Fighting the war against the Sentients is no easy task. Luckily for you, there are plenty of factions across the Star Chart that would be more than happy to aid you in your battle. These factions are known as Syndicates, and while they may have their own personal reasons for granting their aid, you should take all the help you can get. Of course that raises the question – what are the best Syndicates to join in Warframe?
How Syndicates Work in Warframe
Syndicates in Warframe function similarly to reputation systems in other MMOs. By completing specific quests, missions, and alerts associated with these Syndicates, you can increase your standing with them and advance your rank within the respective faction.
As you advance your rank within each Syndicate, you’ll unlock access to new tiers of rewards that can be purchased using Syndicate currency. This is the primary incentive for players as these rewards include unique mods, weapons, blueprints, and more that are exclusive to each specific Syndicate.
While most of the Syndicates in Warframe nowadays are Neutral and don’t mind you helping out other Syndicates, there are a couple Faction Syndicates that are diametrically opposed to one another.
Allying with a Faction Syndicate and helping them will cause their opposition to hate you, locking you out of obtaining the rewards from the opposing group. Luckily, you can still trade for the rewards with other players or go through a somewhat lengthy process to “redeem” yourself in that Syndicate’s eyes.
Thankfully, the Faction system is largely a relic of the past, as the developers have not added any more since the introduction of the initial six Faction Syndicates.
The 5 Best Syndicates to Join in Warframe
While you’ll eventually want to join every Neutral Syndicate in Warframe, you’ll want to prioritize the best ones first. With that in mind, focus on the following Syndicates first, as they’ll reward you with the most valuable resources, materials, equipment, and mods in Warframe.
Entrati (Neutral Syndicate)
- Location: Necralisk, Deimos
- Ranks: Neutral (0), Stranger (1), Acquaintance (2), Associate (3), Friend (4), Family (5)
The Entrati are a neutral Syndicate that reside in the Necralisk on Deimos and can be visited after the completion of the Heart of Deimos quest. The requirements for the quest itself are relatively low, as you only need to have the Mars Junction unlocked, which becomes available very early on.
Given that you can gain access to this Syndicate early on, the MR (Mastery Rank) requirements to craft its rewards aren’t too bad, typically falling within the early to mid-game MR range. Two of the most notable rewards from the Entrati Syndicate include the Panzer Vulpaphyla companion and the Helminth Segment Blueprint.
The Panzer Vulpaphyla is considered to be one of (if not the) best companions in Warframe, as its attacks apply constant stacks of Viral to enemies. Given how powerful Viral is, you’ll As for the Helminth Segment Blueprint, it’s required to gain access to the Helminth System on your Orbiter. This is quite literally a game-changing system that lets you sacrifice a warframe to transfer an ability to another warframe.
The Quills (Neutral Syndicate)
- Location: Cetus, Earth
- Ranks: Neutral (0), Mote (1), Observer (2), Adherent (3), Instrument (4), Architect (5)
The Quills are a neutral Syndicate located at the Earthen town of Cetus and can become your ally after completing the quests Saya’s Vigil and The War Within. Both quests can be completed very early, as only MR5 is required.
The Quills are your first stop when you’re first starting to get into Amps, the modular weapons wielded by the Tenno operators. The starting Amp (Mote Amp) will be easily outperformed by crafted Amps, so there’s no reason not to make one for yourself. There are even some missions that will require a decent Amp, so you’ll want ensure you’re on the lookout for better amps.
Vox Solaris (Neutral Syndicate)
- Location: Fortuna, Venus
- Ranks: Neutral (0), Operative (1), Agent (2), Hand (3), Instrument (4), Shadow (5)
Vox Solaris are a covert group that gather in the backrooms of Fortuna and can be accessed by having your operator interact with Little Duck after completing the quests Vox Solaris and The War Within. Since the Vox Solaris are also associated with The Quills, you also need to have accessed The Quills Syndicate at least once.
Similar to The Quills, Vox Solaris will further improve your operator’s Amp by providing higher tier components to make the best Amp combinations possible in Warframe. You’ll need these weapons if you ever want to try out activities such as Eidolon hunting. Stronger Amps are also recommended when it comes to farming Void Angels in Zariman Ten Zero.
Solaris United (Neutral Syndicate)
- Location: Fortuna, Venus
- Ranks: Neutral (0), Outworlder (1), Rapscallion (2), Doer (3), Cove (4), Old Mate (5)
Residing at the debt-internment colony of Fortuna on Venus, the Solaris United syndicate can be fully accessible after completing the quest Vox Solaris.
The Solaris United Syndicate can provide you with a Kitgun, another modular weapon to add to your arsenal. Depending on your parts of choice, the Kitgun will take the slot of either your primary or secondary weapon and can be modified with said different parts to make a weapon to your liking.
Since you’ll most likely be passing by Fortuna pretty early on in the game, you may want to start working on your standing with Solaris United, so you can come back and make a powerful weapon in the future!
The Holdfasts (Neutral Syndicate)
- Location: Zariman Ten Zero
- Ranks: Neutral (0), Fallen (1), Watcher (2), Guardian (3), Seraph (4), Angel (5)
The Holdfasts are a group of survivors that study the Chrysalith on the Zariman Ten Zero and will meet your acquaintance after completing the Angels of Zariman quest. As you complete the missions at Zariman Ten Zero, you’ll find Voidplumes along the way that you can give to Yonta in exchange for standing toward The Holdfasts. This will more than likely be your main method for gaining standing with them, so keep your eyes peeled.
The notable wares traded from The Holdfasts include powerful weapons, arcanes, and even the blueprint for the Varuna warframe. To be more specific, this is where you can get the popular Molt Vigor and Molt Augmented arcanes to help take your warframe builds to a whole new level.
As far as weapons, you’ll have access to the evolutionary Incarnon Zariman weapons that have special missions required to unlock their evolution perks up to evolution 5 (V). You’ll definitely want to stop by Zariman Ten Zero and add these powerful weapons to your arsenal.
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Warframe offers more than just five Syndicates, but we consider these five to offer some of the best items for enhancing your gameplay experience and overall enjoyment. While it’ll take you a while to grind out the Standing needed to get all the rewards from these Syndicates, it’s more than worth it for the power boost to your builds.
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Stay safe out there Tenno!