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A perfect balance of mobility and offense, Excalibur is the ideal Warframe for new players.

This is Excalibur, a master of gun and blade.

No matter your style, Tenno, the Excalibur Warframe is a formidable choice.

Excalibur is a sword-themed Warframe. With the power to channel energy into his summoned blade, he is a mobile swordsman with potent methods of execution. Excalibur is one of three starter options for new players.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
25,000
Helmet
1
Chassis
1
Systems
1
OrokinCell64
1
Time: 72 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
Market Price: Platinum64 75 Blueprint Price: Credits64 35,000
Neuroptics
Credits64
15,000
AlloyPlate64
150
NeuralSensor64
1
PolymerBundle64
150
Rubedo64
500
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 25
Chassis
Credits64
15,000
Morphics64
1
Ferrite64
1000
Rubedo64
300

Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 25
Systems
Credits64
15,000
ControlModule64
1
Morphics64
1
Salvage64
500
Plastids64
220
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 25

Acquisition

Excalibur's component blueprints are acquired from Lieutenant Lech Kril (War, Mars). Excalibur can also be bought complete from Teshin for ReputationLargeBlack60,000 once players have achieved Typhoon rank in the Conclave.
Drop Chance Expected Nearly Guaranteed
Chassis Blueprint 38.72% 6 – 7 27 ± 9
Neuroptics Blueprint 38.72%
Systems Blueprint 22.56%

Expected refers to total number of runs a player can expect to receive at least one of each drop associated with the respective values.

Nearly Guaranteed refers to the total number of runs a player needs to obtain a 99%, 99.9%, and 99.99% probability to receive at least one of each drop associated with the respective values.

For more detailed definitions and information on how these number were obtained visit here.


TriviaEdit

  • It costs less platinum to purchase the Warframe outright than to rush construction of the components and frame.
  • He is the first of two Warframes with an unpolarized aura slot, NekrosIcon272 Nekros being the second.
  • Excalibur is similar in design to Hayden Tenno's suit from Digital Extremes' previous game Dark Sector. This is further reinforced with the Proto-Armor Skin, which is a near-exact copy of that very suit.
  • Excalibur is named after the legendary sword of Arthur; King of the Britons. Many of his alternate helmets feature names based off Arthurian legend.
  • An Excalibur is shown being ripped apart by Alad V while wearing the Pendragon Helmet and the Immortal Skin in "The Profit", a trailer for the PS4 release of WARFRAME.
  • Prior to Update 14, Excalibur would use his equipped melee weapon when casting his abilities, regardless if it was impractical (Casting RadialJavelin130xDark Radial Javelin with a Galatine o Galatine), nonsensical (SlashDash130xDark Slash Dashing with the Kogake0 Kogake) or impossible (Using any of his abilities without a melee weapon equipped). Update 14 changed this by making him generate an ethereal DESkana Skana when using his abilities, rather than using his melee weapon.
    • If there was no melee weapon equipped, then Excalibur would use the active weapon. (i.e. Radial Javelin with a Braton Braton). Humorously, ethereal copies of that weapon would appear upon using Radial Javelin.
  • Before Hotfix 22.8.3, Excalibur parts blueprints dropped from Ambulas on Hades, Pluto. This is now the drop location of TrinityIcon272 Trinity.
  • In Update 23.0, Excalibur's ExaltedBlade130xDark Exalted Blade received a physical form to allow for customization, replacing its previous form which was made from pure energy.
    • The same update also allowed players to directly mod EWExaltedBlade Exalted Blade.
  • According to the Official Tenno Alphabet Cipher, the design on Excalibur's right shoulder is in fact a word that spells out "Hayden Tenno". The same word can be found on top of Excalibur's head.
  • Excalibur's default helmet was added to the real-time strategy game Airmech as a victory gesture after Warframe beating Airmech in a vote of popularity between the two.
    • This was originally intended to be Excalibur Prime's default helmet, however the reason for this change is unknown.
  • Excalibur's default helmet (along with the default helmets of LokiIcon272 Loki and ChromaIcon272 Chroma) are available as unlockable antenna toppers in Rocket League.
  • Excalibur is the only frame that has 12 alternate helmets (with Excalibur Prime's being exclusive).

