In Warframe, you will come across different Weapons, Warframes and Companions which are all essential to your success in missions you do.
These all require you to level them up so that they can reach their max potential and make the most out of the equipment you have.
It may not be easy for new and old players alike to keep track of how to level up fast or where is the best place to level up.
This guide will ensure you that you will be on the right track and level up fast so you can carry on with your gameplay without having the delay of worrying what is the fastest way to level up.
Rank and Affinity
Levels in Warframe are basically called Rank and to rank up weapons we need to earn affinity which is the games term for experience points.
Killing enemies with your weapon will award the weapon you used and the Warframe you are using with affinity which is split amongst them.
If you use abilities to kill enemies, then the affinity goes straight to your Warframe.
Share affinity is gained if a member of your squad kills and enemy and you the affinity will be split amongst your Warframe and weapons.
Removing a weapon that you don’t need will allow more affinity to be distributed amongst the rest.
In terms of how to level up Warframes fast, you need to understand how they acquire affinity.
When it comes to affinity, the best way to level up Warframes is to either kill the equipped Warframe’s abilities, kill enemies with a weapon or be near other players when enemies are killed.
Killing enemies with your Warframe abilities will grant all of the affinity to your Warframe.
When killing enemies with a weapon, the affinity is split evenly between that weapon and the Warframe.
Enemies killed by allies will grant you Warframe 25% of the affinity and the other 75% will be split amongst whatever weapons you have equipped, therefore bringing less weapons will make whatever you have equipped level up faster.
If you can kill enemies with your Warframe abilities, then stick with that otherwise try to kill as many as you can with a strong weapon you have.
When resorting to killing enemies with weapons, using Naramon for its Affinity spike may provide useful due to the bonus affinity that will be split between the Warframe and the weapon.
The best way to level up Warframes is to use their abilities to kill enemies (100% affinity gained), followed by the be.
The fastest way to level up Warframes is to have a good melee weapon with you along with Naramon as your school with Affinity Spike and go around killing enemies with your melee weapon.
When it comes to question on how to level up weapons in Warframe, many people think that killing things in any way will grant a large amount of affinity to all their gear.
This is wrong and the truth is you basically get affinity for whichever weapon you are using and half of that affinity is split between whichever weapon is used and the Warframe you are using.
When killing with your Warframe abilities, affinity will go to the Warframe and not the weapons you have.
Affinity gained by kills from your squad will be split between your weapons (75%) and your Warframe (25%), so the less weapons you bring, the faster they level up.
The best way to level up weapons in Warframe is to allow allies to kill enemies while you have only that weapon equipped granting it 75% of the affinity.
This is also considered the fastest way to level up weapons in Warframe, provided you have a squad with you that can kill.
Just like with weapons, when it comes to how to level up Amps, the same mechanics apply and affinity can be gained by killing enemies or being near a member that kills enemies.
Squad members that kill enemies will give affinity that will still be split 25% for the operator even though it doesn’t have a rank and 75% for the operator weapons.
A turn down is that aside from the Amp, there is an unused melee slot that will split affinity with the Amp you have equipped thus only giving you 37.5% of the affinity.
Killing enemies with your Amp is the best way to level up Amps since the affinity will be split in half similar to how it is split between the Warframe and weapons as mentioned earlier.
The fastest way to level up Amps would be to stay in operator mode and kill as many enemies with your Amp as you can while other enemies are killed by allies.
Similar to the Warframes and weapons, Archwings have the same mechanics where killing with a weapon will split affinity with Archwings and the weapon used.
Using Archwing abilities to kill will grant more affinity to the Archwing.
The best way to level an Archwing is to use its abilities however using weapons will also grant affinity but this is split between the weapon and Archwing mostly.
The best way to level up Archwings is to use their abilities to kill enemies.
Being in a squad is the fastest way to level up Archwings since more enemies will spawn.
It is possible to also level up Archwings in missions that allow you to enter the water that bring you into Archwing mode. killing enemies from underwater will give you affinity and allies that kill enemies will give you shared affinity.
Leveling Archwing Weapons
Similar with weapons, the Archwing weapons are leveled up using the same mechanics.
Killing enemies with Archwing weapons will grant half affinity to the Archwing and the weapon used to do the killing while shared affinity from ally kills will be split similar to how weapons and Warframes share affinity.
The best way to level Archwing weapons is to kill enemies with them in order to get a split amount of affinity with the Archwing itself.
Allowing allies to kill to gain shared affinity may be the fastest way if you have a squad with you that can clear enemies quickly after they spawn.
Just like with Archwings, Archwing weapons will also gain affinity when underwater and killing enemies from the water or allies killing enemies while you are submerged.
Best Place To Level Up
Hydron is well known for its high affinity gain and is considered one of the best missions to farm experience or affinity.
This defense mission pits you against Grineer enemies that are ranged from level 30-40 which will give a large amount of affinity per wave.
Depending on how many items you plan on leveling up, it should take around an average of 1 to 5 missions before getting your gear max ranked.
For difficulty purposes and rewards it is best to fight until the 10th wave then extract and repeat the mission, this also gives you a good chance to farm relics for good prime parts.
The more of you there are, the more affinity you will get so it is necessary to be with a squad and if you don’t have people available you should set your match to public.
Hydron is a small map and enemies will come in waves to attack the defense target.
