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"The shortest distance between two points is full throttle."
Grimoire description
Two different versions of Sparrows.

The Sparrow is a single-occupant vehicle used by Guardians, primarily for fast travel across long distances within a playable zone. Each Guardian is issued such a vehicle, which is stored aboard their jumpship and can be summoned for use as needed.[1] Its stats can be improved within the game.[2]

New Sparrows can be acquired from a few places; sometimes they appear as Loot (for example, finding all five Gold Chests in Old Russia will yield an uncommon sparrow), or purchased from a vendor, such as the Shipwright, Crucible Quartermaster, or Vanguard Quartermaster.

Sparrows can be summoned at every Patrol destination while in a public space, except for the Dreadnaught, and any Crucible map that allows vehicles. Sparrows are required for the Sparrow Racing League, which is the only dedicated racing activity in the game.

In Destiny, unlocking the ability to summon Sparrows requires completing the Story mission The Warmind. In Destiny 2, Sparrows are only available to Guardians who complete the main campaign.[3]

Abilities[edit]

Sparrows all have a booster, used as their primary method of propulsion. The boost button is mapped to the aim button, while brake is mapped to the shoot button. Guardians can also give directions while on the sparrow using the D-pad: Forward (up), left, right, and stop (down).

Some sparrows have additional abilities. Sparrows with the evade ability can boost slightly to the side using the left and right shoulder buttons. This consumes boost energy.

Trick Sparrows: The EV-30 can use the evade ability while airborne to perform barrel rolls, which can regenerate boost energy upon a successful roll.

Overdrive Sparrows: The raid Sparrows come with an afterburner for extra speed. However, engaging the afterburner for too long will cause the sparrow to explode.

Sparrows[edit]

Destiny[edit]

