Greetings, Guardians! Hope you’re doing well. This week, Xur is at the Tower, near our old friends from Dead Orbit. Meet him there to get your hands on some spicy Exotics. Which Exotics? Read on to find out.
This week, for 29 Legendary Shards, Xur carries:
Sweet Business is an Exotic Kinetic Auto Rifle, which is a boring way to describe an incredibly fun minigun. Sweet Business offers two Exotic Perks to help you lay down a terrifying amount of fire. The first, Payday, gives the gun a 150-round mag, better accuracy from the hip, and the ability to reload by picking up ammo packs. The second, Business Time, raises rate of fire and range the longer you hold the trigger down. Are there better weapons? Sure. But, like Telesto, Sweet Business is just fun to use. If mowing the Darkness (or unwary opponents in Crucible) down with a minigun sounds fun to you, go see Xur and throw Legendary Shards at him until he hands you Sweet Business.
And for 23 Legendary Shards, Xur offers:
Xur brings the colorful heat with Chromatic Fire this week. This Warlock chest piece lets you have Dragonfly on any (Kinetic) gun thanks to the Crystalline Transistor perk. The Transistor makes enemies killed by Kinetic precision kills explode in a damage type based on your subclass. This seems pretty useful in PvE settings, where both the explosion and the element can be relevant. Check it out.
A throwback Exotic, Lucky Raspberry is a Hunter Chest piece that gives your Arc grenades a bit more of everything. The Probability Matrix Exotic Perk makes your Arcbolt Grenades chain further and gives them a chance to reset on damage. Like any Hunter Exotic I have to do research on, I can’t recommend it. Despite the plethora of horrid Hunter Exotics, there are much better things you could be doing than using Lucky Raspberry.
Titans get a fancy hat this week; the terrifying One-Eyed Mask. The Mask gives you the gift of Vengeance, giving you an overshield and damage boost after you kill someone who dared to touch you in combat. The Mask is an excellent pickup, absolutely worth the grab.
Xur also carries an Exotic Engram, providing a random Exotic piece for 97 Legendary Shards, the Five of Swords for Nightfalls, and The Invitation of the Nine for 9 Legendary Shards, if you haven’t completed that quest yet.
Also, Xur now has a quest to get an Exotic Cipher! By doing Strikes or winning Crucible or Gambit games, you can unlock a Cipher to access vaulted Exotic gear!
Collector Alert: this is the first time Xur has had Sweet Business in stock since I started writing the column over a year ago. Pick it up if you don’t have it.
Overall, the Exotics this week are fine. Sweet Business is a welcome treat, and One-Eyed Mask is still pretty good, despite multiple nerfs. Lucky Raspberry and Chromatic Fire are just kind of there, though, in my opinion. If you like them and don’t have them, grab them. If not, you’re not missing too much.
See you next week!