Destiny 2 Iron Banner weapons: Ranked for PvE & PvP

by | Dec 5, 2023

Destiny 2’s Iron Banner is back, featuring new loot, a new game mode, and more. Besides rewarding four Pinnacle rewards, Iron Banner also has a few great weapons on offer.

Not every Iron Banner weapon is a winner, but some of them are considered to be among the best weapons in the entire game. This guide covers every Iron Banner weapon in Destiny 2, including the best rolls for PVE and PVP.

Iron Banner schedule

Iron Banner returns to Destiny 2 for the first time this season today, December 5, 2023. It starts on December 5, 2023, and will be available to all players until December 12, 2023.

  • Iron Banner starts on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 10 AM PDT
  • Iron Banner ends on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at 10 AM PDT

Checkmark icon V3Updated as of Season of the Wish (S23).

New Iron Banner Weapons in Season 23

Season of the Witch introduced one Iron Banner weapon, the Lethal Abundance auto rifle:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Lethal Abundance art Destiny 2Lethal AbundanceAuto RifleHigh-ImpactLegendaryPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element StrandIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 23KineticNo

Destiny 2 Iron Banner Weapons: Ranked

The Tier list below includes every non-sunset legendary Iron Banner weapon in the game. Keep in mind that moving forward, all Iron Banner weapons will come with the following Origin Trait:

-TraitSourceActivation | EffectsSpecsSource TypeReleased
Skulking Wolf trait Destiny 2 artSkulking WolfIron BannerWhile at low health, Guardian final blows with this weapon grant enhanced radar and remove you from opposing radar.-ActivityThe Witch Queen

⛔ These weapons are on a seasonal rotation. Each season, some weapons will become unobtainable, leaving room for previously unavailable weapons to return.

ItemWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerksBest of?
Lethal AbundanceLethal Abundance art Destiny 2
Lethal Abundance
Auto RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesIron BannerCheckmark icon V3

Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact



Season 23
Slot: Strand Element Strand | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

Point of the StagPoint of the Stag art
Point of the Stag
Combat BowPrecisionPrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesS › BestIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Best

S



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

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

► 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

PvP God Roll: Archer's Tempo (also good: Elemental Capacitor) + Swashbuckler
PvE God Roll: Archer's Tempo + Precision Instrument (also good: Golden Tricorn or Vorpal Weapon)
Top-tier
PeacebondPeacebond art
Peacebond
SidearmAdaptivePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron BannerError icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
Gunnora's AxeGunnora's Axe art

Gunnora's Axe
ShotgunPinpoint SlugSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
Top-tier
Multimach CCXMultimach CCX art
Multimach CCX
Submachine GunLightweightPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron BannerError icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

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

► Previously, Multimach CCX was a must-have for any PVP player, as it could easily dominate any Crucible lobby. And while it holds less value than it did upon first release due to a wide variety of sandbox changes, there's no doubt that Multimach is still an excellent option for PVP.
Season 13
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction) + Kill Clip (also good: Iron Reach)
Top-tier
The Time-Worn SpireThe Time-Worn Spire art
The Time-Worn Spire
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron BannerError icon V2
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
SidearmAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
Razor's EdgeRazor's Edge art
Razor's Edge
SwordVortexHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Strong

A



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

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

► Razor's Edge is the first-ever Iron Banner sword. It looks cool, it is part of the Vortex archetype, immediately placing it above many other swords. Furthermore, it can roll with a couple of interesting perks and features the Skulking Frenzy Origin trait.
Season 16
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Vortex

PvE God Roll: Relentless Strikes + Chain Reaction (also good: Frenzy)
Top-tier
Pressurized PrecisionPressurized Precision art Destiny 2
Pressurized Precision
Fusion RifleAdaptiveSpecialStrandFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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

► Our first Strand fusion, Pressurized falls short not in perks, but in frame. Adaptives have long been the odd one out when it comes to fusions, but the rolls here make up for it. Vorpal is still a solid damage dealing perk, and High Impact Reserves can help secure elims in PvP.
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
Dark DeciderDark Decider art
Dark Decider
Auto RifleRapid-FirePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 CannonAggressivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 LauncherLightweightSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
RiiswalkerRiiswalker art
Riiswalker
ShotgunLightweightSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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

► Given the current state of Lightweight Shotguns in PvP, it can be hard to justify using Riiswalker. However, Iron Reach can help compensate for the natural range deficit that Lightweights have compared to other archetypes.
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
Occluded FinalityOccluded Finality art
Occluded Finality
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



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

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot

► Occluded Finality appears to be an excellent choice until you notice its absurdly high zoom value. If you desperately need a 72RPM energy sniper, Occluded will do fine; however, Frozen Orbit and Mechabre are stronger options if you have access to them.
Season 14
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot
The Wizened RebukeThe Wizened Rebuke art
The Wizened Rebuke
Fusion RifleHigh-ImpactSpecialArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
SidearmSUROS Rapid-FirePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 LauncherRapid-FireHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 Steady HandThe Steady Hand Destiny 2
The Steady Hand
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron BannerError icon V2
Average

