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Weapon Slot Secondary
Weapon Type Thrown
Trigger Type Auto
Projectile Speed 70.0m/s
Noise Level 0.0m (Silent)
Firing Rate 3.3 rounds/sec
Accuracy 100.0
Magazine Size 10 rounds/mag
Max Ammo 210 rounds
Reload Time 0.8s
Normal Attacks
Impact wImpact 2.8
Puncture wPuncture 44.0
Slash wSlash 8.2
Crit Multiplier 1.5x
Introduced Update 8.0
Used by the Stalker, Despair throwing blades have a mono-filament edge, sharp enough to penetrate a Warframe.

The Despair is a set of throwing knives with micronic edges, used by the Stalker.

This weapon can be sold for Credits64‍ 5,000.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hr
Rush: Platinum64 50
Market Price: N/A Blueprint Price: N/A

The Despair's blueprint cannot be purchased on market, but it is included in the What Stalker? bundle. The blueprint can also be acquired from the Stalker.


This weapon deals primarily Puncture b Puncture damage.


  • Silent.
  • Has less arc than the Kunai making it easier to engage targets at longer ranges.
  • Can penetrate straight through enemies, allowing it to hit multiple enemies if lined up (Bugged, only seems to work when you are host.).
  • Has two Madurai Polpolarity slots, ideal for Hornet Strike and Barrel Diffusion mods.
  • Higher base damage than the Kunai.
  • Very fast reload speed.
  • Fully automatic.
  • The arc of each throw, although random, still allows you to accomplish headshots on enemies behind cover.
  • Infested Volatile Runners do not explode on death when killed by this weapon.


  • Non-hitscan weapon. Projectiles have travel time, giving more challenge against moving targets at long distances.
  • Although listed as 100% accurate, the Despair has a slight random spread with every throw, making long range targets more difficult to hit.
  • Low critical chance.
  • Low status chance.

Weapon LoadoutsEdit

Main article: Category:Despair Build

See the user build section for builds using this weapon.


  • Using the Pistol Ammo Mutation mod can help regain lost ammo when needed.
  • For effective use of non-hitscan weapons, it is strongly recommended to learn Leading. In short, Leading means aiming ahead of your target so the projectile still hits him. It can be a challenge to learn it, low level Grineer are recommended for practicing.
  • Despair daggers are effected by the mod Lethal Momentum, making it much easier to hit moving targets and longer range targets.


  • Prior to Update 9, there were no knives visible in the quivers. Unknown if intended or not.
  • The trails from thrown blades are affected by your energy color. (Seems to only work if you are the host.)


  • Currently, while holding a Datamass, there is no proper "animation" or "alignment" of the Despair, for running with the Datamass. The Despair will float above/outside of your Warframe's hands, as if you had a pistol in your hand instead. This problem also occurs when performing a Jump Kick.
  • Trails from the blades are much brighter with longer decay times since Update 11. This may be an intended effect.


  • A "monofilament" is a fictional type of wire, consisting of a single strand of strongly bound together molecules. This theoretically creates an edge that is micron or even nanometer thin, the sharpest possible.
    • Typically, they are applied as a cutting tool or a weapon that can sever nearly any object or other molecules.
    • Organic molecular wires have been proposed for usage in optoelectronics.


  • Despair being held in hand before throwing.
  • New Despair Skin
  • Despair stoped by Snow Globe

See alsoEdit

  • Stalker, the assassin who uses the Despair.
  • Kunai, a similar weapon.
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