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Play this instrument by equipping and using the included Shawzin Emote.
—In-game description

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.

Acquisition[]

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.

Variants[]

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.

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Corbu Shawzin
(Electric Guitar, Overdrive)
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Dawn Shawzin
(Shamisen)
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Dax's Shawzin
(Shamisen)
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Void's Song Shawzin
(Acapella)
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Day Of The Dead Shawzin
(Shamisen)
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Kira's Shawzin
(Synth Guitar)
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Mimica Shawzin
(Shamisen)
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Nelumbo Shawzin
(Acoustic Guitar)
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Tiamat Shawzin
(Bass Guitar)
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Aristei Prime Shawzin
(Harp)
Octavia Prime Access

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Narmer Shawzin
(Electric Guitar, Distortion)
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Mechanics[]

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.

Controls[]

The various default controls for the Shawzin include:

PC PlayStation Xbox Nintendo Switch Description
1 Combops4sq.png XB1IconX.png Y 1st String
2 Combops4x.png XB1IconA.png B 2nd String
3 Combops4circle.png XB1IconB.png A 3rd String
Space Moving LS Moving LS Moving LS Whammy
Leftarrow.png  or N L2 LT L Button Sky Fret
Downarrow.png  or L RT RB R Button Earth Fret
Rightarrow.png  or M R2 RT ZR Button Water Fret
Tab Pressing LS Pressing LS Pressing LS Scale: Players can use this key to change scale. Options include:
W Uparrow.png Uparrow.png Uparrow.png 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:
  • Metronome - This option enables the audio cue on the metronome when recording a song. The Metronome is on by default.
  • Slow Playback - Enabling this option will slow down the song playback, giving players more time to see the falling notes on the board.
  • Auto Play - Enabling this option will make the song play its notes without player input.
A Leftarrow.png Leftarrow.png Leftarrow.png 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.
  • Instruments cannot be switched outside of the Orbiter
X Options Start Home Exit

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.

Sample Notes[]

Note Dax's/
Dawn/
Day Of The Dead/
Mimica
Nelumbo Corbu Tiamat Aristei Prime Narmer Kira's Void's Song
C4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
C#4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
D4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
D#4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
E4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
F4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
F#4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
G4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
G#4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
A4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
A#4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
B4  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
C5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
C#5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
D5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
D#5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
E5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
F5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
F#5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
G5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
G#5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
A5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
A#5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
B5  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
C6  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
C#6  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
D6  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)
D#6  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)  (download)

Song Transcription[]

Songs played on the Shawzin are stored as a string of numbers, letters, and symbols.[1] 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
Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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.

Possible First Characters
Frets/Strings 1 2 1 & 2 3 1 & 3 2 & 3 1 & 2 & 3
None B C D E F G H
Sky J K L M N O P
Earth R S T U V W X
Water h i j k l m n
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.

Note Relations[]

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.

Example Songs[]

Auld Lang Syne
5BAAJAIJAVJAZMAhKApJA0KA4MBAJBJJBVMBZSBhUBqUCASCIMCUMCZJChKCpJC1KC5MDBJDJCDWCDaBDiJDqUEBSEJMEVMEaJEiKEqJE1KE6UFCSFLMFXMFcSFlUFtUGISGQMGdMGiJGpKGyJG9KHCMHKKHOJHTCHeCHjBHrJH1

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
5KAAKAFMAJKARSAZRAhKAwKA1MA5KBAUBISBQKBgKBlkBohBwSB4RCAMCIiCZiCehChSCpUCxSC5

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
5BAABAIKAQKAYMAgMAoKAxJBAJBIEBQEBYCBhCBpBBxKCBKCIJCQJCYECfECoCCwKDBKDIJDQJDYEDgEDoCDwBEABEIKEQKEYMEgMEpKExJFBJFJEFREFZCFhCFpBFz

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

Bugs[]

  • The control keys in the UI are not translated for AZERTY keyboards.
    • The UI displays W  for the song menu, while it is physically bound to Z .
    • The UI displays A  for the change instrument menu, while it is physically bound to Q .
    • 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.

Trivia[]

  • 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.

External Links[]

Media[]

A playlist of every shawzin type being played and showcased.

