Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2021: Start Date, Rewards, and Everything Else We Know

UPDATE: Try not to create a new character during the Solstice event. Doing so appears to be removing Solstice packages and Solstice Key fragments that players have earned.
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Destiny 2's Season of the Splicer is well underway, and the roadmap has revealed that Solstice of Heroes is returning today, July 6th alongside a new patch.

A celebration of Guardians that's been running for the last few years, here's everything you can expect from the event now that Bungie has begun revealing what Guardians will be doing and what they can earn.

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What Is Destiny 2's Solstice of Heroes Event?

An annual event ever since Guardians vanquished Ghaul at the end of the Red War campaign, Solstice of Heroes celebrates Guardians and their accomplishments.

Here's the official word from Bungie's latest press release:

Each day of the month-long event will be assigned an element. Guardians will need to match their attacks with the daily element in order to charge one of four unique elemental buffs. On Prism days, Guardians can charge all four buffs, but can only activate one at a time.

In addition to the upgradable class-specific Solstice armor, this year's Solstice of Heroes introduces a new Legendary Shotgun, Exotic Ghost Shell, emblem, and Solstice Packages filled with goodies. Eververse offers up glowing universal ornaments for Silver or Bright Dust, matched to the Guardian's equipped subclass. New ships, Sparrows, and cosmetics will also be up for collection!
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Check out the new trailer below:

Compass Rose Shotgun

The event's legendary shotgun, Compass Rose, has leaked early thanks to dataminers. Here's how to get one of your own.

European Aerial Zone

The European Aerial Zone has been part of Destiny's Solstice of Heroes for a couple of years and offers a fun combat encounter against a series of minibosses in a bespoke area.

Bungie's Bungie's press release has confirmed that it'll be back for 2021.

Solstice of Heroes, a celebration of those who stood in defense of The Last City, returns to Destiny 2 on July 6th. Guardians everywhere will take to the European Aerial Zone to defeat bosses and unlock caches. A free event for all players, Solstice of Heroes rewards players with class-specific armor that can be upgraded with a darkness-banishing glow.
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Solstice of Heroes 2021 Armour Set

Solstice of Heroes dishes out its armour rewards in a more unique way than just buying them from the shop.

While there are cosmetics to purchase, players tend to start with a pretty basic set with various objectives attached to each. Complete the objectives, and you'll 'level up' the armour.

Here's a glimpse of what's coming, courtesy of Bungie:

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Destiny 2: Solstice of Heroes Start and End Dates

Solstice of Heroes kicks off on July 6, and runs until August 3 - giving you about a month to earn that glow up!

Bungie has promised news about the Witch Queen this Summer – so we may get some hints at what's to come.