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For the Specters in Junctions, see Specter (Enemy).
A replicant cloned from a Warframe that can be deployed to assist Tenno on missions.
—In-Game Description

Warframe Specters are AI-controlled replicants of Warframes. These Specters act autonomously from the player, and can provide support by engaging enemies with their weapons and Warframe powers. There are four ranks of Specter based on their acquisition difficulty, namely Vapor, Phase, Force, and Cosmic. Specters can be customized with any Warframes and weapons that the player owns, allowing for a wide range of versatility in Specter loadouts.

A Specter is crafted from the Foundry by copying the player's current loadout. However, this does not copy any installed mods or appearance. Instead, Specters utilize the Warframe and weapon's base unranked statistics then scale them according to the Specter's level. Additionally, the more rare the Specters the higher the damage dealt. All weapons and frames will have their default appearance.

Like the Syndicate Operatives, Specters can be commanded to Hold Position or Follow by interacting with them (X ). By default, Specters are set to Follow.

Usage[]

Specters can be crafted in the Foundry (under Gear section) and once crafting is finished they must be equipped from Gear in Arsenal.

Before a Specter building begins, a Specter loadout screen appears where a player must first set the Warframe and loadout that the Specter will use. Specters of a particular Blueprint grade use a template loadout that is derived from a player's current Warframe and weapon loadout in their Arsenal. Players can choose to change a Specter's loadout by changing their own loadout, which the Specter will replicate upon creation.

Once a Specter has begun construction, the template loadout used is saved, and can be used for future Specters to be built, allowing Specters of a certain loadout to be built even if the player changes their own loadout. The template loadout can be changed upon creating another Specter of the same grade, or the player can choose to use their previously saved loadout. Note that the loadout it copies only reflects the base statistics (scaled by level) and not the mods, and the only way to change their loadout is to finish crafting and claiming a new set of specters from the foundry.

Up to four different loadouts can be saved, one for each Blueprint grade; Vapor, Phase, Force, and Cosmic, from lowest to highest grade.

Acquisition[]

Main article: Specter#Tenno Specters

The blueprints necessary to build Specters are automatically rewarded by Rescue missions upon completion, with the type of Blueprint dropped depending on the node that was played, and how many points were acquired. In total, three points can be attained in a mission: one point for rescuing the target, another point for not triggering the execution sequence in the process, and one more point for killing all the Wardens.

Points Easy Rewards
Level 1-15
Medium Rewards
Level 16-25
Hard Rewards
Level 25+
Nightmare Rewards
As it Occurs
1 None
Vapor Specter BP
★★
Phase Specter BP
★★★
Force Specter BP
2
Vapor Specter BP
★★
Phase Specter BP
★★★
Force Specter BP
★★★★
Cosmic Specter BP
3 ★★
Phase Specter BP
★★★
Force Specter BP
★★★★
Cosmic Specter BP
★★★★
Cosmic Specter BP


VaporSpecter

The Vapor Specter (or Bronze Specter) blueprint is rewarded from Easy and Medium difficulty Rescue missions, and yields 10 Specter uses per build. Spawns at the current level of the enemies in the mission. There are no AI differences between specter ranks.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
15,000
Salvage
7,500
Ferrite
5,000
Time: 8 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 20
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

PhaseSpecter

The Phase Specter (or Silver Specter) blueprint is rewarded from Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty Rescue missions, and yields 5 Specter uses per build. Spawns at the current level of the enemies in the mission, plus three levels. There are no AI differences between specter ranks.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
30,000
PolymerBundle
750
NanoSpores
5,000
Salvage
5,000
AlloyPlate
1,000
Time: 8 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 20
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

ForceSpecter

The Force Specter (or Gold Specter) blueprint is rewarded from Medium, Hard, and Nightmare difficulty Rescue missions, and yields 3 Specter uses per build. Spawns at the current level of the enemies in the mission, plus five levels. There are no AI differences between specter ranks.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
50,000
PolymerBundle
1,000
Plastids
1,000
AlloyPlate
1,000
Circuits
1,000
Time: 8 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 20
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

CosmicSpecter

The Cosmic Specter (or Platinum Specter) blueprint is rewarded from Hard and Nightmare difficulty Rescue missions, and yields a single Specter usage per build. Spawns at the current level of the enemies in the mission, plus ten levels. There are no AI differences between specter ranks.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
60,000
Circuits
500
Plastids
1,000
NanoSpores
5,000
Gallium
1
Time: 8 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 20
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

Behavior[]

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DagathIcon272 Dagath, DanteIcon272 Dante, InarosIcon272 Inaros (Rework), QorvexIcon272 Qorvex, VorunaIcon272 Voruna and YareliIcon272 Yareli

Warframe[]

Tenno Specters don't rely on Energy, instead of utilizing a short cooldown system for their abilities. As their health, armor, and shield scales with the mission level, their Effective Health will generally scale far past the player's Warframe. When spawned during a Nightmare Mode mission, specters will attack the player instead of enemies, forcing players to play without an AI partner.

Depending on the Warframe being used, each of these specters has its own specific AIs tailored to assist the player Tenno in their endeavor. Abilities used by Specters have different values from their regular versions.

