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Hokuto's Bow is a bow-type ranged weapon which Hokuto Effect.png marks enemies with its shots, causing them to take additional DPS from any other source of damage.


  • Ammo: 2
  • Special Effects:
      • Arrows cause damaged enemies to take an additional 48 base DPS from all sources for 15 seconds.
    • If an enemy dies while affected by this weapon's debuff, it spreads to nearby enemies in a large area of effect.
    • The extra damage effect applied by this weapon can only be applied every 0.33 seconds at most.
  • Breach Bonus: 0.7
    • Base Breach Damage: 17
    • Base Breach DPS: 43
  • Attack Duration: 0.4 seconds
    • Charge: 0.15
    • Lock: 0.1
    • Cooldown: 0.25
  • Tags: HasBullets, Ranged, LimitedAmmo, NoCritical, NoAmmoPerk, UnlockInPublicEvent
  • Legendary Version: Mass Sanction
    • Forced Affix: Super Pierce
      • "Shots pierce all enemies."


  • Considering the pitifully low damage it deals, it's best to use Hokuto's Bow as a supportive tool to a more powerful weapon, as it will significantly increase the DPS of both weapons and skills should the player upgrade Tactics enough.
  • Since the damage debuff lasts for 15 seconds and can be re-inflicted when it wears off by using it again, Hokuto's Bow is a viable support option for both crowd control and single fights.
  • It works well with damage over time weapons like Firebrands Icon.pngFirebrands, Throwing Knife Icon.pngThrowing Knife and Alchemic Carbine Icon.pngAlchemic Carbine because of their high tick rates.


  • Hokuto's Bow isn't affected by the mutation Ammo Mutation Icon.pngAmmo.
  • Though the refire time for Hokuto's Bow is 0.5 seconds, the player regains control after 0.25 seconds, resulting in a minimum wait time of 0.25 seconds between the end of one shot and the beginning of the next.
  • The increased-damage-taken debuff inflicted by this weapon's arrows is applied after the enemy is damaged, but only if they are still alive. As a result, enemies that usually die in one hit, such as Bats and Kamikazes, cannot be used to spread the debuff, unless they have been tagged by the death of another marked enemy.
  • Affixes such as "+80% damage on poisoned targets" apply to the projectile damage but not the mark effect.


  • The head of the arrow in the weapon's icon resembles crosshairs, symbolizing marksmanship.
  • Hokuto's Bow is a reference to Fist of the North Star, Hokuto meaning North Star or Big Dipper. The line "You don't know it yet, but you're already dead." is a quote from Kenshiro, the main character of the anime.


  • 0.5: Hokuto Effect.png marks can now propagate to all nearby enemies when the marked enemy is killed.
  • 0.7: Hokuto Effect.png marks can now propagate to enemies behind walls.
  • 2.1: Scaling changed from Str Skill.png Brutality/ Tactics to Skill Stat.png Tactics.
  • 2.4: Hokuto Effect.png marks reworked.
    • Base boost DPS decreased from 60 to 48.
    • Duration decreased from 20 seconds to 15.
    • AoE range decreased.
  • 2.9: Unlock cost decreased from 80 cells to 50.
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