Warframe early game tips and tricks guide (2022)

In this Warframe guide, we’ll talk about what early progression looks like, as well as giving you a glossary of the first important terms you need to know.

Our Warframe beginner’s guide covers the absolute basics. This guide will dive into what early progression looks like, from enemies, to missions, to the timelines you can expect.

Table of contents

  • The Warframe lore you absolutely need to know
  • Warframe factions
  • OK, but there’s a lot of playing …
  • OK, so what do I look for?

The Warframe lore you absolutely need to know

Warframe takes place in the Tau system at some point in the far, far future, when Earth is caught in a space war. The Tau system does not have advanced travel, and humanity is nearly extinct. There was a civilization called the Orokin, who had highly advanced technology and some very lovely white and gold aesthetics. The Orokin empire fell in something called the Old War.

You don’t know what the Old War is, and that’s totally OK. It’ll come up later.

After completing the tutorial and doing some missions, a character called the Lotus starts to direct the rest of the game. The Lotus is mysterious, but that’s by design. You are a member of the Tenno, an Orokin warrior caste. You’ve reclaimed your ship and AI from the era of the Old War, and now the Lotus is trying to control the galaxy by sending you on precision strikes.

The Void is an extradimensional, cosmic horror force that shows up throughout Warframe. It’ll be explained later, so just keep the basic premise in mind.

Once all of that is set up, you’ll meet the three factions.

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Warframe factions

You can’t have a shooter without enemies to shoot. Warframe has three major enemy factions, and it can be confusing to keep track of who they are and why you’re in their territory. Not only do these factions have different lore backgrounds, but they have unique level layouts, enemy design, hacking minigames, and more.

The Grineer were augmented with Orokin technology and were part of the empire, but they were not the ruling class. They are ruled by the “Twin Queens”, and are augmented with Orokin tech. That tech is breaking down, and so the Grineer rely on quick fixes, technological augments, and cloning.

Grineer levels have lots of tanky enemies with big guns. Their security tends to be lighter and less sophisticated, but the enemies are meat walls. Their hacking minigame is a rhythm and reflex puzzle, where players need to hit the prompt as a cursor moves over each node.

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The Corpus claim to be descended from the Orokin and are a corporate, high-tech faction. They are ultra-capitalist and seek Orokin tech for profit, using sophisticated technology and powerful machines of war are to fuel an empire of war. When Warframe begins, they are on the back foot in their war against the Grineer, but they are still a major antagonist.

The Corpus have enemies that are individually weaker than the Grineer, but they have more tools at their disposal. Make sure you destroy Corpus drones, which often follow foot soldiers around, and watch for traps triggered by cameras and sensors in Corpus levels.

The Corpus’s hacking minigame is a pathing logic puzzle. Once all of the lines connect, the hack is complete.

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The Infestation is the third faction. In the lore, these guys are essentially like the Zerg from StarCraft. They’re a mindless mass of monsters. There’s more lore to them, but it’s explicitly spelled out in the story farther down the line, so for now, don’t worry about it. Infested enemies can be modified Corpus or Grineer, in addition to their own gallery of units. Infested units drain energy and swarm the player, so you’ll want to focus big targets and run and gun the smaller creatures. They’re also vulnerable to fire.

Lore wise, this is all you need to know. It’s good to know the basics of who you’re fighting and why, but remember that your character is new to politics around here, so it’s OK that you only have the big picture view of these factions. The rest will either show up in your Codex or be told through quests later on. Just focus on playing.

OK, but there’s a lot of playing …

Warframe is super overwhelming!

In our Warframe beginner’s guide, we discussed your top priorities: completing blue diamond missions on your world map, working through paths to the junctions that connect planets, and keeping an eye on your quest log.

All of these steps will help you with your greater progression. But what goals should you be aiming for? And what does that even look like? Let’s go over some of the basics of what Warframe progress looks like.

The Operator is you, the player. Your individual Warframes are the suits that you use on missions. Warframes are somewhere in between a MOBA champion you pick for one round, and a MMORPG character that is a massive investment.

