The Cheese Limbo Build for Scarlet Spear I Wish I’d Found Earlier

By the time this article is published, Scarlet Spear will be over. It was a long, drawn out event, but what took hours in the beginning was quickly reduced to pretty simple strategy. I went from needing an hour or more to do 17 Condrix to being able to do it with a half-decent team of randoms in about 25 minutes. I ran into a lot of nice players and now have more people to regularly play with.

But my secret is that I found a good build that could potentially carry any Condrix mission.

What about Murex though?

No, screw Murex. Murex missions were not fun at all. 99% of the time it was a Gara or a Limbo protecting the Oplinks while a Mesa murdered everything. The Railjack part was basically pointless, especially if you had someone shooting down Splinters and Ramsleds.

The meta for Murex was insanely simple and made even more boring as you wait for codes. I’m normally a patient person, but on a bad relay, you could be waiting 5 minutes for a handful of codes. Or you could zoom through the whole process and barely even notice. In general, Murex missions were not fun, even if they were (theoretically) quicker and more rewarding than Condrix missions.

Limbo Prime facing a defeated Condrix and sending scrambled data to a Railjack team
Limbo Prime facing a defeated Condrix and sending scrambled data to a Railjack team

Anyway, back to those Condrix.

My build wasn’t anything special. I didn’t even forma my Limbo. But I played enough missions to have Limbo Prime sneak his way from the bottom of my Warframe list into my top 10 most played. Seriously, Limbo Prime has kicked the likes of Frost Prime and Loki out of the way. Maybe I’ve just been playing too much Scarlet Spear. Or maybe it’s because, no matter what, Limbo Prime and my loadout proved capable of carrying a whole set of 17 Condrix.

So where is the cheese?

Two words: Exodia Contagion. Exodia Contagion has the unique effect of passing through Limbo’s Rift. I don’t know if it’s because Exodia Contagion is counted as an ability or if it’s because it’s a ghost, but it simply works.

The Exodia Contagion build.
The Exodia Contagion build. The riven adds range and critical damage, but you can easily replace it with Blood Rush or more crit damage or something.

So my tactic becomes insanely simple: remain in Limbo’s Rift at all times, spamming Exodia Contagion at the massive sentient with a portal in its ass. A teammate (normally a Wisp and a Mesa) can deal with the Sentients while I work on the Condrix. And then I can just plop down Stasis and Cataclysm and move on to where the next Condrix will spawn. My Limbo build ensured that Stasis lasted enough enough to only need 1 cast for 3-4 players, or 2 casts for 1-2 players.

This isn’t perfect though. Mainly because a fuckton of Sentient stuff can still hit you through the Rift. Namely the Conculyst and those annoying squiggly assholes that buzz about everywhere. And solo runs were still not worth doing. Not because of the difficulty, but because of how long and tedious it is solo…

But Medic, why didn’t you share this build?

Because it’s wholly inaccessible to a lot of players. Sure, my build is Limbo with a 3-forma build on a Zaw, but none of the Zaw parts are accessible. the Zaw parts are both Plague ones, only available with Plague Star, which buggered off earlier this year. The same applies to Exodia Contagion, which is a very expensive Arcane to obtain. Alright, you can use a different Zaw, but a full set of Exodia Contagion will cost you about 450 Platinum. A single one costs 50 Platinum.

With my original guides, I wanted to show something that was somewhat accessible to most players. Most people can get their hands on a sniper rifle and a Limbo Prime. Most people CAN’T get their hands on a full set of Exodia Contagion.

That’s not the entire reason though.

The more accurate reason is that, well, I only discovered the build myself a week before Scarlet Spear ended. And it took a good few Condrix missions to get into using the Arcane properly.

So, uh, yeah, I kinda forgot.

But I do think Scarlet Spear will return in the future, so maybe this will have some use in the future…


Medic, also known as Phovos (or occasionally Dr Retvik Von Scribblesalot), writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF since she doesn't have anything better to do. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Phovos has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

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