The Division Series: A Primal Primer

An Extension To Your Grid Variety

This guide is made to break down Free to Play (F2P from here on) and Pay to Win (P2W) Primals on a basic level. The goal is to help people who know little about Primals to make a decision on their Division Series Primal choice. This guide is not meant for extensive grid comparisons and is solely to get a “first impression” of the Primals while you can compare with what you currently possess/want. Do note that the Division series boosts Normal skills by 70/110% instead of 80/120% and this will have slight impact on calculations. First I’ll explain how the Primals will be broken down.

Disclaimer: This guide is written before the release of Magna II and the Magna I Rebalance. Furthermore there will most certainly be free rolls during the Anniversary Event. I implore you to wait with picking for as long as possible and see what you might pull and what they might add/change.

Sunstone vs Primal

The very first question you must ask yourself is whether you should even pick a Division Primal to begin with. You should first ask yourself some of the following questions for each element:

  1. Do I already have a non-MLB Primal/120% series summon for this element?
  2. Do I have no whale weapons for this element?
  3. Am I unable to MLB the Division Primal in the close future?

If the above questions are answered with yes you will most likely want to pick a sunstone. If you answered the previous questions with no you can move along and hope to make a decision on your Division Primal.

The Overview Template

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[Primal Name]

F2P

Rating: 
Formats for ratings will be on a simple star based system: ★★★
White stars being minimum performance and gold stars being maximum.

Breakdown:
The Breakdown on the general playstyle with F2P weapons and characters that might be used. The rating variety here is based on characters that might be available to you.

An important thing to note is that the Primals can have significant trouble with outperforming their Magna counterparts as F2P.

Boosted Weapons:
A list of the most used Normal skill type weapons will be shown here with links to their wiki pages. Each weapon will get a small description for their purpose and how much you want to have on hand/farm. This definition will use farmable weapons and farmable weapons only, Gacha and Moon weapons will be disregarded completely. Take a look here to see what you should prepare for on your F2P journey. Weapons will be accompanied by their own ratings as to how much they influence the Primal’s power.

P2W

Rating: 
Formats for ratings will be on a simple star based system: ★★★★★
White stars being minimum performance and gold stars being maximum. The performance here is based on how many weapons you are willing to shell out for/have.
The red star is reserved for the top 3 current Primals if you go all-in for their weapons, they hold the current racing meta and can be a good long-term investment.

Breakdown:
The breakdown on the general play style with one or multiple Gacha/Moon weapons. The variety in ratings here is based on the amount of these weapons that are available to you.
This breakdown assumes you have all characters available to you.

Boosted Weapons:
P2W Primal grids will consider one or more of the element’s available Gacha and Moon weapons. The focus here will be put on how much of an effect these weapons have on the Primal’s power in varying quantities. Take a look at whether you own some of these to support your decision. This will contain a minimum weapon kit suggestion before you should consider pursuing P2W Primals.

30-Moon weapons are not considered “farmable” even though they technically are.
Now that we are all on the same page let’s take a look at the Primals!


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Zephyrus

F2P

Rating: ★☆☆☆

Breakdown:
The minimum score of F2P Zeph is easily because it is overshadowed by Magna Wind entirely. However, F2P Zeph is a powerful tool for entering UBHL or doing high-end solo play for fun.
A big problem with Zeph currently is the over-abundance of Normal modifier buffers in the element (Korwa, Rosetta, etc.) therefore characters with Unique/Elemental buffs are preferred (Mellissabelle, Scathacha, Birdman, Lecia).
Of course the 2 Eternals are pretty much a mainstay at their final uncap providing both survivablity and offensive power to the team. Nio 5* is especially essential for UBHL ventures with F2P Zeph.