Warframe Ability Casting Behavior
AshIcon272 Ash
  • Casts Shuriken130xWhite Shuriken when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 15 seconds.
  • Casts SmokeScreen130xWhite Smoke Screen very sporadically, regardless of enemy presence. Attacking with Warframe weapons will end Specter's invisibility. Operator attacks will not end invisibility. Will cast every 8-12 seconds.
  • Casts Teleport130xWhite Teleport when enemy is more than 10m away. Cooldown of 10 seconds.
  • Casts BladeStorm130xWhite Blade Storm when 5+ enemies are within 50m with at least one within line of sight. Does not necessarily tag all 5+ enemies with the power. Cooldown of 55 seconds.
AtlasIcon272 Atlas
  • Casts first punch of Landslide130xWhite Landslide when enemy is within 12m. Cooldown of 25 seconds.
  • Does not cast Tectonics130xWhite Tectonics.
  • Casts Petrify130xWhite Petrify when enemy is within 5m. Cooldown of 80 seconds.
  • Casts Rumblers130xWhite Rumblers when enemy is within 30m. Rumblers last 20 seconds. Cooldown of 100 seconds.
    • Golems do not benefit from Specter's scaling health and armor.
BansheeIcon272 Banshee
  • Casts SonicBoom130xWhite Sonic Boom when enemy is within 7m. Cooldown of 13 seconds.
  • Casts Sonar130xWhite Sonar when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts Silence130xWhite Silence when enemy is in line of sight within 10m. Cooldown of 65 seconds.
  • Casts SoundQuake130xWhite Sound Quake when enemy is within 10m. Maintains for up to 10 seconds. Cooldown of 13 seconds, starting when effect ends.
BaruukIcon272 Baruuk
  • Casts Elude130xWhite Elude when enemy is in line of sight. Lasts up to 120 seconds. Cooldown of 50 seconds, starting when Elude's effect ends.
  • Casts Lull130xWhite Lull when enemy is within 30m. Cooldown of 35 seconds, often waits up to 20 seconds after cooldown to cast.
  • Casts DesolateHands130xWhite Desolate Hands when 3+ enemies are within 25m with at least one within line of sight and has no daggers. Cooldown of 1 minute.
  • Casts SereneStorm130xWhite Serene Storm when enemy is within 5m. Freely switches between Serene Storm attacks and weapon attacks for up to 130 seconds. Cooldown of 40 seconds, starting when Serene Storm's effect ends.
CalibanIcon Caliban
  • Does not cast any other abilities.
  • Casts FusionStrike130xWhite Fusion Strike when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 8 seconds.
ChromaIcon272 Chroma
(DmgFireSmall64 Heat element)
  • Does not cast SpectralScream130xWhite Spectral Scream.
  • Casts ElementalWard130xWhite Elemental Ward when enemies are within 15m. Cooldown of 55 seconds.
  • Casts VexArmor130xWhite Vex Armor when enemies are within 15m. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts Effigy130xWhite Effigy when enemies are within 15m. Seems to recall Effigy immediately the first time it's cast. Otherwise, leaves Effigy out for 15-25 seconds. After Effigy is recalled, cooldown is 1 minute.
    • Effigy does not use elemental breath, but will use radial pulses. Stun pulse is typically used once per Effigy cast, while knockback pulse is used every 5 seconds if enemies are within 5m.
CitrineIcon272 Citrine
  • Casts all abilities.
    • Casts FracturedBlast130xWhite Fractured Blast as normal with unranked stats and is her second most used ability
    • Casts PreservingShell130xWhite Preserving Shell often, starting at 40% damage reduction and scaling with kills by the specter or nearby allies like normal
    • Casts PrismaticGem130xWhite Prismatic Gem when enemies are nearby, boosting status and applying status effects like normal
    • Casts Crystallize130xWhite Crystallize rarely, offering minor crowd control and boosted crits for a short time on effected enemies
    • Passive ability grants allies 5 health/second
DanteIcon272 Dante
  • Occasionally casts Noctua130xWhite Noctua, but briefly (fires one or two shots with it). Noctua shots are inaccurate at range as specter seems to aim at enemy feet.
    • It is difficult to confirm if 50% Status Chance bonus applies to fully scanned enemies.
  • Casts LightVerse130xWhite Light Verse, Noctua130xWhite Noctua, and DarkVerse130xWhite Dark Verse in order, but will deviate from this order to repair/provide Overguard for itself or allies.
  • Casts LightVerse130xWhite Light Verse often, usually when taking damage.
  • Casts DarkVerse130xWhite Dark Verse occasionally. (please confirm frequency/delay between casts)
  • Casts FinalVerse130xWhite Final Verse after two casts of either LightVerse130xWhite Light Verse and/or DarkVerse130xWhite Dark Verse.
    • Triumph is cast most frequently, granting players up to 15,000 Overguard, regardless of enemy level. Granted Overguard total can be repaired on kill while ability is active.
    • Semi-frequently grants Wordwarden to allies in range for 45 seconds. Will not summon Noctua copy for itself.
    • Pageflight is cast occasionally.
    • Specter seems to be unable to cast DarkVerse130xWhite Dark Verse successively, and as a result will not cast Tragedy.
EmberIcon272 Ember
  • Casts Fireball130xWhite Fireball when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Immolation130xWhite Immolation off cooldown. Effect lasts 50 seconds. Cooldown of 10 seconds, starting Immolation's effect ends if it ends naturally.
  • Casts FireBlast130xWhite Fire Blast when enemy is within 15m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
