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Series 3 — GlassmakerEdit

Nightwave Series 3: Glassmaker began on May 12, 2020 at 2 p.m ET and is currently the active Nightwave Series.


Series 3 introduces a mysterious Cephalon known as the "Glassmaker", named for crystallizing its victims into glass, a form of punishment used in the old Orokin era.

This series introduces a new interactive mechanic where players must perform detective work on the Glassmaker's victims to uncover the mystery behind the murderer.


Teaser trailer of the series.

Nightwave: Series 3 Teaser Trailer
  • Nora Night: "Dreamers, someone's got it puzzled out again. Waves are buzzin'. New Glass is showing up. Souls getting' snapped up and up and [distorted] trapped up. No sign of our killer and not a soul... to tell us where he..."

Released on all platforms on May 12, 2020.

Glassmaker Introduction
  • Nora Night: "Heard of those cubes? You know - "Cephalons" right? Probably got one a bit-cracked kissin' up to you all the time? See, in the old days, crime and punishment was all in the hands of those Orokin judges, the Seven. Mercy was a quick flash of the Jade light... But - if they wanted to make an example, they'd suck up your soul and make you a prisoner of the glass, forever. Seems like magic to us nowadays, but dreamers... someone's got it puzzled out again. Waves are buzzing, new glass is showing up. Souls getting snapped up and trapped up. All we've got to go on is this crime-simula I pulled from the weave. No sign of our killer and not a soul to tell us where they went..."
  • "Well, take a look around. See if you can suss out any clues about whoever this... 'Glassmaker' might be."
Inspecting Dead Ostron Man
  • "Used to be a middle-aged Ostron, but he's been... degraded. From the inside out. Glassed... but not all the way. You seeing that left hand? Burned. Weirdest of the weird? What's left of him is... resonating. Like... singing some weird-assed song. Not diggin' this. Not. At. All."
Inspecting Ayatan Eye

The eye projects a flickering symbol from its faintingly glowing gem.

  • "Folklore has it these Ayatans used to hold memories. Nowadays, some Ostrons survive peddling Old War trinkets like this, harvested from the Tower."
  • The symbol depicts either an eye, a dagger, or a pentagram.
Inspecting Ostron Weapon

No signs of significant wear.

  • "Not the tools of someone who works the Tower scaffolds. Was he expecting trouble?"
  • The weapon can be a dagger, a sword, or a spear.
Inspecting 1st Corpus Data Log

Transaction Declined

You remind me of this Venusian kid I knew, pitched me a big score reselling K-charges on the low market. Look at all those munitions, he said, like a threshcone harvest!

Kid was talking about those lanes of unexploded Grineer field ordnance. Just drift up and pluck those detonators off, real gentle. Easy money! You heard of him? See?

Easy money packs hard truth.

  • "Community, sharing, it's ingrained in Ostron culture. Unusual that one would be looking to make a score of their own outside their commune markets."
  • The image of the transaction recipient can be Baro Ki'Teer, Darvo, or Maroo.
Inspecting Burned Ostron Note


Have you dropped your mind? We've chipped on those scaffolds together since we were kids. Filled your empty bowl with half of mine. Every time. That is our way, our law.

I'm giving you until moonfall before Elder Konzu hears you've been skimming.

Inspecting 2nd Corpus Data Log

Decrypted Message

'By the Unum' nothing! I am connected, you understand? I am told your client can only be one person. How you found them I do not know but by the Void we will all pay for your ignorance. And now you've dragged me into this? That they even know my name is a gun to may head!

Now: either you get me an Orokin-era (Tiltshifter/Transducer/Tubular Array) or this broadcast unit is as good as dead. And so are we.

  • "Looking for custom tech, but it sounds like our guy didn't have the means."
After Finding All Five Objects
  • "That's it, I guess. Hmm. That energy resonance... You see it change?"
In the Memory Weave
  • The Glassmaker: "Oh. I'm so glad you're here. Was old Shigg a mutual acquaintance? How well did you know him, really?"
  • "Fine. You talk to daffy old Shigg. If you favor the opinions of the low."
  • "Of criminals. The depraved."
  • "Do you know what he did, old Shigg? Set out a selfish play against his clade. Willing and able to draw blood for it, too."
  • "A foul necrocapitalist, a clear violator of the 401st and 632nd legem!"
  • "To your association I am now witness."

A demon, self-made

Lived too long in the shadow of the Tower, I had allowed myself the belief that all things Orokin were good, as the Unum is good. Not so. The past is no tree of plenty, not all of its fruits sweet.

