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For the game itself, see WARFRAME.

The Warframe, the titular object of the game universe, is an exoskeletal armor suit used by the Tenno to combat the corrupt factions and savage mutations that threaten humanity. This exo-armor protects the wearer by giving them regenerative shields, granting them greatly enhanced mobility, and empowering them with an array of supernatural abilities – all of which further augment the Tenno's deadly combat arts.

Overview

Warframes are both diverse and highly reconfigurable, allowing for each class of Warframe to be tailored to fit a multitude of playstyles. While certain Warframes excel in a particular situation, none are limited to a singular role and no role demands the use of a singular Warframe.

Warframes are customized via the installation of mods which can upgrade Warframe Attributes, endow Warframes with additional utilities, and even alter their abilities. Further bonuses can be achieved by equipping add-ons, such as Helmets.

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Each Warframe features four unique activatable powers that allow for a large degree of control over the surrounding environment. (Warframes also possess passive abilities – powers which activate on their own accord.) The breadth of these powers allows a Tenno to cast virtually anything, examples of which range from devastating waves of energy to bullet-nullifying 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 the game by selecting their first Warframe, from the Excalibur, Mag, or Volt, and playing through the tutorial. As the player progresses, they may craft or buy other Warframes from the full list.

As of Update 18.5, there are a total of 42 Warframes consisting of both original models and a number of respective special variants. A select few of these special variants are exclusive to certain groups of players; Excalibur Prime is a Founders-exclusive and Excalibur Umbra is exclusive to the Chinese build of Warframe.

Acquisition

Warframes can be obtained from two different methods: by crafting them with in-game materials or by purchasing them, fully assembled, from the in-game Market. Acquired Warframes are stored in a finite number of storage slots which can be expanded by purchasing additional slots at the Market.

Foundry

Every Warframe assembly is comprised of three component parts and a main blueprint:

AshBlueprintIcon Helmet Chassis Systems
Main Blueprint Neuroptics Chassis Systems

Each component part is produced by expending gatherable resources, earned throughout the game, as specified by the part's corresponding blueprint (which must also be collected). These blueprints are generally obtained by completing respective Assassination missions, Quests, or Clan Dojo research. Some of the newer, more rare Warframe parts are obtained through special recurring missions called Sorties, or from unique event missions. After collecting or assembling all of the necessary parts, players can purchase the Warframe's main blueprint from the Market with Credits64 Credits to complete the construction process. A newly assembled Warframe may be upgraded (at any time) with the one-time installation of an OrokinReactor64 Orokin Reactor.

Market

Warframes can also be purchased outright in the Market with Platinum64 Platinum. When acquired in this manner, a Warframe comes pre-installed with an OrokinReactor64 Orokin Reactor and is provided with a complimentary Warframe storage slot.

Storage

Players begin the game with two (2) Warframe storage slots and can acquire additional slots from the Market for a nominal fee of 20 Platinum64 Platinum each (Players also gain a complimentary slot for any Warframe purchased directly from the Market). Note that it is possible to acquire Platinum64 Platinum without spending real world money, especially in such a small amount, by trading with other players.

Leveling Up

Main article: Affinity

Warframes require affinity, conventionally known as experience points (XP), in order to attain higher ranks. Frames rank up separately from others and from the player to a max of Rank 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 rank, a Warframe gains mod capacity and passive increases to health, shields, 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.

Since Update 15, Warframe Abilities unlock and rank up with affinity. Maximum Rank for Abilities is Rank 3.

View Ability Leveling List
Warframe/ Archwing Rank Ability and Rank
First Ability Second Ability Third Ability Fourth Ability
Unranked Unranked Locked Locked Locked
3 Unranked Unranked Locked Locked
5 Unranked Unranked Unranked Locked
7 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked Locked
10 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked Unranked
12 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked
14 Rank 2 Rank 1 Unranked Unranked
16 Rank 2 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked
18 Rank 3 Rank 1 Rank 1 Unranked
20 Rank 3 Rank 1 Rank 1 Rank 1
22 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 1 Rank 1
24 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2 Rank 1
25 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2 Rank 2
27 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 2 Rank 2
28 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 2
30 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3 Rank 3

Attributes

Main article: Warframe Attributes

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

Cosmetics

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.

Origins

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

  • Such a project did not actually exist and never saw development or research with Boeing, which never developed significant military ground equipment of any kind until 2014. It's likely that the creator was referring to a failed system referred to as Hardiman, which was developed by General Electric in the mid to late 1960s, just prior to America's involvement in the Vietnam War.


