Destiny: Upgraded Sparrow Guide

Destiny Upgraded SparrowYou get your first Sparrow after doing the mission, “The Warmind.” These are great one-person land vehicles that help you get around locally within any given area. Summoned at will, these personalized vehicles are stored inside of your jumpship. Lets go over some of Destiny’s upgraded Sparrow information.


The Different Sparrow Tiers

Tier 1 Sparrow (Common Tier)

Durability: 70
Speed: 3
Abilities: Boost

Sparrow S-10: This is the first Sparrow you can get. You get it during The Warmind, as mentioned above.

Tier 2 Sparrows (Uncommon Tier)

Durability: 90
Speed: 5
Abilities: Boost and Quick Brake

Vanguard Sparrow

Sparrow S-10V: This sparrow is specific to the Gamestop pre-order bonus back when Destiny first came out. If you don’t have it already you’re probably out of luck.

Warlock Sparrows

S-20 Seeker: You can get this by turning in the Deployment Orders that you pick up from the Exclusion Zone mission at level 15.
S-21 Seeker: You can purchase this from the shipwright. The cost is 2250 glimmer.
S-22 Seeker: You can purchase this from the shipwright. The cost is 2250 glimmer.

Titan Sparrows

S-20 Cavalier: You can get this by turning in the Deployment Orders that you pick up from the Exclusion Zone mission at level 15.
S-21 Cavalier: You can purchase this from the shipwright. The cost is 2250 glimmer.
S-22 Cavalier: You can purchase this from the shipwright. The cost is 2250 glimmer.

Hunter Sparrows

S-20 Nomad: You can get this by turning in the Deployment Orders that you pick up from the Exclusion Zone mission at level 15.
S-21 Nomad: You can purchase this from the shipwright. The cost is 2250 glimmer.
S-22 Nomad: You can purchase this from the shipwright. The cost is 2250 glimmer.

Tier 3 Sparrows (Rare Tier)

Durability: 100
Speed: 6
Abilities: Boost, Quick Brake and Strafe Thrusters

Vanguard Sparrows

Sparrow S-30V: Once you hit rep level 3 you can buy this for 175 marks.
Sparrow S-31V: Once you hit rep level 3 you can buy this for 175 marks.
Sparrow S-32V: Once you hit rep level 3 you can buy this for 175 marks.

Crucible Sparrows

S-30C Phoenix: Once you hit rep level 3 you can buy this for 175 marks.
S-31C Phoenix: Once you hit rep level 3 you can buy this for 175 marks.
S-32C Phoenix: Once you hit rep level 3 you can buy this for 175 marks.

Tier 4 Sparrows (Legendary Tier)

The tier 4 Sparrows are upgraded versions of the tier 3s. You buy different items that you use to upgrade with from Xur, Agent of the Nine. The cost is 10 strange coins.

Durability: 110
Speed: 7
Abilities: Boost, Quick Brake and Strafe Thrusters

List of Upgrade Items

Emerald Coil: Adds a green contrail when you are boosting. Improves speed/durability.
Plasma Drive: Doesn’t seem to add a contrail when you are boosting. Improves speed/durability.
Stealth Drive: Adds a red contrail when you are boosting. Improves speed/durability.
Void Drive: Adds a purple contrail when you are boosting. Improves speed/durability.

Tier 5 Sparrows (Also Legendary Tier)

Durability: 120
Speed: 6
Abilities: Boost, Strafe Thrusters, and Overdrive

XV0 “Timebreaker”: This is unlocked as loot from the Vault of Glass.
SV7 “Lightbearer”: Received through the Trials of Osiris.

Tier 5+ Sparrows (Exotic Tier)

Durability: 120
Speed: 6
Abilities: Boost, Strafe Thrusters, and Overdrive

S-99 Dawnchaser: [Unconfirmed] Rumored to be received through the Trials of Osiris as well. You need to have a KDR of 50 by the time you get to the last match of Osiris.

If you find any other ways of getting these upgraded Sparrows inside of Destiny be sure to drop us a comment so we can update this for everyone. If you’re looking for more info about the game be sure to check out our Vanguard Rep, Rank and Marks Guide, or learn How to Get Motes of Light.


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  • Trevin Morrison

    Should update this list. Include Sparrow + Upgrade Drive combinations. Not every sparrow will say the drive color after it is upgraded. A crafting list, images would be nice too. Ex: S-30C Phoenix + Emerald Coil = ?????.