Does Warframe’s Cycron Need a Buff?

Warframe, the free-to-play third-person shooter from Digital Extremes, was updated quite recently. In that updated, the Jack of All Trade frame, Oberon, was reworked and players seemed to focus...
Warframe Corpus Cycron

Warframe, the free-to-play third-person shooter from Digital Extremes, was updated quite recently. In that updated, the Jack of All Trade frame, Oberon, was reworked and players seemed to focus all their energy on scrutinizing the character’s revisited abilities. In fact, we here at MMOexaminer also did exactly that! It’s been a few days now since the initial update, and players have had a chance to check out the new weapon that also came out with the Oberon update, and it looks like the community is displeased with it.

Warframe Oberon Cycron

The Cycron is a secondary beam weapon locked for players until they hit Mastery Rank 9. It seems to want to be built for status with high heat damage and status chance, and has an infinite supply of ammo… well, sort of. This infinite ammo simply means that the gun regenerates its ammo instead of needing ammo drops in a mission. It can regen in a character’s hand or in a holster and it sounds pretty cool in theory. However, as time goes on, complaints are cropping up everywhere including the Warframe forums and more recently, Reddit.

The Reddit OP quite frankly asks why the Cycron even exists. Essentially the argument against the weapon is that you spend more time reloading than you do shooting. A comment on the Warframe forum post tells us that you can shoot for approximately 4 seconds before reloading with takes 5 seconds. When you break it down like that, it sounds pretty ridiculous. However, a particular moment from the 90th dev stream and one Warframe forum commenter might have the answer as to why this weapon is the way it is.

At 8:48, the Warframe devs talk about the idea of implementing an equip state where players could have any one-handed melee weapon equipped while also holding a one-handed secondary weapon. If this is added to the game, the reload speed for the Cycron might not be as annoying.

This doesn’t necessarily fix the problem though. 4 seconds of shooting for a 5 second reload is ludicrous. Modding the weapon with Fast Hands helps, but then of course you’re sacrificing damage. If this weapon were buffed it would make the most sense to either cut the reload time or increase the magazine capacity, but does it need it? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

And if you want more Warframe discussions, make sure you check out our previous posts on the new Oberon rework or clan member inactivity punishing players.

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Ashley was introduced to the world of video games by her Nerd-Family. A lover of all things RPG and MMO, she's a self-proclaimed alt-oholic and is constantly dreaming up new characters and the background stories for them. She's obsessed with the High Fantasy genre and thus plays a lot of the Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Witcher series.
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  • Minifig3D
    13 June 2017 at 4:46 pm
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    Personally, I am a big fan of this pistol… gun… weapon… thing. The best part being that you do not have to reload at all. Yes, there is a recharge time, but it is not an animated action, which means that it cannot be interrupted, which means that you can continue to do whatever you want while waiting for that ammo! Personally, i prefer to shoot it till i have exactly 1 ammo left in the clip (so i still get a 2.5 second delay instead of 5 seconds) and then go ham with my glaive prime. Melee would stop you from reloading with any normal gun, but with the Cycron it will recharge anyway!

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