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The Best Amps in Warframe (2024)

There are over 340 possible amp combinations in Warframe. Let's talk about which to home in on.

Amps are the modular weapons used by operatives in Warframe. They’re required to deal damage to sentient beings, such as Eidolons in the Plains of Eidolonor or bosses like the Ropalolyst on Jupiter.

Naturally, you’ll want to know what the best amp is for each type of content that Warframe has to offer. We aim to do just that in today’s guide! We’ll also go over basics to help you learn more about amps in general.

Let’s get started!

Why Are Amps Important in Warframe?

Having the right amp drastically speeds up your attempts to become stronger. It helps you acquire valuable Arcanes, parts to build the Wisp warframe, and Amalgam Mods.

Being modular weapons, Amps are made up of three components: Prism, Scaffold, and Brace. These modify both the stats of the Amp and the kinds of projectiles shot by the Amp.

You’ll need to know where and which components are needed for the best amp for each situation.

Your First Amp in Warframe: Mote Amp

The Mote Amp is the very first amp that is given to players when first discovering the Quills on Cetus. Being the starter amp, the Mote Amp’s stats are basically non-existent. Its only purpose is to introduce the idea of focusing void energy into a beam-like weapon.

That being said, if you have any desire to progress further (and maybe even eventually delve into content like Eidolon hunting), we recommend you start grinding standing for the Quills and eventually in order to get blueprints for better amp parts.

How to Get More Amps in Warframe

The Amp parts are separated into tiers ranging from Tier 1 to Tier 7. The blueprints for Tier 1–4 Amp parts can be purchased from Quill Onkko on Cetus-Earth. Blueprints for Tier 5–7 are from Little Duck on Fortuna.

Visiting Quill Onkko
Visiting Little Duck

Amps act very similar to any other weapon in Warframe. They can be ranked up and eventually gilded with the max rank being [30], just like every other weapon.

Gilding an amp sets the amp’s rank back down to [0], but also allows you to install arcane enhancements. These arcane enchantments will add different effects and boosts that can drastically affect and enhance both the power and playstyle of certain amp builds.

What Do the Amp Numbers Mean?

You’ll often see people referring to certain Amp builds with numbers, such as “1-7-7” or “177.” These numbers refer to the tier of the parts of an amp — Prism, Scaffold, and Brace, respectively. Our “177” example is an amp consisting of a Raplak (Tier 1) Prism, Propa (Tier 7) Scaffold, and Certus (Tier 7) Brace.

With over 340 possible combinations of amp parts, you may find yourself confused and overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the right combinations for the content you’re trying to do. With that in mind, here are a few amp combinations to help you get started.

Best Amp for Beginners — 111

Prism: Raplak (Semi-auto, long-range, precise hit-scan)

  • Location: Quills 1- Mote, 1000 Standing

Scaffold: Pencha (Charged beam)

  • Location: Quills 1- Mote, 1000 Standing

Brace: Clapkra (+40 Amp Energy pool)

  • Location: Quills 1- Mote, 1000 Standing

While Tier 1 amp parts may not sound like much of an upgrade from the starter Mote Amp, the crafted 111 amp actually turns out to be leaps and bounds better than the Mote Amp in every aspect. It should be a high priority for anyone trying to progress content. We all need to start somewhere, and this is a great amp to build early on in Warframe.

This amp is a great choice for newer players to get their feet wet. Building it introduces the whole process of grinding standing, buying the blueprints, making amp parts, and assembling the amp itself.

A 111 amp is a very realistic build for someone just starting out with amps while still doing very solid damage. It can be comfortably used in most unspecialized content while you work your way up to crafting higher-tier amp builds.

Best Amp for Eidolon Hunting (Early Game) — 223

Prism: Shwaak (Semi-auto, medium range, punch-through projectile)

  • Location: Quills 2- Observer, 1500 Standing

Scaffold: Shraksun (Short-range flak grenade)

  • Location: Quills 2- Observer, 1500 Standing

Brace: Lohrin (+12% Amp Critical/Status Chance)

  • Location: Quills 3- Adherent, 2000 Standing

For this build, feel free to swap out the prism for a Raplak Prism if you’re more comfortable with the hit-scan primary fire. The prism will not affect the overall build much (if at all), as the main components allow the amp to function as intended either way. It’s just up to personal preference when it comes to primary fire functionality.

