Is That Worth Buying?

 Published on: Jan 30, 2015 @ 4:37

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!


Another TDB-only inventory. These same items was actually sold a few weeks ago at the beginning of January.

Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
Dragon’s Breath Any Any Rocket Launcher 17
Mk. 44 Stand Asides Titan Striker Boots 13
Don’t Touch Me Hunter Any Gauntlets 13
Starfire Protocol Warlock Sunsinger Chest 13

You can also test your luck with an Exotic gauntlet Engram! We have reviews for each of the Exotic gauntlets.

Dragon’s Breathdragon's breath exotic

The blast radius on Dragon’s Breath is huge; tied with Truth with the highest blast radius among rocket launchers. Its rate of fire is also the highest out of the Exotic rocket launchers.

It shares the ability to have 3 rockets in the magazine with Truth, although Dragon’s Breath requires the Tripod perk.

Dragon’s Breath unique perk, Pyromancer, will leave a solar grenade effect in its wake for about 5 seconds.

We have a fully upgraded review for this weapon as well as an Exotic rocket launcher comparison!

Should I buy it?

Dragon’s Breath really feels like a middle ground between Truth and Dragon’s Breath isn’t a bad weapon by any stretch of the imagination, and for some people in some situations, it may even preform better than the other Exotic launchers.

The low velocity for this weapon is what really brings it down, with close to the lowest of all rocket launchers.

Having a 3 round magazine size standard and replacing the first perk with proximity detonation might be something Bungie should test, as it would make the weapon a little more versatile while bringing it up to the same level as the other rocket launchers.

Without the ability to track targets, this rocket launcher definitely isn’t for everyone, but it can be very useful in a few PvE situations.

Dragon’s Breath is very fun to use, but when it comes time to kill some Wizards or anything but trash-mobs, Gjallarhorn is probably a better choice.

It’s probably not worth buying unless you’re desperate for a new rocket launcher.


Stats Compared to Other Rocket Launchers

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

Notable Talents

  • Tripod – This launcher’s tube can hold three shells.
  • Pyromancer – Rounds fired from this weapon leave a Solar Flare upon detonation.

Mk. 44 Stand Asides (Striker)mk 44 stand asides exotic

The first pair of Exotic Titan boots (introduced with The Dark Below) are on sale yet again! Peregrine Greaves are coming with the House of Wolves.

These boots have 134/144 Strength, more than the last time they were sold.


  • Heavy Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Heavy ammo you can carry.
  • Be Somewhere Else – Increases the duration Shoulder Charge remains active.

Should I buy it?

The Mk. 44 Stand Asides are a solid pair of boots for any PvP-focused Striker who enjoys getting up close and personal with the enemy.

Often you’ll find that the window for shoulder charge is too short, having to plan your movement around getting that shoulder charge kill. These boots will extend the time it’s available by about 3 seconds, increasing it to 8 seconds from 5.

These will enable you to run a bit longer, and the high Strength will ensure a followup Storm Fist for anyone who somehow lives through your Shoulder Charge.

Use the Transfusion talent to further aid you on the field with health regeneration.

If you’ve got spare Coins, and need a PvP-specific Exotic for your Striker, give these a shot. Keep in mind that if you’ve already got an armor piece that increases heavy weapon ammo, it’s not going to stack with these boots.

We recommend an Exotic helm, chest, or gauntlet instead of the boots. Test your luck with the Exotic gauntlet Engram, but know that both of those are better for PvE than PvP.


Starfire Protocol (Sunsinger)starfire protocol exotic review

Starfire Protocol was also introduced with The Dark Below expansion and was sold just last week.

This chest piece has 134/144 Intellect – slightly more than the last time it was sold.


  • Fusion Rifle Ammo – Increases the amount of Fusion Rifle ammunition you can carry.
  • Heavy Weapon Ammo – Increases the amount of Heavy Weapon ammunition you can carry.
  • Starfire Protocol – Gain an additional Fusion Grenade.

Should I buy it?

Starfire Protocol’s main perk will give you an additional fusion grenade, but this does not stack with the Gift of the Sun talent, so you can only hold 2 grenades.

While this does pigeonhole you into taking Fusion grenades, it does free up the Angel of Light or Touch of Flame talent.

Touch of Flame allows your Fusion grenades to always ignite enemies, and in PvP this will help finish off anyone who you failed to stick the grenade to. Double this with Viking Funeral for extra ignite damage.

This chest piece will also increase your fusion rifle ammo and heavy ammo reserves, similar to the Heart of the Praxic Fire.

Forgetting about the increased ammo you can carry, this chest piece is worth buying for the additional Fusion grenade alone, assuming you enjoy using that grenade. The Fusion grenade deals 100 damage in a small blast radius and an additional 65 bonus damage when stuck to a target.

