Melee is a form of combat system that utilizes edged or blunt weapons and close quarter attacks. Every attack causes the player to take a single step forward. However, if the player is crouched, non-combo melee attacks will not cause a step forward. Melee weapons can be equipped in the tertiary slot of the arsenal in Warframe.
Current melee weapons consist of a number of classes, in which each class of weapons has a unique set of attack animations, including normal, jump, slide, stealth attacks, finishers, combos, and blocking.
Melee can be switched to at any time by pressing the melee attack key (default E ), and can instantly switch back to an equipped primary or secondary weapon with the fire button (default LMB ) or zoom (default RMB ). Going into melee mode (default holding F ) will unlock additional melee combat features such as manual Blocking.
Each melee weapon has a number of attributes, such as attack speed and damage. Each attribute can be altered by a variety of Melee Mods.
The simplest form of melee attack. The action is achieved by simply pressing the melee attack key repeatedly, in which the animation pattern continues to loop until the player ceases the attack.
Follow Through: When hit multiple targets in one strike, the part of damage remaining after each target. (excludes jump attacks and slide attacks)
Cleave Radius: A rough estimation of the size of the swing. May not be accurate due to individualized cleaving animations.
Damage inflicted on enemies when performing a Spin attack.
While Sliding + Melee
While Air Sliding + Melee
Also known as a Spin Attack, Slide Attacks propels a Warframe forward while performing a spinning slash around them, dealing greater damage and hitting multiple enemies. For sparring weapons like the KogakeKogake and ObexObex, slide attacks perform a double kick that targets only a single enemy, but ragdolls them away instead of only dealing damage. Slide Attacks can be performed on the ground to hit low-lying enemies, or in the air to hit tall enemies, potentially landing headshots.
Press the melee attack button while in mid-air to perform an aerial attack, or rapidly press to perform an aerial attack combo, regardless if a jump has already been made or not. The Warframe will automatically maintain Aim Glide for the rest of the air combo if Aim Glide was initiated at the time of starting the combo. This is useful for fighting airborne targets such as Ospreys.
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Old animation for slam attack
Damage inflicted on an enemy by hitting them directly with a Ground Slam attack.
Additional damage inflicted to all enemies in the radius of a Ground Slam attack.
Ground Slam attack hits all enemies around the point of impact within this distance.
In Air + Aim Downwards + Melee
Also known as a Leap or Jump Attack. While in mid-air, performing a melee attack while aiming downwards will force the Warframe to slam down at the point of the reticle, dealing radial damage and applying a Status Effect to surrounding enemies, such as stagger, knockdown, lift or elemental procs. Players can also utilize slam attacks to change direction or add momentum while in mid-air, effectively zip-lining themselves to the point of the reticle.
There are two damage instances dealt by slam attacks:
Direct contact to an enemy will deal Slam Attack damage, typically with the damage distribution of the weapon's normal attack.
Radial damage deals a secondary damage type which diminishes with distance from the point of impact, this damage is not affected by mods except for Seismic WaveSeismic Wave and faction mods such as Smite GrineerSmite Grineer, but will often have a secondary effect (knockdown, stagger, status effects from base/modded damage types, etc.). This radial attack has a damage falloff of about ~99% at the edges of the area of effect.
While wall-latching a player may initiate a melee attack, causing the frame to drop off the wall facing the direction aimed, with a special melee attack animation. The attack will change depending on what melee weapon is used; most weapons will slash the air in front of them as they unlatch off the wall, while heavy weapons will swing the weapon beneath them, and sparring weapons will deal a forward punch.
Since Update 26.0 (2019-10-31), Wall Attack damage stat is not shown in the Arsenal.
Upon equipping a Stance Mod, up to three additional advanced Melee Combos will be unlocked, which are special chained attacks that enhance the melee abilities of the weapon. These combos can only be performed while wielding a melee weapon. The combination will vary depending on the melee weapon equipped and the Stance mod equipped.
Dodging or rolling while performing melee combos will immediately end the combo, canceling the current melee animation.
While in hand, melee weapons block incoming attacks within a [Blocking Value]° cone. Blocking is centered around the current point of aim.
Weapon Aim RMB
Blocking is a defensive technique that negates both incoming damage and knockbacks in an angle in front of the Warframe.
Successful blocking can only be performed if enemies attack within the blocking angle cone of the player's melee weapon, which varies depending on the melee weapon type. For example, Dual Swords have a blocking angle of 60°, meaning any damage coming from 30° to the left or right of the reticle will be negated.
All melee weapons block 100% of incoming damage, with the exception of certain boss attacks and area-of-effect damage such as Bombard rockets, where blocking is only partially effective. However, it does not negate Status Effects, which can still damage through the block.
