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.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

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 VitusEssence64.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
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MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png 325 Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:N/A
Time: 12 hrs
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Time: 12 hrs
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Time: 12 hrs
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Lore[edit | edit source]

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.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • When Grendel wields his signature Masseter.pngMasseter, he will become immune to crowd-control effects while performing Heavy Attacks.
  • Grendel sports the third highest base health of all Warframes, behind InarosIcon272.pngInaros and InarosPrimeIcon272.pngInaros Prime.
  • Sprint Speed mods do not appear to affect the speed of Pulverize130xDark.pngPulverize, however, the Mod TT 20px.pngMotus 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.pngNourish 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.pngGauss, 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.pngNourish, as well as a mention in Grendel's Leverian exhibit.
  • Grendel's belly maw snaps open with the use of his abilities, namely Feast130xDark.pngFeast and Regurgitate130xDark.pngRegurgitate.
  • 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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