Welcome to Warframe Plains of Eidolon. This is a short guide to help you along the way to successful weapon-crafting, Eidolon-hunting, Warframe-questing fun.
WELCOME TO WARFRAME
They were called Tenno. Warriors of blade and gun: masters of the Warframe armor. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more.
The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place. They summon you.
Allow the Lotus to guide you. She has rescued you from your cryostasis chamber and given you a chance to survive. The Grineer will find you; you must be prepared. The Lotus will teach you the ways of the Warframes and the secrets to unlocking their powers.
WELCOME TO CETUS AND THE PLAINS
On the Plains of Eidolon, Sentients once fought on this battleground in an attempt to destroy a massive Orokin Tower that the Ostrons now call home. The Sentients’ defeat is forever immortalized in the ancient graveyard that litters the Landscape.
The Grineer have organized drilling stations and sprawling outposts throughout the Plains to excavate the technology of the Old War. Take missions from the Ostrons to fight Grineer during the day and clear out their bases, but be fast, as these Grineer will call reinforcements when they spot danger. As you venture deeper into the Plains the Grineer, enemies grow progressively stronger, so come prepared.
QUESTS IN CETUS
Use your new-found freedom to explore the bustling town of Cetus. Learn about its scavenger-inhabitants, the Ostrons, and their rich culture that revolves around the grotesque harvesting of biomechanical tissue from long-dormant Orokin Towers. Talk to the Ostrons in town to discover how the ongoing war with the Grineer has shaped their lives. Increase your Standing with the Ostrons by completing their requested missions and they’ll share their culture and knowledge while granting you access to their wares.
Cetus’ merchants have everything you’ll need for time on the Plains. Want to immediately engage in battle? Pick up Bounties from Konzu. Feeling hungry for dinner? Go to Fisher Hai-Luk to unlock a variety of spearfishing equipment and bait. A wealth of options are at your fingertips! Forge your own unique weapon, refine minerals to gems, customize your companions and Orbiter with all new Decorations, and buy paper mache Warframe masks for your Operator.
INTODUCTION: HOW TO GET TO THE PLAINS
START WITH VOR’S PRIZE
Vor’s Prize is the first main storyline quest. When you log into Warframe for the first time, you will be transported into the quest and will be required to complete it in order to gain access to the various segments in your ship, which include your navigation to the Star Chart, Arsenal, Mods and more.
POWER UP WITH MODS
Mods are used to upgrade your Warframes and Weapons, and are an essential part of enhancing their stats. Mods can be acquired simply by defeated enemies in a mission. To access you Mod inventory, go to your Mod Segment in your ship. To equip Mods to your equipment, go into your Arsenal and select the “upgrade” option.
COMPLETE A JUNCTION
Junctions are gateway rooms with access to the Solar Rails that unlock and allow you to travel to the next celestial body in the Star Chart. In order to gain access to a Junction, you must complete a series of specific tasks. Once done, you are required to defeat the Specter that controls the Junction. Rewards and access to the next Planet await if successful.
TRAVEL TO CETUS AND MEET THE OSTRONS
A tight-knit band of merchants, hucksters, and survivors, the Ostrons call Cetus their home. The town was built around an Orokin Tower that both protects and nourishes them. Located on Earth, Cetus can be accessed at any time from the Star Chart. Leaving the confines of Cetus will bring you into the vast Plains of Eidolon.
ENTER THE PLAINS OF EIDOLON: A Few How To’s
Beyond the gates of Cetus you will set foot into a landscape larger than anything anyone’s ever seen in Warframe. Overtake Grineer outposts, become an Eidolon Hunter, travel by land or air, mine for resources, and even spearfish! The Plains of Eidolon are yours to unearth and discover what they have to offer!
How do I level up my Warframes and Weapons?
Equip your unranked Warframe and weapons and play through missions to gain Affinity
(which levels up your loadout). By equipping Mods on your Warframe and Weapons, you can increase the many stats of your loadout.
How do I level up my Mastery Rank (account) and what does that do?
