Preceded by
Damage 1.0 since Update 11.0 (2013-11-20)

Damage (version 2.0) is a system that determines the damage done to a certain target by a given attacker. Damage results are modified by several mechanics – damage type modifiers (main content of this article), armor, critical hit bonuses, stealth bonuses, Warframe ability debuffs, body part modifiers, faction modifiers, and other sources of damage reduction – which are discussed below and on their respective pages.

All damage dealt by any weapon or ability belongs to a certain damage type, and every target has specific resistances and vulnerabilities to different damage types. In-game, enemy resistances and vulnerabilities can be seen in the player's Codex after scanning at least one enemy of a particular type or by aiming at an enemy using the Synthesis Scanner with the Data-Parse Widget. Exploiting enemy vulnerabilities and avoiding resistances by means of weapon selection and mod installation may significantly improve players' damage output.

In general, disregarding any Status Effects, it is best to mod for the elemental damage with the greatest damage bonus against an enemy's armor class to maximize one's damage potential against them (e.g. modding for Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation against the Alloy Armored Bombard).

Damage Display[edit | edit source]

Damage dealt from players to enemies is displayed on the HUD as numbers near the point of impact on an enemy. Damage dealt from enemies to players is displayed on the HUD both as a bent strip to indicate its direction of origin and as a reduction in shield or health hitpoints to indicate its quantity.

Each individual projectile or melee attack will display a single damage instance whose value is rounded to the nearest integer. Weapons with multiple projectiles like shotguns or rifles with Multishot will display a damage instance for each individual projectile. Weapons that fire continuously will display a damage instance at a constant rate depending on the fire rate of the weapon.

Three different color tiers of critical hits along with normal damage color

Damage indicators are color-coded using the following system (default UI colors):

  • Damage appears by default in white.
  • Critical hits and stealth attacks are in yellow.
  • Orange crits, appear in orange. These are stronger than yellow crits.
  • Red crits, as their name suggests, appear in red. These are stronger than orange crits.
  • Damage against shields appears in blue, regardless of other factors such as critical hits.
  • Damage against overshields appears in purple, regardless of other factors such as critical hits.
  • Attempts to damage an invulnerable enemy appear in grey.

Overview Table[edit | edit source]

These tables show damage type resistances and weaknesses of various Health, Shield, and Armor types of different Factions.

Damage Type Damage/Cloned FleshCloned Flesh Damage/Ferrite ArmorFerrite Armor Damage/Alloy ArmorAlloy Armor Damage/MachineryMachinery Status Effect
Physical
Damage
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact –25% +25% Stagger[1][2]
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture +50% +15% –Damage
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash +25% –15% –50% Bleed[1]
Elemental
Damage
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold +25% Slowdown
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity –50% +50% Tesla Chain
Stun[1][2]
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat +25% Burn DoT
Panic[1][2]
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin –25% Poison DoT[1]
Combined
Elements
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold –25% +75% –Accuracy[1][2]
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +75% –Armor
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin –50% Gas Cloud
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity –50% Amplified damage to shields
Stops shield regen
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity +75% Friendly Fire
More damage to allies[2]
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +75% –25% Amplified damage to health
Unique
Types
Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True N/A[3] N/A[3] -
Damage/Void DamageDmgVoidSmall64.png Void Bullet Attract
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Does not affect Machinery-type enemies.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Does not affect Bosses.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The damage associated bypasses these secondary protections.

Damage Type Damage/FleshFlesh Damage/ShieldShield Damage/Proto ShieldProto Shield Damage/Ferrite ArmorFerrite Armor Damage/Alloy ArmorAlloy Armor Damage/RoboticRobotic Status Effect
Physical
Damage
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact

-25%

+50% +15% 1)3)Stagger
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture -20% -50% +50% +15% +25% –Damage
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash +25% –15% –50% -25% 3)Bleed
Elemental
Damage
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold +50% +25% Slowdown
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity –50% +50% 3)Tesla Chain
1)3)Stun
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat -50% 2)3)Burn DoT
1)2)3)Panic
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +50% 4)N/A   4)N/A   -25% 3)Poison DoT
Combined
Elements

Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast

Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold –25% 1)3)–Accuracy
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin -50% +75% –Armor

Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas

Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin -25% Gas Cloud
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity +75% +75% –50% Amplified damage to shields
Stops shield regen
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity -25% +75% +25% 1)Friendly Fire
More damage to allies
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +50% Amplified damage to health
Unique
Types
Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True N/A[1] N/A[1] -
Damage/Void DamageDmgVoidSmall64.png Void Bullet Attract

1) Does not affect Bosses. | 2) Does not affect MOAs. | 3) Does not affect Ospreys. | 4) Bypasses shields

  1. 1.0 1.1 The damage associated bypasses these secondary protections.

