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After centuries of sleep you are awake. Your Warframe armor is weak. Your skills all but forgotten.

A Grineer General, Vor, stands over you. "You are mine, Tenno!"
—Quest Description
For the soundtrack, see Vor's Prize (Soundtrack).

Vor's Prize is the second main Quest of WARFRAME. Occuring immediately after Awakening, it is designed to guide new players through the game so that they can familiarize themselves with the various systems involved. The Quest was released in Update 14.0 (2014-07-18).

Synopsis

Continuing with their efforts to stop Captain Vor, the newly awakened Tenno travels around Earth, looking for parts to repair their Orbiter ship with. With the help of ship Cephalon Ordis at the helm, they manage to rescue a Corpus black marketeer named Darvo who was imprisoned by the Grineer for being sympathetic to the Tenno cause. Darvo helps the Tenno retrieve ship segments that unlock basic functionality such as Market or Foundry access.

In the end, the Tenno successfully disables the Ascaris device, freeing them from Vor's control. However, the device has an anti-tampering failsafe that will cause it to detonate if it is not disarmed. They then seek to assassinate the captain, defeating him on a mining asteroid off Earth's orbit, ultimately disarming the Ascaris device.

The Lotus counts on the Tenno to travel across the Star Chart to bring balance to the Origin System from the dominating forces of the Grineer and Corpus factions.

Walkthrough

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The following article/section contains spoilers. Please finish the quest before proceeding.

The events of Vor's Prize immediately follows Awakening.

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Warframe - Vor's Prize Teaser Trailer

Vor suffers the consequences of his failure.

Interlude I: The Orbiter, Earth Orbit

With the Liset ship and a handful of weapons at the ready, the Tenno is introduced to their own personal Orbiter ship, along with the Arsenal system (after restoring its functionality) only to find that it has been looted and that the vast majority of the Orbiter's systems are offline, their module segments having been removed or damaged. The Lotus recommends that the Tenno prioritize repairing the ship's Communication system so that they may further arm themselves and (optionally) coordinate with other Tenno. There are no replacement components available aboard the Orbiter, but she has located a suitable replacement on the surface of Earth.

During this part of the quest, Enemies do not drop Loot other than Ammo, and the Player cannot gain Affinity towards their starting equipment. The player is rewarded Credits64 3,000 Credits upon completion of the mission.

Outreach: E Prime, Earth

The Tenno deploys back to Earth, with the intent of retrieving the Communications module from a Grineer outpost. This short mission introduces the Spy game mode (this was previously Interception); the Tenno must break into a Grineer Data Vault and hack the console to retrieve the module. Once this has been done, the Tenno returns to the Orbiter.

Enemies during this mission drop normal Resource Rewards and Credits, and have a chance to drop Mod TT 20px Pistol Gambit, Mod TT 20px Slip Magazine, and Mod TT 20px Trick Mag.

Upon completion, players are rewarded with Mod TT 20px Point Blank, Mod TT 20px Hornet Strike, Mod TT 20px Pressure Point, and Mod TT 20px Serration mods, as well as Credits64 3,500 Credits.

Interlude II: The Orbiter, Earth Orbit

With the Communications module segment in hand, the system can be restored. This allows access to the Market and enables Matchmaking functionality. Ordis mentions that the Tenno can now contact arms dealers (though in somewhat less flattering terms at first, given his unstable nature) to expand their arsenal. Whilst it seems there are no merchants currently available, the Lotus has located a captive arms dealer on the surface who might be sympathetic to the Tenno cause.

Familiar Faces: Mariana, Earth

Returning again to the surface, the Tenno sets out to rescue a Corpus black marketeer named Darvo who is sympathetic to the Tenno cause — and has been imprisoned by the Grineer as a result. During the course of the mission, the true purpose of the Ascaris becomes clear; it is designed to allow Vor to assume control of the Warframe. Vor (now demoted to Captain for his failure) demonstrates partial control of the Warframe systems by temporarily halving the Tenno's maximum shields, similar to the effect of the Cryogenic Hazard, but cannot yet assume full control.

Vor also comments on the nature of the Warframes; they do not control the 'divine energy', the Tenno are the 'divine energy' — with each Warframe the Tenno owns being a 'glass' through which that 'energy' is focused.