Sparrow Name Quality Acquisition Description
Sparrow S-10 Common Default Quick on the ground and small enough for transmat deployment.
Sparrow S-11 Common A tuned-up vector drive gives this Sparrow a bit more spring in its step.
Sparrow S-10V Uncommon Special Orders (50 x Glimmer) The Vanguard prizes its Sparrows, which are invaluable for recon and quick deployment.
S-20 Cavalier Uncommon Shipwright (Deployment Orders x 1) The Series-20 Cavalier is a Titan mainstay, more robust and reliable than the baseline Sparrow.
S-20 Nomad Uncommon Shipwright(Deployment Orders x 1) Hunters have a reputation for technical savvy. The S-20 Nomad highlights that expertise.
S-20 Seeker Uncommon Shipwright (Deployment Orders x 1) Warlocks devised the Series-20 Seeker variant of the Sparrow for their own arcane purposes.
S-21 Cavalier Uncommon Shipwright (2250 x Glimmer) Titans tune their thrust bikes to handle the burden of heavy armor.
S-21 Nomad Uncommon Shipwright (2250 x Glimmer) On foot or by thrust bike, Hunters carve new trails through the frontier.
S-21 Seeker Uncommon Shipwright (2250 x Glimmer) Careful attention to the Seeker's shielding reduces field interference.
S-22 Cavalier Uncommon Shipwright (2250 x Glimmer) The Series-22 Cavalier helps put Titans right where they belong--in the thick of the battle.
S-22 Nomad Uncommon Shipwright (2250 x Glimmer) The Series-22 Nomad helps Hunters stalk swift prey.
S-22 Seeker Uncommon Shipwright (2250 x Glimmer) The Series-22 Seeker answers the esoteric needs of elite Warlocks.
S-30C Phoenix Rare Crucible Quartermaster (175 x Crucible Marks) The coveted S-30C Phoenix is reserved for Guardians who demonstrate exceptional resolve.
S-31C Phoenix Rare Crucible Quartermaster (175 x Crucible Marks) This variant of the coveted Phoenix has an improved powerplant.
S-32C Phoenix Rare Crucible Quartermaster (175 x Crucible Marks) This variant of the coveted Phoenix s a powerful drive and agile thrusters.
Sparrow S-30V Rare Vanguard Quartermaster (175 x Vanguard Marks) The Vanguard reserves the Series-30 Sparrow for the most successful Guardians.
Sparrow S-31V Rare Vanguard Quartermaster (175 x Vanguard Marks) The Series-31V sports an improved powerplant.
Sparrow S-32V Rare Vanguard Quartermaster (175 x Vanguard Marks) The Series-32V offers superb power and sterling maneuverability.
S-30V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30V with an Emerald Coil This S-30V's strange drive leaves an unusual green trail.
S-30V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30V with a Stealth Drive This S-30V's stealth drive filters out most high frequency emissions.
S-30V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30V with a Void Drive This S-30V's prototype drive is tinted purple by exotic void reactions.
Upgraded S-30V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30V with a Plasma Drive This S-30V's custom plasma drive presents a compelling argument for speed over safety.
S-31V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31V with an Emerald Coil This S-31V's strange drive leaves an unusual green trail.
S-31V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31V with a Stealth Drive This S-31V's stealth drive filters out most high frequency emissions.
S-31V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31V with a Void Drive This S-31V's prototype drive is tinted purple by exotic void reactions.
S-31V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31V with a Plasma Drive This S-31V's custom plasma drive presents a compelling argument for speed over safety.
S-32V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32V with an Emerald Coil This S-32V's strange drive leaves an unusual green trail.
S-32V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32V with a Stealth Drive This S-32V's stealth drive filters out most high frequency emissions.
S-32V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32V with a Void Drive This S-32V's prototype drive is tinted purple by exotic void reactions.
S-32V Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32V with a Plasma Drive This S-32V's custom plasma drive presents a compelling argument for speed over safety.
Upgraded S-30C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30C with a Plasma Drive This Series-30C Phoenix's plasma drive makes a compelling argument for speed over safety.
Upgraded S-30C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30C with an Emerald Coil This Series-30C Phoenix's strange drive leaves an unusual green trail.
Upgraded S-30C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30C with a Void Drive This Series-30C Phoenix's prototype drive is tinted purple by exotic void reactions.
Upgraded S-30C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-30C with a Stealth Drive This Series-30C Phoenix's stealth drive filters out most high frequency emissions.
Upgraded S-31C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31C with a Stealth Drive This Series-31C Phoenix's stealth drive filters out most high frequency emissions.
Upgraded S-31C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31C with a Void Drive This Series-31C Phoenix's prototype drive is tinted purple by exotic void reactions.
Upgraded S-31C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31C with an Emerald Coil This Series-31C Phoenix's strange drive leaves an unusual green trail.
Upgraded S-31C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-31C with a Plasma Drive This Series-31C Phoenix's plasma drive makes a compelling argument for speed over safety.
Upgraded S-32C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32C with a Void Drive This Series-32C Phoenix's prototype drive is tinted purple by exotic void reactions.
Upgraded S-32C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32C with a Stealth Drive This Series-32C Phoenix's stealth drive filters out most high frequency emissions.
Upgraded S-32C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32C with a Plasma Drive This Series-32C Phoenix's plasma drive makes a compelling argument for speed over safety.
Upgraded S-32C Legendary Upgrade the Sparrow S-32C with an Emerald Coil This Series-32C Phoenix's strange drive leaves an unusual green trail.
XV0 Timebreaker Legendary Obtained from the Vault of Glass raid on Hard mode. Many are brave, but only the strong and the living will ever ride this Sparrow.
EV-30 Tumbler Legendary Obtained by purchasing The Dark Below. It takes a skilled field mechanic to disable limiters without destabilizing the entire drive.
S-13 Graverobber Legendary Obtained from the Crota's End raid. There are many who seek to cheat death, but so few capable of outrunning its dark embrace.
SV7 Lightbearer Legendary A high-end Sparrow earned by those Guardians who prove their worth in the Trials of Osiris.
S-99 Dawnchaser Exotic The future and all of its promise awaits you.
S-34 Ravensteel Legendary Reach level 30 with one character or own both The Dark Below and House of Wolves before August 31, 2015. The Sparrow is your pen, speed your ink, the open road your blank page. You are a poet of motion.
EV-34 Vector Infinite Legendary Complete the Destiny Refer-A-Friend questline. Reserved for mentor Guardians who initiate others into the mysteries of the Light.
EV-35 Arcrunner Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. Those who seek to bind the lightning may find themselves consumed by it instead.
EV-36 Solscout Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. The power of the sun harnessed for use by the bravest of warriors.
EV-37 Voidstreak Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. Fueled by the Void.
EV-38 Laurelbearer Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. There are many who seek victory. Few will wear the laurel.
EV-39 Lumos Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. The rose turns toward the sun, but its roots grow deep in Darkness.
EV-40 Snowscream Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. The fool may not fear the storm, but the storm will never respect a fool.
EV-41 Momentum Master Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. Only obtainable from the SRL Record Book, Vol. 1. To the victor goes the prize.
EV-42 Nightsteed Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. P.S. Exclusive. Every hero requires a trusty mount.
EV-43 Lightrunner Legendary Sparrow Racing League reward. Only obtainable from a Custom Horn Kit, still only a chance. Night falls, but your eyes are turned toward the dawn.
S-35 Aeon Glow Legendary Eververse purchase. Only obtainable from opening Sterling Treasure boxes, still only a chance. Turn on the lights.
Days of Wind Legendary Chance reward from House Judgment rank-up rewards packages. Awoken grieve for Kell-Queen. I grieve too... but grieve with open eyes Do you know what I see? - Variks
SR-0 Swiftriver Legendary Complete the Trailblazer quest, part of the Red Bull Quest [1] Note: Speed 150 Don't fight it. Flow with it.
SR-1 Swiftriver Legendary Complete the Inconceivable quest, part of the Red Bull Quest to receive "SR-0 Swiftriver Upgrade" Upgraded field engine makes the Swiftriver more nimble than ever.
Iron Gjallarwing Legendary Pre-order bonus incentive for Rise of Iron. Destruction in motion.
Lysander's Cry Legendary The Dawning secret quest - Revive dead ghost in Bannerfall map, and open hidden gift in the Tower "You've recreated the fall of the Concordat, and something answered."
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Destiny 2[edit]

