Warframe Beginner Tips and Tricks Guide

Acquire the best beginner warframe, weapons and companions with the help of these beginner tips and tricks for Warframe.

Warframe, a free-to-play third-person shooter from Digital Extremes, is currently available on four platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. If you own at least one of them, you can experience one of the best F2P shooters done right on the video game market today.

The best part about the game is that you can actually enjoy the gameplay and progress properly without spending a dime of real money. There are two in-game currencies in Warframe: Credits and Platinum. Credits can be farmed by completing missions and other means, and Platinum can be obtained by trading.

Sounds intriguing? Then start your journey through Warframe with the help of our beginner tips and tricks guide below.

Rhino: Best Beginner Warframe

Getting an early game right is important for your late game as well. That is why acquiring the best possible warframe at the beginning is a must. Rhino is currently the best beginner warframe you can get, and here's how you can do it:

  1. Team up with other players
  2. Go to Venus planet
  3. Go to Fossa mission location
  4. Make your way through the mission
  5. Fight Jackal boss
  6. Shoot his legs first, then focus on body
  7. Pick up Rhino warframe blueprints

Rhino is renowned for its power more than its speed, so it serves the role of the tank. You can modify Rhino and turn it into a super-tank. If that's what you're looking for, then here are the best mods for that kind of build:

  • Vitality
  • Steel Fiber
  • Fast Deflection
  • Rush
  • Streamline
  • Stretch
  • Continuity
  • Intensify

Best Beginner Weapons

When you have a solid waframe, you need to accompany it with the proper set of primary and secondary weapons. Below you will find the list of the most optimal weapons for early mastery ranks.

Primary Weapons

  • MR4: Hek, Torid
  • MR5: Dread, Ignis
  • MR6: Rubico, Tonkor
  • MR7: Sobek, Baza
  • MR8: Lenz, Zarr

Secondary Weapons:

  • MR4: Aklex, Hikou
  • MR5: Atomos, Kulstar
  • MR6: Brakk, Gammacor
  • MR7: Lex Prime, Prisma Angstrum
  • MR8: Pandero

Many of these weapons can be acquired at the Warframe Market for decent prices, so pick them up as soon as you can.

Types of Companions and How to Get Them

There are four types of companions in Warframe. They can assist you in different ways depending on your playstyle and needs using mods. Here they are:

  • Sentinel: Hovering companion
  • MOA: Terrain companion
  • Kubrow: Canine companion
  • Kavat: Feline companion

Sentinels and MOAs are mechanical companions that require no maintenance, while Kubrows and Kavats need constant care, but they are more durable than Sentinels and MOAs.

How to Get Sentinels

Sentinel blueprints can be bought at the Market for 75 Platinum. If you don't have the money yet, then you can do following missions that grant Sentinel blueprints as rewards:

  • Venus Junction on Earth
  • The Business on Fortuna, Venus
  • Clan Dojo Research

How to Get MOAs

MOAs are exclusive to Solaris United faction. You can get access to Solaris United by completing the Vox Solaris solo mission on Fortuna. Then, address the Legs merchant at Solaris United for MOA blueprints.

How to Get Kubrows

Kubrows can be acquired by simply breeding them through the Howl of the Kubrow quest.

  1. Acquire the Incubator at Unda, Venus
  2. Find a Kubrow egg at E Prime, Earth
  3. Acquire Incubator Power Core by completing the Earth to Mars Junction
  4. Defend your Kubrow in combat at Gaia, Earth

How to Get Kavats

Kavats are also bred through an incubation, but in this case you don't need to complete any quests.

  1. Acquire the Incubator at Unda, Venus
  2. Purchase Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment for 175 Platinum at the market
  3. Acquire Incubator Power Core by completing the Earth to Mars Junction
  4. Purchase 10x Kavat Genetic Code for 50 Platinum at the market

How to Get Credits and Platinum

So you've probably figured out that you will need to spend a lot of money in Warframe. After buying all the upgrades for your warframe, weapons and companions you may find yourself out of credits. Fortunately, there are a few ways how you can farm for credits without paying real money.

