‘Destiny’ Iron Banner 4.0: What You Need To Know

The fourth Iron Banner event hit Destiny on Tuesday. The structure of the Crucible PvP challenge has not changed from the previous event. However, there are new weapon and armor rewards to check out.

Update: If you are looking for the latest Iron Banner information, please click here for Iron Banner 8.0.

When Does It Run?

This Iron Banner event started Tuesday, January 13, at 4 a.m. ET and will last until Tuesday, January 20, at 4 a.m. ET.

What Modes and Maps Are Supported?

As before, the only game mode available in Iron Banner is Control. Bungie added “The Anomaly,” “Asylum,” and “The Burning Shrine” to the map playlist.

Destiny Iron Banner Power (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, XBox 360)

Does Gear and Level Still Matter?

Yes. You need to be at least level 20 to get into the Iron Banner or have a level 20 fireteam leader bring you along for the ride. Realistically, you can expect to see many level 30, 31, and 32 players since the changes brought with The Dark Below.

You need to be within three light levels of another player to do any real damage. The weapon level counts too, though, so bring your most powerful weapons and armor.

Is Dark Below required?

No, The Dark Below expansion is not required. No maps from the DLC will be included in this Iron Banner event.

Your Standing Has Been Reset?

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

Equip Your Iron Banner Items

If you still have the Iron Banner emblem, shader, and class item, go ahead and equip them. Each gives a 10 percent experience and reputation boost and they do stack with each other for the possibility of a 30 percent bonus. If you don’t have any Iron Banner items yet, purchase the Emblem from Lord Saladin as soon as you reach rank one so that you can get the bonus experience and reputation points.

Name Type Cost IB Rank
Sigil of the Iron Lords Emblem 2400 Glimmer 1
Million Million Armor Shader 7500 Glimmer 2
Scar of Radegast Emblem 2400 Glimmer 3
Jolder’s Iron Shash Titan Class Item 4500 Glimmer 4
Mantle of Ghelon Hunter Class Item 4500 Glimmer 4
Skorri’s Iron Bond Warlock Class Item 4500 Glimmer 4
Goldspiral Armor Shader 7500 Glimmer 5

Purchase the Tempered Buff

Lord Saladin sells a Tempered Buff for one Mote of Lite. The buff lasts for 12 hours and gives an experience and reputation boost in Iron Banner. As the week progresses, the boost will increase. Additionally, a new buff can be purchased every 12 hours.

Here’s the progression that the Tempered Buff should follow based on the last Iron Banner

  • Tuesday: +10 percent
  • Wednesday: +15 percent
  • Thursday: +25 percent
  • Friday: +40 percent
  • Saturday: +60 percent
  • Sunday: +100 percent
  • Monday: +150 percent

Tip: Complete the Weekly Nightfall first for an even greater experience boost. The Nightfall boost will not help Iron Banner reputation, though.

Iron Banner Weapons

Iron Banner features new weapons at the new 331 attack level introduced with The Dark Below. This time around, Lord Saladin is selling the Radegast’s Fury Rocket Launcher and Timur’s Lash. The former comes with a random element attribute while the latter does kinetic damage only. Both come with random perks that can be re-rolled.

Name Type Max Attack Cost IB Rank
Radegast’s Fury Rocket Launcher 331 11,500 G 4
Timur’s Lash Hand Cannon 331 11,500 G 5

Iron Banner Armor

Here is the armor that is being sold by Lord Saladin. Note that they are at the new light levels that will help get you to level 31 when combined with an Exotic piece that is also at the new light levels. Do not breakdown any of these armor items, as you will not receive an Ascendant Shard.

Name Class Max Light IB Rank Glimmer
Iron Reglia Plate Titan 33 3 9,950
Iron Reglia Vest Hunter 33 3 9,950
Iron Regalia Vestments Warlock 33 3 9,950
Iron Regalia Gauntlets Titan 36 4 9,950
Iron Regalia Sleeves Hunter 36 4 9,950
Iron Regalia Gloves Warlock 36 4 9,950

Destiny Iron Banner Bounties

Iron Banner Bounties

The daily bounties for Iron Banner remain unchanged from the previous event. They are given by Lord Saladin and returned to him as well. Be sure to have the Tempered Buff active when turning them in.

Remember that Crucible bounties can be completed in Iron Banner too. So, you’ll want to pick those up to advance your reputation with the different factions (as long as you equip their class item) and gain additional experience.

Bounty Name Description IB Rep Experience
Hard Forged Earn 10,000 XP while competing in the Iron Banner tournament. +100 +5000
Iron Embrace Defeat 10 Guardians with a close quarters Melee attack while competing in the Iron Banner. +100 +5000
Iron Wrath Defeat 10 Guardians without dying while competing in the Iron Banner tournament. +100 +5000
Focused Aggression Defeat 20 Guardians with Auto Rifle headshots while competing in the Iron Banner. +100 +5000
Exacting Measures Earn 5 Headshot Sprees while competing in the Iron Banner. +100 +5000
The Chaos and the Calm Defeat 10 Guardians with Machine Gun headshots while competing in the Iron Banner. +100 +5000

Destiny Iron Banner Reforging (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)


You can reforge your Iron Banner weapons with Lord Saladin to get better stats and perks in exchange for Motes of Light. Note, though, that this will not increase the item’s light level or attack level. It will also reset the progress of the weapon.

Iron Medallions

You 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 the Iron Banner 2.0 event, hold on to them. They can still be redeemed. Also, don’t discard your medallions after this event.

Good Luck!

Do you have any Iron Banner tips you want to share? Please post them in the comments below!

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