Guardians have persevered under a sky blanketed by the Endless Night. By trusting in each other and their new Eliksni allies, the Vex simulation has been overridden, expunged, crashed. With the Sun rising over the Last City once again, it’s never seemed more appropriate to bask in the brilliant bravery that emboldens us even in the face of the most trying challenges. And so, it’s time to celebrate. Solstice of Heroes has returned.
New players, veterans, Season Pass holders, or free players – no matter how you play Destiny 2, Eva Levante invites you to join in on the festivities. Meet her near the Statue of Heroes in the Tower and begin your quest to unlock some of the most eye-catching armor in the game.
Your adventure will take you through the speed-running, high-flying landscape that is the European Aerial Zone and empower you with daily elemental buffs. Even if you took part in the celebration last year, there are a few new twists and Bungie Rewards in 2021 you’ll want to check out.
Bright as the Sun
A core part of the Solstice of Heroes experience is going on the quest for the Legendary glowing Solstice armor. Start by meeting with Eva Levante in the Tower and learning a little bit about what Solstice of Heroes is, and why it holds such importance to Guardians and citizens alike.
After getting acquainted with our herald of celebration, you’ll walk away with a basic set of armor that you’ll start to upgrade by playing a variety of activities. The armor goes through various stages of repair before reaching the Magnificent stage. When you complete this final level, a distinctive white glow will begin to emanate from the set.
European Aerial Zone
One of the cornerstones of the Solstice event is the opening of the European Aerial Zone (EAZ). This limited-time (in more ways than one) activity pits players against the clock in a race to eliminate as many bosses as fast as possible. After the bosses are downed, then another race begins: a race for treasure.
Chests appear throughout the map and it’s up to your three-player fireteam to cleverly navigate the landscape and claim the rewards before time runs out.
New in 2021 are additional jump pads that increase the traversal options as well as an update that permanently displays where the treasure chests are located during the final portion of the race. In previous years, searching for them was a component – now, it’s just about speed.
Regardless of what activities you enjoy, a rotating set of buffs will become available for the duration of the event. Each buff is based on one of the four elements in the game: Arc, Solar, Void, and – for the first time in Destiny – Stasis.
Each day will feature one of these elements and challenge players to align their subclass to them to charge the associated buff. Combine the perfect build, loadout, and buff to melt through enemies (in the EAZ and out) without breaking a sweat.
- Arc: Move with enhanced speed and deal greater melee and Sword damage.
- Solar: Guardians emit a burning wave of energy that damages anything around them.
- Void: Crouch while empowered to become invisible and gain Truesight plus enhanced ability regeneration.
- Stasis: Eliminations spawn an unstable Stasis crystal which floats upwards and swirls for a few seconds before detonating, damaging, and slowing enemies caught in the blast.
Along with the introduction of the Stasis buff, we’ve also added a new elemental day that we’re calling Prism. On Prism days, every element is in play and any buff can be charged – it’s up to players to select whichever subclass best suits the situation.
Class up any piece of Legendary armor with universal ornaments that apply a special Solstice glow to match your subclass. These are available throughout the event at the Eververse store for Silver or Bright Dust.
New rewards have been added to an already amazing array of collectibles available through the Bungie Rewards program.
Players can immortalize their participation in the 2021 event with the Solstice of Heroes 2021 emblem. The new emblem is quickly unlocked as soon as players complete the introductory journey.
Those who acquire their final Solstice armor set will unlock the exclusive Solstice of Heroes 2021 shirt for purchase on the Bungie Store.
Destiny 2 is free to play for everyone. Xbox Games Pass members also have access to additional expansion content, including the latest expansion, Beyond Light. Join us for Solstice of Heroes and become a Guardian of the Last City.
Join Xbox on Tuesday, July 6 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET on Twitch.tv/Xbox for a special Destiny 2: Solstice of Heroes livestream session and live Q&A with Destiny 2 Staff Designer Baldur Tangvald.
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