Tenno artistry. Ancient craft. A weapon of surgical precision and devastating effect. Each bolt fired by Zhuge Prime explodes shortly after embedding.

The Zhuge Prime is a primed variant of the RepeatingCrossbow Zhuge Tenno automatic crossbow, with higher critical chance, fire rate, magazine size, and altered damage that favors Slash b Slash, but with less reserve ammo. To compensate for its decrease in total damage, status chance, and reload speed, the bolts fired by the Zhuge Prime explode shortly after impact, and reloads faster from an empty magazine. Zhuge Prime was released alongside Wukong PrimeIcon272 Wukong Prime and NinkondiPrime Ninkondi Prime.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price:N/A
Drop Locations
BlueprintNeo G2 Uncommon
Axi A6 Uncommon
Lith L1 Uncommon (V)
GenericGunPrimeBarrel BarrelNeo Z5 Rare
Neo Z3 Rare (V)
GenericComponentPrimeLatch GripNeo A3 Common
Axi P3 Common
Meso A2 Common (V)
GenericGunPrimeReceiver ReceiverAxi B3 Uncommon
Axi D1 Uncommon (V)
GenericGunPrimeStock StringNeo I1 Common
Meso W1 Common (V)
Axi M1 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 Puncture b Puncture damage.


  • Second highest base damage of all fully automatic weapons, behind RepeatingCrossbow Zhuge/TennoMiter Panthera.
  • Very high critical chance and 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.
  • Bolts explode in a 2.2 meter radius after 0.6 seconds on impacting a surface or enemy.
    • Explosion delay reduces likelihood of inflicting self-damage.
  • Reloads 1 second faster from a fully depleted magazine.
  • Innate three Madurai Pol polarities.
  • Counts as a bow in regards to fire rate mods, doubling the fire rate bonus.


  • Low Impact b Impact damage – less effective against shields.
  • Very low base reload speed.
  • Projectiles have travel time.
  • Explosion inflicts self-damage.
  • Explosion delay allows enemies to move out of explosion range if not directly hit by one of the bolts.


  • Zhuge Prime, compared to Zhuge:

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • Can be used in bow-only Sortie missions.
  • Reload time is reduced to 2 seconds when the magazine is empty.
  • Despite being capable of using the Mod TT 20pxThunderbolt mod, it has no effect due to the weapon's innate explosion.
  • Enemies killed with the initial bolt are ragdolled and launched forward, dealing the same damage to other enemies in their path. In such cases, the explosion will not arm until the slain enemy's corpse strikes a wall, the floor, or any other piece of level geometry. The bolt will then create its detonation field at the point where the corpse 'lands'.
  • Punch Through affects the location of the bolt explosions. The weapon's explosions are applied at the final point of contact where the bolt ends rather than where the bolt penetrates an enemy or object.


  • The arsenal screen erroneously lists the weapon's Noise Level as "Alarming."

Zhuge Prime Skins


Warframe - All Prime Primaries - Weapon Animations & Sounds (2013 - 2019)

Warframe - All Prime Primaries - Weapon Animations & Sounds (2013 - 2019)

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 25.8
October 2019 Riven Disposition Change
  • Zhuge: 1.25->1.15

Update 25.3

  • Introduced.

Last updated: Update 25.3

See AlsoEdit

  • RepeatingCrossbow Zhuge, the normal counterpart.
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