Mode back in 2013, I remember downloading a complimentary-to-play game alongside two of my cousins and then we could add information technology to our running list of multiplayer titles to play together.
Back and then, Warframe was in open beta and the thought of a game that featured infinite ninjas and a mix of third-person shooting and melee was something I found quite intriguing. While the game’s concept was interesting, however, the actual gameplay felt a bit rough around the edges.
After playing it for a few months, my cousins and I quit Warframe and moved on to other games. We always thought about coming back but never really did. That is, until now. After hearing skillful things almost the game and trying it out over the Christmas pause, I was dumbfounded by what I saw. Today’s Warframe feels like a totally different game than the ane I tried during the beta. It’s also much, much better.
All-time described every bit a cross betwixt Diablo and Destiny with some Borderlands thrown in between, Warframe is a loot-based, third-person activeness shooter that provides one of the more unique gaming experiences out there. Thanks to its mix of fast-paced movement, solid shooting, simple yet effective melee, and cool designs that meld Japanese anime with Western science fiction, Warframe boasts instant appeal to a sure piece of the gaming population. Add its addicting loot mechanic and you’ve got a game that can claw you before yous know it. Information technology’s that rare free-to-play game that feels like a bona fide AAA title.
At the same time, the big changes that Warframe has gone through over the years can make it feel overwhelming to beginners. The game has a ton features, systems and mechanics — a good chunk of which isn’t explained conspicuously. Let’s just say it explains things just near besides as a guy who comes home late and gets caught by his wife with lipstick on his collar. There’s just and then much hither that you have to figure out yourself.
Which brings us to this guide. Even after pumping many, many hours in this game, I even so feel like a beginner, to be honest, so I feel your pain. I hateful, if the menus expect complicated to you in the outset, just look till y’all unlock more things like your foundry, dojo, daily quests and relics. Worry not, though, information technology’ll all make sense the more y’all play. See, at the terminate of the twenty-four hour period, y’all can eddy downwards your main goals in Warframe to two things: dealing damage and avoiding damage (that’southward quite similar to the Monster Hunter community’s mantra of “Hit it till information technology dies” and “Don’t get hit”). Well, that and looking absurd. Everything else, including grinding for boodle, ties into those goals and starts to make more sense when you remember almost it that manner.
Whether you’re a newcomer or a player returning to the game after several years abroad, here’s a list of useful things to know that volition hopefully make your outset a lot smoother than mine was. This Warframe Beginner Guide will besides be updated every bit new info comes out.
What Warframe to selection?
Picking a starting Warframe between Excalibur, Mag and Volt boils down to personal preference. I love using mage or caster-type characters, for example, and then I ended up picking Mag when I beginning started playing Warframe eons agone. When I restarted on PlayStation 4, notwithstanding, I concluded up picking the more balanced Excalibur considering I wanted to try something different.
If you’re worried most which Warframe is tougher to get, you tin can acquire Magazine and Volt earlier in the game prior to Excalibur. You won’t exist able to farm Excalibur, for example, until you lot attain the Ambulas boss in Pluto, which is toward the end of the star chart. In dissimilarity, Mag tin be farmed from the Sergeant boss in Phobos, which you can become to after Mars. Volt components, meanwhile, can be acquired by existence part of a Clan and accessing its Tenno Lab. Y’all can even get-go your ain clan, which is easy to do, simply you’ll need to have a lot of resources as well every bit Forma, which tin can be a bit tougher to learn earlier in the game unless you just buy it with Platinum.
Every bit far as ease of use, Excalibur is easily the easier to chief (pun so totally intended). His abilities are pretty unproblematic to sympathize and he’s a pretty solid all-rounder — he’southward got a move that blinds and stuns for crowd control, an AOE assault for dissentious enemies that are surrounding him plus a melee-focused ultimate that lets you string together multiple sword slashes while keeping your mobility. Thanks to his more straightforward kit, Excalibur lets you spend less time figuring out how to employ your Warframe optimally in combat and focus more on learning the game’due south many other nuances or how the diverse weapons piece of work. His aforementioned Radial Bullheaded is also great at taking out junction bosses chop-chop and even dealing with those annoying Sentients that suit to your attacks. Lastly, Excalibur boasts better survivability, which is neat to have when y’all’re still learning the game. Although Magazine and Volt stack upwardly fine with Excalibur as far equally Wellness and Shields, for example, both accept far lower Armor, then they can go down pretty chop-chop. Almost the biggest effect with Excalibur is that he’south merely like vanilla: easy on the palate but potentially wearisome afterwards a while.
Magazine’s kit, in comparison, is a chip more technical and requires more than thought to employ. At the same time, it can be a lot of fun once you lot get the hang of information technology. For starters, her abilities feature great synergy with each other, revolving around her ability to magnetize opponents. This includes healing allies’ shields or, conversely, stripping away the shields of your foes. Her Magnetize ability, meanwhile, improves the performance of her other abilities like Pull, Polarize and Crush when applied first. One potential issue with Mag is that while she’s neat with oversupply command, you might find her damage a bit lacking, especially if you lot’re still getting the hang of the upgrade system and don’t have good Mods yet. Her Crush Ultimate has a long cast time that tin get her killed if y’all fourth dimension it wrong as well.
The remaining starter, Volt, is as well more than technical than Excalibur and relies on using electricity for attacks, oversupply control, defense and even increasing his ain movement speed and that of his allies. This movement speed is especially important for Volt as his passive power lets him build static energy that increases the damage of his next attack depending on how far he’due south traveled. The caveat is that he’s encouraged to walk, run or slide as opposed to bullet jumping considering his feet need to touch the ground in order to build that energy. Besides, if you idea Mag’south base armor rating of 65 is depression, Volt’south is fifty-fifty lower at 15 (Excalibur, meanwhile, has a base armor of 225). All that beingness said, I’m i of those guys who started playing Monster Hunter every bit a Gunner with less wellness. Just choice the one that you recollect suits your playstyle as you can somewhen build the other two as you lot progress in the game. Regardless of whom you pick, they’ll be able to tide y’all over until yous acquire a frame similar Rhino, which I highly recommend for beginners (more on that frame after).
Don’t waste that starter Platinum
When you start the game, you’ll be given a small amount of platinum — a bit more if you download something like the i-fourth dimension costless platinum from the PlayStation shop if you’re on PS4 or go a gratis Platinum reward on Xbox I. Don’t spend it. At to the lowest degree non right abroad before you lot know what you’re doing. Platinum is the premium currency in Warframe. It’south one of those things that you can’t farm in-game and either have to purchase with real cash from the store or earn by trading items with other players. This makes it a precious commodity that you should not waste material.
The general consensus is that y’all should use it to expand your maximum number of slots for Warframes or weapons, which showtime out existence quite piddly (I believe you start out with space for just 2 Warframes, for example, which is laughably low if you’ve got that Pokemon-style, gotta-catch-em-all collector’s mentality). The exception, of form, is if money is no object to you. That or time is something you consider a precious commodity and you want to reduce Warframe’s actually, actually, actually, long grind. Then by all means, buy a bazillion platinum and spend it however y’all wish. If you do program on buying platinum regularly, at least wait for the 50 per centum or even 75 percent sales as it can get pretty pricey. Simply because y’all have money to spend doesn’t mean you lot should waste matter it.
For folks who want to play the game normally, y’all’ll desire to start building up your number of credits too as an energy resources known as Endo right away as they will permit you to showtime crafting, purchase gear or blueprints, and also power up your grapheme via mod upgrades (more on this afterward). You can earn credits and Endo via missions, which brings us to our next tip.
OK, yous’ve picked your starting Warframe. Now what? Your first thought is that you probably want to unlock more Warframes and weapons. I know I did. Before you become to doing that, though, y’all’ll want to start unlocking areas and planets on your star chart.
