10 Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons That Should Get The Anti-Champion Feature

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Let’s face reality; Not all Exotic weapons receive the same amount of love and use as others in Destiny 2, especially in late-game content. A prime example would be Arbalest, the Exotic Linear Fusion Rifle that saw little use in high-end content in previous seasons, until it received the Anti-Champion feature in Season 15. Since then, Arbalest has been a staple in player loadouts for pretty much everyone. endgame forms of content, such as raids and nightfalls.

But what if other underperforming exotic weapons received the same treatment? That’s why we’re going to discuss today 10 Exotic Weapons That Should Get The Anti-Champion Feature In Destiny 2.

(Note: this list is in no particular order)

fist of salvation

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Salvation’s Grip, the very first exotic stasis weapon, is a weapon that sees little to no use in game content. The original “purpose” of this gun was to use the stasis crystals it would generate to smash other crystals found throughout Europe for a quest in the Beyond Light campaign. Since then, aside from possibly using it for platforming purposes, the weapon’s relevance has faded thereafter.

But by adding the Anti-Champion functionality to the weapon, things could take a drastic turn. In a previous season, grenade launchers received the seasonal mod, Unstoppable Grenade Launcher. That said, if Salvation’s Grip were to inherently receive the Unstoppable Anti-Champion feature, the weapon’s usage could skyrocket. Not to the extent of Arbalest, of course, but doing so gives the weapon the ability to stun unstoppable champions in late game content, without the need for a seasonal mod. This ability is absolutely necessary as very few Exotic weapons in the game have Unstoppable built in.

Osteo Striga

Destiny 2 Osteo Striga Exotic Submachine Gun
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Introduced in the Witch Queen DLC, the Osteo Striga Exotic submachine gun is still a fantastic option for clearing rooms from enemies with a single shot. However, shortly after its release, players quickly realized that aside from defeating a group of enemies at once, the gun had no other value. This trait is of course appreciated in a lot of content, but when faced with scenarios such as nighttime activities for example, where a specific loadout is required, unless the weapon has Anti-Champion functionality, the value of the l weapon is rapidly diminishing.

Submachine guns are known to have Overload towers as a seasonal anti-champion mod, so following tradition, Osteo Striga should inherently receive overload rounds. This will not only allow him to deal with large groups of enemies at once, but also deal with the often annoying overload champions, who are known to be the hardest to kill in late game content. Osteo Striga has the potential to be one of the strongest primary weapons in the game, and by adding the Anti-Champion feature to it, its potential could be fully realized.

Sunburn

Destiny 2 Sunshot Exotic Hand Cannon
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The very first Exotic weapon revealed for Destiny 2, the Sunshot Exotic Hand Cannon has had its ups and downs over the years. He recently became the center of attention in Season of the Haunted, when the Solar subclass received its major overhaul and Sunshot was the focus of most Solar 3.0 releases. This weapon is fantastic for smaller scale content such as strikes or seasonal activities. But in the late game, it shows little use.

To add Unstoppable Hand Cannon inherently to the weapon will allow Solar 3.0 builds to shine even more in endgame content. Sunshot is a great weapon to use when taking down waves of enemies, such as Osteo Striga, as mentioned above, but fights against more powerful enemies like champions. Giving this weapon the Anti-Champion feature will give it the respect it deserves while continuing to be a staple in modern loadouts.

Ticuu Divination

Ticuu Destiny 2 Exotic Bow of Divination
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Similar to other Exotic main weapons we’ve discussed, Ticuu’s Divination is a very powerful weapon that can take out hordes of enemies very quickly, but struggles against tougher opponents. In previous seasons where one of the Anti-Champion seasonal mods was Overload arc, Ticuu’s divination has seen a lot of play, especially in content such as nightfall. But in the past three seasons since Overload Bow’s return, Ticuu’s usage has plummeted.

Unlike other weapons, however, Ticuu’s is in a unique position where any of the Anti-Champion mods can be placed on it. Although, in our experience, Overload Bow is the best fit, as Ticuu’s is great for easily tracking and destroying them.

Borealis

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Introduced in the Red War campaign, Borealis is a unique exotic sniper rifle where it was never right or wrong to use it one way or another. His Exotic trait is similar to the Exotic Auto Rifle, Hardlight, where he can change his damage type, alternating between Solar, Arc, and Void. While it sounds great on paper, unfortunately it never excelled when used in-game. However, the addition of the Anti-Champion feature could drastically change things for it.

