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 upon completing The War Within.

Farming LocationsEdit

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 Saturn Anthe Rescue 22 - 24 Grineer Galleon
IconGrineerB Sedna Adaro Exterminate 32 - 36 Grineer Asteroid
IconGrineerB Saturn Numa Rescue 22 - 24 Grineer Asteroid
IconGrineerB Saturn Cassini Capture 21 - 23 Grineer Galleon
IconGrineerB Sedna Naga Rescue 30 - 34 Grineer Galleon
CrossfireMissionIcon 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 FortressSaturn, 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.
    • 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/Kuva Siphon/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.
  • 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.
  • 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 20pxPath 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 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 Kuva Lich/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*
Impact b Impact BaruukIcon272 BaruukGaussIcon272 GaussGrendelIcon272 GrendelRhinoIcon272 RhinoWukongIcon272 WukongZephyrIcon272 Zephyr
Heat b Heat ChromaIcon272 ChromaEmberIcon272 EmberInarosIcon272 InarosNezhaIcon272 NezhaProteaIcon272 ProteaVaubanIcon272 VaubanWispIcon272 Wisp
Cold b Cold FrostIcon272 FrostGaraIcon272 GaraHildrynIcon272 HildrynRevenantIcon272 RevenantTitaniaIcon272 TitaniaTrinityIcon272 Trinity
Electricity b Electricity BansheeIcon272 BansheeExcaliburIcon272 ExcaliburLimboIcon272 LimboNovaIcon272 NovaValkyrIcon272 ValkyrVoltIcon272 Volt
Toxin b Toxin AtlasIcon272 AtlasIvaraIcon272 IvaraKhoraIcon272 KhoraNekrosIcon272 NekrosNidusIcon272 NidusOberonIcon272 OberonSarynIcon272 Saryn
Magnetic b Magnetic HarrowIcon272 HarrowHydroidIcon272 HydroidMagIcon272 MagMesaIcon272 MesaXakuIcon272 Xaku
Radiation b Radiation AshIcon272 AshEquinoxIcon272 EquinoxGarudaIcon272 GarudaLokiIcon272 LokiMirageIcon272 MirageNyxIcon272 NyxOctaviaIcon272 Octavia

*Note that the Primed/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 don't like the preview, ignore the Larvling and finish (or abandon) the mission normally.



  • 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 HistoryEdit

Update 28.1
  • 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

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

Hotfix 27.1.1

Update 27.1

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

  • Fixed Mercy icon appearing on floor for Larvlings.

Update 26.0

  • Introduced.
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