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This page contains a list of important terms and abbreviations commonly used by players.


  • Add, Adds - Low-level enemies spawned into Assassination missions to distract or harass players trying to focus on the boss. Having one or more members in a squad assigned to "add duty" means they keep the reinforcements under control while the other squad members can focus on the boss.
  • Affinity - Experience in Warframe. Contributes to levels for weapons, Warframes and sentinels.
  • AFK - Away From Keyboard. This refers to someone that, while present in a mission, is not actively playing it. Depending on the use, it may either be informative (the player has to attend to something in real life for a short moment, and thus cannot assist) or derogatory (the player does not move at all after the mission starts or is not contributing to the team or mission).
  • Aggro - Both the Threat Level mechanic, and the act of giving oneself as great a Threat Level as possible to distract enemies.
  • Alert - Missions that appear randomly and give additional credits or loot as a reward.
  • Alertium - Nitain Extracts, which can primarily be obtained as an alert reward.
    • Alertium Prime - Vauban Prime, owing to the large amounts of Nitain Extracts required to construct him.
  • Ambulance - Ambulas.
  • AMD - Antimatter Drop; Nova's 2nd ability.
  • Ancient Retribution - A well-known placeholder mod in Warframe that may appear as a Defense or Interception reward due to bugs.
  • Angry Ball - An unstable Lunaro.
  • AoE - Area of Effect; used to describe attacks or abilities that affect multiple targets within a specified area.
  • AW - Archwing.


  • Baconframe - Atlas, owing to his obi resembling strips of bacon.
  • Baking - Slang for an item being made in the foundry e.g. "I have a blue potato baking."
  • Bar, BarPol - The Naramon Pol polarity shape.
  • Baro Ki'Teer - the Void Trader, who offers rare items in exchange for Ducats and Credits.
    • Baro Ki'Tears - Derogatory nickname for Baro Ki'Teer, usually in response to his current stock.
  • Berehynia, Bere - An Interception node on Sedna used to farm affinity/focus.
  • BoneDaddy - Nekros.
  • Booben - Vauban.
  • Boxheads/Blockheads - Corpus, nicknamed for their box-like helmets. (Crewmen in general, Techs)
  • BP - Blueprint.
  • Breeding Mods, Breeding Mod Set - The four Heat b Heat dual-stat mods rewarded in Operation Breeding Grounds, known as Thermite Rounds, Volcanic Edge, Scorch and Scattering Inferno. Now obtained as a possible reward for completing Spy missions.
  • Buff, Buffed - Improving something's ability overall.



  • D, DPol - The Vazarin Pol polarity shape.
  • Dash, - The Naramon Pol polarity shape.
  • Dashes, AbilityPol - The Zenurik Pol polarity shape. Used for Augments or Channeling mods. See also Scratch/ScratchPol.
  • Data-ass - Derogatory term used to describe a player whom misuses possession of a Datamass during Deception or Mobile Defense missions either by refusing to complete the objective, or by going AFK.
  • DC, D/C - Disconnected.
    • DC also may refer to the Design Council.
  • DE - Digital Extremes, the developers of Warframe.
  • Def, Defense - Refers to the Defense mission type.
  • Derf, Derf Anyo - An officially recognized fan-made character, as Devstream 30 claims. Usually refers to son, nephew, or other familial bond to Nef Anyo.
  • DNS (technical) - Domain Name Server. Used to determine a players IP address in an international scale, if a DNS address is mismatched, the player will not be able to connect to other certain players.
  • DM - Death Mark.
  • Dojo - A clan meeting place. Different rooms can be built, with purposes of research, trading, duels.
  • Doorway Hero, Door Hero - denotes the specific act of utilizing choke points (such as doors) to rapidly kill recently spawned enemies. Mostly used as a derogatory term. The term Hallway Hero is sometimes used interchangeably.
  • Dorito cape - Abrasys Syandana.
  • Down, Downed - When you run out of health, you'll be in bleedout state. Teammates can revive you back to full health and shields.
  • Dogs - May refer to:
  • DPS - Damage per Second or Damage per Shot. When a player asks for a "DPS Frame" when recruiting a squad, this refers to a Warframe capable of dealing damage and killing enemies consistently.
  • Dual/Dual-stat Mods - Refers to Nightmare Mode Mods which grant two different beneficial stats. Not to be confused with Corrupted Mods.
  • DS - Dark Sector. Usually followed by S - Survival (DSS) or D - Defense/Defection (DSD).



  • Farm - To play repeatedly or for long periods to achieve desired objective, usually something in larger number (such as a certain resource or enemy).
  • Fashion Frame - When a player creates or aims to create an overall aesthetic modification to a Warframe strictly for the purpose of being aesthetically pleasing.
  • Fast Nova - A Nova modded with Overextended and no Ability Strength mods to cause Molecular Prime to speed enemies up, instead of slowing them down. Commonly used during Infested Defense missions to make enemies get into players' range faster. Also called Speed Nova and Neg Nova.
  • FL - Friend List.
  • Focus - a selection of special abilities that can only be obtained after completing The Second Dream quest. Check its respective article for more details.
  • Forehead - Phorid, for both its name and its appearance.
  • Forma, Forma'd, Formed, Formaed - To use a Forma to alter a polarity slot (a.k.a. polarized, polarization).
    • # Forma - Adjective for a weapon or Warframe that has been polarized # times (e.g. 4 Forma Braton)
  • FoV - Field of Vision/Field of View.
  • FPS Crusher - A Volt with a build geared towards Speed, which often results in significant FPS drops on low end PCs.
  • Frame - Warframe.
  • Friendship Door - Refers to a door that requires two players present to open when in a party.
  • Fusion Core - May refer to:
    • Fusion Core, a mod that was solely used to increase the rank of other mods through Fusion. Replaced by Endo in Update 19
    • Nef Anyo, a derogatory nickname due to his outfit being similar to the shape of a Fusion Core.



  • H - Hosting.
  • Hallway Hero - A negative term referring to a player in a defense mission (endless, wave, mobile, or survival) who fights far from the defense objective or team, killing enemies too far to share Affinity and spreading out pickups too thinly. The term Doorway Hero is sometimes used interchangeably with Hallway Hero.
  • Harvester - The original name of Zanuka Hunter.
  • Hitscan - A type of weapon wherein the weapon's target is calculated by way of intersection with a line trace, as opposed to collision with a projectile. Such weapons are said to hit targets 'instantly', on the same frame in which the weapon is fired. Common hitscan weapons include the Braton, Burston, and Soma.
  • HPS - Healing Per Second or Health Per Second, often used to describe the effectiveness of abilities such as Renewal, or the stacking of Rejuvenation aura mods.
  • Hydron - A popular Defense node on Sedna.





  • Leech - A player who is taken on a mission simply to fill the squad and maximize enemy level, commonly being weak and having low level equipment, with the intention of leveling up quickly. Not to be confused with Taxi.
  • LFM, LFG - Looking for member/more, group.
  • Lobster/Lobster Butt - Trinity, owing to the overall appearance of her skirt resembling a lobster's tail.
  • LoR, LOR - Law of Retribution , an 8-player trial mission which can be obtained by buying and crafting its key from the equipment section in the market.
  • LoS, LOS - Line of Sight, typically relating if an enemy or enemies can see the player or not. Certain abilities—particularly those that Blind enemies—generally require Line of Sight for maximum effect.
    • Scanning also requires line of sight. 
  • Lotus - The Tenno players' guide.
  • LS, Life Support - Life Support Modules that are dispensed from dead enemies in Survival missions.


  • Mastery - Your overall account level. Increased by leveling up weapons, Warframes and companions (not counting forma(s)) and completing a test.
  • Mastery Fodder - Weapon with insufficient damage capability, or too gimmicky to be viable for end game play, thus making it useful only in advancing experience for next Mastery Rank. Usually sold right after achieving level 30 on it.
  • Mats - Resources. Short for Materials.
  • MD, MDef, MobDef - Mobile Defense.
  • Meme Strike, Mememing Strike - Nickname for the Maiming Strike mod.
  • Meta, - The Metagame, which refers to the best strategies, loadouts, and squad composition to maximize farming, mission completion, etc.
  • Mods - "Cards" picked up during missions and won for completing some missions to enhance the power of Warframes, weapons, and companions.
  • MR - Mastery Rank.
  • MP, M Prime - May refer to:


  • Neffy - Nickname for Nef Anyo, coined by Tyl Regor in Operation: Tubemen of Regor.
  • Neg Nova, Negative Nova - A Nova modded with Overextended and no Ability Strength mods, which causes Molecular Prime's speed debuff to increase enemy speed, instead of slowing them down. Commonly used during Infested Defense missions to make enemies get into players' range faster. Also called Fast Nova and Speed Nova.
  • Nerfed, Nerf - Something that was recently weakened or needs weakening.
  • Neutral Nova - A Nova modded with Overextended in such a fashion that Molecular Prime's speed debuff does not modify the speed of affected enemies in any fashion. Useful if players only wants the damage buff from the ability.
  • Nightmare Mods - See dual mods.
  • NM, Nightmare - Nightmare Mode. A high difficulty mission that can occupy random nodes indicated with a skull and rewards special mods unique to these missions.
  • Node - a planetary mission.
  • Nuke - any weapon or ability that can kill a large quantity of enemies at once (i.e. Molecular Prime, the Ogris).


