This weekend ready to sell you games the most popular weapon from Destiny

That’s right — the exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is once again on sale for the low price of 17 strange coins.

This powerful weapon is a must have for serious players, and even if you already have one it isn’t a bad idea to go ahead and buy another for another one of your characters.

But before we get into the rest of Xur’s wares this week, where is the sneaky merchant?

You can find Xur hiding in the Tower’s hanger this week, in the back of the lounge area. Aside from Icebreaker, Xur is also selling one of the better exotic Titan helmets this week as well. With the powerful ability to blind enemies who step into your bubble shield, it’s hard to go wrong with this exotic. Xur is also selling exotic weapon and armor upgrades as usual, along with heavy ammo packs, sparrow upgrades and an exotic chest engram for the price of 23 motes of light. Check out the gear for sale below. We’ll see you next week.

Main Wares:

  • Ice Breaker (Exotic Sniper Rifle) – 17 Strange Coins
  •  Helm of Saint-14 (Exotic Titan Helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
  •  Young Ahamkara’s Spine (Hunter Gauntlets) – 13 strange coins
  •  Skull of Dire Ahamkara (Warlock Helmet) – 13 strange coins

Exotic Armor Upgrades

  • Achlyophage Symbiote (Hunter Helmet)
  •  Mask of the Third Man (Hunter Helmet)
  •  Helm of Inmost Light (Titan Helmet)
  •  An Insurmountable Skullfort (Titan Chest)
  •  Light Beyond Nemesis (Warlock Helmet)
  •  Sunbreakers (Warlock Arms)

Exotic Weapon Upgrades

  • Suros Regime (Auto Rifle)
  •  Bad Juju (Pulse Rifle)
  •  MIDA Multi-Tool (Scout Rifle)
  •  Plan C (Fusion Rifle)
  •  Thunderlord (Heavy Machine Gun)
  •  Gjallarhorn (Rocket Launcher)

Destiny Share Bungie Talks Changes to PvP Rewards and Exotic Weapons

According to some official Bungie comments on the forums, it looks like some changes to Destiny‘s PvP reward system and a few of its Exotic will be coming up.

On the forum, Bungie PvP developer Mantis responded to a post that asked about the randomness of PvP rewards and the general low quality of the rewards, saying that the team is looking into ways to increase the quality of the Crucible rewards.

Crucible rewards are on the low side for sure, and issue we intend to address in a future update.

The rewards are random to encourage everyone in the game to play it to completion, rather than only the “winners” staying.

Also on the Bungie forums, Bungie staffer Newsk responded to a comment on how some Exotic weapons do not truly feel unique in Destiny. Newsk wrote that making Exotic weapons both unique and powerful is fairly difficult, but the team will look into how to re-balance more weapons in the future.

We’ll continue to try and find the right balance for all the exotic guns. We know they’re special. We consider them important items in the Destiny world and they will always be looked at for future patches.

What do you think about the supposed upcoming changes? Which of Destiny‘s Exotic weapons do you think need to be rebalanced?

Destiny Share Xur’s Location And Exotic Goods For Weekend Of February 13

Destiny players who have not yet picked up an Icebreaker Sniper Rifle should gather their Strange Coins and visit Xûr, Agent of the Nine. The mystery vendor appeared once again Friday morning with one of the most coveted weapons in the PlayStation and Xbox shooter. Destiny power leveling offers more game help.

Xûr can be found in the very back of the bar located underneath the Future War Cult in the hangar this weekend. It’s a long jog, but easy to find. Just turn left when you enter the hanger, go down the stairs to the left, and then straight back. Here’s where you can find him on the Tower map just to be sure though.

Xûr and his items will only be available in Destiny through the morning of Sunday, February 15. As soon as the clock strikes 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT, he will be gone.

If you missed when Xûr sold the Icebreaker last time, here’s your second (technically third chance). The armor he’s selling falls on the average side this week. This isn’t because the armor selection is poor as much as the stat rolls for them are average at best, but it may be possible to upgrade them to better stats.

Here is what is available for sale and upgrade from Xûr this weekend. Thanks again to DestinyDB for the Exotic information below.

Bungie Keeps Fixing The ‘Wrong’ Things From Destiny

Once or twice, I’d be talking to my colleague and Destiny power leveling bro Jason Schreier about playing, and we’d both hem and haw and slowly realize that, to be honest, we’d rather do something else. It just wasn’t worth our time.

We could both imagine what would happen if we did play: We’d spend an hour or so running through a difficult battle, a battle we’d played through a dozen times before. At the end, we’d be bitterly rewarded with booby prizes and useless junk. Rather than go through all that, we decided to stick a pin in it and go do other things.

Not Enough Carrots

As I was partway through writing this article, I saw a thread on the Destiny subbreddit titled “Who else feels like taking a break from Destiny until the next expansion?” I’ve seen that sentiment shared more and more at the various Destiny hubs I frequent, and this particular thread captured the zeitgeist.9

“I broke 800 hours of combined gameplay,” the original poster, temporarycreature, wrote, “and I’m just feeling bored and burned out. I’m not complaining. I am not threatening Bungie. I just hit a wall, and I don’t feel like doing the same things over, and over, day in, and day out.”

