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[Warframe] MR20 – Loadouts

I made it to MR20 on Monday night.  The test was simply “race your archwing down to the end as fast as possible.  Flying through rings extends the time limit by 2 seconds.”  Some of the rings move, but you don’t need to get every ring.  I finished with 10 seconds on the clock and I think I only got about half the rings, maybe not even that many.  Basically just hit sprint and held the spacebar for the afterburner, then pointed at the rings as best I could, but if I missed one, no biggie, just keep moving.

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MR20!

I finally killed Lephantis on the Derelict in a clan group, so I was able to unlock Eris.  That means I’ve finally at least unlocked all the planets, though I’ve not done anything on Eris yet.  According to my profile I’m at 200/227 locations done now.  Off the top of my head what I’ve got left is: 1 on Lua (the spy one, which I tried on Ivara once, but just couldn’t figure the room out and spent so long that it eventually timed out), 1 on Neptune (defection), 3 on Pluto(including Ambulas), 5 on Sedna (I’m gated by a hijack that I don’t want to do solo, but there never seems to be a public group doing it), 5 on the Kuva Fortress, and all of Eris, so however many that is, but it all adds up to 27 😉

I’ve been getting enough focus that I’m actually starting to want to see about unbinding my way-bound focus skills, but to do that I need to hunt Eidolons and get the Brilliant Shard drop thingies.  In my clan chat last night they were saying that the current meta for Eidolon hunts is more or less to use Chroma, Harrow, Trinity, and/or Volt.  I’ve got Chroma with 4 forma, so I decided to look up a hunter build and now I’ve got Chroma with 6 formas on him.  And everyone seems to love the Lanka sniper rifle since it can do Radiation damage so easily, which apparently is the Eidolon’s weakness.  So I looked up hunting build for Lanka, and now my 0-forma Lanka has 5 formas to boot.

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This guy popped up again the other night. I didn’t see him, but he growled at me as I went down the ramp, so it almost served as a jump-scare.

I did some testing in the Simulacrum and with the Lanka (and the Opticor, for that matter) I can 1-shot the level 130 corrupted Heavy Gunners, when I’ve buffed myself up with self-damage on Chroma.  I’ve got a set of Hikou throwing stars modded to explode, so I just toss a few of those at my feet and that maximizes the buff in just a few seconds.  so yeah, I guess I’m set for Eidolon hunting now.

Of course this also means I need to start playing more out in the Plains.  I didn’t care so much for them when I 1st started playing, but I’m a bit more experienced with the game now and have actual ranked weapons and warframes and builds and such, not just randomly running around on my newbie Frost Prime, ya know?  Maybe I’ll like it more now.  I need to mine a gem, fish a fish, and kill an enemy in less than 30 seconds to open up a riven, so I’ve got to head out there to do that sometime anyway.

I hit my 100-day mark yesterday so I got the um…. Azami?  I’m not sure how it’s spelled now.  *looks it up* Azima!  I was close!  But yeah, it’s a machine pistol with a surprisingly large 75-shot magazine and an alternate fire mode that launches a disk out a bit and then start shooting like its a turret.  Not very effective on a stealth mission, but seems like it could be decent in a group of enemies, I suppose.

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Between Octavia’s buffs and my own self-buffing as Chroma… lookit all those buffs!

This past weekend I decided to actually figure out how to use the loadouts, rather than manually swapping out my frame and weapons each time I’d go into the arsenal and want a change.  There wasn’t much to it, just click the loadout menu and say “duplicate” to create a new one, then name it what I wanted.  I went through and renamed things to get the list to be nicely alphabetized, which was semi-annoying but not too bad.  And I realized that regardless of the frame, I usually have the Sobek shotgun as my primary weapon, the Stubba pistol as my secondary (though probably to be replaced with Akstiletto Prime anymore), and the Orthos Prime polearm as my melee.  Not always… Mirage is using the Synoid Simulor as the primary weapon, Chroma’s got the Lanka now, and Mesa doesn’t even carry a melee weapon so she gets the bonus 50 health from her passive (with Shatter Shield up, that’s 1000 effective hit points.  Why wouldn’t I do it?), Ivara uses the Baza SMG, Despair throwing knives, and Sheev dagger, Excalibur has the Mire sword acting as a stat stick for his Exalted Blade skill, and there are other variances also, so it’s not *always* those weapons, but it still probably is for more than half of the loadouts.  Kinda fun how you can pick a favorite and have it carry through a lot of the game, no?

