While it’s fair to say that Xur’s viability as an exotic vendor has changed a little bit now that the Three of Coins farming trick is no more, the Agent of the Nine is still a must on any Destiny veteran’s weekly agenda. Nightfall Strikes may have a chance at dropping exotics, but Xur is a lot of players’ best chance at securing some new exotic pieces that might better serve them in PvE or PvP. And for others, his engrams offer either (a) a 310 exotic armor piece that gets them that much closer to the max light level or (b) Infusion fuel for their shiny new raid armor.
So, where is Xur this week? This week, Destiny players will find Xur in Tower North, on the balcony past the Speaker. Once you spawn in, make a sharp right and follow the stairs until they flatten out into a wide open view of the last city on Earth. Xur should be at the far end opposite that entrance, sticking out like a sore thumb against the background.
For exotic armor, this week Xur has one new Taken King piece and two Year 2 versions of old exotic gear. Even so, the Year 2 versions are actually the more viable options for Destiny players, especially those who have been struggling with the King’s Fall raid.
Of course, the most exciting items on Xur’s menu are the Immolation Fists gauntlets, if only because they are a new Destiny: The Taken King exotic. With them on, a Titan can cause enemies to explode with their Sunbreaker hammers by default, and therefore are free to choose a different perk from the same tree.
The Celestial Nighthawk and Heart of Praxic Fire should be familiar to Hunters and Warlocks, respectively, and are solid exotic armor choices as well. The Celestial Nighthawk could prove extremely useful for those players having trouble with the Oryx fight in the King’s Fall raid, as the single, 3x damage Golden Gun shot is sure to stagger him every time. Eventually, staggering won’t be an issue for Normal mode runs, but the helmet may still come in handy when Hard Mode releases.
For a full rundown of Xur’s items and prices see the list below:
- Immolation Fists (Titan Gauntlets) – 13 Strange Coins
- Celestial Nighthawk (Hunter Helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
- Heart of Praxic Fire (Warlock Chest Piece) – 13 Strange Coins
- Legacy Heavy Weapon Engram – 31 Strange Coins
- Exotic Helmet Engram – 19 Strange Coins
- Three of Coins – 7 Strange Coins
However, those players who are over 280 light level may want to skip the Celestial Nighthawk in Xur’s inventory and opt for the exotic helmet engram instead. See, while Xur’s exotic armor pieces are locked at 280 light, engrams can decrypt into 290, 300, or even 310 light items, depending on the player’s light level. Granted, it isn’t automatic, but those over 300 will likely be better served taking a shot at a 310 light helmet.
So, it seems that Xur’s pattern for The Taken King is to sell an armor engram, a weapon, and then another armor engram. It’s a smart move on Bungie’s part to help keep the Destiny population interested for longer, but it also may take away from some of the excitement. We will have to wait and see.
Until next time!