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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.

Farming Locations[]

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
Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconInfestedB.svg Phobos Memphis Defection (Dark Sector) 15 - 25 Grineer Asteroid
IconInfestedB.svg Saturn Caracol Defection (Dark Sector) 26 - 36 Grineer Galleon
IconInfestedB.svg Neptune Yursa Defection (Dark Sector) 30 - 40 Infested Ship


Drekar Manic
Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
TylRegor sigil b.png Uranus Titania Assassination 27 - 29 Grineer Sealab


Spawning[]

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:

  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.
  4. 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.

Tactics[]

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 DmgSlashSmall64.png 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 IronSkin130xDark.png Iron Skin, Hysteria130xDark.png Hysteria, and Blessing130xDark.png Blessing). Manics can only Dispel as part of their pouncing attack.
    • Manics will not Dispel a Decoy130xDark.png Decoy, they will simply attack it.
  • There is a damage cap mechanic that limits how much damage a Manic can take in one damage instance. Players can only deal 1/3 of their max health before Manics become invincible and cloaked.

Special Resistances[]

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.png Teleport, although the former is very difficult to accomplish without the aid of mods like Mod TT 20px.png 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.png 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 Inferno130xDark.png Inferno will deal area of effect damage and track the Manic, killing them easily.
  • Blinding effects, such as RadialBlind130xDark.png 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.png Pull and Crush130xDark.png 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.png 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.png Soul Punch works normally and can be used to knock them down repeatedly with very little effort.
    • Landslide130xDark.png Landslide can target the manic even when invisible and can be used repeatedly to kill the manic with relatively little effort.
    • Tornado130xDark.png Tornado is also capable of ragdolling Manics, should the Manic be uncloaked.
  • Manics can be MindControl130xDark.png 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.png Rhino Stomp, RhinoCharge130xDark.png Rhino Charge, Tornado130xDark.png Tornado, Dive Bomb, and Shock130xDark.png 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.png
Introduced Update 17.0 (2015-07-31)
Tileset Grineer Sealab Codex Scans 3
Weapon Claws Other Drops None
Statistics Mod Drops Mod TT 20px.png Fast Hands 0.5691%
Mod TT 20px.png Point Strike 0.5691%
Mod TT 20px.png Pressure Point 0.5691%
15 Endo 0.5691%
Mod TT 20px.png Final Harbinger 0.1659%
Mod TT 20px.png North Wind 0.1659%
Mod TT 20px.png Reflex Coil 0.1659%
50 Endo 0.1659%
Mod TT 20px.png Flow 0.0303%
80 Endo 0.0303%
Cloned Flesh 450
DmgSlashSmall64.png + DmgHeatSmall64.png + DmgViralSmall64.png +++ DmgImpactSmall64.png  DmgGasSmall64.png ‐‐
Ferrite Armor 25
DmgPunctureSmall64.png ++ DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png +++ DmgSlashSmall64.png - DmgBlastSmall64.png -
Affinity 500

Nightwatch Manic General Miscellaneous
NightwatchManic.png
Introduced Undetermined
Tileset Tactical Alert Codex Scans 3
Weapon Claws Other Drops None
Statistics Mod Drops None
Cloned Flesh 350
DmgSlashSmall64.png + DmgHeatSmall64.png + DmgViralSmall64.png +++ DmgImpactSmall64.png  DmgGasSmall64.png ‐‐
Ferrite Armor 25
DmgPunctureSmall64.png ++ DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png +++ DmgSlashSmall64.png - DmgBlastSmall64.png -
Affinity 500

Tips[]

  • 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.png 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.png Frost's Freeze130xDark.png Freeze ability, or otherwise hitting it with a DmgColdSmall64.png Cold proc, slowing it down using MolecularPrime130xDark.png 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.png Snow Globe, especially with Mod TT 20px.png Chilling Globe augment, makes Manics much easier to fight.
  • Manics are also vulnerable to NidusIcon272.png Nidus's Larva130xDark.png Larva, pulling them in and locking them in place.
  • The Manic's tackle can be blocked using melee.
    • Interestingly enough, blocking the tackle will not damage Rhino's IronSkin130xDark.png Iron Skin, as blocking any other attack would.
  • Casting SarynIcon272.png Saryn's Miasma130xDark.png 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.png Loki's Decoy130xDark.png Decoy over companions and Tenno, making it easier to predict where the Manic will attack from.
  • Using explosive weapons like the GrnGrenadeLauncher.png Tonkor, the DEPenta.png Penta, or TaserStar.png Castanas can help alleviate the need to accurately strike a Manic, especially if used in conjunction with Loki's Decoy.
  • TrinityIcon272.png Trinity's Link130xDark.png Link ability will track a Manic even while invisible.
  • NezhaIcon272.png Nezha's WardingHalo130xDark.png Warding Halo ability will prevent a Manic from attacking you as their AI actively avoids damage.
    • Further, DivineSpears130xDark.png Divine Spears will temporarily disable all Manics within range.
  • IvaraIcon272.png Ivara's Sleep Arrow can put a Manic to sleep.
    • Likewise, Ivara can pickpocket them when you use Prowl130xDark.png Prowl.
  • InarosIcon272.png Inaros' Devour130xDark.png 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[]

  • 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.

Media[]

  • The laughter heard when the Manic spawns:
  • Sound of a Manic dying:

Patch History[]

Update 29.10 (2021-03-19)

  • Ash have been added to Railjack rewards! Ash Component Blueprints can be found in Corpus Railjack Defense mission rewards.
    • We’ve permanently removed Ash Blueprints from Manic drop tables. We did this to connect Railjack to some more ‘core Warframe’ style rewards, and make their acquisition more straightforward for matchmaking purposes.

Update 29.8 (2021-02-11)

  • Fixed Grineer Manic never succeeding at tackling a player if its target had a Melee weapon equipped for the mission. Previously the Manic would just get stunned 100% of the time.

Update 16.3 (2015-04-09)

  • 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 (2015-03-19)

  • Introduced.
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