Exploiter Orb is a large Raknoid creature that can be found patrolling around the Temple of Profit within the Orb Vallis, acting as one of the Grand Bosses of the landscape. She is the one responsible for the destruction of Deck 12 which left many of its Solaris United survivors traumatized. The Exploiter Orb is battled in the ruins of Deck 12 located in a cave northeast of Harindi Crater, requiring a single Diluted Thermia from the recurring Thermia Fractures event.
Unlike the Profit-Taker Orb, the Exploiter Orb lacks Sentient adaptive shielding, but her carapace remains impervious to all gunfire. To defend herself, the Exploiter Orb can surround herself with a winter storm on command and has four vents across her lower body which spray jets of ice and an underbelly turret. Her main weakness of overheating is kept in check by her numerous exhaust vents as well as the small squad of Coolant Raknoids accompanying her.
Around the Temple of Profit
The Exploiter Orb has a set path that she will follow, taking it in a loose circle around the Temple of Profit. She will climb over terrain, mountains, and across roads. She constantly makes noises akin to roaring, indicating her aggressive state. Her steps will do contact damage if a Tenno is too close to her feet. It takes her around 15 minutes to return to her starting position.
Five Coolant Raknoids will hang behind and trail the Exploiter Orb. When killed, one Coolant Raknoid will spawn under the Exploiter Orb every twenty seconds.
Upon a player getting the Orb's attention, she will begin spewing icy vapor from the jets mounted on her underside, creating a snow vortex around the Orb. This also signifies that the Orb will begin to actively attack the player with her many other attacks. The snow vortex has many interesting properties, though:
- Upon entering the vortex, the player will gain a similar aura around themselves, although much smaller than that of the Orb.
- While this aura is active, 4 icicle projectiles will spawn at the edge of the player's aura, staying in place for a few moments before homing in on the player, doing a small amount of damage. This will happen every few seconds.
- The player will also take a minuscule amount of damage every ~2.5 seconds while they have the aura.
- The hud has no mention of whether or not a player has this aura.
- The vortex makes for quite the visual obstacle, being nearly opaque at times.
- The vortex around the Orb will block bullets, projectiles, and some Warframe abilities.
- A cloud appears directly above the Orb while the vortex is active.
The Orb has many other attacks, such as:
- Main Laser: Acts similarly to a beam weapon, and does an immense amount of damage. Fired from the belly-mounted turret. Has enough "ammo" to last ~4 seconds before needing to "reload" for ~10 seconds. Will target a single player and track them until they reach cover/leave range.
- Ice Vents: The vapor pouring out of the Orb's vents will deal a medium amount of damage and give the player a status effect that lasts for 5 seconds. It will constantly refresh until the player leaves the vent-stream.
- Homing Icicle: As mentioned previously, the aura that the player has while within the snow vortex will spawn 4 icicle projectiles, one after the other, which will stay in place for a few seconds before homing in on the player, doing a noticeable amount of damage.
- Hull Lasers: The green spots that dot the sides of the main body of the Orb are all hull-mounted Laser turrets. The Orb will use all of the mounted lasers that are on the side that a player is on. The Orb will stand up on its legs before this attack, which involves the lasers moving around randomly.
In Deck 12
When the Tenno first enters Deck 12, located in a cave northeast of Harindi Crater and inserts Diluted Thermia into the Thermic Condenser located next to where the Ventkids vent would be, Exploiter Orb will engage the Tenno with the following moveset.
- Main Turret: The Orb will use her belly-mounted turret to fire projectiles which deals damage towards any target within range. The projectile has a fast flying speed and deals a large amount of damage. Although the turret's position made it hard to hit players higher than its main body, the Orb will turn her belly to the sides, making the turret able to attack targets high up.
- Ice Slam: The Orb slams the ground with its main body; creating an avalanching radial ice wave which deals high damage and status when a Tenno is caught in them. This attack is briefly telegraphed and can be dodged by jumping over them.
- Summon Mite Raknoids: Occasionally, Mite Raknoids will spawn off Exploiter Orb. When one and three of her vents are destroyed, Exploiter Orb will drop a whole swarm of Mites as she moves to a new position.
