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Best Melee Weapons in Warframe

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With so many weapons to choose from, getting started in Warframe might be intimidating. With so many options, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. What is the most effective remedy for this? Get up close and personal with some hack and slash to simplify things! Let’s take a look at some of the best melee weapons in Warframe below.

Master of Melee

Warframes melee system utilizes edged or blunt weapons and close quarter attacks.  Melee weapons are among the most powerful weapons in the game. With the right build and frame, you could potentially one-shot some enemies. Each weapon is divided into classes, each with its own set of animations. Melee weapon classifications include the following:

  • Assault Saw
  • Blade and Whip
  • Claws
  • Dagger
  • Dual Daggers
  • Dual Swords
  • Fist
  • Glaive
  • Gunblade
  • Hammer
  • Heavy Blade
  • Heavy Scythe
  • Machete
  • Nikana
  • Nunchaku
  • Polearm
  • Rapier
  • Scythe
  • Sparring
  • Staff
  • Sword
  • Sword and Shield
  • Two-Handed Nikana
  • Tonfa
  • Warfans
  • Whip

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List of Best Melee Weapons

  • Nikana Prime
  • Kronen Prime
  • Dual Keres Prime
  • Guandao Prime
  • Galatine Prime
  • Stropha
  • Praedos
  • Reaper Prime
  • Innodem
  • Redeemer Prime

Galantine Prime

Heavy blades shatter the paradigm of rapid ninja-style sword play by introducing the potential to just smash opponents. The Galatine Prime needs Mastery 13 and primarily does slashing damage. It is an upgrade of the standard Galatine, as are most prime weapons, with high damage and critical chance. When properly modified and paired with Ashe, it can one-shot anything that can be assassinated.

Nikana Prime

The Nikana Prime is widely sought after since it has one of the highest base damage of any one-handed melee weapon. To use this weapon, you must have a Mastery level of 12. Nikana Prime has the greatest critical chance and the second fastest attack speed of any nikana. The Nikana Prime hybrid build is ideal for builds that make use of elemental damage.


The Stropha may be obtained via the Granum Void and the Jackal Assassination missions, and its use needs mastery level 10. Of all gunblades, this melee weapon has the highest base damage and critical chance. It fires a cone of high-impact damage in front of you. If you want to cleave groups of opponents in a single shot, this is the gunblade for you.

Swinging with Goals

Most weapons, even melee, become viable with the correct modifications. You may experience a strong desire to find the best early on. Using what you are given, on the other hand, may be more advantageous than clinging on to a favorite. Keep in mind that as new expansions are published, the best melee weapons to use in Warframe may change.

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