Is That Worth Buying?

Published on: Dec 19, 2014 @ 5:10

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
Patience and Time Any Any Sniper Rifle 17
Ruin Wings Titan Any Gauntlets 13
Knucklehead Radar Hunter Any Helmet 13
Claws of Ahamkara Warlock Any Gauntlets 13

Test your luck with an Exotic helmet Engram!

Patience and Timepatience and time exotic

Patience and Time is truly unique. It’s signature cloaking ability gives the weapon plenty of character, and the radar stays when you ADS.

As with all of the Exotic weapons Xûr is offering, they’ve got a base Attack of 302.

Patch Update

  • Snapshot upgrade replaced by Custom Optics (provides a lower zoom option)

Should I buy it?

We have an entire review of this weapon which you can read here.

Designed to allow you to stay stationary for awhile. Being aware of your surroundings while being hidden from your enemies is a deadly combination.

The major issue you’ll find when using it is its small magazine. The magazine can be upgraded to hold 6, but obviously it just causes you to be conservative with your shots.

If you end up really enjoying this weapon, you’ll have to build your armor around holding more sniper rifle ammo to get the most out of it. Special Ammo Synthesis are going to be essential when relying on this weapon in PvE.

However, it’s one of the best Arc sniper rifles in the game. It’s unique perks allows for some very fun and sneaky gameplay, and it can wreck in PvP.

Overall this weapon is very well balanced, with the highest stability, and is a must-buy.


Stats Compared to Other Sniper Rifles

  • Above Average: Range, Stability
  • Below Average: Impact

Notable Talents

  • Third Eye – Radar stays active while aiming down this weapon’s sights.
  • Patience and Time – You gain active camouflage while aiming down the sights.

Ruin WingsRuin Wings

Ruin Wings are the new Dark Below Titan gauntlets, that are useful for either subclass. These were sold last week too, but this week the stats are slightly lower.


  • Special Weapon Loader – Increases the reload speed of all Special Weapons.
  • Impact Induction – Causing damage with a melee reduces your grenade cooldown.
  • Seeds of Ruin– Heavy ammo drops more often, and contains more ammo in each drop.

Should I buy it?

These gauntlets are going to be a great choice for any Titan. As with each of the Exotics Xûr is selling, these will help you to reach the required Light rating for level 31/32.

The perks on these gauntlets are extremely useful as well, and work well together. They’ll allow you to pick up double the heavy ammo.

94/101 Strength (down from last week) + Impact Reduction are going to allow liberal use of your grenades. Also, the increased reload speed for Specials will be great for those who enjoy using shotguns/fusion rifles in the Crucible.

We recommend buying these.


Claws of Ahamkaraclaws of ahamkara exotics

Anything but Voidfang Vestments or Sunbreakers, right? In addition to the Obsidian Mind, Claws of Ahamkara was introduced with The Dark Below expansion.

These gauntlets have 56/60 Discipline and 58/63 Strength.


  • Special Weapon Loader – Increases the reload speed of all Special Weapons.
  • Snap Discharge – Increases melee attack speed.
  • The Whispers – Gain an additional charge for Scorch and Energy Drain.

Should I buy it?

These are a must-buy, I shouldn’t even need to convince you. The perks will help out in PvE and PvP, and the Claws of Ahamkara just look amazing.

The Warlock melee is one of the strongest in Destiny, and having two charges makes it even better. If your melee ability isn’t up, these will help you squeeze out in a close quarters fight with their increase to melee attack speed.

The increased reload to special weapons is also handy for just about every situation.

What makes these especially awesome, is that they’re equally useful for both subclasses. I’d prefer to use these on a Sunsginer for the extra Flame Shield.


Knucklehead Radarknucklehead radar exotic

Each of the Knucklehead Radar‘s perks are great in their own way, though this helm might serve you best in PvE. This Knucklehead Radar has 97/104 Strength.


  • Light the Blade – Causing damage with a grenade reduces your melee cooldown.
  • Inverse Shadow – Increased Super energy gained from killing minions of the Darkness.
  • Sensor Pack – Radar remains visible while aiming Primary Weapons.

Should I buy it?

The unique perk for this helmet is extremely useful: Being able to use your radar while looking down the sights of primary weapons (MIDA Multi-tool and Patience and Time have a similar perk).

Being able to use your radar will prove to be a great advantage, especially in PvP; being aware and prepared is key.

