Exotic items (with the golden background) are the most valuable. They have additional unique features, often connected to your special ability. At the same time, you can carry only one weapon and one element of equipment from the exotic category. Older items with interesting features can be infused with another item, which will transfer its power and keep your item suitable to your level. There are only a few ways of getting exotic items:
From exotic engrams, which you have the chance to get in almost every activity, mainly in public events, but with low probability (Heroic public events are a much better source). You can also try to find them in crates that appear randomly in the game's world.
From merchant Xur, however, if during a given week he does not have any exotic items on stock, you have to wait a week for the next opportunity.
It is very unlikely, but possible, to receive exotic weapons as a reward in the Crucible.
From special missions for exotic weapons - see the next chapters for more information (at the time of creating the guide - September 2017 - there are 4 weapons to be obtained this way).
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