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Command the Infestation to mutate and grow ever more destructive.

This is Nidus, the adaptive, the scourge.

Nidus is a deadly plague for which there is no cure. You must control the strange disease.

Release Date: December 22, 2016

Epitome of the endlessly evolving Infestation, Nidus bends the vile corruption to his will, mutates his genetic potency to adapt and assimilates his victims with an insatiable parasitic hunger. Nidus and his strain developed in Update 19.5.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
25,000
Helmet
1
Chassis
1
Systems
1
Kuva64
2,000
Time: 72 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
Market Price: Platinum64 225 Blueprint Price: N/A
Neuroptics
Credits64
15,000
MutagenSample64
10
Plastids64
1,000
PolymerBundle64
2,600
NeuralSensor64
3
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 25
Chassis
Credits64
15,000
PolymerBundle64
6,000
Plastids64
1,400
NanoSpores64
5,000
Neurode64
3
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 25
Systems
Credits64
15,000
NanoSpores64
6,000
Circuits64
3,500
Morphics64
14
OrokinCell64
6
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 25

Acquisition

Nidus' main blueprint is acquired from The Glast Gambit quest. NidusIcon272 Nidus' component blueprints are acquired from Rotation C of Infested Salvage (Oestrus, Eris).

Additional main blueprints can be bought from Cephalon Simaris for ReputationLargeBlack100,000.
Drop Chance Expected Nearly Guaranteed
Chassis Blueprint 14.29% 12 – 13 C Rotations 52 ± 15 C Rotations
Neuroptics Blueprint 14.29%
Systems Blueprint 14.29%

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.


NotesEdit

  • Nidus has the unique passive ability to infect other players both in combat and in a Clan Dojo with the "Helminth Virus" acquired from the Infested Room onboard the Orbiter. Nidus is the only Warframe that can be used to open the Infested Room without having a fully matured cyst.

TriviaEdit

Nidus

Nidus infecting another Warframe

  • The word nidus (Latin root: "nest") is defined as the site of origin for disease or bacteria, or a place where bacteria multiplies.
  • Nidus is the first Warframe to use Kuva as a Blueprint ingredient.
  • Nidus is the second Warframe after InarosIcon272 Inaros to have no base shields whatsoever.
  • Nidus is also the first Warframe to use another type of ability resource besides energy, in the form of Mutation stacks.
  • Nidus is the first and only Warframe to innately regenerate Health.
  • The screech of Nidus' fourth ability was done by Digital Extremes sound designer, Willem Schonken. [1]

ReferenceEdit

  1. Devstream #102


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Adaptive MutationEdit

The Infestation dwelling within Nidus mutates rapidly when used against his foes, fueling his abilities and yielding various symbiotic benefits. Nidus possesses various passive mechanics highlighted in the tabs below:

Mutation Stacks are a resource unique to Nidus, indicated by the Mutation counter and gauge displayed in the lower-right on the HUD, above the ability icons.

  • Every enemy hit by Virulence130xDark Virulence will grant Nidus 1 Mutation Stack.
    • Abilities are not required to deal damage to enemies, only ability contact is needed to increase Mutation stacks.
    • Mutation stacks are stored until used by the player. Stacks will not disappear in the event of a host migration.
    • Up to a maximum of 3 stacks can be stored. Each stack causes the gauge to gradually appear more infested. Upon reaching 3 stacks, the counter is hidden and the gauge is overlapped by Virulence's ability icon colored in red and black.
    • ParasiticLink130xDark Parasitic Link and Ravenous130xDark Ravenous each cost 1 stack to activate instead of using energy.
  • Nidus' appearance changes as more stacks are collected:
    • With the base skin:
      • At 1 stack, tendrils will protrude from his neck and upper spine, while the carapace around his ribs will open.
      • At 2 stacks, the carapace around his thighs and arms will open to reveal more infested flesh and tendrils beneath.
      • At 3 stacks, certain sections of his currently-equipped helmet will open up, and many more tendrils will be exposed.
    • With the Nidus Phryke Skin:
      • At 1 stack, he gains protective armor on his thighs, and his shoulder pads are covered in a cage-like armor with a protruding spike on the top.
      • At 2 stacks, a large curved blade appears on each of the shoulder pad spikes and his forearms are lined with a curved blade that extends two large spikes.
      • At 3 stacks, his face becomes covered with a crown-like visor.
    • When stacks fall below the required triggers, Nidus' appearance will revert to the appropriate stage.

If Nidus suffers fatal damage with at least 1 Mutation stack, it will be consumed, restoring 50% of Nidus' health.

  • A UI banner displaying "Undying" will appear at the top-center of the screen while this passive is activated. The required amount of Mutation stacks will be visibly subtracted from the counter and gauge.

Nidus' health regenerates at a rate of 5 health per second.

Abilities Edit

Virulence VirulenceIcon
ENERGY
40
KEY
1
Virulence
Rupture the ground with a damaging fungal growth that steals energy from each enemy it strikes. For every five enemies hit, the Infestation mutates, multiplying its destructive force.
Strength:40 (damage)
Duration:N/A
Range:14 m
Misc:4 m (fungal growth width)
25 (energy refund per hit)
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Larva LarvaIcon
ENERGY
25
KEY
2
Larva
Spawn an Infested pod that erupts with tendrils, latches onto nearby enemies and pulls them in.
Strength:N/A
Duration:4 s
Range:8 m
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ParasiticLink ParasiticLinkIcon
ENERGY
0
KEY
3
Parasitic Link
Bind to a target with a parasitic link. For allies, both the host and Nidus deal increased damage. Linked enemies take the damage inflicted on Nidus.


Mutation Stacks Cost: 1

Strength:20% (damage bonus)
50% (damage redirection)
Duration:20 s
Range:20 m


Ravenous RavenousIcon
ENERGY
0
KEY
4
Ravenous
Gluttonous maggots swarm nearby enemies, feasting until they are hit with Virulence burst with Infestation. The maggots benefit from Mutation and each enemy hit adds to the Mutation stack.


Mutation Stacks Cost: 1

Strength:200 (explosion damage)
10 (health regen per second)
Duration:10 s
Range:4 m (explosion radius)
Misc:8 m (ability diameter)
9 (number of maggots)
100 (maggot health)
10 (maggot toxin damage)
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Hotfix 19.5.4
  • Increased Nidus’ Virulence width to 3m in Conclave. This also improves the ability to better hit enemies moving through it.

Hotfix 19.5.2

  • Increased the heal rate of Nidus’ passive.

Update 19.5

  • Introduced.
Last updated:Hotfix 23.1.3

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