Happy gaming out there!

 

[Warframe] Progress is Slow but Happening

Earlier this week I left my old clan in Warframe.  I was member #4, the other 3 members were all “leader” rank, but I was still only “recruit” rank, so I couldn’t initiate research projects.  The person who invited me to the clan (met via warframe.market trade, actually) hadn’t logged in in 47 days, and the other 2 I’d never actually seen online ever, though the member list said they’re logged in last weekend, at least.  Still and all, I wanted a more active clan… and maybe one that had all its research done 😉

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Mirage + Synoid Simulor = Holy fun, Batman!

I also bought the Prime pack with Zephyr Prime.  The frame’s got a decent health and shield pool and with the 3rd power active can’t really be hit much by ranged weapons (not so good vs melee, though).  Through creative use of augments the 4th ability’s tornadoes can be made to do a LOT of damage too, especially when combined with the Torid grenade launcher, or the Pox secondary weapon, so the damage dealt is surprisingly good too.  I’m quite enjoying the frame.

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There can be a lot of effects on the screen at times…

My co-worker who I introduced to the game was randomly invited to a large clan at some point, so he asked if someone could invite me to it also.  They did, so now I’m a member of the Aurora Gladiators clan.  And I’ve got a bunch more weapons and warframes cooking in the foundry now due to the additional blueprints I could buy 😀

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Eris unlocked!

Another benefit of being in a large and active clan is that I was able to get a group to go up vs Lephantis in the Orokin Derelict, and by doing that meet the requirements to unlock the Eris junction.  And I defeated the Mesa Spectre in there, so I now have Eris unlocked too!  This opened up 2 more quests for me also, though they’re to get the Mesa and Atlas frames, which I’ve already bought for plat, so I don’t know how actively I’ll pursue them.  Even so, there’s still forward progress taking place!

Happy Gaming out there!

[Warframe] MR19 and Bits and Bobs

Warframe0002As you can see from the screenshot above, I made it to MR19 this past week.  The test was another one of those “stealth” ones where you can only use a melee weapon, no abilities, etc.  I looked up some guides on it and they all said “To cheese it, use the Redeemer gunblade and you can snipe all the enemies from a distance, but since it’s a melee weapon it’s still silent.”  That sounded interesting, and looked fun in the videos, so I went into a practice session to see how I’d need to lead targets and whatnot and it would seem that DE has nerfed that.  Firing a shot with the Redeemer alerts all enemies on the map to your presence, which then fails the test.

After trying this a few times and confirming it didn’t matter if I shot at the closer mobs 1st or not, but that EVERY enemy on the map was alerted to me (which actually matches what I saw with Ivara when I ranked the thing up in the 1st place — it was fine to use as a melee finisher, but if I made a shot with the gun part, a large radius around me alerted, even though it didn’t break my Prowl like an “alarming” weapon does), so that’s not a valid way to do it anymore.

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Mag and Banshee just hanging around

So I decided to go more traditional — I grabbed my Atterax whip with Primed Reach.  I used Ivara since she’s got a built-in enemy radar as her passive, then I boosted that with both the Enemy Radar aura and the Enemy Sense mod.  That made everything show up on my mini-map to as far as it would show, which was *very* useful in determining when to “sneak” (ok, it was a sprint) up behind them.  Using this, I succeeded my 1st practice attempt no problem at all, so I tried for real, and messed up almost immediately.

What was that Han said to Luke?  Don’t get cocky?  Yeah…. so anyway, since you get 3 or 4 attempts, I was still okay, and I did just fine on the 2nd attempt, so yay, I’m now MR19.

I actually haven’t opened up any more of the star map.  I’ve tried going to more places, but I want to do them in groups and I’ve hit “wait for players” and let it sit for up to 5 minutes at a time, so… it looks like the later missions aren’t really done much other than for the sake of doing them to open the map, but once you’ve done that, it’s now all about the sorties and Plains of Eidolon for the end-game.  One of these days I’ll do some of those.  One of these days…

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Mirage!

In other news, Mirage finished cooking in the foundry, so that finished the Hidden Messages quest.

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Titania!

And I buckled down and found all the plants I needed to finish off the Titania quest, so I’ve got that frame also.  I haven’t done much with it other than rank it to 30 in Hydron so far, and it looks like I’ll probably need to toss a forma or 2 at it if I want to “really make it good.”  But for now, I’m still so enamored of my Inaros that I just don’t care right now.  Perhaps when I eventually head for PoE and want to fly around without needing to build archwing launchers?  Time will tell.

Happy gaming out there!

[Warframe] MR18

That is all.

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The test is a 5-wave defense mission. *Of course* I took Frost Prime with his Snowglobe.

Happy gaming out there!

[Warframe] Still Plugging Away

Warframe wasn’t the only thing I played this week — I actually logged in to FFXIV for the 1st time in almost 3 months, due to hearing that the current “Little Ladies Day” event included glowsticks as a cosmetic item.  Since my young daughter loves glowsticks, I logged in on her character and ran the event.  It was so quick and easy that I then logged in to my own character and ran the event also.

But that was it.  I felt no desire to follow the additional content released in the latest patch, or to unlock the 2nd new dungeon or anything like that.  I guess that means I should actually cancel my subscription.

I also bought the new DLC/Expansion for Stellaris.  I’m only about 100 years in to my 1st game so far.  The overall feel is much the same, but tech discoveries are quite a bit slower — normally at the 100 year mark I’d be getting close to the end of the tree, but I’m just now starting to research the T4 weapons and barely got cruisers, though I do have Star Fortresses and can build habitats, at least.  I’ll do some update posts after I’ve gotten farther in and have seen more of the new techs and how everything fits together.

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Oh, I’m supposed to *scan* the kurias? Wish I’d done that on the other 4 I’ve seen. Ah well…

In Warframe, I’m still MR17, though I’m knocking on the door of 18 now.  I’ve been focusing on completing quests and unlocking more of the planetary nodes.  I’ve completed all the nodes going up through Uranus now, only have 1 left on Neptune, and 4 on Pluto.  I’ve also completed all the nodes in The Void.  Sedna’s still got about half the planet to go, and I need to recruit some people to help me do the Derelict Assassination mission so that I can unlock Eris.  That’s what Recruitment chat is for, right?  I’ve even done about half of the Kuva Fortress.  I guess people don’t really go there, though, as I’ve run all but the spy mission on “public” but only the “assault” mission had a person join, and then he dropped back out within a minute or so.

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Running the “assault” mission in the Kuva fortress. Basically had to run in, take over their big gun, use it here to destroy one of their ships, then go back and sabotage it. Fun mission!

Can I just say that I love Inaros?  I thought I wouldn’t, due to the frame not having any shields, but it has such a high armor rating that it really doesn’t need them.  I’ve looked up various builds for it and have settled on my own “tweaking” of the mods that I like.  It’s lower than a “max health” build” but has higher armor so it’s still very survivable — in fact, I’ve only ever needed to be revived a single time in all that I’ve played with Inaros so far, and I was doing the level 50 missions in The Void with him just fine.  Honestly, I’m not sure what took me out that 1 time I did fall, as at no other time on that mission was my health even remotely low.  It must have been a sniper or something, I guess.  Fortunately, I was with another player and he was able to revive me, so it worked out fine (and I revived him probably 10x in that same run, so it was only fair the he revive me too — he kept folding like a cheap suit, it felt like).

My co-worker who’s playing now sprung for the Loki/Ember Prime combo pack and has been ranking his Loki Prime up, so I got with him and we ran a few grind runs on Ceres, then he queued us up for a Nightmare “No shields” run on Earth to see what mod we’d get from that.  He had Vitality modded on, but sadly still went down a lot, as did the 2 people who joined us on the run.  It appears that most frames just really need their shields.  I didn’t ever really take much damage though — something about having 4600 health and high armor plus the ability to control crowds and heal myself at the same time, while laying waste in a giant circle around me with my Orthos Prime and Primed Reach mod…

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Anthem quest complete!

So far as the quests go, I’ve completed Octavia’s Anthem and Chains of Harrow.  Since I’d already bought the Octavia frame, the Anthem quest rewarded me with a riven mod, though to unveil it I’m going to need to go to the Plains of Eidolon and figure out fishing and mining.  The unlock conditions are: catch a fish, mine a gem, AND kill an enemy within 30 seconds.  That quest was interesting since I had to fight Sentients at one point, so I got to see how using the Operator to reset the resistances made life a lot easier there.  The final phase where you are inside a giant mandachord instrument and have to jump on all the right spots to have it play a song was … if I’m honest, a bit tedious, but still a nice change of pace from how frenetic a lot of the missions and quests can be too, so I won’t say it was bad, just a bit long.

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Chains complete. Now to find the 3rd component so I can actually build the frame…

Chains of Harrow was more like a “haunted house in space” than anything.  Unlit mission runs with blood-scrawled messages, fighting zombies and ghosts.  Had I bought that frame with plat the reward would have been another riven mod, but I wanted to earn the frame this time, so… I’ve got the blueprint and I’ve managed to find systems and chassis blueprnits from my regular play, but the neuroptics apparently only drop from defection missions and only during the 3rd phase, and even then only about an 11% chance on any given run, so that might be a while before I get the last piece.  Which is fine, as I need time to farm up more kuva.  I did a kuva siphon mission this weekend and since I knew what to do this time (go go video guides!) I was successful at it and got 643 out of a needed 2000, so… 2 more times at least. And that’s just for Harrow.  I’ve got that “Krokhur” (sp?) weapon that needs kuva to build it, so I’ll need to run a few more of those mission types for that too.

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An example of some of the haunted house elements of the Harrow quest.

For Hidden Messages I’m at the last phase, but the quest won’t complete until the Mirage frame is complete in the Foundry.  I started that cooking this morning, so on Thursday I’ll be able to get the completion for that.  The phases of that quest largely just involved clearing out lots of infestations, so nothing much to write about.

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This guy’s been hanging out on my ship from time to time since completing the Harrow quest also.

I’m now most actively working on “The Silver Grove” quest.  I’m on the last phase of that, but finding the plants to scan for it has been a pain in the tuchas.  I need 25 of a moss type that grows more or less on Ceres.  The wiki says it’s “very common” there, but I spent nearly an hour last night in a single mission searching for it and only found 3.  Then there’s another “frostleaf” plant that grows on Mercury and Venus, but I haven’t been able to find any of that at all on any of the missions I’ve run there (and yes, I made sure I’m on the correct tileset).  Then there’s the “rare” plant that’s on Earth.  I’ve found 1 of the 2 I need, but it only grows during the day and I keep winding up running missions in the night.  They swap day/night every 4 hours, so I just need to keep trying until I get lucky and find another day cycle, it seems.  Once I finally collect those plant scans, then I’ll get the 3rd Titania piece.  That will be fun, I think.

This is getting long, so… Happy Gaming out there!