This shape-altering component is fundamental to Orokin construction. Allows you to change the polarity of a mod slot on a Warframes, Companions or Weapons and then resets their affinity to Unranked. This can only be used on Level 30 Warframes, Companions and Weapons.

—In-Game Description

Forma are items most commonly used as a supercharger to add, remove, or alter the Polarity of a Mod slot on equipment such as Warframes, Archwings, weapons, or Companions. This process is called Polarization and allows mod capacity to be used more efficiently.

Forma do however have additional uses. Their second most notable use is as a component in the creation of certain items, including being used in weapon blueprints, the creation of the Exilus Adapter and other supercharger equipment, and adding Tiles to a Clan Dojo. Finally, Forma may be sacrificed to rise in Syndicate ranks.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64.png
35,000
Morphics64.png
1
NeuralSensor64.png
1
Neurode64.png
1
OrokinCell64.png
1
Time: 23 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 10
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png20 Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price: N/A

Acquisition

Completed Forma

  • Purchased from the Market for Platinum64.png20
  • Purchased from the Market as a three-Forma bundle for Platinum64.png35.
  • Purchased from Nakak in Cetus during Operation: Plague Star for ReputationLargeBlack.png3,000 Operational Supply Standing and Credits64.png5,000.
  • Three-Forma bundles were rewarded at certain ranks from Nightwave.
    • Ranks 7 and 27 from Season 1: The Wolf of Saturn Six
    • Rank 9 from Intermission 1
    • Ranks 8 and 25 from Season 2: The Emissary
    • Rank 22 from Intermission 2
  • Drops from certain missions:
Source Chance Expected Nearly Guaranteed
Sortie 2.5% 40 273 ± 91
Sabotage
(Earth)
0.5% 200 C Rotations 1378 ± 459 C Rotations
Rare Orokin Storage Container
(Variant 1)
12.5% 8 52 ± 17
Rare Orokin Storage Container
(Variant 2)
100% 1 1
Reinforced Orokin Storage Container 100% 1 1
  • Note that the rare container that can spawn after completing the music puzzle on Lua has the same drop table as Rare Orokin Storage Container (Variant 1).

Forma Blueprint

Source Chance Expected Nearly Guaranteed
Defense
(Derelict)
22.56% 4 – 5 C Rotations 27 ± 9 C Rotations
Rathuum
(Easy)
0.34% 294 – 295 A Rotations 2028 ± 676 A Rotations
Rathuum
(Hard)
0.5% 200 A Rotations 1378 ± 459 A Rotations
Conclave
(Mission Reward)
0.25% 400 B Rotations 2760 ± 920 B Rotations
Sabotage
(Earth)
2% 50 C Rotations 342 ± 114 C Rotations
Empyrean
(Saturn)
2.5% 40 273 ± 91
Empyrean
(Veil Proxima)
2.5% 40 273 ± 91

