Health represents how much damage an entity can sustain before becoming incapacitated. Warframes, Kubrows, and Rescue targets will enter "bleedout" upon running out of health, while all other entities will be killed. A Warframe's health is indicated as a red numeric value at the top right of the screen. The health of other entities can be displayed over their heads, should the player aim directly at them. While a Warframe is losing health, the screen's edges will begin to flash red at a pulse. Once the Warframe reaches 10% health or below, a loud, heartbeat-like sound will play, and a slight ringing can be heard. This sound also plays when bleeding out and when dead.

Most attacks will only damage health after the entity's shields have been fully drained, but there are a few exceptions. Toxin b Toxin damage, which is commonly dealt by units like Toxic Ancients, Toxic Crawlers and Venomous Eximus, will bypass shields and strike the target's health directly, which can also proc a Toxin b Toxin damage-over-time effect. Viral b Viral procs, such as those dealt by Grineer Powerfists, will temporarily halve victim's maximum health even if the attack itself is absorbed by shields. Finishing damage, such as from the Bleed status effect (from Slash b Slash damage), will also bypass shields.

Health Classes

There are different types of damage which deal reduced or increased numbers against different entities. MOAs, for example, are mostly metal in composition and are not as easily cut open as the flesh of living Crewmen. Hence, MOAs have Robotic health, while Crewmen have Flesh as their health type; Slash b Slash effects deal penalized damage to Robot health and bonus damage to Flesh.

There are thirteen health classes in total, but two of them are reserved for shields only and two of them are reserved for armor only—these four act differently from health, and are covered on Shields and Armor pages. The remaining nine health classes are partitioned into the three standard Factions, though both the Corrupted faction and the Tenno themselves borrow from these.

Faction Non-Armor Health Classes
IconGrineerBGrineer Cloned Flesh Machinery
IconCorpusB Corpus Flesh Robotic
Infestation bInfested Infested Infested Flesh Fossilized Infested Sinew
IconOrokinB Corrupted Corrupted units are copies from other factions; they have identical health to their originals.
LotusBlack Tenno Flesh
Special Object

The fact that Cloned Flesh differs from Flesh and that both Corpus and Tenno have the latter implies that Tenno are as human as the Corpus, while the Grineer are imperfect replications. Relevant to game mechanics, these two types of health share most vulnerabilities and all resistances, except that cloned flesh is Heat b flammable while normal flesh is easily Toxin b poisoned.

Infested is different from Infested Flesh, even if by name they would seem identical. While you can check the details on their respective pages, know that both are vulnerable to the same types of damage, just resistant to different types; you can most likely use the same weapon loadout to perform against either type.

Increasing Maximum Health

Like most attribute values, Health is increased by single multiplier formed from effects that additively stack with each other. The health gained from leveling does not interact at all with these multipliers.

Total Health = Base Health × (1 + Modifier) + Health Gain From Leveling

  • Base Health refers to the Warframe's health at Rank 0.
  • Health Gain From Leveling will be the difference between your rank 30 health and your rank 0 health. Zephyr, for instance, has 450 health at rank 30 but 150 health at rank 0, so her health gain from leveling would be 300.
  • Vitality and Vigor increase your Modifier by 4.4 and 1.2 at their maximum ranks, respectively. The Physique aura mod increases it by a mere 0.18 at maximum rank. Each additional cell member that brings Physique will increase your Modifier by an additional 0.18, to a maximum 0.72 addition in a four-player mission or 1.44 in eight-player trial missions. Lastly, the bonus from some Arcane helmets contribute to the Modifier of this equation.


Main article: Category:Healing

Unlike shields, health does not naturally regenerate over time, except when the Rejuvenation aura mod is equipped by at least one member of the cell. Otherwise, damage inflicted upon health must actively be healed either by picking up a Health Orb (and Energy Orbs with Equilibrium) or directly by a few certain warframe abilities. Trinity and Oberon are the two Warframes with an inherent ability to explicitly restore health to all Warframes within the cell, and Nekros can Desecrate nearby corpses for a chance to spawn more health orbs. A Chroma in Heat b Heat can raise both players' current and maximum health temporarily with Elemental Ward, and when the effect runs out, only the maximum health returns to its original value; effectively, the affected players have restored that much health.

Warframe Abilities

ElementalWard ElementalWardIcon
Elemental Ward
Depending on Chroma's elemental alignment, an offensive area-of-effect is created. Chroma and his nearby allies are imbued with defensive energy.

Strength:25 / 50 / 75 / 100 (damage per second)
50% / 75% / 100% / 200% (health bonus)
Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s (ability duration)
Range:6 / 8 / 10 / 12 m (aura range)
Misc:2% / 5% / 7% / 10% (status chance)
5 / 5 / 5 / 5 m (burn radius)

Strength:2.5x / 3x / 5x / 10x (damage reflection multiplier)
50% / 65% / 75% / 100% (shield bonus)
10% / 15% / 20% / 25% (status chance)
50 / 60 / 100 / 200 (minimum arc damage)
Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s (ability duration)
Range:6 / 8 / 10 / 12 m (aura range)
5 / 6 / 8 / 10 m (discharge range)

Strength:25% / 35% / 40% / 50% (damage chance per second)
Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s (ability duration)
15% / 25% / 30% / 35% (holster rate bonus)
15% / 25% / 30% / 35% (reload speed bonus)
Range:6 / 8 / 10 / 12 m (aura range)

Strength:1.5x / 2x / 2.5x / 3x (damage reflection multiplier)
25% / 75% / 100% / 150% (armor bonus)
10% / 15% / 20% / 25% (status chance)
Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s (ability duration)
Range:6 / 8 / 10 / 12 m (aura range)


DesecrateModU15 Nekros3
Forces fallen enemies around you to drop additional loot.

