'Octopath Traveler' Character Guide: Primrose the Dancer

Primrose Azelhart is one of the eight characters whom you can choose to play when starting Octopath Traveler. A 23-year-old dancer with a dark past, Primrose lives and works in the town of Sunshade.

Her biography states:

"Your name is Primrose, and you are a dancer.

"You ply your trade in the pleasure district of Sunshade, a town forever shrouded in darkness.

In truth, you are the highborn daughter of the once-proud House Azelhart, an identity you conceal from all.

"'Three men bearing the mark of the crow. They took my father from me.'

"But you will have your revenge…"

Primrose's meeting story lays out the tragedy of her past. Set on vengeance after her noble father is assassinated before her eyes, she roams from town to town, searching for information on the men who killed him. In Sunshade, she is taken in by boorish tavern owner Helgenish and puts up with his coarse, degrading personality in the name of finding her father's murderers. One day she sees the mark of the assassins on a visitor to the tavern and her tale unfolds from there.

Primrose is a status-enhancing character filled with buffs for her party and debuffs for her enemies. She also has access to dark elemental magic. Her speed and evasion help compensate for her low health, but because of the strategy and foresight needed for her dancing abilities, she is not the most beginner-friendly character. Most of her abilities target one enemy or ally at a time, so picking up an ability like Night Ode, which deals damage to all enemies, is a smart move.

Primrose's path action is Allure, which allows her to guide townspeople who will follow Primrose wherever she goes. This works similarly to the Guide path action and can be used to move quests forward by helping them find items or other people.

Primrose's talent is Summon, which enables her to summon a townsperson to aid in battle under her guidance. While Primrose's dark elemental attacks can be enough to get her through battles, the extra help is welcome when it comes to this physically frail character. Her talent is the same as Ophilia's Summon talent.

Primrose's primary job is Dancer. Dancers can equip daggers and have the following bonuses:

  • Elemental Attack +8 percent
  • Speed +10 percent
  • Evasion 10 percent

Dancer skills are:

  • Lion Dance (4 SP): One ally's physical attacks become more powerful for two turns.
  • Moonlight Waltz (7 SP): Deal heavy dark damage to a single foe.
  • Peacock Strut (4 SP): Augment a single ally's elemental attacks for two turns.
  • Mole Dance (4 SP): Augment a single ally's physical defense for two turns.
  • Night Ode (10 SP): Deal dark damage to all foes.
  • Panther Dance (4 SP): Increase a single ally's speed for two turns.
  • Bewildering Grace (25 SP): Cause a curious effect to occur one time.
  • Sealticge's Seduction (30 SP, Divine Skill): For three turns, skills performed by a single ally that usually target one foe will affect all foes instead. (This will not affect other Divine Skills.)

Dancer support skills are:

  • The Show Goes On: Status augmentations you grant to allies will persist for one additional turn.
  • Eye for an Eye: Gain a 50 percent chance of counterattacking when targeted by a physical attack.
  • Second Wind: Recover a certain amount of SP each turn.
  • Encore: Once per battle, upon being incapacitated you will recover with 25 percent of your maximum HP.