Firing high-velocity blades, this weapon can also be used as a battle-saw, shredding anything unfortunate enough to get into range.
The Panthera is a Tenno blade launcher that launches circular sawblades. It also possesses a secondary fire mode that levitates a spinning saw blade in front of it, dealing continuous damage to enemies within range.
The Panthera's primary fire mode shoots fast-moving sawblades that will ricochet off walls and enemies up to three times.
While the Arsenal, Codex and Market lists the Panthera as having a magazine capacity of 12, its actual magazine count in a mission is 60, with each shot consuming 5 rounds of ammo.
Punch Through will make the sawblades penetrate through any enemies it hits, and it will only ricochet once it hits an environmental object.
The Panthera has a secondary fire mode initiated by holding down the alternate fire key (default MMB). This levitates a spinning sawblade up to 5 meters in front of the weapon, dealing continuous damage to enemies that make contact with it, as well as staggering them. The secondary fire consumes ammo for every second it deals damage while active.
The floating sawblade floats out of the weapon towards its levitation point, taking around a second to reach its maximum range. The sawblade retracts back into the launcher once the trigger is released.
Punch Through allows the secondary fire mode to hit enemies behind cover as long as the enemy is within the secondary fire's 5 meter range, and the punch-through depth is sufficient to penetrate through the intervening cover.
Despite technically being a continuous weapon, the secondary attack's range cannot be extended with Sinister Reach due to the Panthera being unable to equip the mod.
You cannot use primary fire while this is active.
The Panthera is one of three weapons unique for having a critical chance of 0%, making it incapable of dealing critical damage. As such, critical chance (ex. Point Strike) and critical damage (ex. Vital Sense) mods have no effect on this weapon. The other such weapons with no critical chance are the Seer and Miter.
Although the Foundry will claim that the Panthera can be crafted if a Hikou Prime is present in the inventory, it won't allow the Hikou Prime to be consumed to build the weapon.
Compared to the Miter (Note these comparisons are based on the extremely similar ranged attacks and based on uncharged shots):
Lower total damage on uncharged attacks (100.0 vs 125.0)
Normal attacks consume 5 ammo per shot, compared to one ammo per shot for the Miter.
Larger ammo capacity (540 vs 72)
Unlike the Miter, which uses relatively rare sniper ammo, the Panthera uses more common rifle ammo, with the cost of 5 ammo per shot.
The Panthera has a high chance of cutting corpses into pieces, similar to Slash-focused melee weapons. This makes the Panthera a prime candidate for a DesecratingNekros to bring along, as the game considers the cut corpses as separate entities, essentially giving multiple corpses to desecrate from a single enemy and thus yielding more chances to create more drops.
Its secondary fire does not apply, only the primary fire.
Due to the Panthera's high base accuracy, Heavy Caliber can be used to enhance its damage without significant penalties to accuracy. This is especially true of its secondary fire mode, as its short attack range makes any accuracy penalties irrelevant to its effectiveness.
Note however, that the path of the second shot created by Multishot mods can be greatly affected by the reduced accuracy.
Volt's Electric Shield can be used to remove the range limit on the Panthera's secondary fire mode, allowing it to hit enemies at all ranges.
As of Hotfix 17.4.2 Volt has lost the ability to give projectile weapons hitscan capabilities.
Although the Panthera has lower total damage compared to uncharged Miter shots, it has higher Impact and Puncture damage, making it more effective against shields and armor.
Multishot mods cause the sawblades to be fired adjacent to each other if no accuracy penalty mods are are equipped. This may cause the blades to miss when firing directly at far targets.
Panthera is a genus within the Felidae family that includes the tiger, lion, jaguar and leopard. They are characterized by morphological structures in their throats that allow them to roar.
Despite the green decal depicted in the Panthera's portrait, the default decal color of the Panthera is blue.
This is the third weapon that requires two different pre-made weapons in order to craft (following the Redeemer and the Tipedo), and the first weapon that requires weapons from 2 different factions (the Tenno-made Hikou and the Grineer-made Miter).
The Miter, one of the prerequisite weapons needed to construct the Panthera, is similar to it, in that they are both capable of shooting sawblades.
The Miter's sawblades however, are horizontally aligned, as opposed to the Panthera, whose sawblades are vertically aligned.
The blades fired by Panthera have a design within the disc similar to the Glaive.