Primary Deadhead is a Primary Arcane Enhancement that on headshot kill increases primary weapon damage for 24 seconds and stacks up to 3 times. At max rank, it also passively increases headshot damage multiplier and reduces recoil.

Can be sold for Credits64.png 1,000.


Rank Damage per Stack Total at 3 stacks Headshot Multiplier Recoil
0 20% 60% - -
1 40% 120% - -
2 60% 180% - -
3 80% 240% - -
4 100% 300% - -
5 120% 360% +30% -50%


Awarded for defeating Acolytes in The Steel Path.

Source Chance Expected Nearly Guaranteed
Arcane 16.67% 5 – 6 kills 38 ± 13 kills

All drop rates data is obtained from DE's official droptables.

Expected refers to total number of attempts a player can expect to need in order to receive at least one of each drop associated with the respective values.
Nearly Guaranteed refers to the total number of attempts a player needs to obtain a 99%, 99.9%, and 99.99% probability to receive at least one of each drop associated with the respective values.

For more detailed definitions and information on how these number were obtained, visit here.


  • When the buff times out, one stack is lost and the buff duration resets.
  • Headshot bonus stacks additively with Mod TT 20px.png Target Acquired, innate headshot damage bonuses on weapons such as CernosPrime.png Cernos Prime, and snipers with bonus headshot damage from scope bonuses.
  • Kills from some status procs on the target's head do not count as a headshot kill.
    • DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity and DmgGasSmall64.png Gas procs are able to trigger the effect when aimed at the head however, as they are able to land headshots themselves.


  • Can be used on weapons which normally have a 1.0x multiplier to headshots (such as the CrpShotgun.png Arca Plasmor/TenetArcaPlasmor.png Tenet Arca Plasmor) to give them a 1.3x headshot multiplier and actually provide a benefit.
  • Since Electricity and Gas procs are able to independently land headshots, they benefit twice from the headshot multiplier bonus. Both of these procs will have 1.69x headshot damage from the bonus.

Patch History[]

Update 30.5 (2021-07-06)

  • Introduced.