- Summon Coolant Raknoids: Only used when three of her vents are destroyed. Exploiter jumps to the ceiling of Deck 12 and drops off several Coolant Raknoids.
After pursuing the Exploiter Orb outside the Deck 12, the Orb Mother will have an entirely different moveset.
- Hull Flamethrower: Instead of lasers, Exploiter Orb fires off a flamethrower from her belly-mounted turret which is aimed towards any nearby Tenno.
- Mortar Cannons: Exploiter Orb will occasionally bare mortars from the top of her head and fire them. The shots' intended impact locations are telegraphed as large red circles on the ground.
- Thermia Fractures: When Exploiter's heat gauge reaches approximately 45% or more, she slams her main body to the ground to eject the heat off her main body, causing roughly a dozen of Thermia fracture to the surface and in turn resetting her heat gauge down to roughly 15% before heat generation. There is a set cooldown of 30-45 seconds before she does this move again.
- Fire Dome: Exploiter Orb vents out flames around her creating a damaging, physical dome which traps any Tenno inside for ~10 seconds. She only uses this ability sparingly when her heat gauge had reached roughly 65% or more, and using it takes away roughly 25% of her heat gauge before heat generation. The dome has its top open, meaning that players can still enter or exit it.
- Call Coolant Raknoids: Occasionally used by the Orb to summon any nearby Coolant Raknoids to come to her aid. Each Coolant Raknoid will fire their coolant (breaking their coolant canister in the process) to cool the Orb Mother once by roughly 5% per shot, and each Raknoid can only cool the Orb exactly once. If killed with their canister intact, these Coolant Raknoids will drop a Cooling Canister which can be used to create Concentrated Thermia Canister from the Thermia Fractures.
- Self-destruct: When defeated, the Exploiter Orb will begin to draw energy from the Satellite Overcharger and self-destruct, killing anything within a 300m radius. Notably, the Exploiter Orb self-destructs much sooner after her death than Profit-Taker Orb, but Exploiter Orb's rewards will not disappear during the explosion.
In the ruins of Deck 12, located in a cave northeast of Harindi Crater, Rude Zuud exclaims she and her sisters built a device to condense the planet's thermia into a weapon strong enough to be used against the Exploiter Orb's defenses. One player must deliver their Diluted Thermia into the Thermia Condenser on an upper platform, which is collected from the Thermia Fractures world state event that occurs once every few weeks; only the player that interacted with the Condenser will have their Diluted Thermia consumed. The Exploiter Orb will then climb down the ruins and engage the Tenno, proclaiming herself as the one responsible for the destruction of Deck 12.
The Exploiter Orb engages the Tenno nested high up, and will constantly shoot her turret belly throughout the phase. Shoot down the rocks that maintain her footing to bring her down. Once she falls down, the four vents on her sides will be exposed to fire. Shoot down one of the vents.
Once one of the vents is destroyed, the Mother Orb will ice up the rest of her vents rendering them invulnerable. She will then travel to the other side of the room while surrounding herself in a winter storm. Once there, she will constantly shift her body around, summon swarms of Mite Raknoids, and occasionally slam her body to the ground causing an avalanche of ice which can proc .
At this point, four Thermia Condensers will begin to continually dispense a Condensed Thermia Canister, which can be found at the following locations:
- The left side of the Deck, where The Business would usually be found.
- The left side of the Deck, where Smokefinger would usually be found.
- The right side of the Deck, to the left of where Rude Zuud would usually be found.
- The right side of the Deck, on the second floor to the left of where Rude Zuud would usually be found.
The Condensed Thermia Canister can be used to melt the ice which protects her vents from damage. To use it, the player must lob the canister with Alternate Fire (default ) and shoot the canister to make it blow up. The following are the different effects which the proximity of the explosion will melt the ice:
- A direct hit to the vent will immediately melt the ice instantly.
- A close explosion to her vent will melt the ice in two explosions.
- A far explosion to her vent will melt the ice in three explosions.
Once fully exposed, up to two more of her vents can be destroyed before she ices up her final vent if it was partially melted before. She will proceed to the middle of the room and hang overhead, dropping several Coolant Raknoids which must be defeated.
