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  • Hi guys, I'd like to know how I should build Excalibur. Can anyone help me? I've been playing for a month now and I'd like to know the best way to mod him.

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    • There are several good builds for Excalibur. It mostly depends on what you plan to use him for, and what team you will be playing with. A good build with him can be Max Range and Duration, allowing him to blind a large crowd of enemies. This build is best used on objective based defense, such as Defense (duh), Mobile Defense, and Interception, as most of the maps are open to allow Radial Blind to affect as many enemies as possible at once. 

      Probably his most used build though, is building for his Ultimate. Exalted Blade is pretty powerful, and is an ability that makes Excalibur a viable late game (level 100+ enemies) frame. If you use a build focusing this you will need to put Strength, Duration, and Efficiency into the build. I personally use a maxed Blind Rage and Intensify for the strength, Narrow Minded and Primed Continuity for the duration, and Fleeting Expertise and Streamline for efficiency.Combined with the Arcane Pendragon helm, this puts Excal at:

      Power Strength: 244%

      Power Range: 35%

      Power Efficiency: 135%

      Power Duration: 194%

      This will leave you with 2 empty slots and an Exilus utility mod slot. I personally use Primed Flow and Rage in my two main slots and I haven't chosen a Utility mod yet, though those are less important to the core of the build. Keep in mind, this will enable you to slide into fights face forward, but don't get caught from behind. Excal can be pretty good about staying alive, so long as he faces his enemy.

      The most important thing to note if you build for Exalted Blade is this: Remember your melee weapon. Or at least the mods on it. The weapon you bring is up to you, if you plan to be out of your 4th ability much at all you may want a decent weapon to fill that space. Otherwise, make sure you have a good set of mods on it. Check out the wiki if you are ever confused, but most of the melee damage mods will affect how his 4th ability deals damage. All base damage increases, elements, crit mods, etc can affect the damage he does. I personally use a build that runs corrosive damage on my melee, as I tend to break out Excal for my high level grineer speed runs. The element (if any, but I do recommend bringing one) you choose is up to you, and should change depending on who you are fighting, but the mods on your melee weapon matter very much. 

      Side note: Life Strike on your melee works in Exalted Blade, I highly recommend it as well. 

      ~Night

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    • Wow man, that's a pretty comprehensive guide. I shall try both builds. Ty.

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    • And if you build Excalibur around his Blind, and give him a Dagger, he will kill everybody.

      Note that you may need Covert Lethality and/or Radiant Finish.

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    • 184.58.244.22 wrote:
      There are several good builds for Excalibur. It mostly depends on what you plan to use him for, and what team you will be playing with. A good build with him can be Max Range and Duration, allowing him to blind a large crowd of enemies. This build is best used on objective based defense, such as Defense (duh), Mobile Defense, and Interception, as most of the maps are open to allow Radial Blind to affect as many enemies as possible at once. 

      Probably his most used build though, is building for his Ultimate. Exalted Blade is pretty powerful, and is an ability that makes Excalibur a viable late game (level 100+ enemies) frame. If you use a build focusing this you will need to put Strength, Duration, and Efficiency into the build. I personally use a maxed Blind Rage and Intensify for the strength, Narrow Minded and Primed Continuity for the duration, and Fleeting Expertise and Streamline for efficiency.Combined with the Arcane Pendragon helm, this puts Excal at:

      Power Strength: 244%

      Power Range: 35%

      Power Efficiency: 135%

      Power Duration: 194%

      This will leave you with 2 empty slots and an Exilus utility mod slot. I personally use Primed Flow and Rage in my two main slots and I haven't chosen a Utility mod yet, though those are less important to the core of the build. Keep in mind, this will enable you to slide into fights face forward, but don't get caught from behind. Excal can be pretty good about staying alive, so long as he faces his enemy.

      The most important thing to note if you build for Exalted Blade is this: Remember your melee weapon. Or at least the mods on it. The weapon you bring is up to you, if you plan to be out of your 4th ability much at all you may want a decent weapon to fill that space. Otherwise, make sure you have a good set of mods on it. Check out the wiki if you are ever confused, but most of the melee damage mods will affect how his 4th ability deals damage. All base damage increases, elements, crit mods, etc can affect the damage he does. I personally use a build that runs corrosive damage on my melee, as I tend to break out Excal for my high level grineer speed runs. The element (if any, but I do recommend bringing one) you choose is up to you, and should change depending on who you are fighting, but the mods on your melee weapon matter very much. 

      Side note: Life Strike on your melee works in Exalted Blade, I highly recommend it as well. 

      ~Night

      Very good post.

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    • Sold my excal,i now regret my decision ._.

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    • If you get through the second dream, you can use the Unairu power mind spike, with the shadow step ability, so that whenever you melee crit, you turn invisible. I've discovered that the projectiles from exalted blade count as melee attacks, meaning that you can crit about every other slash, staying invisible for 5 seconds a proc. You can use this to deal upwards of 30k damage a swing. I use this to one hit lvl 100+ enemies.

