The Stream Team: Facing Warframe’s Mastery Rank test

Massively OP’s MJ still has more fishing and resource gathering to do in order to craft her archwing in Warframe, but before she delves into that she needs to take her Rank 9 Gold Mastery Test. Yes, a test on a Friday! As always, she is going into the test blind for her first attempt, like a pop quiz of sorts. Sometimes this works for her, sometimes it backfires. Tune in live at 8:00 see if MJ passes the test before heading back to Eidolon for some relaxing fishing. Or maybe getting some Star Days wings.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 19th, 2021

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Mastery Rank tests are a remnant of a not so accessible past that Warframe just cant seem to get rid of. In addition it can be confusing to many new and average players (ie: How do you actually gain mastery? Where do you go to rank up? Do you still gain mastery towards the next rank if you dont rank up? etc etc.) While I know the answers to these questions, its not very apparent to new and casual player, and can be one element of the game that pushes them away from coming back to play.

Then you have the annoyance and frustration of SOME of the tests being completely absurd in what they require you to do to pass them. Doing things that you never actually have to do in actual gameplay.

Again… these tests, and the mastery system has been around since the earlier days of Warframe, and it needs a BIG revamp because it really serves no purpose


Maybe, but I’m not sure they’ll ever change it. They seem to be weirdly willing to lean into “sunk cost” arguments sometimes. Like how they refuse to adjust the absurdly high cost of the Hema research “because it would devalue the efforts of the people who earned it at that price.” Like… really?


As for the Mastery test: You don’t have Ivara, who can just turn invisible. There’s a couple little things that can help, if you want.

And Spoilers fold because you probably don’t. ^-^

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You mostly just need to watch their patrol patterns. Each of them moves in a really specific pattern, so you just have to sneak up behind them while they’re facing away. You also want to get them somewhere that another Grineer won’t spot the remains – they’ll become “somewhat alerted” and abandon their preset patrol to come take a look if that happens.

The Xoris might be a good choice if you practice with it, because it gives you ranged attacks with a melee weapon. You can frisbee them in the back of the head while safely hiding behind a wall, without having to run up behind them.

If you have a mod called “Enemy Sense” that can help, because it will cause all of the ones near you to show up as red triangles on the mini-map. You can see where they are, and which way they’re facing. It makes it a lot less frustrating to get behind them and not get spotted by That Guy Standing Just Around The Corner.


The “Familial Debt Bonds” are pretty rare. I’ve been doing stuff at random in Fortuna for ages, and I had less than a hundred. That’s compared to over a thousand of a couple of the other types. They’re just *really* hard to get on short notice.