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Warframe exo-armor uses unique combative technology to create the ultimate weaponry. The Warframes hold many mysterious powers and mastering one requires dedicated use.

–Warframe Official Website[1]

Warframes are the name of the exoskeletons worn by the Tenno, in the Warframe universe. They protect the wearer with regenerating shields while allowing him or her to use special abilities such as faster movement speed, higher jumping heights or control over elemental forces.

Warframe Spotlight

Launches a shocking projectile. It stuns and deals high damage to a single target and chains damage to nearby enemies.
Volt energizes his body and nearby warframes, giving them increased speed and dexterity for a short time.
Volt deploys an obstacle of energy, providing cover in any situation.
Volt emits an energy field, destroying lights and other electronics which will violently explode and damage enemies.


Warframes are dynamic and do not adhere to a single archetype, allowing them to be tailored to any play style. Though there are some Warframes that excel in certain situations, they are not necessarily limited to any particular role.

The extent to which a Warframe may be customized is primarily determined by the configuration of its modules, which may be installed to upgrade certain Warframe Attributes and even alter their abilities. Further bonuses can be achieved by equipping add-ons, such as Helmets.

Every Warframe features four unique powers that allow for a large degree of control over the surrounding environment. These powers can allow a Tenno to cast virtually anything, ranging from devastating waves of energies to defensive barriers, or even mass healing. Warframes greatly augment the physical abilities of a Tenno as well, affecting natural skills like swordsmanship, marksmanship and most notably acrobatics.
New players start as an Excalibur Warframe in a tutorial session. Upon completion, players are given a choice to start the game using either Excalibur, Loki, or Mag. By default, players are allotted 2 Warframes slots, each additional slot costing Platinumicon 20.

There are two ways to obtain a new Warframe:
  • The longer method requires the Tenno to acquire the Blueprints for the desired warframe's Chassis, Systems, and Helmet from a boss or research them in the Clan Dojo, build the items in the Foundry, purchase a Warframe blueprint with credits from the market, and manufacture the desired Warframe.
  • Purchase the Warframe with Platinum from the Market. Warframes acquired in this manner come with a pre-installed Orokin Reactor and their own slot.

Leveling Up

Main Article: Affinity

Warframes require affinity, conventionally known as experience points (XP), in order to attain higher levels. Frames level up separately from others and from the player to a max of level 30. During missions, players can be rewarded XP through actions getting such as killing enemies, using abilities, completing objectives, reviving downed teammates or simply completing the mission. With each successive level, a Warframe gains mod capacity and passive increases to shields, health, energy capacity, and 200 mastery points. Status boosts received from ranking up are calculated from the base value of the Warframe for each status, preventing modules from affecting the bonus.


Main article: Warframe Attributes

Attributes are the stats and functionality of warframes such as Health, Armor, Shields, Energy, Stamina and Movement Speed. Each warframe is made unique with a different combination of these and their powers.


Main article: Warframe Cosmetics

Every Warframe thus far can equip various kinds of alternative equipment or skins. These cosmetic items include Helmets, Idle Animations and holographic Emblems.

Some of these items are available by default, some can either be bought from the Market or found as blueprints via the Alerts system. They can all be equipped in the Customize Colors page under Select Skin.


The name "Warframes" comes from a 1950's Boeing (Company) WWII research project equipping WWII soldiers with exoskeletons, as mentioned by Steve Sinclair during Devstream #1.[2]


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