Lith Meso Neo Axi
Lith B7 Common
Lith G1 Uncommon
Lith N5 Common
Lith P4 Uncommon
Lith A1 Common (V)
Lith A2 Common (V)
Lith B1 Common (V)
Lith B2 Common (V)
Lith B3 Common (V)
Lith B4 Common (V)
Lith C1 Uncommon (V)
Lith C4 Common (V)
Lith C5 Common (V)
Lith C6 Common (V)
Lith D2 Common (V)
Lith F1 Common (V)
Lith H2 Common (V)
Lith K2 Uncommon (V)
Lith K3 Common (V)
Lith K4 Common (V)
Lith L1 Common (V)
Lith M1 Common (V)
Lith M2 Uncommon (V)
Lith M3 Common (V)
Lith M6 Common (V)
Lith N1 Uncommon (V)
Lith N3 Uncommon (V)
Lith N4 Common (V)
Lith O1 Uncommon (V)
Lith O2 Uncommon (V)
Lith P1 Uncommon (V)
Lith P2 Common (V)
Lith P3 Common (V)
Lith S1 Uncommon (V)
Lith S2 Uncommon (V)
Lith S4 Common (V)
Lith S6 Common (V)
Lith S8 Common (V)
Lith S9 Common (V)
Lith T1 Common (V)
Lith T2 Common (V)
Lith T3 Uncommon (V)
Lith V1 Uncommon (V)
Lith V2 Uncommon (V)
Lith V6 Uncommon (V)
Lith V8 Common (V)
Lith W1 Common (V)
Lith W2 Common (V)
Lith Z1 Uncommon (V)
Lith Z2 Common (V)
Meso C6 Uncommon
Meso E4 Common
Meso F2 Uncommon
Meso G2 Common
Meso K3 Uncommon
Meso P2 Common
Meso A1 Uncommon (V)
Meso A2 Common (V)
Meso B1 Common (V)
Meso B3 Common (V)
Meso C1 Common (V)
Meso C4 Uncommon (V)
Meso C5 Uncommon (V)
Meso D1 Common (V)
Meso D2 Common (V)
Meso D4 Common (V)
Meso D5 Common (V)
Meso E1 Uncommon (V)
Meso E3 Common (V)
Meso F3 Uncommon (V)
Meso G1 Common (V)
Meso N1 Uncommon (V)
Meso N2 Uncommon (V)
Meso N4 Uncommon (V)
Meso N5 Common (V)
Meso N6 Common (V)
Meso N7 Uncommon (V)
Meso N8 Common (V)
Meso N9 Common (V)
Meso O1 Common (V)
Meso O3 Common (V)
Meso O4 Common (V)
Meso P3 Uncommon (V)
Meso R2 Common (V)
Meso S2 Uncommon (V)
Meso S3 Uncommon (V)
Meso S5 Uncommon (V)
Meso S7 Common (V)
Meso S8 Common (V)
Meso S9 Uncommon (V)
Meso T1 Uncommon (V)
Meso T2 Common (V)
Meso T3 Common (V)
Meso V1 Uncommon (V)
Meso V2 Uncommon (V)
Meso V3 Common (V)
Meso V4 Common (V)
Meso V6 Common (V)
Meso Z1 Common (V)
Meso Z3 Common (V)
Neo D2 Common
Neo I2 Common
Neo N13 Uncommon
