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Consumer of worlds and everything else.

Feasting on enemies like his own personal buffet, his hunger for battle is primal. This is Grendel, the devourer, the insatiable.

Dinner is best served with a side of mayhem. Bon appétit, Tenno.

Many Warframes have speed and litheness but power, momentum, impact... those require mass.

And there... the creased midsection - the seam. Does it split? Yawning with a jagged, vacuous aperture to... to who knows? A certain Orokin may have found out.

That night when the people of Riddha ate their fill, feasting until the frozen mountains lit warmly with the dawn. It was toward those roseate peaks that the Executor fled, pursued by Grendel. What his fate was I cannot say, but as the people feasted, so the story goes, they were suddenly struck by a strange, deep sound. A rumble carried from mountain to mountain: a Single. Satisfied. Belch.

Release Date: October 31st, 2019

Indulge amid the stench of battle as Grendel the voracious gourmand, greedily swallowing armies whole into his fathomless maw. Corpulent and courageous, he consumes prey to invigorate kindred warriors, or disgorges the eaten out drenched in putrid acidic bile. Stampede through strongholds as a spherical menace, leaving cadavers in the wake crushed by his thunderous quake. Grendel's feeding frenzy began in Update 26: The Old Blood.


Grendel's main blueprint can be purchased from the Market. Grendel's component blueprints are awarded by completing certain missions on Europa using Locators, which can be purchased from the Arbitration Honors vendor found in any Relay for 25 VitusEssence.png Vitus Essence each.

Purchasing a Locator will unlock the unique mission associated with it, which guarantees the associated Grendel component as a reward. These missions will have level 40-45 enemies, however players will be unable to use their Gear items, all Warframes and weapons will not benefit from any equipped Mods, and Operators cannot be used. The only exceptions to these rules are Warframe Augment Mods, whose effects still work.

  • The Grendel Neuroptics Locator unlocks the Archaeo-freighter, a 20-minute Survival mission.
  • The Grendel Chassis Locator unlocks the Icefields of Riddah, a 15-wave Defense mission.
  • The Grendel Systems Locator unlocks the Mine of Karishh, an Excavation mission where players have to collect 800 Cryotic.

Locators are only consumed after completing the mission, requiring the purchase of another Locator to unlock once again. However, only the squad host requires a Locator, allowing them to invite other players to participate in the mission, and the component reward will be granted to all players upon completion.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 72 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 50
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png 325 Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:N/A
Grendel Neuroptics Blueprint
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 25
Grendel Chassis Blueprint
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 25
Grendel Systems Blueprint
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 25


Main article: Leverian#Grendel

Grendel: Primal. Insatiable. And, as this exhibit will demonstrate, a creature of surprising compassion.

After the fall of the Orokin Empire, a surviving Orokin Executor - a violet-scented brute named Karishh - lorded over Europa's frozen, famine-struck city of Riddha.

Safe within his walled manse the moist and loathsome Karishh lived a lavish life while his frail citizens obeyed his every edict in the hope of receiving his pre-masticated table scraps. As the city starved beneath him, Karissh commanded yet another feast for himself and his gluttonous sycophants... twelve courses for each of his twelve grafted digestive sacs... and one... one uninvited guest.

Riddha was a frozen, famine-struck city located on Europa, ruled by an Orokin Executor named Karishh, a survivor of the downfall of the Orokin Empire, described as a "violet-scented" brute.

As the Executor lived a luxurious life within a walled house in the city, his citizens starved beneath him, but the Executor commanded yet another twelve-meal course for himself and his twelve digestive exo-sacs. Grendel found Karishh, resulting in the lavish Executor fleeing across the hills and mountains of Riddha as an escape attempt. Grendel pursued the Executor and eventually caught up to him, resulting in the attempt proving futile. Trapped on a mountain peak, Karishh found his fate inside Grendel's belly, then belched out shortly after.


  • When Grendel wields his signature Masseter.png Masseter, he will become immune to crowd-control effects while performing Heavy Attacks.
  • Grendel sports the third highest base health of all Warframes, behind InarosIcon272.png Inaros and InarosPrimeIcon272.png Inaros Prime.
  • Sprint Speed mods do not appear to affect the speed of Pulverize130xDark.png Pulverize, however, the Mod TT 20px.png Motus Signal does increase double jump height whilst in the ability.
  • Despite retaining the UI of the last equipped weapon, Grendel is unable to activate syndicate procs while in Pulverize.


