xur worth buying hard light

Is That Worth Buying?

Published on: June 19, 2015 @ 3:41

Xûr is in town, offering some brand new Exotics. What’s worth your hard-earned Strange Coins?



Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
Hard Light Auto Rifle 23
ACD/0 Feedback Fence (66 INT, 46 STR) Titan Any Gauntlets 13
Khepri’s Sting (96 STR) Hunter Any Gauntlets 13
Starfire Protocol (123/130 INT) Warlock Sunsinger Chest 13

Try your luck with the Exotic Chest Engram – you’ll have a chance at Purifier Robes!

[divider]Hard Light

It might be fun to use, and has its upsides, but all-in-all you’d be better served with another Exotic.

Check out how we place it in our PvP and PvE Exotic tier list, and we also have a full review for it.

Should I buy it?

Hard Light has a very interesting effect on its wielder. It quickly grows on you, and is deadly in PvP once you’re able to master it, but basically worthless for PvE.

Glass Half Full is a drop in the bucket at best, while its ballistics and third row perks are barely enough to patch it to the standards set by its Legendary counterparts. It has a minute niche of suppressing fire with its large magazine Size and fast reload, but this is hardly enough to compensate for its shortcomings.

Volatile Light is a neat idea with very little practical application, and the “coolness” factor of the weapon is almost a slap in the face for how little it has to actually offer.

It would benefit greatly from more Impact or a non-Kinetic damage type (such as Arc damage).

Stats Compared to Other ARs

  • Above Average: RoF, Stability, Aim Assistance, Reload Speed (fast)
  • Below Average: Range, Impact

Notable Perks

  • Glass Half Full: The bottom half of each magazine causes additional damage.
  • Volatile Light: Rounds fired from this weapon overpenetrate targets and ricochet on hard surfaces.

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Such a fun Exotic, introduced in the House of Wolves, these are extremely powerful in PvP and decent for dishing some extra damage in PvE.


  • Rain Blows: Increases melee attack speed.
  • Brawler’s Charge: Replenish Super energy when you kill an enemy with a melee.
  • Wrath Conductors: Taking damage from a melee attack deals damage in an area around you.

Should I buy it?

Just do it!

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This new Exotic provides “Stalker” for either the Gunslinger or Bladedancer, while additionally granting an amped up version of Backstab (4x damage) for any melee from behind, plus adamage over time effect (not mentioned in the tooltip).


  • Primary Weapon Loader: Increased reload speed with Primary Weapons.
  • Invigoration: Reduces melee cooldown each time you pick up an Orb of Light.
  • Touch of Venom: Gain invisibility after crouching in place for a short time. Melee attacking an enemy from behind while invisible delivers 4x damage.

Should I buy it?

It’s worth buying, not only because its subclass-neutral, but because of the amount of utility it can have in PvE.

Khepri’s “Touch of Venom” spreads the invisibility love to Gunslinger’s, and doesn’t require you to get hit to make use of it.

Unfortunately you probably won’t be behind enemies frequently enough to be dropping them like flies with your melee though. Consider it a slight boost that can start off an engagement with some early burst, and nothing more.

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Another Fusion grenade… what’s not to love?

This chest has a below average 123/130 Intellect roll.


  • Fusion Rifle Ammo – Increases the amount of Fusion Rifle ammunition you can carry.
  • Heavy Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Heavy Weapon ammunition you can carry.
  • Starfire Protocol – Gain an additional Fusion Grenade.

Should I buy it?

Starfire Protocol’s main perk will give you an additional fusion grenade, but this does not stack with the Gift of the Sun talent, so you can only hold 2 grenades.

While this does pigeonhole you into taking Fusion grenades, it does free up the Angel of Light or Touch of Flame talent.

Touch of Flame allows your Fusion grenades to always ignite enemies, and in PvP this will help finish off anyone who you failed to stick the grenade to. Double this with Viking Funeral for extra ignite damage!

This chest piece will also increase your fusion rifle ammo and heavy ammo reserves, similar to the Heart of the Praxic Fire.

Forgetting about the increased ammo you can carry, this chest piece is worth buying for the additional Fusion grenade alone, assuming you enjoy using that grenade. The Fusion grenade deals 100 damage in a small blast radius and an additional 65 bonus damage when stuck to a target.