Engrams

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Overview

Engrams are unidentified loot items randomly dropped by enemies or awarded upon completion of various activities in Destiny 2. Players can bring Engrams to Master Rahool or Tyra Karn to have them deciphered and reveal their contents. With a few exceptions, Engrams adhere to the following rules when being decrypted:

Decrypting Algorithm

  • Engrams will attempt to decrypt with a base Attack/Defense value proportional to the player's highest possible Base Power Level while it is at or above the relevant soft cap (265 for base game only, 300 with Curse of Osiris ownership, or 340 with Warmind ownership).
    • A different set of rules, not given here, applies while the player is not yet at the soft cap.
  • Rare engrams will decrypt with a base Attack/Defense value that is 7 to 5 points lower than the player's BPL.
  • Legendary engrams will decrypt with a base Attack/Defense value that is 5 points lower than the player's BPL.
  • Exotic engrams will decrypt with a base Attack/Defense value that is equivalent to the player's BPL.
    • Exotic Engrams can drop upon completion of any activity or when ranking up a Faction.

Types of Engrams

Basic Engrams

Basic Engrams
Encoded engram icon1.png Common Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Common equipment. Automatically decrypted on pickup.
Encrypted engram icon1.png Coded Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Uncommon equipment. Automatically decrypted on pickup.
Decoherent engram icon1.png Encrypted Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Rare equipment. Most are automatically decrypted on pickup, but those awarded by Adventures that would normally award an Upgrade Point must be taken to a Cryptarch to decrypt.
Legendary engram icon1.png Legendary Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Legendary equipment. Now with the Forsaken DLC, legendary engrams are now decoded upon pickup instead of having to visit a cryptarch.
Exotic engram icon1.png Exotic Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Exotic equipment. Now with the Forsaken DLC, exotic engrams are now also decoded upon pickup instead of having to visit a cryptarch.
Luminous engram icon1.png Prime Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Powerful equipment. Prime engrams are similar to Luminous engrams, meaning that it is necessary to decode them at a cryptarch. This is one of the ways to pass the 500 power item drop cap.

Special Engrams

Special Engrams
Exotic engram icon1.png Fated Engrams Engrams that will always decrypt into an Exotic Weapon or piece of Exotic Armor that the player does not own.

Faction Engrams

Faction Engrams
Legendary engram icon1.png Vanguard Tactician Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Vanguard equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Crucible Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Crucible equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Vanguard Research Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Vanguard Research equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Gunsmith Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Gunsmith weapons.
Legendary engram icon1.png EDZ Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into European Dead Zone equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Arcology Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Titan (Moon) equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Nessus Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Nessus equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Io Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Io equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Lighthouse Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Mercury equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Cradle Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Hellas Basin equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png New Monarchy Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into New Monarchy equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Future War Cult Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Future War Cult equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Dead Orbit Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Dead Orbit equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Iron Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Iron Banner equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Imperial Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Leviathan Raid equipment.
Legendary engram icon1.png Trials Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into Trials of the Nine equipment.

Eververse Engrams

Eververse Engrams
Bright engram icon1.png Bright Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Season 1. This engram can no longer be obtained.
Illuminated engram icon1.png Illuminated Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Season 2. This engram can no longer be obtained.
Prototype Engram.png Prototype Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Season 3.
Steadfast Engram.png Steadfast Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Season 4.
Etched Engram.png Etched Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Season 5.
Dawning engram icon1.png Dawning Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from The Dawning (2017).
Crimson Engram.png Crimson Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Crimson Days.
Solstice Engram.png Solstice of Heroess Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Solstice of Heroes.
Ephemeral Engram.png Festival of the Losts Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from Festival of the Lost.
Winterdrift Engram.png Winterdrift Engrams Engrams that can be decrypted into a wide variety of cosmetic items from The Dawning (2018).

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