A couple of weeks ago, I had an idea for an article, but it was very late. Rather than turning on my computer and immediately writing the idea down, I ended up with this. An article titled “Prisma Machete”. Unfortunately though, I didn’t write anything else down. It was a blank slate, an empty canvas, for me to spew words onto in the future.
Returning to the present, I am struggling to think of things to write about. After all, both Pokemon GO and Warframe had their big, yearly events last week. But the title of this article has nothing to do with that. If anything, the only connection is that Baro Ki’Teer brought all his gear back for Tennocon. And the Prisma Machete, which was released a few weeks prior, can be found in Baro Ki’Teer’s stock.
Aside from being a new weapon and some much-desired mastery for MR31, there’s not really much to talk about.
But what even IS a Prisma Machete? Well, most people know what a machete is. It’s a big old knife. In the case of the Prisma Machete, it’s a machete with a fancy blue effect on it. Prisma weapons all have a shiny, Baro Ki’Tier-like sheen to them, and stand out brightly. The blue-green shimmer effect is also accompanied by a cute, cloud-like effect. The Prisma effect is described in-game as a treatment using “Void-hardened Prisma crystals”. Which is mostly why Baro’Kiteer has them. He spends a lot of time in the Void.
It’s not just weapons that come in Prisma variants. There are a ton of Prisma cosmetics as well, including some of my favourites. The Prisma Uru Syandana is regularly used on my Warframes, and I almost always have the Prisma Liset skin on my landing craft. Heck, there’s even a Prisma Excalibur skin! A whole Warframe skin coated in “void-hardened prisma crystals.”
Of course, all my Prisma gear is changed to yellow and blue, of course. Because I have to make everything match my god-awful yellow and blue aesthetic.
However, normally, Prisma weapons are also considered better than their non-Prisma variants. A prime example of this is the Prisma Grakata. It’s just an all-round better version of the normal Grakata. That being said, the Twin Grakatas are way cooler. No matter how shiny the Prisma Grakata is, it will never be as cool as dual-wielding two automatic rifles that spew bullets everywhere. Generally though, a Prisma variant is at least a little bit better.
Better than others?
Some weapons though get a Prisma variant despite already having other variants. After all, the Prisma Skana has friends in both Skana Prime, a Founders-only weapon, and the normal Skana that you can pick up at the start of the game.
And this is where we come back to the Prisma Machete. You see, the Prisma Machete isn’t alone in Machete variants. It and the Machete Wraith are two variants of the standard Machete. And, of course, both of them are better than the normal Machete. But something is a little bit… odd about this. Somehow, Baro Ki’Teer sells both the Prisma Machete and the Machete Wraith in his bi-weekly visits from the Void. And, out of the two of them, the Machete Wraith is actually better. Not by much, but it just is. You kinda wonder what the point of the Prisma Machete even is.
But the weirdest thing of all? Neither Prisma or Wraith are the least common!
Somehow, both these weapons are easier to get than the normal Machete. The normal Machete was only available briefly in the past. And it was only recently added in an easily accessible way. Before the Machete was added to Cephalon Simaris’s shop, the only way of obtaining one (outside of a handful of events) was through sheer luck. If you had never mastered the Machete, there was a TINY chance you could get it from daily login rewards.
I’m glad they fixed that though. Because the normal, crappy version shouldn’t be harder to obtain than its upgrades. Then again, well, a lot of Prime Warframes are… kinda like that.