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"Should I Buy It?" – Patience and Time & Other Exotics

Xûr is in the Tower offering new gear. What's worth your Strange Coins?

Reminders: Xûr now offers 12 Exotic upgrades weekly, and we have a giveaway ending tonight!

Item Class Subclass Type Cost
Patience and Time Any Any Sniper Rifle 17
Ruin Wings Titan Any Gauntlets 13
Knucklehead Radar Hunter Any Helmet 13
Claws of Ahamkara Warlock Any Gauntlets 13

WEAPON

Patience and TimeSniper Rifle

When you think Patience and Time, you should immediately think Stability. It outclasses every other Sniper with 92 Stability; that's only challenged by Vault of Glass Raid Sniper Praedyth's Revenge (83), then steeply drops to 56. PaT has average Range (75) and average ROF/Impact (leaning toward Rate of Fire at 26/16). Its biggest weakness is Reload Speed, nearly worst-in-class (58) and only worse on the Crota's End Raid Sniper Black Hammer (55).

In the Exotic weapon patch, the only change to Patience and Time was the exchange of Snapshot (quick aim) for Custom Optics (low-zoom, wide view option). A bittersweet tradeoff we can live with.

SHOULD I BUY IT?

Yes. If Patience and Time not in your collection, it's certainly worth a buy. It's a popular pick during Arc Burn weekly content for good reason. Extremely low Stability corresponds to a very easy to use Sniper Rifle. Third Eye (constant radar) is more useful than you'd expect, too; since PaT now has a low-zoom option, it has use at short range and will benefit even more from this talent. Additional upside? The Unseen bounty for Hunters becomes insanely easy. Also, it just feels/sounds good to use! There's a whole list of reasons why you should like Patience and Time.

Don't worry about spending your coins on this one!

ALTERNATIVES

All alternatives except Praedyth's Revenge need Perfect Balance (increased Stability) to compare.

Raid: Praedyth's Revenge (Vault of Glass) - Closest to Patience and Time; incredible for PvP.
Crucible: Y-09 Longbow Synthesis
Vanguard: LDR 5001
Vanguard: Epitaph 2261 (currently not sold)
Dead Orbit: Broken Truth LR1

Talents

  • Field Choke: Raises an average Range at the cost of some Stability.
    • Aggressive Ballistics is good too; CQB Ballistics simply wastes Stability.
  • Third Eye: Helpful for not getting caught off-guard; can happen easier than you expect!
  • Custom Optics / Field Scout: Both good choices. Some like Custom Optics for PVP; Field Scout helps the low ammo.
  • Patience and Time: The invisibility is generally less useful than you'd hope, both in PVP and PVE.
    • PVP Note: The red sniper glare is still visible!

On to the armor!

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Xûr, Agent of the Nine Has Arrived (12/19 - 12/21)

Xûr, Agent of the Nine has made his weekly stop in the tower with a new collection of Exotic weapons, armor, upgrades and more. This article is part of a time-saving series posted each week with his inventory and Tower location. His wares are the same across all platforms!

Important Note: Xûr now has a dozen Exotic upgrades each week!

Location

This week, Xûr is across from the Speaker, in front of the door for Tower North.

Inventory

Patience and Time
Sniper Rifle
17 Strange Coins
Ruin Wings
Titan Gauntlets
13 Strange Coins
Knucklehead Radar
Hunter Helmet
13 Strange Coins
Claws of Ahamkara
Warlock Gauntlets
13 Strange Coins
Exotic Engram
Helmet Engram
23 Motes of Light

Upgrades

Weapon/armor upgrades cost 7,000-8,000 glimmer.

They also require the original weapon, and an Exotic Shard (7 Strange Coins).