Guess what? That’s a shitty way to play a game, especially one that rewards players as arbitrarily as Destiny does. It didn’t take much mental algebra to figure out that my chances of having a Gjallarhorn drop are low enough that I might as well just stop playing altogether, sit on my hoard of strange coins, and wait for Xur to sell it again. It doesn’t help that some exotics appear to be weighted to drop more often than others—I’ve had No Land Beyond, the worst exotic gun in the game, drop for me not once, not twice, but five times. At this point I just expect the thing to drop at the end of Nightfalls. It feels like Destiny is going out of its way to insult me.13

I’ve Started Playing Destiny For The Wrong Reasons14

Oh, shit, I’ve started playing Destiny for the wrong reasons. In the past, I used to hassle Jason when he’d say there was “no reason” to do some mission or other. What he meant was, there’s no useful loot we can get out of it. He was working under the assumption that we only play Destiny for the loot.

“But it’ll be fun!” I’d counter. This game is, after all, fundamentally very fun to play. Surely that’s enough?

Lately, my mentality has changed. I find myself performing cold mental calculations to determine the worth-itness of a given undertaking. I always did that, mind you, but nowadays, it’s my primary calculation, rather than a secondary one.

Crota’s End Hard Mode Is A Bust

Many of us were optimistic about the high-level “hard mode” for the Crota’s End raid. It launched almost a month ago, and it only took one or two attempts for us to realize that something was off.

There were few new ideas happening; in most ways, it was the same raid. The one major difference was that the enemies had all been kicked up to level 33, one level above players’ level 32 cap, which artificially inflated the difficulty in a cheap and unenjoyable way.

Other times the Swordbearer AI would act up and momentarily throw us off our game, which in Hard Mode is as good as having your whole team die.

I was running late to meet some friends for dinner, but I decided to try one more time, and we failed. So I tried again; we failed again. I finally tore myself away—I was late to dinner, and I had to let go of the notion that we were on the verge of beating Crota. I left the fireteam, and they replaced me with someone from an LFG site.

A short while later, I was away from my PS4, having a drink with my friends. I had sheepishly arrived about 20 minutes late, and we had immediately begun talking about things that were not Destiny. The game was still buzzing in my head, but the buzz was fading. I texted Jason: “Hey, if you guys beat him, let me know!” Then, a couple of hours after that: “Did you beat him?”

Xür, Agent of Sadness

Weekends are an exciting time in the world of Destiny, because that’s when Xur comes. Like a sad Santa with a mostly empty sack on his shoulder, the Tentacle-Faced One arrives and, inevitably, disappoints the shit out of everyone.

I’ve talked in the past about why Xur is generally so disappointing—most players already have most of the exotic items they need, so it’s much more likely that Xur will turn up selling stuff they already have or don’t want. And of course, some of the bitterness around Xur will dissipate if he turns up next week selling Gjallarhorn, or the Heart of Praxic Fire, or the Helm of Saint-14. The Ice Breaker honeymoon lasted at least a week.

The Heavy Ammo Bug is a Bigger Deal Than You’d Think

Of all the bugs in Destiny—and there are a lot of bugs in Destiny—one stands apart in the minds of players: The heavy ammo bug. In the game, if you die while wearing a piece of armor that increases your heavy ammo capacity, you actually lose some ammo. Maybe one or two rockets, or some heavy machine-gun rounds. Die multiple times, and your stock of seven rockets will be reduced to one or two.

This wouldn’t ordinarily be all that big a deal, but several factors stack on top of one another and make it into a much bigger problem than it first seems.

Heavy ammo is crucial for Crota’s End. Defeating Crota requires everyone to use a lot of heavy ammo with precision timing, and if someone on your team runs out of rockets, it can blow the run for everyone.

  • Fighting Crota also requires a lot of trial and error, meaning that teams will frequently need to “wipe,” or all die so that they can restart.
  • The raid armor that lets you get to level 32 has a perk that raises your heavy ammo, meaning that the raid armor—specifically, the leg armor—triggers the heavy ammo bug. Every time you wipe while wearing raid armor (which almost everyone wears during a hard mode raid), every person on your team will lose some of their heavy ammo.
  • Heavy ammo is relatively difficult to find in the field, meaning that the most sure-fire way to get it is to use heavy ammo “synths,” or single-use packs you can buy that replenish all of your heavy ammo in the field.
  • It’s possible to pop a heavy ammo pack, then have your team wipe several times and lose all of the ammo you just got, not because you used it, but because the bug drained it away.
  • A heavy ammo pack costs nearly 1,000 glimmer at the gunsmith, so if you run out of heavy ammo packs and want to go raiding, first you’ll have to spend a big chunk of time mindlessly grinding glimmer at the exclusion zone.17
  • Xur sells heavy ammo packs for relatively cheap, so when he has them in stock, it’s a great way for hardcore raiders to stock up. The problem is that he hasn’t sold heavy ammo packs for several weeks now, meaning that anyone who’s been farming Crota’s End Hard Mode has probably run out of heavy ammo packs and has been forced to farm the Exclusion Zone multiple times when they’d rather be off playing the raid.