Neo O1 Common (B)
Neo S14 Common
Neo T2 Uncommon
Neo A1 Common (V)
Neo A2 Uncommon (V)
Neo A4 Common (V)
Neo B2 Uncommon (V)
Neo B3 Common (V)
Neo B4 Common (V)
Neo B5 Common (V)
Neo D1 Uncommon (V)
Neo E1 Uncommon (V)
Neo F1 Uncommon (V)
Neo G1 Common (V)
Neo G2 Common (V)
Neo G3 Common (V)
Neo M2 Common (V)
Neo M3 Uncommon (V)
Neo N1 Common (V)
Neo N2 Uncommon (V)
Neo N4 Uncommon (V)
Neo N5 Common (V)
Neo N8 Uncommon (V)
Neo N9 Uncommon (V)
Neo N10 Common (V)
Neo N11 Uncommon (V)
Neo R1 Common (V)
Neo R2 Common (V)
Neo S1 Uncommon (V)
Neo S3 Uncommon (V)
Neo S6 Common (V)
Neo S8 Common (V)
Neo S9 Uncommon (V)
Neo S11 Uncommon (V)
Neo S13 Uncommon (V)
Neo T1 Common (V)
Neo T3 Common (V)
Neo V1 Common (V)
Neo V2 Uncommon (V)
Neo V3 Uncommon (V)
Neo V5 Uncommon (V)
Neo V6 Common (V)
Neo V7 Common (V)
Neo V8 Uncommon (V)
Neo Z1 Uncommon (V)
Neo Z3 Common (V)
Neo Z4 Uncommon (V)
Neo Z5 Uncommon (V)
Axi A2 Common (B)
Axi A5 Common (B)
Axi A10 Common
Axi B3 Common
Axi E1 Uncommon
Axi V8 Common (B)
Axi W1 Uncommon
Axi Z1 Common
Axi A4 Common (V)
Axi A7 Uncommon (V)
Axi A8 Uncommon (V)
Axi B2 Uncommon (V)
Axi C1 Uncommon (V)
Axi C2 Common (V)
Axi C3 Common (V)
Axi D1 Uncommon (V)
Axi D2 Uncommon (V)
Axi E2 Uncommon (V)
Axi G1 Uncommon (V)
Axi G3 Common (V)
Axi H1 Common (V)
Axi H3 Uncommon (V)
Axi H4 Uncommon (V)
Axi K1 Uncommon (V)
Axi K2 Common (V)
Axi K4 Common (V)
Axi K5 Common (V)
Axi L1 Uncommon (V)
Axi L2 Uncommon (V)
Axi L4 Common (V)
Axi N1 Common (V)
Axi N2 Uncommon (V)
Axi N3 Common (V)
Axi O1 Common (V)
Axi O3 Common (V)
Axi P1 Common (V)
Axi P3 Common (V)
Axi R2 Common (V)
Axi S1 Common (V)
Axi S2 Uncommon (V)
Axi S4 Common (V)
Axi S5 Uncommon (V)
Axi S6 Common (V)
Axi S7 Common (V)
Axi T2 Uncommon (V)
Axi T3 Uncommon (V)
Axi T5 Uncommon (V)
Axi V1 Uncommon (V)
Axi V4 Uncommon (V)
Axi V5 Common (V)
Axi V6 Common (V)
Axi V9 Common (V)
Lith, Meso, Neo, and Axi refer to Void Relics  |  (V) Denotes Vaulted Void Relics  |  (B) Denotes Baro Ki'Teer Exclusive Void Relic

