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Chroma - DPS/Tank

Status: Meta

Build type: Warframe

Rating: 0/5

Designed for: Survival


Effective against: Corpus, Corrupted, Grineer, Infested, Sentient

Corpus, Corrupted, Grineer, Infested, Sentient

Level: Low, Medium, High, Endless

Low, Medium, High, Endless


This build focuses on Chroma's strength to get the most use out of

VexArmor.png Vex Armor

Vex Armor
When shields are hit, Chromas armor grows stronger, when health takes a hit, weapon damage increases. Active for a limited time, maximum increases correspond to rank.
Cost: 75
Warframe: Chroma


ElementalWard.png Elemental Ward

Elemental Ward
Depending on Chromas elemental alignment, an offensive area-of-effect is created. Chroma and his nearby allies are imbued with defensive energy.
Cost: 50
Warframe: Chroma

. Some strength is dropped for Rage, Adaptation and Quick Thinking for increased survivability.

Build requirements

For the build requirements you will need to forma the aura polarity from Madurai (V) to Naramon(Dash) for Corrosive Projection - however you can choose to go for Growing Power instead.

You will also need to add two Vazarin (D) polarities, 1 V polarity and 1 Dash polarity.

If you want to fit Power Drift you will need an Umbral Forma and possibly another forma for the exilus slot depending on your other mod ranks.

Arcane Grace is not necessary, but is good to have if you can afford it.



Chroma Prime
Chroma Prime is the Primed variant of Chroma, possessing increased armor and energy capacity over the regular counterpart.
Armor: 425
Health: 300
Energy: 300
Shield: 300

Modded stats
Armor 425
Energy 850
Health 850
Shield 300
Sprint Speed
Duration 199%
Efficency 45%
Range 34%
Strength 269%

Warframe Mods




Corrosive Projection
Polarity: Naramon
Rarity: Uncommon



Power Drift
Polarity: Zenurik
Rarity: Rare



Quick Thinking
Polarity: Vazarin
Rarity: Rare



Narrow Minded
Polarity: Vazarin
Rarity: Rare



Polarity: Madurai
Rarity: Rare



Umbral Intensify
Polarity: Umbra
Rarity: Legendary



Blind Rage
Polarity: Madurai
Rarity: Rare



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Umbral Vitality
Polarity: Umbra
Rarity: Legendary



Primed Flow
Polarity: Naramon
Rarity: Legendary


Arcane Grace
6% chance for +4% Health Regeneration Per Second for 6s
Criteria: On Damaged


Arcane Grace
6% chance for +4% Health Regeneration Per Second for 6s
Criteria: On Damaged


The main usage for this build is in long survival missions but you can comfortably take it into any other mission. You want to change your element to ice which will be the best performing element for this build. If you have a kitgun with Pax Bolt or if you're running Growing Power then make sure that they proc before you cast Vex Armor - you can proc these before casting Elemental Ward as well but I find you are tanky enough to not worry about it and it is a bit tedious to keep track of. If you have the boost at the point you cast Vex Armor then you will keep the boosted stats whenever you recast it.

When running an endless fissure mission like Mot survival make sure to take advantage of the corruption bonus when it applies to your warframe as this will double your strength bonus giving you extremely high stats on vex armor that you can keep for the rest of the mission.


You can swap Arcane Grace for any other arcanes but I find that grace is the best overall. You can also drop Adaptation/Rage/Quick Thinking for other strength mods if you prefer that but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are hunting eidolons since Chroma has enough damage.


The biggest counter to this build is Nullifier bubbles which will strip all of your bonuses from Vex Armor. With the weapons I'm using this only happens if I walk into them or they jump on top of me since my melee weapon has high enough range to destroy them safely. For the most part it isn't a big deal but at the higher levels you are squishy enough to be killed without Vex and it might be difficult to proc Pax Bolt. The worst thing that can happen is you lose your corrupted bonus if you aren't paying attention and then need to keep hoping you get it back whenever you open a relic.

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