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 been in the same places he frequented in vanilla Destiny 2. So if you’ve been following Destiny 2 from the start, you should have no problem finding the merchant’s spots.
Xûr is back at the Io this week, in his usual cave. He is selling:
- Hard Light, an Exotic energy auto rifle, for 29 legendary shards
- Orpheus Rig, Exotic Hunter leg armour, for 23 legendary shards
- Stronghold, Exotic Titan gauntlets, for 23 legendary shards
- Contraverse Hold, Exotic Warlock gauntlets, for 23 legendary shards
Hard Light has had a ridiculous road through Destiny 2, from an absolute joke of an Exotic to one of the most powerful weapons in the game. The Volatile Light perk gives you ricocheting rounds and bonus damage on bounce, and this used to be compensated for with some ridiculous screen shake while you were firing. A series of buffs to Hard Light – and auto rifles in general – has now made this gun uber-powerful. If you want to compete in Crucible this weekend, you’re gonna need it.
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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.
Stronghold gives sword-wielding Titans much more in the way of defensive options. With the Clenched Fist perk, guarding with a sword increases your move speed and doesn’t drain ammo, and any shot you block immediately after a guard will restore your health. This makes sword builds much more viable, but obviously you have to be willing to run a melee build for it to be worthwhile.
Contraverse Hold gives you Chaotic Exchanger, which improves charging for Void grenades, and Momentum Transfer, which has grenade damage reduce your melee cooldown. You’ve got to build around it a bit to make the Exotic worthwhile, but it’s got plenty of utility in that context.