A finely tuned instrument of assassination.

The Rakta Cernos is a modified DECernos.png Cernos bow exclusively available to the Red Veil. It features the fastest charge time of all bows, increased base damage, and innate Blight effect, at the expense of slightly lower critical chance and status chance.


This weapon deals primarily DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact damage.


  • High DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact damage – effective against shields.
  • Very high critical chance.
  • Good status chance.
  • Shortest charge time of all bows and all chargeable weapons.
  • Tied with the Daikyu for the fastest arrow flight speed of all bows.
    • Arrows have a low arc due to flight speed.
  • Charged shots have innate 1 meter punch through.
  • Pinpoint accuracy when aiming (RMB ).
  • Silent.
  • On kill, bodies will follow the arrow that killed them, damaging anyone in their path and pinning the corpse to walls.
  • Innate Blight effect.
  • Two innate Madurai Pol.svg and one Naramon Pol.svg polarities.
  • Can use the bow-exclusive Mod TT 20px.png Thunderbolt mod.
  • Fire rate mods apply double their bonuses.


  • Low DmgPunctureSmall64.png Puncture and DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage – less effective against armor and health.
  • Arrows have travel time with slight arcing.
  • Draws from the rare sniper ammo pool.
  • Innate Blight effect can put enemies into minor alert status during stealth.



  • The Rakta Cernos can be acquired by reaching the Rank of Exalted with the Red Veil, and spending ReputationBlackx64.png 125,000 to purchase. As with all Syndicate Weapons, the Rakta Cernos cannot be chosen as the free offering upon ranking up to Exalted rank.
  • Syndicate weapons can also be acquired via Trading, but only for unranked copies without Forma and Orokin Catalyst installed.
  • Players must have a Mastery Rank of at least 12 to acquire the Rakta Cernos, either through trading or through the Syndicates themselves.


  • Has a unique holster style where the bow is upside down on the Warframe's back instead of being slung across its shoulder.


  • The word "Rakta" can be traced back to the Sanskrit language, meaning "blood" or "coloured". It means the same in many other Indic languages derived from Sanskrit / Prakrit - like Marathi, Hindi etc.


Rakta Cernos Skins Edit

Patch History[]

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 150 to 235
  • Charged Shot increased from 250 to 470

Update 17.3 (2015-09-02)

  • Introduced.

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