The First Descendant: Best Ultimate Thunder Cage Build Guide

Discover how to get the Ultimate Thunder Cage, the best modules, best stats, and more in our weapon build guide for The First Descendant!

The First Descendant Best Ultimate Thunder Cage Build Guide

Best Ultimate Thunder Cage Build Guide in The First Descendant

The Thunder Cage is an Ultimate weapon in The First Descendant, which is popular due it’s early introduction in the game, along with the great area-of-effect burst damage that it can deal. Even at lower levels, it can drop packs of the easy mobs when the Electric Shockwave triggers. Additionally, it can be modded and upgraded to remain an impactful weapon at the end game.

Thunder Cage Ultimate Submachine Gun - The First Descendant

All Thunder Cage features in The First Descendant:

  • Weapon Type: Ultimate Submachine Gun
  • Special Ability: Overcharge
    • Base Reload Speed decreases by 25%.
    • When defeating an enemy, that enemy has a 40% chance to discharge Electric Shockwave that deals additional damage to nearby enemies.
  • Pros: Defeated enemies discharge electric shock waves, dealing additional AOE damage.
  • Cons: Relies on defeating enemies to trigger its effect.
  • Best Characters: Bunny, Kyle, Lepic, Sharen, Valby
  • Best Mods: Chill Priority, Toxic Enhancement, and Weak Point Sight

Thunder Cage Advanced Stats

Below are the base advanced stats for the Thunder Cage Submachine Gun at level 1:

  • Firearm ATK – 24
  • Fire Rate – 666
  • Rounds per mag – 26
  • Reload time – 1.4 seconds
  • Crit rate – 20%
  • Crit damage – 2x
  • Status chance – 4%
  • Weakpoint damage – 1.2x

How to Get Ultimate Thunder Cage in The First Descendant

The First Descendant Thunder Cage How to Craft Item Locations

The Ultimate Thunder Cage will require you to reach Mastery Rank Level 1 before you can craft it with Magister Anais in Albion. Additionally, once you collect all of the needed materials, you will have to pay a 100,000 credit/gold fee. Finally, it will take 4 hours of research time for the Thunder Cage to be completed.

To Craft Ultimate Thunder Cage, you will need the following materials:

  • Thunder Cage Polymer Synctium – Sterile Land Rockfall, External Reactor
  • Thunder Cage Synthetic Fiber – Sterile Land Repository, Kuiper Mine.
  • Thunder Cage Nano Tube – Sterile Land Restricted Zone, High-powered Jammer.
  • Thunder Cage Blueprint – Sterile Land Ironworks, Logistics Facility.

To find all of the materials for crafting the Ultimate Thunder Cage you will need to run various missions in the Sterile Land zone. This will be the second zone in the game after Kingston, and before going there the first time you will receive a sub-quest called Basic Weapon Training. This will be your guide for collecting all of the materials for the Thunder Cage. Moreover, you’ll need to return and rerun these missions in order to farm materials for duplicates that will further upgrade your weapon.

Best Modules for Ultimate Thunder Cage in The First Descendant

Chill Priority, Toxic Enhancement, and Weak Point Sight are the best weapon mods for the Thunder Cage submachine gun. With these mods we’re looking to increase overall ATK, as well as increase reload time and Weak Point damage. Furthermore, Rifling Reinforcement is a straight increase to Firearm ATK while Fire Rate up speeds your fire rate, thus causing more damage. Other strong mods are Better Insight and Better Concentration to help with critical balancing. Below are the best weapons mods for the Thunder Cage submachine gun.

Best Beginner Mods for Ultimate Thunder Cage

The First Descendant Best Beginner Mods for Thunder Cage submachine gun

Below are the best beginner weapons mods for the Thunder Cage:

  • Chill Priority – Chill ATK +13%, Reload Time Modifier -8%.
  • Toxic Enhancement – Adds Toxic ATK equal to 8% of Firearm ATK
  • Weak Point Sight – Weak Point damage +10%, Accuracy -5%.
  • Rifling Reinforcement – Explosive ATK +12%
  • Better Concentration – Firearm Critical Hit Damage +19%
  • Better Insight – Firearm Critical Hit Rate +10%
  • Fire Rate UP – Fire Rate +6%
SlotModule
1 (First Row)(empty)
2(empty)
3Chill Priority
4Toxic Enhancement
5Weak Point Sight
6 (Second Row)Rifling Reinforcement
7(empty)
8Better Concentration
9Better Insight
10Fire Rate UP
Best Beginner Mods for Ultimate Thunder Cage Build Guide in The First Descendant

Best Advanced Mods for Ultimate Thunder Cage

The First Descendant Best Advanced Mods for Thunder Cage submachine gun
  • Chill Priority – Chill ATK +13%, Reload Time Modifier -8%.
  • Toxic Enhancement – Adds Toxic ATK equal to 8% of Firearm ATK
  • Weak Point Sight – Weak Point damage +10%, Accuracy -5%.
  • Rifling Reinforcement – Explosive ATK +12%
  • Concentration Priority – Firearm Critical Hit Damage +30%, Reload Time Modifier -8%
  • Reload Insight – Reload Time Modifier +X%, Firearm Critical Hit Rate +X%
  • Fire Rate Concentration – Fire Rate +8%, Firearm Critical Hit Damage +5%.
SlotModule
1 (First Row)(empty)
2(empty)
3Chill Priority
4Toxic Enhancement
5Weak Point Sight
6 (Second Row)Rifling Reinforcement
7(empty)
8Concentration Priority
9Reload Insight
10Fire Rate Concentration
Best Mods for Ultimate Thunder Cage Build Guide in The First Descendant
Max Capacity Up on Weapons - the First Descendant

When upgrading weapon mods, be aware there is an increased cost and a max module capacity of 80. The material needed is Energy Activators, and you will get one of these after playing through the end of the campaign, or you can craft them with Anais. Therefore, you want to balance increasing mods and not attempt to max out every one. A balanced approach to firearm ATK, critical chance, and critical damage is the best (+3 or so to each).

