Being a part of the Corpus can be rough, but that does not mean they are without hope. For among them lives a legend. A man who fears nothing. An unyielding hero against those who would stand in the way of Profit.

His name is John Prodman.
Adam Ma, former Community Editorial Coordinator

John Prodman is a rarely-encountered enemy in The Index[1]. Similar to Clem, Prodman has his roots as an Internet meme within the WARFRAME community.

According to the description of his autograph, he is an employee of Anyo Corp, and was recently awarded "Employee of the Month".


An autographed 'Employee Of The Month' poster

On March 1, 2014, a user by the name of Llyssa posted a thread entitled "The Most Badass Ever In Warframe"[2], where during an Infested Invasion, Llyssa documented a Prod Crewman taking on Phorid and despite all odds, surviving the encounter. Other players noted the Crewman's bravery and subsequently exaggerated his accomplishments, and ultimately christened the lone Crewman John Prodman.

Over time Digital Extremes grew aware of John's existence, and has since canonized the crewman in a blog post on the official site [3]. In the post, the developers talk about John's exploits, such as being the first crewman to replace Zanuka as the Corpus' Employee of the Month, and turning down a Detron Detron in exchange for his trusty Prova Prova (and if need be, his fists). Digital Extremes has also stated that John is the Prod Crewman present in promotional videos involving the Corpus, typically those with a humorous slant.

Instead of openly flaunting his incredible bravery and physical prowess out in the battlefield, John Prodman chooses to keep himself far from the spotlight, only emerging when the Corpus need him most. It is also rumored that all other Prod Crewmen are named after John's legacy, and that he only appears when Crewmen need him most.

As an Enemy[]

John Prodman can only be found as an enemy unit in The Index, regardless of what group of Brokers the players are currently facing or the investment risk tier the players chose beforehand. He will always appear via a column of light after one hour, but only shows up once per match with further hours not triggering more appearances. As his reputation might suggest, he wields a powerful Prova Prova against the Tenno, and unlike many enemies also uses it for blocking. He is also able to teleport around the arena and perform an attack similar to RhinoIcon272 Rhino's RhinoCharge130xWhite Rhino Charge.

When defeated, he will cross his arms, shrug nonchalantly, and teleport away via the same column of light, dropping an autographed poster[4].

Survival Tips[]

John Prodman only appears as a fighter in The Index after one hour has passed at any risk level. Since enemy level scales indefinitely as the match goes on, by the time he appears the Brokers can be as high as Level 250. Thus, preparation and squad coordination are required to ensure an encounter.

A combination of high-damage-dealing and damage-mitigating Warframes stands the best chance to survive the hour and remain effective. A high-power-strength ChromaIcon272 Chroma can be highly effective against even the highest level enemies with his VexArmor130xWhite Vex Armor and ElementalWard130xWhite Elemental Ward, especially if paired with a powerful weapon such as a status-build TigrisPrime Tigris Prime. TrinityIcon272 Trinity can be used to both provide the whole squad with energy and reduce damage taken via her Blessing130xWhite Blessing; furthermore her Mod TT 20px Abating Link augment mod can reduce enemy armor significantly. Meanwhile, a frame like BansheeIcon272 Banshee can make enemies highly vulnerable to damage via Mod TT 20px Resonance-modded Sonar130xWhite Sonar, and NovaIcon272 Nova can further cripple enemies' movement and attack speed with MolecularPrime130xWhite Molecular Prime. In terms of defense, FrostIcon272 Frost can be used to place a SnowGlobe130xWhite Snow Globe around the Tenno team's gate in order to slow any enemy Brokers attempting to bank Index points.

In terms of enemy behavior, all Brokers will have infinitely scaling damage and damage-resistance, including Armor and Shields. Among the most dangerous Brokers is Jad Teran, who, despite his Codex picture showing him wearing a Sap-variant Scrambus helmet, can actually switch between all 4 helmets, including the Nul-variant, which cancels out defensive powers like VexArmor130xWhite Vex Armor and ElementalWard130xWhite Elemental Ward. This can make him dangerous for squads relying heavily on defensive buffs. Tia Mayn is another very dangerous Broker at higher levels, as she can pair Invisibility130xWhite Invisibility with a devastating Spin Attack of her Ohma Ohma to destroy even the most resilient Warframe in a single hit. (As per the Scrambus and Comba rework, Jad Teran cannot activate his helmet's ability).

Once John Prodman has been defeated and has dropped his autograph, the squad must still win the match in order to claim their prize. As each Index point banked by the enemy Brokers reduces the mission timer by 10 seconds, it can be tempting for a squad to simply stop fighting and allow the enemy to bank points until the timer reaches zero. Be advised that the Index appears to have a special fail-condition built in that triggers a separate countdown once enough time has passed without the Tenno killing any Brokers or banking any points. Once this secondary timer expires, the match will be considered a failure, regardless of the score, and no rewards will be gained, thus losing the autograph.


  • John Prodman currently does not have a Codex entry[5].


  • He wears the Vexillus Cloak Syandana.
  • During the 10 Year Anniversary, from May 19th, 2023 to June 2, 2023, an Assassination Gifts of the Lotus - Stolen! alert appeared with the target being a level 25 John Prodman, with Clem assisting the squad. Upon entering the room where Prodman was, the players who hadn't completed his codex entry before were automatically given a scan of him and affinity points for scanning. Completing the alert granted the Wisp Dex Skin and two Companion Slots, along with a unique Inbox message. He did not award his signed poster, however.

Gift of the Lotus - Wisp Dex Skin and Companion Slots

(Player name),

Your recent actions have caused uproar in AnyoCorp. The Index is in chaos.

There has been talk of a 'clash of giants' and 'legends colliding'.

What this means I am unsure. But any blow struck against the Corpus is a step forward for us.

This Wisp Dex Skin seems an appropriate reward, along with some additional Companion capacity.