Let’s Talk About Limbo and the Warframe Learning Curve

Warframe is a free-to-play third-person shooter from the folks over at Digital Extremes. Players can choose between a wide variety of characters or “warframes” to play with during any...
Warframe Limbo

Warframe is a free-to-play third-person shooter from the folks over at Digital Extremes. Players can choose between a wide variety of characters or “warframes” to play with during any given mission and as with any game with multiple characters, there are bound to be some who are widely liked and some who or mostly disliked. The warframe Limbo falls under the category of being disliked by the majority of the Warframe community.

So, why is it that Limbo has essentially been disregarded by players? This recent Warframe forums thread might have the answers. The overall consensus from the players that contributed to this post is that Limbo is not necessarily a bad frame, but rather he is a bad teammate. In a game that is mostly a cooperative experience, this might seem like a perfectly valid reason to write him off, but it goes deeper than that.

Warframe Limbo

Limbos abilities are not derived from a cooperative viewpoint. In fact, abilities like Cataclysm and Banish can have a negative impact on how other members of the team play the game. As forum user ThermalStone puts it, “The problem with Limbo is that he dictates the pace of gameplay for the entire team. He alone decides when you can and can’t kill things.” Basically, Limbo is the team captain, and if you don’t like his plays, you’re going to have a bad time. 

This is made worse by Warframe’s inexplicably sharp learning curve as forum user Joshhwwaaaaaa points out. New players are thrown into the game with very little ceremony and left to figure the rest out on their own. Anyone playing a public game with an inexperienced Limbo is going to wind up raging as he is one of the more complicated warframes to learn, especially when you don’t have a team helping you to understand how his abilities work. So, the blame falls not on the player or the warframe, but rather on Digital Extremes themselves.

Warframe Limbo

There would likely be fewer instances of unbridled Limbo rage in the community if frames each had their own tutorial, or there was a training ground more readily available and easily accessed from within a player’s ship. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to test out builds without having to go to a relay? Most new players have no idea that the Simulacrum even exists, which is just another example of how little DE teaches their new players.

What do you think? Is Limbo a bad frame or is he just misunderstood? Should DE put a more structured tutorial in place or do you like the lack of hand-holding? Let us know!


Ashley was introduced to the world of video games by her Nerd-Family. A lover of all things RPG and MMO, she's a self-proclaimed alt-oholic and is constantly dreaming up new characters and the background stories for them. She's obsessed with the High Fantasy genre and thus plays a lot of the Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Witcher series.
4 Comments on this post.
  • Mitch
    21 June 2017 at 11:31 pm
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    I think you are full of shit. Period. You barely played the game, and have little to no context left in what you are talking about. The only possible missing thing form warframe in terms of teaching is having a direct method to google the wikipedia page for warframe in game. However, this is not only done by DE but literally every possible game. You want proper info you go to wikia. And that is final. It takes a posing noob to not understand that. And it takes a person 10 seconds to open a google page type their warframe (or any game related) question and then “wiki” and read their answer in a less than a minute. But you see people are retarded and prefer the game has no balancing pass, not actual mechanics but a lader to climb and claim “skill”. After the rework everyone was new to limbo (happened 5 months ago). It took me 10 minutes to understand his kit and how to use him properly without messing up my teammates buy typing “do you mind me doing this?” not so hard if you are not an imbecile, but guess what, the rest of you have trouble finding popular info on google, so yea I guess he is “hard” to play.

    • Ashley Kemp
      22 June 2017 at 1:10 am
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      Hey man!

      I think the wiki is a great resource but as players, we depends on it way too much. It’s the game’s job to give us easily accessible information. If games did their job right, we wouldn’t need a wiki as extensive as the Warframe one. I don’t think it’s a ludicrous idea to have the game teach you about the game, y’know? Just my opinion.

  • Rebelblade71
    22 June 2017 at 8:44 am
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    Limbo isn’t exactly a total hinderance for the team. It’s just people who don’t know exactly how to play him and end up causing problems. I didn’t have much problem getting into Limbo after I did some digging on rift plane plane ability mechanics on the wiki. And now he is one of my mains. I have used him in squad play many times and barely had squadmates leaving except those who quit as soon as they see a limbo. The mistake that most new limbo players do is over dependence on cataclysm, his 4th ability. They fail to realize that since they can dash in and out of rift at will anytime and free of energy, they can hit and run, pop out of rift to shoot and enemy or Banish it to kill later and dash back in. I have found this tactic really effective, especially during squad play. Plus limbo is capable of doing a wide variety of things that other frames cannot like defending objectives with cataclysm, protecting operatives in rescue and defense sortie using banish, making corpus spy trivial for being able to pass through laser barriers when in rift, being able to revive teammates from the safety of the rift, amazing crowd control with stasis, being able to isolate targets with banish and much more. This frame has great potential in the right hands.

  • Minifig3D
    22 June 2017 at 12:40 pm
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    To some extent, I agree. There is not a lot of info on how Limbo works in the game, even in the codex. Granted, players can look to the wiki, but many players either don’t know it exists, or are in a state of mind where looking at a walkthrough outside of the game is cheating. On the other hand, while Limbo does take some getting used to, his abilities mostly make sense after using him for a few minutes. Stasis freezing your own bullets is a visible effect, and simply reading the in game description of Rift Surge should give players an idea of what it does. The real problem here seems to me that most frames are incredibly simple to play as, while Limbo requires players to learn him, and some players just don’t put in the effort to learn.

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