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Blade Storm
Project fierce shadow clones of Ash upon groups of distant enemies. Join the fray using Teleport.


Energy per Mark: 12
Energy per Mark (while invisible): 6

Strength:750 / 1000 / 1500 / 2000 (damage)
Duration:N/A
Range:50 m
Misc:3 (max. marks per enemy)
2 (number of Shadow Clones)

Info
  • Ash instantly enters a state of intense focus as he searches for targets to assassinate. During targeting mode, enemies within 50 meters from Ash that are seen near the aiming reticle become tagged with a death mark. Staring at marked enemies longer or swiping the reticle over them again will add up to 2 additional death marks, signifying more than one potential attack.
    • Applying a mark during targeting mode will consume 12 energy. If Ash is invisible by any means (e.g. using Smoke Screen) when the mark is applied, then only 6 energy is consumed.
    • Target acquisition range is affected by Ability Range.
      • If a marked enemy moves out of the target acquisition range, then all marks on the target are removed and energy spent marking will be refunded. The amount refunded is equivalent to the amount initially used to apply the mark.
    • If a marked enemy is killed before all of its marks are consumed, then the energy for each unused mark will be refunded.
    • Maximum number of marks per enemy is not affected by mods and is capped at 3 marks per enemy.
      • Marked enemies become highlighted in red and display death mark icons above their heads.
        • Death mark icon color is affected by Ash's chosen Warframe energy color.
      • A counter on the ability icon displays the total amount of death marks that have been applied. The number displayed counts down for every mark removed.
  • When at least 1 enemy is marked, reactivating the ability will spawn 2 Shadow Clones that teleport between and strike all marked enemies. Each strike consumes one mark and performs a Front or Back Finisher which inflicts 750 / 1000 / 1500 / 2000 LotusBlack True damage with a 100% Slash b Bleed chance.
    • Damage is affected by Ability Strength, Steel Charge, Savage Silence, Radiant Finish, Executing Dash, ArcaneFury64x Arcane Fury, and combo counter multipliers.
      • Melee damage mods do not affect Blade Storm's damage.
    • The Bleed's DoT inflicts 43.75% of the initial damage per tick for a total of 10 ticks over 9 seconds. The Bleed damage bypasses armor and shields.
      • Venka Prime`s passive of an increased combo counter also provides a higher bonus damage over other weapons, and seems to be the only melee weapon to have any influence over Blade Storm's damage output.
    • All strikes from Ash and his clones add to the melee combo counter.
      • Strikes from the Shadow Clones add 1 hit per enemy.
      • Strikes from Ash have a chance to add more than one hit per enemy depending on the amount of times he stabs the enemy.
      • Blade Storm's Slash b Slash procs do not add to the melee combo counter, even with Relentless Combination equipped.
    • Body Count, Drifting Contact, and Gladiator Rush increase the combo counter duration.
    • Animation speed is affected by mods that influence attack speed (e.g. Fury), Penance, Speed, Warcry, and ArcaneStrike64x Arcane Strike. Quickening also affects animation speed, but only if channeling is begun before and maintained throughput the cast. Animation speed is not affected by the base weapon's attack speed, Berserker, or casting speed mods (e.g., Natural Talent).
  • During the Shadow Clones' assault, Ash can cast Teleport on a marked enemy at no additional energy cost to participate in Blade Storm. Ash becomes invulnerable to damage for the duration of the assault, as he teleports and strikes all remaining marked enemies in a cinematic cutscene sequence. Once all marks are consumed, Ash teleports back to the original cast location to resume normal combat.
    • Strikes by Ash on marked enemies use the same damage values and behaviors as his Shadow Clones.
    • Ash will attempt to strike each marked enemy once. After a marked enemy has been attacked by Ash, his Shadow Clones can continue to attack the enemy to consume any remaining marks provided the target is still alive.
    • Ash will also regenerate his shields during the animation.
  • Targeting mode can be activated, reactivated, and deactivated instantly without interrupting Ash's actions.
    • While in targeting mode, Ash emits black smoke and sees the environment through a monochrome screen overlay.
    • Ash is still able to perform all other functions, such as moving, maneuvering, casting other abilities, and firing or reloading weapons while in targeting mode.
    • If there are no marked enemies, reactivating Blade Storm will simply deactivate targeting mode.
    • Ash cannot enter targeting mode if his Shadow Clones are still attacking marked enemies.
  • Blade Storm hits can damage across the Rift Plane.
  • It is possible to trigger ArcaneTrickery64x Arcane Trickery, ArcaneUltimatum64x Arcane Ultimatum, and ExodiaMight64x Exodia Might with Blade Storm.
    • These Arcanes only trigger if enemies die from Blade Storm's attacks and not from its Slash b Slash procs.
  • During targeting mode and teleport strikes, Ash is able to gain energy from all sources (e.g. Energy Orbs, Energy Vampire, Rift Plane energy regeneration, etc).

Augment
RisingStorm
Main article: Rising Storm

Rising Storm is an Ash Warframe Augment Mod that increases the duration of the Melee Combo Counter when Blade Storm is used.


