The Dragon Nikana is forged from ancient Tenno steel. This is a master's weapon, only the most worthy of Tenno may wield it.

The Dragon Nikana is a powerful katana of Tenno design, based off the Nikana. It was released in Update 13.0.

This weapon can be sold for Credits645,000.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 35
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 275 Blueprint2 Blueprints Price:Credits6430,000

Players can obtain the blueprint in the marketplace for Credits6430,000. Players may also buy the Dragon Nikana from the Market for Platinum64275.


This weapon deals primarily Slash b Slash damage.


  • Third highest base damage of all single-handed weapons.
  • Good critical and status chances.
  • Has one Madurai Pol and one Vazarin Pol polarity.



  • Dragon Nikana, compared to Nikana:
    • Higher base damage (85.0 vs. 45.0)
      • Higher Impact b Impact damage (4.25 vs. 2.25)
      • Higher Puncture b Puncture damage (8.5 vs. 4.5)
      • Higher Slash b Slash damage (72.25 vs. 38.25)
    • Higher critical chance (15% vs. 10%)
    • Higher status chance (15% vs. 10%)
    • Higher attack speed (1 vs. 0.92)
    • Higher Mastery Rank required (8 vs. 4)
  • Dragon Nikana, compared to Nikana Prime:
    • Lower base damage (85.0 vs. 95.0)
      • Lower Impact b Impact damage (4.25 vs. 4.75)
      • Higher Puncture b Puncture damage (8.5 vs. 4.75)
      • Lower Slash b Slash damage (72.25 vs. 85.5)
    • Lower critical chance (15% vs. 20%)
    • Lower status chance (15% vs. 20%)
    • Lower attack speed (1 vs. 1.08)
    • Higher Mastery Rank required (8 vs. 0)

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • The default strikes of the Nikanas lash out quickly, but have noticeably longer delay before the next swing. This should be noted if you are particular about hit timing.
  • Before Hotfix 13.0.1, the Dragon Nikana appeared alongside the normal Nikana in the Market with the same name as the regular version, causing some confusion due to its superior stats despite looking like an identical weapon. This has been changed to reflect the Dragon Nikana being a separate weapon.
  • The Dragon Nikana was previously unlockable via Clan research, requiring the Nikana to the researched. Hotfix 13.0.3 removed the Dragon Nikana from the Tenno Lab, and a conversion blueprint was made available in the Market to allow Nikana users to upgrade to the Dragon Nikana.
  • Despite being a variant of the Nikana, the Dragon Nikana is considered its own weapon in regards to Riven Mods. As such, the Dragon Nikana's Riven mods can become much stronger due to its full 5/5 Riven Disposition, while the standard Nikana and by extension Nikana Prime have only 1/5.


  • This weapon is the first of its kind to have an enhancement prefix of Dragon.
    • Though a Tenno weapon, "Dragon" is the second prefix, with "Dex" being the first, that doesn't follow the normal upgrade path, becoming Primes. Possibly due in part to the fact that neither are constructed with Orokin technology.
  • The Dragon Nikana's scabbard colors are customized from the Attachments tab, rather than the main Appearance tab colors.
    • The dangling strip by the scabbard is customized through the main Appearance tab, however.


  • Dragon Nikana in Codex
  • Dragon Nikana's look as of 13.0.1
  • The Dragon Nikana's idle stance.

Dragon Nikana Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 19.2
  • Fixed incorrect textures being used when equipping the Ryu Nikana Skin on the Dragon Nikana.
  • Fixed a floating attachment when equipping the Ryu Nikana Skin on the Dragon Nikana.

Update 17.1

  • The Nikana and Dragon Nikana have been enabled for use in Conclave.

Hotfix 13.3.1

  • Improved the tintability on the Dragon Nikana.

Hotfix 13.0.6

  • Fixed the accessory offsets on the Dragon Nikana and made them match that of the Nikana.

Hotfix 13.0.3

  • Removed the Dragon Nikana from Clan Research and added in a new conversion blueprint to the Market. This will allow users to upgrade their Nikana to the Dragon Nikana without having to first research said weapon.
    • NOTE: The Dragon Nikana Blueprint requires a Mastery Rank of 8 to be used
  • Improved the visuals on cloth accessories on the Dragon Nikana.

Hotfix 13.0.2

  • Fixed description for Dragon Nikana and touched up icon.

Hotfix 13.0.1

  • Fixed an issue where the DRAGON NIKANA appeared as the regular NINKANA.

Update 13.0

  • Introduced as the Nikana alongside the regular Nikana.

See alsoEdit

  • Nikana, the regular version of this weapon.
  • Nikana Prime, the prime version of the Nikana.
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