Sniper rifles often receive the Anti Barrier Sniper mod during a given season, such as the current looting season that is ongoing in the game. If Borealis were to naturally be granted Anti-Barrier Sniper, its usage could skyrocket for hardcore content such as Grandmaster nightfalls for example.

Skyburner’s Oath

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Like Borealis, Skyburner’s Oath is an exotic scout rifle that sounds great on paper, but when used in practice falls short of expectations. Its primary perk deals bonus damage to Cabal enemies, which sounds good, but it doesn’t sell as much damage as players would like. Unfortunately, Skyburner needs a global buff before receiving the Anti-Champion feature.

In general, Scout Rifles are similar to bows, where they can be modded with multiple Champion mods, Anti-Barrier Scout or Unstoppable Scout being the main choices. In this case, one of the mods mentioned would work well with Skyburner’s Oath, and if it receives the buffs it deserves, the weapon has the potential to become a top choice for player loadouts.

Legend of Acrius

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The first raid Exotic weapon in Destiny 2 and the franchise’s very first Exotic Heavy Shotgun, the Legend of Acrius has seen varying use over the years. In Year 1 of Destiny 2, the weapon has been widely used in almost every activity. However, this quickly diminished over the years and other more powerful weapons were released. Like Skyburner’s Oath, Legend of Acrius is another weapon in dire need of a global buff before receiving Anti-Champion mods.

That said, the only Anti-Champion mod shoguns can currently receive is Unstoppable Shotgun. If the Legend of Acrius were to naturally benefit from this, along with an overall weapon buff, it could potentially elevate raid weapon ranks again. However, close combat wouldn’t make sense in late-game content like Grandmaster’s Raids or Nightfalls.

Cold heart

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The very first exotic trace rifle introduced in the franchise, Coldheart enjoyed its glory days at the start of Destiny 2. However, like Legend of Acrius, over the years since its release its use has quickly faded as better weapons had come out. Especially in Year 3 of Destiny 2, when the Shadowkeep DLC launched, where Coldheart would have a direct competitor, another Arc Exotic Trace Rifle, Divinity. However, the two weapons are used in different situations.

Divinity has been and continues to be more of a support weapon for teams to have guaranteed critical hits against enemies. On top of that, it was the second Exotic weapon to have an Anti-Champion mod naturally outside of the pistol, in the form of Overload towers. Coldheart, on the other hand, is a damage-focused weapon that continues to deal bonus damage the more the weapon is used. In year one, Coldheart was one of the go-to weapons for endgame content. If the weapon received Overload shells and a possible damage buff, Coldheart could potentially become a “preferred” weapon again.

Bad Juju

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Yet another case of “sounding good on paper but performing poorly when used in practice”, the exotic pulse rifle, Bad Juju, could use some help. Gaining more Super Energy per kill is a fantastic perk for an Exotic weapon; however, in this case, it does not seem sufficient. As we discussed with some of the previous weapons above, this weapon needs a global buff before receiving the Anti-Champion feature.

That said, Pulse Rifles also have the ability to use multiple Champion mods, Anti-Barrier Pulse and Unstoppable Pulse. In this case, Unstoppable Pulse might work for Bad Juju, but Anti-Barrier Pulse might work just as effectively. The combination of Champion mods along with the ability to increase your super energy per kill could lead to some standout builds for late game pursuits.

Improved Hatching

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Hatching perfected. Arguably one of the most beloved weapons in the Destiny franchise. We’ve seen this weapon before in Destiny 1 as Outbreak Prime, but later introduced in Destiny 2 and remastered in Outbreak Perfected. When it was released in Season 6, it completely dominated the game and was unanimously the best primary weapon in the game. Now, in Season 18, things have changed. Outbreak Perfected is still a powerful gun to use in most game content. However, it no longer dominates like it used to.

Adding the Anti-Champion feature could help bring this weapon back to the top of the pecking order. Since Outbreak is a pulse rifle, Anti-barrier pulse and unstoppable pulse can be modified, however, given the nature of the gun and how it can be used, Anti-Barrier Pulse would be a better option for this. Giving this weapon a Champion mod will increase its value tenfold and can once again become a staple for hardcore content.

That’s all for the moment. The Season of Plunder is well underway in Destiny 2, and hopefully in future updates and seasons, we could potentially see some of these Exotic weapons upgraded to the way they deserve. For more related information and other Destiny 2 news, including frequent updates on what’s coming to the universe, check out our related articles below.

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