It’s the first Iron Banner week in Destiny 2‘s Season of Arrivals. Go ahead and visit Lord Saladin in the Tower for your weekly bounties (that drop pinnacle rewards) and the “Old Reliables” quest (which gives reprised weapons). Here’s our mini-guide to help you out.
Note: For more information about the other activities and content for this season, check out our Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals guides and features hub.
Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals – Iron Banner bounties
Here are the Iron Banner bounties available this week:
- The Rout – Defeat 250 Guardians; bonus progress by landing final blows on opponents with higher power level.
- Maneuver Warfare – Defeat 75 Guardians while your team has zone advantage; bonus progress awarded for enemies defeated during “the hunt” (all zones captured).
- Victory Banners – Complete 40 matches; wins award bonus progress.
- Around the Fire – Capture 100 zones; bonus progress for every teammate that captures a zone with you.
Just like in the past, these Iron Banner bounties provide you with pinnacle drops. These will be useful if you need to reach the 1,060 cap in Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals.
The Old Reliables quest: The Forward Path and Fool’s Remedy reprised weapons
There’s also the “Old Reliables” quest that you can pick up. According to Light.gg, there are only two steps:
- Step 1: Get 25 auto rifle and 25 sidearm kills; precision kills grant the most progress.
- Step 2: Visit Lord Saladin for your rewards.
That’s it. For the sidearm kills, Last Hope remains one of the most viable options. As for the auto rifle kills, you can’t go wrong with Gnawing Hunger. Just keep buying Lead-Focused Umbral Engrams via the Prismatic Recaster until you get a good roll.
Note: Make sure to pick up the Old Reliables quest on all your characters. Progress is shared which means you’ll still get the extra drops on your alts.
There are no pinnacle or ritual weapons in Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals, so you’ll have to settle for the so-called “reprised” weapons as the rewards for the Old Reliables quest. You’ll get The Forward Path auto rifle and the Fool’s Remedy sidearm. At the very least, these old weapons can roll with new perks:
- Iron Grip – Improves weapon stability at the cost of reload speed.
- Iron Gaze – Improves weapon target acquisition at the cost of range.
Additionally, the Iron Banner’s loot pool includes the following “reissued” weapons:
- Shining Sphere (rocket launcher)
- Swarm of the Raven (heavy grenade launcher)
- Talons of the Eagle (scout rifle)
- Bite of the Fox (sniper rifle)
- Orewing’s Maul (energy grenade launcher)
- Crimil’s Dagger (hand cannon)
Note: Among all of these, the Swarm of the Raven remains one of the top-tier weapons in Destiny 2‘s history due to high burst damage if you get the “Spike Grenades” perk.
Players can also earn the reprised Iron Fellowship set. It’s basically an armor set we’ve seen in a previous season. Do keep in mind that reprised and reissued gear will have Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals‘ extended/1-year power cap of 1,360 PL. That means you won’t need to worry about weapon/armor sunsetting for these items until midway through 2021.
Lastly, speaking of weapon/armor sunsetting, this Iron Banner might be important due to that impending change. Since a vast majority of our equipment will be “sunsetted” (they’re capped at 1,060 PL) — and because the Iron Banner has power level advantages enabled — this could be the last time that we’ll play this activity using our beloved weapons like The Mountaintop, The Recluse, and many more. Savor the moment, because once Beyond Light is out, wearing sunsetted items will drastically lower our power level when partaking in this activity.