Warframe elemental and physical damage weakness per faction

by the talented Janice Chu http://cargocollective.com/jchuart

[updated 12/2017] This is an elemental damage and physical damage weakness overview for Warframe U22. This overview is a starting point for new players that want to progress through the  starchart. This overview does not consider finisher damage, status procs and crit multiplier that are needed for high level (sortie or endless)  content. 

Physical Damage types and fraction weakness

Slash damage is good against Infested
because effective against flesh
Puncture damage is good against Grineer
because effective against armor
Impact damage is good against Corpus
because effective against shield

 

Grineer elemental weakness and best setup

Prefer high Puncture weapons.
Corrosive (Toxin + Electricity) against heavy Grineer
Heat against light Grineer

 

Infested weakness and best setup

Prefer high Slash weapons.
Corrosive (Toxin + Electricity) against heavy Infested
Heat against light Infested

 

Corpus elemental weakness

Prefer high Impact weapons.
Magnetic (Cold + Electricity) against heavy Corpus
Toxin against light Corpus

Void elemental weakness

When using Corrosive Projection
Radiation (Electricity + Heat) against heavy Void units
Viral (Cold + Toxin) against light Void units

 

When not using Corrosive Projection
Corrosive (Toxin + Electricity) against heavy Void units
Cold against light Void units
Heat against light Void units

 

Elemental damage will always be applied to the target. It has nothing to do with status chance. Status chance is the chance of triggering the elemental status effect; also known as proc. The higher the status chance the higher the chance a damage type (physical or elemental) will proc.

 

More info about Damage 2.0: http://warframe.wikia.com/wiki/Damage_2.0

 

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