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|Focus 1.0 since Update 22.0|
- Not to be confused with Focus Energy.
Upon completion of the Second Dream quest, players become able to perform Transcendence, which will call out a spiritual projection of their Operator. When activated (default on PC, + on controller), a spiritual projection of the Tenno Operator will appear behind the Warframe, and player control shifts to said projection, which will begin using a powerful Void attack in the direction of aim. In this so-called Transcendent State, the player can move the projection as well as aim its Void Beam attack, and both the projection and the Warframe are invulnerable to attack. The Warframe itself is unable to move during this state, however continuous Abilities cast before using the focus ability remain active. This state lasts for 10 seconds, or if the player manually deactivates it. Transcendence has an initial cooldown time of 180 seconds before it can be used.
Completing The War Within will replace Transcendence with Transference, where players will be able to directly call out their Operators into battle as fully controllable units with their own powers and abilities.
Both methods of calling out the Operator are required in order to activate and take advantage of the Focus powers provided by the system.
The Tenno Schools are disciplines that represent a particular way of thought in regards to the Tenno's personality and fighting styles, with each school focusing on a different discipline, manifesting in the various abilities that each school provides for the Tenno Operator, and to a lesser extent their Warframes.
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, the offensive school
- Vazarin, the healing school
- Naramon, the melee school
- Unairu, the defensive school
- Zenurik, the resource school
Each school has a skill tree comprised of 10 abilities called Ways, of which one will already be unlocked as the starting ability. These Ways unlock various passive abilities that can improve either the player's Warframe or grant additional utility to Operator powers. Once unlocked, a "Way" has to be activated by clicking on its icon which will change its icon color from black to red, with a red line leading back to the preceding active Way in the tree to signify that it is on. Ways also require that the preceding requisite Way in the skill tree is active in order to be activated: if the preceding Way is turned off, the Way node it is connected to will also be deactivated.
Certain Ways provide Passive upgrades, which confer bonuses that last for the duration of a mission, applying to either the Warframe or the weapons they carry. These passive Ways do not activate until the Operator has been called out at least once in a mission.
Individual Ways also contain their own ranks which can be upgraded by spending Focus points to enhance that particular Way's attributes. Unlike unlocking a Way which requires a lump sum of Focus points to be spent, ranking up a Way is 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. Allocation of Focus points can be stopped at any time or until the currently available amount of Focus points for that school is depleted, and once allocated can be confirmed to lock the points into that Way, or canceled to return the allocated points to the School's available Focus points for spending elsewhere. Focus points allocated in such a manner cannot be reimbursed once allocated and confirmed into a Way. The amount of Focus points required to rank up a Way increases with each rank purchased.
All Focus schools have a shared Way capacity or Pool, which is consumed whenever a Focus ability in any of the schools is activated or leveled up. The larger the player's Pool is, the more Ways can be activated from the different Focus schools, along with allowing higher ranked abilities to be leveled up and activated.
Players can increase Way Capacity in two ways; They can add Way Capacity from the main Focus menu, which will consume Focus Points from the currently selected Primary Focus school, or they can add Capacity from each individual school, which will consume that school's Focus points. The Focus points will be spent as a lump sum, which will increase the amount of Way Capacity by one. The more Way Capacity is added, the more expensive each successive addition becomes in terms of Focus points.
Way Capacity initially starts out with five slots, with the starting skill taking up a single Way, leaving four more spaces open. Adding other active Ways or ranking up a "Way" will take one Pool slot each, with each additional rank increasing its Pool cost. While players can unlock any number of Ways in a school's skill tree, if they have an insufficient Pool capacity they will only be able to activate or rank up a limited number of Ways.
Increasing the Way Capacity of the shared Pool will increase the Way Capacity of all schools individually, and each school can consume Way Capacity separate from other schools. For example, increasing the shared Way Capacity to 10 will allow all schools to activate up to 10 points worth of Focus abilities individually, i.e. Zenurik can spend 10 points, Madurai can spend 10 points, etc.
