Warframe Beginner’s Guide: Building Your First Warframe

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Welcome to part 8 of our Beginner’s Guide series. Let’s say you’ve been playing a while now and you’re starting to want a change of pace from your starter Warframe. How soon can you build a new Warframe to toy around with? We’ll start this guide with the short and sweet answer: Phobos. Once you’ve been to Phobos, you will be able to build the beastly Warframe known as “Rhino.”

Rhino is the first reasonable Warframe you can build in the game as his component blueprints are obtainable on Venus and the latest resource required to build him are Plastids which are found on Phobos. When we say “latest” resource, we mean how far you have to go into the Star Chart to obtain that resource. Almost all other Warframes in the game require resources which come later in the Star Chart such as Neural Sensors found on Jupiter.

How Do You Even Build a Warframe?

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s briefly cover what is required to build every single Warframe in the game:

Warframe Blueprint

In most cases, you’ll be able to purchase the Warframe blueprint in the Market for credits (discussed in Part 3). However, the component blueprints (Neuroptics, Chassis and Systems) are usually only acquirable by defeating bosses or completing various other tasks. In the case of Rhino, his component blueprints can be acquired by defeating the Jackal on Venus. You’ll be awarded a random component blueprint as part of the mission rewards. You cannot begin to build a Warframe until all 3 components are built first.

Farming Rhino Component Blueprints

As mentioned, you can obtain Rhino’s Neuroptics, Chassis and Systems blueprint from the Jackal boss located at the “Fossa” node on Venus. This is a relatively simple boss although it can give you some trouble if you aren’t aware of how the fight works. You’ll want to aim for the machine’s legs which will cause the Jackal to fall and allow you to shoot its head.

It’s best if you fight the Jackal (or any boss fight you’re farming) with matchmaking set to Public as other players can speed up the process tremendously. You can and most likely will get duplicates of the different component blueprints so it will take more than 3 fights to get the Neuroptics, Chassis and Systems blueprints. How many runs it takes before you have all the component blueprints is just luck, so we wish you the best on it!

Short on Credits?

In order to build all the Rhino components, buy the Warframe blueprint and build the Warframe itself, you’ll need a total of 105,000 Credits. If this is an issue for you currently, we’ve got two recommendations. The first and simplest is to keep progressing through the game and obtain the Credits as you complete missions. This is better overall since if you progress through Phobos, you should be able to gain credits while slowly accumulating Plastids.

If you insist on farming Credits specifically, though, then you might want to consider Romula on Venus. This is what is known as a “Dark Sector” mission which are unique in that they pit you against the Infested as they are an abandoned area of the planet.  They also feature higher credit rewards, XP gains and resource drops. You’ll want to extract at Wave 5 since the credits from mission success don’t increase the further you go.

Building the Components

Once you have all the component blueprints, you’ll need to build them in the Foundry. Here’s the total resources required to build all 3 parts:

150 Alloy Plate
1 Control Module
1000 Ferrite
3 Morphics
600 Plastids
150 Polymer Bundles
800 Rubedo
500 Salvage

In reality, you shouldn’t have to farm for ANY of these resources aside from Plastids. Do not go out of your way to collect any of these resources before gaining access to Phobos because you should have enough through normal play. In the rare event that you don’t have enough, you can collect these resources by going to whichever planet they drop on and killing enemies there in an Exterminate or Defense mission. It won’t take long to reach the required number for this particular build.

Plastids will take the longest of any of the resources listed here. Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to farm them this early in the game even once you get to Phobos. You might want to consider either Roche (Exterminate) or Gulliver (Defense) on Phobos as enemies will drop Plastids. You’ll want to open any lockers you find as they can provide Plastids as well.

Building Rhino

Once you have all three components built (12 hours build time), your last step is to build Rhino himself. You’ll have to purchase the blueprint for him from the Market for 35,000 Credits. All you need to do is go to the Market in your Orbiter, type “Rhino” in the search box and click on the Blueprint tab so you can purchase it. Once you’ve done this, you can go to the Foundry to build him. There’s only 1 additional resource you’ll need for this on top of the components:

1 Gallium

This can easily be obtained by defeating Lt. Kril located at the War node on Mars. Of course you can also obtain it through normal enemies as well, but it’s a guaranteed drop from Lt. Kril and hence is the easiest, hassle-free way to obtain one. And as with the other resources, there’s a chance you already have one from playing normally as well.

At this point, you should be able to build Rhino in the Foundry. This will take 72 hours (3 days). As with all Foundry items, it does not matter if you are logged in or logged out during this frame of time. While 3 days seems like a long time, it’ll be over before you know it and it’s not worth it for you to rush production using Platinum. Trust us, there’s plenty of other uses!

Wrapping It Up

Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of one of the strongest Warframes in the game! Yes, you heard that correctly. Rhino can easily clear the rest of the Star Chart and has a high pick rate among veterans and new players alike. He’s a tank, a buffer, a crowd controller and can dish out serious damage if you want him to. If you want to learn more about Rhino, consider reading about his abilities here

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. That control module can be found on Europa, Neptune or in the void. All are past phobos.

  2. Thanks for the useful info, I’ve managed to gather all resources except… Plastids.
    One thing to note and to maybe improve this guide is that the control module is really hard to find this early, I had the luck to get one during the archwing quest I think? But from what I have read, they are only accesible much much later in the game.

  3. Thank you

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