Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes – All Events and Upgrades Explained

The much-awaited month-long Destiny 2 annual summer event of 2021 —  Solstice of Heroes —  has finally arrived, and it introduces a plethora of new activities and armor sets that Destiny fans can play for free now.

These new updates include the EAZ, Universal Ornaments, Elemental Orb upgrades, armor upgrades, and more. This guide will cover all you need to know about the latest Solstice of Heroes update.

What’s new in the latest Solstice of Heroes Update?

Season of the Splicer’s Solstice of Heroes introduces and brings back gameplay elements to give Destiny 2 fans more incentive to play this first-person looter shooter.

EAZ Returns in Season of the Splicer

The European Aerial Zone, or EAZ, makes its flashy return. First appearing in Season of Opulence, and then Season of Arrivals and Season of the Splicer, in this game mode, you get to battle and defeat bosses, utilizing special map-based aerial movement in a time crunch. 

How it works: In each daily reset — the map alternates between Arc Day, Solar Day, or Void Day — and you and a band of two other Guardians compose a fireteam to take down enemy encounters.

With each mini-boss you defeat under the time limit, you’ll increase your odds of attaining more chest locations spawning on the map. As you defeat the mini-bosses and disappear from the map, you’ll encounter your final battle which is to fight either a Cabal (Day spawn), Fallen (Day spawn), or Hive boss (Night spawn). 

Once all enemies have been defeated, your final mission is to find all the chest locations containing Solstice Packages that have spawned, which correspond to how many bosses you killed.

What’s New in the Eververse Store?

The Eververse store brings new cosmetic items for Guardians to equip. In particular, players can now gain access to Universal Ornaments which can be attached to any armor pieces. Depending on the player’s subclass, a glowing sheen can emit from the armor piece.

Unlike the previous installments and trials, last year’s Beyond Light expansion pack’s Stasis subclass also comes with its own distinct armor glow.

What Are Solstice of Heroes Elemental Orbs?

Each day, Solstice of Heroes will go through a daily rotation which increases the damage of either Arc, Solar, Stasis, or Void elemental powers. This happens once you complete a prerequisite.

To access this perk, you’ll have to defeat enemies who drop the day’s elemental burn. Once you collect 30 of these Elemental Orbs, you’ll get to activate a powerful buff. Here are the respective buffs of each elemental orb:

Note: You have to equip their respective subclass and weapons to wield the power.

  • Arc Orb: Guardians move with enhanced speed; greater Melee and Sword damage.
  • Solar Orb: Guardians emit an AOE energy wave that radiates damage around them.
  • Stasis Orb: Guardians gain stasis empowerment.
  • Void Orb: You gain Truesight, an ability to regenerate more quickly, and invisibility.

Where is The New Solstice New Armor sets?

To get the Solstice Armor Upgrades, you have to talk to Eva Levante first. She will give you a new helmet that corresponds to your subclass. She will ask you to head over to the EAZ and complete your Guardian’s assigned activity.

Once you’ve carried out the task, return to her and she’ll assign you a new quest: to meditate at the Statue of Heroes. Agree to the quest and you’ll get the Renewed set to complete the helmet she gave you initially.

How to Upgrade The New Solstice Armor?

You will need to finish slightly different tasks for each subclass to unlock their respective armor pieces. Each upgrade will increase the Power Level of your armor set

Here’s how to get them:

Hunter

  • Helmet: Finish a run through the European Aerial Zone, perform 20 Finishers, and collect elemental orbs.
  • Gauntlets: Defeat 200 Fallen, complete a playlist activity, and unpack 10 Solstice packages.
  • Chest: Defeat 30 enemy guardians, finish two public events, and collect Solar and Stasis elemental orbs during playlist activities.
  • Boots: Pick up 50 Orbs of Power, finish a Patrol, and get 50 Super kills.
  • Cloak: Reach 100 precision kills, pick up 100 Void Orbs all over the world, and finish three Lost Sectors. 

Titan

  • Helmet: Finish a run through the European Aerial Zone, perform 20 Finishers, and collect elemental orbs.
  • Gauntlets: Defeat 200 Hive, complete a playlist activity, and unpack 10 Solstice packages.
  • Chest: Defeat 30 enemy guardians, finish two public events, and collect Arc and Stasis elemental orbs during playlist activities.
  • Boots: Pick up 50 Orbs of Power, finish a Patrol, and get 50 Super kills.
  • Mark: Reach 100 precision kills, pick up 100 Solar Orbs all over the world, and finish three Lost Sectors. 

