Destiny 2 Iron Banner weapons: Ranked for PvE & PvP

by | Jul 4, 2024

Destiny 2’s Iron Banner is back, featuring new weapons, returning gear, and more. Not every Iron Banner weapon is a winner, but some are considered to be among the best in the game. This guide covers every Iron Banner weapon in Destiny 2, including their best rolls for PvE and PvP.

Iron Banner schedule

Iron Banner returns to Destiny 2 for the first time this episode, July 2, 2024. It will be available to all players for two weeks, until July 16, 2024.

  • Iron Banner starts on Tuesday, July 20, 2014, at 10 AM PDT
  • Iron Banner ends on Tuesday, July 16, 2014, at 10 AM PDT

New Iron Banner Weapons in Episode 1

Episode 1: Act 1 re-introduced two updated Iron Banner weapons:

Episode 1 Echoes icon Destiny 2Updated as of Episode 1: Echoes.

Destiny 2 Iron Banner Weapons: Ranked

The Tier list below includes every available Iron Banner weapon in the game:

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmo?Element?RequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Claws of the Wolf
Claws of the Wolf art Destiny 2
Claws of the Wolf

Pulse Rifle
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesIron BannerCheckmark icon V3

Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Ongoing...

► Ongoing...
The Final Shape
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Ongoing...
Point of the StagPoint of the Stag art
Point of the Stag
Combat Bow
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Precision Instrument (also good: Golden Tricorn or Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Archer's Tempo (also good: Elemental Capacitor) + Swashbuckler

► Back with random rolls, Point of the Stag is even nastier than its first inception. With the ability to roll with Swashbuckler, this will easily be a favorite of any PvP bow user, and the old fixed roll is still there for the PvE mains.
Season 10
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Precision Instrument (also good: Golden Tricorn or Vorpal Weapon)
PvP God Roll: Archer's Tempo (also good: Elemental Capacitor) + Swashbuckler
Top-tier
Multimach CCXMultimach CCX art
Multimach CCX
Submachine Gun
Submachine GunLightweightPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Attrition Orbs + Frenzy
PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Kill Clip (also good: Iron Reach)

► Multimach CCX is back with Season of the Wish and now has near-equal value in both PvE and PvP. While old rolls still work great for The Crucible, the new combination of Attrition Orbs and Frenzy makes for one of the most useful Kinetic primaries for PvE.
Season 23
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvE God Roll: Attrition Orbs + Frenzy
PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Kill Clip (also good: Iron Reach)
Top-tier
PeacebondPeacebond art
Peacebond
Sidearm
SidearmAdaptivePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron BannerError icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Rangefinder (also good: Killing Wind) + Swashbuckler
PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Headstone

► With good base stats that match those of the fan-favorite High Albedo, Peacebond also happens to offer several top-tier perks for both PVE and PVP. Peacebond was one of the few weapons to offer Headstone and that made it very special. That isn't longer the case, as many other weapons can roll with Headstone these days. Still, Peacebond remains a solid sidearm.
Season 15
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Rangefinder (also good: Killing Wind) + Swashbuckler
PvE God Roll: Subsistence + Headstone
Top-tier
The Time-Worn SpireThe Time-Worn Spire art
The Time-Worn Spire
Pulse Rifle
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron BannerError icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Quickdraw) + Iron Grip (also good: Rampage)

► The Time-Worn Spire is a reprised Year 1 Iron Banner weapon that returned with plenty of fantastic perks. It belongs to one of the better archetypes, which, coupled with solid perks, can be a great choice for PVP.
Season 13
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Quickdraw) + Iron Grip (also good: Rampage)
Top-tier
Allied DemandAllied Demand art
Allied Demand
Sidearm
SidearmAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Rangefinder + Iron Reach

► With the recent buff to sidearms, Allied Demand became very popular very quickly. It has a small perk pool for better god roll luck, and its PvP roll can hit its optimal TTK at nearly 25 meters! Worth the Iron Banner grind if you love sidearms.
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Rangefinder + Iron Reach
Top-tier
Pressurized PrecisionPressurized Precision art Destiny 2
Pressurized Precision
Fusion Rifle
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Discord) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Hatchling)
PvP God Roll: Firmly Planted (also good: Perpetual Motion) + High-Impact Reserves

