variations with the corresponding mod. If you’re not sure which ones are in this season, follow our section below.

Good luck finding your favorite champion mods!

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