For the game itself, see WARFRAME.

The true nature of the Warframes and their Tenno connection is a secret lost to the Old War. Together, they represent our best hope in turning the tide of the machine war. Warframes are unique from Dax and other Infantry, deploying dangerous and esoteric Void energy, and equipped with often mundane physical weapons – this is key to fighting an enemy that had turned our technology against us.

—Warframes Fragment

A mysterious weaponized armor controlled solely by the Tenno. Through the Warframe, Tenno can cheat death, channel the forbidden Void energies and face scores of enemies without fatigue. Due to apparent resistances of their Bio-Metal exoskeletons, Warframes can be safely deployed to Infestation Outbreaks, should they occur. In-depth information of the Warframe mandate is forbidden to all but the Seven.

—Warframe Technology Fragment

The Warframe is an advanced weapons system used exclusively by the Tenno in their missions throughout the Origin System. The Warframes possess regenerative shieldsgreatly enhanced mobility, and the use of an array of supernatural abilities – all of which further augment the Tenno's deadly use of traditional combat arts.

Overview

Warframes are divided into a collection of diverse models, each of which personifies a great warrior spirit. Players may don ExcaliburIcon272.png Excalibur to gain his prowess with bladed weapons, for instance. Each Warframe is moreover highly reconfigurable, meaning players can tailor their choice of Warframe to fit a multitude of playstyles. While certain Warframes excel in a particular situation, none are limited to a singular role and no role demands the use of a singular Warframe.

Players customize Warframes via the installation of Mods which can upgrade their Warframe Attributes, endow them with additional utilities, and even alter their abilities. Further bonuses can be achieved by equipping add-ons, such as Arcane Helmets or Arcane Enhancements.

FrostIcon272.png Frost using Freeze130xDark.png Freeze

Each Warframe features four unique and extraordinary activatable powers that allow for a large degree of control over the surrounding environment. Warframes also possess passive abilities – powers that activate on their own accord. These powers allow a Tenno to cast virtually anything, with examples ranging from devastating waves of energy, to bullet-nullifying barriers, mass healing, portals to the stars beyond, radial waves of antimatter, and even ethereal weapons. Warframes greatly augment the physical abilities of a Tenno as well, affecting natural skills like swordsmanship, marksmanship and, most notably, acrobatics.

New players start the game by selecting their first Warframe, from ExcaliburIcon272.png Excalibur, MagIcon272.png Mag, or VoltIcon272.png Volt, and playing through the Vor's Prize Introductory Quest. As the player progresses, they may craft or buy other Warframes from the full list of offerings.

As of Hotfix 30.1.1, there are a total of 78 Warframes consisting of both original models and special variants. Only one of these special variants is exclusive to certain groups of players; Excalibur PrimeIcon272.png Excalibur Prime is a Founders-exclusive.

Acquisition

Warframes are obtained by two general methods: crafting them with in-game materials at the Foundry or purchasing them fully assembled from the Market. Additionally, obtaining a Warframe requires the use of a storage slot. Players possess a finite number of storage slots, which can be expanded by purchasing additional slots at the Market.

Foundry

Assembling a Warframe at the Foundry requires the Warframe's main blueprint and three component parts:

AshBlueprintIcon.png Helmet.png Chassis.png Systems.png
Main Blueprint Neuroptics Chassis Systems

To construct a Warframe, players must first assemble each of its components. This is performed by expending Resources earned throughout the game, including a copy of the part's corresponding blueprint. Component blueprints are generally obtained by completing appropriate Assassination missions, Quests, or Clan Dojo research, though exceptions exist. After collecting and assembling all of the necessary parts, players can purchase the Warframe's main blueprint from the Market with Credits64.png Credits (the game's free-to-play currency) to complete the construction process. Once assembled, a Warframe may be upgraded at any time with the installation of an OrokinReactor64.png Orokin Reactor.

Market

Warframes can also be purchased fully assembled in the Market with Platinum64.png Platinum. When acquired in this manner, a Warframe comes pre-installed with an OrokinReactor64.png Orokin Reactor and is provided with a complimentary Warframe storage slot.

Storage

Players begin the game with two Warframe storage slots and can acquire additional slots from the Market for a nominal fee of 20 Platinum64.png Platinum each (Players also gain a complimentary slot for any Warframe purchased directly from the Market). Warframe slots can also be acquired through Nightwave. Note that a player can acquire Platinum64.png Platinum without spending real world money by trading with other players.

