Is That Worth Buying?

 Published on: Jan 16, 2015 @ 4:55

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!


Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
Ice Breaker Any Any Sniper Rifle 17
The Glasshouse Titan Defender Helmet 13
Achlyophage Symbiote Hunter Gunslinger Helmet 13
Obsidian Mind Warlock Voidwalker Helmet 13

Ice Breakerice breaker xur

For anyone who believed the false rumor about weapons being removed from Xur’s loot table, it’s back in all its glory, so please avoid spreading false information.

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 rifle for PvE.

Should I Buy It?

We have a complete review for this weapon that we published a few months ago, and it made our Tier 1 PvE list!

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.

It is incredible for Nightfall Missions, as it allows you to be patient with infinite ammo.  Solar Burn makes it even more deadly than it already is.

There’s really no true alternative for this weapon, so you definitely should buy it; it’s practical, versatile & powerful. Patience and Time is the other Exotic Sniper, which some prefer in PvP for its stability, recoil and rate of fire.

Ice Breaker‘s major fault is its high recoil, but for PvE it’s basically a non-issue.


Stats Compared to Other

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

Notable Perks

  • No Backpack – Cannot be reloaded. Regenerates ammo over time.
  • Mulligan – Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine.
  • Ice Breaker – Ice Breaker’s victims spontaneously combust, dealing damage to others nearby.

The Glasshouse (Defender)the glasshouse exotic helm

The Glasshouse is designed for Defender Titans who are adamant about increasing the effectiveness of Blessing and Weapons of Light.


  • Rain Blows – Increases melee attack speed.
  • Quintessence Transfer – Replenish Super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade.
  • Bathed in Light – Blessing of Light and Weapons of Light last longer.

Should I buy it?

Bathed in Light will extend the duration of either of those talents by 5 seconds, allowing it to stay active for a total of 15 seconds.

Blessing of Light grants you and any allies who pass through the shield a bonus shield that stacks on top of your existing health. This shield normally has 65 health (boosted to 95 with the Illumination talent). If the shield is damaged or destroyed, you can simply step back into your Ward to regenerate it. It’s helpful in situations where you need some extra muscle to break an enemy position.

Weapons of Light is a powerful damage bonus, granting you and any friendly Guardians who pass through it a 25% damage bonus (35% with the Illumination talent). Weapons of Light gives Ward of Dawn some offensive bite and can result in more sustained damage being dealt over the lifespan of Ward of Dawn.

Blessing/Weapons of Light are obviously best used when your teammates can take advantage of it too.

This helm will give you 113/122 Intellect, which meshes well with Quintessence Transfer, increasing your Super recharge speed when you land grenade kills.

The Glasshouse is better used in situations where your team will benefit from Bathed in Light, so keep that in mind. We do recommend picking it up though, it’s an awesome alternative to Helm of Saint-14.


Achlyophage Symbiote (Gunslinger)ACHLYOPHAGE SYMBIOTE

Similar to the ATS/8 ARACHNID, the Achlyophage Symbiote is a helm meant for the Gunslinger. Its unique ability will add an extra shot to your Golden Gun, arguably the best perk for a Gunslinger.

If you’d like to compare this to the other Exotic Hunter helmets, check out our full review of them here.


  • Fastball – Increases grenade throw distance.
  • Ashes to Asset – Replenish Super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade.
  • Last Man Standing – Golden Gun gains one additional shot per use.

Should I buy it?

The helm has 104/112 Discipline, decreasing grenade cooldown time, which meshes well with the two other perks. This will help you get grenade kills further away, and if you’re able to kill enemies with your grenades, you can use your Super a little quicker.

Increasing you grenade throw distance is a great help, as it will better your chances of getting grenade kills, which will boost you Super energy charge rate, which then brings you back for more Golden Gun action.

This is easily one of the best Exotic helmets for a Gunslinger in both PvP and PvE. If you’re a Gunslinger without Exotic armor, definitely grab the Achlyophage Symbiote.


Obsidian Mind (Voidwalker)obsidian mind exotic helm

Another helmet Xur hasn’t sold separately before, Obsidian Mind will be most beneficial in PvE.

Do you love using Nova Bomb? Insatiable will decrease the cooldown on your Nova Bomb every time you kill something with it, which sometimes can allow your Super to recharge instantly. Coupling this with Inverse Shadow, this helm is going to allow you to wreck havoc.


  • Energy Projection – Increases grenade throw distance.
  • Inverse Shadow – Increased Super energy gained from killing minions of the Darkness.
  • Insatiable – Nova Bomb kills reduce the cooldown of your next Nova Bomb.

Should I buy it?

It’s recommended that you use Bad JuJu with Obsidian Mind, as kills with that weapon will further increase your Super recharge speed!

