Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2021 armour upgrade steps, end date and Solstice Packages explained

How to fully upgrade your armour in Destiny 2's Solstice of Heroes event.

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes is an annual summer event, introducing a new activity and armour set to take forward to future expansions of the game.

As well as giving the Tower a makeover, an influx of new cosmetic items to buy from the Eververse store, Elemental Buffs, the return of the EAZ (European Aerial Zone) and a brand new weapon to unlock, you'll also have the opportunity to earn Solstice 2021 armour through a series of challenges.

Though it's not quite the grind of previous years thanks to the addition of Armor Accelerants, which boost the progress of future challenges with each subsequent armor set you upgrade, there is still a lot to do if you want to upgrade the armour before the Solstice of Heroes end date.

Armour upgrade steps:

Solstice of Heroes and EDZ 2021 explainers:

Solstice of Heroes 2021 trailer

Solstice of Heroes from previous years:

Destiny Solstice of Heroes 2021 armour explained

The Solstice of Heroes event offers armour that needs to be powered up through a series of activities - increasing its level to max power, and giving you an armour set which can upgraded to the power cap up until 2022's Solstice event.

Each piece has a series of objectives to upgrade them, with each stage - Drained, Renewed, Majestic - increasing its Power Level each time. There is also a final stage - Magnificant - adding a white glow effect.

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Upgrade your Solstice 2021 armour fully to give it a glow.

You only have until the end of the event to upgrade the armour set to Majestic. The final Magnificent step, however, can be done at any time - which is useful as these are among the most difficult challenges.

The steps vary by class, and if you're interested to see what you're getting into, the below tables can help.

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The Compass Rose shotgun is a new weapon from Solstice of Heroes.

The good news is that, such as it happened last year, there will be so-called Armor Accelerants which will speed up the progress of future upgrade objectives for your sets - meaning subsequent characters of different classes can be completed faster. All currently active Armor Accelerants can be viewed in Eva's vendor screen.

Finally, you need to be wearing the Solstice armour while completing each step for them to count. To be safe, just have them equipped for the duration of the event.

The following explains every Solstice of Heroes 2021 armour step by class, so you know what you're getting yourself in for:

Thanks to BrewingScribe and MacticsG1 on reddit for helping flesh out the below on classes we couldn't verify (which are displayed as Google Sheets if that's easier for you to track!)

Destiny Solstice of Heroes 2021 Hunter armour upgrade steps

How to fully upgrade the Solstice armour for the Hunter class:

Hunter Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to upgrade MajesticSteps to upgrade Magnificent
Helmet Complete the European Aerial Zone activity

Collect Elemental Orbs (200)

Defeat combatants with Finishers (20)
In one run, defeat 5 EAZ minibosses (3)

Collect Elemental Orbs (500)

Rapidly defeat combatants (100)
Complete Nightfall on Master / Grandmaster
Gauntlet Complete Strikes, Crucible or Gambit playlist activities (1)

Open Solstice Packages (10)

Defeat Fallen (200)
Complete Altars of Sorrow or Override (100%)

Empowerment buffs gained (20)

Void weapon kills (200)
Complete a raid
Chest Complete public events on any destination (2)

Collect Solar or Stasis Elemental Orbs in Strikes, Crucibles or Gambit playlist activities (50)

Defeat Guardians in Crucible or Gambit (30)
Complete Blind Well / Wrathborn Hunts (100%)

Solstice Key Fragments (50)

Solar grenade kills (100)
Complete a dungeon
Legs Complete patrols on any destination (1)

Collect Orbs of Power (50)

Defeat combatants with Super abilities (50)
Complete Battlegrounds / Europa-based activities (100%)

Playlist Arc or Stasis Orbs (100)

Arc subclass melee (50)
Defeat Champions or Guardians in competitive playlists (15)
Class Item Complete Lost Sectors on any destination (3)

Collect Void Elemental Orbs in free roam on any destination (TBC)

Precision kills (100)
Complete Nightfall / Competitive playlists (3)

EAZ Solar Orbs (50)

Powerful Cabal (50)
Lost Sectors on Legend or Master (3)

Destiny Solstice of Heroes 2021 Titan armour upgrade steps

How to fully upgrade the Solstice armour for the Titan class:

Titan Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to upgrade MajesticSteps to upgrade Magnificent
Helmet Complete the European Aerial Zone activity

Collect Elemental Orbs (200)

Defeat combatants with Finishers (20)
In one run, defeat 5 EAZ minibosses (3)

