Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes Guide – Armor Sets, Start Date, End Date

The Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes event returns this summer before the arrival of Shadowkeep. It’s the Season of Opulence which pretty much perfectly aligns with what we’ve come to expect. Thus far, the Solstice of Heroes has featured some of the most lavish armor so far. This time around will be no exception with elemental themed flair via the ornament system.

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There’s now been a trailer released for the Solstice of Heroes, which shows the start date of the event as July 30 and the end date as August 27. The flashy footage shows off new rewards, promises of powerful elemental buffs, nifty Sparrows, emotes, and some of the most lavish Solstice armor to date

Eva Levante will offer a Solstice Key Fragment Magnet (more on that later) upon the successful completion of some quests to help you pick up those Solstice Key Fragments. These key fragments are important because you’re going to need them to open Solstice Packages which you get from completing EAZ events. It’s unsure at the moment how many key fragments are needed to open one Package, but the presence of the Magnet as a consumable suggests that this could end up being quite the grind.

Solstice of Heroes Voice Quests

There’s a chain of quests involving Guardians having a bit of a chat. While there’s no exact information about the steps for these quests yet, the names of the five separate quests all combine to make a sentence:

  1. From the Ashes
  2. A New Flame
  3. Kindles to Life
  4. And Lights the Way
  5. Into the Future

Veteran Guardians might recognize this sentence from the Grimoire card, Ghost Fragment: Moon. Once you complete the last quest Into the Future speak to Eva Levante and she’ll reward you with a Fragment Magnet which can be consumed to attract Solstice Key Fragments for powering up your armor, obtaining Enhancement Cores, and Materials.

Solstice of Heroes The European Aerial Zone

The European Aerial Zone is going to feature heavily this Solstice. It’s described as a giant floating island in the sky, where you’ll be able to undertake combat drills and also meditate to power up your Drained Solstice Armor. From what we’ve seen of the EAZ so far, it’s going to be home to group matchmaking events throughout the course of the Solstice. 

The EAZ has 7 distinctly different zones:

  • Courtyard
  • Factory
  • Garage
  • Mall
  • Meditation Grounds
  • Ruin
  • Town

Remember those elemental buffs mentioned in the Solstice of Heroes trailer? The EAZ is where they’ll come into play. There’ll be a different daily buff that will be picked at random out of rotation of three:

  • Solar Energy: this fills the air with the smell of sunbaked earth, and will let you use your Solar subclass and weapons to generate collectible Solar orbs to become Solar Empowered. Being Solar Empowered will make you emit scorching energy.
  • Arc Energy: this fills the air with the smell of ozone, and will let you use your Arc subclass and weapons to generate collectible Arc orbs to become Arc Empowered. Being Arc Empowered will make you emit electric energy. 
  • Void Energy: this fills the air with the smell of potential, and will let you use your Void subclass and weapons to generate collectible Void orbs to become Void Empowered. Being Void Empowered will make you emit searing energy.

 

While we’re not quite sure what the smell of potential is, all elemental variants seem equally deadly. Guardians are going to need all the firepower they can get, especially if the datamined event strings are anything to go by; it looks like one such event variation could be a solo Gambit match with waves of Cabal bosses and reinforcements (either Cabal Engineers or Cabal Mosquitos) to kill within a time limit.

Solstice of Heroes Elemental Bounties

The cool elemental buffs from the EAZ have corresponding bounties, and some can only be completed when you’re benefiting from that buff in particular. You’re going to have to run the full gamut of the elements in the EAZ and beyond in order to get these under your belt. 

The Arc elemental bounties are:

  • Aggravated Battery: Defeat high-value targets as an Arc subclass.
  • Enlightened: Defeat enemies in the EAZ with an Arc subclass and an Arc loadout equipped.
  • Expect Resistance: Collect Arc energy from Fallen enemies as an Arc subclass.
  • Gold and Joules: Loot a chest in the EAZ as an Arc subclass
  • I’m In Charge Here: Defeat enemies using Arc Power weapons.
  • In the Thunderclouds: Defeat enemies in the EAZ using Arc abilities.
  • Into the Broken Ark: Finish the “Exodus Crash” Strike on Nessus.
  • Lightning Strikes Once: Defeat enemies in strikes using Arc abilities. 
  • Lightning Strikes Twice: Defeat enemies in strikes with an Arc subclass and an Arc loadout equipped.
  • Make ‘Em Hertz: Defeat enemies in the EAZ with Arc weapons. 
  • Neutrinos and Ozone: Defeat Taken enemies in the EAZ using an Arc subclass.
  • Renewable Energy: Finish Heroic public events as an Arc subclass.
  • Shocking Skill: Defeat other Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit using Arc abilities.
  • Stress Outlet: Collect Microphasic Datalattices from Nessus or Etheric Spirals from the Tangled Shore. 
  • The Electrician: Complete bounties as an Arc subclass.

