Warframe Crit Builds
Note, this post was last updated as of 13.1, so is really outdated. I don’t plan on updating it, but it’s still ok. Now that Primed Pistol Gambit has been released, some pistols are worth putting a crit build on if you level the Primed Pistol Gambit all the way to 10.
Players of Warframe may ask themselves, is it worthwhile to use critical hit and damage mods instead of elemental mods or base damage mods. The answer depends on the weapon you are using. Low level weapons or those without catalysts should not use crit builds. Stick to the base damage mods, the best elemental mod for the faction you are fighting and whatever else you want to throw in there depending on your play style. This post concerns players with level 30 “potatoed” weapons looking for the most DPS possible.
With 150% bonus crit chance and 120% bonus crit damage, primary weapons have the best critical mods and benefit the most from a crit build. However, they have mostly low base critical hit and damages, which limits their use. If you are concerned with ammo efficiency, you could use a crit build on the Burston and the standard Braton, but the fire rate/reload/magazine capacity mods do more damage in the short run. Since the Burston comes with a V polarity, which can be used on serration or split chamber, it will have a few more mod points left over for elemental mods and so you may be able to get all the mods you need and have room left over for a crit build. Hammer shot is not worth it for any weapon.
Primary Weapons where it is to your advantage to use a crit build:
Sniper rifles are an interesting case. They all have very high crit chance and damage, and so a straight up DPS calculation would suggest that they are ideal candidates for a crit build. However, there are some problems with that conclusion. First, they often one shot enemies, meaning excess damage is wasted on overkill. Secondly, since they shoot so few bullets, critical hits, even at 33% are not consistent enough to be relied upon. High rate of fire weapons can use the law of large numbers to ensure that a long burst of fire will have at least a couple critical hits. Against high level enemies, a sniper crit build is worth it, against hordes of low level enemies, it is not.
As of Update 12, both the Dread and Paris Prime can get a 100% crit chance with Point Strike. The other bows have had their crit chances dramatically increased as well. Therefore, I would recommend a crit build for all bows.
Do not use crit builds on shotguns. They all have mediocre critical base stats, and the crit mods are poor (90% change/60% damage).
If you have Primed crit mods, it’s worth using a crit build for the Twin Grakata.
Melee weapons have the poor crit mods (60% chance/90% damage). However, some melee weapons have excellent base crit chance and damage. If you use a crit build, also equip Berserker to increase your attack speed.
One more thing to note is that even though the numbers are yellow for cloaked attacks, they do not count as criticals when applying the organ shatter mod. True criticals while stealthed will show up as red numbers.
Melee Weapons worth using a crit build:
Ankyros (+ Prime)
If you want to see any of my calculations, leave a comment and I’ll send you my spreadsheet.