Energy per Corpse: 10

Range:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 m
Misc:22.5% / 32% / 42.5% / 54% (drop table chance)

Renewal2 OberonRenewal
Healing waves of energy flow outward from Oberon to his allies, regenerating health over time.
Energy Drain: 2 s−1
Energy Drain per Target: 3 s−1
Strength:2 / 3 / 3 / 4 s (wave duration)
125 / 150 / 175 / 200 (armor buff)
50 / 75 / 100 / 125 (initial heal)
15 / 20 / 25 / 40 (health per second)
Duration:20% / 25% / 35% / 45% (bleedout slow)
20 s (buff)
Range:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 m

Reckoning OberonReckoning
Quickly lifts enemies into the air and then hurls them down with conviction. Enemies who succumb to this power have a chance to spawn a Health Sphere.
Strength:10% / 15% / 20% / 30% (armor reduction)

500 / 750 / 1000 / 1250 (damage)
100 / 225 / 400 / 625 (extra damage)

Duration:1 / 2 / 3 / 4 s (blind)
Range:2.5 / 3 / 3.5 / 4 m (blind radius)

8 / 10 / 12 / 15 m (cast radius)

Misc:25% / 35% / 45% / 50% (health orb chance)

WellOfLifeModU14 TrinityWellOfLife
Well Of Life
Create a well of life on an enemy. Allies will gain health when damaging the target.
Strength:30% / 35% / 40% / 45% (lifesteal on hit)
150 / 250 / 350 / 400 (max health leeched)
Duration:7 / 9 / 10 / 12 s
Range:100 m
Misc:100% (target health restore)
10 x (target health multiplier)
1 (max target limit)

BlessingModU15 TrinityBlessing
Restore the health and shields of allies within Trinity's Affinity aura while giving them some damage resistance.
Strength:40% / 50% / 75% / 80% (shield/health restoration)
25% / 30% / 40% / 50% (damage reduction)
Duration:3 / 5 / 7 / 10 s (buff duration)
Misc:50 m (affinity range)
75% (damage reduction cap)

Aside from the above abilities, Nyx is able to use Mind Control on Corrupted Ancients, enemies which can heal surrounding allies. Somewhat similarly, if a Nekros slays a Corrupted Ancient, it can be resurrected on the side of the Tenno by his ability, Shadows of the Dead.

ShadowsOfTheDeadModU15 Nekros4
Shadows Of The Dead
Summons shadow versions of vanquished enemies to fight alongside you for a short period of time.
Strength:25% / 50% / 75% / 150% (damage bonus)
15% / 35% / 65% / 100% (shield bonus)
15% / 35% / 65% / 100% (health bonus)
Duration:6 / 5 / 4 / 3% (health decay per sec)
Misc:4 / 5 / 6 / 7 (shadow copies)
10 m (spawn radius)
> 30 m (recall range)

MindControlModU14 Nyx Mind Control2
Mind Control
Nyx invades the psyche of a target, confusing enemies and making them fight for the Tenno cause. Targets then fired upon by Nyx receive a damage multiplier.
Duration:15 / 20 / 25 / 30 s
Range:20 / 40 / 50 / 60 m
Misc:3 s (stun duration)
100 % (damage immunity)
4 s (damage conversion duration)
1 (max target limit)

If Limbo has Haven or Hydroid has Curative Undertow installed, either one can act as a healer for the entire cell. Pool of Life increases the healing capabilities of Trinity's Well of Life power. Finally, Saryn can heal herself personally if she equips Regenerative Molt, reducing the burden she might place on their allies or else enabling her to solo better.


There are some items that can be used in a mission to heal lost health.

Weapon Mods

There are PvP-only mods that allow for players to regain health based off their combat performance, and Syndicate-purchased mods that restore health after gaining enough affinity to meet the necessary thresholds. Lastly, Life Strike will restore health to the Tenno as a percentage of damage inflicted by the equipped melee weapon.

Bleedout & Death

Main article: Death

When health is reduced to 0, Warframes enter the Bleedout state. In bleedout, Warframes can barely move and are restricted to firing their sidearm. If they do not receive the appropriate attention from an ally within 20 seconds, they are killed in action. It is quite difficult to complete missions successfully when all players are dead, so players typically strive to keep health above 0 at all times.

Effective Health

Damage calculations get complicated when damage resistances are involved. Effective health is a common metagame concept which states that because each hit point you have actually absorbs more than one point of damage, you effectively have more hit points than indicated. In WARFRAME, effective health can be increased by armor, resistance mods, and health classes.

For example, if your Warframe has 300 health, and you are being attacked by an enemy that deals Impact b Impact damage:

  1. Impact b Impact attacks deal 25% less damage to Flesh health. If they would normally strike for 100 damage in a single attack, they would only deal 75 damage to your Warframe.
  2. Therefore, to deal 300 damage to your Warframe, they would have to output 400 total points of damage.

In reference to Impact b Impact damage, your Warframe has 400 effective health even though it has only 300 nominal health. Effective health can only ever be considered in the context of damage, because its value depends on the bonuses and penalties of the incoming damage as much as it does on the resistance values of your armor, mods, and health. Depending on how you build your Warframe and use its abilities, you can experience a drastic difference in survival between different types of enemies. (A specific build of Valkyr has been shown to have ~3800 effective health against most Grineer but only ~850 effective health against typical Corpus enemies.)[1]

Effective health is a valuable metric because it allows you to compare different forms of survivability.


  1. User_blog:MarioVX/Determining_Enemy_Damage_Type_Distributions

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