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Void based radioactive resource that decays every day it is out of the Void.

—In-Game Description

Argon Crystals are a rare resource that drops in the Orokin Void tileset, Isolation Vault Bonus stage and from certain Assassination targets. Unlike other resources, Argon Crystals decay after a period of time. After this period the resources will disappear from the user's inventory and must be re-acquired if needed. 

The timer points towards Midnight UTC/GMT+0 time indefinitely.

Farming Locations[]

These are based on opinions and may not be 100% true. These should be viewed as advice for finding the resource until better facts are proven.


Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconOrokinB.svg Void Teshub Exterminate 10 - 15 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB.svg Void Ani Survival 20 - 25 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB.svg Void Stribog Sabotage 20 - 25 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB.svg Void Oxomoco Exterminate 30 - 35 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB.svg Void Mot Survival 40 - 45 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB.svg Void Marduk Sabotage 40 - 45 Orokin Tower


Although not proven, Teshub is a pretty reliable spot to get Argon Crystals, as most players looking for one can take down the enemies there with ease.

There are mixed reports of success with Capture Missions, but the benefit is that you have full access to tileset.


Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconOrokinB.svg Void Hepit Capture 10 - 15 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB.svg Void Ukko Capture 30 - 35 Orokin Tower


Blueprints Requiring Argon Crystals[]

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Argon Crystals
Blueprints Type Quantity
(Research)
Akzani.png Akzani Secondary 2
ChainLightningGunEdit.png Amprex Primary 3
CorpusHandRocket.png Angstrum Secondary 2
CrpHammer.png Arca Titron Melee 2
AtlasIcon272.png Atlas Chassis Component 2
Atlas PrimeIcon272.png Atlas Prime Systems Component 2
GrnHeatGun.png Atomos Secondary 2
GrineerWhip.png Atterax Melee 2
Aura Forma Enhancement 1
Banshee PrimeIcon272.png Banshee Prime Systems Component 2
Bishamo Cuirass Cosmetic 5
Bubonico.png Bubonico Primary 3
Chroma PrimeIcon272.png Chroma Prime Systems Component 2
ChromaIcon272.png Chroma Systems Component 2
Cobra & Crane.png Cobra & Crane Melee 2
ArchLaunchGrenade.png Corvas Arch-Gun 2
TnoRapier.png Destreza Melee 2
Diriga Sentinel 2
DragonKatana.png Dragon Nikana Melee 1
DualKeres.png Dual Keres Melee 2
Endura.png Endura Melee 2
EquinoxPrimeIcon.png Equinox Prime Systems Component 2
Exergis.png Exergis Primary 2
Exilus Warframe Adapter Enhancement 1
ArchRocketCrossbow.png Fluctus Arch-Gun 2
Fulmin.png Fulmin Primary 2
Galvacord.png Galvacord Melee 2
Gammacor.png Gammacor Secondary 2
GaussIcon272.png Gauss Neuroptics Component 1
DjinnMachete.png Gazal Machete Melee 2
Greater Lens Enhancement 1
GrendelIcon272.png Grendel Neuroptics Component 2
GrnBoomerang.png Halikar Melee 2
GrnHarpoonGun.png Harpak Primary 2
HildrynIcon272.png Hildryn Neuroptics Component 1
HydroidIcon272.png Hydroid Chassis Component 2
Hydroid Ketos Helmet Cosmetic 1
HydroidIcon272.png Hydroid Neuroptics Component 2
Hydroid PrimeIcon272.png Hydroid Prime Chassis Component 2
IgnisWraith.png Ignis Wraith Primary 3
InarosPrimeIcon272.png Inaros Prime Neuroptics Component 2
InarosIcon272.png Inaros Systems Component 2
Incubator Power Core Component 1
IvaraIcon272.png Ivara Neuroptics Component 2
Ivara PrimeIcon272.png Ivara Prime Neuroptics Component 2
IvaraIcon272.png Ivara Systems Component 1
KarystDagger.png Karyst Melee 1
Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
PriestPistol.png Knell Secondary 2
GrineerSparkGun.png Kohm Primary 2
TennoTonfa.png Kronen Melee 2
Landing Craft Foundry Segment Orbiter Segment 1
LavosIcon272.png Lavos Chassis Component 2
LimboIcon272.png Limbo Chassis Component 1
Limbo PrimeIcon272.png Limbo Prime Chassis Component 2
Loki Enigma Helmet Cosmetic 1
Mantis Engines Component 3
Masseter.png Masseter Melee 2
MesaPrimeIcon272.png Mesa Prime Neuroptics Component 2
MesaIcon272.png Mesa Systems Component 1
MirageIcon272.png Mirage Warframe 1
Mirage PrimeIcon272.png Mirage Prime Systems Component 2
DENamiSolo.png Nami Solo Melee 2
Nekros PrimeIcon272.png Nekros Prime Chassis Component 2
NezhaIcon272.png Nezha Chassis Component 1
NezhaIcon272.png Nezha Neuroptics Component 1
NezhaPrimeIcon272.png Nezha Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Katana.png Nikana Melee 3 (1)
Nunchaku.png Ninkondi Melee 2
Nova Slipstream Helmet Cosmetic 1
Nutrio Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Oberon PrimeIcon272.png Oberon Prime Systems Component 2
OctaviaPrime.png Octavia Prime Chassis Component 2
CorpusTonfa.png Ohma Melee 2
TnBardPistol.png Pandero Secondary 2
Personal Quarters Segment Orbiter Segment 1
RevenantShotgun.png Phantasma Primary 2
Plinx.png Plinx Secondary 2
Potent Pherliac Pod x50 Gear 3
Pulmonars.png Pulmonars Melee 2
Quatz.png Quatz Secondary 2
Railjack Tail Section Component 1
TnoGunblade.png Redeemer Melee 2
FiveShotSniper.png Rubico Primary 2
Scimitar Engines Component 3
SevagothIcon272.png Sevagoth Systems Component 2
CephPrimary.png Simulor Primary 1
CrpAirPistolArray.png Sonicor Secondary 2
Stance Forma Enhancement 1
TennoTommyGun.png Stradavar Primary 2
Tatsu.png Tatsu Melee 2
TitaniaPrimeIcon272.png Titania Prime Neuroptics Component 2
GrnGrenadeLauncher.png Tonkor Primary 2
Trinity PrimeIcon272.png Trinity Prime Chassis Component 2
Trumna.png Trumna Receiver Component 1
GrnQueenGuardDualPistols.png Twin Rogga Secondary 2
Valkyr PrimeIcon272.png Valkyr Prime Chassis Component 2
Vauban PrimeIcon272.png Vauban Prime Chassis Component 2
GlassHammer.png Volnus Melee 2
WispIcon272.png Wisp Chassis Component 1
Wukong PrimeIcon272.png Wukong Prime Chassis Component 2
WukongIcon272.png Wukong Systems Component 2
Xaku Kintsu Helmet Cosmetic 1
Xiphos Engines Component 3
Zephyr PrimeIcon272.png Zephyr Prime Systems Component 2
RepeatingCrossbow.png Zhuge Primary 2
Total 196 (+1)
Research Ghost Clan x1   Shadow Clan x3   Storm Clan x10   Mountain Clan x30   Moon Clan x100

