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The Heads-Up Display, or HUD, is a set of indicators used in WARFRAME to show the player's current status in a game, as well as other important information at a glance. HUD features can be toggled in the Settings menu.

Warframe Gameplay HUD[]


Warframe's HUD as of Update 22.9 (2018-01-17).

The gameplay HUD is the primary player HUD during a mission, which displays relevant information regarding the status of a player's Warframe, Weapons, and other information. The various elements are shown as above:

[1] Player Vitality Stats[]

This section of a player's HUD displays information related to a Warframe's vitality and buffs, which includes:

  • The blue number in bold displays the current amount of the player's Shields, while the red number in bold displays the player's current amount of Health. Both stats are accompanied by colored bars below them that provides a visual indicator of the player's Shield and Health levels, with each bar decreasing in length the less Shields and/or Health the player has. The Shields' blue number and bar can also turn purple while possessing Overshields.
  • Displayed below the Health and Shield indicators is the Warframe's current rank and name, and a number inside a small, white ball beside it which displays the player's position within a group, with number 1 denoting the host of the session.
  • A translucent bar can be seen underneath the Warframe name, representing the amount of Affinity the Warframe currently has for that level. The bar fills white as the Warframe gains Affinity, and then empties upon ranking up. The bar no longer appears when the Warframe reaches the maximum rank available.
  • If the player is under the effect of an ability buff, a blue icon will appear to the left of the player's Health and Shield counter representing the buff, along with a text of the same color that temporarily displays the name of the effect. If the player is suffering a Status Effect or an ability debuff a red color will be used instead.

[2] Ally Vitality Stats[]

If the player has a Companion (Sentinel, Kubrow, or Kavat) equipped, this section will display the relevant stats for the Companion in a fashion identical to the player's own as outlined above.

  • When operating as a Squad with other allied players, the relevant stats of said players can be displayed below the Companion's stats, displaying their Shield, Health, Energy, player name, and player group position. Their chosen Glyph will also be displayed to the right of their stats, overlaid by a white number displaying their current Mastery Rank. These allied player stats are shown by default, but can be hidden by pressing the Hide Player List key (default Z ); alternatively, the Player List can be made active by default via the Show Player List option under HUD in Settings.
    • Host player of the session will always have a "1" next to their name. Client players will be numbered from 2-4 on the order they connect to the host.
  • If any allied players are under the effect of a team buff ability, an icon representing the buff will appear to the left of their stats, with a countdown timer in white text overlaid on the icon representing the buff's duration.

[3] Weapon Stats[]

This section displays various stats relating to the player's currently armed weapon.

  • The large white number in bold represents the player's magazine, which displays how many rounds are currently left in the weapon's magazine, while the smaller number beside it after the slash (/) indicates the amount of reserve ammunition the current weapon has. This section only appears if a Primary or Secondary weapon is equipped.
  • If a melee weapon is equipped, the above section is empty, and relegated to the Melee Combo Counter, which only appears once the player has registered five successful enemy hits within the duration of the Combo Counter. The large, bold number for the melee weapon will represent the damage multiplier for that particular hit chain, while the smaller number beside it after the slash (/) represents the number of combo hits performed.
  • If the weapon is a Syndicate weapon or is equipped with Weapon Augments, a black icon representing the Syndicate the Augment is aligned with will be displayed beside either the Ammunition Counter or the Melee Combo Counter, and will fill up with white as it converts Affinity.
  • Below the numerical indicators is where the weapon's current rank and name is displayed along with its current rank in square brackets ([]). If a melee weapon is equipped with a Stance, the name of the Stance will be displayed alongside the name in grey text.
  • Finally, identical to the Warframe stats, a white gauge underneath the weapon stats display serves as the weapon's Affinity gauge, displaying how much affinity the weapon has acquired for that level.

[4] Abilities[]

Displayed below the Weapon Stats, this section displays relevant information regarding the Warframe's energy and abilities.