When a melee weapon is drawn by performing a melee attack while using a primary or secondary weapon, blocking is automatic assuming enemies are attacking within the blocking angle. However, if a melee weapon is manually switched to, or only a melee weapon is equipped in the Arsenal, blocking is manual and the block button must be held down to block.
Any time an attack is successfully blocked, 1 point will be added to the Combo Counter.
Additionally, blocking an enemy melee attack has a chance to stagger them, briefly opening them up to melee front/back finishers. This stagger chance can be increased through mods like ParryParry.
Each successful consecutive melee hit against enemies within a short period of time will start a combo counter that appears above the weapon UI, which tracks how many hits have been performed or how many instances of damage have been blocked. Once a certain number of consecutive hits or successful blocks have been made, a damage multiplier will be displayed. This multiplier does not increase normal melee attack damage, it only applies to Heavy Attacks and partially towards certain melee-based Warframe abilities.
Depending on the particular stance/weapon, some hits in a combo may add more than 1 point to the combo counter. That is, while a single strike with a blade may add only 1 point per hit, a single strike with another weapon, or a different combo with the same weapon, may add 2, 3, 4, etc. points per hit to the combo counter instead. Point gain is determined by the damage multiplier a hit in a combo has, i.e. a weapon with a 200% damage multiplier will add two points to the combo counter.
Melee Combo resets after this time. Refresh the timer by adding to the Combo Count with melee hits or blocks.
With the Power Spike passive from the Naramon School, the Melee Combo Counter decays by 20 / 15 / 10 / 5 every reset, instead of depleting completely. Whenever the counter goes below a multiplier threshold, it decreases the multiplier to the new value. At max rank without combo counter duration mods, it takes 220 seconds, or 44 reset ticks, to fully deplete. Combo duration mods greatly increase this time, as they apply to every reset tick. Replenishing the counter works the same as without the passive.
The Bonus Damage Multiplier starts at 2.0x after 20 consecutive hits. The multiplier is increased by +1.0x every consecutive 20 hits until 220 consecutive hits have been made, at which point the bonus damage multiplier will cap at 12.0x. Venka PrimeVenka Prime has a passive ability that allows it to reach 240 consecutive hits though, making it the only weapon capable of a 13.0x multiplier.
View table of the values of damage multiplier List▾▾
Combo Counter Bonus Tier
Heavy Attack Multiplier
Base Damage Multiplier (Certain Warframe abilities)
Certain Warframe abilities benefit from and contribute to the Melee Combo Counter, albeit at a reduced damage multiplier, allowing them to further enhance their damage as the Combo Counter increases. The following are the list of abilities that use the Combo Counter:
Despite its name, the Combo Counter should not be confused with the Combos performed using Stance Mods. The Combo Counter will count all melee attacks performed while equipping Melee weapons, including stealth attacks.
Melee hits against objects, like Storage Containers, do not count towards the Combo Counter.
A negative combo counter duration prevents the combo counter from increasing beyond 0.
Unmodded, 100% of the current combo counter is consumed per heavy attack. Mods such as Focus EnergyFocus Energy offset this cost, leaving a portion of the combo counter after a heavy attack. For example, Focus Energy will decrease the number of combo points consumed by 40%, meaning only 60% of the combo counter will be spent after each heavy attack. This effect is capped at 90%, so even with both Focus EnergyFocus Energy and Reflex CoilReflex Coil 10% of the combo counter will still be consumed upon a heavy attack. When modded for positive melee combo efficiency, performing heavy attacks without hitting any enemies will reset your combo duration, allowing players to keep their combo indefinitely, albeit losing some combo in the process.
Some Riven Mods give Combo efficiency (65.4% to 80% × disposition)
The Focus School Zenurik includes the Way Inner Might that increases melee combo efficiency by up to 60%, thus allowing a Tenno to reduce the Mod requirement for maximum melee combo efficiency.
By default, the initial combo is 0, and increasing it will change the minimum value that the combo can be at. By increasing the minimum value, it allows weapons to use only Heavy Attack and still have a combo multiplier, albeit resetting to the new initial combo count. Using a Heavy Attack will still "spend" this initial combo, but it will regenerate at a rate of 40 points a second.
When the combo counter reaches 2x, Prime Armor Channeling special effects will appear as per prior to the removal of Channeling.
Base damage of the weapon's Heavy Attack. Damage is increased by Combo Multiplier, but consumes Combo Count.
Damage inflicted with a Heavy Slam. Damage is increased by Combo Multiplier, but consumes Combo Count.
Additional damage inflicted in the radius of a Heavy Slam attack. Damage is increased by Combo Multiplier, but consumes Combo Count.
Heavy Slam attacks hit all enemies around the point of impact within this distance.
