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Resources are items that are obtained in any mission around the Star Chart and can have multiple uses depending on the type of Resource; most of them however are used solely for the manufacturing of other items in the Foundry with Blueprints.

Resources are usually shown on the map as unique objects that resemble the actual resources themselves. Players can also find resource caches unique to the resource type around the map.

With very few exceptions such as Ayatan Stars, resources are automatically picked by the player while moving over them. Several Mods can help in detecting resources or storage containers, or make the process of harvesting resources faster by increasing the range at which loots are automatically picked (e.g. Vacuum12?cb=20190608095452 Vacuum).

Last updated: Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:22:42 +0000 (UTC) by User:Cephalon Scientia

Resource Types[]

Resources are classified by the method of collection, quantity obtained in each pickup, and their primary purposes.

Type Description Example(s)
Common Common resources, like the name implies, are very commonly found. They drop from lockers, breakables, normal enemies, and bosses. Nano Spores, Alloy Plate, Salvage
Uncommon Uncommon resources, like the name implies, are found uncommonly in quantities usually between 10 and 30. They drop from lockers, breakables, normal enemies, and bosses. Some of the uncommon Resources are found in higher quantities between 50 and 100. Rubedo, Plastids, Circuits
Rare Rare resources will usually drop one at a time. Some drop in higher quantities, like 2 or 3. They are most often found by defeating bosses or a specific type of enemy, and very rarely from common enemies or storage lockers/containers. Orokin Cell, Argon Crystal, Control Module
Research Research resources are resources with a distinctive blue color and are dropped uncommonly from common enemies in quantities of 1 to 3. They are crucial materials for Research. Detonite Ampule, Fieldron Sample, Mutagen Sample
Navigators Navigators are orbs that are required to build a variety of keys. Like Research Resources, they can be classified as uncommon or rare depending on different factors such as drop rate or quantity obtained. Nav Coordinates are dropped uncommonly in storage containers. Mutalist Alad V Nav Coordinate, Cryptographic ALU, Omega Isotopes
Special These unique resources are usually not dropped by normal enemies, but are obtained as a reward for completing very specific mission types or challenges, or are dropped by specific enemy types (such as Sentient Cores dropped by Sentients). Some of these resources currently have only one use. Riven Sliver, Kuva, Steel Essence
Minerals (ores/gems) Special ores and rough gems are acquired through mining in Landscapes such as the Plains of Eidolon, the Orb Vallis and the Cambion Drift. They can be refined into alloys or cut gems and are usually used for building equipment purchased in Cetus, Fortuna, and the Necralisk. These include Kitguns, K-Drives, Operator Amps, several weapons and Warframes components, MOA companions, Zaws, and Necramechs. Auron, Hesperon, Thaumica
Fishes Fish are acquired through fishing in the Plains of Eidolon, the Orb Vallis, and the Cambion Drift. Their organs can be extracted and are usually used for building equipment purchased in Cetus, Fortuna, and the Necralisk. They can be used to build the items listed in mining Glappid, Tromyzon, Glutinox
Empyrean Empyrean resources are mostly unique to the Empyrean game mode and have three different rarity types like normal Star Chart resources. They are dropped from enemy fighters, can be found in storage containers inside of Crewships/points of interest, or dropped by destructible items around the space. Carbides, Cubic Diodes, Ticor Plate, and Titanium are also dropped by Eximus units spawning in specific planets. Mainly used for building Railjack components/turrets, but also required for crafting several Warframe parts or weapons. Gallos Rods, Nullstones, Isos
Quest/Event-exclusive Exclusive to the quest/event they are tied to, these resources serve no purpose outside of them. Most of event resources were removed with the end of their Operations. Pyrus Essence, Zealot Derelict Code, Corpus Cipher

Resource Deposits[]

Main article: Storage Containers#Resource Deposits

Resource Deposits are special containers that hold only a single type of resource. These deposits have a unique name and appearance matching the resource that they contain, and can only be found in the same areas as their associated resource. The rarity of deposits usually corresponds to the rarity of the contained resource; for example, Alloy Drums will be more common than Neural Arrays. Rare resource deposits can drop between 1 to 3 of the associated rare resource.

