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The Acolytes are mysterious beings first introduced in the Operation: Shadow Debt event, returning on PC two more times between July 29 - August 8 of 2016, and more recently between February 10 - 16 of 2017. Twisted like the Stalker, these sinister warriors aid in his hunts. They take the appearance and abilities of different Warframes, except they all wear a helmet identical to the Stalker's.
An Acolyte can randomly appear on the Star Chart, indicated in the World State Window, where players must then hunt down the Acolyte by finding which node on which planet it appears. Once the Acolyte has been found, its location is displayed in the World State Window for all players to see. Unlike other enemies, Acolytes cannot be killed in a single mission. Instead, players must engage the Acolyte in a mission and deal as much damage to it as they can. The damage received by the Acolyte accumulates as more players encounter and deal damage to it over several missions, with its total remaining health displayed on the World State Window. Only when its total health has been depleted will the Acolyte be eliminated. The Acolyte will stay in the node where it is found until it receives a certain amount of damage to its total health, after which it will disappear from the node to relocate to another node, thus requiring players to search for the Acolyte's location again.
The Acolyte will only spawn in the mission if one player enters a room of the map randomly chosen at the start of the mission where the Acolyte is supposedly hidden. When a player enters this room, the screen will flicker with a violet hue similar to the warning signs for the Stalker, and the Acolyte will send messages to the player before spawning a few seconds later and engaging in battle. During such an encounter, the Acolyte will disappear after receiving enough damage, or if the players go down, or a certain amount of time after the start of the encounter has passed. The Acolyte will only drop a mod from their drop table if they left from receiving enough damage; if they leave because too much time has passed, or the players are killed there is no dropped reward.
All Acolytes, similar to the Stalker, will perform a single target Mag's Pull to counteract Tenno who attempt to avoid their wrath by standing on top of raised objects. They can also teleport any Tenno who attempts to flee right back into their room. Lastly, as a fail-safe, they can teleport directly to a Tenno's room instantaneously should they get too far away (as they have been known to spawn across the map by accident), staggering any Tenno they happen to reappear on top of. This fail-safe teleport is different from Loki's Switch Teleport (used by Mania) and Ash's Teleport (used by Angst) as it can only be performed if the Acolyte is in a room with no Tenno present, but is also instant with no animation delay or particle effects.
- Main article: Angst
Angst is one of Shadow Stalker's acolytes, first appearing in Operation: Shadow Debt. She takes the form of a Valkyr Warframe with an Immortal Skin, wearing Stalker's helmet and the Vanquished Syandana.
- Main article: Malice
- Main article: Mania
- Main article: Misery
Misery is one of Shadow Stalker's acolytes. He takes the form of Nekros with an Immortal Skin, wearing Stalker's helmet and Oberon's loincloth, as well as modified Warframe Cosmetics including a Kyroptera Syandana and Daedalus Chest Plate codpiece.
In battle, Misery wields an Ether Reaper. Misery will enter the battle alongside a retinue of enemies known as Void Shades. After losing 33% of his health Misery will get knocked over, after which he will begin summoning more Void Shades as reinforcements. Upon losing 66% of his health Misery will summon yet more reinforcements, this final group made up of Shadows of Angst and Violence.
- Main article: Torment
Torment is one of Shadow Stalker's acolytes. She takes the form of Mesa with Stalker's helmet, a Naberus shoulder piece, and some of Equinox's front tassels. She also uses an Eos chest plate for a codpiece.
- The Acolytes' appearances are generally a Warframe with attachments either from other Warframes or Warframe Cosmetics such as armor pieces, Syandanas, or skins, and the Stalker's helmet in lieu of their default helmets;
- Angst uses Valkyr's body with her Immortal Skin and the Vanquished Syandana.
- Malice uses Frost's body without his shoulder armor, and wears bits of machinery on his arms.
- Mania uses Loki's body with his Immortal Skin as well as a Daedalus shoulder plate on his left arm.
- Misery uses Nekros' body with the Kyroptera Syandana, Oberon's loincloth and a Daedalus chest plate as an impromptu codpiece.
- Torment uses Mesa's body with some of Equinox's front tassels on her waist, a Naberus shoulder plate on her right arm and an Eos chest plate as an impromptu codpiece.
- Violence uses Limbo's body with Hulta shoulder plates.
- Though their origins are disputed, Alad V calling them "betrayers" implies they may be Tenno themselves.
- However, Misery states that the "Betrayers will die.", as well as saying "These children will not stop us..", implying that he knows the Tenno's true nature. All of this pointing that the Acolytes are as separated from the Tenno as the Stalker himself.
- When played backwards, some intelligible speech can be heard in the audio taunts the Acolytes use. The messages contained are as follows:
- We are the Stalker's revenge.
- The end has come to take you, Tenno.
- You must cease(?) Tenno.
- We fight for the Stalker. This is the end for you.
- You cannot kill (?) what you cannot see.
- All you have is Tenno(?) You are nothing.
- We are Shadows... You are just a suit.
- You are nothing
|Acolytes||Angst • Malice • Mania • Misery • Torment • Violence|