|Current Capacity||Focus cost of Next Upgrade||Capacity Change||Total Focus Cost|
|5||2,576||5 >> 6||2,576|
|6||3,099||6 >> 7||5,675|
|7||3,638||7 >> 8||9,313|
|8||4,190||8 >> 9||13,503|
|9||4,755||9 >> 10||18,258|
|10||5,331||10 >> 11||23,589|
|11||5,918||11 >> 12||29,507|
|12||6,514||12 >> 13||36,021|
|13||7,120||13 >> 14||43,141|
|14||7,734||14 >> 15||50,875|
|15||8,537||15 >> 16||59,232|
|16||8,988||16 >> 17||68,220|
|17||9,626||17 >> 18||77,846|
|18||10,271||18 >> 19||88,117|
|19||10,923||19 >> 20||99,040|
|20||11,582||20 >> 21||110,622|
|21||12,247||21 >> 22||122,896|
|22||12,918||22 >> 23||135,787|
|23||13,595||23 >> 24||149,382|
|24||14,277||24 >> 25||163,659|
|25||14,965||25 >> 26||178,624|
|26||15,659||26 >> 27||194,283|
|27||16,357||27 >> 28||210,640|
|28||17,061||28 >> 29||227,701|
|29||17,769||29 >> 30||245,470|
|30||18,482||30 >> 31||263,952|
|31||19,200||31 >> 32||283,152|
|32||19,922||32 >> 33||303,074|
|33||20,649||33 >> 34||323,723|
|34||21,380||34 >> 35||345,103|
|35||22,115||35 >> 36||367,218|
|36||22,854||36 >> 37||390,072|
|37||23,597||37 >> 38||413,669|
|38||24,344||38 >> 39||438,013|
|39||25,095||39 >> 40||463,108|
|40||25,850||40 >> 41||488,958|
|41||26,609||41 >> 42||515,567|
|42||27,371||42 >> 43||542,938|
|43||28,136||43 >> 44||571,074|
|44||28,905||44 >> 45||599,979|
|45||29,678||45 >> 46||629,657|
|46||30,454||46 >> 47||660,111|
|47||31,233||47 >> 48||691,344|
|48||32,015||48 >> 49||723,359|
|49||32,801||49 >> 50||756,160|
|50||33,590||50 >> 51||789,750|
|51||34,382||51 >> 52||824,132|
|52||35,176||52 >> 53||859,308|
|53||35,974||53 >> 54||895,282|
|54||36,775||54 >> 55||932,057|
|55||37,579||55 >> 56||969,636|
|56||38,386||56 >> 57||1,008,022|
|57||39,195||57 >> 58||1,047,217|
|58||40,008||58 >> 59||1,087,225|
|59||40,823||59 >> 60||1,128,048|
|60||41,641||60 >> 61||1,169,689|
|61||42,461||61 >> 62||1,212,150|
|62||43,284||62 >> 63||1,255,434|
|63||44,110||63 >> 64||1,299,544|
|64||44,938||64 >> 65||1,344,482|
|65||45,769||65 >> 66||1,390,251|
|66||46,603||66 >> 67||1,436,854|
|67||47,439||67 >> 68||1,484,293|
|68||48,277||68 >> 69||1,532,570|
|69||49,118||69 >> 70||1,581,688|
|70||49,961||70 >> 71||1,631,649|
|71||50,807||71 >> 72||1,682,456|
|72||51,655||72 >> 73||1,734,111|
|73||52,505||73 >> 74||1,786,616|
|74||53,357||74 >> 75||1,839,973|
|75||54,212||75 >> 76||1,894,185|
|76||55,069||76 >> 77||1,949,254|
|77||55,929||77 >> 78||2,005,183|
|78||56,790||78 >> 79||2,061,973|
|79||57,654||79 >> 80||2,119,627|
|80||58,520||80 >> 81||2,178,147|
|81||59,388||81 >> 82||2,237,535|
|82||60,258||82 >> 83||2,297,793|
|83||61,130||83 >> 84||2,358,923|
|84||62,005||84 >> 85||2,420,928|
|85||62,881||85 >> 86||2,483,809|
|86||63,759||86 >> 87||2,547,568|
|87||64,640||87 >> 88||2,612,208|
|88||65,522||88 >> 89||2,677,730|
|89||66,407||89 >> 90||2,744,137|
|90||67,293||90 >> 91||2,811,430|
|91||68,182||91 >> 92||2,879,612|
|92||69,072||92 >> 93||2,948,684|
|93||69,964||93 >> 94||3,018,648|
|94||70,858||94 >> 95||3,089,506|
|95||71,754||95 >> 96||3,161,260|
|96||72,652||96 >> 97||3,233,912|
|97||73,552||97 >> 98||3,307,464|
|98||74,453||98 >> 99||3,381,917|
|99||75,357||99 >> 100||3,457,274|
|100||76,262||100 >> 101||3,533,536|
|101||77,169||101 >> 102||3,610,705|
|102||78,078||102 >> 103||3,688,783|
|103||78,988||103 >> 104||3,767,771|
|104||79,900||104 >> 105||3,847,671|
|105||80,814||105 >> 106||3,928,485|
|106||81,730||106 >> 107||4,010,215|
|107||82,648||107 >> 108||4,092,863|
|108||83,567||108 >> 109||4,176,430|
|109||84,488||109 >> 110||4,260,918|
|110||85,410||110 >> 111||4,346,328|
|111||86,334||111 >> 112||4,432,662|
|112||87,260||112 >> 113||4,519,922|
|113||88,188||113 >> 114||4,608,060|
|114||89,117||114 >> 115||4,697,177|
|115||90,047||115 >> 116||4,787,224|
|116||90,980||116 >> 117||4,878,204|
|117||91,914||117 >> 118||4,970,118|
|118||92,849||118 >> 119||5,062,967|
|119||93,786||119 >> 120||5,156,753|
|120||94,725||120 >> 121||5,251,478|
|121||95,665||121 >> 122||5,347,143|
|122||96,607||122 >> 123||5,443,750|
|123||97,550||123 >> 124||5,541,300|
|124||98,495||124 >> 125||5,639,795|
|125||99,441||125 >> 126||5,739,236|
|126||100,389||126 >> 127||5,839,625|
|127||101,338||127 >> 128||5,940,963|
|128||102,289||128 >> 129||6,043,252|
|129||103,241||129 >> 130||6,146,493|
|130||104,195||130 >> 131||6,250,688|
|131||105,150||131 >> 132||6,355,838|