Release Order

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Edit Tab

Warframe Name
Gender
Release Date (M-D-Y)
Update Version
Excalibur Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Mag Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Volt Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Loki Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ash Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ember Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Rhino Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Trinity Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Excalibur Prime Male 12-19-2012 5.0
Nyx Female 1-29-2013 6.0
Frost Male 1-29-2013 6.0
Saryn Female 3-18-2013 7.0
Banshee Female 3-18-2013 7.0
Frost Prime Male 5-3-2013 7.10
Vauban Male 5-17-2013 7.11
Nova Female 7-12-2013 9.0
Nekros Male 9-13-2013 10.0
Mag Prime Female 9-13-2013 10.0
Valkyr Female 11-20-2013 11.0
Ember Prime Female 11-20-2013 11.0
Oberon Male 12-18-2013 11.5
Zephyr Female 2-5-2014 12.0
Rhino Prime Male 3-5-2014 12.4
Hydroid Male 4-9-2014 13.0
Loki Prime Male 6-11-2014 13.7
Mirage Female 7-18-2014 14.0
Nyx Prime Female 9-23-2014 14.8
Limbo Male 10-24-2014 15.0
Mesa Female 11-27-2014 15.5
Nova Prime Female 12-16-2014 15.7
Chroma Male 3-19-2015 16.0
Volt Prime Male 3-24-2015 16.1
Ash Prime Male 7-7-2015 16.11
Equinox Female 7-31-2015 17.0
Atlas Male 10-1-2015 17.5
Trinity Prime Female 10-6-2015 17.6
Wukong Male 11-25-2015 17.12
Ivara Female 12-3-2015 18.0
Nezha Male 12-16-2015 18.1
Saryn Prime Female 2-16-2016 18.4.12
Inaros Male 3-4-2016 18.5
Vauban Prime Male 5-17-2016 18.12
Titania Female 8-19-2016 The Silver Grove
Nekros Prime Male 8-23-2016 The Silver Grove 3
Valkyr Prime Female 11-22-2016 19.0.7
Unnamed Infested Warframe Male Unknown Unknown
Unnamed Musician Warframe Female Unknown Unknown
Excalibur Umbra Male Unknown Unknown

Edit Tab

Warframe Name
Gender
Release Date (M-D-Y)
Update Version
Excalibur Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Mag Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Volt Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Loki Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ash Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ember Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Rhino Male 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Trinity Female 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Nyx Female 1-29-2013 6.0
Frost Male 1-29-2013 6.0
Saryn Female 3-18-2013 7.0
Banshee Female 3-18-2013 7.0
Vauban Male 5-17-2013 7.11
Nova Female 7-12-2013 9.0
Nekros Male 9-13-2013 10.0
Valkyr Female 11-20-2013 11.0
Oberon Male 12-18-2013 11.5
Zephyr Female 2-5-2014 12.0
Hydroid Male 4-9-2014 13.0
Mirage Female 7-18-2014 14.0
Limbo Male 10-24-2014 15.0
Mesa Female 11-27-2014 15.5
Chroma Male 3-19-2015 16.0
Equinox Female 7-31-2015 17.0
Atlas Male 10-1-2015 17.5
Wukong Male 11-25-2015 17.12
Ivara Female 12-3-2015 18.0
Nezha Male 12-16-2015 18.1
Inaros Male 3-4-2016 18.5
Titania Female 8-19-2016 The Silver Grove
Unnamed Infested Warframe Male Unknown Unknown
Unnamed Musician Warframe Female Unknown Unknown

Edit Tab

Warframe Name
Gender
Release Date (M-D-Y)
Update Version
Excalibur Prime Male 12-19-2012 5.0
Frost Prime Male 5-3-2013 7.10
Mag Prime Female 9-13-2013 10.0
Ember Prime Female 11-20-2013 11.0
Rhino Prime Male 3-5-2014 12.4
Loki Prime Male 6-11-2014 13.7
Nyx Prime Female 9-23-2014 14.8
Nova Prime Female 12-16-2014 15.7
Volt Prime Male 3-24-2015 16.1
Ash Prime Male 7-7-2015 16.11
Trinity Prime Female 10-6-2015 17.6
Saryn Prime Female 2-16-2016 18.4.12
Vauban Prime Male 5-17-2016 18.12
Nekros Prime Male 8-23-2016 The Silver Grove 3
Valkyr Prime Female 11-22-2016 19.0.7

Edit Tab

Warframe Name
Release Date (M-D-Y)
Update Version
Mag 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ember 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Trinity 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Nyx 1-29-2013 6.0
Saryn 3-18-2013 7.0
Banshee 3-18-2013 7.0
Nova 7-12-2013 9.0
Mag Prime 9-13-2013 10.0
Valkyr 11-20-2013 11.0
Ember Prime 11-20-2013 11.0
Zephyr 2-5-2014 12.0
Mirage 7-18-2014 14.0
Nyx Prime 9-23-2014 14.8
Mesa 11-27-2014 15.5
Nova Prime 12-16-2014 15.7
Equinox 7-31-2015 17.0
Trinity Prime 10-6-2015 17.6
Ivara 12-3-2015 18.0
Saryn Prime 2-16-2016 18.4.12
Titania 8-19-2016 The Silver Grove
Valkyr Prime 11-22-2016 19.0.7
Unnamed Musician Warframe Unknown Unknown

Edit Tab

Warframe Name
Release Date (M-D-Y)
Update Version
Excalibur 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Volt 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Loki 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Ash 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Rhino 10-25-2012 Vanilla
Excalibur Prime 12-19-2012 5.0
Frost 1-29-2013 6.0
Frost Prime 5-3-2013 7.10
Vauban 5-17-2013 7.11
Nekros 9-13-2013 10.0
Oberon 12-18-2013 11.5
Rhino Prime 3-5-2014 12.4
Hydroid 4-9-2014 13.0
Loki Prime 6-11-2014 13.7
Limbo 10-24-2014 15.0
Chroma 3-19-2015 16.0
Volt Prime 3-24-2015 16.1
Ash Prime 7-7-2015 16.11
Atlas 10-1-2015 17.5
Wukong 11-25-2015 17.12
Nezha 12-16-2015 18.1
Inaros 3-4-2016 18.5
Vauban Prime 5-17-2016 18.12
Nekros Prime 8-23-2016 The Silver Grove 3
Unnamed Infested Warframe Unknown Unknown
Excalibur Umbra Unknown Unknown

Notes

The majority of Warframe abilities with duration or changes to the user/enemies will be cancelled if the player falls into a pit. (e.g. Shadows Of The DeadInvisibility, and Iron Skin)

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