Is It Worth Buying?

Published on: Nov 14, 2014 @ 4:40

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

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Inventory

Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
The Last Word Any Any Hand Cannon 23
The Armamentarium Titan Either Chest 13
Crest of Alpha Lupi(h) Hunter Either Chest 13
Voidfang Vestments Warlock Voidwalker Chest 13

Weapon

The Last Wordthe last word xur

The Last Word, even right out of the box, is still fun to use.

Should I buy it?

We have a video review of this weapon here (a more in-depth review for it coming later this month), and it made our Top 5 Exotics 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.

While The Last Word is still great for PvE (not as good as the Hawkmoon), this weapon completely dominates in PvP if used properly. It’s got a distinct sound, unique spin after melee, and the Impact & rate of fire are excellent!

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!

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Stats Compared to Other Hand Cannons

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

Notable Talents

  • Hip Fire – This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip, cutting “bloom” by 33%
  • Last Word – Bonus damage and stability. Extra precision damage when firing from the hip.
  • Fan Fire – Weapon can be fired quickly and continuously.

Armor

The ArmamentariumThe Armamentarium

The Armamentarium has perks mostly centered around carrying more, which is extremely versatile. This armor is built for those Titans who love to deal heavy damage.

An additional grenade, with more heavy and special ammo means you’re a walking armory, ready to throw some serious punches.

This week it comes with very generous 138 Discipline, which is more than what he’s sold before!

Crest of Alpha Lupi, the other Exotic Titan chest, is similar in that it doesn’t provide any subclass specific upgrades.

Talents

  • Special Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Special ammo you can carry.
  • Heavy Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Heavy ammo you can carry.
  • Grenade Booster – Carry an additional grenade.

Should I buy it?

A second grenade is so very useful in any and all situations. Even if you prefer your primary weapon, and might just capitalize on 1/3 of its perks, it’s still going to be a worthwhile investment.

This is the ultimate Titan’s chest piece. If you’re not using your heavy and special weapon a lot, you should still buy this for its high discipline and additional grenade!

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Chest of Alpha Lupicrest of alpha lupi hunter

The Crest of Alpha Lupi is 1 of two Exotic Hunter chest pieces. The perks for this chest aren’t great, but for people who use their special weapon a lot and/or hand cannons, it’s going to be very useful indeed. The increased revival speed is significant and great for PvE or 3v3.

Talents

  • Special Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Special Weapon ammunition you can carry.
  • Hand Cannon Ammo – Increases the amount of Hand Cannon 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?

If you are a team player in PvP, this is the chest piece for you. Helping you revive people faster could swing 3v3 matches in your favor, and more special weapon and hand cannon ammo will obviously come in handy if you use those regularly.

This chest has 132 Strength, which is higher than the previous weeks its been sold.

Unless you’d rather wait for the Lucky Raspberry, or don’t think the perks would benefit your playstyle, buy it. If you do not play 3v3 PvP, or mostly stick to PvE, just save your coins for Lucky Raspberry or an Exotic helm.

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Voidfang Vestments (Voidwalker)voidfang vestments warlock

The Warlocks only have 2 Exotic chest options 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. It’s a great choice for PvP.

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, because with the Gift of the Sun talent, it will spawn you with 2 grenades.

The Strength on this chest this week is only 115, which isn’t all that great, but it is higher than week #5 & 7.

This is a good option if you’re a Voidwalker, especially if you use hand cannons, considering that Skull of Dire Ahamkara is basically the only other Voidwalker-specific armor piece right now.

Along with spawning with full grenade energy, the Strength stat will reduce your melee cooldown time, making it an all around great choice – probably a better choice for PvP than PvE though.

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  • BAMozzy69 .

    I have the Last Word and think that Thorn is better – in PvE at least. Certainly in the higher level activities although I still prefer my Lord High Fixer/Devil you Know. Its animation (spin and Fan Fire) look great as do the aesthetics but its not that useful in PvE. I can see why its good in PvP with its low range and fast fire though – good with the CQC of the Crucible. Its reload speed isn’t great either and has 8 rounds in the Mag. I find it harder to get Headshots personally and the range really is poor which means you need to get up close and personal to be effective – a dangerous tactic in PvE – especially if the Lightswitch modifier is active!

    Voidfang Vestments and the Armamentarium are both very good chest pieces. The Armamentarium probably has the edge as its useful for either sub-class. For me the Crest of Alpha Lupi is one of the least useful Hunter Exotics – along with the Gauntlets but like those, one of the better looking items!

    • BAMozzy69 .

      Looking at the Stat roll of the Armamentarium, Its Discipline of 138 is higher than my fully upgraded one so I think I will have to replace it with this. I am thinking of buying the Void Drive too (or maybe 3 – 1 for each class…) as the Purple trail looks great!

  • Last Word > Fatebringer? I doubt it…

    I’m still gonna buy it, what else should i do with all that coins? I’ll probably buy 50 heavy ammo packs for 10 Coins. Spam same rockets this week…

    • fang lyn

      may as well buy it (already own last word long before xur) i bought the truth even though i own a infinitely better and maxed Gjallarhorn (only complaint is it’s overkill in PVP).

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  • delta 6655

    hay xur, xur hay xur, stop selling us the freaken armermentium, its been 5 weeks since you had something for titans that wasent a chest peice, come on damnit

  • Fernando

    For a moment I thought the article was about whether it was worth buying the DLC…

    Destiny is an awesome game but the DLC is waaay overpriced for so few content.

    I’m not buying it until they give more for quite less.

  • Raxs

    Aw man. I had last word well before this and it no longer feels so special :S Haha. Oh well. It was a nice ride.

  • KeefGB .

    and yet again xur single handedly turns an exotic in to common with good stats. More flavor removed from a flavorless game. guess it still has its asthetic side.

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  • fang lyn

    Last word is one of the must-own guns. i long since maxed before xur, alpha lupi is more supportive better in PVE generate a LOT of orbs, plus you faster revive/revival.

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