► Thanks to some changes to damage falloff, Pressurized Precision is one of the best PvP fusions, hands down. Excellent stats let it one burst considerably farther than most would expect, and Discord is sure to be a hit once Checkmate becomes the norm.
Season 21
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Discord) + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Hatchling)
PvP God Roll: Firmly Planted (also good: Perpetual Motion) + High-Impact Reserves
Top-tier
Lethal AbundanceLethal Abundance art Destiny 2
Lethal Abundance
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Slice (also good: Keep Away) + Onslaught

► Lethal Abundance is a new key player in PvP. Due to the strength of Sever as a debuff in PvP, Slice is incredibly effective. By reducing your opponent's damage output, you are sure to shred them in duels. Couple this with great range as a 360RPM, and you have a great option in PvP.
Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Slice (also good: Keep Away) + Onslaught
Top-tier
Gunnora's AxeGunnora's Axe art

Gunnora's Axe
Shotgun
ShotgunPinpoint SlugSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Pinpoint Slug

PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Threat Detector) + Opening Shot (also good: Iron Reach)
PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Vorpal Weapon

► With an interesting perk pool and great stats, Gunnora's Axe is great for those who enjoy slug shotguns. It's hard to say if the meta will ever turn it into a must-have, but Gunnora's is still an excellent pick that can excel in the right hands.
Season 19
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Pinpoint Slug

PvP God Roll: Moving Target (also good: Threat Detector) + Opening Shot (also good: Iron Reach)
PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Vorpal Weapon
Dark DeciderDark Decider art
Dark Decider
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Rolls: Subsistence + Voltshot

► While Dark Decider can roll with two of the most popular PvE perks currently available (Subsistence and Voltshot), this combination lacks synergy. Voltshot requires you to reload after a kill, but Subsistence reloads your weapon automatically, making for a gun that's only slightly above average.
Season 19
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Rolls: Subsistence + Voltshot
Crimil's DaggerCrimils Dagger Destiny 2 1
Crimil's Dagger
Hand Cannon
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Rangefinder (also good: Outlaw ) + Kill Clip

► Though Aggressive Frame Hand Cannons were significantly nerfed a while ago, Crimil's can still two-tap with Kill Clip active. However, without the perk active, Crimil's Dagger (and any other 120 RPM hand cannon) lags behind the competition in PVP.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Rangefinder (also good: Outlaw ) + Kill Clip
Orewing's MaulOrewings Maul Destiny 2
Orewing's Maul
Grenade Launcher
Grenade LauncherLightweightSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Pulse Monitor) + Rangefinder

► Gone are the days when any GL that wasn't Witherhoard could be viable in PvP. While Orewing's Maul is still one of a few to get Rangefinder, the meta has shifted against this archetype, and now sits as a class of weapons only used by those familiar with it.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Pulse Monitor) + Rangefinder
Bite of the FoxBite of the Fox Destiny 2
Bite of the Fox
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights (also good: Firmly Planted) + Opening Shot

► Compared to other 72 RPM snipers, Bite of the Fox is an above-average pick due to its low zoom and great perks. It's not nearly as popular as Beloved or Cloudstrike, but it still gets the job done well (especially for those searching for an aggressive frame sniper).
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights (also good: Firmly Planted) + Opening Shot
The Wizened RebukeThe Wizened Rebuke art
The Wizened Rebuke
Fusion Rifle
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Iron Grip) + Backup Plan (also good: High-Impact Reserves)

► One of the better high-impact fusions for PvP, The Wizend Rebuke suffers from its slow charge time. Its perk pool allows for the consistency most look for on fusions, but as an Iron Banner weapon, it might be a while until you land on a roll you enjoy.
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Iron Grip) + Backup Plan (also good: High-Impact Reserves)
Jorum's ClawJorum's Claw art
Jorum's Claw
Pulse Rifle
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll:  Outlaw (also good: Iron Grip) + Headseeker (also good: Kill Clip)

