Is That Worth Buying?

Published on: Dec 12, 2014 @ 5:07

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

xur inven
New stat rolls on Exotic upgrades!

Inventory

Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
Truth Any Any Rocket Launcher 17
Ruin Wings Titan Any Gauntlets 13
Achlyophage Symbiote Hunter Gunslinger Helmet 13
Voidfang Vestments Warlock Voidwalker Chest 13

Test your luck with an Exotic Helm Engram!

Truthtruth exotic destiny

This weapon exemplifies everything good about rocket launchers, and seeks its targets aggressively, which is great when firing from longer ranges or moving targets.

It recently got a buff, now having a magazine size of 3 instead of 2, though its tooltip still says 2.

Should I buy it?

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

Truth is going to serve you very well in the Crucible, as you’re basically guaranteed to never miss. If you’re in need of a Void-based Rocket Launcher it’s definitely a fine choice, but if not, save up for next weekend.

Truth takes all of the good features of a rocket launcher (2 shots, tracking rounds, explosions on proximity, large blast radius, good velocity and reload) and puts them into one package.

Is it worth using? Absolutely. It’s got excellent stats, with the best stability, blast radius, and reload speed of any rocket launcher.

But if you’re short on Strange Coin, saving for a primary/special weapon that you’ll use more often, might be a better choice. Furthermore, a rocket launcher like Gjallarhorn would be better for the raid.

Alternatives

Stats Compared to Other Rocket Launchers

  • Above Average: Reload Speed, Stability
  • Below Average: Velocity

Notable Talents

  • Javelin – Increases warhead velocity. +40 Velocity, -10 Stability
  • Grenades and Horseshoes – Rockets will detonate early based on proximity to target.
  • Prototype Trueseeker – Rounds will seek their targets aggressively.

Ruin WingsRuin Wings

Ruin Wings are the new Dark Below Titan gauntlets, that are useful for either subclass.

Talents

  • 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.

99/109 Strength + 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, but also consider upgrading The Armamentarium if you have it.

Alternatives

Voidfang Vestmentsvoidfang vestments warlock

“YOU WILL DREAM OF VOIDFANG VESTMENTS AND NOTHING ELSE” – Xûr

Warlocks currently have 3 Exotic chest options, and Voidfang Vestments is great for Voidwalkers who PvP a lot.

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?

You probably already have this… it’s been sold so many times at this point, it’s getting beyond ridiculous.

The Improved Axion Bolt perk will buff your grenades, which means more consistent kills. Add in the fact that you now spawn with grenade energy, and you turn into a grenade throwing nightmare for your enemies.

This chest would work for the Sunsinger as well, because with the Gift of the Sun talent, it will spawn you with 2 grenades.

It’s got 130/139 Strength, which is much is higher than what it’s been in the past.

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.

It’s going to be most useful in PvP, not so much in PvE. Along with spawning with full grenade energy, the Strength stat will reduce your melee cooldown time, making it an all around great choice.

Buy a couple Exotic Engrams, and maybe you’ll get the new Obsidian Mind helm!

Alternatives

Achlyophage SymbioteAchlyophage Symbiote exotic

The Achlyophage Symbiote is a Gunslinger-specific helm, along with the new ATS/8 ARACHNID. It’s main feature is an extra shot for your Golden Gun, upped from 3 to 4.

Talents

  • 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?

Yes, although it certainly depends on how much you value the Golden Gun.

An extra shot means an extra kill and Orbs of Light. It takes two shots to destroy a Defender’s shield, so the two remaining shots could vaporize multiple exposed Guardians.

This week it’s got a 94/101 Discipline stat roll, allowing you to use your grenades more often.

If you’re a Gunslinger without Exotic armor, this is definitely a good one to grab. However, seeing as you could also buy an Exotic Engram, maybe try your luck for the new ATS/8 ARACHNID?

Alternatives

Upgrading PS Exclusives

Wondering if the PS timed exclusives will get a chance to be upgraded? The answer is yes!

Using the old PS date/time glitch, which apparently is buggy now, we were able to capture one of the inventories he’ll have.

hawkmoon xur
Timed PS exclusives confirmed to be upgrade possibilities!

As you can see, he’s offering the Hawkmoon to be upgraded.

Feel free to try this glitch yourself to see if it works for you, and let us know any more inventory possibilities you find out!

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  • Diego Pedrollo

    thank you.

  • Theemo Deman

    Another great review on xur!