Voidwalker’s Soul Rip, Annihilate, and Bloom talents will allow you to maximize your damage with the Nova Bomb. Soul Rip allows Energy Drain to reduce the cooldown of your Nova Bomb and Annihilate/Bloom will make your Nova Bomb deadlier.

Obsidian Mind will give you 49/53 Intellect and 50/54 Strength. The real benefit comes from the Intellect, since it will help with your Super recharge.

Finally, the increased grenade throw distance… this perk feels out of place on this helm, but is a nice quality of life addition if your gloves don’t happen to have it.

This is definitely one of the best Exotic pieces for the Voidwalker, it’s absolutely worth using. Buy it immediately.

If you’re wondering how the other Warlock Exotic helmets stack up, check out our review for each of them.


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  • BAMozzy69 .

    Although the Stats aren’t as high as they could be – they are not as high as the ones I own for example, all 3 of these Helms are, in my opinion, the best class specific Exotics available and my ‘go to’ option. Of the 3, the Glasshouse probably gets the least used as in general I prefer to play as a Striker but for the majority of team based activities, I use the Defender and the Glasshouse. Both Achlyophage Symbiote and Obsidian Mind are almost permanently on my character.
    Everything this week is a top tier Exotic and I certainly recommend ALL of them. If I had to rank them in order, Icebreaker is easily the priority buy. Obsidian Mind would be next – Its benefits are awesome – even without pairing it with Bad Juju, you don’t have to wait that long for your next ‘super’. Achlyophage Symbiote would be next with the Glasshouse last – Its only last because I favour the Striker class more but for a Defender, especially one that runs in a team, its essential!

  • Thomas Harrison

    even though im sad there’s no new exotic for me to buy this week, im happy for all the people who desperately wanted ice breaker and had yet to get it until today

    • Just bought two more Ice Breakers. Now all my characters have one.

      • Bradley Hainje

        I was going to do that until I remembered how bungie handled upgrading exotics after the expansion… Not worth all that glimmer and time to have three when the vault is just as easy to use to share.

        • All very valid points. The vault isn’t a big deal when you’re just doing bounties w/ all your characters b/c you have to go back to the tower anyway. It becomes a pain in the butt when you have to fly to the tower, load another character, fly back to the tower, then join up with your friends. Doing that 3-4 times gets annoying. I do that mostly to switch I.B. And don’t forget the ammo regen. I was able to fly through this weeks nightfall w/ it. Regen I.B. ammo then I switched back to the LDR arc damage sniper. Two shot the captains and one shot the vandals.
          Having three will just make my life easier.

      • cool_herc

        Was thinking of doing precisely the same. Anyone that doesn’t have it should jump on it – it may be several months before it’s sold again. No excuses this time around.

  • Tycally Vicano

    I can tell, for those with limited coins and exotics, this week’s gonna be a tough decision.

    • Jamil

      It shouldn’t be, if you have to choose IB is a no brainer. Each of those helmets will cycle through many times over before IB comes back.

  • Ryan

    Icebreaker finally!My three more months of waiting is over..

  • sbrozzi

    Ice Breaker… I have played since the Beta and finally have one.

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  • boostedskyline

    The two exotic things I’ve been wanting for a looooong time. Obsidian mindmindand ice breaker. Fuck yea

    • Mezi-Crochet

      same thing for me

    • Ahror Rakhmatov

      Me to

    • Taylor6979

      I got the Obsidian Mind out of the first Exotic Helmet Engram I pulled from Xur in the like right when the Dark Below first came out and I gotta say to any Warlock that enjoys blowin things up there is not a single more OP Helmet in this game. Especially when combined with weapons such as Monte Carlo, or Bad Juju. Your Super pretty much feels like it’s always up.


    All the good shit is here finnaly got me some IB booty

  • I’ve spent so many raids trying to get Ice Breacker and last week, after 20 hours of playing, finally I got it at VOG. Now it is available for everyone, costing simply 17 strange coins. Instead of making things easy at Xûr, Destiny could make legendary weapons more frequent at raids. Now, what’s the meaning of spending so many hours doing the same raids every week with low expectation of getting a legendary item, while early or late it will be available at xûr?

    • Reflex

      That’s exactly how I feel. It’s a terrible system, but its so embedded in the game now that it can’t really be changed..

      • cool_herc

        Wrong. System works just fine. No change needed, as far as I’m concerned. People need to understand that there may be some exotics that they will never get regardless what they do or how long they play the game.

        • Reflex

          Well technically you can get every exotic, except PS exclusive and Raid exclusive, if you wait. that is what I don’t like about it. The whole idea for an exotic was to tell an awesome story of how you got it, not you wanted 2 weeks and it got handed to you.

    • Mezi-Crochet

      ???? It’s a guess you take… He can sell it OR NOT. I waited for 2 months to get it. I did as many raids as you, I’m sure. RNGesus didn’t reward me with it. you think than you “earned” it more than everybody else because you’ve been lucky?

