Warframe: Top 10 Best Warframes (2021 Edition)

Warframe Best Warframes

Warframe Top 10 best warframes (2021 Edition)

Warframe offers over 45 different warframes you can choose from, but some are definitely superior to others. Whether you’re just starting out the game or already spent thousands of hours on it, you’ll always be looking for something different to play with.

Here’s a list of the top 10 best warframes of 2021. 


10. Rhino

Rhino, the immovable.

Rhino is one of those warframes that you'll obtain early up on the game. He is fairly easy to play and also scales very well from early to late game. 

Speaking of tanks, Rhino is one of those few warframes with a very solid defense. Despite his slow speed, he has a skill set that allows him to be one of the toughest guys to kill in the game. With correct mods, he can be insanely overpowered and also take solo objectives.

  • His first ability, Rhino Charge, allows him to charge at his enemies, dealing damage and knocking them down.
  • His second ability, Iron skin,  makes him immune to any sort of damage.
  • His third ability, Roar, gives increased damage to nearby allies for a short time.
  • His final ability, Rhino Stomp, allows him to stomp the ground dealing massive damage and disrupting time around affected units.

Here’s how you can get Rhino warframe: https://youtu.be/rCIeeFF-93A?t=11

Rhino details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Rhino


9. Nekros

Nekros, the necromancer.

Nekros is a necromancer-type warframe with the ability to control the bodies of the dead. He is best known for his 3rd skill, Desecrate, which comes in handy while gathering resources. 

Nekros is generally recommended for people who are farming for mods, rare loots, or other useful components. While Nekros isn’t the best at tanking hits, he can use his summoned shadow of his enemies to draw aggro.

  • His first ability, Soul Punch, deals damage to a single target then causes it to become a deadly projectile.
  • His second ability, Terrify, reduces armor and causes the enemy to flee, making them more vulnerable to attacks.
  • His third ability, Desecrate, causes the corpse of dead enemies to drop additional loot.
  • His final ability, Shadow of the Dead, allows him to create shadow copies of recently killed enemies, prioritizing the strongest ones. The clones decay and eventually disappear.

Here’s how you can get Nekros warframe: https://youtu.be/7NY3rINi--c?t=11

Nekros details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Nekros


8. Gauss

Gauss, the runner.

If you’re looking for speed, Gauss is one you’re looking for. He is one of the fastest warframes that can take you from point A to point B in a matter of seconds. 

Gauss is a bit unique and harder to learn compared to other warframes with the introduction of battery charge. His ability efficiency mostly depends on the battery charge, which can be replenished with certain abilities. But once you get the hang of it, Gauss provides a rewarding gameplay experience.

  • His first ability, Mach Rush, allows him to sprint at a very high speed while charging the battery. Colliding with any solid object generates a shockwave that deals damage.
  • His second ability, Kinetic Plating, creates an armor plating that absorbs damage and converts it to energy while draining the battery. The damage reduction is based on the amount of battery charge.
  • His third ability, Thermal Sunder, applies Cold Status to nearby enemies and charges the battery. Holding the ability button causes it to apply Heat Status which drains battery charge.
  • His final ability, Redline, provides buffs to abilities, fire rate, attack speed, reload speed, and holster speed for a certain duration.

Here’s how to get Gauss warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyUmH0Ssdoo

Gauss details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Gauss


7. Chroma

Chroma, the master of elements.

Chroma is a versatile warframe that allows you to modify your abilities to your needs. He can cycle through different elemental statuses like Cold, Heat, Electricity, and Toxin depending on the situation.

Chroma is good at both offense and defense thanks to his abilities that allow him to convert damage received to extra defense or attack damage. He is very good for farming components in survival or excavation mode. His 4th ability is considered to be his best ability that allows him to detach his armor and transform it into a sentry that deals elemental damage.

  • His first ability, Spectral Scream, breathes elemental destruction in a conical area. You can tap the ability to cycle between elements. The effect is also applied to his other abilities.
  • His second ability, Elemental Ward, creates an area of effect around him depending upon the active element, which deals damage to enemies and gives defensive buffs to nearby allies.
  • His third ability, Vex Armor, converts shield damage taken to armor bonus. Similarly, health damage taken is converted to a weapon damage bonus. 
  • His final ability, Effigy, allows him to detach his armor which acts as a sentry dealing elemental damage. Chroma loses armor during the duration.

Here’s how you can get Chroma warframe: https://youtu.be/TrvV76u9rHc?t=2

Chroma details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Chroma


6. Excalibur

Excalibur, the master of blades.

Excalibur is the most basic and one of the 3 warframes you will unlock as a starter. It is a sword-themed warframe that gives you additional stats while wielding any kind of sword.

Despite its simplicity, Excalibur scales very well into late game and is one of the hardest-hitting warframes out there. With a wide range of mobility and high damage output, Excalibur can just be used for any sort of mission. Whether it be clearing junctions or farming, Excalibur will be your fastest and cheapest option.

  • His first ability, Slash Dash, allows him to dash between enemies dealing damage based on the level of Exalted Blade.
  • His second ability, Radial Blind, emits blinding light which stuns enemies for several seconds.
  • His third ability, Radial Javelin, launches blades around him damaging and impaling anything in his vicinity.
  • His final ability, Exalted Blade, enhances his current weapon. It creates energy waves that deal damage to anyone in its path. 

Here’s how to get Excalibur warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUFwhbwZcC0

Excalibur details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Excalibur


5. Mesa

Mesa, the outcast gunslinger.