  • Niklas bomber

    i hate you xur void fang you son of a dreg

    • Realmanrobbyrob

      actually hes half thral

      • Micah Yang

        I’m ok with xur…but rahool’s mom was a cabal

        • Zander Sabbag

          then his father must be a pretorean. Hate them all anyway

      • Niklas bomber

        and full troll, it appears trollarch has a half brother

  • Foreverwasted

    LOL. Xur has the new Truth but I picked it up from the first Raid chest lastnight.

    Im looking forward to upgrading my Icebreaker and Suros! 🙂

  • Leo Garcia

    In order to upgrade your exotic does it have to be fully leveled first ?

    • WSquared88

      No, it does not need to be fully upgraded. You can upgrade it at any time as long as Xur is around and you have an exotic shard and 7K glimmer.

  • Fec83

    I have a fully upgraded void fang… if i choose to max out with Xur, i must spend 1 exotic shard (7 Strange coins) plus another to the final upgrade. So will be necessary 14 SC…

    If i dismantle my void fang it’s certain to receive 2 exotic shards? if so, i prefer to buy a new one, cost me less strange coins.

    • La RAE

      I was looking for the answer to your question and…it IS GUARANTEED so, yes! it is ‘cheaper’ to get the new one and dismantle the other for 2 coins (plus you can use your maxed item while the other gets maxed)

    • Micah Yang

      Wow i never thought of this. Remember this: there is always a loophole

    • Derek Dockendorf

      Its not guaranteed to net you two Exotic shards. But it’s still worth it as you save 1 strange coin and can keep using the ones with stats until the next one ready for that last upgrade. Plus you save 7500 glimmer.

    • BAMozzy69 .

      Its certainly cheaper to do it that way but obviously you have to wait for those items to be sold or drop again. Xurs option allows you to upgrade favourites rather than rely on the RNG or limited selection he sells.

  • CJ

    Anyone think its actually worth 7500 glimmer and an exotic shard to get 10% more out of your exotics and have to grind out the perks again? Especially considering we’ll have to do the same thing whenever the next dlc rolls through. Anyone know when that is?

    • awsimo

      For me, it’s going to be a case-by-case basis.

      Generally, I say yes for armor. If the increase to the Light limit lets you hit levels 30+, that’s an across-the-board damage increase in PvE. So unless there’s a new piece of Exotic armor you want to wait for, I think it’s worth the upgrade.

      For weapons, I think it depends on how much you use it. I enjoy using post-patch Thorn quite a bit, and since it’s a primary, it’s worth it to me to max out its damage– despite the pain of grinding out the perks. (Plus, I can pick up a Telemetry pack from Xûr to make it a bit easier.)

      However, I probably won’t bother upgrading my maxed Truth. At 300 attack, it already vaporizes Praetorians in the Vault, and is strong enough to land kills in Crucible. So, the extra 10% isn’t really going to make much difference.

      • boostedskyline

        I finally got the DoT ability unlocked yesterday on thorn and then an just a couple minutes later turning in some eris bounties I get the “light in the dark” exotic bounty again. Love thorn, will be doing again

    • Micah Yang

      I don’t know. I think with weapons it will be but maybe not armor

    • Rock Mu

      Only weapons I’d ever upgrade are Gjallarhorn, Ice Breaker (which I just did), and the Mythoclast (if possible). Other than that there are a few older armor pieces I’d upgrade. For some of the armor I’d rather just rebuy it.

    • BAMozzy69 .

      I really don’t know if its ‘worth’ it considering you then have to go through the whole upgrade procedure again and spend another 7sc(Exotic Shard) to upgrade it fully.
      I currently have 17 out of the 18 weapons available at launch on the Xbox and the majority are fully upgraded. I no doubt will opt to upgrade them (or replace with the higher attack stat) all at some point although I will prioritise those I use most.
      This week I opted to upgrade Icebreaker, Suros, Thorn (not doing that bounty again) and Thunderlord as I don’t use the Last Word and rarely use Red Death. I also bought Truth and have completed the SGA bounty again. I am currently working on the Pocket Infinity and Bad Juju bounties again too.
      Of those Exotic weapons that are left, I would upgrade Vex Mythoclast, Gjallahorn, Patience and Time and Plan C as a priority and then consider Red Death, the Last Word, Mida Multi Tool, Universal Remote and Invective. As you can see from this, my priorities are those with Elemental damage as these (for me) are the most used – particularly in end game activities such as Nightfall, Raid etc.
      As for Armour, I already have fully upgraded at least 1 Item per class – Armamentarium (upgrade through Xur), Achlyophage Symbiote & Obsidian Mind (both from Exotic Engrams) and have Apotheosis Veil, Helm of Inmost Light and Helm of Saint-14 thanks to those exotic engrams. However I would opt to upgrade or rebuy both Warlock chest pieces (Voidfang and Praxis Fire) and for my Hunter Knucklehead Radar and Lucky Raspberry. I have my favourite Titan Exotics already as well as the Glasshouse which I think will be better than Saint-14. I don’t know that I will bother with either the Sunbreakers or Young Ahamkaras Spine (looks great but never use Tripmines). I don’t think I will bother with the 2 chests of Alpha Lupi or Light beyond Nemesis either. I would consider Mask of the Third Man though but not as an essential.

