When Warframes are not detected by enemies, they are in stealth, able to sneak past combat encounters or perform devastating attacks to unsuspecting targets. However, conspicuous activity will raise the alertness of observant enemies, which can increase the difficulty of the mission. At various levels of alert, enemies may become more careful, call for help from other nearby enemies, or trigger the alarm control panels to summon backup from other rooms. Alertness decreases over time.
While most missions in WARFRAME do not require or explicitly reward stealthy play styles, the game provides an assortment of weapons, mods, and a different damage multiplier that enable an alternative gameplay option for advanced players who seek immersion or challenges.
Enemies can only see things in a short, frontal cone and their view can be further restricted by the environment. They are bad at noticing threats at a distance or anyone somewhat above their heads. Crouching will hide a Warframe's silhouette well, and being cloaked (invisible) allows the Warframe to move past enemy eyesight without triggering any suspicion. Loud noise, however, can cause enemies to fire towards invisible Tenno–shooting most weapons while visually shrouded will still alert nearby enemies from all directions. Also note that having a Companion equipped makes you much more noticeable from a longer range, especially if it has been equipped with an aggressive mod like Assault Mode .
Distant gunfire or suspicious activity (such as noticing the corpse of an ally or a silent weapon hitting the terrain) may temporarily put enemies in nearby map tiles into a minor alert. These enemies keep watch from behind cover or patrol with guns raised and are more sensitive to the Tenno presence. As they don't know exactly where their threats are, they are more cautious, looking down corners and expanding their vision. This can usually be heard by the player, as enemies talk to each other while in this state. From this state and above, enemies can no longer be Stealth Attacked until their alertness level lowers below a minor alert.
Enemies in a tile enter full combat alert when they see or hear the Tenno directly, are directly shot at, or hear a loud weapon being fired. In this state, they will attempt to pursue the Tenno while getting backup by summoning nearby allies or activating alarms via control consoles. Enemies from other tiles will not enter this state if the enemy detecting the Tenno is killed quickly enough and the alarms are not triggered. Additionally, their range of vision expands and they will be able to spot Tenno and their companions from far away, even after the player disengages from combat. Note that backup troops arriving in nearby rooms may not know what the threat is, and will be put into minor alert instead. Players can infer an ongoing full combat alert from how enemies will notice and fire upon the player from much further away than before.
Infested and Corrupted enemies are exceptions because of their hive-mindedness. They will not use manually activated alarms, but once even one unit reaches full combat alert every other unit in a huge range will enter minor alert too. And, since there are no alarms, it is not possible to remove alerted states. New enemies may still spawn unalerted though, and minor alerts work as usual.
The minimap will change color depending on the alertness of the room's occupants with White, Amber, and Red referring to enemies being unalerted, in a minor alert, or a full combat alert respectively.
When a Tenno or allied NPCs come out of invisibility, their enemies will take a full second of delay before noticing them, regardless of their alert state.
- Main article: Hacking
Control consoles are liberally scattered around most tilesets. If activated by an enemy, it will alert the entire room and may spread the alert to the whole map. Killing the enemy before they finish using a control panel (they take about 1.5s to complete the alert) will prevent the alarm from sounding. Enemies will not consecutively run towards the same console to set off the alarm, but if the fight takes long enough, another enemy will likely attempt it. Note that if the enemy activating the alarm takes enough damage, they will abort activating the alarm and turn to attack the Tenno. If an alarm is set off, the alarm can be reset by going to another control terminal and hacking it without further spread of notice. While it is possible for stealth to be recovered in missions populated by the Grineer and Corpus, the Corrupted and Infested factions do not use control consoles to sound alarms and any open detection will result in these factions' enemies becoming alert in a very large radius.
Even when the control panel has been accessed and an alarm has sounded, enemies will lose track of the Tenno when the last group of enemies killed is not close enough to set the next group of enemies on alert. They will wander as if they never heard an alarm. By sprinting through rooms quickly, one can sometimes avoid alarms being set off or escape to new rooms distant enough from the hostile room arming its alarm that these new enemies won't hear it. Equipping a sprint speed mod such as on the Warframe can increase this chance of escape.
Security Cameras and Turrets
- Main article: Security Camera
Cameras can detect Tenno and deploy any nearby Corpus Turrets to engage in combat. However, triggering a camera or shooting a turret will not trigger any kind of alertness for other enemies, nor will the general alarm state in the mission cause the security cameras to be alerted. The challenge reward for 10 stealth kills can easily be accomplished in high-alarm scenarios by destroying cameras that haven't personally witnessed the player. The turret, on the other hand, is hard to destroy if never activated but note that its shots are silent and do not alert the enemies in nearby rooms.
Stealth Damage Bonus
Standard melee attacks are affected by a +700% stealth damage bonus when attacking enemies that are unalerted, made vulnerable to front/back finishers by a stun, or that are otherwise unable to detect players due to being blinded or under the effect of 's , as well as if the player is cloaked by an ability (e.g. ). This damage increase changes the color of regular damage pop-ups from white to yellow (similar to critical hits).
- Stealth Melee Damage = Weapon Damage × (1 + Stealth Damage Bonus)
Enemies are not always susceptible to increased melee damage for every melee attack. If the player comes into physical contact with an enemy while attacking it, the damage bonus will be temporarily removed. Attacking from different angles and giving the enemy some distance will help improve the consistency of the attack damage. As long as you are invisible, the bonus will reset 3 seconds after an interaction with an enemy (Shooting, melee attack, physical contact).
The Stealth Damage Bonus is affected by the rank of the weapon. Rank 30 weapons deal 700% bonus damage, while unranked ones only gain 100%. In between that the bonus scales linearly as per the formula:
- Stealth Damage Bonus = 1 + (6 ÷ 30) × Weapon Rank
- Stealth Damage Bonus = 1 + 0.2 × Weapon Rank
- Bonus does not scale beyond rank 30.
Critical hits while under these effects will still appear yellow or in their respective color for higher crit tiers. The damage bonus from crits and stealth stack additively with each other.
- Stealth Melee Crit Damage = Weapon Damage × (1 + Stealth Damage Bonus + (Crit Multiplier - 1))
- Main article: Finisher#Stealth Attack
As long as an enemy is unaware of the Tenno presence, a stealth attack may be executed on them. To perform a stealth attack, the player must approach an enemy from behind and activate the stealth attack prompt. Successfully performing a stealth attack will deal a massive amount of damage during a special animation, during which the Warframe is immune to damage and will not be attacked by enemies. The attack's final damage depends on the melee weapon type used, on top of the 8.0x melee damage multiplier described in the preceding section.
Stealth Attack Damage = Weapon Damage × Stealth Multiplier × Weapon Multiplier
As these multipliers factor total weapon damage, equipped mods (including critical chance and critical damage mods) will also affect the stealth attack's final damage. Stealth attacks inflict Damage, which is unaffected by armor. Damage value pop-ups always appear yellow, identical to critical hit damage values (even if the stealth attack did not crit).
A complete kill ensures your target cannot recuperate and bring attention to you. Performing an unsuccessful melee stealth kill (which happens often when in a high-level area) or failing to kill an enemy with a silent ranged attack or ability will alert the enemy after a short moment. Due to that short moment, though, it is possible to execute consecutive stealth attacks by pressing melee key quickly right after the previous stealth attack is finished. This is also noteworthy for eliminating pairs or groups of enemies, as enemies within 5 meters of the victim will become cautious (even without seeing the Warframe) for roughly 20 seconds due to the sound of their comrade's death.