Collect Elemental Orbs (500)

Rapidly defeat combatants (100)
Complete Nightfall on Master / Grandmaster
Gauntlet Complete Strikes, Crucible or Gambit playlist activities (1)

Open Solstice Packages (10)

Defeat Hive (200)
Complete Altars of Sorrow or Override (100%)

Empowerment buffs gained (20)

Solar weapon kills (200)
Complete a raid
Chest Complete public events on any destination (2)

Collect Arc or Stasis Elemental Orbs in Strikes, Crucibles or Gambit playlist activities (50)

Defeat Guardians in Crucible or Gambit (30)
Complete Blind Well / Wrathborn Hunts (100%)

Collect Solstice Key Fragments (50)

Arc Grenade kills (100)
Complete a dungeon
Legs Complete patrols on any destination (1)

Collect Orbs of Power (50)

Defeat combatants with Super abilities (50)
Complete Battlegrounds / Europa-based activities (100%)

Playlist Void / Stasis Orbs (100)

Void melee kills (50)
Defeat Champions or Guardians in competitive playlists (15)
Class Item Complete Lost Sectors on any destination (3)

Collect Solar Elemental Orbs in free roam on any destination (200)

Precision kills (100)
Complete Nightfall / Competitive playlists (3)

EAZ Arc Orbs (50)

Powerful Hive (50)
Lost Sectors on Legend or Master (3)

Destiny Solstice of Heroes 2021 Warlock armour upgrade steps

How to fully upgrade the Solstice armour for the Warlock class:

Warlock Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to upgrade MajesticSteps to upgrade Magnificent
Helmet Complete the European Aerial Zone activity

Collect Elemental Orbs (200)

Defeat combatants with Finishers (20)
In one run, defeat EAZ minibosses (3)

Collect Elemental Orbs (500)

Rapidly defeat combatants (100)
Complete Nightfall on Master / Grandmaster
Gauntlet Complete Strikes, Crucible or Gambit playlist activities (1)

Open Solstice Packages (10)

Defeat Cabal (200)
Complete Altars of Sorrow or Override (100%)

Empowerment buffs gained (20)

Arc weapon kills (200)
Complete a raid
Chest Complete public events on any destination (2)

Collect Void or Stasis Elemental Orbs in Strikes, Crucibles or Gambit playlist activities (50)

Defeat Guardians in Crucible or Gambit (30)
Complete Blind Well / Wrathborn Hunts (100%)

Collect Solstice Key Fragments (50)

Defeat combatants with Void grenades (100)
Complete a dungeon
Legs Complete patrols on any destination (1)

Collect Orbs of Power (50)

Defeat combatants with Super abilities (50)
Complete Battlegrounds / Europa-based activities (100%)

Playlist Solar or Stasis Orbs (100)

Solar Melee kills (50)
Defeat Champions or Guardians in competitive playlists (15)
Class Item Complete Lost Sectors on any destination (3)

Collect Arc Elemental Orbs in free roam on any destination (200)

Defeat combatants with precision damage (100)
Complete Nightfall / Competitive playlists (3)

EAZ Void Orbs (50)

Powerful Fallen (50)
Lost Sectors on Legend or Master (3)

Where to start the Statue of Heroes quest and find the statue in Solstice of Heroes 2021

Before you can get the armour, you have to first visit the Tower and chat to Eva Levante, giving you the Solstice helmet and tasking you with visiting the new EAZ (Earth Aerial Zone) activity once.

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Welcome back, Guardian.

Once done, you can then get the rest of the Solstice armour from the Statue of Heroes location. This is directly to the right of Eva in the Tower. Use the Mediate prompt and the armour set is yours.

These are the same steps as previous years:

Where to find and how to get Solstice Packages in Solstice of Heroes 2021

As for the Solstice Packages - which you need to open to complete one Solstice armour step - you'll find them in the EAZ activity. Once you have collected some, Solstice Packages are found within your Inventory.

You'll get one Solstice Package from the chest from killing the boss round, and from there, you are tasked with opening chests hidden around the arena, with the number of chests matching the number of mini-bosses you cleared in the opening wave of the encounter.

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These chests will give you and your team either Solstice Packages, or the Solstice Key Fragments required to open them. Keys can also be found from completing activities across the game - but for Solstice Packages in particular, you need to run the EAZ.

