Warframe: Damage types, how they work and when to use them

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When you first start in Warframe, you won’t have to worry too much about different damage types. Just shoot guys until they’re dead.

But as time goes on and you begin to face more and more difficult enemies, you’re going to have to learn how to slaughter them with maximum efficiency. Speaking most generally, certain enemy types are vulnerable to specific types of damage. When you’re Modding your weapons to be most effective against enemies, you’re going to want to focus on specific things, depending on what sort of missions you’re looking to do.

Creating damage types works kind of strangely in Warframe. To do so, you have to combine the four “primary” elemental damage types (Heat, Electricity, Cold, and Toxin) to create “secondary” elemental damage. To create Blast, you combine Heat and Cold. For Corrosive, it’s Electricity and Toxin. For Gas, it’s Heat and Toxin. For Magnetic, it’s Cold and Electricity. For Radiation, it’s Heat and Electricity. For Viral, it’s Cold and Toxin.

Combining the damage types works like this: Two primary elemental damage mods next to each other on the weapon Mod page combine. (Read our guide to Warframe mods for an intro to the topic.) So, if you’ve got a Cold damage Mod next to a Heat damage mod, it’ll create a Blast damage type. If there are a Electric and Toxin damage Mod on the page next to those two, they’ll combine for a Corrosive damage type, giving the weapon both Blast damage and Corrosive damage. If you swap the Heat and Electric mods (so that the list reads Cold, Electric, Heat, Toxin), your weapon will now deal Magnetic and Gas damage. It’s all about placement.

On top of all of that, there’s the three physical damage types: Impact, Puncture, and Slash. Physical damage types can’t be combined, but are good against specific types of enemies.

Before you head into a tougher mission, take a look at your mission in the Star Chart. It’ll tell you what sort of enemies to expect before you even head into the mission. Once you know, you can set up your gear to most effectively take them on. And remember, you have Loadout slots, so once you set up your gear, you won’t have to do it again.

If you’re staring down Corpus enemies, you’re going to want at least one of these these three damage types, if not all three: Impact, Magnetic, and Toxin.

If you’re facing off against the Grineer, bring Puncture, Radiation, and Toxin.

If you’re going against the Infested, then Slash, Corrosive, and Heat are your buddies.

If the Corrupted are your enemies, Corrosive and Cold will be most effective.

To make matters even more complicated, you’re going to have to take into account Status effect. Every single damage type has a corresponding effect if it manages to proc. Blast damage knocks enemies down, while Electricity can cause chain lightning to nearby enemies, for example. Certain weapons have higher Status Chance than others, so keep that in mind when you’re building out your gear.

Making sure you have the right damage types ready is the most important part of late game Warframe.

Head back over to our main Warframe guide for everything else you need to know about Digital Extreme’s loot shooter.

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