    • Jtoomer

      Exotic Shard? Yeah, that is reasonable.

      7500 glimmer + Exotic Shard? That is just wrong. I waited for a week to upgrade my exotic helmet and when the weekend came around no matter how much grinding I did I couldn’t get the glimmer fast enough. I have trouble picking up Glimmer anyhow so its probably just my own personal problem with this but still. It was a pretty big letdown.

  • awsimo

    Minor correction (to otherwise excellent post): Post-patch, Truth now has a magazine size of 3. (Database still displays incorrectly, for some reason, but it does work in-game.)

    http://www.bungie.net/en/News/News?aid=12433

    • I can’t change what it shows in the database, as that’s Bungie’s info, but yeah I edited the article to mention the buff

      • Micah Yang

        In the video it says truth has a mag of 2.

  • awsimo

    Minor correction (to otherwise excellent post): Post-patch, Truth now has a magazine size of 3. (Database still displays incorrectly, for some reason, but it does work in-game.)

    http://www.bungie.net/en/News/News?aid=12433

  • echelon

    Purchased the random exotic engram and got the ATS/8 Arachnid! Bonus!

    • ha same here

      • Micah Yang

        So which do you think is better? Achlyophage or Arachnid? The zoom in perk seems cool but I think that an extra shot would be more useful especially since if you are actually needing to zoom in you could just use a sniper

        • Conor Russell

          The reason that zoom is wicked is because you no longer need to use the range increase perk in the Gunslinger subclass. You can pick up chain of woe if you prefer (I do). Plus, having that little extra distance helps me get all three shots EXACTLY where I want them to go, rather than hitting two out of four.

        • 4 shots is more useful IMO

  • Micah Yang

    DAMN ACHLYOPHAGE IS THE ARMOR I WANT AND IM 5 COINS SHORT DAMN

    • Micah Yang

      I and i, only lvl 26 so in order to get enough coins i have to be lvl 28 bc the nightfall is 30 now. DAMN

      • Zander Sabbag

        go to http://destinypublicevents.com/ So you’ll be farming for marks, reputation and ascendant materials all at once. Upgrade your vanguard rank through this, use the marks to buy armor and resources to upgrade armor. BANG level 31 in two weeks, could rush to 28 and find a fireteam ASAP

  • BaeSuzy

    Aww, was trying to purchase the Ruin Wings but it requires The Dark Below expansion pack. I thought non-DLC players can also access to these exotics without the expansion pack.

    • Zander Sabbag

      weapons and armor were kinda part of the point of buying the expansion, i don’t think they would make them available to averyone. sorry for you anyway man, it still sucks

  • maximumyes

    does the PS time glitch accurately represent future inventory? or does it just pull a new RNG from the server?

  • Ben Hayden

    So question is – 15 Strange coins – Try to grind out 2 more for Truth or get Achlyophage? (Have 22 motes of light – could try to grind for one more mote for an engram – but last time I got a Warlock helmet. :/)

  • Baryn Alex Dumas

    Got the obsidian mind helm and I haven’t made my lock yet! Gah!

  • BAMozzy69 .

    I bought 6 engrams and got a much better stat roll on this weeks
    Achlyophage Symbiote. I also got 3 Titan Helms – Saint 14, inmost light
    and Glasshouse, and 2 Warlock helms – Obsidian mind and Apotheosis Veil.
    So far I have opted to upgrade the Armamentarium, Suros, Thorn (not
    doing that bounty again) and Icebreaker. I think the Ahamkaras Spine,
    although not used much, looks great and has a good stat roll – better
    than Mask of the 3rd man. I also bought Truth as I didn’t have it – now
    just need Hard Light and the new Exotics

  • Strike179

    Hawkmoon for next week? Yes Please!

  • BAMozzy69 .

    I notice that the Armour Upgrades have their own stats and don’t transfer your previous ones. I have Mask of the Third Man for example and it had a much better Stat than the upgrade version – Worth keeping an eye on…
    The Armamentarium this week was very high (Base stat of 158 Discipline)