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Compound Bow
Compound Bow
A high-tech bow made of durable alloy, can launch arrows at high velocity. Requires arrows to fire.
Melee damage
Ranged damage
75 / 75 / 27 / 175.5 / 27
Rate of fire
0.37 RPS
Reload time
0.66 seconds
27.75 / 27.75 / 9.99 / 64.935 / 9.99
55.0 (-0.1 per use)
Single use
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 372 1 0 0
cheat gfi CompoundBow 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Weapons/PrimalItem_WeaponCompoundBow.PrimalItem_WeaponCompoundBow'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
40 EP
Crafting XP
20 XP
Required stations


The Compound Bow in ARK: Survival Evolved is an advanced bow and the only bow able to fire armor-piercing Metal Arrow Metal Arrow. When firing anything other than the metal arrows however, the Compound Bow actually deals less damage than a Crossbow Crossbow. Since torpor gain from Tranquilizer Arrow Tranquilizer Arrow scales with damage, it is less efficient for taming as well.

The armor piercing ability of metal arrows does not appear to negate some damage reductions, such as wild Rock Elemental.[1] A notable damage reduction it can negate is on titans, making them able to deal 3.3x damage to them.

Unlike the wooden pull-back Bow, the Compound Bow has an actual sight which is brought into focus by the alt-fire button. The sight is only marginally useful because the ARK compound bow suffers from the same screen shake used for the wooden bow.

Players have to pull the arrow around 90% back way to get the maximum damage output per arrow. The maximum damage output per second requires players to shoot more rapidly and consume more arrows.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Actual compound bows use pulleys to minimize holding force, allowing a fully-drawn bow to be held with a fraction of the potential release energy. The screen shake while holding the ARK compound bow taut is uncharacteristic of this mechanism and may be a design oversight or PVP balance issue.
  • Though the Compound Bow has less damage per shot than the Crossbow, arrows fired from the Compound Bow fly faster and further, as stated in the description.



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Walkthrough showing crafting requirements and damage