Middle Mouse MMB
Tapping the MMB or holding the attack button while melee is equipped will perform a Heavy Attack. When tapping the MMB in mid-air, a Heavy Slam Attack is executed which, unlike the light version, does not have radial damage falloff. Heavy slam attacks also knock enemies airborne, keeping them suspended for longer at higher combo multipliers. Both kinds of heavy attacks deal increased damage depending on the combo multiplier, and they consume all or part of the combo counter in the process.
Heavy attacks can be performed without a combo counter, albeit with diminished effect.
While heavy attacks consume all of the combo counter by default, the Combo Efficiency stat preserves a flat percentage of this amount. For example, a +40% Melee Combo Efficiency retains 40% of the combo counter, with 60% consumed instead of 100%. The cap for Melee Combo Efficiency is 90%, leaving a minimum 10% heavy attack cost. Sources of Combo Efficiency include Mods, such as Focus EnergyFocus Energy, and the Zenurik Way of Inner Might.
A heavy attack always resets the combo timer regardless of the amount consumed or whether an enemy is struck. When enemies are unreachable, and with the help of Combo Efficiency, players may stretch their combo duration by employing the heavy attack as a combo refresher. Combo Duration Mods like Body CountBody Count can further extend combo duration between combo refreshers.
Heavy Attack Damage
Heavy attacks and heavy slam attacks use fixed base damage multipliers compared to normal attacks. These multipliers depend on the weapon type. Furthermore, the radial damage of heavy slams uses another multiplier. This can be seen by comparing the values shown under the Heavy Attack section in the Arsenal to the total normal attack damage. The following table lists the possible values.
On top of the fixed multiplier, the damage is further multiplied by the current combo multiplier. For example, a heavy attack with a Staff with normal (modded) attack damage of 400, when at a 3x combo multiplier, will deal 400 × 5 × 3 = 6,000 damage on hit, in exchange for the combo counter being reduced down to zero (if no Melee Combo Efficiency mods are equipped).
Combo Efficiency does not decrease the combo multiplier of a heavy attack.
Time a Heavy Attack must charge up before it activates.
Weapons have varying Wind-up times between activating a heavy attack and the actual attack being performed. For example, SkanaSkana has a wind-up time of 0.6s, meaning the actual heavy attack will be performed 0.6s after tapping the MMB . Increasing melee attack speed does not reduce the wind-up time; rather, it reduces the interval between heavy attacks. During this brief period, the player is free to move and maneuver with the exception of performing any other melee attack. Being knocked down will cancel the charge. While winding-up, the combo counter decay is paused. Performing a heavy attack is possible when the combo counter is zero, and connecting with a heavy attack does not add to the combo counter.
Depending on the type of melee weapon, both light attacks and especially heavy attacks can deal different effects to enemies, such as applying Knockdown, Ragdoll, Stagger, or Liftedstatus. Surviving enemies that are struck by heavy attacks from Heavy Blades for example, will have a guaranteed Lifted proc applied to them. However, not all melee weapons grant Lifted status on heavy attack hits.
Lifted status suspends enemies in mid-air in a ragdolled state for a short period of time, allowing players to briefly "juggle" them in a melee combo. Besides heavy attacks, Lifted status can also be applied to enemies by performing Heavy Slam Attacks with nearly any melee weapon, lifting all enemies within that weapon's ground slam radius. The higher the combo multiplier at the time of a heavy attack or heavy slam attack, the longer enemies can stay suspended. Unlike standard status effects however, status duration bonuses do not extend the lifted duration.
Melee attacks hit enemies within this distance. Some Stances offer more Range using throws or lunges.
Each melee weapon has a Range statistic associated with it that displays the weapon's reach in meters.
Modifies the amount of damage dealt in a single strike each time an additional enemy is hit after the first.
Each melee weapon has a Follow Through statistic associated with it that tells what proportion of damage is dealt to successive targets in a single strike. In general, if a single strike hits multiple targets, the amount of damage each target will receive will be:
Proportion of weapon damage = FT(n - 1)
Where n is the order of when an enemy is hit, and FT is the amount of follow-through for the weapon.
For example, SkanaSkana has a follow through stat of 0.6 (FT = 0.6). If a single strike of Skana hits three targets, the first target to be hit (n = 1) will be dealt 0.6(1 - 1) = 100% of the total damage, the second to be hit (n = 2) will be dealt 0.6(2 - 1) = 60% of the total damage, and the third (n = 3) will be dealt 0.6(3 - 1) = 36% of the total damage.
As of Update 26.0 (2019-10-31), this stat is shown in the arsenal whereas previously it was hidden despite it existing before.
Finisher attacks have custom animations and deal a very high percentage of the equipped melee weapon's total damage. Players performing finishers are immune to any kind of damage for the duration of the animation.
