Updated: 26 September 2013 for Patch 0.7.1710
Baneclaw is one of the most dangerous opponents in Firefall, and fighting him requires a lot of preparation. It’s an involved procedure, and it’s helpful to look at the big picture when making your plans.
Baneclaw is a huge scarab who lives in the Melding – he’s a “world boss” and requires at least 25 players to beat. You won’t ever find him just wandering around, however – he must be specifically summoned by using a crafted Melding Anomaly Neutralizer at a Melding Anomaly in the northern part of the map. (The anomaly appears in the Melding, but you can gain access to it by using one of the Repulsor Amplifiers to push the Melding back from that area for a short while.)
Other guides discuss how to choose the right group to fight Baneclaw and the fight’s strategy, so we’ll take a look at how to acquire the Melding Anomaly Neutralizer, or MAN.
The MAN is assembled in the nanoprinter by combining two crafted items: the Empty Melding Anomaly Neutralizer (EMAN) and the Encapsulated Super-Melded Cell (ESMC).
Using the finished MAN expends the ESMC in it and gives you back an EMAN. You can then add a new ESMC to that EMAN in the nanoprinter to turn it back into a MAN. Effectively, the EMAN is a permanent item to which you add a consumable ESMC.
Let’s take a look at the components you’ll need to make, and the nanoprinter processes to make them:
EMAN: Empty Melding Anomaly Neutralizer
The EMAN takes 30 minutes to craft, and requires the following components:
- 110,000 Crystite
- 5 Advanced MPUs
- 10 Azurite Terminal Cores (crafted in 2 batches of 5)
- 3 Metallic Casings
- 3 Polymorphous Fibers
- 3 Crystalline Crystite Engines
Other than the crystite, all of these are craftable items found in the Subcomponents menu in the nanoprinter. Note that Polymorphous Fibers and Crystalline Crystite Engines are also potential rewards from Crashed Thumper dynamic events, which can save you some crafting time and resources.
The total resources needed to make the subcomponents of the EMAN are:
- 114,000 Crystite
- 4,250 of any Mineral (Metal or Composite)
- 1,500 of any Metal
- 2,750 of any Gas (Reactive or Inert)
- 4,250 of any Organic (Biomaterials or Enzymes)
(Remember you’ll only ever have to make the EMAN once, because you’ll get it back after using your MAN.)
ESMC: Encapsulated Super-Melded Cell
The ESMC takes 30 minutes to craft, and requires the following components:
- 2,500 Crystite
- 1 Transfer DNA Array
- 1 Coding DNA Sequence
- 1 Isolated Mitochondrial DNA Strain
The DNA resources for these components come from refining items dropped by dead Melding wildlife. These refining processes return 5 of the DNA components you need so you’ll need 15 runs of each DNA Processing schematic to acquire all the necessary processed DNA.
The total resources needed to make the subcomponents of the ESMC are:
- 10,000 Crystite
- 7,500 Metals
- 2,500 Composites
- 7,500 Inert Gas
- 2,500 Reactive Gas
- 7,500 Biomaterial
- 2,500 Enzymes
- 1,500 Melded Glial Cell Smears
- 300 Melded Blood Sample
- 75 Melded Muscle Tissue
The Finishing Touches For Your Baneclaw Run
Of course, once you’ve made your ESMC and your EMAN, you still have to assemble them into the finished Melding Anomaly Neutralizer. Don’t leave this until the last minute – it’s a 24-hour crafting process.
Repulsors: Pushing Back the Melding
Baneclaw spawns at the Melding Anomaly, which can only be safely accessed by using a Repulsor Amplifier to push back the Melding. These Amplifiers can be found at three locations on the northern beaches, and each will push back one section of the Melding wall. They’re powered up using Melded Crystite, which drops from enemies you kill in this area, and by thumping near the Melding wall in the north. (You can also get Melded Crystite from thumping or killing enemies in the melding pockets.) You need 4,000 Melded Crystite to activate the repulsor, which will run for about 20 minutes; you can extend the time by adding more Melded Crystite. If you’re organising a Baneclaw run, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of Melded Crystite on hand.
Opinions differ on how to execute the Baneclaw fight, and there are a number of great guides out there. To learn more about recommended team composition and gear loadouts, and the fight’s mechanics, you might like to check out Sh0ppinglist’s guide to How to Kill a Baneclaw. If you’re looking for a group to run Baneclaw with, FFANZ organises frequent Baneclaw runs.
So here’s a quick overview of everything involved in killing Baneclaw!