  • The four white icons in this section represent the Warframe's Abilities, with their numerical assignment arranged from left to right: the left-most icon represents Ability Number One (1), with the right-most icon representing Ability Number Four (4). The icons will light blue if the ability they represent is currently selected or has recently been used. If an ability's energy cost is more than the Warframe's current energy capacity, or has yet to be unlocked due to insufficient Warframe level, the ability's icon will be grey instead of white. Duration-based abilities will display a running numerical timer on top of their representative icon while the ability is active, which counts down every second until the ability expires.
  • The light-blue bar underneath the ability icons is the Warframe's Energy gauge, which displays the current amount of Energy the Warframe has. The gauge will fill with white from left to right as the amount of energy the Warframe has increases. A white number below the gauge numerically displays the amount of energy the Warframe has.

[5] Minimap[]

The Minimap located at the top left of the HUD is a navigation aid that displays the player's current position in relation to their environment, as well the position and locations of other important elements in the mission.

  • The player is represented by a white triangle in the middle of the minimap, pointing in the direction the player is facing.
  • The map's terrain features are displayed as white lines on the display, which show the boundaries and locations of various parts of the map. The map's outlines become red if the map has initiated a map-wide alert, or enemies within a particular map become hostile.
  • Various objective and unit icons are represented by their own images on the minimap, displaying their current positions. If their positions are located outside of the minimap's visible section, the icons will be visible along the minimap's edge, showing the direction where the object is located.
  • The minimap's type can be changed from the default small view to a larger rotating view with the M  key. The larger view can also be set as default in the game's Settings.
  • Minimap rotation can be disabled in the game's Settings.

Minimap icons can also be modified by altitude markers denoting the object's location in height relative to the player's position: a white arrow head pointing up above the icon represents the object being above the player, while a white arrow head pointing down below the icon represents the object being below the player.

From center to the edge the dimensions are horizontally 50m, vertically 30m, and to the very corner it's around 60m. In other words, the minimap covers a 100 by 60 meter area centered around the player.

View HUD Icons List
Icon Legend
EnemyUnalerted Unalerted Enemy
EnemySuspicious Suspicious Enemy
EnemyAlerted Alerted Enemy
ElevatorUp Elevator Upwards
ElevatorDown Elevator Downwards
Terminal Terminal
OrangeLifeSupport Life Support Device

[6] Mission Objectives[]

Information about the mission's current objective is displayed beneath the minimap. Its contents change depending on the current mission type, and can display various amounts of information from the number of enemy targets remaining, to life support levels.

[7] Mission Waypoints[]

Waypoints are on-screen icons that guide players to a certain location or enemy. The waypoint icons will match the icon displayed in the minimap and can be created by either the mission itself or from another player.

  • The following table lists the various icons that can be displayed on the minimap and as onscreen waypoints, as well as their respective legends:
View HUD Icons List
Icon Legend Description
MiniMapObjective Objective Represents the current mission objective. Normally used to represent static objects like Cryopods on Defense missions.
MiniMapAttack Attack Objective Represents objects and units on the map marked for termination. Usually represents objects like Capture objectives and Assassination targets.
MiniMapHostage Hostage Represents the hostage objective during Rescue missions.
MiniMapGeneric Waypoint Used to represent locations or objects that have been marked with a waypoint by allied players. Hosts are always marked with the first number.
MiniMapO2PostWhite Life Support Shows the location of Life Support Capsules in Survival missions.
MiniMapFriend Ally Represents allied Tenno players. (As of the Specters of the Rail update; this has been replaced with an image of an allies chosen warframes default helmet.)
MiniMapFriendAi Allied NPC Represents friendly non-player controlled (NPC) units under the control of the AI. Used to mark units like allied Grineer or Corpus units during Invasions, and Syndicate Operatives.
MiniMapKubrow Kubrow Represents the player's Kubrow
Stupidmalfunctionalaicatmapicon Kavat Represents the player's Kavat
MiniMapFriendPreDeath Downed Ally Represents friendly Tenno, Kubrow or NPC allies that have been taken down and are in bleedout phase.
MiniMapEnemy Enemy Represents hostile enemy units on the map. Only appears when mods or abilities that reveal enemy positions are used, such as Mod TT 20px Enemy Sense or Sonar130xWhite Sonar.
MiniMapEnemyPainted Enemy Waypoint Represents hostile enemy units on the map marked with a waypoint by allied players. Also represents the direction of remaining enemies present during Exterminate missions.
MiniMapLoot Loot Represents the location of Pickups. Only appears when using either the Mod TT 20px Loot Detector or Mod TT 20px Thief's Wit mods.
MiniMapMod Mod Represents the location of Mods. Only appears when using either the Mod TT 20px Loot Detector or Mod TT 20px Thief's Wit mods.
MiniMapModPainted Mod Waypoint Represents the location of Mods marked with a waypoint by allied players.
MiniMapExtraction Extraction Point Marks the location of the mission's extraction point.

