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 +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 Void Teshub Exterminate 10 - 15 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Hepit Capture 10 - 15 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Ani Survival 20 - 25 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Stribog Sabotage 20 - 25 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Ukko Capture 30 - 35 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Oxomoco Exterminate 30 - 35 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Mot Survival 40 - 45 Orokin Tower
IconOrokinB Void Marduk Sabotage 40 - 45 Orokin Tower

Drop Locations[]

Mission Drop Tables

Mission Type Source Rotations
Drop Table
Chance[1] Quantity[2] Avg. per roll[3] Star Chart Nodes
Annihilation Annihilation (Conclave) B 0.25% 1 0.0025
Cephalon Capture Cephalon Capture (Conclave) B 0.25% 1 0.0025
Exterminate Kuva Fortress Exterminate Resource Caches C 3.67% 1 0.0367
Exterminate Lua Exterminate Resource Caches C 10.82% 1 0.1082
Exterminate Jupiter Exterminate Resource Caches C 1% 1 0.01
Lunaro Lunaro (Conclave) B 0.25% 1 0.0025
Sabotage Tier 4 Void Sabotage Resource Caches C 4.42% 1 0.0442
Sabotage Tier 1 Reactor Sabotage C 0.67% 1 0.0067
Sabotage Orokin Derelict Resource Caches C 19.36% 1 0.1936
Sabotage Tier 2 Void Sabotage Resource Caches C 3.67% 1 0.0367
Sabotage Tier 3 Reactor Sabotage C 3.67% 1 0.0367
Sabotage Tier 2 Reactor Sabotage C 1% 1 0.01
Sabotage Orokin Derelict Resource Caches C 3.76% 2 0.0752
Team Annihilation Team Annihilation (Conclave) B 0.25% 1 0.0025
Weekly Conclave Challenge Reward Weekly Conclave Challenge Reward B 12.5% 10 1.25

Complete all weekly Conclave challenges to get this reward in your in-game inbox:

  • Match Won: Win 6 matches of any game type.
  • Match Complete: Complete 20 matches of any game type.
  • Conditioning: Complete 10 Daily Challenges.

Enemy Drop Tables

Enemy Drop Table Chance[4] Item Chance[5] Chance[6] Expected Kills[7] Quantity[8] Avg. per roll attempt[9]
Corrupted Vor 100% 50% 50% 2 1 0.5

Sourced from the official drop table repository. See Module:DropTables/data to edit on the wiki.

Blueprints Requiring Argon Crystals[]

