Warframe Mods Guide – The Best Mods, and How to Utilize them Effectively
One of the best things in Warframe is the depth of customization. Say, a new player joined the game, and liked the Ignis Wraith weapon. They enjoy it, and playing with it for a while automatically takes it to Level 30 (max level). However, I, an experienced player, also have an Ignis Wraith at Level 30, and it is several times stronger. How is that possible? The answer is: Warframe mods.
Taking a weapon to Level 30 is pretty easy, and while in most games this would mean the weapon being “maxed out”, in Warframe that is just the beginning of the journey to taking a weapon to its maximum potential. In this Warframe Mods Guide, I will take you through the basics of mods, the role they play in the game, and how you can utilize them effectively.
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What are Mods in Warframe?
Mods make up the upgrade system in Warframe. They are special cards that grant one or more boosts to the item they are attached to. You can use various combinations of mods to tailor a particular weapon or Warframe to your requirements.
For example, put excessive Ability Strength mods on a Volt and he’ll be a super-fast Warframe. Balance Ability Strength, Ability Duration, Ability Range, and Energy Efficiency, and your Volt will be great at crowd control. You can further specialize in crowd control. Do you want to cover a large area while sacrificing strength? Do you want to sacrifice efficiency because you have a good support Trinity on your team?
The possibilities are endless, and Warframe allows you to decide how you want the items you use to be. You can change them according to your playstyle or according to the mission requirements.
Four things you need to know about using Mods in Warframe
- Mod rank: Every mod has a rank and rarity. Rarer mods are generally stronger, and mods can be levelled up to improve the boosts they provide. For example, a Vitality Mod at level 0 will give a weaker health buff than the same mod at a higher level.
- Endo: To level up your mods, you need a resource called Endo. Endo can be obtained in various ways such as Ayatan Sculptures (the best way), recycling old mods, via missions, or even as alerts or Sortie rewards.
- Mod capacity: Every Warframe and weapon had a capacity linked to it. This number can be found on the left of the screen when you try to level the item up. Mods can be used only until that capacity is fulfilled.
- Polarities: Mod slots on Warframes or weapons sometimes have polarities associated with them. A mod that matches the polarity of that slot will count for half its base capcity when put in that slot.
The best Warframe mods every player should have
Here are some staple, must-have mods for every Warframe player:
- Corrosive Projection is a staple for most Warframe builds. It provides extra mod capacity, and strips armor off your enemies (stacks if multiple teammates have the mod equipped).
- Elemental mods are the ones that provide elemental buffs to your weapons (eg. +x% Toxin, or +x% Heat). These are the ones that will allow you to deal more damage to specific enemies, causing status effects, and also dealing greater overall damage.
- Vitality will be a staple for almost every Warframe build. It is a health mod and health equals survivability; in fact, it is the first mod you should equip on any Warframe you’re using, especially when levelling up. Redirection and Steel Fiber are two more survivability mods that provide shield and armor respectively, but they aren’t necessary for most builds by any means.
- Damage, multishot, and crit/status mods are a must for modding weapons. Mods such as Serration and Split Chamber offer the best boosts in terms of DPS and will be the core of every damage build.
- Streamline and Flow provide greater Energy Efficiency and Energy Capacity respectively. More energy/higher efficiency = more ability usage = more resource-free damage.
- Intensify provides greater Ability Damage, another staple for most builds.
- Stretch boosts your Ability Range, which is highly useful for Warframe abilities that are better off covering a larger area, such as Saryn builds.
- Continuity provides greater Ability Duration. More duration means you have to cast the ability fewer times, providing you with better energy efficiency.
- Vacuum is a companion mod that attracts resources in a 11.5m radius around you. It is not a damage mod, but it provides excellent utility and allows you to breeze through areas while automatically picking up the resources around you.
Note that several mods such as Continuity have Primed counterparts as well that provide greater boosts. Mods such as Vitality have Umbral counterparts that can be obtained via the Sacrifice quest.
Tips for farming Mods and Endo efficiently
Never miss an Ayatan Star: Ayatan Stars are marked on the screen whenever a teammate finds it. Always make sure to grab them, as they increase the Endo value of your Sculptures.
Sell your Legendary Core: I know, I know. A Legendary Core actually skips the Endo price of taking a Mod from any level to max level. However, if you sell the Core and use the Platinum to buy Ayatan Sculptures, you actually gain more Endo from the process. As long as you have the Credits to use that Endo, converting your Legendary Core into Ayatan Sculptures is much better.
Recycle: Go to your Mods collection, sort them out by descending order of the number of duplicates you have. Then recycle most of the duplicates. You’ll be surprised at how much Endo you can obtain this way!
Mods are one of the best things about Warframe’s gameplay. They allow you to modify your Warframes, weapons, Archwing, and even your companions as per your playstyle. We hope our Warframe Mods Guide helped you understand how to make the most of your Mods and Endo better!