Executioners are Grineer warriors consigned to the service of Kela De Thaym, responsible for enforcing her rule in Rathuum. Armed with a variety of deadly weapons and skills, Executioners ensure that the accused on trial are given swift and brutal deaths. Most of the Executioners were introduced in Operation: Rathuum, barring Dhurnam who was added in Update: Lunaro (2016-06-15), and can only be encountered in the Arena mission type.


The Executioners are the players' key enemies in Arena, a modified version of Team Annihilation where players must get 25 kills before the Executioners do. Regardless of Squad size, the Executioners will always outnumber the players by one member.

Each Executioner has their own set of tactics and equipment, whether it is Gorth soaking up damage or Olka Harkonar providing long-range support. Thus, players must be aware of who they're facing to maximize their kills while minimizing casualties. Click on the links below to learn more about each Executioner's strengths and weaknesses:

Main article: Executioner/Dhurnam
Dhunam loved to hurt things. As a Grineer officer, he inflicted pain at any possible opportunity. So when he heard about Tyl Regor's experimental body augmentations, he clamored to become a subject. He didn't care about side effects, anything to become stronger.

The experiment left him sluggish and unresponsive. Weak of voice, he whispered for death. Instead, Regor ordered him beaten. The pain brought Dhurnam to life. He became a beast, eviscerating the unfortunate things sent to hurt him. Regor was pleased.

But the experiment was only a partial success. Without pain, Dhurnam grew weak again. Unfit for regular duty, the pits of Rathuum became his new home. The only place where he could find the steady diet of torment and suffering needed to survive.

Main article: Executioner/Dok Thul
Once a medical officer under Sargas Ruk, Thul failed to save the life of one of his favoured officers. Thul was "reassigned" to service under Kela as an Executioner of Rathuum. He has managed to survive under the protection of his allies, who value his medical skills.

Main article: Executioner/Garesh
The sole survivor of a frontier battalion that was eradicated by a lone Tenno, when Garesh eventually returned to civilization, he was tried as a deserter and sentenced to death by Rathuum. To everyone's surprise he killed all his Executioners and was granted pardon on the condition that he himself become an Executioner. Garesh yearns for the day when he can punish a Tenno.

Main article: Executioner/Gorth
Gorth was a distinguished member of the Nightwatch Corps, but when he unwittingly killed a close ally of Lech Kril for stealing supplies he faced political fallout that destroyed his career. Exiled from military service, Gorth now seeks to redeem his honor as an Executioner of Rathuum.

Main article: Executioner/Harkonar
Olka Harkonar hails from the Harkonar Production Zone. She is one of the few nobles not satisfied by simply watching her weapons wreak havoc, she needed to join the fray. So Olka Harkonar became an Executioner of Rathuum, vowing to prove the might of Harkonar weapons and armor with every judgement she made.

Main article: Executioner/Nok
Nok led a decorated career in service to Captain Vor, tasked with routing out any weak or anarchic influences within the ranks of the Grineer army. After many years of loyal service, the degenerative effects that plague all Grineer began taking their toll on Nok. With Vor's blessing, Nok was granted leave to spend his remaining days punishing Grineer in the court of Rathuum.

Main article: Executioner/Reth
Reth was once a simple labourer working in the shipyards of Ceres. He often wondered how lethal the equipment he worked with could be if he made only minor tweaks to its design. After a series of escalated killings his handiwork was discovered by his superiors. Rather than risk being captured, Reth fled to Kela, where he now tests his latest machinations in the service of Rathuum.

Main article: Executioner/Vay Molta
In return for a substantial donation to his campaign, Vay Hek consigned one of his most vicious clones to Kela's service. Vay Molta has become a crowd favorite with her modified Jat Kittag.

Main article: Executioner/Zura
Not much is known about the mysterious Zura. She appeared in the fighting pits with her Hyekka and carved a bloody path through the opposition. The crowd always roars with pleasure when Zura steps into the fighting pits.


  • Executioners are automatically scanned into the player's Codex upon appearing in the Arena, to compensate for the player's inability to carry Codex Scanners, Synthesis Scanners, or Helios into the mission.
    • This does not apply to anything they can summon on the field however, such as Zura's Hyekkas or Reth's Roller Sentries.
  • Nearly all Executioners are highly vulnerable to melee damage and very resilient to ranged damage. Be aware that some Executioners prefer close-quarters combat however.
  • All Executioners are vulnerable to Status Effects.
  • Executioners cannot be opened up to melee finishers, except if done so via melee combos, counterattacks, or certain Warframe Abilities (e.g. AshIcon272.png Ash with Mod TT 20px.png Fatal Teleport augment mod, etc.).
    • Executioners can still suffer Knockdown and are vulnerable to ground finishers.
      • The CrpAirPistolArray.png Sonicor is excellent for this, as it can ragdoll the executioners constantly
    • Executioners are immune to Knockdown from Limbo's Banish.
  • All Executioners are immune to Abilities focused on crowd control, (with the exception of NidusIcon272.png Nidus' Larva130xDark.png Larva and Vauban's tether ) but will receive damage from those abilities where applicable.
    • Duration-based Abilities will suffer diminishing losses against the Executioners, with subsequent casts cutting the total duration by half.
  • Any form of Disarm is functional on most of them (with the sole exception of Zura, who cannot be disarmed by any means), but they will retrieve their weapons after some time.
  • All executioners have Cloned Flesh health, Alloy Armor, and Shields.
    • Exceptions are Zura who has Ferrite Armor, and Vay Molta who has no Shields.
    • With the exception of Zura's Hyekkas having Flesh, all spawned enemies have Robotic health. All have Ferrite armor, but only Carabus drones have shields.


  • Special versions of the Executioners appear in the recurring Dog Days event, wearing beach-themed outfits with inflatable armbands and/or summer hats. Garesh in particular removes his regular armor almost completely, except for the helmet.

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