Warframes you MUST HAVE
There are many amazing and cool warframes and I enjoy playing most of them. However, there is a small set of warframes that I use more than other because their special abilities make some missions (or Mastery Rank tests) much, much easier! I highly recommend you starts collecting blueprints and build these warframes as soon as possible:
If I could only select one Warframe to play, then it would be Rhino or better yet: Rhino Prime. Rhino is very easy to get for new players but he is a very strong tank and will keep you alive even against high-level enemies in end-game content.
Rhino is very useful when learning how to hunt the Eidolon bosses, as his Iron Skin will keep you alive and his Roar will increase the DPS of not only yourself but also nearby team mates.
Rhino's blueprints drops from The Jackal @ Fossa on Venus (LV 6-8)
Frost is also very easy to get for new players but still very useful against high-level enemies. Frost and Frost Prime are very good at defending the mission target in Defence / Mobile Defence / Excation / Interception missions by casting the Frost Globe spell that creates a shield around the target. Frost can cast the spell several times on the same target to make the shield stronger or place several frost globes around the map, e.g. to protect all Interception targets. With the Chilling Globe Syndicate mod enemies have a 50% chance of being frozen when entering the frost globe.
Frost's blueprints drops from Lt. Lech Kril & Captain Vor @ Exta on Ceres (LV 14-16)
Limbo is one of the best Warframes for defence mission - everything Frost can do, Limbo or Limbo Prime can do better. Limbo's
Blueprints are rewarded from The Limbo Theorem quest, which is available after you complete the junction from Jupiter to Europa; also having an Archwing is required in order to start the quest.
Loki (or actually Loki Prime) is my favorite Warframe for Spy missions. Loki is able to remain cloaked longer than any of the other stealth warframes (Ivara, Ash, Octavia) and he is also able to sprint faster, making missions more efficient/faster. Loki is also very useful for Kuva Fortress missions as he is able to simply sneak past enemies while cloaked.
Loki is the fastest Warframe, which makes him a good choice for those Mastery Rank tests where you have to complete the map before a timer expires.
Loki's blueprints drops from The Hyena @ Psamathe on Neptune (LV 30-32)
Ivara is also great for Spy missions and other kinds of stealth gameplay. With the Infiltrate Syndicate Mod Ivara is able to bypass lasers without being detected.
However, the main reason why you need Ivara is her Dashwire Arrow ability, that will make many Mastery Rank tests much easier and also allow you to reach platforms that are otherwise unreachable.
Her blueprints drops from Spy missions, if you manage to hack all 3 terminals - see Wiki for details.
Nekros and Nekros Prime is great when farming materials for building new Warframes and weapons, as his Desecrate ability cause enemies to drop more loot when killed. Nekros also have some great tools for keeping himself alive, so he can easily solo high-level missions when farming materials.
Nekros blueprints drops from Lephantis @ the Orokin Derelict Assassination mission in the Derelict. The fight can be tricky for new players so watch some YouTube tutorials first - or farm relics for Nekros Prime instead.
Trinity is the best healer/support/utility Warframe. She is very useful when hunting the Eidolon bosses, as her healing abilities can keep the lures alive and she can also restore teammates energy, shield and health. Other Warframes are also able to heal but Trinity can do it all - however, Oberon is much easier to obtain so you might consider him if you are having trouble getting the blueprints for Trinity...
Trinity's blueprints drops from Ambulas @ Hades on Pluto. This is one of the harder and more time consuming Warframes to farm as you must first farm 20 Animo Navigation Beacons in order to gain access to the mission; these nav beacons are obtained by destroying and hacking "Ambulas" robots deployed from dropships on outdoor tile sets on Pluto. I actually got Trinity Prime long before I got the standard Trinity.
Other Warframes you should definitely consider
- Nyx - Makes it easy to solo interception missions
- Nidus - Sometimes the best defence is a strong offence - that is when you call Nidus.
- Ember - amazing AOE damage!
- Gara - can tank while doing AOE damage, CC enemies and protect mission target
- Nezha - Fast and tanky warframe - not as tanky as Rhino but faster
- Oberon - utility warframe with some AOE damage and healing abilities. If you are having trouble farming blueprints for Trinity, you may have more luck with Oberon.
Ember is all about damage - especially AOE damage. If you believe the best defence is a strong offence, then you will probably prefer Ember instead of Frost. 🙂 Blueprints drops from General Sargas Ruk - Tethys, Saturn (LV 24-26).
At first I thought Gara was just another defensive warframe sort of like Frost but I was wrong! Gara can protect (some) area just like Frost, yes - but her main feature is to be able to stack a damage buff FOREVER so she can do massive AOE damage to nearby enemies if you know how to use her abilities! Notice: On some tile sets the landscape allow enemies to walk over or jump inside Gara's wall so her ability to protect a mission target require the landscape to be more or less flat. The main blueprint is a quest reward from Saya's Vigil. The other blueprints are acquired from bounties on Plains of Eidolon.
Oberon is very easy to farm and is very useful in a team due to his healing abilities. I prefer to use Trinity for healing but you will probably unlock Oberon way before Trinity. Blueprints drops from Eximus units (1% chance of drop). They are elite variants of standard units and can pop up on any mission. Blueprints drops pretty often so you will soon have plenty of Oberon blueprints (you can sell those duplicates for credits).
See this page for information about where to farm blueprints for warframes.