Weapon 101 – Burston / Burston Prime

The Burston is a burst-fire rifle of Tenno design. It fires three-round bursts in rapid succession to wear down a target and provide better precision than a full-auto rifle. The Burston will perform better at longer ranges due to its lower recoil, resulting in less time spent centering the reticle and more time relieving bad guys of their burdensome lives. One thing setting the Burston apart from other weapons is it’s even Damage spread, which makes it equally effective (or ineffective depending on your outlook) against all factions. Much like other burst-fire weapons both in Warframe and in other games, in order to best utilise the Burston, it is helpful to fire in a rhythmic fashion rather than tapping the trigger as fast as possible. This rhythm of firing will allow the player to better utilise the weapon, land headshots, and put more shots on target.

How to Acquire

The Burston is available as a blueprint from the market for 15,000 Credits. Burston Prime is acquired via Orokin relics, but note is has a MR12 Mastery requirement. Like the Braton Prime, it was not released alongside a warframe, so it is unlikely to be vaulted.

  • Credits
    Credits 25,000
  • Morphics
    Morphics 1
  • Polymer Bundle
    Polymer Bundle 400
  • Alloy Plate
    Alloy Plate 150
  • Nano Spores
    Nano Spores 600

Stats by Variant

burston stats
burston prime stats

The Burston Prime improves on the standard Burston in all areas; however, the Prime variant has a different Damage spread, which changes its effectiveness against certain factions. The Prime has a greater concentration on Slash Damage over the other IPS values, which will inform the build that one should use for the Prime versus the standard Burston.

Crit or Status?

In both cases, my recommendation would be to build toward Status Chance. Both weapons have relatively low Damage numbers and augmenting this lower Damage with high Status Chance will give great returns, since Status Damage will scale much better than the raw Damage available from both variants. Status procs like Gas and Corrosive are especially useful when dealing with heavily shielded and armored enemies (respectively), as the Status Damage is applied differently than raw Damage when a Status condition is triggered.

The Burston and its Prime are a solid early game choice, giving the Tenno a burst-fire option to introduce the mechanic early-on in preparation for other burst-fire weapons later on. The weapon is for the most part just a starter rifle that can be mastered and discarded by the discerning Tenno in need of a weapon slot.

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