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 Io, and there’s a helpful icon on the planet map to show you where he is. You can find Xur just north of the Giant’s Scar landing zone, standing just inside a cave.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- Vigilance Wing, Exotic pulse rifle: 29 legendary shards
- Foetracer, Hunter helmet: 23 legendary shards
- Khepri’s Horn, Titan helmet: 23 legendary shards
- Sanguine Alchemy, Warlock robes: 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.
Vigilance Wing is one of Destiny 2’s coolest and most unique exotic weapons. It’s a pulse rifle that, due to its exotic perk Harsh Truths, fires in five-round bursts instead of three. (Harsh Truths also provides healing when an ally dies.) Vigilance Wing can do very high damage very quickly, especially if you hit an enemy in their critical spot.
The second exotic perk, Last Stand, gives better stability and handling when you are the last living member of your fireteam. Vigilance Wing is a PvP exotic through and through. That isn’t to say that you can’t use it in PvE, but it’s designed for action against real players.
Thanks to the recent pulse rifle buffs, Vigilance Wing is now a terror in the crucible. Pick this thing up if you ever intend to play Crucible again.
Foetracer is easily one of the most powerful PvP exotics in Destiny 2. Its Relentless Tracker perk will automatically track enemies through walls and deal additional damage to enemies with low health. While the extra damage is nice, the utility of the tracking is what makes this helmet shine. Every Hunter should have this helmet.
This is a bad Titan helmet. Its exotic perk is Solar Rampart, which causes a line of fire to shoot out of your barricade when you first place it and your barricade is refreshed on a solar kill. The helmet looks cool, as does the effect. But unfortunately, it’s just not particularly useful. The Khepri’s Horn will rarely ever be worth your exotic slot. If you are running low on legendary shards, don’t feel too bad about skipping this one.
Sanguine Alchemy is a gorgeous Warlock chest with a pretty interesting PvP perk. Heightened Senses gives you a more detailed radar and marks priority targets near you while standing in your rift. While this perk does force you to stand relatively still, it gives you a great opportunity to know your enemy’s movements before they ever get the chance to move against you. If you love playing PvP on your Warlock, give this chest a shot.
The Fated Engram is new as of Destiny 2’s mid-December 2017 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 you to increase your score multiplayer on the Prestige Nightfall, allowing you to get more points each time you run it.