Formerly MOAs would not grant a stealth attack prompt, but through updates this has been changed, and now have stealth attack animations for every class of melee weapon.
Formerly, humanoid Bosses were vulnerable to stealth attacks. This has been phased out over time, and only The Sergeant can still be stealth attacked. Non-humanoid Bosses such as Phorid and Jackal have always been immune to stealth attacks.
Special Warden enemies take bonus damage from stealth attacks, allowing a larger chance of instantly killing them, which is crucial in order to complete their host mission with the most points. This is especially useful since Wardens have very high health and will trigger the execution sequence if the player is spotted.
Killing a target with a stealth finisher attack will trigger a Stealth Kill Affinity Bonus, which increases the amount of affinity that a player gains from killing said enemy. A notification appears in a player's HUD to the left of the shield counter upon performing a stealth kill, which will display the bonus affinity value for that kill, as well as the time remaining for the combo duration of 30s. Each successive stealth kill will refresh the combo counter and grant 100% more affinity towards the next kill, stacking up to 500% bonus affinity after 5 stealth kills.
The stealth kill affinity bonus resets if the Warframe kills an alert enemy or is attacked by an alerted enemy (Companions, Sentinels, and Operators do not reset the bonus). Only enemy units will trigger these affinity bonuses. Environmental objects like Corpus Turrets, Security Cameras, Sensor Bars, and Storage Containers will not reset the multiplier nor do they count as a stealth kill. Certain units like Sensor Regulators are also considered objects, and thus will not initiate stealth affinity bonuses.
Oddly enough, certain Warframe powers (like ) and Melee Combos that initiate stagger may initiate stealth kill affinity bonuses upon performing a Finisher, even if the enemy was previously aware of the player.
- Main article: Noise Level
Silent or Quiet Weapons
All melee weapon attacks are silent, including those from thrown weapons, the , and the shotgun attack of the (as long as enemies are more than 5 meters away from the player when it is fired). The following ranged weapons are also innately silent or otherwise produce less noise than standard when fired:
Last updated: Hotfix 27.0.4 (2019-12-17)
The following table lists the abilities which are either silent to enemies or enable the player to perform silent kills. Note that direct damage abilities ( , , etc.) are silent if cast while invisible or shrouded.
Drops a smoke bomb that stuns enemies and obscures their vision, rendering Ash invisible for a short time.
|Duration:2 / 4 / 6 / 8 s|
- Ash throws down a smoke bomb that staggers enemies within a radius of 10 meters for a short duration. Ash becomes untargetable for 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 seconds.
- Even though Ash is untargetable, enemies will continue to attack near his last known location, and will make attempts to retaliate when harmed.
- Does not make Ash silent. Firing an unsuppressed weapon while under the effects of Smoke Screen will still alert nearby enemies to the player's presence.
- Hides Ash from Security Cameras, which prevents them from activating laser barriers.
- Smoke Screen will also apply to any equipped companion.
- Ash can not be knocked down or staggered during the cast animation.
- Can be cast while moving or in mid-air.
- Cannot be recast while active.
- Smoke Screen does not end when Ash is downed.
- Main article: Smoke Shadow
Smoke Shadow is a Warframe Augment Mod for 's that allows to temporarily cloak nearby allies along with himself.
- Smoke Screen does not prevent damage from Orokin Lasers or AoE damage such as poison clouds and explosions.
- The ability's short duration makes Smoke Screen only useful for quick flanking movements.
- The low duration also necessitates using the ability with care and paying attention to the remaining duration when active.
- Can be used when surrounded to stagger nearby enemies and escape.
Ash teleports towards the target, bringing him into melee range and making enemies vulnerable to finishers.
|Range:20 / 45 / 45 / 60 m|
- Ash performs a somersault as he teleports to a target within 20 / 45 / 45 / 60 meters on his aiming reticle. If the target is an enemy, it is staggered and opened to a melee finisher attack.
- Targeting range is affected by Ability Range.
- Eligible teleport targets include: enemies, allies, hostages, Cryopods, Excavators, and destructible objects.
- If the enemy cannot be attacked with a melee finisher (either due to positioning or the enemy type), it will be susceptible to Stealth Damage Multipliers from melee attacks for the duration of the stagger.
- Can be cast for free on a marked enemy target during 's Shadow Clones assault phase. Ash will teleport to the targeted enemy and strike it and all remaining marked enemies in a cinematic cutscene sequence.
- When an unmarked enemy is targeted instead, Ash will attack it once before striking all remaining marked enemies.
- Requires direct line of sight to a small part of the target to cast.
- Can be used while in mid-air.
- Note that using Teleport on enemies will alert them to your presence, preventing you from receiving the Stealth Kill affinity bonus.
- Wardens additionally lose the massive stealth attack bonus they receive from normal stealth attacks.
- Main article: Fatal Teleport
Fatal Teleport is a Warframe Augment Mod for that causes to immediately perform a melee finisher upon teleporting to the target, with an additional damage multiplier. Additionally, if the finisher kills its target, 50% of Teleport's energy cost is refunded.
Project fierce shadow clones of Ash upon groups of distant enemies. Join the fray using Teleport.
|Strength:750 / 1000 / 1500 / 2000 ( damage)|
|Misc:3 (number of hits per mark)|
2 (number of Shadow Clones)
- Ash toggles a state of intense focus as he searches for targets to assassinate. During targeting mode, enemies within 50 meters from Ash that are seen near the aiming reticle become highlighted and tagged with a death mark above their head.
- When 1 or more enemies are marked, reactivating the ability will create 2 Shadow Clones that teleport to each marked enemy, striking them with 3 Finisher attacks that inflict 750 / 1000 / 1500 / 2000 damage per hit with a 100% Bleed chance.
- Damage is affected by Ability Strength, , , , , , Combo Counter multipliers, and status.
- Blade Storm gains 25% additional damage for each combo multiplier, up to a 3.75x damage multiplier at 12x combo, or 4.0x with equipped at 13x combo.
- Melee mods do not increase damage, including and .
- Melee mods that affect the combo counter and attack speed will benefit blade storm.
- Weapons that modify the combo meter also apply, including the bonus initial combo count passives for (20), (20), (30), and 's increased combo cap.
- Animation speed is affected by attack speed mods (e.g. ) up to the Finisher cap of +50%.
- does not increase damage.
- The Bleed's DoT inflicts 43.75% of the initial damage per tick for a total of 9 ticks over 9 seconds. The Bleed damage bypasses armor.
- Direct hit damage therefore accounts for only 20% of Blade Storm's total damage.
- Total Direct hit Damage (not Bleed's DoT) is further multiplied by 's and 's . (eg. with 100% strength: 2,000 × (1 + ) = 8,000)
- Strikes from Ash and his clones add to the melee combo counter.
- The combo counter will reset when equipped with .
- Enemies that die to Direct Hits (not Bleed's DoT) will activate , , and .
- Damage is affected by Ability Strength, , , , , , Combo Counter multipliers, and status.
- Reactivating Blade Storm with no marks will toggle off targeting mode instead.
- While in targeting mode, Ash emits black smoke and his vision darkens.
- Blade Storm has no casting animations, so Ash can still perform all other functions normally such as maneuvering, casting other abilities, and firing or reloading weapons.
