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 the Watcher’s Grave landing zone, chilling out on a tree.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- Prometheus Lens, Exotic trace rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
- Knucklehead Radar, Hunter helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
- Ashen Wake, Titan gauntlet: 23 Legendary Shards
- Wings of Sacred Dawn, Warlock chest: 23 Legendary Shards
- Fated Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
- Three of Coins: 31 Legendary Shards
- Five of Swords: free
Each of the items comes at a maximum power level of 345 — a base power of 340, 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.
Prometheus Lens is a new exotic in Curse of Osiris. It used to be one of the most powerful weapons in all of Destiny 2, when a bug (now fixed) caused it to deal ludicrous damage in PvP. Prometheus Lens is still awesome for clearing out large crowds of enemies all at once.
The main perk, Prismatic Inferno, causes Prometheus Lens’ beam grow in size the longer you hold down the trigger. This allows the trace rifle to deal considerable damage in a large area. The gun’s secondary ability, Flame Refraction, makes the first perk even better, allowing kills to return ammo back into the magazine. The more kills you get, the longer you can hold down the trigger and increase your area of damage. No matter what kind of activities you play, Prometheus Lens is a must-have for players.
Knucklehead Radar is a powerful PvP, Hunter helmet. Its exotic perk, Upgraded Sensor Pack, will constantly provide you with a radar, even while aiming down sites. This is a great helmet in PvP or Trials, where your radar is extremely important. However, the MIDA Multi-Tool has this same perk, which could make the helmet redundant. For that reason, it’s not as powerful as something like Foetracer. If you don’t have this helmet yet, pick it up and keep it with you for PvP emergencies.
Ashen Wake is one of the new exotics in Destiny 2: Warmind. It’s main exotic perk is Bring the Heat, which causes the Fusion Grenades used by solar Titans to explode immediately on impact and travel faster in mid-air. This is a cool exotic on paper, but it doesn’t actually add any damage to your grenades.
When other grenade related exotics like the Armamentarium exist, Ashen Wake is a hard sell for your single exotic spot. However, the effect is still pretty fun to use, especially if you’re accustomed to more instant gratification grenades like the Striker’s Pulse Grenades. If you’re a collector or hammer Titan enthusiast, pick these up.
VESPER OF RADIUS
The Vesper of Radius is a new Warlock chest piece from Curse of Osiris. Its exotic perk, Planetary Torrent, causes a shockwave to explode out from you when you place your Rift. Your Rift also recharges far faster when you’re surrounded by enemies.
All of this sounds pretty cool, but unfortunately Vesper of Radius is overshadowed by so many other Warlock exotics that it’s very difficult to see a situation where Vesper of Radius is your best chest piece. Unless you’re a collector, skip it.
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.
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.
Five of Swords
Xur is now selling an upgrade for your Nightfall challenge card. It allows players to increase their score multiplayer on the Prestige Nightfall, allowing you to get more points each time you run.