Rank Duration Bonus Cost
0 50% 6
1 65% 7
2 80% 8
3 100% 9

Tips & Tricks
  • Blade Storm can be activated while zooming in with a ranged weapon. This can be used to more precisely pick targets. 
  • You are invincible while using Blade Storm. This can be used to give time to regenerate your shields.
  • Blade Storm can be used to pick up items that are very far away or in dangerous situations (an item surrounded by 5 enemies for example). This generally requires a sentinel's Vacuum skill for maximum effectiveness. Simply target an enemy near something you want to pick up and activate the ability. Since you return to your starting point you will return to your "safe spot" but will have picked up health orbs, energy orbs, resources, and even mods.
  • Blade Storm can be used to start long melee combo chains to gain additional bonus melee damage.
  • Blade Storm can be empowered by performing melee combo chains before casting, as the ability's damage benefits greatly from the bonus melee damage multiplier.
  • Since Blade Storm deals LotusBlack True damage, the ability is well suited to dealing with Conculysts and Battalysts.
  • Ash's second ability, Smoke Screen, synergizes well with this ability, reducing both the energy cost per mark and Ash's vulnerability when marking enemies.
    • Similarly, ArcaneTrickery64x Arcane Trickery also synergizes well, since it can be triggered by Blade Storm and reduces the cost per mark.
  • Blade Storm allows Ash to easily trigger ArcaneUltimatum64x Arcane Ultimatum, giving him a boost in survivability.
  • Blade Storm finishers also trigger ExodiaMight64x Exodia Might with Zaws, allowing substantial health regeneration without the use of Life Strike or Channelling.
  • Considering Blade Storm has a 100% chance to proc Bleed, dealing 43.75% of the base damage 10 times in 9 seconds, the ability actually does 2,000 + ((2,000×0.4375)×10) = 10,750 damage in 9 seconds, making it one of the most powerful abilities in the game if modded and used accordingly.
  • If used during sliding, Blade Storm seems to use a shorter version of finishing animations, which reduces total animation time.
  • Blade Storm benefits greatly from the effects of Body Count, Drifting Contact, and Gladiator Rush. Instead of having a 3 second delay before the combo counter disappears, the delay will be 3+12+10+6 = 31 seconds.
    • Using the Rising Storm augment will further increase the delay.
  • Since Ash only spawns 2 Shadow Clones, it's highly suggested to equip attack speed mods as the time needed for the Shadow Clones' animations can make gameplay sluggish, especially if a large amount of enemies are marked.
  • Joining Blade Storm has multiple benefits for Ash:
    • Becoming invulnerable allows Ash to ignore status effects, such as Toxin b Toxin, and regenerate his shields.
    • The rate in which attacks are dealt is increased as there will be 3 attackers instead of 2.
    • The amount of hits added to the combo counter from the ability will be higher than if Ash were to not join.
  • Using Teleport on an unmarked enemy while Ash's Shadow Clones are attacking marked ones will result in the unmarked enemy being marked without consuming any energy. Ash will then join Blade Storm until all marks are expended.
    • Enemies attacked by Blade Storm this way are only attacked once.

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Bugs
  • On certain unspecific occasions Ash will become invulnerable after using Blade Storm. It should also be noted that Blade Storm can cause lag commonly.
  • Very rarely, after using Blade Storm, Ash will float and become invincible. He is unable to jump or fall down, use melee weapons (or primaries/secondaries in some cases), or use Blade Storm again. Pressing E will teleport to a random enemy and perform a purely aesthetic Blade Storm attack which does no damage. This appears to occur when Blade Storm's initial target is killed before Blade Storm begins.
    • On some occasions (most likely related to latency), Ash will remain vulnerable whilst being unable to exit this bugged state without getting killed (as in, actually dying and using a revive charge, as revival by a teammate will not end this glitch).
    • This may occur when the initial target for Blade Storm is killed (by another player/procs) during the teleporting animation, causing Ash to teleport to his casting location, and initiate this bug.
    • To deactivate the bug, Ash can prompt a "falling out of level" event by power wall climbing to the sky if there is a wall in the map that allows him to. This will respawn Ash to a random location on the ground and deactivate the bug.
  • Very Rarely, when Ash finishes using Blade Storm he will appear at the location where he used it with 0 Health, unable to move, unable to use weapons, and unable to be damaged by enemies. Any on screen prompts that occur, such as Defense and Interception wave prompts, will not be presented to Ash in this state. Ash cannot be revived as he isn't considered down despite the fact that he has 0 health. The only way to fix this bug is to wait for the mission to end or leave the mission.
  • If wielding a melee weapon when cast, Blade Storm will occasionally perform Finisher attacks on enemies. This does not occur if the player is hosting.
  • Occasionally, Ash will fall out of the map after using Blade Storm, where he will either teleport back to the original casting position or die.
  • If Blade Storm is cast and Ash's holograms seek out a Mind Controlled target, they will attack the target indefinitely until either the Mind Controlled target dies or its duration expires.
  • Attempting to use Blade Storm against another player when fighting in the Dojo will cause Ash to become invincible and hover in the air. In this state, Ash can only move and use firearms.
  • When Ash has no melee weapon equipped, it is possible in some cases for Ash to attain an unmodded Skana after using Bladestorm. This Skana is not listed in the end of mission screen, nor in the in-game gear list, and is lost upon dying or completion of mission.


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