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 Locations[edit | edit source]

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

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[edit | edit source]

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Argon Crystals
Blueprints Type Quantity
(Research)
Akzani.pngAkzani Secondary 2
ChainLightningGunEdit.pngAmprex Primary 3
CorpusHandRocket.pngAngstrum Secondary 2
CrpHammer.pngArca Titron Melee 2
AtlasIcon272.pngAtlas Chassis Component 2
Atlas PrimeIcon272.pngAtlas Prime Systems Component 2
GrnHeatGun.pngAtomos Secondary 2
GrineerWhip.pngAtterax Melee 2
Aura Forma Enhancement 1
Banshee PrimeIcon272.pngBanshee Prime Systems Component 2
Bishamo Cuirass Cosmetic 5
Bubonico.pngBubonico Primary 3
Chroma PrimeIcon272.pngChroma Prime Systems Component 2
ChromaIcon272.pngChroma Systems Component 2
Cobra & Crane.pngCobra & Crane Melee 2
ArchLaunchGrenade.pngCorvas Arch-Gun 2
TnoRapier.pngDestreza Melee 2
Diriga Sentinel 2
DragonKatana.pngDragon Nikana Melee 1
DualKeres.pngDual Keres Melee 2
Endura.pngEndura Melee 2
EquinoxPrimeIcon.pngEquinox Prime Systems Component 2
Exergis.pngExergis Primary 2
Exilus Warframe Adapter Enhancement 1
ArchRocketCrossbow.pngFluctus Arch-Gun 2
Fulmin.pngFulmin Primary 2
Galvacord.pngGalvacord Melee 2
Gammacor.pngGammacor Secondary 2
GaussIcon272.pngGauss Neuroptics Component 1
DjinnMachete.pngGazal Machete Melee 2
Greater Lens Enhancement 1
GrendelIcon272.pngGrendel Neuroptics Component 2
GrnBoomerang.pngHalikar Melee 2
GrnHarpoonGun.pngHarpak Primary 2
HildrynIcon272.pngHildryn Neuroptics Component 1
HydroidIcon272.pngHydroid Chassis Component 2
Hydroid Ketos Helmet Cosmetic 1
HydroidIcon272.pngHydroid Neuroptics Component 2
Hydroid PrimeIcon272.pngHydroid Prime Chassis Component 2
IgnisWraith.pngIgnis Wraith Primary 3
InarosPrimeIcon272.pngInaros Prime Neuroptics Component 2
InarosIcon272.pngInaros Systems Component 2
Incubator Power Core Component 1
IvaraIcon272.pngIvara Neuroptics Component 2
Ivara PrimeIcon272.pngIvara Prime Neuroptics Component 2
IvaraIcon272.pngIvara Systems Component 1
KarystDagger.pngKaryst Melee 1
Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
PriestPistol.pngKnell Secondary 2
GrineerSparkGun.pngKohm Primary 2
TennoTonfa.pngKronen Melee 2
Landing Craft Foundry Segment Orbiter Segment 1
LavosIcon272.pngLavos Chassis Component 2
LimboIcon272.pngLimbo Chassis Component 1
Limbo PrimeIcon272.pngLimbo Prime Chassis Component 2
Loki Enigma Helmet Cosmetic 1
Mantis Engines Component 3
Masseter.pngMasseter Melee 2
MesaPrimeIcon272.pngMesa Prime Neuroptics Component 2
MesaIcon272.pngMesa Systems Component 1
MirageIcon272.pngMirage Warframe 1
Mirage PrimeIcon272.pngMirage Prime Systems Component 2
DENamiSolo.pngNami Solo Melee 2
Nekros PrimeIcon272.pngNekros Prime Chassis Component 2
NezhaIcon272.pngNezha Chassis Component 1
NezhaIcon272.pngNezha Neuroptics Component 1
NezhaPrimeIcon272.pngNezha Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Katana.pngNikana Melee 3 (1)
Nunchaku.pngNinkondi Melee 2
Nova Slipstream Helmet Cosmetic 1
Nutrio Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Oberon PrimeIcon272.pngOberon Prime Systems Component 2
OctaviaPrime.pngOctavia Prime Chassis Component 2
CorpusTonfa.pngOhma Melee 2
TnBardPistol.pngPandero Secondary 2
Personal Quarters Segment Orbiter Segment 1
RevenantShotgun.pngPhantasma Primary 2
Plinx.pngPlinx Secondary 2
Potent Pherliac Pod x50 Gear 3
Pulmonars.pngPulmonars Melee 2
Quatz.pngQuatz Secondary 2
Railjack Tail Section Component 1
TnoGunblade.pngRedeemer Melee 2
FiveShotSniper.pngRubico Primary 2
Scimitar Engines Component 3
CephPrimary.pngSimulor Primary 1
CrpAirPistolArray.pngSonicor Secondary 2
Stance Forma Enhancement 1
TennoTommyGun.pngStradavar Primary 2
Tatsu.pngTatsu Melee 2
TitaniaPrimeMain.pngTitania Prime Neuroptics Component 2
GrnGrenadeLauncher.pngTonkor Primary 2
Trinity PrimeIcon272.pngTrinity Prime Chassis Component 2
Trumna.pngTrumna Receiver Component 1
GrnQueenGuardDualPistols.pngTwin Rogga Secondary 2
Valkyr PrimeIcon272.pngValkyr Prime Chassis Component 2
Vauban PrimeIcon272.pngVauban Prime Chassis Component 2
GlassHammer.pngVolnus Melee 2
WispIcon272.pngWisp Chassis Component 1
Wukong PrimeIcon272.pngWukong Prime Chassis Component 2
WukongIcon272.pngWukong Systems Component 2
Xaku Kintsu Helmet Cosmetic 1
Xiphos Engines Component 3
Zephyr PrimeIcon272.pngZephyr Prime Systems Component 2
RepeatingCrossbow.pngZhuge Primary 2
Total 194 (+1)
Research Ghost Clan x1   Shadow Clan x3   Storm Clan x10   Mountain Clan x30   Moon Clan x100

Last updated: Update 29.10

Gathering Tips[edit | edit source]

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.
    • Mod TT 20px.pngThief's WitMod TT 20px.pngMaster Thief, and a Kubrow or Kavat with Mod TT 20px.pngScavenge can help in finding containers that may contain Argon Crystals.
    • It should be noted that using Mod TT 20px.pngScavenge is a slow process due to having to wait for your kubrow to start/complete the animation sequence.
  • Bringing a Smeeta Kavat with Mod TT 20px.pngCharm into Void maps has a chance at giving you one or multiple Argon Crystals when it triggers.
  • Bringing a NekrosIcon272.pngNekros with Desecrate130xDark.pngDesecrate 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.pngHydroid with the Mod TT 20px.pngPilfering Swarm augmentation or KhoraIcon272.pngKhora with the Mod TT 20px.pngPilfering Strangledome augmentation can improve your chances of finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing an IvaraIcon272.pngIvara with Prowl130xDark.pngProwl can improve your chances of finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing a LimboIcon272.pngLimbo with Cataclysm130xDark.pngCataclysm 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 one more chance to acquire crystals from killing said enemies.
  • Bringing a Warframe such as EmberIcon272.pngEmber, NovaIcon272.pngNova, HydroidIcon272.pngHydroid 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.pngIgnis or IgnisWraith.pngIgnis 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 Mechanics[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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 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 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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