After defeating enough Coolant Raknoids, the Exploiter Orb will once again descend to the Deck. Melt the last vent and destroy it and she will retreat and head topside. Head out of the cave to proceed to the next phase of the fight. Hint: It is also possible to throw a Thermia Canister at the iced up vent to melt it and you can also destroy that vent while the Exploiter Orb hangs overhead in the middle of the room.
The Exploiter Orb can be found waiting for the Tenno outside the cave. In this phase, a Heat Gauge will be displayed at the top-left of the player's HUD, which indicates the overheat level the Mother Orb is currently at. Throughout the fight, Exploiter Orb will alternate between using her hull flamethrower, firing mortar cannon and calling Coolant Raknoids as reinforcements. The main objective of the phase is to overheat the massive Orb until her heat gauge is full, rendering her vulnerable to assault.
Exploiter Orb herself will heat up passively, though swarms of Coolant Raknoids will rush in from all directions, each of which can cool her down by 5% of her heat gauge once they reach her underbelly, after which the Raknoids will slowly "bleed" to death. If the Raknoids are defeated before they reach Exploiter Orb, they may drop a Coolant Canister which will be used in the later parts of the fight.
When Exploiter's heat gauge reaches roughly 45%, she will slam her main body to the landscape's frigid surface to cool herself down to 15% before commencing heat generation, causing roughly a dozen Thermia Fractures to appear. There is a set cooldown of 30-45 seconds before she repeats this move if her heat gauge surpasses 45% again. These Fractures can be used to instantly create a Condensed Thermia Canister by spending a Coolant Canister into it, then lobbed to the Orb Mother to permanently speed up her overheating rate. The overheating speed added to the heat gauge is doubled if the canister is shot mid-air, near the Orb Mother.
When Exploiter's Heat Gauge reaches roughly 65% or more, she will vent out flames around her creating a damaging physical dome which traps any Tenno inside for roughly 10 seconds, which will take away roughly 25% of her heat gauge before preceding heat generation. The dome has its top open, meaning that players can still enter it or exit it.
Once she fully overheats, she will become disabled allowing the Tenno to approach her. This will trigger a cutscene where the Tenno boards her side and rips off a part of her hull, leaving a weak spot for the Tenno squad to assault. Once she loses a third of her health, she regains her invulnerability and the overheating process must be repeated twice more, resetting her overheating speed.
After she is fully defeated, she will drop a sizable amount of loot consisting of a Lazulite Toroid, part blueprint, as well as massive amount of Orb Vallis resources both common and rare. Loot and escape as soon as possible as she will self-destruct (notably much faster than Profit-Taker Orb), obliterating all Tenno in a 300 meter radius.
- Phase 1
- Vent 1: Shoot down her foothold and destroy one of her exposed vent.
- Vent 2-3: Take a Condensed Thermia Canister, lob at the Orb Mother and blow it up near her vents to melt the icy protection.
- A direct hit to the vent will melt the ice instantly.
- A close explosion to her vent will melt the ice in two explosions.
- A far explosion to her vent will melt the ice in three explosions.
- Vent 4: Defeat all summoned Coolant Raknoids until she descends, melt her last vent and destroy it.
- TIP: Preferably shoot down one of side vents first, then mid two vents will be faster to melt down and shoot together, and at last shoot the other side vent.
- Phase 2
- Overheat 1: Prevent any Coolant Raknoids from cooling her down until she passively generates heat up to 45% of the gauge, she will then cool down causing Thermia Fractures to appear. Use a Coolant Canister to create a Condensed Thermia Canister and use it to make her overheat faster, and note that mid-air canister shot adds double the overheat rate. Repeat until she is fully overheated and jump on her to trigger a cut scene ripping off a part (possibly a power cell) on her side hull, then shoot the exposed parts (now in flames) until one third of her health is taken away.
- Overheat 2 and 3: Repeat the last overheating process until she is defeated. They will be the part on other side and her head. Collect rewards and escape the vicinity as soon as possible as it will self-destruct with a lethal range of 300m, though unlike Profit-Taker the explosion will not destroy Exploiter's drops.
- Although the Exploiter Orb follows a set path around Temple of Profit, her legs will try and put themselves on logical surfaces. This can lead to the legs and some of the main body clipping through the ground.