Players are rewarded with Mod TT 20px Continuity, Mod TT 20px Intensify, Mod TT 20px Stretch, Mod TT 20px Redirection, and Mod TT 20px Vitality mod upon mission success.

Interlude III: The Orbiter, Earth Orbit

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Upon escaping, Darvo rewards the player with an Ascaris Negator blueprint — An item to negate the effects of the Ascaris Vor installed.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
100
Morphics
1
Salvage
450
PolymerBundle
240
Time: 10 sec
Rush: Platinum64 0
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

However, the orbiter's Foundry systems are inoperative and must also be restored. The Lotus has located a neutral mining colony where they should be able to obtain the equipment they need with potentially no bloodshed or violence.

The Tenno also recovers the Mod system segment in the process of rescuing Darvo, and now has the ability to install any mods retrieved during prior and following missions. Ordis encourages the Tenno to install some modifications so they are better prepared, somewhat eagerly recommending the use of DmgFireSmall64 Heat weaponry — another sign of his instability after being abandoned for so long.

A normal Mod TT 20px Redirection mod is automatically given to players upon restoration of the Mods segment.

Oppression: Mantle, Earth

Arriving at the mining outpost, the Tenno and the Lotus find that there are no signs of colonist activity any more — only Grineer soldiers. The Lotus deduces that the Grineer have invaded, and directs the Tenno to first retrieve the Foundry module, then Exterminate the remaining Grineer so that the lost miners are avenged.

Mod TT 20px Bane of Corpus, Mod TT 20px Bane of Grineer, Mod TT 20px Convulsion, Mod TT 20px Heated Charge, and Mod TT 20px Fury are rewarded upon completion.

Interlude IV: The Orbiter, Earth Orbit

Foundry module secured, the Tenno returns to the Orbiter and installs it. With the Foundry systems once again online, they find the ship's supply stores were also looted by the Grineer. Now the Tenno must find materials so that they can manufacture the Negator using the blueprint Darvo supplied. Ordis sends Darvo a somewhat impolite message; Darvo replies quite promptly, apologizing for the misunderstanding, and directs the Tenno to a series of Corpus Supply Caches where they can gather the materials they need to manufacture the Negator.

Loot & Pillage: Gaia, Earth

Following the coordinates sent by Darvo, the Tenno finds a series of Corpus outposts built into the upper levels of the Himalayan Mountains. The Lotus has identified three Supply Caches which should contain the materials necessary to produce the Negator. During the course of the mission, Darvo briefly introduces the Tenno to the Corpus and explains that whilst the mission is technically stealing, the Corpus aren't exactly beacons of moral fortitude either — given that they'll sell anything to anyone. Darvo sees their willingness to deal with the Grineer as unforgivable and is all too happy to support the Tenno in their efforts against the Corpus and the Grineer as a result.

Unfortunately, it also appears the Ascaris' work is almost complete. The Tenno loses contact with the Lotus and Darvo during the mission, as Vor shows he can now interrupt transmissions fully, rather than simply force you to receive his own messages. He states that the Tenno will soon return to him instead of the Lotus, over their own free will.

Completing this mission will award Mod TT 20px Steel Fiber and Mod TT 20px Enemy Sense.

Interlude V: The Orbiter, Earth Orbit

With the resources for the Ascaris Negator ready, the Foundry is put to work and the Ascaris can be removed. Vor manages one final transmission.

What a waste.
—Vor

Moments later, the Tenno is briefly incapacitated. The Ascaris has an anti-tampering failsafe and has burrowed deeper into the Warframe. It will soon detonate — with predictably lethal results — and the only way to disarm it is to find Vor. The Lotus locates a nearby ship that should have information on Vor's location, and the Tenno departs immediately.

Not surprisingly, Ordis seems pleased that finding Vor may involve violence.

Navigation Recovery: Pacific, Earth

Boarding the Grineer Galleon, the Tenno immediately sets out to retrieve a navigation segment held within a storage cell aboard the ship. Once retrieved, the segment can be made compatible with the Liset's systems, allowing the Tenno to discover the location of Captain Vor in order to confront Captain Vor.

