Kavats are terrain-restricted melee feline companions similar to Kubrows. They also have different breeds, color palettes, and patterns. There are currently three types of Kavats.
Kavats normally live in Infested areas and feed on the Infestation. Feral Kavats are naturally invisible and are not hostile to players unless they are scanned.
Due to their anti-Infested potential, the Grineer have domesticated Kavats for use in clearing out the Infestation from their ships. Kavat handlers, known as Hyekka Masters, are equipped with advanced sensors to detect Kavats, which can also detect invisible players, serving as an additional stealth hazard in Grineer missions.
Khora's ferocious Kavat, Venari, fights alongside her with steadfast zeal. Venari is an exclusive Companion for the Khora Warframe, integrated as her signature passive ability. Venari will spawn beside Khora when the player first enters a mission, as a permanent companion that lasts until killed.
While Venari is alive, Khora passively gains a movement speed boost. If Venari is killed, she will respawn beside Khora after 45 seconds, or instantly if summoned via the third ability for an energy cost. Both passive features are tied to Khora's Venari ability allowing her to be modified.
Once the player meets the necessary requirements to begin breeding, the incubator offers a choice between a Random incubation or the use of Genetic Code Templates.
As the name implies, a Random incubation offers no guarantees on the resulting Kavat's Variant, head, tail, sex, color, or fur pattern.
Genetic Code Template
An incubation utilizing Genetic Code Templates offers a much higher probability of the traits imprinted on the Template to be present in the resulting Kavat, however, this is still not guaranteed, and
certain Kavat traits are not even imprinted on the Template in the first place. See the Genetic Code Template article for more information about the transferral of traits from one Kavat to another when starting
this type of incubation.
Regardless of the type of incubation, once the process is started, it will require 48 hours (24 hours with an Incubator Upgrade Segment) to complete. This stage may, however, be rushed for 15 Platinum 15.
When the incubation process completes, either naturally or by rushing, the player will be able to name their new Kavat for free, subsequent renaming is possible for 15 Platinum 15. The named but non-mature Kavat can be kept for as long as the player wants, and will walk around the Orbiter; however, to be usable in missions, it must be matured, which is instantaneous.
Genetic Age Regressing
Players can regress the age of their Kavats back to their infant forms through the incubator. In their baby forms, they cannot be brought into missions to be used for combat or utility. Installed mods, Formas, and Orokin Reactors will still be intact if the player chooses to mature their Kavats again.
Venari is Khora's companion that functions as her passive and third ability, and will always appear next to her. Venari cannot be separated from Khora.
Vasca Kavats are Kavats that have been infected by the Vasca Virus that appears at nighttime in the Plains of Eidolon. When a player brings their Kavat to the wild Vasca and is attacked by them, it will become infected, indicated by a red overlay. The player must then take their infected Kavat back to the Orbiter's Incubator and use a Genetic Code Template on them, acquiring a Vasca Imprint while also removing the virus. Two Vasca Imprints are needed to guarantee a Vasca Kavat.
Note that breeding a domesticated Vasca Kavat still requires one Incubator Power Core and ten Kavat Genetic Codes.
To begin, all Kavats will first need a Companion Slot (which can be bought for 12 Platinum 12 for 2 slots) to grow and mature before being usable in missions and will permanently occupy one Companion Slot. In the event that a player wishes to permanently remove a Kavat from their possession, such as due to the lack of vacant Companion Slots, the Kavat can be consigned to the Lotus for 25,000 Credits 25,000, freeing up their Companion Slot.
Feral/Moonless Kavat concept art shown in Devstream 58
Hyekka concept art shown in Devstream 58
Kavat Wysar Armor shown in Devstream 66
A Feral Kavat, shown in the Update 18.5 Teaser
Kavat Shown Inside a Tenno Ship
Kavat in the Incubator
Long furry ears with green eyes and a peacock tail
Long furry ear, teal eyes and arrow tailed
Long ball tipped ears, yellow eyes and guppy tail
Long ball tipped ears, white eyes and mermaid tail
Smeeta Kavat-Guppy Tail, Short Ears
Balltip ears and Mermaid tail
Close up of 'Cataclysm', male Smeeta with a Persian head
Warframe - Scanning Feral Kavats Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment Drop from Hyekka Master
Kavats are referred to as "Catbrow" in the game files, a portmanteau of "cat" and "Kubrow."