Mesa is undeniably one of the most powerful warframes in terms of DPS with decent crowd-controlling abilities. She is usually played by combining her abilities for the highest possible damage output.

Mesa is an outcast gunslinger with extra buffs while wielding any sidearm. She is also good at tanking hits with her damage reduction and crowd-control abilities. What makes her so strong is her 4th skill which allows her Regulator Pistols to shoot rapidly while auto-aiming enemies on a focused area.

  • Her first ability, Ballistic Battery, stores damage dealt by her weapons that can be triggered again to deal additional damage.
  • Her second ability, Shooting Gallery, gives additional damage to allies while disabling nearby enemies which shifts between team members.
  • Her third ability, Shatter Shield, creates an energy barrier around her that reduces incoming damage and reflects projectile damage. 
  • Her final ability, Peacemaker, allows her to focus on a certain area, rapidly firing bullets without having to aim.

Here’s how you can get Mesa warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bp2sOoHRDA

Mesa details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Mesa


4. Xaku

Xaku, of the void.

Xaku was created from remnants of three warframes lost in the void. Xaku is neither male nor female. It manipulates energy from the void.

Xaku is considered a “broken” warframe, considering its survivability and permanent disarms. Taking away firearms from your enemies permanently and creating a replica to use as your own seems pretty broken. The only downside is that if you happened to get just a few weapons, you’re stuck with it for the rest of the duration.

  • Its first ability, Xata’s Whisper, adds a Void damage modifier to weapons that deal damage based on the base damage of the equipped weapon.
  • Its second ability, Grasp of Lohk, steal weapons from nearby enemies, permanently disarming them. The stolen weapons can be used against them.
  • Its third ability, The Lost, has three variations :
  • Accuse: Activating it causes nearby enemies to be your ally for a certain time.
  • Gaze: Entangles a single enemy while other enemies are forced to attack the target. The target takes full damage at the end of the duration.
  • Deny: Shoots a beam that deals void damage and causes the target to float midair for a certain amount of time.
  • Its final ability, The Vast Untime, causes Xaku to expose its skeletal form that gives him bonus evasion and damage reduction on aoe attacks. Any enemy within line of sight takes void damage and is 50% more vulnerable to other void attacks.

Here’s how to get Xaku warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npBqSYCHbx4

Xaku details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Xaku


3. Saryn

Saryn, the spore mother.

Spore-mother Saryn or Saryn is a DPS-type warframe that deals damage over time with corrosive spores. Her abilities either trigger or modify the effects of spores that spread quickly in a wide range.

Saryn is played in a way to make the spores as much contagious as possible. The number of infected units keeps multiplying over time. The DPS also increases gradually with each spore burst. You can take advantage of this to clear a large horde of enemies in no time.

  • Her first ability, Spores, inflicts target with corrosive spores that deal damage over time. If the spores are destroyed or the host is killed, the spores spread to nearby enemies with increased damage.
  • Her second ability, Molt, allows her to shed her skin that acts as a decoy and explodes after a while.
  • Her third ability, Toxic Lash, deals toxin damage and bursts spores of the affected enemies. Toxin damage is doubled for melee weapons.
  • Her final ability, Miasma, spreads a mist that does viral damage to enemies in its vicinity. Deals extra damage to enemy affected by spores.

Here’s how you can get Saryn warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPZ4Ff4EigQ

Saryn details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Saryn


2. Gara

Gara, the unbreakable.

Gara is a glass-themed warrior who you can either play as defensive support or damage dealer. Her simplicity and versatility is what makes her number 2 on our list.

Gara is very suitable for playing defensive missions like defense or excavations. She is best known for her ultimate, which creates a scalable glass ring around her. This barrier prevents enemies from entering and helps to fend them off when combined with other abilities. Also, her second ability allows her to infinitely scale damage modifiers.

  • Her first ability, Shattered Lash, lashes out a sword that deals damage on a straight path. Does arcing strike if you’re holding the ability.
  • Her second ability, Splinter Storm, creates a barrier of shattered glass on herself or her allies that reduces incoming damage. Deals additional damage to nearby enemies.
  • Her third ability, Spectrorage, creates a circle of 12 mirrors that draw enemies inside it. If a few of the mirrors are broken, the remaining explodes dealing area damage.
  • Her final ability, Mass Vitrify, allows her to create an adjustable ring of glass that prevents enemies from entering it. Any enemy caught up while expanding the ring crystallizes after a few seconds.

Here’s how to get Gara warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODtU-ZQhK04

Gara details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Gara



Wukong, the immortal monkey king.

Wukong is the most popular and second most used warframe as of 2021, and it's got a good reason for it. With 3 lives in a single mission with a clone to assist you, Wukong is easily the best warframe that the game has to offer. 

From tanking hits to dealing massive damage, Wukong is basically good at everything. He has a good defense mechanism and can create a clone that wields your alternate weapon. Who wouldn’t love an extra teammate to fight by your side?

  • His first ability, Celestial Twin, creates a clone that fights beside you. It can play melee or ranged, depending on what you have currently equipped.
  • His second ability, Cloud Walker, allows him to transform into a cloud that stuns nearby enemies. It heals him and his clone for the time being.
  • His third ability, Defy, makes him and his clone invulnerable and absorbs incoming damage. The absorbed damage is dealt as extra damage on the next attack.
  • His final ability, Primal Staff, summons an iron staff that deals heavy attack damage while draining energy per second.

Here’s how to get Wukong warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj0mOMM_9uk

Wukong details: https://warframe.fandom.com/wiki/Wukong


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