Solstice of Heroes has begun and for those who have wanted a real grind for something, it has arrived. Guardians will start at the tower, which has been redecorated and is in full festival form. There is a new monument composed of stone carvings of each class at the bottom of the steps. This is where all the moments of triumph and the few rewards you get for all your hard work are located. Possible rewards are a ghost, emblems, a sparrow, or an exotic ship. Bungie is also offering a shirt from their store for completing all activities. That is all players will get for the achievements they have worked for over the past year. If you have done a large percentage of the in-game activities you will be about halfway done. Spending a few days locating regions chests and doing adventures will get you more points, as will the added event specific goals. After sorting all of this out you may now choose to replay the Homecoming mission from the options in the monument. This is where it starts getting difficult and the grind gets real.
The mission begins with feelings of nostalgia and I must say it felt good. I will not give details and spoil it for anyone who has not played yet. Finish the first mission and you will receive a set of broken armor with three requirements to upgrade each piece to the next level. First will be a story mission for each. Players should beware though, as these reworked missions make the originals look like a cakewalk. Your armor is nearly useless. For example, my titan had a one resilience and I spent a great deal of time behind cover. I would highly recommend equipping the Polaris Lance and either a sniper rifle or rocket launcher with cluster bombs. If you get too close in many of the upcoming situations it will be fatal almost every time.
New to Solstice are the elemental orbs you will need to collect. Not hard, equip your weapons and class accordingly as well as the broken armor. You will not be able to generate orbs without wearing the full set. These orbs fall from events, missions, and strikes and are required to upgrade. You will need about 100 orbs of each type for this part of the armor upgrade. Other parts are super kills in the crucible and memory missions from Ikora. The super kills are very time consuming. This is just for the first set by the way and continues on to a rare, legendary, and masterwork set. It seems very overwhelming and very difficult because it is. But, you have nearly a month to complete everything and I have already seen guardians around wearing full sets of glowing armor. If you want it bad enough just be persistent and it will be yours!
The ultimate goal of this event is not the glowing armor. We all had that in Destiny 1, remember? This event will drop gear up to level 400. This is a big deal to the hardened veterans of Destiny 2, and is the main reason for the entire event. The other reason is the outcry for a grind from the community. This event is the grind of grinds and teeters between ridiculously hard and fun. You will want to give up, and you will want to throw your controller across the room in frustration. This is meant for the hardcore player and only the few to stick this out will get to wear the rewards. This is also a primer, to get ready for Forsaken and to level up your gear to a reasonable level before a new breed of enemy is unleashed upon the universe. New and old enemies alike will abound and you will want to be ready.
I think this event is a good thing, but done the wrong way. Earning the gear you own and putting in the work to get it is a big part of what Destiny 2 is missing. It gives players a sense of pride to show up at the tower, wearing difficult to earn gear, and walk around resplendent for all to see. This is another aspect of the game that we as a player base have seemingly forgotten or just lost interest in. Being able to earn gear that isn’t “throw away” is a big deal for this game. On the other hand, adding the old missions with the difficulty amped up so high that you are forced to hide and snipe on every mission makes levels boring and extremely frustrating. The fun disappears quickly when you are one shot killed and have to start the mission crawl over again. Titans don’t hide, they smash things.
To wrap things up, I think I will be getting this armor set for one character and then that will be it. It’s feels worthy of reliving these events to remember the story. However, it’s not something I want to do three times for each character. But, I do encourage you to try your best, guardian. It is a wild ride and worth putting in the time and effort. Destiny 2: Forsaken is coming, and all the events lately are to prepare players. Forsaken also got a new trailer yesterday, so stay tuned to Electric Bento for more info as we inch closer to release.
Destiny 2: Forsaken launches September 4th for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Preorders are available here.