- Ash cannot re-enter targeting mode while his Shadow Clones are attacking marked enemies.
- Ability Synergy:
- Invisibility by means of or other allied abilities will half the energy cost of Blade Storm from 12 to 6 per mark.
- While Blade Storm is attacking, can be casted on a marked enemy at no energy cost to including Ash in the assault. Ash becomes invulnerable for the duration as he teleports and strikes all remaining marked enemies in a cinematic sequence.
- While joining Blade Storm costs no energy, Ash must have enough energy to cast Teleport to join.
- Strikes by Ash deal the same damage as his clones, but will attack enemies not targeted his clones. He consumes marks, and effectively accelerates the assault.
- Ash can regenerate his shields during the animation.
- Main article: Rising Storm
|Rank||Bonus Hits per Attack||Bonus Combo Duration||Cost|
- Blade Storm can be activated while zooming in with a ranged weapon. This can be used to more precisely pick targets.
- You are invincible while using . This can be used to give time to regenerate your shields.
- can be used to pick up items that are very far away or in dangerous situations (an item surrounded by 5 enemies for example). This generally requires a sentinel's skill for maximum effectiveness. Simply target an enemy near something you want to pick up and activate the ability. Since you return to your starting point you will return to your "safe spot" but will have picked up health orbs, energy orbs, resources, and even mods.
- Blade Storm can be used to start long melee combo chains to gain additional bonus melee damage.
- This synergizes well with builds centered around , , and Gladiator Mods.
- Blade Storm can be empowered by performing melee combo chains before casting, as the ability's damage benefits greatly from the bonus melee damage multiplier.
- Since Blade Storm deals damage, the ability is well suited to dealing with Conculysts and Battalysts.
- Ash's second ability, , synergizes well with this ability, reducing both the energy cost per mark and Ash's vulnerability when marking enemies.
- Blade Storm allows Ash to easily trigger , giving him a boost in survivability.
- Blade Storm finishers also trigger with Zaws, allowing substantial health regeneration without the use of .
- Considering Blade Storm has a 100% chance to proc Bleed, dealing 43.75% of the base damage 10 times in 9 seconds, the ability actually does 2,000 + ((2,000×0.4375)×10) = 10,750 damage in 9 seconds, making it one of the most powerful abilities in the game if modded and used accordingly.
- If used during sliding, Blade Storm seems to use a shorter version of finishing animations, which reduces total animation time.
- Blade Storm benefits greatly from the effects of , , and . Instead of having a 3 second delay before the combo counter disappears, the delay will be 3+12+10+6 = 31 seconds.
- Since Ash only spawns 2 Shadow Clones, it's highly suggested to equip attack speed mods as the time needed for the Shadow Clones' animations can make gameplay sluggish, especially if a large amount of enemies are marked.
- Joining Blade Storm has multiple benefits for Ash:
- Becoming invulnerable allows Ash to ignore status effects, such as , and regenerate his shields.
- The rate in which attacks are dealt is increased as there will be 3 attackers instead of 2.
- The amount of hits added to the combo counter from the ability will be higher than if Ash were to not join.
- Using Teleport on an unmarked enemy while Ash's Shadow Clones are attacking marked ones will result in the unmarked enemy being marked without consuming any energy. Ash will then join Blade Storm until all marks are expended.
- Enemies attacked by Blade Storm this way are only attacked once.
- On some occasions (most likely related to latency), Ash will remain vulnerable whilst being unable to exit this bugged state without getting killed (as in, actually dying and using a revive charge, as revived by a teammate will not end this glitch).
- This may occur when the initial target for Blade Storm is killed (by another player/procs) during the teleporting animation, causing Ash to teleport to his casting location, and initiate this bug.
- To deactivate the bug, Ash can prompt a "falling out of level" event by power wall climbing to the sky if there is a wall in the map that allows him to. This will respawn Ash to a random location on the ground and deactivate the bug.
Using Silence surrounds Banshee in an aura that stuns enemies and will limit their perceptions and tactical response to gunfire and Warframe attacks.
|Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 30 s|
|Range:10 / 13 / 15 / 20 m|
|Misc:2 s (stun duration)|
Enemy abilities disabled
- Banshee emits a sound dampening aura within 10 / 13 / 15 / 20 meters around her for 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 seconds. Enemies entering the aura will initially experience a sonic disturbance becoming momentarily stunned for 2 seconds; affected enemies remain deafened to sounds which alert them to the direction of nearby combat, as well as become unable to perform special abilities while within Silence's influence.
- Aura radius is affected by Ability Range.
- Duration is affected by Ability Duration.
- Casting speed is affected by and .
- Stun duration is not affected by mods.
- Unaware enemies will not become alerted when affected by the aura and will resume normal behavior after recovering from the stun.
- Enemies exiting then reentering the aura can repeatedly experience the stun again.
- Silence will also deafen the caster, muffling all gunfire from friend, foe, and self alike.
- Some enemy special abilities such as Heavy Gunner ground slam, Shockwave MOA stomp, and grenade toss are disabled from use entirely.
- Enemies under the effect of the aura will not respond to sounds such as gunfire, alarms and death screams, and generally become unable to detect players and other enemies by means other than sight or touch.
- Unaware enemies will still become alerted when sighting players or taking damage.
- Taking damage will not inform enemies to the location of the attacking player, but they are still likely to investigate in the direction the attack came from.
- Enemies that are alert before entering Silence's aura will remain alerted, but may still lose track of players if line of sight is broken.
- After a brief delay, enemies that do not have line of sight with a player will become susceptible to Stealth Damage Multipliers from melee attacks as long as line of sight remains broken and the player does not come into direct physical contact with the enemy.
- The ability does not change a weapon's Noise Level from "Alarming" to "Silent".
- Affected enemies will glow with Banshee's energy color.
- Has a cast delay of about 0.4 seconds.
- Cannot be recast while active.
- Subsuming Banshee to the Helminth will offer Silence and its augments to be used by other Warframes.
- Main article: Savage Silence
Savage Silence is a Warframe Augment Mod for 's that multiplies the damage of standing finisher attacks on affected enemies.
- Silence can be used as a form of crowd control due to the momentary stun dealt to enemies entering its field. This is most useful for Banshees engaging in melee combat, as they can stun ranged enemies simply by approaching them, giving them time to close the distance and engage.
- Silence can also be used to keep Infested enemies at bay, giving more time to attack them from range.
- With a maximized range build, Silence can be used to clear a room of enemies using firearms without alerting enemies in adjacent rooms. Keep in mind however, that enemies will still react if they see you, or if they see one of their own killed.
- Despite the excellent utility provided, Silence can also render Banshee deaf, preventing her from anticipating nearby enemies or enemies from behind while attacking enemies.
- Too much range may reduce the potency of this ability as a crowd control tool, as enemies are only stunned when they initially enter the aura and may be out of attack range (behind walls, etc.), allowing them to recover.
- Enemies are more likely to target the player's Sentinel when Silence is active, which can prove to be harmful for weaker Sentinels.
- Blinded enemies under the effect of Silence will not react to most things aside from direct contact and wander around aimlessly.
- Staying on the move and frequently breaking line of sight with affected enemies can result in taking much fewer hits as they cannot use the sound of gunfire to find players or other enemies that are in combat.
