Rarity indicates how rare a particular weapon, armor piece, shader, emblem, Ghost Shell, sparrow, or jumpship is. Generally, the rarer a weapon or armor piece is, the more powerful it is.[1] There are five levels of rarity, each distinguishable by the color of the item icon background:[1]

  1. Basic (white)
  2. Uncommon (green)
  3. Rare (blue)
  4. Legendary (purple)
  5. Exotic (gold)

Though players may carry as many exotic items as they like in their inventory, only one exotic armor piece and one exotic weapon may be equipped at the same time.[1] Exceptions are armor pieces with the "The Life Exotic" perk, which allows them to be equipped with another exotic.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Miller, Matt. (January 2014 Print Edition) "A Player's Journey: Destiny". Game Informer. Retrieved December 31, 2013.