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If you have played Battlefield 3, you sure did not have any difficulty adapting to Battlefield 4, after all, almost all the attributes of these games are the same, there are very few changes and they are learned very quickly. But unfortunately not all games are like this.

The purpose of this tutorial will show you the basic mechanics of the game Warframe. This is a very fun game and it differs from the games we used to play.

Getting Started:

Warframe Logo

At the time when it was released, Warframe was focused on cooperative play for up to four people, where are made diverse events spread throughout the solar system. You control a Warframe, an armor that has unique characteristics, from a robust tank able to withstand a lot of damage to a powerful "wizard" that puts fire in all nearby enemies. It is worth noting that the game is free and is available in several languages.

For details of game information, always use a Wiki. I particularly like the Warframe Wiki -

In order to play an account will be required in Warframe the site, regardless of whether you play on PC, XBox or Playstation. If you have not already, you can do this by this link:

My focus in this tutorial will be the version I play, that is the PC. You can perform the free download of the game at the Warframe site - - or by Steam -

The version used for creating this tutorial was the 18.8 (PC). If you are reading this tutorial at a later date, some tips may not be valid, so stay tuned.

Basic concepts and purpose of the tutorial:

The purpose of this tutorial to teach you the basics of the game that was not properly covered by the initial tutorial. If you've never played the Warframe before, I recommend you to do two things:

  • Read the tutorial for beginners created by the game developers, use this link:
  • Perform the download, run the game and login to your account. Automatically you will be referred to a mission called Vor's Prize. This is the introductory mission of the game and this will cover many things, from how to move the characters, use the powers show the mechanics of life and shield, among other things. This mission is divided into several segments and the game will notify you when the mission is complete.

From this moment on, all the topics shown below will assume that you have read the tutorial for beginners and have completed the introductory mission.



Before we get into details of the other sessions, we will start talking about the two existing currencies in the world of Warframe: Credit and Platinum.


Credit is the default currency of Warframe the universe. Credits can be acquired by completing missions and fall off rewards boxes (such as cabinets and other containers). You can see how many credits you have in various ways, the most common of them is opening the market and looking for the credits icon at the top left.

The more difficult the mission or the rarer the container, the greater the amount of credits you will get. The amount of credits will only be saved after you complete the mission successfully and return to your ship.

Being the default currency, credits are used for various functions, such as: blueprints purchased on the market, weapons bought on the market, fusion mods, etc.


Platinum is the game currency bought with real life money. You can also get platinum in the game without spending real money, through the exchange of certain diagrams or parts, but I will address this topic in another section of this tutorial. You can see how many platinums you have in various ways, the most common of them is opening the market and looking for the icon of the plates at the top left.

The big difference between credits and platinum is that, because it is obtained with real money, provides several advantages, such as: You can buy weapons and Warframes directly, instead of buying the diagrams and build them; Items related to the appearance can be obtained only with platinum.

I play Warframe since the beginning of April 2013, and the only thing I consider essential spending platinum are some spaces for weapons and Warframes, it is worth mentioning that any player with a little effort will get the necessary platinum for slots making exchanges but I'll talk about this in other sections.

One tip I would like to say: If you are buying platinum, buy only at 75% off. This is a daily reward that you can win, wait until you get it.

Affinity and Mastery, the experiences (XP):

Experience, popularly known as XP for RPG lovers, works in an unusual way in this game. Here we have affinity and mastery. I'll show the difference between them and how this affects the way you play.



In an RPG game we usually gain experience using powers or killing enemies, right? In this game it also happens, but here is used the term Affinity.

You also gain affinity in this game by completing objectives and collecting affinity globes (looks like a yellow diamond, is the image that appears just above).

You can gain additional affinity making a sequence of deaths without being seen (popularly known as stealth mode). To do this use weapons that emit no noise and kill an enemy who is not seeing you, preferably with only one shot or sword blow. Bonuses are added gradually from 100% to 100%, up to 500%, in addition, deaths have a 30-second timer for continuing or maintaining the maximum bonus. The bonus is canceled if the time is over, if you kill some alerted enemy or some kill an enemy making noise.

