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.
Farming Locations[edit | edit source]
These are based on opinions and may not be 100% true. These should be viewed as advice for finding the enemies until better facts are proven.
- Normal Manic (only one that can drop Ash components)
|Phobos||Memphis||Defection (Dark Sector)||15 - 25||Grineer Asteroid|
|Saturn||Caracol||Defection (Dark Sector)||26 - 36||Grineer Galleon|
|Neptune||Yursa||Defection (Dark Sector)||30 - 40||Infested Ship|
- Drekar Manic
|Uranus||Titania||Assassination||27 - 29||Grineer Sealab|
Spawning[edit | edit source]
These are based on trial and error and may not be completely true. These should be viewed as advice for farming them until better facts are proven.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Manics are guaranteed to spawn in Disruption Missions during an active Pack Hunters Effect. Purposefully failing to defend a Pack Hunter conduit can allow you to kill multiple Manics before the round timeout begins.
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. Keep in mind that these manics don't drop Ash components as "they are a guaranteed spawn." (This statement is from DE themselves)
Tactics[edit | edit source]
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 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.
- 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 Iron Skin, Hysteria, and Blessing). Manics can only Dispel as part of their pouncing attack (see below).
- Manics will not Dispel a Decoy, they will simply attack it.
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 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 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 Inferno will deal area of effect damage and track the Manic killing them easily.
- Blinding effects, such as 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.
- Pull and 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.
- 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.
- Soul Punch works normally and can be used to knock them down repeatedly with very little effort.
- Landslide can target the manic even when invisible and can be used repeatedly to kill the manic with relatively little effort.
- Tornado is also capable of ragdolling Manics, should the Manic be uncloaked.
- Manics can be 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 Rhino Stomp, Rhino Charge, Tornado, Dive Bomb, and 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.
- Manics can be killed by Saryn's Spore, Miasma and Mesa's Peacemaker.
- Manics are also affected by Trinity's Well Of Life and Energy Vampire abilities. Because of this, the combo wherein both abilities are cast in complimentary intervals (such as to deal massive True damage) works as normal against Manics.
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.
|Tileset||Grineer Sealab||Codex Scans||3|
|Statistics||Mod Drops||Fast Hands 0.5691%|
Point Strike 0.5691%
Pressure Point 0.5691%
15 Endo 0.5691%
Final Harbinger 0.1659%
North Wind 0.1659%
Reflex Coil 0.1659%
50 Endo 0.1659%
80 Endo 0.0303%
|+ + +++ ‐ ‐‐|
|++ +++ - -|
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Desecrate will work on the Manic, thus giving you an extra chance at obtaining Four Riders, Final Harbinger and 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 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 Frost's Freeze ability, or otherwise hitting it with a Cold proc, slowing it down using 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 Snow Globe, especially with Chilling Globe augment, makes Manics much easier to fight.
- Manics are also vulnerable to Nidus's Larva, pulling them in and locking them in place.
- The Manic's tackle can be blocked using melee.
- Casting Saryn's 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 Loki's Decoy over companions and Tenno, making it easier to predict where the Manic will attack from.
- Using explosive weapons like the Tonkor, the Penta, or Castanas can help alleviate the need to accurately strike a Manic, especially if used in conjunction with Loki's Decoy.
- Trinity's Link ability will track a Manic even while invisible.
- Nezha's Warding Halo ability will prevent a Manic from attacking you as their AI actively avoids damage.
- Further, Divine Spears will temporarily disable all Manics within range.
- Ivara's Sleep Arrow can put a Manic to sleep.
- Likewise, Ivara can pickpocket them when you use Prowl.
- Inaros' 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.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Manic is the first of the winning fan entries from the Enemies Of The Tenno Contest to be implemented, designed by player Kadabura.
- According to Kadabura's original concept art the masks on the Manic's back belong to its fallen comrades.
- Several of the masks feature elongated eye lenses, which did not correspond to any implemented Grineer units at the time the Manic was introduced. However, they closely match a mask worn by one of the Grineer concepts that later became Guardsmen, Bailiffs, and Artificers, and one of the masks would ultimately be used for Executioner Gorth.
- Manic describes a person suffering from mania, which is a mood of abnormally elevated arousal energy level and is often associated with bipolar disorder.
Media[edit | edit source]
- The laughter heard when the Manic spawns:
- Sound of a Manic dying: