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Warframe – Riven Mods, explained

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Riven mods are incredibly unique mods with many mechanics that make them differ greatly from your typical mods. Here's a breakdown of Riven mods and how to use them in Warframe.

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What is a Riven Mod?

Riven mods come with randomly generated stats for a randomly selected weapon. Because of this, no two Riven mods are the same, even if they are for the same weapon. Unlike normal mods, when you obtain one, it comes with a Veiled status attached to them, along with a unique challenge issued to you in the mod's flavor text. Riven mod challenges can range from simplistic to downright annoying, but to even attempt it, the Veiled mod must be equipped with the weapon type specified in its text. Equipping a Veiled Riven mod will not take up mod capacity nor grant any negative or positive effects on your weapon. It cannot be upgraded and takes up its own Riven slot.

Completing the challenge identifies the Riven mod, revealing its exact stats and the weapon it is for. Equipping it in this state takes up mod capacity and provides the listed bonuses and negative effects.

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Weapon Disposition

Although the stats are random when you unveil a Riven mod, they are also affected by a weapon's disposition. Think of weapon disposition like quality ranks for Riven mod stats. There are five quality ranks for disposition:

  • Faint - the weakest disposition. Riven Mod stat ranges provide heavily restrained attributes
  • Below Average - a weak disposition. Riven Mod stat ranges provide below-average attributes
  • Neutral - the average disposition. Riven Mod stat ranges provide average attributes
  • Above Average - the strong disposition. Riven Mod stat ranges provide above-average attributes
  • Strong - the strongest disposition. Riven mod stat ranges provide the greatest attributes

A weapon's disposition is decided by usage rate. If a weapon is extremely popular or new, its disposition is likely to be Faint, for example. Note that Dispositions can change every three months.

Cycling Riven Mods

If you aren't a fan of the stats you received upon unveiling a Riven mod, you can reroll it using the Cycle function aboard your Orbiter. Cycling a Riven mod affects the mod's number of attributes and overall stat spread. It does not alter the weapon designation, mod rank, or polarity. Because this does not affect weapon Disposition, the possible stat range also does not change.

Cycling a mod costs Kuva, a resource obtained from Kuva Siphon missions, and by completing Bounties. Note that repeated cycling of a mod increases the Kuva cost of the process until it is capped at 3500 Kuva.

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Transmuting Riven Mods

If you have too many Riven mods and want to do away with some, you can sacrifice four Riven mods to bring life to a new Veiled Riven using a Riven Transmuter. A Riven Transmuter can be obtained by defeating the Eidolon Hydrolyst walking the Plains of Eidolon at night.

Transmuting four of the same Riven type will result in a Veiled Riven of the same weapon type. Something to keep in mind.

How to get a Riven Mod

There are several ways to obtain a Riven Mod. Most commonly, they are obtained through Sorties, difficult daily missions that must be completed in sequence. They tend to be difficult, so be sure to go into them prepared. Palladino, an NPC from Iron wake, can transmute 10 Riven Silver into Veiled Riven mods twice weekly. Other less common methods of acquisition include:

  • Nightwave Rewards
  • Tactical Alerts
  • Gift from the Lotus Alerts
  • Daily Tributes

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