The Ballistica is a secondary crossbow that shoots four arrows in quick succession with a tap of the trigger, or a single arrow if charged.
This weapon deals primarily Puncture damage.
- High Puncture damage – effective against armor.
- Uncharged shots burst-fires four bolts consecutively.
- Charged shots fire a single round.
- Good critical chance.
- No projectile arcing.
- On kill, bodies will follow the bolt that killed them, damaging anyone in their path and pinning the corpse to walls.
- Low Impact and Slash damage – less effective against shields and armor.
- Low critical multiplier.
- Projectiles have travel time.
- Charge Shot:
- Low status chance.
- Low Projectile Speed.
- Ballistica, compared to Rakta Ballistica:
- Lower critical chance (15% vs. 20%)
- Lower attack damage (100.0 vs. 300.0)
- Lower secondary attack damage (25.0 vs. 75.0)
- Lower secondary mode critical chance (3.75% vs. 5%)
- Smaller magazine (16 rounds vs. 20 rounds)
- Lack of an innate Blight effect
- Different polarities ( vs. )
- Lower Mastery Rank required (2 vs. 6)
- Higher disposition (1.25 vs. 1.2)
- Ballistica, compared to Ballistica Prime:
The Ballistica's blueprint can be purchased from the Market.
|Time: 24 hrs|
|Market Price: 240||Blueprints Price:40,000|
- The weapon's damage stat in the demonstration video is wrong at 10. The correct damage is 25. The weapon's critical chance stat is also wrong; it can in fact deal critical hits on normal attacks.
- Gunslinger and Lethal Torrent affect the speed between bursts and the speed of the bursts themselves. These mods also speed up the charge time when holding down the trigger.
- This crossbow has very little vertical recoil on burst fire. However, it spreads sideways, usually the initial shot on center, one to the right, then two to the left.
- Both the four-burst shot and the charged shot deal 100 damage, assuming all shots connect for the former.
- The charge shot only consumes one ammo while the burst consumes four, making the charge shot four times as efficient with ammo.
- Using charge shots can result in a burst shot firing less than four shots, if there is less than four ammo left in the magazine.
- You can only fire the Ballistica four times when using normal attacks, so a reload speed mod is recommended.
- Consider Ballistica as a burst-fire version of the single Bolto pistol. Although it bears a lower damage per bolt, its DPS in general is greater due to its higher rate of fire aspect. It also has a slightly larger magazine size, faster reload speed and it is the only secondary weapon that can charge fire. The downside of Ballistica is being very expensive to build and its burst fire has a greater recoil.
- Normal burst-fire attacks do not seem to pin enemies to walls.
- Track your targets constantly when burst-firing, as the recoil shifts sideways when firing.
- Crowd control with burst fire can also be generally effective, and will be benefited further when using a maxed Seeker.
- With enough fire rate, it has more DPS when fired charged compared to semi-auto firing.
- Due to significant horizontal recoil you may consider using the Steady Hands mod.
- Unlike the other magazine based charge weapons ( Lanka and Ogris), there is a period between charge shots in which, if clicked too soon after a charge shot, the Ballistica will neither charge nor fire, roughly 0.5-0.8 seconds after firing a charge shot. This lowers the actual DPS of a charge build. Increasing the fire rate decreases this delay however.
- Name is likely based on the medieval siege weapon, the Ballista, due to both being related to crossbows and the similarity in the names.
- It may also be a pun on ballistic, and as a propelled projectile the Ballistica may be considered a ballistic weapon.
- Upon reload, the magazine will be dropped onto the ground and can be seen for a short time before disappearing.
- This gun has a non-static model as the strings glow and the arms cock back as a shot is charged. Additionally the arms fold in when the Ballistica is holstered and open up when it is selected, with a unique sound effect.
- The Ballistica is the first secondary to utilize a charge function, and the third to utilize burst-fire.
- It is so far the only weapon of any class to combine both.
- Although not entirely similar to bow weapons, due to the fact it uses pistol ammo and has a burst fire mode, it is similar to bows such as the Paris and Dread, as they are capable of firing both charged and uncharged shots. The bows, however, are silent, whereas the Ballistica has reduced-awareness properties.
- In the game, it is stated that normal attacks have no critical chance, however, these stats are not correct. It has been verified through testing.
- It would seem that the Ballistica does not retract its bows whenever its wielder performs a melee strike, as the Ballistica is forced on its holster. This is considered a bug as holstering the weapon usually retracts itself when switching.
- The Ballistica will open and retract in a split second while selecting customization options on Warframes and weapons, such as selecting an alternate helmet.
Last updated: Hotfix 24.1.5