Destiny 2: Shadowkeep – Iron Banner and Scour the Rust Pursuit Guide

This is a walkthrough for Iron Banner and how to complete the ‘Scour the Rust’ pursuit in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep.

Lord Saladin is back in the Tower preaching about the legendary Iron Lords, which means only one thing – Destiny’s timed PVP event Iron Banner is back and there’s new loot on offer. The following is a guide to what Iron Banner is, when Iron Banner is available and how it works so you can get the most out of the event including levelling up and getting the best loot that is on offer.

What is Iron Banner?

Iron Banner is a week-long PVP event in Destiny 2 that happens a few times per season. Iron Banner is available for all players of Destiny 2, including Destiny 2 New Light – which is free-to-play.

The main difference with Iron Banner PVP is that your power level matters. Normally in the crucible, Bungie balances out players gear and weapons, so high power level players don’t run riot. However, in Iron Banner power level matters so the higher power you are the more damage you can inflict on your opponents.

There’s Iron Banner weapons and armour up for grabs and with each new season comes a new armour set. Iron Banner is also a good way of levelling up as you have pinnacle rewards to chase which will give you a nice boost in power if you’re on your way to 950.

Lord Saladin, a famous Iron Lord, comes to the Tower a few times per season. He’s set up the Iron Banner tournament in honour of the Iron Lords to ready the new generation of Guardians to fight off the Darkness.

When is Iron Banner and how long does it last?

Iron Banner happens a couple of times per season and runs from Tuesday – Tuesday as per the weekly reset. We are notified in-game that Lord Saladin has returned to the Tower and this signals the start of the PVP event.

Bungie also talks about Iron Banner coming in This Week At Bungie, their weekly community update. DestinyTheGame on twitter is a good account to follow if you want to be notified about the latest news and updates from Destiny.

How does Iron Banner work?

The core of Iron Banner is a PVP event where power matters.

The first thing to do with Iron Banner is to go and visit Lord Saladin in the Tower. When you land at the tower you want to go past Mast Rahool and up the stairs and to the left.

Lord Saladin will be standing there in front of the Iron Banner symbol. Lord Saladin has some bounties you’ll want to pick up as each one of these grants you pinnacle rewards. While you are there pick up the pursuit also.

Once you have spoken to Lord Saladin and picked up what you need to enter the Iron Banner arena you want to select Iron Banner from the Director under the crucible tab. Iron Banner is there at the bottom in the middle and is identified with its logo. This crucible mode is only available while Iron Banner is available.

Iron Banner is a Control variant of PVP, so when you’re playing make sure you’re capturing the zones. You’ll see the zones identified on the map with A, B and C. Go up to the zones and interact with them to control them. If your team controls all 3 zones then The Hunt becomes active. When The Hunt is active all zones are locked for a short time and you earn bonus points for killing opponents during this time. To win the match it’s the first team to 125 points or the team with the most points when the timer runs out.

As you play Iron Banner PVP matches you’ll be rewarded Iron Banner tokens. You are rewarded 3 Iron Banner tokens if you lose a match and 5 if you win a match. Win or lose you get armour, weapons and the chance to get Prime Engrams.

Save these tokens as you’ll want to hand them in to Lord Saladin later for rewards. Iron Banner also rewards armour and weapons that will help you level towards 950.

How has Iron Banner changed in Shadowkeep?

The way you earn rewards in Iron Banner has changed in Shadowkeep:

  • There is a new Seasonal pursuit, which must be completed prior to being able to turn in tokens to purchase packages from Lord Saladin
  • This pursuit is character-based and rewards the new season 8 armour set
  • Each step of the pursuit awards Iron Banner weapons or armour
  • Most of the objectives within the pursuit track progress at any point during Season of the Undying, even if you have not yet acquired the pursuit
  • Until the Seasonal pursuit has been completed, all rewards will be obtained from completing matches and bounties
  • All rewards are weapons until the Seasonal pursuit is complete
  • The existing seven bounties that offered powerful rewards have been adjusted to offer pinnacle rewards (960 Power max,) but only four are available per event

The key thing here is you have to complete the seasonal pursuit before you can hand in your tokens to Lord Saladin. Each step of the pursuit rewards Iron Banner weapons and armour.

How to complete ‘Scour the Rust’ pursuit

Scour the Rust is a new pursuit that you have to complete to be able to turn in your tokens to Lord Saladin for armour and weapon rewards. To get the pursuit to go and speak to Lord Saladin in the Tower and pick it up.

There are six steps to the pursuit and will have you defeating opponents in Iron Banner with a variety of weapons and supers as well as capturing zones and landing crucial final blows.

  1. Spectacle – At any time during Season 8, complete matches, defeat 30 opponents, capture 10 zones, and land 3 Super final blows in the Iron Banner.
  2. Intent – Land 25 Pulse Rifle final blows in the Iron Banner. At any time during Season 8, complete 6 matches, defeat opponents, capture 20 zones.
  3. Timing – Land 20 Fusion Rifle final blows in the Iron Banner. At any time during Season 8, complete matches, defeat 100 opponents, capture 20 zones.
  4. Execution – Land 15 Submachine Gun final blows in the Iron Banner. At any time during Season 8 capture 40 zones and land 15 Super final blows to earn progress.
  5. Conviction – Land 10 Grenade Launcher final blows in the Iron Banner. At any time during Season 8, complete 15 matches and capture 50 zones.
  6. Forgeborne – Return to Lord Saladin.

The quest steps are from light.gg which is a fantastic Destiny resource, check it out.

That’s it for this walkthrough of Iron Banner and Scour the Rust pursuit. Check out the rest of the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep guide. For more content like this subscribe to This Week In Video Games on YouTube today.

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