When You get a a exotic weapon and give it to xur to upgrade,What does it do to the gun?I got my invective and gave it to xur and for me it just looks like it reset the upgrade progress.

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If you got an exotic before the DLC dropped, it will have the original stats. When the DLC dropped, most exotics got a damage upgrade. If you got an exotic, you got it with the upgrade. However exotics obtained before the DLC dropped still kept the original damage, and must be upgraded to the new damage cap. It will reset the progress, but it will end up a better gun. The same applies to armour.

  • It's also worth mentioning that an old exotic at 300 damage will instantly be upgraded to 302 damage. You lose the perks that make the weapon exotic, but in most cases the weapon does more damage right away.
    – turbo
    Mar 2, 2015 at 15:45

Exotics weapons from before the expansion capped out at 300 (aside from the Vex Mythoclast which was 323). Exotic armor capped out at 30 light prior to the expansion.

Taking an exotic weapon to Xur and paying the 7000-ish glimmer and an exotic shard will replace your current item with the upgrade one. This is only useful when using a pre expansion exotic. Weapons will be capped at 331, and armor will be light capped at 36. The special traits will not change.

Upgrading expansion gear will not raise its cap, as it already caps at 331 for weapons, and 36 light for armor. However, as pointed out by some in comments below, rerolling the armor through the upgrade facility can be useful if you wish to maximize the stats on your armor.

  • It can be worth upgrading 36 light gear as sometimes the upgrade stats (int/disc/str) are significantly better than the roll you already have.
    – turbo
    Mar 3, 2015 at 17:02
  • @turbo - Perhaps, but that seems excessive :) I have found that the only real perks that matter is your level and the specific gear listed benefits.
    – Travis J
    Mar 3, 2015 at 17:19
  • Some people are into trying to max out their stats, I agree it's not really worth it, but sometimes you can get a big boost in stats which can be significant in PvP. I typically only do it when the rolls are perfect/near perfect(~-3 from max).
    – turbo
    Mar 3, 2015 at 17:21
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    @turbo - Perhaps if you stack intellect. I find headshots help in PvP ;)
    – Travis J
    Mar 3, 2015 at 17:30
  • @TravisJ: I would agree that it is excessive and not something most people would want to do but the phrasing "This isn't useful for expansion gear" suggests there is no use rather than a niche use.
    – Chris
    Mar 3, 2015 at 17:45

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