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Build-A-Zaw Workshop [Update 22.18.0]
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A detailed guide chock-full of references on Strikes, Grips, Links, Exodia Arcanes and many builds to help find the right Zaw for you. Arguably the best weapons in the game at the moment, you're missing out if you haven't put the effort into forging one by now.
   
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Intro
Once again surprised with the lack of documentation here, a clanmate and I have taken it upon ourselves to help clarify and streamline the process of crafting your personal Zaw. Melee weapons have always been the best weapons in the game (if you have the mods) and adding modular options to the weapon class has only cemented them into that spot further.
In almost every case, a Zaw is statistically superior to the other weapons of its type. Add the fact that every Strike has a 3-star Riven Disposition and can equip unique Arcane Enhancements, and your primary and secondary are sure to collect some dust. Though the grind to construct a Zaw may seem daunting, it absolutely is worth the effort to make your own.

This guide is here to help you find your perfect combination of Strike, Grip and Link. Keep this page[semlar.com] open as you read through to help you find your ideal Zaw.
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Hok's Anvil
A blacksmith selling his wares in exchange for Ostron standing. Here you will purchase and assemble your Zaw parts.
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Speaking to Hok allows you to:
  • Exchange Ostron standing for Strikes, Grips, Links and Exodia Arcanes.
  • Preview Zaw builds.
  • Gild your Zaws for stat boosts once they reach level 30. (Strikes do not grant Mastery until the Amp has been gilded and leveled to 30 again.)
  • Donate Zaws you no longer need in exchange for Ostron standing.
  • Rename Zaws and non-Zaw weapons for a 15p fee.
  • Purchase a pre-built Zaw with Platinum consisting of random parts that are shuffled daily. (This can include parts exclusive to Operation: Plague Star.)
Strikes
The first and most important part of your Zaw. Helps determine the weapon and damage types.
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Name
Type
Damage
Speed
Critical Chance
Status Chance
Balla
Dagger / Staff
68 Base
5%
60%
35%
+0.083
18%
18%
Cyath
Machete / Polearm
72 Base
20%
5%
75%
+0.000
18%
18%
Dehtat
Rapier / Polearm
68 Base
10%
50%
40%
+0.083
18%
18%
Kronsh
Machete / Polearm
86 Base
70%
30%
-0.067
18%
18%
Mewan
Sword / Polearm
86 Base
25%
35%
40%
-0.067
18%
18%
Ooltha
Sword / Staff
72 Base
10%
40%
50%
+0.000
18%
18%
Plague Keewar*
Scythe / Staff
79 Base
28%
14%
33%
25%
-0.033
18%
22%
Plague Kripath*
Rapier / Polearm
70 Base
14%
36%
21%
29%
+0.033
22%
18%
Sepfahn**
Nikana / Staff
72 Base
10%
25%
65%
+0.000
20%
20%
Rabvee**
Machete / Hammer
86 Base
60%
5%
35%
-0.067
18%
18%
Dokrahm**
Scythe / Heavy Blade
68 Base
15%
35%
50%
+0.083
18%
18%

* = Only purchasable from Nakak during Operation: Plague Star.
** = Added with Beasts of the Sanctuary.
Grips
The second part of your Zaw, determining a variety of stats as well as influencing the weapon type.
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Name
Type
Damage
Speed
Peye
Sword / Machete / Rapier / Dagger / Scythe / Nikana
-4
1.000
Plague Akwin*
Sword / Machete / Rapier / Dagger / Scythe / Nikana
-2
0.950
Laka
Sword / Machete / Rapier / Dagger / Scythe / Nikana
+0
0.917
Kwath
Sword / Machete / Rapier / Dagger / Scythe / Nikana
+14
0.850
Seekalla
Staff / Polearm / Heavy Blade / Hammer
-4
1.000
Jayap
Staff / Polearm / Heavy Blade / Hammer
+0
0.917
Plague Bokwin*
Staff / Polearm / Heavy Blade / Hammer
+7
0.883
Kroostra
Staff / Polearm / Heavy Blade / Hammer
+14
0.850
Shtung**
Staff / Polearm / Heavy Blade / Hammer
+28
0.784
Korb**
Sword / Machete / Dagger / Rapier / Scythe / Nikana
+28
0.784

