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Weapon Slot Melee
Weapon Type Sword
Attack Speed 0.917
Normal Attacks
Impact wImpact 10.5
Puncture wPuncture 5.3
Slash wSlash 19.2
Slam Attacks
Radius 3.0 meters
Slide Attacks
Wall Attacks
Stance Polarity Madurai Pol
Introduced Vanilla
A strong blade forged using ceramic.

The Cronus is one of the first weapons players can craft (along with the Heat Sword), and is wielded by Captain Vor. Compared to the Skana players can start with, the Cronus has a faster attack speed and greater damage, making it a reasonable upgrade for Sword wielders early in the game.

Cronus can be sold for Credits64‍ 5,000.

Manufacturing Requirements

Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 25
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprint Price: N/A

The blueprint for the Cronus is a potential drop from Captain Vor, after defeating him on Tolstoj, Mercury. Neither his encounter on Phobos nor his Corrupted counterpart will drop this blueprint.


This weapon deals primarily Slash b Slash damage.



  • Can only hit one target at a time without Stances.
  • Relatively low Puncture b Puncture damage.
  • Low critical chance.

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • The listed attack speed is a speed multiplier for longswords. The real attack rate of the Cronus is 2.2 hits per second (0.45 seconds to hit once). This is because the swing rate of melee weapons often gets skewed due to attack animations.
  • As with most weapon components and blueprints dropped by certain enemies, the Cronus's blueprint drops as a pink orb when Vor is defeated.


  • The high slash damage is effective against Infested. However the fact that the Cronus only strikes one target at a time may make using the weapon inefficient against the hordes the Infested tend to come in.


  • On Update 7.8, the Cronus Blueprint was only a guaranteed reward the first time Tolstoj was completed and its drop chance would exponentially decrease with each future. This was put in place to prevent credit farming.
  • The Cronus was the original melee weapon of the Stalker before update Update 7.11.
  • Cronus (alternatively Cronos or Kronos) is the youngest of the twelve titans in Greek mythology, father of Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon.


  • Cronus in the Codex
  • The Cronus blueprint drops with any conclave level and is shown on the mission reward screen.
  • Cronus drop orb after Update 18

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 7.8
  • Cronus blueprint now only a guaranteed drop the first time Tolstoj is completed, % chance to drop continues to decrease on additional runs.

Update 0.0

  • Item introduced with game release.

See alsoEdit

WeaponsDamageCompare AllCosmetics

Start a Discussion Discussions about Cronus

  • Need a new Melee Weapon

    4 messages
    • wrote: orthos would fit and is easy to build Not bad I'll give it a try just need to know if the blueprint has to be scavenged...
    • The Orthos Blueprint is from the market. The Orthos Prime is from the Void.

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