A noble bow to hunt hellish beasts.

The Cernos Prime is the Prime variant of the Cernos.png 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. It was released alongside Valkyr PrimeIcon272.png Valkyr Prime and VenkaPrime.png Venka Prime.


  • This weapon deals primarily DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact damage.
  • Deals 50% bonus damage on headshots.
  • Charged shots have innate 1 meter punch through.
  • Innate multishot of 3 arrows.
  • On kill, bodies will follow the arrow that killed them, damaging enemies in their path and pinning the corpse to walls.
  • Can use the bow-exclusive Mod TT 20px.png Thunderbolt mod.
  • Fire rate mods apply double their bonuses.
  • Innate two Madurai Pol.svg polarities.


  • Fourth highest base damage of all bows, behind Daikyu.png Daikyu , Lenz.png Lenz and KuvaBramma.png Kuva Bramma.
  • Pinpoint accuracy when aiming (RMB ).
  • Silent.
  • Uncharged Horizontal/Vertical Shot
    • Very high crit chance
    • Very high reload speed
    • Above average status chance
  • Charged Horizontal/Vertical Shot
    • Third highest average number of procs per shot behind KuvaHek.png Kuva Hek
    • High crit chance
    • Very high reload speed


  • Draws from the rare sniper ammo pool.
  • Very wide spread.
  • Uncharged Horizontal/Vertical Shot
    • Very low magazine
    • Very low effective fire rate
    • Very low average number of procs per shot
    • Very low average number of crits per shot
    • Very low max ammo
    • Very low multishot
  • Charged Horizontal/Vertical Shot
    • Very low magazine
    • Very low effective fire rate
    • Below average average number of procs per shot
    • Low average number of crits per shot
    • Low max ammo
    • Low multishot



Lith, Meso, Neo, and Axi refer to Void Relics  |  (V) Denotes Vaulted Void Relics  |  (B) Denotes Baro Ki'Teer Exclusive Void Relic
Cernos Prime's Relic Drops
String Lower Limb Upper Limb CernosPrime.png Blueprint Grip
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi V10 Common
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi A3 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi K2 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith B3 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso N8 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso O1 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso S6 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicSilverIcon64.png Neo A1 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith C7 Rare
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi C1 Rare (V)
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi C2 Rare (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith C2 Rare (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith C5 Rare (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso C3 Rare (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso N11 Common
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi N4 Common (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith V3 Common (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso C2 Common (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso K1 Common (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso N8 Common (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso O2 Common (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso S7 Common (V)
VoidRelicSilverIcon64.png Neo N6 Common (V)
VoidRelicSilverIcon64.png Neo V9 Uncommon
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi B1 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi V4 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith A2 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith Z1 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicSilverIcon64.png Neo S13 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicSilverIcon64.png Neo V7 Uncommon (V)
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi S8 Common
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi H3 Common (V)
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi K3 Common (V)
VoidRelicGoldIcon64.png Axi S5 Common (V)
VoidRelicIronIcon64.png Lith V6 Common (V)
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso V5 Common (V)
VoidRelicSilverIcon64.png Neo V4 Common (V)
VoidRelicSilverIcon64.png Neo V6 Common (V)

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 Hour(s)
Rush: PlatinumLarge.png 50
MarketIcon.png Market Price: PlatinumLarge.png N/A Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:N/A



  • The +50% bonus damage on headshots is multiplicative to other sources of +bonus damage on headshot such as PrimaryDeadhead.png Primary Deadhead and Prowl130xDark.png Prowl.
  • 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 20px.png Heavy Caliber will decrease accuracy by a small amount, making each arrow fire slightly off from its normal trajectory.
    • As of Hotfix 19.11.2 (2017-02-17) 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 20px.png Point Strike and Mod TT 20px.png Argon 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 making every arrow proc, often the Cernos Prime's power comes with modding for Mod TT 20px.png Hunter Munitions, which is not affected by status chance. Building for DmgViralSmall64.png Viral with Mod TT 20px.png Malignant Force and Mod TT 20px.png Rime Rounds is sufficient for the arrows to proc Viral often enough to increase the damage from DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash procs brought on by Hunter Munitions to finish them off.


Cernos Prime Skins Edit

Patch History[]

Update 30.9 (2021-11-11)

  • Fixed the Cernos Prime Vertical Spread shot doing 2x damage of Horizontal Spread shot.

Update 28.0 (2020-06-11)

  • Reduced the hit FX of the Cernos Prime.

Hotfix 27.2.1 (2020-03-05)

  • Increased Cernos Prime 10% Status Chance per projectile to 30% Status Chance per projectile.

Update 27.2 (2020-03-05)

Greater than 100% Status having meaning

Shotguns have a unique Role here based on a very patch-work history with how they interact with Status Chance. A Shotgun that shoots 99% Status Chance would give you 35% (roughly) status per pellet. 100% Status Gives you 100% Status per pellet. This huge jump in performance happens with just a 1% gain - why? Well, to answer that we have to look at our choice to make what the UI conveys reality. It would feel broken to shoot a Shotgun with 100% Status and not see a perfect spread of Effects. In reality, to make Status consistent we have to treat Shotguns as a special case.

Shotguns as a special case means we have buffed the Status Chance of all Shotguns by x3 or greater. The UI now behaves to show the reality that you are determining Status Chance per pellet.

Update 25.7 (2019-08-29)

  • 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 (2019-07-16)

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

Hotfix 25.0.7 (2019-05-30)

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

Update 23.9 (2018-09-25)

  • Cernos Prime has entered the Prime Vault.

Update 22.16 (2018-03-15)

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

Hotfix 22.13.3 (2018-02-21)

  • Cernos Prime Alt Fire is now silent as intended.

Hotfix 22.13.1 (2018-02-15)

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

Update 22.12 (2018-02-09)

  • 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 (2016-11-22)

  • Released via Valkyr Prime Access.

Hotfix 19.0.2 (2016-11-12)

  • Removed an unreleased Relic from the wild.

Update 19.0 (2016-11-11)

  • Parts and Relics loaded to the build.

Last updated: Update 23.9 (2018-09-25)

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