This amp build is perfect if you want a decent amp to hunt eidolons with and don’t have access to higher-tier parts. The Lohrin brace provides the much needed critical chance for Eidolon hunting. Meanwhile, the Shraksun scaffold turns the alternate fire into a grenade-like projectile with a comfortable radius. This allows for an easier time against Eidolons by reducing the needed precision on your shots.

Best Amp for Eidolon Hunting (Meta) — 177

Prism: Raplak (Semi-auto, long-range, precise hit-scan)

  • Location: Quills 1 – Mote, 1000 Standing

Scaffold: Propa (Timed explosive. Also detonates on impact)

  • Location: Vox Solaris 4 – Instrument, 3000 Standing

Brace: Certus (+20% Amp Critical Chance)

  • Location: Vox Solaris 4 – Instrument, 3000 Standing

Ever since the release of the Tier 7 amp parts, the best amp for hunting eidolons in Warframe has been X77. You can replace the prism with whatever suits your own personal preference.

As mentioned before, critical chance is extremely necessary for hunting eidolons. It makes sense, therefore, to use the Certus brace (which has the highest critical chance for braces). The prism and scaffold are a little more negligible ever since the rework of the focus schools and the addition of new amp arcanes. Still, you can’t really go wrong with 177 or 777 at the end of the day.

The sheer amount of critical chance allows for quick and clean eidolon shield breaking, while the primary fire from the Raplak prism makes short work of the Vomvalysts that spawn throughout the encounter (which are needed to charge the Eidolon Lures).

Since amps cannot be modded, damage and other modifiers come in different forms. There’s the Madurai focus school’s Void Strike ability, Unairu focus school’s Unairu Wisp ability, the Volt warframe’s Electrical Shields, and the Virtuous Shadow and Virtuous Strike Arcanes.

Best Amp for Void Angels/Bossing — 747

Prism: Klamora (Wide, short ranged beam)

  • Location: Vox Solaris 4 – Instrument, 3000 Standing

Scaffold: Phahd (Powerful shots bounce between targets)

  • Location: Quills 4 – Instrument, 2000 Standing

Brace: Certus (+20% Amp Critical Chance)

  • Location: Vox Solaris 4 – Instrument, 3000 Standing

The 747 is a very good generalist amp that can comfortably tackle most of the content Warframe has to offer. Even better, it’s considered the best amp for hunting Void Angels from the recent Angels of Zariman update.

The high damage output over a short period of time from the Klamora prism, paired with the innate high critical chance, solidifies this amp’s place as one of the best amps to use. This is not only for just specific bosses, but just in general play overall. The alternate fire can be used to strip armor off of smaller enemies, while the primary fire’s flamethrower-like beam is amazing for shredding the shield of the Void Angels (sometimes even without the need of Madurai’s Void Strike).

With the right setup, the 747 amp can completely skip the orb phases of Void Angels, making the encounters significantly quicker than they should be.

Conclusion: Which Amp is Best?

While there are over 340 different combinations of possible amps to assemble in Warframe, specific amp parts are key components that make an amp specialized for certain content. As long as you keep that in mind, the other parts are largely up to your own personal preference and playstyle.

Are you new to the game and starting to dip your feet in the water? Try yourself a 111 while you learn the ropes. Are you trying to efficiently take down Eidolons? X77 is your best friend. Need something for general use? 7X7 will do you perfectly fine.

Ultimately, whether you want to min-max the potential of your amp or just casually stroll through content, it’s completely up to you and how you choose to enjoy the game!

We hope you found our guide on the best amps in Warframe useful and have built the perfect amp! Have a different amp setup that you think deserves mentioning? Let us know in the comments below, and subscribe to the High Ground if you want the latest news, guides, and articles on all things gaming related.

Good luck out there, Tenno!

 

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