A noble bow to hunt hellish beasts.

The Cernos Prime is the Prime variant of the DECernos Cernos. Aside from increased damage, the Cernos Prime is unique in that it fires three arrows per shot in a horizontal spread, and has an Alternate Fire mode that shoots vertically, and deals bonus damage on headshots.

On September 11th, 2018, it was announced that Cernos Prime would enter the Prime Vault and be retired from the reward tables on September 25th, 2018. Any preexisting components or fully-built weapons will remain as is.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
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Drop Locations
BlueprintLith A2 Uncommon (V)
Lith Z1 Uncommon (V)
Neo S13 Uncommon (V)
Neo V7 Uncommon (V)
Axi B1 Uncommon (V)
Axi V4 Uncommon (V)
GenericComponentPrimeLatch GripLith V6 Common (V)
Meso V5 Common (V)
Neo V4 Common (V)
Neo V6 Common (V)
Axi H3 Common (V)
Axi K3 Common (V)
Axi S5 Common (V)
GenericWeaponPrimeBlade Lower LimbLith C2 Rare (V)
Lith C5 Rare (V)
Meso C3 Rare (V)
Axi C1 Rare (V)
Axi C2 Rare (V)
GenericGunPrimeStock StringLith B3 Uncommon (V)
Meso N8 Uncommon (V)
Meso O1 Uncommon (V)
Meso S6 Uncommon (V)
Neo A1 Uncommon (V)
Axi A3 Uncommon (V)
Axi K2 Uncommon (V)
GenericWeaponPrimeBlade Upper LimbLith V3 Common (V)
Meso C2 Common (V)
Meso K1 Common (V)
Meso N8 Common (V)
Meso O2 Common (V)
Meso S7 Common (V)
Neo N6 Common (V)
Axi N4 Common (V)
Lith/Meso/Neo/Axi refer to Void Relics
(V) Denotes Vaulted Void Relics
(B) Denotes Baro Ki'Teer Exclusive Void Relic


This weapon deals primarily Impact b Impact damage.



  • Low Puncture b Puncture and Slash b Slash damage – less effective against armor and health.
  • Damage and status chance is split between each of its three arrows, requiring simultaneous hits to maximize damage and status procs, exacerbated by the large spread.
    • Projectiles generated by multishot will deal the same damage as normal projectiles; adding multishot will not decrease the damage per arrow.
    • Before 100% status chance, the listed status chance is the base chance per shot that at least one arrow will proc a status; the actual base status chance per arrow is ~11.21%.
  • Arrows have travel time with slight arcing.
  • Draws from the rare sniper ammo pool.


  • Cernos Prime, compared to Rakta Cernos:
    • Higher base damage (276.0 vs. 235.0)
      • Higher Impact b Impact damage (248.4 vs. 211.5)
      • Higher Puncture b Puncture damage (13.8 vs. 11.75)
      • Higher Slash b Slash damage (13.8 vs. 11.75)
    • Higher charged status chance (30% vs. 15%)
    • Higher charge attack damage (552.0 vs. 470.0)
    • Slower charge time (0.5 s vs. 0.25 s)
    • Higher base status chance (30% vs. 15%)
    • Slower reload speed (0.65 s vs. 0.6 s)
    • Lack of an innate Blight effect
    • Different polarities (Madurai PolMadurai Pol vs. Madurai PolMadurai PolNaramon Pol)

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • The Cernos Prime's shots fire multiple arrows in a fanning spread. The number of arrows is affected by multishot mods, similar to shotguns.
  • Alternate Fire toggles a Horizontal Spread or Vertical Spread fire.
  • Mod TT 20pxHeavy Caliber will decrease accuracy by a small amount, making each arrow fire slightly off from its normal trajectory.
    • As of Hotfix 19.11.2 this was increased dramatically, making the weapon act more like a wildly-spreading shotgun than a fan of arrows.
    • The arrows seem to be spread in a formation where some arrows are lower than the others, rather than being wider spread than others, this might make it difficult to get headshots with multiple arrows.
    • Although Heavy Caliber dramatically affects the Horizontal mode, firing the Cernos Prime in Vertical mode will shoot the arrows in a horizontal formation with great accuracy


  • Cernos Prime is capable of orange crits with Mod TT 20pxPoint Strike and Mod TT 20pxArgon Scope averaging approximately 1015 orange crit damage with a single arrow.
  • The horizontal arrow spread is effective against groups of enemies, while the vertical spread is effective against a single target.
  • While capable of reaching 100% status (before multishot) making every arrow proc, often the Cernos Prime's power comes with modding for Mod TT 20pxHunter Munitions, which is not affected by status chance. Building for Viral b Viral with Mod TT 20pxMalignant Force and Mod TT 20pxRime Rounds is sufficient for the arrows to proc Viral often enough to half enemies health for the Slash b Slash procs brought on by Hunter Munitions to finish them off.


  • Cernos Prime in Codex.

Cernos Prime Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 25.7
  • Normalized quick shots to have the same critical chance/damage and status chance as charged shots.
  • While reviewing Bow stats the team has also refreshed all their FX (including the Lenz)!
  • Quick Shot increased from 60 to 92
  • Charged Shot increased from 120 to 184
  • Flight Speed increased from 85 to 95
  • Tightened the spread of the vertical fire mode and made the top arrow land on the reticle instead of the middle
  • Fixed Cernos Prime equipped with Heavy Caliber causing Vertical Spread mode to function as a Horizontal Spread.

Hotfix 25.3.3

  • Fixed an issue with Cernos Prime arrows fired by Mirage's Hall of Mirrors clones always hitting the floor.

Hotfix 25.0.7

  • Fixed the Cernos (Prime) Energy color persisting as default on the strings.

Update 23.9

  • Cernos Prime has entered the Prime Vault.

Update 22.16

  • Fixed Cernos Prime’s vertical spread not using equipped arrow Skins.

Hotfix 22.13.3

  • Cernos Prime Alt Fire is now silent as intended.

Hotfix 22.13.1

  • Fixed numerous projectile weapons (Cernos Prime, etc) having incorrect Status Chance calculations.

Update 22.12

  • Mastery Rank increased from 8 to 12.
  • Charge speed increased from 1s to 0.5s.
  • Status chance increased from 10% to 30%.
  • Reload speed increased from 1s to 0.7s (in note put 0.65).
  • Added Secondary Fire Mode toggle that shoots a vertical spread of 3 arrows.
  • Added innate +50% damage to headshots.

Hotfix 19.0.7

  • Released via Valkyr Prime Access.

Hotfix 19.0.2

  • Removed an unreleased Relic from the wild.

Update 19.0

  • Parts and Relics loaded to the build.

Last updated: Update 23.9

See alsoEdit

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