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How to Trigger Heroic Public Events

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Hope everyone finds the following info useful.  I did.

The public events can be one of the most rewarding aspects of this game, from a power-leveling perspective.  During each of the public events, you can fulfill certain criteria to turn the public event into a "Heroic" Public Event.  Why would you want to do this?  Because the Heroic version of the public event has a notably higher chance to drop Powerful Gear (gear that decrypts above 265 light) and especially exotic engrams.  I've gotten four so far and my playtime has been pretty limited.  So, if you're off doing quests or just exploring the world of Destiny 2, here's how you trigger the "Heroic" version of every public event.  This video links to a YouTube video by Datto, if you're more of a visual learner.  If not, read on.  Taken from Forbes:

Glimmer Extraction Event – This one is easy to miss. At each of the three locations where bad guys are dropped, there’s a little machine on the ground. Shoot it (if it’s taking damage, it’s the right thing) until it blows up, and do that at all three locations. The toughest part of this is killing the thing before your trigger-happy teammates burst down all the marked bad guys. If you do so, you’ll have to defend a glimmer pile against enemies after the event ends.

Weapons Exchange (Spider Tank) Event – This one is the most straightforward and one you’ve probably stumbled across a few times by accident. When the Spider Tank gets one of its legs crippled, it spits out arc orbs you can use to deactivate two nodes of three forcefields around the area, unlocking Scorch Cannons. While those weapons are great for bursting down the tank, unlock all the forcefields and a second tank will drop for the heroic modifier.

Cabal Excavation Event – This is the one where you stand in the circle and repel waves of Cabal. Eventually a Thresher ship will appear, and if you kill it before the event ends, it will spawn a giant miniboss for you to taken down. He’s not that hard, but the Thresher? It can take some work to target. There are at least two instances when it will fly low enough to be easily shot, but you might want to take a scout or sniper rifle and crack off some shots at it as it flies around as well, as it can take a while to kill.

Cabal Injection Rig Event – Another tougher one to pull off, thanks to unknowing teammates. Every time you kill a Psion in the initial part of this event, a bright vent will appear on the machine above you. Shoot it until it blows up. Kill three of them, and that’s the heroic trigger. The catch is that you don’t have very long to do this, and you will be burning to death as you do so.

Disrupt Vex Construction – This one is decently easy with just a couple people. Throughout the event, three circles will appear. Stand in them until you “capture” them to 100, then a bunch of harder Vex will spawn as the heroic trigger.

Fallen Ether Resupply Event – While you have to kill some of the mini-boss Servitors to make sure the big Servitor isn’t invincible or reducing damage, kill all the supporting Servitors for the heroic trigger which will then spawn tougher Fallen to deal with.

Taken Blight Event – This one I had no idea how to trigger until I actually looked it up. While you destroy the smaller blights to beat the event normally, when you go in and out of those mini blight “zones” you will get a buff that allows you to damage the main, big blight. Damage it enough, and you will trigger the heroic component of this event, which is a boss Taken to kill.

Witches Ritual Event – While you first stand on the two circles to take down the shields of two Wizards, after that keep standing on them to take the shields down off crystals on the top right and left of the central portal, and destroy them. Big boss comes through the portal after that. This is another one I have yet to witness in person.

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The three events on Titan (weapons exchange and witches ritual) by far the easiest to trigger the Heroic before clueless Guardians ruin things. Titan is by far the most efficient farming planet in my opinion, but it gets dull quickly.

I find it very tricky to get that Thresher as most people don't even notice it, or if they do, it spends most of its time far away from supers and rockets.

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