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|Focus 1.0 since Update 22.0|
Each Focus-School contains ten nodes:
- Six Active Ways - altering or enhancing the Operator's powers
- Two Passive Ways - providing passive buffs to the Operator and/or Warframe as applicable.
- Two Way-Bounds - granting passive effects for the Operator, which become usable across all schools once maxed.
Upon completion of the Second Dream quest, players become able to perform Transcendence. When activated, an invulnerable projection of the Tenno Operator (along with a powerful Void Beam attack) will appear and hover from the Warframe, able to be controlled through basic movement. During Transcendence, the player's Warframe is invulnerable but disabled. Channeling/cast Abilities will remain active however. This state lasts for 10 seconds unless the player manually deactivates it or falls off a platform. Each activation of Transcendence has an initial cooldown time of 180 seconds.
Acquiring both Transcendence and Transference are required to activate and take advantage of the passive and active Focus powers provided by each school.
The Tenno Schools represent differing paths of discipline in regards to the Tenno's personality and fighting styles, manifesting in the various abilities that each school provides for the Tenno Operator. Several aspects of the Focus powers are additionally granted towards the active Warframe.
At the end of The Second Dream, players are asked to choose one of the five Tenno Schools available as their starting Focus school. Focus is classified into the five Schools, similar to the modern polarities:
- Madurai, School of the Fighters
- Vazarin, School of the Protectors
- Naramon, School of the Tacticians
- Unairu, School of the Indomitable
- Zenurik, School of the Arcane
Each school has their own skill tree comprising of 10 abilities called Ways, which unlock various passive abilities that can enhance Operator powers and to a lesser extent, grant improvements to the player's Warframe.
Each Way contains their own ranks which can be increased by spending Focus points into the specified Way. An unlocked and activated Way will be lit up in red, the lines between two Ways signify the outer's dependence on the activation of the inner Way as a pre-requisite to be able to be active.
Unlocking a Way requires a one-time spending of Focus, while ranking up a Way can be performed by gradually allocating points into it by holding down the Focus button beside the Way's icon until the required amount of Focus is reached, thereby reaching the next rank.
Focus allocation can be stopped at will, and will also stop once the current amount of held Focus for that school is depleted. The player must then confirm the allocation; otherwise they will revert their Focus powers to that of the last-confirmed change. Once confirmed, Focus cannot be reimbursed or retrieved.
Ways are split into Active, Passive and Way-Bounds, which will be covered below.
Active Ways are abilities that provide improvements or alterations in regards to utility and the Operator's Void powers, namely Void Blast, Void Dash and Void Mode, and are denoted by having a circular icon. Activated Active Ways have an associated energy cost increase, consuming more Void energy. Deactivating Active Ways will return cost consumption of the stated power to normal.
Passive Ways are abilities that provide passive enhancements to either the Operator's or a Warframe's stats, and are denoted by a hexagonal icon. Passive Ways which grant Operator and Warframe bonuses are active from the start of a mission as of update Update 22.12.
Both Active and Passive Ways are only usable in the specific focus school they belong to and will not have any effect, if another school is selected as primary.
Each School's Way-bound abilities passively enhance the Operator's base combat stats. Unlike all other Ways, these can be "unbound" from the Focus school they are part of, therefore showing up (and treated as) as an additional unlocked Way in any selected school afterwards. To activate the unbound node(s) their usual capacity is still required.
E.g. Unbinding Rejuvening Tides from Vazarin allows the player to activate it as a Way and benefit from its effects even whilst having Naramon as the Primary school. The player will also need 10 additional Way Capacity on top of that consumed by activated Ways in the Naramon school, to activate Rejuvenating Tides.
Unbinding a Way-Bound node requires the particular Maximum-ranked ability node to be spent on, 1,000,000 Focus points and a Brilliant Eidolon Shard.
Each school has two Way-Bound nodes, for a total of 10 Way-Bound nodes available to unlock.
The Focus TreesEdit
Initially, only two Focus Ways per school will be available to the player for activation upon completing The Second Dream Quest, both abilities mainly providing passive Warframe bonuses. In order to reveal the rest of the Focus abilities in a particular school, players must have completed both The War Within and Saya's Vigil, and subsequently visit The Quills on Cetus in order to be able to unlock and rank up their Ways.
The Madurai way is a school dedicated to offense. Tenno of the Madurai way are unrelenting fighters, excelling in the arts of ambush and barrage. Those who mastered the Madurai school are granted predatory, savage power.
- They are able to improve on the raw damage output from their Warframe's weapons, as well as Warframe abilities that dish out damage.
- They have a much higher Amp energy pool and regeneration, and utilize Void Mode to gather several charges of impressive damage amplification at whim.
- Enhanced Void Blast and Void Dash outputs several instances of damage compared to their standard version.
