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.

Drop Locations[]

Mission Drop Tables

Mission Type Source Rotations
Drop Table
Chance[1] Quantity[2] Avg. per roll[3] Star Chart Nodes
Arbitrations Arbitrations A 7% 3 0.21

See in-game World State Window, must complete all nodes on Star Chart

Arbitrations Arbitrations B 7% 3 0.21

See in-game World State Window, must complete all nodes on Star Chart

Arbitrations Arbitrations C 7% 3 0.21

See in-game World State Window, must complete all nodes on Star Chart

Enemy Drop Tables

Enemy Drop Table Chance[4] Item Chance[5] Chance[6] Expected Kills[7] Quantity[8] Avg. per roll attempt[9]
Arbitration Shield Drone 6% 100% 6% 17 1 0.06

Sourced from the official drop table repository. See Module:DropTables/data to edit on the wiki.


  • 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 Screen

    Vitus drop.

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Vitus Essence
Blueprint Type Quantity
AyatanAmberStar 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
Synthula Synthula Resource (1)
Total 7 (+1)
Research Ghost Clan x1   Shadow Clan x3   Storm Clan x10   Mountain Clan x30   Moon Clan x100


  • To purchase everything from the Arbitrations Vendor at least once, players need 905 Vitus Essence.
  • Unlooted Vitus Essence from Arbitration Shield Drones will despawn after 5 minutes. They frequently disappear much earlier than this, most often between 1-3 minutes. Therefore players are advised to wait no longer than 1 minute for a Charm buff before looting it. Their waypoint UI is supposed to flash as they are about to disappear but this also does not work as intended, so do not wait for any flash before looting.
  • The Vitus Illumina decoration appears invisible unless GPU particles option is turned on to at least minimal in the graphics settings.
  • The Ayatan Amber Star blueprint is reusable. Each star requires Credits64 100,000, 2 Ayatan Cyan Stars and 1 Vitus Essence.
  • Vitus Essence dropped from Arbitration Shield Drones can be multiplied by a Resource Booster and the Smeeta Kavat's Mod TT 20px Charm
  • Arbitration Shield Drones are unaffected by NekrosIcon272 Nekros Desecrate130xWhite Desecrate, HydroidIcon272 Hydroid's Mod TT 20px Pilfering Swarm, IvaraIcon272 Ivara's Prowl130xWhite Prowl, AtlasIcon272 Atlas Mod TT 20px Ore Gaze, KhoraIcon272 Khora's Mod TT 20px Pilfering Strangledome and Chesa Kubrow's Mod TT 20px Retrieve.



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)

  1. Chance to roll item within drop table
  2. Amount rewarded on successful roll
  3. (Quantity × Chance)
  4. Chance to roll drop table
  5. Chance to roll item within drop table
  6. (Drop Table Chance × Item Chance)
  7. (1 / Chance), see WARFRAME Wiki:Expected & Nearly Guaranteed Numbers for more details
  8. Amount rewarded on successful roll
  9. (Quantity × Chance), average item quantity on a roll attempt (successful or not)