The Lato is a highly accurate pistol used by the Tenno everywhere.

The Lato is one of two Secondary weapons which can be acquired during the Vor's Prize tutorial prologue. A dual-wield version of the Lato, Aklato is also available but must be purchased separately.

Two special exclusive versions of the Lato exist; the Lato Prime which was given to purchasers of the Grand Master Founders package, and the Lato Vandal rewarded to participants of the closed beta.

This weapon can be sold for Credits642,500, it is also a requisite ingredient for Bolto.


This weapon deals primarily Slash b Slash damage.


  • Good rate of fire.
  • Low recoil, making it easy to aim for weak spots.
  • Accurate for close to medium ranged combat.
  • Fast reload speed.
  • Good critical chance.


  • Low chance to proc a status effect.
  • Lower Impact b Impact and Puncture b Puncture damages, less effective against shields and armor. 


  • Lato, compared to Lato Prime:
    • Lower base damage (30.0 vs. 37.0)
      • Higher Impact b Impact damage (7.5 vs. 3.7)
      • Higher Puncture b Puncture damage (7.5 vs. 7.4)
      • Lower Slash b Slash damage (15.0 vs. 25.9)
    • Lower critical chance (10% vs. 30%)
    • Lower critical damage multiplier (1.75x vs. 2x)
    • Lower status chance (3% vs. 20%)
    • Different polarities (None vs. Madurai PolNaramon Pol)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (0 vs. 6)
  • Lato, compared to Lato Vandal:
    • Lower base damage (30.0 vs. 50.0)
      • Lower Puncture b Puncture damage (7.5 vs. 12.5)
      • Lower Slash b Slash damage (15.0 vs. 30.0)
    • Lower critical chance (10% vs. 20%)
    • Lower critical damage multiplier (1.75x vs. 2x)
    • Lower status chance (3% vs. 5%)
    • Higher fire rate (6.67 rounds/sec vs. 5 rounds/sec)
    • Less accurate (18 vs. 23)
    • Different polarities (None vs. Madurai Pol)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (0 vs. 4)


Players new to Warframe can choose the Lato as their first Secondary weapon in the Vor's Prize tutorial. This weapon can also be bought for Credits6410,000 from the Market.

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • The Lato has a high chance of cutting corpses into pieces, similar to Slash b Slash-focused melee weapons. This makes the Lato a prime candidate for a Desecrating Nekros to bring along, as the game considers the cut corpses as separate entities, essentially giving multiple corpses to desecrate from a single enemy and thus yielding more chances to create more drops.
  • Once the weapon ranks up to 30, consider using it to build the Bolto which is significantly better, at least in terms of combating the heavily armored Grineer enemies.


  • The Lato was originally intended to fit in more with the other wood and metal aesthetic Tenno weapons and its original design can seen be seen in concept art (top right). The Lato Prime is still based on that old design.
    • Additionally the Lato was visually reworked in Update 19 and its default skin changed from black and metal grey to the black white red color scheme of Excalibur.
  • This weapon is used by the Grineer Lancers in Vor's Prize as a low damage alternative to the Grakatas they normally wield. It is also used by them in Mastery Rank Promotion Tests. 
  • The Lato received a buff to its damage and critical stats in Update 14.0 to bring it in line with the new MK1 weapons. The Aklato however did not receive this buff until Update 15.16.
  • Despite the Lato stating that it has 1.8x critical multiplier, it actually has a 1.75x critical multiplier (appearing rounded).
    • The Lato is the only weapon with a critical multiplier of 1.75x.
  • It was seen in the Dark Sector original concept video.
  • Though the word Lato has a variety of meanings in different languages, the usage here may be in Italian where it means "side", a nod to the weapon itself being a sidearm.


  • (Old) Lato in Codex.

Lato Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 21.0
  • Increased damage from 18 to 30
  • Increased Crit Chance from 5% to 10%
  • Increased Status Chance from 1% to 3%

Hotfix 19.11.5

  • Improved volume of the new firing sounds in different environments for the Lato.

Update 19.11

  • Further minor firing sound improvement tweaks to the Lato.

Hotfix 19.10.1

  • Optimized remastered Lato firing sounds for lower frame rates.

Update 19.10

  • Lato model reworked.

Update 18.0

  • Conclave Skin added

Update 17.9.1

  • Fixed the Lato Vandal Halloween Skin from appearing in the Market on its own.

Update 17.0

  • Conclave: Lato series damage increased

Hotfix 14.0.11

  • Damage multiplier for Lato normalized.

Update 9.5

  • Added custom recoil animation for Lato

Update 8.3

  • Sound changes.

Update 8.2

  • Lato now has queued fire, and is set up like other semi-auto weapons.

Update 7.11

  • Market cost revised: 10,000 credits or 50 platinum


  • Item introduced with game release.

See alsoEdit

  • Aklato, the akimbo counterpart of the Lato.
  • Lato Prime, the Prime counterpart of the Lato.
  • Lato Vandal, an exclusive Lotus upgrade to the Lato.
  • Bolto, a bolt-firing pistol that uses the Lato in crafting.
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