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Penta
DEPenta
Statistics
Weapon Slot Primary
Weapon Type Launcher
Trigger Type Semi-Auto
Utility
Noise Level Silent
Firing Rate 1.0 rounds/sec
Accuracy 100
Magazine Size 5 rounds/mag
Max Ammo 20 rounds
Reload Time 2.5s
Normal Attacks
Impact w Impact 75.0
Crit Damage 200%
Charge Attacks
Elemental Type Blast b Blast
Elemental Dmg 350
Miscellaneous
Polarities None
Introduced Update 11.3
The Penta Launcher fires up to five grenades that can be remotely triggered at just the right moment.

Penta is a Corpus Grenade launcher. It launches ballistic grenades with primary fire and detonates all active grenades with the Zoom feature.

Damage listed in game is damage from physical grenade impact with a target. The explosion is significantly more powerful.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
25,000
ControlModule64
3
Circuits64
1,000
Ferrite64
1,200
AlloyPlate64
400
Time: 24 hr
Rush: Platinum64 40
Market Price: Platinum64 150 Blueprint Price: Credits64 30,000

CharacteristicsEdit

Advantages :

  • Grenades deal Impact damage when hitting an enemy.
    • Deals 50% more damage to shields.
  • High AoE Damage.
    • 350 Blast damage that can be increased by mods.
    • A maxed Firestorm increases the blast radius up to 6.2 meters.
  • Heavy Caliber does not significantly reduce accuracy.[citation needed]
  • Explosion can also cause procs. 
  • Less explosion damage results in less damage dealt to self in comparison to the Ogris. Although damage and elemental mods will apply full damage to the user.
  • If three shots proc multi-shot from Split Chamber, there will be 6 grenades. (All six grenades do damage. Easily tested with Nyx's absorb and vertical launching grenades.)

Disadvantages :

  • Explosion deals Blast damage, which cannot be changed into another type.
    • Blast deals 25% less damage to Armor.
  • Can only have five grenades out at once.
    • When using the Split Chamber mod, the extra projectiles count towards the limit of five live grenades.
  • Grenades that have stopped moving have no obvious visual or audio cue (but with "PhysX" enabled they have some sparks when come to complete rest).
  • Grenades have slow projectile speed travel time and heavy arcing.
  • Grenades have a high bouncing capability which makes it hard to stack on desired spot.
  • Increasing magazine capacity does not allow you to have more than 5 grenades out at once, and after detonating the maximum of 5 at once you will have less to start in the magazine, forcing you to reload to shoot another 5.
  • Explosion cannot deal a critical hit (however the projectile can).
  • The explosion can damage the user. With high damage mods it is possible to down yourself in one shot if too close to the blast radius.
  • Lowest max ammo of all primary weapons.
    • Tied with Ogris.

Weapon LoadoutsEdit

Main article: Category:Penta Build

See the user build section for builds using this weapon.

NotesEdit

  • Using the Zoom button when Penta is in hand will detonate any grenades launched from the user.
    • Zoom is possible only when there are no existing grenades.
    • Detonations can still be triggered while the player is performing other actions.
    • The Toggle Zoom function interferes with grenade detonation; zoom will need to be toggled twice between each detonation.
  • Launching a grenade is silent to enemies, though explosions are noticeable.
  • Grenades have no arming delay, and can be detonated instantly with the use of the Zoom button.
  • Grenades can be bounced around corners, off walls, and over low obstacles.
    • Grenades that bounce into enemies deal damage even when bouncing off of other enemies.
    • Multiple impacts dealt by the same grenade are possible.
    • Grenades do not bounce when striking water, coming to a dead stop instead. This allows perfect aiming for setting traps, but is ineffective with Undertow as drowning enemies do not take damage from external sources.
  • The Arsenal UI used to label only the damage of the grenade on impact, but now labels the Impact damage of the projectile as well as the base Blast damage (350 base).
    • 82.35% [350/(350+75)] of any elemental damage shown in the UI will be used for the AOE damage while the rest is for projectile damage.
  • Increasing the Magazine size of the weapon does not increase the 5 grenade limit you can have out.
  • The physical impact of the grenade can deal a critical hit but does not show up in the game's UI.
  • Though the grenade explosion does not destroy rockets from Bombards, impacts by the grenades from very accurate (or sometimes lucky) shots can.
  • When using Split Chamber, the second grenade is noticeable from the first (but only with Heavy Caliber at a reasonable rank), though they share the same trajectory and usually bounce the same direction too.
  • Penta still uses the rifle ammo mutation mod instead of the sniper one while still using sniper ammo.

