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Destiny 2's Xur Now Sells Items You Might Actually Want

If you're a Destiny 2 player and you don't obsessively follow the game's blog or patch notes, you're in for the shock of your life today. Xur, the exotic gear vendor who's been visiting Guardians since the early days of the first Destiny, now has items you might actually consider purchasing.

Welcome back to relevance, snake-face.

For a long while after the launch of Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion last September, Xur was in a very weird place. Exotic weapons and armor were extremely easy to obtain in Destiny 2's first year, thanks to a very generous drop rate and the fact that Xur sold exotic gear on the weekends and also offered a special exotic engram that guaranteed a new drop.

But once Forsaken rolled around, the team at Bungie got a little more stingy with exotics. The drop rate was reduced significantly. And Xur, once a friend to Guardians looking to complete their collections, no longer offered any way to get post-Forsaken gear.

In classic Bungie fashion, the studio overcorrected. And Xur transformed from a must-visit vendor on Friday into a mostly forgotten figure.

Now Xur is selling Forsaken exotic gear for the very first time, which means those who've not been so fortunate with the game's RNG have a shot at getting what they need. Provided Xur decides to sell it, that is, which is another battle against randomness in itself. There's something for everyone this week, as Xur is offering the Trinity Ghoul exotic bow. But on the character side, only Hunters and Titans have hit the lottery, with the Oathkeeper gauntlets and the Ursa Furiosa gauntlets, respectively.

Warlocks, you're stuck with the Ophidian Aspect gauntlets from the Trails of Osiris expansion. Sorry about your luck.

The gear from Destiny 2's Season of the Forge was primarily obtained through quests and Forge completions, so those items are not likely to pop up in Xur's inventory. Still, it's nice that Xur finally has a purpose again. Yeah, he's selling older stuff. But it's at least stuff that a lot of people haven't gotten yet. And in a few weeks, Xur will play an even bigger role, thanks to his Invitations of the Nine — bounties that promise to shed more light on the mysterious group pulling the strings inside the Destiny universe.

Don't call it a comeback: Xur's been here the whole time, useless as ever until today. But things are looking up for Destiny 2's Agent of the Nine, and, hopefully, for Destiny 2.