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 Earth, and there’s a helpful icon on the planet map to show you where he is. You can find Xur just north of the Winding Cove landing zone. He’s hanging out by the fallen Ketch.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- Sunshot, Exotic hand cannon: 29 Legendary Shards
- Orpheus Rig, Hunter legs: 23 Legendary Shards
- Lion Rampant, Titan legs: 23 Legendary Shards
- Karnstein Armlets, 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.
Sunshot is an exotic hand cannon that does Solar damage. It’s also one of the exotics you can choose on Io while playing through the campaign. Sunshot’s first exotic perk is Sunburn, which causes the weapon to fire explosive rounds and highlight enemies that take damage. Its secondary perk, Sun Blast, causes enemies killed by Sunshot to explode.
Sunshot is one of the best exotics in the game. Not only is it fairly useful in some raid scenarios like the Gauntlet, but it’s also just fun to use. You may not do great if you want this to be your main PvP gun, but you’ll still have fun while using it. If you don’t have one, get yourself a Sunshot this week.
Orpheus Rig is also one of the best exotics in the game. Its main perk, Uncanny Arrows, generates additional Super energy for each enemy tethered with Shadowshot. This means that a well-placed Hunter Super can instantly regenerate your Super. This is extremely helpful in a few different endgame scenarios, including Nightfalls and Raids. If you like Nightstalker, you have to get these legs.
Lion Rampant is a take it or leave it exotic. Its main perk is Jump Jets, which provides additional aerial mobility. That may not sound like much (and it isn’t), but some players swear by these in PvP and some jumping activities like the Gauntlet or the Reactor Room. Consider picking them up if you want to have more direction when you fly.
Karnstein Armlets are fun, decent Warlock exotics. The exotic perk, Vampire’s Caress, will grant health regeneration, melee ability energy, class ability energy and grenade energy on melee attacks. Similar to the Titan offering this week, the Karnstein Armlets are nice for PvE but great in PvP. Warlocks aren’t known for getting in the thick of things, but if you like to punch when playing Destiny 2, pick up these gauntlets.
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.