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The Lato is a highly accurate pistol used by the Tenno everywhere.

The Lato is a standard issue pistol for new Tenno recruits. While its damage suffers, its good accuracy and stability as well as fast reload allows easy handling of the weapon.

This weapon can be sold for Credits64.png 2,500, it is also a requisite ingredient for Bolto.png Bolto.


  • This weapon deals primarily DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage.


  • Normal Attack
    • High reload speed
    • High disposition


  • Normal Attack
    • Low crit chance
    • Low damage
    • Very low status chance
    • Below average crit multiplier



During Awakening, the Lato is one of two secondary weapons offered to the player, the other being the Kunai.png MK1-Kunai.

The weapon can also be purchased from the Market for Credits64.png 10,000.


  • The Lato has a high chance of cutting corpses into pieces, making it a prime candidate for a Desecrating NekrosIcon272.png Nekros to bring along, as the game considers the cut corpses as separate entities, essentially giving multiple corpses to desecrate from a single enemy and thus yielding more chances to create more drops.
  • Once the weapon ranks up to 30, consider using it to build the Bolto.png Bolto which is significantly better, at least in terms of combating armored enemies.


  • The Lato was originally intended to fit in more with the other wood and metal aesthetic Tenno weapons have, its original design can seen be seen in this concept art (top right). The LatoPrime.png Lato Prime is still based on that old design.
    • Additionally the Lato was visually reworked in Update 19 and its default skin changed from black and metal grey to the black white red color scheme of Excalibur.
  • This weapon is used by the Grineer Lancers in Vor's Prize as a low damage alternative to the Grakata.png Grakatas they normally wield. It is also used by them in Mastery Rank Promotion Tests.
  • The Lato received a buff to its damage and critical stats in Update 14.0 (2014-07-18) to bring it in line with the new MK1 weapons. The Aklato.png Aklato however did not receive this buff until Update 15.16 (2015-02-25).
  • Despite the Lato stating that it has 1.8x critical multiplier, it actually has a 1.75x critical multiplier (appearing rounded).
    • The Lato is the only weapon with a critical multiplier of 1.75x.
  • It was seen in the Dark Sector original concept video.
  • Though the word Lato has a variety of meanings in different languages, the usage here may be in Italian where it means "side", a nod to the weapon itself being a sidearm.


Lato Skins Edit

Patch History[]

Update 22.12 (2018-02-09)

  • Status chance increased from 3% to 6%.
  • Critical damage increased from 1.75x to 1.8x.

Update 21.0 (2017-06-29)

  • Increased damage from 18 to 30.
  • Increased Crit Chance from 5% to 10%.
  • Increased Status Chance from 1% to 3%.

Hotfix 19.11.5 (2017-02-28)

  • Improved volume of the new firing sounds in different environments for the Lato.

Update 19.11 (2017-02-15)

  • Further minor firing sound improvement tweaks to the Lato.

Hotfix 19.10.1 (2017-02-14)

  • Optimized remastered Lato firing sounds for lower frame rates.

Update 19.10 (2017-02-09)

  • Lato model reworked.
    • Kintsugi and Nocturne weapon skins added.
  • The Lato has also received newly remastered sounds as a major change to the way weapon firing sounds work.

Update 18.0 (2015-12-03)

  • Conclave Skin added.

Update 17.0 (2015-07-31)

  • Lato series damage increased in Conclave.

Hotfix 14.0.11 (2014-07-30)

  • Damage multiplier for Lato normalized.

Update 9.5 (2013-08-09)

  • Added custom recoil animation for Lato.

Update 8.3 (2013-07-04)

  • Sound changes.

Update 8.2 (2013-06-28)

  • Lato now has queued fire, and is set up like other semi-auto weapons.

Update 7.11 (2013-05-17)

  • Market cost revised: 10,000 credits or 50 platinum

Update 7.x Weapon Balance (2013-03-22)

  • Increased damage from 23 to 24.
  • Decreased Crit Chance from 5% to 2.5%.

Vanilla (2012-10-25)

  • Introduced with game release.

Last updated: Hotfix 23.6.2 (2018-08-31)

See also[]

  • Aklato.png Aklato, the akimbo counterpart of the Lato.
  • LatoPrime.png Lato Prime, the Prime counterpart of the Lato.
  • LatoVandal.png Lato Vandal, an exclusive Lotus upgrade to the Lato.
  • Bolto.png Bolto, a bolt-firing pistol that uses the Lato in crafting.
  • Braton.png Braton, an assault rifle that shares the same theme.
  • Skana.png Skana, a sword that shares the same theme.