The Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2019 event will kick off on Tuesday, July 30, Bungie announced today. It'll run through August 27, during which time players will have access to a new area called the European Aerial Zone, another set of upgradeable Solstice armor, the last two Triumphs for the Year 2 Moments of Triumph Seal, and a raft of cosmetics purchasable with Bright Dust and Silver, Destiny 2's free and real-money currencies.
Upgrading armor is always the focus of these Solstice events, but with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and its revamped Armor 2.0 system just two months away, you might wonder why it's worth grinding this out now when most armor is about to be replaced. Bungie wondered this as well, and so it decided, "based on player feedback, to make the Solstice of Heroes armor set the first armor 2.0 set you will receive (assuming you earn it, of course)."
"Whatever full Legendary sets you earn now will have their new armor 2.0 versions waiting for you to pick up from the Gunsmith when Shadowkeep releases," Bungie said in a blog post. "You will be able to see only the set for the character you are logged in as; you will have to switch characters to claim other eligible sets."
This is big news, not only because Armor 2.0 has been looming over the Solstice for weeks, but because this year's armor is especially lovely. Put those fears to rest: Solstice 2019 armor will be relevant going forward.
Armor upgrades and Elemental Orbs
To upgrade your armor, you'll once again need to complete set objectives tied to the Drained, Renewed, Majestic, and Masterworked stages of progression. As you complete challenges, you'll want to follow the Solstice's daily elemental buffs, which will reward you with Elemental Orbs as you rack up elemental kills. Collecting 30 orbs that match the daily element will also grant one of three temporary elemental buffs:
- Solar elemental buff: emit a burning wave of energy that damages nearby enemies
- Arc elemental buff: move faster and deal more melee and sword damage
- Void elemental buff: crouch to gain invisibility, Truesight (wall hacks), and enhanced ability regen
These buffs will not be active in the Gambit Prime or Competitive Crucible playlists, but they will be available in Quickplay, raids, Strikes, and the like. Expect to see some nutty kill streaks and challenge runs come out of this event.
The European Aerial Zone
You can earn Elemental Orbs in any activity, but you'll probably spend a good bit of this event in the European Aerial Zone, a brand-new area featuring a three-player matchmade Meditation set up by Ikora. The EAZ will feature Hive, Cabal, and Fallen enemies and will be accessible via the Tower or Directory.
"Your goal will be to defeat as many minibosses as possible before time expires," Bungie explained. "When your time runs out, you will face off against a final boss. Once the boss is defeated, you will set out across the EAZ in search of treasure chests. The more minibosses you defeat, the more treasure will await you."
EAZ treasure chests will reward rare and Legendary gear, Enhancement Cores, and various planetary materials. Once you obtain a set of Legendary Solstice armor, you'll also start receiving duplicate armor pieces so you can grind for Enhanced armor perks on your Solstice gear. I reckon this will be well worth doing seeing as how Solstice 2019 armor will work with the Armor 2.0 system coming in Shadowkeep, meaning those Enhanced perks will be transferrable.
Solstice of Heroes 2019 cosmetics
Armor aside, the Solstice event will also add a boat-load of cosmetics. There won't be any Solstice Engrams this year, but all event items will be purchasable for Bright Dust and Silver "at some point during the event," Bungie said. This includes the revamped Solstice armor glows, which will thankfully "remain available for use after the Solstice of Heroes event ends." Here's a look at some of the other cosmetics on offer this year:
Outside of the Eververse stuff, players can earn the EV-37 Voidstreak Sparrow by collecting Legendary Solstice armor sets on all three classes: