Destiny 2 Champions: How to Stun them [Mods & Exotics]

by | Jan 8, 2023

As your Power grows and you move onto greater challenges, you’ll encounter content and quest steps that set you against Champions. Champions are tough, but we’ll make sure you’re tougher.

In the guide, we’ll cover what Champions are, how to beat them, and where to farm them. Let’s set you up for success, Guardian.

Checkmark icon V3Updated as of Season of the Wish (S23).

What are Champions in Destiny 2

Champions are miniboss-like enemies that appear in a variety of PvE activities. There are three variants of them (Barrier, Unstoppable, and Overload), all of which have a unique way of disrupting them.

Anti Barrier Champions screen Destiny 2

Anti Barrier Champions, Destiny 2

After losing around a third of their health, Barrier Champions will pop a shield and begin regenerating HP. To stun them, you’ll need to use any weapon or ability with anti-barrier capabilities attached to it. Assuming you’re successful, they will become stunned: their shield will drop, they’ll stop regenerating health, and they’ll become slightly more vulnerable to damage. 

How to fight champions in Destiny 2

For all three Champion types, you will need to stun them using the right weapon/mod combination. Once stunned, the Champions will pause, drop their guards, and become more vulnerable to attacks.

The ability to stop these mini-bosses in their tracks and make them vulnerable to your attacks can take some of the most troublesome enemy types in the game and make them almost trivial. Trust us, though, when facing Champions in endgame content, you’ll want every advantage you can get.

Some Exotic weapons can intrinsically deal with Champions without the need for a specific mod:

However, Seasonal Mods, earned by leveling up your seasonal artifact, are what will allow you to defeat these champions for the most part. These mods will change each season as well.

Destiny 2 Anti-Barrier Champions

For Barrier Champions, after they receive about a third to half of their health in damage they will pop a barrier and begin to heal. To stun them, break their barrier with your anti-barrier weapon. If successful, they will stop healing and become stunned/more vulnerable to damage.

It’s worth noting that Anti-Barrier weapons work against non-champion barriers as well. So you could use a weapon empowered on one of these mods to shoot through a Hive Knight Shield, for example.

Anti-Barrier weapons:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Wish Ender artWish-EnderCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryKineticForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4KineticNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticLightfallYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoLightfall Preorder icon
Lightfall
Season 6KineticNoTop-tier
Revision Zero artRevision ZeroPulse RifleExoticExoticPrimaryKineticThe Witch QueenYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEOperation: Seraph's ShieldCheckmark icon V3 YesThe Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Witch Queen
Season 19KineticCraftable
The Lament Destiny 2The LamentSwordExoticExoticHeavySolarBeyond LightYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Best

S

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoBeyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Season 12HeavyNoTop-tier

Destiny 2 Overload Champions

For Overload Champions, uninterrupted fire will eventually stun them. Laying a steady stream of rapid-fire on your target with the empowered weapon will accomplish this fairly easily. Once stunned, they, too, will become more vulnerable to your attacks.

Overload weapons:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 Divinity artDivinityTrace RifleExoticExoticSpecialArcShadowkeepYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialArc Arc
Strong

A

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 8EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Le Monarque artLe MonarqueCombat BowExoticExoticPrimaryVoidForsaken PackYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryVoid Void
Best

S

PvE + PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 5EnergyNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Thunderlord artThunderlordMachine GunExoticExoticHeavyArcForsaken PackYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyArc Arc
Strong

A

PvE + PvPExotic EngramError icon V2 NoForsaken Destiny 2 icon
Forsaken Pack
Season 4HeavyNoTop-tier

Destiny 2 Unstoppable Champions

For Unstoppable Champions, Guardians will need to aim down sights their Unstoppable modded weapons for a few moments to trigger the effects of the mod, shown as giving the weapon a glowing red barrel. Once active, shoot the Unstoppable Champion using that weapon to stun them.

Unstoppable weapons:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?AmmoElementTierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Destiny 2 BastionBastionFusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticShadowkeepYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 9KineticNo
Destiny 2 Malfeasance artMalfeasanceHand CannonExoticExoticPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic QuestError icon V2 NoFree to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 4KineticNoTop-tier
Destiny 2 Devil's Ruin artDevil's RuinSidearmExoticExoticPrimarySolarShadowkeepYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimarySolar Solar
Average

B

PvE + PvPExotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 9EnergyNo
Destiny 2 Leviathan's Breath artLeviathan's BreathCombat BowExoticExoticHeavyVoidShadowkeepYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEExotic KioskError icon V2 NoShadowkeep Destiny 2 icon
Shadowkeep
Season 8HeavyNoTop-tier

Where to farm Champions

Champions can be farmed in a few ways. You might often find yourself with a quest or challenge involving stunning or landing final blows against Champions. This can be challenging in regular content matchmaking when you can’t necessarily communicate with your fellow blueberries easily. That is where farming comes in handy. Activities each Season will have opportunities to farm Champions to varying degrees of success. However, some methods are evergreen.

One popular way to farm Champions is to solo Legend Lost Sectors. These Lost Sectors rotate daily, so be sure to check your Director and planetary maps to see where they are each day.

Another tried and true method is to load up a Nightfall at ranks Hero, Legend, or Master solo or on a fireteam. Each ascending rank will spawn more Champions per run. Champions also appear in Grandmaster Nightfalls at the highest density, but for farming purposes, it would be faster to make multiple runs at a lower difficulty.

Before you go…

You now know everything there is to know about Champions. If you’re interested in other enemy types, we cover all the Destiny 2 Enemies here.

About The Author

Ric Molina
Ric Molina
I've been covering gaming since 2012, and some of my work has been featured by large brands, including MSN.com, Forbes, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more. I've been obsessed with Destiny 2 (and now Diablo 4) for years now, and I hope to provide new and returning players with the guides and resources I wish I had when I first started.
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1 Comment
  1. my boy pro

    Loved this post! I was struggling to take down some of the champions in the raids, but this guide has given me the edge I needed. The info on the mod and exotic perks is super helpful, thanks for sharing!

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