Destiny 2: Solstice of Heroes returns with a new event zone, elemental buffs, and rewards

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 19:51 GMT

Solstice of Heroes returns to Destiny 2 on July 30 and will run until August 27. You will also earn your 2.0 armor early.

The annual Solstice of Heroes will go live in Destiny 2 next week.

Each day, the event will feature one of the three elements: Solar, Arc, and Void. All Elemental kills will reward you with Elemental Orbs which can be used to complete objectives to upgrade your armor.

You can even create the orbs you need for objectives you’re working on. You can also collect 30 orbs which match the daily element to apply an elemental buff to your subclass and weapons for a brief time.

Solar Elemental buffs can be equipped to generate Solar orbs. Once collected and empowered, your Guardian will “emit a burning wave of energy” that damages anything around you.

The Void Elemental buff will allow yo to become invisible and gain Truesight plus enhanced ability registration when crouched.

While empowered, the Arc Elemental buff will enhance your speed and dole out greater melee and Sword damage.

These effects will last for a short time or until you are defeated. The buffs will not be active in Competitive or Gambit Prime.

A New Zone

During the event, a new ritual will become available.  This time, you will be going to an entirely new area called the European Aerial Zone (EAZ) to take on Hive, Cabal, or Fallen enemies.  This new, three-player matchmade activity can be launched from the Tower or the Director.

Your goal will be to defeat as many mini-bosses as possible before time runs out. When it does, the final boss will appear. Once defeated, you will go across the EAZ in search of treasure chests. The more mini-bosses you defeat, the more treasure will await you, said Bungie.

The chests you will be searching for contain Solstice Packages which can be opened using Solstice Key Fragments. These fragments are earned by completing any activity during the Solstice of Heroes.

Solstice Packages contain rare and legendary gear, enhancement cores, and materials.  Once you have acquired your Legendary Solstice armor, Solstice Packages will reward you with additional armor, allowing you to “hunt for rolls with enhanced perks.”

Solstice Armor 2.0

Solstice of Heroes armor sets will need to be upgraded from their “Drained” Uncommon state to their “Renewed” Rare state. Completing the armor upgrades will grant you the “Majestic” Legendary set. To upgrade the armor, you musty complete various objectives on each armor piece. Once you have completed the objectives, you can advance to the next set.

A final set of objectives will be available allowing you to unlock the Masterwork version of the set.

If you collect all Solstice Legendary armor sets on all three classes you will earn the EV-37 Voidstreak Sparrow. It looks pretty cool.

And the armor isn’t just for looks, because it won’t be worthless to you once Destiny 2 Shadowkeep releases in September. The armor will be your first 2.0 set.

“This means that whatever full Legendary sets you earn now will have their new armor 2.0 versions waiting for you to pick up from the Gunsmith when Shadowkeep releases,” said Bungie. “You will be able to see only the set for the character you are logged in as; you will have to switch characters to claim other eligible sets.”

Extra goodies, Triumphs

As usual, new items will also be made available in the Eververse Store. Since there won’t be an event engram this year, you will have to direct purchase any of the items you want using Silver and Bright Dust.

All Eververse items will be available for Bright Dust at some point during the event.

Some really snazzy Armor Glows will be available for you to add to your Solstice of Heroes armor sets. You will be able to purchase entire sets for either Silver or Bright Dust. Armor glows will remain available for use after the Solstice of Heroes event ends.

Check out the glows, and other items which will be made available below.

There also will be two additional Moments of Triumphs available during the Solstice of Heroes event, and Gambit will be available to all players of Destiny 2 during the event.

Have fun.

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