* = Only purchasable from Nakak during Operation: Plague Star.
** = Added with Beasts of the Sanctuary.
Links
The final piece to add to your Zaw. Determines an overwhelming variety of stats.
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Name
Damage Bonus
Speed Chance
Critical Chance
Status Bonus
Ruhang
+14
-0.067
N/A
N/A
Jai
-4
+0.083
N/A
N/A
Ruhang II
+28
-0.133
N/A
N/A
Jai II
-8
+0.167
N/A
N/A
Vargeet Ruhang
+14
-0.067
7.0%
-4.0%
Ekwana Ruhang
+14
-0.067
-4.0%
7.0%
Vargeet Jai
-4
+0.083
7.0%
-4.0%
Ekwana Jai
-4
+0.083
-4.0%
7.0%
Vargeet II Ruhang
+14
-0.067
14.0%
-8.0%
Ekwana II Ruhang
+14
-0.067
-8.0%
14.0%
Vargeet II Jai
-4
+0.083
14.0%
-8.0%
Ekwana II Jai
-4
+0.083
-8.0%
14.0%
Vargeet Ruhang II
+28
-0.133
7.0%
-4.0%
Ekwana Ruhang II
+28
-0.133
-4.0%
7.0%
Vargeet Jai II
-8
+0.167
7.0%
-4.0
Ekwana Jai II
-8
+0.167
-4.0%
7.0%
Arcanes
Arcane Enhancements exclusively for Zaws made available from Hok after reaching the rank of Kin with the Ostrons.
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Exodia Arcanes
Criteria
Chance
Effect
Duration/Range
Brave
CHANNEL KILL
100%
1.25 / 2.50 / 3.75 / 5.00
Increased energy regen
1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Seconds
Valor
CRITICAL HIT
5% / 10% / 15% / 20%
50% / 100% / 150% / 200%
Increased channeling damage
3 / 6 / 9 / 12
Seconds
Might
FINISHER
12.5% / 25% / 37.5% / 50%
7.5% / 15% / 22.5% / 30%
Lifesteal
2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Seconds
Triumph
STATUS EFFECT
5% / 10% / 15% / 20%
50% / 100% / 150% / 200%
Increased Channeling damage
3 / 6 / 9 / 12
Seconds
Hunt
SLAM ATTACK
20% / 30% / 40% / 50%
Pull in nearby enemies
6m / 8m / 10m / 12m
Force
STATUS EFFECT
5% / 10% / 15% / 20%
Burst for
80% / 100% / 120% / 150%
weapon damage
5m / 6m / 7m / 8m
Contagion*
AIR ATTACK
100%
100% / 200% / 300% / 400%
projectile damage after 30m
Only procs after a bullet/double jump.
Determined by gravity.
Epidemic*
SLAM ATTACK
100%
Projects damaging wave that suspends enemies in the air, dealing Viral damage up to 33m away. Only procs after a bullet/double jump.
1s / 2s / 3s / 4s

* = Only purchasable from Nakak during Operation: Plague Star.
Recommended Builds Pt. 1
Combinations of Strike, Grip and Link and suggested mod loadouts. Builds marked with * are best-in-class and can not (currently) be statistically surpassed by any other weapon of its type. Stats presented are after Gilding. Mix and match for yourself here.[semlar.com]
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Sliita
Mods
Type
Sword
Strike
Ooltha
Grip
Laka
Link
Vargeet Ruhang
Arcane
Exodia Valor
Comparison
Krohkur
Notes
Extremely reliant on keeping your combo multiplier up, but is thankfully offset by a stance with wide sweeps and generous movement.
Berserker is your designated mod to replace in the event you obtain a riven for Ooltha.

Parang*
Mods
Type
Machete
Strike
Cyath
Grip
Peye
Link
Ekwana II Jai
Arcane
Exodia Valor
Comparison
Gazal Machete
Notes
A fast slash status-based weapon. Buzz Kill is your designated mod to replace in the event you obtain a riven for Cyath.

Carranza
Mods
Type
Rapier
Strike
Dehtat
Grip
Kwath
Link
Vargeet II Jai
Arcane
Exodia Valor
Comparison
Destreza
Notes
Another slash proc weapon due to Vulpine Mask having three combos with two guaranteed slash procs minimum. It will destroy any one target.
Gladiator Might is your designated mod to replace in the event you obtain a riven for Dehtat.

Pesh-kabz*
Mods
Type
Dagger
Strike
Balla
Grip
Laka
Link
Ekwana II Jai
Arcane
Exodia Might
Comparison
Rakta Dark Dagger
Notes
Very fast combos with multiple viral and slash procs despite it's 35% chance, but like any dagger will mainly rely on Covert Lethality. Doing so makes it the best candidate for wearing Exodia Might, healing you on Finishers.
Drifting Contact is your designated mod to replace in the event you obtain a riven for Balla.
Recommended Builds Pt. 2
Naginata*
Mods
Type
Staff
Strike
Ooltha
Grip
Seekalla
Link
Ekwana Jai
Arcane
Exodia Valor
Comparison
Bo Prime
Notes
A staff focusing on large bleed procs from crits with quick multi-hit attacks. The stance is used for its forward combo, the right-click combo being for AoE and movement.
Buzz Kill is your designated mod to replace in the event you obtain a riven for Ooltha.