Farm Credits at Index

Index on Neptune is by far the best place to farm for credits in Warframe. Before entering the arena each team member has to invest a certain sum for a corresponding profit.

Below you will find a complete breakdown of the investment-return ratio on the Index arena: 

Risk Investment Return Profit Requirement
Low 30,000 105,000 75,000 50
Medium 40,000 175,000 135,000 75
High 50,000 250,000 200,000 100

 

As you see, even with the lowest possible risk you get 75,000 credits of profit. Of course, to be able to earn them you need to be able to score at least 50 points in the combat.

Farm Credits at Pluto

On planet Pluto you can quickly make cash through an excavation mission Hieracon. All you need to do is defend the extractor and keep its power up. As a result you will earn 20,000 credits under five minutes, which is a lot.

Alternatively, you could opt for a Dark Sector defense mission Sechura that will require you to withstand waves of enemies, which will also grant you 20,000 credits in just five minutes.

Farm Platinum by Trading

In the course of missions you will pick up a huge number of various items, such as mods, relics, parts, sets, arcanes, augments, rivens, lenses, etc. All these items can be sold at the Market for Platinum.

Create an account at the Warframe Market and list all your items for reasonable prices. Soon you will start receiving offerings. In this simple way you will earn enough Platinum for all your needs.

Combat Tips and Tricks

Finally, when you have equipped yourself with the best warframe and weapons, and acquired all the necessary skills for making money, you now need to make sure that you will survive the combat in Warframe.

In order to stay alive when facing enemies you need to know their weak spots. Here are tips on how to detect and deal with the most dangerous enemies in the game:

  • Heavy Gunner:
    • Reveals itself by the sound of a winding up machine gun
    • Use this to shoot first in the direction of the sound
  • Bombard:
    • Shoots grenades that have delay
    • Use the delay to dodge the explosion and kill the enemy
  • Ballista:
    • Emits a loud sound before shooting
    • Use this to change your position quickly and shoot in the direction of the sound
  • Scorch:
    • Carries a flamethrower, which is a dangerous, but ultimately a rather slow weapon
    • Avoid the flames and shoot through for the kill
  • Manic:
    • Incredibly dangerous enemy that teleports
    • Deal damage until it freezes and repeat three times for the kill
  • Napalm:
    • Shoots incendiary grenades
    • Apply the same tactic as with Bombard
  • Nullifier
    • This enemy protects itself with an energy field
    • Shoot its drone companion to remove the energy field
  • Sapping Osprey
    • Drops blue orbs that explode for AOE damage with delay
    • Shoot the orbs first before they explode, then deal with the enemy
  • Juggernaut
    • Extremely well-protected enemy
    • Shoot in the underbelly for the kill
  • Tar Mutalist
    • Drops poisonous goop
    • Shoot the goop first, then the enemy

How to Join a Clan

After some time playing Warframe you should consider joining one of the many clans in the game. These will open new opprtunities for you and potentially make you a lot of new friends, some of which will be highly-experienced veteran players.

If you've made the decision to join the clan, then follow these steps:

  1. Go to the subreddit Warframe Clan Recruit
  2. Create a new thread: "[LFC] [EU or US] [Platform] New player"
  3. Give a short description of your warframe
  4. Wait for an invitation

When you enter the clan, you can see for yourself if that is the type of clan that suits you the best. If you want something different, then you can leave the clan at any point in time without losing anything.

You can also check out the list of available clans and their stats at the Looking For Clan webpage.

Here is an official Warframe clan guide from Digital Extremes, if you have any questions regarding the clan system.

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With the help of these beginner tips and tricks you can start playing the game and get the best possible results in no time, and for other Warframe guides at GameSkinny, please refer to the list below:

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin. Sergey doesn't own consoles because a PC is all he needs.

Published Dec. 21st 2018

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