Saying that making a dual-fire rifle good is like catching lightning in a bottle is less of a testament to the difficulty of making good weapons in Warframe and more of a blueprint for the Fulmin. Colloquially referred to as the “lightning gun”, it is one part Tenora and one part Arca Plasmor – quite literally.
The Fulmin rifle has two fire modes, the first is a silent pulse of Electricity Damage much like the Arca Plasmor, and the second is a full-auto mode that shoots rounds at a decent pace. The Fulmin is the signature weapon of Wisp and as such has a small bonus when being wielded by the ghostly gal – the Fulmin’s alt-fire takes half as long to fully switch.
This rifle is also another example of a battery weapon. After a brief period without firing, the Fulmin will begin recharging its ammo store. The Fulmin is both fun to use and highly useful in a number of situations, its innate Electricity Damage can be built for Corrosive or Radiation to bypass enemy Armor or Shields respectively, and the dual-fire mode can be used to swap between short and mid-range engagements on the fly. Overall, the Fulmin is a titan of a weapon in a hummingbird-sized frame.
How to Acquire
The Fulmin’s blueprint can be purchased from the Market for 20k Credits, but requires Mastery Rank 8. Also note that its build needs Hexenon – a newer material acquired from the updated Jupiter tileset, and is especially abundant in the Disruption game mode (not to mention the Ropaolyst battle).
- Credits 30,000
- Mutagen Mass 10
- Ferrite 15,000
- Plastids 400
- Nitain Extract 5
As mentioned above, the Fulmin deals primarily Electricity Damage (over 75% in both firing modes) giving it good base Damage to work from when modding additional Damage types and negating the need for additional Electricity Damage mods. The semi-auto mode has a decent amount of Status Chance, a guaranteed Impact proc on targets, and 3 meters of punch-through on enemy bodies. The full-auto mode has a high Critical Chance, high Critical Damage, and is laser-accurate.
Crit or Status?
Much like other dual-fire weapons, a hybrid build will provide great results for the Fulmin allowing both fire modes to deal as much Damage as possible. Focusing on boosting the Fulmin’s Critical and Status Chances will let this weapon truly shine, along with Multishot and Damage boosting mods to bring it even further. Like most weapons, the more Forma one invests, the greater returns will be gained.
The Fulmin was regarded skeptically at its unveiling, and even more so when it was revealed that it would be a rifle/shotgun hybrid. On its release, the Fulmin was an instant hit with casual players and hardcore players alike. Out of the box, this lightning gun hits like a truck and performs extremely well in most tactical situations. The Fulmin is what I would call one of the true weapons of Warframe, having a unique visual design, fun and intriguing firing mechanics backed up by good stats, and it is paired perfectly with Wisp. All around the design of the Fulmin is the catching of lightning in a bottle, then the use of that lightning to have a hell of a lot of fun.