|132||106,107||132 >> 133||6,461,945|
|133||107,065||133 >> 134||6,569,010|
|134||108,024||134 >> 135||6,677,034|
|135||108,985||135 >> 136||6,786,019|
|136||109,948||136 >> 137||6,895,967|
|137||110,911||137 >> 138||7,006,878|
|138||111,877||138 >> 139||7,118,755|
|139||112,843||139 >> 140||7,231,598|
|140||113,811||140 >> 141||7,345,409|
|141||114,780||141 >> 142||7,460,189|
|142||115,751||142 >> 143||7,575,940|
|143||116,723||143 >> 144||7,692,663|
|144||117,696||144 >> 145||7,810,359|
|145||118,671||145 >> 146||7,929,030|
|146||119,647||146 >> 147||8,048,677|
|147||120,624||147 >> 148||8,169,301|
|148||121,603||148 >> 149||8,290,904|
|149||122,583||149 >> 150||8,413,487|
|150||123,564||150 >> 151||8,537,051|
|151||124,547||151 >> 152||8,661,598|
|152||125,531||152 >> 153||8,787,129|
|153||126,516||153 >> 154||8,913,645|
|154||127,503||154 >> 155||9,041,148|
|155||128,490||155 >> 156||9,169,638|
|156||129,479||156 >> 157||9,299,117|
|157||130,470||157 >> 158||9,429,587|
|158||131,461||158 >> 159||9,561,048|
|159||132,454||159 >> 160||9,693,502|
|160||133,448||160 >> 161||9,826,950|
|161||134,443||161 >> 162||9,961,393|
|162||135,440||162 >> 163||10,096,833|
|163||136,438||163 >> 164||10,233,271|
|164||137,437||164 >> 165||10,370,708|
|165||138,437||165 >> 166||10,509,145|
|166||139,438||166 >> 167||10,648,583|
|167||140,441||167 >> 168||10,789,024|
|168||141,444||168 >> 169||10,930,468|
|169||142,449||169 >> 170||11,072,917|
|170||143,455||170 >> 171||11,216,372|
|171||171 >> 172|
|172||172 >> 173|
|173||173 >> 174|
|174||174 >> 175|
|175||175 >> 176|
|176||176 >> 177|
|177||177 >> 178|
Focus points are school-specific, where points earned from one school can only be used in that school, ex. earned Naramon points can only be used to unlock Ways in the Naramon school. Other schools asides from the originally chosen school can be unlocked, but require spending that specific school's Focus points to do so, thus players must first gather Focus points using the Lens of that specific school.
While a player has only one School at the beginning, they can use Focus Lenses from other Schools to earn the corresponding Focus points required to unlock other Schools. Once a player has unlocked other Schools, they can choose to select a School as their Primary, switching out their current Focus abilities for the selected school. Only one School can be active as the Primary at any time.
Focus Abilities and Upgrades
There are two main types of Ways available in a particular School: Active Ways that provide improvements to the Operator's Void Powers, namely Void Blast, Void Dash and Void Mode, which are denoted by having a circular icon; and Passive Ways, which provide passive enhancements to either the Operator's or a Warframe's stats, and are denoted by a hexagonal icon. Passives that improve Warframes will only take effect upon the player activating either Transcendence or Transference for the first time in a mission. Active Ways have an associated energy cost increase when activated, meaning that their improvements come at the cost of larger energy consumption. Players can thus choose to either activate the enhancement regardless of the cost, or deactivate it to reduce their Void power's casting cost. Finally, each School has certain Ways known as Way-Bound abilities that passively enhance the Operator's base stats. Unlike other Ways in a Focus tree, these abilities can be "un-bound" from the Focus school they are part of, meaning that they become available for use when using other Focus schools as the Primary, e.g. unbinding Vazarin's Rejuvenating Tides will allow a player currently using Naramon to benefit from it. Unbinding a Way-Bound ability requires that the ability first be upgraded to maximum rank, then players have to spend 1,000,000 Focus points and a Brilliant Eidolon Shard to complete the unbinding, which will make the ability visible to all Focus schools. The unbound ability is treated as an additional Way node when used by Focus schools other than where the ability originated from, and must be activated like a normal Way to benefit from its effects. Subsequently, players must have sufficient Way Capacity in the Focus school they will be using the unbound ability in order to use it. Each school has two Way-Bound abilities, thus there are 10 Way-Bound abilities available to unlock.