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    • 73.12.32.2 wrote:
      If you get through the second dream, you can use the Unairu power mind spike, with the shadow step ability, so that whenever you melee crit, you turn invisible. I've discovered that the projectiles from exalted blade count as melee attacks, meaning that you can crit about every other slash, staying invisible for 5 seconds a proc. You can use this to deal upwards of 30k damage a swing. I use this to one hit lvl 100+ enemies.


      Naramon power, you mean.

      Stacking power strength beyond just intensify is sort of silly, since excal is already doing 20-60k per swing and wave, a balanced build helps you serve a team well.

      TL;DR excal is NOT a top-tier DpS frame in endgame situations, due to his lack of radial aoe on exalted blade. a good mag, equinox or nova is going to be outdamaging you every time (both in single-target and aoe dps), so instead of just minmaxing and being a weaker dps, you want to also use blind to support your allies.

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    • I started playing today using Excalibur and I have won most of my matches in free for all....... and I have only the basic stuff that you get at the start

      LOL

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    • 186.2.146.197 wrote: I started playing today using Excalibur and I have won most of my matches in free for all....... and I have only the basic stuff that you get at the start

      LOL

      Conclave isn't the same as Co-op

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    • Mag is just a kill-steal frame. Cast 3, evry kill your team mates do give you kill also. Dont compare honest excal's devastation of lvl 150+ mobs to mag's bugs.

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    • what about life and shield? dont you have really low max life then?

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    • Best build? 30 him and selve him. After the dramatic nerf to his DPS he has become one of the most worthless frames in the game. His CC is laughable and unreliable as unreliable can get ,is surviability is a joke and his DPS is so outclassed by other frames he may as well be tickling the enemy's junk with his Dull Blade.

      He hasn't reached Hydroid levels of useless but oh my god is he down there. He doesn't even have 1 niche use after the Draco bombing. At this point they may as well remove him from the game and nothing of value will be lost

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    • Hydroid's useless?

      You never left Draco, did you?

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    • A Lone Tenno is a butthurt buffoon. Ignore him.

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    • Excal is not useless... especially not Excal Prime.
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    • I think you never used excalbur I had the opinion that he was a shit but now I only play excel he is one of the best frames on the game

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    • 73.84.153.252 wrote:
      I think you never used excalbur I had the opinion that he was a shit but now I only play excel he is one of the best frames on the game

      ..For a totally new player, yes.

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    • Agreed with totally new player , that's why he's a starter frame . He mods easily to be an effective melee player , his 2 and 3 are good abilities for that . As the player advances , then the gun play is generated , with better mods and a greater understanding of how the game evolved . It's all too easy to see that more advanced players are trolling , with their use of many frames , they've forgotten how the starter is crippled by the ascaris and a lack of mods . Holier than thou on their mountain top , so , wasn't excalibur rated OP before being adjusted because of his 4th ability . And here's a question , why do you think Rhino is a choice frame for beginners ? Maybe they want a tank , because they're still stuck in melee mode . 

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    • I do think Excal is an outstanding frame to carry you through he whole game. Radial Blind, even after the completely common-sense and appropriate "nerf" is still one of the best skills in the game, he's very mobile, he has an "oh-***" panic button and he has a devastating weapon on his 4. Health and shields are not too shabby. If you put the time and effort and forma in, he's endgame viable (whatever the endgame might be).

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    • naramon excal + EB build is probably the highest dps in my opinion tbh  weaker dps lol

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    • how to build excal without corrupted mods?

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    • Much the same way, you get less bang for your buck.

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    • use a frost prime built for dimage andrange and you will make statues for days, as his four perma-freezes the enemies.

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    • 168.9.35.17 wrote:
      how to build excal without corrupted mods?

      Steel charge , cunning drift , vitality , rage , sheild recharge , stretch , streamline , intensify , flow , continuity .      If you allow prime mods , then use them , if you cant use drift mods , excahange it for rush in exilus spot .  This mod setup works on the basis that a fast charging sheild that is base will allow some damage to your health that will give a percentage of that damage to add to your high energy pool as it is drained by almost constant use of exalted blade . The efficiency is to make the drain of energy slower , the range is there for your radial blind and radial javelin , the duration also for the radial blind . Steel charge for extra melee damage in exalted blade , and who doesn't want that ?   The drift mod for added range , if rush for a speed buff . Pretty simple setup once you get used to it , you could ditch the rage and recharge for armour and sheild to make him tankier 

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    • Gamingfreak496 wrote:
      Sold my excal,i now regret my decision ._.

      sold Nyx Prime cuz i didnt know she was vaulted, feel for me....

