Abilities are special skills that all Warframes (and Archwings) 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 that directly influence their gameplay and their role within a team. For example, FrostIcon272.png Frost's Abilities are based around slowing down enemies and blocking damage, making him more suited to a defensive role. NovaIcon272.png 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.

Controls[edit | edit source]

Main article: Key Bindings
Default Key Bindings
Platform 1st Ability 2nd Ability 3rd Ability 4th Ability
PC 1 2 3 4
PS4 R1  + Combops4x.png R1  + Combops4sq.png R1  + Combops4circle.png R1  + Combops4tri.png
XB1 RB  + XB1IconA.png RB  + XB1IconX.png RB  + XB1IconB.png RB  + XB1IconY.png
Switch R Button  + B R Button  + Y R Button  + A R Button  + X

Types[edit | edit source]

Warframe Abilities are currently officially classified into four different types, according to their function: damage, buff & debuff, mobility, and perception. Certain Warframe Abilities can have two different classifications. For example, an Ability can be both a Buff/Debuff and a Damage type. Currently, the below the classification of powers is used to determine which Abilities are affected by certain enemies, such as Corpus Combas.

Damage[edit | edit source]

Main article: Abilities/Damage

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.

View Damage Powers List

Buff & Debuff[edit | edit source]

Main article: Abilities/Buff & Debuff

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.

View Buff & Debuff Powers List

Mobility[edit | edit source]

Main article: Abilities/Mobility

Mobility Abilities enhance a Warframe's ability to travel between two points or allow them to reach normally inaccessible places.

View Mobility Powers List

Perception[edit | edit source]

Main article: Abilities/Perception

Perception Abilities are used to confuse or distract enemies, making them engage false targets or prevent them from seeing the player entirely.

View Perception Powers List

Ability Mods[edit | edit source]

Warframes Abilities can be affected by five types of modification: Ability Duration, Ability Efficiency, Ability Range, Ability Strength, and Casting Speed. With the proper combination of mods and gear Abilities can obtain a maximized value (see Power Mods and Abilities).

Ability Duration[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ability Duration

Modifies the Duration of Warframe Abilities and the Energy cost of toggled Abilities. Hover over each Ability to see how its stats are affected.

—In-game Description

These mods affect how long a Warframe Ability lasts.

Mods that affect Ability Duration positively:

Maximized at +206% with a negative effect of -66% Ability Range. Note that Mod TT 20px.pngContinuity and Mod TT 20px.pngPrimed Continuity are mutually exclusive; the maximized value assumes the use of Primed Continuity.

Ability Efficiency[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ability Efficiency

Modifies the Energy cost of Warframe abilities. The minimum Energy cost is 1/4 of the Base value.

—In-game Description

These mods affect 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% Ability 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 Mod TT 20px.pngBlind Rage, or minimizing the drain of channeled Abilities with as few mods as possible.

Ability Range[edit | edit source]

Modifies the Range of Warframe Abilities and the Energy cost of toggled Abilities. Hover over each Ability to see how its stats are affected.

—In-game Description

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.

Ability Strength[edit | edit source]

Modifies the Strength of Warframe Abilities and the Energy cost of toggled Abilities. Hover over each Ability to see how its stats are affected.

—In-game Description

These mods and Arcanes affect the damage and the potency of Warframe Abilities (such as Banshee's Sonar130xDark.png Sonar and Energy restored by Trinity's EnergyVampire130xDark.png Energy Vampire).

Mods & Arcanes that affect Ability Strength positively:

In the arsenal, Power Strength is maximized at +259% (equipping all Umbral mods) with a negative effect of -55% Ability Efficiency and -27.5% Ability Duration. Maximizing together with a maxed Mod TT 20px.pngFleeting 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 use up 8 Warframe mod slots).

In-game, without any additional Warframe ability buffs or effects, Power Strength is maximized at +399% (equipping all Umbral mods, Mod TT 20px.pngEnergy Conversion, PaxBolt64x.pngPax Bolt, and if all players in a squad equip Mod TT 20px.pngPower Donation). With the Arbitration bonus, Power Strength is maximized at +699% (equipping all of the above mods/Arcanes).

Using Empower can raise this cap by 50%.

The theoretical max Power Strength for any Warframe (except VoltIcon272.png Volt and FrostIcon272.png Frost because of their Arcane Helmets, and Ember, NidusIcon272.png Nidus, and Protea because of their passives) will be +~1,070.57% taking into account +80% Power Strength from EquinoxIcon272.png Equinox's Mod TT 20px.pngPeaceful Provocation and 2.235x Power Strength mulitplier from NidusIcon272.png Nidus' ParasiticLink130xDark.png Parasitic Link when Arbitration bonus gives +300% Power Strength to Nidus.

