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All The Things You Need to Know About the New Iron Banner

Iron Banner Begins at 10am PST, 6pm GMT

How to hit Rank 5 on all 3 characters
  • This will take you about 60-70 Matches (incl 30 Wins) and about 11-14 hours (depending on if you're good or bad)
  • With your Main Character, play 1 hour a day every day or play 2 hours a day for the last 4 days.
  • Then play for 1 hour a day for the last 3 days on your 2nd and 3rd Characters each
FOR SALE AND IN THE LOOT/DROP TABLE:
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  • Placeholder Gun 3
(Note 1: Drops traditionally begin at Rank 2 onwards)
(Note 2: Drop rates have been increased and are intended to be the primary source of rewards from Iron Banner. If you don't get what you're hoping for, you have the option to visit Lord Saladin instead)

FAQ:
  • Recommended minimum Light for Iron Banner: 230
  • Only Level 40 Guardians can lead a Fireteam
  • Gear purchased from Lord Saladin now requires Legendary Marks instead of Glimmer
  • You begin at Rank 0, not Rank 1.
  • You can complete standard Crucible bounties (Get 2 Heavy Kills, Complete 3 Games of Control in a Fireteam) while doing Iron Banner.
  • Both Shader types (Rank 2 and 5) and Emblem types (Rank 1 and 3) will give you you the same REP bonuses.
  • Wearing Iron Banner Armour does not give any additional REP boosts - AS FAR AS WE KNOW NOW!.
  • If you have no Iron Banner Emblem, Shader or Class Item, please add 20% to the amount of time/games required to level up.
BOUNTIES
  • All new bounties including 9 Daily bounties (3 per day) and 3 new Weekly bounties which reward Legendary Marks
FOREWORD AND REP BUFFS EXPLAINED
  • Each Iron Banner Emblem, Shader and Class Item account for a 10% REP Increase.
  • As soon as I know if Year 1 Emblems/Shaders/Class Items work for the Buffs, I will let you guys know!
  • The Emblem becomes available at Rank 1, The Shader becomes available at Rank 2 and the Class item becomes available at Rank 4.
  • Buy them and equip them as soon as they become available.
  • All of the below tables are built on the assumption you have the Iron Banner Shader, Emblem & Bond/Cloak/Towel.
  • Emblem + Shader + Class Item = 33% Buff NOT 30% Buff (this is because the multipliers are sequential, so REP x1.1 x.1.1 x.1.1).
  • So by Rank 2, you should already have 21% Buff from the Emblem and Shader.
  • All of the below tables are based on levelling your 1st guardian up as we have not seen yet how the 'catch up' mechanic/buff works
ALTERNATIVE CHARACTER BUFF
  • This is used to help your 2nd and 3rd characters 'catch up' with the character you ranked up in IB 1st.
  • The Catch Up buff works passively and automatically
  • It accounts for a 100% Increase in Bonus to REP earned
  • For it to work, your 1st character must be AT LEAST Rank 2 and your 2nd (and/or 3rd) Character must be AT LEAST Rank 1
  • There is a Power Levelling Advice table towards the bottom of this post
TEMPERED BUFF
  • The Tempered Buff is now automatically applied and continues to grow in effectiveness each day of the event (unlike previous Iron Banner seasons where you had to buy it)
  • A Win in Iron Banner (with no Iron Banner gear equipped) is worth 50 REP
  • If you have all 3 items equipped you will get an additional 16 REP
  • So with the 3 Items equipped it will be 66 REP per win
  • Please note the percentages listed are derived from the base value of 50 for a win.

MEDALLIONS
  • You get a Medallion when you lose, you can get a maximum of 5.
  • Medallions are worth 80% of a victory, you cash them in automatically when your team wins.

BOUNTY VALUES
  • Bounties are worth 100REP (or 200REP) when you have no items equipped.
  • They are worth 133 (or 266REP) with the Shader, Emblem & Bond/Cloak/Towel equipped.
  • Below is how much you gain per bounty when turning 1 bounty in with Tempered activated.
  • Turn in bounties on the day you get the, if you wait till the next day (thinking you'll get sweet bonus XP) you will lose the opportunity to then get that bounty on the 2nd day.

HOW TO LEVEL UP

The following table is based on:
  • If you win 50% of your games, alternating between L,W,L,W etc
  • It does not include additional REP gains from Iron Banner bounties.
  • If you played all the games on a given day
  • Time Column is based on an average match + Lobby matchmaking time + Load time being 12 minutes total
  • Yup, it's impossible to play more than 24 hours in a given day :P
3700REP to Hit Rank 3
6100REP to Hit Rank 4
8500REP to Hit Rank 5


PLAYING 6 MATCHES A DAY (On Your 1st Character)

The following table is based on:
  • Having the Shader, Emblem & Bond/Cloak/Towel equipped.
  • Activating Tempered each day.
  • You play 6 matches going L,W,L,W,L,W.
  • Turning in 3 Bounties per day (3 is a an achievable amount in 6 games for most players).

PLAYING FOR THE LAST 4 DAYS ONLY (On Your 1st Character)

The following table is based on:
  • Having the Shader, Emblem & Bond/Cloak/Towel equipped.
  • Activating Tempered each day.
  • You play 10 matches going L,W,L,W etc
  • Turning in 4 Bounties per day (4 is a an achievable amount in 10 games for most players).

POWER LEVELING YOUR 2ND AND 3RD CHARACTERS TO RANK 5 OVER 3 DAYS

How to Power Level Effectively
  • Level your main character to Rank 3 before Saturday (by playing 1 hour a day, see relevant table up above).
  • Play for 1 hour as your main character on the last 3 days 1st
  • After that play for 1 hour as your other 2 characters to ensure they are always catching up.
  • If you only want to Power Level you 2nd and 3rd Characters to Rank 3 in One day (Monday).
The following table is based on:
  • You have 1 character (your main) who has already achieved Rank 5
  • Having the Shader, Emblem & Bond/Cloak/Towel equipped.
  • Activating Tempered each day.
  • You play 6 matches going L,W,L,W,L,W.
  • Turning in 3 Bounties per day (3 is a an achievable amount in 6 games for most players).

Previous Iron Banner Launch Dates for the Record:
  • 25th August (7 Weeks ago)
  • 28th July (4 Weeks before that)
  • 30th June (4 Weeks before that)
  • 2nd June (4 Weeks)
  • 28th April (5 Weeks)
  • 17th March (6 Weeks)
  • 17th February (4 Weeks)
  • 13th January (5 Weeks)
  • 16th December (4 weeks)
  • 18th November (4 weeks)
  • 7th October (6 weeks)
BONUS TIP: Grab your dead ghost from the the Iron Banner area this week! 

During this week, Lord Saladin is in the tower handing out all sorts of goodies for the Iron Banner, you'll have access to a new area called the Traveler's Walk. Here you can pick up a dead ghost: The City Age 2.

Head into the new area behind the bounty bot and run all the way down the center path and up to the railing. Follow this railing to your right and you'll see it sitting on top of the rail there.

Note: this area will only be open from 2am PST on Tuesday, October 15 through 2am PST one week later! So grab it now while Lord Saladin is here.

Additional Note: Grab dead ghost along right side of railing in Iron Banner area behind the bounty bot.Take note that this page is still a work-in-progress. More info about the new Iron Banner will be added on this page soon without further notice. So, stay tuned in!

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