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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 the Tenno use are based on the Orokin's designs but are not actual pieces 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

The Tenno have tried to imitate the success of Orokin technology in the form of the non-Prime items, resulting in slightly weaker variations. The Tenno were once capable of creating Primes of their own, examples being the FixedPrimeBoar.png Boar[3], SwordPrime.png Dakra[4], and the DualKamasPrime.png Kamas[5], however, such knowledge is now lost. With the rediscovery of the Void, many Prime items are being reclaimed by the Tenno and/or reverse-engineered by the Corpus and the Grineer, the strength of their craftsmanship being realized once more[6][7].

There is also evidence to suggest that some Primed weaponry were based on original Tenno designs, acting as improved variants over their successors due to the use of Orokin technology[8][9][10]. Though it is unclear whether or not that Primed Warframes were the first of their kind[11]. However, it is known that they are enhanced versions of their mass-produced base models.

Primes

(V) Denotes Vaulted Primes, (B) Denotes Baro Ki'Teer Relic Primes, 1Denotes Founder-exclusive Primes.

Warframes

Primary

Secondary

Melee

Companions

Sentinel Weapons

Archwings

Extractors

Cosmetics

Prime Related

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

Artifacts

Warframes 

Weapons


Cosmetics

Miscellaneous

Fish

Hybrids

Corrupted

Main article: Corrupted

Mods

Trivia

  • Using full-model replacement or non-prime skins on items capable of equipping them will completely change the item's appearance to the model used by the skin, ex. equipping the Abra Paris Skin on the PrimeBowM.png Paris Prime will change the weapon's model to that of the normal Paris.png Paris equipped with the skin.
    • In the case of Prime Warframes, any 'attachments' on the Prime Warframe (such as the pauldrons on Rhino PrimeIcon272.png Rhino Prime) will be preserved, but can be toggled off if need be.
      • The helmet is a separate piece and can be swapped out at will from the arsenal for any alternate helmets (including the non-Prime version, regardless of whether or not the player has the non-primed variant).
    • As of Update 19.11 (2017-02-15), the player can apply the default skin to a primed Warframe as well as toggle Prime details on or off when using a Tennogen skin other than the Prime or default skins. However, this option is not available for skins such as Immortal skins.
  • Baro Ki'Teer has unique dialog when addressing players equipped with Prime gear.

See Also

References

  1. WARFRAME - Primes & Prime Access
  2. WARFRAME - Prime Access FAQ
  3. "One of the finest examples of Tenno craftsmanship, the Boar Prime offers a higher Fire Rate, Magazine Capacity and a much higher per-shot damage." - FixedPrimeBoar.png Boar Prime's description
  4. "The Dakra Prime is a Tenno forged weapon, crafted during the Time of the Orokin. It is renowned for speed, power and the ability to hit multiple targets." - SwordPrime.png Dakra Prime's description
  5. "The sensual lines of these golden Kamas have long been celebrated as a masterwork of Tenno weapon smithing." - DualKamasPrime.png Dual Kamas Prime's description
  6. "An ancient blade predating the fall of the Orokin Empire. Forged using techniques lost over the centuries, the edge remains sharper than that of any modern Nikana." - PrimeNikana.png Nikana Prime's description
  7. "Once thought lost to the ages, attempts to reengineer the Burston Prime never fully replicated this weapon's power and agility." - PrimeBurston.png Burston Prime's description
  8. "This Orokin variation of the Ankyros is superior to its successor in every way." - PrimeAnkyros.png Ankyros Prime's description
  9. "This master blade is the heavier, oversized and far more lethal version of the signature weapon of an extinct order of Tenno assassins." - KarystPrime.png Karyst Prime's description
  10. "A classic Tenno blade, beautifully reimagined." - PangolinPrime.png Pangolin Prime's description
  11. It is alluded in IvaraIcon272.png Ivara's Leverian entry and The Silver Grove quest that non-Prime Warframes came first since the base variant is showcased. Though in Prime trailers, Ballas narrated their creations so it could be that Prime Warframes were first. Excalibur PrimeIcon272.png Excalibur Prime's codex entry mentions that "Excalibur was the first" with no reference to "Primes". This could either mean that the non-Prime variant came first or that there was no such thing as a non-Prime variant back then so what we know as "Excalibur Prime" was called just "Excalibur".
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