Which Kubrow?

Diglet, Sahasa, Kubrow

Sahasa Kubrow

Sahasa (साहस) can translate to “courage”.

What it’s for:

Damage and replenishing energy, health, and ammo.

Dog specific spells:

  • Dig, +270% chance to dig up “ammunition, health orbs, energy orbs, small amounts of credits, and occasionally mods”.

Warframe pairing:

Use with:

  • Any warframe whose play is extremely hindered by loss of energy. Examples;
    • Speed: Volt or Nezha doing a capture mission, if unable to use their speed boost, damages the need to bring them.
    • Healing: Saryn being unable to use her Regenerative Molt which would save her life.
    • Defensive: Nezha or Rhino being unable to cast their defensive abilities, leading to their death.
  • In the above examples, one small bit of energy at the right time would save those warframes lives, or make the play entirely more smooth. This is whom a Sahasa is most useful for.

Do not use with:

  • A warframe that can manage without using their abilities for a while, has their own healing, or is never ammo starved; would find a Sahasa less useful as a companion.
  • Examples of Warframes being able to do what the Sahasa can;
    • Nezha has an augment which makes his ability drop health orbs.
    • Trinity has an augment which makes her ability drop health orbs and energy orbs.

Play tactics:

Four Sahasa teams:

  • Before you have even had your screen load in a mission, usually a Sahasa has already started digging. If you are running a fast paced mission like a capture, on something like Volt or Nezha which relies on energy to grant speed. Bringing a Sahasa to give you instant energy to start off the mission is useful. Teams with four sahasas would grant extreme energy for the mission start and allow automatic play with no ramp up needed to wait for normal or focus energy replenishment.

High damage environments:


Toiger, Sunika, Kubrow

Sunika Kubrow

Sunika (सूनिक) can translate to “hunter”.

What it’s for:

Damage and capture missions.

Dog specific spells:

  • Unleashed, holds down your target to stop it from running. Dog will prioritise some enemies over others to hold down. Like capture, eximus and synthesis targets.

Warframe pairing:

Use with:

  • Any warframe.
  • Whatever warframe you like to run captures with. Ie, something that gets from a to b quickly to kill the target then extract.
  • Whomever you do your synthesis dailies on. Example; a stealth frame which can walk around using the scanner looking for the target.

Do not use with:

  • If you don’t need any of the utility of the other Kubrows, Sunika is generally the “go-to” Kubrow. Unleashed is an all round good ability which can stop targets from being annoying when they otherwise would. The bonus of it pinning down a scorpion, or breaking through an eximus shield so you can shoot it, make it quite “loveable”. Therefore the advice here is, “do not use it with” any form of play where the other Kubrows you find a better fit for the mission.

Play tactics:

High damage environments:

Captures, Synthesis, Eximus sorties, etc:


Ripper, Raksa, Kubrow

Raksa Kubrow

Raksa (रक्षा) can translate to “protection”.

What it’s for:

Warframe survivability.

Examples;

  • Unlocking the star chart.
  • Places where you have high damage but not instant spike death, such as elite sanctuary onslaught.
  • Places where your pet can be close to you and all the enemies come to within 24 meters of your Warframe (examples are Excavation or Defence).
  • High AoE environments.

Dog specific spells:

  • Protect, replenishes 300 shields [activates consistently, as long as Warframes shields are not full].

  • Howl, crowd control ability. Fearing 15 enemies, within 24 meters, for 16 seconds.

Warframe pairing:

Use with:

  • Any warframe that you have built with mods that increase Shields.
    • Redirection, Augur Accord, Vigor, Primed Vigor and Link Shields.
  • Hildryn, constant shield replenishment for her to cast abilities.
    • Read comment here from reddit talking about how much shields you replenish and its usefulness.

Do not use with:

Play tactics:

High AoE environments

  • The ability for your Kubrow to just make an entire group of targets turn around and walk slowly away, for you to headshot as you please, makes this dog fantastic for big aoe environments. Because it stops you ever “getting swamped”. The targets do not run quickly, so you have time to turn to focus them still in range, before the crowd control wears off.

