8.2.2018 8:24 PM

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How to Upgrade Your "Solstice of Heroes" Armor in 'Destiny 2'

Is it worth grinding through the new challenges?

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Destiny 2 just unleashed a big update with its “Solstice of Heroes” event, so you may be tempted to grind your way through the new challenges to unlock that 400 power armor as quickly as possible. But before you spend the weekend grinding through those tasks you may want to think twice. Here’s why.

First of all, upgrading your new armor, which is the central quest of Destiny 2’s “Solstice of Heroes” event isn’t meant to be done in a single day. Destiny developer Bungie gave players an entire month to eek out the various objectives and challenges required. So why rush?

On top of that, it’s a lot of work. Here’s a quick rundown of what it takes simply to upgrade the “Solstice of Heroes” armor from its 240 Power level to the next level (340 Power), broken down depending on your character class by TL;DR Games:

Hunter
Complete the Spark Redux mission
Collect 90 Solar orbs in the EDZ
Defeat 10 Guardians in the Crucible
Complete the Homecoming Redux mission
Collect 150 Arc orbs
Complete a Meditation
Complete the Chosen Redux mission
Collect 90 Arc orbs in strikes
Complete 10 Heroic events
Complete the 1AU Redux mission
Collect 150 Void orbs
Defeat 50 mini bosses
Complete the Payback Redux mission
Get 30 Super Kills in the Crucible
Complete 10 Patrols
Warlock
Complete the Spark Redux mission
Get 30 Super Kills in the Crucible
Defeat 10 Guardians in the Crucible
Complete the Homecoming Redux mission
Collect 90 Arc orbs in strikes
Complete a Meditation
Complete the Chosen Redux mission
Collect 150 Solar orbs
Complete 10 Heroic events
Complete the 1AU Redux mission
Collect 90 Void orbs in the EDZ
Defeat 50 mini bosses
Complete the Payback Redux mission
Collect 150 Void orbs
Complete 10 Patrols
Titan
Complete the Spark Redux mission
Collect 150 Arc orbs
Defeat 10 Guardians in the Crucible
Complete the Homecoming Redux mission
Collect 90 Solar orbs in strikes
Complete a Meditation
Complete the Chosen Redux mission
Collect 90 Void orbs in the EDZ
Complete 10 Heroic events
Complete the 1AU Redux mission
Get 30 Super kills in the Crucible
Defeat 50 mini bosses
Complete the Payback Redux mission
Collect 150 Void orbs
Complete 10 Patrols

That’s a ton of work, and it’s just step one. Afterward, you’ll still need to complete a new set of objectives to upgrade the armor to 400 power. Considering everything on your new to-do list, you might be thinking that you really do have to grind your way through “Solstice of Heroes” as quickly as you can, even with a month to do it, but that’s simply not the case.

Forbes did just that, grinding through the entire Destiny event to offer up an early review of “Solstice of Heroes,” and, to be honest, it sounds pretty miserable. The review notes that the basic concept of upgrading your armor through a series of “lengthy, tough, but achievable objectives” is a good idea in theory, but in practice, it sounds like a mixed bag at best.

There may be some fun moments, especially in the Redux missions that take old levels and make them even harder in sometimes unexpected ways. However, there’s also a lot of hiding behind cover and slowly taking out wave after wave of powerful enemies. And that gets old pretty quickly.

Finally, Forbes makes the extremely relevant point that your 400 power “Solstice of Heroes” armor won’t feel that special once Destiny’s even bigger “Forsaken” update rolls out in September, making it relatively easy to reach those levels without all that grinding

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