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Abilities are special skills that all Warframes (Archwings and Necramechs too) 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, FrostFrostIcon272.png Frost's Abilities are based around slowing down enemies and blocking damage, making him more suited to a defensive role. NovaNovaIcon272.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[]

Main article: Key Bindings
Default Key Bindings
Platform 1st Ability 2nd Ability 3rd Ability 4th Ability
PC 1 2 3 4
PSN R1  + Combops4x.png R1  + Combops4sq.png R1  + Combops4circle.png R1  + Combops4tri.png
XBX 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[]

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[]

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
Warframe Abilities
AshAshIcon272.png Ash ShurikenShuriken130xDark.png ShurikenBlade StormBladeStorm130xDark.png Blade Storm
AtlasAtlasIcon272.png Atlas LandslideLandslide130xDark.png LandslideRumblersRumblers130xDark.png Rumblers
BansheeBansheeIcon272.png Banshee Sonic BoomSonicBoom130xDark.png Sonic BoomSound QuakeSoundQuake130xDark.png Sound Quake
BaruukBaruukIcon272.png Baruuk Serene StormSereneStorm130xDark.png Serene Storm??
ChromaChromaIcon272.png Chroma Spectral ScreamSpectralScream130xDark.png Spectral Scream
EmberEmberIcon272.png Ember FireballFireball130xDark.png FireballFire BlastFireBlast130xDark.png Fire BlastInfernoInferno130xDark.png Inferno
ExcaliburExcaliburIcon272.png Excalibur Radial JavelinRadialJavelin130xDark.png Radial Javelin
FrostFrostIcon272.png Frost FreezeFreeze130xDark.png FreezeIce WaveIceWave130xDark.png Ice WaveAvalancheAvalanche130xDark.png Avalanche
GaraGaraIcon272.png Gara Shattered LashShatteredLash130xDark.png Shattered LashSplinter StormSplinterStorm130xDark.png Splinter StormSpectrorageSpectrorage130xDark.png Spectrorage
GarudaGarudaIcon272.png Garuda Dread MirrorDreadMirror130xDark.png Dread Mirror?? • Seeking TalonsSeekingTalons130xDark.png Seeking Talons??
GaussGaussIcon272.png Gauss Mach RushMachRush130xDark.png Mach Rush?? • Thermal SunderThermalSunder130xDark.png Thermal Sunder?? • RedlineRedline130xDark.png Redline??
GrendelGrendelIcon272.png Grendel FeastFeast130xDark.png Feast?? • RegurgitateRegurgitate130xDark.png Regurgitate?? • PulverizePulverize130xDark.png Pulverize??
HildrynHildrynIcon272.png Hildryn BalefireBalefire130xDark.png Balefire?? • PillageShieldPillage130xDark.png Pillage??
HydroidHydroidIcon272.png Hydroid Tempest BarrageTempestBarrage130xDark.png Tempest BarrageTentacle SwarmTentacleSwarm130xDark.png Tentacle Swarm
InarosInarosIcon272.png Inaros DesiccationDesiccation130xDark.png DesiccationDevourDevour130xDark.png DevourSandstormSandstorm130xDark.png SandstormScarab SwarmScarabSwarm130xDark.png Scarab Swarm
IvaraIvaraIcon272.png Ivara QuiverQuiver130xDark.png QuiverNavigatorNavigator130xDark.png Navigator
KhoraKhoraIcon272.png Khora WhipclawWhipclaw130xDark.png Whipclaw??
LimboLimboIcon272.png Limbo BanishBanish130xDark.png BanishCataclysmCataclysm130xDark.png Cataclysm
MagMagIcon272.png Mag PullPull130xDark.png PullPolarizePolarize130xDark.png PolarizeMagnetizeMagnetize130xDark.png MagnetizeCrushCrush130xDark.png Crush
MesaMesaIcon272.png Mesa PeacemakerPeacemaker130xDark.png Peacemaker
NekrosNekrosIcon272.png Nekros Soul PunchSoulPunch130xDark.png Soul Punch
NezhaNezhaIcon272.png Nezha Fire WalkerFireWalker130xDark.png Fire WalkerBlazing ChakramBlazingChakram130xDark.png Blazing ChakramDivine SpearsDivineSpears130xDark.png Divine Spears
NidusNidusIcon272.png Nidus VirulenceVirulence130xDark.png Virulence??
NovaNovaIcon272.png Nova Null StarNullStar130xDark.png Null StarAntimatter DropAntimatterDrop130xDark.png Antimatter Drop
NyxNyxIcon272.png Nyx Psychic BoltsPsychicBolts130xDark.png Psychic Bolts
OberonOberonIcon272.png Oberon SmiteSmite130xDark.png SmiteReckoningReckoning130xDark.png Reckoning
OctaviaOctaviaIcon272.png Octavia MalletMallet130xDark.png Mallet?? • ResonatorResonator130xDark.png Resonator??
RevenantRevenantIcon272.png Revenant ReaveReave130xDark.png Reave?? • Danse MacabreDanseMacabre130xDark.png Danse Macabre??
RhinoRhinoIcon272.png Rhino Rhino StompRhinoStomp130xDark.png Rhino Stomp
SarynSarynIcon272.png Saryn SporesSpores130xDark.png SporesToxic LashToxicLash130xDark.png Toxic LashMiasmaMiasma130xDark.png Miasma
TitaniaTitaniaIcon272.png Titania TributeTribute130xDark.png TributeLanternLantern130xDark.png Lantern
TrinityTrinityIcon272.png Trinity Energy VampireEnergyVampire130xDark.png Energy VampireLinkLink130xDark.png Link
ValkyrValkyrIcon272.png Valkyr ParalysisParalysis130xDark.png Paralysis
VaubanVaubanIcon272.png Vauban Tesla NervosTeslaNervos130xDark.png Tesla Nervos?? • MinelayerMinelayer130xDark.png Minelayer?? • Photon StrikePhotonStrike130xDark.png Photon Strike?? • BastilleBastille130xDark.png Bastille
VoltVoltIcon272.png Volt ShockShock130xDark.png ShockDischargeDischarge130xDark.png Discharge
WispWispIcon272.png Wisp Sol GateSolGate130xDark.png Sol Gate??
WukongWukongIcon272.png Wukong Primal FuryPrimalFury130xDark.png Primal Fury
ZephyrZephyrIcon272.png Zephyr Tail WindTailWind130xDark.png Tail WindAirburstAirburst130xDark.png Airburst?? • TornadoTornado130xDark.png Tornado