The Solar elemental bounties are:

  • Arson? No, It’s My Sun: Defeat Taken enemies in the EAZ using a Solar subclass.
  • Cooked Well-Done: Defeat other Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit using Solar abilities.
  • Extinguish Them: Defeat high-value targets as a Solar subclass. 
  • Fire Drill: Finish Heroic public events as a Solar subclass.
  • Form a Fireteam (Literally): Defeat enemies in strikes using Solar abilities.
  • Hold Your Fire: Collect Solar energy from Cabal enemies as a Solar subclass.
  • Hot Commodity: Collect Dusklight Shards from the EAZ or Seraphite from Mars. 
  • Hot Stuff: Loot a chest in the EAZ as a Solar subclass.
  • Let the World Burn: Defeat other Guardians in the Crucible with a Solar subclass and a Solar loadout equipped.
  • Live Fire Exercise: Finish the “The Arms Dealer” Strike in the EAZ.
  • Too Hot to Handle: Defeat enemies in the EAZ with a Solar subclass and a Solar loadout equipped.
  • You’re Fired: Defeat enemies in the EAZ with Solar weapons.
  • Packin’ Heat: Defeat enemies using Solar Power weapons. 
  • Preaching to the Fire: Defeat enemies in the EAZ using Solar abilities.
  • Smell What I’m Cookin’: Complete bounties as a Solar subclass.

The Void elemental bounties are:

  • A Nova One Bites the Dust: Collect Captured Void energy from Hive enemies as a Void subclass. 
  • Dark Matters: Finish the”Savathun’s Song” Strike on Titan.
  • High-Value Vortex: Defeat high-value targets as a Void subclass.
  • Nebulous Agenda: Finish bounties as a Void subclass.
  • Nova to Run, Nova to Hide: Defeat enemies in the EAZ using Void abilities.
  • Nova Turning Back: Finish Heroic public events as a Void subclass. 
  • Null and Void: Defeat enemies in the EAZ using Void weapons.
  • Schaden-void-e: Defeat enemies using Void Power weapons.
  • Screaming into the Void: Defeat enemies while exploring as a Void subclass and with a Void loadout equipped. 
  • The Shape of [Void]: Defeat Taken enemies in the EAZ as a Void subclass. 
  • The Unknown, Weaponized: Defeat enemies in the EAZ as a Void subclass and with a Void loadout.
  • Un-A-VOID-Able: Defeat other Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit using Void abilities. 
  • Vacuum It Up: Collect Alkane Dust from Titan or Phaseglass Needles from Io.
  • Void of Fear: Defeat enemies in strikes using Void abilities
  • Void of Riches: Loot a chest in the EAZ as a Void subclass.

Solstice of Heroes Upgrading the Drained Armor Set

The Drained Armor set is what you get from Eva Levante after completing the initial Solstice questline. Luckily for you, this set gets upgraded throughout the event, and we’ll show you how to do it. The method differs for each class, so make sure that you’re doing the right thing to power up that armor of yours in time for the festivities.

1. The Solstice Begins – Speak to Eva

As per usual, to start things off all you have to do is talk to Eva Levente in the tower. She’s usually located next to Ikora.

The Solstice of Heroes is a holiday in which Guardians reflect on past battles and celebrate their many efforts to defend humanity. Eva Levante has returned to help usher in the festivities. Speak to Eva Levante in the Tower.

2. Classified

The name of this quest step may be classified, but somehow you’re going to get the base green set Solstice of Heroes armor. Once you have this, travel back to the Tower’s central square and meditate at the Status of Heroes.

With your completed Drained Solstice armor set equipped, return to the Statue of Heroes to meditate.

3. The Solstice Begins – Return to Eva

So there’s a new European Aerial Zone on Earth. This should be fun. Looks like you’ll need to collect Elemental Orbs and defeat minibosses.

As you finish your exploration of the Aerial Zone, Ghost receives a message from Eva herself. She’d like to speak to you at your earliest convenience. Visit Eva Levante in the Tower.

4. The Solstice Begins

Meditate with the armor once again.

Eva has suggested you take the drained armor she’s given you and meditate with it at the Statue of Heroes in the Tower courtyard.

5. The Solstice Begins – Return to Eva

Now it’s time to upgrade your armor. Return to Eva to get started!

Meditating at the statue has infused your new armor with the Light… but its connection to the Traveler could be made stronger. Return to Eva.

6. Solstice of Heroes – Complete Armor Objectives

The first step is to complete the challenges on all of the Uncommon armor pieces.