Patch History[]

Hotfix 31.6.2 (2022-06-15)

  • Fixed a wonky chord and made balance tweaks to the Void’s Song Shawzin.

Update 31.6 (2022-06-09)

NEW: VOID’S SONG SHAWZIN

Kira played her shawzin to uplift the spirits of Zariman crewmembers. Her song and her memory live on in the Void.

This Shawzin has breathy airy tones, and can be purchased for Platinum via the in-game Market!

FIXES:
  • Fixed being unable to chat link the following:
    • Shawzin

Hotfix 31.5.7 (2022-05-06)

  • Fixed Shawzin custom bindings not saving and reverting to default when using the Shawzin Emote on controller.

Hotfix 31.5.4 (2022-05-02)

  • Fixed clicking sounds heard in certain notes when playing Kira’s Shawzin.

Update 31.5 (2022-04-27)

KIRA’S SHAWZIN

This instrument belonged to a much-loved member of the Zariman, who would often cheer up her companions with it. With its mysterious synthesizer tones from the edge of the Void, it's sure to give you the tools to relive those days.

Kira’s Shawzin is available for purchase via the in-game Market.

Update 31.1 (2022-02-09)

  • Fixed functionality loss when using Shawzin and Transference at the same time.
  • Fixed functionality loss when using Shawzin and Navigation at the same time.

Hotfix 31.0.4 (2021-12-21)

  • Fixed for latency when playing Narmer Shawzin notes quickly - trimmed samples, added a longer decay time to envelopes and also lowered gain to match other Shawzins.

Update 31 (2021-12-15)

NARMER SHAWZIN

[SPOILERY DESCRIPTION IN THE IN-GAME MARKET - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!]

Hotfix 29.9.1 (2021-02-24)

  • Fixed the Aristei Prime Shawzin not being available as an instrument choice for the Shawzin Emote, if you used it an Orbiter Decoration.

Update 29.1 (2020-09-17)

  • Fixed inability to exit the Shawzin with a controller if a key binding is changed since Start then becomes unbound.

Hotfix 28.2.1 (2020-08-01)

  • Fixed incorrect mesh on the Mimica Shawzin.

Update 27.4 (2020-05-01)

  • Updated the grunge on the Corbu Shawzin to make it edgier for all your shredding need.
  • Titania can no longer play the Shawzin while in Razorwing due to it resulting in a very broken flying state.
  • Fixed Shawzin strings showing up as black boxes when HDR is enabled.
  • Fixed lag issues when playing the Shawzin.

Hotfix 27.3.6 (2020-03-31)

  • Fixed a script error when attempting to play the Shawzin.

Update 27.3 (2020-03-24)

TIAMAT SHAWZIN

Compose ballads of old threats risen anew, with this Shawzin.

Update 27.1 (2020-02-04)

CORBU SHAWZIN

Shape intricate melodies with this geometric Shawzin.

A note from our Sound Team: “We recorded many different real guitars to make this electric guitar Shawzin sound heavy. The sounds are a result of blending these different guitar tones together. Each of the notes has a couple of different variations so when you play it, it will sound like a realistic electric guitar.”

Hotfix 25.7.6 (2019-09-18)

  • Added “Yo” Scale to the Shawzin. ‘Sup.
  • Limited Shawzin to 30 notes per second to prevent macros playing ridiculous amounts of notes and causing issues.
  • Fixed “long clicks” (more than half a second) in the Shawzin song menu cancelling the Shawzin emote.
  • Fixed the “D” key resetting Shawzin songs. Now you can hit the D key all you want.

Hotfix 25.7.5 (2019-09-09)

  • Fixed Chat functionality in Shawzin screen.
  • Chat button on Controllers can no longer be rebound in the Shawzin controller bindings. If this key has already been bound due to not having this restriction previously, rebinding what's there will fix it.
  • Changed the name ‘Vibrato’ to ‘Whammy’ to more accurately reflect its function.

