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Adaptation is a Warframe mod that grants damage resistance to damage types received recently, stacking up to 90%.


Rank Damage Resistance Duration Maximum Resistance Cost
0 +5% 10s 90% 2
1 +5.5% 11s 90% 3
2 +6% 12s 90% 4
3 +6.5% 13s 90% 5
4 +7% 14s 90% 6
5 +7.5% 15s 90% 7
6 +8% 16s 90% 8
7 +8.5% 17s 90% 9
8 +9% 18s 90% 10
9 +9.5% 19s 90% 11
10 +10% 20s 90% 12


  • Due to the nature of damage type modifiers, the mod's effect stacks multiplicatively with other sources of Damage Reduction, including, but not limited to:
  • DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, DmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash, DmgColdSmall64.png Cold, DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity, DmgFireSmall64.png Heat, DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin, DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast, DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive, DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic, DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation, DmgViralSmall64.png Viral, and DmgTauSmall64.png Tau damage types stack their respective resistances separately, and will have different icons in the status bar.
  • Will not stack or refresh from self-inflicted damage.
  • One attack from one source of damage can only increase one resistance type, with the resistance type given reflecting the highest damage component of an attack. Follow up attacks will grant additional resistance to that damage type and will refresh the duration.
    • For example, if you are hit by one bullet dealing 15 DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, 15 DmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture, 30 DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage - you will receive a DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage resistance from Adaptation.
  • If multiple damage types from different sources are dealt to the player, a separate instance of the buff will stack for each respective damage type.
    • For example, if there are two enemies, one of which deals DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage while the other deals DmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture damage to the player, two different damage resistance buffs will be seen, each representing the two damage types the player was dealt. So a stack of up to 90% damage resistance can be achieved for both the DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash and DmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture damage.
  • Enemy weapons almost always have different stats from the player-wielded variant. For example, a normal Heavy Gunner will only give DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact resistance as the Gorgon.png Gorgon mostly deals DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact. However, an Arid Heavy Gunner uses a DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash-based Gorgon.png Gorgon, thus she will only ever grant DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash resistance.
    • In many cases, this results in most enemies of one mission only giving you consistent adaptations to two damage types at a time, rather than all three physical damage types. This means for the most part, you will always receive full damage from one of the physical damage types.
    • Because of this, it is difficult to determine the actual damage type distribution of enemy weapons, as they can differ even if they are using the same weapon.
  • Stacks multiplicatively with other sorces of damage type resistance, such as Mod TT 20px.png Lightning Rod or Mod TT 20px.png Aviator.
  • Adaptation does not stack with CalibanIcon.png Caliban's Adaptive Armor passive: only the higher value will have any effect.


  • It may be beneficial not to rank up this mod on Warframes which can afford to take multiple hits already, as the mod cost is minimal when at rank 0. As the maximum attainable resistance remains the same regardless of the mod's rank, the only benefit from ranking it up is the rate at which the resistances are gained and the duration of each stack. The difference is that from rank 0 to rank 10 the resistance % per attack and the duration both double, though the mod cost increases by 10.
  • This mod is most effective on naturally durable frames such as ValkyrIcon272.png Valkyr, ChromaIcon272.png Chroma, OberonIcon272.png Oberon, InarosIcon272.png Inaros, NidusIcon272.png Nidus, AtlasIcon272.png Atlas, and GrendelIcon272.png Grendel, or frames with damage reduction abilities such as NovaIcon272.png Nova's NullStar130xDark.png Null Star, TrinityIcon272.png Trinity's Link130xDark.png Link and Blessing130xDark.png Blessing, NekrosIcon272.png Nekros's ShadowsOfTheDead130xDark.png Shadows Of The Dead with Mod TT 20px.png Shield of Shadows, MesaIcon272.png Mesa's ShatterShield130xDark.png Shatter Shield, GaraIcon272.png Gara's SplinterStorm130xDark.png Splinter Storm, BaruukIcon272.png Baruuk's Restraint and SereneStorm130xDark.png Serene Storm, GaussIcon272.png Gauss's KineticPlating130xDark.png Kinetic Plating, and EmberIcon272.png Ember's Immolation130xDark.png Immolation.
    • Warframes with naturally high shields such as HarrowIcon272.png Harrow,RevenantIcon272.png Revenant, and HildrynIcon272.png Hildryn can take advantage of the recharging capability of shields, their high capacity, and the damage resistance to repeatedly weather fire from large numbers of enemies.
    • Warframes with base or augmented abilities that can help them self-heal (SevagothIcon272.png Sevagoth's Gloom130xDark.png Gloom, GarudaIcon272.png Garuda's BloodAltar130xDark.png Blood Altar, WispIcon272.png Wisp's vitality mote from Reservoirs130xDark.png Reservoirs, SarynIcon272.png Saryn's Mod TT 20px.png Regenerative Molt, KhoraIcon272.png Khora's Venari130xDark.png Venari in Heal stance) can also benefit from Adaptation, as they are able to build up damage resistances and regain health at the same time.
    • Reinforcing buffer abilities like RhinoIcon272.png Rhino's IronSkin130xDark.png Iron Skin or NezhaIcon272.png Nezha's WardingHalo130xDark.png Warding Halo are not affected by the damage resistance granted by this mod.
      • In the case of Nezha's Warding Halo, Adaptation will only reduce the 10% damage taken to shields and health that is not prevented by Warding Halo, but will not reduce damage taken to Warding Halo itself. This can help to serve as a damage buffer for when Warding Halo expires.
    • While RevenantIcon272.png Revenant's MesmerSkin130xDark.png Mesmer Skin is active, reflected damage will not trigger this mod. However, damage from environment, e.g. DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin cloud or Death Orb's laser, can still trigger the mod.
    • While Absorb130xDark.png Absorb completely protects NyxIcon272.png Nyx from all damage, the damage resistance can still build up normally. The Mod TT 20px.png Assimilate augment can also be used for better mobility.
  • Damage resistance from Mod TT 20px.png Antitoxin, Mod TT 20px.png Diamond Skin, Mod TT 20px.png Flame Repellent, Mod TT 20px.png Insulation, and Mod TT 20px.png Lightning Rod is multiplicative with damage resistance from Adaptation (thus it cannot reach 100% anymore). [citation needed]
  • Blocking with a melee weapon can be used to safely build up Adaptation stacks.


  • The effects of this mod are similar to the Sentient's damage adaptation ability, but with some differences:
    • This mod's damage resistance takes effect immediately upon receiving damage, while the Sentient's take effect upon reaching certain health thresholds.
    • This mod's damage resistance gradually builds up to 90%, while the Sentient's max out instantly.
    • This mod can have all damage types resisted simultaneously, while the Sentient's can only have up to a maximum of four resistances.


  • Some enemy attacks will instantly max your resistance to 90% to that damage type, such as a Heavy Gunner hitting you with her weapon when you get close, or her ground slam.


Patch History[]

Hotfix 25.0.1 (2019-05-23)

  • Fixed the Adaptation Mod not actually providing any resistance value after Reviving.

Hotfix 23.10.7 (2018-10-24)

  • Fixed script error resulting in black icons to appear in place of HUD buffs when the Adaptation Mod is equipped.

Hotfix 23.10.5 (2018-10-18)

  • More fixes towards the Adaptation Mod sometimes making players invincible.

Hotfix 23.10.4 (2018-10-16)

  • Fixed the Adaptation Mod sometimes making players completely invincible.

Update 23.10 (2018-10-12)

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Hotfix 23.10.7 (2018-10-24)