Damage Type Damage/InfestedInfested Damage/Infested FleshInfested Flesh Damage/FossilizedFossilized Damage/Infested SinewInfested Sinew Damage/Ferrite ArmorFerrite Armor Status Effect
Physical
Damage

Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact

1)2)Stagger
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture +25% +50% –Damage
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash +25% +50% +15% –15% Bleed
Elemental
Damage
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold -50% -25% +25% Slowdown
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity Tesla Chain
1)2)Stun
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat +25% +50% Burn DoT
1)2)Panic
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin -50% Poison DoT
Combined
Elements
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold +50% -50% –25% 1)2)–Accuracy
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +75% +75% –Armor
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +75% +50% Gas Cloud
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity Amplified damage to shields
Stops shield regen
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity -50% -75% +50% 1)Friendly Fire
More damage to allies
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin

-50%

Amplified damage to health
Unique
Types
Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True N/A[1] N/A[1] -
Damage/Void DamageDmgVoidSmall64.png Void Bullet Attract

1) Does not affect Bosses. | 2) Does not affect Osprey enemies.

  1. 1.0 1.1 The damage associated bypasses these secondary protections.

Damage Type Damage/FleshFlesh Damage/RoboticRobotic Damage/Ferrite ArmorFerrite Armor Damage/Alloy ArmorAlloy Armor Damage/ShieldShield Status
Physical
Damage
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact -25% +50% 1)3)Stagger
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture +25% +50% +15% -20% –Damage
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash +25% -25% -15% -50% 1)Bleed
Elemental
Damage
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold +25% +50% Slowdown
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity +50% -50% Tesla Chain
1)3)Stun
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat Burn DoT
1)2)3)Panic
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +50% -25% 4)N/A 1)Poison DoT
Combined
Elements
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold
-25% 1)3)–Accuracy
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity+
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
+75% –Armor
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
-25% Gas Cloud
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold+
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity
-50% +75% Amplified damage to shields
Stops shield regen
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity
+25% +75% -25% Friendly Fire
More damage to allies
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold+
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
+50% Amplified damage to health
Unique Types Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True 4)N/A 4)N/A -
Damage/Void DamageDmgVoidSmall64.png Void Bullet Attract
1) Does not affect Ospreys, Drones. | 2) Does not affect MOAs. 3) Does not affect Corrupted Vor. | 4) The damage associated bypasses these secondary protections.

Damage Type Damage/Cloned FleshCloned Flesh Damage/FleshFlesh Damage/Ferrite ArmorFerrite Armor Damage/Alloy ArmorAlloy Armor Damage/ShieldShield Damage/Proto ShieldProto Shield Damage/RoboticRobotic Damage/FossilizedFossilized Status
Physical
Damage
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact -25% -25% +50% +25% 1)3)Stagger
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture +50% +15% -20% -50% +25% –Damage
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash +25% +25% -15% -50% -25% +15% 1)Bleed
Elemental
Damage
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold +25% +50% -25% Slowdown
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity -50% +50% Tesla Chain
1)3)Stun
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat +25% -50% Burn DoT
1)2)3)Panic
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +50% 4)N/A 4)N/A -25% -50% 1)Poison DoT
Combined
Elements
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold
-25% +50% 1)3)–Accuracy
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity+
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
+75% -50% +75% –Armor
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
-50% -25% Gas Cloud
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold+
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity
-50% +75% +75% Amplified damage to shields
Stops shield regen
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity
+75% -25% +25% -75% Friendly Fire
More damage to allies
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold+
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
+75% +50% Amplified damage to health
Unique Types Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True 4)N/A 4)N/A -
Damage/Void DamageDmgVoidSmall64.png Void Bullet Attract


1) Does not affect Ospreys, Drones. | 2) Does not affect MOAs. 3) Does not affect Corrupted Vor. | 4) The damage associated bypasses these secondary protections.

Damage Type Damage/Tenno FleshTenno Flesh Damage/Tenno ArmorTenno Armor Damage/Tenno ShieldTenno Shield Status
Physical
Damage
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact –25% 1)Stagger
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture –25% –Damage
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash –25% Bleed
Elemental
Damage
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold –25% Slowdown
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity –25% Tesla Chain
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat –25% Burn DoT
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin 2)N/A   Poison DoT
Combined
Elements
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold –25% –Accuracy
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin –25% –Armor
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin –25% Gas Cloud
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity –25% Amplified damage to shields
Stops shield regen
Energy Drain
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity –25% –Accuracy
Friendly Fire
More damage to allies
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin –25% Amplified damage to health
Unique
Types
Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True 2)N/A   -
Damage/Void DamageDmgVoidSmall64.png Void –25% Bullet Attract
  • Tenno Flesh: Applies to all Warframes.
  • Tenno Armor: Applies to all Warframes (Tenno).
  • Tenno Shield: Applies to all Warframes (Tenno).
1) Does not affect the Tenno. | 2) The damage associated bypasses these secondary protections, but in the case of Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage, it has -25% damage modifier against HildrynHildrynIcon272.png Hildryn when she has overshields.

