‘Destiny’ Iron Banner Evolved, What You Need To Know For First ‘Rise Of Iron’ Event

The first Iron Banner for Destiny: Rise of Iron kicked off Tuesday for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players. Bungie has evolved the monthly event quite a bit since it first started with the original version of the game. This 23rd edition brings the most changes yet.

When Does It Run?

This Iron Banner event started Tuesday, October 4, and will run until an hour before the Destiny weekly reset on Tuesday, October 11. This typically occurs at 4 a.m. ET/1 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.

What Changes Have Been Made With Rise of Iron?

Lots, actually. As previously covered, Bungie has streamlined Iron Banner. The Tempered Buff mechanic is now gone as reputation is now earned equally throughout the week at a higher rate. 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, the packages that players received when reaching ranks 3 and 5 have been retired. Players will now earn rewards from 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.

Lady Efrideet appears for Iron Banner in Destiny: Rise of Iron for the PS4 and Xbox One.
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What Modes And Maps Are Supported?

The new Supremacy mode is featured with the October Iron Banner. Destiny Guardians will want to use team work to pick up Crests dropped by opposing players when killed and deny Crests from their own fallen teammates.

Working with a fireteam greatly increases your chance of success. Consider running with a group of friends, a clan, or a pickup group from sites such as the100 and DestinyLFG or using the new LFG feature on the Xbox One, if you happen to be in the Xbox Preview Program

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

Rewards

Iron Banner rewards can drop up to 385 Light depending on your current Light level. This will never be more than 5 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.

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 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, 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.

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 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 reputation rank three, your second and third Destiny character will be able to reach the same level in approximately half the time.

Iron Banner Weapons

The Unbent Tree Auto Rifle from the Iron Banner event in Destiny: Rise of Iron
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Both weapons being sold by Lady Efrideet during this Iron Banner have decent 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 and increase your Guardian’s overall Light level.

Name Type Perks Cost IB Rank
The Proud Spire Shotgun (Arc)
  • Linear Compensator / Accurized Ballistics / Field Chose
  • Rifled Barrel / Oiled Frame
  • Snapshot / Casket Mag
  • Replenish / Rangefinder
50 LM 4
The Unbent Tree Auto Rifle
  • Iron Red Dot / Iron Warrior Sights / Iron Ranged Scope
  • Perfect Balance / Reinforced Barrel
  • Lightweight / Casket Mag
  • Hidden Hand / Hip Fire
50 LM 5

“LM” is short for Legendary Marks.

Iron Banner Armor

Here is the armor that is being sold by Lord Saladin in Destiny. Gauntlets and Class Items are the order of the day. They can be infused to higher levels just like the weapons.

Titan Armor

The Iron Banner Titan Sash and Gauntlets for the October Destiny Iron Banner event.
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Name Stats Perks Rank Cost
Iron Saga Gauntlets Intellect 41 (58) /
Discipline 40 (57)
  • Rain Blows / Momentum Transfer
  • Scout Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Gauntlets Discipline 41 (58) /
Strength 40 (57)
  • Paramuscle Armature / Impact Induction
  • Pulse Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Mark Intellect 25 (35) /
Discipline 25 (35)
  • Auto Rifle / Sniper Rifle Focus
  • Crucible Champion
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Mark Discipline 25 (35) /
Strength 23 (33)
  • Pulse Rifle / Sniper Rifle Focus
  • Crucible Champion
3 25 LM

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Hunter Armor

The Iron Banner Hunter Cloak and Gauntlets for the October Destiny Iron Banner event.
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Name Stats Perks Rank Cost
Iron Saga Grips Intellect 41 (58) /
Discipline 40 (57)
  • Switchblade / Momentum Transfer
  • Hand Cannon Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Grips Discipline 40 (57) /
Strength 41 (58)
  • Fastball / Impact Induction
  • Auto Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Cloak Intellect 25 (35) /
Discipline 25 (35)
  • Auto Rifle / Sniper Rifle Focus
  • Crucible Champion
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Cloak Discipline 25 (35) /
Strength 23 (33)
  • Pulse Rifle / Sniper Rifle Focus
  • Crucible Champion
3 25 LM

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Warlock Armor

The Iron Banner Warlock Bond and Gauntlets for the October Destiny Iron Banner event.
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Name Stats Perks Rank Cost
Iron Saga Gloves Intellect 41 (58) /
Discipline 40 (57)
  • Snap Discharge / Momentum Transfer
  • Scout Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Gloves Discipline 41 (58) /
Strength 40 (57)
  • Impact Induction / Energy Projection
  • Auto Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Bond Intellect 25 (35) /
Discipline 25 (35)
  • Auto Rifle / Sniper Rifle Focus
  • Crucible Champion
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Bond Discipline 25 (35) /
Strength 23 (33)
  • Pulse Rifle / Sniper Rifle Focus
  • Crucible Champion
3 25 LM

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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 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.

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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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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