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 EDZ, 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, standing just under a Fallen ship.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- Tractor Cannon, exotic shotgun: 29 legendary shards
- Sealed Ahamkara Grasps, Hunter arms: 23 legendary shards
- Actium War Rig, Titan chest: 23 legendary shards
- The Stag, Warlock helmet: 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.
Tractor Cannon is an exotic shotgun. Its exotic perk, Repulsor Force, causes the weapon to fire powerful impulses that push enemies away from the user. Its secondary perk, The Scientific Method, makes damaging opponents temporarily increase the weapon’s stats. It now also amplifies void damage and suppresses enemies hit.
Tractor Cannon is a cool-looking gun that’s fairly fun to use. But it isn’t particularly lethal in the traditional sense. If you want to kill things, you need to shoot them off a ledge or into a wall. Thanks to a recent buff, there are more reasons to use it. The Tractor Cannon is especially fun in PvP if you really feel like ruining someone’s day. If you don’t have Tractor Cannon, it’s worth picking up.
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps
The Sealed Ahamkara Grasps are new to Destiny 2 with Warmind. Their signature perk is Nightmare Fuel, which causes you to completely reload your equipped weapon anytime you deal melee damage. This is a pretty powerful perk, especially in clutch situations. Like all things Hunter, there are always better options. However, these are certainly good enough to deserve your shards.
Actium War Rig
The Actium War Rig is an extremely powerful Titan chest piece. Its exotic perk, Auto-loading Link, will constantly reload your auto rifles as you fire them. If you’re a fan of auto rifles — especially ones with larger than average magazines — this is an incredible exotic. When pairing Actium War Rig with the Sweet Business exotic auto rifle, the clip will refill with 10 rounds every few seconds, allowing the minigun to truly feel unique. If you ever use auto rifles, this chest piece is an absolute must-have.
A returning exotic from Destiny (in name and look at least), The Stag’s exotic perk, Dearly Departed, gives you Rift energy when you’re close to death. When you die, you’ll also drop a healing rift under your feet. This exotic has some great stats and some interesting perks.
Perks that force you to die to be useful usually aren’t great. However, this helmet has potential to help you learn difficult encounters. If you’re a serious Trials player or want some extra survivability when learning the next raid lair, this helmet is worth your Legendary Shards.
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.