  • Casts Inferno130xWhite Inferno off cooldown, but seems to have no effect. Cooldown of 1 minute.
EquinoxIcon272 Equinox
  • Casts Metamorphosis130xWhite Metamorphosis off cooldown. Cooldown of 35 seconds.
  • Casts RestRage130xWhite Rest & Rage when enemy is within 20m. Cooldown of 24 seconds.
  • Casts PacifyProvoke130xWhite Pacify & Provoke when enemy is in line of sight. Maintains for up to 25 seconds. Cooldown of 33 seconds.
    • Because of staggered cooldown with Metamorphosis, uptime of Pacify & Provoke is highly inconsistent.
  • Casts MendMaim130xWhite Mend & Maim when enemy is in line of sight. Maintains for up to 25 seconds. Cooldown of 33 seconds.
ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur/
Excalibur UmbraIcon272 Excalibur Umbra
FrostIcon272 Frost
  • Casts Freeze130xWhite Freeze when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 12 seconds.
  • Casts IceWave130xWhite Ice Wave when enemy is within 13m. Cooldown of 25 seconds.
  • Casts SnowGlobe130xWhite Snow Globe when shields are below 25% and no other Snow Globes (including those made by players) exist on the map. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
    • Note that because Specter's armor stats scale with enemy level, their snow globes can be stronger than player-made ones.
  • Casts Avalanche130xWhite Avalanche when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 70 seconds.
GaraIcon272 Gara
  • Casts ShatteredLash130xWhite Shattered Lash (arc version only) when enemy is within 5m. Cooldown of 12 seconds.
  • Does not cast SplinterStorm130xWhite Splinter Storm.
  • Casts Spectrorage130xWhite Spectrorage when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 70 seconds.
  • Casts MassVitrify130xWhite Mass Vitrify when enemy is within 7m. Cooldown of 70 seconds.
    • Note that because Specter's armor stats scale with enemy level, their walls can be stronger than player-made ones.
GarudaIcon272 Garuda
  • Does not cast DreadMirror130xWhite Dread Mirror.
  • Does not cast BloodAltar130xWhite Blood Altar.
  • Casts Bloodletting130xWhite Bloodletting when above 90% health. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
    • Will also increase Specters' damage output because of passive.
  • Casts SeekingTalons130xWhite Seeking Talons when 4+ enemies are in line of sight. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
GaussIcon272 Gauss
  • Gauss Specters will start with 80% battery.[1]
  • Casts MachRush130xWhite Mach Rush when enemy is in line of sight. Does not cast if set to Hold Position. Maintains until targeted enemy is knocked down. Can cast other abilities while active, but cannot use weapons. Cooldown of 5 seconds, starting when Mach Rush's effect ends.
  • Casts KineticPlating130xWhite Kinetic Plating when enemy is within 12m. Cooldown of 1 minute.
  • Casts ThermalSunder130xWhite Thermal Sunder when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 28 seconds.
  • Casts Redline130xWhite Redline when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 70 seconds.
GrendelIcon272 Grendel
  • Casts Feast130xWhite Feast when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
  • Casts Nourish130xWhite Nourish when holding an enemy with Feast. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts Regurgitate130xWhite Regurgitate when holding an enemy with Feast, and another enemy is in line of sight within 10m. Cooldown of 5 seconds.
  • Casts Pulverize130xWhite Pulverize when holding an enemy with Feast, and another enemy is in line of sight within 45m. Maintains for up to 1 minute. Cooldown of 1 minute, starting when Pulverize's effect ends. Uses Roller AI when in this form.
    • Ignores Hold Position command while rolling, but will return to position after ending the ability.
GyreIcon272 Gyre
HarrowIcon272 Harrow
  • Casts Condemn130xWhite Condemn when enemies are within 15m. 15 second cooldown.
  • Casts Penance130xWhite Penance when enemies are in line of sight. 25 second cooldown.
  • Casts Thurible130xWhite Thurible off cooldown. 52 second cooldown. Tries for 13.5 energy return, but will sometimes cut it shorter. Hits a lower value for the first cast after being summoned.
  • Casts Covenant130xWhite Covenant when any enemies are in line of sight. 55 second cooldown.
HildrynIcon272 Hildryn
  • Casts Balefire130xWhite Balefire when enemy is within line of sight. Maintains until shields run out. Cooldown of 25 seconds, starting when Balefire's effect ends.
    • All shots are fully charged before firing.
  • Casts Pillage130xWhite Pillage when any shielded enemy is in line of sight, even if too far away to affect with the ability. Cooldown of 45 seconds.
  • Casts Haven130xWhite Haven when enemy is within line of sight and shields are above 50%. Maintains until shields run out. Cooldown of 30 seconds, starting when Haven's effect ends.
  • Does not cast AegisStorm130xWhite Aegis Storm.
HydroidIcon272 Hydroid
  • Casts TempestBarrage130xWhite Tempest Barrage when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 21 seconds.
  • Casts TidalSurge130xWhite Tidal Surge when enemy is in line of sight within 20m. Cooldown of 25 seconds.
  • Does not cast Undertow130xWhite Undertow.
  • Casts TentacleSwarm130xWhite Tentacle Swarm when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 70 seconds.
InarosIcon272 Inaros
  • Specter corpses do not despawn. Likely tied to Inaros' passive ability.