Ah, that this should be the last thing I learn: 'not so.' 'Not so,' learned at the hand of a demon self-made...

Failing the Memory Weave
  • Nora Night: "Dreamer! Where did you go? Did you get anything on the Glassmaker?"
Completing the Memory Weave
  • "'Legem'? That's an Orokin word, means law. Ain't nobody usin' that word these days. He sounds friendly enough, but listen to that anger. Anger like that only builds. The soul he took held a clue. My gut says the only way you're trackin' the Glassmaker is from inside that maze. Bad news is the trail's gone cold. But the bad vibes snakin' up my spine says it won't be for long. Stay in touch, Dreamer. The Glassmaker's just gettin' started. I can feel it."

Released on all platforms on June 10, 2020.

  • Nora Night: "Glass is still turning up, Dreamer. But you already knew that, didn't you? Probably ran into a few 'Cephalites' yourself? Partial glass, like a Cephalon interrupted. Well, it seems they're on the move now, changing course. Why? Here's the only lead we have. A new crime scene I managed to grab before the Taxmen moved in. Solo gig on a Corpus A-train. You know what to do. Work the evidence. Piece it together. See how it connects. It's the only way back to that twisted weave. It's the only way to find out who's behind this and put a stop to it."
Inspecting Dead Corpus Man
  • "Every day they recite that Corpus dogma. The creed of righteous greed."
Inspecting Corpus ID Badge

A typical Corpus identification plague. Assignment details on reverse.

Inspecting Upmarked Brochure (Defaced)

A datapad containing a catalog of luxury items - the kind affordable only to the highest echelons of Corpus society.

  • "Expensive stuff. Did he see it for what it was? Corpus propaganda."
  • Catelogy can have images of Corpus MOAs, ships and a Coildrive, or luxury items.
Inspecting Journal

Some Corpus I turned out to be. Helping refugees, smuggling debt slaves. Mother would turn white if she could see me now.

Running this wheel... it is (pointless/futile/a joke).

  • "Oddly personal. What's this doing without a cipher?"
Inspecting Radiometrics Data

Transmit wave reading shows (3.6/6.3/36) Picos, not great, not terrible. Should link up fine to whatever interface this Ostron's got.

Inspecting Corpus Helmet

Variant of the standard-issue Corpus workforce gear. Serves protection and identity-masking requirements

In the Memory Weave
  • The Glassmaker: "Oh dear. We meet again. I really am in the middle of something."
  • "I find chaos... unsettling."
  • "Corpus dogma demands self-interest."
  • "Look at the chaos that spewed from that."
  • "Broken laws, black marketeering, a broken-hearted mother and a collapsed family empire."
  • "Everyone is guilty of the good they did not do - if one only looks."
  • "And I see everything. What to do. What to do..."

An ancient doom

With one mistake, the spreadsheet of my life tallies to a net ill. I have loosed a whirlwind upon the System - all life exposed beneath its mad and furious gaze.

A dead thing furious at death. A lost thing that would steal meaning from all life. An ancient doom, and I have welcomed it in.

Completing the Memory Weave
  • Nora Night: "Been nagging at me. The word 'legem', that Orokin word for law. I put the feelers out. My network, Little Duck's, the Quills. Dreamer, I think I know who the Glassmaker is... or... who he was... Nihil. Every Ceph you ever met was once a person, before they met him. He made them all. For them. For the Orokin. As a punishment that would never end. Now that Vondu's built him that broadcaster? He's lookin' to graduate from murder to mass murder. Nihil's gonna go wide."

Released on all platforms on July 8, 2020.

  • Nora Night: "Nihil. Worse than an executioner, worse even than an Excruciator. When my tired ol' grandma didn't have time for nonsense Nihil was the bogeyman she said was gonna come put naughty Nora in a bottle. But Nihil was real. He's still here, somehow, after all this time... and still passing judgment. We've got another victim, crystallized in exile. This one feels different. Can't put my finger on why. Get on up now. Determine his pattern. Gather the clues and get back into Nihil's Weave. We can't find him and there ain't no lockin' him back in whatever bottle he came from."
Inspecting Dead Grineer Man
  • "Abandoned Grineer watchpost. Not a lot of traffic these parts. He kept it up though, made it a home. Probably all he knew. Oddly peaceful though. Like he was ready for it. Didn't put up a fight."
Inspecting Syndicate Datapad

New Loka Philosophy

Learnings of the Motherworld, New Loka Essays.

"We were designed by the Earth to live as part of the Earth. We cannot truly belong anywhere else, not in the whole of the universe."

