For the weapon variant, see Kuva (Variant).

For the enemy, see Kuva Lich.

A mysterious red fluid coveted by the Grineer Queens.

—In-Game Description

Kuva is a special resource that can be collected with the help of Operator Void abilities from Kuva Siphons, which appear on planets near the ever-moving Kuva Fortress.

In addition to its use as a crafting material, Kuva is used to cycle Riven Mods.

Due to the circumstances through which the Kuva Fortress itself is discovered, accessing Kuva Siphon and Kuva Flood missions is only possible after completing The War Within quest. These missions can be found on nodes marked with a Kuva symbol, which appear on planets currently being orbited by the Kuva Fortress.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Fragments[edit | edit source]

In Cephalon Ordis' fragments, it is revealed that one of the Orokin executors, Ballas, offered Ordan Karris a red vial, calling it an opportunity "to be one of us". This was later presumed to be a Kuva vial, wherein it was possibly used on the Beast of Bones, as an eternal punishment to become a Cephalon slave, rather than a status ascension.

While the fragments contained within them are not directly involved with the quest itself, the Glass Shards involved in the Saya's Vigil quest reveal that during the last days of the Orokin Empire, the Unum used some of her "Temple Kuva" in an effort to locate a monstrous Sentient, which would terrorize her tower and her people by night but retreat and hide during the day. The Unum instructed her people to feed the Kuva to the local wildlife, connecting her consciousness with them and allowing her to find the Sentient.

This proved to be a double-edged sword, however, as the Sentient discovered that Kuva could restore its ability to reproduce, increasing the intensity of its attacks even further. This necessitated GaraIcon272.png Gara, the lone Tenno defender of the Unum, to sacrifice her life, carrying a bomb that devastated the Sentient even as she was killed. Even to this day, long after the war, the Unum's consciousness still resides in the Plains' wildlife, allowing her to keep an eye on the Grineer troops, and she still gives her Temple Kuva for the Ostrons to use.

The War Within[edit | edit source]

Some believe Kuva to be the blood of Orokin ancestors, an elixir of immortality. Others believe Kuva to be a poison, a corrupting oil that brings madness and evil. ... I believe it is both.

Kuva is also involved in The War Within quest, wherein the Elder Queen of the Grineer holds a Kuva Scepter, a symbol of Orokin dominion used to command their Dax soldiers, of which Teshin is one. Kuva is also used to perform Continuity, the Orokin ritual of transferring the consciousness of a dying Orokin to a new body.

The exact nature of Kuva is a mystery yet to be revealed. From how Teshin describes it, it likely has properties that extend life up until Continuity is needed, and it may have also contributed to the Orokin's pride and authoritative mistreatment of their political subordinates, hence playing a role in their downfall. It also has other properties; it is mentioned by Teshin that the Kuva Guardian's weapon, GrnHalberd.png Kesheg, is imbued with Kuva which supposedly makes them immune to Warframe powers. This is also alluded to in the braids surrounding the Queens' throne: they are immune to all attacks except for the Operator's Void Beam, suggesting they were also made with Kuva.

Another possible property of the Kuva can be seen within the Kuva Scepter, which is used by the Elder Queen to knock the Operator out of their Warframe and preventing further Transference. This suggests that Kuva has the ability to interfere or limit Transference to a certain extent.

Kuva Lich[edit | edit source]

Following the defeat of the Elder Queen, the Worm Queen infuses her chosen soldiers with Kuva, referred by them as the "old blood", transforming them into a Kuva Lich. These enhanced super soldiers are drastically more powerful, able to fight on equal footing with a Warframe and are seemingly rendered all but immortal.

For a Warframe to combat the Lich, the Requiem Mods installed in their Parazon are used to create a unique passphrase, or Requiem Sequence, to permanently sever the Lich's Continuity. This allows the Warframe to take down a Lich for good, or purify their Kuva and convert them into a loyal ally.

Nights of Naberus[edit | edit source]

Grandmother's Naberus folktale reveals the existence of a "Blue Kuva", which allows one to temporarily transport their consciousness into a second body. If ones original body is given Crimson Kuva while in the second body, and presumably if one drinks Crimson Kuva while in the second body, their consciousness will be transported permanently into the second body.