  • Casts Desiccation130xWhite Desiccation when enemy is in line of sight within 5m. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Sandstorm130xWhite Sandstorm when 5+ enemies are within 25m with at least one in line of sight. Maintains for up to 10 seconds. Cooldown of 1 minute, starting when Sandstorm's effect ends. Casting Sandstorm will disable the Hold Position command.
  • Does not cast ScarabSwarm130xWhite Scarab Swarm.
IvaraIcon272 Ivara
  • Casts Quiver130xWhite Quiver when any enemy is in line of sight with 25m. Only uses Sleep arrow. Cooldown of 15 seconds.
  • Does not cast Navigator130xWhite Navigator.
  • Casts Prowl130xWhite Prowl off cooldown. Lasts indefinitely, until Specter fires an Alarming weapon or until player attacks with any Warframe weapon, even if silenced. Abilities and Operator attacks do not cancel Specter's Prowl. Does not steal from enemies. Cooldown of 13 seconds, starting when Prowl's effect ends.
  • Casts ArtemisBow130xWhite Artemis Bow when 4+ enemies are within line of sight. Maintains for up to 20 seconds. Cooldown of 50 seconds, starting when Artemis Bow's effect ends.
KhoraIcon272 Khora
  • Casts Whipclaw130xWhite Whipclaw when any enemy is in line of sight within 5m. Cooldown of 9 seconds.
  • Casts Ensnare130xWhite Ensnare when any enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 25 seconds.
  • Specter Venari130xWhite Venari behaves like a regular Kavat, without parkour maneuvers and only uses Protect stance. Specter Venari will follow the summoning player, rather than the Khora specter.
    • Venari's health does not scale with enemy level.
    • Venari will attack enemies even if Inactivity Penalty has been triggered.
    • After death, Venari will be respawned after 45 seconds.
  • Casts Strangledome130xWhite Strangledome when 3+ enemies are within 8m, with at least 1 in line of sight. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
KullervoIcon272 Kullervo
LavosIcon272 Lavos
  • Casts OphidianBite130xWhite Ophidian Bite when enemies are within 10m. Cooldown of 8 seconds.
  • Casts Catalyze130xWhite Catalyze when 4 or more enemies are within 15m with at least one within line of sight. Cooldown of 35 seconds.
  • Does not cast any other abilities.
LimboIcon272 Limbo
  • Casts Banish130xWhite Banish when enemies are within 20m. Does not send enemies to the Rift, just causes knockdown. Cooldown of 22 seconds.
  • Does not cast any other abilities.
LokiIcon272 Loki
  • Casts Decoy130xWhite Decoy when enemy is in line of sight, placing Decoy on top of targeted enemy. Lasts 25 seconds, or until death. Cooldown of 10 seconds, starting when Decoy is cast.
  • Casts Invisibility130xWhite Invisibility off cooldown. Lasts for 11 seconds, or until player attacks with any weapon Cooldown of 3 seconds if Invisibility ends via reaching its maximum duration, or cooldown of 7 seconds if Invisibility ends due to player using a weapon.
    • Operator attacks do not end Loki's Invisibility.
  • Does not cast SwitchTeleport130xWhite Switch Teleport.
  • Casts RadialDisarm130xWhite Radial Disarm when enemy is in line of sight within 10m. Cooldown of 70 seconds.
MagIcon272 Mag
  • Casts Pull130xWhite Pull when enemy is 8-15m away. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Magnetize130xWhite Magnetize when any enemy is in line of sight. Maintains bubble for 6 seconds. Cooldown of 33 seconds.
    • Does not cast hold variant.
  • Casts Polarize130xWhite Polarize when player is within 20m with shields below 60%. Cooldown of 5 seconds.
    • Appears to cast 3 times in a row more rapidly than possible for a player, but this is only an animation bug.
  • Casts Crush130xWhite Crush when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
MesaIcon272 Mesa
  • Casts BallisticBattery130xWhite Ballistic Battery when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 45 seconds.
  • Casts ShootingGallery130xWhite Shooting Gallery when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 90 seconds.
  • Does not cast ShatterShield130xWhite Shatter Shield.
  • Casts Peacemaker130xWhite Peacemaker when enemy is in line of sight. Fires for up to 10 seconds. Cooldown of 45 seconds, which begins upon casting Peacemaker, not upon ending it.
MirageIcon272 Mirage
  • Does not cast HallOfMirrors130xWhite Hall of Mirrors.
  • Casts SleightOfHand130xWhite Sleight of Hand when enemy is within 15m. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Eclipse130xWhite Eclipse when enemy is within 20m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
  • Casts Prism130xWhite Prism when enemy is within 30m. Maintains for up to 10 seconds. Cooldown of 70 seconds, starting when Prism's effect ends.
NekrosIcon272 Nekros
  • Casts SoulPunch130xWhite Soul Punch when enemy is within 20m. Cooldown of 13 seconds.
    • Does not summon a shadow version of target.
  • Casts Terrify130xWhite Terrify when 5+ enemies are within 25m with at least one within line of sight. Cooldown of 1 minute.
  • Does not cast Desecrate130xWhite Desecrate.
  • Does not cast ShadowsOfTheDead130xWhite Shadows of the Dead.
NezhaIcon272 Nezha
  • Does not cast FireWalker130xWhite Fire Walker.
  • Casts BlazingChakram130xWhite Blazing Chakram when enemy is within 20m. Does not make the enemy vulnerable to damage. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts WardingHalo130xWhite Warding Halo when taking any damage. Cooldown of 70 seconds, starting when Warding Halo's health runs out.