Damage Type Damage/FleshFlesh Damage/Cloned FleshCloned Flesh Damage/FossilizedFossilized Damage/InfestedInfested Damage/Infested FleshInfested Flesh Damage/Infested SinewInfested Sinew Damage/MachineryMachinery Damage/RoboticRobotic Damage/ObjectObject Damage/ShieldShield Damage/Proto ShieldProto Shield Damage/Ferrite ArmorFerrite Armor Damage/Alloy ArmorAlloy Armor Status
Physical
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact -25% -25% +25% +50% +15% Stagger1)2)
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture +25% +25% -20% -50% +50% +15% –Damage
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash +25% +25% +15% +25% +50% -25% -15% -50% Bleed
Primary Elemental
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold -25% -50% +25% +50% +25% Slowdown
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity +50% +50% -50% Tesla Chain
Stun1)2)
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat +25% +25% +50% -50% Burn DoT
Panic1)2)3)
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +50% -50% -25% -25% 4)N/A 4)N/A Poison: Toxin DoT
Secondary Elemental
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold +50% -50% +75% -25% –Accuracy1)2)
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity+Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +75% -50% +75% –Armor
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin -25% -50% +75% +50% Gas Cloud: Gas AOE DoT
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold+Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity +75% +75% -50% Amplified damage to shields
Stops shield regen
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat+Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity -75% -50% +50% +25% -25% +75% Friendly Fire1)
More damage to allies
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold+Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin +50% +75% -50% -25% Amplified damage to health
Unique
Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True 4)N/A 4)N/A -
Damage/Void DamageDmgVoidSmall64.png Void Bullet Attract
1) Does not affect Bosses. | 2) Does not affect Rollers, Regulators, Latchers or Osprey. | 3) Does not affect MOAs. | 4) The damage associated bypasses these secondary protections.

Damage Types[edit | edit source]

Every weapon, ability or method of dealing damage is classified as one or more types of damage. Through mods or abilities, further types of damage can be added to attacks.

When multiple damage types are present on an attack, all of them will deal their respective amounts independent of each other, but only one damage number calculated from the combined value of the damage types will show.

With each shown damage value, there is also a chance of a Status Effect occurring; the likelihood of which type of damage this Status Effect is based on depends on the percent distribution of the damage types on the weapon.

Physical Damage[edit | edit source]

Most weapons' base damage is made up of a combination of three physical damage types: Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, and Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash. The overall physical damage of any given weapon is the sum of Impact, Puncture, and Slash damage. This is sometimes referred to as IPS.

Damage Type Status Effects
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact Stagger
Universal: Causes target to flinch and staggers movement for 1 second. For 6 seconds, adds a +10% chance for a Parazon finisher if the enemy is below 5% HP. Stacks up to a maximum of 10 stacks for a +100% Parazon finisher chance. Each stack has its own duration.
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture Weakened
Universal: Reduces any damage dealt by the target by 30% for 6 seconds. Subsequent Puncture Status effects add +5% weakening, leading to up to 75% reduced damage dealt at 10 stacks. Each stack has its own duration.
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash Bleed
Universal: Deals 35% of the base damage as Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True damage per second for 6 seconds after a 1 second delay. Stacks are not limited. Each stack has its own duration.

Although most weapons have varying proportions of Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, and Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash, some weapons (such as the GlaxionCrpFreezeRayRifle.png Glaxion or PhageInfestedLongGunTwo.png Phage) can have no physical damage at all. Other weapons (like the PlinxPlinx.png Plinx or TysisDETysis.png Tysis) can deal a combination of physical and elemental, or combo elemental damage.

Unlike elemental, or combo elemental damage types which can be added via mods, physical damage cannot be added to weapons already lacking them. Weapons that do not have one or more components of physical damage are not affected by the respective Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, or Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash mods.

General damage increasing mods such as SerrationMod TT 20px.png Serration affect all the base damage types of a weapon. Additionally, Faction Damage Mods such as Expel GrineerMod TT 20px.png Expel Grineer also affect damage as a total damage multiplier against the faction in question.

Primary Elemental Damage[edit | edit source]

Elemental Damage can be applied on top of a weapon’s base damage depending on what Elemental Mods are applied. There are four primary Elemental Damage types:Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat, Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold, Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity, and Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin.

Damage Type Status Effects
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold

Freeze
On Enemy: Reduces Movement Speed, Fire Rate, and Attack Speed by 25% for 6 seconds. Stacks up to 10 times, with subsequent procs increasing slow by 5% to a total of 70%. Each stack has its own duration.
On Player: Reduces Movement Speed, Fire Rate, and Attack Speed by 25% for 6 seconds.

Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity Tesla Chain
On Enemy: Deals 50% of the base damage as Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity damage per second over 6 seconds to enemies within 3 meters of the target and stuns the affected target for 3 seconds. Each stack has its own duration.
On Player: Deals 50% base Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity damage to allies within 3 meters of the target.
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat Ignite
On Enemy: Deals 50% of the base damage as Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat damage per second over 6 seconds after a 1 second delay (can be refreshed) while causing the target to panic for 4 seconds and stripping up to 50% Armor over 2 seconds. Stacks are not limited.
On Player: Deals 50% base Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat damage over 6 seconds and strips up to 50% Armor over 2 seconds.
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin Poison
Universal: Deals 50% of the base damage as Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage over 6 seconds after a 1 second delay (bypasses Shield). Stacks are not limited. Each stack has its own duration.

A single primary Elemental Damage type can be applied alone, but if a second primary Elemental Damage type is introduced they will combine into a secondary Elemental Damage type.

Secondary Elemental Damage[edit | edit source]

Creating these secondary elements requires mixing two primary elements together.

