Void Traces are one of the most important resources in Warframe. They play a crucial part in the steps involved in acquiring new Warframes and weapons in the game, and it always helps to have a lot of Traces in your inventory when new content releases.
In this guide, we’ll be taking you through why Void Traces are so important, how to efficiently farm them, and how you can significantly increase the number of Traces that drop in missions.
What are Warframe Void Traces and Why Are They Important?
Like every good looter-shooter, the core gameplay of Warframe revolves around acquiring powerful gear as you progress through the game. Warframes and weapons are made of components. Components are made of resources that can be obtained through missions that you can complete throughout the starchart. However, most components won’t simply drop through missions.
You will have to farm for these components through Warframe’s lootboxes, called “Void Relics”. Void Relics are free and drop as mission rewards. These Relics can be opened by doing Void Fissure missions. On successfully completing the mission, the Void Relic will reward one of its possible rewards.
Here’s where Void Traces come into play. These Traces can be used to increase the chance of a specific reward dropping from that Relic. “Radiant” is the highest level of an upgraded Relic, that allows it to gain the highest possible chance of dropping a rare reward.
How Do I Obtain Void Traces from Fissure Missions?
The most efficient way to farm Void Traces in Warframe is to simply go in public Void Fissure missions. Faster missions such as Capture and Rescue work best, but if you have plenty of Relics to crack open, you can go for a long Survival mission.
In a Void Fissure mission, corrupted enemies will drop Reactant on being eliminated. You can identify these enemies by the different glowing patterns on them. Killing these corrupted enemies will drop Reactant that you have to manually pick up. Each player has to pick up 10 Reactant in order to open their respective Relic. Failing to get 10 Reactant before the mission ends will result in the Relic being wasted. This will also not reward you any Void Traces from the mission.
On picking up 10 Reactant and completing the mission, the game will reward you with a small number of Void Traces. You can then use these to upgrade other Relics. The mission rewards will also give you a choice to pick your reward from the relics opened. Each player’s Relic will offer one reward that will be available for all players to pick from.
Most Efficient Ways to Farm Void Traces
The best way to farm Void Traces is to simply keep repeating Relic missions. If you’re doing public missions, be sure to equip a Relic. It is considered bad etiquette to go into a public Void Fissure mission without a Relic, as it will take away one possible reward pool from your entire squad.
Playing Solo is a great way if you’re just farming Relics. Do Solo Capture missions to quickly farm Relics without having teammates to slow you down. Use a Volt build prioritizing movement speed. This will let you do one mission every few minutes. Wukong is also a great option for smoother movements in indoor maps.
When playing with a Squad, go for Excavation missions as they will reward you with Relics as well, allowing you to do more of those missions. For Excavation, Frost and Hydroid are great options. Make sure your Sentinel is able to pick up resources around you with the Vacuum mod. This will save you a lot of time and allow you to pick up Reactant much faster.
One great way to farm Void Traces indirectly is to do Elite Sanctuary Onslaught. This is the harder version of the Sanctuary Onslaught mode and will reward you with Relics that are already upgraded to Radiant.
Can I Increase the Number Dropped in a Mission?
You absolutely can! I highly recommend getting a Resource Booster. Activating it will double the number of resources you pick up in missions, which includes Void Traces. If you play Warframe regularly and have 200 Platinum, the best way to spend it is on a Resource Booster. This Booster lasts for a month, but you can also buy cheaper ones that last for a shorter duration. The 30-day Booster is definitely the most value-for-Platinum.
Having a Booster on will give you Void Traces so fast that you’ll be able to fully upgrade one Relic every three missions or so, which is huge. Then you can simply do Radiant Share missions to unlock the rare rewards. While 200 Platinum might seem like a lot after you’ve grinded it without a Booster, you’ll make your Plat back in no time at all. Rewards from Radiant relics usually sell for at least 20 Platinum, and you’ll make a lot more than 200 in thirty days.
The other way to increase the Void Traces dropped is by using Smeeta Kavat’s buff. However, this buff is very inconsistent and hard to rely on, compared to the Resource Booster that has a 100% chance of doubling every Resource you can find.
I’ve found the Resource Boost to be the best way to farm for Warframe Void Traces. Make sure that your Master Rank is also at a good number. While this doesn’t directly affect the Void Traces or the rewards you get from Relics, it increases the maximum number of Void Traces you can hold. This upper limit might feel like it doesn’t matter, but once you get a Resource Boost going, you’ll be racking up Traces pretty quickly.
Note that upgraded Relics don’t lose the Traces invested in them if you don’t use them, so you can continuously keep grinding for Traces and upgrading Relics to open later. We hope our Void Trace farming guide helped you understand the process better. Happy farming, Tenno!