The so-called “broken” Warframe, Xaku, will be the 44th new class to grace the free-to-play robot battler. The creation was finally shown in earnest during TennoCon 2020: the online-only celebration of all things Warframe, which is normally held in London, Ontario. The show’s art panel has a history of debuting new frames. And despite being relegated to Twitch, this year’s was no different. We finally got a look at “the broken Warframe” players requested and Digital Extremes has teased for months!
Even with some screenshots and a snippet of video, little is know about Xaku. We have only DE’s description to go off. Though it’s a pretty strong pitch. Xaku is a “broken Warframe,” selected from a number of suggestions made by the Warframe community.
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Player eaterofstorms offered the concept on March 6, 2020. “It’s obviously not put together correctly and it’s pretty much the epitome of making a bug a feature,” they posited. And the developers actually listened. What that means is still unclear. It will likely remain so until we get a full trailer for the hero, or it’s released in the game. But we can see some busted elements in its own design.
Xaku sports an symmetrical outline, with parts of its skeleton clearly visible through an incomplete chassis. Hoses full of white… energy (ooze?) pump through it. And their idle animation causes chunks of the frame to fly off haphazardly. Even their face appears to be removable at will. Xaku also appears to be the first non-binary Warframe in the game. All other classes are referred to as “he” or “she,” but Xaku is gender-neutral, according to a press release by DE.
Xaku Abilities: Warframe Guide
“Xaku wields the power of the Void, assembled into a trio of different Warframe visuals and functions,” goes the developer description. That explains the asymmetry! It also hints at multiform powers — similar to Equinox — which technically grant the class more than four abilities. You can see brief descriptions of them all below.
Xata’s Whisper: This is a simple skill that adds bonus Void damage, leaning into the Void theme of Xaku.
Grasp of Lohk: This is a very unique power that seems to lean into the living glitch motif. With Grasp of Lohk, you literally pull enemy weapons away from them, transforming them into floating turrets that follow Xaku and fire automatically.
The Lost: Here we have three moves in one. Each has a unique, completely different use.
- Gaze – Stuns a single enemy. They become a living beacon of defense reduction in a circular radius. Enemies that enter the radius have their armor and shields reduced!
- Deny – A damaging laser shockwave that also crow controls foes.
- Accuse – Generates a “radial fissure” in front of you.
The Vast Untime: This is Xaku’s ultimate skill. It looks and works a bit like Chroma’s Effigy — in that Xaku “sheds their skin” and reveals a faster, slimmer form beneath their armor. In this mode, however, Xaku gains 75 percent damage resistance. Nearby enemies also take damage and become more susceptible to Void attacks.
How to Unlock Xaku: Warframe Guide
We don’t know 100 percent exactly how to unlock Xaku in Warframe. However, the safe money is on it being somehow tied to the Heart of Deimos update. The new expansion was teased just a few days before TennoCon 2020, with the promise that we’ll learn more during the TennoLive keynote (which closes out the show). Previous new Warframes have almost always been tied to major new content drops. There’s little reason to suspect this will be any different.
Xaku Farm in Warframe
Once again, we don’t actually know the specifics. We’ll make sure to update this guide when we do! Until then, we know that nearly all Warframes in Warframe come in four parts. There is the main blueprint, chassis, systems, and neuroptics. These, in turn, nearly always require you to farm Warframe parts from special events. That can range from story missions to new event types to clearing the Nightwave battle pass.
And there you have it! This has been our guide to Xaku in Warframe — including tips, how to farm them, and where to unlock this broken beast. Be sure to check out the rest of Fanbyte for more Warframe news, guides, features, and more. Good luck in the meantime, Tenno!