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 Nikana, a katana-inspired weapon. This weapon was added in Hotfix 18.4.12.

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.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price:N/A
Drop Locations
BlueprintNeo N5 Rare (V)
Neo S8 Uncommon (V)
Axi A1 Rare (V)
GenericWeaponPrimeBlade BladeMeso N4 Rare (V)
Meso V2 Rare (V)
Neo N4 Rare (V)
GenericWeaponPrimeHilt HiltNeo N6 Rare (V)
Axi N2 Rare (V)
Axi N4 Rare (V)
Lith/Meso/Neo/Axi refer to Void Relics
(V) Denotes Vaulted Void Relics
(B) Denotes Baro Ki'Teer Exclusive Void Relic


This weapon deals primarily Slash b Slash damage.




  • Nikana Prime, compared to Nikana:
    • Higher base damage (95.0 vs. 45.0)
      • Higher Impact b Impact damage (4.75 vs. 2.25)
      • Higher Puncture b Puncture damage (4.75 vs. 4.5)
      • Higher Slash b Slash damage (85.5 vs. 38.25)
    • Higher critical chance (20% vs. 10%)
    • Higher status chance (20% vs. 10%)
    • Higher attack speed (1.08 vs. 0.92)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (0 vs. 4)
  • Nikana Prime, compared to Dragon Nikana:
    • Higher base damage (95.0 vs. 85.0)
      • Higher Impact b Impact damage (4.75 vs. 4.25)
      • Lower Puncture b Puncture damage (4.75 vs. 8.5)
      • Higher Slash b Slash damage (85.5 vs. 72.25)
    • Higher critical chance (20% vs. 15%)
    • Higher status chance (20% vs. 15%)
    • Higher attack speed (1.08 vs. 1)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (0 vs. 8)


  • The Nikana Prime was originally released in July 2015 on the Chinese build of Warframe, along with Excalibur Umbra and 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.
  • The Nikana Prime currently has a lower blocking value than the rest of the nikanas, being at 60% instead of the supposed 85%. It is currently unknown whether or not this was an intended feature.
  • 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 (released July 8th, 2016), 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.


  • Nikana Prime in the Codex.
  • The Blade of the Nikana Prime in its default colors.

Nikana Prime Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Hotfix 18.4.12
  • Introduced

See alsoEdit

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