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Forged at the behest of the Worm Queen herself, this already powerful shotgun now has the additional ability to fire from all four barrels simultaneously.

The Kuva Hek is the Kuva variant of the Hek.png Hek shotgun, with boosts to its critical chance and falloff range, along with its damage, critical multiplier, and status chance surpassing the VaykorHek.png Vaykor Hek. It has the unique ability to fire all four barrels simultaneously via Alternate Fire.

Characteristics[]

  • This weapon deals primarily DmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture damage.
  • Innate multishot of 7 pellets.
  • Alternate Fire shoots four shots simultaneously.
    • Builds meant to utilize the alternate fire benefit significantly from reload modding, such as (Mod TT 20px.png Primed) Mod TT 20px.png Tactical Pump.
    • Alternate Fire consumes 4 rounds of ammunition, effectively resulting in a 1-round magazine that prevents the alt fire from being used in tandem with the primary fire and must reload after every shot.
  • Polarizing the weapon increases its max rank by 2, capping at rank 40 after 5 polarizations, granting the weapon additional mod capacity.
  • Comes with an additional bonus DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact, DmgFireSmall64.png Heat, DmgColdSmall64.png Cold, DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity, DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin, DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic, or DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation damage, based on the Kuva Lich's progenitor Warframe, which increases the listed base damage of the weapon by 25%-60%.
  • Cannot use the Hek.png Hek-exclusive Mod TT 20px.png Scattered Justice mod.

Advantages:

  • Very high overall status chance.
  • Tied with normal Hek.png Hek, VaykorHek.png Vaykor Hek, and Corinth.png Corinth for the second-narrowest pellet spread of all shotguns, behind Exergis.png Exergis.
  • Normal Attack
    • Above average crit multiplier
  • Alt-Fire

Disadvantages:

  • Has linear damage falloff from 100% to 26.67% from 15m to 30m target distance (distances are affected by Projectile Speed).
  • High recoil.
  • Normal Attack
    • Low magazine
    • Low effective fire rate
    • Low average number of procs per shot
    • Below average average number of crits per shot
    • Low max ammo
    • Low status chance
    • Very low disposition
  • Alt-Fire
    • Very low magazine
    • Low damage
    • Below average effective fire rate
    • Below average max ammo
    • Very low status chance
    • Low disposition

Comparisons:

  • Kuva Hek (Normal Attack), compared to Hek (Normal Attack):

Comparisons:

Acquisition[]

Kuva Hek is obtained by vanquishing a Kuva Lich who generated with one equipped. After the Lich is vanquished it will be in the player's Foundry ready to claim.

While the weapon itself is not tradeable, a converted Kuva Lich generated with the weapon can be traded to another player. The trade is performed inside a Clan Dojo's Crimson Branch room, and the recipient must not have any active Lich. Once traded, the recipient must fight and vanquish the Lich to claim its weapon.

Notes[]

  • Alt fire cannot be used if there are less than 4 rounds in the magazine. Attempting to alt fire with less than 4 rounds will result in a reload instead.
    • The four-round burst consumption is consistent even if mods increasing magazine capacity such as Mod TT 20px.png Ammo Stock is equipped. It does allow the player to shoot extra rounds first before eventually using the alt-fire or, if Mod TT 20px.png Burdened Magazine is also equipped, two alt-fire bursts in sequence.
    • Alternatively, using Mod TT 20px.png Primed Ammo Stock grants four additional shots of the above two mods while only occupying one slot, resulting in an overall DPS increase by using the saved up slot for another damage-based mod.
    • If the player is under an ammo-efficiency effect (such as Void Fuel or Energized Munitions), alt fire can be used with fewer than 4 rounds in the magazine. A reload is triggered when attempting to fire when consumption exceeds current magazine capacity.
Main article: Lich System#Notes (edit)

Kuva/Tenet Notes[]

