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Dashing in for quick strikes before falling back to the shadows, the Grineer Manic is difficult to catch and deadly to ignore. Although only a few Manics will spawn in a given Grineer mission, its speed and damage make it a devastating enemy to face.

Manics have a chance to drop AshIcon272 Ash blueprints upon death, similar to how Eximus enemies can drop OberonIcon272 Oberon Parts, making the parts fairly difficult to acquire compared to other frames.

SpawningEdit

The Manic will only spawn if the level's alarm is active, including missions where the alarm is active from the start (such as Excavation and Survival), and will announce its presence with loud, howling laughter.

  1. A Manic is guaranteed to spawn after a certain number of minutes in Defection depending on the location.
    • Memphis on Phobos has a Manic spawn timer of 10-12 minutes after opening the door to the first Med Booster.
    • Caracol on Saturn has a Manic spawn timer of 6-8 minutes after opening the door to the first Med Booster.
    • Yursa on Neptune has a Manic spawn timer of 5-6 minutes after opening the door to the first Med Booster.
    • Multiple Manics can spawn in a single Defection mission.
    • The Lotus will comment on the Manic's presence, indicating it has come to kill the survivors.
    • Manics will fight against, and can be killed by, the Infested.
  2. After completing the A Man of Few Words quest there is a high chance of a Manic spawning when helping Clem on Uranus. However, this is not guaranteed.
  3. There is a possibility for a Manic to spawn after 14 to 16 minutes in any Grineer Survival mission, or after about 5 Excavators in any Grineer Excavation mission. This is not guaranteed.

There is a higher chance of Manics spawning when a squad member separates from the group as mentioned in Sanctuary Highlights.

Additionally, Drekar Manics and Manic Bombards will spawn during the Tyl Regor fight at Titania, Uranus (Assassination mission). There will be at least 4 Manics (of which one is a bombard), and the amount will increase with additional players. Note that the Drekar Manics spawned by Tyl Regor do not drop Ash Warframe part blueprints. They do still count as Manics for the purpose of fulfilling the objective of the Sands of Inaros quest, offering an easy way to finish it.

TacticsEdit

As its description implies, the Manic is a fast-striking and elusive melee unit, capable of cloaking to close in on foes and having an ability to Stealth Kill unsuspecting players (the player must be facing away from the Manic to have this happen).

  • Manics are capable of cloaking for periods of time to close distance across open ground; their masks, however will still shine, indicating their current position. When cloaked, they will move very fast and teleport in an unpredictable manner.
    • They cannot teleport to a position that would not normally be accessible to default pathfinding, such as on top of boxes, or disconnected ledges.
  • A Manic's attacks can inflict an extremely deadly Slash b Slash proc which causes Bleed damage over time. Any Warframes without extensive health reserves can easily fall victim to this Bleed effect, which as usual ignores armor and shields.
    • Rolling will reduce each damage tick by 75%
  • Manics can use Dispel to remove abilities, even if the ability they are dispelling does not directly affect it (tested with IronSkin130xDark Iron Skin, Hysteria130xDark Hysteria and Blessing130xDark Blessing, and Rift Walk). Manics can only Dispel as part of their pouncing attack (see below).
    • Manics will not Dispel a Decoy130xDark Decoy, they will simply attack it.

Manics have the ability to pounce and tackle a Tenno to the ground, leaving the player unable to move. This can occur if the player is facing away from the Manic when it tackles them or is staggered by knockback, with an imperfect chance to happen in either circumstance. If successful, the Manic will slash at the player several times for heavy damage. Teammates can use slam attacks and Warframe abilities to cause knockdown, which will dislodge the Manic from a teammate. Alternatively they can shoot at it until it cloaks. Despite technically being on the ground, Finishers cannot be performed on the Manic when it has tackled a player, possibly due to the risk of hitting the tackled Tenno.

  • The player cannot attack or use Warframe abilities when tackled. Other enemies will also continue to attack the player.
  • Ragdolled Manics can also trigger a tackle if collided with mid-air or even while the player is mid-air, on either such occasion, the player is rendered floating along with the Manic.
  • Manics can also tackle Kubrows but not Sentinels (can still kill the latter with jump attacks). Such an attack is near-fatal for the companion as the Manic's tackle attack deals high damage.