Attributes

Main article: Warframe Attributes

Attributes are the stats and functionality of Warframes such as Health, Armor, Shields, Energy, and Sprint Speed. Each Warframe is made unique with a different combination of these and their powers.

Leveling Up

Main article: Affinity

Warframes require Affinity, conventionally known in other games as experience points (XP), in order to attain higher ranks. Each Warframe levels up separately from other Warframes to a maximum of Rank 30. Note that each of the Warframe's equipped weapons have Affinity rankings as well which also increase separately from Warframes. During missions, players are awarded Affinity through actions getting such as killing enemies, using abilities, completing objectives or reviving downed allies.

With each successive rank, a Warframe gains mod capacity as well as increases to Health, Shields, and Energy capacity, as well as 200 mastery points. Stat boosts received from ranking up are calculated from the base value of the Warframe for each stat, preventing mods from affecting the bonus.

During level up, all Warframe stats gain:

  • +20% Health capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 1
  • +20% Shield capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 2
  • +5% Energy capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 3

For a total of +200% Health, +200% Shields and +50% Energy capacity at Rank 30. In other words, at Rank 30, Warframes will have 3x their base Health and Shields and 1.5x their base Energy capacity.

The only exceptions to these rules are InarosIcon272.png Inaros, InarosPrimeIcon272.png Inaros Prime, NidusIcon272.png Nidus, GarudaIcon272.png Garuda, HildrynIcon272.png Hildryn, and LavosIcon272.png Lavos.

View Rank-Up Exceptions List
InarosIcon272.png Inaros and InarosPrimeIcon272.png Inaros Prime
  • +15% Health capacity every 3 ranks staring at both Rank 1 and Rank 2
  • +5% Energy capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 3

For a total of +300% Health and +50% Energy capacity at Rank 30.

NidusIcon272.png Nidus
  • +20% Health capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 1
  • +10% Armor every 6 ranks starting at Rank 2
  • +3% Ability Strength every 6 ranks starting at Rank 3
  • +10% Energy capacity every 6 ranks starting at Rank 5
  • +2 Health/s Regeneration every 6 ranks starting at Rank 6

For a total of +200% Health, +50% Armor, +15% Ability Strength, +50% Energy capacity, and +10 Health/s Regeneration at Rank 30.

GarudaIcon272.png Garuda
  • +20% Health capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 1
  • +20% Shield capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 2
  • +12.5% Energy capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 3

For a total of +200% Health, +200% Shield, and +125% Energy capacity at Rank 30.

HildrynIcon272.png Hildryn
  • +20% Health capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 1
  • +25% Shield capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 2

For a total of +200% Health and +250% Shield at Rank 30.

LavosIcon272.png Lavos
  • +20% Health capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 1
  • +20% Shield capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 2
  • +10% Armor every 6 ranks starting at Rank 2

For a total of +200% Health, +200% Shield, and +50% Armor at Rank 30.

Since Update 15.0, Warframe Abilities unlock and rank up with affinity. The maximum Rank for any Ability is Rank 3.

View Ability Leveling List
Warframe / Archwing Rank Ability and Rank
First Ability Second Ability Third Ability Fourth Ability
Unranked Unranked Locked Locked Locked
3 Unranked Unranked Locked Locked
5 Unranked Unranked Unranked Locked
7 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked Locked
10 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked Unranked
12 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked
14 Rank 2 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked
16 Rank 2 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked
18 Rank 3 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked
20 Rank 3 Rank 1 Rank 1 Rank 1
22 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 1 Rank 1
24 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2 Rank 1
25 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2 Rank 2
27 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2
28 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 2
30 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3

Cosmetics

Main article: Warframe Cosmetics

Every Warframe can equip various kinds of alternative equipment or skins. These cosmetic items include Helmets, Idle Animations, holographic Emblems, Sigils and Cosmetic Armor.

Some of these items are available by default, some can either be bought from the Market or found as blueprints via the Cred Offering system. They can all be equipped in the Arsenal under the Appearance Tab.

