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Overguard grants additional Health protection and Knockdown immunity as long as an amount remains.
—In-Game Description

Overguard is a special health buffer that grants immunity to most crowd control effects.

Mechanics[]

Overguard
DmgImpactSmall64 Impact
DmgPunctureSmall64 Puncture
DmgSlashSmall64 Slash
DmgColdSmall64 Cold
DmgElectricitySmall64 Electricity
DmgFireSmall64 Heat
DmgToxinSmall64 Toxin
DmgBlastSmall64 Blast
DmgCorrosiveSmall64 Corrosive
DmgGasSmall64 Gas
DmgMagneticSmall64 Magnetic
DmgRadiationSmall64 Radiation
DmgViralSmall64 Viral
DmgTrueSmall64 True
DmgVoidSmall64 Void +50%
DmgTauSmall64 Tau

Overguard is an additional layer of defense that protects Health and/or Shields from being damaged. It is neutral to all damage types except for DmgMagneticSmall64 Magnetic status effects, and is 50% vulnerable to DmgVoidSmall64 Void damage. Hounds equipped with Mod TT 20px Null Audit can remove 50% of an Eximus's Overguard. SecondaryFortifier Secondary Fortifier also deals increased damage to Overguard.

Overguard is not affected by Damage Reduction from armor, Damage type resistance effects such as Mod TT 20px Adaptation, or Damage Reduction abilities such as SplinterStorm130xWhite Splinter Storm. However, abilities or effects with Damage Redirection, such as Link130xWhite Link, WardingHalo130xWhite Warding Halo, or Mod TT 20px Shield of Shadows will apply their effect to Overguard. Rolling will also apply its damage reduction to Overguard. Overguard does not block debuffs such as Damage Vulnerability or shield/armor removal.

Player[]

On players, Overguard will negate all Status Effects, including RollingDroneAvatar Stagger and Knockdown b Knockdown. It additionally has a 0.5 second invulnerability gate when fully depleted, preventing any excess damage from leaking into their shield or health pool. Even enemy crowd control effects that still affect players with Mod TT 20px Primed Sure Footed (such as fire waves by Arson Eximus) will be ignored with Overguard. However, grapple hooks from enemies such as a Scorpion will still interrupt the player for a moment and pull them in.

Only Warframes and Companions are able to receive Overguard. Abilities that grant Overguard do not apply to Specters, Defense Objects, or other allied NPCs.

If the user has no Shields active (InarosIcon272 Inaros and NidusIcon272 Nidus by default), Energy conversion from damage to Health effects (Mod TT 20px Rage, Mod TT 20px Hunter Adrenaline, Mod TT 20px Necramech Rage, and Mod TT 20px Kinetic Diversion) will allow damage to Overguard granted from an ally to be converted to energy.

Enemy[]

On enemies, crowd control effects that units protected by Overguard will ignore include RollingDroneAvatar Stagger, Knockdown b Knockdown, StunIcon b Stun, MindControl130xWhite Mind Control, DmgRadiationSmall64 Confusion (including DmgRadiationSmall64 Radiation procs), UnidentifiedItem Slow, Ragdoll b Ragdoll, RadialBlind130xDark Blind, and Lifted b Lifted, and can only receive a maximum of 4 DmgColdSmall64 Cold procs. Once Overguard is removed, the unit will receive crowd control and status effects as per normal.

Overguard is independent of enemy health and shield scaling. Overguard will scale by level but will be the same amount across all Eximus enemy types.

Because of their immunity to crowd control, Overguarded enemies are a threat that should be prioritized; crowd control will still affect their allies and they will still target confused and mind controlled units which helps level the playing field. In the case of Ancient Healers and The Severed Warden, which provide Overguard to their own allies but not themselves while alive, the Ancient will still receive crowd control as normal and should be targeted instead. Shooting off a Nox's helmet will immediately remove their Overguard.

Scaling[]

This section is transcluded from Enemy Level Scaling § Overguard. To change it, please edit the transcluded page.

Overguard is a unique health buffer to Eximus, though normal units can get overguard in unique situations (like after a Overguard Exodamper is destroyed during Void Armageddon).[1]

When Current Level - Base Level < 45
When Current Level - Base Level > 50

Stat scaling between 45-50 inclusive is interpolated from the two functions using smoothstep.

