Compound Bow

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Compound Bow
Compound Bow.png
A high-tech bow made of durable alloy, can launch arrows at high velocity. Requires arrows to fire.
Type Bow
Ammo used Stone Arrow
Flame Arrow Scorched Earth Icon.png
Tranquilizer Arrow
Metal Arrow
Toxicant Arrow Logo Mobile.svg
Melee damage 10.0
Ranged damage 75 / 75 / 27 / 175.5 / 27
Rate of fire 0.37 RPS
Reload time 0.66 seconds
DPS 27.75 / 27.75 / 9.99 / 64.935 / 9.99
Weight 12.0
Durability 55.0
Durability per use 0.1
Single use No
Added in v190.0
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 Level 79
Engram Points 40 EP
Crafting XP 20 XP

Crafted in Fabricator
Tek Replicator
Required Stations Refining Forge.png Refining Forge

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Compound Bow in ARK: Survival Evolved is an advanced bow and the only bow able to fire armor-piercing Metal Arrow. When firing anything other than the metal arrows however, the Compound Bow actually deals less damage than a Crossbow. Since torpor gain from 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. The actual maximum damage output requires players to shoot more rapidly and consume more arrows.

Notes and Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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 taught is uncharacteristic of this mechanism and may be a design oversight or PVP balance issue.

Video[edit | edit source]

Walkthrough showing crafting requirements and damage
  1. citation needed