Is That Worth Buying?

 Published on: Jan 9, 2015 @ 4:47

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

Remember to finish the Urn of Sacrifice quest before he leaves!

Inventory

Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
The Last Word Any Any Hand Cannon 23
An Insurmountable Skullfort Titan Striker Helmet 13
Lucky Raspberry Hunter Bladedancer Chest 13
Starfire Protocol Warlock Sunsinger Chest 13

The Last Wordthe last word destiny exotic hand cannon

Easily one of the best PvP hand cannons for 1v1 situations, this is a killing machine that’s really fun to use. Match it with the Gunslinger’s Trance talent and you’ll be near unstoppable.

Should I buy it?

We have a complete review for this weapon, and it made our Tier 1 PvP list!

The recoil is low on this weapon once it’s upgraded, and because it’s got the passive Fan Fire perk, you’ll take down your enemies before they have a chance to react!

Its unique upgrade will also increase the precision damage done on targets when firing from the hip. Because of the low range, its best used in close range to your opponent.

While The Last Word is still an OK choice for PvE (not as good as the Hawkmoon or Thorn), this weapon completely dominates in PvP if used properly.

If you enjoy the Crucible, and prefer hand cannons, it doesn’t get much better than this. However, if you are looking for a well-rounded weapon as your primary in PvE, then this isn’t the weapon for you.

The Last Word is outclassed by many other hand canons in PvE, namely Hawkmoon and Fatebringer.

It goes without saying that if you enjoy hand cannons, buy this weapon! Keep in mind that many people will have this weapon now, so don’t get discouraged in the Crucible!

We talked a bit about massive Exotic ownership and how that affects Destiny in this article.

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Stats Compared to Other Hand Cannons

  • Above Average: Rate of Fire, Reload Speed
  • Below Average: Impact, Range

Notable Talents

  • Hip Fire – This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip.
  • Last Word – Bonus damage and stability. Extra precision damage when firing from the hip.

An Insurmountable Skullfort (Striker)an insurmountable skullfort

We recently reviewed this in our Titan Exotic Helmet analysis.

An Insurmountable Skullfort’s unique ability is awesome for Striker Titans that love to punch things. Coupling this helm with Storm Fist’s Overload or Amplify can help out even more for a reliable and consistent stream of health regeneration.

Talents

  • Infusion – Replenishes health each time you pick up an Orb of Light.
  • Impact Induction – Causing damage with a melee reduces your grenade cooldown.
  • Improved Transfusion – Kills with Storm Fist immediately trigger health regeneration. You also respawn with full Melee energy.

Should I buy it?

The helm’s main perks revolve around your grenades and melee which is awesome. An Insurmountable Skullfort has 104/112 Discipline and Impact Induction, which will replenish grenade energy just when you damage an enemy with a melee, so that obviously works well together; you’ll be able to use your grenades and melee a lot.

What makes this helm a must-have, especially for PvP, is its ability to spawn you with full grenade energy every time.

Infusion of course is just very situational, and is nice when it happens, but not something you can rely on. Fortunately the other two perks really mesh well together, and Infusion is just an added bonus.

Ultimately this helmet will serve you well in both PvE and PvP and is worth picking up.

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Lucky Raspberry (Bladedancer)lucky-rasp

Lucky Raspberry is the only chest piece specific to the Bladedancer. Lucky Raspberry’s main feature is the ability to spawn with grenade energy, allowing you to use your (more powerful) grenade more often.

Along with the grenade energy, your Arcbolt grenade will be improved by chaining further.

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 Plan C or Vex Mythoclast, as it’ll greatly increase the ammo.

It’s somewhat niche, and is outclassed by some of the other Hunter Exotics, but for some, the perks could be invaluable.

This version that’s being sold has 149/160 Intellect on it, which is going to greatly reduce the recharge time of your Super.

If you are a collector or love the Arcbolt grenade, then it might be worth picking up.

