Is That Worth Buying?

 Published on: Jan 2, 2015 @ 4:47

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!

Inventory

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

If you missed out these past few weeks with the TDB gauntlets, test your luck with an Exotic gauntlet Engram!

Dragon’s Breathdragon's breath exotic update

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!

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.

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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

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

These boots have a whopping 145/156 Strength.

Talents

  • 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.

Alternatives

Starfire Protocol (Sunsinger)Starfire Protocol exotic

Starfire Protocol was also introduced with The Dark Below expansion, and this is the first time it’s been sold.

This chest piece has 144/155 Intellect – a very generous amount!

Talents

  • 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 in the Sunsinger talent tree.

While this does pigeonhole you into taking Fusion grenades, it acts as the Gift of the Sun talent, allowing you to take Angel of Light or Touch of Flame.

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 damage!

This chest piece will also increase your fusion rifle ammo and heavy ammo reserves, similar to the other Exotic Warlock chest for the Sunsinger, 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.

Maybe also test your luck with the Exotic gauntlet Engram, and you may get lucky with the Claws of Ahamkara.

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Don’t Touch Me (Bladedancer)don't touch me exotic gauntlets

Xûr must have felt generous today, offering yet again a brand new item! The Don’t Touch Me gauntlets were also introduced with The Dark Below. Ikaheka’s Hooks are coming with the House of Wolves.

These gauntlets have 91/97 Discipline.

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

Talents

  • 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.

dont touch me exotic xur

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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  • MOHAMEDDEQ ALI

    this a bummer i thought the starfire protocal would be able to stack with the gift of the son perk

    • Alastor Lakiska Lines

      there I rather take the Voidfang Vestment, as it gives me with Gift of the Sun 2 grenades instantly upon respawn, while Starfire Protocol requires you to wait out your 3 grenades loading up one after another

    • Fenrir

      Well, here is another idea, maybe not a good one, but i think it is worth to mention it. If this armor gives you more ammo for fusion rifles, so if you use the mythocast and another fusion rifle, you will get more ammo for each type of weapons, because it also gives more ammo for heavy weapons, that could be useful in pve i think.

      • Mezi-Crochet

        This is exactly what I’ll do! The Vex can really use more Ammo!

      • Mat

        the only drawback is that the heavy ammo doesnt stack with the heavy ammo the raid boots give you, making it a waste

  • Petr Švancara

    Fuck this DLC shit, since the Dark Below there is nothing for players without this DLC. I have all my Strenge Coins for nothing, I guess. .
    – Halogen cz

    • brandavis

      Its Activision lol, did you really think you would be able to get the whole game experience without paying for it? They have literally done the same thing with the entire CoD franchise… Difference being that was an FPS and this is a FPS/MMORPG. With that being said if you look at the expansions of WoW they follow the same schema. If you want to play the whole game you have to pay for all the expansions. If you don’t like it don’t play it. So please, stop being so naive and QQ a little less.

      • Petr Švancara

        I’m not naive, I’m just saying that they made this entirely for all players who have the DLC. Or did you see atleast one item that can be purachased from Xur? I mean Exotic weapon or armor? Do you see one or what? Of course you can still buy that random exotic engram. . but this is not answer buddy. Look at the GTA5 They got every Online addititons for free, and not mention that they got some extra Christmas additions, not like Destiny that give us only that Halloween head. And nothing for Christmas or new year, nothing. I don’t plan to buy this DLC’s because bunch of this stuff should be in the game from it’s launch. . and of course I know, that game industry just made this decisions often.
        – Halogen

        • echelon

          If I’m not mistaken, all players get the new armor and weapons that were released with the Dark Below. You do not have to have purchased the DLC to get them, you just can’t play the new levels.

          • Petr Švancara

            No, if you have luck you can got for example one exotic DLC weapon from the nightfall, but if Xur selling this same DLC weapon then it is still not available for players without DLC. That’s why I not like this.
            – Halogen cz

          • echelon

            Are you sure? Send me a screenshot.

            Anybody else back this up? I was pretty sure Bungie said all of the new armor and weapons were available to all players even if they didn’t buy the DLC. I don’t see why Xur would be any different…

          • AlaskanKactus

            Non-DLC players can obtain any DLC weapons/armor through RNG drops or engrams. They cannot purchase DLC content from Xur either.

