Overcome with Infestation, this bow's arrows now spread poisonous contagion to any surface they hit.

The Mutalist Cernos is an Infested Cernos, possessing a lower critical chance in exchange for a significant increase in status chance. The bow also releases Toxin b Toxin spores that follow arrow impacts, producing lingering damage clouds.

This weapon can be sold for Credits648,500.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 45
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 250 Blueprint2 Blueprints Price:Credits6420,000


This weapon deals primarily Impact b Impact damage.



  • Low Puncture b Puncture and Slash b Slash damage – less effective against armor and health.
  • Spore clouds have innate Toxin b Toxin damage – less effective against Machinery, Robotics, and Fossilized.
  • Arrows have travel time with slight arcing.
  • Lowest critical chance of all bows.
  • Draws from the rare sniper ammo pool.
  • Spore clouds will alert enemies, despite the weapon being silent.
  • Spore clouds appear as a second projectile shortly after the arrow impact, slightly delaying its presence.
  • Spore clouds will follow arrow impacts even on ragdolled corpses.


  • Upon hitting an enemy or an object, the Mutalist Cernos's spore will create a small Toxin b Toxin cloud that deals damage  every second to any enemy within its radius. This cloud lasts for 10 seconds.
    • The spore cloud deals 5 Toxin b Toxin damage per second modified by any base damage and elemental damage mods installed on the weapon.
    • The cloud's primary damage is of the same damage type(s) as the elements installed on the weapon, with the innate Toxin b Toxin damage combining with them last, similarly to other pure elemental weapons.
    • Each tick from the cloud has a chance to proc Toxin b Toxin as well as any modded elemental status effect, with each stack displayed separately to the cloud's larger primary damage ticks.
    • The forced Toxin b Toxin proc damage over time is calculated as normal; 50% of the spore's base damage adjusted by base damage mods, plus the Toxin b Toxin damage bonus from mods. Unmodified this is 2.5 Toxin b Toxin damage per second stacks (displayed rounded down) in addition to the cloud's primary damage ticks. Since Toxin b Toxin procs last 8 seconds, and the proc is refreshed every second of the 10 second cloud duration, the Toxin b Toxin proc duration will last a maximum of 18 seconds from the initial spore cloud damage tick.
    • The cloud itself is not affected by status duration mods like Continuous Misery, but the cloud's procs of Toxin b Toxin, Heat b Fire or Gas b Gas of course are.
  • While the cloud effect is similar to the Torid, the clouds are smaller and can sometimes spread between enemies.
  • Spore clouds are affected by Multishot.


  • The Mutalist Cernos is ill suited for stealth missions, as enemies that are damaged by lingering toxin clouds will be immediately alerted to the Tenno's presence.
  • Multiple spore clouds can be a hindrance as they may obscure the player's vision.
  • The continuous damage dealt by spore clouds is quite effective at in taking down Nullifier and Arctic Eximus shields faster compared to other bows, on top of dealing direct damage to the shielded enemy's health.
  • Any arrow that procs Thunderbolt's explosion will not result in a spore being fired, making its usage ill-advised.
  • Mods that add sufficient Punch Through will often result in the spore landing well behind a targeted enemy. While this may allow the Mutalist Cernos to deal with cameras, turrets, and other stationary destructibles or objects from behind obstructions, it is suggested that such mods be avoided, as the downsides far outweigh the benefits.
  • Unlike the Torid's projectile, the spores will attach to a Nullifier bubble (or Arctic Eximus Globe) at the point of impact, continuously applying damage and shrinking the bubble. This makes the bow an efficient means of combating Nullifiers in Bow-only  Corpus Sorties.
  • In regards to Riven Mods, the Mutalist Cernos is considered separate from the rest of the Cernos family and cannot use Cernos Rivens; they must be specifically for the Mutalist Cernos.


  • Similar to a bug previously present on the Torid, the clouds that stick to enemies after getting shot with an arrow will sometimes do no damage to that enemy.


  • The Mutalist Cernos, shown in the Update 18.5 Teaser
  • 18.5 Hub's Weapon Teaser

Mutalist Cernos Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 22.12
  • Mastery Rank increased from 5 to 7.
  • Charge speed increased from 1s to 0.5s.
  • Status chance increased from 45% to 49%.
  • Status chance per tick now uses weapon's own status chance. (Undocumented)
  • Slightly faster tick rate. (Undocumented)

Update 18.5

  • Introduced.

See AlsoEdit

  • Cernos, the unmutated variant.
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