All warframes, archwings, weapons and companions (kubrow or sentinels) can gain levels to the limit of 30.

While on a mission, at the top right of the screen, next to warframe name you are playing you will see the level that it is. Just below it, if the character is not at level 30, you will see a progress bar indicating how much you have earned level and how far you to go to the next level. This same concept applies to your companion and the weapons you are using. You can also see these progress bars when you access the Arsenal inside your ship.


The mastery indicates how much the player has experienced the available game content. This is the number of "level" that represents you to the other players.

You can view this information by pressing the Esc and letting the cursor over your character. Your level will be written in front of your name - for example: BrunoKitsune [21]; and your progress will be represented as a bar just below your avatar, similar to bar indicating the affinity. You can also see the level accessing the profile of the other players.

To gain points of mastery, you need:

  • Gaining levels with warframe, archwing and companions (kubrow or sentinels). Each level you go up, you will earn 200 points of mastery.
  • Gaining levels with weapons, weapons for archwings, weapons for companions (only sentinels). Each level you go up, you will earn 100 points of mastery.
  • Completing the levels of the game. You can earn up to 14,796 points of mastery by completing all 260 stages (approximately 57 per level).

Every time you achieve the necessary amount of mastery to go to the next level will need to do a test to test your skills in different situations. This test can be done by pressing the Esc and leaving the cursor over your character, then you will see the option to increase the level. Pay attention because this test can only be done once every 24 hours, regardless of whether you failed or gained another level too fast. If you are unsure, you can use tools such as Warframe Wikia or Youtube to see the test before you realize it. There are also other forms such as the Simulacrum in the Sanctuary, but we will not go into details for now.

Note that if you fail the test, you will not stop gaining mastery. It is accumulated. Soon after you complete the test successfully you will see the next level bar already filled proportionally.

Important Note: You do not gain mastery over once complete the same map, and you do not earn mastery again by leveling more than once the same warframe, gun, among others, using formas, which we will treat later on. One way to measure progress is by visiting the Equipment tab in your profile. To view your profile, simply press the Esc, leave the cursor over your character and choose to view the profile.

Seeing the previous paragraph it is clear that mastery it is a limited number. As of the date of creation of this tutorial, the maximum is 1,199,796 points of mastery, which allows the player to be on the mastery level 21.

Modules or Mods:


The modules, popularly known as mods are powerful items that constitute the whole game modifications system and can increase the damage of your weapons, the abilities of your warframe, can also provide passive skills, among many other functions.

Mods, when collected during missions, resemble the image shown above. They can also be picked up as rewards to other mission types and they can also be exchanged with other players. When you collect a mod it will appear on your screen which is what you get. The mods will be represented to you as playing cards, like the one shown in the picture below:


In the previous image I put various markings, I would explain to them below:

1. Module Name: is the name of this "card", just below the name explains what this module does. Be careful because during the beginning of the game, you will collect various modules with the information: "Damaged". This means that this mod will have a much lower performance than expected. You should replace by the normal version (without this information, as shown above) as soon as possible.

2. Capacity and polarity: We'll talk in detail about capacity and polarity in another section. For now we can report that the ability of this mod is 7 and that the polarity is Naramon (a small symbol).

3. Level: How your module is classified. We'll talk about fusion in another section, for now it is worth informing that the gray dots are show ranks that need to be improved, and the blue dots show ranks you've improved. The more blue dots, the better is your module and consequently, the greater the capacity (or increased when we talk about auras or instances). In the example shown above, all ranks are improved, ie, the module is at full capacity and there is no way to improve this module more than this.

4. Compatibility: Who can use this module? This information is displayed in this field. In the example, this module is an Aura, it means that this can only be equipped in the reserved socket for auras of your warframe. There are many types of compatibility, I will give some examples, okay?