The Intellect on this armor increase the charge rate of Radiance, getting your double Fusion grenades back quicker than they would normally.

For this chest, it comes down to how much you enjoy the Fusion grenades. If you prefer Solar or Firebolt, the Heart of the Praxic Fire or Sunbreakers might be a better Exotic option.

An Exotic gauntlet Engram could reward you with the Claws of Ahamkara as well.


Don’t Touch Medon't touch me exotic gauntlets

The Don’t Touch Me gauntlets were also introduced with The Dark Below and are extremely useful in PvE. Ikaheka’s Hooks are coming with the House of Wolves.

These gauntlets only have 76/82 Discipline, lower than the last time they were sold.

While these technically aren’t a Bladedancer-only item, Bladedancer’s will benefit more from Defensive Reflex using their Shadowjack talent.


  • Special Weapon Loader – Increases the reload speed of all Special Weapons.
  • Inverse Shadow – Increased Super energy gained from killing minions of the Darkness.
  • Defensive Reflex – Taking damage from a melee attack makes you briefly invisible.

Should I buy it?

These are definitely worth buying for PvE! The perks for these gauntlets are excellent, and you’re able to use them on both subclasses.

The Defensive Reflex perk allows you to quickly escape any enemy in PvE if they get too close for comfort. Using the Shadowjack talent will increase your invisibility after getting struck to 6 seconds (3 more seconds than normal)!

Don’t Touch Me will also increase your Super energy from kills in PvE, a great addition of course, but unfortunately not one you can use outside of PvE.

The perks on these gauntlets are very well rounded, and will be extremely helpful in situations where you’re getting swarmed, especially in Crota’s End.

While Defensive Reflex could be useful in PvP too, it’s unlikely that people will lose sight of you that easily for it to be effective. If you need some better PvE armor, pick these up.



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  • Throatcarrot

    Already have all of it … what a waste. G-horn &(

    • cool_herc

      Ditto. Will be carrying over virtually all my coins to next week.

  • Zander Sabbag

    this week has the same items as this one (jan-2) bungie must realy hate us…. or the warlocks at least, forth time that chest is on sale….

    • Puerple_haze

      Sunbreakers 2.0

      • miccles

        **Voidfang Vestments 2.0

        • Finlay Jones

          at least VV are good.

        • Transforce98

          Poor man’s Heat of Praxic Fire

  • ORB1T4L

    Dear Bungie, please get rid of Xûr’s RNG and give use things that make us want to keep playing your game, sincerely, all Guardians.

    • Puerple_haze

      P.S. where is our heavy ammo? I read the post regarding the heavy ammo loss bug. I understand the fact that you cant fix it until you are sure no further bugs will consequently arise, however i see no problem with you being able to at least make heavy a fixed purchasable item from Xur until you fix it.

      • ORB1T4L

        PS2 : JK, it’s not on PS2 ! *hides in a corner*

      • Dan

        I thought the exact same thing when I saw no heavy in his inventory!! I read the article like 2 hours earlier. Throw us a bone at least!

    • Christian

      I Don’t think this is entirely RNG. They are Re-selling a lot of the DLC exotics so that players who bought the DLC can get their hands on them. I’d hugely prefer if the Exotics came from a DLC activity rather than just RNG.

      • Dan

        After the number of No Land Beyonds, Dragons Breaths, and Exotic armor pieces all from DLC in Xur’s inventory lately I don’t think it’s RNG based either. Icebreaker and Last Word got thrown in there, but other than that it feels like mostly DLC exotics

        • Kevin McDermott

          It still can be RNG but with any random number if you add more weight to one product it has a higher chance of being selected. I believe this is similar to the NBA lottery system where the selected teams to enter the lottery for the top picks. The team with the worst record is given 9 chances, the second worst 8 chances and so on and so forth. I believe some items have a higher percentage value given to them versus other items like the Gjallahorn and Heart of Praxic Fire.

          • Dan

            Yeah that could be true. I don’t think anyone really knows though

        • Christian

          It does make sense. I think Bunige are trying to give DLC buyers an extended chance at getting their hands on the content they paid for.

          • Dan

            Yep, or force those without it to buy it since they can’t buy much from Xur anymore. Not sure which way I lean more

          • Christian

            It’s a very, very small price. $20 is very good for what you can get out of it. Frankly, you can’t go wrong with it. A Massive Raid, 3 Incredible Multiplayer Maps, 2 Strikes, a really intense couple of missions and some rather fun and wacky Exotics and some great exclusive rare weapons and ships. Amazing value for a DLC.

          • Dan

            I think it’s a small price if you’re a Raider. Without the raid though, this DLC doesn’t have much to offer. Coming from an 800+ hour guy

          • Christian

            For the Price. I’d say the DLC has a lot to offer as compared to other money spending solutions. for $20 you could buy 2 CDs with about 30 mins of music each. You could buy 3 new films, about 5 hours of films to watch. But the DLC probably has at least 50 hours without the raid. All of the Story Missions, the Strikes and the Quests took me about 2 days. The unlockables and Eris rank took a long time to level up. (About 6 weeks) and the Exotics are still a work in progress for me and I’m still not tired of the multiplayer maps.

