How to kill Champions in Destiny 2

Learn how to kill the new Champion enemy type in Destiny 2, the Barrier, Overload, and Unstoppable Champions found in challenging activities.


Champions are a powerful new type of enemy in Destiny 2. These Champions come in three flavors: Barrier, Overload, and Unstoppable. If players want to have any chance of taking them down, they’ll need to come prepared for a fight.

How to kill Champion enemy types

Destiny 2 kill Champions gun mods
There are five new weapon mods that are required in killing the new Champion enemy type.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep introduced this new type of enemy to the world, Champions. There are three of these that players can encounter in end-game activities such as the Garden of Salvation raid and the new Nightfall: The Ordeal modes.

The only way to defeat these Champions is by using some of the new mods included with the Gate Lord’s Eye Seasonal Artifact. There are three effects available across several mods, and each of these effects allows players to interrupt or otherwise weaken a Champion. The three types of effects are:

  • Anti-Barrier Rounds
  • Overload Rounds
  • Unstoppable Rounds

Barrier Champions

Destiny 2 Barrier Champion
The Barrier Champion is one of the new Champion enemy types introduced with Shadowkeep.

The first of these new enemies is the Barrier Champion. A Barrier Champion has the ability to protect itself with an impenetrable shield. While inside this shield, the enemy will heal itself, sometimes all the way to max health.

To kill a Barrier Champion, players must use a weapon that has an Anti-Barrier Rounds mod. The only weapons that can use these mods are Auto Rifles, Submachine Guns, and Hand Cannons. When the Barrier Champion is damaged and shields itself to heal, use your Anti-Barrier Rounds against its shield to prevent it from healing. Deal enough damage and the shield will break.

Probably the best weapon to use against Barrier Champions at the moment is The Recluse. This powerful SMG has some fantastic perks and can also take the new Anti-Barrier Rounds mod.

Overload Champions

Overload Champions are extremely powerful and all but invulnerable to regular weapons. The only way to deal with Overload Champions is by using the Overload Rounds mod. This mod is only available on Auto Rifles, Submachine Guns, and Bows.

The only way to deal significant damage to this enemy type is to overload them. Once overloaded, they become stunned and are vulnerable to normal weapon fire. Apply sustained fire on the Overload Champion using the above weapons with the correct mods to stun them.

Unstoppable Champions

Unstoppable Champions is the last of the three new enemy types. These enemies, as the name suggests, are entirely unstoppable. That is, unless you use the Unstoppable Hand Cannon mod. Slap this mod in a Hand Cannon and you will be able to stop the unstoppable.

The only way to use an Unstoppable mod is to equip your Hand Cannon and aim-down sights (ADS). Hold this position until your gun glows and the on-screen text says you’ve loaded an unstoppable round. You can only fire one unstoppable round at a time, so make sure you hold the ADS each time. Simply spamming the trigger won’t do anything.

The new Champion enemy types in Destiny 2 (Barrier Champions, Overload Champions, and Unstoppable Champions) are some of the most challenging combatants players will face. Unless players utilize the correct mods from the Gate Lord’s Eye, these Champions will go unopposed. Be sure to check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 guide for more helpful tips for dealing with the game’s toughest opponents.

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