Destiny 2 Guide: Public Heroic Events

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In Destiny 2, public events spawn in the various patrol zones of Earth, Titan, Nessus, Io, Mercury, Mars, Tangled Shore, The Dreaming City, and the Moon, inviting any Guardians nearby to participate in a public PVE event. If anyone completes certain actions while doing the activity, it will become a Heroic Public Event. You’ll get a higher chance at legendary gear and a chance at an exotic plus even more glimmer than usual.

There are several types of public events, and each requires its own action to turn it into a Heroic Public Event. Below is a breakdown of every one of the events.

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Cabal Excavation

Spawn Location(s): EDZ, Io
Normal Public Event

A Cabal drill lands in the area, and Guardians must stay near the drill while their Ghosts override it.

How to make it Heroic

When the drill is 35% captured, a Thresher will appear that must be destroyed. If it is not destroyed the first time, it will return a second time.

Heroic Public Event

Defeat the Cabal Centurion, who was just summoned.


Glimmer Extraction

Spawn Location(s): EDZ, Nessus
Normal Public Event

The Fallen attempt to mine Glimmer at three different locations. Guardians must kill the four Fallen Extractors at each location.

How to make it Heroic

At each location, Guardians must destroy a small box before killing the Extractor Captain.

Heroic Public Event

After destroying the third box, the Guardians must stand on a pile of Glimmer to allow their Ghosts to transmat it while killing waves of enemies.


Injection Rig

Spawn Location(s): EDZ, Nessus
Normal Public Event

A large Cabal rig drops into the area. Three Psion Majors and a Centurion, Infiltrator Valus, must be defeated

How to make it Heroic

After killing each Psion, during the evacuation phase, the heat vents open and must be destroyed. All three vents must be destroyed before the Infiltrator Valus appears.

Heroic Public Event

Defeat the Infiltrator Valus that appears


Ether Resupply

Spawn Location(s): EDZ, Nessus
Normal Public Event

A large Servitor Prime spawns and must be destroyed.

How to make it Heroic

After some time, three Servitors will appear they must be killed quickly before they disappear.

Heroic Public Event

Kill the Servitor Prime


Disrupt Vex Construction

Spawn Location(s): Nessus, Io
Normal Public Event

Guardians must prevent Vex from sacrificing themselves to a conflux. If 10 Vex successfully sacrifice themselves, the event is failed.

How to make it Heroic

Guardians must stand in three circular plates a short distance from the spire long enough to capture them. This causes Vex majors to spawn.

Heroic Public Event

Kill the Vex major enemies.


Taken Blight

Spawn Location(s): EDZ, Io
Normal Public Event

A large Taken Blight, appears which spawns smaller Blights and waves of Taken

How to make it Heroic

When Guardians step into the smaller blights, they receive a buff called Blight Receding, which allows them to damage the large Blight. Destroying the large Blight will spawn the Blightmaker.

Heroic Public Event

Defeat the Blightmaker


Weapons Exchange

Spawn Location(s): EDZ, Titan
Normal Public Event

A large Walker appears and must be defeated.

How to make it Heroic

Each time a leg is destroyed, the Walker will drop Arc Charges. These need to be put into the generators next to the Scorch Cannon shields. Once all six generators have been overloaded by Arc Charges, a second Walker is dropped in.

Heroic Public Event

Both Walkers must be destroyed.


Witches Ritual

Spawn Location(s): Titan, Moon
Normal Public Event

Guardians must kill two Hive Wizards, which are shielded by barriers that are dropped by standing on one of the circular plates in the room.

How to make it Heroic

Once the Wizards have been defeated, Guardians must use the same method to destroy the large shielded crystals that spawn near the top of the portal. This summons a Knight, the Abyssal Champion.

Heroic Public Event

Defeat the Abyssal Champion


Defeat the Gate Lord

Spawn Location(s): Mercury
Normal Public Event

Head to either side of the massive circular structure, and take down the large Vex mini boss that you find there. Upon being defeated, the mini boss will drop two orbs, each of which you’ll have to pick up, and then jump onto the higher, illuminated platforms with.

One orb will seal up one platform, so have two players grab them and split up, heading to different higher platforms. Once you’ve done this, you’ll immediately need to head to the other side of the circular structure, and do the exact same thing on the other side, defeating the Vex mini boss and then taking the orbs to the two higher platforms.

After you’ve deposited both orbs on both platforms, the gravity lifts that were previously pointing inwards will turn 180 degrees and now point outwards. Jump on your nearest gravity lift, and find yourself in a brand new area, where you’ll need to take down yet another Vex mini boss, recover a single orb, and jump into the very center of the area.

You’ll need to do this after following both gravity lifts out of the standard Mercury area, and once you’ve completed both new areas, you’ll find yourself tasked with defeating the Gate Lord.

How to make it Heroic

Instead of returning to the central area, look to the back of the island. There will be a crystal floating in the air. shoot this until it explodes. Destroying the crystal will create a platform. Jump on the new platform and look for more crystals in the air. Repeat this process until you reach the top.

Once up here, stand on the middle plate to turn the Public Event Heroic. You only have to do this once.

Heroic Public Event

Finish the event as normal.


Defend the Warsat

Spawn Location(s): Mars, Moon
Normal Public Event

Defend the Warsat from waves of incoming enemies.

How to make it Heroic

Kill the three shriekers by killing the two shielded Wizards that appear for a shrieker to open up.

Heroic Public Event

Kill the Ogre.


Cyro-Pod Freeze

Spawn Location(s): Tangled Shore
Normal Public Event

Defeat the high-value target after it emerges from the Cryo-Pod.

How to make it Heroic

Shoot the Pod Vents. Once the pod begins to electrify the floor, shoot the smoking vents on the lower part of the pod, grab a cryo orb, and throw it at the boss. Repeat 3x to capture the boss.

Heroic Public Event

Defend the target for transmat.


Stop the Ether Ritual

Spawn Location(s): Tangled Shore, Dreaming City
Normal Public Event

Prevent the completion of the Ether ritual.

How to make it Heroic

Kill the Mini Boss, shoot white orbs. Kill the Chieftain that spawns. White orbs will begin floating toward the Servitor. Shoot the white orbs, preventing them from reaching the Servitor. Repeat 3x.

Heroic Public Event

A boss skorn baron will spawn, kill him.


Rift Generator

Spawn Location(s): Dreaming City
Normal Public Event

Defend the generator from waves of enemies.

How to make it Heroic

Destroy Blights. At the end of each wave, a Blight will spawn over the water. Destroy it. After destroying three Blights and a Giant Blight will spawn over the Rift Generator surrounded by three Wizards. Kill all three Wizards before the rift generator and you’ll be teleported into the Ascendant Realm.

Heroic Public Event

Defeat the powerful boss in the Ascendant Realm

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