Warframe Excalibur Build Guide - How to Obtain, Craft, and Best Builds

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The first warframe and certainly the most popular, Excalibur is a well-balanced character that can carry us across basically any possible mission type, making him not only a very versatile weapon but also a very reliable asset in almost any situation.

How to Craft Excalibur?


Excalibur is one of the three starter Warframes, alongside Volt and Mag, obtainable during the quest “Awakening”. Alternatively, Excalibur's main blueprint can be purchased from the Market, and his component blueprints can be obtained from defeating Lieutenant Lech Kril on War, Mars.

Excalibur can also be bought complete from Teshin for 60,000 Reputation ‍once players have achieved Typhoon rank in the Conclave.

Excalibur Prime
Excalibur Prime is the Prime variant of the warframe Excalibur, possessing higher armor and energy, as well as additional polarities. He is a Founders-exclusive Warframe, released alongside Lato Prime and Skana Prime. All of them are currently and permanently unobtainable, since the founders' program closed on the 1st of November, 2013, thus making Excalibur Prime no longer available.

Excalibur Umbra - The Sacrifice
Excalibur Umbra is the Umbra variant of Excalibur, sporting higher armor and energy, as well as three Umbra polarities. Unique to him is his display of sentience, allowing him to fight on his own when not piloted by the Operator. Umbra is obtained by finishing the quest “The Sacrifice”.

Building Requirements
Excalibur Blueprint Price - 35,000 Credits
Excalibur Neuroptics - Drop Chance 38.72% (War, Mars)
Excalibur Chassis - Drop Chance 38.72% (War, Mars)
Excalibur Systems - Drop Chance 22.56% (War, Mars)

Building Time
Warframe- 72 Hours
Components - 12 Hours

Excalibur Overview and Best Weapon Options

Excalibur displays great versatility by being able to annihilate enemies 1v1 or blind and control larger groups, you can use him in basically every mission and you would be just fine with him. On the weapon side, his bonus attack speed on several melee weapons makes him a great character when paired with Nikana or his own Exalted Blade.


Excalibur has improved mastery in the Tenno art of the blade, receiving +10% attack speed and +10% damage bonuses for melee attacks while wielding the following weapons:

  • Swords
  • Dual swords
  • Nikanas
  • Rapiers
  • Exalted Blade

Slash Dash
Dash between enemies while slashing with the Exalted Blade.
Strength: 100 / 125 / 200 / 250
Range: 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 Meters

Radial Blind
Emits a bright flash of light, blinding all enemies in a small radius for several seconds.
Duration: 7 / 10 / 12 / 15 Seconds
Range: 8 / 12 / 15 / 25 Meters

Radial Javelin
Launches javelins towards enemies, dealing high damage and impaling them to walls. Strength: 500 / 650 / 800 / 1000 Damage
Range: 15 / 18 / 22 / 25 Meters
Misc: 5 / 7 / 10 / 12 Javelins

Exalted Blade
Summon a sword of pure light and immense power.
Strength: 100 / 125 / 200 / 250 Damage
Duration: 6 Seconds of blind duration
Range: 5 Meters of blind radius
15 Meters per second of wave speed
37.5 Meters of wave range

Excalibur Umbra Abilities
Excalibur Umbra exhibits sentience, allowing him to remain active in combat even when a player uses Operator form, acting similarly to a Specter. Umbra can receive damage and healing in his specter form.

Health and shields lost in his specter form will not be restored upon returning to Umbra unless all of Umbra's health is depleted. Once all of Umbra's health is depleted, he will stop moving or attacking, but the player does not die or lose a revive if this happens.

Radial Blind is also replaced with Radial Howl:
Radial Howl
Let out a ferocious howl that stuns nearby enemies and causes Sentients to shed any built-up resistances.
Duration: 7 / 10 / 12 / 15 Seconds
Range: 8 / 12 / 15 / 25 Meters

Best Weapons For Excalibur

Excalibur is ideal for any kind of situation, and his equipment should reflect that. Tigris, Epitaph, and Nikana will serve that purpose, and of course, if you can afford the Prime versions, the better. Use as many Forma on them as you see fit to achieve the desired build, and you'll be good to go!


Primary Weapon - Tigris

Secondary Weapon - Epitaph

Melee Weapon - Nikana

Excalibur Best Builds

Excalibur - All-Rounder Build


Mods List
Aura Mod - Steel Charge
Exilus Mod - Power Drift

  • Adaptation
  • Vitality
  • Flow
  • Stretch
  • Steel Fiber
  • Intensify
  • Streamline
  • Continuity

This build doesn’t have any special gimmick or special indication other than use your four abilities depending on the situation you’re in, and you don’t have to focus on any specific Stat. All the mods used here are going to benefit one of each stat, with a bit more preference for Strength to power up your damage values, and the rest provides more sustain, such as health, shields, or armor, along with Adaptation and its bonus on resistances.

Exalted Weapon - Exalted Blade


  • Virulent Scourge
  • Voltaic Blade
  • Reach
  • Pressure Point
  • Drifting Contact
  • Shocking Touch
  • Fever Strike
  • Condition Overload

Same as the Excalibur build, there’s nothing too crazy to do here, but it is recommended to prioritize Status Chance over Critical unless we’re talking about the Umbra versions. Change the Status mods for the ones you want and you’ll be fine.