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 (10:00 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 Titan this week, at the Rig. He is selling:
- D.A.R.C.I., an Exotic heavy sniper rifle, for 29 legendary shards
- Celestial Nighthawk, an Exotic Hunter helmet, for 23 legendary shards
- Ursa Furiosa, Exotic Titan gauntlets, for 23 legendary shards
- Geomag Stabilizers, Exotic Warlock leg armour, for 23 legendary shards
- A Fated Engram, which guarantees a non-duplicate Exotic, for 97 legendary shards.
D.A.R.C.I. is a sniper rifle that will display enemy health “and other critical information” when you’re scoped in on them. When this effect is active, its second perk will grant bonus precision damage and more aim assistance (though it’s not clear how aim assist works on PC if you’re not using a controller). Testing by YouTuber Patrick Casey shows the bonus precision damage is roughly 6%, which isn’t really enough to be impactful in PvE and makes no difference in PvP since sniper headshots are always fatal anyway. It looks a bit cool, but ultimately we can’t recommend this, especially if you’re low on shards: it just do enough to warrant your Exotic slot.
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Celestial Nighthawk is a Hunter helm that modifies a Gunslinger’s Golden Gun to fire a single, high-damage bullet. Enemies killed by this shot will explode, and it can still score critical hits through the Sharpshooter tree. Such a hit will do crushing damage to any target, but limiting your Golden Gun to just one round hurts your overall orb generation, which is one of a Hunter’s key jobs on a raid team. If you’ve got someone covering that role, though (like a Nightstalker with Orpheus Rig), then this is well worth considering. The addition of Masterwork weapons, which also generate orbs quickly, further frees up Gunslingers to play damage dealer rather than support. It’s utterly useless in PvP, but for strikes and raids, Nighthawk offers one of the best single shots of damage in the game. Probably worth the purchase.
Ursa Furiosa gives you Ursine Guard, which lets you move faster while guarding with Sentinel Shield. More importantly, all the damage you block gets converted back to super energy once the current use ends. More super uptime is always a good thing, and it’s especially great in Crucible – even if the enemy knows not to shoot you, that’s still a free opportunity to fire back at them. Terrific stuff for the right class.
Geomag Stabilizers give you the Close Enough perk, which lets you top off a nearly-full Chaos Reach Super bar just by sprinting. On top of that, damaging the bad guys with Chaos Reach extends its duration. You don’t need me to tell you that additional Super uptime is a very good thing, and if you’re running a Chaos build on your Warlock, this Exotic is basically essential.