Xûr is Destiny 2’s Exotic gear merchant. He appears every weekend to sell the game’s most coveted items in exchange for Legendary shards, but if you’re a casual player with limited shards to spend, it can be hard to know which of his wares is most worth your investment. That’s where we come in.
Xûr appears every Friday at 17:00 GMT (09:00 Pacific), and will stick around until the Tuesday reset. We’ll update this guide shortly after he arrives, so if you’re reading this, you need only read on to learn where he is, and which are the best items he’s selling this week.
Ever since the Forsaken expansion, Xûr’s icon no longer appears on your director, so he’s not quite as easy to track down as he used to be. That said, his appearances in the EDZ, Titan, Nessus, Io, and The Tower have so far been in the same places he frequented in vanilla Destiny 2. When he appears in the Tangled Shore or Dreaming City (as he surely will) we’ll be sure to let you know exactly where.
Xûr is back on Io this week, hanging out at the Giant’s Scar. He is selling:
- Crimson, an Exotic primary hand cannon, for 29 legendary shards
- The Dragon’s Shadow, Exotic Hunter chest armour, for 23 legendary shards
- Crown of Tempests, an Exotic Warlock helmet, for 23 legendary shards
- Ashen Wake, Exotic Titan gauntlets, for 23 legendary shards
- A Fated Engram, which guarantees a non-duplicate Exotic, for 97 legendary shards.
Crimson pays homage to Red Death, a pulse rifle from the original Destiny. It has basically the same perks, but on a hand cannon. Its ability to keep you alive is a huge boon in both game modes, but especially in the Crucible, and its stability and range stats are good. Its potential to auto-reload also obviates a common weakness of hand cannons, and puts it up with Sunshot as an add control tool in PvE.
The Dragon’s Shadow offers Wraithmetal Mail, which gives you instant reloads across all weapons and brief buffs to movement speed and weapon handling when you dodge. That makes one of the Hunter’s most proactive tools even more useful, and if you’ve built to keep your dodges regenerating fast you’re going to have near-total uptime on a grip of useful perks. That makes this chest well worthwhile.
Crown of Tempests is one of the most sought-after Warlock exotics in the game, and for good reason. The Conduction Tines perk has Arc kills boost the recharge of Arc abilities and extend the duration of Stormtrance. If you’ve got a Stormcaller, that means you can essentially be a super-powered Emperor Palpatine, launching hot lightning death from your hands and getting more electricity to use with every single kill.
Ashen Wake gives Titans fusion grenades that explode on impact and come out faster. Plus, you’ve got grenade cooldown reductions whenever you connect with a melee attack. The usefulness of all this is pretty obvious – if you like your grenades, this is an excellent choice to keep the explosives coming out regularly.