In Fallout 76, Legendary weapons, Legendary armor and Legendary power armor, collectively known as Legendary items, are items with special modifiers called Legendary effects applied.
Legendary items have one or more randomly determined special modifications, affecting combat or character stats. Legendary items 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:
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|
|★ ★||★ (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 don't 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|
- 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.
- Certain unique items have predetermined Legendary effects.
- Legendary items cannot be scrapped at a workbench, but they may be placed in a legendary exchange machine for Legendary scrip ( ).
- Aside from their provided effects, Legendary items otherwise have the same statistics as non-Legendary items. They may be equipped with the same mods as non-Legendary variants.
- 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. The following lists contain items that may only appear as legendary items after learning the prerequisite plan.
- 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.
- Crafting only
Some items cannot spawn as Legendary items, but may be made Legendary by players using the Legendary crafting system or crafted as Legendary items from scratch.
|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
|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
|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.
- Any Legendary enemy has a 25% chance to drop a Legendary T-45 power armor or Raider power armor part.
- Raider power armor will always drop at 50% condition.
- Bugged to be non-upgradeable, due to missing Legendary slots keywords 1 through 5.