Elementsnew.png
Combined Damage Type Elemental Damage Types Status Effects
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat Inaccuracy
On Enemy: Reduces accuracy by 30% for 6 seconds. Stacks for a maximum of 10 stacks and a 75% accuracy loss. Each stack has its own duration.
On Player: Reduces accuracy by 30% for 6 seconds.
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin Corrosion
On Enemy: Reduces current Armor by 26% for 8 seconds. Stacks for a maximum of 10 stacks and 80% reduced armor. Each stack has its own duration.
On Player: Reduces armor by 26% for 8 seconds.
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin Gas Cloud
Universal: Creates a 3 meter radius effect which deals 50% of base damage as Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas damage per second for 6 seconds to targets inside. Stacks for a maximum of 10 stacks and a 6 meter radius. Each stack has its own duration. The effect stays for its duration even if the affected enemy dies.
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity Disrupt
On Enemy: Any instance of damage dealt to target's Shields will deal +100% additional damage for 6 seconds. Stacks for a maximum of 10 stacks and +325% additional damage. Each stack has its own duration. Enemies under this effect also cannot regenerate shields naturally.
On Player: Amplifies damage dealt to shields by 100%, nullifies shield regeneration, and drains 50 Energy per second and scrambles the interface for 4 seconds.
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat Confusion
On Enemy: Attacks any closest enemy with +100% bonus damage to allies and will be attacked in return for 12 seconds. Also applies +100% damage dealt to allied units. Stacks for a maximum of 10 stacks and +550% damage against allied units. Each stack has its own duration.
Kuva Lich: Increases damage received from other units. Stacks for a maximum of 4 stacks and +250% damage received. Does not make the Lich attack his allied units.
On Player: Reduces firing Accuracy, able to damage and be damaged by allies for 4 seconds.
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin Virus
On Enemy: Any instance of damage dealt to target's Health will deal +100% additional damage for 6 seconds. Stacks for a maximum of 10 stacks and +325% additional damage. Each stack has its own duration.
On Player: Amplifies damage dealt to health by 100% for 6 seconds.

Elemental Damage is applied in addition to a weapon's physical damage types.

Weapon Damage = (Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact + Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture + Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash) + (Elemental Damage Types)

Note that a primary elemental damage type that has been combined into a secondary type will no longer be dealt to the weapon's targets, nor its status effect will be applied to the targets either. For example, a weapon dealing Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast damage that is created by combining Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat will no longer deal Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold damage or cause its Freeze effect, nor Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat damage or its Ignite effect to this weapon's targets.

Modding[edit | edit source]

Elemental Damage Combinations are made by following a mod placement hierarchy. This hierarchy is from closest to top left (first to be considered) to the bottom right (last to be considered) on the mod layout. Innate weapon elemental damages are considered the very last in any hierarchy.

However, a weapon's innate elemental damage can be forced into a different position in the hierarchy (and thus be combined into a secondary element earlier) if the player has equipped a mod of the same element as the innate element. As well, when using multiple mods with the same element, the first position that element is placed in establishes its hierarchy and where it's combined.

For example, putting StormbringerMod TT 20px.png Stormbringer on the top left slot of an AmprexChainLightningGunEdit.png Amprex will change the position of its innate Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity damage from last in hierarchy to first in hierarchy. Similarly, placing Thermite RoundsMod TT 20px.png Thermite Rounds earlier in the hierarchy before placing HellfireMod TT 20px.png Hellfire will still count the Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat damage where it was first placed.

A weapon's innate elemental damage will contribute to elemental combinations, as long as the combination has been established earlier in the hierarchy. It can also combine with the last uncombined elemental mod in the hierarchy to form a secondary element.

Load Order

For example: when modding a weapon with Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity such as ProvaProva8point2.png Prova or LectaLecta.png Lecta, then adding Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold, Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin, and Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat in 1, 2 and 3 respectively get: Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral (Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin) and Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation (Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity).

In the case of Riven Mods where there is more than one elemental stat present, the hierarchy priority will be given to the last elemental stat listed on the Riven mod. For example, a Riven mod with a bonus of +100% Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity damage first and +90% Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage last, will enable the Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage to combine with an elemental mod higher up in the hierarchy, and the Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity damage will combine with an elemental damage type lower in the hierarchy. If no other elemental damage mods are present, the elements on the Riven mod will combine with itself.

Weapons with innate secondary elements such as OgrisOgrisNew.png Ogris (Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast), PentaDEPenta.png Penta (Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast), StugGrineerCrossbowGooGun.png Stug (Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive), NukorGrineerMicrowaveGun.png Nukor (Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation) and DetronDECorpusHandCannon.png Detron (Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation) will always have that damage type, regardless of mods used. On weapons like these, basic elemental damage mods will combine and function independently of the innate secondary elements, as basic elements cannot combine with a weapon's already combined innate damage type.

This is an example of a secondary elemental with the combination elemental.

Possible Combinations[edit | edit source]

Except for weapons with innate secondary elemental damage, it is impossible to add more than two elemental damage types on a single weapon, because there are only four types of primary elemental damage and every two types of primary damage will be automatically combined into a secondary type. Because of this mechanic, the following combinations of added elemental damage are possible on a single weapon:

   Type 1
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Type 2   
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast
Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas
Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic
Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation
Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral

Unique Damage[edit | edit source]

These damage types are unique as they are not available as base damage types for any typical weapons nor can they be added through mods.

Empyrean[edit | edit source]

Empyrean gamemode and Railjacks use a slightly altered system of the currently existing damage system. Arch-guns and Arch-melees deal 90.91% (10/11) reduced damage to space enemies (or 9.09% of its arsenal damage) while Railjack Armaments and Tactical mods deal their full listed damage to them before accounting for hit point resistances and vulnerabilities.

Primary physical and elemental damage types have different status effects against space enemies outlined in the chart below. Secondary elemental damage types (Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast, Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive, Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas, Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic, Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation, and Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral) do not have altered status effects and cannot proc against space enemies, but Arch-guns and Arch-melees modded for secondary elementals will still increase total damage.

This system does not apply to on-foot enemies, such as Ramsled boarding parties, and Crewship and Point of Interests personnel, who will take damage and status as per normal.

Damage Type Empyrean-only Status Effects
Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact Concuss
Crew within a gunship have reduced aim and damage for 6 seconds. Additional procs refresh duration.
Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture Decompress
Temporarily reduces target ship's shields by ?% and current armor by 10% for 20 seconds. Additional procs stack multiplicatively.
Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash Tear
Target ship receives 7.5% increased damage for 20 seconds. Additional procs stack multiplicatively with itself.
Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold Immobilize
Target ship's weapons are disabled and it slows down to a complete stop. Lasts for 6 seconds. Additional procs refresh duration.
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity Scramble
Target ship spirals erratically for 6 seconds, being unable to attack while moving in a straight line. Additional procs refresh duration.
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat Sear
Target ship receives damage over time for 6 seconds. Additional procs increase damage dealt over time.
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin Intoxicate
Target ship attacks any closest enemy and will be attacked in return for 12 seconds. Additional procs refresh duration.

Status Effect[edit | edit source]

Main article: Status Effect

A Status Effect, also known as proc, is an additional effect that may be triggered at random by a hit from a weapon, while Status Chance is the probability that a hit will inflict a Status Effect. Each damage type has a unique Status Effect associated with it.

It is a common misconception that status effects determine the damage type dealt to the enemy when in fact a weapon will always (with every shot) deal any elemental and physical damage installed, regardless of the corresponding status triggering or not. In other words, status chance/effects are independent from the actual damage types dealt.

Damage Over Time[edit | edit source]

Damage over Time (DoT) is a type of damage dealt to targets over a duration. Throughout the duration, a target will take "ticks" of damage periodically. These ticks of damage will sum to be the total damage dealt over the duration, which is the value described when referring to DoT.

Status effects that deal damage over time will have a base duration of 6 seconds, during which they will deal a tick of damage for every second that the effect is active. AoE status effects, such as Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity and Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas will always start dealing damage ticks the moment it is procced on an enemy. Single target status effects will have a 1 second delay before dealing their damage ticks. The table below illustrates this mechanic.

Damage Tick and Proc Duration
Time From Initial Proc 0s 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s
Damage Tick Occurred? Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

For example, when an ability is described to deal 600 damage per tick and it ticks twice per second, it means the ability will deal 1,200 damage per second. Or more concisely, the ability has a DoT of 1,200.

Tick rates vary across DoT sources. In the example above the tick rate was 2s-1, which is a common rate for DoT from Warframe abilities. But in the case of a Bleed DoT, damage ticks 6 times over a 6 second duration. This results in a tick rate of 1s-1, and the same applies to all DoT from Status Effects. If the tick rate does not divide into the total duration evenly, the total number of ticks dealt is rounded down. For example, with a tick rate of 2s-1 and a total duration of 3.4s, the first tick will occur at 0 seconds, with each subsequent tick occurring every 0.5 seconds until 3 seconds have passed. The last tick occurs here because the 3.4 second duration ends before the next tick can occur at the 3.5 second mark. As such, the total number of ticks that occurred is 7. More generally, this can be expressed as:

Altering the total duration does not affect the tick rate of the DoT, it will only affect the total number of ticks dealt, and in turn, the total damage dealt. For example, at base Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash procs have a tick rate of 1s-1 and a duration of 6 seconds. If the duration is increased to 7.8s, the total number of ticks then becomes floor(1 × (7.8 - 1)) + 1 = 7.

Damage Calculation[edit | edit source]

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The following explains how a certain amount of damage of one type turns into actual inflicted damage to a target, considering type modifiers and armor. Faction modifiers, body part modifiers, critical hit and stealth modifiers, as well as Warframe debuffs, are disregarded for now, since all of these are independent of damage types.

Quantization[edit | edit source]

Dealing damage is quantized. Meaning, rather than the damage being applied smoothly it is dealt in discrete "chunks", or quanta. These quanta are determined by the total listed damage of the source divided by 16.

For each damage type that a weapon deals, the modded damage for that damage type will be divided by the quanta and then rounded to the nearest whole number. This quantized value will be used in the game's damage calculations. As a result, the resultant damage displayed in-game may not equal theoretical damage calculations due to this rounding.

For example, if you have a weapon with a listed damage distribution of 30 Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, 30 Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, and 40 Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash, the Total Damage is 100. The value of a quantum will then be 100 / 16 = 6.25. The amount of Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact damage dealt by the weapon will then be 30 / 6.25 = 4.8 rounded to the nearest whole number, multiplied by the quantum: 5 * 6.25 = 31.25. This process is applied to Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture and Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash as well, yielding 31.25 and 37.5 respectively. As such, when damaging a Charger, which has a +25% bonus to Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage, the total damage dealt to the Charger will then be 31.25 + 31.25 + 37.5 * (1 + 25%) = 109.375 (the game will display the rounded value of 109). Note that while in this case the weapon's damage after the conversion remained the same (at 100), sometimes damage may either be gained or lost after the conversion.