Finding out transition percentage from 45 to 50
Smoothstep transitioning between functions
Where the Overguard Multiplier is the value that multiplies an enemy's base overguard to its current overguard.
EximusOverguardScaling

Current overguard scaling at Base Level = 1.

Enemies with Overguard[]

Crowd Control That Bypasses Overguard[]

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Abilities That Have Unique Interactions With Overguard[]

This is a short list of Warframe abilities that will slow enemies with Overguard until it is removed, after which the ability will affect them like normal:

Sources of Player Overguard[]

Abilities

LightVerseModx256 LightVerse130xWhite
2
EnergyOrb25
Light Verse

Dante’s vitalizing composition grants him and his allies Overguard and increases their Max Health.


Introduced in Update 35.5 (2024-03-27)

AbilityStrengthBuff Strength:+ 200 / 250 / 300 / 350 Overguard gain
7,500 / 10,000 / 12,500 / 15,000 Overguard cap
+ 14 / 16 / 18 / 20 % HP healed based on max health
AbilityDurationBuff Duration:N/A
AbilityRangeBuff Range:20 m ally buff radius

Misc: 1 s (Invulnerability duration on cast)
+1 Final Verse Light page

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FinalVerseModx256 FinalVerse130xWhite
4
EnergyOrb50
Final Verse

Dante must compose two other Verses before his Final Verse.

TRIUMPH: Two Light Verses cast in succession invigorate allies with a buff that increases Health and grants Overguard. Kills and assists briefly regenerate Overguard.

TRAGEDY: Two Dark Verses cast in succession attack enemies. Damage Over Time from Slash, Heat and Toxin Status Effects accumulates in a single blast.

WORDWARDEN: A Light Verse followed by a Dark Verse supports allies with copies of Noctua. Noctua copies synchronize their attacks with their designated ally's attacks.

PAGEFLIGHT: A Dark Verse followed by a Light Verse summons Paragrimms that swoop at enemies, making them vulnerable to Status Chance and Status Damage, as well as drawing enemy attacks away from allies.


Introduced in Update 35.5 (2024-03-27)

Strength: + 2,250 / 2,500 / 2,750 / 3,000 Overguard gain
7,500 / 10,000 / 12,500 / 15,000 Overguard cap
+ 85 / 90 / 95 / 100 /s Overguard regen on kills and assists
Duration: 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 s
Range: 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 m
Misc:1 s Invulnerability duration on cast
Cannot cast without 2 Light pages
2 s Overguard regen timer

Strength: 5,000 / 5,500 / 6,000 / 6,500 base DmgSlashSmall64 Slash damage
2.25 / 2.5 / 2.75 / 3 x status detonation damage multiplier
Duration: N/A
Range: 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 m
Misc:1 s Invulnerability duration on cast
Cannot cast without 2 Dark pages
RollingDroneAvatar Stagger on hit
Detonate DmgSlashSmall64 Slash, DmgFireSmall64 Heat, and DmgToxinSmall64 Toxin status damage-over-time into total damage single burst
1 billion (damage cap)

Strength: N/A
Duration: 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 s
Range: 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 m
Misc:1 s Invulnerability duration on cast
Cannot cast without 1 Light then 1 Dark pages
35 / 40 / 45 / 50 % damage copied
1 Noctua copy limit per ally

Strength: 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 DmgSlashSmall64 Slash damage per hit
35 / 40 / 45 / 50 % status chance vulnerability
35 / 40 / 45 / 50 % status damage increase
Duration: 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 s
15 / 20 / 25 / 30 s status vulnerability duration
Range: N/A
Misc:1 s Invulnerability duration on cast
Cannot cast without 1 Dark then 1 Light pages
3 Paragrimms limit
30m Paragrimm attack range
DmgSlashSmall64 Slash status and RollingDroneAvatar Stagger per hit

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Recompense RecompenseIcon
2
EnergyOrb50
Recompense

Kullervo surrounds himself with daggers. Each dagger that strikes an enemy restores his health, but each dagger that misses an enemy strikes Kullervo, dealing a bit of damage. When Kullervo has max Health, he receives Overguard from struck enemies.


