- High damage – effective against health.
- High critical chance.
- Tied with and for the second highest status chance of all glaives, behind .
- Fastest attack speed of all glaives.
- Fastest flight speed of all glaives.
- Can be wielded in-tandem with a single-handed secondary weapon.
- Holding the melee button throws the glaive, which can bounce up to three times, travel up to 30 meters uncharged, and 50 meters fully charged before returning to the user, damaging anyone in its path. Meleeing while the glaive is in mid-flight commands it to return.
- Primary and secondary weapons can be fired and reloaded normally with a thrown glaive, and retrieving the glaive does not interrupt these actions. Additional throws can also be "buffered" while the glaive is in mid-flight.
- Thrown glaive has a guaranteed and proc.
- Thrown glaive has above average critical multiplier.
- Innate 1 meter punch through.
- Thrown glaive is silent.
- Heavy Attacks while the glaive is in mid-flight produce a 4.8 meter explosion and forces the glaive to return.
- Explosion inflicts a guaranteed and proc.
- Explosion has innate damage – effective against Machinery.
- Explosion does not need direct line of sight to deal damage and will penetrate walls.
- No damage falloff.
- Can use the Glaive-exclusive mods , , ( ), ( ), and .
- Innate and polarities.
- Low and damage – less effective against shields and armor.
- Thrown glaive has innate damage – less effective against Ferrite Armor and Infested Sinew.
- Cannot use melee attacks or block while the glaive is in mid-flight.
- Explosion inflicts self-stagger.
- Glaive Prime (Charged Throw Explosion), compared to Glaive (Charged Throw Explosion):
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- On September 29, 2015, it was announced that Glaive Prime, alongside and , would enter the Prime Vault and be retired from the reward tables on October 6, 2015. Any preexisting components or fully-built frames will remain as is.
- Glaive Prime was available from December 6, 2016 to January 3, 2017 as part of the Fire and Ice Prime Vault.
- Glaive Prime, along with , , , , , , , and Wyrm Prime were unvaulted from February 6, 2018 to April 10, 2018.
- Glaive Prime, along with , , , , and , were unvaulted from January 29, 2019 to March 26, 2019.
- The same lineup was unvaulted from September 29, 2020 to December 15, 2020.
- Thrown attack bounces off of enemy targets and can hit a theoretical infinite amount of targets on the way back to the user.
- Flies faster and thus farther than its original counterpart.
- Summoned weapons are not affected by whether thrown weapons are held or not. For example, Warframe abilities such as Slash Dash or Exalted Blade can still be used even if the Glaive has not returned to the user.
- The Glaive can be thrown under a mining machine so that it ricochets back and forth between ground and the machine for a maximum amount of bounces, sometimes destroying it in a single throw.
- Against tougher enemies, the Glaive can hit more than once on the outward throw by aiming at the inside of their legs so that the first bounce will bounce into their other leg. Particularly useful on Ancients.
- Range is around 50 in-game meters. will not improve the flight range or the width of the projectile.
- In addition, range mods will not increase the blast radius of the Glaive's detonate.
- Airborne Glaives will ricochet off Frost's Snow Globe.
- When U13 was first released, the throwing attack was changed to match the throwing attack in the stance. This was a bug, and has since been reverted to Hold+E.
- Throws have an innate punch through against enemies. It will only bounce off terrain (and Frost's globe etc).
- Catching the Glaive is considered a one-handed action. As such, it will not interrupt reloads.
- This is useful if you throw the Glaive before reloading allowing you to perform a long range attack even as you reload.
- Glaive will always return in a straight path toward the player. It will ignore all obstacles and punch through anything in its path on return.
- As for the regular , when using the slide attack, it is possible to chain a second slide attack, for even more slide range and speed.
- Can be thrown whether stance mods are equipped or not.
- When equipping the Glaive Prime, the player can throw it and then press the melee button to detonate the Glaive Prime on punch through or impact with a solid surface, dealing high AoE damage. The Glaive Prime then returns to the player immediately. This is true for all thrown melee weapons.
- This is very useful for regenerating health with .
- It should be however noted that finisher attacks can still be executed while the weapon is in the air.
- It could be seen in 's left hand during the artwork show of Livestream 18. It was also seen in the splash screen in Update 11.0 (2013-11-20).
- The Glaive Prime shares the same sheath style with the other thrown melee weapons, where they retract and attach under the right arm.
- The word "Glaive" historically has referred to many different weapons, none of which refer to a returning throwing disk but more to a polearm or a sword. An exception to this can be found in the movie, Krull, in which a five-bladed throwing weapon which returns to the thrower is called a "Glaive" which is quested for and used by the protagonist.
- The Glaive Prime actually more closely resembles a Chakram, an Indian throwing disc.
- Update 11 teasers showed an Prime wielding Glaive Prime, along with a .
- Oddly enough, though the Glaive Prime has 3 blades, only two are requested in the crafting process. It's possible that the disc has an in-built blade to begin with.
- Up until Update 12.0 (2014-02-05), the Glaive Prime only required 1 blade to construct, in spite of the blueprint needing 2.
- Like the Glaive, the Glaive Prime has a much smaller model when retracted under the arm.
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