Manics are affected by the following effects and abilities, but suffer reduced effects from certain Warframes:

  • Manics can be stunned by parrying them or abilities like Teleport130xDark Teleport, although the former is very difficult to accomplish without the aid of mods like Parry. However, they cannot be Finished, and will instead take a high damage multiplier.
  • Manics can be knocked down by weapons with very high slam attack radius, such as the GrnJetPwrPolearm Jat Kittag, and most fist weapons. They will get up at an extremely fast rate, but they are susceptible to ground finishers while in this state. Unlike ragdoll effects inflicted by Warframe abilities, Manics cannot recover mid-flight from slam attacks.
  • Certain area of effect abilities such as WorldOnFire130xDark World On Fire will deal area of effect damage and track the Manic killing them easily.
  • Blinding effects, such as RadialBlind130xDark Radial Blind, will prevent the Manic from attacking but not from cloaking or dodging.
  • Abilities that can ragdoll will have greatly reduced effect on the Manic. The damage is unaffected.
    • Pull130xDark Pull and Crush130xDark Crush will ragdoll the Manic, but similar to Stalker's reaction to the ability, the Manic will recover while flying and lose the momentum from the ability.
    • RhinoStomp130xDark Rhino Stomp is another affected ability: The Manic will be ragdolled and trapped in the time-slow for part of the ability's duration, but shortly after being hit will make a breaking-out motion and cease to be affected.
    • SoulPunch130xDark Soul Punch works normally and can be used to knock them down repeatedly with very little effort.
    • Landslide130xDark Landslide can target the manic even when invisible and can be used repeatedly to kill the manic with relatively little effort.
    • Tornado130xDark Tornado is also capable of ragdolling Manics, should the Manic be uncloaked.
  • Manics can be MindControl130xDark Mind Controlled for the full duration, although their actual usefulness is limited as they normally just jump around and teleport rather than directly attacking enemies.
  • Certain Warframe abilities (tested with RhinoStomp130xDark Rhino Stomp, RhinoCharge130xDark Rhino Charge, Tornado130xDark Tornado, Dive Bomb, and Shock130xDark Shock) can damage Manics normally but cannot kill the Manic, for unknown reasons. If the Manic does not have enough health to absorb the damage of these abilities, it takes no damage from it.

Should the Manic successfully kill all the targets, it will flee much like Stalker, announcing its departure with another loud, howling laughter of satisfaction. Players can still revive if this happens, however they have a chance to re-encounter the Manic later regardless of whether alarms are reset or not.

Variants

Drekar Manic General Miscellaneous
SeaLabManic
Introduced Update 17.0
Tileset Grineer Sealab Codex Scans 3
Weapon Claws Other Drops None
Statistics Mod Drops 15 Endo 0.57%
Point Strike 0.57%
Fast Hands 0.57%
Pressure Point 0.57%
Final Harbinger 0.17%
Reflex Coil 0.17%
North Wind 0.17%
50 Endo 0.17%
Flow 0.03%
80 Endo 0.03%
Cloned Flesh 450
Slash b+ Heat b+ Viral b+++ Impact b Gas b‐‐
Ferrite Armor 25
Toxin b+ Puncture b++ Corrosive b+++ Slash b- Blast b-
Affinity 500

Nightwatch Manic General Miscellaneous
NightwatchManic
Introduced Undetermined
Tileset Tactical Alert Codex Scans 3
Weapon Claws Other Drops None
Statistics Mod Drops
Cloned Flesh 350
Slash b+ Heat b+ Viral b+++ Impact b Gas b‐‐
Ferrite Armor 25
Toxin b+ Puncture b++ Corrosive b+++ Slash b- Blast b-
Affinity 500

