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A highly-optimized Nukor that allows for the weapon’s microwave field to hit up to two additional targets.

The Kuva Nukor is the Kuva variant of the GrineerMicrowaveGun.png Nukor, with improvements to its already high critical multiplier and status chance, and increased critical chance, magazine, and range, but with marginally lower damage. Its beam has also gained the ability to chain between multiple enemies.

Characteristics[]

This weapon deals DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation damage.

Advantages:

  • Innate DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation damage – effective against Alloy Armor, Robotic, and Infested Sinew.
  • Highest critical multiplier of all weapons in the game.
  • Tied with uncharged TnWraithSidearmWeapon.png Epitaph and DETysis.png Tysis for the highest status chance of all secondaries.
    • Innate DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation confuses enemies and makes them indiscriminately attack each other.
  • Beam can chain up to 2 nearby enemies within 9 meters from the initial target, each doing 50% of the main beam's damage.
    • Enemy corpses will still allow the beam to connect to nearby enemies.
  • Pinpoint accuracy.
  • Consumes 0.5 ammo per tick of damage.
  • Polarizing the weapon increases its max rank by 2, capping at rank 40 after 5 polarizations, granting the weapon additional mod capacity.
  • Comes with an additional bonus DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat, DmgColdSmall64.png Cold, DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity, DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin, DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic, or DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation damage, based on the Kuva Lich's progenitor Warframe, which increases the listed base damage of the weapon by 25%-60%.

Disadvantages:

  • Innate DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation damage – less effective against Shielded, Infested, and Fossilized.
  • Damage ramps up from 30% to 100% over 0.6 seconds when firing. After firing stops for 0.8 seconds, the damage decays back to 30% over 2 seconds.
  • Low critical chance.
  • Uses the standard 210 reserve ammo capacity, giving it a low magazine-to-reserve ratio.
  • Limited range of 29 meters.
  • Pulsing weapon effect blocks the reticle, making it harder to make consistent headshots with the weapon shooting at moving targets.

Comparisons:

Acquisition[]

Kuva Nukor is obtained by vanquishing a Kuva Lich who generated with one equipped. After the Lich is vanquished it will be in the player's Foundry ready to claim.

While the weapon itself is not tradeable, a converted Kuva Lich generated with the weapon can be traded to another player. The trade is performed inside a Clan Dojo's Crimson Branch room, and the recipient must not have any active Lich. Once traded, the recipient must fight and vanquish the Lich to claim its weapon.


Notes[]

  • The Kuva Nukor can proc an invisible Status Effect called Microwave that causes the part of the enemy hit to become larger.
  • Upon striking an enemy, the beam chains up to 2 enemies within 9 meters of the main target. Each chain beam does 50% of the main beam's damage.
    • Headshotting the original target does not affect the chain damage.
    • The beam will not chain to a Nullifier through its shield should it connect with a target outside or partially enclosed by it.
    • The beam can also continue to chain to enemies even if targeting a dead enemy or an enemy who is dead but in a dying animation.
    • Compared to its Tenet counterpart, the TenetCycron.png Tenet Cycron, that chains within 7 meters at 60% of its main damage, the Kuva Nukor generally deals less damage albeit at a longer range. But this is not considering the critical stat differences between the two weapons, as while the former got a far higher critical chance stat (20% against 7%), the latter has a far superior critical multiplier stat (1.8x against 5x).
  • Punch Through will cause the main beam to chain independently from each additional target hit, potentially doubling or tripling the total damage output when fired into a crowd. The chain from the target hit after the Punch Through can deal damage to the first target, and vice versa. [1]
  • The beam can damage Rampart from the front.
  • As with all Kuva and Tenet weapons, the player does not have to meet the Mastery Rank displayed to obtain this weapon. It can simply be claimed from the foundry after the Kuva Lich or Sister carrying it has been vanquished.
  • The weapon will have a prefix of the name of the Lich/Sister it was acquired from (e.g. Odizrigg Agekk Kuva Kohm).
  • The weapon's max rank caps at 40 after 5 polarizations (max rank increases by 2 per Forma added).
    • Additional polarizations can be added when the weapon reaches its new max rank at that polarization level.
    • Each additional rank also gives 100 Mastery Rank experience, giving 4,000 points in total at level 40.
    • Mod capacity scales with the additional ranks, and can reach a total of 80 at rank 40 with an Orokin Catalyst installed.
      • Without an Orokin Catalyst, the max is 40. Combined with the five polarized mod slots required to reach that point, an Orokin Catalyst might not be required to finish modding the weapon.
      • After polarizing a weapon, any additional mod capacity above 30 (60 with an Orokin Catalyst) will not take effect until the weapon's rank reaches 31 and above.
        • Legendary Mastery Rank increases the minimum mod capacity for such weapons, without the weapon needing to be rank 31 and above. For example, Legendary 1 increases the minimum capacity to 31 (62 with an Orokin Catalyst).
  • Comes with an additional damage stat, dependent on the Warframe that summoned the Lich/Sister.
    • This damage stat ranges between 25%-60%, and is randomly generated by the Lich/Sister. It can be brought up to its maximum value with Valence Fusion using another copy of the weapon.
    • This bonus stat is considered a base damage type that is added after all elemental mods.
  View detailed explanation about element merging  
    • If the weapon innately has a primary element type (DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat, DmgColdSmall64.png Cold, DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity, DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin) AND has a different primary element as its bonus stat, the elements on the weapon will combine in a unique way: Whichever of the two primary elements comes first in this element order - DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat > DmgColdSmall64.png Cold > DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity > DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin, or "HCET" for short - will be placed second to last in the element combine order, while the other primary element will be placed last in the combine order. This order can be subsequently shifted based on the order of the equipped mods.
    • For example, if the weapon innately has DmgColdSmall64.png Cold, using an DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity progenitor Warframe to add base DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity damage to the weapon will change the weapon's base element to DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic.
HCET Damage Priority Results
Bonus Element + Modded Element / Innate Element Innate DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat
(TenetSpirex.png Tenet Spirex)
Innate DmgColdSmall64.png Cold
(TenetEnvoy.png Tenet Envoy)
Innate DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity
(TenetAgendus.png Tenet Agendus)
Innate DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Modded DmgColdSmall64.png Cold - - DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Modded DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity - DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold - DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat + Modded DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin - DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity -
Bonus DmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Modded DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat - - DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Modded DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold - - DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Modded DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold - DmgViralSmall64.png Viral + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity -
Bonus DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Modded DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat - DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity - DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Modded DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity - - DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Modded DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgViralSmall64.png Viral + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity - -
Bonus DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin + Modded DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat - DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin -
Bonus DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin + Modded DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin - DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin -
Bonus DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin + Modded DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin - -


Element Progenitor Warframe*
DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact BaruukIcon272.png BaruukGaussIcon272.png GaussGrendelIcon272.png GrendelRhinoIcon272.png RhinoSevagothIcon272.png SevagothWukongIcon272.png WukongZephyrIcon272.png Zephyr
DmgHeatSmall64.png Heat ChromaIcon272.png ChromaEmberIcon272.png EmberInarosIcon272.png InarosNezhaIcon272.png NezhaProteaIcon272.png ProteaVaubanIcon272.png VaubanWispIcon272.png Wisp
DmgColdSmall64.png Cold FrostIcon272.png FrostGaraIcon272.png GaraHildrynIcon272.png HildrynRevenantIcon272.png RevenantTitaniaIcon272.png TitaniaTrinityIcon272.png Trinity
DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity BansheeIcon272.png BansheeExcaliburIcon272.png ExcaliburLimboIcon272.png LimboNovaIcon272.png NovaValkyrIcon272.png ValkyrVoltIcon272.png Volt
DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin AtlasIcon272.png AtlasIvaraIcon272.png IvaraKhoraIcon272.png KhoraNekrosIcon272.png NekrosNidusIcon272.png NidusOberonIcon272.png OberonSarynIcon272.png Saryn
DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic HarrowIcon272.png HarrowHydroidIcon272.png HydroidLavosIcon272.png LavosMagIcon272.png MagMesaIcon272.png MesaXakuIcon272.png XakuYareliIcon272.png Yareli
DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation AshIcon272.png AshEquinoxIcon272.png EquinoxGarudaIcon272.png GarudaLokiIcon272.png LokiMirageIcon272.png MirageNyxIcon272.png NyxOctaviaIcon272.png Octavia

*Note that the Primed or Umbra version of a Warframe share the same element

Tips[]

  • While its base critical chance is low, Mod TT 20px.png Primed Pistol Gambit will allow the weapon to critically hit ~20.1% of the time.

Media[]


Patch History[]

Hotfix 30.5.2 (2021-07-07)

  • Changed the Kuva Nukor description from "hit up to four" to "hit up to two" as it now hits two additional targets.

Update 30.5 (2021-07-06)

MELEE / PRIMARY BALANCE CHANGES

We are indeed touching 1 non-Melee item in the series of Nerfs, and likely to no one’s surprise it’s the Kuva Nukor. It’s a dominant Secondary with incredible power, which is warranted given its acquisition. It’ll keep all of its signature behaviour, but the general output is being notched down slightly with the following change:

  • Chains targets reduced to 2 from 4
  • (Undocumented) Chain damages changed from [75%, 42.2%, 17.8%, 5.6%] to [50%, 50%]
  • (Undocumented) Now chain to 2 enemies from the main target, instead of chain from the previous target in the chain.


Hotfix 29.5.2 (2020-11-20)

  • Fixed the Kuva Nukor Critical hits doing more damage to chained targets than the initial target.

Update 27.2 (2020-03-05)

  • Fixed the Kuva Nukor weapon progression showing as complete in the Codex when at Rank 30 instead of it’s true completed Rank of 40.
  • Optimized the Kuva Nukor’s FX.

Update 27.1 (2020-02-04)

  • Introduced.

References[]

See Also[]

  • GrineerMicrowaveGun.png Nukor, the normal counterpart of this weapon.
  • TenetCycron.png Tenet Cycron, a Tenet weapon with a similar chaining beam.
  • GrnHeatGun.png Atomos, a Grineer particle cannon with a different chaining beam.
  • ChainLightningGunEdit.png Amprex, a Corpus rifle with a different chaining beam.
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