Destiny 2: Elemental Empowerment Guide

What's with all these Orbs?

There’s a lot going on right now in Destiny 2, as the Solstice of Heroes 2020 event continues to run through August and into September. While the event’s reward pool is small and focused, a lot of the ways to get your new armor upgraded all the way involve a network of smaller tasks, some of which involve unique gameplay mechanics. For example, you’ll be doing a lot of EAZ runs, which utilize an “Elemental Empowerment” system.

How Does Elemental Empowerment Work in Destiny 2?

During an EAZ run, enemies will drop a resource called Elemental Orbs. Picking up an Elemental Orb will give you a status charge, that provides an elemental buff for approximately 30 seconds. If you pick up another matching orb while you’re still buffed, you’ll get an additional stack to the status charge. Elemental Orbs will drop based on the element you used to kill an enemy when they drop.

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So, that means you’ll either get a Solar Orb, a Void Orb, or an Arc Orb. To fill up the status charge and get the buff, you’ll need to collect 30 Orbs. If you get Arc Empowerment you’ll get a speed, melee, and sword damage buff. Void Empowerment grants crouching invisibility, and TrueSight with a buff to ability regeneration. Finally, Solar Empowerment creates an area of effect around you that deals damage. These are helpful tools for clearing all the different bosses in an EAZ run, but there’s a catch.

You can only use one buff, designated by the game and shifted on a daily basis. So depending on what day it is, you’ll probably want to change your loadout to match. Luckily, all you need to do is take a peek at your inventory screen, where the element of the day will be shown. It’s also worth reiterating these buffs are primarily going to be useful in EAZ runs, especially because they are not a factor in Crucible or Gambit gameplay.

Elemental Empowerment is just one of many mechanics you’ll have to engage with, if you want to dive into the Solstice of Heroes 2020 event and get that armor boosted all the way up to earn that Magnificent glow effect. So that being said, how is the event treating you so far? Have there been specific challenges or even roadblocks you’ve run into as the grind goes on? Let us know where you’re standing over on the Prima Games Facebook and Twitter channels!


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