TipsEdit

  • Grenades fired from the Penta are lobbed in a heavy arc, allowing the player to kill enemies hiding behind cover much more easily, as the detonation happens upon external trigger.
  • Standing at a greater height allows for the grenades to be lobbed and bounce further, allowing the user to see the grenade better, as well as eliminating the worry of self-damage.
  • It is not recommended to use Shred as grenades can often go through the floor on some tilesets, making it impossible to bounce every time.
  • Split Chamber, under random circumstances, can fire a total of six grenades. Provided multishot works on every shot, 2 shots puts out 4 grenades, allowing you to fire a third for the 5 total limit, but with 1 extra from the multishot.
    • When using the Split Chamber in conjunction with Heavy Caliber, the decreased accuracy puts the grenades side-by-side and you can clearly see 6 total grenades out at once. This is most likely a bug due to split chamber forcing an additional grenade to spawn on the last shot.
  • Speed Trigger is an efficient way to quickly launch up to the grenade limit.
  • Elemental mods such as Cryo Rounds and Hellfire are external from the main Blast damage, allowing the weapon to have 3 separate elemental combinations. If one creates a Blast damage combination, it will merely add itself to the main explosion damage.
  • Be extra cautious and do not attempt to use in small areas. A single fully-modded grenade can usually kill any Warframe unless protected in some way.
  • Players can detonate grenades in mid-air for an 'airburst' effect, which can deals headshot damage to targets below.
  • The Penta is a very effective weapon when firing from a safe location on an Infested mission.
  • The default color of the grenades can make it hard to see in the middle of a crowd of enemies or from their random bouncing. Change the energy color to suit certain tile sets (eg, do not use bright white for Corpus Outpost missions).
  • Be wary when installing Infected Clip or Malignant Force, as the Toxin damage from either mod can bypass Warframe shields and deal damage directly to health.
  • As mentioned above, be cautious while firing the Penta when you are near water, as the grenades come to a dead stop when they hit water.

TriviaEdit

  • Released in Update 11.3.0.
  • This is the first weapon to have the Zoom capability replaced with a different function.
  • Penta derives from the Greek prefix of "five", which makes sense as the grenade launcher utilizes a magazine of 5 grenades.
    • This seems to be the first Corpus weapon to be named after Greek origin instead of Latin.
  • Penta is the third weapon model that has a magazine that responds after firing. First being the Twin Gremlins, and the second is the Soma.
  • Its model is known to be a non-static model, as the upper barrel shaft shifts when reloading.
  • It seems the entire gun represents a mere skeletal structure, unlike most Corpus weaponry.
  • Increasing the magazine size actually increases the visible grenades stored in the weapon, being the first weapon with this obvious visual ammunition increase.
    • With 5 grenades in the weapon, there is a small gap between the fifth grenade and the bottom of the gun. With 6 grenades, there is no gap at all. With 8, the stack actually exceeds the bottom.
  • The Penta is the first Corpus weapon to focus on explosive weaponry, utilizing the technology on Plasma grenades through a launch system. They, however, deal blast damage, which does not fit the Corpus theme.
  • The grenades are flat and rectangular, which is odd, considering their bouncy movement.
  • On the stats, it says the trigger is blank.

BugsEdit

  • Rarely a detonation will cause damage to you even if the grenade is well beyond the explosion radius. Attempts have been made to fix this issue, with varying degrees of success.
  • In its Arsenal UI, it does not display its trigger function, though it functions as Semi-Auto.
  • Occasionally, the flames emitted by the Penta can remain indefinitely if reloaded too frequently.

MediaEdit

  • Penta Reinforcements image
  • Penta in Codex
  • Rhino with Penta
  • Preview of deployed grenades (customized energy colour)

 

See AlsoEdit

  • Torid, a toxic fume grenade launcher. 
  • Ogris, a rocket launcher with a charge function.
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