The name of at least one breed of Kavat is derived from Sanskrit, which seems relevant to the breed's specialty;
While Incubating, when the Kavat shows up in kitten form, you can pet your Kavat by pressing your interact button when standing in front of the Incubator.
Despite technically being considered Kavats, Vulpaphylas have more in common appearance-wise with foxes, which in real life are part of the canidae (dog) family and not the felidae (cat) family of animals. This is furthered by their name, which is taken from the Latin word and genus "vulpes," meaning fox, and the plural form of phylum "phyla," the taxonomic rank below kingdom.
The Companion System has received a much awaited overhaul! The Companion System has undergone many iterations: DNA Decay rate reductions, adding the option to ‘Consign’, removing the negative effects from a lack of Loyalty or Integrity, removing Stasis completely - the list goes on!
The below are our continued efforts to streamline the Companion System structure that is now almost 7 years old! With a combination of Community feedback and internal desires we’ve changed the following:
Genetic Aging Regressing
Within the Incubator you can now choose to “Regress Genetic Aging” of an existing Mature Companion back to their non-mature state (puppy, kitten, etc). Keep in mind that this unequips said Companion (if it was equipped) and it’s Armor/cosmetics are removed. At any time you can choose to Mature said Companion at which it will revert to its former Mature state with its existing Levels, stats, and Armor/cosmetics intact. There’s no limit to how many times you can Regress your Companion!
Stability & Loyalty Removal
We have removed the DNA Integrity and Loyalty groups from the Companion Management Screen, and removed DNA Stabilizers from the Market. Previously only the Nutrio Incubator Upgrade Segment could eliminate DNA degradation. No more Stability or Loyalty degrading!
All Stasis slots have been converted into Companion slots. All your Kubrows and Kavats are now listed upon equipping a Companion in the Arsenal!
Due to no longer having Stasis, if you currently have a pup Companion (not yet Matured), upon equipping it in the Arsenal the UI will prompt you to either Mature or let it roam your Orbiter. The option to let it roam is only available if you don't have a proper Kubrow/Kavat equipped. When starting an Incubation your current roaming Companion will be put away.
The ‘Nutrio Incubator Update Segment’ now entirely disables DNA degradation!
The Pets Breed is now displayed beside the Pets name in the description when viewing in the Arsenal.
You can now customize your Kavat’s Emissive color, which will affect their tail and eye color.
This option also fixes not being able to change the color of the fan-like Kavat tails due to it being based on energy color.
Fixed the Kavat Starter Pack only giving 1x Kavat Genetic Code instead of the intended 10x. This also fixed purchasing Kavat Genetic Codes from the Kavat Starter Pack only giving 1x, when the UI indicated 10x.
We removed the ability to purchase them in the bundle to prevent this issue, but they can still be purchased individually in the in-game Market outside of the bundle.
Pets no longer suffer negative effects from a lack of Loyalty or Integrity! Integrity and Loyalty are now strictly a bonus on top of your Pet’s base Health and Damage. This also removes the function of auto-Stasis when Loyalty and Integrity hits 0, at which your Pet will just simply not have a bonus and continue to live peacefully. The Pet Incubator has undergone many changes, and these are small steps in a larger plan to simplify this system for a more streamlined structure.
A new Mod, Fetch, for Kubrows and Kavats (Beasts) has been added - Detects and collects items within an area for its master, including Mods. Fetch operates the same as the coveted Vacuum Mod for Sentinels.
