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Warframe Tips and Advice For New Players on the Switch!

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Warframe is one of the greatest games ever made. I have well over 800 hours in the game and I’m currently playing it on the Nintendo Switch. I’m not here to give my opinion on the port of the game. I’m currently working on another article that’ll give you that information. What I’m here to do is give some advice to some of the newer players in the game to help them out. Warframe can be a brutal game if you don’t know what you’re doing. 

Your Starting Frame:

I recommend using Volt or Excalibur as your starting Warframes. Mag is useful, but only with the right mods and you won’t have access to them until really late in the game. Excalibur is a solid all round frame that has good durability, speed, and hits like a truck too. He’s the most noob friendly frame to start with and he also takes the longest to unlock if you choose someone else. Volt is my personal favorite starting frame. He’s fast, is good at crowd control, but he’s not as bulky as Excalibur. Mag will probably be difficult for new players because she really needs certain mods to be effective. I recommend choosing any of the other two over her. You unlock early in the game too so… 

Spend Your Free Platinum on Weapon or Warframe Slots:

New players will get 50 platinum to spend. Spend that platinum on new slots. You can get a new Warframe slot for 20 platinum and trust me you’ll be needing those extra slots because you’re going to want to collect a few of these awesome looking Warframe. Everything else can be gotten through grinding. If you ever buy platinum, I’ve put about $600 in this game on just my PC account, I recommend using that platinum to add slots and spending it on prime gear over the regular crap on the marketplace. Players will happily sell you their stuff for platinum. 

Ask Veteran Players For Help or Advice:

Warframe has an awesome community of players that are willing to help if you ask for it. I’ve been playing this game since it was a beta and I don’t mind helping out new players. This game can be overwhelming and you don’t have to go through it alone. Ask for help. Do you need help farming for an item on a stage that’s too hard for you? Ask for help. Most veteran players will help you out and not ask for anything in return. We’ve all been noobs at something at one point and I don’t mind helping new players out at all.

Have Patience Because The Grind Is Real Here:

You can have all the help in the world and still not get what you want in this game. Grinding what Warframe is. Do you want Equinox? Then you’ve better be prepared to farm for dozens of hours for all of her parts. After you get all of her parts you’ll have to wait for 72 hours before you can even use her. You can always speed the process up by spending some platinum, which is what I do, or you can bite the bullet and wait. How about that fancy weapon that you’ve had your eyes on for the longest time. You can’t even buy some weapons without having a high enough rank. That means you’ve gotta get back to grinding. Leveling up multiple Warframes, weapons, melee weapons, etc. This game will test your patience and you need to decide if a game that’s built around grinding is for you. You can casually play Warframe and still have a good time, but don’t expect to make it very far without putting the time in.

Warframe is one of the greatest games ever made in my opinion. It’s given me over 800 hours of enjoyment and I’ve spent a few hundred of those with my wife. It’s an awesome game that I’m happy has finally released on the Switch so new, and old, gamers can experience it. Sit back and prepare yourself for an experience you’ll never get anywhere else. This is a massive game with a lot of content that has an amazing community and talented developers making it better with every update. Welcome to Warframe and game on Tenno. 

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    Brandon Green
    Nov 24, 2018 4:39 pm

    Great advice for newcomers, especially about the grind. The grind is real in Warframe but the game does a good job of making it feel rewarding. Except for those times when it gives you 3 forma blueprint in a row.

    I’d go for Excalibur if I was a new player because if I remember correctly, aren’t Excalibur parts dropped on Pluto?

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      drakulus
      Nov 25, 2018 10:02 pm

      You’re correct about Excalibur and Pluto. My bias towards Volt had me favoring him, but Excalibur is a great all round Warframe with no weaknesses.

      The only way I get Forma’s now is if I want to :). Farming void fissures is the best way to get prime gear now because you have some idea of what you’re going to get by completing the mission.

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        Brandon Green
        Nov 27, 2018 1:29 pm

        Another thing I would suggest is to look up the mission order in the wiki and the recommended level. New players will get wrecked if they do some missions from the get go.

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          drakulus
          Nov 27, 2018 4:48 pm

          I would suggest staying away from every planet after Saturn if you’re new :). Doing Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, and even Europa can be hard if you don’t have the right gear/mods for it.

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