    • Ed

      Raids are only good for raid gear, exotics are just a lil sugar,nothing to count on or go for at all. Roc and nightfalls are better to try for exotics

  • I’ve spent so many raids trying to get Ice Breacker and last week, after 20 hours of playing, finally I got it at VOG. Now it is available for everyone, costing simply 17 strange coins. Instead of making things easy at Xûr, Destiny could make exotic weapons more frequent at raids. Now, what’s the meaning of spending so many hours doing the same raids every week with low expectation of getting a exotic item, while early or late it will be available at xûr?

    • BAMozzy69 .

      Believe it or not – the Raid is NOT the main and only source of Exotic Weapons. There is a small chance of getting one from certain parts of either Raid but there is NO guarantee of getting one and certainly not a specific one. You probably have as much (if not more) chance of getting one from the Nightfall. I do think its funny that people expect an Exotic from the Raid!
      All of (except the bounty) Exotics have a chance of being sold by Xur, A Nightfall reward, A raid reward, a Cryptarch reward from a Legendary engram, a crucible reward etc etc.
      Its NOT the first time that Xur has sold Icebreaker either! Just because you got yours from the VoG doesn’t make it any more special or better than someone who did the Weekly heroics to earn the coins. Besides the Exotic Weapons aren’t necessarily better than the Legendaries – in fact most are more ‘quirky’ than better – they have the same attack value too so why shouldn’t they be sold?

      • Mezi-Crochet

        NOT! The Vex won’t EVER be sold by Xur and the exotic of the new hard raid either… And the exotics deal more damage than the legendaries even with the same stats. AND the perks is what make them EXOTICS. Of course there is BAD exotics… but

        • BAMozzy69 .

          Of course those 2 Exotics too but the general ones like Icebreaker, Gjallahorn etc will and have been sold. Of the 20 currently available exotics to everyone (so NOT inc PS exclusives) 5 are Bounty only, 1 is Raid only and the 14 others can be sold by Xur as well as obtained through a number of other activities. The Visions of Confluence actually deals more damage per shot than a 300 attack stat Mida. My LDR 5001 deals more damage than Patience and Time. What particular perk makes Mida ‘Exotic’?
          The point I was trying to make though is that playing the Raid to get Icebreaker is not the only or necessarily best way to get it. You also can’t get Necrochasm from Crotas End – you can however get a ‘Crux of Crota’ which is used to upgrade Eidollan Ally (if you have it) to Necrochasm!

          • Mezi-Crochet

            I’m agree than Mida is a Bad exotic. The final perk of agility and trigger is the EXOTIC. You’re right, there’s a lot of way to get exotics. Raids and Nightfall are the way but if you don’t have time to do both, you should priorize the raids. More weapon and legendary weapon.

      • WENIS JINN

        I just got an Ice Breaker last week from a legendary engram I got from the daily heroic. But I agree. It’s kind of a bitter sweet thing. Now its not really exotic or rare anymore, but at least a lot of people will have them for nightfall and raids now. I saved 17 strange coins but now the only exotic I would want to buy is Ghal so all these coins will start stacking up. Next expansions exotics don’t look that great either…

        • BAMozzy69 .

          None of the weapons are particularly rare anyway. The thing is with Exotics though is that they can be bought as and when they turn up and you only have 1 option once a week. If you have or don’t want what’s on offer then you have to wait another week or get lucky in other activiies. The point is though that they are less likely to drop than Legendaries and not as easily obtainable. Icebreaker and Gjallahorn have both been sold before and probably will be sold again at some point. If you don’t have a Gjallahorn you obviously have to get ‘lucky’ from one of he multiple activities or wait until Xur brings it again I bet you will probably get more Rocket Launchers between now and that point and most likely more green than blue, more blue than purple too

      • TDUNN79

        Actually Hawkmoon and Monte Carlo won’t be sold by Xur either, until maybe after they become available to XBOX users as well.

        • BAMozzy69 .

          I said that in a response lower down. I expect they will be sold once they are available on all systems though.

          • TDUNN79

            My apologies, I didn’t see it. 🙂

      • Password?

        Thank you for saying this. I’m tired of people talking about how much time and effort they’ve put into this game for little to no reward. If the only reason you play is to collect loot then I feel like you’re playing for the wrong reasons, but that’s just my opinion. If that’s how you have fun though, great, continue to do so, and I hope you have a great time collecting everything, but please don’t complain about RNG being too RNG for your liking.

        • Mezi-Crochet


      • I believe and I know it. The VOG was just an example of events we play, that’s what I mean. Sorry if I sounded egoist but the hard events like raids, nightfall etc, could have more chances of getting a good bounty.

