As the Guardians march closer to the July 30 commencement of Destiny 2‘s Solstice of Heroes event, we now have details on what to expect from the last component of the Season of Opulence, and the game’s second year of content.
Guardians will be after a special set of Solstice armor, but instead of just obtaining it, you can upgrade it by completing a series of objectives and being a part of a Solstice-specific event. Of course, there will be plenty of new cosmetic rewards up for grabs, and a tweak to how the Eververse Store works in Destiny 2.
In a Solstice of Heroes blog post, Bungie has made it clear what players need to do to fully enjoy the event. From getting a banged up set of Solstice armor to upgrading it to a pristine Masterworked “Majestic” state, all has to be done before August 27 marks the end of Solstice of Heroes.
This will bring Guardians to a new area for Solstice called the EAZ/European Aerial Zone. It is similar to the EDZ, except with a bunch of floating platforms. There, you will engage a variety of mini-bosses together with two other Guardians and fight for treasure chests. The more bosses you down, the more chests you will get.
The Solstice of Heroes set will be Destiny 2‘s first set of “Armor 2.0” available in the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. This is Destiny 2 new armor system, which allows players to transfer properties of one armor set to another. This gives players the choice of donning armor with their favourite look, alongside the stats and perks they choose.
Solstice of Heroes also adds a new element mechanic, which spawns orbs that will align with your elemental subclass. Picking them up will unlock additional buffs that are specific to each element.
- Solar Orbs: While empowered, Guardians emit a burning wave of energy that damages anything around them
- Void Orbs: Crouch while empowered to become invisible and gain Truesight plus enhanced ability regeneration
- Arc Orbs: While empowered, Guardians move with enhanced speed and deal greater melee and Sword damage.
A big change that comes with Solstice of Heroes is the fact that players can purchase all event cosmetics via the Eververse store, with either Bright Dust or Destiny 2‘s premium currency, Silver. This is different from previous seasonal events, where players earn Eververse engrams as they level up, which randomly drop the cosmetics.
Perhaps this is how Bungie is planning to change up the future of microtransactions in Destiny 2, especially as Bright Dust is being reworked as well. That could make its debut in Solstice of Heroes as well, and most likely when Shadowkeep launches on September 17.