Warframe Protea Guide - How to Obtain, Craft, and Best Builds

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The chrono-gadgeteer Protea has techy abilities that make her a very versatile and fun character to play in any mission. From using a drone to literally traveling through time, there’s nothing Protea can’t do to excel as a great DPS warframe, whether is in solo mode or in a team.

How to Craft Protea?


Protea's main blueprint is rewarded upon completion of The Deadlock Protocol quest. Additional main blueprints can be bought from Cephalon Simaris for 50,000 Reputation. Component blueprints can be acquired from within the Granum Void, a special location only accessible from the Corpus Ship tileset. Neuroptics blueprints come from Rotation C of the basic Granum Void (Granum Crown), Chassis blueprints from Rotation C of Extended (Exemplar Granum Crown) Granum Void, and the System blueprints from Rotation C of the Nightmare (Zenith Granum Crown) Granum Void.

Building Requirements
Protea Blueprint Price - The Deadlock Protocol quest reward
Protea Neuroptics - Drop Chance 11.11% - Granum Void
Protea Chassis - Drop Chance 11.11% - Extended Granum Void
Protea Systems - Drop Chance 11.11% - Nightmare Granum Void

Building Time
Warframe- 72 Hours
Components - 12 Hours

Protea Overview and Best Weapon Options

Protea’s abilities cover a lot of strategies, you can attack or protect depending on how you use Grenade Fan, assist yourself by summoning the Blaze Artillery drone, supporting your team with Dispensate, or move across time and space with the Temporal Anchor.


After casting three abilities, Protea empowers her next ability cast with an additive 100% Ability Strength bonus. Each ability she casts builds 1 power bar to charge up the power recorder, displayed on the HUD above her ability icons. Once fully charged with 3 power bars, the leftmost slot glows intensely and the bonus ready message is shown above.

Grenade Fan
Throw out grenades in an arc.
Tap - Shrapnel Vortex
Creates a slashing, staggering swirl of shrapnel.
Hold - Shield Satellites
Protea reconfigures Grenades to work as overcharging shield generators, protecting her, her allies, and her companions. When Shields break a Satellite is destroyed to extend the period of invulnerability.
200 / 250 / 350 / 500 Slash damage per second
200 / 300 / 400 / 500 Shield restore on attach
25 / 30 / 40 / 50 Shield points per second
Duration: 13 Seconds
Range: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Meters of vortex and pickup radius
1 Meters of initial jump height
3 Shrapnel grenades per throw
45° / 90° / 135° Shrapnel grenade spread
33 % Slash status chance
100 % Stagger chance
4 Shield grenades per throw
45° / 65° / 115° / 135° Shield grenade spread
Limit of allies per satellite: 1
2 Seconds of shield gate extension

Blaze Artillery
Deploys an artillery unit to blast plasma charges at enemies it faces. Each enemy hit increases the power of subsequent plasma attacks.
Strength: 100 / 150 / 200 / 500 Heat damage per shot
Duration: 3 Seconds
Range: 30 Meters of targeting range
3 Shots per second
130° Firing arc
Limit of active turrets: 3
100% Critical chance
1x Critical multiplier
100% Heat status chance
2 Meters of area of effect
+100% Damage bonus per hit

Deploys a device that generates 3 pickups after a short delay: empowered health orb, universal ammo pack, and energy orb.
Strength: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 % extra pickup drop chance
Duration: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 Seconds
3 Seconds of initial pickup drop delay
100 HP Empowered health orb restore
10 % Universal ammo pack restore
5 Seconds of pickup replenish cooldown
Limit of active caches: 1

Temporal Anchor
Drops a Temporal Anchor which, after a short duration, Protea rewinds to trigger a temporal implosion. Implosion damage increases based on damage dealt between anchor drop and rewind. Everything lost or expended in that time is returned. Dying while Anchor is active rewinds Protea to the anchor, saving her. Protea is knocked down and the anchor vanishes. Strength: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 % Recorded damage conversion
Duration: 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 Seconds of anchor duration
Range: 8 / 10 / 12 / 15 Meters of implosion range
3 Seconds of initial invulnerability phase
100 % Enemy knockdown chance on implosion
100 % Status cleanse on rewind
1.5 Seconds of rewind countdown
100 % Self knockdown chance on lethal hit
5 % Health restore on lethal hit

Recommended Weapons

In the case of Protea, any weapon will suffice since her abilities make her a very independent warframe. Hek, Epitaph, and Orthos will fill their roles masterfully, 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 - Hek


Secondary Weapon - Epitaph

Melee Weapon - Orthos

Protea Best Builds

Protea - All-Rounder Build


Mods List
Aura Mod - Energy Siphon
Exilus Mod - Power Drift

  • Transient Fortitude
  • Stretch
  • Vitality
  • Flow
  • Continuity
  • Augur Reach
  • Narrow Minded
  • Streamline

Since Protea’s abilities are really versatile, it makes sense that the build is an All-Rounder one. Focusing on Duration, Strength, and Efficiency will help all the abilities to work properly as long as you don’t get any stat below 100%. Remember to place the Blaze Artillery strategically positioned since it doesn’t have a 360° field of view, and you should be fine to tackle any kind of mission since Dispensate should provide you enough help, and Grenade Fan and Temporal Anchor serve as Crowd Control tools. For dramatically better results, replace the mods in the setup with their Prime or Umbral versions.