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Destiny 2 Season of the Witch Seasonal Artifact Guide

The Season of the Witch Seasonal Artifact perks introduces a new feature called Elemental Orbs.

Before the Season 22 launch in Destiny 2, Bungie shared a blog post previewing the Seasonal Artifact perks — unlike Artifact mods of the past, these perks now apply to your character directly after they're unlocked. Gaining XP lets you unlock Seasonal Artifact perks, and on top of that, leveling up the Seasonal Artifact gives you additional Power. So, here is the full list of Season of the Witch artifact perks in Destiny 2.

How to Get the Acolyte's Staff Artifact

When you first launch into Destiny 2 in Season of the Witch, a short cutscene will lead you into the Way of the Witch mission. After landing near Savathun's Spire, the Acolyte's Staff will automatically appear on your character screen. 

Season of the Witch Artifact Perks List:

This season brings a new feature called Elemental Orbs. Some of the following Artifact perks can generate Elemental Orbs that, like Strand Tangles, players can pick up and throw at enemies. These Elemental Orbs derive from Light subclasses such as Arc, Solar, or Void.

Column 1 - Anti-Champion

  • Anti-Barrier Auto Rifle
  • Anti-Barrier Piercing Bowstring
  • Unstoppable Scout Rifle
  • Overload Hand Cannon
  • Unstoppable Fusion

Column 2 - Combinations

  • Arc/Strand Siphon Combo: Combine Arc and Strand Siphon mods.
  • Solar/Strand Siphon Combo: Combine Solar and Strand Siphon mods.
  • Void/Strand Siphon Combo: Combine Void and Strand Siphon mods.
  • Origin Perk Specialization I: Greatly improves the Head Rush, Nanotech Tracer Rockets, Unsated Hunger, and Season 22’s unannounced Origin traits. 
  • Diviner's Discount: All Scavenger mods are discounted.

Column 3 - Elemental perks

  • Thanatotic Tangles: Strand weapon final blows can generate a Tangle.
  • Origin Perk Specialization II: Head Rush, Nanotech Tracer Rockets, Unsated Hunger, and Season 22’s unannounced Origin traits overcharge when that modifier is active.
  • Elemental Orbs Void: Void subclass and Void weapon final blows can spawn a Void Elemental Orb. Damage from Void Orb explosion makes enemies Volatile.
  • Elemental Orbs Arc: Arc subclass and Arc weapon final blows can spawn an Arc Elemental Orb. Damage from Arc Orb explosion Jolts enemies.
  • Elemental Orbs Solar: Solar subclass and Solar weapon final blows can spawn a Solar Elemental Orb. Damage from Solar Orb explosion Scorches enemies.

Column 4 - Additional Weapon and Elemental Abilities

  • Overload Machine Guns: Works against Overload Champions. Uninterrupted fire from your machine gun stuns unshielded combatants, delaying ability energy regeneration and lowering combatant damage output. When that modifier is active, machine guns are overcharged.
  • Elemental Fury: Champions take bonus damage from abilities and Elemental Orb damage when stunned.
  • Communal Pickups: When your ally destroys or picks up your Tangle or Elemental Orb, the Tangle cooldown gets reduced by 5 seconds. Also, you can deal bonus damage with weapons matching your subclass for 10 seconds.
  • Refreshing Pickups: Picking up a Tangle or Elemental Orb grants energy to your least-powered ability.
  • Semi-Auto Striker: If you have two stacks of armor charge stacks or less, rapid precision shots with bows, snipers, and scout rifles generate an armor charge.

Column 5 - Additional Elemental Perks

  • Monochromatic Maestro: Elemental ability damage increases matching weapon damage, and elemental weapon damage increases matching ability damage. The bonus granted is 10% for 5 seconds.
  • Rapid-Fire Ranger: Rapid precision hits from long-range weaken the target.
  • Elemental Embrace: Subclass elemental buffs give you bonus recovery and damage resistance against combatant attacks of the matching element type.
  • Elemental Munitions: Final blows to combatants with Tangles or Elemental Orbs can drop Special or Heavy ammo.
  • Frenzied Stacks: Your Armor Charge gives bonus damage to the Tangles or Elemental Orbs you throw, and the Armor Charge depreciates over time.

With new Elemental Orbs for players to tinker with, it should be fun seeing all sorts of new builds. If you are searching for build recommendations, stay tuned!

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