Introduced in Update 33.5 (2023-06-21)

AbilityStrengthBuff Strength:200 / 300 / 400 / 500 DmgSlashSmall64 Slash damage per dagger hit
+ 250 / ? / ? / 350 HP or Overguard per dagger hit
- 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 Overguard or HP drained per missed dagger
10,000 max Overguard
AbilityDurationBuff Duration:N/A
AbilityRangeBuff Range:5 / 6 / 7 / 8 m dagger orbit radius

Misc: 10 daggers
5 s dagger airtime
1 s invulnerability time
3 daggers max per enemy
DmgSlashSmall64 Slash and RollingDroneAvatar Stagger status on hit
3 HP self damage threshold
+1 melee combo per dagger hit on enemy

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2
EnergyOrb50
Iron Skin

Rhino hardens his skin, insulating himself from all damage.


Introduced in Vanilla (2012-10-25)

AbilityStrengthBuff Strength:400 / 600 / 800 / 1200 (base health)
? / 1.25 / 1.75 / 2.50x (armor multiplier)
AbilityDurationBuff Duration:N/A
AbilityRangeBuff Range:N/A

Misc: 1.5 / 2 / 3 / 3 s (invulnerability duration)

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Miscellaneous

Notes[]

Sources of Crowd Control[]

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Note that non-CC effects (e.g. damage, armor/shield removal) of these abilities will still apply to enemies with active Overguard.

This section is transcluded from Buff & Debuff/Debuffs/CC . To change it, please edit the transcluded page.

Crowd Control Debuffs[]

Name Target Description
Blinded Enemy

The target is temporarily stuck in a blinded state, staggering backwards and with smoke emitting from their eyes. Finishers can be performed on blinded enemies.

Blinded Player

The player is temporarily stuck in a blinded state, their HUD is flashed white.

Confusion Enemy

The target will become confused and indiscriminately attack its enemies and allies.

Converted Enemy

The target will change side, being friendly to the Tenno and start attacking their own faction. Note that this does not guarantee them being invulnerable to friendly fire by allied Tenno.

Jammed Enemy

The target's guns are jammed, forcing them into an animation where they try to unjam their guns.

Knockdown Enemy

The target is knocked off their feet and falls on their back. Ground Finishers can be performed on these enemies.

Knockdown Player

The player is knocked off their feet and falls on their back.

Grineer
Corpus
Infested
Other
Paralyzed, Disabled, Stuck Enemy

The target is stuck in a particular position.

Paralyzed, Disabled Player

The player is stuck in a particular position.

Ragdolled Enemy

The target is immediately sent to a ragdoll state.

Sleep Enemy

The target is in a standing sleeping state and will not perform any action.

Slowed Enemy

The target's movement and actions are slowed.

In addition, the following slows count as time disruption, which is not prevented by Overguard:

Slowed Player

The player's movement and actions are slowed.

Stagger Enemy

The target is momentarily staggered, interrupting their current action.

Stagger Player

The player is momentarily staggered, interrupting their current action.

Stun Enemy

The target is momentarily stunned, interrupting their current action. Players can perform front/back Finishers on stunned enemies.

Suspended, Incapacitated Enemy

The target stays in an extended ragdoll state midair (or underwater) and it is unable to move.

Taunt/Attracted Enemy

The enemy will have its attention diverted towards the target with the higher Threat Level.

The target will halt its current action and mindlessly move towards a point.

Terrified Enemy

The target is terrified and tries to run away from the caster.

Bugs[]

  • Blocking with melee weapons will not build the combo counter or prevent damage while Overguard is active.
  • Auto block and manual block with melee equipped disabled during Overguard.

Patch History[]

Update 36.0 (2024-06-18)

Magnetic

Magnetic has received a few buffs to increase its effectiveness against Shields and to hammer home the power fantasy of overloading enemy Shields.

Magnetic Changes:

  • Upon Shield/Overguard Breaking a target, the enemy will now be dealt Electric Status damage for a percentage of Max Shields/Overguard per Magnetic stack while also forcing an Electric Status Effect.
  • Magnetic stacks on an enemy with Overguard now allow for bonus damage to Overguard, similar to how Magnetic affects Shields.
Ember Changes

Fire Blast (3rd Ability):

