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Warframe: How to easily complete the Archon Showdown

Published: 16:22, 25 October 2022
Archon Nira is not as invincible as she was during The New War
Archon Nira is not as invincible as she was during The New War

A Warframe that's often overlooked shines the most. Ivara Prime is typically only used for farming Standing with Cephalon Simmaris or for Spy Missions. Nobody expected her to make a surprise comeback as one of the best Archon killing frames.

Ever since Digital Extremes released Veilbreaker in Warframe 's late 2022 update, numerous Tenno have been struggling to complete the daily Archon Hunts. Now it's time for you to turn them into just another target to kill. 

The speedrunners in the community have been using good old Wukong in spite of his recent nerfs to make the run to the Archon as fast as possible while also staying tanky due to his Defy ability massively increasing his armour. 

However, this is where a Warframe that's often overlooked shines the most. Typically only used for farming Standing with Cephalon Simmaris or for Spy Missions, Ivara Prime makes a surprise comeback as one of the best frames to kill Archons with.

To make this fight entirely trivial, your Ivara Prime will need lots of Strength and either Duration or Efficiency (or both). The budget one Forma build we can recommend for this is as follows: 

  • Corrosive Projection
  • Blind Rage
  • Intensify
  • Primed Flow
  • Transient Fortitude
  • Narrow Minded
  • Fleeting Expertise
  • Augur Message
  • Augur Secrets 

The last two are optional and can be swapped for Primed Continuity

Warframe Nataruk replacing Ivara's signature Artemis Bow to make room for Eclipse Nataruk replacing Ivara's signature Artemis Bow to make room for Eclipse

While this will make Archons much easier and potentially one-shots, a build with an Exilus Adapter and one extra Forma for Blind Rage (Madurai polarity), makes enough room on Ivara Prime to add a maxed-out Preparation mod, granting her all the energy she needs from square one. 

One of the best weapons for this purpose will be a weapon largely unaffected by the latest AOE nerfs , Kuva Hek, due to its secondary fire's incredible damage. It can be farmed from Kuva Liches.

The bread and butter of this Archon hunting method will be Ivara's third ability, Prowl. With the increased strength from these builds, Prowl's headshot multiplier will spike above 2.0, giving Kuva Hek's secondary fire a massive damage boost. 

In addition to this increased damage output, Prowl also makes Ivara invisible while moving slowly, which will be used to close the distance on the Archon, making sure every single pellet gets Prowl's headshot multiplier.

Should you still struggle with this method, additional damage can be provided by Madurai's focus school (Void Strike) and additionally Mirage's Eclypse ability can be subsumed through Helminth which will guarantee both Archon phases to die after a single hit.


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