I have seen a few Warlock Bonds (Hunter Cloaks/Titan Badges) but their only difference appears to be their appearance and a cryptic parable written beneath them. I know that the class items from the factions have something to do with converting all Vanguard and Crucible advancement progress into progress towards advancement in those factions, but what about the class armor from the Speaker or Vanguard shop? Do they affect rep gain, drop rates, or otherwise change anything? Does a rare Bond from the Cryptarch offer something different from an uncommon Bond (especially if there are no features listed)?

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If the class armor is not from a faction (vanguards don't count here) then it's just for decoration. If it is a faction's armor bit then you'll earn rep for them instead of for vanguard or generic crucible faction.

In either case, rarity has no particular effect.

Note that even with faction armor equipped that turns vanguard rep into faction rep, you'll still get vanguard marks for missions that give them. Since faction vendors only take crucible marks, this may affect your strategy when gaining rep.

  • I figure, just like all RPG's, it means something. Trying to look into it, though I agree that it may be decoration, the names and descriptions all seem to point to something.
    – Brok3n
    Sep 21, 2014 at 6:22
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    As far as I can tell the names and descriptions are just piecemeal background setting. I haven't looked at what the raid took to do though, so maybe there's some secret clues that were needed for that
    – Eben
    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:55
  • Well there is that one bounty from Eris that requires you to be wearing a class item from her
    – IG_42
    Mar 18, 2015 at 20:26

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