  • Augment Mod Changes:
    • Healing Flame: Now converts all over healing (gaining Health points while as max Health) into Overguard.
      • Description now reads: “Each enemy hit heals by 25 to 50 depending on current Immolation level. With Ember, over healing grants you Overguard.”
      • This only applies to Ember herself and not to Fire Blast on other Warframes via Helminth.
Stat UI Changes & Fixes
  • Added a Void Damage tooltip in the Operator stats UI to show its efficacy stat and Status Effect description.
    • Now reads: “Damage Efficacy: X damage to Zariman.
    • Status Effect: Highly effective against enemies with Overguard Health and Sentients as it resets their damage adaptation. Void creates a bullet attractor sphere on the target that attracts and concentrates further attacks.”.
    • Added an Overguard tooltip to Rage, Archwing, Necramech and Hunter Adrenaline Mods, due to their new interactions with Overguard as of Update 35.5.6.
TOP FIXES
  • Fixed the Pack Leader Mod reducing the amount of Overguard on a Companion if they already have the Mod's max amount (+1200).
  • Fixed being able to apply 5 Puncture Stacks to VIP enemies with Overguard, instead of the intended 3.

Update 35.6 (2024-05-15)

  • Fixed players with Overguard being affected by the Gruzzling’s slow AOE.

Hotfix 35.5.6 (2024-04-10)

Updated Overguard Interactions With Vex Armor, Rage, & Hunter Adrenaline

As announced last week, we’ve changed how Overguard interacts with effects that benefit from receiving damage on Warframe to make it more co-op friendly. Specifically, Chroma’s Vex Armor and the Rage and Hunter Adrenaline Mods. The conversations regarding Dante’s abilities with Overguard became a driving factor to look at these interactions and find ways in which we can make them work to benefit co-op play. Overall, these changes aim to create a harmonious arrangement between the often unpredictable Overguard gains from allies and Vex Armor, Rage, and Hunter Adrenaline.

The following changes are in addition to their existing functionality.

Chroma’s Vex Armor

Previously, Overguard would prevent Chroma from benefiting from his Vex Armor buffs (since it blocked damage on Health and Shields). So, we’ve made the following change to allow players to receive the buffs through all sources of Overguard:

Now: Melee kills now grant a 15% Armor increase and ranged kills a 15% increase to Weapon Damage (doubled to 30% for ranged weak point kills).

This has the additional perk of self-sufficiency where players have far more control over the buffs, instead of having to rely on the unpredictability of damage dealt by enemies.

Rage and Hunter Adrenaline

Previously, Overguard granted by allies could prevent you from gaining Energy from these Mods (since it blocked damage dealt to Health). So, in an effort to create a more co-op friendly experience between the two, we’ve made the following change:

Now, Rage and Hunter Adrenaline can convert the Damage on Overguard granted by allies to Energy while Shields are inactive.

More specifically, they will trigger when the last source of Overguard originates from an ally (includes spawned allies, such as Specters). This allows shield-less Warframes, such as Inaros and Nidus, to be able to regenerate Energy via these Mods when they would have previously been blocked by Overguard granted by allies.

Here are the exact stat details:

  • Rage: +40% (same effectiveness as the base functionality) of Damage on Overguard granted by allies to Energy while Shields are inactive.
  • Hunter Adrenaline: +45% (same effectiveness as the base functionality) of Damage on Overguard granted by allies to Energy while Shields are inactive.

NOTE: Warframes that grant themselves Overguard, like Kullervo or Rhino, will not be able to trigger Rage and Hunter Adrenaline from their own Overguard. Only Overguard granted by allies is eligible because this is the only interaction that is potentially disruptive to your build (i.e your ally puts Overguard onto your Rage-Build Nidus).

Necramech Rage and Kinetic Diversion (Archwing) have also had the same changes applied to them with Overguard interactions:

  • Necramech Rage: Convert +15% of Damage on Overguard gained from allies to Energy.
  • Kinetic Diversion: Convert +40% of Damage on Overguard gained from allies to Energy.

General Overguard Change:

  • Frost’s Icy Avalanche Augment Mod will now grant Overguard to non-player allies in radius (i.e. Sentinels, Companions, Specters).

Hotfix 35.5.3 (2024-04-04)

Missed Notes from Update 35.5.0:

Observant Tenno may have noticed some Abilities are no longer interacting with Crowd Control immune foes the same way. This is due to a change that went out with Dante Unbound, but was unfortunately missed in Patch Notes. These particular interactions fell outside of the intended design of CC immunity, so we have removed these outliers to restore expected behaviors.

