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 in the Tower, and there’s a helpful icon on the planet map to show you where he is. You can find Xur just north of the Dead Orbit faction. He’s hanging out in the hangar.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- DARCI, Exotic sniper rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
- The Dragon’s Shadow, Hunter chest: 23 Legendary Shards
- Mk. 44 Stand Asides, Titan legs: 23 Legendary Shards
- Nezarec’s Sin, Warlock helmet: 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.
This is a pretty bad exotic. Its weapon archetype is fast firing, which means the damage per shot is very low. The exotic perk on DARCI is Personal Assistant, which causes the gun to highlight critical information about the target when you’re aiming down the site. While this bonus is active, DARCI will have better lock-on and deal more precision damage. While thematically cool, the bonus doesn’t do enough damage to be worthwhile. If you’re trying to finish up your collection, maybe take a look at this thing. Otherwise, skip DARCI.
THE DRAGON’S SHADOW
In terms of Hunter exotics, Dragon’s Shadow is only decent. Its exotic perk, Wraithmetal Mail, will grant Hunters a movement speed bonus and extra weapon handling after they dodge. This bonus is only valuable in PvP. However, Hunters already have Foetracer and other excellent PvP exotics to take. If you’re a hardcore PvP player or find yourself caught in 2v1s frequently, pick this up. If none of that applies to you, skip it.
MK. 44 STAND ASIDES
Although they’re technically returning exotics from Destiny, the MK. 44 Stand Asides are new exotic Titan boots in Curse of Osiris. Their main perk in Destiny 2 is Seriously, Watch Out. If Titans have Seismic Strike, Hammer Strike or Shield Bash equipped and have max health, they get an Overshield if sprinting at max speed. Striking an enemy with those abilities quickly recharges your melee energy. This perk is great for aggressive Titan players, especially in PvP. If you have a Titan, pick these up regardless of which activities you play.
Nezarec’s Sin isn’t a particularly exciting Warlock helmet, but it’s very good. The main perk is Abyssal Extractors, which causes Void damage kills to recharge your ability energy. Boring but effective. This includes void damage from your subclass and from your energy or power weapons. If you play Voidwalker ever or have a Void Uriel’s Gift that you use all the time, pick up this great helmet.
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.