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, by the Rig. He is selling:
- D.A.R.C.I., an Exotic heavy sniper rifle, for 29 legendary shards
- Winter’s Guile, Exotic Warlock gauntlets, for 23 legendary shards
- Gwisin Vest, Exotic Hunter chest armour, for 23 legendary shards
- Antaeus Wards, Exotic Titan 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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Winter’s Guile is a Warlock glove that will cause melee kills to raise your melee damage. It sounds bland, but it’s deceptively powerful – the buff can stack up to five times, and community testing has shown it scales sharply at the upper end. By the fourth or fifth stack, you can one-shot Colossi. The catch is that each stack only lasts for four seconds, so it’s best in swarm situations. Voidlocks can pair with Devour for some healing if they’re getting overwhelmed, but unlike many Exotics, they work with any subclass. Don’t overlook these – they’re useless in Crucible, but a great pick for the right playstyle in PvE.
Gwisin Vest gives you the Roving Assassin perk, which gives you Super energy for each Spectral Blades kill made before going into stealth. It’s gotten a nerf, but it’s still one of the most powerful PvP items Hunters can claim, as used right it means nearly constant Super uptime. If you don’t have it yet, you should.
Antaeus Wards give you Reflective Vents, which makes your slide reflect incoming projectiles, and each reflection you succeed in gives you Super energy. Making effective use of that ability means learning a whole new playstyle, but once you do it’s incredible. At its most basic level, it gives you a big advantage in shotgun duels, never mind the chance to send back big Super attacks. Well worth it, especially in Crucible.