  • Casts DivineSpears130xWhite Divine Spears when enemy is within 10m. Cancels ability immediately after casting. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
NidusIcon272 Nidus
  • Casts Virulence130xWhite Virulence when enemy is within 15m. Cooldown of 12 seconds.
  • Does not cast Larva130xWhite Larva.
  • Casts ParasiticLink130xWhite Parasitic Link when any ally is within 30m, though the max range is 40m. Provides 10-28% Ability Strength boost depending on player's Warframe rank. Cooldown of 20 seconds, starting when Parasitic Link's effect ends.
    • Does not use Parasitic Link on enemies.
  • Casts Ravenous130xWhite Ravenous when enemy is within 15m. Seems to heal for 23 when casted without link, and 30 with. Cooldown of 50 seconds.
NovaIcon272 Nova
  • Casts NullStar130xWhite Null Star when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 30 seconds, starting when Null Star's particles have all been expended.
  • Casts AntimatterDrop130xWhite Antimatter Drop when enemy is in line of sight and more than 15m away. Cooldown of 25 seconds.
  • Does not cast WormHole130xWhite Wormhole.
  • Casts MolecularPrime130xWhite Molecular Prime when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 50 seconds.
NyxIcon272 Nyx
  • Casts MindControl130xWhite Mind Control when damaged by enemy within 20m. Cooldown of 30 seconds, starting when Mind Control's effect ends.
  • Casts PsychicBolts130xWhite Psychic Bolts when any enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 13 seconds.
  • Casts Chaos130xWhite Chaos when 5+ enemies are within 20m with at least one within line of sight. Cooldown of 50 seconds.
  • Casts Absorb130xWhite Absorb when under 80% health and an enemy is within 10m. Lasts up to 5 seconds. Cooldown of 75 seconds.
OberonIcon272 Oberon
  • Casts Smite130xWhite Smite when enemy is within 20m. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts HallowedGround130xWhite Hallowed Ground when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts Renewal130xWhite Renewal when player health is 80% or lower. Lasts up to 140 seconds. Cooldown of 40 seconds, starting when Renewal's effect ends.
  • Casts Reckoning130xWhite Reckoning when any enemy is within 7m. Cooldown of 55 seconds.
OctaviaIcon272 Octavia
  • Inspiration passive activates whenever the Specter casts an ability.
  • Casts Mallet130xWhite Mallet when enemy is in line of sight within 10m. Cooldown of 15 seconds.
  • Casts Resonator130xWhite Resonator when enemy is in line of sight within 10m. Cooldown of 16.5 seconds.
  • Casts MetronomeIcon Metronome off cooldown. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts AmpIcon Amp when enemy is within 10-20m. Will not cast if any enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
    • Damage boost does not increase with noise level.
ProteaIcon272 Protea
  • The Specter possesses a passive but does not use it intelligently.
  • Casts GrenadeFan130xWhite Grenade Fan with Shrapnel Vortex only when any enemy is in line of sight within 30m. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts BlazeArtillery130xWhite Blaze Artillery when any enemy is in line of sight within 60m. Cooldown of 12 seconds.
  • Casts Dispensary130xWhite Dispensary when player is below 70% energy/health or 70% ammo on primary or secondary (reserves). Lasts 25 seconds with a cooldown of 40 seconds after casting.
  • Casts TemporalAnchor130xWhite Temporal Anchor when Specter's health is brought below 75% and 2+ enemies are within line of sight. Duration up to 10 seconds depending on whether enemies are in close proximity.
    • The implosion on ability expiration does occur but it is not currently known if the Specter's stockpiled damage has an effect on the implosion's damage. It is also not known if the ability can save the Specter from lethal damage similarly to a player-controlled Protea Warframe.
QorvexIcon272 Qorvex
  • Passive functions normally, giving any weapon they shoot 3 meters of punch through.
  • Does not cast ChyrinkaPillar130xWhite Chyrinka Pillar.
  • Casts ContainmentWall130xWhite Containment Wall when enemies are near with a cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts DisometricGuard130xWhite Disometric Guard giving 5 stacks, and will continue to cast whenever the player is below 10 stacks.
  • Casts CrucibleBlast130xWhite Crucible Blast at a random target with a cooldown of 20 seconds. It will not attempt to targets lines of enemies or irradiated enemies specifically, but will slowly attempt to aim at another target if the initial one is killed before the animation is over.
RevenantIcon272 Revenant
  • Does not cast Enthrall130xWhite Enthrall.
  • Does not cast MesmerSkin130xWhite Mesmer Skin.
  • Does not cast Reave130xWhite Reave.
  • Casts DanseMacabre130xWhite Danse Macabre when shields are depleted. Maintains until no enemies remain within 20m. Cooldown of 5 seconds. Shields must begin recharging before Danse Macabre will be cast again.
RhinoIcon272 Rhino
  • Casts RhinoCharge130xWhite Rhino Charge when enemy is 5-20m away. Cooldown of 15 seconds.
  • Casts IronSkin130xWhite Iron Skin when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 20 seconds, starting when Iron Skin's effect ends.
  • Casts Roar130xWhite Roar when any enemy is in line of sight and 2 or more other Specters are in the mission. Cooldown of 75 seconds.