  • Grendel is named for the villainous giant in the epic poem Beowulf. Among Grendel's epithets is "the destroyer and devourer of our human kind," and he is described as eating the flesh from the humans he kills.
    • During his development, Grendel was referred to as the "Oni" Warframe. In Japanese folklore, Oni are depicted as hulking, horned ogres with a penchant for terrorizing humans, up to and including devouring them.
  • Grendel's alternate helmet "Glutt" derived from the word glutton, as a reference to his insatiable hunger.
    • This naming choice is a bit of a contradiction, as the Grendel's Leverian exhibit explicitly states "Grendel may hunger, yes, but not with the excesses of gluttony."
  • The pose Grendel strikes during Nourish130xDark.png Nourish is based on sumo wrestlers.
  • Grendel is the 42nd Warframe to be released (excluding Primed and Umbra variants).
  • Grendel is the first Warframe whose component blueprints are obtained from exclusive mission nodes, which requires Vitus Essences and, in turn, Arbitrations.
  • Grendel was originally intended to release simultaneously with his best friend GaussIcon272.png Gauss, but required more time for development. As a nod to their friendship, Gauss appears in Grendel's Warframe Profile to receive his support from Nourish130xDark.png Nourish, as well as a mention in Grendel's Leverian exhibit.
  • Grendel's belly maw snaps open with the use of his abilities, namely Feast130xDark.png Feast and Regurgitate130xDark.png Regurgitate.
  • Grendel's belly visually enlarges and gains jiggle physics when enemies are eaten and stored with Feast.
  • Voicelines spoken by enemies inside Grendel's gut have a muffled and gurgled sound overlay.

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Devouring his prey whole, GrendelIcon272.png Grendel slowly digests the enemies he swallows via Feast130xDark.png Feast. For each enemy still alive in his belly, Grendel passively gains 50 Armor points.

  • Armor bonus per enemy is not affected by Mods and has no upper limit, aside from the rapidly mounting Energy drain.
  • Armor bonus is added after armor mods such as Mod TT 20px.png Steel Fiber. For example, Grendel with a rank 10 Steel Fiber and one enemy alive in his belly will have Total armor = (350 × (1 + 1.1)) + 50 = 785
  • Armor bonus adds or subtracts depending on the number of enemies currently residing in Grendel's stomach.
  • Armor bonus amount is displayed beside the shield and health bars on the HUD.


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FeastModx256.png Feast130xWhite.png
Swallow an enemy whole and store it in Grendel’s gut. Not satisfied? Keep eating, but beware, each foe in Grendel’s belly slowly consumes energy. Hold to vomit out stored enemies covering them in toxic bile.

Energy drain per enemy: (1.5 + 0.05t) s-1
t = time in seconds
Vomit energy cost: 0

Strength:2 / 3 / 4 / 5 % (armor removal per second)
250 / 300 / 450 / 500 (DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage on vomit)
Range:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 m (swallow range)
Misc:1.5 s (maw open duration)
1 s (maw open extra duration per enemy)
100% (DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin status chance on vomit)
8 m (vomit cone range)

NourishModx256.png Nourish130xWhite.png
Inflict DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage on Feasted enemies in Grendel's gut one by one, absorbing nourishment to buff allies. Tap to cycle through buffs and hold to cast.

Cycle select energy cost: 0
Activation prerequisite: 1 eaten enemy

Strength:1000 / 1500 / 2000 / 2500 (DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage on digestion)
20 / 30 / 40 / 50 (self heal on cast)
1.1 / 1.15 / 1.2 / 1.25 x (Nourished Energy multiplier)
100 / 150 / 200 / 250 (Nourished Armor DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage on hit)
1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4 / 1.5 x (Nourished Strike DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage multiplier)
Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s (buff duration)
Range:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 m (buff radius)
5 / 6 / 7 / 8 m (splash radius)
Misc:1 s (splash cooldown)
?% (speed boost for Pulverize)
Subsumable to Helminth

RegurgitateModx256.png Regurgitate130xWhite.png
Violently puke out a bile soaked enemy from Grendel’s gut, turning the consumed into a toxic projectile.