Last updated: Update 30.0 (2021-04-13)

Gathering Tips[]

These are based on trial and error and may not be completely true. These should be viewed as advice for finding the materials until better facts are proven.

  • Argon Crystals can be found in Argon Pegmatite deposits. They can also drop from containers, lockers, and enemies.
  • Bringing a Smeeta Kavat with Mod TT 20px.png Charm into Void maps has a chance at giving you one or multiple Argon Crystals when it triggers.
  • Bringing a NekrosIcon272.png Nekros with Desecrate130xDark.png Desecrate can improve your chances of finding Argon Crystals, particularly with weapons that deal a majority of their damage as slash (Desecrate counts each severed part as a separate entity).
  • Bringing a HydroidIcon272.png Hydroid with the Mod TT 20px.png Pilfering Swarm augmentation or KhoraIcon272.png Khora with the Mod TT 20px.png Pilfering Strangledome augmentation can improve your chances of finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing an IvaraIcon272.png Ivara with Prowl130xDark.png Prowl can improve your chances of finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing a LimboIcon272.png Limbo with Cataclysm130xDark.png Cataclysm modded for maximum range can destroy all containers in a room by quickly activating and deactivating the ability, making it easier to pick up Argon Crystals without specifically looking for them.
  • The Jordas Golem on Eris is a good place to find Argon as well. Just break the containers in and around the boss area.
  • The Weekly Ayatan Sculpture Mission from Maroo's Bazaar is a good place to find Argon Crystals but only if it is a Void map and not a Derelict map.
  • Exterminate, Capture, and Sabotage missions are generally the best nodes to explore for Argon Crystals on inside the Void, as the objectives are easy, and allow unrestricted access to the entire tileset upon completion. Additionally, the increased volume of enemies that spawn in these mission types will grant more chances to acquire crystals from killing said enemies.
  • Bringing a Warframe such as EmberIcon272.png Ember, NovaIcon272.png Nova, HydroidIcon272.png Hydroid or any other with an AOE damage skill will allow you to break containers behind closed/locked walls and triggered container capsules found in some void tiles. Vacuum equipped on pets will also collect those resources through walls.
  • Bringing a Weapon with large AoE such as GrineerFlameThrower.png Ignis or IgnisWraith.png Ignis Wraith fitted with punch through will allow one to rapidly clear rooms of any containers.
  • Void Defense missions may average one crystal every 5 rounds, making them a slow but sure way of acquiring them if one doesn't feel like exploring.
  • A ludicrous way to farm rare resources is by using sentinel’s Spare parts . With the mod equipped, let the enemy kill the sentinel so it has a chance to drop rare loot upon death. Kill yourself so you can resurrect your sentinel again for another attempt. Resurrections can be increased with arcane revives. Note that sentinel’s Regen does not yield bonus loot after it self resurrects.
  • A drop chance booster or blessing can improve the drop rate of argon crystals.