Also note that the value of a quantum is affected by base damage mods, but not affected by elemental or physical damage mods. For example, if a maxed Hornet StrikeMod TT 20px.png Hornet Strike was applied in the above example, the weapon's total damage would become 100 * (1 + 2.2) = 320, and the quantum would become 320 / 16 = 20. The weapon's damage distribution would then become 100 Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, 100 Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, and 120 Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash after being converted with the new quantum value of 20.

If a physical or elemental mod was applied instead of Hornet Strike, the quanta would stay at its original value of 6.25. For example if MaimMod TT 20px.png Maim was used, the Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage would be increased to 40 * (1 + 1.2) = 88. The damage distribution would then be converted into 31.25 Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, 31.25 Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, and 87.5 Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash.

Unarmored Enemies[edit | edit source]

Against unarmored enemies or when applying Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True damage, the formula is simply:

  • Inflicted Damage (ID) is the final damage result of a particular damage type.
  • Starting Damage (SD) is the initial damage value of a particular damage type, modded or not.
  • Health-type Modifier (HM) is the damage modifier against that health type (may be shields or health).

To make it independent from the amount of base damage:

  • Damage Modifier (DM) is the total damage modifier. An amount of damage of that type (SD) against that enemy will then always be multiplied with this factor (DM).

Armored Enemies[edit | edit source]

Against armored enemies, the formula is:

Where in addition to the previous definitions, AM is the damage modifier against the armor type and AR is the target's armor after all reductions from debuffs (e.g. Corrosive ProjectionMod TT 20px.png Corrosive Projection, Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive procs, and TerrifyTerrify130xDark.png Terrify).

Note that from the formula above damage type modifiers directly affect the value of the armor as well as damage. Positive armor modifiers will reduce the effective armor by the percentage value, which is commonly thought of as that damage type essentially ignoring some of the armor. Conversely, negative armor modifiers will increase the effective armor by the magnitude of the percent value. Because of this, damage values see larger changes from armor than intuition may lead one to think since both the damage itself is affected as well as the damage mitigation caused by armor. So in many cases, it is more important to consider armor modifiers before health modifiers.

It is important to note that type modifiers against armor work in two ways here:

  • Mitigate or enhance a percentage of the target's armor (represented by AR(1 - AM) in the above equation)
  • Increase or decrease the damage dealt in the same way as a type modifier against the hit points would do (represented by (1 + AM))

Practically speaking, this means that Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive damage is only reduced by 25% of a target's whole Ferrite Armor and the base damage is increased by +75%. The formula also causes a massive difference between a medium and a large reduction: 75% reduction (¼ original armor) is essentially twice more than 50% reduction (½ original armor). Thus, having the damage type with the highest appropriate bonus is far more important against armored than unarmored targets.

Comparing Damage Type Modifiers[edit | edit source]

Since certain damage types can ignore armor while being reduced by them, a simple (1 + HM) × (1 + AM) calculation yields incorrect results. For example, the following damage type pairings deviate from that simplified calculation (ignoring status effects):

This just shows that one can't easily compare damage type modifiers against an armor class to those against health classes, and those against armor are, at similar values, considerably more effective especially when fighting high-level enemies (since armor scales with enemy level).


Exact relative damage bonus (i.e. benefit) of a non-zero armor modifier at a given target net armor value.

The relative damage bonus due to a damage type's armor modifier against armored health compared to no modifier can be quantified using the above expression. This is only defined for armor values greater than 0 because at 0, the armor type of the target is lost, such that the effect of the damage type's armor modifier is lost as well. Hence, the benefit (relative damage bonus) of the armor modifier at 0 armor is always 0.


Limit for the benefit as armor approaches infinity.

An interesting property of this benefit function is that, while one would intuitively assume the benefit of the armor modifier gets always greater the greater the target's armor, this benefit actually converges against a limit as armor approaches infinity if the armor modifier is smaller than one (which is true for all damage types against all armor types with the sole exception of Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True damage). Since this limit is only determined by the armor modifier of the damage type itself, it is a practical metric to gauge the relative effectiveness of damage types for long endless missions. The formula for the limit is the lower one given on the right. Below is a table of the actual values for all currently implemented armor modifiers.

Codex Label +++ ++ + + N/A - - --
AM +0.75 +0.5 +0.25 +0.15 +0 -0.15 -0.25 -0.5
lim as fraction +6 +2 +2/3 +6/17 +0 -6/23 -2/5 -2/3
lim in % +600 +200 +66.67 +35.29 +0 -26.09 -40 -66.67

This illustrates the growing returns of greater armor modifiers, which may be compared to the behavior of Corrosive ProjectionMod TT 20px.png Corrosive Projection aura stacking.

General[edit | edit source]

A generalized version of the aforementioned formula is:


Generalized damage modifier formula.

AR is still the target's armor after all debuffs (e.g. Corrosive ProjectionMod TT 20px.png Corrosive Projection, Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive procs, and TerrifyTerrify130xDark.png Terrify) have been applied, how these debuffs work is subject of the armor article. AM is the damage type modifier against the armor class. Mi for all indices i are all independent modifiers that are active, stacking multiplicatively with each other and are relative increases in damage (e.g. 2.5x damage would be represented as +150% or +1.5x). These include:

The term following the capital pi operator (Π) simply means that this is a product, so all these bonuses stack multiplicatively. The notation replaces (1 + M1) × (1 + M2) × ... .