Players can view their own Mastery Progress and Rank by hovering the cursor over their Avatar on the top left corner of the UI. Once you have fulfilled the Mastery Rank progress bar by fully ranking up your Warframe and weapons (Rank 30), you can attempt a Mastery Rank test to increase your overall Rank. This allows you to equip stronger weapons, Warframes, and grants you numerous benefits.
How do I get to the Plains?
Complete the tutorial and progress through the Earth nodes until your reach Cetus. Then select the Cetus node on the Star Map to land in town. The current estimated time to complete this task is between 60 to 90 minutes, your results may vary, plan ahead!
How do I acquire a Sky Archwing to fly in the Plains?
Similar to Metroid or Dark Souls, players are meant to come back to the Plains after they’ve unlocked their Archwing later in the game experience to explore all new areas and challenges. Players can acquire their first Archwing, the Odonata, by completing The Archwing quest available to all players from Mastery Rank 2 and above, have unlocked the Mars Junction, and have completed Suisei on Mercury.
How to enable Sky Archwing in the Plains:
- Acquire the Sky Archwing Enabler Segment available in the Market or in the Tenno Research Lab in the Dojo!
- Craft and Equip Charges of the Enabler in your Gear wheel!
- Enter the Plains of Eidolon!
- Call your Sky Archwing down using the Gear Menu by pressing Q (or your custom Gear key binding)!
How do I spear fish?
- Before heading out into the Plains, add your spear of choice to your Gear wheel in your Arsenal.
- Find a body of water, open your Gear wheel (or use your hotkey), and select your spear to enter fishing mode.
- Aiming and shooting with the spear works just as it does when launching other spear weapons.
- Aim at an unknowing fish and toss your spear for a chance to reel in your catch!
- Use your equipped Bait by pressing the Alt Fire button.
How do I fight and defeat the Eidolon at Night?
When night falls on the Plains, towering Spectral Sentients known as Eidolons ascend from the waters and wander in search of all they’ve lost. Small, deadly Sentient drones appear throughout the Plains to protect the Eidolons. Many Grineer will retreat to their camps in fear of the Eidolons and attempt to wait out the night. Gather your fellow Tenno. You’ll need to work together to take down these massive creatures. Only the greatest Eidolon Hunters that combine forces will reign victorious.
The Eidolon requires a combined effort between your Warframe and Operator. To better help defeat the Eidolon, upgrade your Warframe class with the Quills to enter the Plains in your newly combat-ready form. Upon approaching the Eidolon, use both Warframe and Operator to take it down.
Watch this Devstream for more on the Operator-Warrior and how to defeat an Eidolon at 350S
THE BASICS: A WARFRAME Q&A
For those players who are overwhelmed or confused by the myriad tools, new language, and offerings in Warframe, fear not! We have put together a list of the fundamentals to guide you from your first Warframe to your skilled defeat of the Witches in The War Within.
What is Warframe?
Digital Extremes’ Warframe is a cooperative free-to-play third-person online action game set in an evolving science-fiction world, available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It launched in PC Beta in March 2013, November 15 on PS4 (as a full launch title), and September 2, 2014 on Xbox One. The Warframe is exoskeletal armor used by the Tenno to combat the corrupt factions and savage mutations that threaten humanity.
Which ones are best?
There are 31 different Warframes in the game, and they all play differently using straight up melee combat, stealth, power-usage, brute strength, and support. There is no one best Warframe. A full list and their descriptions are available here: https://warframe.com/en/game/warframes
Which Warframe should I select to start?
Players start with three Warframes – Excalibur, Mag and Volt. Each character carries three weapons, a primary, secondary, and a handheld, and each character also wields four attack types. Excalibur is a great first choice because he is an all-around character who prefers melee sword-fighting. But, all three starting characters are excellent first choice options.
How do I acquire more Warframes?
There is a variety of ways to get Warframes, including Quests, Clan Research and Bosses. You can also purchase most Warframes using Platinum (not including Prime Variants). To earn them, you’ll need to level up by playing missions on as many planets as possible. On some planets, you must defeat a boss. Once defeated, he/she will drop the four parts of a Warframe — the neuroptics, the chassis, systems, and the blueprint. Once all of these are gathered, you build the warframe at the Foundry, a crafting station located on your ship.