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The Sentients had won. They had turned our weapons, our technology, against us. The more advanced we became, the greater our losses. The war was over unless we found a new way. In our desperation we turned to the Void. The blinding night, the hellspace where our science and reason failed.

We took the twisted few that had returned from that place. We built a frame around them, a conduit of their affliction. Gave them the weapons of the old ways. Gun and blade. A new warrior, a new code was born. These rejects, these Tenno, became our saviors. Warrior-Gods cast in steel and fury striking our enemies in a way they could never comprehend. Excalibur was the first.

- Orokin 'Warframe' Archives

Excalibur Prime is the epitome of mobility and offense, and features the same abilities as Excalibur, but has unique mod polarities installed allowing for greater customization.

—In-game Description

Excalibur Prime is the Primed variant of 'ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur, possessing higher armor, as well as an additional Madurai Pol polarity and a Madurai Pol Aura polarity. He was given to Founders alongside the exclusive LatoPrime Lato Prime and SkanaPrime Skana Prime.

Excalibur Prime is a Founders-exclusive Warframe.

AcquisitionEdit

The Excalibur Prime was only obtainable by upgrading a Warframe account to Founders status of Hunter or greater, which is no longer available. The Warframe came with its own warframe slot and was already augmented with an Orokin Reactor.

The Founders' program closed on the 1st of November, 2013, as announced on the warframe forums. This closure is inclusive of pack upgrades.

NotesEdit

  • Excalibur Prime, compared to Excalibur:
    • Higher Armor (130 vs. 110)
    • Different Polarities (Vazarin PolMadurai PolMadurai Pol vs. Vazarin PolMadurai Pol)
    • Different Aura Polarity (Madurai Pol vs. None)
  • Excalibur Prime, compared to Excalibur Umbra:
    • Different Polarities (Vazarin PolMadurai PolMadurai Pol vs. Madurai PolUmbra PolUmbra PolUmbra Pol)

TriviaEdit

  • Excalibur Prime is the first Prime Warframe in the game.
    • He is also the first Prime Warframe to come with two different polarities, as opposed to one. This was followed by Ember PrimeIcon272 Ember Prime and Loki PrimeIcon272 Loki Prime.
  • There is a statue of Excalibur Prime inside the Orokin Derelict vaults, and one of the Lua Spy vaults.
    • Interestingly, at the start of Update 11.0 Excalibur Prime was given a short-lived full body skin called "Alabaster", which was explained by Digital Extremes as a test skin that was released by mistake. The skin's texture was similar to said Vault statues.
  • Compared to the later prime Warframes, Excalibur Prime has the least cosmetic difference compared to his standard counterpart, with the only significant additions being the Void Key-shaped emblem on his helmet and golden blades along his forearms.
  • When he was released, it was widely believed that Excalibur Prime had a slightly higher shield recharge rate compared to the non-prime variant.
    • While the existence of this feature can neither be confirmed, nor denied, Excalibur Prime currently does not possess this stat change.
  • Much like how Update 14.0 gave the standard Excalibur an ethereal DESkana Skana when using his abilities, Excalibur Prime uses an ethereal SkanaPrime Skana Prime with his abilities, which was also added in the same update.
  • On the Chinese build of Warframe, Excalibur Umbra Prime serves as a stand-in for Excalibur Prime.

MediaEdit

  • The short-lived Alabaster Skin.

See alsoEdit

  • Prime, the Orokin enhancement to a Warframe or weapon.

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From the shadow of the long night emerges a new Excalibur.

Ferocious and untamed, Umbra’s fury is second only to his mastery of the blade.

Excalibur Umbra is the Umbra variant of ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur, sporting higher armor and energy, as well as three Umbra Pol polarities while losing a Vazarin Pol.

