Destiny 2’s Iron Banner is back for the final time this season, meaning this will be your last chance to get the 2 new reprised weapons and armor.
Iron Banner continues to struggle. It is supposed to be an end-game PVP activity in Destiny 2, yet most people see it as a chore needed to grab 4 pinnacle rewards. This time around, though, Iron Banner does include two “new” exciting weapons the chase: the Forward Path auto rifle and the Foul’s Remedy sidearm.
On top of that, Iron Banner remains 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, September 29, 2020, at 10 AM PDT
- And ends on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 10 AM PDT
This means you 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 was 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 pain.
Bungie has been recycling Year 1 Iron Banner armor since September 2019 with the release of Shadowkeep. This time around, Iron Banner features the reprised Iron Fellowship set:
But recycled aesthetics aside, Iron Banner armor does come with high stats and that helps it stay relevant no matter what.
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 was a bug with the quest, so if you pick the quest with your three characters first, once completed, you will get triple the rewards! I already completed it, so I can’t confirm this is still valid. If someone can, please let us know in the comments!
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 or Gnawing Hunger 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: