This past weekend I started to give the Plains of Eidolon a far more detailed look than the little that I did right as I started playing the game and was stumbling around blindly out there not know what I was doing, or why, or even how to do a lot of things just yet. But this time, I’ve got more time with the game under my belt, got some “endgame builds” for my frames, and decided I want to go Eidolon Hunting and see about this whole fishing thing, maybe upgrade the amp on my operator, and so on.
So off I went to Cetus to see about it all. I figured since the 2 factions there use standing as their currency that they’d be very similar to the Syndicates. And while the gaining of standing is largely the same, the rest is not — the whole Cetus/Plains setup is a game unto itself. The 2 factions have their own tasks that can only be completed on the Plains, and all of the gear that you can make require resources that are unique to the plains also, so all the stuff I’ve accumulated in my running around the planetary map is useless there. Which essentially means that doing the Plains is “starting over” so far as the need to farm up resources and standings goes.
I’ve gotta say, it definitely feels like slow going right now, especially the gem mining. The fishing can be relaxing, and there’s not too long a wait for fish to swim by, plus the fishing locations and which fish spawn where are known, so I can get the fish resources without too much trouble, but the mining… yeah. The nodes are around, but they tend to have a decent distance in between them. Further, the type of node (gem/blue vs ore/red) seems to be random, but weighted toward the red, and then beyond even that, the resource you receive from the node is randomly one of the available types from that node color.
So if I need a murkray liver from a fish, I can go fish up a murkray. But if I need Azurite, then I have to run all over the place with my mining laser out, listening for the chirp that I’ve gotten close to a node, then hope it’s a gem node, and then hope that it actually gives me Azurite, not Devar or Venidos, or.. the other one. Chrysamium or something like that. Anyway… yeah, mining is a bit frustrating.
And then there are the Cetus Wisps. A look at the Cetus Wisp guides generally includes descriptions such as “mind-numbing” and “soul crushing.” The wisps spawn as you enter an instance of the Plains, but don’t continue to spawn — however many spawn with the instance are all there are. They appear next to fresh water, and there tend to be 1-4 that spawn each instance. So to get them, you need to travel to all the bodies of water on the Plains. Have I mentioned that the Plains are huge?
Fortunately, one can build Loki to be able to sprint something like 4x as fast as normal speed. Or Volt has that “run really fast” power. Or Zephyr has “Tailwind.” Or you can build a maximum range Nova and use her teleport power to cover vast distances quickly. Or you can use your consumable archwing charges on any frame and fly around rather quickly also, but with the resource cost that went into building the archwings in the 1st place.
Even so, a “perfect run” takes 2-4 minutes to search the most common wisp spawns, then exit the instance, and then load back in to a new one. You need to eventually get 348 wisps in total in order to craft all the items that need them. I’m still just trying to get my first 30 so I can craft a new amp. 14 down, 16 to go…
On the bright side, I’ve killed 3 Eidolons now, and somehow got lucky and got a Brilliant Eidolon Shard from each of them. I’m told those are a rare drop and you have to do special things to increase the chance of them dropping, but, well, so far I’m at a 100% drop rate. I’ve been using Volt Prime as my Eidolon hunter so far, as I like the utility he provides with his shields in being able to buff the group’s weapons while simultaneously protecting them. I’ve been using the Lanka sniper rifle so far, since it can be easily modded to do massive amounts of Radiation damage, which the Eidolons are weak to, but it’s got a charge time, so that can be a little annoying in getting off shots rapidly. As a result, I’ve built up a Rubico sniper as well. The radiation damage done is a little less, but I can fire 6 shots as quickly as I can press my fire button, and it’s a hitscan weapon also, so I don’t have to lead the target to account for the Lanka’s projectile flight time either. Overall I think I will probably do better with the Rubico. Time will tell, anyway.
This is getting long, so… Happy gaming out there!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 😉
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.
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 😀
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!
As 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.
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…
In other news, Mirage finished cooking in the foundry, so that finished the Hidden Messages quest.
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!