Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2022: Start time, armor changes, weapon leak, Bonfire Bash & everything we know

Lloyd Coombes
Destiny 2 Solstice Armor

Destiny 2’s Solstice of Heroes 2022 is back, with a new mode, armor changes, and even a new (familiar) name. Here’s all we know about the mode in 2022.

Destiny 2 Season of the Haunted will play host to a celebration of the game’s player base when Destiny 2’s Solstice of Heroes 2022 kicks off in July.

The event, now simply titled Solstice, will once again celebrate players’ achievements throughout the solar system, and will also reopen the European Aerial Zone with some new surprises for players.

Here’s everything you need to know about Destiny 2 Solstice 2022.


Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes Gameplay image
We’re heading back to the EAZ this year.

What is Destiny 2’s Solstice of Heroes event?

Destiny 2’s Solstice of Heroes, now simply known as Solstice, is a celebration of Guardians and their accomplishments throughout the last year.

The event is held in the Last City and began after Destiny 2’s first year, celebrating the Traveler’s return after we defeated Ghaul in the Red War campaign. There’s a lot to be thankful for this year, too, after we vanquished Savathun (for now) in the Witch Queen expansion.

The event usually revolves around the European Aerial Zone, an area only available during Solstice where players try and kill as many bosses as possible to earn keys to earn loot. This year, though, things are a little different.

Solstice 2022 start date & time

In a This Week At Bungie blog post, the devs revealed that Solstice will be part of Season 17 and kick off on July 19.

It’ll start alongside the weekly reset on that day, at 6 PM BST/10 AM PT/1 PM ET. Expect the servers to go down for maintenance, though, with patch 4.1.5 rolling out.

The event usually lasts around a month, if prior years are anything to go by, likely coinciding with the end of Season of the Haunted and the start of Season 18.

Event Card

Destiny 2 Event Card key art
The Event Card is a new purchasable option in Destiny 2, starting with Solstice 2022.

A new addition in Destiny 2 that’s making its debut with Solstice 2022 is the Event Card. All indications suggest this will be a battle pass style add-on for events and will include Event Challenges to complete, Event Seals and Titles to earn, and extra cosmetic rewards.

The Event Card will cost players 1000 Silver, but will offer rewards exceeding roughly 3000 Silver — so it’s ideal for hardcore players, although some in the community have argued it adds to Destiny’s confusing monetization structure.

In Bungie’s blog post, the developer revealed that the card will be viewable by visiting Eva or in the Quests menu.

Bungie has promised a Hot Dog Eating Champ emote as part of the event’s premium rewards, as well as a new Ghost Shell.

For more on the Event Card, be sure to check out our guide.

Destiny 2 Solstice Armor changes and rewards

Destiny 2 Solstice of Heroes 2022 armor set
This year’s Solstice armor.

If you’ve ever had Solstice armor but never managed to fully upgrade it, then you may be pleased to know that Bungie is overhauling the system so you’ll only be upgrading a single armor set — no more switching between different states of armor each time you level up.

“While you can get multiple instances of a helmet, for example, upgrading armor will allow you to reroll its stats and the stat potential of the armor will be shared across those drops”, the dev said.

Players will complete Event Challenges to earn kindling, which will then permanently upgrade Solstice armor stat roll potential, while also earning Silver Leaves — a new currency that can be converted to Silver Ash and used to reroll armor. Fully upgraded armor adds glows, too.

As for a new weapon, Bungie has revealed it’s a Legendary Hand Cannon which deals Stasis damage called Something New.

Bonfire Bash mode

We’ve been playing the European Aerial Zone activity for a few years now, but Bungie is about to shake things up with a new Bonfire Bash mode.

As per the devs themselves:

“Another new feature coming to Solstice is an activity in the European Aerial Zone called Bonfire Bash, where Guardians will be building and stoking what can only be described as “paracausal bonfires” while the enemies of summer fun (including the Taken, Cabal, Hive, and Fallen) will be attempting to crash the party and extinguish the fires.”

In a new press release, Bungie said:

“Those looking to light a fire under their enemies can join in on the new Bonfire Bash activity and fend off waves of enemies to upgrade their armor with that eye-catching glow.”

That’s everything we know about Destiny 2’s Solstice for 2022 so far. Check out some of our other Destiny 2 guides and content, including all we know about Lightfall.

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