The PvE-focused perk, Inverse Shadow, provides you with more super energy for non-Guardian kills.

Cosmetic wise, the helmet’s foundation is simply a common hunter helmet design. However, it has a very nice particle effect that resembles a large holographic eye or radar, which makes for a very appealing appearance.

This helm might be worth buying, but only if you think you’ll benefit from the perks. The Achlyophage Symbiote is my personal favorite, but if you aren’t a Gunslinger, Knucklehead Radar takes the cake.



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  • Christian

    I’m loving the new Warlock arms. Very nicely designed.

  • Sonne

    I just need one more strange coin, and of course I get a mote from public events today. F me, right? Should I just buy an engram? At this rate I’ll end up with something from a Titan.

    • Paratrooper2000

      You should always buy an engram if you can afford one. Motes of light have no other use.

      • Beastineden

        They do in the iron banner. But otherwise you’re right

        • Paratrooper2000

          Totally forgot about PvP. Sorry… 😉

  • boostedskyline

    Now I need to find a post expansion piece of chest armor to get to 31 because those gauntlets are sick

    • cool_herc

      Or…… You could buy one from one of the vendors. Not that difficult.

      • boostedskyline

        Did, the difficult part is leveling up either the factions or vanguard/crucible to get the commendations

  • kenny degraff

    Of course now everyone will have the claws I got them dropped last week damn it……

  • Geoffrey Sims

    How did I know that Xur would be selling garbage again this week? I mean come on! For newer players, this stuff is great, but for us that have been around the block, this stuff is crap. Come on, Bungie. NEW STUFF!!!

    • Micah Yang

      Hes selling 2 new items for tdb dude. Ruin wings were sold last week but still. The warlocks are new and knucklehead hastn’ been sold in a while. Neither has patience and time. Give bungie a break. I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again. IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE GAME DON’T PLAY IT

      • 186

        Y o Y is Xur’s version of Knucklehead radar stronger than what I picked up off a drop? BS!

        • Ed

          You more than likely got your drop pre patch, post patch all exotics are the upgraded versions. You can’t get the 300 exotics unless you already had them.Buy the new one and break down the old one when you need the exotic whatever for the final upgrade.

    • Mezi-Crochet

      The claws are really strong, whatever your level is… With the right perks, this babies are deadly! I combine the claws with Flame Shield (Warlock) and the red death as weapon… Healing, healing and healing again!

  • Neil

    Finally, something other than the Voidfang Vestments.

  • Kou Vang

    Looking at the items list… Heavy Ammy pak is the best pick up for me. Crota seem to eat them for breakfast/lunch/dinner and cant keep up with farming…
    I normally run through 20 a week but with the Crota raid (help carry lower level/skilled clan members) going through 10-20 a night lol.

    • Reflex

      After watching the video of someone 1-manning Crota’s End, It appears that Crota goes down with 2 Gjallarhorn rockets. Maybe not as much as we think lol

  • Ed

    I really want heart of praxic fire, am I better off doing strike playlist or crucible? What would you do?

    • Devin Bryner

      Neither one, honestly. Your chances of getting them in either one are slim to none. I’ve never seen anything drop in the Strike playlist, and I’ve only seen Thunderlord and Universal Remote drop in Crucible. (Although my friend did get both Truth and Thunderlord from Crucible yesterday.) Your best bet is to do the Nightfall on all 3 characters. That’s the only place I’ve heard of it dropping since Xur is such a troll. I’ve been saving Motes for chest engrams since October. I’ve got nearly 100 now.

      • Chad Tyndall

        i just got the last word from the roc strike

      • Ed

        I figured nightfall was the only way, exotic drops from strikes and crucible seem to be extremely rare.

  • Devin Bryner

    Not sure if I should get Claws or not. I just got the raid gloves yesterday (we’ll see what the rest of the raid gives me) and I don’t have a chest yet to get me to 31 except Voidfang.

  • ShinerX

    why aren’t there exotic armor reviews with builds for best using them that would be cool

  • I think you’re kinda underplaying the helmet a bit, with inferno modes coming up without radar, as said in the description, “Who wants to team up with one?”
    I’d say in a competitive landscape it’s a mustbuy just for that.

  • Chaz Choy

    So glad he had P&T this time, last time which was a while ago, I was 2 coins short from buying it, guess good things comes to those who wait… IB next please so want that gun. 😉