When I say the names Thor or King Arthur, their iconic weapons are easy to recall. In Warframe, an industrious Tenno can make their own melee weapon specially designed around their play style. Let us explore some of these options together in the top 10 Warframe Zaw combinations after the drop of update The Old Blood.
The Cetus marketplace is always bustling. The vendors each calling out their wares in hopes to draw in a customer. Today, one catches your ear, "You have dreamed of your perfect blade!
Well, dream no longer! It resides in the space between yourself and HOK, master craftsman, waiting to be born! What is this zaw anyway?
A zaw is a melee weapon that is composed of three parts, a strike, a grip, and a link. A Tenno can mix and match any of the three parts to create the perfect melee weapon to match their play style. The strike will determine the weapon and type of damage you will be dealing. The second part of the Zaw, a grip determines the damage bonus and attack speed of the weapon. The grip also determines the type of weapon you will create.
This requires Ostron reputation and 2 Cetus Wisps once a zaw has been initially leveled to 30 the first time. From then on, you can use Formas, Orokin reactors and arcanes as normal. Overall, my suggestion is to find sets and mods which make up for which you are choosing to lose. The first one you make may not be the best possible combination, but you can turn in old zaws for Ostron standing and try again when you have access to more parts.
As long as it fits your flavor of play in the end, there is no real wrong answer. Right from neutral standing with Ostron, you have access to two links, eight grips, and all of the non-event strikes see Operation: Plague Star later in this article. This gives you quite a few options to start playing with and I strongly encourage you to do so. Pretty much every Nikana is a great melee weapon in Warframe, and this Nikana zaw is no exception. Tenno tested.
Lotus approved. A mean-looking polearm that can more than hold its own, the saw-like blade is an excellent tool for cutting through your enemies. Once you have reached reputation rank 4 - Surah, you will have access to your full menu of choices. Another sawblade polearm, this monster is to help those that are looking to proc status chance with a bit of reach on top.
This one is a personal favorite of mine and this rapier can lay out the criticals with the best of them. Perfectly paired with the Berseker mod. For best results, apply pointy end into your enemy. Repeat as needed. November and Update This also introduced a few new options which are uniquely purchasable while the event is going. All of the plague pieces add viral damage and are a wonderful building block for adding additional status effects.
This monster is the best status chance melee weapon in the game at the time of writing this. Paired with the Condition Overload mod, your screen with be exploding with numbers.
This staff has some of the highest base damage available out of the zaw weapons.Update You have dreamed of your perfect blade! Well, dream no longer! It resides in this place between yourself and Hok, master craftsman, waiting to be born! Zaws are modular melee weapons created and assembled at Hok 's Anvil in Cetus. Unlike traditional weapons, Zaws utilize a modular components system with interchangeable parts when crafting.
Different parts grant different stats and abilities when used in crafting a Zaw, and players are able to mix and match different combinations of parts, resulting in a much wider variety of base stat customization for the weapons. Players are also free to give Zaws a name of their choice to further enhance customization.
A Zaw consists of three different components, the Strikethe Gripand the Link. Each component is centered around a particular aspect of the weapon, and these components can each have various parts to choose from, which changes the type of functionality that the component provides.
Strikes are the head of the weapon, which determines the weapon's damage distribution, critical chance, critical damage and status; while also altering the final base speed of the Zaw. These are the components that earn Mastery Rank points for the weapon. It also determines what picture is shown in the arsenal. Each Strike can give two types of weapon depending on the Grip used one-handed or two-handed.
Weapon type determines the polarity of the Stance slot. Grips refer to the weapon's handle, which will determine the weapon's base attack speed, overall base damage damage distribution will retain the ratio from the Strike and the type of weapon that will be built one-handed or two-handed. Links are the various weights and decorations attached to the hilt of the weapon's handle, which grant a variety of stat bonuses to the weapon with corresponding penalties.
The names of the Links are indicative of the stats they change, and the degree to which they change said stats. Numbers in the name indicate how many of a particular link is present, showing an increase in that Link's particular stat.
The number will appear after the name of the link it refers to. The Zaw Forging screen at Hok's Anvil. Before players can craft a Zaw, they must first purchase the blueprints for the parts they desire from Hok's Anvil, which is available for Standingafter which these parts must then be constructed at the Foundry. Once the component parts have been crafted, players must return to Hok's Anvil and select the Forge a Zaw option.
Here, players must choose the crafted components they have available to form the weapon. Once a Strike, Grip and Link are selected, the player will be shown a preview of the weapon's appearance, along with the weapon's stats.To gild a weapon, the Zaw must first be leveled up to Rank Upon gilding the weapon, players will be asked to first add a Polarity to the weapon, and then finally give it a custom name.