    • Companions and other players do not count towards the trigger conditions. These Specters can belong to other players, they do not have to come from you. Note that you can only have one Tenno Specter out at a time, so you will need Syndicate Specters to trigger Roar when solo.
  • Casts RhinoStomp130xWhite Rhino Stomp when enemy is within 15m. Cooldown of 70 seconds.
SarynIcon272 Saryn
  • Casts Spores130xWhite Spores when enemy is within 50m. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
    • Does NOT proc enemies with DmgCorrosiveSmall64 Corrosive status effects.
  • Casts Molt130xWhite Molt when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 6 seconds.
    • Specter's AI will lock up when staying in the same location as its Molt, making the Hold Position command highly detrimental.
  • Casts ToxicLash130xWhite Toxic Lash when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 45 seconds.
  • Casts Miasma130xWhite Miasma when 2+ enemies are within 5m. Cooldown of 55 seconds.
SevagothIcon272 Sevagoth
  • Casts Reap130xWhite Reap
    • Specter's shadow tends to get stuck or just spin around the specter
  • Casts Sow130xWhite Sow
  • Casts Gloom130xWhite Gloom
  • Casts ExaltedShadow130xWhite Exalted Shadow
    • Casts Embrace130xWhite Embrace in Exalted Shadow mode
    • Does not use other abilities in Exalted Shadow mode
StyanaxIcon272 Styanax
  • Casts all abilities
    • RallyPoint130xWhite Rally Point gives 3 energy a second and 40 shield per kill to kills within range
    • FinalStand130xWhite Final Stand does massive damage but with a long cooldown
TitaniaIcon272 Titania
  • Casts Spellbind130xWhite Spellbind when enemy is within 25m. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Tribute130xWhite Tribute when enemy is within 20m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
  • Casts Lantern130xWhite Lantern when enemy is within 15m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
  • Does not cast Razorwing130xWhite Razorwing.
TrinityIcon272 Trinity
  • Casts WellOfLife130xWhite Well of Life when player health is below 80% even if no enemy is present to target. Cooldown of 45 seconds.
  • Casts EnergyVampire130xWhite Energy Vampire when enemy is in line of sight within 100m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
  • Casts Link130xWhite Link when enemy is within 20m. Cooldown of 35 seconds.
  • Casts Blessing130xWhite Blessing when player health is below 60%. Cooldown of 1 minute.
ValkyrIcon272 Valkyr
  • Casts RipLine130xWhite Rip Line when enemy is 6-15m away. Cooldown of 15 seconds.
  • Casts Warcry130xWhite Warcry when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 40 seconds.
  • Casts Paralysis130xWhite Paralysis when enemy is within 10m and Specter's shields are above 33%. Cooldown of 25 seconds.
  • Does not cast Hysteria130xWhite Hysteria.
VaubanIcon272 Vauban
  • Casts TeslaNervos130xWhite Tesla Nervos when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Minelayer130xWhite Minelayer (any variation, random) when enemy is within 30m. Overdriver affects Warframe or Specter closest to the impact point at time of casting. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts PhotonStrike130xWhite Photon Strike when enemy is in line of sight, even if blast will not reach the enemy. Will not cast if there are enemies within 10m. Cooldown of 10 seconds typically.
    • May sometimes cast multiple Photon Strikes in a row.
  • Casts Bastille130xWhite Bastille when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
    • Will cast Vortex variant more frequently than Bastille.
VoltIcon272 Volt
  • Casts Shock130xWhite Shock when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 9 seconds.
  • Casts Speed130xWhite Speed off cooldown. Cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Casts ElectricShield130xWhite Electric Shield when enemy is in line of sight. Cooldown of 25 seconds.
  • Casts Discharge130xWhite Discharge when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 85 seconds.
WispIcon272 Wisp
  • Casts Reservoirs130xWhite Reservoirs when enemy is within 40m. Reservoir type is random. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
    • The motes are unreliable at actually providing a buff, while it may seem like you get the buff, health/regen/speed will not increase sometimes.
    • Extends the timer of a player's motes, without diminishing strength.
  • Casts WilOWisp130xWhite Wil-O-Wisp when enemy is within 30m. Teleports to decoy immediately. Cooldown of 12 seconds.
    • Poor synergy with the Hold Position command, as the Specter will teleport once something is in range, and then slowly walk back towards the holding position without firing.
  • Casts BreachSurge130xWhite Breach Surge when 2+ enemies are within 30m. Cooldown of 45 seconds.
  • Casts SolGate130xWhite Sol Gate when 3+ enemies are within 40m. Maintains for up to 10 seconds. Cooldown of 65 seconds, starting when Sol Gate's effect ends.
WukongIcon272 Wukong
YareliIcon272 Yareli
  • Does not cast any abilities.
XakuIcon272 Xaku
ZephyrIcon272 Zephyr
  • Casts TailWind130xWhite Tail Wind when enemy is within 5m. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Airburst130xWhite Airburst when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 20 seconds.
  • Casts Turbulence130xWhite Turbulence when Specter takes damage. Cooldown of 50 seconds.
  • Casts Tornado130xWhite Tornado when enemy is within 10m. Cooldown of 70 seconds.


