Sorties are a set of special missions that are assigned to players on a daily basis. Each Sortie consists of three missions of escalating difficulty that must be completed in sequence; preceding missions must be completed before proceeding to the next one. The individual missions in a Sortie each have their own unique hazards and conditions that make the mission more difficult, from loadout limitations to enemies with enhanced offensive or defensive abilities.
Regardless of individual mission conditions, only level 30 Warframes and players that have completed The War Within can participate in Sortie missions. Sorties reset each day at 17:00 UTC. Each Sortie may only reward from its reward pool once a day. A player may still host, vote for, or help out with any part of a Sortie as many times as they wish, but forgoing any end-of-mission credits (keeping dropped credits) or additional Sortie rewards.
Completing all missions in a Sortie will grant the player with a random reward picked from the rewards pool containing 11 different types of items.
Each daily set of Sorties is thematically linked to a preexisting Boss, which will determine the Faction that will be present in all three missions.
Apart from the above mission modifiers, the mission types in Sorties will also have their own specific conditions:
Cipher usage is disabled, requiring all consoles to be hacked manually, similar to Nightmare Trial missions. Grineer consoles will only allow up to 3 mistakes to be made before the hacking fails and electrocutes the user.
Rescue sorties will have the execution timer activate as soon as players enter the prison complex.
Additionally, all enemies will prioritize attacking the hostage over the players once freed.
Spy sorties require all three Data Vaults to be successfully completed.
Beginning in Update 18.4.10, failing to hack within a Data Vault will simply electrocute players without setting off the alarm (except for the final Vault terminal).
Destroyed excavators will still produce some Cryotic, adding to the total Cryotic collected for the mission. Thus, it is possible to complete the mission even if players fail to protect the excavators provided enough is collected for the mission's objective.
Survival sorties require a minimum of 10 minutes to complete.
Hijack objectives will project a nullification field around it, preventing the use of Powers near it.
Additionally, Hijack Missions will no longer occur during Infested Sorties.
Assassination missions, if rolled, will always occur on the third stage. This will spawn their respective bosses at level 100. In addition, certain bosses may have slight alterations to their patterns.
Completing an Assassination will not count towards related Junction requirements (e.g. Killing Tyl Regor within the Sortie will not fulfill the Neptune Junction task until he is killed outside of the Sortie).
Capture missions will not be selected for sorties at all.
Completing a mission for the first time will reward players with 20,000 20,000, 30,000 30,000, or 50,000 50,000 depending on which of the three Sortie stages was finished. These values are affected by Credit Boosters. Those who complete the full sequence of missions will receive a random reward from a limited pool of rewards. The rewards will differ between individual squads, but each player within a squad will receive the same rewards.
It is recommended to coordinate with your teammates on what gear and loadouts to use.
Stealth is recommended especially for objective-based missions like Spy and Rescue missions due to the strength of the enemy at the levels sorties take place. Alternatively, it may be prudent to simply ignore enemies altogether and prioritize heading to the objectives as quickly as possible.
The bubbles in Electromagnetic Anomalies can be temporarily removed by Electric, Radiation, or Magnetic damage, but will regenerate after 12 seconds. Detonating one will cause an Electric proc to nearby units similar to destroying an Arc Trap. Wait a second before running through a freshly-detonated bubble, as it will proc anyone running through its dissipating core.
Covert Lethality can be useful in soloing sorties, as the mod's bonuses on stealth finishers can bypass armor scaling due to the enemies' high levels, on top ignoring any potential modifiers that increase enemy durability. Bear in mind that not all enemies can be killed with stealth finishers, so ignore them if possible.
For Sabotage and Exterminate sortie missions, where enemies spawn at the start of the mission in an alert state, enemies can be returned to relaxed status by initiating open combat to make them trigger a map-wide alarm or a lockdown, and then deactivating said states by hacking a control console. Alternatively, using abilities that trigger finisher attacks, such as Paralysis, Teleport, or Cloud Walker, or abilities that induce sleep like Sleep Arrow and Rest & Rage can be used to trigger Covert Lethality's fatal attacks even against alerted enemies.
Playing a sortie solo will notdecrease the difficulty or the amount of enemies spawned. Therefore, it is recommended to play with a full cell when tackling missions that require kills, such as Survival or Defense.
For Defense missions, bringing a Limbo to Banish the Operative or an Ash to hide the Operative using Smoke Shadow, can simplify the mission by helping the Operative survive the onslaught.
Additionally, removing the weapon of the Operative tends to make them stand still, rather than slowly wander around the map on-the-ready. This can be done with or without having a secondary equipped.
Giving the Operative a Sonicor can help keep the enemies away from him/her.
Specters will automatically revive the Operative when they are bleeding out.
For missions that have weapon limitations, it is recommended to bring along a Warframe with high-damage offensive abilities, such as Ember or Excalibur, to maintain effective firepower. Likewise, it would be helpful to utilize frames with damage-buffing abilities such as Equinox or Rhino.
If planning to enter missions with enemy elemental resistance, consider modding weapons with physical damage mods (ex. Heavy Trauma) and faction damage mods (ex. Smite Infested) in lieu of elemental damage mods in order to maximize damage potential, and using Warframes whose abilities deal physical or non-standard damage types (e.g. Excalibur, Ash, etc.).
Death Squads cannot appear during Sorties; however one may acquire a StalkerDeath Mark by completing a Sortie Assassination.
As Ciphers are unavailable for use in Sorties, the Liset's Override Air Support Power can be helpful in Spy and Rescue Sorties; it can help compensate for any mistakes made when hacking data vaults in Spy, and it can extend the time to rescue the hostage in Rescue.
Intruder is also useful in easing the difficulty of Hacking in sorties as well.
It may be necessary to relog or restart the game to refresh the Sortie tab of the World State Window upon the Sortie reset time arriving, otherwise the game may simply display "No Sorties are available".
Occasionally, there is a bug that will allow players to extract after 100 Cryotic on Excavation Sorties. This is most likely due to the fact that the original amount required was 100 before adjusting.
In Update 18.4, Season 3 Rewards listed Strun Wraith barrel as a possible reward instead of the Karak Wraith barrel. This UI bug did not actually reflect the reward table's coding, which dropped Karak Wraith Barrels as normal.
There is an occasional bug where the Hijack Core / Rover will not have a nullification field around it.
There is a bug where players may be allowed to extract immediately after the Sabotage objective is complete, despite the Lotus ordering the extermination of the enemy units.