Perrin Sequence Philosophy

Opportunity and Acuity, Protocols of The Perrin Sequence.

"'Create a problem then sell the solution!' No. To embrace Fraudulence is to embrace Idleness. Idleness creates dull minds. Dull minds fail. No. Opportunity is our watchlord. Opportunity and actuality."

Steel Meridian Philosophy

On Strength, Cressa Tal.

"We think where once we obeyed. We bend where we once broke."

  • "So, our boy was a reader. Somebody with questions. Not very Grineer. Goes against all their indoctrination. Like my Mama always said: nobody likes a thinker."
Inspecting Floof

Delicate Pobber Floof/Kubrodon Incarnadine Floof/Tusk Thumper Bull Floof

A plush toy, loved and well-worn... by a Grineer? Or does it hold some deeper, sadder significance?

  • "Kid's toy. That is messed up right there. Grineers take trophies, sure - weapons, tech, armor. But a scruffy little floof? If I didn't know better I'd say he felt something. Love? Guilt? Wouldn't have been tolerated."
Inspecting Weapon


This particle cannon generates a condensed beam of super-heated plasma designed to melt rock to ore, and enemies to molten slag.


The Kraken is a heavy pistol of Grineer design that fires two quick shots with a single pull of the trigger. Skilled marksmen will appreciate the value in this deadly accurate weapon.


A full-auto pistol known as the most compact and lightweight weapon of the Grineer arsenal. Though it has a small Magazine Capacity, the Viper has a very high Fire Rate and ultra-fast reload times thanks to a simplified magazine design.

  • "Standard issue for the Grineer... but hasn't been fired in a good long while. Chamber's clean, mag's empty. What kind of Grineer doesn't use their weapon?"
Inspecting Communication Tech

Burned Out Communication Tech

Grineer comm-link circuits. Broad spectrum, ultra-long range. Weak cipher systems make remote compromise trivial.

  • "Our victim found a way to eavesdrop on encrypted channels. Hm. An agent for the Solaris United whisper network? Looks like he was giving colonies advanced warning of Grineer attacks. Our boy wasn't a coward saving his own skin, he was risking his life out of a sense of morality. Obligation."
Inspecting Datapad


Gral born big. Big Gral follow. Small slugs hide. Big Gral find. Big kill small. Now Gral is small. No more find/follow/kill.

In the Memory Weave
  • The Glassmaker: "Rarely does one encounter a lamb so eager to know the mouth of the lion. But, since you're here..."
  • "There is order, and there is chaos."
  • "I am order. He was chaos."
  • "His insubordination, thoughts... guilt... feelings... chaos to Grineer order."
  • "Your persistence is disruptive to my efforts to order. Therefore you are...?"
  • "You are an infection. Chaos infects, as Gral was infected, and spreads. A lack of vigilance is the vector. Oh, we lose vigilance if not reminded. This Grineer? Now? Is an eternal reminder, has become an agent of order and so... is redeemed. You, yourself, are not beyond redemption."

After-action report

Colonial after-action report: Colonial Killsquad Trooper 67229 reported crossfire confusion. Is that true? Killsquad casualties were total with only Trooper 67229 returning. Trooper 67229 scheduled for recondition spiking at Saturn Five. Demotion to maintenance tier effective immediately.

Completing the Memory Weave
  • Nora Night: "That's the pattern. Nihil's a judge, working to a long dead playbook, without a shred of mercy. Almost like he's a precept, instead of a person. Every society has its misfits - you and me included - but a guilty Grineer with a moral compass. Next level. Some go their whole lives and never do nothin' like that. Respect. You're close. Each time Nihil glasses, he reveals. We just gotta get ahead of him."