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    • 58.182.229.104 wrote:

      Gamingfreak496 wrote:
      Sold my excal,i now regret my decision ._.

      sold Nyx Prime cuz i didnt know she was vaulted, feel for me....

      What difference does that make? If you built the frame, you can't sell it, so it's worthless from a trading perspective. And if you built it and didn't like playing it, there's no point in keeping it as it's worthless from a having fun while playing the game perspective.

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    • 94.67.72.72 wrote:
      Best build? 30 him and selve him. After the dramatic nerf to his DPS he has become one of the most worthless frames in the game. His CC is laughable and unreliable as unreliable can get ,is surviability is a joke and his DPS is so outclassed by other frames he may as well be tickling the enemy's junk with his Dull Blade.

      He hasn't reached Hydroid levels of useless but oh my god is he down there. He doesn't even have 1 niche use after the Draco bombing. At this point they may as well remove him from the game and nothing of value will be lost

      You, my friend clearly does not have any clue about what survivability means, if you only look the abilities he has. He has decent health pool, armor and even shields. I use all of his abilities, and i don't fell like he is weak, or squishy. Usually if i go into pub games, i have the most revives most damage taken, and less bleedout time. That dull blade, you mentioned is clearly capable to create a vast ammount of dead body. But i barely use it, because what i really use is a good sword in his RIGHT HAND, combined with my common sense. You can block, dodge, duck, bullet jump enemy attacks, because Excalibur has a fairly good mobility if you take his EHP in account as well.

      CC is laughable? You dare to question the pure possibility to blind your enemy? What is stronger, taking many hits in your Iron Skin, or standing still, while nobody is able to shoot in your direction? Also, just if you never noticed, if you blind somebody, and initiate the finisher animation, you deal FINISHER damage. Show me your gun, and explain if that can deal finisher damage as well! Back in my time, we only had ONE warframe who could BLIND! And it was soooooo worth it! Now you can go with other blinds like Mirage, or Inaros, or Mesa. I hope i listed all, if not excuse me.

      You belive that DE will remove him? He is one of their earliest work, Nyx also shares the similarity in apperance, and you just spat out, they can remove him at this point..? Dude, are you even thinking, or try to be reasonable? But since you are just a lone tenno, i may qualify you as an idiot who just came here to brag without any knowledge.

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    • Laveillon d' Rufus wrote:

      94.67.72.72 wrote:
      Best build? 30 him and selve him. After the dramatic nerf to his DPS he has become one of the most worthless frames in the game. His CC is laughable and unreliable as unreliable can get ,is surviability is a joke and his DPS is so outclassed by other frames he may as well be tickling the enemy's junk with his Dull Blade.

      He hasn't reached Hydroid levels of useless but oh my god is he down there. He doesn't even have 1 niche use after the Draco bombing. At this point they may as well remove him from the game and nothing of value will be lost

      You, my friend clearly does not have any clue about what survivability means, if you only look the abilities he has. He has decent health pool, armor and even shields. I use all of his abilities, and i don't fell like he is weak, or squishy. Usually if i go into pub games, i have the most revives most damage taken, and less bleedout time. That dull blade, you mentioned is clearly capable to create a vast ammount of dead body. But i barely use it, because what i really use is a good sword in his RIGHT HAND, combined with my common sense. You can block, dodge, duck, bullet jump enemy attacks, because Excalibur has a fairly good mobility if you take his EHP in account as well.

      CC is laughable? You dare to question the pure possibility to blind your enemy? What is stronger, taking many hits in your Iron Skin, or standing still, while nobody is able to shoot in your direction? Also, just if you never noticed, if you blind somebody, and initiate the finisher animation, you deal FINISHER damage. Show me your gun, and explain if that can deal finisher damage as well! Back in my time, we only had ONE warframe who could BLIND! And it was soooooo worth it! Now you can go with other blinds like Mirage, or Inaros, or Mesa. I hope i listed all, if not excuse me.

      You belive that DE will remove him? He is one of their earliest work, Nyx also shares the similarity in apperance, and you just spat out, they can remove him at this point..? Dude, are you even thinking, or try to be reasonable? But since you are just a lone tenno, i may qualify you as an idiot who just came here to brag without any knowledge.

      A bit harsh, but to be honest I agree completely. He may not have some kill through walls bullshit like a lot of mainstream ability frames but he outclasses them in dps. Because even though they have aoe he has a huge consistent damage streak across the board because of his ult. Made more viable by mods like maiming strike. Comparing him to some basically broken frames like mirage or mesa is unfair. (Broken as in they can one shot trial bosses)

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    • my main run is excal, and i find all his powers uselful and awesome. Maybe not as good as some warframes but i find being OP takes some of the fun out...plus with the proto skin he looks like a bad ass :P and i mainly use him with a good strong bow and the sword and shield with blast damage on

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    • A Lone Tenno
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