Larva.png LarvaIcon.png
Spawn an Infested pod that erupts with tendrils, latches onto nearby enemies and pulls them in. Enemies killed while held have a chance of generating a Mutation stack.
Duration:4 / 5 / 6 / 7 s
Range:8 / 9 / 10 / 12 m (grab radius)
5.33 / 6 / 6.67 / 8 m
(grab radius for subsumed version)
Misc:50 % (Mutation stack chance)
3 s (unaffected targets release delay)
Subsumable to Helminth

  • Nidus ejects an infested larva at high speed toward the targeted location over unrestricted range. Upon impact or reactivation by pressing the ability key again (default 2 ), the larva rapidly matures into a floating mass of infested tentacles that sprouts tendrils to grab all enemies within line-of-sight and a radius of 8 / 9 / 10 / 12 meters. Affected enemies are forcibly ragdolled and pulled into the mass, becoming unable to move or attack while grotesquely meshing together within the writhing whirlpool of flesh. Larva will wither away when it has no enemies to grip, is cast when no enemies are in range, or after 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 seconds have elapsed.
  • Ability Synergy: Each enemy killed from any source while being held by Larva have a 50%[1] chance to generate 1/5th of a Mutation stack.
    • Mutation stack chance are not affected by mods.
  • Enemies gripped by tendrils will float helplessly and rotate around the Larva, similar to the Vortex portion of Bastille130xDark.png Bastille and Sandstorm130xDark.png Sandstorm. Dealing damage or killing enemies in this mass can cause other affected enemies to bounce outward, swing wildly in an orbit, then be pulled back in.
  • If enemies cannot be ragdolled by Larva after being attached to tendrils, they will be released after 3 seconds.
  • Cannot be recast while active.
  • Larva is a One-Handed Action that allows movement and doesn't interrupt reload, but restricts other actions.
  • Enemies grabbed by Larva are alerted to the player's presence.
  • Enemies latched onto by its tendrils visually appear to be covered in infestation, while robotic targets appear encrusted in rust.
  • Subsuming Nidus to the Helminth will offer Larva and its augments to be used by other Warframes.
    • However, Subsumed Larva's range is reduced to 5.33 / 6 / 6.67 / 8 meters.
    • When Larva is injected onto a Prime Warframe, it will gain the appearance of NidusPrimeIcon272.png Nidus Prime's Larva.

Main article: Larva Burst

Larva Burst is a Warframe Augment Mod for NidusIcon272.png Nidus's Larva130xDark.png Larva that allows the player to detonate Larva by recasting the ability, dealing DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin damage proportional to the enemies trapped in Larva beforehand in a small area of effect.

Rank Damage Range Cost
0 150 1m 6
1 200 2m 7
2 250 3m 8
3 300 5m 9

Tips & Tricks
  • Combine with Virulence130xDark.png Virulence to deal high damage to multiple enemies and earn Mutation stacks quickly.
  • It is highly recommended to build for range to allow Larva to catch as many enemies as possible.
  • Weapons and abilities with splash damage and/or punch through can be used to quickly dispatch enemies stuck in Larva.
  • When Larva expires, enemies will drop to the ground and begin to recover from their ragdoll state. Recast Larva to immediately disable them again.
  • Combine with Ravenous130xDark.png Ravenous to group up enemies for your Maggots to feast and explode on.
  • Maggots underneath or attached to enemies in this infested mass will hit all enemies when they are detonated by Virulence, dealing high damage and collecting hits for stacks very quickly as each explosion counts as 1 hit to all enemies in its splash radius.
  • Enemies linked to Ancient Healers are immune to the ragdoll and pull effects and are not disabled, but will remain attached to tendrils showing their positions.
  • Larva will attach to enemies affected by Bastille130xDark.png Bastille; however, it will not pull them.
  • Larva cannot be recast while active, meaning players should either build for low duration at the expense of ParasiticLink130xDark.png Parasitic Link and Ravenous130xDark.png Ravenous or try to maximize the amount of enemies caught by a single instance of Larva.
    • It's possible to overcome this problem with the augment Mod TT 20px.png Larva Burst equipped, allowing players to cut Larva's duration short and react to situational changes more easily.

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See Also[]

  • https://forums.warframe.com/topic/1279280-kill-stealing-and-the-mechanics-that-suffer-from-it/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-12280351
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