- The skill can most likely not be recast while this bug is in active.
mod allows the Huras Kubrow to cloak itself and its master when hostile entities are within range. Though firing a weapon while stealthed will break the effect, the Huras Kubrow will still cloak the player if they are holding down the trigger of a continuous rifle such as the when the ability activates. Warframe abilities do not break this stealth effect.
Become a water trap and drown unsuspecting enemies.
|Strength:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 ( dmg/sec)|
1 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 2 % (dmg increase/sec)
|Range:1.5 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 m (puddle size)|
10 / 12 / 13 / 15 m (grab range)
|Misc:50% (Tidal Surge travel distance)|
200% (Tentacle Swarm damage bonus)
- Hydroid submerges into a pool of water with a 1.5 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 meters radius, becoming invulnerable to damage and untargetable by enemies. Enemies that wander onto the pool sink and disappear from sight, become suspended in a Knockdown state, and drown taking 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 base damage per second; drowning enemies also receive 1% / 1.5% / 1.7% / 2% of their maximum health as damage, which continuously stack every second while enemies remain submerged.
- Base damage and damage increase per second are affected by Ability Strength.
- Radius is affected by Ability Range.
- Undertow uses the following expression when accounting for Ability Range: Modified Range = Base Range × Ability Range 0.5
- Casting speed is affected by and .
- Damage increase per second applies to each individual enemy. The stacked damage for a single enemy resets to base damage when the submerged enemy exits the pool.
- Submerged enemies receive an additional +0.1% damage growth per second for each enemy in the pool.
- Unaffected by Ability Strength
- The current number of submerged enemies trapped within Undertow is displayed on the ability icon.
- Allied players can shoot into Undertow to contribute 50% of their total damage from weapons and abilities, distributed evenly to all submerged enemies.
- Status Effects apply to all submerged enemies, with their effects and debuff timers paused until enemies exit Undertow.
- While active, Hydroid can aim at an enemy target within 10 / 12 / 13 / 15 meters and press the primary attack key (default
) to expend 5 energy, launching a water tendril from the pool, grabbing the target and pulling it into Undertow.
- Grab range is affected by Ability Range.
- Energy cost per grab is affected by Ability Efficiency.
- If the targeted enemy is unable to be pulled, the tendril will release it after a few seconds.
- Released bodies may make enemies suspicious and stop short of the pool. This will often result in them walking away from the puddle, requiring Hydroid to pull them in manually.
- Undertow drains 6 energy per second, and will remain active so long as Hydroid has energy. Undertow will end if Hydroid runs out of energy, jumps (
), rolls (2x ), or if deactivated by pressing the ability key again (default ). Hydroid can slowly move while in Undertow by draining 1 energy point per 0.2 meters moved.
- Activation and travel energy costs are affected by Ability Efficiency, and the channeling energy cost is affected by both Ability Efficiency and Ability Duration.
- and other energy restoring effects are deactivated while Undertow is channeled. However, , Orokin Void Death Orb energy restores, Syndicate effects such as Blight and Entropy can still restore energy.
- If moving while in undertow you can sprint (hold ) for faster movement speed. Mods that affect sprint speed also work with this.
- Ability Synergy:
- can damage submerged enemies within Undertow. can also proc on submerged enemies.
- allows Hydroid to remain submerged in Undertow and travel in waveform for half the normal distance.
- Undertow will not drain additional energy when Hydroid moves via Tidal Surge.
- Enemies previously submerged in Undertow will be pulled along by Tidal Surge.
- centers the kraken on Undertow and spawns tentacles inside the pool. Charged cast can extend tentacle spawn radius outside Undertow.
- Tentacles will capture enemies when they emerge from Undertow.
- Tentacle Swarm deals 200% damage when cast from Undertow.
- Hydroid's Companion will also be submerged, regardless of distance from him. His companion will not become invulnerable and is susceptible to damage from explosions.
- Enemy corpses will be released from Undertow when killed.
- Cannot switch, fire, or reload weapons, perform parkour Maneuvers except jump and roll, nor collect Pickups while in liquid form.
- Can be cast while in midair to enter liquid form. Undertow pool will form when Hydroid lands on the ground.
- Aura effects from enemy Eximus will not apply to Hydroid while he is submerged but nearby Tenno will suffer from the effects of the Eximus unit's aura if they are in range.
- Energy Leech Eximus still will drain energy when in the pool, however.
- When Hydroid is submerged, the game treats him as invisible to enemies. As such, any kills on unalerted enemies with undertow will count as a stealth kill.
- Submerged enemies cannot prevent Tenno from capturing an Interception point. This makes it incredibly efficient at completely locking down towers on Interception missions.
- Main article: Curative Undertow
Curative Undertow is a Hydroid Warframe Augment Mod that allows to heal and his allies within range by a percentage of their max health every 1.5 seconds, draining additional energy for each ally in the pool.
- Undertow will knockdown enemies within range when they sink into the puddle. Activating then deactivating Undertow allows you to set up Ground Finisher attacks with your melee weapon on nearby enemies.
- If you see an enemy Eximus walk into the pool, deactivate Undertow and expose them to attacks, as their Auras will remain active while submerged.
- As Energy Leech Eximus are still able to steal energy from Hydroid while in the pool, it's ill advised to drag them in. It's safer to cast Tempest Barrage or Tentacle Swarm on their location when they are far away to avoid losing massive amounts of energy per second.
- When running an Infested Defense (such as an uncontested Dark Sector or Orokin Derelict), stand near the cryopod or a walkway to the cryopod and activate Undertow. Once you've collected several enemies, deactivate Undertow and chain together Area of Effect skills such as and .
- If you are under heavy fire, activate Undertow to regenerate your shields, as well as health depending on whether your squad has a member with the aura equipped.
- Undertow is useful for gathering large numbers of enemies in one spot for another player to kill them once the ability has ended.
- Undertow cannot be used to bypass corpus laser doors by itself.
- When this bug occurs enemies will begin throwing grenades at the player and will be able to injure the player.
- This bug can also rarely occur on PS4, however instead of appearing tiny you will see Hydroid's head and shoulders clip through the floor at their normal size (only when moving).
- If Battalyst and Manic Bombard do not die after 1 minute, they are freed from Undertow.
- Some bosses, such as General Sargas Ruk can be submerged by Undertow, making them invulnerable to outside damage by other players.
- Enemies see dead bodies that are killed and will often refuse to enter the pool. This requires the use of hydroid to manually pull them in.
- A sentinel equipped with will still attempt to suck up loot while in the pool, which blocks the player's reticle and prevents them from targeting enemies to drag into the pool.
- This will slightly alleviate itself after staying in the pool for an extended period, as sentinels will "freeze up" and stop moving if the player idles for too long.
- Cameras can be targeted, but cannot be tentacled in.
- Downed Bursa will stay in undertow and count as alive there.
's can kill enemies without alerting any nearby enemies. It will count as stealth kills for the purpose of the Stealth Kills side mission despite it not being instantaneous. Note that attempting this on Grineer Sensor Regulators in Spy will raise an alarm and begin data destruction.
Loki camouflages himself, becoming invisible to enemies.
|Duration:5 / 7 / 9 / 12 s|
- Loki camouflages himself and becomes untargetable for 5 / 7 / 9 / 12 seconds. While Loki is invisible, all sound effects are muffled and slightly muted. Loki's vision becomes blurry when he's not in motion, and his visual field becomes more sensitive to light.
