If you played Destiny, you may be familiar with Xur, the weekly Exotic item merchant. In Destiny 2, he’s back, and he now appears all over the map. This week, you can find Xur on Io, standing in the back of a cave in the Giant’s Scar.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
- Vigilance Wing, pulse rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
- Lucky Pants, Hunter legs: 23 Legendary Shards
- Helm of Saint-14, Titan helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
- Nezarec’s Sin, Warlock helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
- Isochronal Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
- Invitation quest: 9 Legendary Shards
Xur’s inventory caps out at 731 if you’re 750. He also offers specific rolls on each armor piece each week, giving out different perks for the same pieces.
Vigilance Wing is one of Destiny 2’s coolest and most unique exotic weapons. It’s a pulse rifle that, due to the 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.
After Forsaken and the time to kill adjustments, Vigilance Wing has lost some serious power when compared to other tools in the Crucible. However, it’s still a fun gun to use and extremely unique.
Lucky Pants are fairly worthless in most situations. They’re also one of the exotics that Sloane offers you during the campaign. Their exotic perk, Illegally Modded Holster, allows you to ready hand cannons very quickly as well as increase accuracy for your first shot. Additionally, precision hits partially reload any stowed hand cannons. If you absolutely must use hand cannons in both your energy and kinetic slot, these pants are for you. Otherwise, skip Lucky Pants.
This week’s roll:
Slot 1: Perpetuation, Traction, Oversize Weapon Dexterity
Slot 2: Hand Cannon Scavenger, Submachine Gun Scavenger
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.
This week’s roll:
Slot 1: Heavy Lifting, Hands-On, Kinetic Weapon Targeting
Slot 2: Rocket Launcher Reserves, Shotgun Reserves
Nezarec’s Sin isn’t a particularly exciting Warlock helmet, but it’s very good. The main perk is Abyssal Extractors, which causes Void damage kills to recharge your ability energy. Boring but effective. This includes void damage from your subclass and from your energy or power weapons. If you play Voidwalker ever or have a Void Uriel’s Gift that you use all the time, pick up this great helmet.
This week’s roll:
Slot 1: Submachine Gun Targeting, Energy Weapon Targeting, Precision Weapon Targeting
Slot 2: Rocket Launcher Reserves, Sniper Rifle Reserves
If you haven’t completed the Invitation quest yet, Xur is still offering it for nine Legendary Shards.