Weapon 101 – Endura

endura tips warframe

If style is your game, then add Endura to your list. This Rapier is top of its class and though a Prime version does not yet exist, it is still a worthwhile pursuit.

How to Acquire

Unless you pick it up from the Market Pre-Built for 175 Platinum, you’ll have to reach MR7 and head over to your Clan’s Tenno Lab for the Blueprint. While the Research isn’t expensive, you’ll have to complete the Nami Skyla Research before unlocking it. Other than the Argon Crystals, building Endura is fairly easy. You’ll need some Plastids, so Saturn is your gating Planet.

  • Credits
    Credits 20,000
  • Alloy Plate
    Alloy Plate 12,000
  • Plastids
    Plastids 1,200
  • Gallium
    Gallium 2
  • Argon Crystal
    Argon Crystal 2


endura stats

In its class, Endura is the strongest Rapier with a Puncturing 95 base Damage. It also holds the title of highest Status Chance of all Rapiers. Overall, it falls in the middle of the pack for Melee Weapons, so it’s pretty decent overall. Though most of its Damage is Puncture, Slash holds most of the remaining Damage, making it great for Grineer and Infested units. You may have some trouble against Corpus Shielding, though.

Crit or Status?

As you may have already guessed, Endura is a build for Status weapon. It has an average Riven Disposition, so depending what you roll you may be able to build for either. Otherwise, you may Mod to compliment its Anti-Armor and Health base Damage or try to boost its effectiveness against Shields.

If you like the Rapier class weapons then be sure to give Endura a try. It has a nice base to build from, so you may build to your style while you fight with style.

Weapon 101 – Pangolin Sword

Pangolin Sword tips warframe

The Pangolin Sword, passed to us from our Tenno Ancestors, is a curved blade that slashes through your foes. It is not the strongest weapon you will add to your Arsenal, but it will serve you well in the early game.

How to Acquire

To wield the Pangolin Sword, you will have to farm for it, as it can only be obtained from the Nightwave Cred Offerings. You can’t use Plat to purchase it from the Market. It is MR0, so once you have the 50 Cred available, you will be able to pick up the blueprint. You’ll need to make it out to at least The Void for a Control Module for the location gating.

  • Credits
    Credits 20,000
  • Control Module
    Control Module 1
  • Ferrite
    Ferrite 750
  • Circuits
    Circuits 300
  • Alloy Plate
    Alloy Plate 80


pangolin sword stats

The Pangolin Sword is an early game weapon whose base stats will likely make it difficult to use late game. It does have a very high Riven Disposition at the moment, so there is potential out there. Coming in with 37 base Damage, you’ll be dishing out most of that as Slash, making this a good choice when up against un-armored units. With an innate Madurai (V) Polarity, it’s primed for a nice Damage mod for a boost.

Crit or Status?

You’re not going to have a lot to work with starting with only 5% Crit Chance and 12% Status Chance. Trying to push the Status Chance up is likely your best path to land Slash Procs, upping your DPS. If you’re able to mod for Viral as well, it will combo nicely. Otherwise, mod for as much Damage as you can get from it.

You may not be using the Pangolin Sword in the late game unless you invest a fair amount into it for polish. You’ll need to balance when you decide to pick it up as well, given the Nightwave Cred cost. If you’re still early on, it may be worth grabbing. If you’re already fairly far in, then it may just be an Affinity source for you.

Weapon 101 – Cronus

cronus tips warframe

The Cronus is a ceramic Sword of Tenno origin, that is strangely one of the weapons employed by Captain Vor. It’s not an amazing weapon, but for brand new players, it’s a good alternative to the Skana and Heat Sword, but it is quickly eclipsed by other weapons as you traverse about the Star Chart.

How to Acquire

The Cronus blueprint is a guaranteed drop from Captain Vor the very first time you take him down, then it drops to 5% drop chance. The crafting materials required are very simple, so it shouldn’t take too much farming to get this sorted – you will need to have at least reached Mars, though.

  • Credits
    Credits 15,000
  • Morphic
    Morphic 1
  • Ferrite
    Ferrite 500
  • Polymer Bundle
    Polymer Bundle 75


cronus stats

The base Damage is nothing to write home about, but the good news is that is is weighted towards Slash Damage, AND it comes with a base V polarity. Attack speed isn’t great, sadly, but on a good note, it has an excellent disposition, so it is possible to find an amazing Riven for the Cronus… if you really want to use it.

Crit or Status?

Neither is really high enough to warrant a targeted build. Just build for straight Damage using 90% Elemental mods (if you’ve got them) and move on once you hit max rank.

The Cronus isn’t a bad choice for the early Star Chart, but then again, nothing is “bad” when you’re fighting enemies with such low Health and Armor. It’s outclassed even by the time you reach Jupiter, so you probably really only want to be using this for Phobos and Ceres – if you haven’t already found something better.