The various types of Resource Deposits include:

Each deposit has to be scanned five times to complete codex entry. (Currently, unscanned Deposits will not be shown in codex).


Farming Tips[]

For best results, it is recommended to farm resources either solo or in a dedicated group. This will reduce any tensions that might otherwise come up between players who are trying to farm resources and those who have other goals and do not wish to look for resources.

  • Infested levels tend to spawn more enemies, which means more chances for resources.
    • In addition to always being controlled by the Infested, all Dark Sector missions have an increased resource drop rate that varies by individual mission.
  • The Vacuum12?cb=20190608095452 Vacuum Sentinel mod and Fetch12?cb=20190608095452 Fetch Beast mod picks up materials around you in a good radius, removing the need to focus on manually collecting every last resource drop.
    • At rank 0, Vacuum still has a respectable 6.5-meter range while costing only two mod capacity. Adding it to every sentinel streamlines resource pickup and should reduce (though not eliminate) the need for dedicated resource farming.
  • Break everything. Look for open containers or crates, and do not be shy to break them open, even if your team decides it's not worth it. Some but not all Area-effect Warframe abilities break containers, which can be combined with Vacuum to vastly speed up the process.
    • If playing a level with a very linear route, explore the entire level, including taking elevators to floors where the objective isn't located to look for more containers.
    • Thief's Wit12?cb=20190608095452 Thief's Wit enables the player to spot all breakable crates within range through the mini-map, along with highlighting mods through walls.
    • Master Thief12?cb=20190608095452 Master Thief grants the player a certain chance to open locked lockers (40% at level max).
    • Scavenge12?cb=20190608095452 Scavenge allows a Kubrow to have a 90% chance to open locked lockers. However, this only works on lockers the Kubrow can actually reach.
    • Codex Scanner can be used to see all containers in the current room within the range of 50 meters.
    • Weapons such as the IgnisGrineerFlameThrower.png Ignis with large AoE bursts are very useful for breaking multiple containers or Resource formations at once.
    • Keep a lookout for resource deposits that may spawn around the map. These are a good source for uncommon and rare resources when destroyed.
  • Several Warframe abilities or Augments affect resource drops.
    • NekrosNekrosIcon272.png Nekros' DesecrateDesecrate130xDark.png Desecrate gives a 54% chance for most enemies killed in a wide radius around him to roll their loot tables again, as well as spawning health orbs that help you keep up the fight, especially against the shield-bypassing Toxic damage used by many Infested enemies. Neither Power Strength nor Power Duration affects this ability; mod for range and efficiency. The Despoil12?cb=20190608095452 Despoil augment is also a good idea, as it makes desecrate entirely self-sustaining and allows you to freely use your energy on other abilities. In addition, it makes it much less likely that Desecrate will deactivate itself, as Nekros generally has a much larger health pool than energy pool. In combination with Rejuvenation12?cb=20190608095452 Rejuvenation, the ability is essentially free with all the health orbs that drop.
      • The fixed 54% chance makes this the least efficient ability on a per-enemy basis, which is balanced out by its extreme ease of use and lack of augment requirement. This, in combination with Nekros being commonly known as "the farming frame," makes Desecrate a popular choice.
    • IvaraIvaraIcon272.png Ivara's ProwlProwl130xDark.png Prowl allows her to passively "pickpocket" nearby enemies, releasing one random item from their drop table per enemy. This is slow, only working on one enemy at a time and taking multiple seconds, but prioritizing specific enemies allows for more focused farming efforts and since it leaves affected enemies completely untouched, it can be easily coordinated with other farming abilities used by teammates.
      • In addition to making the ability itself more efficient, duration mods can reduce pickpocket times significantly. Power Strength mods have no beneficial effect on pickpocket but corrupted mods that reduce Power Strength give the ability a failure chance, requiring the ability to start over and try again.
    • AtlasAtlasIcon272.png Atlas' Ore Gaze12?cb=20190608095452 Ore Gaze augment gives Petrified enemies a base 25% chance to reroll their drop tables. Unlike Desecrate, this is affected by Power Strength (up to a 100% chance at 400% Power Strength) but is harder to use, only working on enemies that are turned to stone at the time of their deaths. It can be used alongside Desecrate.