After retrieving the segment, the Tenno is faced with a challenge. The Galleon is on a direct course for a convoy full of innocent colonists. Do they intervene on the behalf of the colonists by destroying the Galleon's reactor (thereby causing the Galleon to self-destruct) or do they extract immediately? No matter the choice, the Ascaris again demonstrates partial control of the Warframe systems, halving the Tenno's maximum shields.

If the Tenno chooses to save the colonists, the Tenno has 5 minutes to evacuate before the Galleon explodes upon disabling the reactor. The Lotus ultimately thanks the Tenno for their actions, but reminds them that they must survive in order to protect the system.

A broken Mod TT 20px Stretch and Mod TT 20px Intensify mod are awarded upon completing the mission.

Interlude VI: The Orbiter, Earth Orbit

After installing the navigation segment, the Tenno can head to Cambria, Earth for the final confrontation with Vor.

Faceoff: Cambria, Earth

Captain Vor has been located on a mining asteroid — and best of all, he is without his elite guard. It is the perfect time to eliminate him. The Tenno finds and confronts him. After a short battle, Vor is dead, and the Ascaris and its detonator have disintegrated.

Completing this mission will complete the quest.

Epilogue I: The Orbiter, Earth Orbit

The Tenno is free — but the battle has only just begun. The Lotus immediately sent the Tenno a message, ordering them into a conquest to save the Origin System, one of which the Tenno must decide themselves.

Your New Mission

Tenno,

Now that you have freed yourself from Vor and his Ascaris, you have a new mission, one of your own making. Know that I am only your guide, you are your own warrior, you decide what battles to fight. Allow me to suggest a course of action:

Seek out like-minded fighters, Tenno are more effective in groups.

Execute missions and alerts on the Star Chart to open new paths of exploration.

Use the credits you earned in battle to buy blueprints in the Market, then hunt down resources and craft those items in your Foundry.

Customize your weapons and Warframes using the Mod bench. Different enemies are vulnerable to different combinations of mods, experiment to discover the most effective loadouts.

Finally, stay alert. The Grineer and Corpus are tireless and you are the only thing standing between them and total domination of the Origin System.

I am counting on you, Tenno.

Epilogue II: Vor's Excerpt

After reading the message, an end screen diorama will appear along with Vor's personal excerpt, providing a background story of his very first encounter with the Tenno in Pluto, in a mission to purge them before they are strong enough to fight back.[1]

MY QUEENS -

You were right, the Tenno threat is real. We found one drifting near Pluto but the Lotus knew we were coming. She purged the Cryo moments before we had them and sent a squad of Tenno to break our assault.

They escaped. We are working on tracing them. Separate this Tenno from the flock and it should be easy to kill. We shattered its Warframe and expect such an abrupt Cryo purge will have damaged its memories.

We anxiously await punishment for failing this task.

—VOR

Notes

  • During the intro where the player has to defend the ship, the ship does not actually need to be defended, only requiring that the player survive till the timer is complete.
  • Though the two missions prior to the final confrontation with Vor are both set to the 'Hijack' mode, their objectives bear no similarities to the actual Hijack mission type. Instead, one sees the Tenno destroying three storage units that are guaranteed to drop the required materials, and the other sees the Tenno first conducting a Raid-type objective, followed by an optional Sabotage-type objective.
  • The mission rewards listed in the above walkthrough only apply to players who are playing through the quest for the first time. Clients who have already completed the quest beforehand will receive randomized rewards, and may sometimes get no after-mission reward at all.
  • Despite Lotus sending a message to the player's inbox after assassinating Vor and completing the quest, defeating him again will result in Lotus rewarding Credits64 25,000 credits and sending a different message.
  • Players who joined before Update 14.0 (2014-07-18) were given the choice to play Vor's Prize. Choosing to abstain would not unlock the Codex entry in the Quests tab.
  • Despite the fact that in Oppression: Mantle, the Lotus tells the player to "kill all Grineer" after obtaining the segment, enemies will continue to spawn after this kill count is achieved. This is due to the way Exterminate missions were changed where enemies keep spawning and are not changed for missions that tell the player to destroy all enemies.
  • While Ordis recommends modding your weapons for DmgFireSmall64 Heat damage, the player will have not access to Heat damage mods until after retrieving the Foundry segment.
  • During the Familiar Faces phase of this quest there is a guaranteed spawn of a rare extraction tile, this tile has a Kuria hidden somewhere in it, so if you want to find all the Kuria and you can buy Codex Scanners before this mission, come prepared to look for the Kuria.

