Warframe elemental and physical damage weakness per faction
[updated 07/2018] This is an elemental damage and physical damage weakness overview for Warframe U23. 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.
Explanation video below
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
Corrosive (Toxin + Electricity) against heavy Void units
Cold against light Void units or
Heat against light Void units
Arena (Nakki, Yam and Vodyanoi on Sedna) and some bosses (Vor, Kela De Thaym, Lech Kril, Tyl Regor) enemies with with alloy armor and shield
Radiation (Electricity + Heat) against armor of Executioner units
Cold against shields of Executioner 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.
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