Fire, ice, electricity, or poison: choose an element and launch a flurry [sic] deadly quills. This versatile sidearm is Khora's signature weapon.

The Hystrix is Khora's signature sidearm that fires metallic quills. Sporting a high critical chance, It is also a very versatile weapon, with its quills applying Toxin b Toxin, Heat b Heat, Electricity b Electricity, or Cold b Cold elemental status procs that can be cycled at will with Alternate Fire.

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  • Low Slash b Slash and Impact b Impact damage – less effective against health and shields.
  • Small magazine size.
    • Coupled with its high fire rate, results in frequent reloading.
  • Projectiles have travel time.


  • Using the Alternate Fire button will cycle between the four quill types, each quill characterized by the four main elements (Toxin b Toxin, Heat b Heat, Electricity b Electricity, Cold b Cold). The selected quill has a guaranteed chance to proc the element of its name. For example, the Poison Quill will deal 36.1 base physical damage and proc Toxin b Toxin.
  • Quill elements are not affected by elemental mods of different elements. For example, using Jolt with the Fire Quill will not combine to either deal Radiation b Radiation damage or a Radiation proc, even when both the Heat b Heat and Electricity b Electricity procs occur simultaneously.
    • However, elemental mods of the same type will combine. For example, using Scorch with the Fire Quill will add to the guaranteed Heat b Heat proc's damage over time as if Scorch were a base damage mod.
      • Elemental mods of the same type will still combine even when paired with a different elemental mod too. For example, using Scorch and Jolt with the Fire Quill will add to the guaranteed Heat b Heat proc's damage over time as if Scorch were a base damage mod, though Jolt will not be factored into the damage.


  • Because elemental mods are not combined with the quill's element, this weapon synergizes well with Condition Overload, allowing players to potentially get up to 9 separate proc types on a target (three physical damages, four primary elements, and two secondary elements).
    • This can be further improved by incorporating elemental weapons like a Zenistar's disc, or Torid's gas clouds to provide the remaining secondary elements.
  • Dual wielding the weapon with a Condition Overload-equipped Glaive is an effective method to take advantage of the Hystrix. (this is especially effective when paired with a Condition Overload-Equipped Orvius)
  • Using Augur Pact over any of the +90% elemental mods may be preferable, when expecting to use several of the weapon's elemental effects.
    • The former will increase the weapon's physical base damage types, and the damage-over-time component of its Toxin b Toxin, Heat b Heat or Electricity b Electricity status effects.
    • The latter will add its elemental damage type to all hits, but any damage-over-time effects from the primary elemental procs, will only be boosted when they match the elemental mod's type.
    • It should be noted that, while the bonus given by both mods seems the same, the elemental damage mods will give much more benefit, as Augur Pact does the calculation alongside base damage mods (e.g. Hornet Strike), while the +90% elemental mods perform the calculation after base damage mods. This can be a significant deciding factor when trying to maximize damage output.



  • Hystrix in Codex.

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 24.0
  • Fixed the Hystrix's Alt-Fire stats have been split into tabs when viewed in the Inventory, to fix the stat information running off the screen.

Hotfix 23.0.5

  • Fixed an issue with the Hystrix not being able to switch fire modes during reload if all bullets are emptied out of the clip.

Hotfix 22.20.2

  • Fixed holding 2 Hystrix's instead of the intended 1.

Hotfix 22.18.5

  • Fixed an issue with incorrect Skins being applicable to the Hystrix.

Hotfix 22.18.2

  • More fixes towards the Hystrix not leaving behind "quill" holes when shooting surfaces.

Hotfix 22.18.1

  • Fixed the Hystrix not leaving behind "quill" holes.

Update 22.18

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Hotfix 24.0.1

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