The tale also mentions that Orokin servants are denied possession of Kuva, let alone look at one flask, which is punishable by glassing.

Acquiring Kuva[edit | edit source]

  • The primary method for acquiring Kuva is through Kuva Siphon missions, of which there are two types available: the regular Kuva Siphon (mission level 25-35) and the Kuva Flood (mission level 80-100). Successfully destroying one Kuva Siphon will grant around Kuva64.png550-700, while the Kuva Flood will award Kuva64.png1100-1400.
  • Kuva can be acquired in Kuva64.png100 or Kuva64.png300 units by doing Cetus Bounties, and Kuva64.png500 units from Fortuna Bounties.
  • Sorties have a chance to award Kuva64.png6,000 at completion.
  • Kuva Survival on Taveuni, Kuva Fortress rewards Kuva64.png200 for converting a Life Support Capsule into a Kuva Harvester and then defending it.
  • Disruption on Tamu, Kuva Fortress awards Kuva64.png100 for Tier A, Kuva64.png200 for Tier B, and Kuva64.png350 for Tier C. In addition, Demolisher units drop Kuva64.png50 when killed.
  • Nightwave awards Kuva64.png20,000 or Kuva64.png10,000 at certain ranks. Exact specifics may change with each new season.
  • Kuva64.png10,000 can be purchased as a Nightwave Cred Offering for CrystalCred64.png50.
  • Kuva64.png10,000 can be purchased for 25 Vitus Essence from the Arbitrations Vendor in the Arbiters of Hexis room of any relay.
  • Downing a Kuva Larvling rewards Kuva64.png100.
  • Requiem Relics Have a chance to drop Kuva64.png1200.
  • Using the Parazon on a Rank 1, 2, 3 and 4 Kuva Lich will respectively drop Kuva64.png150, Kuva64.png200, Kuva64.png250 and Kuva64.png300.
  • Kuva64.png10,000 can be purchased for 15 Steel Essence from Teshin in the Conclave room of any relay.

Blueprints Requiring Kuva[edit | edit source]

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Kuva
Blueprints Type Quantity
(Research)
Bishamo Cuirass Cosmetic 10,000
Bleeding Body Ephemera Cosmetic 10,000
Excalibur UmbraIcon272.png Excalibur Umbra Warframe 60
GarudaIcon272.png Garuda Warframe 3,500
HarrowIcon272.png Harrow Warframe 2,000
GrnHalberd.png Kesheg Melee 1,400 (400)
NidusIcon272.png Nidus Warframe 2,000
OctaviaIcon272.png Octavia Systems Component 2,000
TeshinGlaive.png Orvius Melee 4,000
Tatsu.png Tatsu Melee 1,200
GrnQueenGuardDualPistols.png Twin Rogga Secondary 1,600
Umbra Forma Enhancement 500
GrineerCannon.png Zarr Primary 1,800
Total 39,960 (+400)
Research Ghost Clan x1   Shadow Clan x3   Storm Clan x10   Mountain Clan x30   Moon Clan x100

Last updated: Update 24.0

Notes[edit | edit source]

Kuva's codex entry.

  • Kuva gain is affected by Resource Boosters and Smeeta Kavat's Mod TT 20px.pngCharm.
    • This does not apply to the mission rewards from Kuva Fortress Disruption, but does apply to the Kuva dropped by Demolishers and Kuva Liches.
  • During Kuva Siphon missions, Kuva clouds can be captured with the Operator's VoidTearIcon b.png Void abilities, which includes Void Beam, Void Blast and Void Dash.
  • Kuva has its own Codex entry, requiring 3 scans, though it does not contain any meaningful information.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kuva has possible meanings in two languages:
    • In Marathi, it means a well or a cavity in which is fixed the mast of a vessel.
    • In Sanskrit, it means a flower or a lotus.
    • Both languages use the same Devanagari spelling, कुवा (kuva).
  • Kuva also means 'picture' in Finnish.
  • Kuva means 'to subdue', 'to suppress' in Sweden. Probably this is the proper origin of it's name because when Kuva was first introduced, it served to command Dax soldiers and take over the Yuvan's mind during Continuity ritual.
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