Awarded by the Arbiters of Hexis to few Tenno capable of surviving Arbitration.
—In-game description

Vitus Essence is a special resource that only appears on Arbitrations.


  • Vitus Essence is primarily obtained from Arbitrations:
    • 1 Vitus is guaranteed from completing a rotation, separate from the reward table.
    • Each rotation has a 7% chance to award 3 Vitus from the reward table.
    • Arbitration Shield Drones have a 6% chance to drop 1 Vitus on kill.


  • Vitus Essence is used to buy items from the Arbitrations Vendor NPC in the Arbiters of Hexis room of any relay. Availability of wares are not affected by the player's reputation with the syndicate.
Click to view the items purchased with Vitus Essence.

  • Vitus Essence is also used to craft items, mainly Ephemeras.

    Vitus drop.

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Vitus Essence
Blueprint Type Quantity
OroFusexOrnamentB.png Ayatan Amber Star Resource 1
Blazing Step Ephemera Cosmetic 1
Bleeding Body Ephemera Cosmetic 1
Freezing Step Ephemera Cosmetic 1
Seeding Step Ephemera Cosmetic 1
Shocking Step Ephemera Cosmetic 1
Smoking Body Ephemera Cosmetic 1
Eventium.png Synthula Resource (1)
Total 7 (+1)
Research Ghost Clan x1   Shadow Clan x3   Storm Clan x10   Mountain Clan x30   Moon Clan x100



Old "Nitain" icon.

  • Prior to Hotfix 25.7.6 (2019-09-18), Vitus Essence's icon was a recolored Nitain Extract icon.
    • Similarly, while Nitain Extract is internally labeled as "Alertium", Vitus Essence is labeled as "Elitium" – Arbitrations were originally workshopped under the moniker of Elite Alerts.
  • Vitus means "of life" in Latin, the item's name can be taken literally as essence of life.

Patch History[]

Update 30.5 (2021-07-06)

  • Doubled the Vitus Essence drop rate from Arbitration Drones to 6% from 3%!
  • Vitus Essence will now remain on the ground for 5 minutes before disappearing. If the UI marker is blinking, be sure to get it before it’s gone!

Hotfix 25.7.6 (2019-09-18)

Reward and Rotation Changes
  • Arbiter Drones will now have a small chance to drop Vitus Essence on kill.
    • Vitus Essence dropped by destroyed Arbitration drones will have the special pickup notification.
New Arbitration Rewards
  • Added 3 x Vitus Essence bundle to the Arbitrations drop table.

Update 24.8 (2019-04-24)

General Arbitrations Changes
  • Reduced Vitus Essence crafting cost for the Amber Star Blueprint from 2 to 1.

Update 24.0 (2018-11-08)

  • A reusable Ayatan Amber Star Blueprint (available for 10 Vitus Essence) is purchasable from the Arbiters of Hexis in the Relay.

Hotfix 23.10.2 (2018-10-12)

  • Fixed Arbitration missions rewarding the incorrect amount of Vitus Essence at End Of Mission.

Update 23.10 (2018-10-12)

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Hotfix 25.7.6 (2019-09-18)