Destiny 2’s Iron Banner is back for the first time in Season of Arrivals and it comes with 2 reprised weapons and armor from Year 1.
Iron Banner continues to struggle. It is supposed to be a pinnacle PVP activity in Destiny 2, yet most people see it as a chore needed to grab 4 pinnacle rewards. Iron Banner does need a revamp. It desperately needs brand-new loot and rewards and why not a new game mode too.
That said, Iron Banner is a reliable source of high stat armor, and for that reason alone, you should definitely pay Lord Saladin a visit and spend some time in Iron Banner.
Before we get started:
- Iron Banner starts on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10 AM PDT
- And ends on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 10 AM PDT
This means you’ll have an entire week to complete the seasonal quest and farm high stat Iron Banner armor.
It was disappointing to learn that Season 11’s Iron Banner armor is again a reprised armor set from Year 1. If you’re a somewhat new Destiny 2 player, this won’t be an issue for you but if you’re a veteran, I feel your disappointment.
Bungie has been recycling Year 1 Iron Banner armor since September 2019 with the release of Shadowkeep and Season 9. This season, Iron Banner features the reprised Iron Fellowship set:
But aesthetics aside, Iron Banner armor usually comes with high stats.
Farming 60+ stat armor
Of all the sources of high stat armor in the game, Iron Banner is the most reliable.
Looking at all the Iron Banner armor I have accumulated in Year 3 (seasons 8 to 11), you can expect armor pieces with at least 58 base stat points. That may not sound like a lot but it’s still better than most of the armor you’ll find while playing the game.
More importantly, armor pieces with 62+ base stat points are quite common. In fact, my best Iron Banner piece has a 66 total base stat points:
Prime engrams can also drop 60+ stat armor pieces, but you cannot farm Prime engrams as directly as you can farm Iron Banner tokens.
On top of that, Iron Banner armor acquired this season will be viable for end-game content for one full year.
Normally, farming armor and weapons from Iron Banner by turning in your Iron Banner tokens required you to complete the seasonal quest first. Luckily, Bungie changed and now you’re free to turn in tokens as soon as you see Lord Saladin for the first time.
That said, completing the very short seasonal quest will add the new weapons to the loot table, allowing you to potentially farm the new Auto Rifle. I definitely recommend you to complete the seasonal quest before turning in tokens.
Also, there’s a bug with the quest, so if you pick the quest with your three characters first, once completed, you will get triple the rewards!
In Season of Arrivals, the quest, named Red-Hot Iron, involves the following steps:
Defeat opponents using Sidearms and Auto Rifles. Precision kills grant the most efficient progress:
- 25 Sidearm kills in Iron Banner
- 25 Auto Rifle kills in Iron Banner
Recommended loadout: SUROS Regime for the Auto Rifle kills (this should be easy) and a good rolled Last Hope, Lonesome or Breachlight for the Sidesarm kills.
In case you’re curious, these are all the Iron Banner armor sets (2.0 versions) available in Destiny 2:
Iron Will: 2.0 version reprised for Season 8:
Iron Truage: 2.0 version reprised for Season 9:
Iron Remembrance: 2.0 version reprised for Season 10:
Iron Fellowship: 2.0 version reprised for Season 11: