Voruna is the Wolf-themed Warframe fans for whom Warframe players have been clamoring for years. Released within the Lua’s Prey update, Voruna embodies the fantasy of hunting as a one-woman pack. She can stalk her prey and cripple it before landing a savage final blow to feed the pack. Here’s a guide on how to get, build, and optimize the savage and ferocious Voruna in Warframe, and answer the call of the wild.
Be Warned: Spoilers for The Second Dream and Angels of Zariman ahead. If you have not completed these quests yet, do so before reading this guide.
How to Get Voruna
Voruna’s parts can be earned through two general ways: luck and/or time. Head to the Conjunction Survival missions on Lua, located in Yuvarium and Circulus. Every part has a chance to drop on reward rotation C, which is first earned at the 20-minute mark. Like other Survival missions, the reward rotation is A-A-B-C. See the other rewards you can earn in all missions with Warframe’s official drop table. Circulus is a higher-level mission, but it has a higher chance to yield her parts.
Down on your luck? No worries! Every 5 minutes, enemies called Lua Thrax will spawn. They drop Lua Thrax Plasm, which can be traded to Yonta on the Zariman for any of the rewards in the activity, including Voruna’s parts.
Voruna’s abilities circle around different roles a wolf would play in a pack. From ambushing and weakening enemies, to feeding the pack, to all-out onslaught, Voruna focuses on raw aggression and violence.
Note that all of these statistics are pulled from an unmodified, level 30 Voruna. As normal, all abilities scale with Efficiency.
Sprint Speed: 0.95
Voruna’s standout stat is her large base pool of health. This will be key to her build, which makes her as health-tanky as possible.
Voruna is unique in the sense that she has no active passive at the start of a mission. Instead, you can switch between four passives anytime during a mission; one for each of her abilities. You can activate a passive by holding down one of the ability buttons. This action costs no energy.
Each passive’s effect will be explained within the ability to which it corresponds.
Ability 1: Shroud of Dynar
Energy Cost: 25
Duration: 14 seconds
Movement Speed Boost: 200%
Melee Critical Multiplier: 2x damage
Melee Status Chance: +100%
Buff Duration: 3 to 11.5 seconds
Scales with: Duration, Strength
Description: Dynar shrouds Voruna with invisibility and accelerates her speed. Invisibility ends when Voruna attacks. For a short time, melee attacks have increased Critical Damage and Status Chance and inflict Bleed. Melee kill an enemy during this time to extend the buff.
Passive: Increase parkour velocity by 55%
Voruna’s first wolf, Dynar, provides mobility and ambush benefits to the Warframe. The important thing to note is that Voruna only gains the melee buff if she breaks invisibility with a melee attack that hits an enemy. If you fire a ranged weapon, or you miss your melee attack, you will not gain the buff. This ability is great for setting yourself up for shredding through a group of enemies. The invisibility allows you to get into position without contest, and the melee buff rewards you for a flawless ambush. It’s worth noting that Voruna’s other abilities do not break Shroud of Dynar’s invisibility.
As for the passive, it can aid you in getting into position with higher and further jumps and rolls. Moreover, alongside the speed boost from the invisibility, it makes Voruna an excellent speedrunning Warframe for grinding Capture missions.
Ability 2: Fangs of Raksh
Energy Cost: 50
Lunge Range: 30m
Damage: 250 Slash damage
Spread Radius: 7m
Scales with: Range, Strength
Description: Raksh’s fangs tear into your enemies. 5 random Status Effects are applied at 10 Stacks each on an enemy. On target’s death, spread the Status Effects to other nearby enemies.
Passive: Become immune to gaining Status Effects (does not cleanse currently active Status Effects).
Raksh, Voruna’s second wolf, sets up enemies for the kill with a crippling attack. Activating the ability lunges you towards an enemy you are looking at. They become afflicted with the Status Effects when you reach them. Because the enemies gain so many status effects at once, this ability works phenomenally well with Status-oriented mods like Condition Overload. Try targeting a beefier unit with this ability, such as an Eximus unit. Killing them will then spread the status effects, along with any more that you build up on them, to the surrounding weaker enemies.
The passive effect is just a generally phenomenal effect. Status Effects can be extremely debilitating, so to negate them completely is crucial to survival in high-level missions, such as Steel Path and Archon Hunts.
Ability 3: Lycath’s Hunt
Energy Cost: 75
Duration: 20 seconds
Duration Added per Status Kill: 5 seconds
Scales with: Duration
Description: Lycath hunts to sustain the pack. There is a chance for enemies killed by melee attacks to drop health orbs and enemies killed by headshots to supply energy orbs. Increase the duration of Lycath’s hunt by killing enemies affected by 5 or more Status Effects.
Passive: 100% Heavy Melee Attack Efficiency.
The third wolf, Lycath, feeds on enemies for the pack. This ability opens up some opportunities for interesting builds, as health and energy orbs can be augmented to provide additional benefits. Even still, this is one of Voruna’s best survival tools. It allows you to take advantage of an aggressive playstyle or be rewarded for patience and accuracy. Combine this with Fangs of Raksh to easily extend the duration. It’s worth noting that this is Voruna’s Helminth ability, so it can be applied to other Warframes. However, the ability only grants a 50% chance to drop its respective orbs.