In add-on to opening up more than places for you to play, unlocking areas, nodes and planets will too allow yous farm a greater diversity of items, resource and blueprints, which you will need to craft those Warframes and weapons that you desire. Having more areas and planets unlocked will also allow you lot to participate in more special missions, such as daily alerts (accessible via the upper right portion of your menu when you’re kneeling in front of the mission or star nautical chart terminal on your ship’s bridge). These alerts not only drop credits but can also reward you lot with Endo, weapons, blueprints for Warframe components (e.g. Vauban) and cosmetics, or resources both common and rare.
At the very least, you will want to at to the lowest degree unlock the nodes on each planet that connect to the junctions that requite admission to other planets.
It’s also a proficient idea to practise the dissimilar story quests because they progress the narrative, teach you the game’s basics and tin besides net you some nice rewards that would otherwise require a major grind or purchase via Platinum. Some story missions are as well required to unlock junctions to other planets. You lot tin check these story missions by looking at your Codex (it’s the concluding on the left of your send’due south bridge).
Speaking of missions, I practise recommend skipping most of the Plains of Eidolon content at first with the exception of the initial Saya’s Vigil quest, which is required to progress through the star chart. I’d focus on unlocking most of the planets first and earning their diverse resources for crafting. Once you’re farther along the galaxy, accept aplenty resources collected from other planets, and take an Archwing and its Launcher Segment unlocked for sky travel (the latter can be bought in the market with platinum or researched in a clan dojo’s Tenno Lab), so feel complimentary to get deeper into the weeds, er, plains of Eidolon.
I also recommend doing the initial nodes with public matchmaking off and going solo instead and so you can become a experience for the game. If yous play those first maps with a group, chances are, they volition get finished before you even know what’s going on and you’ll end up learning nothing. You should at least try each mission type solo (such as Spy, Capture or Rescue) so yous larn how they work. The merely exception would be Defense missions every bit those are pretty tough to do solo, especially when you’re just starting.
Ane of the best ways to acquire is to do the Vor’southward Prize story mission solo up to the last dominate fight as yous volition get an introduction to the diverse mission types. One time yous reach the Vor boss fight, I think it’s OK to do that with other players every bit it can be challenging to do it solo when you’re but starting out and only have damaged mods equipped without any serious grinding. Speaking of mods…
Mods make the world get round
Aye, you can level up your Warframe and weapons independently past going through missions. Once you lot hit the Level 30 cap, even so, you’ve pretty much hit the wall and can’t improve your frame and weapons the “normal” style anymore. I experienced this personally later striking Jupiter with my maxed out gear and getting unceremoniously destroyed by enemies.
That’s because truthful power in this game is unlocked via boosts known every bit modules or “mods,” which you lot install in your frame and weapon. When I started the game, I was obsessed with obtaining new Warframes and enlarging my collection of infinite ninjas. By the time I was halfway through the solar organization, my involvement started switching to mods. In fact, I actually felt happier after acquiring a new rare mod recently than I was afterward getting my final Warframe pattern. Mods are that important.
The mods you tin install depend on how much capacity your Warframe or weapon has. This capacity tin can typically exist increased to about 30 by maxing out your Warframe or weapon level. You lot can further increase that past equipping what’s known as Aura mods or installing an Orokin Reactor or Catalyst.
Some mod slots come up with a symbol sometimes. If you put a mod with a matching symbol in that slot, it will cutting the required capacity points in one-half. That means a mod that once required 8 points will at present simply crave iv points, assuasive y’all to fit in even more stuff.
Admittedly, this can all be confusing when you lot start showtime out so but use the machine mod picker at commencement. Eventually, though, you’ll definitely desire to start slotting your mods manually one time your frame is sufficiently leveled up and you have caused enough mods to toy effectually with. Early, you should concentrate on like shooting fish in a barrel-to-acquire mods that increase survivability similar Vitality, Redirection and Steel Fiber. Every bit enemies start striking harder and eat through your upgraded defenses, you lot’ll want to start focusing on energy and ability improvements, also as increased damage then you tin can crowd control foes better and kill them earlier they impale yous. This includes using elements (electric, Water ice, Fire, Toxin, etc.) to take advantage of your foes’ weaknesses since each enemy is weak to sure attacks and elements, whether it be the Grineer, Corpus or Infected. You lot can even install different elements together to create new effects (east.thousand. using an Electric mod and a Toxin mod will add the Corrosive effect to your weapon, which is one of the best element combinations in the game).