► Jorum's Claw is one of few Adaptive pulse rifles to excel in recent years. While it still faces uphill battles in PvP, Headseeker will allow it to maintain a competitive TTK and Iron Grip will help stabilize those shots, allowing for better consistency. This is truly an adaptive worth snagging.
Season 20
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll:  Outlaw (also good: Iron Grip) + Headseeker (also good: Kill Clip)
The Fool's RemedyThe Fool's Remedy Destiny 2
The Fool's Remedy
Sidearm
SidearmSUROS Rapid-FirePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: SUROS Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Kill Clip
PvE God Roll: Moving Target + Kill Clip

► The Fool's Remedy can roll with some decent perks, but Sidearms, in general, aren't that good (especially when not on a controller). Plus, while it has a solid optimal TTK at 0.67s, there are Archetypes with better TTKs out there.
Season 11
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: SUROS Rapid-Fire

PvP God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Kill Clip
PvE God Roll: Moving Target + Kill Clip
Swarm of the RavenSwarm of the Raven Destiny 2
Swarm of the Raven
Grenade Launcher
Grenade LauncherRapid-FireHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Clown Cartridge (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Cascade Point (also good: Destabilizing Rounds)

► With a new perk pool, Swarm of the Raven quickly became highly sought after for both burst DPS and heavy ad clear. While it might lack direct damage perks, Cascade's fire rate increase makes up for it, especially with Clown Cartridge tacked on!
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Clown Cartridge (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Cascade Point (also good: Destabilizing Rounds)
The Hero's BurdenThe Hero's Burden art
The Hero's Burden
Submachine Gun
Submachine GunAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Destabilizing Rounds (also good: Kill Clip)

► The Hero's Burden has a solid perk pool, but its average stats prove to be its downfall. If you don't have a better SMG, this one will get the job done. However, with how many S-Tier SMGs there are already, there's no reason to run The Hero's Burden for too long.
Season 17
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Destabilizing Rounds (also good: Kill Clip)
Talons of the EagleTalons of the Eagle Destiny 2 1
Talons of the Eagle
Scout Rifle
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Outlaw + Explosive Payload (also good: Opening Shot + Moving Target)

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Outlaw + Explosive Payload (also good: Opening Shot + Moving Target)
Occluded FinalityOccluded Finality art
Occluded Finality
Sniper Rifle
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot
The Forward PathThe Forward Path Destiny 2 art
The Forward Path
Auto Rifle
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Eye of the Storm

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Dynamic Sway Reduction + Eye of the Storm
The Steady HandThe Steady Hand Destiny 2
The Steady Hand
Hand Cannon
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Swashbuckler

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Swashbuckler
RiiswalkerRiiswalker art
Riiswalker
Shotgun
ShotgunLightweightSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Surplus) + Iron Reach

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 14
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Surplus) + Iron Reach
Archon's ThunderArchon's Thunder art
Archon's Thunder
Machine Gun
Machine GunHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Rampage

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 14
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Auto-Loading Holster) + Rampage
Forge's PledgeForge's Pledge art
Forge's Pledge
Pulse Rifle
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All + One for All (also good: Rampage)

► Despite the fact that Pulse Rifles have never been the meta in PVE, Forge's Pledge can roll with Rampage and other good perks, making it decent when the seasonal champion mods support it.
Season 15
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Stats for All + One for All (also good: Rampage)
Frontier's CryFrontier's Cry art
Frontier's Cry
Hand Cannon
Hand CannonPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 16
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip
Razor's EdgeRazor's Edge art
Razor's Edge
Sword
SwordVortexHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Chain Reaction (also good: Frenzy)

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Chain Reaction (also good: Frenzy)
Roar of the BearRoar of the Bear
Roar of the Bear
Rocket Launcher
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Demolitionist) + Lasting Impression (also good: Incandescent)

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
Season 18
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Field Prep (also good: Demolitionist) + Lasting Impression (also good: Incandescent)
Shining SphereShining Sphere Destiny 2
Shining Sphere
Rocket Launcher
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron BannerError icon V2
Worst

D



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Tracking Module

► One of the absolute worst options within its archetype; do not waste your time farming one of these...
Season 11
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Tracking Module
The Guiding SightThe Guiding Sight Destiny 2 art
The Guiding Sight
Scout Rifle
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Worst

D



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Vorpal Weapon

► One of the absolute worst options within its archetype; do not waste your time farming one of these...
Season 12
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Vorpal Weapon
Finite ImpactorFinite Impactor art
Finite Impactor
Hand Cannon
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron BannerError icon V2
Worst

D



Iron Banner
Destiny 2 Icon (final) Destiny 2
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Iron Reach

► One of the absolute worst options within its archetype; do not waste your time farming one of these...
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Iron Reach
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Tusk of the Boar
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Iron Banner
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Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Wave

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Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Wave

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These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Either decent weapons or weapons that fit a very specific niche/use case.
  • C Tier – Weak: Mediocre weapons that are easily outclassed by the competition.
  • D Tier – Worst: Weapons that don’t have much to offer and don’t deserve your attention.