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Warframe isn’t a loot shooter like Borderlands 3 or Destiny 2. Instead, you slowly unlock Blueprints and necessary resources over time. A Blueprint will allow you to create the chassis for a new Warframe, a new weapon, or a robot companion to help in combat. Building these items can take days at your Foundry. Do not spend Platinum on faster unlocks. Just apply a little patience.

While some upgrades and resources come quickly, others are a bit of a grind. Getting everything you need for a new Warframe or weapon might take a day or two of playing naturally or a few hours of grinding. Then, it’ll take a long time — 12 hours to three days or so — to build.

This isn’t a game about instant gratification. Just focus on individual missions first.

OK, so what do I look for?

You’ve started with one of three Warframes: Mag, Volt, and Excalibur. You also have a melee weapon, secondary weapon, and primary weapon. One of the primary ways to spend time in Warframe is unlocking and equipping new items.

Each Warframe has a unique set of one passive and four active abilities. These abilities unlock as you level up your Warframe. Make sure you’re using them regularly. You can check your Warframe’s specific abilities from the in-game menu or the Armory for more information about how they work. If you’re not enjoying your Warframe’s abilities, that’s OK. You’ll be able to switch soon. For now, just run and gun.

Each weapon is different as well, with various statistics and properties. Some of them will be locked behind Mastery Rank, which is your account-wide progress bar based on completed content and leveled items. Others will require a Dojo (a social and crafting hub for by a group of players), or materials you don’t recognize. Don’t worry — there’s lots of early stuff for you to focus on before you dig into these initially confusing things.

Go to your Armory, and then to the weapon slot you want to upgrade. Hit Equip, and it will bring you to a list of every weapon in the game. You can buy a few with credits outright if you like, but others cost Platinum. You can still get them for in-game credits! Click the weapon twice, which will take you to a new screen where you can purchase the Blueprint.

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Once you have the Blueprint, it will be stored at your Foundry. Here, we went to the primary weapon category. Oh! Hey, we have everything we need for a new Gorgon!

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If you don’t know where to find a specific resource, the best place to search is the Warframe wiki, which will tell you where to go. If you can’t get there yet, just continue hitting those blue diamonds and unlocking junctions.

As for Warframes, a few early bosses will drop the pieces you need to build them. A good first Warframe to build is Rhino, which drops from the Assassination mission to kill Jackal on Fossa, Venus. Everything you need for Rhino comes from this one boss fight, so it’s the perfect way to build your first new Warframe.

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This information should help keep you on the early progression path. As you work your way through Mercury, Earth, and Venus, just keep an eye on what drops and your available Blueprints. Your starting gear will hold up just fine, though, so don’t be afraid to prioritize just completing missions and setting smaller goals.

FAQs

Which Warframe is easiest to build? ›

The easiest Warframes to acquire are: Excalibur, Mag, Volt, Banshee, and Rhino. You can also take help from an experienced player to grind Warframes such as Loki that need access to later planets, but you might also need their help to farm the resources.

What is the strongest Warframe in Warframe? ›

Although Inaros is possibly the strongest warframe, Nidus is the most resilient. However high level his enemies might be, Nidus is just about un-killable. He has the mechanic of Mutation to stack up to a hundred.

Is Warframe solo friendly? ›

If online connection is not a problem, then it is completely possible to play through the game alone. Players can set their preferences to refuse joining others' game sessions or to start new lobbies, allowing them to complete every mission without assistance.

What is the best starter Warframe? ›

The three starter Warframes are Excalibur, Mag, and Volt. If you're wanting a starter Warframe that can withstand a lot of damage then Excalibur is certainly that Warframe compared to others. Excalibur can be regarded as the 'best starter Warframe' because of their great stats for defense and damage output.

What is Warframe endgame? ›

End-game in Warframe is called Fashion Frame; once you have all the toys the only thing left to do is look good. There are boss fights but they are still the same 4-man squad format. There are a few variations on the matches and some drop specific things that you need to accomplish specific tweaking of your gear.