Drained Armor Titan Upgrade Steps:

  • Finish adventures, get Solar orbs in strikes and defeat other Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit
  • Finish playlist strikes, get elemental orbs in activities and finish Crucible or Gambit matches. 
  • Finish public events on Nessus, get Void orbs in the Crucible or Gambit, and open Solstice Packages. 
  • Finish runs in the EAZ, get precision final blows and defeat Hive enemies. 
  • Loot chests in the EAZ, finish Solstice bounties and defeat EAZ enemies as an Arc subclass. 

Drained Armor Hunter Upgrade Steps:

  • Finish adventures, get Arc orbs in strikes and defeat other Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit
  • Finish playlist strikes, get elemental orbs in activities and finish Crucible or Gambit matches. 
  • Finish public events on Nessus, get Solar orbs in the Crucible or Gambit, and open Solstice Packages. 
  • Finish runs in the EAZ, get precision final blows and defeat Fallen enemies. 
  • Loot chests in the EAZ, finish Solstice bounties and defeat EAZ enemies as a Solar subclass. 

Drained Armor Warlock Upgrade Steps:

  • Finish adventures, get Arc orbs in strikes and defeat other Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit
  • Finish playlist strikes, get elemental orbs in activities and finish Crucible or Gambit matches. 
  • Finish public events on Nessus, get Solar orbs in the Crucible or Gambit, and open Solstice Packages. 
  • Finish runs in the EAZ, get precision final blows and defeat Cabal enemies. 
  • Loot chests in the EAZ, finish Solstice bounties and defeat EAZ enemies as an Arc subclass.

Strengthen your Drained Solstice armor set’s connection to the Light by completing armor objectives.

7. Solstice of Heroes – Equip Drained Solstice Armor, Return to Statue of Heroes

Back to the statue!

With your completed Drained Solstice armor set equipped, return to the Statue of Heroes to meditate.

8. Solstice of Heroes – Complete Armor Objectives

Now you need to complete all of the Rare Solstice armor objectives!

  • Helmet: Complete bounties, loot chests in the European Aerial Zone, and defeat enemies with Arc weapons.
  • Arms: Complete Heroic public events, collect Arc orbs in any strike, and defeat Cabal combatants using a subclass that matches the [Arc Kill] / [Solar Kill] / [Void Kill] Day.
  • Chest Piece: Complete Gambit matches, collect Elemental Orbs using a matching [Arc Kill] / [Solar Kill] / [Void Kill] subclass, and defeat enemy combatants with Void grenades.
  • Boots: Complete daily or weekly challenges, defeat enemies in strike playlists using a subclass that matches the [Arc Kill] / [Solar Kill] / [Void Kill] Day, and, as a team, defeat opposing Guardians in the Crucible or Gambit using Void weapons.
  • Class Item: Complete patrols in the EDZ, collect Elemental Orbs of any type in the European Aerial Zone, and defeat minibosses in the European Aerial Zone.

Strengthen your Renewned Solstice armor set’s connection to the Light by completing armor objectives.

9. Solstice of Heroes – Equip Renewed Solstice Armor, Return to Statue of Heroes

Return to meditate and unlock the final Legendary Solstice Armor set.

With your completed Renewed Solstice armor set equipped, return to the Statue of Heroes to meditate.

10. Solstice of Heroes – Return to Eva

But you aren’t done! This Legendary armor set also has its own challenges! Complete these to finish the quest and unlock…something. We just aren’t sure yet!

  • Helmet: Complete a Prestige Nightfall with a score of 200,000 or better.
  • Arms: Complete playlist strikes with clanmates.
  • Chest Piece: Complete the dungeon “Shattered Throne” in the Dreaming City with a fireteam of two players or fewer.
  • Boots: Reset your Season 7 Valor ranking in the Crucible.
  • Class Item: Defeat challenging combatants throughout the system.

Show Eva your fully-restored Majestic Solstice armor set.

Solstice of Heroes Other Rewards

The upgraded Solstice armor from Eva that you grind out isn’t the only cool thing that you can get from this holiday event. You can also get the EV-37 Voidstreak Sparrow, which is obtainable once you have collected the Legendary Solstice Armor sets on all the different classes: Titan, Hunter, and Warlock. You can also pick up new shaders in the plucky colors of Pomegranate Gloss and Tangerine Gloss.

Last but not least, you can also obtain Season Armor and Armor Glows packaged together in Bundles. These bundles will contain a full set of armor glow sets based on the different elemental orb types, and they’ll also contain a full set of Solstice armor for the three different classes in Destiny 2. The class-specific bundles can only be obtained once. If you aren’t having any luck getting those Solstice Key Fragments, then you can also buy them from Tess. 

Now that you’ve got all the latest details about the Solstice of Heroes, it’s time to put the call out for your clanmates so you can take on some of those armor challenges and special bounties. The European Aerial Zone awaits only the bravest, so get to it.

 

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  1. If it’s anything like last years Solstice, the final missions will be to masterwork each piece of the set out.

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