For Corpus consoles, the player must rotate a random number of hexagonal tiles so that their patterns align. Left-clicking will rotate a tile clockwise while right-clicking will rotate it counter-clockwise. The player is given from 15 to 20 seconds, according to the mission range level, to perform the task, and turning around half of the total number of tiles will activate the intrusion system, doubling the speed of the timer. The complexity of the patterns in the console is relative to the mission difficulty. If failed, then a new cipher must be hacked.
This puzzle can be effectively solved every time by following this recipe.
For Grineer consoles, the player must press the space bar when hovering over visual slots as the selector rotates quickly around, a successfully timed click will insert the slot into the center. All slots must be inserted in order to hack the console. Inserted slots can be released by accident, in which it has to be inserted again. Additionally, as more slots are pinned, the selector will increase its rotational speed. The number of slots in the console is relative to the mission difficulty, additionally, high-level consoles will switch its rotational direction upon pinning or unpinning. There is no time limit in deciphering Grineer consoles. However, in Sorties (and Nightmare Mode), unpinning at least 3 slots in the console will automatically exit the console and mark the attempt as a failure.
These consoles only appear in The Sacrifice quest and are solved by matching Orokin symbol pairs found on walls within the vicinity to the symbols on the console.
These consoles only appear in The New War and are solved by selecting dots with an inverted-movement cursor.
The following Parazon mods are triggered by successful hacks or during hacks:
- Main article: Cipher
Using a Cipher will solve the puzzle immediately. A Cipher must be equipped in the player's gear wheel before the mission. It is a one-time use item and the number a player has on them is shown at the bottom of the screen during a hack. A maximum of 100 can be used in any given mission, like most consumables.
Sometimes, enemies may interface with a control console to initiate a tileset-wide lockdown, shutting off doors to adjacent tiles. Hacking any control console after lockdown is initiated will remove it. When a lockdown occurs, the closed doors have a yellowish hue, and control consoles are marked with a yellow waypoint instead of a white one.
- Multiple people can hack at different terminals for a lockdown or breach at the same time and both will get a small amount of affinity, but once it's completed it can no longer be attempted by anyone. Only one player can hack at a single terminal at a time.
- Hitting ESC will abort the hacking attempt, which can be useful if you are under attack or if another player succeeds on a different terminal. Doing this, however, will count as failing the cipher.
- Hacking stats can be seen in the in-game profile as quantity, failed hacks, and average time in seconds.
- After having rotated half the tiles on Corpus consoles, the 'INTRUSION DETECTED' alert will appear. This effect will make the hacking time limit go twice as fast.
- 'INTRUSION DETECTED' can only be avoided if the middle piece is already correctly oriented and left that way and both can be oriented correctly with only one click; orienting the second node will solve the hack without displaying the message. There is no practical effect on avoiding 'INTRUSION DETECTED' in this manner.
- There is a bug where sometimes the middle tile of a Corpus puzzle will not appear. This is not an error, as it can still be hacked by pointing both pairs together.
- Being physically interrupted (by Rollers, for instance) will exit the hacking HUD, counting it as a failure in your in-game profile.
- It is possible to spam the space bar repeatedly in low-level Grineer missions to hack the console much more quickly. Adopting a faster response can accomplish high-level hacking to a minimum of 6 seconds.
- Ciphers cannot be used in Sortie or Nightmare missions, and when the timer runs out in Corpus consoles or the pins on the console were pushed out 3 times in Grineer consoles, the hacker will be procced and dealt some damage to both health and shields.
- The Orokin tilesets (Orokin Moon/Orokin Tower) currently use the same hacking puzzle as the Corpus consoles. This is just a placeholder for a future Orokin hacking puzzle as mentioned by DE in Devstream 75.
- The Sacrifice quest uses a special, combination-lock type of hacking puzzle on Orokin tilesets. This is not seen anywhere else in the game.
- While hacking, a player is vulnerable to attack. It is best to clear a room or have teammates protect you while hacking. Being invisible is a great help in high-level missions, like sorties, too.
- If you have a cipher, you can press the key to quickly use it (default binding).
- If you're having trouble, the mod can give you more time at Corpus consoles, and decrease the spinning speed of Grineer ones.
- Using Air Support Charges with the Liset equipped can be useful in a pinch:
- It will disable lock-downs by resetting alarms, removing the need to find and hack a console.
- It will temporarily pause the timer if the alarm has been triggered in a Spy vault, giving you more time to hack.
- A MOA Companion using Security Override can hack consoles for you.
- Parazon, the moddable tool that Warframes have for hacking.
- Hack the Corpus!, an external site for Corpus ciphers.