Top 5 Rhino Builds – In-depth Beginner to Veteran Guide
Do you own Rhino? You should because Rhino is simply the one Warframe that is awesome for the whole game when equipped with one of the Top 5 Rhino Builds. He’s easy to get, very versatile and incredibly powerful so there is really no reason not to have Rhino in your arsenal!
Built as most players’ first new Warframe, Rhino can be picked up as early as Venus by killing the Jackal. From that point forward, he can take you through the Star Chart, the Index, Eidolon Hunts and even the Steel Path if you manage to unlock his full potential. For this purpose, I have created this post to guide you through all the best possible Rhino (Prime) builds, starting from a new player who just finished Venus, over the more experienced one who’s trying his hand at Tridolon Hunts to the Veteran who’s using Rhino Prime to beat the Steel Path.
- Best Beginner Rhino Build
- Resilient Iron Skin Rhino Build for Endgame
- Ability Strength and Armor
- Energy Conversion
- Iron Shrapnel
- Which Aura Mod is the Best for Rhino Builds?
- Forma Requirements of the best Iron Skin Rhino Build
- Roar Buffer Rhino Build for Incredible Damage Increase
- Fastest Rhino Builds for the Index
- Beginner Index Rhino Build
- Veteran Index Rhino Build
- Powerful Rhino Eidolon Hunting Build
- Best Arcanes for Rhino Builds
- Arcane Guardian
- Arcane Tanker
- A Word about Ironclad Charge
Best Beginner Rhino Build
For beginners, I prepared an Allrounder Build as at that time you won’t have the mods to enable a more specific one. It includes all the standard mods for the four Ability-Stats as well as some Armor because Iron Skin’s (2) values are based on that, too. That should result in decent numbers on one of the greatest tanking abilities in the whole game and provide everything you need for Roar (3) and Rhino Stomp (4) on top of that.
These are all basic stat mods dropped in the Plains of Eidolon so with a bit of luck you will get these on the side while playing. As for the Aura, you won’t really have a big collection at the beginning of the game so use what sounds coolest!
Keep in mind, if you’re a newer player and just built Rhino, its completely normal to not have every mod listed in this build and you will definitely not have them maxed out. Rhino easily makes it through the Star Chart with very few mods so just use what you have at the moment and add/upgrade the other mods and possibly the Orokin Reactor as you get them. No need to burn yourself out over farming them for now, Rhino is strong enough by himself.
Resilient Iron Skin Rhino Build for Endgame
Iron Skin (2) is what makes Rhino beloved so let’s see how we can get the most out of this awesome ability!
Ability Strength and Armor
Primarily, this build is stacked with a mixture of Armor and Power Strength simply because those directly affect the amount of Iron Skin-Armor we receive. The new Carapace mods from the Cambion Drift are helping us tremendously in our endeavour thanks to their great Armor values.
By the way, I chose Blind Rage instead of Transient Fortitude because it not only provides more Strength but it also doesn’t reduce the duration of Roar (3) or even Rhino Stomp (4). As a result, whenever we have some energy to spare we can use those abilities to give our team another edge. But on the other hand, if you feel like efficiency is too low, you can switch Augur Secrets for Streamline.
As for Energy Conversion, this is a mod that is often overlooked as it is only being sold by Cephalon Simaris for 100k standing and it only applies its 50% Power Strength bonus on the next ability cast after picking up an Energy Orb. Since this is a build focused on Iron Skin (2), though, that’s really not a huge problem because we don’t plan on casting too many abilities anyway. We only want to refresh Iron Skin once in a while and maybe buff ourselves with Roar (3) occasionally which this mod is perfect for. If you really don’t like Energy Conversion or don’t have it yet, Transient Fortitude is a good substitute.
Speaking of which, Iron Shrapnel allows us to recast Iron Skin whenever we want instead of having to wait for it to break. This is incredibly useful because it will mostly break whenever you are under heavy fire (for obvious reasons) which is arguably the worst situation for it to happen. With the Augment mod, you can seek cover or wait for a calm second and recast Iron Skin in safety. On top of that, it doesn’t need to be levelled up as we really don’t care about the damage it deals but rather the simple possibility to recast our signature ability.
Which Aura Mod is the Best for Rhino Builds?
Lastly, I chose Corrosive Projection for the Aura slot as it usually increases damage more than any other Aura mod and the alternatives aren’t too appealing, in my opinion. Growing Power is one of said alternatives but it requires you to inflict a status effect with one of your weapons before giving you an actual buff. Combined with the prerequisite of Energy Conversion and possibly an Arcane (more on that later), I feel like that is too much to look out for just to cast Iron Skin once. Also, the 25% Power Strength it adds isn’t overwhelming in the first place. Still, especially against Corpus, Corrosive Projection falls off so you might want to use an Aura Forma so you can seamlessly switch around.
