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Destiny 2: Best Iron Banner Weapons

Iron Banner is only around a few times every season in Destiny 2, but it’s one of the best times to play PVP. In addition to actually playing the game mode, Iron Banner also brings along a variety of great rewards, including weapons!

In this article, we’ll take a look at the 10 best weapons you can get from Iron Banner, as well as their PVP god rolls. That’s not to say these weapons are all bad in PVE, but most of them are geared specifically towards PVP, so we’ll only be covering that today.

Top 10 Best Iron Banner Weapons, Ranked Good to Best

Without further ado, let’s begin!

#10 Occluded Finality

Occluded Finality
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Occluded Finality isn’t the flashiest sniper rifle, but it has the benefit of some of the best perks for its weapon type.

Opening Shot gives a nice range and accuracy bonus, making it one of the best overall perks for sniper rifles. Iron Reach also gives a massive range bonus, but at the cost of quite a bit of stability. If neither of those are your speed, Elemental Capacitor might work depending on what subclass you’re running.

Snapshot Sights is the best perk in the other slot, since it allows for speedy ADS and more reliable quick kills. It synergizes great with Opening Shot and some Elemental Capacitor variants, so it’s an easy pick. However, No Distractions might be better if you want to ADS for a while and hold down a lane.

PVP God Roll:

  • Opening Shot, Iron Reach, or Elemental Capacitor
  • Snapshot Sights or No Distractions
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Fluted Barrel or Corkscrew Rifling

#9 Dark Decider

Dark Decider
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

While this weapon has seen some solid play in PVE thanks to Voltshot, don’t overlook it for PVP! Rangefinder is one the best perks for PVP on auto rifles, so it’s really the only choice in its slot (unless you really like Voltshot in PVP).

For the other perk, you can take your pick of either Iron Grip or Dynamic Sway Reduction. Iron Grip grants a ton of stability but takes away quite a bit of reload speed, while Dynamic Sway Reduction boosts stability and accuracy as you hold down the trigger.

PVP God Roll:

  • Rangefinder
  • Iron Grip or Dynamic Sway Reduction
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Hammer-Forged Rifling or Corkscrew Rifling

#8 The Wizened Rebuke

The Wizened Rebuke
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

High-impact frames are always fun to use in PVP thanks to their massive impact and solid range. For this one, we have two really obvious god roll perks. High-Impact Reserves and Under Pressure both grant bonuses when the magazine is low, which it pretty much always is in PVP.

High-Impact Reserves gives bonus damage to rounds at the end of the magazine (3-6% bonus damage in PVP), and Under Pressure gives increased stability and accuracy. Free bonuses are always good, especially on your more powerful special weapons.

PVP God Roll:

  • High-Impact Reserves
  • Under Pressure
  • Accelerated Coils or Projection Fuse
  • Arrowhead Brake, Corkscrew Rifling, or Hammer-Forged Rifling

#7 Riiswalker

Riiswalker
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Riiswalker isn’t quite as dominant in PVP as it was before, but it’s still a strong contender. Since it’s a lightweight frame shotgun, it’s great for quick builds that prioritize mobility over raw damage.

Iron Reach is an easy pick here since it gives large range bonuses in exchange for less stability, but that’s not a huge drawback for shotguns anyway. For your other perk, it depends on how you intend to play.

Quickdraw is the best general perk if you don’t plan to play around one, but Slideways and Hip-Fire Grip both allow unique playstyles. Slideways incentivizes sliding around more often, and Hip-Fire Grip makes hip-fire shots far more reliable. So take your pick!

PVP God Roll:

  • Iron Reach
  • Quickdraw, Slideways, or Hip-Fire Grip
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Smallbore or Rifled Barrel

#6 Multimach CCX

Multimach CCX
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

This is another fairly simplistic PVP SMG, but that’s not a bad thing! For this weapon, there are two perk combos we’d recommend.

The first is Kill Clip and Killing Wind, as both grant bonuses after killing an enemy. With both these perks, one kill grants bonuses to damage, mobility, handling, and range.

The other perk combo is Iron Reach and Dynamic Sway Reduction. Iron Reach gives lots of range but takes away a lot of stability, which makes Dynamic Sway Reduction the perfect perk to go with it. With Dynamic Sway Reduction, you’ll get bonuses to both stability and accuracy when holding down the trigger, which is great for negating the drawbacks from Iron Reach.