          • Shaun Kyle

            that seems pretty generous to me.

          • echelon

            That seems really dumb on Bungie’s part. That means they have to have two sets of Xur inventory. And when you are still letting them get stuff from drops what’s the point?

          • Petr Švancara

            Bungie said a lot of things, yes if you have luck you can got Some DLC stuff from Nightfall, but that Nightfall must be also avalable for you, because if it is on the DLC playlist, you can’t even play it. It’s the same with Weekly Heroic and also with Daily. Xur could sell exactly same piece of Exotic DLC Weapon or Armor, but players without DLC still can’t buy it. And that is stupid, because if I can got DLC Exotic from Nightfall, why I can’t buy it normally from Xur either. Atleast Xur should sell something that not require DLC, for us players that do not have it. True game do not need any DLC, true game is big enough even without DLC.
            – Halogen cz

          • Velociraptor Love Affair

            Honestly, if you cared about the game that much, you’d just shell out for the DLC. IT’s pretty generous that you still have some access, even if it’s limited, to DLC weapons and armor. Complain about the money scheme all you want, but don’t cry about the fact that you don’t get full access to the DLC without buying it. Also, comparing this game to GTAV is ridiculous, as it is two completely different companies doing different things for a largely different group of gamers. If you’re not happy with the game, then sell it and get off this website.

          • echelon

            You’re the only one I’ve ever heard say this. I’m saying it was my understanding that Xur will sell the same products for everyone, regardless of if you have the DLC. I know that’s how it works for the tower vendors. So I’m saying you’re mistaken unless you can provide proof showing that Xur is selling different products for you than for someone with the DLC. Or if people want to reply to back up the claim I’m happy with that. All of my friends I play with have the DLC so I can’t independently confirm.

            I understand about the NF and Weeklies, etc. That’s understandable. Either buy the DLC or don’t.

      • Christian

        This isn’t an MMORPG at all. It’s just an FPS.just like halo, just like COD. It has a higher standard or multiplayer features, but it’s still just a normal FPS game. Other than that, I agree with you. Gaming is cheep as dirt. People complaining about it are just greedy. I could go out now and buy some trading cards. It’s about £18 a tin which contains roughly 30-40 of the hundreds of thousands of the full collection. It wouldn’t keep me entertained, id read them and move on to get more a few days later, a DLC for the same price can easily have people still trying to unlock its content for week, compromised of literally, days of In game time. It’s rediculous what gamers complain about these days.

    • Micah Yang

      Why can’t haters stay off this websight

    • Shaun Kyle

      i guess you could buy the dlc, or just wait til you get something from a random drop. there isn’t any real reason to be upset at this. there is plenty to this game to play without the expansion, and if you don’t like it or don’t feel like you are having fun….it might be time to try out another game for awhile.

    • Christian

      Just buy the DLC then. It’s inexpensive for what I offers. Just stop complaining. Of course people who paid for extras will get more benefits. Why should DLC buyers not have easier access to the items they just paid for? I think it’s fair that someone who buys something gets the added benefit, even if it means non-buyers will be ever so slightly inconvenienced.

    • cool_herc

      Can you really not afford the additional $20 (US – $35 for both DLC’s) for the new content? If not then there are other things that you probably need to be focused on/complaining about.

  • Mezi-Crochet

    The Starfire Protocol is a great exotic! The perks are excellents overall (2 grenades AND the angel of light is perfect) but the 155 of intellect HAVE to be considerated! 155! Wow!

  • Mezi-Crochet

    Quick question, With the raid boots that allow me already more heavy weapons ammo, Does it stack with the Protocol? I have 4 usually, with the boots, it’s climb up to six… Would I jump to 8??

    • Mosi Jabari Ojo

      It does not stack.

      • Nord United

        Unfortunate that it doesn’t. I seriously think that is a major flaw on Bungie’s part. Why wouldn’t they make it stack if they know Guardians will have the raid boots AND this chest piece. Doesn’t seem right to me.

        • Mezi-Crochet

          Thanks for the answer.