Enemies with Crowd Control immunity (ex: Overguard) have had the following interactions removed:

  • Frost's Ice Wave Impedance Augment (specifically the frozen trail that slows them)
  • Rhino’s Stomp (slow effect)
  • Primary Obstruct (weapon jamming)
  • Exodia Epidemic (enemy suspension)
  • Zenurik Temporal Drag (slow effect)
  • Wisp’s Breach Surge (blind)
  • Halikar (disarm)
  • Mesa’s Muzzle Flash (blind)
  • Proboscis Cernos (stun and pull)
  • Mag’s Counter Pulse Augment (robotics disabling and disarm)
  • Mag’s Fracturing Crush Augment (immobilization)
  • Malicious Code (immobilization)

Player Overguard Changes:

  • Players with Overguard will no longer be pulled towards Trauma Clamps in the Undercroft.

Update 35.5 (2024-03-27)

  • Fixed the Rakta Dark Dagger and Sancti Magistar not giving Shields and Health respectively for damage dealt to enemy Overguard (it previously only counted damage dealt to enemy Shields & Health).

Hotfix 35.1.2 (2024-02-28)

  • Players with Overguard are now immune to the slow effect from enemy Necramech’s Necraweb ability.
  • Fixed Overguard earned on Warframe in Duviri from the Killer’s Confidence Decree causing players to be indefinitely invulnerable in the Undercroft.
    • Now, Overguard earned from the Decree will be cleared from Warframe after entering the Undercroft.

Hotfix 34.0.6 (2023-10-30)

  • Fixed enemies with Overguard being pulled by Magus Anomaly.
    • Enemies with Overguard are immune to crowd control abilities/effects, and should not be affected by Magus Anomaly until after Overguard has been removed.

Update 34.0 (2023-10-18)

  • Companions can now gain Overguard (behaves the same as player Overguard).
  • Gaining Overguard now provide more gradual feedback in the health bar instead of instantly changing.
  • Fixed Overguard disappearing from the UI while riding K-Drive/Merulina.
  • Fixed enemies with Overguard being affected by the Malicious Code Parazon Mod when they should be immune to crowd control effects.

Hotfix 33.6.4 (2023-08-15)

  • Player Overguard now protects against Arctic Eximus’ slow auras.
  • Overguard granted by Styanax’s Intrepid Stand Augment Mod is now capped at 15k (at 100% Ability Strength), which scales with Ability Strength.
    • Outside of maintaining the status quo (excluding Rhino’s Iron skin, which requires skillful timing to scale), the Augment allowed for infinite amounts of Overguard to be stacked effortlessly and quickly, which could trivialize challenging content and limit future design space. The survivability and team support element that players have been enjoying on Styanax is still preserved, just at a more practical level to encourage more dynamic play.
  • Overguard granted by Frost’s Icy Avalanche Augment Mod now stacks on cast (up to 15k, which scales with Ability Strength) instead of keeping the highest value from the original or recast.

Update 33.6 (2023-07-27)

Player Overguard Improvements

With Duviri came the first instance of Warframes using Overguard, and The Seven Crimes of Kullervo solidified this mechanic as a part of various Warframes’ kits.

Now that players have access to Overguard consistently, we have made some adjustments to improve the quality of life in this new health state:

Consistent Proc Immunity
Due to the variety of sources of Overguard, there were occasionally inconsistencies in how it behaved in regard to Proc Immunity. With Echoes of Duviri, all sources of Player Overguard will offer Full Proc Immunity while active.

Overguard Depletion Protection
Similar to Shields, Player Overguard will now offer a brief moment of invulnerability (currently 0.5s) once depleted. This window will prevent players with Overguard from being one-shot, as damage to Overguard will no longer carry over into your Health or Shield pool once depleted.

Upon launch, we will closely monitor feedback on this mechanic change to see if further adjustments are needed.

NOTE: This Overguard Depletion Protection applies only to Player Overguard, not Overguard seen on enemies.

Hit Impact Visuals
Similar to taking damage to your Health or your Shields, Overguard now has its own unique appearance when attacked. Damage will no longer cause blood splatters while Overguard is active, and we have added a unique metallic hit effect that better communicates having a layered shell protecting you.

Additionally, players will no longer flinch while taking damage with Overguard active.