The more chests you open in the final part of the EAZ, the higher your chances of finding Solstice Packages will be. You get a quick glimpse of their locations at the start of the search, and then they only appear as you get close. In our experience, the location markers remained visible until the timer ran out, but we're unsure if this was the cause of a bug.

Our recommendation is to split your team and scour the rooftops, and if you're stuck, don't forget to visit the starting island too.

As for opening Solstice Packages, they once again take 15 keys each, but if you focus on other matchmade activities, such as playlist Strikes, Crucible or Gambit, they can drop upon completion there too, saving you grinding the EAZ.

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2021 end date

Aside from the final Magnificent step, Solstice of Heroes armour can only be upgraded until the end of the event.

Destiny 2's Solstice of Heroes begins Tuesday, July 6th and has an end date of Tuesday, August 3rd, at the following weekly reset times:

  • UK: 6pm (BST)
  • Europe: 7pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 1pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 10am (PDT)

How was Destiny Solstice of Heroes like in 2020?

If you're interested in how previous Solstice of Heroes compares to later years, here's the 2020 objectives and armour appearances at a glance:

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How the Solstice 2020 armour looks.

Hunter Solstice 2020 armour upgrade steps

Hunter Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade DrainedSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to upgrade Majestic
Helmet1x EAZ run

50 precision final blows

Defeat 100 Fallen
Defeat 200 enemies

2000 Elemental final blows

300 Arc weapon kills
Complete a Nightfall Ordeal on the Master difficulty
GauntletSolar Orbs in Crucible / Gambit

5 Playlist Strikes

10 Solstice Packages
10 Heroic Public Events

300 Arc Orbs in Strikes

300 Cabal kills
Complete a Nightmare Hunt
Chest Defeat 50 enemies in EDZ

50 kills with Solar sub-class in EDZ

400 Elemental Orbs
10 Gambit matches

1000 Elemental Orbs

100 Void grenade kills
Complete Pit of Heresy
LegsDefeat 25 Guardians in Crucible / Gambit

5 Public Events

Defeat 50 enemies with Supers
Defeat 100 Guardians with Void weapons as a team in Gambit / Crucible

600 playlist kills in Strikes

100 ability kills
Win seven Trials of Osiris matches (not on a single Passage)
Class Item5 Gambit / Crucible Matches

100 Arc Orbs in Strikes

5 Adventures
5 EDZ Patrols

200 Elemental Orbs in EDZ

20 boss kills
Complete a Tier 5 Altar of Sorrow three times

Titan Solstice 2020 armour upgrade steps

How to fully upgrade the Solstice armour for the Titan class:

Titan Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade DrainedSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to upgrade Majestic
Helmet1x EAZ run

50 precision final blows

Defeat 100 Hive
Defeat 100 Guardians with Arc weapons as a team in Gambit / Crucible

10 Gambit matches

1000 Elemental Orbs matching subclass
Complete a Nightfall Ordeal on the Master difficulty
Gauntlet50 Arc subclass kills in EDZ

50 Super kills

400 Elemental Orbs
10 Heroic Public Events

100 ability kills

20 boss kills
Complete a Nightmare Hunt
Chest Defeat 25 Guardians in Crucible / Gambit

100 Solar Orbs in Strikes

5 Adventures
200 kills in EDZ

600 playlist kills with subclass matching Solstice burn

300 Fallen kills with subclass matching Solstice burn
Complete Pit of Heresy
Legs100 Void Orbs in Crucible / Gambit

5 Public Events

Open 10 Solstice Packages
300 Void Orbs in Strikes

2000 Elemental final blows

100 Solar melee kills
Win seven Trials of Osiris matches (not on a single Passage)
Class Item5 Gambit / Crucible matches

5 Playlist Strikes

50 EDZ kills
5 Patrols on Io

200 Elemental Orbs in EDZ

300 kills with Solar weapons
Complete a Tier 5 Altar of Sorrow three times

Warlock Solstice 2020 armour upgrade steps

How to fully upgrade the Solstice armour for the Warlock class:

Warlock Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade DrainedSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to upgrade Majestic
Helmet1x EDZ run

50 precision final blows

100 Cabal kills
200 Elemental Orbs in EDZ

600 playlist kills with subclass matching Solstice burn

20 boss kills
Complete a Nightfall Ordeal on the Master difficulty
GauntletDefeat 25 Guardians in Crucible / Gambit