The three types of finishers are:
Ground Finisher, on knockdowned targets
Stealth Attack, on unalerted enemies
Front- / Back-Finisher, under specific effects
For players wanting to specialize in melee combat, remapping the equipped melee attack key to LMB can make performing attacks and melee combos easier and more instinctive.
While doing heavy attacks, the moment the swing does damage, immediately pressing the melee key will execute another heavy attack, this can be repeated. Connecting a second heavy attack immediately after the first will retain the current combo counter, only draining it after the second heavy strike has been swung.
Tests in Simulacrum have shown that for heavy slam attacks, the damage increase from combo multiplier is reduced: Each combo multiplier step beyond 1x would increase damage by 60% instead of 100%. So with the above example case, a heavy slam attack will only deal 600 × (1 + (3-1) × 0.6) = 1,320 damage. (Needs further tests with different weapon types?)
Successfully blocking an attack while rolling can make a player unable to attack with their melee weapon. This is usually accompanied by a slight change in camera perspective where the camera is positioned slightly down while facing upwards. This bug can be resolved by performing a roll or dodge again.
Tapping the melee key slightly before landing causes the player to slide across the ground with minimal friction for a brief period.
On some weapons, the Heavy Slam does have radial damage falloff. An example being the Cyath Machete Zaw.
Fixed improper Melee sounds when hitting Sentients.
Fixed incorrect positioning of Sugatras on numerous Melee weapons.
Update 29.10 (2021-03-19)
For those Tenno who don’t tune into Devstreams, we are actively reviewing the divide between Melee and Primary weapons in terms of power and lethality. A lot of Tenno have made cases that ‘Primary weapons just can’t compete with Melee’, and we agree. We are planning on doing a full detailed review of this and giving players a detailed workshop on what’s on our minds. That will come in the next few weeks.
However, we have one single change in this Update to Melee. The majority of all guaranteed enemy staggers on Melee hits have been removed. A few remain in neutral, forward block and neutral block combos. What this change does in practice is effectively removes the infinite Crowd Control melee attacking provided. The Crowd Control potential stacked with the scaling Damage potential was an area we could immediately change to give players a chance to try out this single tweak in the context of the current game.
This change is rather small in a practical sense, and after you’ve played missions with the change, please let us know what you think.
Other Melee Changes:
Reduced the forward movement of the Warfan Heavy Attack.
Reflection Mod changed from “Damage reflected during Channeled blocking” to:
Fixed an issue with several one-handed Melee weapons not functioning (as an accidental result of the Glaive changes). Weapons included: most Machetes, Plasma Sword, Destreza and Destreza Prime, Sheev, and Scoliac.
Melee Heavy Attacks are no longer able to be triggered by holding 'E', they again live exclusively on Alt-Fire.
The loss of Melee Combo Counter feedback due to spamming Melee drove the vast amounts of requests for Melee Heavy Attack to not be holding ‘E’. A toggle for Melee Heavy Attacks is not in the cards, thus Melee Heavy Attacks are now essentially brought back to its original mechanic of having to use Alt-Fire.
While most of our previous Hotfixes have focused on base functionality and bug fixes of Melee: Phase 2, this Hotfix takes a stab at some balancing in the wake of all the changes. This Hotfix also adjusts some Stances based on feedback.
UI: Split ‘HEAVY ATTACK’ Stats into their own category to better organize the various stats associated with all Melee Weapons.
‘Hold Melee’ will now perform heavy attack like it did before Phase 2.
Removed Combo Hit Multiplier with Glaive's hit damage. Only explosive damage will use the Combo Multiplier.
The Critical Chance game has largely allowed Blood Rush to shine for active melee players, and with the ‘Steel’ series of Mods applying at the Base Critical Chance level, it’s led to players feeling they are obsolete. We are significantly buffing these Mods to give players a different option for Critical Chance builds. We want to give a more upfront Critical Chance and hard-hitting Heavy Attacks to builds that don’t rely on maintaining a high combo multiplier.
True Steel increased from 60% to 120% Critical Chance (x2 for Heavy Attack) at Max Rank.
Sacrificial Steel increased from 88% to 220% Crit Chance (x2 for Heavy Attack) at Max Rank.
Stance & Weapon Changes
Fixed Crimson Dervish not having it’s sliding heavy attack hooked up.
Increased the damage and combo-point value of Crimson Dervish's Neutral (Twisting Flurry) and Forward+Block (Coiling Impale) combos
Added a free movement shooting attack to the first move in the Forward Combo for High Noon (Vagabond Blitz) and Bullet Dance (Magnum Mamba).
The Heavy Attack shot is no longer free movement (the wind up remains free movement).
