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.
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.
Iron Banner is open to all players of Destiny. The Dark Below content is not a requirement to play.
— Bungie (@Bungie) December 16, 2014
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.
|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|
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|
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.
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.
Do you have any Iron Banner tips you want to share? Please post them in the comments below!
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