The passive ability is fantastic for certain melee builds, specifically heavy attack builds. This allows you to deal incredible sustained damage with heavy attacks, and can guarantee quick health orbs if combined with the ability’s primary effect.
Ability 4: Ulfrun’s Descent
Energy Cost: 100
Lunge Range: 30m
Damage: 5,000 Slash damage
Damage per Second: 1,000 Slash damage
Slash Proc Duration: 4 seconds
Damage Radius: 10m
Scales with: Duration, Range, Strength
Description: Voruna drops to all fours and prepares 5 brutal charges that lock onto enemies. Ulfrun, the most powerful wolf, leads the attack as Voruna dashes toward her target. The pack deals increased damage to targets and nearby enemies that are inflicted by Status Effects. Lethal attacks double the damage of Voruna’s remaining charges.
Passive: If Voruna were to drop to 0 health, Ulfrun dies instead, healing Voruna to full health and shields, and granting her 3 seconds of invulnerability (cooldown of 60 seconds).
As the strongest wolf, Ulfrun calls upon savagery and bloodshed to viciously rend Voruna’s foes. If you want to prepare one massive attack against an enemy, there are three ways to maximize the damage of the final attack. First, take out weaker enemies with the first four charges for a 9x damage bonus. Secondly, ensure Shroud of Dynar is active. Not only will you stay invisible during this ability’s use, but you’ll also auto-crit with your attacks and gain the benefits of Shroud’s melee buff.
Finally, use Fangs of Raksh on the enemy you want to annihilate before attacking. Another thing to keep in mind is the damaging area-of-effect. If you attack an enemy surrounded by weaker enemies, don’t waste your charges on them. Instead, allow them to bleed out and die. This won’t increase your damage, but it lets you avoid wasting charges.
As for the passive, be ready to activate it on a whim if you believe you’ll go down. Afterwards, switch back to another passive immediately to take full advantage of your abilities.
Voruna Build Sample
There are numerous routes to go when building Voruna in Warframe. Because of her ability to produce health and energy orbs on demand, she can utilize the effects that synergize with them much better than most other Warframes. Strength and Duration will be our priority when optimizing Voruna. Raising Duration grants a lot more time on her most important buff, Lycath’s Hunt. Strength is great because it will greatly increase the effectiveness of Shroud of Dynar’s buff, as well as the damage of Ulfrun’s Descent.
Efficiency helps with her rather small energy pool, though we will be regenerating energy with Lycath’s Hunt headshots. Finally, while Range shouldn’t be dumped, we won’t really need investment in it either. Fangs of Raksh and Ulfrun’s descent already have decent range. Moreover, their AoE effects have low base ranges, so they don’t scale well without heavy investment.
Mods/Arcanes and their purposes:
Physique, Umbral Vitality, Adaptation – Increase survivability
Primed Continuity, Nira’s Hatred, Augur Message – Greatly increase Duration (Nira’s Hatred also increases health)
Umbral Intensify, Power Drift – Increase Strength
Equilibrium – Fully take advantage of the orbs Voruna will be producing with her 3rd ability
Streamline – Extra efficiency on the side
Arcane Strike – Increase melee effectiveness, though it can be replaced with another melee-oriented Arcane, such as Fury.
Arcane Blessing – Allows Voruna to pick up health orbs beyond her maximum health, as well as increase her own health when doing so.
Operator Focus School
The focus school you want to run depends on whether you’ll be relying more on Voruna’s abilities or melee weapon to kill enemies. If it’s the former, consider using Zenurik to keep your energy up. For the latter, Naramon gives numerous buffs to melee weapons, including sustaining combo count.
How to Use This Voruna Build
Voruna rewards aggression with this build. The first thing to do is get her 3rd ability up and running, then dicing away at the enemies with a melee weapon. Thanks to Equilibrium and Arcane Blessing, she’ll regain the energy near-instantly, as well as make herself harder to kill. In a tight group of enemies, use Fangs of Raksh on an enemy and quickly kill them. This will accomplish two things: refreshing Lycath’s Hunt and spreading those status effects to numerous enemies.
One thing to note about this build: Voruna absolutely loves enemies with Status Effects. They can be from her 2nd ability or another source. Because of this, a melee weapon with Condition Overload, and a primary weapon with Galvanized Aptitude are almost necessary for the build. Your damage with these two mods will skyrocket. Furthermore, consider using weapons that have high base Status Chance, as well as the melee mod Weeping Wounds. This will increase the chances of refreshing Lycath’s hunt without the need for using Fangs of Raksh.
Voruna is a powerful Warframe capable of taking on many of the challenges in the star chart. With her ability to change passives of the fly, she’s extremely adaptable. She can be a specialist or a generalist, depending on how she’s built. I see her being used in endurance Survival runs, what with having great survivability and resource-management abilities. Just remember: if they harm you, then it’s now blood for blood.