Weapon[]

Tenno Specters will only use their equipped primary, unless an enemy comes within the listed range stat of their equipped melee weapon. Specters will use the secondary weapon only when in a downed state, or when they run out of ammunition in their primary weapon.

Specters will use ammunition from their own hidden pool, equal to the stats of the base weapon being used, then switch to a secondary weapon if they run out of ammo. For example a Specter equipped with the KuvaBramma Kuva Bramma will only have 6 total ammo and only gain 1 ammo from primary pickups, and this will happen quickly as specters fire without consideration of enemy grouping, then switch to a pistol until they gain primary ammo again.

  • While Specters can and will seek ammo pickups on their own, the player who spawned them also can obtain primary ammo pickups, which will be added to the specter as well.
    • This can cause bugs where pickups will be stuck to the player and unable to be picked up.
    • Primary weapons that use recharging ammo pools instead (Like the Fulmin Fulmin) will still cause the specter to think it has no ammo, swapping to their pistol for a short time after the magazine is depleted, then switching back again when the magazine is recharged.

Specters do not use alternate fire modes. Specter's weapons are unmodded, and even have certain innate weapon properties considered to be mods (such as Kuva/Tenet weapon's innate damage bonus) removed. Specters will not compensate for lengthy travel time. As such, the most useful weapons are typically hit-scan weapons, or ones with a large radial damage component.

Range-limited weapons might be less effective since Specters do not account for that behavior and do not move around much by themselves. But Glaxion Glaxion, Amprex Amprex, Phage Phage, and shotguns seem to be exceptions and will produce a good "bodyguard" Specter for the cost of efficiency at long distances.

Weapons with innate elemental damage, high base status chance, or CC potential will make Specters useful past being just another source of damage. For example, a Specter equipped with an Amprex Amprex will quite often trigger DmgElectricitySmall64 Electricity procs, which helps with crowd control in close quarters. (ProboscisCernos Proboscis Cernos is an useful option because of its crowd control abilities and high base damage.

Tenno Specters have some specific behavior towards some specific kinds of weapons:

  • Bow weapons are an exception for the non-projectile weapon rule, as specters will always charge a full shot before firing and have almost pinpoint precision, meaning they will never miss unless the enemy is behind cover, and will usually land headshots, which does not happen with other weapon types.
  • Supra Supra is also an exception since travel time is fast enough.
  • Tenno Specters using throwing explosives will only detonate the grenade when the substance limit has been reached. They will, however, detonate the Penta Penta's grenades when it is in the proximity of an enemy. They aim the weapon so as to try to hit the enemy with the projectile. It does not seem that Specters are affected by self-inflicted damage due to close proximity detonation. Generally, specters seem to be better with the Penta than with the Tonkor Tonkor due to better aiming and sustainability.
  • Dera Dera does not have pinpoint accuracy with Specters, instead, it has some deviation per shot, much like a Crewman, although the fire rate and overall damage output is still that of a player's Dera.

Survivability[]

  • Tenno Specters are affected by the Mod TT 20px Rejuvenation Aura and TrinityIcon272 Trinity's Blessing130xWhite Blessing, by OberonIcon272 Oberon's Renewal130xWhite Renewal, and by WispIcon272 Wisp's Reservoirs130xWhite Reservoirs, however cannot pick up Health Orbs.
  • Ancient Healers under MindControl130xWhite Mind Control, or their Shadow and Specter variations can heal Tenno Specters.
  • Tenno Specters do not lose shield or health after life support runs out in Survival missions.
  • Tenno Specters are not affected by the Shield loss from Cryogenic Leakage, the "No Shields" challenge of Nightmare Mode and the Toxic Ancient's aura.
  • It is possible to revive your Specter if it hasn't bled out yet, though they appear to have a negligible bleedout health limit and often die immediately.
  • Tenno Specters can revive other downed Tenno Specters, but cannot do so to a teammate.
  • Stationed Tenno Specters are quite vulnerable to ground slamming enemies, Arson Eximus and such, since they tend to quickly displace them into bad positions.