Also note that you tin do several other actions in the mod window, such as selling duplicates for credits or Endo also as fusing them for a chance at a random card.
Know your enemy
For the longest time while playing Warframe, I didn’t care much well-nigh typing advantages and weaknesses when gearing up. For the well-nigh office, I just equipped what I liked and went to town, so to speak. Afterwards on, still, I started noticing that weapons that did well against sure enemies would practise poorly against others. This becomes even more obvious as you go up against stronger enemies. Just like Pokemon, you’ll want to note the kinds of enemies you’ll exist running into during a mission and arm yourself accordingly to make your life easier.
Warframe has several factions, with the Grineer, Corpus and Infested being the chief ones you run into. Each comes with its various fighter types simply typically have some universal preferences. The Grineer, for instance, like to use armor and are typically weak against Puncture, Corrosive, Viral or Radiations damage. The Corpus, meanwhile, heavily rely on shields and are susceptible to Magnetic, Impact, Cold, Toxin or Viral impairment. Infested are weak against Slash, Heat, Gas, Corrosive or Blast attacks.
For a more than detailed list, bank check this
Warframe Harm 2.0 primer.
Bullet jump for your Valentine
For a shooter, Warframe features a lot of mobility. You’ll observe this the outset time you play with other players and they start blazing through maps seemingly at mach speed while dashing, jumping and wall latching. Don’t worry, yous’ll exist doing that in no time, also.
The key is knowing that you can concatenation together your dashes, jumps and hovers, assuasive you to not merely cover bully distances quickly merely as well spring over chasms to reach other places. A basic movement combo, for example, is to do a slide dash then leap. This makes your Warfame do a forrad bullet jump that covers a dandy altitude. From there you lot could practise a 2nd jump that gives you just that extra bit of distance or allows y’all to change directions later on the first leap. But wait, at that place’s more. By pressing your aim-down sight (left trigger for gamepad) after a jump, you lot can hover, allowing you lot to get even farther. You can also press the slide nuance button again later on a jump to practise a downward dash if you want to state faster.
Pick everything up
Seriously, choice up everything you lot see if possible. It’s easy to pass past stuff when you’re lazy or playing with folks who are but blazing through the map and bullet jumping toward the objective or extraction point. Warframe, yet, is a resource-intensive grindfest and you’re going to thank yourself afterward on for taking the time to pick upwards all those actress Rubedos, Nanospores, Plasmids or Neurodes when you’re crafting an item that requires them.
Assistance, I’m lost!
Thank you to its heavy utilise of corridors and even secret pipes, it can be easy to become lost in Warframe’s stages. There’due south a special place in you-know-where, for case, for whoever designed the game’s ice maps with those ruined facilities or those stages with underwater segments. Goosefraba…
The on-screen mark definitely helps merely at that place will eventually be a time when you’re following the destination cursor and find yourself staring at a expressionless end. When this happens, look up or downwards. Warframe areas tin can take enough of verticality and passages can be tucked just to a higher place or underneath you (the game lets you wall jump infinitely on climbable spots, provided at that place’s nothing that hits your head).
Folks who use a gamepad can besides press upwardly on the D-pad to bring out a transparent onscreen map that can let you see any connecting passages you might take missed. This can also be helpful during Spy missions where you have to get through a data room without triggering a bazillion security lasers (note that if you do trigger an alarm, you tin can however head straight to the terminal you need to hack and non worry about tripping lasers anymore. Every bit long as yous get to it fast enough, you can retrieve the information before the timer runs out).
Pressing left on the D-pad controller besides lets you mark that office of the map. This can be used to assist guide lost teammates or let them know if you lot found something similar a scannable planet fragment or the entrance to a challenge room.
Assist, I can’t equip my gear!
