Prime Warframes will have two main advantages over their standard counterparts. They will have a slight stats boost, and will look a lot better. They also usually have different available polarity slots for mods, meaning they will often need less Forma invested in getting to their power ceiling. In this guide, we will show you how to get Prime Warframes.
If you are looking for the Relics you will need for any specific Warframe, we have a full guide with links to the information you need.
How To Get Prime Warframes
Step 1 – Getting Relics
The first thing you need to get Prime Warframes is Relics. All Prime parts, be it for weapons or Warframes, will come from Relics. These Relics come in four types; Lith, Meso, Neo, and Axi. Lith is the easiest to get, being tied to lower-level content, and Axi is the hardest to get, being linked to higher-level content.
Relics will potentially drop at the end of missions, or mission segments, as rewards. During endless missions such as Survival, Interception, and Excavation missions, they can drop every 5 minutes. These five-minute intervals are known as Rotations.
Currently, the best places to farm the four different types of Relics are as follows:
- Lith – Hepit in the Void. A quick Capture practically guaranteed a Lith Relic upon completion. You spend a short amount of time in this mission.
- Meso – Io on Jupiter. A Defense mission, the A rotation has a very high chance of dropping a Meso Relic. Do ten waves, then leave and repeat for Meso farming.
- Neo – Xini on Eris. An interception mission. The A rotation is a guaranteed Neo Relic.
- Axi – Xini on Eris. The B and C rotations on this Interception will drop an Axi Relic. This area allows you to farm Neo and Axi relics at the same time.
Upon rare occasions, Warframes that are released from the Prime Vault will have a different way to get the Relics, and they will be tied to doing Bounties on the Plains of Eidolon, or Orb Vallis. These are rare events and are always well signposted by the community and the developers when they occur.
The final part to cover is that not all Prime Warframes are available in the game at all times, as some of them will end up in the Prime Vault, and cannot be farmed. The Relics for them still exist in the inventory of people who have already farmed them, and they can be traded between players.
Step 2 – Opening Void Relics
To open Void Relics, you need to run Void Fissures. These are in the Navigator screen, in the top right-hand corner. This lists any active Void Fissure missions currently in the game. The missions will have different levels of difficulty, depending on the Relic that you wish to open. Just click on the mission for the type of Relic you want to open.
The next screen will ask you to choose which Relic you want to open, and you will need to equip it for the mission. Each Relic will show a list of the parts that it contains and the rarity of those parts. Common is the most likely to drop, with Rare being the least likely to drop. You can, if you wish, infuse Void Traces into the Relic to increase the chances of the rarer items dropping. This will all depend on the exact item you are looking for.
When you load into the mission, play through it as usual, and make sure to kill the enemies that have golden energy around them. These can contain Void Traces, which you will need to pick up. You need to pick up 10 Void Traces to open the Void Relic, so finish the mission, making sure you farm up all ten before Extraction.
When you extract, the contents of all the Void Relics from everyone in the mission will show up[ on screen, and you will be able to choose which item you want. The name and rarity of the item are displayed, and if in doubt about what to choose, it is nearly always best to pick based on rarity. The colored bar at the bottom denotes rarity. Bronze is Common, Silver is Uncommon, and Gold is Rare.
If you are looking for a specific item from a particular Relic, you are best served by going to the Recruiting channel in chat, and looking for what is called a “Rad Share.” Players will all upgrade their Relics to Radiant using Void Traces, to give the best chance at getting the Rare drop, then run the mission together as a group. This will dramatically decrease the length of time it can take to get the Rare items and components.
To build a Prime Warframe, you will need to get the main Warframe blueprint, and the blueprints for the Neuroptics, Systems, and Chasis.
Step 3 – Building Your Warframe
When you have the four blueprints that you need to build your Warframe, it is time to go to the Foundry on your ship. There, under the Warframes tab, you will find all the Warframe component blueprints that you own. Each one will have a resource cost that you need to be able to meet, and usually a credit cost as well. Resources like Salvage, Neurodes, Polymer Bundles, and Orokin Cells are all required in different amounts to make various components.
You need to build the Systems, Neuroptics, and Chasis first, which have a 12 hour build time. When this is done, you can then build the Warframe itself, which has a three day build time. These build times can be skipped by spending Platinum, but this is not advisable.