  • Warframe - Only for warframes in common slots.
  • Primary - Only primary weapon.
  • Shotguns - Only shotguns.
  • Name of a warframe, sentinel, kubrow, etc. - Just for that warframe, sentinel, kubrow, etc.

5. Conclave Rating: How this module will cost to your rank when playing PvP, as the game seeks to balance the rankings of players.

Special indicator: In this part of the module you will see if it is an aura, an instance or exilus. If the module is normal, this symbol will not appear, and you will see only one to four stars, which progressively indicate the rarity, which is our next topic.


The modules can be classified by their rarity. Progressively classified as common (bronze), unusual (blue), rare (yellow) and legendary (white). In the image below we have the example of the module Fast Hands (common) and Primed Continuity (legendary).


You can query the Wikia to check the location of the mods or what enemies modules drop, etc.

Note that it is not because a module is common that it is bad and it is not because a module is legendary that it is good. The HP module for the sentinels, for example, it is common rarity and there are no variations.



As we reported in the previous section, the fusion process is the way that we use to improve all modules. Just remember that each rank improved in a module also increases how much it will drain your capacity.

We can make the fusion in several ways. The most practical is going to modules Console, which is located on the lower floor of your ship. Then choose the module you want to improve (you can use various filters on this screen). Then click the "Fusion" button.

The fusion process will be shown as in the picture above, you will see the rank of your module and a progress bar indicating the next rank. To increase the rank, the indicated use is the fusion cores which serve only to this function, the rarer the core (common, uncommon or rare), the more it will improve your module. You can use the filters (the bar that appears on top of the modules) and choose the fusion core (penultimate option). Note that you can make a fusion with several different modules, as shown in the image below.


It is also indicated you use the same module to raise the rank, especially the common modules, to avoid spending only fusion cores.

Note that you can use any module to improve the rank, but this is not recommended because you spend credits for each module added, and the modules that do not match the source will improve very little the rank of your module.

To make the fusion, simply click the button that will be available at the top right of the screen, note that will be required credits.

Using the Mods and Formas:


After catching and fuse modules, you need to put them in your weapons, warframes, archwings, sentinels, etc. To do this, simply go to Arsenal, inside your ship, choose what you want to improve and choose the Upgrade option.

Every level of affinity that you have, you will have increased capacity in one. It is possible to use a orokin reactor (warframes, archwings and companions) or orokin catalyst (weapons - including archwing and companions). These items, which can be purchased with platinum or obtained through alerts, they double the maximum capacity of one to two points by level of affinity.

For example, a level warframe 18 has a basic capacity of 18 points, but we we install a reactor, the capacity is 36 points. This greatly impacts on the performance and is a component almost mandatory to high levels missions.

It is worth noting that there are exceptions to the rule: the auras and instances increase capacity rather than decrease them.

Polarities and Formas:


Polarities help increase the amount of mods that you can put on your items. The most regular warframes have three polarities, two on the standard modules and the aura. Weapons and other components vary widely.

When you put a module in the same socket (let's say one naramon polarity mod in one socket that also is naramon), you will reduce by half how much it will drain. If this socket is an aura of warframe or instance, the capacity will be increased twice.

The forma (shown in the picture of this section) greatly helps the player to improve their items. It can be purchased in the market through platinum, as a daily reward, alert missions or the blueprint can be achieved in several missions in the Void.

When you get to level 30 affinity with anything, just click on the "Action" button which will be available at the bottom right of the screen and choose to use the forma. You can change any existing polarity or add a polarity in a socket that does not have. It is worth noting that the item which you use the forma will return to level zero and it will have to be leveled again.

The reactors and catalysts are not lost when you use the forma, but remember that, as mentioned earlier, this will not make you gain more points of mastery.

Discovering planets:

During the game you can make up to 260 missions, spread out in 14 different planets. The first planet, Mercury, you have released as soon as you complete the tutorial mission. The other planets are being released as you are performing the assassinate missions.