You and your squad should focus on killing all the enemies as quickly as possible and avoid dying so that you can progress faster and level up quick.
Take note that enemies are strong so make sure you and your team cooperate and you have at least one good weapon or Warframe.
Never go into a mission without modding first and always make sure you have a way to help out instead of just leeching off of the mission as the team needs all the help they can get.
If you are leveling up weapons, then use a Warframe that can help the team out with abilities such as buffers or Warframes that can manipulate enemies.
If you are leveling up your Warframe bring at least one weapon that can help kill so you don’t have the team doing all the work for you.
This is one of the best missions you can go to for leveling up and if you do not have it unlocked yet, you may ask someone to bring you there but be sure to unlock nodes so you can reach the mission yourself as well.
When it comes to power leveling in Warframe you need to stick to public games when no buddies are available so more enemies will spawn in mission you will farm affinity on.
Aiming to get as many kills as possible will help you with the distribution of affinity to whichever equipment you are leveling up.
Having a buddy to clear missions or enemies in missions with you can help you level up fast if you are unable to kill enemies on certain missions.
Things To Remember When Leveling Up
If you intend to leech off of a squad and level up your weapons be sure to have at least one weapon or Warframe with abilities that can help the team.
Make sure to mod your weapons so you can help out with kills and your Warframe so you don’t die much and if it’s possible to use a Warframe than can buff the team, that would be great.
Watch your teams back, don’t forget to join in on the fight and avoid being AFK as you won’t get affinity and this will make things take longer.
Use the weapons and Warframe you have equipped to give them affinity as those are what you’re planning to level up so you better use them to maximize affinity gain with the said equipment.
Be polite, no one is obligated to carry you, to boost you or to baby you Ingame and if someone does help you out, then try to say thank you.
Other Ways To Level Up Fast
Another great way to level up is the Sanctuary Onslaught which puts the players in a simulation made by Simaris as they fight enemies in zones that increase in difficulty.
Enemies will repeatedly spawn after being killed which means the faster you kill enemies, the more that spawn and the more experience you can farm.
Sanctuary Onslaughts will also reward you well and are considered another efficient way to farm affinity and level up fast.
For leveling up weapons and your Warframe you may proceed to the regular Sanctuary Onslaught, however for Elite you must have a level 30 Warframe, thus making it good for leveling up weapons only.
Sanctuary Onslaughts have random maps every week so be sure to be prepared for anything.
As usual bringing a team with you is best or going for a public game so you have a squad to fight alongside.
Same goes with what we discussed about Hydron, make sure you have a weapon or Warframe that can help and act like a team.
Depending on how many enemies you all kill and how far you reach in the Sanctuary Onslaught, your rewards and affinity will be different and based on those terms.
Endless Fissures are a great way to level up, get rewards and open up relics.
The longer you last in an endless mission; the more bonuses you get.
One feature in fissures is when last long enough you start to get free boosters, only for that mission starting from 25%.
Free boosts in the mission will consist of Affinity, Credits, Resources and Drop Rate boosts, in that specific order and these will increase the longer you stay and stack with any existing boosters you have.
Endless fissures will reward you with boosts for that specific mission only which you can use to your advantage.
To make the most out of this, it is best to choose moderate or higher level missions for endless fissures so that the affinity you gain scales as well.
Dark Sector Mission
Dark Sector missions give you an additional amount of experience for the level itself as well as a bonus for whatever weapon it has associated with it.
This can be seen when selecting the mission, you will be able to see the resource drop chance boost along with the bonus experience and the amount of bonus experience from using a specific weapon.
These missions are great for farming as well so you can choose which one you want to go to and check what you can get to make the most out of your farming experience.
Trying to solo missions for leveling up is not a great idea because less enemies will be present on the map and this means less affinity for you to gain.
There are still a few ways to level up when you’re alone, however you might require a bit of skill and time before mastering the techniques to do so.
In missions such as exterminate, killing enemies while undetected will grant a bonus to the amount of affinity you gain.
A buff is applied once you begin killing enemies while remaining hidden and not alerting others of your presence.
The buff will increase enemies by 100% each time with a maximum of 500% which will greatly increase affinity.
Killing an enemy that has detected you or that has been alarmed by the death of another enemy will break the chain and remove the buff.
Certain Warframes have the ability to stay invisible such as Loki which can be used for stealth kills.
Warframes that can render enemies unable to detect you by being disable such as those affected by Equinox’s sleep will also grant a stealth buff.
This may be used to level up weapons and some Warframes quickly if you can manage to stay undetected.
Spy missions are also great for solo leveling because not only can you do stealth kills, you may also hack the terminals that are the main objective which grant bonus affinity if undetected.
Enemies may be killed stealthily on spy missions which will grant the stealth kill buff that allows you to earn bonus affinity and along with hacking the terminals without alarming, you are bound to get a large amount of affinity as well as some random rewards.
Affinity boosters may be purchased to double the amount of affinity you get which will speed things up a lot more.
This is very effective when doing Hydron and will result in you having to do either 1 to 3 missions until your equipment is max ranked.
Reaching max rank is necessary and you will be required to do so multiple times with Forma in order to unlock the full potential of your equipment.
Knowing the fastest way to level up will help you do this and eventually you will know where is the best place to level up.
Be sure to always do your part when in squads and try to level up as effectively as possible.