An ancient blade predating the fall of the Orokin Empire. Forged using techniques lost over centuries, the edge remains sharper than that of modern Nikana.

The Nikana Prime is the primed version of the Katana.png Nikana, a katana-inspired weapon. While it is the second weakest Nikana-based weapon, it is also the second fastest, allowing quick damage output. This weapon was added in Hotfix 18.4.12.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 50
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png N/A Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:N/A

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

This weapon deals primarily Slash b.svg Slash damage.


  • High Slash b.svg Slash damage – effective against health and shields (although Puncture b Puncture and Impact b Impact is much better against the respective damage classes).
  • Innate Madurai Pol.svg and Vazarin Pol.svg polarity.



  • Nikana Prime, compared to Nikana:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Nikana Prime was originally released in July 2015 on the Chinese build of Warframe, along with Excalibur Umbra Prime and PrimeLiDagger.png Spira Prime. The Specters of the Rail update made the Nikana Prime and the Spira Prime obtainable by non-Founders.
  • The Nikana Prime was unintentionally leaked in the Codex following Hotfix 18.4.7.
  • When equipped with the Conclave Nikana Skin, the strip of cloth remains visible, but is moved to the base of the hilt.
  • As of Update: Specters of the Rail, the default cloth ornament at the end of the hilt is considered a Sugatra and detachable in favor of another. However, there is no current option to have no Sugatra equipped.
  • The Nikana Prime makes use of Nikana Riven mods and not Dragon Nikana Riven mods, and because the Dragon Nikana has a much higher riven disposition it can generate such mods with higher stats than the Prime variant.

Media[edit | edit source]

Nikana Prime Skins Edit

Vaultings[edit | edit source]

  • On December 6th, 2017, it was announced that Nikana Prime would enter the Prime Vault and its relics retired from the drop tables on December 12th, 2017, along with Saryn Prime and Spira Prime. Any preexisting components or fully-built weapons will remain as is.

Patch History[edit | edit source]

Update 21.0

  • Added custom leap attack animations for the Nikana.
  • Fixed the sheath orientation on the Nikana when attacking.
  • Fixed the Nikana sheath becoming unattached from your hand and flipped around when performing an air attack.

Update 20.1

  • Fixed Nikana weapons not being able to stealth-finish Infested Chargers.

Hotfix: The Silver Grove 3

  • Reduced damage of Nikana series.

Update 18.13

  • Fixed hearing the Nikana Prime swinging sound from across the map.

Hotfix 18.4.13

  • Fixed Nikana Prime not appearing in the Codex.

Hotfix 18.4.12

  • Introduced along with Saryn Prime and Spira Prime.

Last updated: Hotfix

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Katana.png Nikana, the regular version of this weapon.
  • DragonKatana.png Dragon Nikana, the upgraded version of the Nikana.
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