Equinox Prime and ongoing Riven changes arrive to Warframe

    
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The rotating stock of Prime ‘Frames in Warframe continues its carousel. Players who buy in to Prime Access can now get their hands on the dual-natured Equinox Prime.

As described on the Warframe store page, Equinox Prime is a combatant that has the ability to switch between night and day forms, which provides her abilities with unique changes depending on the stance she’s in. These include increasing her shields, reducing enemy damage, or healing allies when nearby foes are killed. The new Prime bundles also include the Stradavar Prime rifle and the Tipedo Prime staff, but as usual all of the items — including Equinox Prime herself — can be earned in-game through blueprint drops in Relics.

Of course, with a new Prime Warframe’s arrival comes a move to put other Prime Warframes in to the Vault; Oberon Prime, Silva & Aegis Prime, and Sybaris Prime have been locked up, along with a shift of some Syndicate Sacrifice items.

The latest update has also made a number of Riven disposition updates in an effort to “help guide dispositions closer to where we feel they should be, and to offer a solid baseline that is less subject to fluctuating player usage stats.” Finally, the Mainline update to PC has also made some subtle tweaks to shadows and lighting, which were outlined in a tweet by director Steve Sinclair.

sources: official forums, twitter, thanks Sophiskiai for the tip!
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Anton Mochalin

“Players who buy in to Prime Access can now get their hands on the dual-natured Equinox Prime” – this makes an impression that only players paying real money can get Equinox Prime. Which is wrong: the main way to get it is actually farm Prime parts and then craft it.

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sophiskiai

Slight correction, the Mainline Update hasn’t landed yet – it’ll be arriving (all going well) later today, bringing a lot more stuff including the Plains of Eidolon remaster that I think is going to bring us Plains conservation and new floofs :)

Also, a heads up to anyone who hasn’t played the Anniversary missions yet (they expire on April 10th). Even if you’ve already got the anniversary Dex weapons from previous years, if you run the missions again you can sell the duplicate weapons for a few credits and keep the free weapon inventory slots.

And while there’s no benefit to running the Excalibur Dex Skin mission (new this year) if you got the skin last year, it is spooky and challenging and introduces a brand new enemy variant, Nightwatch Grineer.

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Alex Willis

My gosh, Riven disposition changes must be such a thankless task. DE is a victim of its own success with Rivens.

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sophiskiai

I’ve had such bad luck with Rivens, unlocked dozens of them and never got one for a weapon I want to use. Since I don’t trade with strangers, this means Rivens are basically a whole part of the game that just passes me by :(

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Alex Willis

I have 49 Rivens. Maybe 10 good ones. But those that are good are transformative. I’m talking about the 5-disposition ones, for weapons that are unloved and therefore more powerful. My Synapse Riven gives like 150% crit chance, +3 punch through, and +100% ammo capacity. It’s glorious. If its range wasn’t so short, I’d take it on every single mission.

It’s not Rivens themselves that are my big problem, but rather the Kuva grind. I am not opposed at all to the RNG system in Rivens, and really enjoy that their power fluctuates based on their use in the community. It’s the resources you have to dump into the re-rolling of a given mod…it can take hours of grinding just for a couple of rolls (and limited options for missions, depending on where the Kuva Fortress is). If they’re going to stay pure RNG on the specs, they should reduce that grind threshold.

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sophiskiai

I’m wondering if the big Kuva rewards from Nightwave tiers are a way of trying to sidestep that grind? By making them set onetime rewards rather than a new farmable source of Kuva, it gives players a decent chunk of Kuva without making them grind the same missions over and over but stops hardcore Riven rollers/traders taking too much advantage.

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Anton Mochalin

The whole idea of Warframe is “everything is RNG but you at least get something if you don’t get what you want” so while doing Kuva Siphon missions you still get some affinity/focus/resources/Dread blueprints/etc.

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Anton Mochalin

But man there shouldn’t be many good Rivens. The whole idea of them is being rare. And RNG is the only way to have this – if good rivens were some quests’ rewards you’d just get guides like “Total Noobs Guide To Farming Synapse Rivens” and there would be meta weapons with meta Rivens.

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Alex Willis

Again, not disputing the RNG piece. But grinding a Level 6 zone with trash drops for 600 Kuva isn’t getting me anything I want OR need. I mean, maybe you can level your forma’d weapons on them? With almost every other RNG system, there’s a little more payoff: relics that give you pieces you already have are immediately translatable to ducats; grinding bosses or zones for particular drops will still get you mods you can sell for plat; etc. The Kuva Grind is usually very unrewarding, unless you’re pairing it up with an Excavation mission, and even then, PUGs will stop it right at the 10 minute mark.

I do not object to making 20, 30, 40, 50 rolls on a riven to get a good set of features. But in the current system, that could take WEEKS of doing nothing but the Kuva grind.

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Anton Mochalin

But again, good Rivens shouldn’t be easily available. What I really don’t like is them being sold for plat.