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, hanging out on a tree.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- The Wardcliff Coil, exotic rocket launcher: 29 legendary shards
- Lucky Raspberry, Hunter chest: 23 legendary shards
- An Insurmountable Skullfort, Titan helmet: 23 legendary shards
- Ophidian Aspect, Warlock gloves: 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.
The Wardcliff Coil is one of the most fun and unique guns in Destiny 2. Its first exotic perk is Mad Scientist, which causes the Wardcliff Coil to fire a volley of rockets. The secondary perk, Mechanized Autoloader, automatically reloads the magazine when the user walks over heavy ammo.
This rocket launcher is extremely hard to aim, requiring some kind of strange sweeping motion to really aim the rockets where you want them to land. But the effort is worth it. In Nightfalls and Public Events, the Wardcliff Coil can decimate entire groups of enemies in an instant. If you don’t have this gun, pick it up before Xur goes away this week.
The Hunter exotic this week is Lucky Raspberry. The main perk here is Probability Matrix, which enhances your Arc Bolt grenade, giving it a chance to reset after dealing damage and causing it to chain more effectively. Considering the sorry state of the Arcstrider subclass, it’s hard to recommend this chest for either PvP or PvE activities.
AN INSURMOUNTABLE SKULLFORT
An Insurmountable Skullfort is an excellent PvE exotic for Striker Titans. Its Transfusion Matrix perk will cause your melee ability kills to instantly trigger health regeneration as well as fully restore melee energy. If you like to raid or Nightfall, pick this helmet up and keep it with you.
The Ophidian Aspect gauntlets are new to Destiny 2, first released with the Curse of Osiris DLC. Their exotic perk is Cobra Totemic, which causes weapons handled by the wearer to ready and reload faster than normal. As a bonus, melee range is also extended. These are great “any time” exotics. No matter what kind of activity you’re doing, you’d be better off wearing these gauntlets than not. Pick them up for yourself and see what you think.
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.