This process will reset the weapon's level back to Rank 0. A Gilded Zaw will have all of the functionality available to other weapons, and it will have enhanced stats over the newly-built version of the Zaw. I just thought playing with a non potato'd or customized wep would be pretty pointless at this point in game.
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Zaws are in a questionable state at the moment. They require too many materials and too much standing, which prevents one from experimenting with different combinations. Well, I went for it eitherway. At first it bugged and the additional polarity didn't appear the one you are granted after gilding so I forma'd it. After a mission the polarity magically reappeared. I'm trying to max rank it again to see how good it really is, but I'd say mine is one of the best 1-h swords in game, definitely in competition with broken war and Nikana prime.
The only problem I have is that there aren't many good 1h sword stances unless they added new one with the update and I think more visual customization options are needed. All rights reserved.
Warframe and the Warframe logo are trademarks of Digital Extremes Ltd. Community Forum Software by IP. News Partners Store Prime Access. General Search In. Recommended Posts. Posted October 25, Is this a joke or a bug? Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Not a joke, it's intended. This is from the wiki: " In order to fully unlock all of a Zaw's features, players must gild their weapon.
Alrighty thanks for the answer. I'd wait for changes before really messing with Zaws right now. Posted October 26, Go To Topic Listing. Sign In Sign Up.[WARFRAME] DOKRAHM - The King Of Zaws!
The only downside of attack speed is too much of it can mid-cancel your combo because it shorten the pause time, but this an extreme only achieved with absurd amount of it.
Right now on Plague Keewar, from 0. I think the problem is there because attack speed and damages modifications on Zaw are flat value. From the wiki pre-melee 3. It means the higher base damage you have, the more benefit Jai will provide and inversly, the less base damage you have, the more venefit Ruhang will provide.
This is a big problem because it mean you don't build your Zaw depending on what you want but instead stick with one you have to, depending on the strike base damage value. Based on the melee 2. Do some extra math before assuming based on raw unmodded values since the not all damage and attack speed increases scale identically. Pre crit vs status choices all zaws end up at close to same 1. When zaws had recently come out I checked what yielded the most dps, and it was the low attackspeed option like you'd expect.
DPS is the result of multiplying damages and attack speed, which means regardless of the value, multiplying one or another will result in the exact same DPS increase. Let's take a few examples to show you that :. And so on When I did the calculation last time, a balanced build regarding speed and damage had the highest dps.
I usually went fast anyway, for status. Regarding the mystery of the original post; Melee weapons were recently changed. They all had their base damage increased by a large amount. As a direct consequence, the relatively small damage increases from grips and links have lost dramatically in value. In short, the balance of Zaws has not been taken into account in the recent changes.
As have many other things. The base damage differences between links and grips are much smaller comparatively while the attack speed vlaue sstayed the same which caused this shift.
Orginally balanced Zaws had the best paper dps, mostly using Shtung or Korb due to their very high base dmg and offsetting it with a fast link Jai. Now its jsut Sekalla or Peye with a fast link Jai. I mean in the end the most frustrating part is how you have rebuild most your Zaws since its not like there was a vast diversity in grips before, there was always that one mathemtically best grip. Generally Zaws have become quite meidocre wepaons however which is a much larger issue.
SInce the Melee Rework the top melee weapons beat Zaws in both crit and status at the same time for a lot of contenders and neither do Zaws have the base damage advantage they had before in many cases. DE should take another look at Zaws so they become top end weapons again.
They don't have to outright beat the other options but should tie them or give customization options on that level of budgeting. A Zaw Polearm should be able to hold itself against Orthos Prime and Lesion and currently they can't.
MR 5 stitched trash should never compete with prime weapons unless you like a arcane effect on them, they already cost less effort and are achieved at a far sooner point in game.Home Discussions Workshop Market Broadcasts.
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This item will only be visible in searches to you, your friends, and admins. A detailed guide chock-full of references on Strikes, Grips, Links, Exodia Arcanes and many builds to help find the right Zaw for you. Arguably the best weapons in the game at the moment, you're missing out if you haven't put the effort into forging one by now. This item has been added to your Favorites. Created by. PlayMyTrapCard Online.
Guide Index. Hok's Anvil. Recommended Builds Pt. Need a clan? Once again surprised with the lack of documentation here, a clanmate and I have taken it upon ourselves to help clarify and streamline the process of crafting your personal Zaw. Melee weapons have always been the best weapons in the game if you have the mods and adding modular options to the weapon class has only cemented them into that spot further.
In almost every case, a Zaw is statistically superior to the other weapons of its type. Add the fact that every Strike has a 3-star Riven Disposition and can equip unique Arcane Enhancements, and your primary and secondary are sure to collect some dust.