Decaying Mechanics[]

Each Argon Crystal in a Tenno's inventory is either stable or decaying at any given time; beyond this, the age of a single crystal does not matter.

  • "A full 24 hours from when you acquire it and then when GMT 00:00 hits, is when it’s considered in its decaying period." [1]
  • Having the countdown started on one Argon Crystal, then obtaining another does not reset the countdown for the former.

Each day at GMT 00:00, two things happen:

  1. The quantity of decaying Argon Crystals (the ones older than today) is cut in half and rounded down (in other words, performing an integer division by two)
  2. All stable Argon Crystals (the ones you collected on that day) shift to the decaying state

For example:

  • 11 crystals are collected on day 1. They are all stable.
  • GMT 00:00 hits, and all 11 crystals are decaying. Their quantity remains unchanged.
  • 10 crystals are collected on day 2. The Tenno now has 21 crystals (11 from day 1 + 10 from day 2).
  • GMT 00:00 hits. The 11 decaying crystals decay to 5 (11/2 = 5.5 ≈ 5 rounded down). The 10 additional crystals are now in the decaying state. The Tenno currently has 15 crystals (5 + 10).
  • GMT 00:00 hits again without the Tenno collecting any other crystals. All 15 crystals decay to a total of 7 (5/2 = 2.5 ≈ 2 + 10/2).

As a table:

Day # New Crystals Collected Argon Crystal State Inventory Total Calculation
Day 1 11 11 stable 11
Day 2 10 11 decaying,
10 stable
21 = 11 (from day 1) + 10 (from day 2)
Day 3 0 15 decaying 15 = 11/2 + 10
= (round down) 5.5 + 10
= 5 + 10
= 15
Day 4 0 7 decaying 7 = 5/2 + 10/2
= (round down) 2.5 + 5
= 2 + 5
= 7

Notes[]

  • Corrupted Vor will always drop either an Orokin Cell or an Argon Crystal. Chances seem to be equal for both.
  • Currently, Argon Crystals are not available for purchase in the Market.
  • Unlike other resources, Argon Crystals cannot be refunded when an item is canceled in the Foundry.

Trivia[]

  • Argon (symbol: Ar) is the 18th element in the periodic table. It is a noble gas whose most commonly occurring isotope on Earth, 40Ar, is stable and does not decay as the Argon Crystal does (though it has a number of unstable isotopes that do decay, none of their half-lives match up with the Argon Crystal's rate of decay).
    • While argon does sublimate at room temperature, sublimation doesn't follow the pattern of being repeatedly cut in half at regular intervals.
  • As crystal formation of Argon cannot occur naturally, it is possible that these crystals (and their subsequent decay) are caused by the physics-defying properties of the Void.
    • Argon is the third-most abundant gas on Earth, so presumably, it is also abundant in the Void, or it was introduced into it by the Orokin towers.
  • Reflecting a real-world use of argon, argon crystals may not be used directly in the manufacture of items in the foundry, but instead, provide a perfectly unreactive atmosphere for the creation of extremely fine-tuned equipment.
  • This is the first resource that has the ability to degrade over time.
  • Due to a DDoS Attack on Warframe's PC Servers on April 15, 2014, Argon Crystals didn't decay until servers stabilized – although their countdown remained active. This lasted until Hotfix 13.1.2 (2014-04-25) was launched, as the servers had fully recovered by that time.[2]
  • Previously, Argon Crystals would drop from Infestation Outbreaks (particularly from Phorid), and was considered a much more efficient way to collect them. This bug was removed (albeit undocumented in the patch notes) in Hotfix 14.7.4 (2014-09-20).
  • Argon Crystals were used to irradiate Infested Pherliac Pods during The Jordas Precept quest, making them more potent. This alludes to the idea that Argon Crystals have enhancing properties.

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