This guide will help players excel in the Iron Banner PvP event in Destiny, reaching Rank 3 and Rank 5 in order to get some guaranteed rewards.
Following the April 12 Update to Destiny, Bungie announced that the Iron Banner will run from April 26th at 1:00 PM Eastern until May 3rd at 5:00 AM Eastern. During this time, players will notice that a new section of the Tower is open, just above the Hall of Guardians. This is where an NPC by the name of Lord Saladin can be found handing out Iron Banner Bounties and selling Iron Banner weapons and armor. By taking part in the event, players can put their Light level to the test against other Guardians, ranking up their Iron Banner reputation and earning some event specific rewards. Today, we’re going to give you a complete guide to everything you need to know in order to succeed in the Iron Banner.
Iron Banner Ranks and Rewards
The Iron Banner will run for a total of seven days, and during that time players should attempt to reach the maximum, Rank 5. This will be no easy task, but there are buffs added to how quickly you earn your reputation each day, so you’ll level up faster as you get closer to the end of the event. If you find that the grind is too much on Tuesday and Wednesday, you’ll likely enjoy your experience more if you return on the weekend.
Reaching Rank 3 and Rank 5 in the Iron Banner is key, especially if you’re still struggling to hit Light 320. This is due to the rewards handed out at those levels. At Rank 3 players will get an Artifact that can drop at up to 320 Defense, and at Rank 5 they will get a Ghost that can drop at 320 Defense.
There have also been changes to how rewards are handled at the end of each round. For starters, players won’t see as many (or possibly any) Legendary Engrams. These are being replaced with Iron Banner drops, which makes sense since you’re likely competing in the event for that specific gear anyway. You can also start earning these drops at Rank 0, so you don’t have to mess around leveling up all week in order to get a shot at some fancy new Gauntlets.
Tips for the Iron Banner Event
Playing in the Iron Banner is slightly different than regular PvP in that your Light level is what determines how powerful you are against other players. In regular PvP, everyone is working on an even playing field. To give you an example, if you are at the 335 Maximum Light Level in the Iron Banner, and your opponent is running around at 311, you are going to have a significant advantage when you start doing damage to each other. To put it simply, your bullets will hurt more.
What this means to you is that you want to be equipping the best gear that you have when you’re going into the event. If you can use a weapon or piece of armor that makes you 330 Light instead of 328, do it. If you don’t like that particular weapon or piece of armor, use the new 1:1 Infusion system to get your preferred gear where you need it. Just make sure you aren’t giving up Light in the Iron Banner.
Because this Iron Banner event is going to feature the 6v6 Clash (Team Deathmatch) game mode, your focus should be all about how you can stay alive, as well as kill the opposing players. There are no points to control or Rifts to ignite, so ultimate death and destruction is the goal. We’re really big fans of the Hung Jury SR4 Scout Rifle from Dead Orbit, a Shotgun and a Rocket Launcher. If you can use an attachable grenade with your Subclass, that will most likely get you a few more kills over some of the others.
The Class that you use should be the one that you are personally the biggest fan of. We’re Hunters who love the Nightstalker Subclass, but Bladedancer is much more suited for PvP, so we’ll go with that. If you enjoy being a Warlock, the Stormcaller Subclass is great for racking up kills with your Super Ability. If you’re a Titan, both the Sunbreaker and Striker Subclasses have fantast offensive Super Abilities, so there is something for everyone when you get right down to it.
Just remember that in Destiny, your radar is how you stay alive. It will show you almost everyone near you on the map (Bladedancer invisibility being an exception), allowing you to anticipate where your foe will be and when. See someone on the map just around the corner? Well, try a power slide as you round the corner to duck under their inevitable attack, and then hit them with your Shotgun from up close. It’s a very specific tip in a game with a great number of variables, but it’ll come in handy more often than you might expect.