If you played Destiny, you may be familiar with Xur, the weekly exotic item merchant. In Destiny 2, he’s back, and he can now appear all over the map. This week, he’s on Nessus to the north of the the Watcher’s Grave landing zone, and there’s a helpful icon on the planet map to show you where he is. You can find Xur hanging out in a big tree.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- The Prospector, Exotic grenade launcher: 29 Legendary Shards
- Lucky Raspberry, Hunter chest: 23 Legendary Shards
- An Insurmountable Skullfort, Titan helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
- Ophidian Aspect, Warlock gauntlets: 23 Legendary Shards
- Fated Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
- Three of Coins: 31 Legendary Shards
Each of the items comes at a maximum power level of 305 — a base power of 300, plus a Legendary (purple) mod that raises the value by five. This scales to your character’s power level, so make sure you’re buying Xur exotics on your highest level character.
The Prospector is a complicated weapon. While it’s a completely adequate grenade launcher, it’s rarely worth an exotic slot. Its perk, Excavation, allows you to simultaneously detonate all grenades that you have recently fired, and the launcher is fully automatic. While there isn’t a single late game activity where we’d recommend the Prospector as your exotic weapon of choice, it can be fun and useful in Heroic Public Events.
The Hunter exotic this week is Lucky Raspberry. The main perk here is Probability Matrix, which enhances your Arc Bolt grenade, giving it a chance to reset after dealing damage and causing it to chain more effectively. Considering the sorry state of the Arcstrider subclass, it’s hard to recommend this chest for either PvP or PvE activities.
An Insurmountable Skullfort
An Insurmountable Skullfort is an excellent PvE exotic for Striker Titans. Its Transfusion Matrix perk will cause your melee ability kills to instantly trigger health regeneration as well as fully restore melee energy. If you like to raid or Nightfall, pick this helmet up and keep it with you.
The Ophidian Aspect gauntlets are new to Destiny 2, first released with the Curse of Osiris DLC. Their exotic perk is Cobra Totemic, which causes weapons handled by the wearer to ready and reload faster than normal. As a bonus, melee range is also extended. These are great “any time” exotics. No matter what kind of activity you’re doing, you’d be better off wearing these gauntlets than not. Pick them up for yourself and see what you think.
The Fated Engram is new as of the Dec. 12 update. Buying one may be expensive, but it guarantees you an exotic that you don’t have. If you find yourself drowning in Legendary Shards and missing a few key Exotics, this is a pretty great way to spend your Shards. You can only get one per account, once a week. However, some players are reporting that the Fated Engram is failing to give them new exotics. Buyer beware.
Three of Coins
This old farming buff has returned from the Destiny graveyard to help you farm exotics. Also new as of Dec. 12, Three of Coins is a four-hour buff that increases the odds of Exotic engrams dropping in the wild. Bungie clarified their effectiveness, and they don’t seem particularly worth the steep Legendary Shard cost at the moment.