- Even though Loki is untargetable, enemies will continue to attack near his last known location, and will make attempts to retaliate when harmed.
- Does not make Loki silent. Firing an unsuppressed weapon while under the effects of Invisibility will still alert nearby enemies of your presence.
- Hides Loki from Security Cameras which prevents them from activating laser barriers.
- Invisibility will also apply to any equipped companion.
- Captain Vor's laser traps won't target players who are invisible, regardless of proximity.
- When Loki is under the camouflage, sound from effects and environments will become muffled.
- Has a cast delay of 0.75 seconds.
- Cannot be recast while active.
- Main article: Hushed Invisibility
- Use as a way of reviving fallen players without having to worry about entering bleedout yourself. Be wary of other revivers though, they will draw fire on you.
- Can be cast in mid-air, which can help you avoid getting gunned down by large crowds during the cast animation, which makes you stay put when used on the ground.
- Changing Loki's energy color to "pure black" (very bottom left color in the Smoke Colors pack) will turn Loki completely invisible, meaning this color gets rid of the shimmering effect.
- As this means you can't see yourself at all, this can make movement and placement for melee attacks more difficult.
- It can be a way in order to take a clear picture if you disable HUD.
- As general rule when playing with others – mind your positioning, flank enemies, keep your distance from allies, and never stay in the line of fire between allies and enemies.
- Since it is not a channeled ability, energy can be regenerated while it is active, meaning and 's can provide high uptime.
's Invisibility augment will render all weapons and noise made absolutely silent, enabling stealth attacks with non-silent weapons as long as the attack one-shots the unalerted enemy.
Magnetic force pulls enemies toward you, stunning them and bringing them into melee range.
|Strength:100 / 125 / 150 / 300 ( damage)|
? m/s (pull velocity)
10 / 15 / 20 / 25 % (energy drop chance)
|Range:15 / 20 / 22 / 25 m (target range)|
|Misc:6 m (radial pull)|
200 % (damage on Magnetized target)
- Mag generates a strong magnetic current, pulling every enemy within a 6 meter radius around herself, as well as enemies within 15 / 20 / 22 / 25 meters and a 90° angle of the aiming reticle. Affected enemies are ragdolled and pulled toward Mag with a velocity of ? meters per second, while dealt 100 / 125 / 150 / 300 damage. Enemies killed by Pull have a 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% increased chance to drop an Energy orb.
- Range is affected by Ability Range.
- Damage, pull velocity, and energy orb drop chance are affected by Ability Strength.
- Cast animation of ~0.5 seconds is affected by or .
- Radial pull and angle are not affected by mods.
- damage is effective against Shielded and Proto Shields, but less effective against Alloy Armor.
- Still inflicts damage to enemies immune to crowd control.
- Will not stop certain enemy abilities mid-animation, such as Heavy Grineer's Radial Blast and the Volatile Runner's detonation.
- Ability Synergy: Pull inflicts 200% damage against an enemy targeted by .
- Pull's visual effects, including a tint on enemies affected by it, are affected by Mag's chosen energy color.
- Casting Pull is a One-Handed Action that can be done while performing many actions without interrupting them, including reloading, charging, shooting, and moving (either sprinting or sliding).
- Can be used in mid-air, but not while on a zipline.
- Pull grounds fliers, rather than pulling them toward the player.
- Subsuming Mag to the Helminth will offer Pull and its augments to be used by other Warframes.
- Main article: Greedy Pull
- This is a great crowd controlling ability, as using it will disorient enemies, drawing away open fires for several seconds.
- It can be used to stop enemies from storm-firing your team.
- It can also be used keep enemies at bay when reviving fallen teammates.
- Consider using this ability to destroy minor enemies such as Shield, Mine and Leech Osprey; and Rollers along with Latchers.
Emit an energy pulse that depletes enemy shields and armor, creating shards which become deadly when mixed with Magnetize. Shields of allies touched by the pulse are restored.
|Strength:250 / 300 / 350 / 400 ( damage and shield restoration)|
1x / 1.5x / 2x / 2.5x (damage multiplier as damage)
|Duration:2 / 3 / 4 / 5 s (pulse travel time)|
|Range:5 / 6 / 7 / 8 m (initial bubble radius)|
|Misc:5.9 m/s (pulse travel speed)|
- Mag produces a pulse of magnetic energy with an initial radius of 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 meters that expands outwards over 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 seconds at a constant speed of 5.9 meters per second for a 37.5 meters total radius. If the enemy has shields, the pulse deals 250 / 300 / 350 / 400 damage to it. If the enemy has armor, the armor value gets reduced by 250 / 300 / 350 / 400 and the enemy additionally suffers Damage equal to the armor removed. Additionally, allies' shields are restored by 250 / 300 / 350 / 400 if they are present in the initial radius or come in contact with the pulse.
- Shield/armor damage and shield restoration are affected by Ability Strength.
- Initial radius is affected by Ability Range.
- Since the wave starts traveling after the initial radius, this also slightly increases the total radius.
- Pulse travel time is affected by Ability Duration.
- Initial radius and traveled distance are summed to:
Total Radius = (1 + Ability Range) × 8 + (1 + Ability Duration) × 5 × 5.9.
- Wave speed is not affected by mods.
- Cast animation of 1 second is affected by or .
- Shields must be completely drained from a target before armor depletion can take effect.
- Restores Mag's own shields, in addition to fellow Tenno, Companions, , hostages, Specters, Sortie Tenno operatives, static mission objectives (such as Cryopods and Excavators), and hacked MOAs spawned from MOA Cabinet Spawners, as well as led targets.
- If an armored enemy is the target of , the damage is multiplied by 200%. This does not affect enemies inside Magnetize that are not target of a cast.
- This multiplier is affected by Power Strength.
- All enemies with shields or armor within the initial radius, or that come in contact with the expanding pulse, will produce a violent outburst of magnetic energy inflicting 100% / 150% / 200% / 250% of the drained shields or armor as damage to all other enemies within a 2.5 / 3 / 3.5 / 4 meter radius of each drained target.
- Damage multiplier is affected by Ability Strength, and the explosion damage diminishes with distance.
- Damage bypasses obstacles in the environment.
- damage is effective against Shielded and Proto Shields, but less effective against Alloy Armor.
- status effect reduces a target's current and maximum shields by 75% for 4 seconds.
- Explosion radius is increased by 0.5̅5 meters for each meter the bubble radius grows outwards.
- Enemies who have been drained are not damaged by their own explosion, but they can be damaged by nearby enemies who were also drained.
- Damage multiplier is affected by Ability Strength, and the explosion damage diminishes with distance.
- Ability Synergy: Drained enemies drop one or two shards that store 35 damage each that will be absorbed by if the shard contacts it.
- Stored damage is unaffected by Power Strength or amount drained.
- Shards will not get used up when touching a Magnetize bubble and will instead float around in it and drop to the ground after the bubble ends. They despawn 30 seconds after their creation.
- Polarize's visual effects, including shards, are affected by Mag's chosen energy color.
- Casting Polarize is a One-Handed Action that can be done while performing many actions without interrupting them, including reloading, charging, shooting, and moving (either sprinting or sliding).
- Can be used in mid-air, but not while on a zipline.
- Main article: Counter Pulse
- Can be used to restore shields to the Cryopod, Cryocore, Excavator in an Excavation mission or an Artifact in a Defense mission.
