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The Sentients had won. They had turned our weapons, our technology, against us. The more advanced we became, the greater our losses. The war was over unless we found a new way. In our desperation we turned to the Void. The blinding night, the hellspace where our science and reason failed.

We took the twisted few that had returned from that place. We built a frame around them, a conduit of their affliction. Gave them the weapons of the old ways. Gun and blade. A new warrior, a new code was born. These rejects, these Tenno, became our saviors. Warrior-Gods cast in steel and fury striking our enemies in a way they could never comprehend. Excalibur was the first.

- Orokin 'Warframe' Archives

Excalibur Prime is the epitome of mobility and offense, and features the same abilities as Excalibur, but has unique mod polarities installed allowing for greater customization.

—In-game Description

Release Date: December 18th, 2012

Excalibur Prime is the Primed variant of ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur, possessing higher armor and energy, as well as an additional Madurai Pol polarity and a Madurai Pol Aura polarity. He was given to Founders alongside the exclusive LatoPrime Lato Prime and SkanaPrime Skana Prime.

Excalibur Prime is a Founders-exclusive Warframe.

Acquisition

Excalibur Prime was only obtainable by upgrading a Warframe account to Founders status of Hunter or greater, which is no longer available. He came with his own Warframe slot and was already augmented with an Orokin Reactor.

The Founders' program closed on the 1st of November, 2013, as announced on the warframe forums. This closure is inclusive of pack upgrades.

Notes

  • Excalibur Prime, compared to ExcaliburIcon272 Excalibur:
    • Higher Armor (300 vs. 225)
    • Higher Energy (150/225 vs. 100/150)
    • Different Polarities (Vazarin PolMadurai PolMadurai Pol vs. Vazarin PolMadurai Pol)
    • Different Aura Polarity (Madurai Pol vs. None)
  • Excalibur Prime, compared to Excalibur UmbraIcon272 Excalibur Umbra:
    • Different Polarities (Vazarin PolMadurai PolMadurai Pol vs. Madurai PolUmbra PolUmbra PolUmbra Pol)
  • As a Prime Warframe, Excalibur Prime possesses a special passive ability where contact with an Orokin Void Death Orb will make them release an energy pulse that grants 250 Energy to all nearby allies. This effect can only occur once per Death Orb, and can occur even if the Death Orb has been previously destroyed.

Trivia

  • Excalibur Prime is the first Prime Warframe in the game.
    • He is also the first Prime Warframe to come with two different polarities, as opposed to one. This was followed by Ember PrimeIcon272 Ember Prime and Loki PrimeIcon272 Loki Prime.
  • There is a statue of Excalibur Prime inside the Orokin Derelict vaults, and one of the Lua Spy vaults.
    • Interestingly, at the start of Update 11.0 Excalibur Prime was given a short-lived full body skin called "Alabaster", which was explained by Digital Extremes as a test skin that was released by mistake. The skin's texture was similar to said Vault statues.
  • Compared to the later prime Warframes, Excalibur Prime has the least cosmetic difference compared to his standard counterpart, with the only significant additions being the Void Key-shaped emblem on his helmet and golden blades along his forearms.
  • When he was released, it was widely believed that Excalibur Prime had a slightly higher shield recharge rate compared to the non-prime variant.
    • While the existence of this feature can neither be confirmed, nor denied, Excalibur Prime currently does not possess this stat change.
  • Much like how Update 14.0 gave the standard Excalibur an ethereal DESkana Skana when using his abilities, Excalibur Prime uses an ethereal SkanaPrime Skana Prime with his abilities, which was also added in the same update.
  • On the Chinese build of Warframe, Excalibur Umbra Prime serves as a stand-in for Excalibur Prime.

Media

  • The short-lived Alabaster Skin.
  • Excalibur Prime's updated Codex entry.

See also

  • Prime, the Orokin enhancement to a Warframe or weapon.

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