B



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Swashbuckler

► Just like all other 120RPM Hand Cannons, The Steady Hand has gradually become a less desirable option in PVP. Plus, the only damage perk it has is Swashbuckler, which makes it harder to two-tap with this weapon compared to True Prophecy, Loud Lullaby, or Crimil's Dagger.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Swashbuckler
The Hero's BurdenThe Hero's Burden art
The Hero's Burden
Submachine GunAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Average

B



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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)
The Forward PathThe Forward Path Destiny 2 art
The Forward Path
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
Archon's ThunderArchon's Thunder art
Archon's Thunder
Machine GunHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron BannerError icon V2
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 CannonPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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
Roar of the BearRoar of the Bear
Roar of the Bear
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Weak

C



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron BannerError icon V2
Worst

D



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Tracking Module

► With a weak archetype, poor stats, and an uninspiring perk selection, this is a weapon you can safely ignore...
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 RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryStrandFree-to-PlayYesD › WorstIron BannerCheckmark icon V3
Worst

D



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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 CannonAggressivePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron BannerError icon V2
Worst

D



Iron Banner
Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
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

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

Best Destiny 2 Iron Banner weapons in 2023

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

 

Archon's Thunder Destiny 2 featured Machine Gun

5. Archon’s Thunder

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Even though Machine Guns aren’t the PVE meta right now, Archon’s Thunder still packs a punch and is very underrated.

With its high damage per bullet, you’ll be able to chunk down both red bar enemies and Elite/Miniboss-level enemies with ease. Plus, with the chance to roll with Rampage or High-Impact Reserves in the second column, you’ll be able to get even more damage out and demolish everything standing in your way.

While LMGs can lack in DPS, they’re still a great option for some situations. Even during a boss fight, they can be useful–pair this with Divinity, and you’ll have ad clear on lock while also helping your team with damage.

With its high damage per bullet and additional damage perks, Archon’s Thunder is a great pick for any PVE activity when you need some extra help with ad clear.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Field Prep (also good: Auto-Loading Holster)
  • Perk 2: Rampage
ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Archon's Thunder artArchon's ThunderMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Weak

C

-Iron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14HeavyNo

 

The Time -Worn Spire Destiny 2 featured Pulse Rifle.

4. The Time-Worn Spire

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

With its 0.80s TTK and great perk combinations, The Time-Worn Spire is an outstanding option for any Pulse Rifle user out there.

In the first column, this pulse can roll with tons of great perks. With Slideways and Under Pressure, you can get tons upon tons of stability, making this weapon compete with some of the longest-range weapons in the game currently. Moving Target and Feeding Frenzy are also good, depending on how you play.

The second column is also filled with a couple of different amazing perks. Iron Grip provides even more stability, allowing this gun to fire in a nearly straight line. Rampage (and even Vorpal Weapon) can also be used to buff your damage a bit more.

Overall, because of its ability to get tons of stability and differing sights, The Time-Worn Spire is one of the best Pulse Rifles in the game for PVP and is never a bad option.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Under Pressure (also good: Quickdraw)
  • Perk 2: Iron Grip (also good: Rampage)
ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
The Time-Worn Spire artThe Time-Worn SpirePulse RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNoTop-tier

 

Orewing's Maul Destiny 2 featured Grenade launcher

3. Orewing’s Maul

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Iron Banner weapon in Destiny 2

While this Grenade Launcher doesn’t seem like much at first, Orewing’s Maul is actually an S-Tier pick in PVE with the right perks.

The bulk of this weapon’s utility doesn’t actually come from a perk in the last two columns; instead, it comes from a magazine option: Blinding Grenades. This perk allows this weapon to completely inhibit your enemy’s ability to fight back, allowing you to get the upper hand in a fight in seconds.

Paired with Field Prep or Auto-Loading Holster, you can blind everything in sight, something extremely useful in any PVE activity–even Grandmaster Nightfalls and Master Raids.

While special ammo Grenade Launchers aren’t amazing as a whole right now in PVE, the utility that Blinding Grenades gives is unmatched, making Orewing’s Maul a great choice.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Quickdraw (also good: Field Prep)
  • Perk 2: Auto-Loading Holster (also good: Demolitionist)
ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Orewings Maul Destiny 2Orewing's MaulGrenade LauncherLightweightLegendarySpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Average

B

PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 11EnergyNo

 

Riiswalker Destiny 2 featured Shotgun

2. Riiswalker

Crucible logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVP

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

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 its 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 talking about the consistency of shotguns.

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:

  • Perk 1: Quickdraw (also good: Surplus)
  • Perk 2: Iron Reach
ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Riiswalker artRiiswalkerShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Average

B

PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 14KineticNo

 

Multimach CCX Destiny 2 featured SMG

1. Multimach CCX

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Iron Banner weapons in Destiny 2

Submachine Guns have always been a great pick in PVP, and the Multimach CCX is one of the best out there.

Lightweight Frame SMGs in general are very good, as they have an amazing TTK at 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.

Overall, the Multimach CCX is a great and well-rounded choice because of its quick TTK, nice intrinsic movement speed and Mobility buffs, and its ability to get near-max range.

PVP God roll:

  • Perk 1: Killing Wind (also good: Dynamic Sway Reduction)
  • Perk 2: Kill Clip (also good: Iron Reach)
ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Multimach CCX artMultimach CCXSubmachine GunLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPIron BannerError icon V2Free to Play Destiny 2 icon
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNoTop-tier

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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  1. q

    riiswalker is indeed available with legacy gear encoding

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