- Can break reinforced glass in Corpus Ships and Laser Plates/Rotation Plates on Orokin Tower laser traps, given an enemy with shields/armor is near them and was affected by Polarize.
- Useless against Flesh.
allows the Shade sentinel to cloak itself and the Warframe when hostile entities are within range, rendering themselves invisible to enemies. Though firing a weapon while stealthed will break the effect, the Shade will still cloak the player if they are holding down the trigger of a continuous rifle such as the when the ability activates. Warframe abilities do not break this stealth effect.
Deploy a roller drone that attaches itself to enemies and delivers bursts of arcing electricity to anything in the immediate area.
|Strength:15 ( damage on capsule hit)|
80 / 100 / 120 / 150 ( damage per discharge)
10 / 15 / 20 / 25 ( damage per second)
|Duration:5 / 6 / 7 / 10 (number of charges)|
|Range:4 / 4 / 5 / 6 m (shock radius)|
|Misc:? % ( status chance)|
1 s (discharge interval)
50 % ( status chance)
4 (limit of active drones)
- Vauban throws a capsule in an arcing trajectory toward the aiming reticle. On impact with an enemy, the capsule inflicts 15 damage with a ?% status chance; on impact with an enemy or a surface, the capsule releases a Tesla Nervos. The Tesla Nervos is an invulnerable Latcher Specter that follows Vauban and seeks to latch onto a nearby enemy, shocking the target and stunning it in place as long as the Tesla Nervos remains attached. The stunned target receives 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 damage per second, while discharging an electric burst every 1 second to inflict 80 / 100 / 120 / 150 damage with 50% Status Chance to all enemies within a 4 / 4 / 5 / 6 meter radius; each Tesla Nervos holds 5 / 6 / 7 / 10 electrical charges that last until used.
- Capsule damage on hit, damage per second and damage per discharge are affected by Ability Strength.
- Shock radius is affected by Ability Range.
- Number of charges is affected by Ability Duration.
- Discharge interval and status chances are not affected by Mods.
- If the stunned target is killed before the Tesla Nervos uses up its charges, the Tesla Nervos will detach and look for another enemy.
- If the Tesla Nervos uses up all of its charges, it will dissipate and release its stunned target.
- Tesla Nervos will teleport to Vauban provided it is too far away and not currently attached to an enemy.
- Multiple Tesla Nervos can attach to the same enemy target.
- Holding down the ability key (default
) causes Vauban to juggle up to 4 Tesla Nervos capsules once fully charged. Release the hotkey to throw and scatter them toward the direction of the aiming reticle, deploying multiple drones in one cast for no extra energy cost.
- Limit of active drones is not affected by mods.
- Deploying new Tesla Nervos past the drone limit causes older drones to dissipate, even when they are still attached to enemies.
- Number of active drones is displayed on the ability icon.
- Ability Synergy:
- Can be recast while active to deploy new drones with full charges.
- While Tesla Nervos are moving, they emit a mechanical clicking sound to indicate their presence.
- Tesla Nervos do not show minimap icons or waypoints to track their position.
- Tesla Nervos features a unique model apart from the Grineer Roller and Latcher. Vauban's Appearance colors affect the Tesla Nervos' appearance as well.
- Subsuming Vauban to the Helminth will offer Tesla Nervos and its augments to be used by other Warframes.
- Main article: Tesla Bank
Tesla Bank is a Warframe Augment Mod for that allows a mine that has attached itself to an enemy to release absorbed damage on death in a burst of .
- If Vauban is playing as client, Tesla Nervos will use its default model rather than their custom models depending on the equipped skin (normal, Prime, or Vauban Citadel Skin).
Cycle through four deployable mines. Tether Coil immobilizes and groups enemies together. Flechette Orb fires out deadly nails in all directions. Vector Pad accelerates enemies and allies in the pad's direction. Overdriver latches onto the nearest ally and boosts their weapon damage.
- Equipped to manufacture an assortment of advanced technology, Vauban selectively arms himself with a specialized landmine by tapping the ability key (default Energy and throw the selected landmine in an arcing trajectory toward the aiming reticle. On impact with an enemy, the landmine inflicts 15 damage with a ?% status chance; the landmine lasts for 25 seconds once deployed.
) to freely cycle between the Tether Coil, Flechette Orb, Vector Pad, and Overdriver. Hold down the hotkey to expend 25
- Energy cost is affected by Ability Efficiency.
- Landmine damage on hit is affected by Ability Strength.
- Mine duration is affected by Ability Duration.
- Status chance is not affected by Mods.
- Mine selection and throw can be inverted in the Options menu.
- Minelayer's cycle selection wheel is displayed above the ability icons. Duration timer for the latest thrown mine of each type are shown beneath each mine icon in the wheel.
- Vauban's variety of four landmines each perform different functions to hinder enemies and assist his allies:
- Unlocked by default. (Warframe Rank 3)
- Tether Coil deploys upon contact with an ally, enemy or surface, sticking onto the first entity or object it touches. Once stuck, the coil extends energy wires that inflict 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 damage, incapacitate and pull in up to 1 / 1/ 2 / 2 enemies within sight and 15 / 16 / 18 / 20 meters from the coil. Vauban can deploy up to 4 Tether Coils on the battlefield.
- Enemies attached to a Tether Coil wire are subject to ragdoll physics and the wire's constant pull toward the coil.
- If affected enemies are killed, Tether Coil will attach to new targets throughout its duration.
- Tether Coil does not target enemies already pulled by other Tether Coils.
- If placed on Warframes or enemies, It will pull surrounding enemies to them. The wire also serves as an indicator for the location of any enemies that may be hidden.
- Unlocked at Rank 1. (Warframe Rank 12)
- Flechette Orb deploys upon contact with an enemy or surface, falling onto the ground and hovering in place. Once deployed, the orb turret rapidly fires high velocity nails randomly in all directions, inflicting 200 / 250 / 300 scaling damage with a 50% critical chance, 2.0x critical multiplier and ?% status chance on enemies hit; enemies coming within 10 meters are prioritized by the turret with high accuracy. Vauban can deploy up to 4 Flechette Orbs on the battlefield.
- Damage per nail is affected by Ability Strength, enemy level, Vauban's passive, and Overdriver damage bonus.
- Flechette Orb's nail damage benefits from Ability Strength, enemy level, Vauban's passive, and Overdriver damage bonus using the following expression:
- Total Puncture Damage = Puncture Base Damage × (1 + Ability Strength) × (1 + Passive Damage Bonus) × (1 + Overdriver Bonus) × Enemy Level Multiplier
- Enemy Level Multiplier = ceil(Enemy Level ÷ 10). The multiplier only increases after 1 level past the per-10-levels mark (e.g. levels 11, 21, 31, 41, etc).
- With a maxed , an active Overdriver on Vauban himself, and an incapacitated enemy at level 101, Flechette Orb will deal 300 × (1 + 0.3) × (1.0 + 0.25) × (1.0 + 0.325) × (11) = 7,105.3125 damage per nail.
- In the event of a critical hit, the damage is doubled to yield 7,105.313 × 2 = 14,210.626 damage.
- Critcal chance, critical multiplier, status chance, target radius, and max orbs active are not affected by weapon-specific mods, but are affected by some general buffs.
- Applies +100% critical damage.
- Orbs apply 25% flat critical chance, 25% critical damage, up to 500% , but reduces damage by 0.66x on projectiles that pass through.
