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Recurve Bow
Recurve Bow (Primitive Plus)
Masters of the bow often become great conquerers. Requires arrows to fire.
Ranged damage
110 / 40 / 60 / 150 / 320
Rate of fire
0.4 RPS
Reload time
1.5 seconds
44 / 16 / 24 / 60 / 128
Single use
Spawn Command
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/PrimitivePlusMod/Items/Weapons/PrimalItem_WeaponRecurveBow.PrimalItem_WeaponRecurveBow'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
35 EP
Crafting XP
4 XP
Crafting time
Crafted in
Resources breakdown [Expand]
20 × Wood Wood
150 × Fiber Fiber
40 × Leather (Primitive Plus) Leather (Primitive Plus)
27 × Salt (Primitive Plus) Salt (Primitive Plus)
2 × Crystal Crystal
14 × Hide Hide
45 × Beeswax (Primitive Plus) Beeswax (Primitive Plus)
Total Base Ingredients
2 × Crystal Crystal
45 × Beeswax (Primitive Plus) Beeswax (Primitive Plus)
20 × Wood Wood
150 × Fiber Fiber
14 × Hide 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.


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.


  • 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.