Note that the blueprint is consumed when the Forma is crafted.

Using Forma on Equipment

To apply a Forma, go to the Arsenal and access the desired item's Mod loadout. Select Action at the bottom of the screen, then choose Polarize, which will show all available types of Forma to choose from. Choose Forma, which will show a layout of the item's mod slots and polarities. Click on a slot to cycle through the possible polarities. A slot that already has a polarity (either by default or from a prior polarization) can also be changed.

Forma can only be used on equipment that has already been ranked to 30 and, when used, said equipment is reset to rank 0 (unranked). Warframe skills are also reset, with skills and their respective ranks needing to be re-unlocked. Forma can be used again on already polarized equipment, provided that it is leveled to 30 again. Orokin Catalysts and Orokin Reactors are unaffected by the usage of Forma. Re-leveling equipment after using Forma on it does not grant mastery points.

For each Forma used on equipment, said equipment will gain a star above the name of the equipment starting from the center.

Blueprints Requiring Forma

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Forma.
Blueprints Type Quantity
RegorAxeShield.png Ack & Brunt Melee 1
Acrid2.png Acrid Primary 1
TennoUzi.png Akstiletto Secondary 1
CrpShotgun.png Arca Plasmor Primary 1
CrpScopePistol.png Arca Scisco Secondary 1
LaserAimRifle.png Argonak Primary 1
TnoPrmryXbow.png Attica Primary 1
Aura Forma Enhancement 4
Baza.png Baza Primary 1
GrnGorgSniperRifle.png Buzlok Primary 1
Cassowar.png Cassowar Melee 1
TaserStar.png Castanas Secondary 1
PunctureGlaive.png Cerata Melee 1
CrpSplitRifle.png Convectrix Primary 1
Cyanex.png Cyanex Secondary 1
Cycron.png Cycron Secondary 1
AsymmetricBow.png Daikyu Primary 1
DarkSplitSwordDualIcon.png Dark Split-Sword Melee 1
CorpusEnergyRifle.png Dera Primary 1
Djinn Sentinel 2
DualCorpusMinigun.png Dual Cestra Secondary 1
DualInfestedAxes.png Dual Ichor Melee 1
InfVomitGun.png Dual Toxocyst Secondary 1
InfestedPistol.png Embolist Secondary 1
EquinoxIcon272.png Equinox Warframe 1
Exilus Adapter Enhancement 2
CrpGlaive.png Falcor Melee 1
Ferrox.png Ferrox Primary 1
CorpusLaserRifle.png Flux Rifle Primary 1
CrpFreezeRayRifle.png Glaxion Primary 1
GrnAntiAirGun.png Grattler Arch-Gun 1
Greater Focus Lens Enhancement 1
DEGrinlok.png Grinlok Primary 1
Helios Sentinel 1
InfestedBurstRifle.png Hema Primary 1
GrineerFlameThrower.png Ignis Primary 1
GrnJetPwrPolearm.png Jat Kittag Melee 1
JatKusar.png Jat Kusar Melee 1
GrnWindUpPistol.png Kohmak Secondary 1
Komorex.png Komorex Primary 1
GrnArchHand.png Knux Arch-Melee 1
CorpusSniperRifle.png Lanka Primary 1
GrineerLeverActionPistol.png Marelok Secondary 1
DEMios.png Mios Melee 1
InfCrpShockSwarm.png Mutalist Quanta Primary 1
Katana.png Nikana Melee 1
GrineerMicrowaveGun.png Nukor Secondary 1
OgrisNew.png Ogris Primary 1
CrpBFG.png Opticor Primary 1
InfQuantaRifle.png Paracyst Primary 1
InfestedLongGunTwo.png Phage Primary 1
Prova8point2.png Prova Melee 1
InfStaff.png Pupacyst Melee 1
SawnOffShotgun.png Pyrana Secondary 1
CrpShockRifle.png Quanta Primary 1
GrnClaws.png Ripkas Melee 1
DEScoliac2.png Scoliac Melee 1
TnoNunchaku.png Shaku Melee 1
TennoSwordShield.png Silva & Aegis Melee 1
Spectra.png Spectra Secondary 1
CorpusMachineGun.png Supra Primary 1
TnoLeverActionRifle.png Sybaris Primary 1
U10InfPrimary.png Synapse Primary 2
U18throwingknives.png Talons Secondary 1
TnBardRifle.png Tenora Primary 1
Tiberon.png Tiberon Primary 1
GrineerGrenadeLauncher.png Torid Primary 1
Akgrakata.png Twin Grakatas Secondary 1
DualKohmak.png Twin Kohmak Secondary 1
DualGrnEgyptSwords.png Twin Krohkur Melee 1
Veldt.png Veldt Primary 1
TennoClaws.png Venka Melee 1
Total 78

Last updated: Hotfix 23.10.6

Notes

  • Making the most of Forma means remembering the Polarities of the mods the player wishes to use. For example, weapons almost always need damage mods, such as Mod TT 20px.pngSerration; Serration has Madurai Pol.svg Madurai polarity. Therefore, it would be useful to add a Madurai Pol.svg Madurai polarity to any weapon that does not already have it. Consider reading the Polarization page for more information about this process.
  • A Forma is required to craft nearly all Clan Research weapons, though this is most likely only for gameplay reasons as most of them don't involve any Orokin technology.
  • All syndicates require Forma to advance to Rank 2, as well as in order to become neutral if the Tenno has fallen to the first negative rank.
  • A Warframe, Archwing, or weapon that has been polarized at least once can have their Secondary Energy Color customized.
  • Oddly enough, players can polarize Aura mod slots with the Unairu Pol.svg Unairu polarity, despite there currently being no Aura mods with that polarity.
    • Similarly, players can also polarize mod slots belonging to non-melee weapons with said polarity as well.
    • For more flexibility it is possible to use an Aura Forma, which grants Aura Pol Dark.png as an universal polarity.
  • Players cannot add Umbra Pol.png Umbra polarity to slots using Forma, even when Polarizing Skiajati.png Skiajati or Excalibur UmbraIcon272.png Excalibur Umbra. Existing Umbra Pol.png Umbra polarities can be replaced with others, but after that, they can only be restored by using an Umbral Forma.

Trivia

  • Forma means "shape" in a variety of languages.
  • From the Scanner inside the Orbiter, one can occasionally hear a Grineer inspecting someone's cargo and getting bribed with a Forma after he finds something suspicious.
  • The prevalence of golden surfaces in Orokin Void levels and on Prime equipment may indicate the use of massive amounts of Forma in their construction. The grey surfaces in the Clan Dojo may be due to Tenno improvising with more mundane materials while copying Orokin aesthetics.