  • For weapons obtained from vanquishing the Kuva Lich or Sister:
    • The player does not have to meet the Mastery Rank displayed to obtain this weapon. It can simply be claimed from the foundry after the Lich/Sister carrying it has been vanquished.
    • The weapon will have a prefix of the name of the Lich/Sister it was acquired from (e.g. a Kuva Kohm might be called "Odizrigg Agekk Kuva Kohm").
  • Refraining from Mercy killing a lich candidate will remove their weapon from the pool of potential lich weapons until each has been refused, but only if the mission is completed. Weapons rejected from aborted missions will remain in the current cycle.
  • For weapons obtained from Ergo Glast's shop:
    • The player must meet the Mastery Rank displayed to obtain this weapon, as it is claimed from an NPC shop rather than the foundry.
  • The weapon's max rank caps at 40 after 5 polarizations (max rank increases by 2 per Forma added).
    • Additional polarizations can be added when the weapon reaches its new max rank at that polarization level.
    • Each additional rank also gives 100 Mastery Rank experience, giving 4,000 points in total at level 40.
    • Mod capacity scales with the additional ranks, and can reach a total of 80 at rank 40 with an Orokin Catalyst installed.
      • Without an Orokin Catalyst, the max is 40. Combined with the five polarized mod slots required to reach that point, an Orokin Catalyst might not be required to finish modding the weapon.
      • After polarizing a weapon, any additional mod capacity above 30 (60 with an Orokin Catalyst) will not take effect until the weapon's rank reaches 31 and above.
        • Legendary Mastery Rank increases the minimum mod capacity for such weapons, without the weapon needing to be rank 31 and above. For example, Legendary 1 increases the minimum capacity to 31 (62 with an Orokin Catalyst).
  • Comes with an additional damage stat.
    • For Lich/Sister-obtained weapons this is dependent on the Warframe that summoned the Lich/Sister.
    • For Ergo Glast shop a random bonus stat will be offered for each weapon and changed every 4 days (96 hours).
    • This damage stat randomly ranges between 25%-60%. It can be upgraded up to its maximum value with Valence Fusion using another copy of the weapon.
    • This bonus stat is considered a base damage type and will be applied after all elemental mods for the purposes of elemental combinations.
  View detailed explanation about element merging  
  • Weapons with an innate primary element and a different primary element provided by the progenitor both behave as innate elements and combine with each other. They will also recombine with modded elements in the following order:
    • Mod slot 1 → Mod slot 2 → ... → Mod slot 8 → Innate DmgFireSmall64.png Heat → Innate DmgColdSmall64.png Cold → Innate DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity → Innate DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
HCET Priority Results from Modding an Element
Bonus Element + Modded Element Innate DmgFireSmall64.png Heat
E.g. TenetSpirex.png Tenet Spirex
Innate DmgColdSmall64.png Cold
E.g. TenetEnvoy.png Tenet Envoy
Innate DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity
E.g. TenetAgendus.png Tenet Agendus
Innate DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgFireSmall64.png Heat + Modded DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgFireSmall64.png Heat + Modded DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgFireSmall64.png Heat + Modded DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgGasSmall64.png Gas DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgGasSmall64.png Gas
Bonus DmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Modded DmgFireSmall64.png Heat DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Modded DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgColdSmall64.png Cold + Modded DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgViralSmall64.png Viral DmgViralSmall64.png Viral + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgViralSmall64.png Viral
Bonus DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Modded DmgFireSmall64.png Heat DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Modded DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin
Bonus DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity + Modded DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgGasSmall64.png Gas + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgViralSmall64.png Viral + DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive
Bonus DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin + Modded DmgFireSmall64.png Heat DmgGasSmall64.png Gas DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgGasSmall64.png Gas
Bonus DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin + Modded DmgColdSmall64.png Cold DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgViralSmall64.png Viral DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgViralSmall64.png Viral
Bonus DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin + Modded DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic + DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive
Element Progenitor Warframe*
DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact BaruukIcon272.png BaruukGaussIcon272.png GaussGrendelIcon272.png GrendelRhinoIcon272.png RhinoSevagothIcon272.png SevagothWukongIcon272.png WukongZephyrIcon272.png Zephyr
DmgFireSmall64.png Heat ChromaIcon272.png ChromaEmberIcon272.png EmberInarosIcon272.png InarosNezhaIcon272.png NezhaProteaIcon272.png ProteaVaubanIcon272.png VaubanWispIcon272.png Wisp
DmgColdSmall64.png Cold FrostIcon272.png FrostGaraIcon272.png GaraHildrynIcon272.png HildrynRevenantIcon272.png RevenantTitaniaIcon272.png TitaniaTrinityIcon272.png Trinity
DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity BansheeIcon272.png BansheeCalibanIcon.png CalibanExcaliburIcon272.png ExcaliburGyreIcon272.png GyreLimboIcon272.png LimboNovaIcon272.png NovaValkyrIcon272.png ValkyrVoltIcon272.png Volt
DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin AtlasIcon272.png AtlasIvaraIcon272.png IvaraKhoraIcon272.png KhoraNekrosIcon272.png NekrosNidusIcon272.png NidusOberonIcon272.png OberonSarynIcon272.png Saryn
DmgMagneticSmall64.png Magnetic HarrowIcon272.png HarrowHydroidIcon272.png HydroidLavosIcon272.png LavosMagIcon272.png MagMesaIcon272.png MesaXakuIcon272.png XakuYareliIcon272.png Yareli
DmgRadiationSmall64.png Radiation AshIcon272.png AshEquinoxIcon272.png EquinoxGarudaIcon272.png GarudaLokiIcon272.png LokiMirageIcon272.png MirageNyxIcon272.png NyxOctaviaIcon272.png Octavia

*Note that the Primed or Umbra version of a Warframe share the same element

Tips[]

  • As with most weapons with the ability to unload an entire magazine in a single burst, the Kuva Hek's alt-fire synergizes well with MagIcon272.png Mag's short-tap Magnetize130xDark.png Magnetize bubble, as the quick torrent of shot can pulverize crowds of enemies caught in the bubble.

Trivia[]

  • The Grineer text translates into MIS4TUNE (Misfortune).

Bugs[]

  • Manually reloading after the alt fire will use a soundless Braton reload animation.

Media[]

Kuva Hek Skins Edit

Patch History[]

Update 31.6 (2022-06-09)

  • Fixed the Kuva Hek not playing the proper reload animation when the last shot in the magazine is from its alt fire.

Update 30.5 (2021-07-06)

  • Introduced.

See Also[]

  • Hek.png Hek, the normal counterpart of this weapon.
  • VaykorHek.png Vaykor Hek, a syndicate variant of this weapon.
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