In the case of enemies who have both shields and armor, damage to shields is not mitigated by armor. Lastly, when Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage is applied to a shielded target, the damage is applied directly to its health, not shield – it bypasses shields.

Final Calculations[edit | edit source]

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Modded Stats[edit | edit source]

Basic formula for calculating modded stats (e.g. critical chance) with the exception of accuracy, reload time, and charge time.

Formula for calculating modded reload time and charge time.

Total Damage[edit | edit source]

The damage numbers displayed in the in-game arsenal calculates total weapon damage as such:

For melee weapons, remove multishot from the equation

Theoretical total inflicted damage against an enemy can be calculated as such (ignoring quantization for simplification):

Where SD represents the modded value of a particular damage type and DM represents the damage modifier for a particular damage type using the generalized damage modifier formula

Gun Damage Per Second[edit | edit source]

When comparing the performance of non-melee weapons, it may be useful to calculate their theoretical damage per second (DPS) (without accounting for status effects) using the following formulas:

In the case where modded critical chance is over 100%, the lowest crit tier possible will be considered a normal shot. (e.g. if a weapon has 250% crit chance, the 100% for an orange crit will be considered a normal shot)
Note that denotes a flooring function (rounding down)

In the case where modded critical chance is over 100%, the next crit tier possible will be considered a critical shot (e.g. if a weapon has 250% crit chance, the 50% for a red crit will be considered a critical shot)
Note that denotes a ceiling function (rounding up)


Not all weapons consume one ammo per shot; this is to account for cases such as Continuous Weapons


Melee Damage Per Second[edit | edit source]

When comparing the performance of melee weapons, it may be useful to calculate their theoretical damage per second (DPS) (without accounting for status effects) using the following formulas:

In the case where modded critical chance is over 100%, the lowest crit tier possible will be considered a normal hit. (e.g. if a weapon has 250% crit chance, the 100% for an orange crit will be considered a normal shot)
Note that denotes a flooring function (rounding down)

In the case where modded critical chance is over 100%, the next crit tier possible will be considered a critical hit (e.g. if a weapon has 250% crit chance, the 50% for a red crit will be considered a critical shot)
Note that denotes a ceiling function (rounding up)


See individual stance pages for average combo damage multipliers or go to Stance#Comparison

See individual stance pages for average base combo lengths or go to Stance#Comparison

Damage Over Time[edit | edit source]

Total modded damage calculations used for DoT ignores elemental and physical damage bonuses.

Without accounting multipliers of specific DoT.

Individual calculations for each DoT proc. Keep in mind Slash DoT deals Damage/True DamageDmgTrueSmall64.png True damage, ignoring armor.


Multiply each DoT with the respective damage distribution (i.e. damage type / total damage) and add them together

In the case where modded critical chance is over 100%, the lowest crit tier possible will be considered a normal shot. (e.g. if a weapon has 250% crit chance, the 100% for an orange crit will be considered a normal shot)
Note that denotes a flooring function (rounding down)

In the case where modded critical chance is over 100%, the next crit tier possible will be considered a critical shot (e.g. if a weapon has 250% crit chance, the 50% for a red crit will be considered a critical shot)
Note that denotes a ceiling function (rounding up)

Accounting for critical hits, non-crits, and status chance for an average of total DoT averages.

Enemy Damage Scaling[edit | edit source]

Main article: Enemy Level Scaling

The formula enemy damage scales at is as follows:

Current damage scaling at Base Level = 1.

Increasing Base Damage[edit | edit source]

Decreasing Base Damage[edit | edit source]

Media[edit | edit source]

Visual Effects[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Patch History[edit | edit source]

Update 27.2 (2020-03-05)

Armor and Damage Changes (Enemy):

This section will go over before and after scenarios with our enemy Armor, Health, and Shield changes. Reading this section should give you a conceptual and on-paper understanding of what we’re changing and why, but practical experiences will tell the full story here. You may need to refresh some aspects of your Builds to truly optimize your power against your enemies.

Before: Armor, Shields and Health on an Exponential Curve After: Armor Shields and Health on an S curve

Damage Changes:

Enemy Damage output should still be close to what is currently on the Live version of the game, but we have made a few changes that will affect how players take Damage in-game.

Damage-Type Changes:
  • Slash Status now does not bypass Shields and instead deals damage over time to Shields. Slash Status still bypasses Armor.
  • Toxin Damage used to apply to Armor with a 25% bonus. Now it is neutral. For role distinction, Toxin bypasses Shields (but not Armor) where as Slash Status bypasses Armor but not Shields.
Player Changes:

Player Shields, Health, and Armor used to be shared with all AI, so they had all the weaknesses and resistances that their AI counterparts did.

Now Players have their own unique Shield, Health, and Armor type classified as TENNO! These have all weaknesses and resistances neutralized (for now). Player Shields now reduce 25% of incoming damage. Player Shields now recharge with custom player-only logic. Shield recharge delays are based on depleted or partial depleted shields. Partially depleted shields (any amount) is a 1 second recharge delay. Full depletion is a 4 second recharge delay.

These changes to Player shields are in addition to coming Shield Gating changes, which you can read about in our Shield Gating section!