(NOTE: This has no gameplay function other than looking cool)

Hotfix 33.5.3 (2023-06-23)

  • Fixed moving in slow motion after interacting with ally slowing effects (like Vauban’s Vortex and/or Zephyr’s Tornado) while Overguard is active.
    • This was particularly prevalent with Rhino (Iron Skin), Frost (with the Icy Avalanche Augment Mod), Kullervo (Recompense), and Atlas (Rumbled Augment Mod) as their abilities grant Overguard.
  • Fixed several issues with Warframe Overguard reducing the effectiveness of the following supportive abilities/effects:
    • Fixed Gara’s Splinter Storm damage reduction being capped at 50% instead of the intended 90%.
    • Fixed Trinity’s Blessing healing over time for a fixed amount instead of restoring the full intended amount on cast.
    • Fixed Garuda’s Blood Altar not healing.
    • Fixed Mirage’s Eclipse damage reduction being capped at 50% instead of the intended 95%.
    • Fixed Hydroid’s Curative Undertow Augment Mod being capped at 100 Health.
    • Fixed Nezha’s Warding Halo damage reduction being capped at 50% instead of the intended 90%.
    • Fixed Volt’s Capacitance Augment Mod (Discharge) being capped at 250 Shields and not granting Overshields.
    • Fixed Baruuk’s Desolate Hands damage reduction being capped at 50% instead of the intended 90%.
    • Fixed Harrow’s Penance heal being capped at 50 health/s.
    • Fixed Equinox’ Mend & Maim heal being capped at 500 Health over 5 seconds.
    • Fixed Sancti Magistar’s heal being capped at 500 Health over 5 seconds.
    • Fixed Vazarin’s Protective Sling capping at 500 Health over 5 seconds and not providing damage immunity.

Update 33.5 (2023-06-21)

OVERGUARD ON WARFRAME ABILITIES

Overguard as a Warframe defense mechanism was introduced in Drifter Intrinsics and Decrees with The Duviri Paradox update - it grants additional Health protection and provides Knockdown Immunity while active.

Overguard has virtually the same function (Health buffs and immunities*) as the listed abilities and Augment Mods, so in an effort to expose the mechanic more and establish familiarity with Overguard as a whole (as it also appears on enemies) we have made it the visual indicator for them.

  • Rhino’s Iron Skin
  • Atlas’ Rumbled Augment Mod
  • Frost’s Icy Avalanche Augment Mod

*The base defensive properties of these abilities and Augment Mods have not changed!

This change also has the added benefit of allowing “On Damaged” Mods and Arcanes to apply to all of the above! Prior to this change, the aforementioned abilities would make the player "invulnerable" until the added survivability was depleted. Now, Mods and Arcanes like Adaptation and Arcane Avenger can now be triggered when damage is taken to Overguard, because it is treated similarly to Health and Shields.

The HUD Overguard element has also had slight upgrades for the purposes of registering for these abilities and Augment Mods:

Hotfix 33.0.11 (2023-05-24)

  • Fixed Grendel’s Regurgitate slowing enemies with Overguard.
    • Enemies with Overguard are intended to be immune to slow effects. However, if Overguard is cleared while Regurgitate’s slow is active, then it will apply to the target for the remaining duration.

Update 33.0 (2023-04-26)

  • Fixed Dethcube’s Vaporize Mod not respecting Overguard’s crowd control immunity and bypassing their defenses to deal damage.

Update 32.3 (2023-02-15)

  • Fixed the Parazon Mercy Kill Health threshold UI indicator showing over Overguard if you hit an enemy with enough Impact procs (which was confusing since you cannot Mercy Kill enemies with Overguard active).

Hotfix 32.2.4 (2022-12-07)

  • Fixed rare case of inconsistent damage being dealt to Overguard.

Hotfix 32.0.3 (2022-09-14)

  • Updated the Overguard depletion sound FX on Eximus units.

Update 32.0 (2022-09-07)

OVERGUARD LIFESTEAL CHANGES:

On the introduction of Overguard, we mentioned that we would be improving how some ability mechanics function with Overguard, this is a continuation of those efforts. So we have made several changes, the majority of which cover how Overguard reacts with lifesteal.