Release Order

View Release Order List

Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
Update Version
Ash Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Ash Prime Male 2015-07-07 Update 16.11
Atlas Male 2015-10-01 Update 17.5
Atlas Prime Male 2019-10-01 Update 25.8
Banshee Female 2013-03-18 Update 7.0
Banshee Prime Female 2017-02-28 Hotfix 19.11.5
Baruuk Male 2018-12-18 Update 24.2
Chroma Male 2015-03-19 Update 16.0
Chroma Prime Male 2018-09-25 Update 23.9
Ember Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Ember Prime Female 2013-11-20 Update 11.0
Equinox Female 2015-07-31 Update 17.0
Equinox Prime Female 2019-04-02 Hotfix 24.5.8
Excalibur Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Excalibur Prime Male 2012-12-18 Update 5.0
Excalibur Umbra Male 2018-06-15 Update 23.0
Excalibur Umbra Prime Male Unknown
Frost Male 2013-01-29 Update 6.0
Frost Prime Male 2013-05-03 Update 7.10
Gara Female 2017-10-12 Update 22.0
Garuda Female 2018-11-08 Update 24.0
Gauss Male 2019-08-29 Update 25.7
Grendel Male 2019-10-31 Update 26.0
Harrow Male 2017-06-29 Update 21.0
Hildryn Female 2019-03-08 Update 24.4
Hydroid Male 2014-04-09 Update 13.0
Hydroid Prime Male 2017-08-29 Update 21.6
Inaros Male 2016-03-04 Update 18.5
Inaros Prime Male 2020-07-14 Update 28.2
Ivara Female 2015-12-03 Update 18.0
Ivara Prime Female 2019-12-17 Hotfix 27.0.4
Khora Female 2018-04-20 Update 22.18
Lavos Male 2020-12-18 Update 29.6
Limbo Male 2014-10-24 Update 15.0
Limbo Prime Male 2018-06-19 Hotfix 23.0.3
Loki Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Loki Prime Male 2014-06-11 Update 13.7
Mag Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Mag Prime Female 2013-09-13 Update 10.0
Mesa Female 2014-11-27 Update 15.5
Mesa Prime Female 2018-12-18 Hotfix 24.2.2
Mirage Female 2014-07-18 Update 14.0
Mirage Prime Female 2017-12-12 Update 22.7
Nekros Male 2013-09-13 Update 10.0
Nekros Prime Male 2016-08-23 Hotfix: The Silver Grove 3
Nezha Male 2015-12-16 Update 18.1
Nezha Prime Male 2020-10-27 Update 29.3
Nidus Male 2016-12-22 Update 19.5
Nova Female 2013-07-13 Update 9.0
Nova Prime Female 2014-12-17 Update 15.7
Nyx Female 2013-01-29 Update 6.0
Nyx Prime Female 2014-09-24 Update 14.8
Oberon Male 2013-12-19 Update 11.5
Oberon Prime Male 2017-05-30 Hotfix 20.6.2
Octavia Female 2017-03-24 Update 20.0
Octavia Prime Female 2021-02-23 Update 29.9
Protea Female 2020-06-11 Update 28.0
Revenant Male 2018-08-24 Update 23.5
Rhino Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Rhino Prime Male 2014-03-05 Update 12.4
Saryn Female 2013-03-18 Update 7.0
Saryn Prime Female 2016-02-16 Hotfix 18.4.12
Sevagoth Male 2021-04-13 Update 30.0
Sevagoth's Shadow Male 2021-04-13 Update 30.0
Titania Female 2016-08-19 Update: The Silver Grove
Titania Prime Female 2020-03-31 Hotfix 27.3.6
Trinity Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Trinity Prime Female 2015-10-06 Update 17.6
Valkyr Female 2013-11-20 Update 11.0
Valkyr Prime Female 2016-11-22 Hotfix 19.0.7
Vauban Male 2013-05-17 Update 7.11
Vauban Prime Male 2016-05-17 Update 18.12
Volt Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Volt Prime Male 2015-03-25 Update 16.1
Wisp Female 2019-05-22 Update 25.0
Wukong Male 2015-11-25 Update 17.12
Wukong Prime Male 2019-07-06 Update 25.3
Xaku 2020-08-25 Update 29.0
Zephyr Female 2014-02-05 Update 12.0
Zephyr Prime Female 2018-03-20 Hotfix 22.16.4

Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
Update Version
Ash Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Atlas Male 2015-10-01 Update 17.5
Banshee Female 2013-03-18 Update 7.0
Baruuk Male 2018-12-18 Update 24.2
Chroma Male 2015-03-19 Update 16.0
Ember Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Equinox Female 2015-07-31 Update 17.0
Excalibur Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Excalibur Umbra Male 2018-06-15 Update 23.0
Frost Male 2013-01-29 Update 6.0
Gara Female 2017-10-12 Update 22.0
Garuda Female 2018-11-08 Update 24.0
Gauss Male 2019-08-29 Update 25.7
Grendel Male 2019-10-31 Update 26.0
Harrow Male 2017-06-29 Update 21.0
Hildryn Female 2019-03-08 Update 24.4
Hydroid Male 2014-04-09 Update 13.0
Inaros Male 2016-03-04 Update 18.5
Ivara Female 2015-12-03 Update 18.0
Khora Female 2018-04-20 Update 22.18
Lavos Male 2020-12-18 Update 29.6
Limbo Male 2014-10-24 Update 15.0
Loki Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Mag Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Mesa Female 2014-11-27 Update 15.5
Mirage Female 2014-07-18 Update 14.0
Nekros Male 2013-09-13 Update 10.0
Nezha Male 2015-12-16 Update 18.1
Nidus Male 2016-12-22 Update 19.5
Nova Female 2013-07-13 Update 9.0
Nyx Female 2013-01-29 Update 6.0
Oberon Male 2013-12-19 Update 11.5
Octavia Female 2017-03-24 Update 20.0
Protea Female 2020-06-11 Update 28.0
Revenant Male 2018-08-24 Update 23.5
Rhino Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Saryn Female 2013-03-18 Update 7.0
Sevagoth Male 2021-04-13 Update 30.0
Sevagoth's Shadow Male 2021-04-13 Update 30.0
Titania Female 2016-08-19 Update: The Silver Grove
Trinity Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Valkyr Female 2013-11-20 Update 11.0
Vauban Male 2013-05-17 Update 7.11
Volt Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Wisp Female 2019-05-22 Update 25.0
Wukong Male 2015-11-25 Update 17.12
Xaku 2020-08-25 Update 29.0
Zephyr Female 2014-02-05 Update 12.0

Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
Update Version
Vaulted
Ash Prime Male 2015-07-07 Update 16.11 Yes
Atlas Prime Male 2019-10-01 Update 25.8 No
Banshee Prime Female 2017-02-28 Hotfix 19.11.5 Yes
Chroma Prime Male 2018-09-25 Update 23.9 No
Ember Prime Female 2013-11-20 Update 11.0 Yes
Equinox Prime Female 2019-04-02 Hotfix 24.5.8 Yes
Excalibur Prime Male 2012-12-18 Update 5.0 N/A
Excalibur Umbra Prime Male Unknown N/A
Frost Prime Male 2013-05-03 Update 7.10 Yes
Hydroid Prime Male 2017-08-29 Update 21.6 Yes
Inaros Prime Male 2020-07-14 Update 28.2 No
Ivara Prime Female 2019-12-17 Hotfix 27.0.4 No
Limbo Prime Male 2018-06-19 Hotfix 23.0.3 Yes
Loki Prime Male 2014-06-11 Update 13.7 Yes
Mag Prime Female 2013-09-13 Update 10.0 Yes
Mesa Prime Female 2018-12-18 Hotfix 24.2.2 Yes
Mirage Prime Female 2017-12-12 Update 22.7 Yes
Nekros Prime Male 2016-08-23 Hotfix: The Silver Grove 3 Yes
Nezha Prime Male 2020-10-27 Update 29.3 No
Nova Prime Female 2014-12-17 Update 15.7 Yes
Nyx Prime Female 2014-09-24 Update 14.8 No
Oberon Prime Male 2017-05-30 Hotfix 20.6.2 Yes
Octavia Prime Female 2021-02-23 Update 29.9 No
Rhino Prime Male 2014-03-05 Update 12.4 Yes
Saryn Prime Female 2016-02-16 Hotfix 18.4.12 Yes
Titania Prime Female 2020-03-31 Hotfix 27.3.6 No
Trinity Prime Female 2015-10-06 Update 17.6 Yes
Valkyr Prime Female 2016-11-22 Hotfix 19.0.7 No
Vauban Prime Male 2016-05-17 Update 18.12 Yes
Volt Prime Male 2015-03-25 Update 16.1 Yes
Wukong Prime Male 2019-07-06 Update 25.3 No
Zephyr Prime Female 2018-03-20 Hotfix 22.16.4 No

Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
Update Version
Banshee Female 2013-03-18 Update 7.0
Banshee Prime Female 2017-02-28 Hotfix 19.11.5
Ember Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Ember Prime Female 2013-11-20 Update 11.0
Equinox Female 2015-07-31 Update 17.0
Equinox Prime Female 2019-04-02 Hotfix 24.5.8
Gara Female 2017-10-12 Update 22.0
Garuda Female 2018-11-08 Update 24.0
Hildryn Female 2019-03-08 Update 24.4
Ivara Female 2015-12-03 Update 18.0
Ivara Prime Female 2019-12-17 Hotfix 27.0.4
Khora Female 2018-04-20 Update 22.18
Mag Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Mag Prime Female 2013-09-13 Update 10.0
Mesa Female 2014-11-27 Update 15.5
Mesa Prime Female 2018-12-18 Hotfix 24.2.2
Mirage Female 2014-07-18 Update 14.0
Mirage Prime Female 2017-12-12 Update 22.7
Nova Female 2013-07-13 Update 9.0
Nova Prime Female 2014-12-17 Update 15.7
Nyx Female 2013-01-29 Update 6.0
Nyx Prime Female 2014-09-24 Update 14.8
Octavia Female 2017-03-24 Update 20.0
Octavia Prime Female 2021-02-23 Update 29.9
Protea Female 2020-06-11 Update 28.0
Saryn Female 2013-03-18 Update 7.0
Saryn Prime Female 2016-02-16 Hotfix 18.4.12
Titania Female 2016-08-19 Update: The Silver Grove
Titania Prime Female 2020-03-31 Hotfix 27.3.6
Trinity Female 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Trinity Prime Female 2015-10-06 Update 17.6
Valkyr Female 2013-11-20 Update 11.0
Valkyr Prime Female 2016-11-22 Hotfix 19.0.7
Wisp Female 2019-05-22 Update 25.0
Zephyr Female 2014-02-05 Update 12.0
Zephyr Prime Female 2018-03-20 Hotfix 22.16.4

Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (yyyy-mm-dd)
Update Version
Ash Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Ash Prime Male 2015-07-07 Update 16.11
Atlas Male 2015-10-01 Update 17.5
Atlas Prime Male 2019-10-01 Update 25.8
Baruuk Male 2018-12-18 Update 24.2
Chroma Male 2015-03-19 Update 16.0
Chroma Prime Male 2018-09-25 Update 23.9
Excalibur Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Excalibur Prime Male 2012-12-18 Update 5.0
Excalibur Umbra Male 2018-06-15 Update 23.0
Excalibur Umbra Prime Male Unknown
Frost Male 2013-01-29 Update 6.0
Frost Prime Male 2013-05-03 Update 7.10
Gauss Male 2019-08-29 Update 25.7
Grendel Male 2019-10-31 Update 26.0
Harrow Male 2017-06-29 Update 21.0
Hydroid Male 2014-04-09 Update 13.0
Hydroid Prime Male 2017-08-29 Update 21.6
Inaros Male 2016-03-04 Update 18.5
Inaros Prime Male 2020-07-14 Update 28.2
Lavos Male 2020-12-18 Update 29.6
Limbo Male 2014-10-24 Update 15.0
Limbo Prime Male 2018-06-19 Hotfix 23.0.3
Loki Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Loki Prime Male 2014-06-11 Update 13.7
Nekros Male 2013-09-13 Update 10.0
Nekros Prime Male 2016-08-23 Hotfix: The Silver Grove 3
Nezha Male 2015-12-16 Update 18.1
Nezha Prime Male 2020-10-27 Update 29.3
Nidus Male 2016-12-22 Update 19.5
Oberon Male 2013-12-19 Update 11.5
Oberon Prime Male 2017-05-30 Hotfix 20.6.2
Revenant Male 2018-08-24 Update 23.5
Rhino Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Rhino Prime Male 2014-03-05 Update 12.4
Sevagoth Male 2021-04-13 Update 30.0
Sevagoth's Shadow Male 2021-04-13 Update 30.0
Vauban Male 2013-05-17 Update 7.11
Vauban Prime Male 2016-05-17 Update 18.12
Volt Male 2012-10-25 Vanilla
Volt Prime Male 2015-03-25 Update 16.1
Wukong Male 2015-11-25 Update 17.12
Wukong Prime Male 2019-07-06 Update 25.3

