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.

Yurr had answered Nova's unspoken question.

He had jettisoned the antimatter core. Without that it was impossible for the reactor to function, and the Theodolite would smash into the planetoid in a matter of minutes. Yurr had been paid, by persons unknown, to neutralize Nova completely. Yurr, a man who prided himself upon an ignorance of the impossible, had agreed. And devised this trap. Nova was a being created to contain and harness antimatter. The antimatter drive no longer had a fuel core. His proposition was simple: Nova would enter the reactor chamber, crack her own containment and kickstart a new reaction using her own body as fuel.

She could save 10,800 lives, but only at the cost of her own.

She had minutes to decide. With a flick of her wrist Nova's Hikou throwing stars took out every camera in eyeshot, killing Yurr's surveillance of them. This done, she turned to the technicians she had just saved.

She would need their help.

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

See AlsoEdit

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