      • "Thawed" enemies aren't affected by Ore Gaze; increase Power Duration or coordinate with your teammates to ensure that enemies are killed while still petrified.
    • HydroidHydroidIcon272.png Hydroid's Pilfering Swarm12?cb=20190608095452 Pilfering Swarm doubles the drop chance of all enemies killed while ensnared by Tentacle SwarmTentacleSwarm130xDark.png Tentacle Swarm and tentacles formed by Hydroid's passive. Note that the tentacles do not have to kill the enemy for the effect to occur. Drop chance is unaffected by Power Strength but this is still the most powerful single effect, which is counterbalanced by Tentacle Swarm being difficult to use efficiently in the first place. Its ability to synergize with other farming abilities appears to need more testing.
      • All ability-affecting mods have their uses with Pilfering Swarm: Despite not affecting the augment or increasing the number of tentacles, Power Strength scales particularly well with Tentacle Swarm's damage, allowing you to kill enemies and re-target a different horde much more quickly and easily. Likewise, Efficiency allows you to more easily compensate for the difficult targeting and the limited number of tentacles. Power Range can be either increased to give the tentacles more room to target groups of enemies or reduced to limit them to smaller choke points. Duration, of course, gives you and your teammates more time to kill ensnared enemies but may be wasteful if you find yourself targeting new groups of enemies often.
    • KhoraKhoraIcon272.png Khora's Pilfering Strangledome12?cb=20190608095452 Pilfering Strangledome gives a 65% chance for enemies ensnared by StrangledomeStrangledome130xDark.png Strangledome to drop additional loot. This chance is not affected by mods, and as with Hydroid's Pilfering Swarm the enemy must be held in the dome to be affected by the additional drop chance but do not need to be killed by it. As the Strangledome only has a set amount of vertices that can hold enemies this limits its effectiveness against hordes, however, this is balanced by the fact that foes are drawn into it from range, take damage over time, take extra damage from attacks and become vulnerable to friendly fire.
      • The same enemy cannot be affected by both Pilfering Swarm and Pilfering Strangledome at the same time. However it does have some synergy with Desecrate as 1/3 of the damage over time effect is Slash based, giving a decent chance for foes to be dismembered.
    • A common squad composition for a dedicated farming mission is a Speed NovaNovaIcon272.png Nova — that is, a Nova with less than 70% strength using her Molecular PrimeMolecularPrime130xDark.png Molecular Prime ability, which will speed enemies up instead of slowing them down, a Desecrating Nekros, sometimes with the Despoil12?cb=20190608095452 Despoil augment for ease of use, a Pilfering Swarm12?cb=20190608095452 Pilfering Swarm HydroidHydroidIcon272.png Hydroid and an Energy VampireEnergyVampire130xDark.png Energy Vampire TrinityTrinityIcon272.png Trinity to allow the other frames to recast their abilities. A common tactic is to find an easy room and "camp" for a while, speeding the enemies to the camping location and massacring them.
  • (NOTE: This method may not be working currently. Needs verification and possible removal) If there's a rare resource that can be acquired from a planet in their loot drop tables (e.g. Neural Sensors from Jupiter or Argon Crystals from the Void) then there is a way to farm them with the Spare Parts mod equipped.
    • Choose a quick mission such as a Capture and then, once the mission begins, get yourself killed a few times (save yourself a couple of lives in case of emergencies) and see if the resource you were after drops. If it doesn't then quit and restart the mission and try again until it does. Afterward, proceed through the mission normally until you reach the extraction point. Then kill off any remaining lives you have for additional loot drop chances and finish.
      • It can also drop Tellurium on submersible and Kuva Fortress missions.
  • For passive farming, Extractors can be placed on planets with all of its nodes completed. However, this method is effective for getting common and uncommon resources, even with the Distilling Extractor. Rare resources are hard to come by using Extractors.

Recommended Farming Locations[]

These recommendations are based on player opinions and may not be optimal. See discussion comments and individual resource pages for more details.

