I just finished my Solstice of Heroes armor in Destiny 2, and wow was it a grind. Thankfully, most of the assignments you’re tasked with to complete the armor are things you’ll do in the normal course of gameplay — defeat enemies, complete Gambit matches, and so on. But there’s one step that’s more painful than any of the others: killing 100 minibosses in the European Aerial Zone.
It shouldn’t be so bad, really. With a good team, you can easily defeat ten minibosses during each run of the EAZ. But here’s the thing: it only counts enemies that you’ve damaged. Unlike the similar step requiring you to open chests in the EAZ, this isn’t a fireteam-wide objective. In practice, this makes the EAZ an unfun, competitive activity where you’re racing your matchmade fireteam for kills. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bungie changed this soon, but in the meantime, there’s a slightly easier way.
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Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes EAZ — Engineer Psion
If you’re tired of running around chasing minibosses, there’s a simpler method you can use to rack up kills. First, you’ll want to be going in with a full fireteam. You’ll then need to load into an instance of the EAZ where you’re fighting the Cabal. This is just RNG, so you might have to dip a few times.
Once you’re in the EAZ with the Cabal, you can play through it normally until the boss shows up. With the Cabal, there seem to be two possibilities — you’ll either be fighting two bosses or three. You want the three, and again, this seems to just be random chance. When you do get the three bosses, kill one or two to give yourself some breathing room, but leave at least one alive.
Then, get into the central courtyard area where the very first miniboss appears on the map. A message will appear notifying you that an Engineer is arriving to assist the Cabal. A ship will hover over the courtyard and drop off a yellow bar Engineer Psion. This enemy has the ability to drop turrets and set up force fields, but more importantly, it counts towards your miniboss kill tally.
Quickly kill the engineer, making sure everyone on your fireteam gets some hits in. Wait around a bit, and it’ll show up again. Lather, rinse, and repeat. If the boss hops up to the courtyard area, you can hide out up on the catwalk overlooking it. Eventually, he’ll get bored and head to another part of the map.
Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes Majestic Armor
I’m not sure whether this method is actually faster than repeatedly playing through the event and quitting once the actual bosses show up, but it’s certainly less stressful. Again, I expect this requirement to unlock the Majestic Armor will be patched, because it doesn’t really make any sense.
The EAZ is a beautiful area, but the current quest design has us running around it and fighting each other for kills, which feels counter to the theme of the Solstice of Heroes. Hopefully we’ll get a fix soon. But in the meantime, you can use this method to complete the EAZ miniboss kills objective with a little less sweat.