Is That Worth Buying?

Published on: Feb 20, 2015 @ 3:45

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
No Land Beyond Any Any Sniper Rifle 17
Crest of Alpha Lupi Titan Any Chest 13
Radiant Dance Machines Hunter Any Boots 13
Voidfang Vestments Warlock Voidwalker Chest 13

Be sure to test your luck with Exotic Chest Engrams!

No Land Beyondno land beyond exotic sniper

This is arguably the worst Exotic weapon in Destiny. If you do use it, don’t try and use it like a normal sniper rifle.

Should I buy it?

No. I’m not going to try and convince you, just watch or read our review and decide for yourself:

Alternatives

Stats Compared to Other Sniper Rifles

  • Above Average: Charm
  • Below Average: Everything

Notable Perks

  • Primary Care – This Exotic Sniper Rifle will be equipped in the primary weapon slot.
  • Mulligan – Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine.
  • The Master – Increased precision damage. Kills briefly increase damage against next target.

Crest of Alpha Lupicrest of alpha lupi titan

Crest of Alpha Lupi (subclass-neutral) has perks very similar to the Hunter’s Crest of Alpha Lupi. Be sure to pick up an Exotic Engram first if you plan on buying this!

This chest has a low stat roll of 124/133 Intellect, lower than whats being offered from Xur’s Upgrades.

Talents

  • Auto Rifle Ammo – Increases the amount of Auto Rifle ammunition you can carry.
  • Special Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Special Weapon ammunition you can carry.
  • Keeper of the Pack – You revive fallen teammates faster, and they revive you faster. Your Super also spawns additional orbs for teammates.

Should I buy it?

Crest of Alpha Lupi (subclass-neutral) has perks very similar to the Hunter’s Crest of Alpha Lupi. They’re both for those Guardians that love team-oriented play. While it won’t be incredibly useful in the raid, this chest piece really holds its own in 3v3 and Strikes.

It makes any resurrection near instant (1 second from 1.6), and is wonderful for those clutch saves. The additional Orbs aren’t that noticeable unfortunately; only about 1-2 extra.

Depending on how much Intellect you get, the cooldown for your Ward of Dawn or Fist of Havoc could be greatly reduced.

Its two ammo perks are universally useful and will be extremely beneficial to those who enjoy AR’s.

Is it better than The Armamentarium? We don’t think so. However, the Crest of Alpha Lupi is still a solid choice and it’s worth adding to your collection.

As stated above, if you’re a solo player, Keeper of the Pack isn’t going to benefit you at all. Just like with all Exotics, some are going to be most useful in select situations, so just know when to switch out for something that will benefit you more.

Alternatives

Radiant Dance Machinesradiant dance machines exotic boots

These boots are specific for a certain type of player. Some may find these helpful if they value quicker movement, but Exotic helms, gauntlets, or chests would be a better option most of the time.

Considering buying an Exotic Chest Engram and see where that takes you!

These boots have a low 119/128 Strength roll, less than the last time they were sold.

Talents

  • Heavy Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Heavy Weapon ammunition you can carry.
  • The Dance – You move more quickly while aiming your weapon. Dancing speed increase by 200%!

Should I buy it?

Radiant Dance Machines are built around being more mobile while aiming. For a high mobility build, they can be a solid choice for a Hunter that’s trying to avoid crossfire.

“The Dance” perk won’t give you a huge increase in speed, but it is helpful enough to build around. Your ADS movement speed will be almost doubled from what’s normal.

Combine these boots with the MIDA Multi-Tool and high agility, and it’ll be like floating on air! If you want to further increase your speed, be sure to use the “Path Unknown” and “Way of the Drifter” talents.

Similar to the Mk. 44 Stand Asides, these will increase your heavy ammo as well, so coupling them with a machine gun in PvP will be your best bet.

The Strength on these boots seem out of place and obviously don’t help out with their of the perks.

These boots are for a very niche crowd, and will be most beneficial in the Crucible. If you are looking for a new toy to play with in PvP, they’re worth trying, but generally not useful enough to warrant consistent use.

We don’t recommend using these in PvE, since you won’t find much benefit from moving faster while aiming.

Alternatives

Voidfang Vestmentsvoidfang vestments warlock

The Voidfang Vestments is the only Voidwalker-specific exotic chest piece. Along with spawning with full grenade energy, the Strength stat will reduce your melee cooldown time, making it a great choice for PvP.

This chest piece has a whopping 144/155 Strength, certainly not its max (170~), but higher than the last time it was sold.

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?

The Improved Axion Bolt perk will buff the (amazing) Axion Bolt grenades, which means more consistent kills.