Trivia

  • A teaser for Vor's Prize was partially introduced in the game at the start of Update 9.0 (2013-07-13), via a diorama (particularly Vor smiling with a Void Key in his hand) players could access via the "Show Profile" button, though access to it was removed later on. Said diorama was still used by the game as a potential login screen diorama, prior to the login screen overhaul introduced in Update 23.0 (2018-06-15).
  • The first two missions of this quest are unique in that they do not allow the player to outright die during the missions in question. This trait is exclusively used within Development Builds or Warframe Teasers and can only be legitimately used by players within those missions only.

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Bugs

  • After hacking the console and defending the ship at the start of the quest, it can still trigger a generic "the alarms have not been activated" Lotus voice line.

References

Patch History

Update 36.0 (2024-06-18)

  • Fixed the installation animation not playing in the various stages of the Vor’s Prize Quest.

Update 35.5 (2024-03-27)

Quest Changes

Quest Blueprint Build Times:

We reduced the following Quest-related blueprint crafting time to 10 seconds, and updated the Rush Cost to be 0 Platinum:

  • Ascaris Negator (Vor’s Prize)

Update 35.0 (2023-12-13)

  • Fixed an issue in the first part of Vor's Prize where some Grineer showed odd movements as they approached players.

Hotfix 34.0.6 (2023-10-30)

  • Fixed Air Support Charges appearing in the Foundry during Vor’s Prize.
    • These should only appear in the Foundry once you are in possession of the Landing Craft Foundry Segment.

Update 34.0 (2023-10-18)

Removal of Flawed Mods from Vor’s Prize

Flawed Mods
Flawed Mods are a special variant of Mods that are only accessible via the Vor’s Prize Quest and were intended to be an early introduction for players to the Modding system. Over the years, we have come to understand that these Mods have the unintended effect of players investing Endo that would be better used in the non-flawed variants.

As a result, we have removed Flawed Mods from Vor’s Prize and replaced them with the normal variants. Additionally, players who already own Flawed Mods have had them replaced with the normal variant with this update's release -- excluding the April Fool’s Flawed Ammo Drum from 2016, of course. The conversion maintained the Mod rank, so a Rank 3 Flawed Vitality has become a Rank 3 Vitality, etc.

Any equipped Flawed Mods have been uninstalled, so be sure to check your builds if this affects you!

Flawed Mod Storage Site
After posting our initial Dev Workshop outlining the Flawed Mods removal, many players expressed their desire to keep them for a variety of reasons. Luckily for those Tenno, we managed to find the original (disposal) storage site of the Flawed Mods and have made them available to players once more.

Seek out the storage site near Cressa Tel in Iron Wake on Earth to purchase them anew. We did our best to price these rare finds fairly, keeping in mind that these are now collector’s items of course, so they can be yours for the cost of a few (thousand) Credits!

While this is a tongue-in-cheek implementation of new Flawed Mods acquisition, we appreciate the value that these Mods offer to certain players and wanted to keep them available for those who requested it.

Note: Due to the unique acquisition method for these Mods, players will not be able to dissolve Flawed Mods for Endo or Transmute them.

Adjusting for Increased Mod Drain As Flawed Mods are being removed, we want to ensure that new players can still create their early builds and equip Mods onto their equipment. Since normal Mods have a higher drain than their Flawed variants, we’re approaching this problem in two ways:

Firstly, we’ve added 90k Bonus Affinity to the completion of the Vor’s Prize Quest, split up across the 6 missions. Each mission earns new players an additional 15k Affinity upon first completion only.

NOTE: With the extra Affinity earned throughout Vor’s Prize, we have removed the ability for players to attempt Mastery Rank tests until they have completed this Quest.

