Dagger Back Finisher

Excalibur performing a Stealth Attack with a Dagger.

Finisher attacks are special melee attacks that have a custom animation and deal a very high amount of damage. For the available types of finishers see below.
  • Weapon's level can affect finisher's damage
  • All weapon types have individual finisher animations. Heavier weapons tend to perform this action slower than lighter weapons.
  • Players performing finishers are invulnerable for the duration of the animation.
  • As the weapon's total damage is accounted for, equipped mods (including critical chance and critical damage mods) will also affect the finisher's final damage.
  • Additionally, Finisher attack damage is dependent on the type of melee weapon used and can be increased by Finishing Touch as well as several Ability Augments (e.g. Excalibur's Radiant Finish).
  • Covert Lethality can be used to guarantee a kill with Daggers. (Does not work on Ground Finishers.)
  • (Primed) Fury, Gladiator Vice, Quickening, ArcaneStrike64x Arcane Strike and the weapon type influence the animation speed of the finisher. This caps at a 33% faster animation with +50% attack speed. Berserker and the weapon's base attack speed do not affect animation speed.
  • Damage multipliers from finishers factor total weapon damage, equipped mods (including critical chance and critical damage mods) will also affect a finisher's final damage.
  • On some enemies it isn't possible to use a finisher, these include Rollers, Ospreys, Cameras and Turrets.
  • Examples of finisher moves can be found in the gallery page.

Ground FinisherEdit

Prisma Skana Sword Ground Finisher

A ground attack finisher with a Prisma Skana.

Combo Aiming at Downed Enemy + Melee

Execute knocked-down enemies. This attack is performed upon moving close to a downed opponent, aiming your crosshair at the target and pressing the melee attack button. This will not work on most bosses. This attack often will initiate even when not looking down at an enemy, but when contacting an enemy who has been knocked down.

Stealth AttackEdit

Combo Approach unalerted enemy from behind + Melee

A stealth attack prompt on an unalerted Butcher


A Prisma Skana's stealth attack

Sergeant Stealth Attack Promp

Bosses can indeed be stealth attacked.

As long as an enemy is unaware of the Tenno presence, a stealth attack may be executed on them. To perform a stealth attack, the player must approach an enemy from behind and activate the stealth attack prompt.

  • Often called "Stealth Finisher" to differentiate from normal attacks with the stealth damage bonus.
  • Stealth Attacks have their damage fully converted to LotusBlack True Damage.
  • Stealth Attacks deal a multiple of the weapon's damage. Different weapon types gain different damage multipliers: [Expand]
  • Damage value pop-ups always appear yellow, identical to critical hit damage values (even if the stealth attack did not crit).
  • Special enemies, such as Targets and Wardens, receive extra damage from stealth attacks.
  • Few Bosses, such as The Sergeant, can be stealth attacked.

Front- / Back-FinisherEdit

Combo Vulnerable enemy + Melee

An impaling finisher.

Through certain abilities and attacks even alerted enemies can be made vulnerable to finisher attacks. Without a prompt the player can perform a finisher on the enemy, if close enough.

  • Enemies in this stunned, vulnerable state also take increased damage through the stealth damage bonus.
    • However they do not grant the affinity bonus of normal stealth kills, if they were alerted beforehand.
    • If they were unalerted when being affected by these effects, they will stay that way for the duration of the stun or blind even when attacked.
  • Even if the enemy remains in a stunned or blinded state, a finisher can only be executed once per enemy until they are made vulnerable again.
  • Damage conversion to LotusBlack True Damage applies just as for Stealth Finishers.
  • When performed from the front a different animation will be used.
  • Some weapons have different damage multipliers for Front-Finishers, here is the list: [Expand]
    • Back-Finisher use the same animation and damage as Stealth Attacks.
  • While most melee weapons require a specific stance to be able to open enemies to finishers, sparring weapons can achieve this with their charge attack.
  • The attacks done by Blade Storm fall into this category.
  • Ways to open enemies to Front- / Back-Finishers include:


RestRage RestRageIcon
Rest & Rage
In Night Form targets are put to sleep. In Day Form targets become more vulnerable to damage.
Strength:20% / 30% / 40% / 50% (Rage damage vulnerability)
5% / 10% / 15% / 20% (Rage enemy speed bonus)
Duration:10 / 14 / 18 / 22 s
Range:1 / 3 / 3 / 5 m (area radius)
20 / 30 / 40 / 50 m (cast range)
Misc:80% / 70% / 60% / 50% (Rest wakeup health threshold)

RadialBlindMod RadialBlind
Radial Blind
Emits a bright flash of light, blinding all enemies in a small radius for several seconds.
Duration:7 / 10 / 12 / 15 s
Range:8 / 12 / 15 / 25 m

RadialHowlMod RadialHowl
Radial Howl
Let out a ferocious howl that stuns nearby enemies and causes Sentients to shed any built up resistances.
Duration:7 / 10 / 12 / 15 s
Range:8 / 12 / 15 / 25 m

ExaltedBlade ExaltedBladeIcon
Exalted Blade
Summon a sword of pure light and immense power.

Energy Drain: 2.5 s-1

Strength:100 / 125 / 200 / 250 (damage)
Duration:6 s (blind duration)
Range:5 m (blind radius)
Misc:15 m/s (wave speed)
40 m (wave range)

Passive: Glint

  • Standing in bright light, Gara has a chance to blind enemies within 12 meters for 10 seconds and expose them to Melee Finisher attacks.

Desiccate DesiccationIcon
Blast enemies with a wave of cursed sand that blinds them and steals their health.
Strength:75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (damage)
2 / 4 / 6 / 8 (damage/sec)
Duration:3 / 5 / 6 / 8 s
Range:10 / 12 / 13 / 15 m
Misc:25% (lifesteal)

Quiver QuiverIcon
Cycle through and shoot one of four tactical arrows: Cloak, Dashwire, Noise and Sleep. In the Conclave, use the Null-Shield and Slow Arrows.
Duration:12 s (bubble duration)
10 s (sleep duration)
Range:2.5 m (bubble radius)
20 m (noise radius)
6 m (sleep radius)
Misc:3 (max bubbles)
4 (max ziplines)
100 m (zipline range)
50% (sleep health threshold)

ParalysisModU15 ParalysisPanel
Valkyr unleashes her shields, stunning and damaging enemies around her.
Strength:2x / 2.5x / 3x / 3.5x (damage multiplier)
400 / 600 / 800 / 1000 (knockback strength)
Range:5 / 7 / 8 / 10 m

CloudWalker CloudWalkerIcon
Cloud Walker
Evaporate into a cloud of mist and float through the battlefield.

Energy Drain: 1 / 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 m per energy point

Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s
Range:5 / 6 / 7 / 8 m (stun radius)




Steel Meridian's Justice Effect



A Butcher staggered by blocking while channeling, leaving him open to finishers


A finisher with a Prisma Skana to the previously staggered Butcher

When parrying, activating Channeling just before an enemy strikes the player with a melee attack, there is a chance to stagger them with a Counterattack.

  • The Parry mod gives a chance to automatically perform a counterattack against enemies while blocking with Channeling, reducing the need to time Channeling while parrying to perform a finisher.


  • Sometimes, Finisher attacks will use the Nikana finisher animations no matter what weapon is being used. This happens most often in the Simulacrum and Plains of Eidolon, presumably due to the possibility of switching melee weapons while still in a mission.