Iron Banner dropped in Destiny for the final day of February 2017. Bungie brings Supremacy back into the fold with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players competing to pick up Crests dropped by players.
This is the first Iron Banner since Bungie introduced the latest round of weapon and ability changes with the 184.108.40.206 hotfix. This nerfed Shotguns and high rate of fire Pulse Rifles hard. Additionally, it also introduced a bug that greatly affected health regeneration perks. Bungie does plan to fix this, but it will not be by the time this event completes.
When Does It Run?This Iron Banner event started Tuesday, February 28, and the event will run until an hour before the Destiny weekly reset on Tuesday, March 7. 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.
What Modes And Maps Are Supported?The new Supremacy mode is featured with this month's Iron Banner event. Destiny Guardians will want to use teamwork to pick up Crests dropped by opposing players when killed to score points. Conversely, they will also want to deny Crests from their own fallen teammates to the opposing team.
All maps regularly used in the Supremacy playlist from Rise of Iron are available. Some are weighted more than others, though.
RewardsIron 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
Lady Efrideet has yet another pair of weapons with decent rolls. Guardians can work on earning both The Laughing Heart Sniper Rifle and The Lingering Song Hand Cannon. The rolls for both of these are geared more towards PVE play than PVP.
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.
|The Laughing Heart||Sniper Rifle||50 LM||4|
|The Lingering Song||Hand Cannon||50 LM||5|
Iron Banner ArmorHere 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 98 to 100 percent of T12. 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.
|Iron Saga Greaves||Intellect 56 (79) /Discipline 55 (78)||3||25 LM||99%|
|Iron Saga Greaves||Discipline 56 (79) /Strength 56 (79)||3||25 LM||100%|
|Iron Saga Helm||Intellect 45 (64) /Discipline 45 (64)||3||25 LM||98%|
|Iron Saga Helm||Discipline 45 (64) /Strength 46 (65)||3||25 LM||99%|
|Iron Saga Boots||Intellect 56 (79) /Discipline 56 (79)||3||25 LM||100%|
|Iron Saga Boots||Discipline 55 (77) /Strength 55 (77)||3||25 LM||98%|
|Iron Saga Mask||Intellect 45 (64) /Discipline 45 (64)||3||25 LM||98%|
|Iron Saga Mask||Discipline 45 (64) /Strength 46 (65)||3||25 LM||99%|
|Iron Saga Steps||Intellect 56 (79) /Discipline 56 (79)||3||25 LM||100%|
|Iron Saga Steps||Discipline 55 (78) /Strength 55 (78)||3||25 LM||98%|
|Iron Saga Hood||Intellect 45 (64) /Discipline 45 (64)||3||25 LM||98%|
|Iron Saga Hood||Discipline 45 (64) /Strength 46 (65)||3||25 LM||99%|
Iron Banner BountiesLady 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.||+750||+5,000||+25||Legendary Weapon|
|Iron Light||Earn 100 points with ability kills at the Iron Banner.||+750||+5,000||+25||Legendary Gear|
|Iron Arsenal||Earn 100 points with weapon kills at the Iron Banner.||+750||+5,000||+25||Legendary Weapon|
|Iron Support||Earn 100 points supporting your teammates at the Iron Banner.||+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.
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 RanksYou 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 BuffYour 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 MedallionsDestiny 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!Do you have any Destiny Iron Banner tips you want to share? Please post them in the comments section below!
[Featured Image by Bungie; all table information by Destiny]