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 is a set of shurikens released in Update 9.0. It has a lower base damage than the Kunai2.png Kunai and Despair.png 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 Credits64.png5,000; it is also a requisite ingredient for the TennoMiter.png Panthera.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 50
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png 225 Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:Credits64.png15,000

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

This weapon deals primarily Puncture b.svg Puncture damage.



  • Second lowest base damage of all throwing-type secondaries, above the PrimeHikou.png Hikou Prime.
  • Projectiles have travel time.
  • Projectiles travel in an arc, making it hard to hit at longer ranges.
  • Very low ammo efficiency.


  • Hikou, compared to Hikou Prime:
    • Higher base damage (52.7 vs. 51.9)
      • Higher Impact b.svg Impact damage (5.3 vs. 5.2)
      • Lower Puncture b.svg Puncture damage (31.6 vs. 44.1)
      • Higher Slash b.svg Slash damage (15.8 vs. 2.6)
    • Higher fire rate (6.67 rounds/sec vs. 5.83 rounds/sec)
    • Smaller magazine (20 rounds vs. 26 rounds)
    • Smaller max ammo capacity (40 rounds vs. 52 rounds)
    • Slower reload speed (0.8 s vs. 0.5 s)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (2 vs. 4)

Weapon Loadouts[edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Hikou can ricochet (rarely) off surfaces, like floors and walls. Ricocheted shots can damage and kill whoever gets in the way.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Kunai2.png Kunai and Despair.png Despair, all three are secondary throwing type weapons, and all weapons have a damage focus mainly on Puncture b.svg Puncture damage.

Media[edit | edit source]

Patch History[edit | edit source]

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.

Update 20.0

  • The Hikou has received PBR treatment.

Hotfix 19.11.5

  • Fixed the Hikou holsters clipping through Nidus' legs.

Hotfix 19.9.1

  • Increased the flight speed of the Hikou in Quick Steel Conclave Variant.


  • Fixed Hikou not being available for use in Conclaves.

Update 18.1

  • Hikou series is now available for use in Conclave.

Update 16.8

  • Fixed thrown weapons not showing the proper energy trails.

Update 13.5

  • Fixed an issue with the Hikou Holster not properly utilizing custom Energy colors.

Update 12.4

  • Fixed Hikou in hand models disappearing forever after emptying one clip.
  • Fixed Hikou not matching energy color choice.

Update 10.3

  • Fixed throwing animation (Hikou) becoming jittery with fire rate increase.

Update 9.5

  • Hikou fx trail now uses energy color.
  • Fixed the Hikou throwings stars so that they only have 1 flashlight beam pointing in the correct direction.

Update 9.0

  • Introduced.
Last updated: Hotfix 22.20.9

See Also[edit | edit source]

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