Hotfix 25.7.4 (2019-09-05)

  • Added custom Shawzin keybind settings for keyboard and controller!
    • Keyboard defaults are: Fret keys have moved from mouse to arrow keys.
    • Controller defaults are: Exit is now the start button (unbindable) so it does not cause accidental Shawzin exits. *Notes are defaulted to the bottom three buttons.
  • Added unique open/close sounds for the Nelumbo Shawzin (this time without causing crashes).
  • Fixed chosen Shawzin not retaining when switching to a different Shawzin.
  • Fixed a second player equipping a Shawzin with different notes resulting in your Shawzin notes being overwritten.
  • Fixed inability to reload if you play the Shawzin with less than max Ammo on your equipped weapon.
  • Fixed inability to be Gifted a different type of Shawzin then the one you already own.
  • Fixed the Shawzin no longer playing notes after playing for a prolonged time.

Hotfix 25.7.3.1 (2019-09-03)

  • Fixed UI breaking when attempting to search for square bracket text in Shawzin Songs.

Hotfix 25.7.3 (2019-09-03)

  • You can now record Shawzin songs with up to 1000 notes, but can only Chat linked if they're 100 notes or less.
    • I wrote this change wrong! The true change is: You can now load 1000 note songs that you have recorded, but the Chat link limit of 100 notes still applies.
  • Fixed Shawzin 'Autoplay’ always showing a score of 0 the whole time, instead it now shows "Autoplay".
  • Fixed a UI lockup when selecting a Chat linked Shazin song or Mod Link.

Hotfix 25.7.2.1 (2019-08-30)

  • Reverted the addition of unique open/close sounds for the Nelumbo Shawzin due to it causing crashes and breaking squadmates UI.

Hotfix 25.7.2 (2019-08-30)

  • Added unique open/close sounds for the Nelumbo Shawzin.
  • Fixed inability to play Shawzins that you have placed in your Orbiter.

Hotfix 25.7.1 (2019-08-30)

  • Reverted change that allowed for you to use the Shawzin Decoration for Skins while placed as a Decoration in your Orbiter due to it causing a crash.
    • While we attempt to fix this, if you want to change how your Shawzin looks while playing, refrain from placing the decoration in your Orbiter

Update 25.7 (2019-08-29)

SHAWZIN 2.0 - INTERACTIVE EMOTE!

Back in Update 25.4 (2019-07-18) we added the Shawzin to the Market for 40 Platinum - a placeable Decoration to remind you of The Sacrifice. Immediately the comments rolled in of ‘I wish we could play it’! And today that day has come:

All Shawzin purchases now come with a free ‘Shawzin’ Emote that you can equip to play your signature instrument! Those who have already purchased the Shawzin will retroactively have the Emote. With over half a dozen Scales, 3 frets and 3 strings, your song opportunities are endless. We cannot WAIT to see what you all come up with!

We have added 3 new Shawzin Decorations to the market with a different flair:

MIMICA SHAWZIN - custom colour Shawzin! This Shawzin features an adaptive enamel that senses and mimics the coloring of any musician playing it.

DAWN SHAWZIN - Like the morning’s first light, this Shawzin will wake the spirit within.

And NELUMBO Shawzin - with it’s own sound-pack, it’s completely unique!

SHAWZIN has been renamed to DAX SHAWZIN for clarity.

Simply change your Shawzin while using the Emote using the menu provided!

Some nifty features to explore with your Shawzin:
  • Numerous different musical scales to choose from
  • Play single notes and chords
  • Play along with Mandachord rhythm section
  • Practice songs included (and a "slow playback" feature also available)
    • "This Is What You Are", "We All Lift Together", and "Smiles From Juran" songs included!
  • Add vibrato and whammy bar effects
  • Record your Shawzin songs and share with friends by linking in Chat once you’ve achieved at least 4 Clems (points) by playing your track back
    • Shawzin can auto playback songs or you can play along
    • Metronome mode option (120bpm with quantization feature)

Shawzin music can be heard in Squads and aboard landing crafts. Relays do allow you to play, but you will only hear your music and not your peers.

Update 25.4 (2019-07-18)

SHAWZIN DECORATION

This antique Orokin string instrument once belonged to a great Dax. The ancient ballad, “Smiles from Juran,” is one of the few known examples of music composed for this instrument.

Update 23.0 (2018-06-15)

  • Introduced as a background decoration in The Sacrifice.


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