Alright, this article will walk you through all the ways in which you can upgrade equipment in the game – Orokin catalyst, Orokin Reactors, Exilus adapters, and briefly touch upon Formas. We will exclude modding from this article since there will be another article written titled “Mods & Modding” which will be devoted to extensively walk you through these things.
Orokin reactor is an item that can be obtained as reward for certain missions or alerts.
After it has been crafted it can be attached to a warframe, archwing or companion to “supercharge” it, giving the warframe, archwing or companion DOUBLE mod capacity.
These components are “must-have’s” to make your warframe stronger and are so important that as a higher-level player you will find yourself spending 20 platinum on Orokin Reactors if they are in short supply to expedite the upgrading process if you “cannot”/won’t wait for it to be reward from missions.
This component is much like Orokin Reactor in that it supercharges and DOUBLE’s mod capacity – only difference is it does this for Weapons instead.
Orokin catalysts blueprint can be obtained same way as Orokin Reactor – from certain types of missions, or by purchasing it for 20 platinum (worth it if you don’t have and want to have fast).
Exilus adapters are components that “unlock” an otherwise locked mod-slot for warframes (the one next to aura mod slot top-right corner). But unlocking it doesn’t make it moddable with any mod – but only to so called “exilus mods”. Exilus mods can however be placed in regular mod slots as well.
And the unlocked new Exilus mod slot for your warframe work like regular mod slot when it comes to polarities and can also be Formad.
Exilus adapters are popular Quest rewards and can also be bought for 20 platinum, same as Orokin Reactor and Catalyst.
Some Exilus mods available increase Ability strength, Ability range and even Ability duration, which makes Exilus mod slot highly attractive to get unlocked if you want to max your stats on your warframe.
Forma – what they are and how to get them
When talking about Formaing something they usually mean alter the polarity of certain mod-slots on weapons, companions, warframes and archwing to make specific mod builds possible that otherwise would not be due to not enough mod capacity.
As you probably already know if the Polarity of a mod-slot matches the polarity of the mod put into that mod slot – the mod capacity cost for putting that particular mod in that slot is reduced – even halved I believe – which is why Forma is so popular and attractive to use to “upgrade”/alter weapons, warframes, etc.
Because when using forma you get the possbility of changing a specific mod-slot polarity to one that you prefer – opening up the possibility to put whatever mods you want in the specific order you want to get the most out of a specific weapon, warframe, or whatevers mod capacity. This also enables you to experiment more “freely” with various Elemental combos!
Forma can be bought from Market for 20 platinum same as Orokin Catalysts and Reactors as well as Exilus adapters – but it can also be Guaranteed FOR FREE from doing a Music puzzle which can be found on crossfire mission node on the moon(!).
After finishing the music puzzle (can be easily done with paper and pen if you don’t have the best memory – like me ;P) you can go into a sort of chamber room close by and find a container containing a forma every time the music puzzle has been completed (I will make an article covering this in the near future).
Forma can also be rewarded from doing Relic runs – some relics have higher drop chance – most of the time you will get the blueprints for Forma forcing you to craft them yourself which will take 24 hours and will cost 1 Neural Sensor, 1 Neurode, 1 Orokin Cell and 1 Morphic + some credits.
I have an article more in detail explaining How to forma etc. check it out for more information :)
Hope this was helpful for you and you can put the information to good use ;)