The Vazarin way is a school of the Protectors. The Tenno of Vazarin excels in the arts of emergency support, self-sustenance, recovery and warding power. Those who mastered the Vazarin school are granted defensive benefits.
- Through an increased affinity radius, their Warframes are able to provide aid from further away.
- They have a higher health pool and regeneration, further augmented by a highly regenerative Void Mode.
- They are able to inflict a burst of crowd control with Void Dash to provide immediate and emergency recovery, supplementing a brief respite to injured allies along the way.
- They can absorb and offset damage taken by allies, while bestowing to them additional shields with Void Blast.
The Naramon way is a school focused in the art of assault. The Tenno of Naramon excels in direct combat to both dominate and neutralize armed enemies. Those who mastered the Naramon school are enhanced with speed and raw, brutish force.
- Their Melee weapons gain additional affinity from Melee kills and are able to hang on to Melee combo bonuses for extended periods of time.
- They are able to track, disarm and dominate their immediate field of enemies all while preparing a fusillade of critical attacks.
- They can travel great distances in a very short time, as well as having a higher movement speed.
The Unairu way trains to become an indomitable soldier. The Tenno of Unairu provide the frontlines with unmatched tenacity, along with direct buffs to allies' offenses and defenses. Those who mastered the Unairu school are granted enhanced damage resistance and damage reflection.
- Both Operator and Warframe are granted an additional amount of armor which mitigates and mirrors all damage taken.
- They are able to impair enemies' offensive and defensive capabilities, and obfuscate them by providing invisibility to allied Tenno.
- They are able to directly buff fellow Operators, increasing overall damage output from their Void Powers as well as their Amps.
The Zenurik way is a school dedicated to the arcane. The Tenno of Zenurik are formidable in the arts of enemy attrition and battlefield control. Those who master the Zenurik school are granted tactical and spellcasters' benefits.
- They are able to improve on the efficiency of their Warframe's channeled melee attacks.
- They are able to temporarily grant massively increased energy regeneration for Operators and Warframes with just a Void Dash enhancement.
- They have a much higher energy pool and energy regeneration, and are able to siphon extra energy from Energy pickups.
- Being able to devastate a wide area with crowd control through granting new powers to Void Dash, Void Mode and especially Void Blast.
Focus Lenses are special items that convert a specific percentage of Affinity earned on a fully leveled (Rank 30) gear item to Focus points; these accumulated points can be spent on upgrading or unlocking Focus abilities. A single Focus Lens can only be installed on fully leveled items; if an item currently equipped with a Focus Lens is polarized, it will need to be fully leveled back to continue earning Focus points.
Focus Points have a daily limit of 250,000, which scales with at the rate of 5,000 additional cap per Mastery Rank. This limit resets at 00:00 UTC.
Type of LensEdit
Regular Focus Lenses convert 1.25% of excess affinity earned into Focus points. These lenses can be acquired as rewards from Bounties (level 20-40 and 30-50) offered by Konzu in Cetus on the Plains of Eidolon, and by Eudico in Fortuna on the Orb Vallis . Alternatively, they can also be traded between players.
Greater Lenses convert 1.75% of excess Affinity into Focus points, 40% more than the regular Focus Lens. Blueprints can be bought with credits from the Components section of the Market upon completing The Second Dream quest, with complete Greater Lenses purchasable for 40. Greater Lenses cannot be traded.
|Time: 24 hrs|
|Market Price: 40||Blueprints Price: 200,000|
Eidolon Lenses convert 2.25% of excess Affinity into Focus points, 28.5% more than a Greater Focus Lens and 80.0% more than a regular Focus lens. Their blueprints can be obtained from Bounties, or traded between players. Similarly, Eidolon Lens Conversions are blueprints with a similar function, acquired from Incursions. Crafted Eidolon Lenses that have been attributed to a school can be traded between players. Eidolon Lenses require a Greater Focus Lens from any of the 5 Tenno Schools to craft.
|Time: 24 hrs|
|Market Price: N/A||Blueprints Price: N/A|
Equipping a LensEdit
Lenses can be applied to the following pieces of gear:
- Fully leveled/maximum rank (level 30) Warframe, Weapon, Archwing, Arch-gun, Arch-melee, K-Drive
- Gilded Amp
To equip a Lens, visit the "Actions" menu in the loadout screen and select the "Focus Lens" item. Note that once a Lens is installed, it cannot be removed, only replaced with a different one (which will destroy the equipped lens).
Players who have not completed the Second Dream quest will not see the option to install a Lens.
The school of Focus earned is determined by which school of lens that is installed (i.e. installing a Naramon Lens on a Warframe will earn Naramon Focus). Focus points as mechanics which pertain Affinity distribution are as follows:
- Warframe-power kills award Affinity directly (100% to the Warframe) without any further distribution, fully converting the Focus through the Lens attached on to the Warframe.