Boosted Weapons:

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Indra’s Edge

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
This weapon is the bread and butter of F2P Zeph, it provides both on-element power and very powerful defense as your HP lowers. You will generally use 1-2 of these in a grid.
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Le Fay

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
Wind’s Cortana equivalent, provides DATA at the cost of 10% HP. Can be easily offset with a Sagittarius Bow. You will generally use 1-2 of these as well.
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Sagittarius Bow

 Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
 A provider of small on-element power but its biggest pull is the massive amounts of HP it will provide. You will generally use 1 to offset Le Fays and 2 for UBHL.
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Qinglong Spear Regus

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
 The Qinglong Spear is more often used as a viable MH and grid filler. If you are desperate for more weapon filler a Malus spear is also a nice addition.

P2W

Rating: ★★★★

Breakdown:
P2W Zeph gains an immediate jump in strength upon acquisition of the first Love Eternal (LE), LE’s provide sizable boosts until the 4th after which heavy diminishing returns start to kick in.
In combination with both 5* Eternals Zephyrus suddenly becomes a powerful Primal capable of outdamaging Magna and being an extremely reliable player in UBHL.

Boosted Weapons:

 

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Love Eternal

 Rating: ★★★★★
Currently the brunt of P2W Zeph’s power, sporting two offensive skills and a DA boost you can slap 1-4 of these in your grid for an amazing boost.
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Cords of Heaven Lilah

 Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
 A great Harp MH weapon once FLB’d giving DATA up and Mirror Image to MC whilst providing additional Debuff Success Rate for Nio and MC. Not much priority on this.
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Shekhinah Bow

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
These weapons are best described as “only ticket as filler or slot if you drop one from RotB”. While they sport high stats their skills offer too little offensive brunt to be worthy of slotting more than 1.
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Reunion

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
 A weapon that should be used as nothing more than a MH, providing the Wind ATK up that Zeph desperately needs and an additional nice stamina boost.
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Thalassinus

 Rating: ★★★☆☆

The minimum recommended weapon kit for considering P2W Zephyrus is 3 Love Eternals.


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Agni

F2P

Rating: ★★☆☆

Breakdown:
F2P Agni can be compared a lot to its Magna counterpart due to the presence of Ecke Sachs, however Agni comes with a clear advantage: Grid DATA boosts.
This allows you to run a larger variety of characters while still keeping damage high. As always running elemental/unique buffs on your team through characters such as Yuel, Zahl and Sturm is recommended and will greatly bolster your offense. Due to Baha/Ultima restrictions Esser is also fairly hard to slot in Magna teams but due to grid DATA that is not a problem here.

Boosted Weapons:

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Ecke Sachs

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
The Normal typed counterpart to the Ancient Ecke Sachs, a very important aspect to know about Normal crit skills is that they are each rolled separately for many damage increases instead of Magna’s singular stacking proc chance for one boost. Having 1-2 of these is preferred.
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Ray of Zhuque Malus and Regus

 Rating: ★★★★☆
These katanas sport SL15 Normal II skills, DMG Cap up and HP up to offset Erichthonius. On top of that it comes with Katana stats making this an outstanding F2P weapon. You want both of these available.
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Erichthonius

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
Agni’s way to get grid DATA at the cost of 10% HP, luckily Ecke Sachs, Ultima weapons, Sword of Pallas and Ray of Zhuque Regus help offset this. You want 1 with Ultima weapons and 2 otherwise.
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Sword Of Pallas

 Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
A weapon boasting mediocre offense with an HP boost to either offset Erichthonius or to access UBHL. You want no more than 2 of these.
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Fire of Prometheus

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
A powerful dual-ATK skill weapon that deals 5% of your HP per turn making it both offensively strong but enabling your Ecke’s enmity as well, however the DoT stacks and thus you should limit yourself to 1 per grid.

P2W

Rating: ★★★

Breakdown:
P2W Agni can either be an enmity powerhouse or an on-element powerhouse. The ticketable/moonable Crimson Fingers (CF) are terrific offensive weapons for your grid while Benedias offer DA boosts and on-element power together with towering base stats.
Much like Hades you need 2-3 CF to get the ball rolling for Agni but once you have these slotted you will start shredding wind content to pieces with decent HP, DATA and incredible on-element offense.

Boosted Weapons:

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Crimson Finger

 Rating: ★★★★★
Your main weapon of choice to start your grid, offering nothing but raw power. Depending on your Benedias you can use 1-4 of these.
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Benedia

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
The on-element choice for power, mixing very well with Crimson Fingers. You generally want 1-2 of these on hand.

The minimum recommended weapon kit for considering P2W Agni is 2 Crimson Fingers or 2 Benedia’s.


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Varuna

F2P

Rating: ★★★

Breakdown:
F2P Varuna is very powerful due to its accessibility to Stamina, the biggest downside to this being that this is gated behind an event that only pops up twice a year. Sadly Varuna suffers from the same disease as Magna (even more so here): Take both 5* Eternals. Uno is a stamina managing god whilst dealing excellent damage, while Quatre dumps all imaginable utility on your team and the enemy.
F2P Varuna is also one of the best F2P Primal options to do UBHL with due to its need for high HP for Stamina by default and sporting excellent defensive characters.

Boosted Weapons:

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Auberon

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Varuna’s counterpart to the Ancient Auberon, this will be an additional HP buffer for your Stamina whilst still providing on-element power. You want 1-2 of these on hand, 3-4 for UBHL.
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Fimbul

 Rating: ★★★★☆
Even after its unfortunate nerf after release these bows are still a force to be reckoned with, sporting an HP skill to support its own Stamina makes this the most valuable asset for F2P Varuna. You want 1-3 of these ASAP.
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Xuanwu Shellfists

 Rating: ★★★★☆
A stupidly powerful MH for water Luchadore that only further increases the damage you can dish out through echoes. You can only get one of these max.
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Xuanwu Mace Malus

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
An SL15 Normal II skill with Cap Up. Helps with early grid filling but will stick in your grid even as it develops. You can only get one Malus. Grab a Regus if you are desperate for filler weapons.

P2W

Rating: ★★★★

Breakdown:
Murgleis is a stupidly powerful weapon that provides the grid DATA that Varuna was so sorely lacking until its release. A single Murgleis will bump your offensive power to great heights with double Varuna and adding more just makes it more ridiculous. With enough healing support from either your team or the raid there is very little that can stop the destruction you leave in your wake.

Boosted Weapons:

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Murgleis

 Rating: ★★★★★
The main source of power for P2W Varuna. due to their offensive stability you want 1-3 of them but if you run Primal/Elemental you can take up to 5.
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Meteora

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
While it currently does not hold a candle to Murgleis this enmity focused beast is handy to hang on to until it gets a Final Uncap.
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Scarlet Vane

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
While its stats may be mediocre, Scarlet Vane provides a DMG Cap Up that can be very useful for speeding up low level content even more. Alongside that it is a powerful MH weapon due to its party-wide Water ATK up and meter gain up (meaning more meter from counters).
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Durandal

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
An honorable mention for this once treasured weapon, it still provides respectable offensive skills and good stats but like the Slarnd it has been powercreeped and it should only be used if you get it from a lucky RotB drop.

The minimum recommended weapon kit for considering P2W Varuna is 1 Murg.


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Titan

F2P

Rating: ★★★★

Breakdown:
F2P Titan is very powerful if you have the characters to support it. Boasting an enmity focused play style through Solomon Axes there are 2 clear contenders for this: Sarasa at both 4 and 5* and Ayer with his self-punching capabilities. These two characters will allow you to push your damage bursts at the right moment due to their ability to manage their own HP. Slap a buffer or even a third attacker into the mix and you become a serious powerhouse. The biggest downside to F2P Titan is the lack of grid DATA.