For example: Successfully complete the murder of the first boss, Captain Vor, will provide the segment that releases Venus. Successfully completing the assassination of Venus boss called Jackal, will provide the segment that releases Jupiter, and so on.


In this section of the tutorial we will talk about how to build warframes, archwings, weapons, sentinels, etc. To do this, you will use a segment of your ship called Foundry.

In order to build something there you will need a blueprint. Blueprints can be obtained in many ways: purchased on the market (which is also a segment of your ship), as a reward of a mission and some of them drop from enemies.

To construct something from a blueprint, will involve a cost and it will take some time to be made (as shown in the previous image).

All diagrams require some type of component to be manufactured. These components can be raw materials such as circuits, neural sensors, etc .; others may be other weapons; others may require other component that needs to be made previously (in the case of warframes), and some require a mixture of these options.

Just remember that you get the materials mentioned above in the missions you do. When opening the map of a planet, you will see on your right it which components you can get during missions in this location. When the materials appear during the missions, they resemble a cog, with three variations, the common materials (yellow cogs), unusual materials (blue cogs) and rare materials (green cogs).

Warframes (regular):

Before we continue, I would like to inform that all warframes, without exception, always will have three sub-components: system, chassis, and helmet. You have to do these three components to then be able to build warframe. There are seven possible ways to get regular warframes (non-prime).

1. Assassination Missions: Most regular warframe like Ember, Equinox, Excalibur, Frost, Hydroid, Loki, etc. They are a reward of assassination missions. I suggest a search on Warframe Wikia to check the correct locations. Emphasizing that in this case, diagrams of the three parts of a warframe drop of the same boss, being rewarded at random one from each time you be able to complete the mission successfully. For example: all parts of Excalibur you will get from a boss called Ambulas, he is in the Hades stage on Pluto. The blueprints to build the warframes you got this way will always be available on the market.

2. Quests: Some warframe like Croma, Inaros, Limbo, Mirage, etc. are rewards from missions. Most of these missions you buy in the market and builds in your foundry. Once completed and collected, these missions are accessible through navigation. It is worth noting that some of these missions have minimum mastery level requirement. Most missions reward you every "step" with a part of warframe or blueprint, but this does not apply to all cases. Some missions provide everything to build warframe, others provide all parts, but not the blueprint and require the player to buy it in the market. Note that until now you can not redo the missions, so it is advised not to discard the warframes built this way.

3. Dojo: Being part of a clan has many benefits in this game, one of them is the possibility of building warframes as Banshee, Volt, Wukong or Zephyr. The diagram of all these warframes, including all parts, can be purchased after you researched in the Tenno laboratory within the Dojo.

4. Alert Missions: So far this applies only to Vauban. The three parts needed to build it are possible only through alerts. Interestingly, there is a rare chance to get the parts it through the daily reward bonus.

5. Drop: So far this applies to two warframes: Ash and Oberon. The three parts to build Ash fall from Grineer Manics and the three parts to build Oberon fall from Eximus enemies. Note that the chance of getting these components is far from 100%.

6. Sortie: The sortie missions appear as the last option at the top right of the screen when you're viewing maps. So far this is the only way to get the components of Nezha. It is worth noting that the rewards from sortie missions are random and they can be made only once a day.

7. Regular Missions: The Ivara can be obtained only through regular spying missions. The system will be a random reward from spy missions tier 1 (level 1-15); the chassis will be a random reward from spy missions tier 2 (level 16-25); the helmet and the main blueprint are random rewards from spy missions tier3 (level 26 or higher). Note that we are talking about possibility, not something guaranteed.

Weapons (regular):

Normally, weapons blueprints can be purchased in two places: the market and the dojo. In this two places you will get large part of the weapons available in the game.

There are some exceptions, for example: alert missions; special events during the year; reward from bosses missions; reward from sortie missions; etc.