It first released in the Chinese build of WARFRAME as Excalibur Umbra Prime and was later added to the Global build in Update 23.0. The frame can be acquired through the The Sacrifice quest.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
10,000
OrokinCell64
1
Kuva64
60
NanoSpores64
1,200
AlloyPlate64
1,600
Time: 10 s
Rush: Platinum64 0
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

AcquisitionEdit

The blueprint for Excalibur Umbra is given to players upon completing the first mission of The Sacrifice quest, and the ability to build the Warframe is granted on completing the second mission. Unlike other Warframes, Umbra requires no further components and is constructed entirely from the single blueprint. However, even after being crafted, Umbra cannot be used until the penultimate mission. A second blueprint will not be given on replays.

At the end of the quest, players will receive Excalibur Umbra at rank-30 with a free, pre-installed Orokin Reactor, and Warframe slot.

LoreEdit

The SacrificeEdit

But you won't have to imagine. A lovingly cultured Infestation swarms within your blood. Your transformation has begun, reshaping you into a sacred surrogate of the unholy Tenno... A Warframe with but a Single. Burning. Memory. It is... a miracle! But all miracles require sacrifice.

Excalibur Umbra was originally an Orokin Dax soldier who was punished by Ballas for attempting to interfere with his betrayal. The soldier was deliberately exposed to the Infestation to become an anti-Sentient weapon, a "miracle" that requires "sacrifice", and was fitted with a unique Transference Bolt that forced him to obey Ballas's whims. He was then psychologically tortured into rote obedience by forcing him to kill his son, Isaah.

As a result of Umbra's torment, he retains most of his sentience and is capable of acting on his own without the Tenno's control, even initially rejecting the Operator's Transference and going rogue. Umbra also carries the memories of his final moments before transforming into a Warframe, which the Operator discovers to contain codes that unlock Ballas's Vitruvian recordings of the Sentient's betrayal, the creation of Warframes, and the Tenno.

Umbra is first seen in a courtyard on Earth battling his creator and his allied Sentients, but due to Transference influence he is unable to disobey Ballas, allowing him to be destroyed by Natah. The Operator discovers Umbra's remains on Earth, which leads them to a containment cell on Lua housing Ballas's Vitruvian, allowing the Operator to rebuild Umbra. However, Umbra immediately goes rogue and flees across the solar system, but not before the Operator taps into their memories.

--We had created monsters we couldn't control. We drugged them, tortured them, eviscerated them... We brutalized their minds... but it did not work. Until they came. And it was not their force of will - not their Void devilry - not their alien darkness... It was something else. It was that somehow, from within the derelict-horror, they had learned a way to see inside an ugly, broken thing-- And take away its pain.

—Ballas

After seeing all of Umbra's memories, the Operator reassures Umbra that they will fight Ballas together. Upon seeing this act of compassion, Umbra calms down and finally accepts the Operator's Transference. Together they battle Ballas on Earth, whose attempts to subdue Umbra prove futile when the Operator's Transference overpowers Ballas's control, allowing Umbra to wound his creator.

NotesEdit

  • Excalibur Umbra, compared to Excalibur:
    • Higher Armor (130 vs. 110)
    • Different Polarities (Madurai PolUmbra PolUmbra PolUmbra Pol vs. Vazarin PolMadurai Pol)
    • Different Aura Polarity (Madurai Pol vs. None)
  • Excalibur Umbra, compared to Excalibur Prime/Umbra Prime:
    • Different Polarities (Madurai PolUmbra PolUmbra PolUmbra Pol vs. Vazarin PolMadurai PolMadurai Pol)
  • Umbra, along with the Skiajati Skiajati, will be obtained by the player already fully ranked. All the Mastery Rank points that would normally be granted from ranking up Warframe and weapon will be automatically received upon acquiring them.
    • Due to their unique nature both are also unable to be sold from the inventory.
  • Excalibur Umbra comes with three mod slots polarized with the unique Umbra PolUmbra polarity. His Skiajati Skiajati Nikana and Exalted Umbra Blade each have two Umbra Pol polarity slots.
    • Note that it's not possible to (re-)add an Umbra Pol polarity to a mod slot, so it's advised not to overwrite a pre-existing one.
  • In place of RadialBlind130xDark Radial Blind, Umbra has RadialHowl130xDark Radial Howl.

