Warframe Primary Weapon Tier List (2024)

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Warframe is a game with many weapons, so it can be tough to know which to build and keep, and which should be kicked down the road for Mastery fodder. Here’s a tier list of all the primary weapons in Warframe.

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Before we begin, it’s worth noting that while weapons are placed in certain tiers, the choice of mods on those weapons is vastly important to how they rank compared to the other weapons in the game. If you’re going to use a weapon, always check out some builds or do some build crafting of your own. With that out of the way, let’s get started with the best of the best.

S-Tier Primary Weapons

Warframe Cedo
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  • Nataruk
  • Tenet Arca Plasmor
  • Cedo
  • Felarx
  • Rubico Prime
  • Kuva Bramma
  • Proboscis Cernos
  • Fulmin Prime
  • Bubonico
  • Trumna

The S-Tier lineup is the best primary weapons in the game for one reason or another. If you have a problem and need it dealt with, it’d be hard for these weapons to not deal with it in the right conditions. While this list is mostly unordered, the Nataruk and Tenet Arca Plasmor are the two best primary weapons in the game by a considerable margin. The Nataruk doesn’t even take much to get, outside of story completion. With that being said, all the options here are genuinely incredible.

A-Tier

Warframe Acceltra
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  • Phenmor
  • Phantasma Prime
  • Kuva Zarr
  • Acceltra
  • Tenet Envoy
  • Kuva Chakkhurr
  • Kuva Kohm
  • Kuva Ogris
  • Gotva Prime
  • Corinth Prime
  • Strun Prime
  • Fulmin
  • Kuva Hek
  • Stahlta
  • Vectis Prime
  • Cinta
  • Prisma Lenz
  • Shedu
  • Amprex
  • Astilla Prime
  • Tenet Flux Rifle
  • Kuva Tonkor
  • Tenet Tetra
  • Torid
  • Latron Prime
  • Tenora Prime
  • Scourge Prime
  • Baza Prime
  • Opticor Vandal
  • Tigris Prime
  • Aeolak
  • Tiberon Prime
  • Tenet Ferrox
  • Zenith
  • Arca Plasmor
  • Vaykor Hekk
  • Dread
  • Supra Vandal
  • Synapse

The A-Tier lineup is still plenty capable as a primary weapon but often has a weakness or two that just holds it back from standing at the top. Take the Amprex for example, which is a personal standout since it made up a ton of my early-game career in Warframe but lacks the DPS to make it solid in endgame content.

B-Tier

Warframe Corinth
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  • Phantasma
  • Soma Prime
  • Perigale
  • Kuva Quartakk
  • Lenz
  • Exergis
  • Boltor Prime
  • Kuva Hind
  • Boar Prime
  • Nagantaka Prime
  • Kuva Karak
  • Quellor
  • Basmu
  • Sybaris Prime
  • Ambassador
  • Cernos Prime
  • Steflos
  • Lanka
  • Sporothrix
  • Afentis
  • Phage
  • Rauta
  • Battacor
  • Prisma Grakata
  • Zhuge Prime
  • Panthera Prime
  • Telos Boltor
  • Komorex
  • Kuva Drakgoon
  • Corinth
  • Mutalist Cernos
  • Glaxion Vandal
  • Kohm
  • Strun Wraith
  • Stradavar Prime
  • Daikyu
  • Rakta Cernos
  • Prisma Grinlok
  • Convectrix
  • Burston Prime
  • Astilla
  • Quanta Vandal
  • Opticor
  • Ferrox
  • Dex Sybaris
  • Secura Penta
  • Synoid Simulor
  • Braton Prime
  • Sobek
  • Zarr
  • Rubico
  • Ignis
  • Vectis
  • Tenora
  • Vulkar Wraith
  • Scourge
  • Baza
  • Snipetron Vandal
  • Hema
  • Alternox
  • Nagantaka
  • Braton Vandal
  • Latron Wraith

The B-Tier of primary weapons is where quality begins to fall considerably, but these weapons are still somewhat useful in the right circumstances. The Burston Prime, for example, is much better if it has the Incarnon Genesis attached to it, but it is pretty forgettable otherwise. I also want to note that while some different forms of the same weapon are in this tier, this is done intentionally. These are often so close in quality that a different tier doesn’t make sense.

C-Tier

Warframe Boltor
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  • Prisma Gorgon
  • Paris Prime
  • Hek
  • Soma
  • Karak Wraith
  • Tonkor
  • Tigris
  • Argonak
  • Buzlok
  • Ogris
  • Gorgon Wraith
  • Attica
  • Grakata
  • Mutalist Quanta
  • Prisma Tetra
  • Supra
  • Carmine Penta
  • Drakgoon
  • Dera Vandal
  • Quartakk
  • Boltor
  • Zhuge
  • Stradavar
  • Paracyst
  • Sybaris
  • Tiberon
  • Simulor
  • Javlok
  • Cernos
  • Flux Rifle
  • Panthera
  • Veldt
  • Glaxion
  • Karak
  • Harpak
  • Grinlok
  • Snipetron

The C-Tier primary weapons are rough in a lot of ways, only saved from the bottom tier based on them being fun at times or being somewhat decent. The Boltor is a prime example of this, being fun for the first few Mastery levels before getting into content that requires actual damage numbers to be dished out. Many base variants of weapons with numerous variants also live here, as they should. They may be the equivalent of a weapon grandfather, but that doesn’t make them good weapons.

D-Tier

Warframe Braton
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  • Penta
  • MkI-Braton
  • Paris
  • MkI-Strun
  • Quanta
  • Vulkar
  • MkI-Paris
  • Strun
  • Latron
  • Boar
  • Braton
  • Gorgon
  • Burston
  • Tetra
  • Hind
  • Dera

The D-Tier of weapons is Mastery fodder in every sense of the word. They should be leveled to 30 for the Mastery points, then scrapped at the earliest opportunity. Writing up this guide reminded me that the Braton exists, and that alone was a crime against humanity. Unless you’re trying to troll your friends new to Warframe, you’re better off forgetting their existence.

If you’re curious about some of the game’s weapons, check out our guide on how to get the Sibear in Warframe.

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Shawn Robinson

Shawn is a freelance gaming journalist who's been with Prima Games for a year, writing mainly about FPS games and RPGs. He even brings several years of experience at other sites like The Nerd Stash to the table. While he doesn't bring a fancy degree to the table, he brings immense attention to detail with his guides, reviews, and news, leveraging his decade and a half of gaming knowledge. If he isn't writing about games, he's likely getting zero kills in his favorite FPS or yelling at the game when it was 100% his fault that he died.