The only way to change an item's rarity is to enchant it, which brings its rarity from Common or Uncommon to Rare, or from Rare to Epic.
Rarity is intended to display anywhere the item name does.
In Java Edition it is shown in the following situations:
- Item tooltips in the inventory
- Item tooltips above the hotbar
- Successful executions of
In Java Edition rarity colors do not display in the following cases:
- Item tooltips from an item frame
- Contents tooltips from a shulker box
- Item tooltips in the statistics screen
- The CanPlaceOn/CanBreak tags of an item
- Item names in the Superflat customization screen
As the "Ominous" rarity is a custom name color rather than an actual rarity, it shows in the first two above cases. Items with NBT data cannot be specified for the last three cases.
|Rarity||Description||List||BE Color||JE Color|
|Applies to most items.||All blocks/items not listed||White|
|Mostly common treasure items, as well as drops from minor bosses.||Banner Pattern (Creeper)
Banner Pattern (Skull)
Bottle o' Enchanting
Heart of the Sea
Totem of Undying
|Normal and goal advancements||N/A||Yellow|
|Items crafted from boss drops, as well as trickier to obtain treasures.||Beacon
| Enchanted armor, tools and weapons
|Mostly reserved for extremely difficult-to-obtain treasures. Certain Creative-exclusive blocks and items are also contained here, however, exceptions exist (such as player heads, which are Uncommon).||Banner Pattern (Thing)
Minecart with Command Block
|Enchanted Golden Apple||Magenta|
|Applies only to the Ominous Banner. This is technically not a rarity, and instead is a custom name color.||Ominous Banner||N/A||Orange|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2||The tooltip of the golden apple is now magenta, making it the first item to have a tooltip with a color other than white.|
|?||Music discs have a cyan tooltip.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Golden apples now have a cyan tooltip, and added enchanted golden apples, which have the same magenta tooltip color as normal golden apples previously did.|
|1.13||18w21a||Added different colored tooltips for certain items, based on their rarity.|
|pre2||Rarity colors now display over the hotbar.|
|1.14||18w45a||Added Ominous rarity.|
|1.17||21w20a||Assigned a multitude of command-exclusive blocks and items the Epic rarity.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.12.1||build 1||The tooltip for enchanted books is yellow, while enchanted items are cyan, making these items the first items to have a tooltip with a color other than white.|
|1.2.0||?||Music discs now have a cyan tooltip.|
|1.12.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Golden apples now have a cyan tooltip, while enchanted golden apples have a magenta tooltip.|
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