This chest will work for the Sunsinger as well, because with the Gift of the Sun talent, it will spawn grenades for you. The full grenade energy you get from Improved Axion Bolt will also work with any grenade, not just the Axion Bolt.

Combining the Improved Axion Bolt perk with the Vortex Mastery talent (which increases the range of Axion Bolt) will make your grenades lethal and better at clearing out larger areas. Or, try out Bloom for increased damage via explosions in crowded spaces.

Because the Voidfang Vestments give you Strength, your Energy Drain or Scorch abilities will recharge quicker. This works well in tandem with Energy Drain since it reduces grenade cooldown, giving you another Axion Bolt grenade very quickly.

If you enjoy the Crucible with your Voidwalker, buy this.

Alternatives

PlanetDestiny
Check out forums.planetdestiny.com if you'd like to talk to others about Destiny in a friendly and welcoming community! :)

LATEST POSTS BY AUTHOR

  • Finlay Jones

    Chest engrams are also worth buying- HoPF, Armamentarium, voidfang. 3/7 chance for something really good. Buy this before buying VF’s, in case they turn into them.

    • Indeed, if you plan on getting either of those, Engrams should be the first thing you buy

    • Grymwulf

      This is exactly what happened to me this morning-got Voidfang Vestments from the engram for my Warlock, who is quite happy at the moment.

  • Dan

    I got both the Hunter and Titan Alpha Lupis from my 2 engrams, while my friend without a warlock got Praxic Fire. Not. Fair. At least there was synth though. I bought so many of those

  • insanetrasher

    No Luck Bungie?

  • Grymwulf

    So funnily enough (or sadly enough), I was awarded (punished with?) No Land Beyond at the end of an Iron Banner event. I laughed to myself for a second, then felt like crying. First random exotic the game has given me. Thanks Bungie. Then Xur sells it the next morning. Must be a surplus of them!

    I can’t decide if I should just dismantle it or keep it in my bank in case they buff the weapon. Then again, I already have Icebreaker, so maybe I’ll just dismantle it.

    • Quattro Bageena

      Same here, only I was “rewarded” it from soloing the nightfall. Insta-shard.

      • Andrew

        I was awarded 2 of them during the last Iron Banner and then another one from a Nightfall. RNG hates me. I kept 1 of them and dismantled the other 2 as you never know if it will get a buff to be usable.

    • Grymwulf

      I think I’m going to dismantle it since I already have Icebreaker…I could use an exotic shard more than a dusty old gun taking up vault space.

    • Dan

      I’d only keep it if you’re collecting exotics. One and only one of them. I have gotten 7 of them from Nightfalls and Crota raid, Aka 6 exotic shards

  • Choose-Your-Own

    I got heart of the Praxic fire a few months ago with the exotic engram on my first try. I almost dismantled it because I didn’t realize how good it was back when I was a newb in september…

    • Dan

      Lucky. 900 hours in and I just can’t get one. I have 2 Gjallahorns too so it’s even more rare to me than that

  • cool_herc

    Another relatively lame visit by Xur. Can we plan on No Land Beyond and Radiant Dance Machines being available in another 3 weeks, too? I’d rather see these items deleted altogether than to continually see them made available every few weeks.

  • Brian Collins

    heavy ammo!!! now I finally have something to spend my 200 strange coins on!!!

  • Alex Howden

    hala F***ing louya: HEAVY AMMO, SWEET HEAVY AMMO THANK THE LORD.

    • Dan

      I bought so many of them that I almost don’t have room across my entire inventory. Lol

  • KdragonXHunter

    This time Xur was good to me I added 3 pieces of exotic armor to my collection, Im just missing 3 exotic weapons and 2 exotic armor to complete my exotic collection. Exotics!!

    • Dan

      Nice!! I’m getting close. Just need 2 weapons, Praxic Fire, and a couple Titan ones

  • MattyLu22

    Screw xur.I bought 3 exotic engrams-2 lucky raspberries b2b then voidfang.I wanted PRAXIC FIRE.I have logged 29 total days of destiny,no PRAXIC FIRE and of course no ghorn.This might be the last straw destiny.Ive grown very tiresome to bad rng drops.Its so frustrating ,my friends shrug when they get there 3rd or 4th.Now rumor is Xur will not sell it bc too powerful but yet he sells icebreaker 3 times.Im sick of it

    • Dan

      Man do I feel your pain! Two of my friends, who don’t have a Warlock, got Praxic Fire on their first engram. I bought two engrams and got both versions of Alpha Lupi. One of those friends dismantled it because he only has a Titan and didn’t want it

  • ac

    Maximum for chest piece is 170 probably because I have one