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Junctions are solo missions that allow players to progress through the Star Chart.

MechanicsEdit

Junctions consist of a small, circular room, with a specter kneeling in the center. Each Junction is accompanied by a series of specific tasks. Completing these tasks is required to challenge a Junction's specter for control of the connected Solar Rail, which unlocks the next celestial body.

In addition to star chart progression, completing a Junction grants 1,000 Mastery and several miscellaneous rewards (typically weapon blueprints and/or quests). Junction rewards can only be claimed once.

LocationsEdit

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Venus
  • Defeat Jackal at Fossa
  • Complete 10 waves of Defense at Tessera in a single mission
  • Rescue a Hostage from Linea
  • Defeat 5 Eximus enemies in any region
Level 5 VoltIcon272 Volt Specter equipped with a TennoMagnum Magnus and Heat Heat Sword

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Earth Level 5 RhinoIcon272 Rhino Specter equipped with a U10DesignCouncilTennoAR Soma and SomaDualKamas Dual Raza

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Earth Level 10 FrostIcon272 Frost Specter equipped with a DETigris Tigris and IceHammer Sibear

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Mars Level 20 MagIcon272 Mag Specter equipped with the Hikou Hikou and Tipedo Tipedo

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Mars Level 20 TrinityIcon272 Trinity Specter equipped with a Paris Paris and CYSingleStaffSkin Cadus

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Ceres Level 25 ValkyrIcon272 Valkyr Specter equipped with the Afuris Afuris and ParisScythe Anku

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Jupiter Level 25 NovaIcon272 Nova Specter equipped with the Kunai2 Kunai and EtherDaggers2 Ether Daggers

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Jupiter Level 25 EmberIcon272 Ember Specter equipped with a TennoMagnum Magnus and Heat Heat Sword

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Saturn Level 30 EquinoxIcon272 Equinox Specter equipped with a Boltor Boltor and TnoNunchaku Shaku

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Uranus
  • Complete Quest: Natah
  • Defeat Tyl Regor at Titania on Uranus
  • Complete any 5 missions on Uranus with only your melee weapon equipped
  • Open 3 caches during any Sabotage mission on Uranus
Level 30 LokiIcon272 Loki Specter equipped with a Burston Burston and Boltonfa Boltace

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Neptune Level 30 ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur Specter equipped with a BratonVandal Braton Vandal and DualSkana Dual Skana

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Pluto Level 35 SarynIcon272 Saryn Specter equipped with a DEVectis Vectis and KarystDagger Karyst

Location Tasks Rewards Guardian
Pluto Level 40 MesaIcon272 Mesa Specter equipped with Regulators and a TnoGunblade Redeemer

NotesEdit

  • Junctions can be used as shortcuts between celestial bodies when navigating the star chart.
  • Players may enter the junction even if they have not fulfilled the tasks. They will, however, be barred from fighting the specter of the Junction, thus unable to progress through the rail.
    • The list of tasks and rewards will be shown in the rail, in front of the area the player is barred from entering into. This is the same list as the one shown on the star chart.
    • Exiting a Junction will not be considered a mission failure.
    • Specters can be scanned even if the player is prevented from attacking them.
  • Certain paths between celestial destinations do not have Junctions, and can be traversed as soon as the nodes at either end are unlocked. They are:
    • All the paths leading to the Void.
    • The path leading from Earth to Lua.
  • Specters reward approximately 2,000 affinity when killed.
  • The Neptune Junction's requirements will count the use of any exalted melee weapon as a normal melee weapon.
    • Also, it will not count Archwing primary weapons against the requirement. You can safely take an Archwing primary into a submersible mission while still counting as "melee only".
  • To complete the "Open 3 caches during any Sabotage mission on Uranus" requirement of the Neptune Junction you don't have to find and open all the three caches of a single mission but you have to open 3 caches "in total". So, even opening only one cache each in three Uranus Sabotage missions should work
  • One of the four tasks needed to unlock the neptune junction cannot be completed with Hildryn, "Complete any 5 missions on Uranus with ONLY your melee weapon equipped" because her Balefire Charger weapon cannot be unequipped. (However, you can do it with Mesa, even if you have the regulators.)

