Destiny: Currency & Material Guide

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Destiny’s plethora of different currencies, crafting materials, and resources can be difficult to keep track of – there are currently twenty-nine of them (even after seven have been discontinued!). This guide collects them all in one place and tells you what they’re used for and where to find them.

Destiny Currencies and Materials (vanilla)

These are the currencies and materials available in the base game without any expansions.

Icon Name Type Description Where to Find
Glimmer Glimmer Currency Glimmer is the basic currency of Destiny, used to purchase items and services in the Tower, often in conjunction with other currencies. Earned by killing Majors and Ultras in any game mode, completing missions, winning Crucible matches, dismantling gear, looting chests, and redeeming trophies with Master Rahool (House Banners, Silken Codices, Axiomatic Beads, and Network Keys).
Inventory cap of 25,000.
Silver_icon1 Silver Currency Silver is used to purchase cosmetic items from Tess Everis through the Eververse Trading Company. Silver is Destiny’s microtransaction currency. It can be purchased with real money at the following rates:
500 Silver – $4.99
1100 Silver – $9.99
2300 Silver – $19.99
Legendary_marks_icon1 Legendary Marks Currency Used to purchase legendary weapons and armor from various Tower vendors. Legendary Marks are earned by dismantling Year 2 legendary gear, Daily Heroic Story Missions, Weekly Heroic Strikes, certain Quests, Crucible Dailies and Weeklies, Iron Banner Bounties, and Trials of Osiris Bounties. There is no cap to how many you can earn per week.
Inventory cap of 200.
MoteOfLight Motes of Light Currency Used to purchase items from The Speaker and Xûr. After reaching level 20, players earn a Mote of Light for about every 80,000 experience earned. They can also be rarely earned from completed Crucible matches, Vanguard Strikes, looting chests, or redeeming rare engrams.
StrangeCoin Strange Coins Currency Used to purchase items from Xûr. Earned by completing Weekly Heroic Strikes, and rarely from Public Events, Crucible matches, Weekly Nightfall Strikes, redeeming decoherent engrams, loot chests in the Prison of Elders, and a Queen’s Wrath bounty.
Spinmetal1 Spinmetal  Material Upgrades legendary and exotic weapons and armor. Earth
HeliumFilaments Helium Filaments  Material Upgrades legendary and exotic weapons and armor. Moon
SpiritBloom Spirit Bloom  Material Upgrades legendary and exotic weapons and armor. Venus
RelicIron Relic Iron  Material Upgrades legendary and exotic weapons and armor. Mars
weaponparts Weapon Parts  Material Upgrade rare or higher weapons. Dismantling uncommon or higher weapons.
Armor Materials  Material Upgrades rare or higher armor. Dismantling uncommon or higher armor. Can also be obtained by trading in any remaining Hadronic Essence, Plasteel Plating, or Sapphire Wire to Roni 55-30.
Ascendant_Energy Ascendant Energy  Material Upgrades Year 1 legendary and exotic weapons. Dismantling Year 1 legendary weapons or by completing the Vault of Glass.
Ascendant_Shard Ascendant Shard  Material Upgrades Year 1 legendary and exotic armor. Dismantling Year 1 legendary armor or by completing the Vault of Glass.
ExoticShardIcon Exotic Shards  Material Required for the final upgrade for Year 1 exotic gear. Required for infusing exotic weapons and armor for Year 2 exotic gear. Dismantling exotic gear.

The Dark Below Materials

These materials all require The Dark Below DLC and are required to upgrade legendary gear obtained within its missions.

Icon Name Type Description Where to Find
RadientEnergyIcon Radiant Energy  Material Upgrades legendary weapons from Crota’s End. Random loot drops and chests in Crota’s End; can be converted from Radiant Shards by Eris Morn
RadiantShardIcon Radiant Shard  Material  Upgrades legendary armor from Crota’s End. Random loot drops and chests in Crota’s End; can be converted from Radiant Energy by Eris Morn.
Embalming_Orb_Icon Embalming Orb  Material Upgrades the basic auto rifle Husk of the Pit to the legendary Eidolon Ally. Purchased from Eris Morn.
CruxOfCrota Crux of Crota  Material Upgrades the legendary auto rifle Eidolon Ally to the exotic Necrochasm. Defeating Crota in Crota’s End hard mode.
Runed_Core_Icon Runed Core  Material Upgrades the legendary fusion rifle Murmur. Purchased from Eris Morn.