Weapons Armor
MIDA Multi-Tool (7.5k) Crest of Alpha Lupi (7.6k)
Thorn (7.7k) Lucky Raspberry (7.4k)
Universal Remote (7.1k) Crest of Alpha Lupi (7.6k)
Plan C (7.2k) No Backup Plans (7.8k)
Super Good Advice (7.8k) Heart of the Praxic Fire (7.3k)
Truth (7.1k) Sunbreakers (7.6k)

Additional Items

Exotic Shard 7 Strange Coins
Plasma Drive
Emerald Coil
Sparrow Upgrades
23 Strange Coins
(Each)
Shotgun Telemetry
Sniper Rifle Telemetry
Rocket Launcher Telemetry
Telemetry 5-Packs

1 Strange Coin
(Per 5-Pack)

Heavy Ammo Synthesis Strange Coin
(Per 5-Pack)
Urn of Sacrifice 
Quest Item
1 Strange Coin

Active Time

The Agent of the Nine arrived on Friday December 19th at 9:00am UTC, and will be gone (along with his wares!) on Sunday December 21st at 9:00am UTC. This is Xûr's 15th week in the Tower. We hope he brought all the gear you wanted & more!

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HyperX Headset Giveaway, Iron Banner is Back!

HyperX Cloud Headset Giveaway

We've got a new giveaway! We've partnered up with HyperX to give out two (2) HyperX Cloud headsets!

This is high-quality hardware: solid, lightweight construction; looks, feels, and sounds great. It also has a detachable mic.! Reviews are very positive across-the-board, rated as the #1 PC gaming headset on Amazon.

Enter quick! This giveaway ends December 19th at 11:59PM ET.

Iron Banner is Back

Iron Banner returns for the third time! No major changes compared to last month. Iron Banner gear can help you hit level 31 (+33 max. Light each), but will not be enough for level 32. Upside: Two different weapons being sold! (11,500 Glimmer)

Minor Hotfix - 1.1.0.2

Bungie released Patch 1.1.0.2, a fairly small hotfix. Here are the highlights:

  • Charge issue with Pocket Infinity has been fixed
  • Existing/future Raid gear from Crota's End now starts with 30 Light
  • Raid helmet from Crota's End now drops in Normal mode
  • Added ability to replay the Fist of Crota mission on Earth
    • Good for killing Hive with a sword! (Eris Morn bounty)

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"Should I Buy It?" – Truth & Other Exotics

Xûr is in the Tower offering new gear. What's worth your Strange Coins?

Reminder: Xûr now offers 12 Exotic upgrades weekly! We also have a giveaway ending soon!

Item Class Subclass Type Cost
Truth Any Any Rocket Launcher 17
Ruin Wings Titan Any Gauntlets 13
Achlyophage Symbiote Hunter Gunslinger Helmet 13
Voidfang Vestments Warlock Voidwalker Chest 13

WEAPON

TruthRocket Launcher

Truth is a very well-balanced Rocket Launcher that's a blast to use. Its Exotic talent, Prototype Trueseeker, has "aggressive" target tracking – see it in-action! There's also this amazing example. Solid without being game-breaking. Not convinced? It also has proximity detonation (Grenades and Horshoes) to boot.

Let's start with Truth's only downside: low Velocity. Rocket Launcher Velocity falls into two tiers: above 70 and below 50. Truth's is 48, so...not ideal. Fortunately it has the Javelin talent which can push it to 88 (-10 Stability). An easy fix. Pushing past that, Truth's Rate of Fire (11) and Blast Radius (96) are typical among its peers.

And now, the good news! Truth has best-in-class Stability and Reload Speed. That's 83 Stability (avg. 58), 79 Reload (avg. 63). Subtracting -10 Stability for the Javelin talent, here's the statline we're left with: 11, 96, 88, 73, 79. Summed-up, those are simply the best numbers of all Launchers.

A final good fact to know: Truth is the only Exotic that deals Void damage.

Buff: In Destiny Patch 1.1, Bungie buffed Truth! They upped the Magazine from 2 to 3. (It still displays incorrectly.)

SHOULD I BUY IT?

Yes, most likely. Truth has great novelty, and its overall balance is hard to ignore. Will it be your go-to Exotic? Maybe not. It's tough to commit to an Exotic Heavy over other types. That said, Destiny has plenty of strong Legendary weapons for your Primary/Special slots – and the number only climbs with compelling new Raid weapons.

Here are some questions we've asked ourselves when considering Truth in the past:

  • "Is Truth vs. other Rocket Launchers a bigger difference than {EXOTIC} vs. its alternatives?"
  • "Will the target-seeking have a positive, tangible effect on my ability? More than another Exotic?"

If you like your answers to those, swap it into your lineup. Or if you just think it'd be fun to use, go for it anyway! Exotics are meant to be unique & enjoyable, so don't allow overthinking to stop you from raining down target-seeking doom.