Resource Location
AlloyPlate64.png Alloy Plate Gabii (Ceres), Draco (Ceres) or Malva (Venus)
ArgonCrystal64.png Argon Crystal Any Void Survival/Exterminate
Circuits64.png Circuits Draco (Ceres) or Malva (Venus)
ControlModule64.png Control Module Any Void Survival/Defense, Hyena Pack (Psamathe, Neptune) or Raptors (Naamah, Europa)
Cryotic64.png Cryotic Any Excavation mission
Ferrite64.png Ferrite Any Void Survival/Defense, Tikal (Earth) or Apollodorus (Mercury)
Gallium64.png Gallium Assur (Uranus) or Lieutenant Lech Kril (War, Mars)
Hexenon64.png Hexenon Ganymede (Jupiter) or Cameria (Jupiter)
Morphics64.png Morphics Wahiba (Mars), Captain Vor (Tolstoj, Mercury) or Apollodorus (Mercury)
NanoSpores64.png Nano Spores Hyf (Deimos), Terrorem (Deimos), the Cambion Drift (Deimos), Akkad (Eris) or Piscinas (Saturn)
NeuralSensor64.png Neural Sensors Cameria (Jupiter), Alad V (Themisto, Jupiter) or Raptors (Naamah, Europa)
Neurode64.png Neurodes Tycho (Lua), Hyf or Terrorem (Deimos), Lephantis (Magnacidium, Deimos) or Zealoid Prelate (Exequias, Deimos), Tikal (Earth) or Zabala (Eris)
OrokinCell64.png Orokin Cell Terrorem (Deimos), Draco (Ceres) or Piscinas (Saturn)
Oxium64.png Oxium Io (Jupiter), Galatea (Neptune), or Despina (Neptune)
Plastids64.png Plastids Zeugma (Phobos), Ophelia (Uranus) or Zabala (Eris)
PolymerBundle64.png Polymer Bundle Assur (Uranus), Ophelia (Uranus) or Apollodorus (Mercury)
Rubedo64.png Rubedo Any Void Survival/Defense or Zeugma (Phobos)
Salvage64.png Salvage Cameria (Jupiter) or Wahiba (Mars)
Tellurium64.png Tellurium Ophelia (Uranus), Caelus (Uranus) or Salacia (Neptune)

Resources By Planet[]

Note, some resources are not tied to specific planets: Tellurium can drop as a rare resource in any Archwing mission and Oxium will drop from Oxium Ospreys in most Corpus missions.


Common

Mercury

Venus

Earth

Lua

Mars

Deimos

Phobos

Ceres

Jupiter

Europa

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

Pluto

Eris

Sedna

Void

Kuva Fortress

AlloyPlate64.png Alloy Plate
Ferrite64.png Ferrite
NanoSpores64.png Nano Spores
Salvage64.png Salvage

Uncommon

Mercury

Venus

Earth

Lua

Mars

Deimos

Phobos

Ceres

Jupiter

Europa

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

Pluto

Eris

Sedna

Void

Kuva Fortress

Circuits64.png Circuits
Cryotic64.png Cryotic
Hexenon64.png Hexenon
Plastids64.png Plastids
PolymerBundle64.png Polymer Bundle
Rubedo64.png Rubedo

Rare

Mercury

Venus

Earth

Lua

Mars

Deimos

Phobos

Ceres

Jupiter

Europa

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

Pluto

Eris

Sedna

Void

Kuva Fortress

ArgonCrystal64.png Argon Crystal
ControlModule64.png Control Module
Gallium64.png Gallium
Morphics64.png Morphics
NeuralSensor64.png Neural Sensors
Neurode64.png Neurodes
OrokinCell64.png Orokin Cell
Tellurium64.png Tellurium

Research

Mercury

Venus

Earth

Lua

Mars

Deimos

Phobos

Ceres

Jupiter

Europa

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

Pluto

Eris

Sedna

Void

Kuva Fortress

DetoniteAmpule64.png Detonite Ampule
FieldronSample64.png Fieldron Sample
MutagenSample64.png Mutagen Sample


Notes[]

  • Resource pickups can despawn if not picked up by the player if there are too many individual pickups at once.

Patch History[]

Update 7.7 (2013-04-03)

  • Changed general resource pickup model