- Weapon kills distribute Affinity evenly (50% to the Warframe, 50% to the weapon) between the killing weapon and Warframe. If the Warframe does not have a Lens installed, this results in a loss since the Warframe is unable to convert excess affinity.
- Allied kills distributes Affinity non-linearly. 25% goes to the Warframe and the remaining 75% shared among all equipped weapons. If a Rank-30 weapon does not contain a Focus Lens, it will not convert any affinity obtained from ally kills into Focus points.
There are multiple types of Focus Lenses of varying effectiveness available, which can be acquired from different sources.
- ↑ Assuming only one weapon equipped for simplicity. Total focus is the same if all weapons have lenses. If some weapons have no lens or a mix of greater and lesser weapon lenses is used an intermediate amount of focus will be earned.
Convergence orbs, which are yellow glowing orbs, multiply the amount of Affinity converted to Focus by 8x for either a period of 45 seconds, until death, or when the daily Focus cap has been reached, whichever is shortest.
These orbs appear periodically (with a glowing indication of its location) throughout a mission if the player has brought a weapon or frame equipped with a focus lens. They stop spawning once the daily Focus cap has been reached.
Unlike most buffs, Convergence duration cannot be altered or interrupted by abilities like knockdown, Dispel or falling off the map. Immediately upon expiry, a short summary of Focus points earned during the active period will be displayed on the player's screen.
All Focus schools have the same total Way capacity or Pool. Pool is consumed upon activation or attaining a higher rank of a Way; the more total Pool a player has, the more Ways can be simultaneously active at once. The cap on capacity initially starts out with four of five points, with the starting skill already taking up one capacity. Unlocking (and therefore activating) each Way will consume one capacity, with each incremental rank increases its capacity consumption by 2.
Way capacity can be increased by spending the required lump of Focus points from the currently selected Primary school, either through the school selection screen or Way selection screen. Pool capacity is increased by one for every increase, and the amount of Focus needed is also increased for the next increment. If players have an insufficient Pool capacity they will be limited in how many Ways they can simultaneously activate or upgrade.
Increasing the Way Capacity directly affects the total capacity each school has, and each active Way will only consume the capacity of its own school. For example, a total Way Capacity of 10 will allow the Ways in the Zenurik school to consume up to 10 Way Capacity, separate from the consumption of Ways in the Naramon school.
|Current Capacity||Focus cost of Next Upgrade||Increased Capacity||Total Focus Cost|
Unlocking each of the remaining schools requires a lump of 50,000 Focus points, though players must first accumulate Focus points through using Lens attributed to the desired school. Afterwards, they are able select a single Primary Tenno School, switching all bonuses of the previously selected primary school to the bonuses of the current primary school.
Previously, players who wish to max out their school (every node maxed and unlocked, including the 2 Brilliant Eidolon shards and 2,000,000 additional focus to add the way-bound nodes to your other schools) will require roughly the following amount of Focus per school. The duration has since been greatly shortened with Synthetic, Brilliant and Radiant Eidolon shards bypassing this cap, granting 5,000, 25,000 and 40,000 focus points respectively.
|School||Way Focus||Way Capacity||Way-Bound Focus||Way-Bound Capacity||Minimum days*|
- *Not factoring in Focus gained from converting additional Eidolon Shards, which bypasses the daily limit and higher Mastery Rank limits.
|Total Required Focus for All Ways:||40,562,470|
|Total Required Capacity:||177|
|Total Required Focus for Capacity:||12,098,349|
|Total Required Focus:||52,660,819|
|Minimum Required Days (MR5):||192|
- Focus points are not increased by mission completion bonus affinity.
- Focus points earned during a mission will remain even if the mission is failed.
- Focus cannot be used during Archwing segments of a mission.
- Focus abilities cannot be activated if a Warframe is using a channeled ability that restricts its mobility, e.g. Banshee's Sound Quake and Nyx's Absorb. Other channeled abilities will remain active and continue draining energy throughout the duration of the Focus ability.
- Focus Lenses cannot be put on Companions or their weapons.
- Focus Ability cast animation is affected by cast speed modifiers such as Natural Talent, Ember's Accelerant, and Speed Drift.
- After spawning, a Convergence orb remains on the map for exactly one minute before despawning.
- When the player activates Transcendence or Transference, their controls are switched to the operator's, with the Warframe hunching over in case of the former. Companions like Sentinels and Specters still stick to the Warframe instead of the Operator, though Kavats, Kubrows, Chargers and MOAs will not. This is shown by the map indicating the Warframe as a blue dot, indicating an ally and not a player.
- As such, sentinels will still be at risk if in direct fire and may be destroyed in larger groups of high-level enemies.
