Leveling up in Warframe is a tough process. It involves a long grind. But it’s also part of the fun.
In this guide, I’ll walk you through the process of leveling up your Mastery Rank in Warframe.
To summarize, here are the quick steps for ranking up mastery in Warframe:
- Grind for blueprints and build things like weapons and warframes
- Equip those weapons (one at a time) and grind until you level them up to rank 30
Sounds simple, right? Well, there is a lot more work involved in this process. Let’s dive into the details.
What Is Mastery Rank In Warframe
Mastery Rank is like the level system in Warframe. It’s the overall ranking system that defines your character progression in the game.
Mastery Rank is different from the leveling system for weapons and Warframe.
With each Mastery Rank you gain, you unlock access to new weapons, Warframes, and features.
For example, in order to use the Hek shotgun, you need to level up to Mastery Rank 4.
As you level up Mastery Rank, you get to use the more powerful gear. Right now, you can level up all the way to Mastery Rank 30.
After rank 30, you begin to earn Legendary Rank. That’s a story for another time.
How To Increase Mastery Rank In Warframe?
To increase or level up Mastery Rank you need to gain Mastery. Mastery is earned by leveling up Weapons and Warframes.
Every time you level a weapon to level 30, you earn 3,000 Mastery points.
When you level a Warframe to level 30, you earn 6,000 Mastery points.
Long story short, you need to build new weapons, Warframes, and then level them up to earn Mastery points to increase your Mastery Rank.
Step 1: Build Weapons & Warframes
When you visit your Warframe profile, it will show you how many Mastery points you need to get to the next Rank. Then you can calculate how many weapons or Warframes you need to get to the next Rank.
Then get to work by building some weapons and frames. It doesn’t matter if you hate those weapons. Just build, level them up to 30, destroy the weapon, and move on to the next.
Remember to visit your Clan dojo and check different Labs to grab blueprints for more gear.
You can also buy blueprints for Prime variants of weapons and warframes to build. This will cost you platinum and it’s pay-to-win. But if you’re in a rush, this is the fastest way to level up.
Warframe Market is the best place you can go to buy prime blueprints.
Even if you buy the blueprints, you will still have to grind for the resources to build them. So it will require some work.
Step 2: Grind Helene, Saturn
The best mission for leveling up gear, at least for me, is Helene on Saturn.
Before you jump into the mission, make sure to get into a squad. You can either look for a squad in the chat or join a random group.
You can rank a weapon or frame by doing 4-5 rounds of 10 waves in this mission.
This works better when you jump in with a team. Use the Recruitment chat to find a team that’s farming Helene.
There are other missions where you can level weapons faster. But this mission is much easier to complete, especially when you’re in the early stages of the game.
Step 3: Wait For Double Affinity Event
Double Affinity events and weekends are perfect for leveling up gear. I usually keep a few weapons and frames stored in my Forge for such occasions.
During these events, you can level up gear without having to do too many rounds.
Keep an eye on Warframe Twitter page to get notified when a Double Affinity event is available. Use it to rank up all your gear.
Step 4 (Optional): Use An Affinity Booster
Another way to speed up your gear leveling is to buy an Affinity Booster from the Market. A 3-day booster costs about 40 platinum.
If you wait for a Double Affinity event and then grab a booster, you can make the most of your efforts. This way you can earn 4X affinity from missions.
You could easily level up a weapon by just running 15 waves in Helene for 2 rounds.
BONUS: How To Earn Platinum For Free
You will need some platinum when leveling up MR. Especially to buy warframe and weapon slots as well as for affinity boosters.
If you don’t want to spend any real money, try following my guide to learn how to earn platinum for free. Here’s a quick preview.
Once you meet the required mastery points for your next Mastery Rank, you can complete the Mastery Rank test to advance to the next level.
My advice for you is not to rush this. Yes, it’s tempting to gain more levels and try new weapons but you will never be satisfied with what you have if you go down that path. Because in Warframe, there will always be something cooler than what you have.
Take your time and enjoy the grind. Don’t take shortcuts and just find joy in the little things.