5 Playlist Strikes

400 Elemental Orbs
Defeat 100 Guardians with Solar weapons as a team in Gambit / Crucible

300 Solar Orbs in Strikes

2000 Elemental final blows

1000 Elemental Orbs matching your subclass
Complete a Nightmare Hunt
Chest 100 Arc Orbs in Crucible / Gambit

5 Adventures

Open 10 Solstice Packages



10 Gambit matches

100 ability kills

300 Void weapon kills
Complete Pit of Heresy
Legs100 Solar Orbs in Strikes

50 kills in EDZ

50 Void subclass kills in EDZ
10 Heroic Public Events

300 Solar Orbs in Strikes

300 Hive kills with subclass matching Solstice burn
Win seven Trials of Osiris matches (not on a single Passage)
Class Item5 Gambit / Crucible matches

5 Public Events

50 Super kills
5 Titan Patrols

200 EDZ kills

150 Arc Super kills
Complete a Tier 5 Altar of Sorrow three times

How was Destiny Solstice of Heroes like in 2019?

If you're interested in how previous Solstice of Heroes compares to later years, here's the 2019 objectives and armour appearances at a glance:

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How Drained, Renewed and Majestic Solstice 2019 armour looks.

Hunter Solstice 2019 armour upgrade steps

Hunter Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade DrainedSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to Masterwork
HelmetComplete EAZ runs
Precision final blows
Defeat Fallen
Complete bounties
Loot EAZ chests
Arc weapon kills
Complete Prestige Nightfall with a score above 200k
GauntletComplete Strikes in playlists
Collect Solar Orbs in Gambit
Unlock Solstice Packages
Complete Heroic public events
Collect Arc Orbs in Strikes
Defeat Cabal with subclass matching the day's element
Playlist Strike completions with clanmates
Chest Loot EAZ chests
Complete any Elemental Orbs
Defeat EAZ enemies while using Solar subclass
Complete Gambit matches
Collect Orbs matching element of the day
Void grenade kills
Shattered Throne completion with fireteam of two or less
LegsComplete Nessus public events
Complete Solstice of Heroes bounties
Defeat Guardians in Crucible or Gambit
Complete daily or weekly challenges
Kills in Strike playlists with subclass matching element of the day
Guardian with Void weapons in Crucible or Gambit as a team
Reset Season 7 Valor ranking in Crucible
Class ItemComplete Adventures
Collect Arc Orbs in Strikes
Complete Crucible or Gambit matches
Complete EDZ patrols
Collect Elemental Orbs in EAZ
Defeat 50 EAZ minibosses
Defeat yellow bar enemies

Titan Solstice armour upgrade steps

Titan Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade DrainedSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to Masterwork
HelmetComplete EAZ runs
Precision final blows
Defeat Hive
Complete Gambit matches
Collect Elemtnal Orbs that match your subclass
Guardian kills using Arc weapons in Crucible or Gambit as a team
Complete Prestige Nightfall with a score above 200k
GauntletLoot EAZ chests
Complete Solstice of Heroes bounties
Defeat EAZ enemies while using Arc subclass
Complete Heroic public events
Complete daily or weekly challenges
Defeat 50 EAZ minibosses
Playlist Strike completions with clanmates
Chest Complete Adventures
Collect Solar Orbs in Strikes
Defeat Guardians in Crucible or Gambit
Kills in Strike playlists using subclass that matches element of the day
Loot EAZ chests
Defeat Fallen using subclass matching element of the day
Shattered Throne completion with fireteam of two or less
LegsComplete Nessus public events
Collect Void Orbs in Crucible or Gambit
Unlock Solstice Packages
Complete Bounties
Collect Void Orbs in Strikes
Solar melee kills
Reset Season 7 Valor ranking in Crucible
Class ItemComplete Strikes in playlists
Collect any Elemental Orbs
Complete Crucible or Gambit matches
Io Patrols
Collect Elemental Orbs in EAZ
Solar weapon kills
Defeat yellow bar enemies