Requirements of the Best Iron Skin Rhino Build
This build requires an Orokin Reactor and 3 Forma one of which can be an Aura Forma as just mentioned. You will still have three capacity points left on normal Rhino or six on Rhino Prime as he has an innate Naramon polarity for Augur Secrets. If you are using Rhino Prime and want to maximise your builds power to the fullest, you can Forma the Iron Shrapnel mod, too, leaving you at nine capacity points for the Exilus slot which is perfect for Power Drift which gives you another 15% Ability Strength. On normal Rhino you would have to spend two Forma or an Umbral Forma to do that, though.
Roar Buffer Rhino Build for Incredible Damage Increase
No Exilus Mod? Yes, the only way to include an Exilus Mod is by either using an Umbral Forma or formaing Primed Continuity which would mean that you can’t switch to the other builds anymore. If you don’t care about compatibility, I put the other build at the bottom of this section.
As for this build, it is again packed with a lot of Ability Strength but this time Duration, too. 257% Power Strength and 254% Ability Duration result in a 128,5% damage bonus for 76,2 seconds. Casting Roar (3) costs 94 Energy with a comfortable radius of 31 meters.
You could switch Streamline forFleeting Expertise for more Ability Efficiency but because of the negative on Duration the energy cost for each active second of Roar basically stays the same.
This build requires four Forma on normal Rhino and three on Rhino Prime with one of them being an Aura Forma if you like. Lastly, here is the fully maximised but incompatible build mentioned earlier:
This one requires two additional Forma as well as an Exilus Adapter. With use of the Exilus slot I was able to get rid of Overextended while keeping the same Ability Range as before. All the stats are the same except for Ability Strength which is increased by 36% in comparison to the build above increasing Roar’s damage buff from 128,5% to 146,5%.
Fastest Rhino Builds for the Index
Beginner Index Rhino Build
Oh, the Index. For new players this is a very different experience from the rest of the game but it equally rewards a lot more Credits than anything else. Luckily, Rhino is excellent at this game mode, too, so you can instantly make use of it, once you’ve gotten it unlocked or your friends bring you there. In my Guide on the Index, I explain in more detail what Rhino’s job is but for now, let’s talk about the Build.
I have, again, oriented myself on easy-to-get starter mods for this Beginner Build with a focus on Iron Skin (2) and mods like Rush and Vigilante Pursuit. Those will help you in their own way, as explained inmy Guide on the Index.
These new mods require sacrifices to fit into the build and those sacrifices are Stretch and Continuity or in other words: Ability Range and Duration. After all, you will be taking the roll of a Token Carrier and so Iron Skin is of great importance while the Energy drain will prevent you from using other abilities most of the time anyway.
This time, I went with some mods that are harder to get than the regular Beginner Rhino Build because to play the Index you have the Star Chart completed up to Neptune already. Armored Agility, for instance, requires you to play a few Nightmare missions but if you have Saxum/Carnis/Jugulus Carapace you can use those instead of Armored Agility or Gladiator Aegis.
If you’ve already been levelling your Syndicates, you can even add theIron Shrapnel Augment in place of Gladiator Aegis which allows you to recast Iron Skin (2) as explained in the Iron Skin Build for Endgame.
Veteran Index Rhino Build
Basically, the same principles apply here. I added Rush and Enemy Radar for Movement Speed and, well, Enemy Radar and went with Transient Fortitude instead of Blind Rage because we really don’t want to be left hanging without energy for Iron Skin. Other than that, I simply swapped one of the Carapace mods for Armored Agility because of the extra Movement Speed. Unfortuneately, if you aren’t using Rhino Prime, you will have to add another Forma for this build (or you stay with Augur Secrets instead of Rush, that wouldn’t be the end of the world either).
Powerful Rhino Eidolon Hunting Build
Last but not least, a Rhino Build for hunting Eidolons! Focused on a mixture of Range and Strength, this build allows you to keep Iron Skin up to prevent the energy spikes from draining your energy while buffing your team and yourself for just enough time to take a limb down. More specifically, you will add a 97% damage buff for 29 seconds in a 59 meter radius at the cost of 71 energy. That should be enough damage and duration to take a limb down while having the range to easily hit your (other) damage dealers at a very manageable cost energy-wise.
Again, you could make the case for Corrosive Projectioninstead of Dead Eye but honestly, I prefer using the Sarpa withShattering Impact to strip the Eidolons Armor. Also, we are not using Energy Conversion this time because there aren’t many Energy Orbs in the first place.
A Rhino who’s doubling everyone’s damage and doesn’t ever go down due to Iron Skin is always a nice addition to any team especially when hunting Eidolons.
This build requires three Forma on Rhino and two on Rhino Prime and is compatible with the other builds if you install an Aura Forma.
