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In Fallout 76, weapons, armor, and power armor can have special modifiers applied to them. These are called legendary effects, and they turn regular items into legendary items. Legendary items are identified by one or several stars (★) after their name.


Legendary items have one or more randomly determined special modifications, affecting combat or character stats. They may be earned as quest or Daily Ops rewards, looted from legendary enemies, bought from Purveyor Murmrgh or crafted with legendary modules.


For detailed information on the legendary effects applicable to each type of item, see the portal below:

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Power armor

Legendary enemies

Occasionally, certain foes with powerful buffs will appear. These legendary enemies will be identifiable by a star (★) and the nameplate prefix  "Legendary". When killed, legendary enemies will drop a randomly generated legendary item with at least one effect. For each star an enemy has, the randomly generated item they drop may have an equal number of legendary effects. When legendary enemies spawn, there is a brief window before they gain their stars. This process is initiated when the enemy becomes veiled with a temporary green fog. If the enemy is killed before the stars appear on its nameplate, then it will not yield any legendary items.

# Stars Legendary drop
★ (100%)
★ ★ ★ (50%)
★ ★ (50%)
★ ★ ★ ★ (33.33%)
★ ★ (33.33%)
★ ★ ★ (33.33%)


Three tiers of legendary modifiers exist for both weapons and armor. A Tier 1 modifier appears on all legendary items, taking up the first "star." The modifier will be added to legendary weapon's dynamic naming as a prefix. Tier 2 modifiers comprise the second star of a legendary item and Tier 3 modifiers comprise the third. In general, Tier 2 and Tier 3 modifiers do not affect a legendary item's name. legendary weapons and armor use different sets of modifiers and cannot use modifiers from the other's item type.

Although additional legendary modifier slots exist (Tier 4 and Tier 5 modifiers, respectively), 4 and 5-star legendary items are disabled. However, the Tier 4 and Tier 5 legendary effects are used in many of the quest-specific unique legendary weapons and armors, such as Perfect Storm or All Rise.

Legendary items can have a maximum of one modifier per category, based on the number of stars:

  • A 1-star legendary will have a Tier 1 modifier.
  • A 2-star legendary will have a Tier 1 modifier and a Tier 2 modifier.
  • A 3-star legendary will have a Tier 1 modifier, a Tier 2 modifier, and a Tier 3 modifier.
Legendary item chance
Category Chance
Melee weapon 25%
Ranged weapon 25%
Armor 25%
Power armor 25%
  • The number and type of effects generated are not affected by any SPECIAL stats, such as Luck.
  • Legendary effects are randomly generated upon crafting or dropping. They cannot be found as loose mods.
  • Legendary items cannot be scrapped at a workbench, but they may be placed in a legendary exchange machine for legendary scrip (Legendary Scrip).
  • Aside from their provided effects, legendary items otherwise have the same statistics as regular items, and can be equipped with the same mods.
  • Almost every legendary item may be dropped, traded to other players or sold to vendors for caps.


A majority of the weapons in Fallout 76 can be obtained as legendary items, however, there are a great many restrictions on what can and cannot appear as a legendary item.

Plans required

Some items cannot be obtained as legendary versions without knowing the relevant plan. These items cannot drop from legendary enemies, but can still be obtained via crafting, Purveyor, Daily Ops rewards or rewarded by Scorched Earth and season events, such as Fasnacht Day. The following lists contain items that may only appear as legendary items after learning the prerequisite plan.

Plan required for Purveyor and quest reward
Arctic marine armor Brotherhood recon armor Covert scout armor
Secret Service armor
Power armor
Excavator power armor Hellcat power armor T-51 power armor
T-65 power armor Ultracite power armor X-01 power armor
Bear Arm Bow Cattleprod
Crusader pistol Compound bow Gauntlet
Gauss minigun Gauss pistol Gauss shotgun
Hellstorm missile launcher Pepper Shaker Plasma caster
Plasma cutter Sheepsquatch club Sheepsquatch staff
Shepherd's crook The Fixer The Tenderizer
War glaive
Cannot drop from legendary enemies

Any item that was added since the initial release of Fallout 76 is bugged to never drop from legendary enemies.

Cannot drop from enemies
Arctic marine armor Bear Arm Bow
Brotherhood recon armor Cattleprod Compound bow
Covert scout armor Crusader pistol Excavator power armor
Gauntlet Gauss minigun Gauss pistol
Gauss shotgun Hellcat power armor Hellstorm missile launcher
Pepper Shaker Plasma caster Plasma cutter
Secret Service armor Sheepsquatch club Sheepsquatch staff
Shepherd's crook T-51b power armor T-60 power armor
T-65 power armor The Fixer The Tenderizer
Ultracite power armor X-01 power armor War glaive
Crafting only

Some items cannot spawn as legendary items, but may be turned into one by players using the legendary crafting system, or may be crafted as legendary items from scratch.

Crafting only
Solar armor chest Solar armor left arm Solar armor left leg
Solar armor right arm Solar armor right leg Thorn armor chest
Thorn armor left arm Thorn armor left leg Thorn armor right arm
Thorn armor right leg
Legendary crafting
Main article: Legendary crafting
Legendary crafting only
Alien blaster Black powder blunderbuss Cultist blade
Enclave plasma gun Imposter Assaultron head Strangler heart power armor
The Dragon The Invader
Other sources

The following items may only drop as 1-star legendaries from the SMART choice machine within Watoga High School, purchased for 5000 halloween candy.

SMART Choice machine only
Cultist blade Ripper The Dragon
Pleasant Valley ticket claim only
Fancy single action revolver Fancy pump action shotgun
Fully excluded

The following armor and weapons cannot exist as legendary items.

Fully excluded
Anti-Scorched training pistol[bug 1] Brotherhood recon rifle[bug 1] Binoculars
Blade of Bastet Camden Whacker Cave diving suit
Chainsaw Commie Whacker Drill
Father Winter helmet Flare gun Garb of Mysteries
Hazmat suit Black hazmat suit Damaged hazmat suit
Emmett Mountain hazmat suit Prototype hazmat suit Swamp camo hazmat suit
Meteoritic sword Paddle ball Pearly Peepers
ProSnap Deluxe camera Protest sign Syringer
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Bugged to be non-upgradeable, due to missing legendary slots keywords 1 through 5.

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