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, and there’s a helpful icon on the planet map to show you where he is. You can find Xur just north of Watcher’s Grave landing zone. He’s hanging out on a tree.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- Coldheart, Exotic trace rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
- The Dragon’s Shadow, Hunter chest piece: 23 Legendary Shards
- Hallowfire Heart, Titan chest piece: 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.
Xur is finally selling Coldheart this week. This was a pre-order exclusive gun when Destiny 2 first launched and became available to all when Curse of Osiris was released last December. Coldheart is a trace rifle, meaning it fires in a constant beam. Its first exotic perk, Cold Fusion, causes the Coldheart to fire in a beam made of Arc damage. Its secondary perk, Longest Winter, causes Coldheart to deal more and more damage the longer it remains on the same target.
Because of Longest Winter, Coldheart is a serious boss killer. For raid fights, it is a stellar option. In the world, it isn’t particularly impressive but still very fun. In the Crucible, it’s more of an interesting challenge than a powerful pick. If you like playing or intend to play any late game content, you should pick up Coldheart.
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 2v1s frequently, pick this up. If none of that applies to you, skip it.
This is a pretty situational exotic chest piece. The main perk is Sunfire Furnace, which improves the recharge rate of your abilities when Hammer of Sol is charged. This exotic forces you to play Sunbreaker, which still isn’t nearly as useful as Striker or Sentinel in any activity. Additionally, Hallowfire Heart will only benefit you when you are holding onto your Super and not using it. This is useful in rare situations like during certain Nightfall modifiers, but otherwise it’s pretty underwhelming.
Nezarec’s Sin isn’t a particularly exciting Warlock helmet, but it’s very good. Its 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 ever play Voidwalker or have a Void Uriel’s Gift that you use all the time, pick up this 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.