Though the grind to construct a Zaw may seem daunting, it absolutely is worth the effort to make your own. This guide is here to help you find your perfect combination of Strike, Grip and Link. Keep this page [semlar. A blacksmith selling his wares in exchange for Ostron standing. Here you will purchase and assemble your Zaw parts. The first and most important part of your Zaw.
Helps determine the weapon and damage types. The second part of your Zaw, determining a variety of stats as well as influencing the weapon type.
The final piece to add to your Zaw. Determines an overwhelming variety of stats. Arcane Enhancements exclusively for Zaws made available from Hok after reaching the rank of Kin with the Ostrons. Projects damaging wave that suspends enemies in the air, dealing Viral damage up to 33m away.Hello, I'm sure this has been beat into the ground by other players but I just want to post this to "cast another vote" to DE on the matter.
Weapon skins need to be applicable to zaws. I recently created an amazing zaw to go perfectly with my Excalibur build, it works like a dream and my exalted blade is epic, but the issue is that the blade is a big, ugly thing just chillin' on my waist. I used the mewan strike for this better option of the two between it and the ooltha. I have both the arit skin and the harka sword skins and would love to apply either one to my "Calibur" folklore reference for those who get it.
I've heard this change is in the works at the moment and I would personally love if this were true. Don't get me wrong, some of the strikes look great standalone, the mewan looks great on a polearm, but as a sword, good grief it's an ugly thing. That's it for my rant, thank you all who read this, for reading. And to DE, keep up the great work! Dear Tenno, We are sorry that we have not been able to add skins to the Zaws - and we won't be able to anytime soon.
This issue is The system for re-working skins for Zaws is much more complicated than it might appear. The functionality of the Zaws is deeply connected to the Mesh of the weapon. The Mesh determines how the Zaws function, and to change the skin of the weapon would mean changing the functionality of each individual piece for the Zaw.
Zaw's and Exodia both require the base assets, looking at the way Balance meshes and projectiles work means that changing the meshes would totally change the performance of the weapon in-game. Thanks Tenno! That was DE Marcus's reply to another of these posts. I was a little disappointed too but reading this I can see why they haven't yet. I was hoping they'd be able to fix it before bringing out new zaw strikes etc for PoE and the new Venus landscape though. I can see a lot a purchases I would have made if skins work with zaws.
I would be kind of hung up about this, but my Zaw is a machete. There aren't any machete skins to begin with. All rights reserved.
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Posted July 22, Zaws are modular melee weapons that set themselves apart from other melee weapons because they are built from 3 separate parts that affect its attributes.
[Top 10] Warframe Zaw Combinations
This allows players to build their melee weapon to cater to what they want, including damage, critical chance, status chance, and attack speed. When a player first makes their Zaw, it is ungilded. Leveling an ungilded Zaw to rank 30 and gilding it will greatly increase the potential of the weapon. This includes increased stats, ability to add a polarity upon gilding, and slight visual changes.
The first part is the Strike, which determines what type of melee weapon it will be and the distribution of the damage type. It also affects the status and critical chance of the weapon itself, though to a lesser degree.
The second part is the Grip, which determines if the weapon will be one-handed or two-handed. This also affects what type of melee weapon the Zaw will be depending on the Strike it is paired with along with the attack speed and damage. The last part is the Link, which affects the attack speed, the status chance, and critical chance of the Zaw. This will determine if the Zaw will be a critical based weapon or a status based one. Building a Zaw can be a hectic process because of the sheer amounts of combinations there are.
This is a rapier-type Zaw more focused on critical hits on single enemies. The Dehtat strike has Puncture as its primary damage type with Slash being a close second.
Building the combo counter extremely fast which will amplify weapon damage, critical damage, and critical chance even more. Inflicting Slash procs on the enemy. A nikana-type Zaw that is status-based and more oriented towards taking out single targets with stylish melee combos. This is a staff-type Zaw that utilizes both Critical stats and Status to take down enemies.
This allows the weapon to hit pretty fast which thus allows more instances of landing more critical hits and status procs in a given time. A small, yet very deadly dagger-type Zaw that can make short work of even the toughest enemies. This grip provides enough damage to kill weaker enemies with relative ease while providing enough speed to quickly do finishers on the tougher ones.
This adds to the killing potential against weaker enemies that lack armor. A large, two-handed hammer-type Zaw that is able to demolish enemies with ease. This balances out the low attack speed of the Rabvee. This also helps cover for the low attack speed of the Rabvee while giving it a decent base critical chance and status chance.
This provides decent base damage for the Zaw.