Laesio
Mods
Type
Polearm
Strike
Cyath
Grip
Jayap
Link
Ekwana II Ruhang
Arcane
Exodia Triumph
Comparison
Lesion
Notes
Essentially Lesion but still a bit too far off without a godly Riven roll.
Primed Fury or North Wind are your designated mods to replace in the event you obtain a riven for Cyath.

Plague Langxian*
Mods
Type
Polearm
Strike
Plague Kripath
Grip
Plague Bokwin
Link
Ekwana II Ruhang
Arcane
Exodia Epidemic
Comparison
Guandao
Notes
A personal favorite. This Zaw is all about utility and is essentially a swiss army knife. Since forging it, I've used it so much I actually feel terrible my dozens of other Rivens have collected dust since. Great status, innate Viral, spin-to-winning through each room, absolutely absurd range and the Arcane is an 0-cost energy Rhino Stomp that you can spam if you're ever in a tight spot for some reason. My trusty tool for Focus farming.
If you can secure a Riven with +Range, I urge you to slot it in place of Buzz Kill.
F.A.Q.
A section to be updated over time as questions are asked in the comments and more content needs to be clarified. Please ignore for the time being.
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Q: Can you get MR from Zaws?

A: An assembled Zaw must be leveled to 30, gilded, and leveled to 30 again before obtaining Mastery from the Strike.
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Q: Are there modular options for primary and secondary weapons like Zaws are to melee weapons?

A: Soon.[clips.twitch.tv]


Need a clan?
Need a group to help farm resources to make the Zaw you want? Maybe you're new and just need some help in the game or access to clan research.
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Tenno on the Moon is a relaxed and casual clan that recruits active and friendly players. We were founded on the primary goal to ensure Warframe never feels like a job to players. Only by working together can we combat the grind, generally awful trading community and other aspects of poor game design. With over 250 members, our emphasis on remaining casual doesn't stop us from obtaining a spot in the top 100 leaderboard scores during clan events.
There are only two rules to keep in mind. One being that 30 days of inactivity gets you kicked for space unless a higher-up is notified you're taking a break. The second being that you're generally friendly if you plan on using the clan chat tab.
Our official forum clan can be found here[forums.warframe.com]. If you'd like to join, please join this page or leave a comment below and make sure you are not already in another clan so an invitation can be sent.

We also run an Alliance for any smaller, likeminded clans. While they serve little purpose at the moment, it's a good idea to join one in the event Dark Sectors return and any other bonuses the Kingpin system will offer. The Towers That B want you to be apart of our clan family.
Our official forum alliance can be found here[forums.warframe.com]. If you'd like to join, please request an invitation to this page and leave a comment below with your in-game name for further discussion.
Credits
Look forward to this guide being updated any time more content is added to Zaws. I love documenting these sorts of things so I hope at least a few of you got some use out of it. I'm always planning on creating more guides for my favorite games, so feel free to subscribe if that might interest you for whatever reason.
And a HUGE thank you to PlayMyTrapCard for fleshing out the majority of the Builds section.

Thank you for using our guide! Check out below for more!

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15 Comments
Barltonn Sep 6, 2018 @ 8:50pm 
Hey i'm interested in joining the clan. My IGN in BoxBox20
Reimu Hakurei Aug 5, 2018 @ 8:09am 
It keeps saying I can't forge the Zaw in the menu.
tim Jul 29, 2018 @ 8:47pm 
Hey! I'm interested in joining the clan. My IGN is MyExtraChromosome.
jasonotaku098 Jul 5, 2018 @ 2:50pm 
Hi i kinda suck at making zaws, iam looking for a heavyblade combination that can handle higher lv enemies if u know any i would really appreciate it
Kinnex May 15, 2018 @ 6:33pm 
Thank you, missed it in the intro.
💬  [author] May 12, 2018 @ 1:36pm 
all zaws have a disposition of 3 (neutral) so i dont think its worth adding that info to each strike individually. it is made note of in the intro
Kinnex May 12, 2018 @ 1:03pm 
Would it be possible to also ad Riven Dispositions to the guide?

Sadly, I do not see them listed on the wiki: http://warframe.wikia.com/wiki/Riven_Mods#Melee
rivisaax Mar 2, 2018 @ 3:52pm 
My zaw isn't very good. I want a rapier Zaw, but all the good ones are super far in to the grind.
白夜。 Mar 1, 2018 @ 1:54am 
nice
TheGrimCorsair Feb 27, 2018 @ 7:24pm 
It'll be a good day when Maiming Strike's crit chance is no longer multiplied by Blood Rush.