Warlock Solstice armour upgrade steps

Warlock Solstice ArmourSteps to upgrade DrainedSteps to upgrade RenewedSteps to Masterwork
HelmetComplete EAZ runs
Precision final blows
Defeat Cabal
Kills in Strike playlists using subclass matching element of the day
Collect Elemental Orbs in the EAZ
Defeat 50 minibosses in EAZ
Complete Prestige Nightfall with a score above 200k
GauntletComplete Strikes in playlists
Collect any Elemental Orbs
Defeat Guardians in Crucible or Gambit
Complete bounties
Collect Elemental Orbs matching your subclass
Guardian kills in Crucible or Gambit using Solar weapons as a team
Playlist Strike completions with clanmates
Chest Complete Adventures
Collect Arc Orbs in Crucible or Gambit
Unlock Solstice Packages
Complete Gambit matches
Complete daily or weekly challenges
Void weapon kills
Shattered Throne completion with fireteam of two or less
LegsLoot EAZ chests
Collect Solar Orbs in Strikes
Defeat EAZ enemies while using Void subclass
Complete Heroic public events
Collect Solar Orbs in strikes
Hive kills using subclass matching element of the day
Reset Season 7 Valor ranking in Crucible
Class ItemComplete Nessus public events
Complete Solstice bounties
Complete Crucible or Gambit matches
Titan Patrols
Loot EAZ chests
Arc Super kills against Guardians in Crucible or Gambit
Defeat yellow bar enemies

Thanks to JpDeathBlade's datamine on reddit for filling in the gaps in the above.

How was Destiny Solstice of Heroes like in 2018?

If you're interested in how Solstice of Heroes 2018 compares to later years, here's the 2018 objectives and armour appearances at a glance:

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How Scorched, Rekindled and Resplendent armour looks. Each appearance is an Ornament if you want to roll it back, too.

Hunter Solstice armour upgrade steps

Hunter Solstice armourSteps to unlock Rekindled (340)Steps to unlock Legendary (400)Steps to unlock Masterwork (400)
HelmetSpark Redux
Solar Orbs in EDZ
10 Guardians Defeated
Chosen Redux
Void Energy weapon kills
Nightfall
Prestige Nightfall score beaten
GauntletsHomecoming Redux
Arc Orbs
Meditation mission for Ikora
Payback Redux
Void Grenade kills
3 Heroic Strikes
5 Heroic Strikes with at least one clan member
ChestChosen Redux
Arc Orbs in Strikes
10 Heroic Public Events
1AU Redux
Solar Power weapon kills
5 Crucible match wins
Prestige Levithan Raid
Legs1AU Redux
Void Orbs
Minibosses defeated
Spark Redux
Solar melee kills
10 Adventures
Legend rank in Valor for Crucible
Class ItemPayback Redux
Super Kills in the Crucible
10 Patrols
Homecoming Redux
Arc Super kills
20 Challenges
Defeat 10 bosses

Titan Solstice armour upgrade steps

Titan Solstice armourSteps to unlock Rekindled (340)Steps to unlock Legendary (400)Steps to unlock Masterwork (400)
HelmetSpark Redux
Arc Orbs
10 Guardians Defeated
Chosen Redux
200 Solar Super kills
Nightfall
Prestige Nightfall score beaten
GauntletsHomecoming Redux
Solar Orbs in Strikes
Meditation mission for Ikora
Payback Redux
160 Solar Energy kills
3 Heroic Strikes
5 Heroic Strikes with at least one clan member
ChestChosen Redux
Void Orbs in EDZ
10 Heroic Public Events
1AU Redux
120 Arc Grenade kills
5 Crucible match wins
Prestige Levithan Raid
Legs1AU Redux
30 Super Crucible kills
50 Minibosses defeated
Spark Redux
60 Void melee kills
10 Adventures
Legend rank in Valor for Crucible
Class ItemPayback Redux
Void Orbs
10 Patrols
Homecoming Redux
80 Arc Power weapon kills
500 kills
Defeat 10 bosses

Warlock Solstice armour upgrade steps

WarlockSteps to unlock Rekindled (340)Steps to unlock Legendary (400)Steps to unlock Masterwork (400)
HelmetSpark Redux
30 Super kills in Crucible
10 Guardians Defeated
Chosen Redux
Void Energy weapon kills
Nightfall
Prestige Nightfall score beaten
GauntletsHomecoming Redux
Arc Orbs in Strikes
Meditation mission for Ikora
Payback Redux
Arc melee kills
3 Heroic Strikes
5 Heroic Strikes with at least one clan member
ChestChosen Redux
Solar Orbs
10 Heroic Public Events
1AU Redux
Solar grenade kills
5 Crucible match wins
Prestige Levithan Raid
Legs1AU Redux
90 Void Orbs in the EDZ
50 minibosses defeated
Spark Redux
Arc Super kills
10 Adventures
Legend rank in Valor for Crucible
Class ItemPayback Redux
Void Orbs
10 Patrols
Homecoming Redux
Solar Power weapon kills
500 kills
Defeat 10 bosses

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