Guide to the Iron Banner
What is the Iron Banner?
The Iron Banner is a special crucible event for players level 40 and above can lead a Fireteam of six Guardians against another fireteam. Players with light levels below 40 can still play, but they will find it difficult to keep up with the other players since level advantages are enabled during this event. A Guardians Defense rating affects how you take damage, while the Attack rating affects how you inflict damage. Lower-level players wielding fully-upgraded weapons are still considered a very credible threat!
Reputation is gained by competing in Iron Banner matches, with a maximum rank of 5 for all participants. Increasing ranks gain access to armor, weapons, emblems, shaders and more. It’s important to keep in mind that Rank and Standing are awarded to the victor. In defeat, Guardians will earn a token redeemable for a portion of your lost gains. Players can collect up to five, which are cashed in upon their next victory. Yet there are other ways reputation can be gained without winning a match. Players can quickly gain reputation by completing Weekly Iron Banner Bounties. Complete these special Bounties to gain Event Standing with the Iron Lords. The best thing is that Iron Banner Bounties can be completed regardless of whether a Guardian wins the match, they simply have to complete the requirements for each Bounty.
How the Iron Banner Works
Wins and Medallions
With every Iron Banner match that a player wins, 250 reputation points are rewarded towards the next Iron Banner rank. When a player loses a match, no points are awarded and instead players receive a Medallion of Iron. Players can hold up to 5 Medallions at a time and on the next win the Medallions will be turned in for 150 additional points. For example, if a player loses 3 matches in a row they will receive 3 Medallions, if a win occurs in the next round the player will receive an additional 450 points on top of the regularly awarded points.
If players have multiple characters competing in the Iron Banner event, each additional character played can earn increased reputation gains. These increased reputation gains will be earned once the first character has reached Rank 2 and the alternate character reaches Rank 1 and will be awarded until the rank of the alternate character matches the rank of the character with the highest Iron Banner reputation rank.
In addition to the reputation from winning matches and Medallions, Lady Efrideet will also offer 4 Weekly Bounties which can be completed to received XP, Legendary Marks, Iron Banner Gear, and a large amount of Iron Banner reputation. Weekly Bounties will reward players 5000 Experience, 750 reputation points, 25 Legendary Marks as well as Year 3 Iron Banner Armor and Weapons,
- Iron Arsenal – Earn 100 points with weapon kills at the Iron Banner. Primary = 1, Special = 2, Heavy = 5.
- Iron Light – Earn 100 points with ability kills at the Iron Banner. Grenade = 2, Melee = 3, Super = 5.
- Iron Marathon – Earn 100 points by playing Iron Banner. Match Complete = 5, Match Win = 10.
- Iron Support – Earn 100 points supporting your teammates at the Iron Banner. Assisted Kills = 1, Avenger Kills = 3, Allies Defended = 5.
There are several ways to earn Iron Banner specific rewards during the event:
- Match Completion
- Completing a match in the Iron Banner playlist gives the player a chance to earn Iron Banner specific rewards.
- Purchased Rewards
- During each event, Lady Efrideet will have a set list of Iron Banner specific rewards that can be purchased for Legendary Marks.
REWARDSYear 3 Iron Banner Rewards
After each Iron Banner match there is a chance of a weapons drop, the drop can reward a random weapon, but there is also a chance to have an Iron Banner specific weapon drop as well. Additionally, each weapon can be purchased from Lady Efrideet in the Tower for 90 Legendary Marks. Special and Heavy Weapons require an Iron Banner rank of 4, while Primary Weapons require an Iron Banner rank of 5. Weapons purchased from Lady Efrideet will have a light level of 350, while reward drops can have various light levels. Upon completion of Iron Banner Bounties, players can turn in the bounty to receive a weapon, of various light levels. It is also possible to receive a weapon upon reaching Iron Banner Ranks 1, 3 or 5 when completing the Iron Bounty Quests. These rewards can have a varying light level.