Why: Armor Scaling and enemy Damage Reduction was the nucleus for this change. For years Tenno have had the tools to deal with these things, but the tools were uniform: Use Corrosive Projection, or else. While this is a simplification, it removed the feeling of choice. With these changes, we hope players experience a feeling of variety and choice when taking on enemies. By changing the scaling for Armor, we could consistently change the scaling for all!

Stacking Status Effects:

But wait - THERE’S MORE! In addition to being able to achieve two Status Effects on a single shot with >100% Status, we are also adding new meaning if you get a duplicate Status Effect on an enemy overall.

This section will outline exactly what this means for each Status type, including information on how multiple Status Effects behaved with stacking prior to this Hotfix:

  • Damage/Impact DamageDmgImpactSmall64.png Impact: Repeat single-target Impact Status Effects will escalate the efficacy of the Impact Status (removed previous change of adding Ragdoll as maximum Stagger consequence).
  • Damage/Puncture DamageDmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture: The first Puncture Status Effect has an enemy deal 30% less Damage. Subsequent Puncture Status add +5% weakening, leading to up to 75% (capped). Each Puncture Status has a duration of 6 Seconds.
  • Damage/Slash DamageDmgSlashSmall64.png Slash: Each Slash Status has its own duration, but now we only show a maximum of 10 damage numbers in the HUD, damage is unaffected, but reducing how many damage events we show helps with performance
  • Damage/Cold DamageDmgColdSmall64.png Cold: The first Cold Status Effect deals 25% slow. Subsequent Cold Status Effects deal +5% slow for a total of 70% slow at 10 procs. Each Cold Status has a duration of 6 seconds.
  • Damage/Heat DamageDmgHeatSmall64.png Heat: No Change.
  • Damage/Toxin DamageDmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin: See Slash, plus the base duration of a Toxin Status Effect now matches Slash for 6 seconds.
  • Damage/Electricity DamageDmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity: AoE Electricity Damage that is part of the Status Effect can now reoccur while the target is still under the stun animation of another Electricity Status Effect.
  • Damage/Blast DamageDmgBlastSmall64.png Blast: Grants the Blast Status Effect a single target. Blast Status reduces enemy accuracy by 30% base. Subsequent Blast Status Effects add +5% inaccuracy for for 75% total at 10 stacks. Each Blast Status has a 6 second Duration.
  • Damage/Corrosive DamageDmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive: The first Corrosive Status Effect strips 26% Armor. Subsequent Corrosive Status Effects strip 6% more Armor, leading up to 80% Armor removal. Each Corrosive Status Effect lasts 8 seconds.
    • Note: Corrosive was the only Status with infinite Duration and 100% Efficacy toward a defensive stat. This was necessary to some based on how Armor Scaled. We feel our rebalancing efforts need a differently behaving Corrosive to balance out all Status overall.
  • Damage/Radiation DamageDmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation: The first Radiation Status Effect has an enemy deal 100% Damage to allies. Subsequent Radiation Status adds +50% damage, leading to up to 550% (capped). Each Radiation Status Effect has a duration of 12 seconds.
  • Damage/Magnetic DamageDmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic: New Status Effect entirely: enhanced Damage! First Magnetic Status Effect deals 100% additional Shield damage, subsequent Magnetic Status add +25% for a total of 325% (capped). Enemies under a Magnetic Status Effect cannot regenerate Shields. Magnetic Status Duration is now 6 seconds.
  • Damage/Viral DamageDmgViralSmall64.png Viral: New Status Effect entirely: enhanced Damage! First Viral Status Effect deals 100% additional Health damage, subsequent Viral Status add +25% for a total of 325% (capped).
    • Note: Before Viral would halve a target’s health pool and simply refresh the duration. Now it deals 2x Damage to Health, and can scale up to 4.5x Damage on repeat Status Effects.
  • Damage/Gas DamageDmgGasSmall64.png Gas: The base duration of a Gas Status Effect now matches Slash for 6 seconds. No longer does AoE with forced Poison Status Effect (resulting in Poison DoT for enemies in radius), instead it does AoE DoT Gas damage around the target.

Hotfix 27.0.9 (2020-01-09)

Weapon & Proc Adjustments

The idea of ‘one damage type to rule them all’ is one we want to avoid in Railjack’s early days. We are rebalancing aspects of certain Damage types to ensure there’s balanced choices. The Armor changes in conjunction with this means this is a combined effort of finding the right place for all damage types, not just one leader. Please bear with us as we navigate this particular space - with your help, hopefully everyone will get to put their favourites from their Arsenal to use!

  • Decreased the effectiveness of the Particle proc but increased its Duration
    • Reduced to 7.5% damage bonus per hit, still stacks, and lasts 20 seconds. The exponential growth and short duration meant this was far more beneficial to rapid-fire guns than anything else.
  • Increased the effectiveness of the Incendiary proc but decreased its Duration
    • Double the damage per tick but half the duration; same total damage but in less time to feel more relevant.
  • Fixed Ballistic and Particle damage icons being swapped in-game.

Hotfix 25.7.5 (2019-09-09)

  • Updated terminology for Damage Types in Portuguese.

Update 11.2 (2013-12-04)

  • Tweaked Radiation Proc to not last as long on players and is more obvious when active.

Update 11.0 (2013-11-20)

Damage 2.0 Introduced



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