Where’s Xur in Destiny 2? – November 15, 2019

Want some Destiny 2 Exotics from our good friend Xur? Head to the Giant’s Scar on Io, where you’ll find him hanging out in a cave in the northwest edge of the area.

This week, you can grab the following from him:

  • Riskrunner: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Ophidia Spathe: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Skull of Dire Ahamkara: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Mask of the Quiet One: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Isochronal Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
  • Invitation quest: 9 Legendary Shards

It’s worth noting that Exotic armor now rolls with one of three different Elemental types, as well as a variable number of total stat points. We’ll tell you both of those in the listings below. I’ll also give you my thoughts of the viability of each piece of gear, but if you have the Legendary Shards to spend then it’s always a good idea to buy anything you don’t already have. Gotta fill out those Collections!

Oh, and if you pick of any of Xur’s Exotics this week, build an outfit around one of them for a chance to be included in next week’s Vainguard column!

Prometheus Lens

One of only a handful of Trace Rifles in Destiny, the Prometheus Lens was once a terrible force to be reckoned with in the Crucible. These days, it’s overshadowed by Divinity, but if you don’t have that yet and want to play around with a Trace Rifle, the Prometheus Lens is your best bet. It’s not a bad weapon, and it certainly feels Exotic to wield. But this season, between the focus on Void/Arc damage and the inability of Exotic weapons to equip mods, the Prometheus Lens faces some stiff competition in your loadout.

Ophidia Spathe

This Hunter chest Exotic can be pretty useful if you’re into the Solar subclass’s Throwing Knives. Its Exotic perk gives you an extra charge for that melee ability, which seems somewhat underwhelming at first but plays well with other Hunter abilities. For instance, equip the dodge ability that restores your melee attack when you use it around enemies and you’ll get both knives back. Use Way of the Thousand Cuts for best effect. If you’re a fan of Throwing Knives, Ophidia Spathe is the Exotic for you. This one is Solar elemental and has a stat total of 49.

Skull of Dire Ahamkara

The Skull of Dire Ahamkara belongs to the class of Exotics that refund super energy on super kills. All of them have been hit pretty hard with successive nerfs over the last couple of months, but Skull of Dire Ahamkara is still perfectly usable — if overshadowed this season by its Void-friendly cousin, Nezarec’s Sin. Run with a few Intellect mods and you’ll be throwing Nova Bombs around like nobody’s business. This one is Arc elemental and has a stat total of 50.

Mask of the Quiet One

Mask of the Quiet One isn’t particularly flashy, despite its appearance, but it can be useful. Its Exotic Perk, Dreaded Visage, does two things. First, it causes Void ability kills to grant you health. Second, and more importantly, it grants you energy for all of your abilities when you take damage. The bonuses aren’t enough to make it truly viable in PVP, but it can give you an edge in PVE situations — especially if you find yourself getting hit a lot. This one is Void elemental and has a stat total of 48.

Isochronal Engram

Xur’s Isochronal Engram now includes Year Two Exotics, so if you’re missing any of those you can grab this to fill out your collection.

While you’re here, check out the rest of our Destiny 2 Shadowkeep coverage, including guides, features, tips, and more. Want to find Exotics? We’ve got your Exotics! Want to know what’s up with the world of Destiny 2 before you jump in? Take a look at our Lore PrimerDon’t know where to start? Check out our guide on Getting Started in Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. Good hunting, Guardian.


merritt k

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