With all the more complex systems that Warframe has to offer, it’s easy to forget to that you need credits to splash out on all the good stuff. Suddenly you may find yourself glassy eyed, wondering just how this could have happened and where to get more cash. Sadly in real life, we can’t help with cashflow problems, but in this guide we can show you the importance of farming credits via the Index mission, so you can get back to splashing out on that coveted piece of gear faster.
Perhaps you do have enough credits but don’t know what to spend it on? If so, you can go to our main Warframe guide for information on what to spend it on, before possibly coming back here to know how to make more dough.
Warframe Credit Farming Guide
Almost everything in Warframe requires Credits. You’ll need to spend Credits on crafting, buying Blueprints and materials, , and well, just about everything.
At a certain point, the lack of credits becomes a problem. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to go about gaining a lot of credits, assuming you have made your way to a place called The Index.
Placing your bets with credits
Situated on Neptune, The Index is a place where you can bet the Credits you have on a match versus an AI opponent. The more you put in, the more you stand to win.
Matches work like this: You kill an enemy, they drop a small green glowing object. If you pick up that object and return it to your base without dying, you earn a point. If you’ve got more than 5 of the little guys (confusingly also called Indexes), you get 7 points. For every increment of 5, you get more and more bonus points for turning them in. The goal of the game is to finish with more points than your opponent.
But there’s a catch: For every point you’re carrying, your Warframe will be easier to kill. Carrying around a lot of points lowers your shields and health. That’s why many people use the ultra-tanky Rhino while doing Index runs.
Of course, the cash reward isn’t that simple. If you simply beat the AI (something that isn’t too hard), you’ll get the money you put in back. But if you want to get a full-on payout, you’ll have to score more points. If you put in 30,000 Credits, you need to score 50 points. For 40,000, 75 points. For 50,000, 100 points. Then, you’ll get your payout of 75,000, 135,000, or 200,000, respectively.
Oh, and keep an eye on the clock. It’s slowly ticking down, but every time you score, time gets added to the clock. Don’t carry around too many points and forget to add time to the clock. Make sure you succeed and get paid. When you do get paid though, do be sure to check out our guides on upgrading your warframe mods, as well as our Prime guide for some of the more high-class gear worth sinking credits into.