Is Warframe worth starting 2022? ›

It is. Warframe is a mix of many genres. It's a third-person shooter, it's a super-power sci-fi shooter, it's an RPG, it's a loot-focused slasher, and it's an open-world MMORPG. It's a set of ingredients that created the most original co-op game on Steam.

How do you level up fast in Warframe? ›

The best way to level up Warframes is to use their abilities to kill enemies (100% affinity gained), followed by the be. The fastest way to level up Warframes is to have a good melee weapon with you along with Naramon as your school with Affinity Spike and go around killing enemies with your melee weapon.

What is the hardest quest in Warframe? ›

  • Empyrean.
  • Survival.
6 Jul 2020

Is Excalibur the best Warframe? ›

Excalibur is the game's signature Warframe for good reason - he's a starter 'frame that scales well into just about every activity in the game. He's a heavy damage dealer with solid crowd control that opens enemies up to melee finishers and stealth damage bonuses.

What were the first 3 Warframes? ›

The three starter Warframes are old. Excalibur, Mag and Volt are among the original 8 Warframes that were in the game on release and they're the three options you choose from, should you create a new account and start from the beginning.

What is the best solo Warframe? ›

Loki Prime is considered the best Warframe for Solo Play. It trivializes a lot of Mission Types with his crowd-control and permanent invisibility.

What is the coolest Warframe? ›

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  • Octavia.
  • Wisp.
  • Khora.
  • Wukong.
  • Saryn.
  • Garuda.
  • Gauss.
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Is XAKU a good Warframe? ›

Xaku is a great choice in any type of mission because the frame technically has six different attacks to choose from. The most deadly combination is Accuse and Grasp of Lohk, which is particularly useful in defensive games. Xaku can control a dozen NPCs and the remaining enemies are disarmed by the Grasp.

Should I pick Excalibur mag or Volt? ›

Volt is the best choice. All around capable, and if you weren't to choose him, he'd be the last one out of the three you'd unlock. You'll get Mag and Excalibur very early in the game, Volt is way later.

Is Volt better than Excalibur? ›

Fact is Volt is superior to both Excalibur and Mag if built and used well. All three can clear the star chart but Volt offers more than the other two as a starter choice. His abilities suit solo or team and benefits everyone.

Is Volt a female Warframe? ›

Volt's Gender | Fandom. My brother maintains that Volt used to be female, and refused to purchase him because of that reason. It wasn't until I purchased him and found out he was a male, that my brother was convinced.

Did Warframe copy destiny? ›

Yes, Destiny pulled design concepts from warframe and tried to make a spin-off of warframe with a few changes here nd there. Ive played both. I Enjoy both.

When were raids removed Warframe? ›

The Removal of Raid Missions

As part of Warframe's Update 10: Shadows of the Dead, Raids were removed and replaced by Survival missions.

Is there PVP in Warframe? ›

Warframe offers two ways to engage in player versus player combat: Duel. Conclave.

Is Warframe a grindy? ›

Warframe is extremely grindy. It's a fun game, but it's business model is designed around being super-grindy so that people who don't have endless amounts of time to play are tempted to spend money to buy their way around it.

What country plays Warframe the most? ›

Top Countries Playing Warframe
  • United States – 15.73%
  • China – 6.02%
  • Russia – 5.34%
  • Brazil – 4.67%
  • United Kingdom – 4.00%

Is Warframe better than Destiny 2? ›

Both games are top-tier looter-shooters in their industry but of the two, it would seem that Destiny 2 is the more rewarding when it comes to actual loot. In Warframe, most loot consists of mods, resources, blueprints, and super rare cosmetics. Destiny 2's loot system gives more memorable loot for players.

What is max level in Warframe? ›

You can level up your Warframes and weapons multiple times and each level up increases the stats of your equipment. Higher levels also increase the mod capacities of your weapons and Warframes, especially once you reached the max level 30.