Sparrow Name Quality Acquisition Description
Aeon Plume Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Only dust in your wake.
Angel Bloom Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Beauty in simplicity.
Athena Victorious Rare Available via code redemption through a Poptarts promotion (US) or Virgin Fibre Internet (UK); will be made available to all players on January 1, 2018.[5] Wisdom for all. Victory for few.
Athwart the Void Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams "I am the line. Evil will go no farther than this." -Vell Tarlowe
Chronoglass Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams "Time is meaningless. Drive faster." -Shun Endo
Crucible Courser Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams A Wayfarer-class Sparrow emblazoned with the symbol of the Crucible.
Dead-End Pro Rare Acquired via Bright Engrams Where roads end, your journey begins.
Dinas Emrys Exotic Acquired via Bright Engrams "Watch for the red dragon. Here's a hint: It'll be ahead of you." -Ariadne Gris
Fast Track Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Mark the path. Lead the way.
Hastilude Exotic Acquired via Bright Engrams "Two words. Sparrow jousting." -Marcus Ren "Two words. Why not?" -Amanda Holliday
Hightail Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Because sometime you really need to.
Hyperion Rare Acquired via Bright Engrams Once more into battle. And then again.
Lunadove Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams The tides of peace roll gently in.
Moonrider Zero Uncommon Purchasable from Amanda Holliday after finishing the main campaign A standard-issue Moonrider-Class Sparrow.
Noble Steed Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Every Guardian needs one.
October Dash Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Reap your harvest.
On Guard Rare Acquired via Bright Engrams Go forth, where only heroes dare.
Sagittarius Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams May your arrows fly swift and true.
Skedaddle Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Always have an escape plane.
Soul Velocity Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams "I can't think straight unless I'm going faster than 200 clicks per hour." -Ariadne Gris
Speed Punk Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams "I call it the Aesthetics of Momentum." -Tyla Sola
Starchaser Zero Uncommon Purchasable from Amanda Holliday after finishing the main campaign A standard-issue Starchaser-Class Sparrow.
Telluride Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams For enterprising Sparrow enthusiasts.
Vanishing Point Exotic Acquired via Bright Engrams "Definition: the point at which you're so far behind, you can't even see me anymore." -Cron-8
Warbird Rare Acquired via Bright Engrams Amazing!
Wavechaser Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams There's always a bigger wave.
Wave-Maker Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams Start something.
Wayfarer Delta Rare Acquired via Bright Engrams The Wayfarer Delta upgrade features improved drive systems and anti-grav stabilizers.
Wayfarer Tri Rare Acquired via Bright Engrams The Wayfarer Tri update features grav propulsors and a gel-padded seat cushion.
Wayfarer Zero Uncommon Purchasable from Amanda Holliday after finishing the main campaign A standard-issue Wayfarer-Class Sparrow.
Wind Shrike Legendary Acquired via Bright Engrams "It's dangerous to take a bird out of its natural habitat." - Blue Boaz

Sparrow Horns[edit]

The Sparrow Racing League added a selection of interchangeable Sparrow Horns. Most Horns can be obtained via Custom Horn Kits from the Eververse Trading Company.

  • Air Horn
  • Alert Horn
  • Antique Horn
  • Aquarian Horn
  • Basic Horn
  • Bike Horn
  • Cadence Horn
  • Chime Horn
  • Clarion Horn
  • Clown Horn
  • Duck Horn
  • Electric Horn
  • Flourish Horn
  • Fog Horn
  • Gjallar Horn - pre-order Rise of Iron
  • Happy Horn
  • King's Horn
  • Odyssey Horn

Trivia[edit]

  • In terms of overall design and function, the Sparrow bears a striking resemblance to speeder bikes from the Star Wars franchise.
  • Sparrows were originally named "Shrikes" during the development of Destiny.[6] The vehicle's name was changed to its final form by the time of the Destiny Alpha.
  • Those who pre-ordered Destiny from Gamestop received a red Sparrow S-10V, with buffs to its boost, speed, and durability[7] (though its stats can be matched through in-game upgrades). The color remained a pre-order exclusive until January 1, 2015.[2]

Gallery[edit]

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List of appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gamespot: Destiny - E3 2013 Stage Demo interview with Joseph Staten
  2. ^ a b Push: Pre-Order PS4 Shooter Destiny for an Upgraded Red Sparrow
  3. ^ The Guardian - Destiny 2 hands-on: sequel opens up world of first-person shooter
  4. ^ DestinyDB: Vehicles
  5. ^ Virgin Media - Level up for your exclusive Sparrow in Destiny 2
  6. ^ Bungie.net: Destiny Drawing Board: Shrike
  7. ^ EB Games: Preorder Destiny at EB Games for the Exclusive Upgraded Sparrow!