Xur, Destiny’s travelling weekend Exotic trader, premier fashioner of automated musical art installations, and maker of the finest cup of tea in Earth’s northern hemisphere (some of the guys over at Proxima Centauri have slightly got the edge, due to their advanced quantum straining technology), is back. This week he’s at The Tower, over in the Vanguard Hall. Zavala’s trying to get some serious battle stats crunched, but Xur keeps humming Little Spanish Flea at a just-perceptible volume under his breath to put him off. Zavala has no idea where it’s coming from, but Cayde is pissing himself. Such a shame that it took ‘til this point in year three for those two to become friends.
Anyway, what’s Xur selling? Well this week he’s selling this lot:
• The Glasshouse (Exotic Titan helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
• Shinobu’s Vow (Exotic Hunter gauntlets) – 13SC
• The Ram (Exotic Warlock helmet) – 13SC
• Telesto (Exotic fusion rifle) – 23SC
• Legacy Engram (Boots engram) – 31 Strange Coins
• Exotic Shard - 7SC
• Three of Coins – 7SC
• Glass Needle – 3SC
What’s good? The Warlocks’ Ram is this week’s stand-out piece of armour. It gives increased defence and, more importantly, makes all Voidwalker melee attacks trigger Life Steal, meaning that not only can you score instant health recovery every time you slap an enemy in the face, you can also equip Soul Rip at the same time, making melees reduce the cooldown of your Nova Bomb as well. Couple that with Embrace the Void (which also makes Nova Bombs and grenades trigger Energy Drain), and you have a hell of a self-perpetuating defence and damage solution.
As for the others, The Titan’s Glasshouse makes the Blessing of Light and Weapons of Light buffs from the bubble last longer. A decent perk, but not essential enough to spend an Exotic slot on. The Hunters’ Shinobu’s Vow, however, is actually a really damn good Exotic, specifically tuned for Blade Dancers. If you’re in the habit of crafting different builds for different subclasses, this is definitely the one to go for. It gives you an extra Skip Grenade, and buffs those Skips with increased power and an extra tracker. A very powerful piece of equipment indeed, and utterly brutal in the Crucible.
And continuing the good news, Telesto is a pretty great gun. Effectively operating somewhere between a Fusion Rifle, and sticky grenade launcher, and Halo’s Needler, it fires Void projectiles that attach to targets and explode after a slight delay, causing damnably respectable splash-damage at the same time. A Fusion that operates way above and beyond the parameters of a normal Fusion, it’s a unique, powerful, and really fun Exotic that you really should think about picking up.
As ever, Xur will be around until Sunday at 2am PT / 10am UK, at which point he’ll be away for another week.