Neutral Combo (Desperado Zeal) is now Tactical Forward Combo (Final Showdown), and vice versa.
Switched the order of the two Tactical Forward attacks and increased the forward distance of the first attack
Moved the first attack of the Neutral Combo (Samba Slash) to the end of the combo chain.
Bullet Dance - Neutral Combo (Samba Slash) is now Neutral Block (Automatic Rhumba) and vice versa.
Rapier: Vulpine Mask
Swapped the order of the first two attacks in the Neutral Combo (Assailant Guise).
Nunchaku Stance: Atlantis Vulcan
Decreased the forward movement of the first attack in the Tactical Forward Combo (Blazing Vortex) and increased it in the second.
Second attack in Forward Combo (Cut Thrice) is now free movement
The last attack in the Neutral Combo (Threshing Grain) is now the first attack, damage multipliers and combo points adjusted accordingly
The last attack in the Tactical Forward Combo (Calling Thunder) is now the first attack with increased gap closing movement, damage multipliers and combo points adjusted accordingly.
Dark Split Sword Heavy Blade
Increased Critical Chance from 10% to 15%
Increased Puncture Damage from 68 to 78
Combo Multiplier applied to disc recall explosion.
Fixed Blood Rush / Weeping Wounds resetting when using a normal attack on Gunblades.
Fixed Exodia Valor considering every target to be Lifted whether they actually are or not.
Melee has evolved again with a focus on TECHNIQUE - Stance/Combo reworks, the return of Equipped Melee, and MUCH more.
1. The Return of Equipped Melee and Manual Blocking!
Holding the weapon swap button will equip melee fully again, and the aim button will manually block when in this mode. Holding the Weapon Swap button while Exalted Melee is in play will also lock you into Exalted Melee mode! (Don’t worry, Auto Blocking is still a thing!)
Blocking will now prevent 100% of damage, with a blocking angle that is dependent on the melee weapon equipped. All successful Blocks will also add to the new Combo Counter!
2. Dodge Cancelling and Tactical Dodging
Dodge Cancel - Allows a player to activate a dodge any time during a melee attack to end the combo immediately and dodge out of the way.
Tactical Dodging - Dodging while blocking now performs this Tactical Dodge, keeping the distance short, and allowing you to remain within melee range. This is an effort to not break the flow of combat after cancelling out of an attack, but also if you need to make a quick escape!
3. Stance Changes, Combos and You!
Forward Combo (Forward + Melee) - This allows you to attack without initially interrupting movement with the first 1-3 swings (depending on the weapon Stance). The last attack in the sequence will loop seamlessly into the first, so that you can keep a level of mobility while attacking.
Forward Tactical Combo (Forward + Block/Aim + Melee) - This move is usually a distance-closing opener, bringing you closer to the enemy and getting you within range to continue a harder-hitting string of attacks. The beginning or end of this combo can have a slam effect, allowing you to control the enemy, and during the mid-point of the combo, attacks will be large and sweeping, allowing multiple enemies to be hit.
Neutral Combo (Melee button only) - Hard hitting, movement-free attacks to allow a player to destroy their target. The last attack can either have a knockdown effect, or throw them into the air and hold them there, if one set of strikes does not finish the job.
Neutral Tactical Combo (Block/Aim + Melee) - First hit will likely be a longer thrust or throw of a weapon to increase range. Further attacks will be hard-hitting, and will often finish in a ragdoll effect or a Lifting Attack, as opposed to a knockdown or stagger. Lifting attacks are detailed in Section 7 of this workshop.
Air Combo (Melee while Jumping) - Perform a combo in the air without sacrificing movement.
Hover Air Combo (Back + Melee while Jumping) - Holds the player in place while the combo completes, and overrides the slam attack angle to keep the action going!
4. Smoother Combo Transitions
This allows for last-second decisions on combo changes to occur immediately after the first attack has finished. No more waiting for a combo attack animation to end before you can start spamming the attack button again! Embrace the fluidity!
5. Combo Counter Rework
Rather than just providing flat bonuses to damage, the Combo Counter will now also act as an expendable resource for new heavy hitting combat: HEAVY ATTACKS!
This counter will be increased in a more granular and rapid way, and can be built by using melee attacks, blocking damage, radial damage from Slam Attacks and hits from a thrown weapon (such as the Glaive).
In addition, the ‘heaviness’ of an attack will have a measured difference on the amount of Combo Counter it increases. As a general rule, lighter, swift attacks will give lower additions to the Combo Counter than slower, heavy attacks will.
Combo Duration is now displayed as a bar underneath your Combo Counter!
6. Changes to Slam Attacks
The ragdoll effect of the Slam Attack is being removed (with some weapon-specific exceptions *cough*JatKittag*cough*), however it is being replaced with an effect that will push enemies back or knock them down, giving the player some breathing room, and setting the enemy units up for follow-up attacks.
