Iron Banner Mayhem in Destiny.

‘Destiny’ May Iron Banner Goes Bananas With Mayhem Clash, What You Need To Know

Destiny‘s Iron Banner gets a bit crazy for the month of May. Bungie flipped the switch on the multiplayer event in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One shooter Tuesday afternoon with the first appearance of the Mayhem Clash game mode. That means supers and grenades will be flying left and right.

Aside from the new game mode, there are no major changes with the May Iron Banner event. The current Destiny metagame of heavy primary weapons with limited special weapon use outside of Sidearms and exotics with regenerating ammo is still in place. Of course, that may not matter much this event.

When Does It Run?

This Iron Banner event started Tuesday, May 9, and the event will run until an hour before the Destiny weekly reset on Tuesday, May 16. This typically occurs at 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT.

You will need to visit Lord Saladin at the Felwinter’s Peak social area to receive a quest to participate in Iron Banner if you’ve never done so before. This only has to be done once.

What Modes And Maps Are Supported?

May’s Iron Banner introduces Mayhem Clash for the very first time. Teams of six Guardians will battle with increased regeneration rates for super, grenade, and melee abilities. Kills with weapons can still happen, but expect to see plenty of Golden Guns, flaming hammers, and Nova Bombs dropping around the maps. It will get extremely chaotic but is a good mode to complete that Chaperone bounty.

Two important tips: 1) Complete this week’s Nightfall to get a 25 percent buff to all reputation earned during Iron Banner. 2) User armor or perks that grant two grenade charges.

This is probably one of the few Iron Banners where teamwork is not critical to success. Still, it doesn’t hurt, and those looking for others to play with should check out sites like the100 and DestinyLFG to team up with additional players.

All maps regularly used in the Control playlist from Rise of Iron are available. Some are weighted more than others, though.

Rewards

Iron Banner rewards can drop up to 400 Light depending on your current Light level. This will never be more than five levels above your current Light.

Post-match loot rewards start dropping at Iron Banner reputation rank 0. Everything being sold by Lady Efrideet is possible as a drop from the very beginning along with Artifacts and other armor items. Players have a chance to earn a Ghost once they reach rank 5.

Iron Banner Weapons

The Silvered Dread Machine Gun earned from Destiny's Iron Banner.
[Image by Bungie]

Lady Efrideet is offering The Clever Dragon Pulse Rifle and The Silvered Dread Machine Gun for the May Iron Banner. The roll on the Pulse Rifle isn’t so great, but the Machine Gun perks are excellent.

Note that you also have a chance to receive other weapons as end-of-match drops, but with different rolls. This is the best way to obtain Iron Banner weapons in Destiny as there is a chance for them to drop at high Light levels and increase your Guardian’s overall Light level.

Name Type Perks Cost IB Rank
The Silvered Dread (Solar) Machine Gun
  • Aggressive Ballistics / Accurized Ballistics / Linear Compensator
  • Perfect Balance / Braced Frame
  • Quickdraw / Field Scout
  • Rangefinder / Army of One
50 LM 4
The Clever Dragon Pulse Rifle
  • Iron Red Dot / Iron Warrior Sights / Iron Ranged Scope
  • Smallbore / Oiled Frame
  • Lightweight / High Caliber Rounds
  • Counterbalance / Feeding Frenzy
50 LM 5

“LM” is short for Legendary Marks.

Iron Banner Armor

Here is the armor that is being sold by Lady Efrideet in Destiny. The Gauntlet and Class Item rolls for the week are excellent with a couple of pieces that are 100 percent Tier 12 (T12). These can be infused to higher levels just like the weapons. There is also a chance they will drop at the end of Iron Banner matches with a random roll.

Titan Armor

The Titan Chest Armor and Boots for the May 2017 Destiny Iron Banner.
[Image by Bungie]
Name Stats Perks Rank Cost T12
Iron Saga Greaves Intellect 56 /
Discipline 56
  • Fusion Rifle / Rocket Launcher Ammo
  • Arc Double-Down / Capture King
3 25 LM 100%
Iron Saga Greaves Discipline 55 /
Strength 55
  • Shotgun / Machine Gun Ammo
  • Void Double-Down / Capture King
3 25 LM 98%
Iron Saga Plate Intellect 60 /
Discipline 61
  • Hand Cannon / Shotgun Ammo
  • Solar Recovery / Solar Armor
3 25 LM 99%
Iron Saga Plate Discipline 61 /
Strength 61
  • Hand Cannon / Sniper Rifle Ammo
  • Arc Recovery / Arc Armor
3 25 LM 100%

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Hunter Armor

The Hunter Chest Armor and Boots for the May 2017 Destiny Iron Banner.
[Image by Bungie]
Name Stats Perks Rank Cost T12
Iron Saga Boots Intellect 56 /
Discipline 55
  • Sniper Rifle / Rocket Launcher Ammo
  • Solar Double-Down / Second Wind
3 25 LM 99%
Iron Saga Boots Discipline 56 /
Strength 56
  • Sniper Rifle / Rocket Launcher Ammo
  • Arc Double-Down / Capture King
3 25 LM 100%
Iron Saga Vest Intellect 59 /
Discipline 61
  • Scout Rifle / Sniper Rifle Ammo
  • Arc Recovery / Arc Armor
3 25 LM 98%
Iron Saga Vest Discipline 61 /
Strength 61
  • Pulse Rifle / Shotgun Ammo
  • Solar Recovery / Solar Armor
3 25 LM 100%

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Warlock Armor

The Warlock Chest Armor and Boots for the May 2017 Destiny Iron Banner.
[Image by Bungie]
Name Stats Perks Rank Cost T12
Iron Saga Steps Intellect 56 /
Discipline 55
  • Sniper Rifle / Rocket Launcher Ammo
  • Solar Double-Down / Second Wind
3 25 LM 99%
Iron Saga Steps Discipline 56 /
Strength 56
  • Sniper Rifle / Rocket Launcher Ammo
  • Arc Double-Down / Capture King
3 25 LM 100%
Iron Saga Vestments Intellect 60 /
Discipline 61
  • Hand Cannon / Shotgun Ammo
  • Solar Recovery / Solar Armor
3 25 LM 99%
Iron Saga Vestments Discipline 61 /
Strength 61
  • Hand Cannon / Sniper Rifle Ammo
  • Arc Recovery / Arc Armor
3 25 LM 100%

Iron Banner Bounties

Lady Efrideet is who you will want to visit at Felwinter’s Peak to pick up bounties. She is located across the bridge in the previously closed off section of the mountain. There are four in all that will reward more than just reputation.

Crucible bounties can be completed in Iron Banner too. Destiny players will want to pick those up to advance their reputation with the different factions and gain additional experience. They will not help Iron Banner reputation, however.

The return of the Nightfall XP bonus, however, does affect Iron Banner. Guardians may want to make a run through this week’s Nightfall Strike before jumping into the monthly Crucible event.

Bounty Name Description IB Rep Experience Legendary Marks Reward
Iron Marathon Earn 100 points by playing Iron Banner.

  • Match completion = 5 points
  • Match win = 10 points
+750 +5,000 +25 Legendary Weapon
Iron Light Earn 100 points with ability kills at the Iron Banner.

  • Grenade = 2 points
  • Melee = 3 points
  • Super = 5 points
+750 +5,000 +25 Legendary Gear
Iron Arsenal Earn 100 points with weapon kills at the Iron Banner.

  • Primary = 1 point
  • Special = 2 points
  • Heavy = 5 points
+750 +5,000 +25 Legendary Weapon
Iron Support Earn 100 points supporting your teammates at the Iron Banner.

  • Assisted Kills = 1 point
  • Avenger Kills = 3 points
  • Allies Defended = 5 points
+750 +5,000 +25 Legendary Gear

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What Changes Have Been Made With Rise of Iron?

Iron Banner has been streamlined, as previously covered. The Tempered Buff mechanic is gone, and reputation will be earned equally throughout the week at a higher rate than Year Two. Victories now earn 250 Reputation while redeeming Iron Medallions will earn 150 Reputation. This also removes any buff received from wearing Iron Banner items or equipping emblems.

Additionally, packages that players received when reaching ranks 3 and 5 have been retired. Players will now earn rewards from completing bounties and from loot drops at the end of matches.

The Daily Bounties have also been removed and replaced with four Weekly Bounties, which can be picked up from Lady Efrideet in the Iron Temple at Felwinter’s Peak. She is also the Iron Banner vendor and will be where you need to go to purchase Iron Banner weapons and armor. You’ll nee to visit Lord Saladin first though to pick up the quest for the event.

Lady Efrideet appears for Iron Banner in Destiny: Rise of Iron for the PS4 and Xbox One.
Lady Efrideet has set up shop at Felwinter’s Peak. [Image by Bungie]

Do Gear And Level Still Matter?

Yes. A difference in 10 levels of light represents approximately a 2 percent difference in damage. Another way of looking at it is if you are at a 350 Light level facing off against someone at a 370 Light level, you will be at a 4 percent damage disadvantage.

The approximately 2 percent damage drop in every 10 levels of light continues until a 50 light level difference represents a 10 percent difference in damage. It then gets slightly steeper with a 2.6 percent damage drop per Light level over the next 100 Light levels. The Destiny power curve then goes into free fall at this point, with every 10 levels representing a 10 percent power difference.

Destiny Iron Banner Power Level Differences (PlayStation, Xbox)
The power level curves for Iron Banner. The red curve is for Destiny: The Taken King. Each ‘Level Delta’ across the top represents a 10 level difference. [Image by Bungie]

In short, you stay competitive within 20 light levels of a player you are facing and can still do damage up to a 50 light level difference. You will probably get stomped after that. Since most Destiny players are hovering around 360 Light now, it’s probably a safe bet that 340 to 350 Light is a safe starting point.

Your Standing Has Been Reset?

Yes. All Destiny players start each Iron Banner event with their reputation at zero. You max out at level five.

Iron Banner Ranks

You start out at rank zero and should be able to quickly reach rank one after the first win. The climb to the max rank is a bit steeper but still obtainable thanks to all the buffs added to Destiny.

IB Rank Reputation Points Needed
1 100 rep points
2 1,200 rep points
3 2,400 rep points
4 2,400 rep points
5 2,400 rep points

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Multi-Character Buff

Your second and third Destiny characters could receive a 100 percent reputation boost in addition to all the other buffs when playing Iron Banner. The buff is active as long as one or more of your characters are at least one Iron Banner rank ahead of the character being played.

For example, if you get one character up to reputation rank three, your second and third Destiny character will be able to reach the same level in approximately half the time.

Iron Medallions

Destiny players will receive an Iron Medallion for each match you lose in Iron Banner. You can carry up to five at a time in your inventory. These will be redeemed automatically after your next win for Iron Banner reputation.

If you still have Medallions left over after Iron Banner ends, hold on to them. They can still be redeemed when the next event rolls around.

Good Luck!

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[Featured Image by Bungie; all table information by Destiny]

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