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Warframe Zaw Weapon Guide – How to Craft Zaw and List of Best Builds

Zaw in Warframe allows you to build a weapon of your choice with the possible status, crit or damage boost. It is an kind of match to attach the best combos to craft a powerful weapon.

Do you have a dream of a perfect blade? In Warframe, Zaw can be your perfect sword a weapon with multiple parts that allows you to craft it the way want. In this Warframe Zaw guide, I am going to help you with the best zaw builds of 2020. Builds that can focus on high damage, speed, and crit. It is all on you what to pick, depending on your warframe the Zaw weapon can be used to amplify your strength. But for this, you will have to learn in detail about this weapon.

What is Zaw in Warframe?

Zaw is a melee weapon, modular type weapon that can be assembled with three parts. You will have to meet Hok, an Ostron Blacksmith who runs Hok’s Anvil in Cetus. You can purchase different blueprints of Zaw from this trader in Warframe.

Zaw is a single weapon with three parts. This gives players the freedom to pick the best possible combination to craft their own unique Zaw build. The three parts of Zaw are Strikes, Grip, and Links.

  1. Strike – The head of the weapon, it consists of popular attachments like a dagger, machete, scythe, sword, etc.
  2. Grip – Weapons handle which determines the attack speed, base damage, and characteristics like one-handed or two-handed.
  3. Link – Decoration on Zaw, a small attachment to the handle. Adds a bonus to the weapons with penalties.

There are 11 Strike attachments, 10 Grips, and 14 links. Each of these attachments features different stats. So your Zaw Build must come with the best combination of all three. To save your time I will share the best builds in this Warframe Zaw guide.

How to craft Zaw in Warframe?

Warframe Zaw Blueprints

Before we start with the best build list lets first see how to make Zaw in Warframe. The first mission is to find Hok, a trader on Cetus. Deal with him and you will unlock the Hok’s Anvil menu with all blueprints. After meeting the trader you can fast travel to Hok whenever you want. Go to the Browse Wares menu to check the blueprints of Zaw parts.

Best Zaw Builds

I am doing to add suggestions of different Zaw parts combinations below. Called as build each one has its own area of focus. For example more Damage or higher Speed. Depending on the Warframe type you can enhance its by mods.

Below is the build that can bring in high damage, you will be using Balla as the head of the weapon giving you a high range attack. But with this selecting the right Mods also plays a vital role. So with the list of Zaw part, you will see some recommended mods.

1. High Status Zaw Build:

  • Balla or Plague Kripath – Strike
  • Peye or Plague Bokwin – Grip
  • Ekwana II JAI – Link
  • Tempo Royale
  • Prime Pressure Point
  • Condition Overload
  • Primed Reach
  • Primed Fury
  • Virulent Scourge
  • Vicious Frost
  • Volcanic Edge
  • Drifting contact

2. High Damage Zaw Build:

  • Dokrahm or Plague Keewar – Strike
  • Seekala or Bokwin Grip – Grip
  • Ekwana II JAI or Jai II – Link
  • Blind Justice
  • Blood Rush
  • Condition Overload
  • Primed Reach
  • Berseker
  • Primed Fever Strike
  • Weeping Woulds
  • North Wind
  • Organ Shatter

3. High Crits Zaw Build:

  • Dehtat – Strike
  • Kwath – Grip
  • Vareet II Jai – Link
  • Blind Justice
  • Blood Rush
  • Condition Overload
  • Primed Reach
  • Berseker
  • Primed Fever Strike
  • Weeping Woulds
  • North Wind
  • Organ Shatter

There can be various combinations of Zaw build, it all relies on what you are really looking for from this modular combat melee weapon. For example, if you need more speed Kronsh, Peye, and Vargeet II Jai are the three best parts to assemble. This is why Zaw is quiet a good weapon to work on in Warframe. It gives you the freedom to assemble part based on your need. If your warframe is pretty fast enough and able to deal with good damage then a Zaw builds with high status plays a big role here. To make it more simple I am going to list all Zaw components below. Sorted them based on damage, Damage Bonus, Critical Chance, and Status chance.

The stats in this Warframe Zaw guide will help you to pick the best possible combination to craft the perfect Zaw weapon.

Zaw all Strikes – Damage highest to lowest

  1. Dokrahm (Scythe/Heavy Blade) – 309 Damage
  2. Plague (Scythe/Staff) – 306 Damage
  3. Kronsh (Machete /Polearm) – 234 Damage
  4. Rabvee (Machete /Hammer) – 234 Damage
  5. Cyath (Machete /Polearm) – 230Damage
  6. Sepfahn (Nikana /Staff) – 226 Damage
  7. Ooltha (Sword /Staff) – 224 Damage
  8. Balla (Dagger /Staff) – 224 Damage
  9. Dehtat (Rapier /Polearm) – 224 Damage
  10. Mewan (Sword /Polearm) – 224 Damage
  11. Plague Kripath (Rapier /Polearm) – 213 Damage

Zaw all Grips – Damage Bonus highest to lowest

  1. Korb: +28
  2. Shtung: +28
  3. Kroostra: +14
  4. Kwath: +14
  5. Plague Bokwin: +7
  6. Jayap: 0
  7. Laka: +0
  8. Plague Akwin: -2
  9. Peye: -4
  10. Seekalla: -4

Zaw all Links – Crits highest to lowest

  1. Vargeet II Ruhang: +14%
  2. Vargeet II Jai: +14%
  3. Vargeet: +7%
  4. Vargeet Ruhang II: +7%
  5. Vargeet Jai: +7%
  6. Vargeet Jai II: +7%
  7. Ekwana Ruhang II: -4%
  8. Ekwana Ruhang: -4%
  9. Ekwana Jai: -4%
  10. Ekwana Jai II: -4%
  11. Ekwana II Ruhang: -8%
  12. Ekwana II Jai: -8%
  13. Ruhang
  14. Ruhang II
  15. Jai
  16. Jai II

Ruhang link focuses on damage but costs attack speed. Jai increases attack speed bust cost damage, Vargeet boost crit but cost status. And Ekwana boost status but cost crit.

Through this Warframe Zaw guide, you will be able to understand everything about the Zaw build. Now coming to the best build there are many combinations. Warframe does not restrict you into one or two builds. You can apply the best possible mods with the modular weapon to craft a strong blade.