Patch History

Hotfix 29.2.2

  • Fixed cases of the Upgrade screen showing negative stats after applying Forma to a weapon.
    • We found this isn't super useful and forces you to exit the Upgrades screen if you want it to show the actual effects of the Mods installed afterwards.

Hotfix 29.0.7

  • Fixed applying Forma to the Necramech Arquebex not showing the Polarity right away until you relog.

Update 27.3

Foundry Crafting Time Change:
  • Build time to 23 hours so that 1 can be built consistently every day.

Update 24.6

Two-Energy Colours!

Fashion Frame just got a little more energetic! We have now added a SECONDARY Energy customization slot in the Arsenal! This is simply a free added bonus when Forma'ing gear.
All Gear can unlock this once Forma is applied! All non-Forma compatible goods (Syandanas, Etc) have this automatically.

Update 22.12

  • Forma/Forma Bundle prices in the Arsenal Upgrade screen will now display the discounted price if there's an active sale.

Update 22.10

  • We now present players with the option to buy a Forma Bundle when using the Upgrade screen to install Forma.

Hotfix 22.3.4

  • The Forma Sacrifice to [Ostron] Defender has been replaced with 10x Iradite.

Update 21.2

  • Forma count can now be seen on weapons and Warframes in the Inventory screen (similar to in the Arsenal).

Update 21.0

  • Forma-ing your equipment now brings you back to the Upgrade screen instead of to the main Arsenal.

Update 20.7

  • Fixed selecting ‘Mods’ on an un-Forma'd weapon with no Mods equipped resulting in the category selection disappearing.

Update: The Silver Grove

  • Added indicators in the Arsenal of how many Forma are installed in gear, and whether or not gear has been fully Mastered!

Update: Specters of the Rail

  • 3 Forma Bundle added to the Market.

Update 18.6

  • Fixed Sentinels not properly calculating rank reduction for Capacity when a player uses a Forma on a Sentinel Mod slot.
  • Fixed Sentinels not properly calculating rank reduction for Capacity when a player uses a Forma on a Sentinel Weapon slot.

Update 17.3

  • Forma Blueprints will now only drop in one rotation, replaced by the following drops in these endless Mission rotations:
    • T1D Rotation A: Forma BP for T2MD Key.
    • T3D Rotation B: Forma BP for Uncommon Fusion Core 5 Pack.
    • T4D Rotation B: Forma BP for Prime Carrier Systems.
    • T4D Rotation C: Forma BP for Hikou Pouch.
    • T3S Rotation C: Forma BP for Prime Carrier BP.
    • T4S Rotation B: Forma BP for Rare Fusion Core 5 Pack

Hotfix 16.11.4

  • Reduced the frequency of Forma Blueprints dropping in T3 Defense Rotation C.

Hotfix 16.0.3

  • Removed Forma from Cephalon Capture reward manifest.

Hotfix 15.16.2

  • Tenno can now buy Forma directly from upgrade screen.

Update 14.2

  • Fixed a crash related purchasing Forma for polarizing a weapon.
  • Fixed a crash related to purchasing a Forma while in the Arsenal and then attempting to perform a polarization.

Update 12.0

  • Polarity Management is here! You can now swap the order of Polarities on your Forma’d gear!

Update 10.1

  • Forma requirement changes for:
    • Dual Ichors: 2 to 1
    • Embolist: 2 to 1
    • Synapse: 3 to 2
    • Djinn: 3 to 2

Hotfix 9.3.4

  • Fixed blueprints for weekend event Dojo Trophies requiring 16 Forma to build instead of 16 Gallium.

Hotfix 8.0.6

  • Fixed Forma Blueprint icon to match up with Forma icon.
  • Fixed Forma not being obtained by user as reward in alert missions.

Hotfix 8.0.3

  • Fixed issue where Login Rewards (including Forma) were not being obtained.

Update 8.0

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Update 24.6

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