Who should consider buying Truth? Guardians who...

  • ...want to have fun with the target-seeking.
  • ...feel like they waste heavy ammo.
  • ...need a little extra help aiming.
  • ...simply don't feel like aiming.

ALTERNATIVES

Valedictorian 9-44 is the only Rocket Launcher on-sale that compares to Truth. Interestingly, they both deal Void damage and explode on proximity. Below are Truth's stats, and how Valedictorian 9-44 compares. (Hint: It's not very close.)

Rocket Launcher BLA VEL ROF STA REL MAG
Truth 96 48 11 83 79 3
Valedictorian 9-44
(Difference)
96
(0)
34
(-14)
18
(+7)
69
(-14)
48
(-31)
2
(-1)

Talents

  • Warhead Verniers: A little extra Velocity. Who cares about Stability, right? It's a Rocket Launcher!
  • Grenades and Horshoes: Proximity detonation. Great combination with tracking. Might annoy in PVE.
  • Javelin: A must-choose talent to make up for Truth's poor Velocity.
  • Prototype Trueseeker: "Seeks targets aggressively" means less wasted ammo and long-range utility.

On to the armor!

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Xûr, Agent of the Nine Has Arrived (12/12 - 12/14)

Xûr, Agent of the Nine has made his weekly stop in the tower with a new collection of Exotic weapons, armor, upgrades and more. This article is part of a time-saving series posted each week with his inventory and Tower location. His wares are the same across all platforms!

Important Note: Xûr now has a dozen Exotic upgrades each week!

Location

This week, Xûr is next to the Crucible vendors, on the left before the Hall of Guardians.

Inventory

Truth
Rocket Launcher
17 Strange Coins
Ruin Wings
Titan Gauntlets
13 Strange Coins
Achlyophage Symbiote
Hunter Helmet
13 Strange Coins
Voidfang Vestments
Warlock Chest
13 Strange Coins
Exotic Engram
Helmet Engram
23 Motes of Light

Eris Quest Item

This item is for the Urn of Sacrifice questline; it may lead to Husk of the Pit.

Urn of Sacrifice
Strange Coin

Upgrades

Weapon/armor upgrades cost 7,000-8,000 glimmer.

They also require the original weapon, and an Exotic Shard (7 Strange Coins).

Weapons Armor
SUROS Regime (7.8k) Mask of the Third Man (7.2k)
Red Death (7.3k) Young Ahamkara's Spine (7.2k)
The Last Word (7.6k) The Armamentarium (7.7k)
Thorn (7.7k) No Backup Plans (7.8k)
Icebreaker (7.5k) Light Beyond Nemesis (7.2k)
Thunderlord (7.7k) Sunbreakers (7.6k)

Additional Items

Exotic Shard 7 Strange Coins
Plasma Drive
Emerald Coil
Sparrow Upgrades
23 Strange Coins
(Each)
Pulse Rifle Telemetry
Scout Rifle Telemetry
Fusion Rifle Telemetry
Telemetry 5-Packs

1 Strange Coin
(Per 5-Pack)

Active Time

The Agent of the Nine arrived on Friday December 12th at 9:00am UTC, and will be gone (along with his gear!) on Sunday December 14th at 9:00am UTC. This is Xûr's 14th week in the Tower. We hope he brought all the upgrades you want!

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DestinyDB Site Update: Better Talent Grids!

It's tough to share your favorite weapons. You find one with talents you love (or hate), want to show people, and...instead, you need to write out every talent it has. No more! We're here to help.

Starting today, you can share your exact weapon. Send friends a link showing all the talents you're choosing from.


Much better!

You can actually show everything it has! It's not a huge change, but we're really happy with it. How about you?

Note: Wish the links were shorter? Us too, we're looking into that. For now, Google can help: https://goo.gl/


Vendor Weapon Directory: Crucible/Vanguard

If you're like us, you always wonder "Do the vendors have any weapons I want right now?"

Here's a complete list of all 24 weapons the Crucible/Vanguard Quartermasters have in-stock.

"Why have a new list?" Links lead to a Talent Grid with the variation currently on-sale!