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Argon Crystals
Blueprints Type Quantity
Akzani Secondary 2
Amprex Primary 3
Angstrum Secondary 2
Arca Titron Melee 2
Atlas Chassis Component 2
Atlas Prime Systems Component 2
Atomos Secondary 2
Atterax Melee 2
Aura Forma Enhancement 1
Banshee Prime Systems Component 2
Bishamo Cuirass Cosmetic 5
Bubonico Primary 3
Chroma Prime Systems Component 2
Chroma Systems Component 2
Cobra & Crane Melee 2
Corvas Arch-Gun 2
Destreza Melee 2
Diriga Sentinel 2
Dragon Nikana Melee 1
Dual Keres Melee 2
Endura Melee 2
Equinox Prime Systems Component 2
Exergis Primary 2
Exilus Warframe Adapter Enhancement 1
Fluctus Arch-Gun 2
Fulmin Primary 2
Galvacord Melee 2
Gammacor Secondary 2
Garuda Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Gauss Neuroptics Component 1
Gazal Machete Melee 2
Greater Lens Enhancement 1
Grendel Neuroptics Component 2
Halikar Melee 2
Harpak Primary 2
Hildryn Neuroptics Component 1
Hydroid Chassis Component 2
Hydroid Ketos Helmet Cosmetic 1
Hydroid Neuroptics Component 2
Hydroid Prime Chassis Component 2
Ignis Wraith Primary 3
Inaros Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Inaros Systems Component 2
Incubator Power Core Component 1
Ivara Neuroptics Component 2
Ivara Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Ivara Systems Component 1
Karyst Melee 1
Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Knell Secondary 2
Kohm Primary 2
Kronen Melee 2
Landing Craft Foundry Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Lavos Chassis Component 2
Limbo Chassis Component 1
Limbo Prime Chassis Component 2
Loki Enigma Helmet Cosmetic 1
Mantis Engines Component 3
Masseter Melee 2
Mesa Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Mesa Systems Component 1
Mirage Warframe 1
Mirage Prime Systems Component 2
Nami Solo Melee 2
Nekros Prime Chassis Component 2
Nezha Chassis Component 1
Nezha Neuroptics Component 1
Nezha Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Nikana Melee 3 (1)
Ninkondi Melee 2
Nova Slipstream Helmet Cosmetic 1
Nutrio Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Oberon Prime Systems Component 2
Octavia Prime Chassis Component 2
Ohma Melee 2
Pandero Secondary 2
Personal Quarters Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Phantasma Primary 2
Plinx Secondary 2
Potent Pherliac Pod x50 Gear 3
Pulmonars Melee 2
Quatz Secondary 2
Railjack Tail Section Component 1
Redeemer Melee 2
Rubico Primary 2
Scimitar Engines Component 3
Sevagoth Systems Component 2
Styanax Neuroptics Component 2
Simulor Primary 1
Sonicor Secondary 2
Stance Forma Enhancement 1
Stradavar Primary 2
Tatsu Melee 2
Titania Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Tonkor Primary 2
Trinity Prime Chassis Component 2
Trumna Receiver Component 1
Twin Rogga Secondary 2
Valkyr Prime Chassis Component 2
Vauban Prime Chassis Component 2
Volnus Melee 2
Wisp Chassis Component 1
Wukong Prime Chassis Component 2
Wukong Systems Component 2
Xaku Kintsu Helmet Cosmetic 1
Xiphos Engines Component 3
Zephyr Prime Systems Component 2
Nidus Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Gara Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Harrow Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Zhuge Primary 2
Afentis Primary 2
Hildryn Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Citrine Neuroptics Component 2
Baruuk Prime Systems Component 2
Revenant Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Khora Prime Neuroptics Component 2
Gyre Systems Component 2
Yareli Neuroptics Component 2
Parallax Engines Component 2
Total 222 (+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 Charm into Void maps has a chance at giving you one or multiple Argon Crystals when it triggers.
  • Bringing a NekrosIcon272 Nekros with Desecrate130xWhite 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 Hydroid with the Mod TT 20px Pilfering Swarm augmentation or KhoraIcon272 Khora with the Mod TT 20px Pilfering Strangledome augmentation can improve your chances of finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing an IvaraIcon272 Ivara with Prowl130xWhite Prowl can improve your chances of finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing a LimboIcon272 Limbo with Cataclysm130xWhite 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.
    • Alternatively, a XakuIcon272 Xaku with TheVastUntime130xWhite The Vast Untime modded for maximum range can also break containers easily, even outside of the room the containers might be in.
  • 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 Ember, NovaIcon272 Nova, HydroidIcon272 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. Mod TT 20px Vacuum equipped on pets will also collect those resources through walls.
  • Bringing a Weapon with large AoE such as a variety of explosive weapons (particularly those capable of equipping either Mod TT 20px Primed Fulmination or Mod TT 20px Primed Firestorm, or the Ignis Ignis/IgnisWraith 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 drop chance booster or blessing can improve the drop rate of Argon Crystals.
  • Completing the third phase of an Isolation Vault bounty has a chance of yielding Argon Crystals, among other resources.

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." [10]
  • 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
1 11 11 stable 11
2 10 11 decaying, 10 stable 21 = 11 (from day 1) + 10 (from day 2)
3 0 15 decaying 15 = 11/2 + 10
= (round down) 5.5 + 10
= 5 + 10
= 15
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. Its properties in-game are wildly different from those demonstrated in real life. It's likely these unusual properties are caused by the physics-defying nature of the Void.
    • It is a noble gas whose most commonly occurring isotope on Earth, 40Ar, is stable and does not undergo radioactive decay as the Argon Crystal does. Argon has a number of unstable isotopes that do decay, though none of their half-lives match up with the Argon Crystal's rate of decay.
    • Argon is a gas at room temperature, and does not form crystalline solids until reaching −189.4 °C (−308.9 °F). Solid argon does sublimate in real life, but as a physical property rather than a radioactive one sublimation doesn't resemble the half-life pattern of radioactive decay.
    • 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, and so far only 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.[11]
  • 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.
  • Previously, there was a rare bug that caused argon crystals to multiply in the players inventory instead of decaying. This has since been patched.


Patch History[]

Update 36.0 (2024-06-18)

  • Argon Crystals are now automatically waypointed when dropped by enemies or resource containers in-mission.


  1. Chance to roll item within drop table
  2. Amount rewarded on successful roll
  3. (Quantity × Chance)
  4. Chance to roll drop table
  5. Chance to roll item within drop table
  6. (Drop Table Chance × Item Chance)
  7. (1 / Chance), see WARFRAME Wiki:Expected & Nearly Guaranteed Numbers for more details
  8. Amount rewarded on successful roll
  9. (Quantity × Chance), average item quantity on a roll attempt (successful or not)
  10. April 11th Community Hot Topics
  11. DERebecca's post explaining the 2014 April 15th DDoS