Activation prerequisite: 1 eaten enemy

Strength:300 / 500 / 1,000 / 1,200 (DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage on impact)
Range:3 / 4 / 5 / 5 m (splash radius)
Misc:? m/s (projectile speed)
1.0x (damage multiplier per 10 enemy levels)
0.61s (cast time)

PulverizeModx256.png Pulverize130xWhite.png
Powered by feasting, Grendel curls into a ball and knocks over anyone in his path. Jumping slams Grendel into the ground and generates a damaging shockwave.

Activation prerequisite: 1 eaten enemy
Energy drain on empty stomach: ? / ? / ? / 10 s-1

Strength:25 (DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage per second)
250 - 1,000 / 250 - 2,000 / 500 - 3,000 / 500 - 4,000 (DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact damage on collision)
50 - 200 / 100 - 300 / 100 - 400 / 150 - 500 (DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact damage on ground slam)
Range:2 - 6 / 3 - 8 / 4 - 10 / 5 - 15 m (ground slam radius)
Misc:2.5 - 5 m (collision radius)
10 (scaling bonuses enemy cap)
1.0x (damage multiplier per 10 enemy levels)
100% (DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact status chance on slam)
?% (speed boost from Nourish)

Strength Mods


Duration Mods


Range Mods


Feast130xWhite.png Feast130xWhite.png Feast130xWhite.png
Nourish130xWhite.png Nourish130xWhite.png Nourish130xWhite.png
Regurgitate130xWhite.png Regurgitate130xWhite.png
Pulverize130xWhite.png Pulverize130xWhite.png Pulverize130xWhite.png

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GrendelIcon272.png Grendel can be equipped with the following items:



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Update 30.2 (2021-05-12)

Hotfix 29.5.3 (2020-11-23)

  • Fixed a potential crash with Clients playing as Grendel.

Update 27.4 (2020-05-01)

  • Changed Grendel's Nourish ability description to "Inflict Toxin damage on Feasted enemies in Grendel's gut one by one, adsorbing nourishment to buff allies. Tap to cycle through buffs and hold to cast."

Hotfix 27.3.16 (2020-04-22)

  • Fixed Grendel being able to Feast on Vauban’s deployed traps; a snack that contains no nutritional daily value.

Hotfix 27.3.14 (2020-04-15)

Hotfix 27.3.8 (2020-04-02)

  • Fixed Grendel buff wheels showing up when the ability has not been unlocked yet. Also fixed the buffs being greyed out until you leveled up enough.

Update 27.3 (2020-03-24)

Grendel Changes:
  • Grendel’s Nourish now mimic’s Titania’s Tribute buff selector.
    • If you’re unfamiliar with Titania’s Tribute buff selector, this means that Nourish is a tap to cycle/select buff and hold to cast. This is a reverse of how it functioned prior to this Update.
  • When consumed by Grendel, Sentients now have a max duration they can be consumed before popping out that is affected by diminishing returns.
    • This change was made to prevent Grendel from prog stopping missions where all Sentients must be exterminated for the mission to succeed.
  • Grendel can now consume Grenades - cause why not!

Update 27.2 (2020-03-05)

Hotfix 27.1.2 (2020-02-18)

  • Fixed inability to jump or use Grendel’s Abilities (including cancelling Pulverize) after mantling a ledge in Pulverize ball form as Grendel.

Hotfix 27.0.9 (2020-01-09)

  • Fixed an issue with camera zoom being too close to Grendel after using transference + Pulverize.

Hotfix 26.0.5 (2019-11-06)

  • Grendel Changes & Fixes:
    • Grendel can now cast Nourish while Pulverize is active - to which we’ve added a new sound!
    • Grendel Feast expel deals increased damage based on the number and level of enemies. Also deals the same damage as a radial AoE.
    • Grendel Regurgitate damage radius increased from 3/3/3/3 to 3/4/5/5 and increased damage scaling.
    • Grendel Pulverize no longer ends when he runs out of consumed targets, instead it starts draining Energy like Ember’s Immolation.
    • Grendel also gets extra acceleration for Pulverize if he uses Nourish during it.
    • Added sound to when Grendel stumbles due to running out of Energy.
    • Fixed Grendel having fast legs after using Pulverize

Update 26.0 (2019-10-31)

  • Introduced.

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