Later on in the game, yous’ll need to be able to equip stuff like scanners to, well, scan things on the field. I racked my brains trying to figure this 1 out until I finally opened my equipment tab (also accessible past walking to your Armory inside the ship and opening it) and saw the Gear tab in the lesser. From hither, y’all can program gear into your gear wheel, which can be brought up in the field. For controllers, for example, yous can press down on the D-pad to bring your gear wheel upward. I don’t use keyboard, unfortunately, and so I don’t know the exact buttons, but I believe the gear wheel tin can be brought out with “Y” and the gear tin can as well be hotkeyed to your number keys
Upgrade your weaponry
Everybody likes free stuff. It won’t take long, notwithstanding, before all those starter weapons you acquire get long in the tooth. Once you’ve maxed out that Skana or any of the starter Mk-1 gear, I recommend ownership one of those weapons that tin can be purchased with regular credits (not Platinum, unless you’re Daddy Warbucks and can spare the coin). These typically cost 25,000 credits and can final you through a skilful part of the campaign as long as you lot’re keeping upward to date with their mods.
My personal favorite is the Strun shotgun, which I used to ane-shot foes through several planets after my Mk-i Paris bow started to autumn off in operation. Otherwise, you can get the Braton rifle, which is an upgrade over the starter Mk-1 Braton and should final you until you’re able to afford or arts and crafts improve options. Likewise, keep your eyes peeled for daily alerts that advantage you with weapon blueprints for finishing certain missions.
Make stuff up
Unless you lot’re swimming in Platinum, you’ll notice that you don’t take many options for buying equipment. That’south because a large part of the Warframe feel is crafting the stuff you want. Once you’ve bought those initial weapons with credits, you’ll have to either buy blueprints for other weapons from the market or find the blueprints via mission drops or rewards. Then you lot’ll head off to your Foundry, which y’all can unlock early on in the game. Oh aye, a lot of the stuff you build in this game will accept 12 hours or even three days (with a few exceptions) unless you lot use platinum to rush it, which is something I unremarkably do non recommend.
Absolutely, it tin can be intimidating crafting your initial weapons early on in the game when you lot’re basically still young, dumb and broke. When resources are scarce, you don’t want to waste material them on a bad weapon. The skillful news is that simply about any weapon works well when you’re early in the game. Warframe sort of guides you to what weapons to craft as they’re usually capped by your main rank so you can initially only craft the ones suitable for your level.
Fifty-fifty “bad” weapons are really non a waste as you can earn mastery points for each unique weapon once by maxing out. This brings us to…
Level up your gear for mastery
As you lot gain knowledge in the game, you’ll sometimes notice players who obviously have been playing a long time but are using non-endgame or less powerful weapons. What’s up with that? Well, chances are, they are leveling it up for mastery points.
Encounter, every weapon can be leveled upwardly to earn points that can be used to increase your overall mastery rank. This will and then allow you to take a exam and so you can go promoted to the next rank. Ranking up is important every bit it allows you lot to take part in mastery rank-capped missions, utilise higher-rank weapons, earn actress chapters for gear or raise the limit for how much standing you can earn in one twenty-four hour period from the game’south various Syndicates.
Notation that the mastery test tin exist taken only one time per day and you’ll accept to wait till the next day in case you flunk it. The good news is that the first few are easy and only require you to kill three waves of enemies using your various weapon types. Past the time you have to do harder ones, like the Mastery 5 or Mastery 6 tests, you should already take access to Cephalon Cimaris’ room, which lets y’all practice each test. By the fashion, in instance you’re worried about failing the last part of the Mastery 5 terminal hacking test, make sure y’all bring an detail known as a nada. Just relieve it for the final final (which is the toughest one) and enable it if yous detect yourself running out of time. Doing so will make it auto hack for you.
Plastids? Neurodes? Where tin can I get those?
One common experience in Warframe involves acquiring a blueprint, excitedly heading to your foundry to build information technology, then realizing y’all’re missing an particular or two (or 3) to make it.
What the Hek?
In fact, a big part of Warframe is finding the stuff you need to make that new frame or weapon. The stronger your weapons, the more likely, too, that it will demand materials that don’t become plentiful until later in the star nautical chart. Yous’ll be swimming in stuff like Rubedo early on on but stuff like Plastids can be rare at first. Get deeper into the star chart, however, and yous’ll exist tripping on Plastids all over the place. Information technology’due south one more reason why I recommend unlocking the planets equally soon as y’all can.
