Recurve Bow (Primitive Plus)

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Recurve Bow
Recurve Bow (Primitive Plus).png
Masters of the bow often become great conquerers. Requires arrows to fire.
Type Bow
Ammo used Stone Arrow
Tranq Arrow
Feathered Stone Arrow Primitive Plus Icon.png
Obsidian Arrow Primitive Plus Icon.png
Flame Arrow Primitive Plus Icon.png
Ranged damage 110 / 40 / 60 / 150 / 320
Rate of fire 0.4 RPS
Reload time 1.5 seconds
DPS 44 / 16 / 24 / 60 / 128
Weight 7.0
Durability 80.0
Single use No
Added in v1.4 (Primitive Plus)
Spawn Command
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/PrimitivePlusMod/Items/Weapons/PrimalItem_WeaponRecurveBow.PrimalItem_WeaponRecurveBow'" 1 0 0
Required level Level 60
Engram Points 35 EP
Crafting XP 4 XP
Crafting Time 5s
Crafted in Smithy
Resources breakdown [Expand]
20 × Wood.png Wood
150 × Fiber.png Fiber
40 × Leather (Primitive Plus).png Leather Primitive Plus Icon.png
27 × Salt (Primitive Plus).png Salt Primitive Plus Icon.png
2 × Crystal.png Crystal
14 × Hide.png Hide
45 × Beeswax (Primitive Plus).png Beeswax Primitive Plus Icon.png
Total Base Ingredients
2 × Crystal.png Crystal
45 × Beeswax (Primitive Plus).png Beeswax Primitive Plus Icon.png
20 × Wood.png Wood
150 × Fiber.png Fiber
14 × Hide.png Hide

The Recurve Bow is an advanced ranged Weapon in the Primitive+-DLC of ARK: Survival Evolved. It can be unlocked at level 65 and needs Beeswax to craft which makes it a late-game weapon. Once unlocked the Recurve Bow is the most powerful weapon that uses arrows as ammo. Its damage and rate of fire is slightly better than that of a Crossbow. Using stone arrows, it deals 110 damage with 100% weapon damage while a Crossbow deals 95 damage. When firing Obsidian Arrows the damage of an Recurve Bow is even twice as much as of Using a Crossbow (150 vs. 75). This makes the Recurve Bow the best choice for obsidian arrows, which are ineffective with Crossbows.

Usage[edit | edit source]

The Recurve Bow is used like a Bow and has to be loaded manually, but loading time is much shorter and even shorter than that of a Crossbow. Like other bows, the Recurve Bow cannot be used underwater. As usually, weapon damage depends on weapon quality and type of arrows. A Recurve Bow can fire all types of arrows and can therefore be used to tame creatures with Tranq Arrows.

Shooting a tranq arrow at a creature increases torpidity instantly by 2x of the weapon damage (40 for Trang Arrows) and gives additional torpor equal to 2.5x weapon damage over the course of the next 4 seconds. Taking this into account, a primitive Recurve Bow deals 180 torpor with one shot, while a Crossbow deals 157.5. After 4 seconds the torpidity bar immediately starts to drop. The effects of multiple shots in this 4-second interval are stacked instantly, so you don't have to wait between shots until the 4 seconds are over.

Flame Arrows deal an instant damage of about 100 and set the target on fire which deals additional damage. In total, a single Flame Arrow fired from a Recurve Bow deals 320 damage in a few seconds to most creatures.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Does the most damage of current Bows in-game as of Prim+ v1.4 on PC.
  • Many creatures take more damage from headshots. Flying creatures take an additional 50% damage. All of these bonuses also apply on the torpor effect from Tranq Arrows.