The Shawzin is a stringed musical instrument from the Orokin era. First seen during The Sacrifice quest as a background decoration, it was later added as both an Orbiter decoration and an Emote that allows players to play their own music.
There are multiple variants of Shawzin available in the Market, which grant the player the Orbiter decoration of the purchased instrument. If the player is buying a Shawzin for the first time, they will also receive the unique Shawzin emote.
As with other emotes, the Shawzin emote must first be equipped in the player's Gear wheel before it can be used.
There are several variants of the Shawzin, three of which are skins for the basic Dax's Shawzin (Dawn, Day of the Dead, and Mimica) while the others have a unique sound profile corresponding to guitars in the real world. The Narmer Shawzin is only available for purchase after completing The New War.
Aristei Prime Shawzin
To play the Shawzin, players must activate the Shawzin Emote from their Gear wheel, which will make their Warframe kneel down and hold the instrument, while also unlocking the main Shawzin interface. Other players in your squad or inside your Landing Craft can hear the music you play on the Shawzin. You can disable other player's Shawzin sounds by disabling your allies' Octavia music in the settings. To enable the ability to link a specific song to Chat or to save the song, you must be able to play your song with a 4/5 rating. In other words, you must be able to successfully play at least 80% of all the notes in your song. Players that have Octavia equipped can turn on her bass track by pressing 4.
The various default controls for the Shawzin include:
|Pressing||Pressing||Pressing||Scale: Players can use this key to change scale. Options include:|
|Songs: This section allows players to select pre-recorded songs to play on the Shawzin. Asides from a handful of default songs, songs played on the Shawzin can also be recorded to share with other players, and in turn pre-recorded songs can also be imported into the player's song library. The maximum number of notes in song for linking in chat is 100. Global limit of notes in a song is 1000 and such songs can be copied to the clipboard and imported from it. Songs can only be copied to the clipboard and pasted on PC, as of now it can not be done on PS4, XB1, or the Switch. When a song is played, a rhythm game will commence where players must time play the Shawzin to the beat of notes falling onto a meter. Players will be given a score based on their performance after the song plays, though this score has no real effect on gameplay. Other options in this section include:
|Switch Instrument: Allows the player to switch between the different types of Shawzins available. If the player has not purchased another Shawzin, this option allows them to directly purchase other Shawzin types on the Market.
Ongoing Bug: Since The New War update, bindings have not been working on console platforms, being stuck to default with no way to change them even after settings adjustments.
This bug has yet to be fixed as of the latest hotfix to the Angels of the Zariman update.
Songs played on the Shawzin are stored as a string of numbers, letters, and symbols. These songs can only be manually recorded for up to 4 minutes with 1000 notes. However, you can import 4m16s songs with 1666 notes.
Each song begins with a number, indicating the scale that the song is played on.
|Scale||Pentatonic Minor||Pentatonic Major||Chromatic||Hexatonic||Major||Minor||Hirajoshi||Phrygian||Yo|
Every note consists of three characters, with the first character indicating the note to be played. Important to note that letters are case-sensitive and that whammy is not recorded.
|Frets/Strings||1||2||1 & 2||3||1 & 3||2 & 3||1 & 2 & 3|
|Sky & Earth||Z||a||b||c||d||e||f|
|Sky & Water||p||q||r||s||t||u||v|
|Earth & Water||x||y||z||0||1||2||3|
|Sky & Earth & Water||5||6||7||8||9||+||/|
The following two characters signal where said note is played with 4096 unique positions. The second character tells what measure the note is played in, from A-Z, then a-z, then 0-9, then +, /, for a total of 64 measures where each measure lasts for four seconds. Each measure is divided into 64 parts as the third character represents: A-Z, then a-z, then 0-9, then +, /.
A sample note BAA will represent No Fret + 1st string played in the 1st measure at the 1/64th position of said measure.
|ID (First Character)/Scale||Pentatonic Minor||Pentatonic Major||Chromatic||Hexatonic||Major||Minor||Hirajoshi||Phrygian||Yo|
|No Fret + 1 (B)||C4||C4||C4||C4||C4||C4||C4||C4||C#4|
|No Fret + 2 (C)||D#4||D4||C#4||D#4||D4||D4||C#4||C#4||D#4|
|No Fret + 3 (E)||F4||E4||D4||F4||E4||D#4||F4||E4||F#4|
|Sky Fret + 1 (J)||G4||G4||D#4||F#4||F4||F4||F#4||F4||G#4|
|Sky Fret + 2 (K)||A#4||A4||E4||G4||G4||G4||A#4||G4||A#4|
|Sky Fret + 3 (M)||C5||C5||F4||A#4||A4||G#4||C5||G#4||C#5|
|Earth Fret + 1 (R)||D#5||D5||F#4||C5||B4||A#4||C#5||A#4||D#5|
|Earth Fret + 2 (S)||F5||E5||G4||D#5||C5||C5||F5||C5||F#5|
|Earth Fret + 3 (U)||G5||G5||G#4||F5||D5||D5||F#5||C#5||G#5|
|Water Fret + 1 (h)||A#5||A5||A4||F#5||E5||D#5||A5||E5||A#5|
|Water Fret + 2 (i)||C6||C6||A#4||G5||F5||F5||C6||F5||C#6|
|Water Fret + 3 (k)||D#6||D6||B4||A#5||G5||G5||C#6||G5||D#6|
- Whammy will lower these notes by one semitone.
- Although C4 to D#6 is the Shawzin's playable range across all 9 scale sets, B5 is currently missing and cannot be played without the use of Whammy.
- Auld Lang Syne
Broken up for readability:
5 BAA JAI JAV JAZ MAh KAp JA0 KA4 MBA JBJ JBV MBZ SBh UBq UCA SCI MCU MCZ JCh KCp JC1 KC5 MDB JDJ CDW CDa BDi JDq UEB SEJ MEV MEa JEi KEq JE1 KE6 UFC SFL MFX MFc SFl UFt UGI SGQ MGd MGi JGp KGy JG9 KHC MHK KHO JHT CHe CHj BHr JH1
- Happy Birthday
Broken up for readability:
5 KAA KAF MAJ KAR SAZ RAh KAw KA1 MA5 KBA UBI SBQ KBg KBl kBo hBw SB4 RCA MCI iCZ iCe hCh SCp UCx SC5
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Broken up for readability:
5 BAA BAI KAQ KAY MAg MAo KAx JBA JBI EBQ EBY CBh CBp BBx KCB KCI JCQ JCY ECf ECo CCw KDB KDI JDQ JDY EDg EDo CDw BEA BEI KEQ KEY MEg MEp KEx JFB JFJ EFR EFZ CFh CFp BFz
- The control keys in the UI are not translated for AZERTY keyboards.
- The UI displays for the song menu, while it is physically bound to .
- The UI displays for the change instrument menu, while it is physically bound to .
- The correct keys are displayed in the key configuration menu in settings.
- Shawzins cannot be switched outside of the orbiter, even in relays or dojos.
- Its appearance is reminiscent to three-stringed instruments such as the sanxian or the shamisen, but is played without a plectrum, much more like a banjo.
- The Narmer Shawzin's appearance is based in one of the explorative sketches made during the development of the Aristei Prime Shawzin.
A playlist of every shawzin type being played and showcased.