Apart from purchasing from the Market, many items can be acquired in the form of end mission rewards for free. Most rewards are randomly generated from a predetermined drop table depending on the mission and tile set. Most mission rewards exist in the form of Blueprints or components that require players to combine with various resources in order to construct a usable item in the Foundry.
- Main article: Void Fissure
- Main article: Orokin Derelict
Orokin Derelict houses the Orokin Vault which awards players with a Corrupted Mod after a successful raid.
- Main article: Daily Tribute
- Main article: Alerts
- Main article: Invasion
Invasion missions allow players to choose one enemy faction to side with, either Grineer or Corpus. Upon completing three successful missions on one side, players will be awarded with Research components such as Detonite Injector, Fieldron and Mutagen Mass, and occasionally rare items such as Orokin Reactor.
Infested Outbreaks require players to assist an enemy faction to cleanse the area from Infested. To acquire a reward, players must complete three missions against the Infested.
- Main article: Nightmare Mode
Nightmare missions appear randomly in the star chart as one of the mission options that players can choose from. Nightmare missions only appear if the player has successfully completed every mission on that planet. These missions have random debuffs such as energy drain, health drain and low gravity etc. Possible rewards are dual-stats Nightmare Mods.
There are several different missions that are available on the Star Chart. They can be split into two categories: Endless and non-endless.
Non-Endless missions have one or more objectives which must be completed in order to finish the mission. Once the objectives are completed, the mission is over and players proceed to extraction. Not all non-Endless missions offer special rewards upon completion.
There are nine kinds of non-Endless missions currently in the game:
- Both kinds of Arena mission (The Index and Rathuum) offer rewards for completion. The Index awards credits, while Rathuum offers a small amount of Endo.
- Capture missions award players with any of a number of items, including Mods and Void Relics.
- Rescue missions award players with a Specter blueprint upon completion.
- Some Sabotage and Exterminate missions contain optional Resource Caches which may contain Mods, credit caches, or Resources.
- Spy missions award players with Mods, Void Relics, or Ivara blueprints upon completion.
- Assault, Crossfire, and Mobile Defense missions do not have special rewards.
Sometimes players will refer to an A, B, and C rotation for rewards:
In the context of Resource Caches, Rotations refer to the number of caches collected: The first cache found draws from the 'Rotation A' rewards, the second cache from the 'Rotation B' rewards, and the third cache from the 'Rotation C' rewards.
In the context of Spy missions, Rotations refer to the number of vaults opened: The first vault successfully opened will draw from the 'Rotation A' rewards, the second from the 'Rotation B' rewards, and the third from the 'Rotation C' rewards. Rewards are based only on the number of vaults opened, not the in-game label given to the vaults; If only one vault is successfully opened, only a Rotation A reward will be given, even if the vault opened was labeled as Vault C.
Endless missions last for as long as the players can hold out. Each has a task that must be completed to earn the next reward, and rewards are pulled from three rotations (with the contents of the rotation depending on the level and type of mission). The three rotations are known as A, B, and C and the pattern is A-A-B-C and then repeat.
For example, Defense missions give a reward after each fifth wave. After wave 5, the players will receive a reward from the Rotation A reward pool. After wave 10, the players will receive another reward from Rotation A. Then at wave 15, they will get a Rotation B award. If they make it to the end of wave 20, they will receive a Rotation C reward. After that, the pattern repeats: Waves 25 and 30 will give out Rotation A rewards, Wave 35 gives out a Rotation B reward, and Wave 40 gives out a Rotation C reward.
Defense, Infested Salvage and Interception missions allow each player the individual choice to stay or leave at the end of each rotation. Any players that chose to stay continue on, while players that chose to leave receive their rewards and return to their Orbiters. Defection, Excavation, and Survival missions require the squad to collectively agree to leave by moving to the extract location as they would in a non-endless mission.
There are 6 types of endless missions currently in the game:
- Defection rotation rewards are given for every pair of squads safely escorted to the exit.
- Defense rotation rewards are given after every five waves.
- Excavation rotation rewards are given after every successful excavation drill. Drills destroyed before completion will not count towards earning the next reward.
- Infested Salvage rotation rewards are given after every wave.
- Interception rotation rewards are given after every wave, and may yield a special reward every four waves.
- Survival rotation rewards are given every five minutes.
In other words, rotations for endless missions follow this pattern:
|Mission Type||Reward Criteria||A||B||C|
|Defense||Waves cleared||5, 10, 25, 30, ...||15, 35, ...||20, 40, ...|
|Survival||Minutes||5, 10, 25, 30, ...||15, 35, ...||20, 40, ...|
|Excavation||Artifacts recovered||1, 2, 5, 6, ...||3, 7, ...||4, 8, ...|
|Interception||Messages decoded||1, 2, 5, 6, ...||3, 7, ...||4, 8, ...|
|Infested Salvage||Manifests decoded||1, 2, 5, 6, ...||3, 7, ...||4, 8, ...|
|Defection||Squads saved||2, 4, 10, 12, ...||6, 14, ...||8, 16, ...|
- Main article: Archwing#Rewards
Each Archwing mission has its own set of rewards for completion, even if the non-Archwing version of the mission does not (For example, Archwing Mobile Defense missions are the only Mobile Defense missions to offer a reward for successful completion).
Some types of missions are separated into different tiers. Missions in the same tier share the same rewards. For example, Lith, Earth and Lares, Mercury are both Tier 1 Defense missions, so you have the same chances to get the same items as a reward from each.
Most mission types are separated into three main tiers referred to as either Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 (sometimes abbreviated to T1, T2, and T3) or Easy, Medium and Hard. Although Tiers are separated based on level, the exact cutoff can vary depending on mission type - Draco and Casta on Ceres both have an enemy level of 12-17, but Draco is a Tier 2 Survival while Casta is a Tier 1 Defense.
There are also some missions that have their own special rewards that are separate from other missions of that type. For example, Dark Sector Defense missions pull from a special table that is separate from the normal Defense tiers and Orokin Derelict missions all have their own separate tables.
If you're unsure about what tier a specific mission is or what rewards are tied to that tier, check the page for that mission type. If you see a rewards table and want to know what missions are tied to those rewards, you can expand the 'View Mission Location List' to see a list of all missions in that tier.