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'Destiny' weekend sale serves up great exotic gauntlets, three ways

'Destiny' weekend sale serves up great exotic gauntlets, three ways
Posted under: Destiny
From Mashable - November 20, 2015

Every Friday is a holiday when you are aDestiny fan.

That's when Xur, Agent of the Nine, appears in a random part of the game's social spacesto peddle his rare weapons and armor. As long as you have enough Strange Coins, a rare currency that can be picked upfrom random loot drops, Xur has the goods for you.

Xur deals inDestiny's so-called "exotic" gear. In a game ruled by random loot drops, exotics are the most sought-after of them all. They are 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.

Xur's in the Tower or the Vestian Outpost from 4 a.m. ET on Friday to 4 a.m. ET on Sunday.He's in theTower hangar's bar this week, getting his drink on. Once you spawn, turn right and follow the hallway into the hangar. Stick to the left and descend every set of stairs you see until you reach the long, narrow room that houses the bar. Xur is at the opposite end from where you enter.

Immolation Fists(Titan gauntlets)

This is not the first time Xur's sold Immolation Fists, but there's little better in the realm of exotic armor for Titan Sunbreakers. You get the Explosive Pyre (Hammer of Sol kills cause enemies to explode)upgrade for free from wearing these, which means you also get to equip the Flameseeker (hammers home in on enemies) or Fleetfire (agility bonuses from hammer kills).

The selectable nodes for Xur's roll this week are Rain Blows (increased melee attack speed) and Momentum Transfer (bonus melee recharge on grenade hits), plus boosted reload speed for either hand cannons or sidearms. It's not an alluring lineup, but that's what Twist Fate is for.

Immolation Fists provide a big boost for Sunbreakers in both PvE and PvP, and you should definitely grab them if you do not have them already.

Cost: 13 Strange Coins

Do not Touch Me(Hunter gauntlets)

Do not Touch Me made a welcome leap intoDestiny Year Two, giving Hunters a utility exotic that boosts the survivability of any subclass. The signature upgrade turns you invisible for a brief time whenever you take melee damage. So if an enemy gets too close and gives you a good smack, you have a chance to run away.

Xur's roll comes with Impact Induction (bonus grenade energy on melee hits) and Switchblade (decreased melee cooldown), plus boosted reload speed for either pulse rifles or shotguns. It's rare that a Hunter would not have Switchblade equipped, as all three subclasses offer potent melee abilities.

While Do not Touch Me is virtually useless in PvP, the insta-invisibility it provides in PvE confuses enemies every time. These gauntlets pair particularly well with Bladedancer, as the Shadowjack ability that increases the duration of invisibility effects works with the Do not Touch Me upgrade as well.

Cost: 13 Strange Coins

Claws of Ahamkara(Warlock gauntlets)

Another best-for-PvE exotic, the Claws of Ahamkara give any Warlock subclass the ability to store up to two melee charges. All three subclasses benefit from this, though as ever, anything that boosts melee skills has limited use in PvP.

Xur's roll delivers Snap Discharge (increased melee attack speed) or Momentum Transfer (bonus melee energy on grenade hits), plus boosted reload speed for hand cannons or machine guns. All of these are great; the two melee-focused upgrades synergize with this exotic's signature ability, and the value of boosting the reload speed for two weapon classes that are traditionally slow to reload should be obvious.

Great roll, great exotic. If you do not have Claws of Ahamkara, grab a pair for your Warlock. And if you do... hey, take a look at the upgrades on the one you have. The roll might be better here.

Cost: 13 Strange Coins

Random Engrams

Year Two brings an end to Xur's guaranteed weekly weapon offering, as manyof the new exotic weapons have shifted to quest rewards. Now he will bring along either a weapon or a random exotic engram that has not yet been decoded, meaning you have got to visit the Cryptarch to see what it is.

The new engrams always roll with a Light Level of 290 if your Light level is below 300. Once you climb past 300, there's a decent chance of the engram decoding at 310 Light. He's selling a chestpieceengram this week, for 19 Strange Coins.

Year Two Xur also sellsa Legacy Engram (29Strange Coins) every week. This is specifically aimed at collectors that want to possess every single exotic in the game. The engram only spits out Year One gear, but it's essential for filling any holes you might have in your arsenal. This week's Legacy Engram is for special weapons.

Consumables

This week's rare Sparrow upgrades include an Emerald Coil that boosts the speed and durability of rare (blue) Sparrows and gives them a green contrail, as well as a VoidDrive, which works the same as a Plasma Drive but gives the Sparrowa purplecontrail. Theycost 23 Strange Coins apiece.

Xur also still sells bundles of Heavy Ammo Synthesis, which refills your supply of heavy shots when used. The bundles are smaller now, however. You get three synths for every one Strange Coin you spend (it used to be five-for-one).

You can also grab theThree of Coins in bundles of five, for 7 Strange Coins. Three of Coins is a consumable that boosts your chances of scoring an exotic drop from the next Ultra-class (named boss-type) enemy you face. Its effects stack over time, too.

So if you are running Strikes and you pop a Three of Coins before the boss fight of each one, each time you down a boss anddo not get an exotic, your next Three of Coins use gives an even greater chance of an exotic engram dropping. If you have got the Strange Coins to spare, just stockpile these and pop a new one whenever you kill a boss. Exotics for days.

Finally, you can now pick up bundles of three Glass Needles from Xur, for three Strange Coins, three Motes of Light and an exotic shard. This is a crafting material needed to "Twist Fate" on exotic armor, which re-rolls the perks and stat boosts on that piece of gear without sacrificing any of the leveling progress you have made on it.

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