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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 enable 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 the ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur Warframe to gain its prowess with bladed weapons, for instance. Each model of 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.

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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 which 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 or even mass healing. 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 the ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur, MagIcon272 Mag, or VoltIcon272 Volt Warframes, and playing through the tutorial. As the player progresses, they may craft or buy other Warframes from the full list of offerings.

As of Update 25.3, there are a total of 66 Warframes consisting of both original models and special variants. Only one of these special variants is exclusive to certain groups of players; Excalibur PrimeIcon272 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 Helmet Chassis Systems
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 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 Orokin Reactor.

Market

Warframes can also be purchased fully assembled in the Market with Platinum64 Platinum. When acquired in this manner, a Warframe comes pre-installed with an OrokinReactor64 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 Platinum each (Players also gain a complimentary slot for any Warframe purchased directly from the Market). Note that a player can acquire Platinum64 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 Movement 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 and Shields and +50% Energy capacity at Rank 30.

The only exceptions are InarosIcon272 Inaros, NidusIcon272 Nidus, and GarudaIcon272 Garuda.

View Rank-Up Exceptions List
Inaros
  • +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.

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.

Garuda
  • +12.5% Energy capacity every 3 ranks starting at Rank 3

For a total of +125% Energy capacity at Rank 30.


Since Update 15.0, Warframe Abilities unlock and rank up with affinity. Maximum Rank for Abilities 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 thus far can equip various kinds of alternative equipment or skins. These cosmetic items include Helmets, Idle Animations, and holographic Emblems.

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 Appearance.

Release Order

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Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (mm-dd-yyyy)
Update Version
Ash Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ash Prime Male 07-07-2015 Update 16.11
Atlas Male 10-01-2015 Update 17.5
Atlas Prime Male 10-01-2019 Update 25.8
Banshee Female 03-18-2013 Update 7
Banshee Prime Female 02-28-2017 Hotfix 19.11.5
Baruuk Male 12-18-2018 Update 24.2
Chroma Male 03-19-2015 Update 16.0
Chroma Prime Male 09-25-2018 Update 23.9
Ember Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ember Prime Female 11-20-2013 Update 11.0
Equinox Female 07-31-2015 Update 17.0
Equinox Prime Female 04-02-2019 Hotfix 24.5.8
Excalibur Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Excalibur Prime Male 12-18-2012 Update 5.0
Excalibur Umbra Male 06-15-2018 Update 23.0
Excalibur Umbra Prime Male Unknown
Frost Male 01-29-2013 Update 6.0
Frost Prime Male 05-03-2013 Update 7.10
Gara Female 10-12-2017 Update 22.0
Garuda Female 11-08-2018 Update 24.0
Gauss Male 08-29-2019 Update 25.7
Harrow Male 06-29-2017 Update 21.0
Hildryn Female 03-08-2019 Update 24.4
Hydroid Male 04-09-2014 Update 13.0
Hydroid Prime Male 08-29-2017 Update 21.6
Inaros Male 03-04-2016 Update 18.5
Ivara Female 12-03-2015 Update 18.0
Khora Female 04-20-2018 Update 22.18
Limbo Male 10-24-2014 Update 15.0
Limbo Prime Male 06-19-2018 Hotfix 23.0.3
Loki Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Loki Prime Male 06-11-2014 Update 13.7
Mag Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Mag Prime Female 09-13-2013 Update 10.0
Mesa Female 11-27-2014 Update 15.5
Mesa Prime Female 12-18-2018 Hotfix 24.2.2
Mirage Female 07-18-2014 Update 14.0
Mirage Prime Female 12-12-2017 Update 22.7
Nekros Male 09-13-2013 Update 10.0
Nekros Prime Male 08-23-2016 Hotfix: The Silver Grove 3
Nezha Male 12-16-2015 Update 18.1
Nidus Male 12-22-2016 Update 19.5
Nova Female 07-13-2013 Update 9.0
Nova Prime Female 12-17-2014 Update 15.7
Nyx Female 01-29-2013 Update 6.0
Nyx Prime Female 09-24-2014 Update 14.8
Oberon Male 12-19-2013 Update 11.5
Oberon Prime Male 05-30-2017 Hotfix 20.6.2
Octavia Female 03-24-2017 Update 20.0
Revenant Male 08-24-2018 Update 23.5
Rhino Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Rhino Prime Male 03-05-2014 Update 12.4
Saryn Female 03-18-2013 Update 7
Saryn Prime Female 02-16-2016 Hotfix 18.4.12
Titania Female 08-19-2016 Update: The Silver Grove
Trinity Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Trinity Prime Female 10-06-2015 Update 17.6
Valkyr Female 11-20-2013 Update 11.0
Valkyr Prime Female 11-22-2016 Hotfix 19.0.7
Vauban Male 05-17-2013 Update 7.11
Vauban Prime Male 05-17-2016 Update 18.12
Volt Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Volt Prime Male 03-25-2015 Update 16.1
Wisp Female 05-22-2019 Update 25.0
Wukong Male 11-25-2015 Update 17.12
Wukong Prime Male 07-06-2019 Update 25.3
Zephyr Female 02-05-2014 Update 12.0
Zephyr Prime Female 03-20-2018 Hotfix 22.16.4

Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (mm-dd-yyyy)
Update Version
Ash Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Atlas Male 10-01-2015 Update 17.5
Banshee Female 03-18-2013 Update 7
Baruuk Male 12-18-2018 Update 24.2
Chroma Male 03-19-2015 Update 16.0
Ember Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Equinox Female 07-31-2015 Update 17.0
Excalibur Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Excalibur Umbra Male 06-15-2018 Update 23.0
Frost Male 01-29-2013 Update 6.0
Gara Female 10-12-2017 Update 22.0
Garuda Female 11-08-2018 Update 24.0
Gauss Male 08-29-2019 Update 25.7
Harrow Male 06-29-2017 Update 21.0
Hildryn Female 03-08-2019 Update 24.4
Hydroid Male 04-09-2014 Update 13.0
Inaros Male 03-04-2016 Update 18.5
Ivara Female 12-03-2015 Update 18.0
Khora Female 04-20-2018 Update 22.18
Limbo Male 10-24-2014 Update 15.0
Loki Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Mag Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Mesa Female 11-27-2014 Update 15.5
Mirage Female 07-18-2014 Update 14.0
Nekros Male 09-13-2013 Update 10.0
Nezha Male 12-16-2015 Update 18.1
Nidus Male 12-22-2016 Update 19.5
Nova Female 07-13-2013 Update 9.0
Nyx Female 01-29-2013 Update 6.0
Oberon Male 12-19-2013 Update 11.5
Octavia Female 03-24-2017 Update 20.0
Revenant Male 08-24-2018 Update 23.5
Rhino Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Saryn Female 03-18-2013 Update 7
Titania Female 08-19-2016 Update: The Silver Grove
Trinity Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Valkyr Female 11-20-2013 Update 11.0
Vauban Male 05-17-2013 Update 7.11
Volt Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Wisp Female 05-22-2019 Update 25.0
Wukong Male 11-25-2015 Update 17.12
Zephyr Female 02-05-2014 Update 12.0

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

Warframe Name
Sex
Release Date (mm-dd-yyyy)
Update Version
Banshee Female 03-18-2013 Update 7
Banshee Prime Female 02-28-2017 Hotfix 19.11.5
Ember Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ember Prime Female 11-20-2013 Update 11.0
Equinox Female 07-31-2015 Update 17.0
Equinox Prime Female 04-02-2019 Hotfix 24.5.8
Gara Female 10-12-2017 Update 22.0
Garuda Female 11-08-2018 Update 24.0
Hildryn Female 03-08-2019 Update 24.4
Ivara Female 12-03-2015 Update 18.0
Khora Female 04-20-2018 Update 22.18
Mag Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Mag Prime Female 09-13-2013 Update 10.0
Mesa Female 11-27-2014 Update 15.5
Mesa Prime Female 12-18-2018 Hotfix 24.2.2
Mirage Female 07-18-2014 Update 14.0
Mirage Prime Female 12-12-2017 Update 22.7
Nova Female 07-13-2013 Update 9.0
Nova Prime Female 12-17-2014 Update 15.7
Nyx Female 01-29-2013 Update 6.0
Nyx Prime Female 09-24-2014 Update 14.8
Octavia Female 03-24-2017 Update 20.0
Saryn Female 03-18-2013 Update 7
Saryn Prime Female 02-16-2016 Hotfix 18.4.12
Titania Female 08-19-2016 Update: The Silver Grove
Trinity Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Trinity Prime Female 10-06-2015 Update 17.6
Valkyr Female 11-20-2013 Update 11.0
Valkyr Prime Female 11-22-2016 Hotfix 19.0.7
Wisp Female 05-22-2019 Update 25.0
Zephyr Female 02-05-2014 Update 12.0
Zephyr Prime Female 03-20-2018 Hotfix 22.16.4

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

Notes

The majority of Warframe abilities with duration or changes to the user/enemies will be cancelled if the player falls into a pit. (e.g. ShadowsOfTheDead130xDark Shadows Of The DeadInvisibility130xDark Invisibility, and IronSkin130xDark Iron Skin)

Trivia

  • Warframe, from the Orokin Warplatform 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.[1]
    • 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].
Spoilers
  • Warframes are built upon preexisting human bodies using the Helminth and a specific strain of the Infestation.

Media

References

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 it self, 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 15.0

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 levelled up.
    • Abilities are all ranked up as a Warframe is levelled 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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