PSA: Destiny 2's Iron Banner Is Live, But Save Your Bounties [Update]

Don't redeem any Pinnacle reward bounties in Destiny 2 until Bungie releases Thursday's hotfix update.


With daylight savings time ending earlier this week in the United States, Bungie's weekly and daily resets in Destiny 2 will now occur an hour earlier than usual, happening at 9 AM PT. The November 5 reset brought back the Iron Banner event in the Crucible, offering up another chance to earn its exclusive weapons and armor. The Iron Banner also dishes out four Pinnacle rewards--the gear drops that are the only way you can raise your Power level to 960--if you complete its tough bounties before the end of the week. However, there's a key detail to be aware of before cashing in the Pinnacle rewards you earn from Iron Banner, or any other activity. [Update: You no longer need to hold off on accepting any Pinnacle rewards. Bungie has released a Destiny 2 hotfix update, and it increases the Power level rewards of these rewards, as outlined below. It also resolves an issue with the quest to get Izanagi's Burden. More recently, we've put together a list of Dawning recipes.]

Bungie is making changes to Pinnacle rewards, which are those that allow you to increase your Power level from 950 to the current cap of 960. This process was meant to be slow but is a true slog due to the way it's worked since the launch of Shadowkeep. But that's now changing in a welcome direction.

As detailed during the most recent This Week At Bungie blog, Pinnacle rewards will now drop at +2 Power instead of +1. As a result, you'll only need these drops in four slots (rather than all of them) to increase your Power level. That should make it less frustrating when you end up with a Pinnacle reward in a slot where you don't see any Power level increase.

This is the important part: The change won't go live until this Thursday, November 7. That means that any Pinnacle rewards you might earn between now and then will still drop at +1, including those from completing Iron Banner bounties. As such, to maximize your gains, you should wait until Bungie releases its hotfix on Thursday to earn any of your Pinnacle rewards.

Season 8's Iron Banner armor
Season 8's Iron Banner armor

In the meantime, if you didn't finish it during the first Iron Banner of the season, you can now continue working your way through the Scour the Rust quest. Doing so will entitle you to a full set of the quite nice-looking Season 8 "Iron Will" armor that is available for Hunters, Warlocks, and Titans.

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