When enemies come to you:

Spike or Non-spike damage:


Huras, Kubrow, Merle

Huras Kubrow

Huras (हुरस्) translates to “stealthily”.

What it’s for:

Missions that are best for stealth.

Examples;

  • Spy missions.
  • Missions with a singular target.
  • Affinity kills / leveling warframes and weapons.

Dog specific spells:

  • Stalk, gives stealth to warframe, within 24 meters.

  • Hunt, charge attack, dealing damage (affected by bite and maul mods) on an 8 second cooldown.

Warframe pairing:

Use with:

  • Weapons that are stealthy, examples here. Or that have mods like Hush and Suppress attached.

Do not use with:

  • Warframes like Loki and Octavia whom have stealth abilities inbuilt.

Play tactics:

Logically, a dog will not run as fast as a warframe. A kubrow will glitch to you, jump through the air, etc. It “keeps up” but it still cannot logically know your movements and will be killing things sometimes and so fall a bit behind and then bolt quickly back to you. But it still will not be with you all the time if you are moving around hastily. A warframe like volt or nezha would be quite hard for a Huras to cloak. So you have two tactics here.

Spy Missions:

  1. Strategy is to bring a slow moving warframe to always have the dog with you, to silent kill targets whilst in stealth.
  2. Bring any warframe. Destroy enemies out of stealth, but before you are doing the “spy” hacking part of the misson, wait for the dog. Move with the kubrow in the same room with you to remain stealthed and keep in range so as to avoid alerting guards.

Missions with a singular target:

  • This is a thing because you can avoid every other target in the mission except for whatever you are hunting. Capture target, boss, maroo’s treasure, kavat dna farming, kubrow den hunting, etc. You can bring this dog and keep it near you and just stealth through the whole map until you find your target, kill it, then continue the same way to extraction.

Affinity kills / leveling warframes and weapons:

  • In this video, Ivara is used (other videos also use Equinox and etc) to provide stealth kill affinity multiplers. Whilst harder, if you have no stealth frame you can also try to do this with your companion.
    • Bringing a Huras without damage mods and just something like Medi-Pet Kit equipped (examples are places like Hydron or Helene), allowing the dog to put you into stealth to add to the affinity multiplier, may not hurt.

Chesa Kubrow

Chesa (चेस) can translate to “chase”.

What it’s for:

Farming dog.

Great PvP dog.

Originally this dog worked around picking up loot (specifically, Fetch replaces Retrieve), but now the dog works like Nekros and pulls more loot itself rather than just picking it up.

Dog specific spells:

Warframe pairing:

Does not stack with; NekrosIcon272 Nekros‘s Desecrate130xDark Desecrate, HydroidIcon272 Hydroid‘s TentacleSwarm130xDark Tentacle Swarm, or AtlasIcon272 Atlas‘s Ore Gaze.

Farming parties

Play tactics:

Smeeta: Farming rare resources like Argon Crystals, etc.

Chesa: Farming common resources like Nekros.

PVP:


Helminth Charger

The Infested Kubrow.

What it’s for:

Damage. Has its own specific Set mods for dps.

Dog specific spells:

Warframe pairing:

Nidus

Play tactics:


Sahasa Image: Tigrol Fur Pattern, Ifrit Armor, Valkyr Brown (orange), Anyo Grey (1.78% rare navy).

Sunika Image: Ifrit Armor, Derelict Black, Domino Fur Pattern (12.5%), Phorid Red (1.78% rare red).

Raksa Image: Ifrit Armor, Valkyr Brown (orange), Nexus Fur Pattern, double Sargas Brown (1.78% rare gold).

Huras Image: Kavasa Prime Collar, Rhino Brown, Merle Fur Pattern (6.25%), Ambulus Black (1.78% rare brown).

Chesa Image:

Helminth Charger Image: