As an alternative to Kunai, these Tenno throwing stars do less damage but they come with expanded ammo capacity and a higher rate of fire.

The Hikou are a set of shurikens released in Update 9.0. It has a lower base damage than the Kunai and Despair, but a higher fire rate and base magazine size. Like its counterparts, it can also be hard to aim with because of its arrow-like arc projection.

This weapon can be sold for Credits645,000; it is also a requisite ingredient for the Panthera.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 225 Blueprint2 Blueprints:Credits6415,000


This weapon deals primarily Puncture b Puncture damage.


  • Silent.
  • Highest fire rate of all throwing-type secondaries.
  • Very fast reload speed.
  • Two Madurai Pol polarity slots.
  • Works well with Concealed Explosives, considering its high fire rate and ammo capacity.


  • Lowest base damage of all throwing-type secondaries.
  • Projectiles have travel time.
  • Projectiles travel in an arc, making it hard to hit at longer ranges and achieve headshots.
  • Very low ammo efficiency.
  • Extremely low critical chance.
  • Below average critical damage multiplier.
  • Low status chance.


  • Hikou, compared to Hikou Prime:
    • Lower base damage (26.0 vs. 36.0)
      • Lower Impact b Impact damage (2.6 vs. 3.6)
      • Lower Puncture b Puncture damage (15.6 vs. 30.6)
      • Higher Slash b Slash damage (7.8 vs. 1.8)
    • Lower critical chance (4% vs. 6%)
    • Lower critical damage multiplier (1.6x vs. 1.8x)
    • Lower status chance (10% vs. 28%)
    • Higher fire rate (6.67 rounds/sec vs. 5.83 rounds/sec)
    • Smaller magazine (20 rounds vs. 26 rounds)
    • Slower reload speed (0.75 s vs. 0.5 s)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (2 vs. 4)

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • Make sure to adjust your aim for moving targets.
  • When using at a distance aim above the enemy to adjust for Hikou's arc.
  • Using the Pistol Ammo Mutation mod can help regain lost ammo when needed.


  • The Hikou can ricochet (rarely) off surfaces, as floors and walls. Ricocheted shots can damage and kill whoever gets in the way.
  • The Hikou are quite similar to the Kunai, the main difference being about half the damage for twice the fire rate. Regarding this, Hikou are slightly superior, dealing 5 more damage per two thrown, which would equal 1 Kunai in terms for rate of fire. In other words, the Hikou trades a slight DPS upgrade for ammo economy when compared to the Kunai. Note that they both share a 210 size spare ammo capacity, so the Hikou is slightly worse for wear.
  • The Hikou can pass through Electric Shield.


  • As with all thrown sidearms, when performing a Jump Kick your frame will hold the Hikou as dual pistols. Upon hitting the ground and sliding, this will quickly switch back to as it should be.


  • Hikou (Hikō or 飛行 ) in Japanese means "flight."
  • The Hikou are based off the Japanese throwing stars from ninjutsu tradition. Throwing stars were primarily used as distractions, and were often called the "invisible blades" due to a thrown star being able to cut enemies unseen from any direction.
  • The Hikou are the first throwing weapon secondary to receive a prime variant.
  • The Hikou share at least two common traits with the Kunai and Despair, all three are secondary throwing type weapons, and all weapons have a damage focus mainly on Puncture b Puncture damage.


Patch HistoryEdit

Update 22.12
  • Status chance increased from 2.5% to 12%
  • Critical chance increased from 2.5% to 4%
  • Critical damage increased from 1.5x to 1.6x

See AlsoEdit

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