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Headhunting is one of the two methods for players to obtain Operators in Arknights, aside from recruitment. It is the game's core "gacha" system.

Overview

Each headhunting pull costs 600 Orundum icon.png or one Headhunting Permit.png Headhunting Permit. Alternatively, the player can also perform ten consecutive pulls for 6000 Orundum icon.png or one Ten-roll Headhunting Permit.png Ten-roll Headhunting Permit. There are functionally no differences between ten individual single pulls and a ten-pull, and the system does not differentiate or incentivize one or the other.

The rate at which Operators of a specific rarity appears in a headhunting pull are as follows, with 1★ and 2★ ones excluded as they can only be obtained through recruitment:

Pity systems

Arknights features two "pity systems" to ensure that high-rarity Operators are accessible for everyone, as is standard fare for most gacha games:

  • A 6★ or 5★ Operator is guaranteed to appear in any of the first ten pulls on a headhunting banner.
    • In other words, if a 6★ or 5★ Operator does not appear the first nine pulls, then one will appear in the tenth pull.
  • If a 6★ Operator does not appear after 50 pulls, each subsequent pull will increase the 6★ Operators' rate by 2%, up to 100%.
    • As such, the 6★ Operator rate will be 4% at the 51st pull, 6% at the 52nd pull, 10% at the 54th pull, 20% at the 59th pull, 50% at the 74th pull, and 100% (guaranteed) at the 99th pull.
    • This effectively gives 6★ Operators a ~2.9% chance to appear in each pull.[1]
    • The pull count and increased rate will be reset as soon as a 6★ Operator appears on any pull, and is carried over across different headhunting banners with the exception to limited ones; the pull count and increased rate on limited banners are not carried over across any other banners (including other limited banners) either.

Spark

From the Cremation Last Wish limited banner onwards, an additional pity system (commonly referred to as "spark" as a holdover from the similar currency from Granblue Fantasy) was implemented for limited headhunting banners.

In this system, each pull made on the limited banner awards 1 Headhunting Data Contract that can be used to buy the rate-up 6★ and 5★ Operator(s) for 300 Headhunting Data Contract icon.png and 75 Headhunting Data Contract icon.png, respectively. This effectively ensures that the player can have the limited Operator if they were unable to pull the Operator after at least 300 pulls.

Once the limited banner ends, each Headhunting Data Contract will be converted into Headhunting Parametric Model.png Headhunting Parametric Model that can be used to buy T1 to T4 upgrade materials at the Certificate Store.

Tips

  • "Re-rolling" is not necessary in Arknights as all 6★ Operators in the Newbie Pool are applicable in early game situations and worth using.
  • Arknights is a purely PvE game, and no Operator is a strict requirement at any point in the game. Higher-rarity Operators only make the game easier, not necessarily more fun or more interesting.
  • Do not be disappointed if 6★ Operators are not appearing as expected! The pity system, as stated above, ensures that one will eventually get them over time, so feel free to keep pulling as long as one's resources allow (and don't overdo it).
    • Be mindful that while getting 6★ Operators over time is assured, getting specific Operators is much more difficult, as the standard rate for rate-up operators is 50%, meaning there are as many chances to get an "off-rate" Operator, and 70% on Limited banners, shared between two Operators, effectively lowering it down to 35% per Operator.
      • Standard Pool Banners dilute that chance even further, and are the least advisable banners to pull for a specific Operator on.
  • Before pulling for a specific Operator, remember to learn what does that Operator do and whether they interests the player. It would be a waste of resources to pull for an Operator that won't be used often.
  • For new players, it is highly recommended to pull from the Newbie Pool banner before other banners due to the discounted price and guaranteed 6★ and 5★ Operator on the first ten pulls. However, try to listen to advice from other players regarding concurrently running banners, as some of these Operators may be good account kickstarters, and rerolling is still an option. The Newbie Pool also remains until 20 pulls, so its 6★ guarantee will still be there no matter what.
  • If a banner seems interesting but not worth going all-out on, just go for the guaranteed 5★ in the first ten pulls.
    • Unless one is aiming for the rate-up Operator(s) and for limited banners, it is not advisable to pull past the guaranteed ten.
    • Do not be tempted to do ten pulls at once while still at the guaranteed ten. Instead, try to do one pull at a time; the player might get the guaranteed 5★/6★ Operator before the 10th pull, which allows one to save their Orundum and/or Headhunting Permits for future banners.
Note: Always remember that Arknights is just a video game with virtual rewards. Try to only spend money as one's income and reserves allow, and if it is truly worth it. One should take caution that gacha mechanics are generally seen as predatory and may develop gambling addiction. If the latter is the case, please seek mental and/or spiritual counsel immediately as it can (and will) be detrimental to one's life!

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