TriviaEdit

  • Umbra is the Latin word for "shadow".
  • Excalibur Umbra is the first Umbra variant of a Warframe to be released in WARFRAME.
  • Excalibur Umbra is the only quest Warframe that cannot be purchased from the Market or be sold.
  • Excalibur Umbra's agile and noble animations are the only animations that are able to be used on other Warframes without prior purchase.
  • According to its Codex entry, the Skiajati, Umbra's signature weapon, is a Katana Nikana "grafted" from Umbra's flesh.
  • In the Chinese build, Excalibur Umbra originated as part of their Founder's pack exclusive, as Excalibur Umbra Prime, gameplay-wise identical to Excalibur Prime. The pack also included the PrimeNikana Nikana Prime and the PrimeLiDagger Spira Prime, as well as the Gauvan Prime Sekhara, a shoulder accessory obtainable only through that Founder pack.
  • Upon release, Excalibur Umbra had the passive ability of Prime Warframes to gain energy from Orokin Void Death Orbs, as an erroneous leftover from his data origins as Excalibur Umbra Prime. This was later removed in Hotfix 23.0.3.
  • Umbra utilizes a different sword design for his ExaltedBlade130xDark Exalted Blade, which is named Exalted Umbra Blade. The stats for both weapons, however, are identical.
  • Upon completion of The Sacrifice quest, players will receive an Excalibur Umbra-exclusive Excalibur Umbra Sunder Helmet in their inbox, which is a battle-damaged version of the regular Umbra helmet.
  • Excalibur Umbra is the first Warframe confirmed to originally be a "human being". He is also the first frame to have had his face exposed due to damage to his helmet.
    • Ballas confirms that Warframes are created from human subjects as Infested-hybrids cultivated by the Helminth.
  • When interacting with Baro Ki'Teer, Baro will treat Umbra as he would be any other non-Prime frame.
  • Umbra's scarf and torso lining, along with his Orokin ornaments, remain visible when other Excalibur skins are equipped, similar to the Prime details of Prime Warframes when using TennoGen skins.
  • Looking closely, Shadow Stalker uses a unique variant of Excalibur Umbra's body, which lacks the Orokin ornaments and Umbra's signature scarf, along with a different loincloth design.
  • In the "The Sacrifice" teaser of TennoCon 2017, Umbra wielded a regular Nikana on the Orokin Moon tileset.
  • It was revealed at TennoCon 2018's Sound Panel that Excalibur Umbra's howls were voiced by [DE]Steve Sinclair, Game Director of Warframe.[1]

MediaEdit

  • Umbra on official The Sacrifice info page header.
  • Umbra's introduction picture on The Sacrifice info page.
  • Launcher (English Version)

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit


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From the shadow of the long night emerges a new Excalibur.

Excalibur Umbra Prime is the Founder exclusive Warframe for the Chinese build and serves as a stand-in for Excalibur Prime, which was only available in the Global build. It was released along with Spira Prime and Nikana Prime.

The Warframe was later added to the Global build as Excalibur Umbra in Update 23.0.

AcquisitionEdit

Excalibur Umbra Prime is purchasable for players of WARFRAME (China), with or without PrimeLiDagger Spira Prime and PrimeNikana Nikana Prime, as part of the Founders pack on the following Changyou link (CHI).

NotesEdit

  • Excalibur Umbra Prime, compared to Excalibur:
    • Higher Armor (130 vs. 110)
    • Different Polarities (Vazarin PolMadurai PolMadurai Pol vs. Vazarin PolMadurai Pol)
    • Different Aura Polarity (Madurai Pol vs. None)
  • Unlike Excalibur UmbraIcon272 Excalibur Umbra, Excalibur Umbra Prime's stats and abilities are identical to Excalibur Prime's.
    • In Update 23.0, Excalibur Prime's armor was increased from 120 to 130, making this the only difference between the Prime and Umbra Prime.
  • Just like Excalibur Prime, Excalibur Umbra Prime's ExaltedBlade130xDark Exalted Blade has a form similar to SkanaPrime Skana Prime.
  • Players who purchase the Founders pack will receive the WARFRAME (China)-exclusive Gauvan Prime Sekhara, regardless of the pack's tier.