- As Focus is reliant on the amount of affinity gained, using Affinity Boosters can increase the total amount of Focus gained during missions.
- The following is applicable when you are starting off and have a constraint on the amount of lenses you are able to install.
- Due to affinity distribution mechanics when Focus lenses convert affinity into Focus points, the most effective placement of your first lens depends on play-style and role. If you are personally doing almost all of the killing, it is more effective to install Focus lenses on Warframes, as Warframes will be able to receive Focus regardless of weapon used, and can receive the full amount of Focus point conversion upon kills using Warframe abilities. This is the obvious choice for solo play. When you are playing a more supporting role, if you don't need other weapons, a single weapon equipped with a lens will be much more effective. For balanced team play, where you expect to get no more than 1/3 of the kills, a single weapon will be better than a frame. If you wish to use multiple weapons while farming, then lensing the frame still makes sense.
- One of the most effective ways to farm Focus is doing high level Exterminate missions (notably Adaro, Sedna) through Stealth, taking advantage of the stealth affinity multiplier to rake in large amounts of affinity, resulting in equally large conversions to Focus. This is more easily accomplished using a stealth Warframe such as Loki, Ash, or Ivara equipped with a Focus Lens, and using a high damage melee weapon such as a dagger equipped with Covert Lethality, or a melee weapon with high range and damage, such as Jat Kittag.
- Ivara's Sleep Arrow and Equinox's Rest & Rage in particular can make stealth runs easier by putting groups of enemies to sleep, preventing them from being alerted to deaths in the vicinity.
- Banshee's Silence activation can stagger enemies, and Savage Silence greatly increases the damage of stealth attacks, which can be used to blitz the mission.
- The Affinity Spike passive from the Naramon school grants +45% affinity to the equipped melee weapon.
- Sanctuary Onslaught provides Convergence Orbs on each Zone after the first that scales up to a 16x multiplier, making it a great way to farm Focus.
- The initial Focus system originally debuted in the same update as The Second Dream quest, and focused on providing direct bonuses to Warframes or alterations to the Void Beam. The current version is 2.5, a release of the reworked Focus system which came with the Plains of Eidolon update.
- The Focus system has been in development for a very long period, and was initially slated for release in Update 14.0. The developers admitted that Augment Mods and Arcane Enhancements initially started out as components of the Focus system before being split from it entirely.
- The five schools of Focus are based upon the five elements of Wu Xing found in Book of Documents(尚书) and is widely used in ancient Chinese philosophical traditions. It resembles the five elements of godai, which lacks Naramon (the tree), as seen on the backgrounds of each school's skill tree page. The Five Elements are Fire, Earth, Water, Wood, and Metal.
- The Naramon School represents Wood 木. In Wu Xing this is associated with the eyes, growth, flourish, and reaching outward.
- The Madurai School represents Fire 火. In Wu Xing this is associated with the heart, force, passion, and raw ability.
- The Unairu School represents Earth 土. In Wu Xing this is associated with the flesh, stability, durability, and bearing.
- The Zenurik School represents Metal 金. Also interpreted as mineral or crystal, this is associated in Wu Xing with the lung, concentrating, reserving, and abundance.
- The Vazarin School represents Water 水. In Wu Xing this is associated with the bone, inflexibility, supporting, adaptability, and sympathy.
- While the replies that the player chooses during the Operator's conversation with the Lotus has no gameplay effect, the choice of replies are used to reorder the choices of Tenno Schools. Once the selection screen appears, with the school most suited to the Operator appearing on the left, and choice to the right being the least suited. Example: choosing the conversation options relating to knowledge will put Naramon to the leftmost side as the most desirable choice. Players are still free to choose the Focus they wish to start with however.
|"I remember Studying..."||Naramon +1|
|"I remember a Fight..."||Unairu +1|
|"I remember someone holding my hand..."||Vazarin +1|
|"We Stuck Together..."||Madurai +1|
|"Things Happens for a reason..."||Zenurik +1|
|"They tried to help us..."||Vazarin +1|
|"They paid for what they did..."||Unairu +1|
|"She sang to us..."||Zenurik +1|
|"She was Brilliant..."||Naramon +1|
|"She was Brave..."||Madurai +1|
|"We sought Knowledge..."||Naramon +1|
|"We fought with honor..."||Zenurik +1|
|"We fight for justice..."||Unairu +1|
|"We were fearless..."||Madurai +1|
|"We protected the innocents..."||Vazarin +1|
Last updated: Hotfix 24.1.5
|Focus||Madurai • Vazarin • Naramon • Unairu • Zenurik|
|Ability||Void Beam • Void Blast • Void Dash • Void Mode|
|Amp • Arcane Enhancement • Operator Cosmetics • The Quills|