    • Octus

      i think you should play the raid to get raid weapons and raid armor. Xur has the highest chance out of anything in this game to have an exotic. So just get those coins and wait for the weekend. Just play everything else for fun. If you get an exotic randomly that’s great, but don’t stress about it buddy. It takes to fun out of playing.

    • joerendous

      I got my first Ice Breaker from a legendary engram dropped by a lvl 8 dreg in the Sepiks Prime strike. You’re doing it wrong.

      • Yeah, ofcourse I’ve made mistake on forgetting that there are some other ways of obtain exotic weapons, I agree with you.

  • Hanayo Asa

    Fortunately, I got the Obsidian Mind form the Helmet engram the Friday after the DLC came out. It has a way better stat roll too, especially on the Strength.

    So, yeah, I’m gonna do what others do : correct my mistake and buy the damn Ice Breaker.

  • Reflex

    Although now everyone will have the ice breaker basically for free, I am at least satisfied that I know the Gjallarhorn still has a chance of being sold 😛

    • Mezi-Crochet

      It’s just a good thing! Raids will be easier and the next Nightfall with solar burn…. Ohhhh God!

  • Mezi-Crochet

    I bought 2 icebreaker to be sure!!! Won’t wait for that anymore! Obsidian Mind the same week! Ouf… good thing I stacked y coins. Big week! Thanks Xur…

  • It’s really weird. Xûr isn’t being a dick. I don’t know what’s happening! Feels too good to be true!

    • Mezi-Crochet


      • January 16th shall from now on be referred to as Destiny Christmas!

  • Mezi-Crochet

    Just to be on the same track than everybody. NOBODY earn more a weapon than anybody else. If you got Icebreaker by a legendary engrams, by killing cropta or Atheon, By a random loot by the end of a Raid or you bought it from XUR, you don’t “earned” it more. I spent 6 hours with a medium team the first week Cropta was released to find a way to beat him (LEGIT!). I was ” REWARDED” by 3 beautiful Radiant Energy… That’s it! The day after I cheesed him in 15 minutes and got Plan C, Hunger of Crota and 2 radiant Shard.

    Conclusion, you don’t EARNED, you’re just lucky in this game!

    • sbrozzi

      I agree. This week during IB I was dropped into a game that was practically finished and only managed 3 kills. Our team lost and I got awarded Hawkmoon! I never get awarded anything! I actually felt guilty because I was in the game for less than two mins and look what I get.

    • Josh Gotlieb

      You’re guaranteed a weapon drop on your first crota kill. Cool story though.

      • Mezi-Crochet

        Didn’t get it! Don’t know WHERE you got this information. BUT 3 beautiful ENERGY

  • NYCityREP

    Disappointing. My wait for Gjallarhorn continues. Been grinding since day 1, still no Gjallarhorn.

    • serotoninzero

      He already sold it once. You were probably like me and figured you’d have no use for it.

      • NYCityREP

        I remember. He sold it week 2 but I was still new to the game and did not have the coin. The 1st item I had enough coin to buy was Ice Breaker the 1st time he had it.

      • Jamil

        I skipped it when it was sold and then got it as a reward when I completed my first nightfall and promptly dismantled it for ascendent energy SMDH “I wasn’t a rocket launcher guy”. After I learned how stupid that was I got lucky and received a Gjallahorn 2.0 from a random crucible game.

        • Octus

          you lucky devil

  • Octus

    Awesome, time to spend some coins.

  • Ed

    If you do not have Ice Breaker yet, get it, NOW. This is the only weapon everyone should have, no matter your playstyle. It makes everything much easier. Strikes, raids, nightfalls. Maxed IB is usually required for most lfgs also. Buy it, buy it. One is all you need. Must own for everyone!

  • sbrozzi

    It’s going to be nice to get killed by something other than the Suros Regime & Vex Mythclast during Iron Banner for once…

  • Neil

    Finally, the obsidian mind! I was hoping that Xur would sell another exotic helmet so I could finally have a few options to max out to 32. To get to 32 before, I had to constantly have Light Beyond Nemesis on, which wasn’t one of my favorite exotics, but had its usefulness. Also, I just maxed out my HotPF, and i’m hoping ill snag a raid helmet from Crota later today.

  • Joel Lehrfeld

    Finally bought Ice Breaker, now guaranteed to get it as a free drop in V.O.G. lol

  • disqus_aigOPuWVlZ

    where are the exotic engrams? Do you know if they are coming back admin?

  • Accretio Procella

    That moment when you decide to take a break from xbox to get some stuff done. I checked up on Planet Destiny and I see the icebreaker being sold… WHY BUNGIE!

  • gruvemunky

    I unfortunately missed Xur completely this weekend because of work, and I thought he waas going to have some crap because he had the Last Word. Shucks!!!! At least I have aa Black Hammer.