Best Arcanes for Rhino Builds
Arcanes can significally step up Rhino’s game as they can often provide Armor which is essential for Iron Skin (2).
Arcane Guardianhas a 15% chance to increase your Armor by 900 whenever you get hit. This is one of the most comfortable Arcanes for Rhino as you get hit anyway and so naturally will have this Armor bonus most of the time. Still, make sure it’s active when casting Iron Skin!
Obtained by rotation rewards in Arbitrations, Arcane Tankerincreases your Armor by an insane 1200 points for 60 seconds whenever you summon your archgun. Now, this means you need to play a lot of Arbitration Alerts as well as already have an archgun with a Gravimag. On the other hand, it provides by far the highest amount of bonus Armor.
A Word about Ironclad Charge
Now, you might have already heard of people using the Ironclad Charge Augment on Rhino to reach insane Iron Skin values. Ironclad Charge increases your Armor by 50% for 10 seconds (affected by Ability Strength/Duration) for every enemy hit by Rhino Charge (1).
So, the strategy goes as follows: You ideally infuse an ability that crams enemies together like Nidus’ Larva (2). Then, you wait for a lot of them to spawn so you can CC them in one spot with your infused ability. After that, you summon your Archgun to proc Arcane Tanker and charge into the pile of enemies increasing your Armor by a ton upon which you cast Iron Skin which will take all the bonus Armor into consideration granting you a huge buff.
Personally, I didn’t use this strategy in my builds as I feel that it has a very niche use and isn’t practical in the vast majority of missions. It is great in the Simulacrum but in real missions you will want to kill everything you see instantly and not “save them up for later”. On top of that, it requires you to infuse an extra ability, cast extra abilities with typically low Ability Efficiency and it takes up another mod slot. Still, I wanted you to know about this so if you’re a numbers lover, by all means go for it.
Conclusion: Top 5 Rhino Builds – In-depth Beginner to Veteran Guide
As this post shows, Rhino can be build in a variety of ways. To be honest, there are even more viable builds other than just my Top 5 Rhino builds. While Rhino Prime can be hard to get due to being vaulted (currently), simply putting another Forma on regular Rhino will make him 99% as good as Rhino Prime. Also, since Rhino is quite easy to farm by killing the Jackal on Venus, you can even get multiple Rhino’s for some builds that aren’t compatible with each other! Anyways, these Top 5 Rhino builds should give you a good guideline on how Rhino works in various stages of the game so be sure to try them out!
Thanks for reading!
- by Lars
- on November 29, 2020
As part of the original crew, Rhino was released during the open beta of the game and Rhino Prime was released in March 2014.
Still to this day he is one of the important Warframes for certain activities and since he is one of the first Warframes new players can farm, he is also one of the most used suits in the game.
He is a very good tank, can buff himself and his allies and he is also able to deal a lot of damage or use crowd control, which makes him the most versatile Warframe beginners can get early on.
This diversity also means that there are a lot of different (and viable!) builds – and you find them all here at this guide!
If you are however looking for a guide on how to get your hands on Rhino and his component blueprints then start reading our guide on that!
- Really strong tank ability
- High shields
- Easy and early to farm
- Good solo Warframe
- Useful in lots of different setups
- Fun to play
The Best Rhino Prime Builds
Choosing the right aura for your Rhino isn’t that easy and obvious.
Well, it is – you should always try to get Corrosive Projection, because it will help yourself and your team in killing everything faster.
But there is an argument to be made about picking one of the other auras: If you don’t want to invest Forma into your Rhino, going with one of the Madurai auras (Steel Charge, Rifle Amp, Dead Eye, etc.) might be still okay as long as you use a relevant weapon.
Picking Rejuvenation might also be right if you see yourself having problems with your health pool during the early game.
And the same logic applies to Energy Siphon – if you really need the energy and you aren’t going to use Rhino as a specialized farmer, go ahead and pick that aura.
It might even be usable in one of the following builds.
A quick word about all the augmented mods: They aren’t worth it and you shouldn’t use them unless you want to try out a super casual build.
Tip:If you want to know more about Rhino and his abilities, feel free to take a look at the wikia page!
Rhino Prime Full Tank Build
Your second ability Iron Skin not only gives you an additional health shield, but it also buffs your Warframe armor.
Equipping Rhino with a lot of armor mods and ability strength is the key to the best possible build.
There isn’t really much to explain since it is pretty straight forward: Just press your 2 on the keyboard and from time to time take a look at the bottom right to find out what percentage of your ability is still up.
If it gets to lower numbers make sure to be ready to activate Iron Skin again. Sadly, you can’t reactivate your ability unless it is completely down, so keep that in mind.
Also, you don’t really need Primed Flow or Vitality and can switch them for mods like Rush, Equilibrium, Redirection or anything else you like to use.
