Destiny 2 Iron Banner weapons: Ranked for PvE & PvP

by | Sep 6, 2022 | Weapons

Destiny 2’s Iron Banner is back, and this season it features new loot, a new game mode, and more. Plus, on top of 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.

Checkmark icon V3Guide updated as of Season of Plunder’s release (S18).

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 forwards, all Iron Banner weapons will come with the following Origin Trait:

-TraitSourceActivation | EffectsSpecsSource TypeReleased
Skulking Wolf trait Destiny 2 artSkulking WolfIron BannerDuring the Hunt, final blows with this weapon grant enhanced radar and remove you from opposing radar.Only applicable in Iron Banner matches.ActivityThe Witch Queen

This list starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying where each weapon shines:

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

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
RiiswalkerRiiswalker art
Riiswalker
ShotgunLightweightSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestIron Banner
Best

S



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

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

► It's not often that Iron Banner delivers a must-have weapon, yet Riiswalker was definitely the case. Taking advantage of the indirect nerfs to Aggressive frame shotguns, Riiswalker came out with some of the best stats and PVP perks ever seen on a Lightweight shotgun, including Quickdraw and Iron Reach, which provide absurd amounts of range for barely any cost.
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
PeacebondPeacebond art
Peacebond
SidearmAdaptivePrimaryStasisFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner

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 any 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
Allied DemandAllied Demand art
Allied Demand
SidearmAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Multikill Clip (also good: Frenzy)
PvP God Roll:Rangefinder + Iron Reach

► Allied Demand's reissued version offers some pretty good perk combinations. With tons of damage and reload traits for PvE and the rare combination of two range perks for PvP, this sidearm has what's needed to help Guardians succeed anywhere.
Season 18
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Subsistence) + Multikill Clip (also good: Frenzy)
PvP God Roll:Rangefinder + Iron Reach
Archon's ThunderArchon's Thunder art
Archon's Thunder
Machine GunHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner

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

► Even though machine guns aren't the strongest option right now, those in the High-Impact Archetype (such as THE SWARM or Archon's Thunder) are best. If you're in need of a heavy-duty ad clear, this gun can fill that role well.
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
Roar of the BearRoar of the Bear
Roar of the Bear
Rocket LauncherHigh-ImpactHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner

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)

► Roar of the Bear is back and has a couple of perks to back up its reissue in PvE. The Hothead and other rockets will still be the go-to options, but perks like Incandescent help Roar of the Bear stir the pot.
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)
Crimil's Dagger
Crimil’s Dagger
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

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 Maul
Orewing's Maul
Grenade LauncherLightweightSpecialVoidFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

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

► Orewing's Maul is a personal favorite. However, compared to its main rival, Truthteller, it falls slightly short in PvE due to its perk pool. However, in PvP, Orewing is excellent. With Rangefinder, you can easily reach maximum velocity, and Quickdraw allows you to hot-swap much quicker.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Lightweight

PvP God Roll: Quickdraw (also good: Pulse Monitor) + Rangefinder
Multimach CCXMultimach CCX art
Multimach CCX
Submachine GunLightweightPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

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)

► While close-quarters combat is mostly dominated by shotguns, Multimach CCX remains viable thanks to its consistency, insanely fast time-to-kill (one of the fastest among primary ammo weapons), and an absurd amount of range. The Multimach CCX is a must-have for anyone using SMGs in 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)
The Time-Worn SpireThe Time-Worn Spire art
The Time-Worn Spire
Pulse RifleRapid-FirePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

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)
Razor's EdgeRazor's Edge art
Razor's Edge
SwordVortexHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongIron Banner
Strong

A



Iron Banner

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)
Talons of the Eagle
Talons of the Eagle
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage (also good: Explosive Payload)

► High-Impact Scout Rifles have a pretty quick optimal TTK at 0.80s, but require 3 headshots to reach that, making them a slightly inconsistent option. Despite that, if you're going to use one, Talons of the Eagle is a good pick with good perks.
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + Rampage (also good: Explosive Payload)
Forge's PledgeForge's Pledge art
Forge's Pledge
Pulse RifleAdaptivePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

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

► 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: Heating Up (also good: Stats for All) + Rampage (also good: One for All)
Bite of the Fox
Bite of the Fox
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

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

► With its strong perks and low zoom compared to other Aggressive Frame snipers, Bite of the Fox has never been a bad option in PVP. That being said, there are better Iron Banner weapons, making it average on this list.
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 Guiding Sight
The Guiding Sight
Scout RifleHigh-ImpactPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Vorpal Weapon

► Just like Talons of the Eagle (and every other High-Impact scout), The Guiding Sight has a quick TTK that's sadly fairly hard to achieve. However, this weapon is still an alright choice because of its decent base stats.
Season 12
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit + Vorpal Weapon
Occluded FinalityOccluded Finality art
Occluded Finality
Sniper RifleAggressiveSpecialArcFree-to-PlayNoB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Snapshot Sights + Opening Shot

