Who is Xur?
Xur Agent Of The Nine, works for the mysterious group, The Nine. While Guardians have never seen The Nine, it is said that their influence is vast. Xur, the moss-tentacle-faced vendor visits social spaces once a week, bringing with him a variety of exotic items, which Guardians can purchase with Strange Coins.
It’s the first visit from Xur in the Age of Triumph! Now he’s got a couple of new items this week that we can go through below, but first you need to find him! Luckily he’s in the Tower, so head there and go straight from spawn down the stairs as if you were going to meet the Vanguard. Stop before you get there! You need to go and see Lord Shaxx instead because Xur is creeping out around him, making him very uncomfortable.
Exotic Weapon: No Land Beyond (Exotic Sniper Rifle) 17 Strange Coins
Now please don’t get excited, this is a Sniper Rifle that sits in your primary slot but it is very slot to fire, and very slow to reload. However, if you master it then it’s lethal, and nothing hurts more than being killed by this in the Crucible. The exotic perk, is literally that it’s a Sniper Rifle in your primary slot, but it does come with Mulligan, so there’s a chance for missing shots to return ammo to the clip, and The Master which briefly increases damage against the next target after a kill.
Keep an eye out for a more detailed analysis of No Land Beyond this weekend.
Exotic Gauntlets: Ruin Wings (Titan class) 13 Strange Coins
Ruin Wings are badass-looking Gauntlets, but they’re much more than that if you’re into your heavy ammo. Their perk, Seeds Of Ruin, makes heavy ammo drop more often and when you pick up heavy ammo from crates you get more from them. This is pretty great for strikes and raids, but in the Crucible you might find heavy weapons a little slow paced.
Exotic Helmet: Astrocyte Verse (Warlock Class) 13 Strange Coins
This makes you look like the void is your skull, I don’t know what more you’d want from that. The exotic perk, Move to Survive, causes a temporary increase to Blink recovery, meaning you can blink more often and avoid whatever hellishness the Darkness is throwing at you.
Exotic Leg Armour: Fr0st-EE5 (Hunter Class) 13 Strange Coins
These look really nice, and as far as Hunter Leg Armour goes that is pretty rare. The exotic perk Rapid Cooldown, gives you a tighter radius while turning, avoid that feeling of steering a whale around the ocean, and increases grenade and melee regeneration while sprinting. I don’t think I need to explain this much more, but if you’re someone who sprints a lot then this is good for your Hunter. Sprinting is essential for getting out of the way of death, so I do it all the time and will be buying these.
Zhalo Supercell and Shock Hazard: (weapon Bundle) 30 Strange Coins and 25 Silver Dust
This is a new item from Xur, allowing you to buy both a weapon and an ornament for it. The Zhalo Supercell is a pretty great Auto Rifle, which we’ve already done an in-depth look at here if you’re interested. Bear in mind that you can buy Ornaments separately so this isn’t an essential purchase if that’s what you’re after.
Monte Carlo and Royal Flush: (weapon Bundle) 30 Strange Coins and 25 Silver Dust
The Monte Carlo is a sought after Auto Rifle because it’s just pretty damn awesome. We haven’t done an in-depth look at this one before, but the exotic perk, The Monte Carlo Method, means that kills have a chance to refill your melee bar, and reduces the melee bar cooldown.
Legacy Engram: (Exotic Leg Armour) 29 Strange Coins – The Legacy Engram will decode for a Year 1 or 2 piece of armour to complete your collection. Some of these items can be infused to Year 3 Light Level.
Three Of Coins (Consumable) 7 Strange Coins
Plasma Drive (Consumable) 23 Strange Coins
Emerald Coil (Consumable) 23 Strange Coins
Heavy Ammo Sythesis Consumable) 3 Strange Coins
Glass Needles (Consumable) 3 Strange Coins, 3 Motes Of Light, and 1 Exotic Shard
It’s the Age of Triumph so really you need to be thinking about what you need for that Record Book. With that said, don’t go crazy on a weapon bundle just because they’re there, only go for those if you need both the weapon and the Ornament. For us, those Hunter boots are essential and will be purchased, alongside the Warlock helmet if there are enough Strange Coins to go around. These two are missing from the collection and therefore need to be included to get that sweet sweet gratification from the playerbase of Destiny!