🚨 Remember that all Iron Banner weapons now feature an exclusive Origin Trait: Skulking Wolf.

Best Destiny 2 Iron Banner weapons in 2024

This section covers the top Iron Banner weapons in Destiny 2, including those that can’t be obtained right now. This can be frustrating for those who didn’t have a chance to get these before, but rest assured—all the unobtainable weapons will eventually return.

 

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4. Lethal Abundance

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PvP

In PvP, Lethal is living up to its name thanks to its perk pool. This weapon can roll with Onslaught, ramping up its RPM from 360 to 450 while maintaining all other stats, making it a precision shooter’s dream.

On the PvE side of things, High-Impact Autos are not the most favored of the bunch. Even with the recent buff to all auto rifles, Precision Frame Autos are inherently better as they are much more stable and offer almost the same 60% crit multiplier that High-Impacts get. These are the top Lethal Abundance God Rolls:

  • PvP God roll: Slice or Dynamic Sway ReductionTap the Trigger or Target Lock

 

Riiswalker Destiny 2 featured Shotgun

3. Riiswalker

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Riiswalker is one of the best shotguns in the game, as it comes with some unique perk combos.

To begin, Riiswalker is one of only two kinetic pellet shotguns in the game (that aren’t sunset) that can roll with Quickdraw. This already makes it an extremely great pick, as Quickdraw is an S-Tier perk for shotguns.

Additionally, because it’s an Iron Banner weapon, Riiswalker can roll with Iron Reach in the second column. This adds almost 20 range, which is the most important stat when discussing shotgun consistency.

Lastly, this weapon belongs to the Lightweight archetype, which gives you an extra bump in Mobility and movement speed. While not needed, these buffs are a nice cherry on top.

Riiswalker is a great special weapon for any PVP player and is one of the best shotguns in the game.

  • PvP God roll:: Quickdraw (also good: Surplus) +  Iron Reach

 

Multimach CCX Destiny 2 featured SMG

2. Multimach CCX

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Submachine Guns have always been great choices for PVP, and the Multimach CCX is one of the best. Lightweight Frame SMGs are generally very good, as they have an amazing TTK of 0.67s. Additionally, they provide a nice Mobility and movement speed buff.

In the first column, Killing Wind is the best choice, giving this weapon some extra range. In the second, the two most popular options are Iron Reach (for extra range) or Kill Clip (for extra damage).

With the great traits that this can get, plus the ability to change sights, Multimach CCX is able to get insane amounts of range for an SMG, making it one of the best PVP weapons in the game. These are the top Multimach CCX God Rolls:

  • PvP God roll: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Kill Clip (also good: Iron Reach)

 

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1. Tusk of the Boar

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Excels in PvE

Waveframes are arguably some of the strongest ad-clear weapons in the game. Their ability to hit multiple targets, along with their damage, lets you clear rooms like no tomorrow, and that’s before you consider the perks.

Tusk of the Boar is no different, offering several ways to approach the ad-clearing question. And considering it is Strand, you’ll even be able to sever several targets at once thanks to it rolling with Slice, which is a huge boon in higher-level content. These are the top Tusk of the Boar God Rolls:

  • PvE God roll: Envious Assassin + Chain Reaction

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about weapons dropping from Iron Banner in Destiny 2, whether that is for PVP or PVE content. So, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

About The Author

Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for Blueberries.gg, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago. You can find Andrew on Twitter.
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3 Comments
  1. q

    riiswalker is indeed available with legacy gear encoding

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  2. spiral

    so Riiswalker is both a C tier weapon that can be ignored, and one of the best shotguns in the game??

    Reply
  3. Golden

    ^I’m wondering about that too. Is Riiswalker C tier or the third best iron banner weapon?

    Reply
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