Notes[]

  • Affinity earned by the specter goes to the player's frame.
  • Specters deployed in Nightmare Mode missions will be hostile to the player and defense objectives as well as enemies.
    • Killing them gives affinity.
  • Tenno Specters are spawned from golden balls. This allows Specters to be spawned at a desired spot by throwing the ball to that location.
    • Tenno Specters cannot spawn if the Specter Ball is thrown to an out-of-bounds place, e.g. behind a container or at the corner of the hallway.
  • Only a single Tenno Specter per player can be active at any time during a mission. Attempting to summon a second Specter will result in the previously active Specter being killed when the second one spawns. This does not apply to their Syndicate counterparts though, it is possible to use them together.
  • Following Tenno Specters will always teleport to a player if left behind far enough.
  • Pre-built Specter Gear acquired as special mission rewards will use the previous loadout saved under the player's Specter tab in the Arsenal. If no previous loadout was saved, the Specter will not be able to be summoned.
  • Once Crafted, you can view your saved Specter loadouts under Specters in the Equipment menu.
  • Vapor specters are logically more efficient, despite the 'default' survivability, due to being able to craft 10 each time instead of waiting the 8-hour crafting timer for a single Cosmic with only marginally higher stats.
  • Specters have 100% power strength (with the exception of NidusIcon272 Nidus having 115 power strength due to his passive - hence the ParasiticLink130xWhite Parasitic Link giving +28% instead of +25%.
  • Mod TT 20px Power Donation is the only aura that can give the specters power strength, up to 120%.
  • To change the loadout of a specter, the player must build and claim an entirely new set of that specter type. Until claimed, the specters of that type will remain the original loadout.

Trivia[]

  • Each Specter type can be visually distinguished from each other via their color (Which is applied on their Accents):
    • Vapor Specters have a bronze energy glow.
    • Phase Specters have a silver energy glow.
    • Force Specters have a golden energy glow.
    • Cosmic Specters have a white energy glow, with thin rings emanating out of them.
  • Before their release, specters were referred to as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum specters, matching their current color distinctions.
  • If a player has a fishing spear or mining drill equipped while on an open world landscape, specters will kneel or duck when a player is aiming towards them.

Bugs[]

  • Throwing the ball on shallow water will make it disappear.
  • Specters can be built using Zaws, however they do not seem to use them (or if they can, some don't at all) causing the specter to stop attacking when enemies get close.
  • When holding position, melee combat may cause the specter to become unresponsive. This can be fixed by ordering them to follow and hold their position again.
  • Due to specters having their own hidden magazine and ammo pool based on the weapon used, this can cause the infamous ammo pickup bug from occurring where ammo is attached to the player but is unable to be picked up as you are not in need of any ammo.
    • This can cause other pickups to glitch and be unable to be picked up until the large chunks of ammo in the blob is obtained. Giving a tenno specter a primary with recharging ammo will make this happen constantly, as they will always holster their weapon when the battery runs out, instead of waiting for it to recharge, with the game thinking the specter always needs ammunition.

Media[]

Patch History[]

Update 29.10 (2021-03-19)

  • Xaku Specters can now cast all four of their Abilities!

Update 29.5 (2020-11-19)

  • (Undocumented) Fixed Khora Specters unable to cast certain abilities.

Hotfix 27.3.16 (2020-04-22)

  • Fixed a script error when summoning a friendly Saryn Specter.

Hotfix 27.3.11 (2020-04-09)

  • Fixed Specter’s accuracy with Bows being quite poor and their fire rate not reflecting realistic usage.

Hotfix 27.0.11 (2020-01-16)

  • Grendel Specters can now use all of his Abilities! I prefer my meatballs on the side.

Hotfix 25.7.6 (2019-09-18)

  • Fixed enemies in the Simulacrum not recovering from Stomp cast by a Rhino Specter.
  • Fixed exploit tied to Tenno Spectres.

Hotfix 25.3.3 (2019-07-16)

  • Fixed an issue with Wisp Specters being unable to cast any abilities - Sol Gate is still unusable for now.

Update 22.11 (2018-01-31)

  • Improved Specter firing logic during Hold Position.
  • Improved Specter fire rate when using Peacemaker.
  • Fixed Specters not being able to use Ability weapons with 0 max clip size (eg. Ivara's Artemis Bow).
  • Fixed Specters’ trying to melee while using ranged weapons that do not allow it.
  • Fixed incorrect Status Effect for Specters using Radial Blind and Radial Javelin.

Update 22.10 (2018-01-25)

  • Increased proficiency with Weapons, and power-casting logic. Virtually every power is now castable with only a few exceptions! Specters CANNOT cast the following Abilities: Vauban's Minelayer, Ivara's Zipline, Titania's Razorwing, Nekros’ Desecrate and Shadows of the Dead, Excalibur’s Exalted Blade, Valkyr’s Hysteria, Wukong’s Primal Fury, Cloud Walker, and Defy, Atlas’ Petrify and Tectonics, Limbo's entire kit (save for the damage aspect of Banish), and finally Zephyr’s Dive Bomb.
  1. Update 25.8 (2019-10-01) patch notes
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