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 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 LocationsEdit

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 Void Hepit Capture 10 - 15 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Oxomoco Exterminate 30 - 35 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Teshub Exterminate 10 - 15 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Ukko Capture 30 - 35 Orokin Tower

Blueprints Requiring Argon CrystalsEdit

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Blueprints Type Quantity (Research)
Akzani Akzani Secondary 2
ChainLightningGunEdit Amprex Primary 3
CorpusHandRocket Angstrum Secondary 2
CrpHammer Arca Titron Melee 2
AtlasIcon272 Atlas Chassis Component 2
GrnHeatGun Atomos Secondary 2
GrineerWhip Atterax Melee 2
Aura Forma Enhancement 1
Banshee PrimeIcon272 Banshee Prime Systems Component 2
Chroma PrimeIcon272 Chroma Prime Systems Component 2
ChromaIcon272 Chroma Systems Component 2
Cobra & Crane Cobra & Crane Melee 2
ArchLaunchGrenade Corvas Arch-Gun 2
TnoRapier Destreza Melee 2
Diriga Sentinel 2
DragonKatana Dragon Nikana Melee 1
DualKeres Dual Keres Melee 2
Endura Endura Melee 2
EquinoxPrimeIcon Equinox Prime Systems Component 2
Exergis Exergis Primary 2
Exilus Adapter Enhancement 1
ArchRocketCrossbow Fluctus Arch-Gun 2
Fulmin Fulmin Primary 2
Galvacord Galvacord Melee 2
Gammacor Gammacor Secondary 2
DjinnMachete Gazal Machete Melee 2
Greater Focus Lens Enhancement 1
GrnBoomerang Halikar Melee 2
GrnHarpoonGun Harpak Primary 2
HildrynIcon272 Hildryn Neuroptics Component 1
HydroidIcon272 Hydroid Chassis Component 2
Hydroid Ketos Helmet Cosmetic 1
HydroidIcon272 Hydroid Neuroptics Component 2
Hydroid PrimeIcon272 Hydroid Prime Chassis Component 2
IgnisWraith Ignis Wraith Primary 3
InarosIcon272 Inaros Systems Component 2
Incubator Power Core Component 1
Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
IvaraIcon272 Ivara Neuroptics Component 2
IvaraIcon272 Ivara Systems Component 1
Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
KarystDagger Karyst Melee 1
PriestPistol Knell Secondary 2
GrineerSparkGun Kohm Primary 2
TennoTonfa Kronen Melee 2
Landing Craft Foundry Segment Orbiter Segment 1
LimboIcon272 Limbo Chassis Component 1
Limbo PrimeIcon272 Limbo Prime Chassis Component 2
Loki Enigma Helmet Cosmetic 1
Mantis Engines Component 3
MesaPrimeIcon272 Mesa Prime Neuroptics Component 2
MesaIcon272 Mesa Systems Component 1
MirageIcon272 Mirage Warframe 1
Mirage PrimeIcon272 Mirage Prime Systems Component 2
DENamiSolo Nami Solo Melee 2
Nekros PrimeIcon272 Nekros Prime Chassis Component 2
NezhaIcon272 Nezha Chassis Component 1
NezhaIcon272 Nezha Neuroptics Component 1
Katana Nikana Melee 3 (1)
Nunchaku Ninkondi Melee 2
Nova Slipstream Helmet Cosmetic 1
Oberon PrimeIcon272 Oberon Prime Systems Component 2
CorpusTonfa Ohma Melee 2
TnBardPistol Pandero Secondary 2
Personal Quarters Segment Orbiter Segment 1
RevenantShotgun Phantasma Primary 2
Potent Pherliac Pods Gear 3
Railjack's Tail Section Component 5
TnoGunblade Redeemer Melee 2
FiveShotSniper Rubico Primary 2
Scimitar Engines Component 3
CephPrimary Simulor Primary 1
CrpAirPistolArray Sonicor Secondary 2
TennoTommyGun Stradavar Primary 2
Tatsu Tatsu Melee 2
GrnGrenadeLauncher Tonkor Primary 2
Trinity PrimeIcon272 Trinity Prime Chassis Component 2
GrnQueenGuardDualPistols Twin Rogga Secondary 2
Valkyr PrimeIcon272 Valkyr Prime Chassis Component 2
Vauban PrimeIcon272 Vauban Prime Chassis Component 2
GlassHammer Volnus Melee 2
WispIcon272 Wisp Chassis Component 1
Wukong PrimeIcon272 Wukong Prime Chassis Component 2
WukongIcon272 Wukong Systems Component 2
Xiphos Engines Component 3
Zephyr PrimeIcon272 Zephyr Prime Systems Component 2
RepeatingCrossbow Zhuge Primary 2
TitaniaPrimeMain Titania Prime NeuropticsComponent 2
Total 172(+1)
Research LeaderBadgeGhostHolo x1   LeaderBadgeShadowHolo x3   LeaderBadgeStormHolo x10   LeaderBadgeMountainHolo x30   LeaderBadgeMoonHolo x100

Last updated: Update 27.2

Gathering TipsEdit

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 and lockers.
  • Bringing a Smeeta Kavat with Mod TT 20pxCharm into Void maps has a chance at giving you one or multiple Argon Crystals when it triggers.
  • Bringing a NekrosIcon272 Nekros with Desecrate130xDark Desecrate can improve your chances in 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 Hydroid with the Mod TT 20pxPilfering Swarm augmentation or KhoraIcon272 Khora with the Mod TT 20pxPilfering Strangledome augmentation can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing an IvaraIcon272 Ivara with Prowl130xDark Prowl can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing a LimboIcon272 Limbo with Cataclysm130xDark 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 and Capture missions are generally the best nodes to explore for Argon Crystals on inside the Void, as both objectives are quick, easy, and allow unrestricted access to the entire tileset upon completion. Additionally, the increased volume of enemies that spawn in both mission types will grant one more chances to acquire crystals from killing said enemies.
  • Bringing a Warframe such as EmberIcon272 Ember, NovaIcon272 Nova, 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 will also collect those resources through walls.
  • Bringing a Weapon with large AoE such as Ignis or 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.

Decaying MechanicsEdit

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


  • 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.


  • Argon (symbol: Ar) is the 18th element in the periodic table. It is a noble gas whose most commonly occurring isotope, 36Ar, 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 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 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.
  • 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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