Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes Launches July 30

In a news post today, Bungie announced that the Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes event will be launching on July 30th and run until August 27th. The event returns from last summer, but with some substantial changes. Bungie also seems to have been paying attention to player feedback from this spring’s Revelry seasonal event — Solstice of Heroes equipment will work quite differently.

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Solstice of Heroes in Destiny 2

The Solstice of Heroes event in Destiny 2 will see Guardians generating Elemental Orbs in order to upgrade their Solstice armor. These Orbs will also have an impact on gameplay, similar to the Revelry’s Tonics. Collecting 30 Orbs that match the rotating daily element will grant a powerful buff:

SOLAR ELEMENTAL BUFF

  • Equip your Solar subclass and weapons to generate Solar orbs. Then, collect them to wield their Solar elemental power. While empowered, Guardians emit a burning wave of energy that damages anything around them.

VOID ELEMENTAL BUFF

  • Equip your Void subclass and weapons to generate Void orbs. Then, collect them to wield their Void elemental power. Crouch while empowered to become invisible and gain Truesight plus enhanced ability regeneration.

ARC ELEMENTAL BUFF

  • Equip your Arc subclass and weapons to generate Arc orbs. Then, collect them to wield their Arc elemental power. While empowered, Guardians move with enhanced speed and deal greater melee and Sword damage.

However, having learned from the disruptive effect of the Tonics in the Revelry, Bungie has decided that these buffs will not apply in Competitive Crucible or Gambit. Expect Quickplay to be pretty manic for a few weeks, though!

Destiny 2 Combat Meditations

We’re getting a whole new area of sorts, and it’s bringing serious Sonic & Knuckles vibes to Destiny 2. The European Aerial Zone is a floating land mass upon which Guardians will take part in Eva Levante and Ikora’s Combat Meditations. These entail three Guardians teaming up to kill minibosses, take out a final boss, and then hunt for treasure. Oh, and there’s matchmaking!

The chests found in Combat Meditations will contain Solstice Packages, which then have to be opened with Solstice Key Fragments. These Fragments can be obtained through any activity during the Solstice of Heroes. Expect a grind if you want the fully-upgraded Solstice armor.

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes Armor

Speaking of, the Solstice of Heroes armor sets have three levels. To get to the final, most powerful and pretty set, Guardians will have to complete a series of objectives related to Elemental Orbs.

Worried that this armor is going to immediately become obsolete once Shadowkeep comes out in September? Bungie’s got you! If you unlock a full Legendary set of Solstice of Heroes armor, you’ll get its new armor 2.0 versions, too.

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes — Eververse, Cosmetics, Extras

Remember those cool Revelry ornaments that gave your Guardians horns? Remember how hard they were to get, and how they stopped working as soon as the event ended? Well, thankfully that won’t be the case for the Solstice of Heroes. Guardians will be able to acquire slick armor glow effects that will stay visible long after the Solstice of Heroes ends.

There’ll be a whole mess of other Eververse items, too. And instead of appearing in Event Engrams, they’ll be purchasable with Silver and Bright Dust. Bungie made a point to say that you will theoretically be able to acquire every Eververse event item for Bright Dust.

All in all, it seems like Bungie is really listening to player feedback and that the Solstice of Heroes is going to be a much more successful event than the Revelry. And personally, I can’t wait to go hang out with my best friend Knuckles on the EAZ Angel Island when the Solstice of Heroes begins in Destiny 2 on July 30.

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