Destiny 2‘s revamped summer Solstice event introduces a bunch of changes to how developer Bungie handles these yearly celebrations. Along with new seals to earn and revamped activities, Solstice comes with an “event card” system that tracks challenges you can complete in the game to earn rewards. The event card comes in two versions: a free edition and a premium, “upgraded” one. But is the free event card worth your hard-earned Silver?
To make a clear decision about whether you should upgrade your event card, it’s important to know what you’re getting. Both versions of the event card track 24 “event challenges” that you can complete over the next 20 days during the Solstice event. Mostly, those challenges reward you with new in-game items to upgrade your Solstice armor, a special set of gear that can be upgraded with stat bonuses. You can also equip your Solstice armor with special “glows” that give them colorful neon accouterments, provided you’re willing to pay for them with Silver, Destiny 2’s premium currency that’s purchased with real money. You need to fully upgrade your Solstice armor in order to equip the glows, but even if you don’t purchase them, the armor can be powered up significantly if you put in the time to complete challenges.
If your only desire is to beef up your Solstice armor, the free version of the event card has you covered. Both versions include the same set of challenges to complete and dole out the same amount of special Solstice currencies you need to upgrade your armor. The upgraded version of the card doesn’t affect any gameplay elements–so no faster means of upgrading your Solstice armor and no additional weapon rewards. Instead, it offers you the opportunity for more cosmetic items.