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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]

For the game itself, see WARFRAME.

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.


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 the game by picking either the Excalibur, Mag, or Volt, and playing through the tutorial. Eventually, they may craft or buy other Warframes later in the game.


All Warframes can be acquired by two different ways:


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

AshBlueprintIcon Helmet Chassis Systems
Main Blueprint Helmet Chassis Systems

To acquire the parts of the desired Warframe, players have to first obtain the blueprints of the parts by completing various Assassination missions, Quests, or Clan Dojo research. After each part has been built in the Foundry using various resources, players can then purchase the Warframe's main blueprint with Credits64 Credits from the Market to complete the final construction process. Note that OrokinReactor64 Orokin Reactors do not come installed with built Warframes.


Warframes can also be purchased in the Market with Platinum64 Platinum. Any Warframes acquired in this manner come with a pre-installed OrokinReactor64 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 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


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]

  • 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

View Release Order List
Warframe Name Release Date Update Number
Excalibur October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Mag October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Volt October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Loki October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Ash October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Ember October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Rhino October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Trinity October 25th, 2012 Vanilla
Excalibur Prime December 19, 2012 Closed Beta
Nyx January 29th, 2013 Update 6.0
Frost January 29th, 2013 Update 6.0
Saryn March 18th, 2013 Update 7.0
Banshee March 18th, 2013 Update 7.0
Frost Prime May 3rd, 2013 Update 7.10
Vauban May 17th, 2013 Update 7.11
Nova July 13th, 2013 Update 9.0
Nekros September 13th, 2013 Update 10.0
Mag Prime September 13th, 2013 Update 10.0
Valkyr November 20th, 2013 Update 11.0
Ember Prime November 20th, 2013 Update 11.0
Oberon December 19th, 2013 Update 11.5
Zephyr February 5th, 2014 Update 12.0
Rhino Prime March 5th, 2014 Update 12.4
Hydroid April 10th, 2014 Update 13.0
Loki Prime June 11th, 2014 Update 13.7
Mirage July 18th, 2014 Update 14.0
Nyx Prime September 24th, 2014 Update 14.8
Limbo October 24th, 2014 Update 15.0
Mesa November 27th, 2014 Update 15.5
Nova Prime December 17th, 2014 Update 15.7
Chroma March 19th, 2015 Update 16.0
Volt Prime March 25th, 2015 Update 16.1
Ash Prime July 7th, 2015 Update 16.11
Equinox Pending Update 17.0


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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