  • Every 24 ± 2 minutes server time a glowing orb will spawn while in mission and "glass" an enemy near it, similar to Void Fissures. The glass fissure is not static: after glassing one enemy it might disappear and then reappear near another group of enemies, seemingly following the movements of the player so that the glassification always happens near them. This process repeats until 5 enemies have been glassed, after which it will disappear until the next 24 ± 2 minutes.
  • These glassed enemies are invulnerable and can only be killed by attacking the armor's weakpoint, identified by its slightly different coloration and spiky crystals protruding from it. Each glassed enemy killed gives ReputationLargeBlack30 standing and has a chance to drop 1 Cephalite Resonance, up to a maximum of ReputationLargeBlack150 standing per appearance.
    • Glassed enemies can (and most often do) explode on death, dealing damage to units in their range (both Tenno and enemies). A good way to "defuse" a glassed enemy exploding appears to be using a Slam Attack on them, or gibbing them with Slash damage. (This is conjecture and requires experimentation and confirmation).
    • Cephalite drops are not affected by Resource Boosters or Resource Drop Chance Boosters.
    • The Cephalites can spawn on any ground or Railjack mission that isn't a Void Fissure.
    • The player cannot carry more than 20 Cephalite Resonances.
  • With each new episode of the Series being released, a new Crime-simula scene can accessed from the Nightwave menu.
    • In this simulation, players can search and examine evidence pieces.
    • The text and symbols on these pieces are randomized per player, so the evidence you have will be different from the evidence another player has. It can be helpful to collate a screenshot of all evidence frames for easy reference during the Memory Weave.
    • Once the key evidence pieces have been found, players are given the choice to enter a Memory Weave at the cost of 5 Cephalite Resonance.
      • In the Weave, the player is presented with a series of choices of three platforms, one of which corresponds to each piece of evidence. Choosing the correct platform/evidence unlocks the next choice until all evidence pieces are exhausted. Choosing the incorrect platform/evidence will cause the platform to break and the player to fall out of bounds, ejecting them from the Weave. Falling off the edge of or missing any platform will teleport the player back onto the main platform.
      • The order of the questions given is always random.
      • The player has 60 seconds to choose and select all correct answers in sequence.
      • Abilities and aim gliding cannot be used in the weave.
      • Failing the weave requires the player to repay the "fee" of 5 Cephalite Resonance to retry again.
      • After reaching the final platform, the player is rewarded with a "conclusion" piece of evidence and ReputationLargeBlack7,000 standing for completing the Episode's Crime-simula.
        • Reattempting an already cleared Crime-simula will not yield additional awards, and will still consume Cephalite.

Ranking RewardsEdit

In the order of ranking and total cumulative standing respectively:

  • Rank 1 - ReputationLargeBlack10,000: Crystal Cred x150
  • Rank 2 - ReputationLargeBlack20,000: Glassmaker Sigil
  • Rank 3 - ReputationLargeBlack30,000: Weapon Slots x2
  • Rank 4 - ReputationLargeBlack40,000: Glassmaker Emblem
  • Rank 5 - ReputationLargeBlack50,000: Boolean Sugatra
  • Rank 6 - ReputationLargeBlack60,000:​ Crystal Cred x50
  • Rank 7 - ReputationLargeBlack70,000: Mod TT 20pxDeadly Maneuvers mod
  • Rank 8 - ReputationLargeBlack80,000: Forma Bundle (3x Forma)
  • Rank 9 - ReputationLargeBlack90,000: Neura Kubrow Gene-Masking Kit
  • Rank 10 - ReputationLargeBlack100,000​: Cogna Earpiece Operator cosmetic
  • Rank 11 - ReputationLargeBlack110,000:​ Orokin Reactor
  • Rank 12 - ReputationLargeBlack120,000:​ Crystal Cred x50
  • Rank 13 - ReputationLargeBlack130,000: Kuva x20,000
  • Rank 14 - ReputationLargeBlack140,000: Melee Riven Mod
  • Rank 15 - ReputationLargeBlack150,000: Cogna Oculus Operator cosmetic
  • Rank 16 - ReputationLargeBlack160,000: Crystal Cred x50
  • Rank 17 - ReputationLargeBlack170,000: Exilus Adapter
  • Rank 18 - ReputationLargeBlack180,000: Neura Kavat Gene-Masking Kit
  • Rank 19 - ReputationLargeBlack190,000: Heuris Polearm Skin
  • Rank 20 - ReputationLargeBlack200,000: Mod TT 20pxDizzying Rounds mod
  • Rank 21 - ReputationLargeBlack210,000: Crystal Cred x50
  • Rank 22 - ReputationLargeBlack220,000: Cogna Mask Operator cosmetic
  • Rank 23 - ReputationLargeBlack230,000: Mod TT 20pxPrecision Strike mod
  • Rank 24 - ReputationLargeBlack240,000: Crystal Cred x50
  • Rank 25 - ReputationLargeBlack250,000: Forma Bundle (3x Forma)
  • Rank 26 - ReputationLargeBlack260,000: Umbra Forma (built)
  • Rank 27 - ReputationLargeBlack270,000: Warframe slot
  • Rank 28 - ReputationLargeBlack280,000: Boolean Syandana
  • Rank 29 - ReputationLargeBlack290,000: Frakta Shoulder Guard
  • Rank 30 - ReputationLargeBlack300,000: Nightwave landing craft
  • Rank 31+ - ReputationLargeBlack300,000+: Crystal Cred x15 every rank

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