Destiny 2 Iron Banner COUNTDOWN (January 3): Release Time, Event & Rewards

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Destiny 2's Season of Plunder is done and dusted, which means that now Season of the Seraph has come into play. And along with all of the new content goodness, one must not forget the tried and true... that's right, Iron Banner.

Returning after a two-month hiatus is every Guardians' favorite PvP game mode, Iron Banner, is back and it's making its first appearance in Season of the Seraph. It'll be a new-look mode, one that has seen significant overhauls, changing its game mode, ridding away of Power Levels, and more.

That being said... Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Iron Banner, including its release time, new changes, and rewards.

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Iron Banner Release Time (January 3)

Destiny 2's Iron Banner returns on Tuesday, January 3, 2022, and finishes a week later on Tuesday, January 10, 2022, taking over Trials of Osiris for the time being.

The PvP game mode will be live in-game at 1 pm EST on Tuesday, January 3, 2022, allowing players to participate in the all-out PvP fun.

Follow along with our countdown below to catch the Iron Banner right on time!

Iron Banner Release Time (January 3)

Instead of the event running once a month, now it'll be available twice a season, making it more in line with other annual events. This means that after this appearance, players will only get one more crack at Iron Banner until the launch of the Lightfall expansion on February 28, 2023.

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What is Iron Banner in Destiny 2?

Iron Banner is an event in the Crucible that appears twice a season. Like Trials of Osiris, it's one of the marquee PvP events in Destiny 2 and offers unique armor and weapons. As always, it arrives at the weekly reset and leaves during the following.

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MANO Y MANO: Iron Banner has players pit against each other in PvP combat

In the event, players can earn tokens by completing matches. These tokens can be turned into Lord Saladin for armor, weapons, shaders, and more. The armor and gear from Iron Banner is some of the best in the game.

Season of Plunder's Iron Banner event was Eruption, a mode where, upon getting kills, players grow in power, entering a "Prime" state whereupon kills grant additional points but destroy the Guardian after 15 seconds. For Season of the Seraph, Guardians can expect a new mode dubbed Fortress.

Players can expect more information on Fortress later on.

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Iron Banner Rewards

Ever since its introduction to the game, Iron Banner has always had the same rewards each month, which included armor, weapons, and cosmetics. However, due to the change, that is no longer the case.

Iron Banner's rewards are being changed for their first appearance in Season of the Seraph and two of them will be removed.

Here are the two rewards that are being removed:

  • Peacebond – Legendary Sidearm
  • Archon’s Thunder – Legendary Machine Gun

Additionally, here are other rewards Guardians can possibly look forward to. These are not confirmed to appear again on January 3rd.


  • Iron Forerunner


  • Allied Demand Stasis Sidearm
  • Roar of the Bear Solar Rocket Launcher
  • The Wizened Rebuke Arc Fusion Rifle
  • The Hero's Burden Void Submachine Gun
  • Razor's Edge Void Sword
  • Frontier's Cry Solar Hand Canon
  • Forge's Pledge Solar Pulse Rifle
  • Riiswalker Kinetic Shotgun
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