Orokin modification technology used to super-charge weaponry.
—In-Game Description

Orokin Catalyst is an item used to supercharge all Weapons, including Archguns, Archmelee, or Sentinel Weapons, doubling their mod capacity.




Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 23 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 10
MarketIcon Market Price: PlatinumLarge20 Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

Using Orokin Catalyst on Equipment[]

Installing a Catalyst

How to install an Orokin Catalyst

To apply an Orokin Catalyst, go to the Arsenal and access the desired item's Mod loadout. Select Action at the bottom of the screen and select Upgrade.

An applied Orokin Catalyst will double the weapon's mod capacity. For an MR 10 player, an unranked weapon with a Catalyst installed will have a capacity of 20, which will increase to 60 at rank 30. Catalysts can only be applied once, and cannot be removed once installed.


  • Orokin Catalysts are often referred to by players as 'blue potatoes' (and Orokin Reactors 'golden potatoes'), or in some cases, simply 'potatoes'. This originated from a short animation called "War friends" on YouTube; this was later tweeted by the Warframe Twitter and referenced by the Devs.[1]
    • The Potato T-shirt available in the official Warframe merchandise store is a reference to this.
    • "Potato" is referenced again during A Man of Few Words when Darvo steals a "Potent Orokin Technical Augmentation and Tactical Offensive" device.
  • Weapons bought with platinum from the Market come pre-installed with a Catalyst and their own weapon slot.
  • Once applied to a weapon, it cannot be taken off to use on another weapon.
    • If the player sacrifices a catalyzed weapon in the creation of another weapon (for example, sacrificing a fully upgraded Magnus Magnus to build the Akmagnus Akmagnus), the Catalyst is not transferred to the new weapon. The new weapon will require its own Catalyst.
  • Orokin Catalysts/Reactors are not removed after applying a Forma.

Patch History[]

Update 32.0 (2022-09-07)

  • Improved the confirmation messages for installing and purchasing Orokin Catalysts, as well as explaining what’s being installed and why.
  • Updated the FX of applying an Orokin Catalyst.

Update 30.5 (2021-07-06)

  • Players can now install an Orokin Catalyst / Orokin Reactor onto ungilded Modular items, specifically:
    • Kitguns (Primary + Secondary)
    • Zaw (Melee)
    • Modular Companions (Moas + Hounds)
      • Being unable to install a Reactor or Catalyst onto an ungilded modular item significantly slowed down progression on new Modular items. Players who were willing to make the investment into Modular items weren’t able to Mod them to their full capacity, which left their new gear feeling very underpowered. So we have removed that restriction!

Update 27.3 (2020-03-24)

Foundry Crafting Time Change:
  • Build time to 23 hours so that 1 can be built consistently every day.

Update 19.0 (2016-11-11)

  • Orokin Catalyst Blueprint added as a permanent Sortie reward.

Hotfix 18.1.1 (2015-12-16)

  • Removed Orokin Catalyst from Sortie rewards.

Hotfix 16.0.3 (2015-03-23)

  • Removed Orokin Catalyst and Forma from Cephalon Capture reward manifest.

Hotfix 14.0.8 (2014-07-24)

  • Fixed an issue with Orokin Catalysts not being purchasable directly through the Upgrade screen.

Update 7.2 (2013-03-22)

  • Catalysts are now listed in the Arsenal / Inventory screen.

Update 5.3 (2013-01-10)

  • More Blueprint rewards added to Alerts including Orokin Catalysts used to Super-Charge Warframes and weapons.

Last updated: Update 21.2 (2017-07-26)

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