TipsEdit

  • Using crowd control abilities that stun or freeze enemies (e.g. VoltIcon272 Volt's Discharge130xDark Discharge and HarrowIcon272 Harrow's Condemn130xDark Condemn) will leave Specters completely vulnerable to the player's attacks, making Junctions relatively trivial.
  • As the level of the Specters increases so do their firepower, potentially threatening and, in some extreme cases, killing the player in a matter of seconds. It is recommended to bring a frame with either the ability to protect themselves from damage (e.g. VoltIcon272 Volt's ElectricShield130xDark Electric Shield or ValkyrIcon272 Valkyr's Hysteria130xDark Hysteria), the ability to heal themselves (e.g. TrinityIcon272 Trinity's Blessing130xDark Blessing), or that can decently tank damage (e.g. RhinoIcon272 Rhino or InarosIcon272 Inaros). If you have an Inaros, it is very easy to finish this while closing in on the Specter and use his Devour ability, thus taking little to no damage.
    • Alternatively, players can bring frames that are able to turn themselves invisible, such as LokiIcon272 Loki or IvaraIcon272 Ivara.
    • MagIcon272 Mag's Magnetize130xDark Magnetize can also trivialize the Specters; the ability roots them in place, preventing them from using melee attacks unless the player allows, and it also redirects all gunfire towards them, including their own. In effect, this causes Mag to be entirely safe for the duration, allowing her to free-fire on the Specter while they deal self-damage.
  • Using FrostIcon272 Frost's SnowGlobe130xDark Snow Globe ability knocks Specters back and deals large amounts of damage.  Many (but not all) of the specters will also remain outside the globe, preventing them from dealing any damage to Frost until the globe has been broken (which is typically more than enough time to kill the specter from within the globe).
    • Additionally, his Freeze130xDark Freeze ability can be used repeatedly to prevent the Specter from moving or attacking allowing you to constantly melee them.
  • AshIcon272 Ash's BladeStorm130xDark Blade Storm ability alone can usually kill specters in one hit.  Specters are also vulnerable to Ash's Mod TT 20pxFatal Teleport augment, causing significant damage (often killing the specter outright) and preventing Ash from receiving damage for the duration of the finisher animation.  Since Teleport can be cast back-to-back for chained finishers, this can be used to quickly kill any of the specters with virtually no risk.
  • Specters are vulnerable to HydroidIcon272 Hydroid's Undertow130xDark Undertow.
  • Specters can be Enthrall130xDark Enthralled by RevenantIcon272 Revenant.

TriviaEdit

  • Each specter is based on the Warframe whose components drop from the next location's boss, with the exception of VoltIcon272 Volt on Mercury, FrostIcon272 Frost on Mars, TrinityIcon272 Trinity on Ceres, and ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur on Pluto.
    • Volt is the specter of the Mercury Junction because Captain Vor doesn't drop any Warframe Parts blueprints.
    • The latter three were the result of a reshuffling of drop locations for each frame introduced in Hotfix 22.8.3.
  • Players retained any star chart progress made prior to Update: Specters of the Rail. However, Junctions themselves still needed to be completed to gain their rewards. Furthermore, Junction tasks only counted progress made after the update, with the exception of completed quests.
  • Junctions were inspired by Hyper Light Drifter.[1]

BugsEdit

  • The large window in the Junctions is not solid, allowing players to knock the Specter out into space with the appropriate abilities and weapons.
  • The Sedna Junction may not allow the player to enter even when all four requirements have been met or the junction has already been completed.
  • If a Junction is already completed and the player returns to scan the Specter for a codex entry, the Specter must be scanned and killed, then the player must return a second time and repeat this process for the codex entry to show up.
    • This bug can be bypassed by exiting the junction from the Esc. menu.

MediaEdit

Updated Versions

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 25.7

Update 24.6

  • Numerous tweaks and Ability balance passes towards Junction Specters.

Update 24.4

New Player Experience Changes
  • Polished numerous Junction boss fights to have better power usage and combat pacing.

Update 23.10

Junction Changes
  • Removed “Defeat 3 Eximus enemies on EARTH” requirement from Venus Junction.
  • Lowered “Defeat 10 Eximus enemies on Venus” requirement on Mercury Junction to 5 Eximus enemies in any region.
  • Lowered “Defeat 10 Sentient enemies on Lua” requirement to 5 Sentient enemies.
  • Lowered “Collect any 3 Mods from the Orokin Principle challenge rooms on Lua” to 1 Mod.

Hotfix 22.8.3

  • Replaced the Jupiter-Saturn Junction requirement of ‘defeat the Raptor on Europa’ with ‘complete Baal on Europa’. This is due to the Raptor’s boss fight getting increasingly difficult after his re-work, which created frustration for newer players attempting to unlock the Junction.

Hotfix: The Vacuum Within 3

  • Changed a Phobos Junction task to read ‘Scan 3 Cephalon Fragments on Mars’ instead of 5.

