Destiny-Xur

Destiny: The super-rare gear sale this weekend

Xur deals in Destiny’s so-called “exotic” gear. In a game ruled by random loot drops from virtually any scenario, exotics are the most sought-after of them all. They’re also the only class of gear in the game with usage restrictions; namely, you can only have one exotic armor piece and one exotic weapon equipped at any given moment.

Every Friday is a holiday when you’re a Destiny fan. That’s when Xur, Agent of the Nine, appears in a random part of the game’s Tower social hub to peddle his rare weapons and armor. As long as you have enough Strange Coins, a rare currency that can be earned by completing Weekly Heroic Strikes, Xur has the goods for you.

Xur’s in the Tower from 4 a.m. ET on Friday to 4 a.m. ET on Sunday. To find him, hook a right on your way to the Tower hangar. Let’s take a look at what he’s got in stock for the weekend of April 10 to 12.

The Armamentarium (Titan chestpiece): This Titan chestpiece is for players that like to bring massive firepower to bear on anything standing in their way. In addition to boosting both special and heavy weapon ammo capacities, The Armamentarium — once upgraded — also gives Titans a second grenade to toss. Cost: 13 Strange Coins

ATS/8 ARACHNID (Hunter helmet): This helmet is mostly of interest to Hunters that like to run the Gunslinger sub-class. Its Arachnid Sensorium upgrade increases the range of the Gunslinger’s Golden Gun “super ability,” while its Ashes to Asset upgrade refills the super’s meter faster with every grenade kill. There’s also a third upgrade, Light the Blade, that reduces the cooldown of the Hunter’s melee ability — for Gunslingers, that’s a throwing knife — when dealing damage with a grenade. Cost: 13 Strange Coins

 Starfire Protocol (Warlock chestpiece): Starfire Protocol is basically the Warlock’s version of The Armamentarium, but it’s only  of interest to the Sunsinger sub-class. Boosts to heavy weapon ammo and fusion rifle ammo are handy, but the marquee upgrade for Starfire gives Sunsinger Warlocks a second fusion grenade to toss. Cost: 13 Strange Coins

SUROS Regime (auto rifle): Long one of Destiny’s most sought-after exotic weapons, SUROS Regime is available to buy from Xur this week. This auto rifle has a number of features that make it unique, starting with the Focused Fire upgrade. Once unlocked, SUROS switches from a high rate-of-fire bullet hose to a slower firing, higher damage headshot beast as the user moves between hip fire and sighted aiming, respectively. Then there’s the upgrade that the weapon is named for, which causes the bottom half of each magazine to deal bonus damage and potentially restore some health to the user. As with any Destiny gear that has healing capabilities, this is most useful during the final phase of the Crota’s End raid, when healing is limited. Cost: 23 Strange Coins

Exotic Chestpiece engram: Destiny’s engrams are unidentified gear that spit out a random item when “decoded” by the Cryptarch vendor in the Tower. Xur occasionally sells exotic engrams in exchange for another rare currency, “Motes of Light.” It’s always a roll of the dice when you buy an exotic engram. Given that Destiny’s next expansion, House of Wolves, is likely just a few weeks away, it’s probably a good idea to hang onto your Motes and wait to see what the DLC brings. Cost: 23 Motes of Light

Exotic Shard: This crafting material was introduced alongside Destiny’s first expansion pack, The Dark Below. One is required to fully upgrade any exotic gear, weapon and armor both. You can always get a “free” exotic shard when you dismantling an exotic, but Xur sells them every week.

In addition to the gear, Xur also peddles a rotating stock of consumables every week. For this week, he’s got Pulse Rifle Telemetry, Hand Cannon Telemetry and Machine Gun Telemetry (temporarily increases the XP gains on the designated weapon class) in bundles of five, for 1 Strange Coin apiece; a Plasma Drive that boosts the speed and durability of rare Sparrows (Destiny’s speeder bikes), for 23 Strange Coins; an Emerald Coil, which works the same as a Plasma Drive but also adds a green contrail to the Sparrow, also for 23 Strange Coins; and bundles of five Heavy Ammo Synthesis (ammo packs, y’all), for 1 Strange Coin.

If you want to dive even deeper on the relative value of Xur’s offering this week, head over to the Destiny subreddit. User aWrySharK provides weekly analysis that breaks down the stat rolls on each armor piece, complete with recommendations covering what’s worth it and what’s not. Check out this week’s rundown right here.