Also, all Melee weapons have received an updated Slam FX - come on and SLAM (attack), and welcome to the jam!
7. Goodbye Channeling, Hello Heavy Attacks and Lifting!
Channeling will be saying its final farewells in the Melee Rework: Phase 2 update, and instead is being replaced with a new form of Heavy Attack, as well as a new Lifted status effect. As we said before, Channeling Mods will also be changed to support this new system, as well as providing a larger pool of utility to choose from in your builds.
Heavy Attacks (Alt-Fire for Melee) - Heavy attacks can now occur at any time, simply by pressing the Alt-fire button while you have melee equipped or in your hand. This costs all of your Combo Counter (affected by Mods), so make sure you lay down the hurt! If you don’t have any Combo Counter active, you will use a Heavy Attack, but it will not benefit from any damage bonus from the Combo Counter.
Heavy Slam Attacks (Jump + Alt-Fire for Melee) - This new Slam Attack will create a new effect on targets, known as the LIFTED STATUS. When a target is Lifted, it is held suspended in the air, allowing a player to follow up on attacks while the target is held helplessly aloft. Again, if you do not have any Combo Counter active, this will act as a Heavy Slam attack without a damage bonus, and minimal Lifting Status.
But what about the Channeling FX you ask? Prime Armor Channeling FX will now appear when the Combo Counter reaches 2!
8. Weapon Stats, Mastery Limits and General Melee Changes
Mastery Rank - Weapons have been reviewed to make sure their function and power are aligned with an appropriate Mastery Rank, similar to passes made on Primary and Secondary weapons.
Base Damage - Since the Combo Multiplier will apply to Heavy Attacks only, the base damage of all melee weapons has significantly increased.
Base Range - Along with damage, range has also been increased to make sure you get the most chop for your buck. While base range is being increased, Range Mods are going to have a different calculation applied to them. This is detailed in Section 9.
Mod and Arcane Channeling Functionality - As mentioned above, any Mods or Arcanes with functionality tied to Channeling have had their stats altered to increase Lifted Status, Heavy Attack damage and Combo Counter modifiers.
Every Melee weapon that was originally a single Elemental damage type has been converted to Physical + Element, allowing for more Status reliability as well (Silva and Aegis excluded given Flame Blade).
Range increased for kick attacks from 1.5 to 2m (Except for Sparring weapons which is increased to 2.5m).
Combo Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds.
9. Mod Rebalancing / Functionality
All Channeling Mods - have been changed to the Melee Parent type to bring them in line with Melee Phase 2 changes
Amalgam Organ Shatter - Description changed from Charge Attacks to Heavy Attacks.
Blood Rush - Will now scale differently, using a stacking multiplier based on the Combo Counter, raising 60% per Combo Counter tier (something much easier to achieve in Phase 2).
Condition Overload - Now uses a stacking multiplier based on how many Status Effects are on the target at 120% damage per Status.
During this whole Melee rebalance, Condition Overload remained a persistent outlier. Since launch, it has had an unintended stacking mechanic, that nothing else uses in the game: it grew exponentially, making it too volatile to balance. We know there’s nothing worse than ‘how can you call this unintended’, so let’s explain the history: initially it did the stacking on final damage, which, as you know from previous changes, we have been trying to move away from. This is because this type of stacking makes for very hard to control damage progression, and tends to be very confusing as to which damage, Melee/Proc etc, applies where. This new version of the mod makes Condition Overload’s damage multiplication become equal to Pressure Point when the enemy has 1 Status applied, better than Primed Pressure Point at 2 Statuses applied, and from there it just grows and grows. Even though the maximum potential damage is lower now, we think it is still an extremely powerful Mod in its latest iteration.
The new ‘Lifted’ Status also counts for Condition Overload calculation. Revised Stances and the new Heavy Attack give reliable ways of applying Status to enemies, which greatly increases the reliability of Condition Overload
Corrupt Charge - Adds a large amount to the Combo Counter, but significantly reduces the time it takes for the Combo Counter to drain.
Covert Lethality - is remaining as a Dagger Mod for now with +16 Initial Combo and 100% Finisher damage, pending later review. (Note: This has changed from what was laid out in the recent Dev Workshop)
Dispatch Overdrive - Increases player movement on a Heavy Attack hit.
Enduring Affliction - Increases the Status Chance on enemies suffering from the Lifted Status.
Enduring Strike - Increases the Combo Counter chance when hitting Lifted enemies.
Focus Energy - Add Electrical damage to an attack, as well as increasing Combo Counter generation.
Focused Defense - Adds an additional 20 degrees to a weapons blocking angle.
