Beginners Guide to Warframe in 2021

Last Updated on October 16, 2022


Warframe is a free-to-play class-based third-person shooter game that was originally released back in 2013. It is currently available on Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. Based on the future, the players can control the members of the Tenno which is a race of ancient warriors. These ancient warriors have risen from a century-long cryosleep as they awake again on Earth, with their memories about the Old War lost for the moment. The Tenno use their powered Warframes along with a variety of weapons and abilities to complete missions.

Here, we will talk about the things that most of the players and a majority of beginners find confusing and difficult to get used to in Warframe. Further, we will dive right into the most frequently asked questions about Warframe.

How to earn platinum for free in Warframe?

Warframe comes as free-to-play which means that it comes wrapped with its premium currency that one can buy using the cold cash and that currency is “Platinum”. You can find this premium currency in the market, you can find this in the trade and there is hardly any corner turned where you will not see Platinum attached to something in-game.

This thing doesn’t mean that the Warframe game is a pay-to-win, however. You cannot buy powers directly in the game and anything that you buy using Platinum is either superficial or an empty frame without mods. However, there is one interesting thing about  Platinum that many beginners do not seem to realize and the twist is that you can earn Platinum in the game, for free. You can gather all your favorite cosmetics, desired weapons and frames, and more slots all by playing. The catch, however, is that it involves trading.

Where to find the resources?

This question troubles new players the most and the answer to this one is quite simple. As you go to the front of your ship, go down to the navigation and click on the resource drone. Down the bottom right, an icon will appear and as you will hover over this icon, it will show you a list of common resources that drop on any of the planets. The list of common resources is different for every planet.

What is prime access and what does it offer?

The Prime Access comes as an exchange program that provides the most recent Prime Warframes and Prime Gear in bundles of discounted Platinum and other limited and exclusive items made available for purchase. Prime Access allows you to get instant access to the latest Prime Warframes and Prime Gear without requiring the build time.

How to build an Extractor Armada?

In Warframe, Extractors are the unique items that passively generate resources for you. What you have to do is to just simply build them, set them, and forget them as they pull the crafting materials out of the planets that you have fully unlocked. The blueprints are available on the normal market, and you can use them again as many times as you need.

Distilling Extractors in particular has only a few chances of giving you a nice haul of rare resources, so build as many Extractors as you can run at a time. The payouts aren’t usually great, but they add up over days, and months, and years. The best places for dropping them are one on Ceres and one on Saturn. These locations can drop Orokin Cells, which are used for a lot of endgame gear and can be a pain to collect.

How to get Mod upgrades in Warframe?

The prodigious part of upgrades in Warframe is the Mods and weapon levels because these are the beginner’s quickest way to get better. Mods can either be dropped during missions, gotten in the Market, and a great way called Transmutation. Mods can also be equipped in the Armory and they can be equipped on the suit and weapons. Equipping a Mod is done by opening up the Armory, picking the upgrade option from the loadout of the piece to upgrade, selecting the mod, and selecting the slot to put it into.

Two things must be kept in mind. First is the Capacity on the top left of the screen. This number matches up with the number of the top right of the Mods. The total number on the top right of the Mods selected needs to match the Capacity on the top left of the screen.

There is a small twist to this though where setting a piece can change the number of the Mod. When selecting the Mod, there will be certain slots that have the same symbol as the Mod that will adjust the Mod’s number to lower it allowing more Mods to be equipped. In case it’s a different symbol, it will raise that number so be sure when equipping one to get the most advantageous Mods for the right play style.