Chargers are quadrupedal abominations resembling canines made from Grineer (possibly Lancers) that almost always hunt in packs. They will quickly and repeatedly claw at players once in range, and their attacks have a chance to stun their foes (but not players) on hit. If their target is out of range they will hold position and lob balls of mass at their target which do not ignore shields.

Being one of the most common Infested, on Defense missions they are the main source of damage to the objective and should be the main target. A single Charger can dish out higher damage per second than even a Toxic Ancient. In fact, multiple Ancients may be allowed to attack the objective with less risk as their attacks have more delay but multiple Chargers will quickly whittle it down with their quick swipes.

A variant, the Carrion Charger, spawns exclusively from dead Kavor Defectors in Defection missions.

Energy Drain Eximus Chargers are sent as a syndicate death squad by Red Veil.


Visually, chargers are unique in appearance compared to other Infested, most notably the adaptation to using their previous host's arms as additional legs, essentially turning them into canine-like abominations. The original host appears to have been a Lancer who was transformed facing upwards, as the spines protruding from the charger appears to be the Lancer's rib cage. The head of the lancer remains intact but is pushed back and toward the ground where new infested mandibles grow out of the neck which forms the creature's new "face". Despite being mutated from a heavily armored lancer, all charger variations, except the Deimos Charger, do not have any armor and full damage is dealt from any angle.

Farming Locations[]

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

Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconInfestedB.svg Earth Tikal Excavation (Dark Sector) 6 - 16 Grineer Forest
IconInfestedB.svg Mercury Terminus Sabotage 8 - 10 Grineer Galleon
IconInfestedB.svg Mercury M Prime Exterminate 7 - 9 Grineer Asteroid
IconInfestedB.svg Eris Isos Capture 32 - 36 Infested Ship

Carrion Charger

These spawn on dead Kavor Defectors. The Eximus version of this has about a 1 in 10 chance to spawn in place of a Carrion Charger.

Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconInfestedB.svg Phobos Memphis Defection (Dark Sector) 15 - 25 Grineer Asteroid
IconInfestedB.svg Saturn Caracol Defection (Dark Sector) 26 - 36 Grineer Galleon
IconInfestedB.svg Neptune Yursa Defection (Dark Sector) 30 - 40 Infested Ship

Demolisher Charger
Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconInfestedB.svg Uranus Ur Disruption (Dark Sector) 30 - 35 Grineer Galleon


  • In general, continuous movement away from the Charger is best while dealing with them, in order to refrain from taking tremendous damage by these standard units.
  • Though they are generally the most damaging units of the Infested, Chargers can easily be avoided as long as players remain a distance of 2 meters away from their attack, by horizontal or vertical distance.
    • Standing on places where they cannot or will not follow is not advised either, as the charger will then choose to spit globs of mass that deal as much damage as their melee attacks.
  • Chargers have a habit of "pouncing" to their targets, dealing moderate damage and chance of initial knockback. This is a setting where they can attack their targets with brute force.
    • They will return to their pounce state as the start of their next attack once their target has moved at least 15 meters away from them.
    • When their target has approached them, they will attack immediately, bypassing this state.
  • Unlike the Leapers, Chargers do not jump straight to their targets, instead, they run after them directly.
  • Their somewhat large size, in comparison to other light Infested, makes them easier to deal with while using shotguns.
  • Chargers are deceptively quick and can catch Tenno off guard very easily. They also tend to come in groups and a large enough group can cause disaster if you are completely surrounded. Abilities with an area of effect, like VoltIcon272.png Volt's Discharge130xDark.png Discharge and especially EmberIcon272.png Ember's Inferno130xDark.png Inferno are very effective.


Carrion Charger General Drops
Introduced Undetermined Mod Drops:
Mod TT 20px.png Calculated Redirection 0.5691%
Mod TT 20px.png Regen 0.5691%
Mod TT 20px.png Rupture 0.5691%
EndoIconRenderLarge.png Endo 0.5691%
Mod TT 20px.png Convulsion 0.2211%
Mod TT 20px.png Fracturing Wind 0.2211%
Mod TT 20px.png Speed Trigger 0.2211%
EndoIconRenderLarge.png Endo 0.0603%
Tileset Saturn
Weapon Claws
Codex Scans 3
Infested 80
DmgSlashSmall64.png + DmgFireSmall64.png + DmgGasSmall64.png +++ DmgRadiationSmall64.png ‐‐ DmgViralSmall64.png ‐‐
Affinity ?
Base Level ?