- Enhances critical level to Orange.
- does not apply.
- Applies up to +45% flat critical chance
- Applies up to +180% elemental damage.
- Applies up to +150% damage.
- Applies +165% damage.
- Helminth Abilities
- Squad Abilities
Last updated: Hotfix 29.5.6 (2020-12-01)
- Enemies hit by nails have a high chance to stagger backward.
- Even if nails were fired from the orb without specific targets, enemies will receive damage on a direct hit.
- In the last second before expiring, Flechette Orb will release a barrage of nails in all directions.
- Enemies killed by Flechette Orb nails have their bodies pinned to walls and objects where the nail lands.
- Unlocked at Rank 2. (Warframe Rank 22)
- Vector Pad deploys upon contact with an enemy or surface, falling onto the ground and illuminating arrows toward the throw direction. Allies crossing the pad while moving in the arrow direction are propelled forward at a speed of 25 meters per second. Enemies crossing the pad are propelled away toward the arrow direction at the same speed, regardless of the direction they were moving. Vauban can deploy up to 4 Vector Pads on the battlefield.
- Speed boost is affected by Ability Strength.
- Max pads active is not affected by mods.
- Vector Pad provides an infinite number of uses with no cooldown per bounce until it expires.
- Even if allies are sliding or rolling across the pad, they need to be inputting a movement in the pad's direction to get boosted. Correspondingly, players can get boosted by the pad even if maneuvering in a different direction by inputting the appropriate movement.
- As such, players can roll or slide without holding forward during the maneuver if they want to cross the pad in it's direction without getting boosted.
- Allies can reduce Vector Pad's momentum by shifting their movement away from the launch direction during and after launch.
- Can be used in conjunction with different parkour Maneuvers, such as Bullet Jump, jump, double jump, dodge roll and slide.
- Enemies repelled away by Vector Pad can often be launched in an upward arcing trajectory.
- Unlocked at Rank 3. (Warframe Rank 27)
- Overdriver deploys upon contact with an enemy or surface, attaching to the first object it touches. Once attached, the Overdriver jumps to the nearest player, Companion, or mission objective within a 10 meter radius, granting it a 25% damage bonus to weapons for the mine duration. Vauban can deploy up to 4 Overdrivers on the battlefield, including those already buffing allies.
- Attach radius is affected by Ability Range.
- Damage bonus is affected by Ability Strength.
- Max drivers active is not affected by mods.
- Damage bonus also applies to damage from Flechette Orb's nails.
- Buff duration equals to the remaining time on the Overdriver mine until it expires.
- Damage bonus applies multiplicatively to total damage and Vauban's passive.
- Overdriver does not jump to allies already buffed by another Overdriver.
- Overdriver mines have a tendency to prioritize buffing players if placed directly on the ground, while jumping to Companions and other allies if placed on a vertical surface.
- If Vauban casts a new Overdriver while at max number of active drivers, the oldest mine will disappear, even when still attached to a friendly target.
- Ability Synergy:
- Tether Coil can bring enemies into range of a containment field for suspension or vortex suction, while releasing the coil's wires to seek new targets.
- Vector Pad can launch enemies into range of Tether Coils, Flechette Orbs, other Vector Pads, and Bastilles.
- Overdriver can attach to to increase their damage output.
- Casting Minelayer is a two-handed animation that allows free movement but interrupts certain actions such as reloading.
- Can be cast multiple times while active, however only 4 instances of each mine type can be active at all times.
Drop a targeting beacon that calls in a devastating laser artillery strike.
|Strength:15 ( damage on beacon hit)|
1,000 / 1,500 / 2,000 / 2,500 ( damage on explosion)
|Range:4 / 4 / 5 / 5 m (blast radius)|
|Misc:?% ( status chance)|
1.5 s (strike delay)
1.0x (damage multiplier per 10 enemy levels)
- Vauban throws a targeting beacon in an arcing trajectory toward the aiming reticle. On impact with an enemy, the beacon inflicts 15 damage with a ?% status chance; on impact with an enemy, a surface or after 1.5 seconds has elapsed, an orbital cannon fires a powerful energy laser that penetrates through solid matter to strike the beacon, destroying it in the process, and inflicting 1,000 / 1,500 / 2,000 / 2,500 scaling damage to all enemies within a 4 / 4 / 5 / 5 meter radius.
- Beacon damage on hit is affected by Ability Strength.
- Explosion damage is affected by Ability Strength, Vauban's passive, and enemy level.
- Photon Strike's explosion damage benefits from Ability Strength, Vauban's passive, and enemy level using the following expression:
- Total Explosion Damage = Blast Damage × (1 + Ability Strength) × (1 + Passive Damage Bonus) × Enemy Level Multiplier
- Blast radius is affected by Ability Range.
- Beacon hit status chance and strike delay are not affected by Mods.
- Enemies that survive the strike are ragdolled away from the blast zone.
- The targeting beacon will bounce off walls and enemies.
- Photon Strike will damage units along the path of the beam.
- Ability Synergy:
- If cast while in midair, the casting animation changes with Vauban hovering briefly as he spins to throw the beacon.
Erect a containment field to capture enemies and suspend them in stasis, stripping their armor. Hold to collapse all Bastilles into a single damaging vortex.
|Strength:15 ( damage on device hit)|
6 / 8 / 10 / 12 (max targets lifted)
2.5 / 5 / 7.5 / 10 % (armor removal per second)
50 ( damage per second in vortex)
|Duration:8 / 10 / 12 / 15 s (bastille duration)|
10 / 12 / 13 / 15 s (vortex duration)
10 s (armor buff duration)
3 s (auto collapse vortex duration)
|Range:5 / 7 / 8 / 10 m (capture radius)|
|Misc:?% ( status chance)|
∞ (armor buff duration in field)
1,000 (armor bonus cap)
?% ( status chance)
- Vauban throws a modular device in an arcing trajectory toward the aiming reticle. On impact with an enemy, the device inflicts 15 damage with a ?% status chance; on impact with an enemy or surface, the device erects an energy containment field that suspends up to 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 enemies into the air within a 5 / 7 / 8 / 10 meter radius. Armored enemies suspended by Bastille permanently lose 2.5% / 5% / 7.5% / 10% of their total Armor points per second, whilst unarmored enemies are simply held captive; simultaneously, Vauban and allies standing inside the containment field gain an armor bonus up to 1,000 armor points, based on the amount stripped from the suspended armored and unarmored enemies within. Bastille armor bonus lasts indefinitely while inside the field and remains active for 10 seconds once outside.
- Device damage on hit, max targets lifted, and armor removal per second are affected by Ability Strength.
- Capture radius is affected by Ability Range.
- Armor bonus duration is affected by Ability Duration.
- Status chance and armor bonus cap are not affected by Mods.
- Bastille still grants Vauban and his allies an armor bonus if the suspended enemies are unarmored. The armor bonus is gained at a reduced rate compared to directly stripping armor from armored enemies.
- Bastille armor bonus duration is reset to full when moving into any Bastille containment fields.
- Suspended enemies are lifted into the air and completely immobilized, allowing headshots to hit their mark without resistance.
- Bastille containment field will continue to capture enemies up to the max target count throughout its duration, in the event captured enemies are killed and new enemies come into range.
