Is That Worth Buying?

Published on: Dec 05, 2014 @ 4:40

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

*It’s not really new.

Inventory

Item Class Subclass Type Strange Coin
Plan C Any Any Fusion Rifle 17
Helm of Inmost Light Titan Striker Helm 13
Young Ahamkara’s Spine Hunter Gunslinger Gauntlets 13
Light Beyond Nemesis Warlock Any Helm 13

Remember: Don’t spend anything on perks yet if you plan on trading an Exotic in for an ultimate upgrade.

Plan Cplan c exotics destiny

Plan C again eh? Oh Xûr… you know how to mess with a Guardian’s emotions.

Well, at least it’s more powerful now with the latest patch:

  • Weapon Handling speed increased
  • Player Speed increased while Plan C is in hand

We have a full review for this weaponThis fusion rifle also made our Top 5 Fusion Rifles list!

It makes a wonderful secondary for critical moments, especially if you love using fusion rifles.

Should I buy it?

The gun is balanced and has great stats overall when compared to other Fusion Rifles, and has the highest reload speed.

This weapon’s defining perk allows for a very quick charge time, which will only activate when you switch to it, and has a cooldown. You can quickly whip it out and get off a devastating shot that can swing a firefight to your favor.

It works well even when using it as a primary since it holds five rounds in the magazine. There’s also a decent amount of options for upgrading its stability or range/accuracy so you can customize the weapon to your playstyle a little more. It’s definitely a balanced weapon overall.

Right now Fusion Rifles are very powerful in the Crucible, and this is one no exception. It’s worth picking up, so if you enjoy using Fusion Rifles, buy this (if you haven’t already)!

Alternatives

Stats Compared to Other Fusion Rifles

  • Above Average: Range, Stability, Reload Speed
  • Below Average: Charge Rate (except after switching to it)

Notable Talents

You’ll want to maximize your range, so go with Field Choke and Hammer Forged.

  • Hip Fire – This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip.
  • Plan C – Charge and equip times are very short immediately after weapon swap.

Helm of Inmost Light (Striker)helm of inmost light exotic

The Helm of Inmost Light has many enticing upgrade perks. It’s Exotic alternative, An Insurmountable Skullfort, is comparable to this helm.

Talents

  • Invigoration – Reduces melee cooldown each time you pick up an Orb of Light.
  • Recklessness – Provides Death from Above and Headstrong for Fist of Havoc.
  • Rain Blows – Increases melee attack speed.

Should I buy it?

Currently a must-own for Striker mains who want DPS targeted upgrade talents.

This helm will benefit your Fist of Havoc greatly by allowing you to aim it in midair and use it from a greater distance, which is useful for surprising opponents in PvP with the extended range, all without actually having to choose those talents!

It’s got a stat roll of 95/102 Strength this week, which is actually pretty high, and is higher than what it has hold for in the past.

While An Insurmountable Skullfort provides more health regenerating options, the Helm of Inmost Light focuses on maximum damage output and will make you even more deadly.

In The Dark Below, Striker’s will have access to Mk. 44 Stand Asides.

Alternatives

Light Beyond Nemesislight-beyond-nemesis-exotic

Light Beyond Nemesis has some very enticing upgrades. Similar to Apotheosis Veil, the helm will shine for people who support their team, whether in PvP or PvE. Being able to revive quicker is a valuable advantage in any situation.

Looking forward, Warlocks will be able to acquire Claws of Ahamkara in The Dark Below, which is also subclass neutral.

Talents

  • Snap Discharge – Increases melee speed.
  • Infusion – Replenishes health each time you pick up an Orb of Light.
  • Keeper of the Pack – Your Super spawns additional Orbs, you revive teammates faster, and they revive you faster.

Should I buy it?

For a team player who wants medic-like perks, this is a must-buy. It’s got 88/94 Strength, which will help out your melee special ability – combine that with Snap Discharge and you’re going out swinging!

This is an ideal helm for 3v3 Crucible, since you will be resurrecting teammates faster, and also in any PvE encounter.

The Apotheosis Veil is another Warlock Exotic helmet very similar to this, but probably not worth waiting for; You’ll get more use out of the upgrades for Light Beyond Nemesis.

Alternatives

Young Ahamkara’s Spine (Gunslinger)young ahamkara's spine

Each class only has 1 pair of gauntlets until The Dark Below is released. These are specifically meant for the Gunslinger’s, with its improved Tripmine perk.

Talents

  • Special Weapon Loader – Increases the reload speed of all Special Weapons.
  • Ashes to Asset – Replenish Super energy when you kill an enemy with a grenade.
  • Improved Tripmine Grenade – Tripmine grenades last longer when placed.

Should I buy it?

Unfortunately the Young Ahamkara’s Spine gauntlets look great, but probably aren’t going to be worth picking up.

These perks are OK, but they’re situational, and definitely aren’t as good as some of the other Hunter Exotics. It’s got a decent stat roll of  88/95 Discipline, which will give you more frequent access to your grenades.

The Tripmine is only going to last for an additional 30 seconds, but that extra time might be just enough time to help you capture a zone and block movement.

We recommended that you wait for an Exotic helm such as Knucklehead Radar – something you can use with both subclasses, or even the ATS/8 ARACHNID (for Gunslinger’s) that’s coming with The Dark Below.

Alternatives

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  • AJbarracuda

    So should we spend our coins on this equipment? Or will Xur sell the upgraided TDB versions next week?

