I Have a Nidus, and I’m Not Afraid to Use It!

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No deep brooding post today. Just alien Infestation everywhere.

Holy hell, he is so much fun.

Nidus is the Infested Warframe – all his abilities involve shooting, spreading, or otherwise controlling various tentacled Infestation.

He is the first warframe I own to be primarily an ability caster – that is, he can get away with not relying on weapons much and instead let his abilities do the killing.

It takes some time to build up to seriously awesome power. Doing an ordinary mission with him felt like it kept his power level low.

Soloing an endless dark sector survival mission is a whole ‘nother story.

It’s going to take some time to figure out how to take him further with forma and the correct mods and all that, but for now, decimating packs of enemy Infested is ludicrously fun.

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New Toy = Future Fashionframe x 4

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Felt like a kid opening up a Christmas present tonight.

Chroma Prime looks so freaking cool.

It also hit me that I will have a problem experimenting with his different energy colors because I am liable to spend an hour in the Appearance editor tweaking optimum color combinations to match the current element I’m fooling around with.

I mean, how do I pass up the opportunity to color coordinate a red dragon, a black (D&D black dragons spit acid) or green toxic dragon, a light blue or white ice dragon or a deep blue or purple electric dragon reminiscent of GW2’s Kralkatorrik?

Well, I did try for all of 8 minutes to aspire to “meta” greatness by watching a Chroma build guide video, only to sort through my current stash of mods to determine about three quarters of the necessary mod cards were not yet in my possession.

(Right, gotta have a future goal to grind towards. Start looking for ability strength and duration stuff at some point.)

Anyhow, the frame still needed to rank up to 30 from 0 before even having the mod space to approach the distant neighborhood of optimal.

So I went for fun and killing a few birds (or infested alien monsters) with the same flamethrower.

That is, I had an Ignis to also rank up. The Ignis is a flamethrower with innate Heat damage. It didn’t have the mod space to get fancy with secondary damage types yet, since it was starting from near zero (well, 10 mastery) so I popped on a weak Serration and called it done.

Then I went for a fire Chroma to play around with EVEN MOAR FIRE while testing out all the various abilities and ranking up at the same time.

I’m sure some people have mathed it all out (and I will get around to looking at the results of that math and aping it the moment I want to try soloing an Eidolon or considering higher level missions) but at level 25-35 missions, the amount of sheer AoE chaos from spewing fire all over the place is… probably extremely non-optimal but exceedingly gratifying.

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I probably need to put Ember on the wish list at some point, I have a terrible weakness for all things fire.

Apparently, Chroma got nerfed or reworked at some point (says Google while I was searching around) and some people feel the current version is a little too weak in comparison to other frames. Since I was never around for the “before” version, I have no standard of comparison anyway.

For now, I’m content to just mess about and have fun discovering new and different playstyles while looking goddamn good.

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Very Happy Camper Right Now

It is super duper rare that I am beaming all over after playing a game. I am, by nature, more of a cynic and a pessimist. Outwardly, anyhow, so as to protect the teeny tiny kernel of eternal hope within from crushing disappointment.

But tonight, I am grinning from ear to ear like a Cheshire Cat of epic proportions.

On the 12th of November, since I was coming down from a GW2 legendary push, I started playing Warframe more heavily and giving it a more focused shot at void relic farming for Chroma Prime.

Somehow, a Chroma Prime Chassis blueprint dropped from solo opening one of my few Meso T3 relics (20% chance, after farming enough Void Traces to boost them to Radiant status.)

Bolstered by the first part finally dropping, I went ahead to crack open some Intact Neo K2 relics (25% chance for the Chroma Prime Blueprint itself), assuming that this would be the easiest part to obtain.

It also yielded itself that selfsame night.

Next, the hard part.

Chroma Prime Neuroptics blueprint have a 2-10% chance dropping from a Lith C3 relic; ditto Chroma Prime Systems with a 2-10% chance from an Axi C3 relic.

The 2% chance is if one brings the relic as is, “Intact” to a mission.

Improving the drop rate means upgrading with a Void Traces currency (which itself must be farmed by opening other relics). The best chance one can get for those two parts is 10%, which costs a fairly hefty amount of 100 Void Traces to bring it to Radiant.

Missions, by the way, are arranged in the order of difficulty from Lith (Easy), Meso (Okay), Neo (Medium-ish) and Axi (Pretty Durned Hard).

