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An alternate helmet is a piece of gear that provides cosmetic changes and for older Warframes stat adjustments. Prime Warframes use the same alternative helmets as their normal counterparts.

Season 2 helmets introduced the use of jiggle-bones (dubbed by Digital Extremes as "Dangly Bits") which allow for a more natural secondary movement to the Warframe.

With the introduction of Nekros in Update 10, upcoming alternate helmets do not affect the stats of your warframes.


Helmets can be bought for Platinumicon 75 in the 'Equipment' section of the Market. Additionally, their blueprints can be acquired via completing Alerts missions.


Alternate helmets can be equipped in Arsenal using the "Appearance" tab when modifying a Warframe. They can be unequipped by reapplying the default skin.

List of alternate helmetsEdit

Most stat decreases take place after the effects of mods and auras have been calculated; however, increases are calculated independently from alternate helmets. As such, stat increases are always directly dependent on base amounts, and are always the same amount regardless of mods or artifacts.

For example, Frost's Aurora helmet reduces maximum health by 5%. Without any Vitality, a rank 30 Frost's health becomes (300 - [300 * 0.05] = 285). With a maximum rank Vitality(+440% health), their base health becomes (300 + [100 * 4.4] = 740), and their total health after Aurora's effect becomes (740 - [740 * 0.05] = 703). However, because stat increases are independent, it will always provide exactly 50 armor whether or not the Frost has Steel Fiber equipped.

Alternate helmets and their stats
Warframe Stat increase Stat decrease
Ash I (Scorpion) +25% Stamina Max -5% Power Efficiency
Ash II (Locust) +20% Energy Max -3% Movement Speed
Banshee I (Reverb) +10% Energy Max -5% Health Max
Banshee II (Chorus) +10% Power Efficiency -5% Stamina Max
Ember I (Phoenix) +25% Energy Max -5% Shield Max
Ember II (Backdraft) +15% Health Max -3% Movement Speed
Excalibur I (Avalon) +25% Shield Max -5% Health Max
Excalibur II (Pendragon) +15% Power Strength -5% Armor
Frost I (Aurora) +25% Armor -5% Health Max
Frost II (Squall) +15% Power Strength -5% Shield Max
Loki I (Essence) +15% Power Efficiency -5% Armor
Loki II (Swindle) +15% Power Range -5% Health Max
Mag I (Coil) +25% Power Range -5% Shield Max
Mag II (Gauss) +25 Energy Max -3% Movement Speed
Nekros I (Raknis) N/A N/A
Nekros II (Shroud) N/A N/A
Nova I (Flux) +10% Stamina Max -5% Health Max
Nova II (Quantum) N/A N/A
Nyx I (Menticide) +25% Stamina Max -5% Shield Max
Nyx II (Vespa) +15% Power Efficiency -5% Armor
Oberon I (Markhor) N/A N/A
Oberon II (Oryx) N/A N/A
Rhino I (Thrak) +25 Health Max -5% Sprint Speed
Rhino II (Vanguard) +25% Movement Speed -5% Power Strength
Saryn I (Hemlock) +10% Movement Speed -5% Health Max
Saryn II (Chlora) +10% Stamina Max -5% Power Duration
Trinity I (Aura) +25% Power Duration -5% Health Max
Trinity II (Meridian) +15% Shield Max -5% Power Efficiency
Valkyr I (Bastet) N/A N/A
Valkyr II (Kara) N/A N/A
Vauban I (Esprit) +10% Energy Max -10% Shield Max
Vauban II (Gambit) +10% Stamina Max -10% Power Duration
Volt I (Storm) +10% Power Strength -5% Stamina Max
Volt II (Pulse) +10% Power Duration -5% Shield Max
Zephyr I (Cierzo) N/A N/A
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