Gladiator Mod Set - Adds a multiplier with the Combo Counter up to 60% for the whole set.
Guardian Derision - Will add more to the Combo Counter for blocking hits. (Note: The Taunt mechanic is still in place.)
Killing Blow - Increases Heavy Attack damage and decreases the ‘wind-up’ time for Heavy Attacks
Life Strike - Heavy Attacks will now regenerate Health.
Maiming Strike - Changes from an additive buff to a stacking buff, but base functionality increased 150%.
Reach / Primed Reach - Will now increase range in a way that has been normalized. In the previous incarnation, long-range weapons were getting too much of a benefit, while short-range weapons were barely seeing any increase at all.
Reflex Coil - Increased Combo Point Efficiency when using Heavy Attacks.
Reflex Guard - +100% Combo Count Chance while Blocking.
Spring-Loaded Blade - Will now provide a maximum of 2 additional stacks of Melee Range.
True Punishment - Add 40% Critical Chance, but reduces the chance to add to the Combo Counter by -10%
Weeping Wounds - Increases Status chance in a Stacking Multiplier, 40% per combo tier.
This update will also see some changes to the following Weapon, Arcane and Focus School buffs:
Zenurik - Inner Might - Has been changed to provide 60% Combo Efficiency, instead of Channeling Efficiency.
Synoid Heliocor, Furax Wraith and Fragor Prime - All receive bonus initial Combo Count to offset the boosted Channeling Damage they had previously.
Exodia Triumph Arcanes - Have been changed to +50% chance to increase the Combo Counter on hit.
Exodia Valor Arcanes - Have been changed to +200% chance to increase Combo Count when hitting Lifted Enemies.
Exodia Brave Arcanes - Now grants +5 Energy Generation when killing an Enemy with a Heavy Attack. This can stack up to 3 times.
10. Exalted Weapons
All melee-based Exalted Weapons have received the Phase 2 functionality treatment, gaining access to the combo changes. For those of you who may have missed it, Wukong’s Exalted Iron Staff has already had this functionality implemented (with the exception of the new Heavy Attacks and changes to the Slam Attacks).
As you can see, new stats for Heavy Attacks and Heavy Slam have been added, with channeling statistics removed.
THE TECHNICAL BITS
12. Aim Assist
Aim assist can be a help or a hindrance depending on what type of attack you wish to perform. While the current system either applies to all or none (on or off), the new system will have more intelligence on aim assist on a per-attack basis. As a general rule under the new system, Aim Assist will be disabled for almost all attacks in the Forward and Tactical Forward Combos, and enabled for most of the Neutral and Tactical Neutral Combo attacks. Of course if you don’t wish to use aim assist at all, you can disable it from the settings menu as normal.
13. Sticky Fingers when Equipping Melee!
Another common issue in user feedback was the unequipping of Gear Items (like the Codex Scanner), or dropping the ‘football’ (usually a pickup for Mobile Defense or Sabotage Missions) when equipping melee or using a melee attack. This has now been changed so that you will no longer drop items or unequip Gear Items when either equipping melee or using a Melee Attack!
Upon picking up a Datamass, a Melee to gun swap will automatically equip your Secondary weapon instead of your Primary weapon, which would make you drop the Datamass.
Pressing F when in Melee mode now switches you back to your "other" weapon. For example, if your Primary weapon is equipped when you trigger a Melee attack, you will return to your Primary weapon when you aim or fire. If you instead press F while in Melee mode, you will now equip your Secondary weapon.
Fixed a case where you could be left in an UNARMED state after using a non-Melee Exalted weapon (like Hildryn's Balefire) and went back to Melee when you had no other weapons in your loadout, having gone Melee only to that mission.
Fixed the Operator's Vazarin Guardian Shell not manifesting the charged Void Blast shield.
Fixed an issue where auto-blocking could cancel the charged/heavy Melee attacks.
Implemented fixes toward briefly being unable to Melee after an Aerial Attack, which breaks the flow of battle.
Fixed being able to Quick Melee when you equip an Archgun with either a Primary or Secondary equipped before that.
Fixed the Melee-only Parry becoming a toggle that you can't release until you attack for Clients.
Fixes towards the Wise Razor Stance giving unintended extreme velocity. Comical yes, but clearly an oversight of gravity!
Fixed the Melee combo menu not updating with the proper button inputs to use Melee when using a controller.
Fixed missing Melee Channeling binding callout in the Advanced Melee screen of the Codex when using a controller.
Fixed a number of Melee attacks that could leave weapon trails active after the attack is finished.
Fixed losing your crouch position when initiating a Melee to gun swap while crouching.
Manual blocking/parry has been added when players wield only a Melee weapon in a mission (i.e NO Secondary or Primary equipped). This is possible because in this specific state, the keybindings are free to allow this manual blocking. We do not plan on adding it to any other state yet. The default keybind for this is RMB/Right Mouse Button, as it was in the past.
