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 Titan this week, at the Rig. He is selling:
- Crimson, an Exotic primary hand cannon, for 29 legendary shards
- Orpheus Rig, Exotic Hunter leg armour, for 23 legendary shards
- Wormgod Caress, Exotic Titan gauntlets, for 23 legendary shards
- Chromatic Fire, Exotic Warlock chest armour, 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.
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Once upon a time, Orpheus Rig was an autopick for Nightstalkers – and its legend continues. These boots will provide ability energy for every enemy tethered by your Shadowshot Super – so much energy, in fact, that they would often refill the Super meter, granting successive Shadowshots as long as you had eight or so enemies to snare (and you usually did). This in turn made Nightstalkers an autopick class for most PvE, as they could generate enough orbs to fill allies’ Super meters with ease. The Rig’s been up and down with nerfs over time, but are still well worthwhile.
Wormgod Caress offers the Burning Fists perk, which gives you increased melee damage after each melee kill, with further kills stacking both duration and effect. That’s not great in PvP, since melee can already be a one hit kill for Titans, but is pretty useful in both Gambit and PvE. Of course, you probably don’t need Xur for this, since it’s the reward for completing the Warmind campaign – chances are, it’s already in your inventory.
Chromatic Fire offers Crystalline Transistor, which creates elemental explosions based on your subclass when you get precision kills with a kinetic weapon. Explosions are always fun – and the area of effect damage is similarly appreciated. For bonus enjoyment, pair with Ace of Spades. Your explosive precision bonuses will double up to maximise the good times.