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A brilliant spark of the Traveler's Light.
― In-game description

A Mote of Light is a type of currency that can be used to purchase items from The Speaker and Xûr. In the Taken King, Motes can be used as a consumable to award an amount of XP to the player and his/her munitions.

Once a Guardian reaches level 40, any experience earned goes to acquiring a Mote of Light. One Mote of Light requires about 80,000 experience.[1] Motes can also be awarded randomly for completing Crucible matches, completing Vanguard Strikes, in loot chests, in rare engrams, dismantling rare armor and weapons or finishing a Public Event with gold ranking.


  1.  (2014) "Anyone know how much XP it takes to get a Mote of Light after level 20?". Reddit. Retrieved 19 November 2014.