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Destiny 2 Xur location and items, Aug. 31-Sept. 3

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Head to the EDZ for some Exotics

Destiny 2 Xur

If you played Destiny, you may be familiar with Xur, the weekly Exotic item merchant. In Destiny 2, he’s back, and now appears all over the map. This week, he’s in the EDZ. You can find Xur on a bluff, just under a Fallen Ketch.

Xur in the EDZ in Destiny 2 Image: Bungie via Polygon

Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:

  • Prometheus Lens, Exotic trace rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Knucklehead Radar, Exotic Hunter helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Ashen Wake, Exotic Titan gauntlets: 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.

PROMETHEUS LENS

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 from the reserves. 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

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

Ashen Wake is one of the new exotics in Destiny 2: Warmind. Its 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.

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.

Correction: We originally suggested that players pick up Three of Coins in advance of Forsaken. According to Bungie, this consumable will be going away. We’ve since removed the tip.