‘Destiny’ January Iron Banner: What You Need To Know For This Month’s Clash Event

The first Iron Banner of 2017 for Destiny has arrived. Bungie flipped the switch on Clash to run for the next week in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One shooter. Guardians can test their mettle against others for a chance to earn Sidearms, Rocket Launchers, and armor pieces.

When Does It Run?

This Iron Banner event started Tuesday, January 17, and the event will run until an hour before the Destiny weekly reset on Tuesday, January 20. 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 if you’ve never done so before. This only has to be done once.

What Changes Have Been Made With Rise of Iron?

Iron Banner has been streamlined, as previously covered. The Tempered Buff mechanic is gone, and reputation will be earned equally throughout the week at a higher rate than Year Two. 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, packages that players received when reaching ranks 3 and 5 have been retired. Players will now earn rewards from completing 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. You’ll nee to visit Lord Saladin first though to pick up the quest for the event.

Lady Efrideet appears for Iron Banner in Destiny: Rise of Iron for the PS4 and Xbox One.

What Modes And Maps Are Supported?

The rotation of Iron Banner game modes brings Guardians back to the Team Deathmatch-style Clash. While not as team-oriented as Control or Rift, working with a fireteam does increase your chances of success. 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 Clash playlist from Rise of Iron are available. Some are weighted more than others, though.


Iron Banner rewards can drop up to 400 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.

Iron Banner Weapons

The Binding Blaze Iron Banner Sidearm for Destiny.

Lady Efrideet has yet another pair of weapons with decent rolls. Guardians can work on earning both The Binding Blaze Sidearm and The Titanium Orchid Rocket Launcher.

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 Titanium Orchid Rocket Launcher
  • Aggressive Launch/Smart Drift Control/Hard Launch
  • Javelin/Fitted Stock
  • Lightweight/Flared Magwell
  • Grenades/Horseshoes/Cluster Bomb
50 LM 4
The Binding Blaze Sidearm
  • Linear Compensator / Accurized Ballistics / Field Choke
  • Rifled Barrel / Hand-laid Stock
  • Single Point Sling / Accelerated Coils
  • Hot Swap / Rangefinder
50 LM 5

“LM” is short for Legendary Marks.

Iron Banner Armor

Here is the armor that is being sold by Lady Efrideet in Destiny. Both the Chest Piece and Gauntlet rolls for the week are excellent. Every piece is around 99 to 100 percent of T12 with only one at 98 percent. These can be infused to higher levels just like the weapons. There is also a chance they will drop at the end of Iron Banner matches with a random roll.

Titan Armor

The Iron Banner Titan gear for the January Destiny event.
Name Stats Perks Rank Cost
Iron Saga Gauntlets Intellect 41 (57) /
Discipline 41 (57)
  • Rain Blows / Momentum Transfer
  • Scout Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Gauntlets Discipline 41 (57) /
Strength 41 (57)
  • Paramuscle Armature /Impact Induction
  • Pulse Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Plate Intellect 59 (86) /
Discipline 61 (86)
  • Scout Rifle /Sniper Rifle Ammo
  • Arc Recovery / Arc Armor
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Plate Discipline 61 (86) /
Strength 61 (86)
  • Hand Cannon / Sniper Ammo
  • Arc Recovery / Arc Armor
3 25 LM


Hunter Armor

The Iron Banner Hunter gear for the January Destiny event.
Name Stats Perks Rank Cost
Iron Saga Grips Intellect 41 (57) /
Discipline 41 (57 )
  • Switchblade / Momentum Transfer
  • Hand Cannon Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Grips Discipline 40 (58) /
Strength 40 (58)
  • Fastball / Impact Induction
  • Auto Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Vest Intellect 60 (86) /
Discipline 60 (86)
  • Hand Cannon / Shotgun Ammo
  • Solar Recovery / Solar Armor
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Vest Discipline 61 (86) /
Strength 61 (86)
  • Hand Cannon / Sniper Ammo
  • Arc Recovery / Arc Armor
3 25 LM


Warlock Armor

The Iron Banner Warlock gear for the January Destiny event.
Name Stats Perks Rank Cost
Iron Saga Gloves Intellect 41 (57) /
Discipline 41 (57)
  • Snap Discharge / Momentum Transfer
  • Scout Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Gloves Discipline 41 (58) /
Strength 41 (58)
  • Energy Projection / Impact Induction
  • Auto Rifle Loader
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Vestments Intellect 45 (64) /
Discipline 45 (64)
  • Scout Rifle / Sniper Rifle Ammo
  • Arc Recovery / Arc Armor
3 25 LM
Iron Saga Vestments Discipline 45 (64) /
Strength 46 (65)
  • Pulse / Shotgun Ammo
  • Solar Recovery / Solar Armor
3 25 LM


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 of the 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


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 with 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)

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


Multi-Character Buff

Your second and third Destiny characters could 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 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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[Featured Image by Bungie; all table information by Destiny]

[Edit: Fixed weapons.]