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

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Another week, another shoddy selection of gear from Destiny 2's squid-mouthed travelling salesman I'm afraid. He's pitched up in a cave on the upper left of the Giant's Scar area of Io. As ever, if you're struggling to locate the alien huckster, just head towards the player name tags clustered together, cursing their misfortune.

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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. He's available for trade from 9:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM GMT, and leaves when the game resets on Tuesday. Here's this week's slim pickings.

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Coldheart (trace rifle) —  maybe buy

Trace rifles aren't in a particularly strong place in the Destiny 2 weapon sandbox these days, and the brief time when Cold Heart was used for damage on the end boss in the Leviathan is long-since passed. There's an array of Exotic choices which offer both more power and utility now, from the super regen of the recently-added Bad Juju to the raw damage of big hitters like One Thousand Voices and Prospector. Still, if you do want to meme around with a big laser, and somehow haven't already acquired one of these yet, go fill your space boots.

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Starfire Protocol (Warlock chest) — maybe buy  

You know what's better than one fusion grenade? Two fusion grenades. And you know what's better than two... No, sorry, it just gives you two. Which is, eeeeh, fine? Fusion nades do decent damage, and have the added bonus of enraging players who you stick them to, but aren't anything like the damage monsters they were in D1. Where Starfire Protocol does have some niche utility is in a full support build using middle tree Dawnblade, where you can convert your grenades into overshield-granting healing orbs. Scoring kills while empowered (which can mean in a rift or well, and using the melee to buff yourself) will also speed up your grenade recharge substantially. It's a niche build, but interesting to goof around with, especially if your team mates can't keep their sorry asses alive.

Perk 1: Unflinching Hand Cannon Aim / Unflinching Sidearm Aim / Unflinching Machine Gun

Perk 2: Pulse Rifle Reserves / Sidearm Reserves

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Eternal Warrior (Titan helmet) — don't buy

In addition to running Wormhusk Crown a close second for 'ugliest helmet in the game', Eternal Warrior is almost as ineffectual as it is unattractive. It's so rarely used that I had to remind myself of the main perk, which is granting an overshield when you activate Fists of Havoc. I mean... sure. But again, the problem here is that Striker Titans have much better options in the form of Insurmountable Skullfort, Synthoceps, Peregrine Greaves and of course the notorious One-Eyed Mask. Unless Eternal Warrior sees a sizable buff in a few future patch, I can't imagine ever wanting to put it on unless as part of some sort of museum-based cosplay.

Perk 1: Shotgun Loader / Impact Induction / Momentum Transfer

Perk 2: Grenade Launcher Scavenger / Rocket Launcher Scavenger

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Aeon Swift (Hunter gauntlets) — 100% do not buy 

Bungie, stop trying to make the Aeon gloves happen. It's not going to happen.

Perk 1: Shotgun Loader / Impact Induction / Momentum Transfer

Perk 2: Grenade Launcher Scavenger / Rocket Launcher Scavenger