Demolisher Charger General Drops
Introduced Update 25.7 (2019-08-29) Mod Drops:
Mod TT 20px.png Bane of Infested 3.75%
Mod TT 20px.png Cleanse Infested 3.75%
Mod TT 20px.png Expel Infested 3.75%
Mod TT 20px.png Smite Infested 3.75%
Other Drops:
Acceltra.png Acceltra Blueprint (1.25%)
Akarius.png Akarius Blueprint (1.25%)
Mission Uranus
Weapon Claws
Codex Scans 20
Infested 2500
DmgSlashSmall64.png + DmgFireSmall64.png + DmgGasSmall64.png +++ DmgRadiationSmall64.png ‐‐ DmgViralSmall64.png ‐‐
  • Completely immune to DmgViralSmall64.png Viral.

Deimos Charger General Drops
Introduced Update 29.0 (2020-08-25) Mod Drops:

Tileset Cambion Drift
Weapon Claws
Codex Scans 20
Infested 80
DmgSlashSmall64.png + DmgFireSmall64.png + DmgGasSmall64.png +++ DmgRadiationSmall64.png ‐‐ DmgViralSmall64.png ‐‐
Base Level 1
  • The Deimos Charger's upper carapace on its face reduces incoming damage by 95%, while the area right above its head reduces damage by 80%.
    • Abilities that target the enemies themselves, like TrinityIcon272.png Trinity's EnergyVampire130xDark.png Energy Vampire always hit area right above its head and get reduced by 80%.
    • Some abilities like FrostIcon272.png Frost's Freeze130xDark.png Freeze and EmberIcon272.png Ember's Fireball130xDark.png Fireball are reduced by 95% when hitting the carapace, but their AoE can still deal full damage upon hitting the exposed flesh.


Patch History[]

Update 21.1 (2017-07-19)

  • Fixed missing rear counter Finishers for Chargers for the Blind Justice Nikana Stance.

Hotfix 21.0.4 (2017-07-05)

  • Reduced the scans required on the White Charger from 20 to 3.

Update 20.1 (2017-04-05)

  • Fixed Nikana weapons not being able to stealth-finish Infested Chargers.

Hotfix: The Silver Grove 1.2 (2016-09-02)

  • Fixed Chargers remaining permanently frozen after Rhino's Rhino Stomp ability.

Update: The Silver Grove (2016-08-19)

  • Infested Chargers will now resort to a projectile attack only on the condition that they have no chance of melee attacking you.

Hotfix: Lunaro 5 (2016-06-23)

  • Expanded Interception hacking terminals slightly so that bulky enemies like Chargers can get to them without requiring a dialing wand.

Update 16.7 (2015-06-04)

  • Slightly altered the vocal sounds of Infested Chargers.

Update 14.0 (2014-07-18)

  • Infested Charger move speed increased.

Update 13.8 (2014-06-19)

  • The Infested are sounding and looking much more vicious these days! Completely new sounds and animations for Chargers have been added into Warframe!

Hotfix 11.1.2 (2013-11-29)

  • Fixed Nyx's absorb not doing damage to Infested Chargers.

Update 10.4 (2013-10-16)

  • Fix for Infested chargers not disintegrating on client.

Update 10.3 (2013-10-09)

  • Fixed Infested chargers and ancients not being appropriately affected by Vauban's Vortex ability.

Update 9.5 (2013-08-09)

  • New Bladestorm animations for Infested Chargers.

Update 9.3 (2013-07-26)

  • Added vocals to Infested Charger.

Update 8.3 (2013-07-04)

  • Fixed stealth attacks on Infested Chargers that failed to bring out melee weapon.

Update 7.10 (2013-05-03)

  • Added new death animations for Infested Charger.

Update 7.8 (2013-04-19)

  • Fixed Banshee 'Push' power not working against Chargers.

Update 6.5 (2013-02-22)

  • Chargers killed with freeze damage should now properly ragdoll.

Update 6.3 (2013-02-14)

  • Infested Chargers now properly ragdoll when killed by elemental effects.

Update 6.0 (2013-01-29)

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Update 21.2 (2017-07-26)

See also[]

  • Phorid, a larger, more dangerous Charger and Infested Boss.