Initially, only two Focus Ways per school will be available and visible to the player for leveling upon completing The Second Dream Quest, both abilities being centered on providing passive Warframe buffs. In order to reveal the rest of the Focus abilities in a particular school, players must have completed both Saya's Vigil and The War Within quest. To actually unlock the rest of the abilities however, players must visit The Quills on Cetus in order to be able to rank up their Ways.
This skill tree focuses on pure damage.
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.
This skill tree focuses on heals, revives and shields.
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.
This skill tree focuses on crowd control, Finishers, and critical damage.
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.
This skill tree focuses on petrifying enemies either through its basic ability, Basilisk Flare, or through melee attacks, increasing the player's own and their allies' armor, and reducing enemies' armor through melee attacks.
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.
This skill tree focuses on crowd control, energy restoration and general utility.
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 heavy 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 or 40) 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 Lens
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 with a 2,000 Trading Tax.
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. Greater Focus Lenses require a set of four matching Focus Lenses from any of the 5 Tenno Schools to craft.
|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 Tier 5 Cetus Bounties or traded between players. The lens can also be bought from the Market for 80. 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: 80||Blueprints Price: N/A|
Lua Lenses convert 3.25% of excess Affinity into Focus points, ~44% more than the Eidolon Focus Lens, ~86% more than the Greater Focus Lens, and 160% more than the regular Focus Lens. Their blueprint can be acquired as a Rotation C Lua Disruption reward or traded between players. Lua Lenses require an Eidolon Focus Lens from any of the 5 Tenno Schools to craft.
|Time: 24 hrs|
|Market Price: N/A||Blueprints Price: N/A|
Equipping a Lens
Lenses can be applied to the following pieces of gear:
- Fully leveled/maximum rank (level 30 or 40) Warframe, Weapon, Archwing, Arch-gun, Arch-melee, K-Drive
- Gilded Amp
To equip a Lens, visit the "Actions" menu in the Mods 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 (e.g. 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 distribute Affinity 25% 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.
Focus gain can be further increased through the use of Convergence orbs, which are yellow, glowing orbs that periodically appear during a mission. When picked up, Convergence will multiply the amount of Focus converted from Affinity by 8x for a period of 45 seconds. Once the Convergence period expires, a summary of the amount of Focus points earned during the active period will be displayed on the player's screen. Unlike most buffs, its duration cannot be interrupted by such things as Dispel or falling off the map, though it will be interrupted on death, showing the amount of Focus gained as though it had run its course.
The appearance of a Convergence orb will be accompanied by a glowing indicator on the screen, displaying the location where the orb has appeared. Multiple orbs will form throughout the duration of a mission, although only one orb can be created at a time. Note that Convergence Orbs will stop spawning once the daily Focus cap has been reached.
- Focus points earned during a mission will remain even if it is failed.
- Focus currently cannot be used during Archwing segments of a mission.
- Host migration will end any and all activated passives, forcing players to reactivate their focus ability to enable their passive abilities again.
- This bug with "until the end of the mission" passives also happens with any self-initiated revive (arcane or otherwise).
- 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, their controls are switched the newly spawned operator as the Warframe hunches over. As this is the character currently controlled by the player, Companions like sentinels still stick to the operator instead of the now immobile Warframe. 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.
- If you wish to max out your 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) you will require roughly the following amount of Focus per school.
- Madurai: 8,479,097 (34 days)
- Vazarin: 6,929,367 (28 days)
- Unairu: 7,988,559 (32 days)
- Naramon: 7,715,907 (31 days)
- Zenurik: 9,595,583 (38 days)
- Capacity: 9,961,393 (40 days)
- Total: 50,669,906 (203 days)
- As Focus is reliant on the amount of affinity gained, using Affinity Boosters can increase the total amount of Focus gained during missions.
- 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 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 in particular can make stealth runs easier by putting groups of enemies to sleep, preventing them from being alerted to deaths in the vicinity.
- Additionally, the Affinity Spike passive from the Naramon school, due to the +45% affinity from melee kills at max rank, can cut a run or two out of the grind for the daily 250,000 cap on Focus.
- 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|