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Starfire Protocol (Sunsinger)Starfire Protocol exotic

Starfire Protocol was also introduced with The Dark Below expansion, and this is the second time it’s been sold.

This chest piece has 144/155 Intellect – the same amount as last week.

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.
  • Starfire Protocol – Gain an additional Fusion Grenade.

Should I buy it?

Starfire Protocol’s main perk will give you an additional fusion grenade, but this does not stack with the Gift of the Sun talent in the Sunsinger talent tree.

While this does pigeonhole you into taking Fusion grenades, it acts as the Gift of the Sun talent, allowing you to take Angel of Light or Touch of Flame.

Touch of Flame allows your Fusion grenades to always ignite enemies, and in PvP this will help finish off anyone who you failed to stick the grenade to. Double this with Viking Funeral for extra damage!

This chest piece will also increase your fusion rifle ammo and heavy ammo reserves, similar to the other Exotic Warlock chest for the Sunsinger, the Heart of the Praxic Fire.

Forgetting about the increased ammo you can carry, this chest piece is worth buying for the additional Fusion grenade alone, assuming you enjoy using that grenade. The Fusion grenade deals 100 damage in a small blast radius and an additional 65 bonus damage when stuck to a target.

If you never use fusion rifles, and could care less about the Fusion grenade, then save your Coins.

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  • Christian

    Another week to save my Coins. I see it as a good thing that we get dupes. I don’t have enough time to run the weekly three times a week (I’m sure others don’t too). I see this as a pretty good thing. Especially if next week has a good weapon and good armour. This is other’s chance to get TLW. A very good weapon, worth the buy if you’re a crucible guy.

    • BAMozzy69 .

      I usually do the Nightfall and try and get Crotas End Raid done with all 3 on a Tuesday and then have Wednesday-Friday to get the Weekly Heroics done for the Coins.
      I have all available Exotic Weapons now so that saves me Coins.

      • Christian

        Awesome. I wish I had the time to do that. Lol. I’ve only done Crota’s End once. I always go for the first chest nothing the less. I usually get my Nightfalls and Weeklys done, but I don’t always count on it.

  • BAMozzy69 .

    I will be buying the Lucky Raspberry Armour as I use Arc-Bolt Grenades and have the Vex too. Mask of the Third Man maybe stronger but I think I prefer this in most high level activities.
    I never wear my Insurmountable Skullfort but notice he also has this for upgrade – wonder which has the better stats? It maybe better to buy than upgrade but either way it would be pointless as its something I don’t wear. The Titans Melee is quite poor compared to Hunters and Warlocks and its something I don’t use that often.
    I have the other Items on sale already.
    The only weapons I have at pre-expansion levels are the Vex, Mida and Invective so may go for the Mida upgrade even though it rarely gets used. The only other upgrade I may consider is Heart of the Praxic Fire which I prefer to the Starfire Protocol. I do have a full set of Crotas End Raid Armour though and really like the look of the Chest. Its a pity there isn’t a decent Sunsinger Helm!

    • Christian

      The way I look at it is if it’s a PVP weapon, I just don’t bother upgrading it. Simply because the Damage only matters in IB and ToO. Instead of upgrading Invective, if you really want a stronger version, I’d do the bounty again. You’ll get more shards this way, I did it before and still do it farm those pesky shards.

      I never use Mida in PvE, so it’s just another one of those weapons I never bothered powering up to 331. I’m sure you’ll make the right choice.

      • BAMozzy69 .

        I don’t play PvP (or very rarely anyway) Its the reason that some weapons (like Invective) haven’t yet been upgraded to the new stats as Shotguns are not that great in PvE.
        Mida rarely gets used either as I think there are better Scout rifles and certainly better use of my Exotic choice.
        I know it (like Invective) are unlikely to get used often but I would still like to have all my weapons at the highest level.
        Because they don’t get used, its the reason why they are the last weapons still at pre-expansion levels. Universal Remote would have been last but I got an updated one from a Nightfall.
        Its not like I don’t have the Coins, Exotic Shards, Glimmer or Resources to do them either. but its a case of upgrading because I can rather than because I need to.

