Destiny 2 Location And Exotic Weapons Guide (Dec. 21-25)

Xur is back for another few days of rare Exotic deal-making in Destiny 2. His arrival marks your latest chance to snag a few Exotics you might be missing from the Year One collection, provided you have a few Legendary Shards burning a hole in your pocket.

This week, you’ll find Xur in the Tower, behind the Dead Orbit area on the Hangar side. Since we’re halfway through The Dawning, Destiny’s holiday event, you might want to bake a few Strange Cookies to deliver to him as well-and you’re going to want to take advantage of this chance if you want to unlock all the Dawning event Triumphs. Use our Dawning baking guide to get all the recipes you need for the event.

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As usual, Xur has Exotic weapons and armor from before the launch of the Forsaken expansion, so you’re out of luck if you were hoping for one of those cool new Black Armory Exotics. Xur’s bag of Exotics includes Merciless, along with one piece of armor for each character class. Merciless is a high-powered fusion rifle, with one of the highest damage outputs in Destiny 2. Its Conserve Momentum perk makes it handy in a lot of boss fights and PvP situations, too-every time you score a hit with Merciless but don’t rack up a kill, the charge speed on the next shot is increased, making it possible to fire faster and faster until you finally wreck your opponent.

In the armor department, Titans can get the Aeon Safe gauntlets, which speed up class ability charge time for allies, especially if they’re also wearing Aeon Exotics. For Hunters, there’s the Knucklehead Radar helmet, which maintains your radar while you’re aiming down sights and offers an enhanced radar when you’re crouching. Finally, Warlocks get the Apotheosis Veil helmet, which instantly recharges your melee, grenade, and class ability when you activate your Super, and gives a buff to recharges for allies as well.

Here are all the Exotics Xur offers this week and what they’ll cost you:

  • Merciless (Exotic auto rifle) – 29 Legendary Shards
  • Aeon Safe (Exotic Titan gauntlets) – 23 Legendary Shards
  • Knucklehead Radar (Exotic Hunter helmet) – 23 Legendary Shards
  • Apotheosis Veil (Exotic Warlock helmet) – 23 Legendary Shards

You can also buy a Fated Engram, if you can afford it. Dropping 97 Legendary Shards on the item will grant you one Year One Exotic you don’t already have for that character. You can also snag a Five of Swords challenge card for free, which allows you to add difficulty modifiers that increase your score in Nightfall runs.

This week also saw the opening of the Izanami Forge, the third of the four Forges that are part of the Black Armory expansion. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re still working on the lengthy quest to unlock the Forge, as well as the latest on unlocking the Mystery Box, which requires a key from each Forge and seemingly holds an Exotic weapon.

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