Warframe is in no way a Pay-To-Win game. Platinum is mostly used for slots and cosmetics and can essentially help with faster mastery rank progression but there is no content wall that’s hidden behind the currency. While you can always opt to purchase platinum when frequent 50 or 75% discount are given to you as a daily log-in reward (at least to support the hard-working developers), you can also use the following methods and never spend a dime. So let’s get right into it.
SYNDICATE WEAPONS AND MODS
By far the easiest surefire way to earn platinum and it will be more than enough to at least buy you a ton of slots when you hit that first wall but can also be turned into a profitable business. It requires some preparation on your part but after that, you can enjoy regular gameplay knowing that you are on your way to earning platinum. The first thing you have to do is equip all your frames with syndicate sigils. While I know this can mess up your fashion frame, you can set each sigil to be almost see-through by making the sigil black and lowering the alpha slider all the way down.
After that, you just play regularly and earn syndicate standing with a faction up to your daily cap which increases along with your mastery rank. Keep in mind that you can only have max standing with three out of the six syndicates so switch up your sigils from Warframe to Waframe to earn standing for the three of your choosing. It’s always gonna be either Cephalon-Arbiters-Steel or Perrin-Veil-Loka combo.
Once you max your standing with a syndicate, you can use all that standing to buy syndicate weapons and mods which easily sell anywhere from 20 to 40 platinum on the market. Stock up on standing and advertise everything that’s available from your three syndicates on https://warframe.market/ and purchase it only when someone contacts you. Remove the listing if your standing falls below the level you can afford weapons and mods and put them back up when you can. Advertise below price if you are in dire need of fast platinum since most players filter the market to show the lowest price first. The second most important filter would be whether you are online in the game, so change your status when necessary.
Probably the most well-known method of acquiring platinum. Acquiring prime parts and then selling them on trade chat or the market. If a prime part is rare, you can sell it for more platinum and full equipment sets sell for much more. How do you know if a prime part is rare? It’s one that has the lowest chance of being awarded to you upon completing a mission. It’s also good to once again use https://warframe.market/ for price checks and sale advertisements so you don’t need to sit and grind the trade chat forever. Sell below the lowest advertised price if you are in urgent need of platinum.
To improve chances of getting rare prime parts, be sure to refine your relics whenever you can and use the recruitment chat and run missions with people who advertise that they want to “RADSHARE” a certain relic.
Also, make sure to follow Warframe news and check when Warframes or weapons are being unvaulted and under which relics. Use this window of opportunity to farm as many of those prime parts as possible cause their price will skyrocket once they are vaulted again.
Another way to earn a steady stream of platinum is “quick reselling”. This means using some of your platinum (if you have any) and buying underpriced prime parts and quickly selling them again for their normal or higher price to make a profit. This can be extremely time consuming but it’s still one way to earn platinum.
Riven mods are probably the best way to earn huge amounts of platinum relatively fast. Good riven mods can fetch insane prices and just the other day I earned 7000 platinum on a Lanka riven mod. These can be earned by doing sortie missions and are also rewarded from certain story, event or alert missions.
The way riven mods work is that each weapon has a riven disposition. Higher disposition means that a weapon is not frequently used by the player base and it also means that there is a higher chance that this riven can give insane buffs to that weapon. Buffs like +400 damage increase for example. Similarly, if a riven has a lower disposition, it probably means that this is one of the more powerful weapons frequently used by the community and will not grant a huge stat increase.
If you have a riven for a weapon that plays into that weapons strengths or if you have a riven for a popular weapon, you bet that you can get an insane amount of platinum for it. Advertise it in the trade chat or https://riven.market/ which you can also use for price checks. Hold onto rivens that have potential to fetch a high price and re-roll their stats using kuva whenever you can. This can be time-consuming, but you could literally be sitting on a platinum mine.