        • Christian

          Fair enough.

        • Paratrooper2000

          Invective is super useful in PvE! All of my 3 characters carry one. Why? Because if you run out of sniper ammunition during a nightfall/raid (and don’t have the luck to own Ice Breaker), just equip Invective, wait until it has generated 15 bullets, switch back to sniper, win! 🙂

          • cool_herc

            Unless you enjoy playing Crucible, it’s not worth doing the exotic bounty more than once to obtain Invective, especially for those that don’t utilize shotguns much. Just isn’t

          • BAMozzy69 .

            Well I have Icebreaker so its not that useful…

      • Mezi-Crochet

        same for me… My PVP weapons are only upgrade to get all Perks. Invective, Mida and now Last Word will be the same.

    • dstripedape

      Shoulder charge is probably the most powerful melee of them all

  • Ryan

    For the Lucky Raspberry, does anyone know if the Heavy Ammo perk stack? I have the CE boots, Tireless Striders that already have this perk, will I benefit from having both equipped?

    • Mezi-Crochet

      Nope, unfortunatelly!

    • BAMozzy69 .

      I Just need the Gauntlets for my Hunter from CE but I also have a set of Legendary armour that I use in different situations. My CE Raid gear isn’t upgraded fully yet as a complete set requires 84 Radiant Shards and I have 3 different classes so that means a complete set for all 3 needs 252 Shards. Like I said I am missing the Gauntlets for my Hunter but also missing the Helm and Chest for my Titan but my Warlock is fully kitted out.
      As I also have a Vex (well 3 – 1 for each) Lucky Raspberry is a useful item even though the Heavy ammo doesn’t stack. Its kind of the equivalent to Voidfang Vestments for Warlocks. I tend to use this chest mostly on Arc burn Nightfalls in preference to the Mask of the Third Man and maybe wear some boots that increase the ammo of my Primary as I often use Fatebringer in that situation – its much better than Praedyth’s Timepiece!

  • Justin Lee Bell

    yeah gotta agree, just another week to save coins and motes. I missed the first Xur sale of the expansion and I guess I’m just screwed to upgrade IB. I’m also waiting for him to sell GH again…. Guess I’m going to be waiting a long time……..

    • Ryan

      Yeah just another week to save my strange coins as well.

    • dstripedape

      Hopefully motes come back next week

  • Paratrooper2000

    I bought the Lucky Rasperry, since I have the rest as raid gear, and can now proceed to L32. It looks better as expected. Although I would prefer the Crest Of Alpha Lupi, since I really like to spawn a lot of orbs. It is really helpful in a large (raid) team.

  • Lara Croft

    Finally got enough glimmer to upgrade Gjallarhorn. A little upset Ice Breaker isn’t on the upgrade list, but hopefully next week. Didn’t get any exotic armors, since I have the good ones already.

  • Solipschism

    You guys really need to learn your stat rolls. “127” on Saint-14 upgrade a “decent” stat roll? That’s the highest pure (not divided à la Obsidian Mind) number they’ve ever sold on a helm. Before Crota dropped, the working maximum was 118, which makes that Helm 9 points higher than was ever possible. Ruin Wings the first or second week hit 106, and the Armamentarium upgrade in the first week of TDB was 167. Those are all standout examples of rolls that bucked what we knew to be possible in exotics. Bungie never lets us know the maximum rolls, so you should be paying close attention to outliers. As the bonus for stat cooldowns still caps at 271, 127 is a fantastic roll.

    For future reference,

    PRE-DLC Exotic Maximums on Pure Rolls

    Helm, 118 / Gloves, 104 / Chestpiece, 157 . Anything above these should be considered a must buy for min/maxers.