It takes 12 hours to craft each piece and 72 hours to put all three pieces together. Once completed, you claim the Warframe. Please note, players begin with one spare frame slot, so be sure to buy additional slots (20 Platinum each) to create enough space.
What is platinum?
It’s the in-game currency.
It’s the in-game mechanic for experience points. Warframes, Archwings, Companions and weapons are all capable of earning Affinity. It is earned by killing enemies, hacking terminals, completing objectives/missions/challenges, using Warframe powers, or picking up Affinity Orbs.
What is endo?
Endo is a form of energy used in the process of Fusion to upgrade the effectiveness of Mods. Appearing as a large blue and gold orb, it is commonly dropped by slain enemies, as well as rewarded by completing a variety of mission types.
What is a Mod?
Mods, short for Modules, are the in-game upgrade system. They are special cards equipped to Warframes, weapons, sentinels, Kubrows, and Archwings. They are used to augment and improve damage, power, survivability, speed, precepts, and utility.
What does it mean to “Fuse” a Mod, and why do I want to do it?
Fusing Mods means you can consume mods that you either don’t want, or have too many of, to level up. If you have duplicate mods, take the duplicates that you don’t need and convert them into Endo. Once you have enough Endo, you can rank up your mods. A good starter point is to begin by leveling up the Redirection and Vitality Warframe mods (shields and health, respectively). These are beneficial from the beginning of Warframe to the end, so you will be gratified long-term for doing this early. A good bet is to bring these up to level seven (7) for starters.
Want to inflict more damage with your rifle? Search for a silver mod called “Serration” and level it up top Rank 7 using the Fusion process. Want to add Elemental damage? Add +toxin damage and +electric damage mods to your weapon and rank those mods up with Fusion.
Some Mods say they are ‘damaged.’ What does that mean?
A damaged Mod is not a 100% effective Mod. It’s like a used car, an inferior versions of Regular Mod. They don’t offer as many Ranks and they provide fewer bonuses. You will stop getting these damaged mods once you get past the first few missions. Replace them with normal (not damaged) mods ASAP.
I am confused by a Mod’s Polarity. How do I best select the right Polarity for a Mod?
Most equipment slots accept any type of Mod, but some slots are “Polarized.” A mod’s polarity type is displayed in the top right corner of its card and when a Mod is placed into a matching polarity slot, the cost of installing it is reduced by 50%. Placing a mod in a slot with a different polarity will increase its cost by 25%. Each type of Polarity has a unique symbol. The Polarity types are:
- Madurai – V (Damage, Powers) – Commonly dropped by Grineer.
- Vazarin – D (Defensive, Health, Armor) – Dropped by all factions.
- Naramon – Dash/Bar (Misc.) – Commonly dropped by Corpus.
- Zenurik – Scratch (Warframe Augments and Channeling Mods).
- Penjaga – Y (Sentinel/Kubrow Abilities) – Dropped by all factions (Kubrow from Feral Kubrows/Drahks).
- Koneksi – O (Fusion Core) – Dropped by all factions.
- Unairu – R – Introduced in Update 13.0and used for certain Melee Stance Mods.
What is an Orokin Catalyst and an Orokin Reactor?
These are valuable! An Orokin Catalyst is an item used to supercharge weapons, such as Archwings or Sentinels, doubling their mod capacity. The Orokin Reactor is an item used to supercharge Warframes, Archwings and Companions, doubling their mod capacity. The community refers to them as ‘potatoes.’
How does trading work?
The Trade System enables players to trade for Mods, Platinum, Prime Blueprints, Prime Parts, Void Relics, alternate Arcane Helmets, Companion Imprints, and Special Weapons at the Clan Dojo’s Trading Post, or at a specified trading relay such as Maroo’s Bazaar. A minimum Mastery requirement of Rank 2 must be reached to trade. Also, the number of available trade transactions increases by one each Mastery Rank. Up to five items can be traded per transaction (i.e. per day) and a trade tax is commissioned to complete the trade. Players can also trade on Earth at Maroo’s Bazaar.
For more information on Warframe, go to the official Wiki: http://warframe.wikia.com/
Thanks to Leviathan Core, LLC for work on this guide