Best Weapon Stats for Ultimate Thunder Cage in The First Descendant

Weapon Stats and Readjustments Explained

Here are the best weapon stats to obtain via weapon readjustment for Ultimate Thunder Cage in The First Descendant:

  • Fire ATK
  • Firearm Critical Hit Rate
  • Electric ATK
  • Weakpoint Damage

In the First Descendant, weapon stats are randomly generated for all weapons when they drop or are created via crafting. You can change (or re-roll) them through the Weapon Readjustment system. Each weapon has four random traits or options that can be rerolled (another RNG attempt) to find the ideal trait. These traits are random and so is their quality. Therefore, expect to spend a lot of materials to min-max the perfect roll.

The above list is a general build template and should be adjusted according to your build and preferred content. A Bunny build will want Electric ATK, while a Viessa build would want Chill. End-game players may want Bonus Firearm ATK (vs. Colossus) and so forth. In general, look for increased Firearm ATK, Firearm Critical Hit Rate, then specific character attributes or generalized damage bonus.

How to Upgrade Ultimate Thunder Cage

The First Descendant provides several different avenues for upgrading and improving your weapons by using their repair station Workbench. The Workbench is located in the same general area as Anais and weapons seller Deslin on the west side of Albion.

Weapon Transmission

The First Descendant How to Upgrade Ultimate Thunder Cage with Weapon Level Transmission

Each time you craft an Ultimate weapon in The First Descendant, after collecting it from Anais you will find that it is a low Level 1 firearm. However, you can easily bring it up to your current weapon level by using the Weapon Transmission mechanic at the Workbench. Finally, you will need to reach Mastery Rank 3.

To level up Thunder Cage in The First Descendant, you will need:

  • Precision Phase Exchanger
    • 250 Liquid Metal
    • 50,000 credits/gold
    • 10:00 of research time

To get Superalloy and Liquid Metal in the First Descendant, you will need to dismantle many weapons you don’t want by junking them. This breaks down the weapon into crafting materials you can use to make other items. Consequently, we highly recommend breaking down all of your excess weapons instead of selling them. Credits are easier to earn just by playing the game and completing missions.

Weapon Readjustment

TFD Weapon Readjustment with Thunder Cage example

In The First Descendant, the Weapon Readjustment mechanic allows you to use the Workbench to re-roll your weapon stats. Moreover, you can re-roll all of your stats at once, or lock individual stats you like and only re-roll the ones you want to change.

Finally, you will need to reach Master Rank 4 in order to unlock Weapon Readjustment at the Workbench.

To change Thunder Cage stats in The First Descendant you will need:

  • Fine Adjustment Control Axis x2
    • 200 Liquid Metal
    • 30,000 credits/gold
    • 1:00:00 of research time

Enhance Unique Ability

TFD Thunder Cage Enhance Unique Ability

Each Ultimate weapon in The First Descendant comes with a unique ability that gives it a powerful effect and you can enhance the power of these abilities. This is another mechanic that you will use at the repair station Workbench, and it unlocks at Mastery Rank 5.

However, unlike Weapon Transmission and Weapon Readjustment there is no unique crafting material you will need to create and use. To enhance the unique ability of Thunder Cage, you will have to craft a duplicate. Then, take that Level 1 duplicate to the Workbench and sacrifice it to upgrade the Overkill ability to a stronger version.

The First Descendant Thunder Cage Overkill Ability Enhanced one time

As you can see in the image above, enhancing the Thunder Cage one time massively increases the chance to trigger the Electric Shockwave from 40% up to 70%. Additionally, the radius of the bast does shrink, but on the other hand it also deals a lot more damage than before.

How To Use Ultimate Thunder Cage

How to Use Thunder Cage in The First Descendant Overkill ability gameplay

The best way to use the Ultimate Thunder Cage submachine gun is within medium range before damage falls off at 23 meters. Beyond this point, you will lose damage until the range of 43 meters. Therefore, you must be close and hold down the trigger, aiming for weak points. The main benefit of the Thunder Cage is the AOE damage explosive chance. Therefore, look to kill enemies with the lowest HP to trigger the extra damage effect, causing a chain reaction of kills.

The Thunder Cage can be effective in Void Intercepts battles but requires constant movement. You want to continue to strafe to the side while aiming down sights when the boss isn’t targeting you. If the boss turns towards you or you are playing solo, hip fire to increase visibility and movement speed. Swap to your High Powered Rounds weapon during a boss weak point destruction. During this phase, you will have 5-7 seconds of uninterrupted damage, and it is best to use a burst weapon that requires special or heavy ammo.

Lastly, use a second weapon with either special rounds or impact rounds. Ideally, this weapon should be mid-range and complement the up-close Thunder Cage. A Hand Cannon, Beam Rifle, or Scout Rifle make a good choice. Select a Grenade Launcher or a Sniper RIfle for your Heavy Impact Weapon. The Grenade Launcher is helpful for add clear where you can’t get in close. The Sniper Rifle is best used in Void Intercept boss battles at range. We hope this guide helped you, and we recommend using Bunny build when paired with the best Ultimate Thunder Cage for the First Descendant.


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