    • We don’t know what he’ll have next week. The thing is, you still need to buy the Exotic – he won’t just sell you the Exotic if you don’t have it too.

  • AJbarracuda

    So should we spend our coins on this equipment? Or will Xur sell the upgraided TDB versions next week?

  • Guardian

    I wish Xur would sell Icebreaker again 🙁
    I have been waiting for it ever since the week that Xur first sold it, and I missed it then.

    • Christian

      Haha, I need me one of those too. It would have been perfect for this week’s Nightfall. My theory is that if he sold it really early on last cycle, when he runs out of new weapons to sell hopefully he will come back round to it soon.

    • scole45

      may be the best weapon i have…keep praying and grinding…that’s what i did! good luck!

  • Christian

    On the bright side: Him selling Plan C gives us an extra week to save up those extra coins. So that’s a bonus, right? (:

    • RandomGuardian

      I have been saving my coins since he last sold suros. I need something good to buy 🙁

      • Christian

        It depends on your gaming preference. Unless you are a Crucible fanatic “Plan C” probably isn’t the weapon for you. If you like PVE I’d say wait it out and see what good DLC stuff he sells (: Exotics are only as good as you make them out to be. I wouldn’t “Buy” your first exotic. Hope you get it from loot or try for an Exotic bounty. It’s a great way to start because it gets you into the mindset that Exotics are very special and you should connect with it as if it were a companion rather than a weapon. Only buy an exotic if you are certain that you want it. Some exotic weapons just aren’t for everyone, so you will want something more suited to you. Tell me: What is you playstyle, and what do you generally do?

        • cool_herc

          Disagree. Absolutely nothing wrong with using coins for exotics – makes no difference whether it’s your first or you have nearly all of them.Can be an extremely long wait otherwise.You may never see/get what you’re looking for. Buy it. Use it. If you don’t like it break it down. The coins can easily be replaced.

          • Christian

            I never said there was anything wrong with using coins for Exotics, haha.

            I’m saying, the first Exotic you get should be one you get connected with. It’ll make you appreciate exotics more and hence be a bit more passionate with them in combat. Buying them isn’t wrong, I would advise against it, however, for your first one, maybe two exotics you get. Doing an exotic bounty gets you into a good mindset with the weapons.

            It certainly does make a difference if it is your first. It’s all about first impressions. First impressions always matter. Bungie are changing exotics by making them much, much harder to keep up to date. They originally expected exotics to be much more sparse, they expected nobody would ever have all of them, like millions of players already do or nearly do. They are intended to be much more than weapons rather than mere dispensable items. I’m pretty sure Bungie knowing someone said “just break it down” before release it would make them cry, haha. It’s certainly not what they had in mind, and they WILL change the systems (As they have already started), and you can already see players getting annoyed and upset over it, it’s because they didn’t respect the tradition of these weapons and now it has knocked them of their feet. I’m just saying it would be a good idea to get into the mindset early, because we all know exotics will be changed and if individuals are prepared for the change it’s just going to be a negative influence against them.

          • Nergy

            I know what you mean. The first exotic I got was pocket infinity and i spent so long gathering the rare fusion rifles and going nightfall to kill 200 ALONE at Lv 27…

          • Christian

            Same here. Pocket infinity was a pain. Ended up getting the fusion rifles legit. That took a long time. But that experience binds me to it, I went though a lot for that gun so it means a lot to me as a Guardian.

          • Guardian

            Pocket infinity was my second exotic weapon and I remember doing the nightfall for the 200 kills at level 26-27 that took a while.

    • scole45

      you know that’s the only positive thing i have gotten out of this update. I may buy 2 exotic shards and wait until the 9th and decide from there.

      • Christian

        Yeah. Just be weary of upgrading your exotics now. When the next update comes out you can make your exotics stronger by resetting them. Don’t fully upgrade anything you plan on making stronger (: It will waste you a shard.

  • BAMozzy69 .

    I have all of these – fully upgraded as well!

    Biggest disappointment is the lack of an exotic engram! I would have used my MoL to buy these and then break them down for an extra Shard. Now what are we supposed to use our MoL on?? Cosmetic rubbish??

    • Dylan

      New weapon rolls in the iron banner

      • BAMozzy69 .

        Who cares – its PvP! 😀

  • BaeSuzy

    Will he sell Sparrow coil upgrades next week?

    • He has them

      • BaeSuzy

        Thank you Ryan. I was worry that he will no longer sell them. Been saving up coins and marks for one.

  • Rithronnir

    Oh, you are /kidding/ me with this… Xur, I thought you loved me D:

  • Dylanlucas

    Im buying some handcannon telemetry since i got my Fatebringer last night finally after 20 runs

  • Shamus

    Where are the exotic engrams? What else am I supposed to spend motes of light on Speaker garbage? This is Bs been saving motes of light waiting chest engram but now they are worthless until iron banner and still the only thing to do with them is re roll some junk absolet weapon

  • Cody Dash

    I’ve een waiting for Suros Regime

  • Lee Juriet

    What happened to him selling Exotic shards? I thought he was supposed to!

    • He does

    • Guardian

      Don’t you mean exotic engrams?

  • Christian Jimenez

    Bought myself 7 exotic shards, some telemetrys and heavy ammo. Twas a good week.

  • Drunkzombie

    I’m just confused because
    A. I didn’t know there was an easy and hard set.
    B. I got the hard gauntlets from the easy raid. I know this is a fact because I’ve never beaten the hard raid.