Weapon 101 – Tonkor

tonkor tips warframe

The Tonkor is a Grineer grenade launcher that, in the early phases of the game, was incredibly popular due to the amount of insane Damage it was capable of. It’s grenades explode on impact after 6m and deals Blast Damage (and Impact Damage if directly hit with the grenade itself). While no longer a must-have weapon, it’s still good in the right hands – but keep in mind the explosions do cause self-damage…

How to Acquire

The Tonkor has an MR5 requirement, and the Blueprint can be purchased for 30,000 credits from the Market. Mastery 5 is appropriate, though – you do want to be “good” enough to be able to avoid self-damage, but in addition, the resource requirements can be a bit of a pain, requiring Oxium, Cryotic, and Argon Crystals.

  • Credits
    Credits 60,000
  • Salvage
    Salvage 1,500
  • Oxium
    Oxium 200
  • Cryotic
    Cryotic 800
  • Argon Crystal
    Argon Crystal 2

Stats

tonkor stats

The grenades themselves do a hell of a lot of Damage – causing 650 Blast Damage at base (within the 5m blast radius). However, the fire rate is slow, as is the reload speed (well, the fire rate is good, but the magazine only holds a single round, which means you need to reload after each shot). In addition, max ammo at base is only 30 rounds, so you will find yourself running out of ammo quite frequently. Lastly, as the grenades don’t necessarily explode on impact, you sometimes need to take a bounce into effect when firing, and this does take time to get used to.

Crit or Status?

The Tonkor has a fantastic base Critical Chance at 25%, with a base Damage multiplier of 2.5x, so there is a clear direction that you can build in here. If you can significantly increase the CC and CD, as well as increasing that base Blast Damage, you will have a solid high-DPS weapon on your hands… provided you can get your aim and timing right.

The Tonkor is still a beast, even though it’s just a shadow of what it once was. If you can get a good Riven for it, you might find that the Tonor would make a good high-DPS weapon that you would use sparingly – electing to rely on a secondary for most engagements and the Tonkor for large-scale control. Still, it’s clunky to use, and has significantly dropped off the list of most commonly used and recommended weapons in Warframe.

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