New Kavat mods introduced:
Tek Assault: Kavat has Increased chance to ignore Lethal Damage and be immune for a limited time
Introduced ‘BEAST’ category for Kubrows, Kavats (instead of COMPANIONS) and the Helminth Charger, and added ‘ROBOTIC’ category for Sentinels. Remaining Mods that indicate ‘COMPANION’ are useable across all Companion types.
Adjusted chances for Kavats to use the Pet Bed to prevent unrealistic bed usage. Reddit has shown us that we have fake cats in Warframe.
Fix an issue where switching from Sentinel to Kavat/Kubrow in the Simulacrum Arsenal would lead to heavy spot-loading.
New Khora Passive: The ferocious Kavat, Venari, fights by Khora’s side and provides her with a speed boost while active. If killed, Venari will reappear after a short time.
Venari is now a Passive ability - Venari is simply there, no casting required. If Venari dies, she will respawn in 45 seconds or you can summon her back by using the Venari ability for an Energy cost of 50 that scales with the Respawn timer.
New Venari Ability Description: Command Venari to focus on a target. Hold to cycle between Attack, Protect, and Heal postures. If Venari is killed, use this ability to revive her instantly
Venari fights independently until she receives a command. Khora’s third ability (Venari) overrides Venari’s target, as indicated by the icon over Khora’s head.
Commanding Venari while in the Heal posture without a valid target will command Venari to heal Khora.
Companion mods like Animal Instinct have been fixed so they will work properly on Venari.
Venari deals Slash damage to enemies instead of Impact damage.
Ability Strength Mods on Khora now affect Venari abilities.
10x Kavat Genetic Codes have been added to Alerts!
Fixed Smeeta's Charm ‘Doubled Pickups and Affinity’ buff not working as intended and doubling a number of things that were unintended. It now properly doubles pickups: Resource, Health, Energy, Affinity, Credit and Ammo (previously it would).
Changed Smeeta's Charm ability, specifically the Resource related Charm, to give a single Resource pickup rather than a random stack of resources that may not be the appropriate size for the chosen Resource type.
Fixed Kavats floating in mid-air when they are killed during their jump attack.
Tweaked some pet behavior logic related to cloaking and targeting. This should sort out some targeting issues for Kubrows and Kavats where they would become targetable when leaving their stealth state but were still visually cloaked by a player ability.
Fixed incorrect camera positioning when attempting to pet your Kavat companion.
Fixed enemies appearing to run in place like they are slipping on ice after your Kavat has used Pounced.
Wysar Kavat Armor and Saraba Kavat Armor introduced.
Kavats & Companion System Improvements
With the introduction of a new species also comes some new features for the Companion system overall! All biological Companions can now roam the ship in their kitten/puppy or adult form, and it's up to you to decide to Mature them with the click of a button – no more mysterious wait times that can't be bypassed.Adorn your faithful companion in the Armor it deserves and enhance it with new Mods!
There are two Unique Breeds of Kavat, the Adarza Kavat and the Smeeta Kavat!
Each Kavat breed will have a set of unique perks:
Adarza Kavats, lethal and sly, have learned the following:
Cat’s Eye - Adarza Kavat grants increased critical chance to all nearby Tenno for a short duration.
Reflect – Reflects damage back at attackers with increased lethality.
Smeeta Kavats, aloof but powerful, have learned the following:
Mischief - Allows Smeeta Kavat to become invisible while a decoy Kavat draws fire by running toward the enemy.
Charm - Smeeta Kavat bestows its owner with good fortune during the course of a mission.
Kavats can also equip other Companion Mods to help you better customize your newest (and perhaps cutest) companion yet!
New Kavat Mods:
Sense Danger - The Kavat alerts their master of nearby enemies.
Territorial Aggression - The Kavat marks their territory, pacifying any wild creature within it.
Pounce - The Kavat pounces at an enemy, stunning them for a short duration.
Sharpened Claws - A vicious attack that sunders armour and rends flesh.
Swipe - Strikes additional enemies and gains increased range. +1 enemies. +0.5m to attack range.