Destiny 2 PSA: Stop what you're doing and buy this gun from Xur right now

Until now DMT could only be acquired from the Presage mission, which was recently removed from the game. (Image credit: Bungie)

In the run up to this Tuesday’s release of The Witch Queen, many Destiny 2 players I know were still running the Presage exotic quest mission in the hope of snagging a Dead Man’s Tale with the perk Vorpal Weapon. Previously, you only had one chance per account, per week, at a roll on the gun, and with seven possible perks in the relevant column it was, to be frank, a crapshoot. The Presage mission was vaulted with the launch of The Witch Queen, but to offset that frustration Bungie announced that Xur, the weekend vendor, would be selling one randomly rolled Dead Man’s Tale per week. And wouldn’t you know, he’s come up with the goods immediately.

If you head to the Winding Cove area of the European Dead Zone, and from spawn climb up the cliff on the left, there you will find ol’ tentacle face selling a DMT (as we shall hereafter call it), complete with Vorpal Weapon.

I hope you have more glimmer than me. (Image credit: Bungie)

DMT is a lever-action scout rifle that fires faster when shot from the hip. (Image credit: Bungie)

Why is the perk so desirable? Well, in PvE DMT’s signature Cranial Spike perk sees escalating stacks of damage awarded for successful headshots. At 5x, it’s punchy enough to do serious damage to even major enemies and bosses. Vorpal Weapon tacks on a further 20% to those enemies, making DMT very effective in endgame content such as raids and Grandmaster Nightfalls. In addition, this season there’s an Anti-Barrier scout rifle mod in the Artifact, further upping DMT’s utility. In short, it shreds Champions and also lets you pick off minor enemies from a safe distance. 

Note also that all exotic primary weapons got a 40% damage against red bar enemies, plus using one will increase the rate at which Heavy Ammo drops. I used DMT for almost all of my time in the brilliant Legendary campaign this week, and it put in absolute work. The gun also slaps in PvP (to the point that it’s already eaten two nerfs and is still a terror), and because Vorpal Weapon procs it’s damage buff against enemy guardians in their supers, it really is meta in both modes.

Now the bad news. Xur isn’t going to part with DMT cheap. Buying the gun will cost you a whopping 125k glimmer, 1 Ascendant Shard, 1 Exotic Cipher (which he also sells), and 200 Legendary Shards. That’s a wallet-busting oof. But it’s definitely worth it. The other random perks on this DMT are Extended Barrel, Steady Rounds and Fitted Stock. Not quite a perfect 'god roll', as both the barrel and stock hurt handling, but given it could be a long time before he sells one with Vorpal again, you should absolutely grab it now if you can. Happy head clicking.   

You have until reset at 12PM EST on Tuesday 1 March to buy this DMT.

Tim Clark

With over two decades covering videogames, Tim has been there from the beginning. In his case, that meant playing Elite in 'co-op' on a BBC Micro (one player uses the movement keys, the other shoots) until his parents finally caved and bought an Amstrad CPC 6128. These days, when not steering the good ship PC Gamer, Tim spends his time complaining that all Priest mains in Hearthstone are degenerates and raiding in Destiny 2. He's almost certainly doing one of these right now.