  • Octopus - The Phage rifle. Nicknamed for its appearance when firing.
  • OC, OCell, OroCell - Orokin Cell.
  • OD - Orokin Derelict, usually followed with an additional letter indicating the mission type. e.g. ODS, ODD and ODA refer to Orokin Derelict Survival, Defense and Assassination respectively.
  • ODV - Orokin Derelict Vault, a section of the Orokin Derelicts that awards players Corrupted Mods.
  • Orokin - The name of the race that previously ruled the solar system. Tenno are their descendants. 
  • One-handed action - Commonly used term in the wiki, this refers to actions that do not interrupt full actions such as reloading, charging, or shooting
  • OV - Orokin Void, usually followed with an additional letter indicating the mission type, as well as the Tower number representing the difficulty. For example: OVS, OVD and OVE refer to Orokin Void Survival, Defense and Exterminate respectively. And for the Tower number, a general T1, T2, T3 or T4, meaning Tower one, two, three or four.


  • Panty, Panties - The Infested boss Lephantis.
  • PBR (Treatment) - Physically-Based Rendring, which offers a less production-intensive approach to the rendering of materials and light. Within the context of the game, this refers to a graphical update that improves the luster of metallic sections of equipment, and allows them to be customized.
  • PC - Price check. Used on the trading channel to find out how much something is worth.
  • Pilfroid - Hydroid equipped with Pilfering Swarm augment mod
  • Pineapple(s) - Anasa Ayatan Sculpture(s).
  • Pizza, Pizzas - Team Restores, deployable Equipment that restores either health, energy, shields or ammunition every few seconds. Will typically have one attribute prefixed to indicate what it restores (e.g. Health Pizzas for Team Heal Restores and so on).
  • Plat, Pl, Pt, P - Platinum, the game currency that can only be traded or paid for.
  • PM - Private message. Use /w <username> message to whisper to the player.
  • PoE - Plains of Eidolon.
  • Pol - The polarity associated with a slot in a Warframe or weapon.
  • Potato, Blue/Gold Potato - An Orokin Catalyst or Orokin Reactor, named such for their resemblance to potatoes. As per A Man of Few Words, it is an abbreviation of Potent Orokin Technical Augmentation Tactical Offensive.
    • Potatoed - Refers to equipment that has a Catalyst/Reactor installed.
  • Precept - The abilities that a Companion can use. Precept mods have the Penjaga Pol polarity.
  • Prime - May refer to:
  • Primed Disappointment - a user-created mod that Baro Ki'teer is said to bring when his stock is less than stellar. Cf. Baro Ki'tears, Baro Shit-Tier.
  • Proc - The result of a weapon or ability triggering one of the additional damage effects via status chance, An abbreviation of Programmed Random Occurrence. See Status Effect.
  • PST - Abbreviation of "Please Send Tell", or to send a private message to another player in-game. Use /w <username> message to whisper to the player. Can also be seen as an abbreviation of "Psst!"
  • Pubs, Pug, Pugs - Pick-up Group/Public. Used to describe a group that is not preorganized or a player that is not part of the organized group.



  • RAD, Radshare - A Void Fissure run where all players will carry a specific Void Relic that has been Refined to Radiant, to maximize the odds of getting a specific Prime component.
  • Rads - Radiation b Radiation.
  • Red Text - In-game announcements that appear in the chatbox from the developers at Digital Extremes. The text is written in red, hence the name.
  • Rep, Reputation - Syndicate Standing.
  • Res, Rez - Ressurect, referring to the revival of players or companions after entering bleedout state.
  • Raid - Also known as Trials. Refers to 8-man end-game content such as The Law of Retribution and The Jordas Verdict.
  • RJ - Radial Javelin, referring to an Excalibur build that prioritizes that ability.
  • RQ - Resonating Quake, an Augment mod for Banshee's Sound Quake. It may also refer to builds that focus on this augment.
  • RNG - Random Number Generator. Used to refer to the random chance of things happening in the game, such as mod drops or the appearance of Assassins. Sometimes jokingly called Random Number God.
    • RNGesus, RNJesus - A joking nickname attributed to the RNG (above), typically mentioned in such a way to imply the speaker is praying.
  • Rotten Salad - Mutalist Alad V, owing to Alad being partially infested. See also Spoiled Salad.
  • rPol - The Unairu Pol polarity shape.
  • Rush - May refer to:
    • Completing a mission as fast as possible.
    • Instantly finish building an item in the foundry, using Platinum.
    • The Rush Archwing mission type.


