The Hek is a powerful shotgun that fires its shots with a tight spread, making it efficient at medium range as long as its strong recoil is properly managed.
For the Boss on Earth, see Councilor Vay Hek.

The Hek is a Grineer shotgun that deals very high damage, particularly known for its relatively narrow cone compared to other shotguns. Due to this relatively tight spread, the Hek is also able to perform with greater success at more moderate ranges, regardless of pellet/ projectile falloff. However, the Hek does trade its raw power and relative focused fire for its small magazine size, and generally limited crowd-control ability.

This weapon can be sold for Credits64.png7,500.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

This weapon deals primarily DmgPunctureSmall64.pngPuncture damage.



  • Lower DmgImpactSmall64.pngImpact and DmgSlashSmall64.pngSlash damage – less effective against Shields and Flesh.
  • Has linear damage falloff from 100% to 20% from 10m to 20m target distance (distances are affected by Projectile Speed).
  • Low critical chance.
  • Small magazine size.
  • High recoil.
  • May miss enemies at point-blank range due to the length of the barrels.


  • Hek, compared to Vaykor Hek:
    • Lower critical chance (10% vs. 25%)
    • Lower fire rate (2.17 rounds/sec vs. 3 rounds/sec)
    • Shorter range before damage falloff ends (20m vs. 25m)
    • Larger max damage reduction due to falloff (80% vs. 73.33%)
    • Smaller magazine (4 rounds vs. 8 rounds)
    • Faster reload speed (2 s vs. 2.25 s)
    • Lack of an innate Justice effect
    • Different polarities (None vs. DV)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (4 vs. 12)
    • Higher disposition (1.2 vs. 1.1)

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

The Hek's blueprint can be purchased from the Market.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 24 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 25
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png 225 Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:Credits64.png25,000

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Along with the TnHeavyShotgun.pngCorinth and SyndicateSMHek.pngVaykor Hek, the Hek is able to use Mod TT 20px.pngAccelerated Blast more efficiently than other shotguns due to DmgPunctureSmall64.pngPuncture being its primary damage, which is uncommon among weapons in its class.
  • Mod TT 20px.pngAmmo Stock at Rank 3 (+40%) adds two into the magazine size (for a total of 6). There is no need to upgrade the mod further as no additional rounds will be gained.
    • A fully ranked Ammo Stock combined with a fully ranked Mod TT 20px.pngBurdened Magazine will add 5 additional rounds to the magazine, giving it 9 rounds in total.
  • Using the Mod TT 20px.pngShotgun Ammo Mutation mod can help regain ammo when needed, although not as often as the full auto shotguns.
  • The weapon's spread cone can be shrunk by zooming in, as with all shotguns.
  • Equipping both Mod TT 20px.pngHell's Chamber and Mod TT 20px.pngScattered Justice will give the Hek +320% Multishot, giving it an impressive 29 pellets per shot with a 40% chance of firing a 30th pellet. This greatly improves the Hek's damage and status chance.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This weapon seems to be modeled on the main weapon of Councilor Vay Hek's Terra Frame, which fires rockets as opposed to shotgun shells. This has caused speculation as to whether the Councilor himself is merely the shotgun's namesake, or otherwise responsible for designing/commissioning it.

    Concept art for Vay Hek's Terra Frame, with the Hek-shaped cannon clearly in view.

    • Additionally, Vay Hek's only weapon was the Hek shotgun before his Update 13.0 rework.
    • Vem Tabook uses a modified Hek that fires electric shells.
  • The magazine for the Hek is the cylindrical 'handle' sticking out of the side of the bottom right barrel. This raises questions as to how the shells are actually loaded into each barrel.
    • It is possible that the barrel it is attached to is a tubular feeding system and not for firing, and that the other three barrels actually fire.
  • The Hek received a minor visual update in Hotfix 13.4.1, which added weathering and other textures to the weapon to make it look more worn and aged, putting it in line with other Grineer weapons.
  • The Hek was named during a livestream. When one of the developers asked what the shotgun should be called, the other developer on stream stubbed his toe and yelled 'Hek', which led to the naming of this shotgun.
  • The Hek has a striking resemblance to a 1960s quad-barrel shotgun prototype.

Media[edit | edit source]

Hek Skins Edit

Patch History[edit | edit source]

Update 27.2

Greater than 100% Status having meaning

Shotguns have a unique Role here based on a very patch-work history with how they interact with Status Chance. A Shotgun that shoots 99% Status Chance would give you 35% (roughly) status per pellet. 100% Status Gives you 100% Status per pellet. This huge jump in performance happens with just a 1% gain - why? Well, to answer that we have to look at our choice to make what the UI conveys reality. It would feel broken to shoot a Shotgun with 100% Status and not see a perfect spread of Effects. In reality, to make Status consistent we have to treat Shotguns as a special case.

Shotguns as a special case means we have buffed the Status Chance of all Shotguns by x3 or greater. The UI now behaves to show the reality that you are determining Status Chance per pellet.

  • (Undocumented) Status chance increased from 3.5714285714286% to 10.714285714286%.

Hotfix 18.13.2

  • Original sound restored.

Update 17.3

  • Conclave: Can now be used in PvP.

Hotfix 15.0.3

  • Fixed an issue with Syndicate mod being 500% multishot instead of 50% (Scattered Justice).

Update 15.0

  • New syndicate weapon mod: Scattered Justice, adds 50% multishot.

Hotfix 13.4.1

  • Updated textures.

Update 12.0

  • Damage increased and more minimun damage added to falloff.

Update 9.5

  • Added custom reload sounds.

Update 7.10

  • Effective range increased. Range longer than Strun and Boar.

Hotfix 7.7.1

  • Restored missing sounds

Update 7.x Weapon Balance

  • Changes to Recoil feel and Accuracy, generally sharper Rotation and Translation Springs, added Noise and better spread control when aim firing. Added force feedback to all firing sounds.
  • Damaged per pellet reduced from 19 to 17
  • Total number of pellets increased from 7 to 8
  • Reload time decreased from 2.15 to 2
  • Crit Chance increased from 2.5% to 5%

Update 5.4

  • Balance changes.

Update 5.2

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Hotfix 18.13.2

See Also[edit | edit source]

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