When fighting against Champions in Destiny 2, you want to do as much damage as possible so you can kill them before they wipe your team. However, it can be slightly confusing whether to use Major Spec or Boss Spec against them.

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Champions normally count as majors, making Major Spec the damage mod to use against Champions. However, Champions also count as bosses for the perk Vorpal Weapon, and as mini-bosses for the Aeon exotic armor pieces. Boss Spec will not work on Champions.

What does and doesn’t work on Champions in Destiny 2 can be a bit confusing, as you can see. We’ll go in-depth into everything you need to know to deal the most damage possible against Champions in your next Raid or Nightfall.

Do Champions Count as Bosses or Majors?

In Destiny 2 there are 4 main enemy types:

Minor – Normal red-bar enemy.Major – Yellow bar enemies such as Lost Sector bosses, Champions, etc.Ultra – Orange bar enemies.Boss – Bosses such as Raid bosses, Strike bosses, etc.

For those 4 enemy types, there are 3 normal weapon mods that provide a flat 7% damage buff against the selected enemy type:

Minor Spec – For minor enemies.Major Spec – For Majors and Ultras.Boss Spec – For Bosses and Vehicles.

There’s also Adept Big Ones Spec for Adept weapons that provides a 7% damage buff against both Majors and Bosses, which is great for Nightfalls and Raids.

Now, when you kill a Champion in a Nightfall, it says that you’ve killed a “Mini-boss”. So you should use Boss Spec against Champions, right? Well….. no. Here’s why:

Champions count as Majors in Destiny 2. Don’t believe me? Let’s do some testing, then.

I went into a Legend Lost Sector and did some testing against Overload Champions with Point of the Stag. I tested damage without any mods, with Major Spec, and with Boss Spec to determine which applies. Here are the results:

Base (Without Mods)With Major SpecWith Boss Spec

As you can see, Major Spec takes the cake here, meaning Champions count as Majors.

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Does Vorpal Weapon Work Against Champions?


Particle Deconstructor with the exotic Fusion Rifle One Thousand Voices shreds Champions faster than the previous season’s combo, often killing them in one shot! Like Breach and Clear, Particle Deconstructor is in the last column of the artifact, so it takes 10 artifact mod unlocks to be able to unlock it; which can take quite a while to unlock.

Aside from Particle Deconstructor, having the team focus fire Champions is definitely the way to go, especially in high-level content.


When doing high-level content such as Grandmaster Nightfalls and Master Raids, it is imperative to be able to kill Champions quickly. Otherwise, they will demolish you and your fireteam. Fighting Champions is a lot easier when using the right mods and loadouts.

Hopefully, now you will be better equipped, both literally and figuratively, to take on Champions in Destiny 2.