The practiced news is that at that place are a lot of resources online to get information on this stuff. The
Warframe wiki, for example, is i such resource.
Here’due south a sampling of some of the less common resources I found myself constantly searching for and the more than common ways to find them (not the only way, mind you). Daily alerts can as well have these occasionally as rewards.
This one’s an especially big pain to get. Not only is it rarer than most other items, the dang thing too degrades and disappears from your inventory afterwards one full day if not used right away. Ungh. Typically acquired from Void Sabotage and Survival missions.
Can exist acquired from Void Defense and Survival Missions. Tin can besides be obtained from the Psamathe mission in Neptune or Naaman Mission in Europa.
Either Mars or Uranus, especially the dominate fights.
Try boss fights in Mars, Mercury or Pluto. Captain Vor and The Sergeant bosses apparently have good driblet rates. Mars missions in Hellas, Augustus and Olympus tin can have them, too.
Found mostly in Jupiter. Endeavour Elara, Sinai and Themisto.
Orokin Derelict’s Assassination, Defence or Survival missions are a good source. One of earliest ways to find them are via containers for Neuroptic Masses in Globe. Also dropped past Sentients in Lua.
I’ve primarily gotten these from daily alerts only you tin can plain get them from Reactor Sabotage missions too.
Can be dropped by any boss, especially Lech Kril in Mars and Sargas Ruk in Saturn. As well found in Orokin Derelict Survival missions, Piscinas in Saturn, Draco in Ceres and T3 Survival.
Try Corpus missions such as Defense, Mobile Defence, Extraction and Survival. Guaranteed driblet from Oxium Osprey if killed before cocky-destructing. These are the flying, mechanical drones with orangish lights and green shields found in Corpus missions on several planets.
These are tough to notice at first merely go increasingly mutual later. Can be found in Phobos, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and Eris.
Dropped by enemy Archwing units in space or the Grineer Sealab stages.
Used for making Dragon Keys or upgrading the quality of your Void Relics, these are found during Void Fissure missions where you collect Reactant.
What’s that floating car thingie near other players?
Wondering what that floating machine is adjacent to players that shoots water ice beams or other projectiles? That’s a Scout, one of several Companion options you tin use in the game. Yous actually get rewarded one of them, the Ten-shaped Taxon, after yous stop the Venus junction. The Taxon comes with the Artax attachment, which fires the aforementioned ice axle that slows opponents so you can dispose of them more than hands (or buy time to line up that perfect headshot). Other Sentinels come with different abilities like stealth, for example.
These Sentinels, by the way, human action like weapons and tin can be equipped with mods besides. Afterwards on, yous will likewise unlock a mission that lets you acquire an brute-type companion known as a Kubrow. Notation that these are more than high-maintenance than Sentinels and require upkeep that’due south adequately expensive when you’re merely starting out. Oh yeah, animals tin can too die if y’all fail them because Ordis hates pets and won’t accept intendance of them.
Sentinels, on the other hand, do not dice permanently and don’t require upkeep and so use them to your heart’south content.
Use your abilities
True confession — I did not showtime using my Warframe’south special abilities until I reached Mars. The lesson, as always, is: I’m an idiot. Don’t be an idiot like me.
Part of information technology was that I did not know how to use them. On PS4, for example, you can swipe left, right, up or down on the touchpad or press and hold R1 then press the corresponding button to use one of 4 abilities. PS4 players should annotation that one time you finish The Second Dream, swiping on the touchpad will trigger your Transcendence ability instead if your gauge is full. Equally such, I recommend getting used to the button press input instead.
Abilities are game changers and some tin can plow the tide of battle and then make sure you use them. Excalibur’s Radial Blind, for instance, makes killing junction wraiths laughably like shooting fish in a barrel or purchase you time when you’re swarmed. Rhino’s Iron Skin, meanwhile, makes you laugh off harm, including during Nightmare missions where your shields get deactivated. Speaking of Rhino…
Seriously, get this Warframe.