Primary

AUTO RIFLES

Crucible Vanguard
Do Gooder Payback SOS
For The People Up For Anything

PULSE RIFLES

Crucible Vanguard
123 Syzygy Time On Target
Three Little Words Coiled Hiss 1919

SCOUT RIFLES

Crucible Vanguard
The Saterienne Rapier Another NitC
B-Line Trauma Badger CCL

HAND CANNONS

Crucible Vanguard
TFWPKY 1969 The Devil You Don't

Looking for what the vendors are selling? Want help with Eris Morn's questline?
Check the info below! (And don't forget our 10 Things to Know overview. DLC Exotics!)

Note: The Mini-Guide is what you need to unlock Heroic/Nightfall content.

New Vendor Weapons
> Primary
> Special
> Heavy

Eris: Vendor Details
> Items for Sale
> Reputation Levels

*Eris Quests: Mini-Guide*
(Unlock Weekly Content)

Other Useful Info

New Vendor Weapons

All weapons cost 150 marks, and require 1x Crucible Commendation or Vanguard Commendation.
Commendations are earned in rank-up reward packages; they are transferrable between characters.

Primary

AUTO RIFLES

Do Gooder (Crucible) - Persistence, Third Eye
For The People (Crucible) - Persistence, Glass Half Full
Payback SOS (Vanguard) - Cascade, Crowd Control
Up For Anything (Vanguard) - Persistence, Rangefinder

PULSE RIFLES

123 Syzygy (Crucible) - Spray and Play, Grenadier
Three Little Words (Crucible) - Headseeker, Third Eye
Time On Target (Vanguard) - Headseeker, Reactive Reload
Coiled Hiss 1919 (Vanguard) - Feeding Frenzy, Counterbalance

SCOUT RIFLES

The Saterienne Rapier (Crucible) - Outlaw, Firefly
B-Line Trauma (Crucible) - Rodeo, Mulligan
Another NitC (Vanguard) - Outlaw, Rangefinder
Badger CCL (Vanguard) - Luck in the Chamber, Mulligan

HAND CANNONS

TFWPKY 1969 (Crucible) - Return to Sender, Mulligan
The Devil You Don't (Vanguard) - Clown Cartridge, Final Round

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10 Things to Know for The Dark Below! (DLC #1 Overview)

Destiny's first DLC, The Dark Below, launches on December 9th. That's tomorrow morning! Ready for it? If you could use a refresher, we've put together a simple overview – for our sanity and yours.

Here are ten things to keep in mind for tomorrow's launch!

#1: A Level 30+ must lead the Raid

To run the new raid, Crota's End, a Level 30+ needs to be Party Leader. Don't worry: if you're close to 30, you can run the raid! You just can't lead the charge. Wish you were level 30? You will be soon! That's because...

#2: Vendors have high-level gear

New vendor gear allows Guardians to reach level 31. It's not as high-quality as Raid Gear (allowing level 32), but vendor gear is available to all Guardians. You'll need Vanguard/Crucible Commendations, a new currency earned from Reputation rank-up packages. Once the DLC is live, we'll have a comprehensive news post on the new Vendor items.

Speaking of gear...

#3: Nine new Exotic armor pieces

That's 3 new Exotics each, leaving the total Exotic count at 9 per class.

Hunter Warlock Titan
ATS/8 ARACHNID Obsidian Mind The Glasshouse
Don't Touch Me Claws of Ahamkara Ruin Wings
No Chest Starfire Protocol No Chest
Radiant Dance Machines No Boots Mk. 44 Stand Asides

That doesn't even cover the other new Exotics...

#4: Four new Exotic weapons

No matter which class you use, everyone can use the weapons! (Well, one Exotic is PlayStation-only until late 2015.)

  • No Land Beyond - A Primary-slot Sniper Rifle with an iron sight and a penchant for precision damage.
  • The 4th Horseman - A PlayStation-exclusive Shotgun that fires full-auto, and can take on hordes of enemies.
  • Dragon's Breath - A Rocket Launcher that leaves a detonated Solar Grenade in its wake.
  • ?

The fourth Exotic weapon, you ask?

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"Should I Buy It?" – Plan C & Other Exotics

Xûr just arrived in the Tower offering new gear. What's worth your Strange Coins?

