Cosmetics items are skins or accessories that can be applied to all Warframes (Excluding some Warframe-specific Auxiliary Cosmetics). These items include holographic badges, armor, helmets, Sigils, custom animations, and Syandana scarves. Some of them are available by default, others can be acquired through completing Events, through the Alerts system, syndicates, or purchased through the Market with Platinum.
All these items can be equipped in the Appearance page. Cosmetics whose names are italicized are no longer distributed or have limited distribution periods, typically due to them being distributed during events, part of a since-replaced Prime Access pack, or simply being seasonal offers.
- Main article: Color Picker Extension
Almost all equipment and cosmetics, including Warframes, Archwings, weapons, Sentinels, as well as the interior/exterior of the Orbiter can be customized with a variety of different color palettes. These palettes can be purchased in the Market. Each equipment has six color parts: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Accents, and Emissive (affects glowing color on equipment), and Energy (affects glowing colors on Warframe abilities).
Emissive and Energy also have secondary colors. Secondary Energy on Warframes, Archwings, Weapons, and Companions requires the equipment to have received Forma at least once, while it is available by default to non-Forma compatible equipment such as Armor and Syandana.
- Main article: Category:Helmet
Every Warframe can be equipped with alternate helmets aside from their default one. Although these helmets are purely cosmetic today, prior to Update 10.0 (2013-09-13) some of these helmets included slight changes to the Warframe's stats, and are labeled as Arcane Helmets (not to be confused with Arcane Enhancements) to differentiate them from their cosmetic counterparts. Alternative helmets can be acquired from the Market with Platinum or from Nightwave Offerings in the form of Blueprints.
Skins alter the appearance of Warframes, including Prime Warframes, with special patterns and colors. With a few exceptions, their colors may be changed by changing the corresponding color slot on your Warframe's appearance. They are for cosmetic purposes only.
- Main article: Idle Animations
Every Warframe comes with a set of three custom idle animations: Default, Noble, and Agile, which give the Warframe a unique idle stance depending on the animation and weapon type equipped. Occasionally, they will play a custom movement when the character stands still for a period of time. While all Warframe animations can be used between all Warframes, only animation sets native to a particular Warframe are available by default to that Warframe, and equipping an animation set from a different Warframe requires purchasing that animation for 50. However, 's Day and Night animation sets cost 35 each. Some deluxe skins and bundles come with unique alternate animations that become available when the skin or bundle is purchased.
- Main article: Armor (Cosmetic)
Armor are additional physical parts that can be attached to the Warframe's chest, shoulders, and legs. Each individual part location - Chest, Left Shoulder, Right Shoulder, Left Leg and Right Leg - can be individually customized with a different part, allowing for a mixed variety of styles. Also, Armor can be recolored independently of the Warframe and Syandana's colors under the Attachments section of the Appearance tab in the Arsenal. Certain Warframes such as and have preinstalled armor parts that can be replaced by these attachables. Armor have their own Channeling areas, and will glow when a Warframe is under the effects of Channeling.
Some armor such as the Edo chest piece will intermittently emit a translucent energy shield over the Warframe's chest, using the Warframe's energy color whenever sliding or taking damage. This is a purely cosmetic effect.
- Main article: Armor (Cosmetic)#Auxiliary Cosmetics
These are miscellaneous Warframe cosmetic items, typically equipped on the face or head.
- Main article: Ephemera
- Main article: Syandana
Syandanas are cosmetic garments, worn on the back of the Warframe that feature cloth physics, swaying to the Warframe's movement. Some Warframe specific cosmetics, such as Mortos and Valkyr's Bonds, are now treated as auxiliary cosmetics (whereas they had once been treated as Syandanas) and may be equipped simultaneously with a Syandana. All Syandanas can be used by any Warframe. Syandanas can be recolored independently of the Warframe and Armor's colors under the Attachments section of the Appearance tab in the Arsenal. A select few Syandanas have channeling patterns on them, although most Syandanas are unaffected by channeling. Some Syandanas, such as the Misa Prime and the Noru Prime were only available through certain Prime Access packs.
"Syandana" is a Sanskrit word स्यन्दन that can mean "flowing".
Regalia consist of Emblems and Sigils that display images of specific types of status or affiliations, such as Founders status, Clan affiliations and Events participation. Emblems can be equipped on either shoulder, and both shoulders can have the same emblem.
- Main article: Sigils
Sigils are mainly Syndicate-related logos that can be displayed on a Warframe's body. Unlike other Regalia, Sigils can have their size, position and orientation customized. Wearing Sigils also allows a player to earn Standing with the Syndicate the Sigil represents.
- Main article: Clan Emblem
This holographic badge displays the emblem of your Clan on a Warframe's shoulders (need to be set separately). It can only be acquired through the Market. Should an unallied Tenno bear this emblem, the badge will instead show a Lotus flower as seen to the right.
- Main article: Event Emblems
These badges can be acquired by participating in Events. The badge displays a holographic symbol of the specific event on either (or both) shoulder(s) of the Warframe. The player decides which side(s) to equip the emblem. As these events have concluded, their badges are no longer available.
These talismans are typically obtained by completing Trials. Since the unconditional retirement of trials they are no longer available.
The Vasero Sekhara is an evolving badge introduced in Update 31.5 (2022-04-27) that features different variants that players can unlock by defeating a certain number of enemies as the Operator while equipped. The base form can be purchased with Platinum in the Market for 60.
New Sekharas, titled Vasero Emergent and Vasero Apex, will be sent to the player's inbox upon completing a challenge.
These commemorative holographic badges were awarded to the top 1000 players in the now-retired Global Kill Leaderboard. They are no longer available.
These badges were given to any player who had purchased the Founders package. Each package provided a unique badge which displays a holographic image of the Founder type that the player is associated with.
With the closing of The Founders Pack, these are no longer available.