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 hiding out just north of the Giant’s Scar landing zone, stuck in a cave.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- Coldheart, Exotic trace rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
- Graviton Forfeit, Exotic Hunter helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
- Helm of Saint-14, Exotic Titan helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
- Vesper of Radius, Exotic Warlock chest: 23 Legendary Shards
- Three of Coins: 31 Legendary Shards
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.
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 Graviton Forfeit is a Hunter helmet from Curse of Osiris. While it looks like a returning exotic from Destiny, its exotic perk, Vanishing Shadow, is completely different in Destiny 2. This perk increases the length of your invisibility skills and causes your melee ability to recharge quickly while you’re invisible.
This helmet has a lot of potential for Trials of Osiris players, but with the understanding that you have to play Nightstalker to take advantage of it. While Arcstrider is the more powerful PvP spec, if you enjoy playing Nightstalker, then this is a decent helmet for you.
HELM OF SAINT-14
Another returning Destiny exotic, the Helm of Saint-14 is rarely useful in Destiny 2. Its exotic perk, Starless Night, causes your Ward of Dawn to blind enemies who walk inside it. Guarding with Sentinel Shield will provide the same result.
Unfortunately, there are few times where you want to drop Ward of Dawn rather than use your full Sentinel Shield. When using the block, this perk doesn’t activate easily enough to be useful. If you like the way it looks, pick it up for some tower fashion. But if you want a functional Titan helmet, look elsewhere.
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.
THREE OF COINS
This old farming buff has returned from the Destiny graveyard to help you farm Exotics. 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.