Update: The Silver Grove 1.0

  • Fixed the Second Dream quest key being given as a reward from completing the Natah quest. Players must complete the Uranus to Neptune Junction as intended.

Hotfix: The Silver Grove 3

  • Fixed Junctions tasks appearing offscreen.

Update: The Silver Grove

  • Void Fissure Junction challenges can now be completed on any planet.
  • Moved the '3 Spy data extractions' Junction Challenge to Neptune- Pluto to replace '3 waves of Archwing Interception' now that Jupiter-Saturn requires players to defeat the Raptors on Europa.
  • Fixed Loki’s Disarm not working for Junction Specters against players.
  • Fixed Junction list on some planets overlapping parts of the planet.
  • Fixed the Junction task 'Collect 20 Mods' only counting Mods collected on Earth.
  • Fixed completing the Suisei- Mars missions not showing as complete for the Junction task.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 2.1

  • Fixed the Sedna Junction task ‘Collect any 3 MODS from the Orokin Principle challenge rooms on LUA’ not progressing if you collect 3 of the same Mod.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 13

  • Fixed being rewarded 0 Salvage instead of 500 for completing the Venus to Mercury Junction and Earth to Venus Junction.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 10

  • Fix for Junction progress not being saved for some clients
  • Fixed an issue with the 1000 Mastery not being rewarded when completing a Junction. If you are eligible, it'll automatically repair on login.
  • Junction task progress will now save even if you haven’t unlocked the Junction node
  • New Junction tasks:
    • Mars Junction = complete an alert, change to: "Collect 500 Rubedo from missions"
    • Phobos Junction = complete an invasion mission, change to "Scan 5 cephalon fragments on MARS" (Scans done before this change will be counted retroactively)
    • Europa Junction = complete an infested outbreak mission, change to "Complete TESHUB in the Void"
    • Eris Junction = defeat Phorid in an infested outbreak, change to "Find and Defeat LEPHANTIS in DERELICT"
    • Uranus Junction = Added "Craft a DERELICT KEY"

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 9

  • Fixed an issue with Client Junction Tasks not tracking. This means any Clients trying to complete tasks wouldn't see progress.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 7

  • Completing the Vor's Prize quest missions will now mark the nodes they're on as completed, so that you don't have to backtrack and complete the nodes leading up to the Junction a second time before you can enter it. Anyone who is mid-quest after this Hotifx deploys will still have to backtrack.
  • We now allow progress towards Junction tasks during the tutorial, and with this we also fixed Junction tasks not working during Quests.
  • You can now revisit Junctions, and see their new and improved diegetic menu!
  • Junction battles now have different passive bonuses for players competing against Specters to make the fights more fair. The passive bonuses are:
    • Refilling ammo on respawn.
    • Passive energy regeneration.
  • Fixed an issue with Mods received as mission rewards not counting towards the "Collect X mods" Junction task.
  • Fixed missing footstep sounds in Junctions.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 6

  • Fixed the Eris Junction on Pluto not functioning preventing progression.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 5

  • Rebalanced the Frost and Volt Junction Specters to be less hard on new players.
  • Changed the Junction task of "complete Spy missions with 3 data extractions" being too strict and requiring that all 3 extractions are undetected.
  • Fixed an issue with missing Blueprint elements for the Patient Zero quest from Junction rewards.
  • Fixed an issue with Spy and Fissure Junction tasks not properly tracking.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 4

  • Void Fissure Junction challenges can now be completed on any planet. For example, before the a Junction could say request 3 Void Fissures be closed. This request was specific to the planet the Junction was on, which was not indicated in the UI. Now you can do the Void Fissure anywhere to count toward your Junction Challenge Tasks.
  • Rebalanced the Rhino Specter in the Junction to be more manageable for new players.
  • Updated the Earth (to Venus) challenge text to better indicate the challenge requirement to "Apply 4 MODS to a single Warframe or Weapon", not just overall.
  • Swapped the "Nightmare Mission" Junction Challenge with "Kill the Hyena Pack."
  • Fixed an issue with a Junction progression stopper task by replacing the crafting requirements of Vapor Specters.

Hotfix: Specters of the Rail 1

  • Removed the Natah and The Jordas Precept quests from Junctions as these are given out through server rewards.
  • Fixed an issue with the Vor’s Prize Junction task not being properly completed if the player elected to skip it.
  • Fixed aspect ratio of credits icon in junction rewards.
  • Fixed an issue with players being able to load into Junctions after meeting the requirements but not having completed the previous node.

Update: Specters of the Rail

  • Introduced.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Devstream 81 - 16:21
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