CAUTION: With all the coming changes to Exotic gear quality, be wary of buying anything.
Otherwise, you might buy items that are worse quality than ones purchased next week.
(If you do buy this week, you'll need to pay Xûr extra to upgrade them later on.)

Item Class Subclass Type Cost
Plan C Any Any Fusion Rifle 17
Helm of Inmost Light Titan Striker Helmet 13
Young Ahamkara's Spine Hunter Gunslinger Gauntlets 13
Light Beyond Nemesis Warlock Any Helmet 13

WEAPON

Plan CFusion Rifle

Plan C is a well-balanced Fusion Rifle with a good core of talents. Hip Fire is a welcome Tier 1, and the excellent cornucopia of Tier 2 – Accelerated Coils, Hammer Forged, and Perfect Balance – means there's something for everyone. There's also the namesake Plan C, which might truly save your life (and end theirs) in a pinch. Among its 6 peers, only Reload Speed (100) truly stands out. To its credit, it features second-in-class Stability (46 vs. 65, Purifier VII) and Range (50 vs. 55, 77 Wizard).

To compare other stats, filter and sort the database!

(Note: This is the first time an Exotic weapon has been sold in back-to-back weeks.)

SHOULD I BUY IT?

Low on Strange Coins? Don't sweat it too much; it doesn't outright blast away Fusion Rifle competition.

Got plenty of coins? Plan C offers a great safety net that enables versatile run-and-gun style gameplay. Pair it with a Primary featuring Quickdraw and you can handle anything. Compared to what's currently on-sale: it's only one of two Arc Special Weapons (Epitaph 2261) and the only Arc Fusion Rifle in the Tower. Even better: it just got buffed with better weapon handling, increased move speed while equipped, and +10 to Reload Speed (now 100).

PVP: Eventually, we'll see PVP gametypes without radar. They have the prefix Hardcore and Inferno (6v6). Plan C will be great for those, because you'll always need to adapt more quickly. With Accelerated Coils, the swap & shoot speed is insanely fast. For damage, it deals 49 damage per pellet (5 to kill); compare that to the 50 per pellet of the 77 Wizard (4 to kill).

ALTERNATIVES

  • Drops: Purifier VII (New Monarchy), Final Rest II (Dead Orbit)
    • Unfortunately, you'd have to hope for these to drop, then hope it has talents you like.
  • Shops: 77 Wizard (Crucible), LIGHT/Beware (Vanguard)
    • Not as similar as the Drops. Of these two, LIGHT/Beware's quicker Charge Rate will feel closer to Plan C.

Talents

  • Field Choke: We'd rather deal with low Stability than lose Range.
  • Hip Fire: Bonus accuracy firing from the hip. Even better than usual on this weapon.
  • Accelerated Coils: We always like reduced Charge Time; Hammer Forged and Perfect Balance are great picks too.
  • Plan C: Equip / Charge times reduced after weapon swap. Never plan more than 2 seconds into the future again!

On to the armor!

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Xûr, Agent of the Nine Has Arrived (12/5 - 12/7)

Xûr, Agent of the Nine has made his weekly stop in the tower, with a new collection of Exotic weapons & armor. This article is part of a time-saving series posted each week with his inventory and Tower location. His wares are the same across all platforms!

Location

This week, Xûr is in the Tower Hangar. Take a sharp right as soon as you exit the hallway.

Inventory

Helm of Inmost Light
Titan Helmet
13 Strange Coins
Young Ahamkara's Spine
Hunter Gauntlet
13 Strange Coins
Light Beyond Nemesis
Warlock Helmet
13 Strange Coins
Plan C
Fusion Rifle
17 Strange Coins
No Exotic Engram :(

Additional Items

Exotic Shard Strange Coins
Void Drive
Stealth Drive
Sparrow Upgrades
23 Strange Coins 
(Each)
Pulse Rifle Telemetry
Hand Cannon Telemetry
Machine Gun Telemetry
Telemetry 5-Packs

Strange Coin 
(Per 5-Pack)

Heavy Ammo Synthesis Strange Coin 
(Per 5-Pack)

Active Time

The Agent of the Nine arrived on Friday December 5th at 9:00am UTC, and will be gone (along with his gear!) on Sunday December 7th at 9:00am UTC. Hope you've got the coins for everything you want. Happy pre-DLC weekend, all!

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