Warframe’s Prime Vault can be a little confusing to new players, but we’ve got everything you need to know with our Warframe Prime Vault guide.
Warframe may have arrived in 2013, but the game is constantly shifting. The free-to-play third-person shooter sees players take on the role of Tenno, wearing various Warframes to tear through enemy factions with guns and melee weapons alike.
Those Warframes can be crafted through harvesting materials (or paying money), and while each is incredibly capable in its own way, Prime Warframes are even stronger versions. These are available for a limited period, rotating in and out of a “Prime Vault”, so you’ll want to snap them up when you have the chance.
Here’s how to get your hands on Prime Warframes, and which ones are currently available, with our Warframe Prime Vault guide.
According to the official Warframe site, “a Prime Warframe, weapon, Sentinel or accessory represents technology as it was during the height of the Orokin Era”.
What that means in gameplay terms is that there are usually additional Polarity Slots for mods, so you can further customize the class with more-focused ones.
There are also Prime weapons, which usually offer increased performance. Not every Warframe has a Prime variant, at least yet, but Digital Extremes does tend to add a few each year.
While you can spend Platinum, Warframe’s premium currency, to buy Prime frames, they are available to earn in-game, too. Buying them in the Prime Access store usually bundles in cosmetics and other exclusive goodies like resource boosters and helps support Digital Extremes.
- Read more: Warframe Platinum guide
Still, if you don’t want to open your wallet, you can craft your own Prime Warframe.
The main currency here is called Void Relics, which can drop in a variety of activities (traditionally at the end). There are also occasional bounties that offer an increased (or even guaranteed) chance at a relic drop. Once you’ve got a Void Relic, you’ll need to complete a Void Fissure to unlock it.
- Relics are tied to missions, but you’ll see the potential outcomes before you jump in so you can decide if it’s worth the effort or not.
- Within Void Fissures, you can collect Void Traces from certain enemies that will allow players to focus the Void Relic on higher rarity gear.
- Once you have the main blueprint, plus those for the Chassis, Neuroptics, and Systems, you’ll be able to craft the Warframe on your ship at the Foundry.
- Build the parts (this will take 12 hours per build), and then construct the Warframe (a three-day build).
The current unvaulted Primes are as follows (as of March 28, 2022):
Banshee Prime requires a Mastery Rank of 8.
|Mod Polarities||Madurai x 2, Naramon||Madurai x 2|
Garuda Prime arrived on March 28 and marks a new Prime Warframe.
|Mod Polarities||Naramon, Vazarin, Madurai||Naramon, Vazarin|
Mirage Prime requires a Mastery Rank of 8.
|Mod Polarities||Vazarin x 2, Naramon, Madurai||Vazarin, Madurai|
So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about the Warframe Prime Vault.