TipsEdit

  • Desecrate130xDark Desecrate will work on the Manic, thus giving you an extra chance at obtaining Four Riders, Final Harbinger and AshIcon272 Ash component blueprints.
  • Drekar Manics are valid targets for the Sands of Inaros quest, spawning in a minimum group of 3 during the assassination of Tyl Regor on Uranus.
  • Due to their erratic movement, it can be very difficult to defeat in large rooms. Lure them into corridors or side rooms for an easier fight; they cannot travel through doors without opening them, Giving away their location.
    • In large, open spaces such as those found in the Grineer settlement tileset, the Manic's erratic behavior plays to its disadvantage as it will often juke erratically rather than chase a player in a straight line. Should the Manic prove too difficult to fight, fleeing into other rooms is always an option; if the alarm has been reset since the Manic's appearance it will change to unalerted status once the player gets far enough away (usually into the next room).
    • Speedrunners can ignore the Manic altogether: despite its speed its movement pattern is erratic even when chasing a player, which slows Manics down.
  • Manics can be killed with Magnetize130xDark Magnetize easily, as they are not immune to damage from weapons with an addition of a vastly increased hit area to compensate a Manic's erratic teleporting.
  • Due to the Manic's sporadic and rapid movement, it can be exceedingly difficult to scan for the Codex. Freezing it with FrostIcon272 Frost's Freeze130xDark Freeze ability, or otherwise hitting it with a Cold b Cold proc, slowing it down using MolecularPrime130xDark Molecular Prime, or other abilities make the scanning process easier. Additionally, a Helios can scan the Manic whilst the player defends against it.
  • As Manics will only spawn after the level's alarm has been raised, completing a mission as stealthily as possible will prevent them from appearing.
  • Manics can be tagged using the waypoint system. Though tricky, aiming directly at it and applying a waypoint (default key "G", on PC) will mark the Manic with an "Enemy" waypoint whenever it is not invisible. This can make it easier to track the Manic's movement.
  • Fighting Manics while inside Frost's SnowGlobe130xDark Snow Globe, especially with Chilling Globe augment, makes Manics much easier to fight.
  • Manics are also vulnerable to both VaubanIcon272 Vauban's Vortex130xDark Vortex and NidusIcon272 Nidus's Larva130xDark Larva, pulling them in and locking them in place.
  • The Manic's tackle can be blocked using two methods, blocking and channeling.
    • While blocking is pretty straight forward, channeling is an alternative. Channeling does not require you to block, instead will auto block and prevent the Manic from tackling you no matter what you are doing, so long as you have channel active. Keep in mind this will count as a channeled block and will consume 5 energy.
      • Blocking a tackle in this fashion, versus the normal block, will always stagger the Manic, opening up free hits.
    • Interestingly enough, blocking the tackle will not damage Rhino's IronSkin130xDark Iron Skin, as blocking any other attack would.
  • Casting SarynIcon272 Saryn's Miasma130xDark Miasma can be an effective method of tracking Manics, regardless of whether they are visible or not. All one needs to do is follow the particles emitted by the Manic due to Miasma, which can be seen even when the Manic is invisible.
  • Manics can move fast and teleport or stay invisible, one way or the other if the Manic doesn't see you he will just stay invisible and you can still see it by the red lines he leaves on his way but you can't attack them.
  • Manics will target LokiIcon272 Loki's Decoy130xDark Decoy over companions and Tenno, making it easier to predict where the Manic will attack from.
  • Using explosive weapons like the GrnGrenadeLauncher Tonkor, the DEPenta Penta, or TaserStar Castanas can help alleviate the need to accurately strike a Manic, especially if used in conjunction with Loki's Decoy.
  • TrinityIcon272 Trinity's Link130xDark Link ability will track a Manic even while invisible.
  • NezhaIcon272 Nezha's WardingHalo130xDark Warding Halo ability will prevent a Manic from attacking you as their AI actively avoids damage.
    • Further, DivineSpears130xDark Divine Spears will temporarily disable all Manics within range.
  • IvaraIcon272 Ivara's Sleep Arrow can put a Manic to sleep.
    • Likewise, Ivara can pickpocket them when you use Prowl130xDark Prowl.
  • InarosIcon272 Inaros' Devour130xDark Devour can be used to temporarily remove a Manic from the fight, however, the Manic becomes invulnerable while marked for devour.
  • In the Grineer Sealab. You can sometimes trick Manics into falling in the water. They will soon drown and be instantly killed with the loot intact.

TriviaEdit

  • The Manic is the first of the winning fan entries from the Enemies Of The Tenno Contest to be implemented, designed by player Kadabura.
  • Manic describes a person suffering from mania, which is a mood of abnormally elevated arousal energy level and is often associated with bipolar disorder.

MediaEdit

  • The laughter heard when the Manic spawns:
  • Sound of a Manic dying:
  • Manic's codex entry
  • Dead Manic, showing the masks on its back.
  • Dead Manic From The Front
  • A vast pack of Manics on the hunt.
  • Manics waiting restless in Simulacrum.
  • Manics cannot seem to reach high places.
  • Unless you Tornado them and then make contact.
  • Manics are affected by Tornado.
  • Grineer Manic, dead.
  • Manics are affected by mesa blind ability
  • A sorta frontal pic - From JadeBosson
  • Frontal Side - From JadeBosson
  • Back side - From JadeBosson
  • A Manic spawning in Apollodorous 15 minutes in.
  • Manic (Front)
  • Manic (Behind)
  • The Manic using his tackle attack on Decoy
  • The Drekar Manic using his tackle attack on Decoy

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 16.3
  • Adjusted Grineer Manic to regen 2% of health a second, after a 7 second delay.
  • Slightly lowered the damage of claw attack and the Manic’s Slash proc chance of his attacks.

Update 16.0

  • Introduced.

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