Destiny 2 Shadowkeep: The Best Seasonal Artifact Mods

The Gate Lord's Eye is Destiny 2's new seasonal artifact item, which allows players to unlock special mods to slot into the new Armor 2.0 system. There are numerous options, but players only have 12 mods that they can unlock at a time, so they will have to choose which ones they most want to use. It is possible to reset the artifact, gaining all of the unlock points back to reselect what perks players want, but each time players reset the artifact the cost of Glimmer for doing so increases.

But with this guide, there should be no need to reset the artifact more than once depending on how Destiny 2 players want to focus their subclasses during this season. But know that there is an option to reset, with the first one only costing 10,000 Glimmer.

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Some of the choices here will be up to the player's individual playstyle and taste, but the following mods are the best options on The Gate Lord's Eye seasonal artifact.

Tier 1

Biomonetizer: Defeating Hive combatants grants extra Glimmer. Mod does not stack.

Circuit Scavenger: Defeating Vex combatants grants extra Glimmer. Mod does not stack.

This is an either/or choice. Players should choose which enemy they spend more time killing in Shadowkeep. Obviously, if players are doing most of their activities on the Moon, they should pick up Biomonetizer to increase their Glimmer gains from Hive. But if players spend a lot of time in the new Vex Offensive mode or in the Garden of Salvation raid, they should choose Circuit Scavenger.

Because of the sheer amount of Vex in Vex Offensive, and how farmable it is for weapons and armor, Circuit Scavenger is a more viable option because if players are low on Glimmer, they can load up Vex Offensive and very quickly build up their Glimmer bank.

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Tier 2

Anti-Barrier Rounds OR Anti-Barrier Hand Cannon: Shield-piercing rounds designed to bypass combatant defenses. Strong against Barrier Champions.

With the addition of Barrier, Overload, and Unstoppable Champions into the game, players will need weapons equipped with Anti-Barrier, Overload, and Unstoppable rounds. For Anti-Barrier Rounds, players should choose what weapons they most like using. Pick Anti-Barrier Rounds if players prefer using auto rifle or submachine guns. Players who prefer hand cannons should pick Anti-Barrier Hand Cannon.

Overload Rounds: Uninterrupted fire grants bullets that cause disruption, delaying ability energy regeneration and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions.

In making a choice, it will also be good to think about having multiple kinds of rounds on a single loadout, so players may want to pick something like Anti-Barrier rounds to equip on an auto rifle or submachine gun (such as the ever-powerful The Recluse), and then pick Unstoppable Hand Cannon so that they can both perks working in the same loadout without having to switch weapons.

Unstoppable Hand Cannon: Aiming down sights loads a powerful explosive payload that staggers unshielded enemies. Strong against Unstoppable Champions.

Auto rifles and submachine guns are more viable right now in the game than bows (the other option to have Overload ammo), so it is recommended to choose Overload Rounds over Overload Arrowheads.

Tier 3

Enhanced Hand Cannon Loader

Enhanced Submachine Gun Loader

Enhanced Auto Rifle Loader

Tier 3 is all about Enhanced Loader perks, so the best advice here is for players to go with whatever weapon classes they like best. The three listed above, hand cannons, submachine guns, and auto rifles are much more in the meta for both PvE and PvP, so it is recommended that players choose from these armor mods. But again, this is all up to personal preference, so players who like fusion rifles or bows can (and should) certainly pick those loaders in this tier.

Tier 4

Overload Grenades: Void grenades cause disruption, delaying ability energy regeneration and lowering combatant damage output. Strong against Overload Champions.

Solar subclasses were very strong in Year 2, so it is clear that Bungie is incentivizing players to switch things up and play with void and arc subclasses in Season 8. And these perks certainly show that. Overload Grenades is a great perk for void subclasses and is one of the best mods on the artifact. This is a for-sure pick.

Disruptor Spike: Improves the effects of disruption, lowering combatants' damage output even further.

Disruptor Spike goes hand-in-hand with Overload Grenades, further enhancing its effects as well as the Overload Rounds selected in Tier 2.

Unstoppable Melee: Arc melee abilities stagger unshielded enemy combatants. Strong against Unstoppable Champions.

Unstoppable melee is a great choice for arc subclass builds, especially if players spec into a melee-specific build. Unstoppable melee also pairs very well with a particular mod in Tier 5.

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Tier 5

Oppressive Darkness: Causing damage with a Void grenade adds a weaken effect to enemies.

Oppressive Darkness adds even more power to players' void grenades that are already causing the Disruption effect due to the Tier 4 selection of Overload Grenades. So, especially players who want to focus on void subclases should absolutely select this.

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Arc Battery: Grants overshield and reduced cooldown during activation for all Arc class abilities.

This is a great perk to have for arc subclasses in PvE and PvP. This allows for players to gain an advantage in PvE and PvP. This will lead to situations including dodging as an Arctrider during a duel in PvP, automatically gaining an overshield in the middle of a fight; or putting down a Rift as a Stormcaller gaining an overshield, higher damage (with Empowering Rift selected), and an Arc Soul (with bottom tree) dealing additional damage.

Thunder Coil: Grants bonus damage for all Arc melee abilities and refunds Super energy on finisher final blows.

Players are only going to be able to select two mods from Tier 5, so Thunder Coil is a recommendation specific to players who want to focus on an arc subclass, and more specifically, an arc melee build. As mentioned above, Thunder Coil will pair nicely with Unstoppable Melee from Tier 4. And there's some real potential here for arc melee builds such as a Way of the Warrior (top tree) Arcstrider with its ability to give players tons of melee energy with its focus on melee/dodge synergy.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.

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