Warlock

  • Helmet: Finish a run through the European Aerial Zone, perform 20 Finishers, and collect elemental orbs.
  • Gauntlets: Defeat 200 Cabal, complete a playlist activity, and unpack 10 Solstice packages.
  • Chest: Defeat 30 enemy guardians, finish two public events, and collect Void and Stasis elemental orbs during playlist activities.
  • Boots: Pick up 50 Orbs of Power, finish a Patrol, and get 50 Super kills.
  • Bond: Reach 100 precision kills, pick up 100 Arc Orbs all over the world, and finish three Lost Sectors. 

Upgrade from Majestic Armor to Magnificent Armor

After upgrading your set to Majestic, complete these objectives to upgrade to Magnificent.

Hunter

  • Helmet: Defeat five minibosses in the European Aerial Zone before the boss’s third summon, acquire 500 elemental orbs, and quickly down 100 enemies.
  • Gauntlets: Gain 20 elemental empowerment buffs, defeat 200 enemies with Void weapons, and complete Altar of Sorrow on the Override or Moon missions (100 points).
  • Chest: Kill 100 enemies with Solar Grenades, collect 50 Solstice Key Fragments, and complete Blind Well in the Wrathborn Hunts or Dreaming City (100 points) 
  • Obtain 100 Arc or Stasis orbs in playlist activities, defeat 50 enemies with a melee while using an Arc subclass, and complete Public Events on Battlegrounds or Europa (100 points)
  • Cloak: Defeat 50 Powerful Cabal, obtain 50 Solar Orbs in the EAZ, and complete three  Nightfall Strikes or competitive PvP matches.

Titan

  • Helmet: Defeat five minibosses in the European Aerial Zone before the boss’s third summon, acquire 500 elemental orbs, and quickly down 100 enemies.
  • Gauntlets: Gain 20 elemental empowerment buffs, defeat 200 enemies with Solar weapons, and complete Altar of Sorrow on the Override or Moon missions (100 points).
  • Chest: Kill 100 enemies with Arc Grenades, collect 50 Solstice Key Fragments, and complete Blind Well in the Wrathborn Hunts or Dreaming City (100 points)
  • Boots: Obtain 100 Void or Stasis orbs in playlist activities, defeat 50 enemies with a melee while using a Void subclass, and complete Public Events on Battlegrounds or Europa (100 points)
  • Cloak: Defeat 50 Powerful Hives, obtain 50 Arc Orbs in the EAZ, and complete three  Nightfall Strikes or competitive PvP matches.

Warlock

  • Helmet: Defeat five minibosses in the European Aerial Zone before the boss’s third summon, acquire 500 elemental orbs, and quickly down 100 enemies.
  • Gauntlets: Gain 20 elemental empowerment buffs, defeat 200 enemies with Arc weapons, and complete Altar of Sorrow on the Override or Moon missions (100 points).
  • Chest: Kill 100 enemies with Void Grenades, collect 50 Solstice Key Fragments, and complete Blind Well in the Wrathborn Hunts or Dreaming City (100 points)
  • Boots: Obtain 100 Solar or Stasis orbs in playlist activities, defeat 50 enemies with a melee while using a Solar subclass, and complete Public Events on Battlegrounds or Europa (100 points)
  • Cloak: Defeat 50 Powerful Fallen, obtain 50 Void Orbs in the EAZ, and complete three  Nightfall Strikes or competitive PvP matches.

How to Activate the Glows of Your Armor?

Once you’ve finished upgrading your armor to Magnificent, accomplish these quests to obtain the glows on your pieces.

Hunter

  • Helmet: Complete a Nightfall on Grandmaster or Master
  • Gauntlets: Complete and defeat any raid
  • Chest: Finish any dungeon
  • Boots: Defeat 15 Guardians or Champions in Competitive Crucible modes
  • Cloak: Complete Master or Legendary Lost Sectors

Titan

  • Helmet: Complete a Nightfall on Grandmaster or Master
  • Gauntlets: Complete and defeat any raid
  • Chest: Finish any dungeon
  • Boots: Defeat 15 Guardians or Champions in Competitive Crucible modes
  • Cloak: Complete Master or Legendary Lost Sectors

Warlock

  • Helmet: Complete a Nightfall on Grandmaster or Master
  • Gauntlets: Complete and defeat any raid
  • Chest: Finish any dungeon
  • Boots: Defeat 15 Guardians or Champions in Competitive Crucible modes
  • Cloak: Complete Master or Legendary Lost Sectors

What are Destiny 2’s Newest Armor Accelerants?

The newest upgrade in Solstice of Heroes is the addition of Armor Accelerants. 

Armor accelerants boost progress for future armor upgrades as you complete your Solstice armor objectives. Compared to former seasons, this addition makes grinding less tedious and instead will make it faster to acquire armor sets for subsequent characters of different classes.

You can view active Armor Accelerants from Eva’s vendor screen.

Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Solstice of Heroes runs from July 6 to August 3, 2021. Play this game mode now on PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox One,  Stadia PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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