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The Balefire Charger is HildrynIcon272.png Hildryn's signature Exalted Weapon. This pistol launches bolts of DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity that deal area-of-effect damage in a large area, and can be charged to deal more damage. Its massive damage is offset by its low critical chance, critical multiplier, and status chance.


This weapon deals primarily DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity damage.




  • The Balefire Charger uses Pistol Mods.
  • The Balefire Charger is the only weapon that can be used while using the AegisStorm130xDark.png Aegis Storm ability.
    • The Balefire Charger cannot zoom in when used with Aegis Storm.
    • While Hildryn holds two Balefire Chargers instead of one while Aegis Storm is active, this is a purely cosmetic feature and has no effect on the weapon's effectiveness.
  • The Balefire Charger's explosion radius is affected by Ability Range mods and Mod TT 20px.png Fulmination.
    • Range mods and Fulmination bonuses multiply. A fully ranked Balefire with Fulmination and Stretch will have: 3m × (1 + 24%) × (1 + 45%) = 5.4m, but Fulmination's effect will not be reflected on the ability card.
  • Shield cost to activate and cost per shot is affected by Ability Efficiency mods.
  • When Hildryn has Overshields, Balefire Charger shots will ragdoll enemies.
  • While charging, the increased damage and shield consumption scales with the amount charged, e.g. 50% charge deals 50% more damage. At full charge, the Balefire Chargers deal 100% more damage and consumes 450 shields.
  • As an Exalted Weapon, this weapon comes with an Orokin Catalyst.png Orokin Catalyst pre-installed.


  • While Balefire Charger's low base Status Chance make it less effective at removing shields and armor, it synergizes well with Hildryn's Pillage130xDark.png Pillage, as this ability can drain shields and permanently remove armor.


  • The Balefire Charger is the first Exalted Weapon to not be channeled via Warframe's fourth ability.
  • The Balefire Charger is the third secondary Exalted Weapon, after Regulators.png Regulators and DexPixia.png Dex Pixia.

Patch History[]

Update 29.5 (2020-11-19)

  • Fixed de-equipping a Scanner not returning you to your active Exalted weapon if one was equipped prior.

Hotfix 29.1.1 (2020-09-18)

  • Fixes towards Exalted weapons not being equipped when viewed via Look Link or Mod Link.

Update 27.4 (2020-05-01)

  • Fixed both Charged Damage and Quick Shot Damage of Hildryn’s Balefire Charger Damage displaying the same value in the Arsenal.

Update 24.6 (2019-04-04)

  • Hildryn is no longer restricted to move at walking speed when charging Balefire.

Update 24.4 (2019-03-08)

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Hotfix 23.1.3 (2018-07-26)

See Also[]

  • Balefire130xDark.png Balefire, the ability that summons the weapon.
  • HildrynIcon272.png Hildryn, the weapon's user.