Should I buy it?

Published on: Oct 10, 2014 @ 6:16

Xûr is in town offering new gear. What’s worth your hard-earned Strange Coins?

Inventory

Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
Ice Breaker Any Any Sniper Rifle 17
Helm of Inmost Light Titan Striker Helm 13
Lucky Raspberry Hunter Bladedancer Chest 13
Voidfang Vestments Warlock Sunsinger Chest 13

Tip: The Agent is also selling an Exotic Helmet engram. Plan on buying a Helm and a Helm Engram? Buy & decrypt the Engram first to avoid potential duplicates!

 

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Weapon

Ice Breaker (Sniper Rifle)

Not only does the ammo regenerate at a pretty quick rate, but with the Mulligan perk, you’ll also have a chance at returned ammo when you miss! Ice Breaker is one of the best, if not the best sniper right now. Patience and Time is the other Sniper Exotic, which some prefer in PVP for its much better Stability, Recoil and Rate of Fire.

Should I buy it?

If you can afford it, absolutely pick up this weapon. If you can’t afford it, then make sure you do the Weekly Heroic Strike on each of your characters – and then put those coins in your Vault so that you’ll have enough!

The range and reload speed is excellent. It makes a perfect secondary to almost any loadout since you never have to worry about ammo. Ice Breaker will almost always be ready to pop off a shot or two. Its high impact and high range make it a very powerful weapon, especially for long boss fights (Atheon for example).

There’s plenty of alternatives for Ice Breaker, but the majority will fall very short of that this machine is capable of.

Alternative Buy(s)

Stats Compared to Other Sniper Rifles

  • Above Average: Range, Reload
  • Below Average: Rate of Fire, Stability

Talents

  • Accurized Ballistics – More range and impact. Increased recoil. +5% Damage/+10 Range/-10 Stability
  • Mulligan – Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine. 5% chance to regain a round into the magazine per shot
  • Quickdraw – This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast. +100 Handling/+10% Ready/+10% Away 
  • Snapshot – Switch weapons faster. Move quicker while aiming. +30% Aim Down Sight speed

Armor

Helm of Inmost Light – Titan Helm (Striker)

helm of inmost light exotic

Helm of Inmost Light has many enticing upgrade perks. It’s rival, An Insurmountable Skullfort, is comparable to this helm and might even be rewarded via this week’s Exotic Helm Engram.

Talents

  • Invigoration – Reduces melee cooldown each time you pick up an Orb of Light.
  • Recklessness – Provides Death from Above and Headstrong for Fist of Havoc.
  • Rain Blows – Increases melee attack speed.

Should I buy it?

Currently a must-own for Striker mains who want DPS targeted upgrade talents. An Insurmountable Skullfort provides more health regenerating options, but the Helm of Inmost Light focuses on maximum damage output and will make you even more deadly.

Lucky Raspberry – Hunter Chest (Bladedancer)

Lucky Raspberry – sold 2 weeks ago – is the only chest piece specific to the Bladedancer. Crest of Alpha Lupi – sold last week – is a general Hunter chest. The item’s main feature is the ability to spawn with grenade energy, allowing you to use your (more powerful) grenade more often.

Talents

  • Fusion Rifle Ammo – Increases the amount of Fusion Rifle ammunition you can carry.
  • Heavy Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Heavy Weapon ammunition you can carry.
  • Improved Arcbolt Grenade – Arcbolt Grenade chains further. Spawn with grenade energy.

Should I buy it?

There’s only 2 Hunter Chests in the game right now, and this one is arguably better – especially with a good fusion rifle like Pocket Infinity. It’s somewhat niche, and is outclassed by some of the other Hunter Exotics though. If you are a collector and have coins to spend, then it might be worth it to pick up, depending if you’ll make use of the upgrades. Otherwise, wait for one of the stronger helmets, or possibly Crest of the Alpha Lupi.

Voidfang Vestmests – Warlock Chest (Voidwalker)

As with the Hunters, the Warlocks only have 2 Exotic chest options right now too. Soon there will be at least 1 more, that being the Starfire Protocol (see: expansion content). Voidfang Vestments is the only Voidwalker-specific chest, making it very valuable indeed.

Talents

  • Hand Cannon Ammo – Increases the amount of Hand Cannon ammunition you can carry.
  • Special Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Special Weapon ammunition you can carry.
  • Improved Axion Bolt – Your Axion Bolt grenade spawns an additional seeker. Respawn with full grenade energy.

Should I buy it?

Voidwalkers rejoice! This makes your Axion Bolt grenades really fast which means more consistent kills! Add in the fact that you now spawn with grenade energy, and you turn into a grenade throwing machine only rivaled by your Sun-filled brethren. This chest would work for the Sunsinger as well.

This is a good option if you’re a Voidwalker, considering that Skull of Dire Ahamkara is basically the only other Voidwalker-specific armor piece right now. This would go great with the Ice Breaker!

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