PVP God Roll:

  • Kill Clip or Iron Reach
  • Dynamic Sway Reduction or Killing Wind
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Model 8 Red

#5 Allied Demand

Allied Demand - Best Iron Banner Weapons in Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

In general, sidearms seem to be getting treated a lot better these days in both PVE and PVP. For Allied Demand, you have a pretty standard god roll for an Iron Banner weapon.

It has Iron Reach, which gives range bonuses but takes away some stability, but you also get Rangefinder. That makes this one of the best sidearms for ranged fights, as long as you don’t mind the fairly significant stability loss. If you’re looking for a powerful sidearm that doesn’t suffer from the small range of most, Allied Demand is a great choice.

PVP God Roll:

  • Iron Reach
  • Rangefinder
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Chambered Compensator, Corkscrew Rifling, or Smallbore

#4 The Steady Hand

The Steady Hand - Best Iron Banner Weapons in Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

The Steady Hand is a great 120 RPM hand cannon, as long as you can land headshots reliably. 120 RPM hand cannons sometimes get a bad rep since their time-to-kill is higher than most, but you can make up for it with good shots.

Snapshot Sights and Iron Grip are both good options here. Snapshot is better if you’re really confident in your headshots, but Iron Grip is a great alternative that should help you land more of them more often since it gives so much stability.

For the other perk, Moving Target is more consistent since it helps with target acquisition (landing headshots), but Quickdraw does pair great with Snapshot if you care more about speed.

PVP God Roll:

  • Snapshot Sights or Iron Grip
  • Moving Target or Quickdraw
  • Ricochet Rounds or Light Mag
  • Steadyhand HCS, Fastdraw HCS, or Truesight HCS

#3 Bite of the Fox

Bite of the Fox - Best Iron Banner Weapons in Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

A good sniper rifle can go a long way, especially in more competitive game modes. Bite of the Fox is always a good option since it has one of the best sniper rifle combos available for PVP.

Moving Target boosts target acquisition, which makes landing headshots much easier. Pair that with Snapshot Sights for some of the easiest quick scopes you’ll ever get. You can also use this roll for standard gameplay, not just quick scoping. It’s consistent, easy to use, and absolutely deadly in the right hands.

PVP God Roll:

  • Moving Target
  • Snapshot Sights
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Fluted Barrel or Corkscrew Rifling

#2 Gunnora’s Axe

Gunnora's Axe - Best Iron Banner Weapons in Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Gunnora’s Axe is the best Iron Banner shotgun right now for PVP. For its first perk, you have the choice of either Iron Reach or Opening Shot.

Iron Reach is the more exciting option due to its massive range bonus, but Opening Shot has no downsides, unlike Iron Reach. The only reason not to take Opening Shot is if you want more consistency. Opening Shot only affects the first shot you fire, so the second one won’t get any of the bonuses.

For the other perk, Threat Detector is an easy choice on any shotgun. To get its reload, stability, and handling bonuses, all you have to do is be within close proximity of an enemy. And, needless to say, that’s pretty common when using shotguns.

PVP God Roll:

  • Iron Reach or Opening Shot
  • Threat Detector
  • Ricochet Rounds
  • Corkscrew Rifling or Fluted Barrel

#1 Peacebond

Peacebond - Best Iron Banner Weapons in Destiny 2
Image: Bungie via HGG / Brett Moss

Peacebond is the best Iron Banner weapon for PVP right now. It has two great perks in the first slot, either of which can carry you to victory in PVP.

We’ve talked about Iron Reach constantly throughout this article, so by this point you’re probably sick of hearing how strong its range bonus is. While we will note that losing a bunch of stability is quite unfortunate on sidearms, it’s still worthwhile. Alternatively, Headstone is a strong pick for Stasis users, but we wouldn’t recommend it unless you have good other abilities that synergize with the Stasis crystals.

The second perk we recommend is Rangefinder, since it’s basically an auto-pick on any weapon where you want to ADS (so most of them). It makes all your fights feel drastically better, so it’d feel wrong not to recommend it.

PVP God Roll:

  • Iron Reach or Headstone
  • Rangefinder
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Smallbore or Hammer-Forged Rifling

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Thanks for checking out this article on the best Iron Banner weapons in Destiny 2! Iron Banner is usually around a couple times each season, so if it’s not active when you read this, make sure to come back when it is. And as always, make sure to keep the high ground!

Happy gaming!

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