Boosted Weapons:

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Solomon’s Axe

Rating: ★★★☆☆
F2P Titan’s main weapon of choice, sporting the ever lovable ATK+Enmity skill mods on top of a respectable ATK stat. You want 3-5 of these.
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Baihu Claw Malus

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
An SL15 Normal II skill with DMG Cap Up on it. You can only get one of these. Grab the Regus claw as well if you are desperate for filler weapons.
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Spymur’s Vision

 Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
A filler weapon that boosts DA and ATK at the cost of HP that has been creeped through Ultima weapons etc. Grab 1-2 of these if you feel like playing with them.

P2W

Rating: ★★★★

Breakdown:
P2W Titan has become a force to be reckoned with due to AK-4A’s Final Uncap. While you will still use Solomon Axes or Stratomizers with them they will allow you to keep numbers high even at higher HP numbers while also providing you grid TA. Stratomizers are better Baal axes and the ticketable weapon option for Titan.

Boosted Weapons:

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AK-4A

 Rating: ★★★★★
A weapon offering tremendous power through its double ATK skill, TA boost (lower than other Small TA boosts) and insane gun stats. You want anywhere from 1-4 of these to mix with your Stratomizers/Solomon Axes.
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Greatsword Andalius

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
A powerful weapon due to its DMG Cap Up skill and Final Uncap availability. While the cap up does stack 3 times you generally won’t have room for more than one.
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Stratomizer

 Rating: ★★★★☆
An upgrade to Solomon Axes, boasting higher stats and the possibility of a Final Uncap these will give you a nice boost over your F2P options.
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L’arc Qui ne Faut

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
A powerful on-element weapon that you generally will only use if you drop one from RotB.

The minimum recommended weapon kit for considering P2W Titan is 1 AK-4A or 2 Stratomizers.


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Hades

F2P

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Breakdown:
F2P Hades is currently a meme, I won’t judge if you pick it for that but for a serious decision you should stay far away from this.

Boosted Weapons:

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Obscuritas

 Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Pretty much the only farmable Big ATK up that is available at any given moment for Hades with staff stats and a bad 2nd skill.
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Hermanubis

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Probably your best bet at F2P Hades grid filling that is available at any given moment, at least your CA DMG will be good. This does however make an excellent MH.
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Qilin Bow

 Rating: ★★★★☆
Only putting this here since you definitely want one on the P2W side, you’re not gonna hit caps as F2P. You can only get one of these.
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Cerberus Order

 Rating: ★★★★☆
Locked behind the limited Cerberus Showdown this weapon is an easy way to get tons of grid DATA for your P2W grid. You want 2-3 of these.
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Cortana

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The counterpart to the Olden Cortana. Even though this weapon has been completely creeped by Cerberus Orders, due to their scarce availability these can be used as fillers for them. You want 0-2 of these on hand.
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Hellward Dagger

  Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Your most powerful asset for F2P Hades is locked behind a limited time recurring event, you’ll get a bunch of these whilst grinding Cerberus Orders.
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Qilin Lyre
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The F2P Harp MH of choice, has an SL15 Normal II skill and helps you land debuffs.

P2W

Rating: ★★★

Breakdown:
P2W Hades is Enmity focused through Gislas. You can however choose a slightly less efficient no-gimmick play style with the use of Blutgangs. Hades has a steep entry barrier of needing 3 Gislas to beat out Magna, making it more of a long-term investment for the people that like Dark’s playstyle/waifus. If there are no Sages in your raid and you can keep your HP low you will be feared.

Boosted Weapons:

 Gisla icon.jpg

Gisla

 Rating: ★★★★★
The core of Hades grids, at 3+ these will start overtaking Magna very rapidly. You want 3-4 of these.
 Blutgang icon.jpg

Blutgang

 Rating: ★★★★☆
Very strong on-element complements to your Gislas. You can use these to even out the enmity curve. You want 0-2 of these on hand.
 Parazonium icon.jpg

Parazonium

 Rating: ★★★☆☆
The MH of all MHs in Dark, boasting a Trium skill on top of your Cerberus Orders and providing team echoes and DATA. Absolutely get one of these to use as MH.

