Guide to the Iron Banner

Published on: Sep 20, 2014 @ 14:50

The Iron Banner, a Faction led by Lord Saladin (vendor), a veteran of the Battle for Twilight Gap, the Iron Banner seeks the mightiest of Crucible combatants to lead the war against the Darkness.

A hero to the City and a legend in his own right, Saladin led the City’s defense during the Battle for the Twilight Gap. His protégés, Commander Zavala and Lord Shaxx, now lead the Tower’s Vanguard and the Crucible, respectively. Saladin remains close to Zavala, though his relationship with Shaxx has been strained since the Twilight Gap.

What is the Iron Banner?

The Iron Banner seeks great champions to lead the fight against the Darkness. It was born to honor the Iron Lords and their efforts in the earliest days of the City.

In PvP, your equipment all functions the same, with a few caveats…

In normal Crucible matches, Level, Attack, and Defense stats do not matter. All weapons deal the same base damage based on their archetype. However, in matches where Level Advantages are enabled (Iron Banner), those stats do matter, though they have less of a total impact than they do in PvE.

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Gear Matters

If you’re competing in a special PvP event like Iron Banner, do take the time to gear up for it specifically, as level advantages are enabled; Your Defense rating and Attack level will not be equalized with everyone else like in normal Crucible modes.

Also, normal Crucible matches rarely award you high-quality gear, but time-limited Iron Banner matches have better odds of granting excellent equipment.

You must meet with Lord Saladin before you can compete. Seek him out in the Tower, opposite the landing zone.
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  • The Iron Banner is accessed as a separate playlist in the Crucible.
  • The power ratings on your weapons and armor are crucial to victory. While combat in the Crucible offers a level playing field, the Iron Banner demands your very best gear.
  • Victory earns you reputation and rank to unlock special Iron Banner gear, and you can only browse or acquire your rewards while the event is live!
  • Iron Banner challenges are available from the Bounty Tracker to make your exploits in battle even more profitable.

Check out this article for some excellent Crucible tips and tricks!

Click here to see all of the Iron Banner gear.

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  • chris

    Iron banner starts on my birthday…Tis a sign I must grind

    • IAmTawsif

      How do you know it starts on your birthday? It only says october

      • Gustavo Rosario

        Maybe he had a really long birth that started october first and didn’t end till the 31st

        • chris

          ^This

      • chris

        because it says on their website…

  • CaptainNoah

    I’m pretty sure everyone’s relationship with Shaxx is strained…

  • DK Kevin

    LOL also random reward i really hate this shit = =

  • Raxs

    This is either going to be great fun or frekin’ terrifying. I am Level 25 and very concerned for my odds in this game mode 😀

  • chuck barry

    does no one see the oct 7 live date? it goes up after the queen’s wratch expires. it shows it on the bungie site. #facepalm

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