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Best Secondary Weapons Warframe

Best Secondary Weapons

When you are out of bullets and blades can’t just do the job, you need to have a trusty secondary weapon to fall on. In Warframe, you should have the most reliable items in your arsenal, including your sidearm. Knowing which secondaries you should have can save you in some crucial and dangerous situations. This guide will help players decide on the best secondary weapons in Warframe that fit their playstyle.

What are Secondary Weapons in Warframe?

There are three types of weapons of slots in the game, primary, secondary, and melee. The secondaries are the sidearms that Tenos will bring to the battlefield. While they are not the main form of damage-dealing items characters should have, they are handy, especially when you run out of ammo on your main.

Like other armaments, secondary weapons are separated into different categories. Each class presents a different type of playstyle, so understanding what they do can help you decide on one to get. Here are all the secondary weapon types in the game:

  • Crossbow
    • Burst/Charge
  • Dual Pistols
    • Auto
    • Auto-Spool
    • Burst
    • Charge
    • Semi-Auto
  • Dual Shotguns
    • Auto-Spool
    • Semi-Auto
  • Exalted Weapon
    • Auto
    • Charge
  • Pistol
    • Auto
    • Auto/Burst
    • Burst
    • Charge
    • Duplex
    • Held
    • Semi/Auto
    • Semi/Charge
    • Semi-Auto
  • Shotgun Sidearm
    • Auto
    • Auto-Spool
    • Semi-Auto
  • Thrown
    • Active
    • Auto
    • Auto/Semi

Best Secondary Weapons in Warframe

While there are tons of secondaries in the game, some sidearms are more potent than the rest. Players should focus on acquiring these items, especially if they fit their playstyle. Here are the best secondary weapons in the game:

  • Kuva Nukor
  • Laetum
  • Epitaph
  • Tenet Cycron
  • Sporelacer Kitguns
  • Pyrana Prime
  • Knell Prime
  • Tenet Detron
  • Kuva Brakk
  • Catabolyst

These sidearms are considered the top guns you can use for your Warframes. They are fully functional and excel in any situation. Having at least one in your arsenal can present a massive advantage to your kit. 

Warframe Secondary Weapons Tier List

If the best of the best doesn’t suit your style, there are plenty of other choices. However, you should still ensure that the ones you want are functional and can be on par with the top guns with minor modifications. Here are all the rankings of each secondary weapon in Warframe:

S Tier

These sidearms are the best of the best. You can whip them out anytime, and they can almost perform as well as many primary weapons, if not better. If you are just looking for the most powerful tools that don’t need to fit your playstyle, then these are the ones you should be going for. 

  • Kuva Nukor
  • Laetum
  • Sporelacer
  • Tenet Cycron
  • Epitaph
  • Pyrana Prime

A tier

These are exceptional choices for anyone who needs a great sidearm. They may not be at the top of the tier, but they are more than qualified to do the job. These secondary weapons can be on par with those in the S Tier with a few modifications. Even with just these armaments, you are already safe with any choice. 

  • Knell Prime
  • Kuva Brakk
  • Catchmoon
  • Aegrit
  • Tombfinger
  • Aksomatt Prime
  • Catabolyst
  • Vermisplicer
  • Tenet Diplos
  • Gaze
  • Rattleguts
  • Akjagara Prime
  • Euphona Prime
  • Tenet Spirex
  • Tenet Detron
  • Kuva Twin Stubbas
  • Athodai
  • Akstiletto Prime
  • Sepulcrum
  • Zakti Prime
  • Hystrix Prime
  • Pandero Prime
  • Staticor
  • Kompressa
  • Zymos
  • Akarius
  • Twin Grakatas
  • Atomost
  • Synoid Gammacor
  • Mara Detron
  • Magnus Prime
  • Prisma Twin Gremlins
  • Velox
  • Sicarus Prime
  • Cyanex
  • Akvasto Prime
  • Kuva Seer
  • Twin Kohmak

B Tier

These are average weapons but good enough alternatives till players get better items. Sidearms on this tier are usually used as budget alternatives before getting higher-quality tools. However, some of these secondaries fare better than A and S Tier in certain situations, so it might be best to save some in the long run. 

  • Akbolto Prime
  • Aklex Prime
  • Spira Prime
  • Pandero
  • Vaylor Marelok
  • Pox
  • Lato Prime
  • Arca Scisco
  • Lex Prime
  • Hystrix
  • Lato Vandal
  • Vasto Prime
  • Kuva Kraken
  • Ocucor
  • Dex Furis
  • Hikou Prime
  • Akbronco Prime
  • Knell
  • Spectra Vandal
  • Twin Rogga
  • Quatz
  • Azima
  • Secura Dual Cestra
  • Ballistica Prime
  • Dual Toxocyst
  • Tysis
  • Prisma Angstrum
  • Nukor
  • Aksomati
  • Pyrana
  • Sancti Castanas
  • Zakti
  • Sonicor

C Tier

These items are generally considered starting or low-tier weapons. They are decent tools to have at the beginning or early stages of the game, but you should replace them when you get the chance. Some of these weapons can be useful in certain situations, but they would need significant modifications.

  • Kulstar
  • Plinx
  • Rakta Ballistica
  • Telos Akbolto
  • Akmagnus
  • Embolist
  • Fusilai
  • Despair
  • Kohmak
  • Bronco Prime
  • Akzani
  • Akstiletto
  • Brakk
  • Stubba
  • Zylok
  • Cycron
  • Marelok
  • Aklex
  • Akjagara
  • Acrid
  • Dual Cestra
  • Akvasto
  • Gammacor
  • Stug
  • Detron
  • Twin Vipers Wraith
  • Spira
  • Magnus
  • Hikou
  • Twin Gremlins
  • Afuris
  • Furis
  • Lex
  • Vasto
  • Angstrum
  • Viper Wraith
  • Akbolto
  • Talons
  • Cestra
  • Spectra

D Tier

Under no circumstances are these weapons good. You should only use these items if you are doing meme runs or are really bored. These tools require significant modifications in the right situations to become decent, so it is highly advised not to consider them.

  • Castanas
  • Seer
  • MK1-Kunai
  • Sicarus
  • Kraken
  • Kunai
  • Bolto
  • Lato
  • Aklato
  • Ballistica
  • Akbronco
  • Bronco
  • Twin Vipers
  • MK1-Furis
  • Viper

Choose the Best Even if They Aren’t Your Main

While secondaries may not be as flashy as primary or melee weapons, you are bound to use them frequently. It is always ideal to have the best and most functional tools on your kit, even if they are sidearms. Choosing the top secondaries can make runs infinitely much more effortless.

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