Update (09/08/2019): Several comments are stating the cave method is not working as it was historically so if you want more consistent results, consider doing the killing method listed further below. This post was written when Fortuna first came out so it’s more than possible DE changed the drop rates. Thanks!
Toroids are necessary for building the Garuda Warframe and for ranking up in the Vox Solaris syndicate located in the back room of Fortuna. There are three different types of Toroids: Calda, Sola, and Vega. You will need 2 of each type of Toroid for building Garuda and many Toroids to rank yourself up fully in the Vox Solaris syndicate. In this guide, we’ll cover the primary ways you can obtain Toroids along with our preferred method which averages over 10 Toroids an hour solo without boosters.
If you’re just looking to farm Toroids and want to get them as quickly as possible, the video above illustrates one of the fastest methods of obtaining them with no hassle. You should only do this method solo as it requires starting and aborting missions many times which is impossible in squads. While Volt and Itzel will make this method much faster, you can do this with any Warframe or Archwing. Mod Volt for maximum strength and moderate duration – Efficiency and range aren’t important. This is the build we use (zero Forma):
Step by Step
1. Run a short way out of entrance so your ability use isn’t blocked. Make sure you are Sprinting so Archwing goes faster.
2. Activate Volt’s Speed ability and immediately hotkey into Archwing and activate boosters (2 + Hotkey + Space)
3. Head to the northwest cave closest to Fortuna (see the map below)
4. If you’re using Itzel, you can blink a few times to get there faster
5. Get off Archwing as you head into cave and make sure to slide so you don’t get fall animation
6. Immediately head right as there is a wall in front of you and the cave won’t render enough yet for you to see anything
7. Head left once past wall so you can fall down the pit (run off the ledge, do not jump)
8. If your Volt has high strength, you’re going to want to STOP pressing W / moving forward as the momentum alone is enough
9. If your Volt has high strength, turn off Sprint while in the air so it will be easier to control your movement once you hit ground
10. Ideally you want to slide and bounce off the pillar which will head you in direction of the Toroid cubby spawn area
11. Slide into small area where Toroids spawn (you can use a “butt scoot” which is what we do in the video)
If You Don’t Find a Toroid
1. Hit Escape –> Abort Mission –> Fortuna
2. Spam “Space” key as loading screen finishes
3. After you skip past cutscene, hit escape until main menu comes up
4. Fast Travel –> Eudico –> Escape out of conversation
5. Start sprinting and head back onto Orb Vallis and repeat from above
If You Find a Toroid
1. Slide back out of Toroid spawn area
2. Refresh Speed ability and start sprinting again
3. Follow path to right of Toroid spawn area until you exit cave
4. Jump up once outside and hotkey into Archwing
5. Turn left and move towards Fortuna entrance as quickly as possible
6. Mission success! Enjoy your new Toroid and head back onto Vallis to repeat process again from top
Note: You MUST return to Fortuna if you find a Toroid otherwise you will LOSE the Toroid.
It takes practice to get fast at this method. At first, you’ll find yourself having to mark the map to even find the cave and you should consider trying a few runs without Volt’s speed just so you get acclimated with where everything is. This method is still extremely fast even if you don’t use Volt + Itzel, so don’t fret if you don’t have them.
With this method, we are able to check the same cave over 60 times an hour and we average over 10 finds per hour (10+ Toroids without booster, 20+ with booster). We have not tested this with a drop chance booster active so we don’t know at this time if drop chance boosters affect Toroid spawn rates in caves.
It’s worth noting that you can easily farm Toroids by hopping from cave to cave. We’ve found that searching a single cave repeatedly is faster than longer trips out on the Orb Vallis, but feel free to go with whatever you feel more comfortable with. The map provided below shows the 9-Cave path we recommend if you prefer doing multiple caves in a single run.
How to Farm Toroids by Killing Enemies
Farming Toroids by killing enemies can be faster than cave running, but it’s also less consistent in our experience. However, if you’re not afraid of a bit of grind, then we’ll at least share our tips for how to obtain these elusive resources via enemies. Toroids are rare drops from any enemy at certain locations on the Orb Vallis, notably:
- Vega Toroid drops from enemies near or inside Spaceport
- Sola Toroid drops from enemies near or inside Temple of Profit
- Calda Toroid drops from enemies near or inside Enrichment Lab
These areas are marked green on the map, although it’s worth noting that it is possible to get toroids even in areas that aren’t green in our experience as long as you’re closeby. For instance, you can get Calda toroids from enemies in front of the Enrichment Lab (as opposed to inside). However, you should probably stick to the green zones or extremely closeby until there is more clarity on exactly where toroids are able to drop.
It’s HIGHLY advisable to have both a resource and resource drop chance booster active along with a Smeeta Kavat. You can skip the drop chance booster if you’re farming with another player who has one active. Consider bringing along Nekros and a slash weapon with the Despoil augment so you can desecrate as many enemies as possible. We also recommend going with a team with a Pilfering Hydroid even if you have to use recruiting chat as you’ll get more loot and be able to kill more enemies overall.
Once you’re out on the Orb Vallis, head to one of the areas listed above (Spaceport, Temple of Profit or Enrichment Lab). Ensure your Desecrate is active if you’re using Nekros and start killing enemies. Your goal is to reach the highest level of alert (4 stars) as soon as possible. Corpus alert increases as you engage in combat and leave reinforcement beacons alone, so make sure you DON’T destroy reinforcement beacons. In our testing, teams tend to increase alert faster than solo play does.
At the highest alert (4 stars), enemies will begin to spawn more frequently and their levels will increase the longer you’re at 4 stars. It can become difficult to survive once enemies reach level 70, so keep in mind you can always disengage (e.g: move to another one of the locations) to slowly reduce the alert level. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that there are instances where spawns are slow even at maximum alert and sometimes the only fix is to either leave the Vallis and come back or reset the alert by moving to another location.
We hope this guide helped you farm this pesky resource so you can max out your Vox Solaris standing and build Garuda. If you have any questions or suggestions for players on how to farm Toroids, please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!