In other words, players need heavy ammo to beat Crota, but Crota frequently kills the entire team, and the bug drains them of their heavy ammo as they die. Xur hasn’t sold heavy ammo in a while, so players need to go and perform thankless grinding in order to get more heavy ammo so they can go fight Crota again. And on, and on, and on.

Bungie Could Control Xur’s Loot Table From Destiny

Some Destiny players are unhappy about traveling merchant Xur’s selection and think that Bungie is deliberately keeping the best loot away from players. The studio flatly denied that they have any control over what the NPC sells, though.

Dague jumped in on that forum thread to clarify that they don’t deliberately control what items Xur sells. The team knows what’s going to be sold before the NPC appears in the Tower, but that’s all he meant when he said “plan.”

“Xur is randomized. There are times when we can pull off miracles like making him stay in the Tower longer when Christmas is cancelled, but his inventory is governed by the same chaos that influences all the loot drops.”

He added that the video is from several months ago when he was still learning all of the ins and outs of Destiny’s system. Destiny power leveling offers more product information.

“These conspiracy theories are symptoms of a burning desire. Gjallarhorn is the most popular ask that comes my way. I know you want it, even more than the collective requests for more vault space. As you can see, these are things that are beyond my control. I don’t have one either.”

However, the idea that Bungie is deliberately removing good loot from Xur’s inventory just to keep you playing until House of the Wolves comes out is far-fetched. I’ve gotten screwed over more times than I can count in games with randomized loot and I understand the desire to want to blame someone for my woes. If it bugs you that much that you can’t buy a new rocket launcher, though, I think the better course of action is just to play a game that isn’t centered around luck of the draw and collecting loot.

14 Reasons “Destiny” Is Everything You Want It To Be

The hype is all completely, absolutely, monumentally deserved. It’s been tested and the verdict’s out: Destiny is going to be legendary! Check it out September 9.

1. It’s as beautiful in action, if not moreso, than in trailers.

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Which you might expect of the Next-Gen game, but the way the landscape is enriched by walking/driving/soaring through it is remarkable.

2. You can upgrade and customize everything!

14 Reasons "Destiny" Is Everything You Want It To Be


Your face, your gun, your sparrow bike… even the ship that takes you from campaign to online multiplayer can be customized! The options are perfectly overwhelming.

3. Each Guardian has a completely unique playing style.

14 Reasons "Destiny" Is Everything You Want It To Be


Titans kick ass in close range.
Hunters are precise shooters with agile melee attacks.
Warlocks have the coolest space magic.

4. AND they have individual badass Supers!


Titan = Fist of Havok
Warlock = Nova Bomb
Hunter = Arc Blade

5. You’re allowed multiple player profiles at one time.

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A strange norm in gaming has emerged in the past few years that only allows for one player profile to be in use at a time. But Destiny is breaking the mold, which means you can play with all three Guardian classes to get the most out of your experience.

6. It’s crazy how much you socialize…

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You get help from other online players as you battle through each mission, which is super fun and a great way to meet people in public places who you can play with later online.

7. …and party!

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You’ll be surprised how many times you’ll be on a mission and some rando will walk up to you and start an impromptu dance-off.

8. The story is all about exploration (which perfectly mirrors gameplay).

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There’s a lot of freedom in Destiny because your goal is to blaze trails and rediscover the universe for the sake of mankind. No lengthy cut scenes or campaign locked levels. It has all the richness of a Bungie game with even more control.

9. There’s a buttload to explore.


Earth, Venus, Mars, The Moon, something called “The Reef” — this game wants you to explore every nook and cranny to find special guns and upgrades to beat out the competition.

10. The enemies fight each other!


There are four species fighting you as you work your way from planet to planet. You could kill enemies to gain destiny glimmer. And those enemies are fighting each other for control, as well as giving you the option to engage in three-pronged battles or take a step back and watch armies take each other out.

11. The weapon combos are So. Much. Fun…

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You use one standard rifle, a secondary special machine gun/shotgun/sniper, and a heavy weapon that pretty much takes out whatever is in your path.

12. …which makes the online multiplayer super unique.

14 Reasons "Destiny" Is Everything You Want It To Be


The Crucible is a challenge at first, but once you get supercharged or pick up some heavy armor, you can do some serious damage.

13. The game evolves as you play depending on who else is playing!

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The persistent online Destiny world is an amazing innovation for the first-person action genre. It provides an unprecedented combination of storytelling and cooperative, competitive, and public gameplay woven into an extraordinarily expansive, persistent online world.

14. So you choose what your game will become.

14 Reasons "Destiny" Is Everything You Want It To Be


In conclusion: Destiny is the type of game you absolutely have to see to believe. Venture out alone or join up with friends. The choice is yours.

All images courtesy of Activision.

Pre-order now and grab your copy of Destiny on September 9!