Click on the weapons name to visit Bungie’s official site and receive all of the official information on each weapon.
|Type||Damage Type||Attack||Impact||Rate of Fire||Magazine||Range||Stability||Reload|
|The Binding Blaze||Sidearms||Void||250 – 400||8||98||15||25||73||90|
|The Branded Lord||Fusion Rifles||Void||250 – 400||74||4||42||47||82|
|The Clever Dragon||Pulse Rifles||Kinetic||250 – 400||4||77||27||31||58||59|
|The Distant Star||Scout Rifles||Kinetic||250 – 400||38||42||15||59||40||76|
|The Laughing Heart||Sniper Rifles||Void||250 – 400||22||26||4||70||52||68|
|The Lingering Song||Hand Cannons||Kinetic||250 – 400||94||15||8||46||24||32|
|The Proud Spire||Shotguns||Void||250 – 400||40||35||6||13||43||53|
|The Silvered Dread||Machine Guns||Void||250 – 400||37||77||40||30||47||43|
|The Titanium Orchid||Rocket Launchers||Void||250 – 400||11||2||63||72|
|The Unbent Tree||Auto Rifles||Kinetic||250 – 400||2||100||57||16||32||77|
After each Iron Banner match there is a chance of an armor drop, the drop can reward a random piece of armor, but there is also a chance to have an Iron Banner specific armor piece drop as well. Additionally, each armor piece can be purchased from Lady Efrideet at Feltwinter Peak for 40 Legendary Marks. Iron Banner Rank 2 or 3 is required to purchase Iron Banner armor. Armor purchased from Lady Efrideet will have a light level of 350, while reward drops can have various light levels. It is also possible to receive a piece of armor upon completing Iron Banner Bounties. These rewards can have a varying light level.
To view the Iron Banner armor, simply click on the tab that corresponds to the Guardian type. Click on the armors name to visit Bungie’s official site and receive all of the official information on each piece of armor.
|Iron Saga Mask||Helmets||250 – 400||39 – 67||39 – 67||39 – 67|
|Iron Saga Vest||Chest Armor||250 – 400||51- 86||51 – 86||51 – 86|
|Iron Saga Grips||Gauntlets||250 – 400||35 – 60||35 – 60||35 – 60|
|Iron Saga Boots||Leg Armor||250 – 400||47 – 79||47 – 79||47 – 79|
|Iron Saga Cloak||Hunter Cloaks||250 – 400||21 – 35||21- 35||21 – 35|
|Iron Saga Helm||Helmets||250 – 400||39 – 67||39 – 67||39 – 67|
|Iron Saga Plate||Chest Armor||250 – 400||51- 86||51 – 86||51 – 86|
|Iron Saga Gauntlets||Gauntlets||250 – 400||35 – 60||35 – 60||35 – 60|
|Iron Saga Greaves||Leg Armor||250 – 400||47 – 79||47 – 79||47 – 79|
|Iron Saga Mark||Hunter Cloaks||250 – 400||21 – 35||21- 35||21 – 35|
|Iron Saga Hood||Helmets||250 – 400||39 – 67||39 – 67||39 – 67|
|Iron Saga Vestment||Chest Armor||250 – 400||51- 86||51 – 86||51 – 86|
|Iron Saga Gloves||Gauntlets||250 – 400||35 – 60||35 – 60||35 – 60|
|Iron Saga Steps||Leg Armor||250 – 400||47 – 79||47 – 79||47 – 79|
|Iron Saga Bond||Hunter Cloaks||250 – 400||21 – 35||21- 35||21 – 35|
After each Iron Banner match there is a chance of an random Iron Banner artifact drop. It is also possible to receive a piece of armor upon completing Iron Banner Bounties. These rewards can have a varying light level.
Click on the artifacts name to visit Bungie’s official site and receive all of the official information on each artifact.
In Year 3, Iron Banner Emblems can be acquired by completing Iron Banner Bounties of through post-game reward drops.
In Year 3, Iron Banner Shaders can be acquired by completing Iron Banner Bounties or as post-game reward drops.
Ships can be randomly dropped in Iron Banner matches. The Birth of History ship can be dropped at any rank, while the Smokehouse Six ship can drop if the player is Rank 3 or higher with the faction.
S-40 Iron Revelry
The S-40 Iron Revelry is a Sparrow that can be acquired through a Reward Package from Lady Efrideet or as a post game rewards drop. To learn more click on the name of the Sparrow in the chart below.
|S-40 Iron Revelry||Sparrow||160||35||55|
Ironwolf Shell Rewards
The Ironwolf Shell, a level 40 Legendary Ghost shell that can be acquired through a drop.
|Ironwolf Shell||Ghost Shell||250 – 400||21 – 35||22 – 35||22 – 35|