Saturday, April 16, 2016

Xur is Here! – April 15th, 2016

Xur is back again for the first time after the April update and he has some pretty decent Exotics for us this week.

This week XUR is located in the reef, a place he hasn’t been in for quite some time, maybe something to do with the new update and all the new stuff at the reef?

If you have never seen XUR on the reef before then he might be somewhat hard to find as he spawns in a section of the reef that is usually closed off and only opens for his arrival.

So, Where is XUR located in the reef?

As soon as you spawn on the reef you go ahead a bit and find the first stairs on your right and go down them and you will be head towards Brother Vance (Trials guy.) Keep going past him and turn right again and keep going along till you find a small opening on the left. This is the section I mentioned is usually closed off so it won’t be hard to miss. Go into the opening and XUR is directly on your right as soon as you enter.

You can also take the stairs right beside The bounty guy which are sometimes hard to see. The stairs are located to the left of him and then all you have to do is go straight down and straight ahead through the opening I mentioned was usually closed off and XUR will be on the right as soon as you enter.

What does XUR have in his inventory this week?

Helm Of Saint-14 (13 SC)Titan Exotic Helmet where the special perk is: Starless Night – Your Ward of Dawn blinds enemies who enter it.” This exotic is for those defender Titans out there and I must say that this exotic is one of the top tier exotics for both PvP and PvE. Pop this bubble in a control zone and people who see you with the helmet on will be unwilling to enter it unless they rush in to super you in the bubble. For PvE this brings a whole new level of awesome for the Titan Bubble as many adds that walk through your bubble will immediately cease attacking you as they are now blinded. This can be a real life saver on more than one occasion. Definitely an Exotic worth picking up for the Titan if you don’t already have it.

Young Ahamkara’s Spine (13 SC) Hunter Exotic Gauntlets where the main perk is: Field Trip – Increased Tripmine Grenade duration and gain an additional Tripmine Grenade charge” This is a pretty awesome for hunters who run the Gunslinger class and love using the tripmine grenade. I already think the duration for a tripmine grenade is pretty long, this exotic makes it even longer. To make the deal even better it gives you an addition tripmine grenade and who doesn't like more grenades? This makes it a good Exotic for PvP AND PvE.

Starfire Protocol (13 SC) – Warlock Exotic Chest where the main perk is: Starfire Protocol – Gain an additional Fusion Grenade.” I ABSOLUTELY love using fusion grenades for PvP, I find one of the most fun things to do is, stick an opponent with a grenade and watch them die regardless of what they do(most of the time anyways.) Sunsinger Warlocks have a perk that unlocks a second grenade for them but if you are using this Exotic for PvP, then you can potentially free up another perk to use.

Bad Juju (23 SC) – Exotic Pulse Rifle where the main perk is String of Curses – After each kill, this weapon will reload instantly and increase damage for a short time. Kills will help charge your Super.” So apart from this awesome perk the gun can also fired in FULL AUTO.  This gun also has a magazine size of 27, which is fairly decent and while all this seems really awesome, the impact of this gun really holds it back from bring a truly amazing primary Exotic weapon. If the impact of the gun was buffed up even a bit it could be such an awesome weapon, but sadly it won’t do all that well in PvP at the moment. While the gun does have its uses in PvE, there are certainly other items to save your Exotic slot for such as the Black Spindle or an Exotic Sword. All in all this gun is not bad, it just could be so much better. If you have coins to spare it is definitely worth a try as it is still relatively fun gun to use.

Legacy Engram – Special Weapons Engram (31 SC) – Before the April update I would have told you to save your strange coins unless you were looking to complete your Year 1 collection and you had the coins to spare. However, since the April update a lot of Year 1 special weapons have also been brought to Year 2 and so it might be worth buying 1 or 2 of these Engrams especially if you have been stocking up on Strange Coins as you could potentially now unlock both a Year 1 AND Year 2 weapon.

This week all the exotics are decent and it is hard to pick a winner but I am going to have to go with the Titan. Yes both the Hunter and Warlock Exotics unlock a second Grenade but the Titan one is just so useful and comes in clutch so often that it edges the win ever so slightly in my opinion. Regardless of my choice, this week’s Extoics from XUR were all really decent and it was too close to call this one.

Below is a video showing you exactly where to go when you first spawn in the Reef if my instructions at the top were a bit unclear. The video also shows the various items XUR is selling this week so you can have a look at those as well.

Overall a decent week for XUR but I am hoping he sells the Telesto next as it is an exotic I am still missing from my collection and I heard that it is an extremely fun Fusion Rifle to use even though Fusion Rifles don’t have the best record in PvP post Taken King.

Let me know if XUR bought you something you really wanted this week or if you are waiting from him to bring a specific Exotic in the comments section below.



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