Last updated: Update 27.1 (2020-02-04)

Buff & Debuff[]

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
Warframe Abilities
AtlasAtlasIcon272.png Atlas PetrifyPetrify130xDark.png PetrifyTectonicsTectonics130xDark.png Tectonics
BansheeBansheeIcon272.png Banshee SonarSonar130xDark.png Sonar
BaruukBaruukIcon272.png Baruuk LullLull130xDark.png Lull?? • Desolate HandsDesolateHands130xDark.png Desolate Hands??
ChromaChromaIcon272.png Chroma Elemental WardElementalWard130xDark.png Elemental WardVex ArmorVexArmor130xDark.png Vex ArmorEffigyEffigy130xDark.png Effigy
EmberEmberIcon272.png Ember ImmolationImmolation130xDark.png Immolation??
EquinoxEquinoxIcon272.png Equinox MetamorphosisMetamorphosis130xDark.png MetamorphosisRest & RageRestRage130xDark.png Rest & RagePacify & ProvokePacifyProvoke130xDark.png Pacify & ProvokeMend & MaimMendMaim130xDark.png Mend & Maim
ExcaliburExcaliburIcon272.png Excalibur Exalted BladeExaltedBlade130xDark.png Exalted Blade
FrostFrostIcon272.png Frost Snow GlobeSnowGlobe130xDark.png Snow Globe
GaraGaraIcon272.png Gara Mass VitrifyMassVitrify130xDark.png Mass Vitrify
GarudaGarudaIcon272.png Garuda Blood AltarBloodAltar130xDark.png Blood Altar?? • BloodlettingBloodletting130xDark.png Bloodletting??
GaussGaussIcon272.png Gauss Kinetic PlatingKineticPlating130xDark.png Kinetic Plating??
GrendelGrendelIcon272.png Grendel NourishNourish130xDark.png Nourish??
HarrowHarrowIcon272.png Harrow CondemnCondemn130xDark.png CondemnPenancePenance130xDark.png PenanceThuribleThurible130xDark.png ThuribleCovenantCovenant130xDark.png Covenant
HildrynHildrynIcon272.png Hildryn PillageShieldPillage130xDark.png Pillage?? • HavenHaven130xDark.png Haven??
HydroidHydroidIcon272.png Hydroid UndertowUndertow130xDark.png Undertow
InarosInarosIcon272.png Inaros DevourDevour130xDark.png DevourScarab SwarmScarabSwarm130xDark.png Scarab Swarm
IvaraIvaraIcon272.png Ivara QuiverQuiver130xDark.png QuiverProwlProwl130xDark.png ProwlArtemis BowArtemisBow130xDark.png Artemis Bow
KhoraKhoraIcon272.png Khora VenariVenari130xDark.png Venari?? • StrangledomeStrangledome130xDark.png Strangledome??
LimboLimboIcon272.png Limbo Rift SurgeRiftSurge130xDark.png Rift Surge
MagMagIcon272.png Mag PolarizePolarize130xDark.png Polarize
MesaMesaIcon272.png Mesa Ballistic BatteryBallisticBattery130xDark.png Ballistic BatteryShooting GalleryShootingGallery130xDark.png Shooting GalleryShatter ShieldShatterShield130xDark.png Shatter Shield
MirageMirageIcon272.png Mirage Hall Of MirrorsHallOfMirrors130xDark.png Hall Of MirrorsEclipseEclipse130xDark.png Eclipse
NekrosNekrosIcon272.png Nekros TerrifyTerrify130xDark.png TerrifyDesecrateDesecrate130xDark.png DesecrateShadows Of The DeadShadowsOfTheDead130xDark.png Shadows Of The Dead
NezhaNezhaIcon272.png Nezha Fire WalkerFireWalker130xDark.png Fire WalkerWarding HaloWardingHalo130xDark.png Warding Halo
NidusNidusIcon272.png Nidus Parasitic LinkParasiticLink130xDark.png Parasitic Link??
NovaNovaIcon272.png Nova Molecular PrimeMolecularPrime130xDark.png Molecular Prime
NyxNyxIcon272.png Nyx AbsorbAbsorb130xDark.png Absorb
OberonOberonIcon272.png Oberon Hallowed GroundHallowedGround130xDark.png Hallowed GroundRenewalRenewal130xDark.png Renewal
OctaviaOctaviaIcon272.png Octavia MetronomeAmp130xDark.png Metronome?? • Amp (Ability)Metronome130xDark.png Amp??
RevenantRevenantIcon272.png Revenant Mesmer SkinMesmerSkin130xDark.png Mesmer Skin??
RhinoRhinoIcon272.png Rhino Iron SkinIronSkin130xDark.png Iron SkinRoarRoar130xDark.png Roar
TitaniaTitaniaIcon272.png Titania SpellbindSpellbind130xDark.png SpellbindTributeTribute130xDark.png Tribute
TrinityTrinityIcon272.png Trinity Well Of LifeWellOfLife130xDark.png Well Of LifeEnergy VampireEnergyVampire130xDark.png Energy VampireLinkLink130xDark.png LinkBlessingBlessing130xDark.png Blessing
ValkyrValkyrIcon272.png Valkyr WarcryWarcry130xDark.png WarcryHysteriaHysteria130xDark.png Hysteria
VaubanVaubanIcon272.png Vauban MinelayerMinelayer130xDark.png MinelayerBastilleBastille130xDark.png Bastille
VoltVoltIcon272.png Volt SpeedSpeed130xDark.png SpeedElectric ShieldElectricShield130xDark.png Electric Shield
WispWispIcon272.png Wisp ReservoirsReservoirs130xDark.png Reservoirs??
WukongWukongIcon272.png Wukong Cloud WalkerCloudWalker130xDark.png Cloud WalkerDefyDefy130xDark.png DefyPrimal FuryPrimalFury130xDark.png Primal Fury
ZephyrZephyrIcon272.png Zephyr TurbulenceTurbulence130xDark.png Turbulence

