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Used by the Stalker, Despair throwing blades have a mono-filament edge, sharp enough to penetrate a Warframe.

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



  • Silent.
  • Normal Attack
    • Very high reload speed


  • Projectiles have travel time and travel in an arc, making it hard to hit at longer ranges and achieve headshots.
  • Normal Attack
    • Below average magazine
    • Low effective fire rate
    • Low crit multiplier


Despair's blueprint is dropped by both Stalker and Shadow Stalker. It is also included in the What Stalker? bundle for Platinum64.png 800 in the market.

Item Source Chance Expected Nearly Guaranteed
Despair.png Blueprint Hunhow 5.53% ~ 18 Kills 121 ± 40 Kills
Despair.png Blueprint Shadow Stalker 2.77% ~ 36 Kills 246 ± 82 Kills
Despair.png Blueprint Stalker 5.53% ~ 18 Kills 121 ± 40 Kills

All drop rates data is obtained from DE's official drop tables. See Mission Rewards#Standard Missions for definitions on reward table rotations. Drop chances are rounded to two decimal places, following the official drop tables repository.
Expected means a player can expect to obtain at least one of a drop every N attempts on average.
Nearly Guaranteed refers to the total number of attempts a player needs to obtain a 1 in 10^2,3, and 4 probability not to have recieved a single drop (99%, 99.9%, and 99.99% probability to have received at least one drop).
The combined probability of multiple drops is 1 - ((1-A%) * (1-B%) * ...) (add drops in same rotation)

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Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 50
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png N/A Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:N/A

This weapon can be sold for Credits64.png 5,000.


  • Using the Mod TT 20px.png Pistol Ammo Mutation mod can help with ammo economy.
  • For effective use of non-hitscan weapons, it is strongly recommended to learn how to aim ahead of your target so the projectile takes into account travel time.


  • A "monofilament" is a type of wire or edge, consisting of a single strand or side of strongly bound together molecules. This 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.
  • Similarly to the Hikou.png Hikou and Kunai.png Kunai, the Despair is a secondary thrown weapon that deals mostly DmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture damage.


Despair Skins Edit

Patch History[]

Update 22.12 (2018-02-09)

  • Mastery Rank increased from 0 to 4.
  • Damage increased from 55 to 58.
  • Status chance increased from 2.5% to 16%.
  • Critical chance increased from 2.5% to 16%.
  • Critical damage increased from 1.5 to 1.6x.

Update 19.0 (2016-11-11)

  • Fixed being thrown backwards when using Ivara's Navigator.

Hotfix 18.4.7 (2016-02-04)

  • Slightly adjusted the location of Despair when holstered.

Update 18.1 (2015-12-16)

  • Despair is available for use in PvP.

Update 16.10 (2015-06-25)

  • Fixed Despair using wrong audio FX on impact.

Hotfix 15.7.2 (2014-12-19)

  • Adjustments made to Despair holster to remove redundant visual attachments.

Update 12.4 (2014-03-05)

  • Fixed Despair hand models disappearing forever after emptying one clip.

Hotfix 11.3.3 (2013-12-13)

  • Text corrections for Despair.

Update 9.0 (2013-07-13)

  • Fixed weapon attachments (Despair holsters) that would detach from player while using a sniper rifle.
  • Fixed/removed off-hand flashlight when using Despair.

Update 8.0 (2013-05-23)

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Hotfix 24.1.3 (2018-12-05)

See also[]

  • Stalker, the assassin who uses the Despair.
  • Kunai.png Kunai, a similar weapon.
  • Hikou.png Hikou, another thrown secondary.