Last updated: Hotfix 25.7.8

Casting Speed[edit | edit source]

These mods affect the casting speed of Warframe Abilities (such as NekrosIcon272.png Nekros' ShadowsOfTheDead130xDark.png Shadows Of The Dead or MagIcon272.png Mag's Crush130xDark.png Crush).

The calculation for casting time is (Base Time) ÷ (1 + Speed Bonus).

Mods that affect Ability Casting Speed positively:

Maximized at +65% casting speed to cast the ability at 60.61% of its base cast time.

Ability Ranking[edit | edit source]

Since Update 15.0, Warframe Abilities unlock and rank up with affinity. Maximum Rank for Abilities is Rank 3.

View Ability Leveling List
Warframe / Archwing Rank Ability and Rank
1  Ability 2  Ability 3  Ability 4  Ability
Unranked Unranked Locked Locked Locked
3 Unranked Unranked Locked Locked
5 Unranked Unranked Unranked Locked
7 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked Locked
10 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked Unranked
12 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked
14 Rank 2 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked
16 Rank 2 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked
18 Rank 3 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked
20 Rank 3 Rank 1 Rank 1 Rank 1
22 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 1 Rank 1
24 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2 Rank 1
25 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2 Rank 2
27 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2
28 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 2
30 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3

Notes[edit | edit source]

Patch History[edit | edit source]

Update 25.6

  • Added numerous Warframe Ability Augment stats to the Ability Screen. We debuted this with Wukong’s rework, and you will now be able to directly see the Stat changes associated with Augments on the Abilities!

Hotfix 25.5.2

  • Fixed the Warframe Ability screen breaking if a given Warframe didn't have any Ability hints.
  • Fixed the width of the Passive button textbox on the Warframe selection screen being too small for some languages, resulting in text wrapping awkwardly.

Hotfix 25.5.1

  • Fixed missing Warframe Ability Tips section when playing Warframe in Korean and Russian.

Update 24.6

Warframe “In Air” Ability Changes

Right now, there are certain powers that just cannot be cast in the air. Some of those powers are easy to address, and we simply remove the restriction. A full breakdown can be found here in the Developer Workshop: https://forums.warframe.com/topic/1079249-dev-workshop-cannot-cast-in-the-air-friend-or-foe/

  • Removed "cast on ground" requirements for the following Warframe abilities:
    • Trinity Well of Life
    • Trinity Energy Vampire
    • Trinity Link
    • Frost Avalanche
    • Atlas Tectonics
    • Mag Crush
    • Chroma Effigy
    • Loki Radial Disarm
  • Additionally, the following abilities require ground to activate, but can now be cast in the air and will do a melee-esque slam to the ground:
    • Rhino Stomp
    • Banshee Sound Quake
    • Oberon Hallowed Ground
    • Khora Strangledome
    • Nidus Virulence
    • Harrow Condemn

Update 22.20

  • Updated several ability stat descriptors to make them clearer:
    • Standardized format across all Warframe ability descriptions.
      • E.g. Range (Meters) # to Range #
      • E.g. “Health over Time #” to “Health / Sec #”
    • Added units of measurement to the abilities where appropriate - M (meters), S (seconds), % (percentage), X (multiplier), etc.
    • Converted decimals to whole numbers (e.g. Equinox’s Rest & Rage Wakeup Health Threshold has been changed from 0.5 to 50% for max rank).
    • Changed “Range” to “Radius” for several Warframe abilities.

Update 17.5

Warframe Changes

Toggled Abilities and Energy Drain: The following adjustments have been made to Abilities that can toggle on or off with the intention of making each Ability more rewarding to use in a wider range of scenarios. We will continue to monitor the balance of all Toggled Abilities after launch.

  • Duration Mods now have an effect on toggled Abilities.
    • For example: Mods that added 100% duration will make a 10 Energy drain become a 5 Energy drain.
  • Drain-Per-Second and other adjustments has been made on the following Toggled Abilities:
    • Chroma’s Spectral Scream now drains 3 Energy.
    • Chroma’s Elemental Ward’s Electric elemental discharge effect is now affected by range Mods instead of strength Mods.
    • Chroma’s Elemental Ward Poison holster and reload speed are now affected by duration Mods instead of strength Mods.
    • Ember’s World on Fire now drains 3 Energy and has had its maximum duration removed.
    • Equinox’s Rest & Rage has had its base range doubled.
    • Hydroid can now recast Tempest Barrage and Tentacle Swarm with no cooldown.
    • Nyx’s Chaos no longer has a cooldown, and enemies affected by Chaos cannot be stunned by additional casts.
    • The minimum energy cost of an Ability cannot go below 25% of the base cost.
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