The week Destiny 2 fans have been waiting for finally arrived as the Shadowkeep expansion brought players back to the Moon in an effort to put down a new Hive threat. In addition to new story content, the release brought with it the free to play version called New Light, ushering new waves of players into the constantly evolving sandbox. Steam also became the new home of the PC players, officially migrating away from the Blizzard Launcher.
More importantly, this week also brought with it Update 18.104.22.168, arguably one of the biggest and most impactful updates the franchise has ever seen. Many game mechanics across the sandbox has been adjusted from weapons and super abilities, to adding the new gear mod and Armor 2.0 systems. New exotics and other gear has also been added, as well as new ways to upgrade them either through infusion or the overhauled masterworking system.
Today also marks the first appearance of Xur, the exotic merchant inside of Destiny 2. While the patch also increased the potential for his Fated Engram inventory, players now have a new location where he could appear. To that end, here's where players can find Xur as well as a review of what he's currently selling for the weekend of October 4, 2019.
Where is Xur?
For those curious, Xur isn't on the Moon this week. While that would be fitting, players should instead head to Watcher's Grave on Nessus as the Agent of the Nine is catching a ride on the giant floating barge.
From the Director, head to Nessus and load into Watcher's Grave. Once loaded in, run forward until the zone opens up. The Golden Barge is floating nearby with Xur hanging out towards the back of the ship near the treasure chests.
With Shadowkeep finally here, Xur does his best impression of what Year 2 looked like in Destiny 2. One thing to note however is that all of the armor on offer going forward is part of the Armor 2.0 system, so the randomized perks players may have gotten used to are now gone.
For those unhappy with his offerings today, keep in mind that the Fated Engram now includes world-drop Exotics from Year 2. This should help guardians to continue filling out their exotic collections. Here are Xur's three gear pieces this weekend:
Nezarec's Sin - Warlock helm
Oddly enough, the Nezarec's Sin helmet is back again this week. It's intrinsic perk is known as Abyssal Extractors, a void specific ability that should make Voidwalker Warlocks very happy. Essentially, any void damage kills increase ability energy recharge rate. Nothing has really changed about the item since it was on sale last week, so it's still worth a pickup.
For those curious, this item pairs well not only with Voidwalkers, but many strong weapons currently int he game like the Hammerhead machine gun, the much easier to acquire Le Monarque Bow, and Recluse submachine gun. It's currently unknown how the upcoming changes will affect these weapons, but either way, this is still a very useful and popular Warlock exotic.
- Mobility = 10
- Resilience = 7
- Recovery = 7
- Discipline = 6
- Intellect = 6
- Strength = 10
The Sixth Coyote - Hunter chest armor
This Hunter chest armor comes with the Double Dodge intrinsic perk which basically gives players a second dodge. The nice thing about this exotic is that it's not dependent on any particular subclass and is a viable option for all subclasses.
While the perk may not be particularly flashy or unique, getting a second dodge is pretty useful in all game modes of Destiny 2. With Marksman's Dodge, players would be able to automatically reload their weapons twice or refresh their melee ability twice with Gambler's Dodge.
- Mobility +11
- Resilience +7
- Recovery +7
- Discipline +10
- Intellect +6
- Strength +6
ACD/0 Feedback Fence - Titan gauntlets
The ACD/0 Feedback Fence gauntlets are a great choice for players who like to melee and cause a bit of chaos at the same time. The intrinsic perk called Fury Conductors build energy when getting melee kills. Being hit by a melee attack not only reduces incoming damage and unleashes the currently stored energy in an explosion.
It may not be the best available Titan exotic, it is remains a solid choice especially for those players who enjoy PvP content. Getting punched and causing small explosions is a powerful, fun, and destructive ability to have.
- Mobility +2
- Resilience +12
- Recovery +10
- Discipline +6
- Intellect +6
- Strength +12
The unique looking rocket launcher called the Wardcliff Coil is on sale with Xur this weekend. Mad Scientist allows this weapon to fire a volley of rockets instead of just one at a time like the others. Volatile Launch goes even further to make this weapon even more explosive by greatly increasing blast radius and slightly decreasing handling speed and projectile speed.
For newer players, this is a great PvE weapon, so it's an easy recommend this week. While Rocket Launchers haven't really changed all that much following the most recent update, this weapon remains incredibly strong in PvE activities, especially ones against bosses. When used in conjunction with arc singe enabled activities, the weapon can melt bosses very quickly as players who farm the Strange Terrain Nightfall can attest to.
The perks for this weapon this weekend are:
- Mechanized Autoloader
- Extended Mag
- Composite Stock
Here's the complete rundown of Xur's entire stock in Destiny 2 for October 4:
- Nezarec's Sin (Warlock helm) – 23 Legendary Shards
- The Sixth Coyote (Hunter chest armor) – 23 Legendary Shards
- ACD/0 Feedback Fence (Titan gauntlets) – 23 Legendary Shards
- Wardcliff Coil (Rocket Launcher) - 29 Legendary Shards
- Fated Engram - 97 Legendary Shards
- Five of Swords Challenge Card
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.