Destiny 2 players are still hoping for a new Exotic in Thunderlord, which is presumed to be the reward for the on-going, multi-week murder-mystery quest that started at the end of the Festival of the Lost. But if waiting three weeks to get your hands on a new Exotic is just too long, you can rely on Xur, the weird merchant and servant of The Nine who pops up each weekend. As always, he has a handful Exotics to sell you in exchange for Legendary Shards. Here’s where to find him and what he’s selling right now.
This week, you’ll find Xur on Io. Spawn in at the Giant’s Scar landing zone and hop on your sparrow, then head straight through the Cabal base into the drilling area beyond. Head for the northwest corner of the area and look for a cave near some Taken enemies. Inside and to the right is Xur, creeping in the darkness.
His lineup of Exotics, as per usual, includes one weapon and one piece of armor for each of the three classes from the Year One collection. The weapon is The Prospector, a grenade launcher you can hold down the trigger to fire in full-auto mode. When you release the trigger, you can detonate all your launched grenades at once–and they stick to surfaces and set things on fire, too.
- The Prospector (Exotic grenade launcher) — 29 Legendary Shards
- Winter’s Guile (Exotic Warlock gauntlets) — 23 Legendary Shards
- Ophidia Spathe (Exotic Hunter chest armor) — 23 Legendary Shards
- Aeon Safe (Exotic Titan gauntlets) — 23 Legendary Shards
Alongside the direct-purchase items above, Xur has the Fated Engram. This is guaranteed to decrypt into a Year One Exotic you don’t already own, making it a good way to fill out your collection if you find Xur’s offerings lacking–provided you can afford it.
Even if you can’t, the latest Destiny 2 update mercifully makes Exotic duplicates less likely to drop. The game now accounts for the Exotics you’ve got in your collection when a new one drops randomly in the world, which will decrease the chance of getting an Exotic you already own. Duplicates are still possible, but Bungie has also changed things so dupes are more likely to be armor than weapons, because armor pieces feature random perks, meaning there is a potential upside to finding something you already have.
The update has also increased the chances of unlocking a quest to get another Exotic: Malfeasance, a Taken-infused hand cannon. The quest line to track it down starts when a specific boss, the Primeval Ascendant Servitor, appears in Gambit matches. Bungie’s last update upped the rate at which the Servitor shows up in Gambit, which should hopefully mean more Malfeasances for more players.
Xur is here until the weekly reset on November 13, and he’ll only show up two more times before Destiny 2 closes Season 4 on November 27, according to a recent blog post. That means your Gambit and Crucible ranks will reset–but at least in the meantime, you’ll be able to jump into Iron Banner again starting on November 13 to try to complete your spiffy Iron Lord armor sets.