Prime: Warframes, weapons and other components.

The primordial versions (known popularly as Prime) always have something better compared to the regular version, this may be some increased statistics, additional polarities or both.

You get blueprints or ready-made parts, always in the Void. To make these missions you need to use a special key, which is obtained as a reward of several missions, you can also buy these keys: the market through platinum or in the syndicates  with reputation. Each mission, a team participant must use a key and this person will lose this key.

In the Void, until today there are four levels of difficulty, varying from 1 to 4. The closer it to 4, the harder it tends to be the mission.

Unlike the traditional way we are used, the components "Prime" will always be rewarded at the end of the missions, after completing the missions successfully. Each part has a fixed map to drop, so always have the Warframe Wikia on hand to search.

Note that for the prime pieces exists Pride Vault. From time to time the prime items are stored in a vault and are no longer available to the public for a while. Eventually these items return to be available, but if you want them right away, you need to rely on other players, as we will talk in another section. Right now, for example, the prime versions of: Ankyros, Boar, Boltor, Dakra, Ember, Frost, Glaive, Latron, Mag, Reaper, Rhino and Sicarus, are within the Vault.

Note: The Excalibur Prime and weapons Lato Prime and Prime Skana can no longer be obtained. They were part of a package for players who are now considered the founders game (which I am part of), and are no longer available.

Let us mention the example of the Prime Volt: The main blueprint drops in Capture or Capture II IV; the helmet drops in Extermination II or Survival III B; the cassis drops in Survival III C; and the system drops in Survival I C.

Important Note: These letters A, B, C, refers to rotation of the maps. In warframe, we always have the sequence A, A, B, C for each checkpoint in survival missions, defense and excavation. In defense missions, the checkpoint is every five waves of enemies; in survival missions the checkpoint is every five minutes and the excavation missions is every successful excavation.

For example: In a survival mission, the rewards will be given every 5 minutes, as follows: 5m (A), 10m (A), 15m (B), 20m (C), 25m (A), 30m (A), 35m (B), 40m (C), etc. Note that each checkpoint will you will see the sequence A, A, B, C. Returning to the example of the Volt prime, the helmet only drops in the rotation B, that is, 15m, 35m, 55m, etc.; the chassis drops only on the rotation C, or 20m, 40m, 60m, etc.

Trade System:


The trading system (popularly known as trade) allows players to commercialize prime diagrams, prime parts, mods, platinum, keys to the Void, arcane helmets, kubrows impressions, special weapons and components for warframe Nezha,. The trade can happen in the trading center of a dojo (shown in the image above). If none of the players involved have a dojo with a commercial warehouse., Then trade can be done in Maroo Bazaar on Earth.

The trade system is released after the player is in the level of mastery 2. You can make a daily exchange for each mastery level you have (with the exception of the founders, who in addition to a trade by level, has two more trades per day). The trade is limited to two players, up to five items of each player. Every item has a fee to be paid with credits for the game, this can vary 2000-8000 credits for common, uncommon or rare items and 1,000,000 for legendary items, plus a percentage of the amount of credits that may or may not it is applied to the dojo in which the exchange is being made.

You can not trade with credits. Usually we use the barter technique or we use platinum.

The most common acronyms are WTB (want to buy), WTS (want to sell) and WTT / WTTF (want to trade / want to trade for). It is very common to use the letter "p" to shorten platinum, the term "bp" to shorten blueprint (or diagram), the term "set" means the complete kit, with all components including the diagram, among others. To get an idea of prices, use sites like Warframe Trading or Warframe Trade, both of them have English versions.

Let's say I want to buy all the components of Rhino Prime for 250 platinum. My post would be something like: WTB Rhino Set 250p.

Since there is no way to buy the regular version, there's no need to specify the term "Prime".

I believe this concludes our tutorial. I thank you for your attention! If there are suggestions or critics, please use the contact section found at the top of our page. If you have a friend who is start playing Warframe, remember to show our tutorial!

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