  • Salad V - A nickname for Alad V.
  • Scratch, ScratchPol - Also refers to the Zenurik Pol Augment/Channeling polarity.
  • Sharkwing - Underwater Archwing gameplay, which is currently exclusive to the Grineer Sealab tileset.
  • ShieldPol - Polarize, which was previously known as Shield Polarize before recieving a rework.
  • Slova - Slow Nova.
  • Space Grandpa - A nickname for Hunhow, due to the relations uncovered in the quest Natah.
  • Space Mom - A nickname for the Lotus. This may also apply to her voice actress Rebecca Ford.
  • Space Stepdad - A nickname for Ballas. He's believed to be the Orokin executor that is responsible for the transference and the creation of Warframes. He's also suggested to be the lover of Margulis, who he mistakes the Lotus for, as it's revealed in the short side quest Apostasy Prologue
  • Space Nazi - Grineer or New Loka.
  • Space Pimple - Infested biomass on Infested Tilesets and Neurode Masses
  • Satanists - Nickname for the Red Veil.
  • Speed Nova - A Nova modded with Overextended and no Ability Strength mods to cause Molecular Prime to speed enemies up (utilizing a quirk in regards to Overextended), instead of slowing them down. Commonly used during Infested Defense missions to make enemies get into players' range faster. Also called Fast Nova and Neg Nova.
  • Spoiled Salad - A nickname for Mutalist Alad V. See also Rotten Salad.
  • Stunlock - A tactic that forces enemies in a Stun-phase or remain them plummeting to the ground.
  • Syndicate - A group of factions, some with ideologies that clash with other allied factions, that the Tenno can side with.



  • Ult, Ultimate - The 4th ability on a Warframe, which is typically the most powerful and costly Warframe ability.
  • /unstuck -  A chat command that teleports the player to their last "good" position on the map, useful in the event the player is stuck in map geometry or manages to clip out of the map and fall into the endless void beneath. Note however that this command has a 2 minute cooldown between uses.


  • V, VPol - The Madurai Pol polarity shape. Sometimes called rPol.
  • Vault - See ODV.
  • VOIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol; Voice Chat
  • Vorrito - Captain Vor


  • Warframe - The exosuits utilized by the Tenno.
  • Whale - a term commonly used to describe someone awash with platinum and who spends it freely. The precise definition can vary between players though.
  • Wipers - A contraction of Wraith Twin Vipers.
  • WTB/WTS/WTT - Want/Willing to Buy/Sell/Trade.


  • XP - Experience. Correctly called Affinity, used to level Weapons, Warframes and Mastery.


  • Yelling - Having a discussion through in-game chat, then distributing it to the forums.

Historical/Legacy TermsEdit

These are terms that may still be used by long-term players but refer to things that no longer exist.

  • AbilityPol - An earlier name for the Zenurik Pol Augment/Channeling polarity. Up until Update 15.0, Warframe abilities also had their own mod cards, allowing players to equip/unequip abilities.
  • Copter, Coptering, Spin Dashing, Zoren Coptering - Using the slide attack of melee weapons, particularly those with a high attack speed, to fling a player a great distance quickly. The momentum generated by melee slide attacks was greatly reduced in Update 17.0 in exchange for Bullet Jumping.
  • Draco - An Interception mission node on Ceres that was a popular spot for players to farm affinity. The mission type was changed to Survival in Update 19.0, making it less of a popular spot.
  • Fusion Core - A mod card used solely for leveling up other mods, now replaced with Endo.
    • R5 - Fusion core ranked Rare 5.
    • U5 - Fusion core ranked Uncommon 5.
  • Green - Life Support pick-ups in Survival missions. Named for the green HUD indicator that was unique to them.
  • Kiste - A Mobile Defense mission located in Ceres that was once a popular spot to farm affinity much like Draco. Fell out of popular use when Ceres was made into an early-mid game planet in Update 19.0.
  • Naked Nick - The person inside the Warframe Cryopod before its model was changed in Update 12.0.
  • R+QT - A combo between Rage and Quick Thinking which granted invulnerability. The combo's efficiency was reduced in Update 11.1, and the term fell out of use soon after.
  • Rainbow Build - A mod loadout popular during Damage 1.0 that used all elemental damage mods for maximum damage. Fell out of favor with the introduction of Damage 2.0.
  • Viver - An Interception node on Eris that was used to farm large amounts of mods, resources or credits in a short period of time. This node has since been removed in Update 19.0.
    • Vivergate - A series of balance passes/nerfs to several frames (particularly Excalibur, Mag, and Trinity) that came in response to constant abuse of Viver.
  • Xini - Another Eris mission node, which was formerly a Defense Mission, that was used to farm Affinity in much the same way as Draco. The node is currently an Interception node.