Controller Changes & Fixes
Melee Channeling can no longer be rebound on Controller due to it completely breaking Melee 2.99997 changes. We apologize for the discomfort this may cause for those who have built their controllers comfortably around a different binding. You can't make an omelette without cracking some eggs!
Fixed a widespread issue where players using Controllers could no longer Aim after the Melee 2.99997 changes. This affected numerous mechanics like Aim Gliding, Melee Channeling, etc.
We’ll be continuing to monitor controller issues as they arise! If you’re still having issues, restoring your Controller bindings to ‘Default’ will help in the meantime. Please let us know of further issues!
Fixed an issue where attempting to reload your Primary/Secondary while in Melee mode would not transition you back to your gun.
Tenno - your favorite melee weapon probably feels a little different today. Today we bring you Phase 1 of 2019’s melee upgrade - we hope you love all the gorgeous new visual effects, streamlined combat, and high fidelity hit reactions! Here's what you can expect:
Let The Gun & Blade Flow
Swap between your gun and melee at the press of a button, no holstering required! Combos can be executed and resumed between movement and more. Blocking is now automatic in melee mode when aiming at an attacking enemy. Your stance combos may have changed, check out the Stance interface!
Death From Above
A Tenno is a master of aerial tactics - now you can better target enemies on the ground with deadly and responsive aimed ground slams.
We've done a complete overall of all Melee Effects! Hit animations, elemental effects and slam attacks: making melee look as good as it feels!
More to Come
Fundamentally, we aim to upgrade Melee. This is Phase 1.
No one knows the power of their Arsenal better than the Tenno - your adaptability and skill with the blade will be tested, and as we continue these changes, we rely on your feedback!
Our Mainline update notes will summarize the information from within the Workshop, plus denote additional information
1) Uninterrupted Combat - firearm to equipped melee (and vice versa) states are instant.
Bonus 1.a) Combo Resume.
2) Ground Slams are more controllable, cleaner, and simpler.
All melee weapons have had their ground-slam ranges increased and new FX added:
Glaive slam range increased to 5m
Warfan slam range increased to 5m
Dagger slam range increased to 5m
Dual dagger slam range increased to 6m
Claw weapon slam range increased to 6m
Gunblade slam range increased to 5m
Nunchaku slam range increased to 6m
Sword and Shield slam range increased to 7m
Single Sword slam range increased to 7m
Blade Whip slam range increased to 7m
Rapier slams increased to 6m
Dual Sword slam range increased to 8m
Tonfa slam range increased to 8m
Machete slam range increased to 7m
Nikana slam range increased to 6m
Hammer slam range increased to 9m
Staff slam range increased to 6m
Polearm slam range adjusted to 7m
Scythe slam range increased to 8m
Heavy Blade slam range increased to 8m
Fists weapon slam range increased to 8m
Sparring weapon slam range increased to 7m
3) Visual FX
A full Visual FX pass has been done for Phase 1! Because this is Phase 1, it 'means all the unique weapons will have new generic FX for a little while (Jat Kittag etc.) until we can get through them all and make new clean variants'.
New and cleaner FX have been created with the idea of beautifully short, highly detailed lifespans. Not infinite - meaning the 'Constant Weapon Trail' option will be removed as a result of this change (at least for Phase 1, we really do think it looks better removed).
Notable Keybind changes:
Blocking with a melee weapon is no longer keybound, it is automatic when facing enemies who are dealing damage to you in melee mode. Your Reticle determines all!
Channeling is now a toggle set to your alt-fire button when in melee mode.
Your 'F' button (if using default key bindings) now exclusively swaps between Primary and Secondary weapons with a tap.
Your left mouse button is gun fire, always, instantly.
Your right mouse button is now aim, always, instantly.
We are adding a toggle to preserve one aspect of the older melee system. You will be able to toggle an option, allowing you to continue melee attacks with the left mouse button once in melee mode.
Additional Information and Changes
Updated Reticles: Melee mode has received its own reticle!
Archwing: Arch-Melee & Archgun now also use the 'instant swap' behaviour.
Dual Wield (i.e Glaive & Single Secondary) is still supported!
Exalted weapons will also benefit from the uninterrupted swaps! Be aware that Energy will still drain, even when swapping between weapons!
AI hit reacts are getting updated! Enemies will have a more visceral/realistic response to the various hits you dish out.
With Melee Blocking now automatic, the Blocking angle has been reduced to 45 degrees.
If using no custom Energy color, the weapon will inherit the colors of the Elemental FX (or base trails if no elements are present). This unifies all colors (swing FX, trails, hit FX, etc).