[8] Aiming Reticle[]

The Aiming Reticle, shown as a small white dot, is displayed at the very center of the player's screen, and is used to determine where the player's weapons and abilities are being aimed at.

  • When aimed at an enemy the reticle will turn red and the bottom semi-circle will expand to four quarter-circles in an elliptical formation.
  • When aimed at an ally the reticle will turn blue and the bottom semi-circle will expand to four quarter-circles in an elliptical formation.
  • While sprinting, vertical lines will appear under the semicircle.
  • A white ring forming clockwise from the top will surround the center dot whenever the player reloads, or is charging up a weapon; its formation corresponding to the reloading/charging's progress.
  • The 4 dots below the aiming reticle represent the Warframe's abilities, with an arrangement similar to the Warframe's ability icons as mentioned above. Each dot will glow blue if the ability they represent has recently been used or is currently selected.

[9] Frame Rate, Frame Time, and Ping[]

This counter at the bottom left of the screen shows the game's current graphical performance. This can be activated within the game's Settings.

Press Esc  → OPTIONS  → INTERFACE  tab → At 8th option Enable / Disable Show FPS

[10] Chat[]

Main article: Chat

The chat box can be accessed by pressing the T  key or clicking on the "T" icon in the lower left corner. This will bring up a chat screen with multiple tabs. Tabs include: Clan Chat, Alliance Chat, Squad Chat, Player Hub (Relays, Dojos, etc.) Chat, Region Chat, Recruitment Chat, Trade Chat, Council Chat (only available for players who have been chosen to join the Design Council), and tabs for any direct messages between two players. The chat box can be closed either by pressing Esc  or clicking the minimize button (-) in the upper right or clicking anywhere else besides chat box.

View Chat Commands

Chat commands are typed in line with the message with a single space between the command and the message.

Function Command Note
See Chat Commands /?
Talk to Region (global) /g message Switch to global (aka Region) chat tab and optionally post message
Talk to Clan /c message Switch to Clan chat tab and optionally post message
Talk to Squad /s message Switch to Squad chat tab and optionally post message
Talk to Relay /r message Switch to Relay chat tab and optionally post message
Talk to Design Council /d message Switch to Council chat tab and optionally post message. Only usable by those in the Design Council.
Talk to user (whisper) /w user message Send a private message to user
Ignore/Un-ignore user /i user This does not block Clan invitations from the ignored user. Additionally, an ignored user will get "User is not accepting invitations." warning when attempting to invite you to their squad, and "User is ignoring you." warning when attempting to send you a whisper message you or add you as a friend. If they are already your friend, they will not be automatically removed as your friend however.
Switch Active Chat Tab /t Switches to the next chat tab to the right of the currently active one
Add Friend /f add user "message" Add user as a friend with an optional "message"
Remove Friend /f remove user
Set Clan "Message of the day" /motd message Requires Ruler or Herald permissions.
Invite user to session /invite user
Join a user's session /join user
View user profile /profile user
Jump to first player in user list with letter /goto letter
Disables private messages and invites /dnd Do Not Disturb, will provide an auto-response "Hello, I'm using Do Not Disturb mode. Please contact me later". Note that players who already sent you a whisper message in this game session before you enabled /dnd mode will still be able to continue messaging you.
Enables private messages and invites /normal
Teleports you back to the last "good" position /unstuck Only usable in missions with a 2 minute cooldown between uses. Also sends a bug report to Digital Extremes at the end of the mission.
Linking to an item [item] Typing 'Riven Mod', 'Song', 'Zaw', 'Amp' or 'Kitgun' will open menus where player can select the desired item to link.
Linking Warframe appearances [Look] Pulls up a window with loadouts for selection.
Linking Warframe/weapon mod configuration [Mod Config]
Linking OctaviaIcon272 Octavia's Songs [Song] Pulls up a window with songs for selection.
Linking to Clan's profile page {clan}
Linking to user's profile page @user Will also ping this channel in user's chat window.
Query farm locations where item Only works in Region and Relay channels. item can be the name of a warframe, weapon or resource and may optionally be enclosed in [].
E.g. where mag, where [Tellurium]
Query event schedule when event Only works in Region and Relay channels.
E.g. to see Baro Ki'Teer's schedule: when baro
Helpful responses See KickBot Only works in Region and Relay channels.

