This devastating automatic crossbow is the perfect marriage of ancient Earth weaponry and Tenno technology.

The Zhuge is a Tenno automatic crossbow. It boasts impressive damage that is complemented by its very high status chance, limited by its projectile nature and very slow fire rate.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

This weapon deals primarily Puncture b.svg Puncture damage.


  • Tied with TennoMiter.png Panthera/PantheraPrime.png Panthera Prime for the highest base damage of all fully automatic weapons.
  • High critical chance.
  • Very high status chance.
  • High base accuracy.
  • Very ammo efficient.
    • High ammo reserve for its magazine size.
    • Uses rifle ammo pickups instead of the scarcer sniper ammo pickups.
  • Silent.
  • On kill, bodies will follow the bolt that killed them, damaging anyone in their path and pinning the corpse to walls.
  • Innate Madurai Pol.svg polarity.
  • Can use the bow-exclusive Mod TT 20px.pngThunderbolt mod.
  • Counts as a bow in regards to fire rate mods, doubling the fire rate bonus.



  • Zhuge, compared to Zhuge Prime:
    • Higher base damage (100.0 vs. 50.0)
      • Lower Impact b.svg Impact damage (5.0 vs. 10.0)
      • Higher Puncture b.svg Puncture damage (75.0 vs. 22.5)
      • Higher Slash b.svg Slash damage (20.0 vs. 17.5)
    • Lower critical chance (20% vs. 26%)
    • Higher status chance (35% vs. 30%)
    • Lower fire rate (4.17 rounds/sec vs. 5.5 rounds/sec)
    • Smaller magazine (20 rounds vs. 30 rounds)
    • Larger max ammo capacity (540 rounds vs. 270 rounds)
    • Faster reload speed (2.5 s vs. 3 s)
    • Different polarities (Madurai Pol.svg vs. Madurai Pol.svgMadurai Pol.svgMadurai Pol.svg)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (10 vs. 14)
    • Higher disposition (1.2 vs. 1.15)

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

The Zhuge's blueprint can be purchased from the Market.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 30
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png 125 Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:Credits64.png20,000

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Can be used on bow-only Sortie missions.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • While possessing an Auto trigger, the Zhuge is best used when fired in bursts to better aim shots and manage its small magazine. On the other hand, its automatic fire combined with its native knockback makes it good when strafing against multiple enemies, or shooting a single tough enemy multiple times.
  • Mod TT 20px.pngThunderbolt synergizes well with the Zhuge due to the weapon's magazine size and automatic trigger, giving it a very high chance of triggering explosions within a shorter amount of time than conventional bows. This makes the Zhuge more proficient at crowd-control than single-shot bows like the Dread2.png Dread, with its full-auto fire allowing one to strafe an area with explosive bolts to deal damage against multiple enemies.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Zhuge was originally introduced in Warframe China as a timed-exclusive item, alongside the Nunchaku.png Ninkondi and LiDagger.png Spira.
  • The Zhuge is named after the Chinese word for the repeating crossbow, Zhūgé nǔ (諸葛弩), literally meaning "the Zhuge [Liang] crossbow", in turn named after its purported inventor Zhuge Liang. Zhuge Liang was a Chinese chancellor that lived during the Three Kingdoms Period of China, and is considered one of the greatest strategists of the era.
  • The Zhuge is the fourth crossbow introduced in the game, after the TnoPrmryXbow.png Attica and DEBallistica.png Ballistica/RVBallistica.png Rakta Ballistica.

Media[edit | edit source]

Zhuge Skins Edit

Patch History[edit | edit source]

Update 25.8

October 2019 Riven Disposition Change
  • Zhuge: 1.25->1.15

Hotfix 22.12.3

  • Changed the Zhuge’s critical chance to the intended 20%.

Update 22.12

  • Mastery Rank increased from 0 to 10.

Update 18.6

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Hotfix 22.12.3

See also[edit | edit source]

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