What is the best weapon on Warframe? ›

Here are ten of the best primary weapons you can use in Warframe.
...
We've updated this list to reflect these recent changes, replacing a few entries with weapons better suited for killing bosses or providing invaluable utility.
  1. 1 Kuva Zarr.
  2. 2 Cedo. ...
  3. 3 Kuva Bramma. ...
  4. 4 Phantasma. ...
  5. 5 Acceltra. ...
  6. 6 Phenmor. ...
  7. 7 Ignis Wraith. ...
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Does Railjack give mastery? ›

Victory against the opponent specter in a Junction grants 1,000 mastery points. Each rank of a Railjack's Intrinsics grants 1,500 mastery points.

What is the hardest frame to farm in Warframe? ›

Warframes ranked based on the hardest grind to acquire them
  • Harrow. Harrow's main blueprint is awarded upon completion of the Chains of Harrow quest. ...
  • Nidus. Nidus' main blueprint is acquired from The Glast Gambit quest. ...
  • Khora. ...
  • Mesa. ...
  • Grendel. ...
  • Octavia. ...
  • Ivara. ...
  • Trinity.

Is the new war the end of Warframe? ›

The New War is an end of sorts; not a definitive end - Warframe's continuing status as an enormously successful free-to-play live service shooter does rather dictate that - but an end to a chapter that's been almost eight years in the making.

Does Lotus come back Warframe? ›

After Ballas has been defeated and the Lotus is restored from her near-death, you have to make a choice on her behalf.

Who is the fastest Warframe? ›

Who's the fastest? Loki- Having 1.25 sprint speed, loki is the fastest unbuffed frame there is. And to add to these he would get the biggest buff from using a mods such as Rush which increase speed by a %.

Who would win Raiden or Excalibur? ›

Even if Excalibur only possessed 1% of Atlas' strength, he'd still be nearly 4,000 times stronger than Raiden. That's pretty consistent with the energy output of Nova's antimatter blast, too.

How many non prime Warframes are there? ›

2022 Warframe release order

In 2022, so far, 2 Warframes have been confirmed.

Is there a Excalibur prime? ›

As a Prime Warframe, Excalibur Prime possesses a special passive ability where contact with an Orokin Void Death Orb will make them release an energy pulse that grants 250 Energy to all nearby allies. This effect can only occur once per Death Orb, and can occur even if the Death Orb has been previously destroyed.

Was Excalibur the first Warframe? ›

Excalibur was the first.

Who killed the Orokin? ›

He was killed by Veytok after making contact with Bilsa in the Guardsman Synthesis imprint. Albrecht Entrati - Orokin scientist known for being the first one to access the Void.

What is the Tankiest Warframe? ›

Revenant is tankier he's invincible including knockdowns and status.* 1.

Is Loki Warframe good? ›

Loki Build 2022 Guide Warframe. Loki is a stealthy trickster, capable of hiding himself and confusing enemies with his unique abilities. He is a great Warframe when it comes to infiltration and tactical missions and can deal a lot of damage while remaining unnoticed by enemies.

Can you get free platinum in Warframe? ›

The best way to earn Platinum for free in Warframe is through the farming and selling of Warframes. Unfortunately, this won't be a quick process. Players may obtain more than 200 Platinum for a Prime Warframe.

What is the strongest Warframe 2022? ›

The best of the best.
  • Saryn. S. A. B. C. D.
  • Wisp. S. A. B. C. D.
  • Octavia. S. A. B. C. D.
  • Mesa. S. A. B. C. D.
  • Voidrig. S. A. B. C. D.

Why is saryn so good? ›

The reason why people like saryn is because she is an easy to play frame with good general stats and abilities that are capable of clearing large rooms of enemies. This makes players feel great because everyone likes to be the biggest damage dealer.

Can XAKU damage Eidolon Shields? ›

Xaku's 4 ability is able to damage Eidolon shields & vomvalysts (more info in comments)

Are Warframes gender locked? ›

Just think of warframes as classes, and any of them can be unlocked at any time (with a few exceptions). Half of the warframes are male, half are female. They all come from different, unique sources.

