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Ah, yes, SarynIcon272.png Saryn. Warframe's original high profile poster girl (can someone check how many Mods feature Saryn?), and everyone's beloved fashion model (if all her TennoGen entries mean anything, though WispIcon272.png Wisp and GarudaIcon272.png Garuda might want to challenge that...).

Saryn's popularity is caused not only by her shapeliness (I mean, NezhaIcon272.png Nezha, IvaraIcon272.png Ivara, SevagothIcon272.png Sevagoth and MesaIcon272.png Mesa are all shapely, if you stare at them long enough), but also because she is virtually the Queen of all Trades. Need a crowd killer in Survival and Disruption runs? Call Saryn. Someone to keep Sanctuary Onslaught efficiency? Saryn. A capable decoy? Saryn's Molt130xDark.png Molt, gotcha. Someone who can go toe-to-toe with bosses? Even Saryn can fill that role. A virtual girlfriend? Heck, Saryn can compete with YareliIcon272.png Yareli for that. If there's one thing she's admittedly less capable at, it's during Eidolon hunts, as players prefer hunt mainstays such as VoltIcon272.png Volt and TrinityIcon272.png Trinity, or the lore-appropriate GaraIcon272.png Gara; and yet Saryn is still preferable over others due to her tankiness, in case a player doesn't have the aforementioned mainstays.

On top of that, Saryn is perhaps one of the most frequently updated Warframes. Remember the time when spamming Miasma130xDark.png Miasma was all you needed? Then when they nerfed Miasma, there is the trick when you can spam DmgViralSmall64.png Viral Spores130xDark.png Spores on her molted skin, and that also got nerfed. Then they made ToxicLash130xDark.png Toxic Lash work beyond melee weapons, buffing up ranged weapons and even Arch-guns. And, as if anticipating the release of The Steel Path, her Spores evolved to its current iteration, so that they now scale up in damage as long as there is an ongoing infection. And did I mention they changed her sound sets at least twice already?

And Saryn's spores are her bread and butter tool for mass murder, of which the build on this blog post will primarily focus on.

The Spread Her Love Build

Explaining the build

The above mod build is intended at sustaining Spores with high Ability Duration and Range, while still keeping some oomph for the damage scaling part with a decent amount of Strength. Overextended gives very high Range as an individual mod and allows the boils to spread quick and fast. It does come at the expense of Ability Strength, which is then offset by Blind Rage and Spores' damage scaling mechanic. Saryn's Efficiency suffers as a result of Blind Rage, but the casting cost of Spores is relatively cheap, not to mention easy to maintain without the need to re-cast by popping freshly grown ones with an explosive shot. So using Spores this way will barely touch her rather large Energy reserves, further augmented with Primed Flow as a safeguard.

To replenish her Energy, Saryn - tanky as she is - can simply take damage and trigger Hunter Adrenaline, then once she's had her fill, she can use Regenerative Molt to both heal herself and create a decoy for incoming enemy fire. To return the favor with a vengeance, Saryn can stagger the crowd with Miasma, use Toxic Lash, and either slap enemies with her Nikana, or blow them up into oblivion with explosive weapons or everyone's favorite Kuva Grattler.

Now, take note that this build treats Saryn as a caster type, albeit a tough cookie at that. Other Saryn builds emphasize her tankiness with Mod TT 20px.png Umbral Fiber and Mod TT 20px.png Adaptation which may require sacrificing this build's reliance on high Ability Range, so be mindful that while Saryn is still far tougher than dedicated casters such as EmberIcon272.png Ember or LimboIcon272.png Limbo, she is still squishier compared to her builds that emphasize heavily on survivability. So mobility is going to be her best friend - after all, she can keep moving around and avoid gunfire while her Spores do most of the job for her.

Conclusion

There is a good reason Saryn is popular with TennoGen modders. And while her usual form is that of an imposing, formidable fighter, she can be as sassy as a certain bird-inspired bloodthirsty Warframe if she chooses to be.

Saryn has definitely achieved her place as one of the most iconic and memorable Warframe designs, and despite being a formidable mainstay in the game for almost a decade now, and despite the many new interesting Warframes that spawned after, she remains one of the top choices due to her excellent gameplay mechanics, ability synergies, and love for fanservice.

So, with due respect to WukongIcon272.png Wukong, I'll stay and remain loyal as a Saryn main, thank you.

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