For the Corpus counterpart, see Candidate.

A Kuva Larvling is a unique Grineer enemy that can spawn on any regular level 20+ Grineer mission. They can be mercied at low health to spawn a Kuva Lich.

Kuva Larvlings will only spawn after you have completed the The War Within Quest.

After the screen flashes in any level 20+ Grineer mission, players are required to kill at least 10 enemies in under 1 minute for the Kuva Larvling to spawn.

Farming Locations[]

These are based on opinions and may not be 100% true. These should be viewed as advice for finding the enemies until better facts are proven.

Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconGrineerB.svg Sedna Adaro Exterminate 32 - 36 Grineer Asteroid
IconGrineerB.svg Saturn Anthe Rescue 22 - 24 Grineer Galleon
IconGrineerB.svg Saturn Cassini Capture 21 - 23 Grineer Galleon
IconGrineerB.svg Saturn Numa Rescue 22 - 24 Grineer Asteroid
IconGrineerB.svg Sedna Naga Rescue 30 - 34 Grineer Galleon
InvasionIcon b.png Lua Plato Exterminate 25 - 30 Orokin Moon


  • As noted above Kuva Larvlings will only spawn in regular Grineer missions whose level range is at least level 20. Thus under normal conditions Liches can only be "born" on the Kuva Fortress, Saturn, Sedna and Lua.
    • Although its mission nodes fall under the level range, Larvlings cannot spawn on Uranus, likely because they're considered "submersible" missions rather than regular ones.
    • Similarly, Larvlings cannot spawn on the Zariman Ten Zero, possibly as a result of the regular faction switching interfering with the Larvlings' spawning logic.
    • While they increase the level range of the mission node they're on Void Fissures, Invasions, Quests and Dark Sectors are not considered "regular" missions and thus cannot spawn Larvlings.
      • Nightmare Mode, Kuva Siphons, and The Steel Path are exceptions to this rule, which in turn allows Liches to be born on Ceres, Mars, Earth, and Mercury.
      • During an Invasion, should the Grineer successfully occupy Corpus mission nodes within the level range, they can spawn Larvlings during the 24 hours the Grineer have control of the nodes. This allows for Liches born on Europa, Neptune and Pluto.
      • Combining the above factors it is possible, though unlikely, for Liches to be born on Phobos and Jupiter if the Grineer successfully invade a node, and Nightmare Mode/Steel Path modifiers take effect.
  • After the screen flashes during a mission, players are required to kill at least 10 enemies in under 1 minute, for the Kuva Larvling to spawn. The Larvling will not spawn whatsoever if no enemies are killed during that time or after the timer ends.
  • If a Larvling is downed and left alone for 30 seconds, it will die without creating a Lich.
  • In Capture missions, the screen flash and subsequent 1 minute timer will not occur until after the target has been successfully captured.
  • Once downed, the Larvling will display an icon and name of the Kuva Weapon the created Lich will possess above its head, when standing within 3 meters of it.
    • If the Larvling is ignored, the displayed weapon will not show up again in the pool until the entire weapon pool is rejected.
  • After being downed, all players in the squad will receive 100 Kuva on end of mission, even if not mercied.
  • The gender of the Kuva Larvling a player mercies determines the gender of the Kuva Lich that will be generated.
  • In a co-op session, only the player who delivers the killing blow is allowed to mercy the Larvling and generate a Lich.
  • A prospective weapon icon will appear only when a Larvling has finished kneeling animation. If a Larvling is suspended mid-animation, e.g. by Mod TT 20px.png Path of Statues, it can still be mercied but with no icon to indicate a weapon.
  • Invisibility may prevent Kuva Larvling from spawning.


