'Destiny' Iron Banner 7.0: What You Need To Know

The seventh edition of Iron Banner kicked off Tuesday in Destiny. This edition of the special Crucible event rounds out the armor set for PlayStation and Xbox players that have participated in the previous three appearances.

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, April 28, at 1 p.m. ET and will last until Tuesday at the weekly reset.

Bungie also want to make everyone aware that Iron Banner cannot be accessed through the Crucible menu for this event due to changes for the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. You can only access the event from the main director screen.

What Modes and Maps Are Supported?

As before, the only game mode available in Iron Banner is Control. Bungie currently has "Asylum," "The Anomaly", "Blind Watch," "The Burning Shrine," "Firebase Delphi," "First Light," "Rusted Lands," "Shores of Time," and "Twilight Gap" maps in rotation. Previous patches have changed the weighting of these around so that combined with a greater number of maps, there will be fewer repeats.

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, 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.

Iron Banner Ranks

You start out at rank 0 and should be able to quickly reach rank 1 after the first win. The climb to the max rank is a steeper, but still obtainable thanks to all the buffs.
IB RankReputation Points Needed
1100 rep points
21200 rep points
32400 rep points
42400 rep points
52400 rep points

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 total bonus. If you don't have any Iron Banner items yet, purchase the Sigil of the Iron Lords emblem from Lord Saladin as soon as you reach rank one so that you can get the bonus experience and reputation points.
NameTypeCostIB Rank
Sigil of the Iron LordsEmblem2400 Glimmer1
Million MillionArmor Shader7500 Glimmer2
Scar of RadegastEmblem2400 Glimmer3
Jolder's Iron ShashTitan Class Item4500 Glimmer4
Mantle of GhelonHunter Class Item4500 Glimmer4
Skorri's Iron BondWarlock Class Item4500 Glimmer4
GoldspiralArmor Shader7500 Glimmer5

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

Iron Banner Weapons

Iron Banner features weapons at the 331 attack level introduced with The Dark Below. This time around, Lord Saladin is selling the Timur's Lash Hand Cannon and Efrideet's Spear Sniper Rifle.

Timur's Lash is a high impact hand cannon that does kinetic damage only. Meanwhile, Efrideet's Spear is a stable sniper rifle with moderate impact and random Solar elemental damage at purchase.

Perks for both along with the elemental damage for the sniper rifle can be re-rolled using Motes of Light with Lord Saladin to something that you prefer. The default perk roll for Efrideet's Spear is excellent though with Surplus, Firefly, and High Caliber/Armor Piercing/Perfect Balance.

NameTypeMax AttackCostIB Rank
Efrideet's SpearSniper Rifle33111,500 G4
Timur's LashHand Cannon33111,500 G5
Note that you also have a chance to receive the Jolder's Hammer Machine Gun and Silmar's Wrath Auto Rifle as drops in Iron Banner after you reach the third rank.

Iron Banner Armor

Here is the armor that is being sold by Lord Saladin. Note that they are all at light level 36 in this edition of the Iron Banner. That means they will help you get to the current max light level of 32 in Destiny. Do not breakdown any of these armor items, as you will not receive Ascendant Shards.
NameClassMax LightIB RankGlimmer
Iron Reglia PlateTitan3639,950
Iron Reglia VestHunter3639,950
Iron Regalia VestmentsWarlock3639,950
Iron Regalia Great HelmTitan3649,950
Iron Regalia MaskHunter3649,950
Iron Regalia HoodWarlock3649,950


Iron Banner Bounties

The daily bounties for Iron Banner have not changed from the previous event. The Focused Aggression bounty can be obtained with all primary weapons, not just Auto Rifles, but excludes the Vex Mythoclast, Universal Remote, and No Land Beyond.

Bounties 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 NameDescriptionIB RepExperience
Hard ForgedEarn 10,000 XP while competing in the Iron Banner tournament.+100+5000
Iron EmbraceDefeat 10 Guardians with a close quarters Melee attack while competing in the Iron Banner.+100+5000
Iron WrathDefeat 10 Guardians without dying while competing in the Iron Banner tournament.+100+5000
Focused AggressionDefeat 20 Guardians with Primary Weapon headshots while competing in the Iron Banner.+100+5000
Exacting MeasuresEarn 5 Headshot Sprees while competing in the Iron Banner.+100+5000
The Chaos and the CalmDefeat 10 Guardians with Machine Gun headshots while competing in the Iron Banner.+100+5000
Tip: Complete the Weekly Nightfall first for an even greater experience boost for the Crucible bounites. The Nightfall boost will not help Iron Banner reputation, though.

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 Iron Banner ends, hold on to them. They can still be redeemed when the next event rolls around.

Good Luck!

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

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[Edit: Corrected formatting of tables]

[Edit 2: Correct the finishing time to be when the weekly reset happens. Apologies for any confusion.]