Destiny received a completely fresh set of gear this weekend from Xûr, Agent of the Nine. The mysterious vendor has returned to the Tower so that PlayStation and Xbox players can ogle his wares, make a purchase, and possibly give their Exotics a twist on the perks and stats.
Xûr can be found next to the Crucible Quartermaster in the Tower this weekend. Simply head straight towards the Vanguard hall after spawning in the tower and look against the wall on the left just before you run into the Quartermaster. Here’s where you can find him on the Tower map.
Xûr and his items will only be available in Destiny through the morning of Sunday, October 18. As soon as the clock strikes 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT, he will be gone.
As mentioned above, everything in Xûr is selling is making its first appearance. The Titans and Hunters get Year Two upgrades to older armor, while Warlocks get the unique-looking The Stag helmet that assuredly comes full of deer puns.
Destiny players will also have the opportunity to buy a weapon from Xûr this weekend, a seeming rarity since the release of The Taken King. The Exotic Hereafter Sniper Rifle won’t light any fires, but is a decent piece to add to an Exotic collection.
The newest of the new items is the addition of Glass Needles. This consumable item allows players to re-roll the perks and stats on an Exotic piece, similar to reforging, through the “Twist of Fate” node on the weapon or armor pierce. Fortunately, this does not reset the progress on the item, only the stats.
Exotic Gear on Sale
|No Backup Plans||Titan Helmet||43 Intellect / 44 Strength||13 Strange Coins|
|Don’t Touch Me||Hunter Helmet||43 Discipline / 42 Strength||13 Strange Coins|
|The Stag||Warlock Gauntlets||49 Discipline / 46 Strength||13 Strange Coins|
|Hereafter||Exotic Sniper Rifle||23 Strange Coins|
|Legacy Engram||Exotic Year One Heavy Weapon||31 Strange Coins|
|Void 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 Needle||Resets Exotic Stats||3 Strange Coins, 3 Motes of Light, 1 Exotic Shard|
For those wondering what to get, here are a few helpful hints.
The Hereafter Sniper Rifle is a middle of the road archetype with an average rate of fire and an average impact rating. The primary namesake perk gives a stronger zoom and makes the rifle easier to aim under fire. There’s also the “Perfectionist” perk, which gives back all shots fired from a magazine if they are all precision kills, and “Blinding Light” which has a chance to proc a flash bang grenade effect with precision kills.
This weapon is best used in Destiny PVE activities, as these perks do not lend themselves well to PVP unless you are an absolute monster with precision kills in Crucible. It’s not a bad Sniper Rifle, it is just hard to justify using up an Exotic slot for it.
No Backup Plans
No Backup Plans has received a nice upgrade for Year Two, but are still a purely personal defense armor piece. The “Force Multiplier” perk is the signature item on the Gauntlets and triggers the Force Barrier with shotgun kills and the overshield’s duration is increased. This makes Defenders more viable in PVE beyond just throwing down a Ward of Dawn to help out teammates and possibly more viable in PVP as well.
The optional Perks include “Rain Blows” and “Momentum Transfer” for a choice between faster melee speed or bonus melee energy on grenade hits. There’s also a choice between faster shotgun or rocket launcher reloads.
The 43 Intellect / 44 Strength stats are average for a split stat roll.
Don’t Touch Me
The Don’t Touch Me Gauntlets for Hunters come with the “Defensive Reflex” signature perk that will briefly turn your character invisible when hit with a melee attack. These are best used as a defensive piece in PVE for any section where you are swarmed by enemies.
The optional perks grant a choice between “Switchblade” and “Momentum Transfer” for either decreased melee cool down or bonus melee energy on grenade hits. The faster reload option is between Hand Cannons and Fusion Rifles.
The 43 Discipline / 42 Strength stat is another average split stat roll.
The Stag helmet not only makes your Destiny character look like a creepy deer, it also comes with the “Doe or Die” perk to grant faster Super energy recharge when you are the last of your fireteam to be standing and can proc an overshield on respawn. This is probably best used for small team PVP multiplayer game types. such as Elimination and Trials of Osiris. since they allow for situations where you could be the last man standing. However, we did see a three man Fireteam use this perk effectively to bring down Oryx in the King’s Fall raid this past week.
The optional perks on The Stag are a choice between the “Hand-On” for bonus Super energy from melee kills against minions and “Heavy Lifting” for bonus Super energy from heavy weapon kills on minions. There is also “Invigoration” to gain bonus melee energy on Orb pickups.
Like the other two pieces, the 49 Discipline / 46 Strength stat split on this helmet is average.
[Images courtesy of Bungie, Destiny]