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“You're not supposed to be in here! You're going to ruin the surprise!”
The following article/section contains spoilers.
For the main narrative arc, see Prelude to War.

Investigate your personal quarters upon completion of The Sacrifice.
—Quest Description

Chimera Prologue is a short main Quest released in Update 23.10 (2018-10-12), and is the first act of the Prelude to War. This short quest explores the fate of Ballas after the events of The Sacrifice, foreshadowing Natah's plan to create Amalgams.


The Man in The Wall manifests itself in the Orbiter's Personal Quarters, luring the Tenno towards the Lotus' helmet, dropped during the events of Apostasy Prologue. When the Tenno touches the helmet, they are transported to Lua, where they begin to follow The Man in The Wall. The Man in The Wall leads the Tenno through the Reservoir, and into the Chamber of the Lotus. A portal at the end of the room transports the Tenno into a Sentient chamber that seems to imprison Ballas, now malformed with Sentient growth. Cursing the Lotus for allegedly deceiving him, Ballas discreetly constructs the "Sentient Slayer" away from what he claims to be Lotus' watchful eye. The Tenno grasps the image of the legendary Paracesis.png Paracesis , learning its blueprint in the process. — The New War is coming.


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“You're not supposed to be in here! You're going to ruin the surprise!”
The following article/section contains spoilers. Please finish The Sacrifice quest before proceeding.

This quest can be accessed directly from the Codex as a chapter of The New War quests, after completing The Sacrifice.

The Orbiter: Personal Quarters[]

In the Orbiter's Personal Quarters, The Man in The Wall sits on the plinth that carries the Lotus' headgear, donning it with a sinister laughter before vanishing and returning the helmet. Approaching the headgear and touching it will transport the Tenno to Lua.

Lua: The Reservoir[]

After loading in, the player will be dropped onto Lua. They must follow The Man in The Wall, who continues to wear the Lotus' headgear. Three times during the chase, The Man in The Wall will trap the Tenno inside of a barrier, forcing them to fight shadow-like reflections of the Lotus.

The Tenno are lead through the Reservoir and into the Chamber of the Lotus, where they encountered the Lotus and Ballas during Apostasy Prologue. At the end of the chamber is a portal that the Tenno must enter.

The Sentient Chamber[]

The portal takes the Tenno to a chamber of Sentient design. In this sequence, the player will no longer have control over their character, instead using the fire button (LMB ) to Void Sling to certain spots indicated by a glowing light.

At the end of the chamber, the Tenno spots Ballas, now Sentient-turned, lamenting the loss of his narcissistically beautiful Orokin body and curses the Lotus for her deception. Ballas' eye suddenly glows, which he implies to be the Lotus' vision. The player must stay out of Ballas' sight by using numerous Void Dash points around the room. If he catches a glimpse of the player, a bar at the top center of the screen will decrease. If the bar empties, he will spot the player and the mission will fail.

As Ballas rambles, several metal fragments fall in place in the middle of the room. Upon realizing the presence of the "devil", the pieces come together to form a sword and Ballas instructs the player to take the "Sentient Slayer" for their upcoming war, before looking away. As the Tenno dashes and grips the sword, Ballas abruptly turns to face them and the Lotus' whisper calling for the Tenno can be heard.


The Operator finds themselves back on the Orbiter as if everything they had experienced was nothing but a vision. They find themselves armed with the blueprint for the Paracesis.png Paracesis.

Completing this quest is also a prerequisite to combating the Ropalolyst on its Assassination node: The Ropalolyst, Jupiter. An Orbiter Decoration for the Paracesis Sheath can also be bought from Cephalon Simaris for ReputationBlackx64.png 50,000 after completing this quest.


Patch History[]

Hotfix 30.5.5 (2021-07-29)

  • Fixed missing Context Action for the Chimera Quest if it’s initiated right after The Sacrifice Quest completion.

Update 27.3 (2020-03-24)

The New War Chapters

As you may already know, in Warframe Revised we added The New War Chapters section of the Codex that allows you to shortcut to the Chimera Prologue and the Erra Quest (Sacrifice Quest completion required).

For those who have not logged in since before Warframe Revised, you will be presented with a welcome screen that now includes a direct shortcut to The New War Chapters to get you up to speed before you play Operation Scarlet Spear.

We’ve made a few changes to The New War Chapters section of the Codex:

  • Selecting a completed New War Chapter will show the End of Quest screen.
  • Selecting a New War Chapter in progress will show the Quest details like in the Codex.

Ensure you’re ready for the next chapter in The New War!

Hotfix 27.2.1 (2020-03-05)

  • Fixed a script error when exiting the Chimera Prologue Quest.

Update 27.2 (2020-03-05)

The New War Chapters

A Codex Quest chapter entry for The New War has been added for those who have completed the Sacrifice Quest! As you might be aware, The New War has started, and with Scarlet Spear coming soon we want players to be properly informed as The New War develops. If you have yet to complete the Chimera Prologue or the Erra Quest, head to The New War Codex Quest entry to access a shortcut to these Quests.

Update 25.7 (2019-08-29)

  • Fixed a box appearing around the Operator when the Infested Spore Ephemera is equipped during the Chimera quest.

Update 23.10 (2018-10-12)

  • (Undocumented) Introduced.