- Although she is immune to , she has significantly less health and armor than the Profit-Taker Orb.
- A major difference between the Exploiter Orb and her counterpart, the Profit-Taker Orb, is that the Exploiter Orb's legs are a part of the main body – the Profit-Taker Orb has separate segments for her four legs and the main body. The Exploiter Orb's legs still can be marked with waypoints, though.
- The Exploiter Orb will always be level 50, regardless of the mission level she is fought on.
- Players can restart the boss fight by reentering Deck 12. They don't have to go back to Fortuna to do so.
- While the Diluted Thermia required to start the Exploiter Orb can only be acquired from Operation: Buried Debts and recurring thermia events, the actual fight itself can be performed at any time without the event as long as players have Diluted Thermia available.
- The damage dealt by Self Destruct is dealt in two pulses roughly half a second apart. The damage can be mitigated using invulnerability effects, such as 's , 's , 's , 's passive or , 's passive, , or , 's or Amesha's Benevolent Decoy.
- The Exploiter Orb isn't immune to .
- When farming the enemies around the Temple of Profit (more often than not, for Sola Toroids) it is recommended to stay on the Temple grounds or within the temple, as the Orb will rarely come close enough to reach the player with any of its attacks.
- It is recommended that you stay in a place where you can constantly see the direction the laser turret is facing, and moreover to be constantly moving. Akin to the eye of a hurricane, staying underneath the Orb is a good way to stay safe from most of its attacks while being able to see the Mounted Laser.
- During Phase 1, it is a good idea throw the Thermia canisters towards the two vents behind the Exploiter Orb so you can save time and canisters by catching two vents at the same time with only one canister. Done right, you will only need to use three Thermia Canisters during the entirety of Phase 1; two for the rear vents, and one more for the final one.
- During Phase 2, the Exploiter Orb can pick up coolant and cool herself down if she goes near them, thus slowing down the fight. Pick up the coolant and move it away from the boss at all cost.
- During Phase 2, it is ideal to have one player in Archwing, keeping overwatch and sniping the far-off Coolant Raknoids before they can reach the Exploiter Orb.
- If you pick up a Thermia Cell with your Warframe and use Transference to go into Operator you can pick up two cells at once. Throwing/dropping the one cell as Operator before going back into your Warframe that has the second cell which you picked up first. This is also a useful tip for Excavation missions.
- If you pick up cells in Phase 1 near the Thermia creating machines and drop them, this will restart the timer for the Thermia machine cooldown. This makes more cells spawn faster for other team mates.
- Orange Thermia cells from Phase 1 can be transfered to Phase 2 in the loading room to quicken the pace of Phase 2. Be mindful though, someone will need to stand by the door loading or you will load back into the Phase 1 room if running cells back and forth to doorway outside. Best tactics call for someone staying in Phase 1 room until about 12-18 orange Thermia is by outside loading door. Only 24 Thermia total is needed to overheat Phase 2 boss the three times.
- Phase 2: Exploiter Orb heat build up is additive via Thermia hits. Meaning Coolant Raknoids do little to prevent you from beating this boss. General gameplay observations, Thermia hit:
- 4 Thermia first overheat = 5-6 will overheat QUICK.
- 8 Thermia
- 12 Thermia
- Very rarely, she can clip through the surface of the Vallis and enter Fortuna. An instance of this happening can be seen here.
- This was later revealed to be an accidental leak since WARFRAME tweeted a video showing the Exploiter Orb entering Deck 12.
- Exploiter Orb's legs interact with 's as if the globe is a part of the terrain. She will place her legs on the globe, instead of going into it, with inverse kinematics animation.
- Up until Hotfix 24.5.2 (2019-03-18) it was possible to use certain Warframe abilities, such as Nova's Antimatter Drop and Octavia's Mallet, to destroy all of her vents at once as soon as she dropped down at the start of the fight. This made the fight much faster but was changed by DE as an unintended bug. Now only one vent takes damage at a time. Note: Octavia’s mallet still destroys her vents quickly.
- Exploiter is voiced by Rachel Sellers.
- The shape of Exploiter Orb's main body and legs, along with her belly turret gives her great resemblance to the Spider Mastermind from DOOM (2016).
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