            It’s pretty insane how good for value gaming is. Compared to everything else, it’s basically unbeatable. That is why I just can’t see how anyone can complain about the price for games. Even if you sink a day into a game you paid $60, it’s still better value than buying CDs or going out for a meal. Plus, most games are replayable like crazy. It’s a good time to be a gamer.

  • Dan

    Hmmm ALL dlc items again. That’s been happening a lot lately. Does anyone still believe that Xur is really Random? And no heavy synth?? That might be the most disappointing part of all. I’m completely out from running tons of hard Raids

    • GreenLego

      DeeJ alluded that Xur is NOT random. The Friday before the DLC, Xur sold Plan C 2 weeks in a row. DeeJ said something to the effect of “does anyone really want a new exotic that will be superceded (300 vs 331) in only a few days?”

  • Robert

    I don’t even care about the weapons and armor until he sells Gjally, but I’m disappointed that there are no heavy ammo synths. I use the heavy ammo trick for crota anyway, but it’s still nice to have some extra synths.

    And Dragon’s breath again? There’s no way it’s random. I got 3 Dragon’s Breaths this week from Crota/Nightfall. It’s like they knew Xur would be selling it this week, which wouldn’t make it random.

    • Puerple_haze

      got 2 Dragons breaths from same crota raid this week, total Drangons Breath drop count of 8 for me now… it does make you wonder…

      • TheFossilMan

        I feel like it is on purpose but it kind of makes sense at the same time. If you got everything you wanted you would quit playing. I know it’s frustrating and I would not blame you for quitting after 8 freaking Dragons Breaths.

        • ed

          Actually id probably play more because I can customize my warlock how I want. But right now I run nightfalls and raids til I get praxic fire….why does xur sell every piece for ever class excepct the warlock…. bs in gamertags= bungie sucks… Fyi

          • TheFossilMan

            I also main a Warlock and want Praxic Fire. It looks cool and will change the way I play.

  • sbrozzi

    The only thing I bought this week was the Hand Cannon Telemetry… Another Xur visit wasted for me.

    • Robert

      Oh, I do need to buy that, at least it’s something. I need to spend these 200 coins on something!

  • Sora_

    Time to buy this.

  • Password?

    I was hoping the DLC exotics would just deepen the pool that Xur pulls from rather than create a new closed loop of stuff that people have already purchased and don’t need or didn’t want in the first place. Oh well, guess I’ll just horde coins till something worthwhile shows up.

  • Neil

    Xur, where are our heavy ammo synths?

  • Octus

    if anyone is trying hard mode crota. Those gauntlets are great for doing the first room. Then you can hopefully get a primary with arc damage. I’m able to get through it solo with a 31 now because of these babies.

  • Yonsei_Ops

    Fear not my friends, next week will be…


    • Geoffrey Sims

      …some useless hunter item…
      …MK 44 Stand Asides…
      …No Land Beyond…
      nothing else

  • Sean Lai

    Worthless rocket launcher, worthless boots, and worthless chest armour. Lovely.

  • Quattro Bageena

    Wow, Starfire Protocol again, Xur? I thought I was special when it dropped for me the first nightfall post dlc. Then you sold it. A bunch of times. I also thought I was special for finding the Icebreaker in the vog. Then you sold it.

    How about some Jellyhorn?

    How about some Praise The Sun chestpiece?

    I’ll even settle for Red Death.

    But Dragon’s Breath again? I didn’t buy it the first time, then it was forced on me in ce.

    I hate this game, and I’m never playing it again.

    See you guys in the tower tonight.

  • Parasitic Filth

    All the pieces Xür is peddling are part of the Dark Below DLC; explain to me again how Xür’s inventory is randomly generated, follow it up with another fairytale to ease my tired head at night. So basically if you aren’t willing to fork over 20 bucks so you can run through some maps backwards, unlock content already contained on the Destiny disc, or take part in another broken raid; then your SOL.

    I bought Dark Below, I’m just voicing a grievance for those holdouts that didn’t back down to Activision’s insatiable greed.

  • Went ahead and got Dragon’s Breath. Was hoping I would be able to upgrade my Truth, but I didn’t see that option up there (or my Plan C nor Thunderlord) 🙁

  • Went ahead and bought Dragon’s Breath. I was hoping to upgrade my Truth (or even my Plan C or Thunderlord), but he didn’t have those options available 🙁 At least I’ll have a solar rocket launcher with the higher damage for now.

  • MAJ_Bryan

    I want Suros and Praxic Fire….grrrr….