GalleryEdit

  • Excalibur Umbra Prime in Codex.
  • Promotional material.
  • Background image of the Chinese Founder's page.
  • Chinese Founder's pack.
  • Chinese launcher.

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SwordsmanshipEdit

Excalibur has improved mastery in the Tenno art of the blade, receiving 5% increased attack speed and damage when dealing melee attacks while wielding the following weapons:

Abilities Edit

SlashDashModU15 SlashDash
ENERGY
25
KEY
1
Slash Dash
Dash between enemies while slashing with the Exalted Blade.
Strength:51
Duration:N/A
Range:5 m

Info
  • Excalibur dashes between enemies within a cone 5 meters long and cuts them down with his Exalted Blade. Each strike inflicts 51 base damage.
  • If there are no enemies within its targeting area, Slash Dash will make Excalibur dash forward in the direction of aim, allowing it to be used as a mobility aid when reaching high places.
  • Can be used while jumping, sliding, forward flipping, wall running or clinging to a wall.

Augment
PurgingSlash
Main article: Purging Slash

Purging Slash is a Conclave-exclusive Warframe Augment Mod for ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur's SlashDash130xDark Slash Dash that removes allies' debuffs and restores their shields when Slash Dashed into.


Rank Debuffs removed Shields restored Cost
0 1 25 6
1 2 50 7
2 3 75 8
3 4 100 9


RadialBlindMod RadialBlind
ENERGY
50
KEY
2
Radial Blind
Emits a bright flash of light, blinding all enemies in a small radius for several seconds.
Strength:N/A
Duration:4 s
Range:20 m

Info
  • Excalibur summons and raises his Exalted Blade, releasing an intense flash of light that affects enemies within 20 meters and blinds them for 4 seconds.
    • The screen of players affected by Radial Blind will turn fully white for the duration of the ability.
    • The duration of the blind is halved for enemies that are looking away.
  • Can be used while running, attacking, blocking, jumping, sliding, forward flipping, wall running or clinging to a wall.
  • Has a cast time of 1 second.

Augment
SignalFlare
Main article: Signal Flare

Signal Flare is a Conclave-exclusive Warframe Augment Mod for ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur RadialBlind130xDark Radial Blind and RadialHowl130xDark Radial Howl in that marks enemies who are blinded on the mini-map temporarily.


Rank Seconds marked for Cost
0 3 6
1 6 7
2 9 8
3 12 9

RadialHowlMod RadialHowl
ENERGY
50
KEY
2
Radial Howl
Let out a ferocious howl that stuns nearby enemies and causes Sentients to shed any built up resistances.
Strength:N/A
Duration:4 s
Range:20 m

Info
  • Excalibur Umbra howls, releasing an intense flash of light that affects enemies within 20 meters and stuns them for 4 seconds.
    • The screen of players affected by Radial Howl will turn fully white for the duration of the ability.
    • The duration of the stun is halved for enemies that are looking away.
  • Can be used while running, attacking, blocking, jumping, sliding, forward flipping, wall running or clinging to a wall.
  • Has a cast time of 1 second.

Augment
SignalFlare
Main article: Signal Flare

Signal Flare is a Conclave-exclusive Warframe Augment Mod for ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur RadialBlind130xDark Radial Blind and RadialHowl130xDark Radial Howl in that marks enemies who are blinded on the mini-map temporarily.


Signal Flare


RadialJavelinMod RadialJavelin
ENERGY
75
KEY
3
Radial Javelin
Launches javelins towards enemies, dealing high damage and impaling them to walls.
Strength:200 (Javelin damage)
300 (Explosion damage)
Duration:N/A
Range:8 m (javelin range)
1 m (explosion radius)
Misc:12 (javelins)

Info
  • Excalibur summons 12 javelins against enemies within a radius of 8 meters. Excalibur then drives his weapon into the ground, creating an explosion that deals 300 damage within a radius of 1 from Exaclibur, launching the javelins into their targets. Each javelin inflicts 200 damage.
  • Each javelin appears as an ethereal DESkana Skana. Excalibur PrimeIcon272 Excalibur Prime's javelins appear as ethereal SkanaPrime Skana Primes.
  • Has a cast time of ~2 second and a post-cast animation delay of ~2.5 seconds.
  • Javelins can damage enemies across the Rift Plane.