        • Mosi Jabari Ojo

          It actually used to stack. As a Titan I could carry 9 rockets, but they patched that.

  • Reflex

    Will the Gjallarhorn ever be sold again? The world may never know.

    • Eventually, yeah, just a matter of time. It could end up being months though lol

    • Shaun Kyle

      oh man!! im waiting for this to show up and the icebreaker.

    • Dan

      I sure hope so. My RNG luck has been terrible despite doing all the events that drop it for hundreds of hours

  • When I wake up on fridays, the very first thing I do is to check Where’s Xûr. Congrats on the very good work. This is the best site about Destiny’s world that I know. High quality.

    • Shaun Kyle

      i agree, lots of great information on this site.

  • BaeSuzy

    What is the Hunter’s chest called on the last picture? It looks attractive.

    • Shaun Kyle

      cant remember the name, but its from the crucible, you can buy it if you have a commendation(you can get them from leveling the crucible rank or any of the three factions…dead orbit, new monarchy or FWC) and you need crucible marks. cant remember the exact total.

  • Alex Howden

    I’m in front of Xur and I’m Kissing the bastard. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. BEST WEEK EVER!!!!

  • Dan

    Man Xur with another awful week. No Land Beyond last week, Dragon’s Breath this week and all DLC armor. I have the DLC, but I feel bad for anyone that doesn’t because they miss out completely on Xur week unless they have Motes. I used to look forward to Xur every week, hoping that he would sell something I really want like a Last Word or a Gjallahorn, but it’s just not going to happen I feel

    • Shaun Kyle

      it can suck for people who don’t have the dlc, but really for everyone who has been playing this since the beginning its awesome. for so many weeks its been the same few things for titans and warlocks, this is a great week in my opinion. everything is new. plus they can still either upgrade their old stuff, buy shards, or purchase engrams and sparrow boosts.

      • Dan

        I’ve been playing since the beginning. Still a little mediocre imo but I do agree, having all new stuff is good

  • ElectricZealot

    I get the whole downgrades and the overall ‘Meh… Don’t buy it’ for Dragon’s Breath. But I will say – just for sheer ‘cool factor’ and visual fun, it’s a 10. The look, the theme of the whole P-40 Curtis Warhawk, and the exhaust effects are a singular reason to have it, play with it and generally have fun with it. Yeah, it’s not exactly the prefect (or even minimally effective) PvE or PvP tool, but for just the fun of it, show me another weapon in the game that can match it. Thoughtful and ingenious. Now, if you actually scored damage and won fights with ‘cool factor’
    :o)

    • Shaun Kyle

      i can agree with how awesome it looks, i got it because of that earlier today. i think the only gun that beats it in my opinion in looks and effects+it does the damage is the Thorn. i love the look of it, and everything it does especially after the update.
      a few of those exotics are really great looking. the gallahorn is beautiful, the bad juju has a nice look, i just got hard light and i love the sound of that gun. there are some really great exotics.

      • ElectricZealot

        To be sure – there are a lot of weapons and armor in the game that are a cut above the rest simply because they are designed so well. Visual and aural impact to me is a real hallmark of Destiny. Thorn is just ‘sick’ in all the right ways. Icebreaker is unmistakable. It doesn’t matter if the person shooting IB is next to you or across the map. You KNOW it’s an Icebreaker. I was faithful and reverent in my prayers to RNGesus and was rewarded with a Swordbreaker. (if you haven’t seen it, check it out here: http://www.destinydb.com/items/3615265777-swordbreaker#1.cMjtCVI8 ) Bungie has always been a master at sound and visual design, and love or hate the game (we all share a bit of both for a variety of reasons), no one can ever say that the sights and sounds aren’t interesting, compelling and an ingenious part of the Destiny experience.

  • Shaun Kyle

    those hunter arms are going to be amazing in the first part of Crota’s end. im getting pretty good now at soloing that, and this is just one more trick to help get through this part.

  • RockstarGFU

    @Ryan
    Reguarding dragons breathe its a notable feature to use this weapon for team revives.

    -blast your teamates ghost and run into your solar flare for a safe revive

    Clear enemys and a protective revive measure