Although the Foundry will claim that you can craft the weapon if you have a Bo Prime in your inventory, it won't allow you to consume the Bo Prime to build the weapon. This is most likely a UI bug.
The Tipedo's high base critical and attack speed make it viable for a Berserker-based build.
Its generous status chance makes it useful for slowing down enemies with North Wind.
When equipped with Clashing Forest, this weapon becomes a perfect anti-Infested melee weapon. Its high Slash damage, and its tendency to cause status and staggering is highly effective. Additionally, several combinations of Clashing Forest are especially useful against crowds.
The Tipedo is the first Staff-type weapon to deal Slash as its primary damage type instead of Impact.
This is the second weapon that requires two different pre-made weapons in order to craft, the first being the Redeemer.
The weapon's design is based on the Monk's Spade, which was used by traveling Buddhist Monks as a defensive weapon as well as a tool to give proper burial to people who died on the roads during their journeys and denied their last rites by their untimely demise.
Contrary to the real world model, the Tenno version does not feature an inverted crescent-shaped blade at the opposite end, which was used to catch ambushers' swords, giving it its secondary name "Crescent Moon Spade". The Tipedo does feature a slotted double crescent blade instead which appears to serve a similar purpose.
The Tipedo appears to be used much like a Glaive (not to be confused with the in-game weapon of the same name), though with the distinction that Glaives are historically single-edged pole weapons while the Tipedo is double-edged due to the overall design being based on the Monk's Spade.