Secondly, we’ve reduced the base Drain for a few core Mods by 2. This will allow these Mods to fit into early game builds more easily, but also has the benefit of reducing their overall Drain at all ranks.

Here are the Mods that have been reduced from a Drain of 4 to 2 at Rank 0:

  • Fast Deflection - new Max Rank Drain of 7
  • Redirection - new Max Rank Drain of 12
  • Enemy Sense - new Max Rank Drain of 7
  • Continuity - new Max Rank Drain of 7
Early Game Inbox Adjustments

Updated Early Game Inbox Messages
Continuing with our plans for improving the new player path, we have updated the completion Inbox messages for the following Quests:

  • Vor’s Prize
    • Added new Ordis voice lines when interacting with the Mod Segment during the Quest to set expectations around Modding this early on in the game: “Ordis realizes modding may seem a tad overwhelming, but everything will soon make sense.”

Known Issue: We have identified an issue causing this inbox message to not be delivered with this Update’s launch. We have fixed the issue and it will be coming in an upcoming hotfix.

Hotfix 33.6.1 (2023-07-31)

  • Fixed the ability to sell/dissolve Mods in the Vor’s Prize Quest, resulting in a progstop.

Update 33.6 (2023-07-27)

  • Removed the Duviri Starting Path from the New Player Experience. Now, all new Tenno will start with the Vor's Prize Quest, and the Duviri Paradox will be available to them after its completion.
    • After months of review of player behavior, we are making this change to give all new players an accurate representation of core Warframe gameplay before we introduce them to the magic of Duviri. Offering two Starting Paths for new players was an experiment -- and not one we regret -- but a key part of experimentation is continued iteration after the fact to ensure the best player experience possible. Tenno who already chose the Drifter Path should not be affected!
  • Fixed being able to install the wrong Segment during the Vor’s Prize Quest, resulting in a progression stop.

Update 33.5 (2023-06-21)

  • Fixed part of the map being far brighter than the rest of the tileset during the “Obtain the Navigation Segment” in the Vor’s Prize Quest.

Hotfix 33.0.1 (2023-04-27)

  • Fixed Drifter hair not appearing during the Vor’s Prize Quest while the Ascaris Negator is equipped.

Update 33.0 (2023-04-26)

  • Made some adjustments to lighting in the Cetus Temple during the Vor’s Prize quest.

Update 32.3 (2023-02-15)

  • Fixed being able to enter an inaccessible area in the Vor’s Prize Quest.

Hotfix 32.2.10 (2023-01-18)

  • Optimized Vor’s Prize Quest to fix some hitches.

Hotfix 31.7.1 (2022-07-28)

  • Fixed a game lock when interacting with the deactivated News Panel during the Vor's Prize Quest.

Update 31.1 (2022-02-09)

  • Fixes towards Warframes having weird head movement during Vor's Prize Quest.
  • Fixed Warframe clipping into the Codex table when installing the Communication segment during Vor’s Prize.

Update 30.9 (2021-11-11)

  • Fixed one of Vor's taunt Transmissions playing twice in two different missions during Vor’s Prize Quest.

Hotfix 30.0.6 (2021-04-20)

  • Fixed Darvo calling out for your Secondary weapon during the Vor’s Prize Quest despite not actually being able to by design.

Update 29.10 (2021-03-19)

  • The News console will now be hidden until the player has completed the Vor’s Prize quest.

Hotfix 29.0.8 (2020-09-10)

  • Fixed erroneous text descriptions telling players things exist in the ‘Derelicts’ and that Vor’s Prize is related to Pluto.

Hotfix 29.0.3 (2020-08-26)

  • Fixed cases of players unable to start Vor’s Prize after completing the tutorial.
    • This also unblurs the ‘Vor’s Prize’ Quest entry for those who skipped it way back in the day.

Hotfix 28.2.1 (2020-08-01)

  • Fixed inability to access Navigation during Vor’s Prize Quest if you went to a Relay before returning to your Orbiter to access Navigation.

Hotfix 27.3.15 (2020-04-17)

  • Fixed a script error in Vor's Prize if you happened to kill an enemy after recovering the Nav Segment; apart from a few cosmetic things this would have broken the extra Affinity you would have earned for optionally destroying the Reactor.

