It’s an annual tradition to Destiny 2, one where the Guardians of the world celebrate and remember the triumphs they have won. If by “triumphs” you mean “exceedingly long grinds” anyway. It’s the Solstice of Heroes, and it has returned for 2019 and is now underway until August 27th.
As per usual, there are a couple of “pursuits” in this year’s Solstice. New for 2019 is an instance called the European Aerial Zone (EAZ), where teams of three players must take out minibosses as swiftly as possible before time runs out. The more enemies slain, the more treasure you get, which in this case comes in the form of Solstice Packages that come with materials, enhancement cores, or Rare and Legendary equipment. In order to crack open these packages, you need Solstice Key Fragments, which are earned from any activity in the event.
The event will also offer daily buffs to one of the game’s three Elements provided you land Elemental kills and snap up 30 Elemental Orbs. Mercifully, you don’t have to follow the day’s chosen Element to get these Orbs, and doing so will work towards upgrading this year’s armor set.
What’s that about upgrading armor, you ask? One of the primary chases for the Solstice is the upgrading of an armor set, which will sound familiar to veteran players and likely feel pointless in the face of Shadowkeep’s imminent launch. However, should you upgrade the freebie gear from Uncommon to Legendary, it will be one of the first pieces of “armor 2.0” you’ll have access to when the new expansion launches. In fact, any full Legendary sets you have will be automagically upgraded to the new armor system.
Of course, there’s things in the game’s cash shop to pick up as well, like a new Sparrow, emotes, and a number of cosmetics. Be sure to check the link for all the details, or take it all in in video form below.