► Occluded Finality can get some pretty great perk rolls, but isn't used too much because of its terribly high zoom value. This wasn't as much of a problem before, but now that low zoom snipers were buffed, Occluded Finality can't compete anymore.
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 Banner
Average

B



Excels in:
PvP
Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Moving Target) + Backup Plan (also good: Iron Grip)

► Like The Epicurean, The Wizened Rebuke is alright in PvP but doesn't stir the pot much. With the right roll, this fusion can excel to great heights; however, there are easier-to-grind options with arguably better rolls.
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: High-Impact

PvP God Roll: Under Pressure (also good: Moving Target) + Backup Plan (also good: Iron Grip)
Frontier's CryFrontier's Cry art
Frontier's Cry
Hand CannonPrecisionPrimarySolarFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip

► Frontier's Cry can actually roll with some decent perks, but still falls flat in every activity as Precision Frame Hand Cannons aren't very good.
Season 16
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Rapid Hit + Kill Clip
The Hero's BurdenThe Hero's Burden art
The Hero's Burden
Submachine GunAdaptivePrimaryVoidFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageIron Banner
Average

B



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + 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 + Kill Clip
The Fool's RemedyThe Fool's Remedy Destiny 2
The Fool's Remedy
SidearmSUROS Rapid-FirePrimarySolarFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron Banner
Weak

C



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: SUROS Rapid-Fire

PvP 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: Moving Target + Kill Clip
The Forward Path
The Forward Path
Auto RifleAdaptivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron Banner
Weak

C



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Multikill Clip

► When The Forward Path first came out, it was exciting because we thought it could be a kinetic version of Gnawing Hunger… But it has unfortunately too many problems that destroy its usefulness. There’s something about this auto that makes it unwieldy. It has decent stats, nice scopes, and awesome perks. Still, this auto rifle just feels bad to use...
Season 11
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Multikill Clip
The Steady Hand
The Steady Hand
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoC › WeakIron Banner
Weak

C



Iron Banner

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
Swarm of the Raven
Swarm of the Raven
Grenade LauncherRapid-FireHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron Banner
Worst

D



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Quickdraw

► Swarm of the Raven used to be one of the strongest weapons in the game back in Season of Opulence. However, Destiny 2 has changed a lot since then, and Swarm of the Raven has been left behind with its unimaginative perks and subpar archetype.
Season 11
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Rapid-Fire

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Quickdraw
Shining Sphere
Shining Sphere
Rocket LauncherAdaptiveHeavyArcFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron Banner
Worst

D



Iron Banner

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

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Tracking Module

► Even though Rocket Launchers are amazing in PVE right now, this one isn't great. Shining Sphere simply can't hold a candle to the many excellent rocket launchers that have been released these past few seasons.
Season 11
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Adaptive

PvE God Roll: Auto-Loading Holster + Tracking Module
Finite ImpactorFinite Impactor art
Finite Impactor
Hand CannonAggressivePrimaryArcFree-to-PlayNoD › WorstIron Banner
Worst

D



Iron Banner

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Primary ammo Destiny 2 Primary | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Killing Wind + Iron Reach

► Being an Adaptive Frame Hand Cannon, Finite Impactor has some tough competition with S-Tier picks like The Palindrome and Eyasluna. And with some abysmal overall stats and mediocre perks, this weapon sadly ends up being one of the weakest 140s in the game.
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.

New Iron Banner Weapons in Season 18

Season of the Haunted re-introduced two returning weapons from Destiny 2 Year 1:

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Allied Demand artAllied DemandSidearmAdaptiveLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvE + PvPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 18KineticNo
Roar of the BearRoar of the BearRocket LauncherHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 18HeavyNo

Weapons cycled out from the loot pool

With now 22 Iron Banner weapons in total, Bungie cycled out 4 weapons at the beginning of Season 16 (Multimach CCX, Timeworn Spire, Guiding Sight, Steady Hand), two weapons at the beginning of Season 17 (Occluded Finality, Finite Impactor) and two more at the beginning of this season, Season 18 (Peacebond and Archon’s Thunder). This means these weapons can no longer be obtained until Bungie decides to reintroduce them to the loot pool.

Best Destiny 2 Iron Banner weapons in 2022

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?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Archon's Thunder artArchon's ThunderMachine GunHigh-ImpactLegendaryHeavySolarFree-to-PlayNoHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEIron Banner
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?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
The Time-Worn Spire artThe Time-Worn SpirePulse RifleRapid-FireLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Strong

A

PvPIron Banner
Free-to-Play
Season 13KineticNo

 

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?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?

 

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?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Riiswalker artRiiswalkerShotgunLightweightLegendarySpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

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Multimach CCX Destiny 2 featured SMG

1. Multimach CCX

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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?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Multimach CCX artMultimach CCXSubmachine GunLightweightLegendaryPrimaryKineticFree-to-PlayNoPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
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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.

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