Lith would be tedious in terms of grind, but at least the missions would be something I could easily do.

Axi honestly terrified me. It would push the limits of where I currently am at with my warframes and weapons and mods.

After a few nights of patiently farming a grand total of three Lith C3s and three Axi C3s, tonight a 7 hour resource booster dropped as a free gift from the daily, which I noted doubled the Void Trace drop quantity.

Taking advantage of this, I changed plans and boosted all six of them to Radiant ever slowly and steadily farming in my inefficient solo way (which at least lets me have the agency to shoot mobs rather than wait for someone else to play the game for me.)

Naturally, once they were Radiant, I just -had- to try to crack them open.

After two missions of generously bringing Radiant Lith C3s and a Saryn to public groups just throwing in random Intact Liths, I decided I was tired of watching things die to another player pushing one button (and me being little better, snatching up what remained from that player and pushing my own button 4 to AoE wipe out the stragglers.)

Also, I had hoped that maybe another player might have some to improve my chances, but it apparently was a revolving door of some players deciding to drop after checking out the party and probably what relics were on offer.

So I played my last Lith relic as a legit slower solo, taking my time to open some containers and shoot some mobs and kubrows for the hell of it.

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Oh yeah.

Axi was left.

*shudder*

I gamely tried a level 41-43 Axi mission that was Corpus Defence by myself. I brought my Frost Prime, which I figured would give the objective the best chance at survival, and my best weapon and my best everything.

His Snow Globe was getting ripped apart but I was managing to keep it up and stacked… until the Nullifiers showed up. One thing or another happened, the globe kept dissolving, I kept getting ragdolled around and barely clung on (losing two lives in the process.)

Then the Corrupted Ambulas showed up, which was apparently some kind of ridiculously high hp TANK of a boss mob and me with the wrong weapon damage type/no knowledge of how to deal with it. It took some five minutes of slowly nickel and diming it to death.

The next wave (wave 4, I believe) began, and a SECOND Corrupted Ambulas landed, accompanied by a veritable wave of robotic laser-toting moas which do horrible things to the Snow Globe.

That was when I surrendered and aborted that mission.

Public matches it would have to be.

At least I would be bringing an offering of a Radiant Axi C3 relic, which I assumed a more high rank player would be happier to crack open for everyone to benefit from.

Along that vein of thinking, I brought along my Rhino Prime so that I could both stay alive with Iron Skin and just Roar to give whoever was going to do the major part of the killing a little more damage.

Two missions and two teams went by. Nothing.

On the second team, two players voted to stay for waves 6-10, one decided to extract, and I decided to follow along with the two that hadn’t violently barfed and run off from my low to middle ranked mastery level.

My -last- Axi C3 relic… else I would have to repeat the process for another couple days.

Kindness rewarded.

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YEEEEEEEEESSSS.

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Very very happy camper right now.

In 3 days and 12 hours later, I can take the shiny new prime warframe out for a test run.

Laughably, I don’t even have the base Chroma yet and have no clue what it does. I like the idea of a dragon warframe, but found the normal Chroma both ugly and a bit tedious to make as it required farming up other warframe parts. The ugliness really did not help the appeal.

Chroma Prime, though. Love its look. Very similar in structure to the Palatine Rhino skin which is my top favorite fashion warframe. Had to have it.

Now I do. Feels so good.

Oh, and as additional icing on today’s cake, I was right in my last post that Path of Exile would be launching its hype cycle pretty darned soon.

Path of Exile 3.5 will bring us Betrayal.

Forsaken Masters getting majorly revamped – as in, the daily tedium of grinding faction will be gone, along with them entirely (possibly taking the place as bosses to fight instead.)

A new set of Masters will take their place, and bring the mechanics of the previous leagues into core – Delve, Incursion and a revamped Bestiary.

Hideouts will keep over leagues so that you can finally decorate one to your heart’s content without having to begin with a blank slate every league, and a great deal more besides.

Man, this is why I’m so thrilled to be playing and following Warframe and Path of Exile.

Fortuna’s patch notes busted the Reddit character limit the other day.

As one user said, “You know its a good day when the patch notes hit the character limit.”

Path of Exile’s Betrayal hype page has 12 sections. The patch notes are going to be pretty darned awesome come December.

And now I can actually viably consider veering back to PoE, now that my Chroma Prime goal has been ticked off in Warframe (and Astralaria in GW2.)

Today is a good day.