Is That Worth Buying?

Published on: Dec 26, 2014 @ 4:50

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
No Land Beyond Any Any Sniper Rifle 17
The Armamentarium Titan Any Chest 13
Achlyophage Symbiote Hunter Gunslinger Helmet 13
Claws of Ahamkara Warlock Any Gauntlets 13

No Land Beyondno land beyond exotic sniper

No Land Beyond is a very unique weapon, but unfortunately not a good one. Similar to Vex Mythoclast or Universal Remote, it is a special (secondary) weapon that is used in the primary slot.

We’ve reviewed this weapon fully upgraded, click here to check it out.

Should I buy it?

You’ll have to work for every kill, but when you finally get into the weapon’s rhythm, it gives you a very rewarding/satisfying feeling.

It fortunately does have the second highest Impact out of any sniper rifle (tied with Ice Breaker).

Given you’re skilled enough to master the weapon, you may enjoy using it in PvP. In PvE however, there’s no good reason to use this as your primary weapon. What could have been a really fun weapon, is crippled by a low rate of fire and horrible ADS experience.

Pass on this weapon, it’s currently not worth it, but keep in mind that it’ll most likely receive a buff eventually.


Stats Compared to Other Sniper Rifles

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

Notable Talents

  • Mulligan – Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine.
  • The Master – Increased precision damage. Kills briefly increase damage against next target.

The Armamentariumthe armamentarium exotic titan

You already have this, right?

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 a decent stat roll of 138/149 Discipline, higher than the previous time it was sold.

This chest is similar to the Crest of Alpha Lupi, in that it doesn’t provide any subclass specific upgrades – so feel free to use this on a Defender or Striker!


  • 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!


Claws of Ahamkaraclaws of ahamkara exotics

In addition to the Obsidian Mind, the Claws of Ahamkara were introduced with The Dark Below expansion.

These gauntlets have 49/52 Discipline and 49/52 Strength – lower stats than the last time they were sold.


  • 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. The perks will help out in PvE and PvP, and the they also look great.

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.


Achlyophage Symbiote (Gunslinger)Achlyophage 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.


  • 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?

This helm is strong in both PvE and PvP, and is worth buying, but 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 87/93 Discipline, which is lower than its been in the past.

If you’re a Gunslinger without Exotic armor, this is definitely a good one to grab.



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  • Alastor Lakiska Lines

    No Land Beyond is a joke. It surely is a funny one, but still a joke.
    Good thing I love to laugh!

    • Marcus LaserBeamin Turner

      When you one shot someone with heavies you’ll love it like your misunderstood little brother too

      • Alastor Lakiska Lines

        I use it and I like it, but it isn’t really usable in most situations. Too bad the Master perk is bugged, but in PvP it is an interesting piece. I already sniped with my Thorn (am very good at equaling out low stability), and I can actually work with the iron sights…yet I wonder, has the NLB a red sniper glare too? Without a scope it shouldn’t have one by logic.

        • Marcus LaserBeamin Turner

          It has a red glare. That is my only real gripe with the gun

          • Alastor Lakiska Lines

            Without it, it would be the true stealth sniper (sry P&T my lil’ darling) in the PvP, demanding real mastery of the weapon and the terrain.

  • AlexKidd7

    Why is there no Exotic Engram to buy?

    • DeeJ said it won’t be there every time. You’ll notice Xur isn’t selling the Heavy Weapon Synth either this weekend

      • AlexKidd7

        Of course you know why, right? Last week for example I got 3 Exotic Helmet Engrams. One was Glasshouse, another was Helm of Saint and another was Symbiote for Hunter. They want us to either upgrade our oold ones or wait till we get them from drops. And I thought Xur couldn’t get any worse.

        • Oriel76

          It use to be a thing before, from now on exotic engrams are on sell from time to time.

      • Micah Yang

        dangit i just got my motes…

    • Oriel76

      No Heavy Weapon’s Ammo too.

  • NeverTheOne

    Ryan: Man, I just want to thank you for everything that you’ve done and continue to do with this site. This is my go-to site for any/all information about Destiny. Legit. I also enjoy the fact that you take part in all of the discussions that we readers initiate in the comments sections of all of the articles that post here. It’s all greatly appreciated, and I wish you the absolute best. Cheers, mate. =)

    • thanks man, I really appreciate the support!

      • NeverTheOne

        Absolutely. Now; if there is any way that you could work your magic and bring the PSN/XBL back from their current DDOS attack status so that I could enjoy Destiny on my day off, then you’d be my hero forever and always. lol =)

  • BAMozzy69 .