Last updated: Update 27.1 (2020-02-04)

Mobility[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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 Continuity12?cb=20190608095452 Continuity and Primed Continuity12?cb=20190608095452 Primed Continuity are mutually exclusive; the maximized value assumes the use of Primed Continuity.

Ability Efficiency[]

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 Blind Rage12?cb=20190608095452 Blind Rage, or minimizing the drain of channeled Abilities with as few mods as possible.

Ability Range[]

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[]

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 SonarSonar130xDark.png Sonar and Energy restored by Trinity's Energy VampireEnergyVampire130xDark.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 Fleeting Expertise12?cb=20190608095452 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 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, Energy Conversion12?cb=20190608095452 Energy Conversion, Pax BoltPaxBolt64x.png Pax Bolt, and if all players in a squad equip Power Donation12?cb=20190608095452 Power Donation). With the Arbitration bonus, Power Strength is maximized at +699% (equipping all of the above mods/Arcanes).

Using EmpowerEmpower130xDark.png Empower can raise this cap by 50%, but only for the next ability cast, and Empower cannot stack with itself nor benefit from mods aside from Ability Efficiency.

The theoretical max Power Strength for any Warframe (except VoltVoltIcon272.png Volt and FrostFrostIcon272.png Frost because of their Arcane Helmets, and EmberEmberIcon272.png Ember, NidusNidusIcon272.png Nidus, and ProteaProteaIcon272.png Protea because of their passives) will be +~1,070.57% taking into account +80% Power Strength from EquinoxEquinoxIcon272.png Equinox's Peaceful Provocation12?cb=20190608095452 Peaceful Provocation and 2.235x Power Strength mulitplier from NidusNidusIcon272.png Nidus' Parasitic LinkParasiticLink130xDark.png Parasitic Link when Arbitration bonus gives +300% Power Strength to Nidus.


Last updated: Hotfix 25.7.8 (2019-09-26)

Casting Speed[]

These mods affect the casting speed of Warframe Abilities (such as NekrosNekrosIcon272.png Nekros' Shadows Of The DeadShadowsOfTheDead130xDark.png Shadows Of The Dead or MagMagIcon272.png Mag's CrushCrush130xDark.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[]

Since Update 15.0 (2014-10-24), 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[]

Patch History[]

Update 25.6 (2019-08-08)

  • 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 (2019-08-02)

  • 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 (2019-08-02)

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

Update 24.6 (2019-04-04)

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 (2018-05-17)

  • 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 (2015-10-01)

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.