ExaltedBlade ExaltedBladeIcon
ENERGY
25
KEY
4
Exalted Blade
Summon a sword of pure light and immense power.

Energy Drain: 12.5 s-1

Strength:88
Duration:3 s (blind duration)
Range:3 m (blind radius)

Info
  • Excalibur draws an ethereal Skana and wields it as his melee weapon. Normal attacks inflict 88 base damage within 2 meters.
  • Normal, slide, and aerial attacks will emit an energy wave in the direction of aim. Energy waves have the same base damage as the attacks that release them and fly at a constant speed of 30 m/s until they dissipate at a maximum distance of 16 meters.
    • The energy waves and Exalted Blade itself are considered separate entities and will both deal damage separately.
    • Energy waves will punch through and hit enemies and terrain regardless of thickness up to their maximum range.
    • Wave damage falls off with distance.
  • Exalted Blade consumes 12.5 energy per second while active and will remain active until Excalibur's energy is depleted, or the ability is deactivated by pressing the ability key again.
    • Excalibur must have 100 energy in order to activate the ability.
    • Excalibur cannot replenish energy while Exalted Blade is active.
  • Excalibur will auto-block any frontal attacks while Exalted Blade is active. Exalted Blade will also continue to block 50% of the frontal damage even while attacking or performing other actions.
  • While active, Exalted Blade will use an exclusive stance with its own set of combo attacks.
  • Can be cast while moving or sprinting without interruption.

Weapon
EWExaltedBlade
Main article: Conclave:Exalted Blade (Weapon)

Exalted Blade is ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur's signature Exalted Weapon, which can only be used upon activating the ability of the same name.


Stance
ExaltedBladeStance
Main article: Conclave:Exalted Blade (Stance)

Exalted Blade is a unique Stance exclusive to Exalted Blade that can only be acquired and used by activating Excalibur's fourth ability of the same name. This Stance overrides the Stance on any currently equipped melee weapon for as long as Exalted Blade remains active.


Tips & Tricks
  • The innate slide attack blind provides a cheaper alternative to Radial Blind, albeit with greatly reduced range.

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Update 23.0
  • Excalibur Umbra introduced.
  • Increased Excalibur Prime’s Armor from 120 to 130.

Update 20.0

  • Increased the flight speed of Excalibur's Exalted Blade projectiles.
  • Excalibur's Radial Javelin damage increased.


Update: Specters of the Rail

  • Exalted Blade can now only be activated at 100 energy.
  • Increased damage of Exalted Blade projectiles.


Update 18.5

  • Decreased the damage and range of Slash Dash.


Hotfix 18.4.7

  • Reduced the effectiveness of Excalibur's passive.


Update 18.4

  • Fixed the Stagger from Slash Dash not properly taking the Anticipation Mod’s effect.


Update 18.1

  • Excalibur can no longer gain energy while Exalted Blade is active.


Update 18.0

  • Excalibur is now purchasable through Teshin's Conclave Offerings at the Typhoon rank.
  • Increased the damage of Slash Dash.


Update 17.8

  • Radial Javelin is now affected by Intensify in Conclave.


Hotfix 17.6.2

  • Increased the damage of Slash Dash.


Hotfix 17.0.3

  • Reduced damage and range of Slash Dash.


Update 16.9

  • Excalibur has been rebalanced for PvP in accordance with his recent overhaul.


Update 16.6

  • Slash Dash damage has been increased.


Hotfix 16.4.4

  • Radial Blind now gets half its duration on targets that are looking away.


Update 16.2

  • Excalibur is no longer invulnerable when performing Slash Dash.


Hotfix 16.1.3

  • Increased the range of Radial Javelin.
  • Slowed the activation / casting animations of Radial Javelin.


Update 16.0

Last update: Hotfix 23.1.1

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