- After 8 / 10 / 12 / 15 seconds have elapsed, the containment field automatically collapses into a Vortex singularity for 3 seconds
- Field duration and auto collapse vortex duration are affected by Ability Duration.
- Hold down the ability key (default
) without any containment fields active to throw a new device set to Vortex mode. Hold down the ability key to collapse all active Bastille containment fields into Vortexes. Both methods of manually creating Vortexes resets the new and existing devices to last for 10 / ? / ? / 15 seconds.
- Vortex duration is affected by Ability Duration.
- If Bastille fields are in range of each other, manually collapsing them into vortexes causes them to converge on the location of the first active Bastille, based on the order of creation. Enemies and pickups captured by the vortexes will be dragged along toward the new destination.
- The Vortex constantly draws in all enemies within the same radius toward the device and inflicting 50 damage per second with a ?% status chance on affected enemies.
- Damage per second is affected by Ability Strength.
- Status chance is not affected by mods.
- Enemies captured by the vortex are ragdolled and clustered together at the center of the ability.
- Vortex also draws in Pickups within its radius for convenient collection.
- The drawing of multiple vortex add up.
- Ability Synergy:
- 's Tether Coil and Vector Pad can bring enemies into range of Bastille. Enemies tied to Tether Coils are released into Bastille's containment field for suspension, freeing the coils to seek new targets.
- 's targeting beacon is attracted to Bastille's vortex mode, causing the beacon to home in on the device with the laser striking all enemies within range.
- Can be used while performing many actions without interrupting them, including reloading.
- Can be cast multiple times while active.
- If cast while in midair, the casting animation changes with Vauban hovering briefly in the air as he throws the device.
- Bastille is a one-handed action. As such, it can be used while performing various maneuvers and actions without interruption.
- Main article: Repelling Bastille
Repelling Bastille is a Warframe Augment Mod for 's that repels new enemies when it reaches the maximum amount of enemies it can contain, and increases Vortex's duration for every additional Vortex thrown into it.
|Rank||Repel Chance||Added Duration||Cost|
- When used in narrow hallways or choke-points, enemies that are held up in the field block the path of others behind, negating the enemy limit and blocking all the enemies from advancing.
- Bastille spawns from a ball that Vauban throws in an arc, so it can be deployed where aimed.
- It's not recommended to bring a companion when playing stealth without a way of cloaking (becoming invisible) yourself, as crouching may reduce enemy visibility for you, but it does not affect your companions and could still leave them in enemy sight.
- Be patient and learn the behavior of your enemies. Good timing means you can avoid patrols and position yourself to attack enemies from behind.
- Check your surroundings to sneak up on an unsuspecting enemy without interruption. Do not eliminate an enemy if it is being watched by another enemy. If enemies see a corpse that has not disappeared yet, they might be alert for a short period of time.
- In large rooms, look for exposed ceiling rafters or ventilation shafts that can be used to traverse areas without the risk of directly encountering enemy patrols.
- Always allow at least a two-meter distance between enemies before engaging them in melee as a precautionary measure.
- Staggered enemies don't make sounds, but they become alert and will alert others if given a chance to recover. If you did not kill an enemy with a single hit, keep it staggered by stealthy means and you'll be fine. procs will lengthen the amount of time an enemy stays staggered.
- Stand to the side of a door to open it and peer slightly by moving the camera. You can see around the left edge of obstacles by changing the camera to hang over your left shoulder (default is ).
- Having a Sentinel equipped may compromise stealth, as it does not hide behind low cover. If you do bring a Sentinel, make sure to remove their targeting precept mod or the weapon itself. The only exception is Shade's , which will not target enemies unless they are attacked players.
- If you have a Shade with the ability, consider sprinting toward an enemy to activate it quickly.
- Sniper Rifles and other long-range weapons such as the are less likely to attract attention. This is most likely because the weapon noise at the gun's barrel is far greater than the noise at the impact site.
- Use a Codex Scanner or Synthesis Scanner. Scanners can show enemies within 50 meters through walls and behind cover. However, if used to scan, it will remove the scanned enemies from the player's view.
- Practice stealth play on low-level Extermination missions. As players will usually one-shot almost all enemies, they will get the hang of silent weapons, the enemy's cone of vision, and other things that would be difficult to practice with the most difficult of missions.
- Try doing stealth missions solo, as various players that may join mid-round may not agree with taking a stealthy approach to a mission. A solo player is also able to improve on their mistakes and their mistakes alone.
- If going invisible in Corpus stealth missions, be very careful of Nullifier Crewmen and Fog Combas and Scrambuses, as they can disable a Warframe's invisibility powers.
- Unalerted enemies that are sent to sleep by 's Rest and 's Sleep Arrow can be killed using automatic weapons that deal weak damage per shot without alerting them, as long as the enemy is killed quickly enough after passing their waking damage threshold. Both abilities can also be used on clustered enemies to prevent them from being alerted by kills made in their proximity.
- The fiery battle damage environmental hazard will spawn extremely alert enemies at the start. To resume stealth, kill all alert enemies in the area quickly and hack the nearest panel to reset the alarm. They will revert to an unalert state after some time. If the alarm is not reset, all enemies will spawn in the alerted state.
- Sources of enemy radar, such as or , reveal enemies within range on your minimap as red arrows indicating position, general facing, and alertness level. Use this information when available to gauge the situation and plan how to proceed in a stealthy manner.
- After Hotfix 25.8.1 (2019-10-09), only stealth finishers could receive a bonus, though no mention of this change was made in any patch notes. As of a recent patch, proper stealth bonus functionality returned.
- With projectile-based weapons, (Primary, Secondary weapons, AND thrown melee kills) enemies will see the projectiles and become alert.
- The practicality of attempting an assassination on heavy and shielded units, especially purely mechanical enemies such as Corpus Ospreys.
- If you aren't at the same altitude as the target, the prompt will not easily appear.
- Being at a lower altitude will teleport the enemy to your current location, possibly causing them to overlap with walls. This usually happens on the stairs.
- A Prompt will appear and disappear unexpectedly when the enemy is alerted.
- After each stealth attack, you finish standing up, which might reveal your position. You will need to release and re-press the crouch button to return to the crouch position. If you are using a toggle crouch key, simply press it during the animation to return to crouching when the attack completes.
- Dropping off a ledge will also cause you to stand upon landing.
- A glitch can occur when stealth attacking Infested Ancients, Heavy Gunners or Corpus Techs. Upon entering the stealth attack animation, the enemy will shrink to roughly the player's size. (This shrinking glitch can also occur when using 's . Blade Storm has a possibility to also shrink Grineer soldiers, as well as a few bosses, including Lieutenant Lech Kril.)
- It is possible to attempt a stealth finisher without a melee weapon. This uses the finisher animation of nikanas but does very little damage.
- Main article: Enemy Behavior
- For a long time, it was possible to notice enemy spawn points (usually in Survival missions) and continue to fire your weapon under stealth to gain continuous stealth bonus experience, allowing quick leveling and Focus affinity.
- To counter this, a mechanic was introduced wherein newly spawned enemies have a hidden timer active. This timer, which can be around 4-8 seconds or in rare cases indefinitely, causes killing this otherwise unalerted enemy to not count as a stealth kill and thus will reset any stealth bonus multiplier you have if this enemy is killed. This is why players may notice that despite all enemies being unaware of your presence, killing them all at once with an explosive weapon will often not give you any stealth affinity, or lose your current stealth multiplier.