'Destiny' Iron Banner 19.0: Surprise Return Following Rocket Launcher Glitch Fix

Bungie unleashed a surprise Destiny Iron Banner event for Wednesday, May 25 following a fix to an unlimited Rocket Launcher ammo glitch. The developer launched the monthly event a day late, but it has arrived for PlayStation and Xbox players with a return to the Control gametype.

The Destiny hotfix brings the shooter up to version and fixes a bug that granted players extra heavy ammunition and near unlimited Super Abilities. These bugs caused the cancellation of Trials of Osiris this past weekend and the delay of this month's Iron Banner.

When Does It Run?

This Iron Banner event started Wednesday, May 25 and will run until the Destiny weekly reset on Tuesday, May 31. This typically occurs at 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT.

What Modes And Maps Are Supported?

The old standby of Control is back for Iron Banner. Bungie appears to have settled on Clash and Control alternating with Rift now sitting on the sidelines.

It does help immensely to run Control with a full fireteam. Consider running with a group of friends, a clan, or a pickup group from sites such as the100 and DestinyLFG.

All maps regularly used in the Control playlist from The Taken King are available. Some are weighted more than others, though.


As the Inquisitr previously reported, Bungie has made Iron Banner more rewarding for players with the following changes from the April 2.2 update plus the ability for armor and weapons to drop at up to 335 Light.

  • Lord Saladin's inventory has been updated with items at Ranks 3-5, some with re-rolled perks
  • Rank package rewards have been adjusted
  • Increased Rank 3 package Artifact to 320 Light
  • Increased Rank 5 package Ghost to 320 Light
  • Rank 5 packages can now reward items from the current event
  • Iron Banner Armor and Weapons can now be earned at Rank 0 at the end-of-activity
  • Removed Legendary Engrams from the possible end-of-activity rewards list, creating a greater chance to receive Iron Banner specific items

Does 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 280 Light level facing off against someone at a 300 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, to 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 via 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 320 Light now with the April update raising the cap to 335, it's probably a safe bet that 300 Light is the safest 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 0 and should be able to quickly reach rank 1 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 RankReputation Points Needed
1100 rep points
21,200 rep points
32,400 rep points
42,400 rep points
52,400 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 33 percent total bonus. If you don't have any Iron Banner items yet, purchase the Iron Pride emblem from Lord Saladin as soon as you reach rank one to begin earning bonus experience and reputation points.

NameTypeCostIB Rank
Iron PrideEmblem1000 Glimmer1
Million MillionArmor Shader1000 Glimmer2
The Ironwood TreeEmblem1000 Glimmer5
GoldspiralArmor Shader1000 Glimmer5

The Tempered Buff

The Iron Banner Tempered Buff is now applied automatically to Destiny characters every day.

Here is the progression that the Tempered Buff follows:

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

Multi-Character Buff

Your second and third Destiny characters can 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 level 3, your second and third Destiny character will be able to reach the same level in approximately half the time. This is especially true when combined with all of the other buffs.

Iron Banner Weapons

Destiny Iron Banner Ashraven's Flight Fusion Rifle (PlayStation, Xbox)
[Image via Bungie]

Both weapons being sold by Lord Saladin during this Iron Banner have excellent rolls. If you don't receive a good drop from the event, there is nothing wrong with taking either of these and leveling up their Light.

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.

NameTypePerksCostIB Rank
Ashraven's FlightFusion Rifle
  • Red Dot-ORES / Sureshot IS / Red Dot-ORS1
  • Hidden Hand
  • Enhanced Battery/Braced Frame/Oiled Frame
  • Hot Swap
90 LM4
  • Quickdraw IS / Sureshot IS
  • Zen Moment
  • Hot Swap
  • Snapshot / Quickdraw / Reinforced Barrel
90 LM5
"LM" is short for Legendary Marks.

Iron Banner Armor

Here is the armor that is being sold by Lord Saladin in Destiny. Chest pieces and Gauntlets are the order of the day. Note that they all start with a Defense rating of 280, though higher level editions can drop at the end of matches. They can be infused to higher levels just like the weapons.

It's also worth noting that PlayStation owners of Destiny will have the opportunity to get exclusive Gauntlets.

Destiny Iron Banner PlayStation Exclusive Gear
The PlayStation exclusive Iron Banner armor for Destiny. [Image via Bungie]

NameClassMax StatsPerksRankCost
Iron Companion PlateTitan68 Intellect /66 Discipline
  • Scout Rifle Ammo / Shotgun Ammo
  • Solar Recovery / Solar Armor
340 LM
Iron Companion VestHunter63 Intellect /66 Discipline
  • Hand Cannon Ammo / Shotgun Ammo
  • Void Recovery / Void Armor
340 LM
Iron Companion VestmentsWarlock62 Intellect /64 Discipline
  • Pulse Rifle Ammo / Sidearm Ammo
  • Void Recovery / Void Armor
340 LM
Iron Companion GauntletsTitan44 Discipline /43 Strength
  • Rain Blows / Momentum Transfer
  • Shotgun Loader
440 LM
Iron Companion SleevesHunter41 Intellect /40 Discipline
  • Fastball / Impact Induction
  • Scout Rifle Loader
340 LM
Iron Companion GlovesWarlock45 Intellect /42 Discipline
  • Energy Projection / Impact Induction
  • Auto Rifle Loader
440 LM
Iron Camelot Gauntlets (PS Exclusive)TitanTBD
  • TBD
340 LM
Iron Camelot Grips (PS Exclusive)HunterTBD
  • TBD
340 LM
Iron Camelot Gloves (PS Exclusive)WarlockTBD
  • TBD
340 LM

Iron Banner Bounties

Destiny Iron Banner Bounties (PlayStation, Xbox)

Destiny changed the daily bounties for Iron Banner with the release of The Taken King. There are now three-week-long bounties, along with three daily bounties that are available each day. The daily bounties come from a pool of nine to allow for a little more variation than in previous events.

Tip: Wait to turn in the Weekly bounties toward the end of the week to make the most of the Tempered Buff to boost your character up to level 5.

Remember that 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.

Bounty NameDescriptionIB RepExperienceLegendary Marks
Iron Gauntlet (Weekly)Impress Lord Saladin with extraordinary feats in the Iron Banner. Get 10 kill streaks, 5 double kills, the top overall score in a match, and reach Iron Banner Rank 4.+525+5,000+25
Iron Marathon (Weekly)Complete 13 Iron Banner matches and win 7.+525+5,000+25
Iron Versatility (Weekly)Defeat 50 Guardians with Primary Weapons, 25 with Special Weapons and 13 with Heavy Weapons.+525+5,000+25

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.

Is The Taken King Required?

Yes. The Iron Banner has a level 40 requirement to participate and uses maps from the expansion. The only way that can be achieved is with the purchase of Destiny: The Taken King.

Good Luck!

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[Images via Bungie]