The minimum recommended weapon kit before considering P2W Hades is 3 Gislas or 2 Gislas+1 Blutgang.


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Zeus

F2P

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Breakdown:
F2P Zeus has very little clear advantage over its Magna counterpart. While it does provide more damage you lose a sizable amount of HP by doing so. You can choose to build a Stamina focused grid using Light’s healing characters (Funf, Sophia, Io, etc.) and an Ultima staff and this is the only time F2P Zeus can peak.

Boosted Weapons:

 Luminiera Sword Omega icon.jpg

Luminiera Sword Omega

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The infamous “grind until you die” Magna weapon is still invaluable to the F2P Zeus player due to its dual-skill typing on the ATK mods. You want up to 8 of these.
 Bow of Iliad icon.jpg

Bow of Iliad

 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
F2P Zeus’s access to Stamina, however unlike Fimbul this does not come with its own HP boost and due to the loss of HP on the Chev Swords this should only be taken if you can peak your HP at all times. You want no more than one of these.
 Huanglong Katana icon.jpg

Huanglong Katana

 Rating: ★★★★★
Due to its recent Final Uncap this weapon has become an absolute monster that should be slotted into any grid. A permanent 50% Elemental modifier that can be upheld with only Clarity while boasting an SL15 Massive ATK skill more than makes up for the HP loss. Get this ASAP.
 Sunset Fan icon.jpg

Sunset Fan

 Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
A weapon that is solely used to raise your HP for both F2P and P2W Stamina weapons. You want one of these if you use any Stamina weapon.
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Huanglong Spear

Rating: ★★★☆☆
The Spear MH of choice, sporting an SL15 Normal II skill and meter speed up on ougi. As well as boosting your team’s CA DMG and CA DMG cap.
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Gungnir

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
An on-element option for a F2P grid if you need filler weapons and DA rate.

P2W

Rating: ★★★★

Breakdown:
P2W Zeus turns from zero to hero with the addition of even a single Eden. the introduction of an ATK+Stamina weapon completely skyrockets damage when HP is kept high and completely makes up for the lackluster F2P option. On top of this P2W Zeus also has grid DATA through Gambanteinns, further increasing your offensive prowess.

Boosted Weapons:

 Eden icon.jpg

Eden

 Rating: ★★★★★
An extremely powerful weapon that will inflate your damage sky high as long as you peak your HP. You want 1-3 of these and combine it with a Sunset Fan.
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Gambanteinn

 Rating: ★★★★☆
Light’s “Murgleis” just comes with worse stats but is still incredibly valuable. You want 1-3 of these.

The minimum recommended weapon kit for considering P2W Zeus is at least 2 Grande weapons (Eden and Gambanteinn)

Afterword

Hopefully after reading this mess you feel a little more informed on what each primal entails, how they play, what they need and most importantly, which one fits best with any weapons you may already have on hand.
After you have made your choice it is best to look up on how to develop a focused grid for your primal either through Motocal or by asking around on the Reddit questions megathread or the Academy channel on the Gaijin Discord.

Special thanks to Meshocku, Diamonit and Kyu for helping me with this article.

7 thoughts on “The Division Series: A Primal Primer

      1. NEVER use a gold brick or dama bar to uncap farmable weapons, especially if you are contemplating making a primal grid. Especially if said primal grid is Zeus. Don’t use gold bricks to uncap weapons, period. Keep in mind most eternals are core for their respective elements and you need 2-3 gold bricks per eternal depending on how you chose to 5* them.

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  1. Hmm, having 1 Murg, 1 Benedia and 2 Edens, I’m torn. While I do main dark I and will always prefer it over any other element building Hades seems meh at the same time making the two water eternals 5* is meh to me as well

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