  • Cassini, Saturn is a quick low level Capture mission to run through for a chance to encounter a Kuva Larvling.
  • Consider doing missions in Solo mode to ensure that you bring the Larvling's health down to mercy it.
  • Be mindful of which Progenitor Warframe you are using when looking to summon a Lich, to ensure you get the element bonus that you want on the Lich's weapon.
Element Progenitor Warframe*
DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact BaruukIcon272.png BaruukGaussIcon272.png GaussGrendelIcon272.png GrendelRhinoIcon272.png RhinoSevagothIcon272.png SevagothWukongIcon272.png WukongZephyrIcon272.png Zephyr
DmgFireSmall64.png Heat ChromaIcon272.png ChromaEmberIcon272.png EmberInarosIcon272.png InarosNezhaIcon272.png NezhaProteaIcon272.png ProteaVaubanIcon272.png VaubanWispIcon272.png Wisp
DmgColdSmall64.png Cold FrostIcon272.png FrostGaraIcon272.png GaraHildrynIcon272.png HildrynRevenantIcon272.png RevenantTitaniaIcon272.png TitaniaTrinityIcon272.png Trinity
DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity BansheeIcon272.png BansheeCalibanIcon.png CalibanExcaliburIcon272.png ExcaliburGyreIcon272.png GyreLimboIcon272.png LimboNovaIcon272.png NovaValkyrIcon272.png ValkyrVoltIcon272.png Volt
DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin AtlasIcon272.png AtlasIvaraIcon272.png IvaraKhoraIcon272.png KhoraNekrosIcon272.png NekrosNidusIcon272.png NidusOberonIcon272.png OberonSarynIcon272.png Saryn
DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic HarrowIcon272.png HarrowHydroidIcon272.png HydroidLavosIcon272.png LavosMagIcon272.png MagMesaIcon272.png MesaXakuIcon272.png XakuYareliIcon272.png Yareli
DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation AshIcon272.png AshEquinoxIcon272.png EquinoxGarudaIcon272.png GarudaLokiIcon272.png LokiMirageIcon272.png MirageNyxIcon272.png NyxOctaviaIcon272.png Octavia

*Note that the Primed or Umbra version of a Warframe share the same element

  • After you see the flashing indicator that a Kuva Larvling will spawn, kill as many enemies as possible for a faster Larvling spawn. Bringing an area of effect clearing frame (for the certain element you want) comes in handy for this. Example Warframes:
  • Be aware that you can preview the Lich's Weapon by standing near the Larvling before "committing" with a mercy kill. If you do not want the Weapon, ignore the Larvling and finish (or abandon) the Mission.



  • In Co-op sessions where some players have an active Lich but others do not, the Larvling may fail to spawn if the 10th enemy is killed by a player with an active Lich.
  • Sometimes, the yellow flash for a Kuva Larvling will also appear in Void Relic missions.


Patch History[]

Update 31.1 (2022-02-09)


As the pool of Adversary weapons grows and your checklist fills out, the natural chance of finding a Progenitor (Larvling or Candidate) with the exact weapon you desire shrinks. This Adversary Weapon Generation Quality of Life change is meant to reduce randomness over time of what weapon a Progenitor Candidate (Sister) or Larvling (Kuva Lich) can spawn with.

How it works:

By skipping a Progenitor (choosing not to Mercy them) the spawned weapon is then put into a ‘reject’ pile for that round of Adversary generation, meaning that it will not appear again and ultimately reducing the weapon pool each time you ‘reject’.

The list of rejected weapons is cleared once you accept an Adversary and the process would start again from a clean slate for both Sister or Kuva Lich the next time you go looking for an Adversary. This list clearing applies to both Sister and Kuva Lich, meaning once the chosen Adversary is Converted or Vanquished, the list clears for both factions.

Test Cluster change: Kuva Lich/Sister of Parvos weapon reject list will now reset if you reject every possible weapon.

Update 28.1 (2020-07-08)

  • To help prevent accidental Kuva Lich generation from quick tapping the Mercy action, you must now ‘Hold X’ to perform a Mercy on a Kuva Larvling.

Hotfix 27.5.4 (2020-05-20)

  • Fixed downed Kuva Larvlings sometimes teleporting ahead of the player en route to extraction.

Hotfix 27.1.1 (2020-02-11)

Update 27.1 (2020-02-04)

The Kuva Larvling Who Lived

Starting from the very beginning of Kuva Lich conception brings us to Kuva Larvlings. Kuva Larvlings will now play a key role in determining your future relationship with your Kuva Lich.

  • A downed Kuva Larvling will now display an icon of the Kuva weapon that it’s birthed Kuva Lich will possess!
    • This allows players to decide upfront if they want to pursue that weapon by finishing the downed Kuva Larvling, or to ignore and attempt another Lich. The Kuva Larvling will be in this downed state for a max of 30 seconds before it perishes.

As an added benefit to completing the mission even if you choose NOT to kill the Kuva Larvling, a downed Kuva Larvling will grant 100 Kuva on End of Mission.

Hotfix 27.0.9 (2020-01-09)

  • Fixed Mercy icon appearing on floor for Larvlings.

Hotfix 26.1.3 (2019-11-26)

  • Fixed Kuva Larvling spawns automatically setting off the alarms.

Update 26.0 (2019-10-31)

  • Introduced.