Update 27.2 (2020-03-05)

  • Fixed “Melee Attack with…” tooltip clipping into the wall in Vor’s Prize in other languages.

Update 25.7 (2019-08-29)

  • Fixed incorrect prompt text in Vor’s Prize when attempting to hack console.

Hotfix 25.1.2 (2019-06-12)

  • Fixed Grineer walking around in circles in Vor’s Prize ‘Find the Comms Segment’.

Hotfix 23.1.1 (2018-07-19)

  • ‘Damaged Mods’ are hereby called ‘Flawed Mods’ now. Welcome to a new era.

Update 22.20 (2018-05-17)

  • Shortened and simplified most levels for the Vor's Prize missions, making sure the missions are more suitable for new player navigation.

Hotfix 22.12.3 (2018-02-12)

  • Fixed poor lighting during Vor's Prize cutscenes.

Update 22.10 (2018-01-25)

  • Replaced old damaged Liset ship in Vor’s Prize cinematic with new damaged version.

Hotfix 22.8.4 (2018-01-11)

  • Fixed a progstop in Vor's Prize where the Arsenal Segment wouldn't install.

Update 22.6 (2017-12-07)

  • Fixed a rare case of the Ascaris becoming invisible in the Vor's Prize quest.

Hotfix 22.2.5 (2017-11-11)

  • Fixed some textures flickering or popping in during the initial Vor's Prize cutscene.

Hotfix 22.1.2 (2017-10-30)

  • Fixed the Esc menu and the tutorial popups in Vor's Prize appearing stretched in non-standard aspect ratios.

Hotfix 22.0.3 (2017-10-16)

  • Added new objective UI text to Vor’s Prize to be more descriptive and consistent.

Hotfix 22.0.2 (2017-10-13)

  • Vor’s Prize will now appear as “Completed” in the Codex for players that chose to skip it back in the day.

Update 22.0 (2017-10-12)

  • Tweaked the glass material on the Orokin capsules in the first mission of Vor's Prize.
  • Updated the Liset's appearance in the cinematic during the first mission of Vor's Prize.
  • Fixed Vor disappearing after the first beam block in the first mission of Vor's Prize.

Hotfix 21.7.1 (2017-09-12)

  • Fixed getting stuck in the Esc menu when attempting to access the Market during Vor's Prize.

Update 21.7 (2017-09-09)

  • The Solar Map now only blinks the "next quest mission" node in flashing blue during Vor's Prize instead of all "unlocked-but-not-completed" nodes. We also tuned the blinking interval down to 1 second for Vor's Prize (instead of the default of 2 seconds) so these nodes are even more prominent.

Hotfix 21.5.1 (2017-08-17)

  • Fixed new players seeing the incorrect number of Revives remaining before completing Vor's Prize.

Update 21.5 (2016-08-16)

  • Fixed getting kicked from Vor’s Prize for taking too long to complete a mission (i.e. if you sat at the “choose your Warframe” screen).

Update 21.4 (2017-08-10)

  • Fixed crates from Vor’s Prize unintentionally spitting out Void resources (e.g. Argon Crystal).

Hotfix 19.7.1 (2017-01-19)

  • Fixed Vor's enemy spawns during his boss fight not spawning in as ‘alert’. Previously they were spawning idle and had to see / hear / investigate the player in the middle of the boss fight.
  • Fixed enemies in Vor's Prize remaining stationary at their spawn point indefinitely until they became alert.
  • Fixed some broken PBR textures in Vor's Prize.

Update 19.6 (2017-01-11)

  • Fixed Ordis stating that Captain Vor is on Mercury when he is actually on Earth in Vor's Prize.

Hotfix 19.5.6 (2017-01-04)

  • Fixed various issues with the Ascaris Bolt.

Update: The Silver Grove (2016-08-19)

  • Increased the Spy mission timer in the Vor’s Prize quest.

Update 14.0 (2014-07-18)

  • Introduced.
  1. Prelude to War is compilation of miniquests and cutscenes leading up to The New War.
  2. While not part of the main story quest, The Duviri Paradox has very interlinked story context to several critical characters in The New War.
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