Tactical Alerts are essentially Warframe‘s version of short-term events, often lightly centred around some lore topic, and offering some (often) new rewards that are potentially quite rare. Here, in the middle of Summer for the majority of their player base, Digital Extremes has released Dog Days, a PvE Arena battle focused on… water fighting.
At present, there are four missions, pitting up to 4 players against 4 (or more) AI-controlled Exterminators from the game’s Rathuum Arena. Hosted by the inimitable Kela De Thaym, it turns out that she inadvertantly inhales a bunch of “fun gas” (for want of a better term) and rather than fighting to the death, she decides upon a water fight… with water guns, naturally.
To start, there are four missions, each with their own rewards (copied below from the post on the official Warframe website):
In addition, completing these missions awards another currency, Nakak Pearls, which will only be valid for the term of the event. These Pearls can be used to purchase items from Nakak’s store in Cetus. This includes:
- Dog Days Sigil
- Dog Days Emblem
- Dog Days Captura Scene
- All Mods that are only available as drops from Kela De Thaym (including Medi-Ray and Acid Shells)
- Beach Colour Picker
- “Beach ball” Floofs (various colours)
The game mode itself is fun enough. It plays much like other PvP Arena Deathmatch games, although it is not PvP. While players can bring in any Warframe they like, the mode restricts the use of all weapons, mods, companions and Abilities, making it a very pared down mode, with all players on equal level. The Soakatron Watergun itself has it’s own special restrictions. For one ,it needs to be pumped every so often, in order to provide longer range, more devastating shots, and it also needs to be refilled using waterspouts throughout the Arena. At first confusing, it becomes a fun challenge – although it does grow old quickly.
Of course, players have discovered some exploits in the use of certain mods and so on, but this is par for the course for events such as these – particularly when the grind requirement is quite high as it is here. In fact, in order to collect all of the items in the shop, players need to collect over 6000 Pearls – given Mission 4 takes approx 5 minutes and only awards 50 Pearls, this requires quite the grind. Still, you don’t HAVE to collect everything, and the rewards are only cosmetic… but this is a major bugbear among the community.
Overall, the mode is a fun distraction that will remain in place until August 12 – so you have plenty of time to get your grind on.
Note: we don’t know this for a fact,but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a test for a potential rollout to actual PvP. While this mode isn’t ideal and does get old rather quickly, there may be more value in turning into a PvP mode – personally, I find it more enjoyable than the current Conclave, so I’d be happy if this were the case – even if it was only available for Private matches (would make a fun clan event).