Destiny players on PlayStation and Xbox consoles get to celebrate the New Year with a visit from Xûr, Agent of the Nine. The mysterious vendor has appeared in the Tower once again with a treat for those who have yet to pick up the Invective. Meanwhile, the armor selection is fair to middling.
Those looking for Xûr should run straight ahead after spawning in the Tower toward the Vanguard Hall with Cayde-6, Ikora Rey, and Zavala. He is located to the right of the table that the three Vanguards are standing at, against the wall. Here’s where you can find him on the Tower map, just to be sure.
Xûr and his items will only be available in Destiny through the morning of Sunday, January 3. As soon as the clock strikes 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT, he will be gone.
Exotic Gear on Sale
|Empyrean Bellicose||Titan Helmet||46 Intellect /
|13 Strange Coins|
|Sealed Ahamkara Grasps||Hunter Gauntlets||44 Discipline /
|13 Strange Coins|
|Starfire Protocol||Warlock Chest Armor||66 Discipline /
|13 Strange Coins|
|Invective||Shotgun||23 Strange Coins|
|Legacy Engram||Exotic Year One Helmet||29 Strange Coins|
|Plasma Drive||Legendary Vehicle Upgrade||23 Strange Coins|
|Stealth Drive||Legendary Vehicle Upgrade||23 Strange Coins|
|Heavy Ammo Synthesis||Ammo Synthesis 3-pack||1 Strange Coin|
|Three of Coins||Exotic Chance Boost 5-pack||7 Strange Coins|
|Glass Needles||Resets Exotic Stats 3-pack||3 Strange Coins, 3 Motes of Light, 1 Exotic Shard|
For those wondering what to get, here are a few helpful hints.
Shotgun-loving Destiny players should rejoice as this is the first time Xûr has sold the Invective. The Exotic Shotgun is brutal in Crucible events thanks to its combination of range, impact, and the “Full Auto” perk. The weapon this week may be disappointing for those who have played Destiny since launch, but it’s a fantastic pickup for those newer to the game.
Aside from being a cool-looking Titan helmet, Empyrean Bellicose has a deceptively beneficial suite of perks, even if it may not be a top-tier piece. The main perk, “Antigrav Thrusters,” allows Titans to hover in the air while aiming. The other half of that perk gives a melee recharge when picking up Orbs of Light, which synergizes well with the different Titan subclass melee abilities.
The random perk rolls give “Hands On” and “Heavy Lifting” in the third column for more Super Energy from melee and Heavy Weapon kills against minions. “Better Already” for shield recovery is the final column perk.
The split 46 Intellect/49 Discipline stat roll is average. Destiny players picking this up will want to consider re-rolling with Glass Needles to get “Inverse Shadow” combined with either “Better Already” or “Infusion” in the third column.
Sealed Ahamkara Grasps
This Year Two Exotic Gauntlet piece for Hunters works well with the new Nightstalker subclass, as well as Bladedancers, due to the extra melee charge. This will give Hunters the ability to go invisible twice, which is always a bonus in PVE and sometimes in PVP, too.
The second column random perk rolls include “Switchblade” for reduced melee cooldown time and “Impact Induction” for bonus grenade energy on melee hits. The third column optional perks offer a choice between faster Fusion Rifle or Rocket Launcher reloading.
The split 44 Discipline and 41 Strength stat roll is very average for Destiny players. Glass Needles usage should be considered for potentially better stats and/or to get the reload perks for your most used weapons.
This marks the first time Starfire Protocol has been sold in Destiny Year Two. It is meant for the Warlock Sunsinger subclass thanks to the namesake perk., which grants an additional Fusion grenade. However, this does not stack with the “Gift of the Sun” perk, so you can still only max out at two. What it does allow is for players to select either the “Angel of Light” or “Touch of Flame” perks, instead.
The third column perks give the choice between carrying additional special or heavy weapon ammo while one of the final column perks provide additional armor when using a Solar-based class.
The 66 Discipline and 62 Strength split roll is excellent. There’s really no reason to re-roll this piece as the random perks and stats all come up favorable for Destiny Warlocks.
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