This build is super strong in every mission type where you need to or want to use a tank. Especially in credit farm missions on The Index this build is essential and will make sure that you can safely farm points.
But its also fine in every other mission type, just make sure to equip a good weapon of your choice.
Rhino Prime Tank Build Video
Buffer Rhino Prime Build
This build is mostly used in very specific farming groups and has one sole purpose: To give your dedicated DPS ally a higher damage output.
Your Roar ability will amplify everybody’s damage output for a short amount of time as long as they are in range during your roar.
Getting some ability range is recommended exactly for that reason. But you mainly want to stack strength and duration in order to be as effective as possible.
When casting your roar you just need to stand beside your DPS team mate and make sure to recast it once the duration ran out.
This build is also a nice place to start if you want to go for an Crowd Control option with your ultimate ability Rhino Stomp.
Just add Overextended for Intensify or Blind Rage and you are good to go!
Rhino Prime Buffer Build Video
Rhino Prime Stomp Damage Build
Going for DPS with Rhino isn’t that great, because compared to other Warframes, his damage output is somewhat low.
But if you just want to kill stuff on low level (Lith, Meso, etc.), this build is still viable. Just get a good amount of range, some ability strength and efficiency as well.
Fleeting Expertise and Transient Fortitude are important here, because reducing the duration will make sure that the mobs affected by your stomp are reset again.
If you have a high amount of duration, recasting your ultimate ability would reduce your damage output by quite a bit, since there is a second burst to your Rhino Stomp that only affects enemies that aren’t in stasis (a.k.a. in the air due to your ability).
If you want more ability strength you can try to switch Cunning Drift for Power Drift or put in Intensify for Streamline. Also feel free to check our Rhino Prime build videos below.
Rhino is a very important Warframe for dedicated groups: Credit farm, XP farm, relic farm and a lot of other groups abuse his powers and profit from his different builds.
He is also one of the first Warframes you can farm in the game and since his abilities are really good for beginners as well, which is why he is so popular.
If you don’t have all the mods to complete the builds presented here, just make sure to follow the general guideline and work from there on out.
Warframe: Rhino Prime Build Guide
Rhino is definitely the new player carrying Warframe, given his strengths in survival and damage boosting. In the game’s current meta, he’s not up there with the greatest, but still has his uses in particular places. He has a solid kit for a frame that has been around since the initial release of the game.
For this guide, I focus mostly on his Iron Skin and Roar abilities. With the unvaulting of Rhino Prime on August 10, he’ll be once again in the hands of many players who haven’t gotten the chance to yet.
Rhino Prime Builds
For the purpose of this build, I maximized the strength and duration values for Rhino Prime while sacrificing efficiency and range. In dedicated teams for running Eidolon captures, the DPS is usually a Chroma or Rhino, since they can reliably dish out tons of damage with their signature abilities. You will mostly be sticking to using his Roar ability, though if you want to have more survivability, Iron Skin could also be casted, though it shouldn’t be necessary in dedicated groups.
While the build displayed is not fully optimized with something like a Corrosive Projection or Growing Power mod in the aura slot, I simply used Steel Charge to fit in two Umbral Mods. Keep in mind, the normal Intensify mod will do the job too. The mod in the Umbral Fiber slot can be substituted with something like Constitution or a survivability mod, or ideally an augment like Iron Shrapnel.
You can also run this build on higher level missions, even as far as something like Steel Path missions. You could also run this build in the Profit Taker fight on Venus.
Suggested Arcanes: Arcane Energize, Arcane Guardian, Arcane Nullifier, Arcane Avenger
Suggested Helminth subsumed abilities: Elemental Ward
This is a build catered for running The Index. It’s a great farm for credits, Corpus weapon mods, and fighting John Prodman. For this build, you want to slap on as many power strength mods on as possible, while fixing up the efficiency for subsequent casts. This tank build isn’t something as strong as something like a Nidus, Valkyr, Wukong, or Chroma.
What this does have over the other listed Warframes is that Rhino’s Iron Skin does not get negatively affected by the Financial Stress debuff when you pick up points. Note that with the more strength mods you put on, you’ll be sacrificing duration. Rhino’s Iron Skin is not affected by duration. You won’t be necessarily dishing out boosted damage with Roar due to low duration times.
Having the Iron Shrapnel augment is a must for this build too. It allows Rhino to shed the current Iron Skin he has on and recast it. Normally, you’d have to take enough damage or fall out of bounds to cast it again. With the Iron Shrapnel mod, it’ll allow for you to run to a safe spot and cast it again, lowering your chances of taking fatal damage.
Suggested Arcanes: Arcane Energize, Arcane Guardian
Suggested Helminth subsumed abilities: Empower
This is in no way the only way to play Rhino Prime, but it’s using his most useful abilities and making use of them in the everchanging meta of Warframe. These builds can also be applied for the standard Rhino Warframe.
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