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Abilities are special skills that all Warframes possess which are used to provide tactical advantages in battle by either affecting enemies directly or bolstering teammates in some manner. Every Warframe has a set of four unique Abilities which directly influence their gameplay and their role within a team. For example, Frost's Abilities are based around slowing down enemies and blocking damage, making him more suited to a defensive role. Nova, with her damage-oriented Ability set, is a good choice for offensive playstyles.
Abilities require Energy, which is spent every time an Ability is used. Warframes have only a limited Energy capacity, so Ability use must be carefully managed to prevent running out of Energy at critical moments. Energy costs vary between Abilities; in general the more advanced/powerful the Ability, the greater its Energy cost.
Warframe Abilities are currently officially classified into four different types, according to their function:
The most common Ability type, Damage Abilities primarily deal direct damage to enemies. They also typically have a secondary effect, such as applying a Status.
Buff & DebuffEdit
These Abilities are used to modify a unit's innate stats. Buff-type Abilities enhance a Warframe or their allies, while Debuff Abilities weaken or cripple enemies. Some Abilities can even perform both at the same time.
Mobility Abilities enhance a Warframe's ability to travel between two points or allow them to reach normally inaccessible places.
Perception Abilities are used to confuse or distract enemies, making them engage false targets or prevent them from seeing the player entirely.
Certain Warframe Abilities can have two different classifications. For example, an Ability can be both a Buff/Debuff and a Damage type. Currently, the above classification of powers is used to determine which Abilities are affected by certain enemies, such as Corpus Combas.
Warframes Abilities can be affected by four types of modification: Ability Duration, Ability Efficiency, Ability Range, and Ability Strength. With the proper combination of mods and gear Abilities can obtain a maximized value. See Power Mods and Abilities
- Main article: Ability Duration
These mods affect how long a Warframe Ability lasts.
Mods that affect Ability Duration positively:
- Main article: Ability Efficiency
These mods affects how much a Warframe Ability costs to cast. Ability Efficiency has a hard cap of 75%. For example, an Ability which costs 100 Energy cannot be reduced below 25 Energy.
Mods that affect Ability Efficiency positively:
Maximized at +90% with a negative effect of -60% Duration. The 75% hard cap mentioned above means it is inefficient to completely level Fleeting Expertise as well as Streamline in the same build, unless also utilizing a mod that decreases Ability Efficiency, such as Blind Rage, or minimizing the drain of channeled Abilities with as few mods as possible.
These mods affect the radius and targeting range of Warframe Abilities.
Mods that affect Ability Range positively:
Maximized at +180% with a negative effect of -60% Ability Strength.
Mods that affect Ability Strength positively:
Maximized at +237% with a negative effect of -55% Ability Efficiency and -27.5% Ability Duration. Maximizing together with a maxed Fleeting Expertise on a Warframe that does not need much Duration is efficient since it will effectively triple the damage of Abilities and also make them 5% cheaper to cast (although it will require 4 Warframe mod slots).