  • Fixed Garuda's Blending Talons Augment not triggering when hitting an enemy with Overguard is affected by a Slash Status Effect.
  • Fixed Gauss's Kinetic Plating not generating battery when melee attacking enemies with Overguard.
  • Fixed Protea's Temporal Anchor not counting damage to Overguard when building up damage for the temporal implosion blast.
  • Fixed Zephyr's Tailwind Target Fixation Augment not counting enemies with Overguard when building up extra damage.
  • Fixed Hema not restoring health on headshots against enemies with Overguard.
  • Fixed Hirudo not restoring health on critical hits against enemies with Overguard.
  • Fixed enemies affected by Frost’s Avalanche not losing any armor while Overguard is active.

If there are any other cases where Lifesteal isn’t applying from Overguard, please let us know on the Forums and we will take a look!

Update 31.6 (2022-06-09)

  • Modified Overguard ratios to bring Eximus Units Overguard down and slightly increase their Health/Shields to balance out the reduction.
    • Reduced Eximus Overguard by 50% and transferred the 50% to their Health pool.
      • While this may read as a big increase to the Health pool, it is not a 1-to-1 trade due to the overall pool sizes of Overguard vs Health. Imagine you have a watermelon (Overguard) and half an orange (Health). I take away half a watermelon and I give you half an orange - and together we eat a fruit salad. For clarity: Overguard has a larger pool than Health, so reducing it by half still amounts to less HP across Eximus Units across all HP values. By increasing the amount of Health and Shields an Eximus Unit has, it also increases the window for successful Mercy kills.
    • Increased Shield Scaling multiplier by 50%
  • Nox Eximus Helmets can now be destroyed when Overguard is active. Breaking their helmet will remove Overguard entirely!
    • Note that Nox Damage resistance has been decreased and armor increased to balance this change. This change applies to both Nox Eximus and base Nox enemies.
  • Fixed Overguard counting as Health and taking damage from Viral Status Effect.
    • Overguard situates itself in a new category of “protection”. It differs from Shields, Armor, and Health. That said, Viral Status Effects affecting Overguard was unintentional and has been changed to not only fit the original design for Viral damage, but also Overguard.
      • We originally mentioned in the Eximus Reborn Dev Workshop that the only Status Effect that would work on Eximus while Overguard is present is Cold Status Effects (up to 4 stacks!).
  • Lifesteal now works on damage dealt to Overguard.
    • Considering Overguard is another health pool for an Eximus/Thrax and that Lifesteal already works on Health and Shields, Overguard is now susceptible to Lifesteal to give players another way to tactically engage with them. The fights with Eximus can be quite challenging, so having another avenue of survivability is always encouraged!
      • This change was also made in mind to Lifesteal survivability builds, it would be too difficult to lose all of your survivability when encountering many enemies with Overguard at one time (from either Void Armageddon or an Ancient Healer etc.)
      • Additionally, there are some Weapons and abilities that aren’t strictly classified as Lifesteal that won’t currently work, but will in a future update! This currently affects specific conditions for the:
        • Hema
        • Hirudo
        • Garuda’s Blending Talons augment
        • Gauss’ Kinetic Plating
        • Protea’s Temporal Anchor
        • Zephyr’s Target Fixation augment
      • If there are any other cases where Lifesteal isn’t applying from Overguard, please let us know on the Forums and we will take a look!
  • Fixed Baruuk being unable to damage Eximus units with his Serene Storm waves.
  • Kuva Trokarian enemies are receiving some changes to make them feel like more of a threat when they appear in-mission.
    • Similar to their Thrax compatriots, these foes are intended to add an extra level of difficulty to the player’s gameplay loop, so these tweaks are made with that goal in mind.
      • Added Overguard to the Kuva Trokarian (but at a lesser value than the Eximus Overguard)

Hotfix 31.5.8 (2022-05-11)

  • Fixed Equinox’s Maim being able to chain stagger Eximus units with Overguard active.
    • Overguard as it was designed is resistant to CC, any form of stagger proc present with Warframe abilities is unintended at this time. It’s worth noting that we’re exploring some options on the topic of Overguard and its CC resistance.
  • Fixed the Aero mod set bonus putting to sleep ability immune enemies (Eximus with Overguard).

Update 31.5 (2022-04-27)

  • Introduced.


  1. chrookee (2022, May 2). [Confirmation needed]I did a little math on the Overguard, here is the result. Reddit. Accessed 2022-05-03. Archived from the original on 2022-05-03.
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