There are some emblems for sale, by Speaker and by factions. Do they have some hidden buffs? Do faction emblems give some reputation gain bonus?


Event emblems (The Queen's Wrath and Iron Banner) give 10% reputation gain bonus for event activities.

All others do not have any bonuses, they're just for show.

Faction emblems do not increase rep gain. I did some tests and with nightfall bonus bounties still give +62 and +125 rep (50 and 100 plus 25% from nightfall) even with both faction emblem and banner equiped.

I did not find any bonuses in Speaker emblems too. There were some rumors for hidden buffs (on Destiny forums and Gamefaqs), but in my tests I did not find any effects described. I did not try all of them though, only several.

Another source - Planet Destiny:

We have off the record Bungie confirmation that emblems do not have 
any hidden buffs or bonuses of any kind.
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    The event emblems are an exception. Having the emblems equipped during bounty turnins during Queen's Wrath and Iron Banner did give bonuses. – FAE Oct 26 '14 at 19:49
  • @FAE, thanks, totally forgot about those! Added to answer. – icebat Oct 26 '14 at 20:16

Only the event emblems give bonuses, all of the other emblems are just for show.

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  • Thanks, totally forgot about those. Didn't do Iron Banner and Queen was so long ago =) – icebat Oct 26 '14 at 20:15

some of the emblems from the speaker provides a little more chance of engram drops.

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