The Best Weapons in Warframe (outdated)
This is going to be my final update of this article. I keep it current for several years, but I don’t play Warframe anymore and I can’t play test new weapons to say if they are worth getting. I can crunch DPS statistics, but sometimes a weapon’s other characteristics make it not as effective as the raw stats would imply. The Stug was a classic example of this. The raw DPS was impressive, but it was short range, inaccurate, and you had to wait for it to explode to get the full damage.
My advice generally is to get the most recent Prime weapon. Any prime or faction weapon that has been release recently will likely be top tier. Power creep is a big deal in Warframe and their business model requires it. If you want to sell Prime Access packs to whales, the newest weapon has to be the best.
This guide will remain as a new player guide, since those weapons change as quickly.
It does not matter much which ones you pick. They are all bad. Personally, I’d go with the MK1 Braton, the MK1 Kunai, and the MK1 Bo, but it’s personal preference. Just level them to 30 and sell them once you get to the real part of the game.
The Braton is the best weapon to grab right away, since it does more damage than the starting weapons and only costs 25,000 credits. The Attica is a quite solid MR 0 primary weapon. The Sonicor is a ridiculously powerful secondary, considering how easy it is to get. The Twin Grakatas are excellent if you like rapid firing weapons. The Amphis is the best mastery rank 0, non-Prime melee weapon. Once you get some crit mods, the Atterax is a good option.
As soon as you get a good rank 30 weapon, try to get some Prime weapons. They are almost all good, and if you have some platinum to spend, you should be able to buy some of the older Prime weapons on the cheap in trading chat. Join a Faction as all the Faction weapons are very good, even though it takes some time to get to the top ranks. If you join a clan, you’ll gain access to clan weapons which are inconsistent, but some are quite good.
For Sentinels, as of the last time I played the best one was the Sweeper Prime – A powerful short range shotgun.
For me, a lot of the fun of Warframe was trying innovative weapons that other games simply didn’t have. Warframe devs were always trying to think of new and fun ways to slaughter the poor hapless Grineer.
My first love was the Akbolto. I love the look, sound, ragdoll (which is hilarious) and the semi auto power of these weapons.
Ignis – This thing does very little damage, but if you’re playing low tier stuff, you can kill EVERYTHING, especially with Firestorm and Heavy Caliber.
Bows – Because they are hard to hit with, they can be very satisfying when you land that long range headshot. Very few FPSs have fun bows to use.
Opticor – It requires a huge amount of love and attention to get its full potential realized, but once it does, nuking everything in a line is quite entertaining.
Boar Prime – BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM *reloads*.
Penta – Because you can kill yourself so easily, the Penta requires skill and attention, and that makes it a very engaging weapon to use.
The old Dual Zoren/Dual Ichor – Back when these things had a 1.5 attack speed, they were insanely fun to use. Now, meh.
Orthos – The AOE is really good making this thing fun to use against Infested who otherwise would tear you apart at close range. The look and sound of this weapon makes it very fun to use. The Prime version doesn’t look as cool, but it’s a damage boost, so its what I normally use.
Kestrel – The ragdoll makes this the most fun thrown melee to use. Having a boomerang weapon was always quite fun, even though they were never quite powerful enough for high level content.
The old Gorgon – The whole portable mini-gun aesthetic was just so much fun. The slow windup just made it even more satisfying when you finally did cut loose. With punch-through, it was sublime.
Latron Prime – My first Prime weapon, and for a long long time, my favorite. I’m not sure why, but very few video games are willing to put a competitive semi-automatic rifle in their weapons list. Usually the powerful single shot weapons are pistols, as if inexplicably pistol rounds are more powerful than rifle rounds in video game world despite the real world being the opposite. Even though the design is a bit boring by Warframe standards, I love the skill involved in landing accurate long range headshots in a game as fast paced as Warframe is. The Latron is just a solid punchy weapon, and with fantastic ammo economy, a mainstay for long defense and survival missions back in the days before team ammo restores.
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