[11] Nightwave Challenges[]

Progress towards certain Nightwave challenges may appear here. The challenge name, description, and current progress is displayed in a grey box in the bottom center of the screen at the beginning of each mission. This box will fade away after about five seconds, but can be viewed again in the Menu (Esc ).

Orbiter Icons[]

Various icons can appear while a player is in the Orbiter to display certain information. These icons will periodically flash on the upper right corner of the player's screen, and will rotate between various applicable states. If there is only a single icon appearing, it will stay frozen on the player's screen.

View HUD Icons List
Icon Legend Description
BuildComplete Foundry Item Completed Denotes that a Foundry construction project has been completed. A number in white text below the icon shows how many items are completed.
MarketIcon Market Discount Shows how long your Market Discount lasts.
MailIcon Unread Messages Notifies the players of their unread inbox messages.
FriendRequestPendingIcon Friend Requests Shows how many friend requests are unattended in the players' friend list.
DroneComplete Drone Ready Notifies the players that at least one of their Extractors are ready to be claimed.
DroneDestroyed Drone Destroyed Notifies the players that one of their Extractors have been destroyed in the process.
AffinityBooster Double Affinity Booster Shows that the Double Affinity Booster is active.
CreditBooster Double Credit Booster Shows that the Double Credit Booster is active.
ResourceBooster Double Resource Booster Shows that the Double Resource Booster is active.
ResourceDropChanceBooster Resource Drop Chance Booster Shows that the Resource Drop Chance Booster is active.
ModDropChanceBooster Mod Drop Chance Booster Shows that the Mod Drop Chance Booster is active.
DoubleAffinityEventIcon Double Affinity Event Shows that the Double Affinity event is active.
DoubleCreditEvent Double Credit Event Shows that the Double Credit event is active.
DoubleResourcesEvent Double Resource Event Shows that the Double Resource event is active.
DarvoDealMarketSaleIcon Darvo Deal Market Sale Limited item on sale



As of Update 29.10 (2021-03-19), players can change the color scheme of their HUD through the Settings. Players can individually recolor certain HUD elements using colors from owned Color Picker Extensions or choose from ten preset color themes provided by the developers:

Here is a list of what players can customize:

HUD Element Default color Approx. Hex Code
Health #cc2a28
Shields #01d8ff
Overshields #b201fe
Armored health #e0a635
Invulnerable health #585858
Invulnerable shields #9c9c9a
Object health #6dada7
Buff icons #01d8ff
Debuff icons #cc2a28
Selected ability #01d6fe
Unselected ability #f0f0ee
Reticle #ffffff
Hit indicator #e9bb06
Headshot indicator #c80406
Normal (yellow) crit #ffff00
Big (orange) crit #fe6c09
Super (red) crit #fe0000
Default marker #ffffff
Friendly marker #0795d5
Enemy marker #c80406
Loot marker #ffffff
Downed teammate marker #c80406
Objective marker #e9ba08
Attack marker #c80406
Extraction #43b306
Tactical highlight
Focus drop #e4d570
Life support module #e9ba08
Dojo notable #01d6fe
Relay notable #15b7ff
Town notable #ff9a0c
Plexus mod loot #fed454
Salvage loot #a945bf
Energy spawner #3977fe
Synthesis target #ffd47b
K-Drive Race #9b07cb
VIP target #3765ff
Incoming life support #23effe
Kuva harvester #a01b1c
Text #ffffff
Disabled text #808080
Negative text #c80406
Text background #414141
Objective progress #ffffff
Objective glow #01a6ff


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