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 are a set of shurikens released in Update 9.0. It has a lower base damage than the Kunai2 Kunai and Despair 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 Credits645,000; it is also a requisite ingredient for the TennoMiter Panthera.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 225 Blueprint2 Blueprints Price:Credits6415,000


This weapon deals primarily Puncture b Puncture damage.



  • Lowest base damage of all throwing-type secondaries.
  • Low critical chance and damage.
  • Low status chance.
  • Projectiles have travel time.
  • Projectiles travel in an arc, making it hard to hit at longer ranges and achieve headshots.
  • Very low ammo efficiency.


Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • Make sure to adjust your aim for moving targets.
  • When using at a distance aim above the enemy to adjust for Hikou's arc.
  • Using the Mod TT 20pxPistol Ammo Mutation mod can help regain lost ammo when needed.


  • The Hikou can ricochet (rarely) off surfaces, as floors and walls. Ricocheted shots can damage and kill whoever gets in the way.
  • The Hikou are quite similar to the Kunai2 Kunai, the main difference being about half the damage for twice the fire rate. Regarding this, Hikou are slightly superior, dealing 5 more damage per two thrown, which would equal 1 Kunai in terms for rate of fire. In other words, the Hikou trades a slight DPS upgrade for ammo economy when compared to the Kunai. Note that they both share a 210 size spare ammo capacity, so the Hikou is slightly worse for wear.
  • The Hikou can pass through ElectricShield130xDark Electric Shield.


  • 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.


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


Hikou Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

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

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