What is XAKU signature weapon? ›

List of Signature Weapons
Warframe/CompanionWeaponSynergy
SevagothEpitaph+20% headshot damage.
StyanaxAfentisCurrently not implemented.
WispFulminSwitch time between automatic and semi-automatic modes decreased to 0.5 seconds.
XakuQuassusHeavy Attack Daggers have increased Accuracy.
29 more rows

What should I do in Warframe? ›

Top 12 Things to do in Warframe when you're Bored
  • 1 Greetings Tenno!
  • 2 Number 1: Do Ciero Crisis Antitoxin Missions. ...
  • 3 Number 2: Watch Enemies Fight Each Other in the Simulacrum.
  • 4 Number 3: Build a Specter Army. ...
  • 5 Number 4: Disguise your Warframes and Weapons.
  • 6 Number 5: Collect all Boss Sigils.

What Warframes can you get early game? ›

A Guide to the Best Warframes For Beginners – Making Your First Choice Seems Scary, It Doesn't Have to Be!
  • Excalibur. Excalibur is, surprisingly enough, a Warframe based around a sword. ...
  • Rhino. Rhino is more or less what you would expect. ...
  • Volt. ...
  • Loki. ...
  • Atlas.

What is the goal in Warframe? ›

The goal of warframe is to get everything to max level and build the most overpowered frame and weapons possible so that you can stop playing.

How long does it take to make a Warframe? ›

Getting everything you need for a new Warframe or weapon might take a day or two of playing naturally or a few hours of grinding. Then, it'll take a long time — 12 hours to three days or so — to build.

Is Warframe worth playing in 2022? ›

It is. Warframe is a mix of many genres. It's a third-person shooter, it's a super-power sci-fi shooter, it's an RPG, it's a loot-focused slasher, and it's an open-world MMORPG. It's a set of ingredients that created the most original co-op game on Steam.

How do you level up fast in Warframe? ›

The best way to level up Warframes is to use their abilities to kill enemies (100% affinity gained), followed by the be. The fastest way to level up Warframes is to have a good melee weapon with you along with Naramon as your school with Affinity Spike and go around killing enemies with your melee weapon.

What is Warframe endgame? ›

End-game in Warframe is called Fashion Frame; once you have all the toys the only thing left to do is look good. There are boss fights but they are still the same 4-man squad format. There are a few variations on the matches and some drop specific things that you need to accomplish specific tweaking of your gear.

Who is the fastest Warframe? ›

Who's the fastest? Loki- Having 1.25 sprint speed, loki is the fastest unbuffed frame there is. And to add to these he would get the biggest buff from using a mods such as Rush which increase speed by a %.

Is Excalibur the best Warframe? ›

Excalibur is the game's signature Warframe for good reason - he's a starter 'frame that scales well into just about every activity in the game. He's a heavy damage dealer with solid crowd control that opens enemies up to melee finishers and stealth damage bonuses.

What were the first 3 Warframes? ›

The three starter Warframes are old. Excalibur, Mag and Volt are among the original 8 Warframes that were in the game on release and they're the three options you choose from, should you create a new account and start from the beginning.

How old are the Tenno? ›

One of the main differences between base humans and Tenno is lifespan: a Tenno can, naturally, live for over 10,000 years, with them aging at a rate of 1 year (by human standards) for every 15 actual years, until they turn 375, at which point, they've aged to the equivalent of a 25-year old human.

How long is Warframe? ›

The estimated time to complete all 39 Warframe achievements is 80-100 hours. This estimate is based on the median completion time from 160 TrueAchievements members that have completed the game.

How many Warframe players are there? ›

Warframe
MonthAvg. PlayersPeak Players
January 202136,124.160,019
December 202035,990.170,305
November 202039,914.068,553
October 202041,298.869,891
94 more rows

What are Warframes made of? ›

Ultimately, this research led to the creation of Warframes — human subjects mutated through a specially engineered strain of the Infestation called Helminth. However, while the new Warframes were powerful and initially did well against the Sentients, they retained some remnants of their former consciousness.

Can you cancel a build Warframe? ›

I accidentally built something in the dojo and contributed all the necessary materials to build it, but now I don't want to build it. Can I cancel it somehow? You can destroy a building/decoration and the resources will be refunded to the clan vault.

Does Warframe have PVP? ›

Warframe offers two ways to engage in player versus player combat: Duel. Conclave.

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