Lore

Prime Warframes fighting Infested

As a result of failing war efforts against the Sentients during The Old War, Warframes were created by the Orokin Executor Ballas after experimenting with the Infestation on human hosts. More specifically, the Helminth strain was developed to be injected into the strongest bodies the Orokin could find, volunteers or not, including Dax soldiers.[1] However, the first Warframes were failures, going berserk and uncontrollable as the Infestation corrupted their hosts' minds.[2] Torture, drugs, and surgical operations were attempted to destroy the hosts' minds and to tame the Warframes but with no prevail.[3]

The Warframe project was put on hold until Transference technology developed, granting the ability to transfer one's consciousness into a surrogate body. The children survivors of the Zariman Ten Zero incident, hidden away in Reservoirs to control their chaotic Void powers, became the new "operators" of Warframes as they were the only ones to "see inside an ugly, broken thing and take away its pain".[4] Through Transference, the Zariman children, now known as Tenno, were able to operate the Warframes and channel their Void powers through them.

Equipped with archaic ballistic and melee weapons, the newly operated Warframes were deployed onto the battlefield with great success against their Sentient assailants, turning the tide of war in the Orokin's favor.[5] Consequently, Warframes were mass-produced and Prime variants were created.

Warframes also found use by the Orokin to control their colonies[6], to serve as political assassins[7], and to purge Infestation outbreaks.[8] Any details surrounding the truth of the Warframes and their Tenno operators were kept hidden by the Council of Executors.[9][10][11] A mythos surrounding them were created to mask the source of their power and to incite fear throughout the Orokin Empire.[12] Due to their sparse numbers, civilian populations in the current WARFRAME era still believe in these ancient myths about the Warframes and Tenno.[13][14]

Trivia

  • Warframe, from the Orokin Warplatform.png, literally means "War platform".
  • The name "Warframes" comes from a 1950s Boeing (Company) WWII research project equipping WWII soldiers with exoskeletons, as mentioned by Steve Sinclair during Devstream #1.[15]
    • Such a project did not actually exist and never saw development or research with Boeing[citation needed], which never developed significant military ground equipment of any kind until 2014. It is likely that the creator was referring to a failed system referred to as Hardiman, which was developed by General Electric in the mid to late 1960s, just prior to America's involvement in the Vietnam War[citation needed].
  • The naming convention for Warframes and its correspondence to various roles for combat hearkens to Japanese popular media design elements of using referential and real world mythology-based lore, in where they are not just used to evoke powerful reminiscence to their namesake and a sense of exoticism, but to also connotate otherworldliness and mysterious fantastical power rooted in dimensions beyond the everyday.
  • As of the Heart of Deimos Update to complete the 'Alphabet of Frames', Warframes will need to start with the letters 'D',' 'J', 'Q', 'U', and 'Y'.

Media

References

  1. "We cultured the Infestation, conceiving of a hybrid. Transformed, but only just. The 'Helminth' was created, born to yield these new warriors, worthy of battle against you. The great and terrible Hunhow. We took our greatest, volunteers or not, and polluted them with these cultured reagents. They transformed. They became Infested... but only just. Their skin blossomed into sword-steel. Their organs, interlinked with untold resilience. Yet their minds were free of the Infested madness. Or so we thought." - Ballas during The Sacrifice
  2. "The Warframes... All of them... failures. Surprised? They turned on us, just as you did. And so we had no choice but to commit them to grave." - Ballas during The Sacrifice
  3. "We had created monsters we couldn't control. We drugged them, tortured them, eviscerated them... We brutalized their minds... but it did not work. Until they came." - Ballas during The Sacrifice
  4. Quote from The Sacrifice
  5. "Warframes" Cephalon Fragment
  6. See AtlasIcon272.png Atlas' and GaussIcon272.png Gauss' Leverian entries
  7. AshIcon272.png Ash's Leverian entry
  8. "Warframe Technology" Cephalon Fragment
  9. "In-depth information of the Warframe mandate is forbidden to all but the Seven." - "Warframes" Cephalon Fragment
  10. "Every time we tear a Tenno corpse from its metal womb we find nothing to explain their power. Our Warframe engineers gesture wildly about nanotechnology, how reactive dissolution hides the answers. What if a Warframe is merely a lightning rod? A conduit for these demons of the Void? Consider how it could change our plan." - Intercepted inbox message from Captain Vor during Operation: Arid Fear
  11. "Found the Reservoir? Hm, as unpleasant as our past is, I have to ask; I've, uh, seen inside a Tenno, yes. And what I've found didn't make sense. Does this Reservoir conceal some great deception?" - Alad V during The Second Dream
  12. "I had been, until then, a Tenno denier. They were ghosts, propaganda, twisted casualties of the Void Era. Not possibly real." - Mag PrimeIcon272.png Mag Prime Codex entry
  13. "Tenno! The myths... they weren't myths!" - Myconian Male 1 during The Glast Gambit
  14. "The dogmatic Arbiters seek a truth through discipline and practice. They reject the 'Tenno as Warrior' mythology – a lie constructed to limit their potential." - Arbiters of Hexis description
  15. Origins of the word "Warframes"