Two other currencies introduced in The Dark Below DLC (Vanguard Commendations and Crucible Commendations) have been phased out as currencies with the House of Wolves DLC.

House of Wolves Currencies and Materials

These require the House of Wolves DLC to obtain and use.

Icon Name Type Description Where to Find
Passage_Coin_Icon Passage Coins  Currency Used to purchase consumables from Brother Vance which help with progression through the Trials of Osiris. Earned from completing the first match in the daily Crucible playlist or randomly when completing matches in any Crucible playlist.
Token_of_Judgment Token of Judgment  Currency Used to purchase a class item from Variks. Earned by looting the chest unlocked after completing Prowling Wolves Public Events or by completing the Prison of Elders.
Token_of_Identity Token of Identity  Currency Used to purchase shaders from Variks. Earned by looting the chest unlocked after completing Prowling Wolves Public Events or by completing the Prison of Elders.
Token_of_Flight Token of Flight  Currency Used to purchase ships from Variks. Earned by looting the chest unlocked after completing Prowling Wolves Public Events or by completing the Prison of Elders.
armor core Armor Core  Currency Used to purchase legendary armor from Variks. May be traded with a Weapon Core for a selection of random loot. Earned by completing challenges in the Prison of Elders.
Weapon_Core Weapon Core  Currency Used to purchase legendary weapons from Variks. May be traded with an Armor Core for a selection of random loot. Earned by completing challenges in the Prison of Elders.
EthericLightIcon Etheric Light  Material Upgrades legendary and exotic gear to the highest Damage and Light levels available. Playing the Weekly Nightfall Strike, Prison of Elders, and Trials of Osiris; reaching Iron Banner ranks 3 and 5.

The Taken King Currencies and Materials

These require The Taken King DLC to obtain and use.

Icon Name Type Description Where to Find
Wormspore  Material Upgrades legendary and exotic weapons and armor. Dreadnought
Hadium Flake  Material Purchase Moldering Shards from Eris Morn, upgrade the Touch of Malice, and obtain a sword during the A Broken Will quest. Dreadnought loot chests
Moldering Shard  Material Used only during the King’s Fall raid. If you have 20 or more when Oryx is defeated, 20 are consumed and an extra piece of loot drops. Playing the King’s Fall raid or purchased from Eris Morn when at Crota’s Bane rank 5.

Discontinued Currencies and Materials

These currencies and materials have been discontinued as Destiny continues being updated and new expansions are released.

Icon Name Type Prior Usage Notes
Vanguard Marks  Currency Used to purchase Vanguard weapons and armor as well as resources from special vendors in the Tower. Replaced with Legendary Marks in Year 2.
Crucible Marks  Currency  Used to purchase Crucible weapons and armor as well as resources from special vendors in the Tower. Replaced with Legendary Marks in Year 2.
hadronicessence Hadronic Essence  Material  Upgraded Warlock armor. Replaced with Armor Materials in Year 2.
plasteelplating Plasteel Plating  Material  Upgraded Titan armor. Replaced with Armor Materials in Year 2.
sapphirewire Sapphire Wire  Material  Upgraded Hunter armor. Replaced with Armor Materials in Year 2.
Crucible Commendation  Currency Purchased gear from Crucible and Faction vendors in the Tower. Discontinued with the release of the House of Wolves DLC.
Vanguard Commendation  Currency Purchased gear from Vanguard vendors in the Tower. Discontinued with the release of the House of Wolves DLC.

 

Destiny (The Dark Below | House of Wolves | The Taken King)

Released: September 9, 2014 | Developer: Bungie

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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