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Pax Bolt is an Arcane Enhancement for a Kitgun that increases Ability Strength and Ability Efficiency for the next ability after a headshot kill.


Rank Ability Strength & Efficiency
0 7.5%
1 15%
2 22.5%
3 30%


Can be bought from Rude Zuud for ReputationBlackx64.png 10,000 per arcane upon reaching the rank of Old Mate. As with all arcanes, Pax arcanes come fully built from the vendor.


  • Channeled Abilities (e.g., ExaltedBlade130xDark.png Exalted Blade, Renewal130xDark.png Renewal) that are activated during the Pax Bolt buff will keep the Ability Strength bonus on them for as long as they are kept active, even after Pax Bolt has expired.
    • This does not apply to the Ability Efficiency part of the buff. The bonus Ability Efficiency will be removed and updated the moment that Pax Bolt expires.
    • Subsequent Pax Bolt buffs will temporarily reduce the energy drain for any currently active channeled abilities for the duration of Pax Bolt. Whether this is intentional or not is unknown.
  • Similar to other headshot kill conditions, the enemy must be killed by a headshot through weapon damage, and not any damage-over-time status effect such as DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash.
  • The Ability Strength and Ability Efficiency gained are additive with other mods. For example, a Warframe equipped with maxed Mod TT 20px.png Intensify and receives a Rank 3 Pax Bolt buff would have +60% Ability Strength.
  • Note that Ability Efficiency still caps out at 175% even with Pax Bolt equipped.
  • Works weirdly with Wisp's Reservoirs: The bonus strength will apply, but if the player already has a weaker mote active, touching the new buffed mote will simply refresh it rather than change it's strength. In order to take full advantage of Pax Bolt, you must wait for your current buffs to expire.


  • Inscription on Pax Bolt is Solari Language, reading "BAWLT" forming the sound "Bolt".

Patch History[]

Update 31.6 (2022-06-09)


We’ve adjusted the values of older Arcanes with the goal of making lower rank Arcanes more viable, and more desirable while collecting as a result. In short, there are three stats that each Arcane tends to have (speaking generally) -- for example, a percentage chance, a stat buff, and the duration of the buff.

Certain Arcanes increase all of these stats per rank (making them scale exponentially), but we are changing it so that only one stat is affected by rank (making it scale linearly). The other stats will now be at the max-rank value regardless of the Arcane Rank, thereby buffing lower-rank Arcanes as a result.

Pax Bolt

On Headshot Kill: 100% (was 25%) chance for +7.5%/30% Ability Efficiency and +7.5%/30% Ability Strength on the next Ability used within 4s (was 1s)

  • Now that the chance is guaranteed, the new description is “On Headshot Kill: +7.5%/30% Ability Efficiency and +7.5%/30% Ability Strength on the next Ability used within 4s”

Hotfix 28.2.1 (2020-08-01)

  • Fixed Pax Bolt not triggering on equipped Primary Kitguns.

Update 28.1 (2020-07-08)

  • Fixed Pax Bolt being able to be activated by weapons/abilities other than the Kitgun it's installed on (sometimes resulting in a script error).

Update 24.0 (2018-11-08)

  • Introduced.