Since this is becoming a regular thing I am doing… Happy Xursday! This time around he is located on Io given that it is the flashpoint planet this week. You can find him in the Giant’s Scar area of the planet in a cave off the lefthand side of the path coming from the fast travel location. Once again the mobs seem not to be willing to follow you into that cave so you can duck inside to relative safety. This is going to be the week where we see if Xur really does stick around until the reset, or if that was just a bug since we have had a patch since last week. There was no specific mention of Xur but as is always the case with MMOs… patches often times have a bunch of unannounced changes. Lets get into the item rundown.
Starting off we have the weapon Riskrunner, and for those who played the beta this was the exotic that Warlocks got from Lord Shaxx during the homecoming mission. It is a really unique feeling weapon given that it fires what looks like an eruption of lightning. As far as overall usefulness… it is extremely situational. The special ability Arc Conductor causes you to deal more damage and gain increased arc resistance… upon taking any arc damage. While in this overcharged state, getting kills with the weapon add additional time to the buff. Without this buff the weapon is largely just another legendary tier sub-machine gun and is quite honestly outclassed by weapons like the MIDA Mini-Tool. However if you can somehow be regularly taking arc damage… then you can churn through encounters with this gun and it becomes a formidable beast. Now if you just like the player fantasy of firing a lightning gun… then screw all of this and use it because it just looks badass.
Last weekend I leveled my hunter at least in part to be able to take proper Xursday shots rather than swiping them off the interwebs. As a result I am leading off with the Hunter item this week, the Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves. These are mobility/resistance arms that have the perk Spring-Loaded Mounting which increases the ready time and reload speed of sidearms. These are one of the choices you can make during the main story quest, and I thought they were really limited in their utility. You have to love sidearms an awful lot to spend your exotic slot on an item that improves that one weapon. That said… there are a fair number of really good sidearms in the game like Last Hope that seems to tear people up in the crucible. I personally do not like sidearms at all… but I did pick these up this week simply for the unlock. There is just not a lot more I can say about these… if you love sidearms or you also want the unlock… go for it.
The Titan armor is one that I have gotten several times from exotics… and keep infusing away to increase my power level. That is not due to the fact that it is not a good piece of armor but instead just to play the increasing your level game. For whatever reason I am just not feeling the Sunbreaker Titan as much as I was in Destiny 1, that said… if you do this is an amazing item. Functionally the perk is giving us back “Simmering Flames” from Destiny 1. Sunfire Furnace causes all of your solar abilities to recharge faster while you are sitting on a fully charged super, which in truth I seem to do more often than not because I am looking for the idea time to unleash it. That means more solar grenades and more solar melee abilities which are really the bread and butter of play for me personally. I went ahead and picked this back up because while I had this unlocked it was at 205 light… and I had shards to burn. I might play with it a bit and determine if it is useful enough to start playing more Sunbreaker.
Do you “Gotta Go Fast” and “Faster Faster Fa Fa Fa Fa Faster”? These are a weird item that I have used quite a bit largely because they were the highest light boots I had on my Warlock for a good long while. The perk Strange Protractor causes your sprint to move a heck of a lot faster… like it is noticeably faster. While sprinting it also causes your energy weapons to be automatically reloaded. This again is one of those situationally good items. I found it really useful in the crucible since I tend to mostly use Uriel’s Gift… and it also meant sprint cancelling a reload caused me to get the full reload. If you greatly favor energy weapons or just want to go really fast… then these might be the boots for you. Personally my exotic armor slot goes to Eye of Another World which highlights priority targets and increases the regeneration speed of my melee, grenades and class ability. If these sound like great boots for you however pick them up, or at least get them so you have them unlocked in your collections.
What are your thoughts? Did Xur bring something you really wanted or did I completely miss the special utility of a given item when I talk about them? I’d love to hear your feedback about this weeks offerings and in truth if anyone is actually finding this a useful thing for me to do on Friday mornings.