Patch History

Update 24.4

UI Changes & Fixes
  • The Warframe Abilities screen has received a visual and functional overhaul!
    • Ability information is now displayed in a more condensed form, with hover-over functionality to display specific Stats and expand the information.
    • A new ‘Tips’ section can be hover-overed to display tips for that respective Warframe’s Abilities such as tricks to synergize with other Warframes, most effective Damage output methods, Ability interactions within the Warframe itself, and more!
    • Respective Ability videos now also appear upon hover-over to add that little extra spice! This initial Ability video aspect is currently functional for Excalibur, Mag, Volt, Garuda, Baruuk, Revenant, and Hildryn! More to gradually come!
    • Your chosen UI Theme is now thematically reflected.
  • Respective Warframe Ability stats can now be seen in the Warframe Arsenal Upgrade screen.
  • Added stats to your Warframe’s Passive description in the Abilities menu.

Update: Specters of the Rail

  • Warframe Helmet blueprints are now labeled as ‘Neuroptics’. Please note that when trading components, full Warframe sets now contain Systems, Chassis, and Neuroptics (previously Helmet) as components.

Update 17.5

  • Duration Mods now have an effect on toggled Abilities.
    • For example: Mods that added 100% duration will make a 10 Energy drain become a 5 Energy drain.
    • The minimum energy cost of an Ability cannot go below 25% of the base cost.

Update 15.9

  • Warframes will now have temporary immunity while loading into a mission in progress, to prevent spawning into a mission half-dead due to enemy attacks.

Update 15.0

New Mods - Ability Augment Mods (x20)!
  • Ability Augment Mods tweak and enhance Warframe Abilities in interesting ways. They are equipped in Mod Slots via the Warframe Upgrade Screen.
  • These mods can be found within the Reward tiers of Syndicates. Higher Standing will allow Tenno to access the corresponding Augments per Syndicate.
New Customization - Sigils!
  • Found in the “Regalia” section of the Arsenal, equip and customize Sigils to show your loyalties and accomplishments!
    • Please note: All Founders will be receiving Sigils corresponding to their rank at a later Update.
New Customization - Warframe Idles Feature!
  • You can now equip the 40+ Agile and Noble stances across all Warframes! Each Stance is unlocked with Platinum and will work across all Warframes once purchased.
Ability Mod Changes
  • The former 4 Ability Slots have undergone the following changes:
    • All Warframes have had 2 Ability Slots removed. Any Forma spent on these slots will be refunded.
    • All Warframes have had 2 previous Ability Slots converted to be blank polarities (unless otherwise Polarized).
    • All Warframes purchased or crafted moving forward will have their abilities automatically viewable in the Arsenal.
    • Abilities are all unlocked as a Warframe is leveled up.
    • Abilities are all ranked up as a Warframe is leveled up.
  • On Login, the following will occur for all accounts:
    • All highest Rank Ability Mods will be preserved and duplicated to fit the new Ability system. This means you won’t need to rank up any **abilities if you already had a Maxed (or partially fused) Ability Mod.
    • Two slots will be removed (prefers ability polarity) and Forma used on Ability slots will be refunded.
    • All Ability Mods converted to Fusion Cores of the appropriate level.

Update 11.6

  • Made all Warframe components sellable (1000 credits each).

Update 7.11

  • Invulnerability while casting ults removed for all Warframes.

Update 7.6

  • Health, Shield, and Power Max stats will now passively increase with level.
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