We have a week to go until Destiny 2‘s Solstice of Heroes event begins. The Solstice of Heroes event, which will serve as the closing moment for Destiny 2‘s second year prior to Shadowkeep‘s release, will have quite a grind. New datamined information has been presented by Reddit user JPDeathBlade who, like Ginsor, is a fairly trustworthy source. In many ways, it’ll remind you of what had transpired last year, especially when it comes to elemental empowerment and orbs as well as upgrading armor sets. You’ll also be able to complete the last two requirements for the MMXIX title or seal. Let’s take a quick look, shall we?
European Aerial Zone and Elemental Orbs
According to the user, the Solstice of Heroes event starts off by speaking to Eva Levante in the Tower. From there, you’ll be asked to head to the European Aerial Zone (EAZ), a brand new location in Destiny 2. There’s talk that getting to the area will allow for matchmaking as well. Fairly soon, you’ll be given the “Drained” Solstice of Heroes armor set that you can upgrade via a number of progression requirements.
While at Destiny 2‘s EAZ area, you’ll be facing off against Cabal as well as some Taken foes. It looks like the Taken minibosses are tied to certain hidden treasure chests. The runs through the European Aerial Zone might also be timed, much like the Menagerie.
Likewise, there’ll be a number of quest steps to help you upgrade your Solstice of Heroes armor. Same with last year’s event, you’ll be collecting Elemental Orbs. These are dependent on the subclass and weapons that you’re using. For instance, using a Solar subclass with all Solar weapons will lead to the generation of, obviously, Solar Orbs. Getting kills with, say, a Void or Arc weapon will lead to the generation of orbs for those respective elements. Each day will also have a particular active elemental requirement that will be relevant in later quest steps.
The user outlined the various requirements for each Destiny 2 Solstice of Armor upgrade tier. Each set of requirements corresponds for a particular armor piece for Destiny 2‘s classes. For instance, here’s what the progression for the Hunter set looks like, and do remember that the requirements may change once the actual event goes live:
Drained Solstice of Heroes Armor Set
- Complete European Aerial Zone runs, precision kills, and defeat Fallen enemies.
- Complete strikes, collect Solar Orbs in Gambit, and unlock Solstice Packages.
- Loot chests in the EAZ, defeat enemies in EAZ with a Solar subclass selected, and collect Solar Orbs in any activity.
- Public events on Nessus, Solstice of Heroes bounties, and defeat Guardians in Crucible or Gambit.
- Complete Adventures, collect Arc Orbs in strikes, and complete Gambit or Crucible matches.
Renewed Solstice of Heroes Armor Set
- Complete bounties, loot EAZ chests, and defeat enemies with Arc weapons.
- Heroic public events, collect Arc Orbs in strikes, and defeat Cabal while using a subclass that matches the element for the day.
- Complete Gambit matches, defeat enemy combatants with Void grenades, and collect Elemental Orbs matching the element for the day.
- Complete daily or weekly challenges, defeat opposing Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit using Void weapons, defeat enemies in strikes with a subclass that matches the element for the day.
- EDZ public events, collect Elemental Orbs of any type in the EAZ, and defeat minibosses in the EAZ.
Masterwork Solstice of Heroes Armor Set
From the datamined info, it looks like the requirements for all three classes would be similar once you reach the Masterwork tier. Here they are:
- Complete a Prestige Nightfall with a score of 200,000 or better.
- Vanguard playlist strikes with clanmates.
- Complete “Shattered Throne” with less than three players.
- Reset your Season 7 Valor ranking in the Crucible.
- Defeat challenging combatants throughout the system.
MMXIX Title and more questions
If you’ve been doing your Destiny 2 Moments of Triumph, then there’s a good chance that you’ve only got 22 out of 24 requirements completed. That’s because the final two will be made available once the Solstice of Heroes event goes live.
- Obtain the complete Majestic Solstice of Heroes 2019 armor set.
- Masterwork any piece of Majestic Solstice armor.
Going by the datamined info, the Drained set becomes the Renewed set. That’s followed by the Renewed set becoming the Majestic (purple/legendary) version. Finally, you’ve got requirements that’d let you obtain masterworked versions. Thankfully, you only need to masterwork one piece of armor instead of the full set.
That also leads to a few nagging questions. First, one of the armor requirements is a Shattered Throne dungeon completion with fewer than three players. As we know, the dungeon is only available during the third week in a three-week rotation for the Dreaming City. The start of the Solstice of Heroes event will be during the second week of the cycle. Would that mean Destiny 2 players need to wait an entire week just to complete a requirement? Or will the Shattered Throne be made available regardless of the weekly rotation?
The other question has a lot more to do with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. As you can see in the Shadowkeep ViDoc above, a major rework to armor sets called “Armor 2.0” will be implemented. There are some major concerns. Would Solstice armor pieces be useless come Shadowkeep‘s launch if Armor 2.0 changes won’t apply to them? What a waste of a grind that would be, eh?
In any case, we’ll find out more answers in the coming days. Bungie will provide more information this week. Destiny 2‘s Solstice of Heroes event goes live on July 30. It will last until Aug. 27.