Rhinoceros is one of the get-go Warframes you can farm and I can’t call back of a better frame for beginners, especially those who don’t want to spend platinum. That’southward considering Rhino’southward tankiness via Iron Skin will make your life so much easier and even allow you to take part in college-level missions where you’d otherwise exist crushed when using a starter Warframe with the aforementioned beginner mods. Iron Peel is also the perfect partner for learning the nuances of your various weapons without having to worry about being one-shot or two-shot by an enemy. Every bit an added bonus for Gundam fans, you can change his wait with the gratis starter color palette and make him await like a freaking Sinanju.
Y’all can buy Rhino’s design for 35,000 credits at the shop and farm his chassis, neuroptics and systems parts by chirapsia the Jackal boss in Venus, making it one of the earliest frames you lot can subcontract.
I say potato…
As you get farther in the game, y’all’ll notice that your once beastly Warframe and weapons aren’t quite cut it anymore despite having them at max level and filled with all the mods you lot can squeeze in. This is especially true for your starter Warframes, which can start feeling lackluster by the time you attain Jupiter.
Don’t worry, that’due south normal. As enemies start striking harder and accept more and more attacks before they go down, information technology’s time to seriously consider installing “potatoes.” That would exist Orokin Reactors for Warframes and Orokin Catalysts for weapons. These potato-looking items essentially double your chapters for mods, allowing you to install not just a greater variety of mods but also more than maxed-out ones.
As someone who loved my starter Bow, for example, I felt bummed in one case it started to fall behind. Afterward, I congenital a Dread Bow considering I heard proficient things well-nigh it but it nonetheless felt a bit lacking fifty-fifty though I maxed it out. Then I installed an Orokin Goad in it and used the extra chapters to install leveled up corrosive and disquisitional mods. My first shot against an infested mob yielded four-digit damage in vivid yellow text signifying a disquisitional hit. This was followed by more than text in yellow, likewise as orange and red. I specifically call up the orange and cherry-red crits dealing damage in the 5-digit range. Heaven knows how much more than damage I’d exist doing if I actually had better mods or more polarized slots in my weapon. Meanwhile, my Warframe with an Orokin Reactor was now shaking off damage and laughing information technology off (that is, until endgame where you tin get unceremoniously i- or two-shot regardless).
I thing to keep in mind, though, is that unless yous purchase them with platinum, finding blueprints to make these besides as their materials can take some effort, peculiarly if you’re not knee-deep in endgame content even so. As such, you usually want to remember hard about installing the few that you lot do become at first to either a Warframe or weapon that y’all know y’all’ll exist using for a long time or really, really similar.
To install them, go to the upgrade card of your Warframe or weapon, bring up the Actions menu and selection Install. Orokin Reactors and Catalysts also come pre-installed if you buy a Warframe or weapon with platinum from the market.
In addition to using Orokin items, one other style you tin boost performance subsequently in the game is by calculation more polarized slots to your Warframe’s or gear’s Mod upgrade slots. This allows you to install even more mods for half the chapters cost, provided those mods match the polarity symbol y’all installed.
In order to install a new polarized slot, the Warframe or equipment must be at Level 30 and you volition also need an detail known as Forma, which tin can be a pain to get early in the game unless you straight up buy it. Oh yeah, adding a new polarized slot will also reset the level of that weapon so yous’ll need to level it upwardly again. The expert news is that y’all don’t lose any previously installed Orokin Reactors or Catalysts so at to the lowest degree there’south that going for you.
And there’southward more
Despite how long this article is, at that place’s all the same a lot of stuff I haven’t tackled such every bit Syndicates, Void Relics, Orokin Derelict missions, Principle Challenge Rooms, the Conclave and association building. But those are topics for another fourth dimension. (Heck, I might even add them to this “beginner” guide.)
In the meantime, all the information here should get y’all started on the correct track for a big chunk of the game.
So blaze along to the stars Tenno and continue your wits most you. Just exist ready for a long, long, long never-ending grind.