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"The non-Prime weapons and Warframes the Tenno use are based on the Orokin technology, however they are not genuine Orokin articles." The source that says this is from 6 years ago, has this been retconned? ((Not sure how to reply to this, so writing here... The sentence itself still holds true since non prime items do not truly represent the height of Orokin tech. However, we know now that Primes as well as non-primes existed during the Orokin Era, some primes not coming before the base version. Thus, it is now wrong to conclude from the old source that the "Orokin Technology" explicitly refers to the Prime Versions themselves. Since the new knowledge changes the span of implications of the old sentence, it is a kind of retcon but not very noteworthy.))
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The following article/section is conjecture. Content is subjected to change/removal as the game progresses. Please do not use this article for critical in-game information.

A Prime Warframe, weapon, Sentinel or accessory represents technology as it was during the height of the Orokin Era. A Prime Warframe will often have additional Polarity Slots compared to the non-Prime version, and Prime weapons will boast superior performance or other advantages against their counterparts. Due to its rarity, Prime technology is coveted throughout the Origin System.

The term Prime refers to any Weapon, Warframe, Sentinel, Archwing, or accessory made with Orokin technology. The non-Prime weapons and Warframes are based on the Orokin's designs but are not fully representative of the height of Orokin technology.[1][2] Primes frequently sport improved damage, more Polarity slots, or other stat changes that grant them an advantage over their non-Prime derivatives.

Prime Warframes are typically released in the Warframe's order of release that cycles between two male frames and two female frames. Each release is accompanied by two Prime weapons, or one Prime weapon and one Prime Companion (and their associated Prime weapon, if any) or Archwing.

Lore

In the current era, the Tenno[3] as well as black-market arms dealers[4] are capable of imitating the success of Orokin technology in the form of the non-Prime items, resulting in slightly weaker variations. However, the Tenno were once allowed to create some Primes of their own, examples being the BoarPrime Boar[5], DakraPrime Dakra[6], and the DualKamasPrime Kamas[7], and such knowledge is now lost. By making use of ancient blueprints that were preserved in Void Relics, many Prime items are being reclaimed by the Tenno, the strength of their craftsmanship being realized once more[8][9]; and with the rediscovery of the Void, Orokin technology is being reverse-engineered by the Corpus and the Grineer.

There is also evidence to suggest that some Primed weaponry were upgraded versions based on existing Tenno designs, acting as improved variants thanks to the use of Orokin technology[10][11]. Some of the Prime Warframes and Prime Weapons were the original designs made for the Tenno during the Orokin Era, forming an elite Vanguard of the most powerful and dangerous warriors of the Origin System[12]. Some Warframes were Primed from the beginning, while others had to earn the status.[13][14]

Primes

Warframe

Primary

Secondary

Melee

Arch-gun

Companion

Sentinel Weapon

Archwing

Extractor

Cosmetic

Emote

Prime Related

While technically not Primes, these units and items implement Orokin technology.

Artifacts

Warframes 

Primary

Secondary

Melee


Archgun

Cosmetics

Miscellaneous

Fish

Hybrids

Corrupted

Main article: Corrupted

Mods