Xur location and items from November 1: Where is the snake-faced bastard this week?
Another week passes, and Xur is still selling the cruddy versions of exotic armour that you can already find in your collections. However, for New Light players, his wares do offer the opportunity to add some potent pieces of gear to your builds, which is why I’m still plugging away lovelessly here.
This week Xur is in the Watcher’s Grave area on Nessus. From spawn, head to the big floaty space barge in front of you. You’ll find the alien shopkeeper chillin’ on the top deck. Reminder: if you are new to Destiny 2, check out our beginner’s guide to help get started.
Xur sells a specific armor piece for each class, at 23 Legendary Shards, and an exotic weapon for 29 Legendary shards.
You can also try your luck at buying an Isochronal (also called Fated) Engram for a whopping 97 legendary shards. This will give you a random exotic (but only from year one or two) that the currently equipped character doesn’t own. Crucially, these have a chance of rolling high stats, making the gamble worthwhile. Bear in mind though that you could get a weapon instead, which won’t have random stats, so unless it’s something you needed you’ll have wasted your shards. Caveat emptor.
Xur is open for business from 9:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST / 4:00 pm GMT, and leaves when the game resets on Tuesday. Here’s what he’s selling this week.
Vigilance Wing (pulse rifle) — maybe buy
This Egyptian-flavoured pulse rifle fires a unique five-burst volley which, provided you can land your crits, previously made it one of the monsters of the PvP meta. These days it’s not so dominant, but can still slap—as I believe the young people say—particularly when used to hold down lanes. YouTuber CoolGuy gives a good overview of how Vigilance Wing sits in the current sandbox here. The gun’s other perk sees you gain health and movement speed whenever a nearby ally is killed, further reinforcing its PvP utility. So, uh, stand near bad teammates?
Nezarec’s Sin (Warlock helmet) — absolutely buy
This is an absolutely S-Tier exotic for Warlocks, particularly if you main Voidwalker, which you really should given how good void grenades are this season. The signature perk seems relatively passive—dealing void damage with your abilities or weapons speeds up the recharge of you abilities and super—but it’s incredibly effective, particularly now that cooldowns are slower in the Shadowkeep era. You can make some really strong all-void builds using weapons like Swarm of the Raven, Recluse, Wavesplitter etc. I like to run a hand cannon with the Demolitionist perk to ensure I can output even more void damage via constant ‘nades. Basically if you like purple explosions and massively increased uptime on your abilities, this is the hat for you.
Peacekeepers (Titan boots) — don’t buy
You might think that with SMGs being in such a strong place right now—especially Recluse and Huckleberry—that these boots would be a strong pick. But no. The perk reads: “Reloads stowed Submachine Guns and allows you to ready them instantly. Improves your handling with SMGs and your movement while wielding one.” Now you might be theorycrafting some bonkers double-SMG builds, but honestly Recluse is so good that running another SMG would be overkill. And it’s not like the handling or reload speed really need improvement either. I tried using Peacekeepers while grinding for the Gambit ritual weapon Exit Strategy (another great SMG), but found the utility underwhelming. I soon switched back to using either Synthoceps or Heart of Inmost Light, both of which are much better titan exotics.
Lucky Pants (Hunter boots) — maybe buy
Similar to the Peacekeepers, Lucky Pants is an exotic with a use case that’s too niche to see serious play. Here the intended synergy revolves around hand cannons, which spring out of the holster and receive a brief moment of bonus accuracy after being drawn. But again, how vital is that? Particularly when you can already buff hand cannon handling with enhanced dexterity mods on your boots. Lucky Pants do also load a bullet into the magazine of stowed hand cannons when you land a precision hit with your equipped weapon, which might be cool in conjunction with Eriana’s Vow (which reloads like a snail on Mogadon), at least until you unlock auto-reloading via the exotic catalyst. But honestly we’ve already thought about this too much. Compared to Liar’s Handshake, Orpheus Rig, and Celestial Nighthawk, these Lucky Pants belong in the cupboard.