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Xur location and items from November 8: Where is the snake-faced bastard this week?

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It's the perennial mixed bag on sale from Xur this week, Destiny 2's exotic gear vendor. As ever, a reminder that the pieces he sells are the same low stat rolls you can find in your collection, but for new players who haven't found any of these items yet, buying from Xur is still a good way to expand your gear options. 

This week he's in the Winding Cove area of the EDZ. From spawn, head left and up the cliffs. You'll find the alien shopkeeper loitering by the crashed Fallen ship. Reminder: if you are new to Destiny 2, check out our beginner's guide to help get started. 

And if you're looking for a really powerful exotic weapon, you want to do the quest for the Izanagi's Burden sniper rifle now that Bungie has fixed it. Find out how here.

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Xur sells a specific armor piece for each class, at 23 Legendary Shards, and an exotic weapon for 29 Legendary shards. 

You can also try your luck at buying an Isochronal (also called Fated) Engram for a whopping 97 legendary shards. This will give you a random exotic (but only from year one or two) that the currently equipped character doesn't own. Crucially, these have a chance of rolling high stats, making the gamble worthwhile. Bear in mind though that you could get a weapon instead, which won't have random stats, so unless it's something you needed you'll have wasted your shards. Caveat emptor.

Xur is open for business from 9:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST / 4:00 pm GMT, and leaves when the game resets on Tuesday. Here's what he's selling this week.

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Riskrunner (submachine gun) — don't buy

Riskrunner is a fantastic weapon, but I'm advising you to save your shards as it can be easily acquired by completing the Pain and Gain quest. However, if you really can't be bothered and would prefer to throw down your space dollars instead, hey, I'm very much not your dad. Either way, you'll get one of the best guns for clearing trash mobs in the game. The SMG scene is dominated by Huckleberry, another exotic, and the peerless Recluse, a pinnacle Crucible weapon. But don't sleep on Riskrunner. It's unusual perk involves receiving damage from an arc source, at which point your screen crackles with electricity and the gun fires faster and further. 

Additionally, whilst in this temporary state you become very resistant to arc damage. There's more: your shots now have a high chance to chain lightning to nearby enemies, and kills will partially refill the magazine. Phew. It's a lot, right? In activities involving the Fallen or Hive, where you can expect to receive arc damage often, Riskrunner is S-Tier. You just don't need to pay for it.

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Transversive Steps (Warlock boots) — definitely buy  

These are one of the best mobility-based exotics in the game. Transversive Steps grant increased sprint speed and automatically reload your equipped weapon after sprinting for a couple of seconds. That makes them perfect if, like me, you'd rather not manually reload that Erentil fusion rifle you're running around PvP with. To really go all-in on speed, thrown on a mobility and Traction mod. They'll never see the voop coming. 

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Eternal Warrior (Titan helmet) — don't buy

Here's another exotic that's so barely used that I had to remind myself of what it actually does. Eternal Warrior grants Striker titans an overshield when they pop their Fists of Havoc super. Overshields are nice, but as with so many of these bad exotics, the alternatives have much higher utility. Synthoceps enable you to output much more damage with your melee and super attacks. Insurmountable Skullfort lets you spam shoulder charges or ground pounds. And then there's One-Eyed Mask. But we don't talk about One-Eyed Mask. I'm also disheartened by the fact Eternal Warrior looks like a papier-mâché statue about to shamble to life in an old Dr Who episode. As a famously fashion-conscious guardian, this ain't it chief.

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FROST-EE5 (Hunter boots) — maybe buy

Much like Eternal Warrior, these trousers suffer stiff competition in the form of other, better exotics. That said, they are viable, particularly if you're looking to boost your hunter's 'neutral' game (ie everything that isn't the super). FROST-EE5's signature Rapid Cooldown perk reads: "Increased grenade, melee, and dodge regeneration while sprinting. Dodging increases your sprint speed." Again, there's obvious PvP utility here if you're the kind of aggressive player who likes to ape around the map. In PvE, stuff like Orpheus Rigs or Celestial Nighthawk offer substantially more damage plus some super regen, and overall if you're looking for the best Hunter neutral game exotic I'd still go with Dragon's Shadow. Oh, and in case you were wondering about the name, it's because they're liquid cooled. Your lower legs even ice up as you run. Hence the name: Frosties.

As an inveterate Hearthstone addict, Tim spends most of his time trying to explain why all Priest players are degenerates. The rest of his day is spent playing Destiny 2. Seriously, he's on it right now.