    The only thing I went for was the upgrade to Gjallahorn. I contemplated upgrading Heart of the Praxic Fire but its stats are not as great as my original one and think I will probably end up wearing the new Raid chest in preferance (If/when I get it!)
    I already have better stat versions of the armour on sale and for upgrading so nt much incentive. I may do Red Death and the Last Word just because I have them and that would just leave Mida, Invective and the Vex which I hope can be upgraded too.

    • cool_herc

      The Multitool was avail for upgrade last week.

      • BAMozzy69 .

        I know and Red Death & the Last Word have both been available too but these are not ‘priority’ weapons to me as I don’t use them as much. I already have at 331 Suros, Thorn, Icebreaker, P&T, Plan C, Thunderlord & Truth with SGA, Pocket Infinity and Bad Juju not far behind. I got Universal Remote from this weeks Nightfall but not upgraded anything on it yet. Now working on Gjallahorn.
        For me the Priorities are those with Elemental damage as they have more use in Nightfalls and other end game activities. I will probably do Red Death, Mida, Last Word and Invective at some point but really hope Xur does offer a Vex upgrade…

        • cool_herc

          I hear ya about prioritizing. I upgraded the Multitool last week but used it very sparingly prior to the upgrade. Have used it a bit more in the last week, however.

          Have been hoping for a Bad Juju upgrade these last 3 weeks but, sadly, no dice. Was hoping to avoid the grind of having to run the 25 strikes for the bounty, but looks like I’m gonna have to. Of course, as soon as I do, it’ll be avail next weekend.

          • BAMozzy69 .

            To be honest the ‘grind’ for Bad Juju isn’t that bad as I help a lot of my friends through the Weekly Nightfall & Heroics and they count as 3 or 2 respectively each time. The worst aspect was playing the Crucible from my perspective 😀 I really couldn’t justify wasting a Shard and nearly a third of my Glimmer on it so easier to do the Bounty as pretty much each stage (apart from the crucible) happens over time.
            I haven’t really used Mida since I got VoC and still prefer to use a 300 VoC to a 331 Mida anyway. The Last Word isn’t great in PvE and Red Death is OK for a Pulse but Pulse Rifles are not that great in this game.
            The weapons I have left (at 300) Red Death is next, then Mida, Last Word and finally Invective. The Vex is a Priority though if it ever does become availale

        • Ed

          I’m starting to realize red death is amazing for crota raid, health regen with kills, thrall are nothing now. I’m thinking this will be super handy come Jan when we get hard crota raid.

          • BAMozzy69 .

            Each to their own of course but I can’t see it being more useful or advantageous than the Vex. Icebreaker, Gjallahorn or even Suros Regime (which also can return health too)

    • Oriel76

      Since the Vex is a hard Mode VoG reward, it seems it’l be upgradable when Bungie start to upgrade the VoG gear. But I don’t believe Xur will ever propose an upgrade for the Mythoclast.

      • BAMozzy69 .

        I know but Xur has offered upgrades to the Exotic Bounty weapons so maybe he will offer one for the Vex too

  • Frankie Tank Dukes

    im going to be honest, i love these reviews, and i didn’t know about these until today, but i found an exotic shoulder, which i always wanted to replace with the chest piece with the extra grenade, but my shoulder is good for my defender class which increases strength and duration of over shield with the melee attack, so i decided to keep it especially if i use the ability where over shield recharges.

    • the key is to have the Exotics you need, but then gather the ones that would be useful in certain situations. So for example the Ruin Wings might be good for you 80% of the time, but 20% of the time you may really prefer something else.

  • Reflex

    At this point, I would buy the Gjallarhorn for 50 Strange Coins.

    • Ryan

      I would do the same for Icebreaker or even Gjallarhorn as well.

    • Robert

      Heck, I’d buy it for 100. I’m just sitting on 150 coins as it is anyway.

  • Vincent Iglesias de Aller

    Does somebody have any idea if the vex will get an upgrade from xur? Its still harder to obtain then other exotics and even the ps exclusive and the bounty exotics have upgrades

  • Ryan

    Still no Icebreaker 🙁
    I had 50 strange coins ready to buy it if was back.I wish Bungie could have had Xur sell it as a Christmas special.I can’t seem to get the weapon from all the nightfall strikes/raids I have done,and I missed it back in October when they sold it for the only time.This new primary sniper though I would recommend against anyone buying it,it’s really awful while Ads and has a low rate of fire.I only bought it to add to my collection of exotics.

    • Micah Yang

      I’m waiting for it too :/

    • Marcus LaserBeamin Turner

      He already sold IB