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Has significantly more power than the Bow, but cannot fire rapidly. Can be fired underwater.
Type Bow
Ammo used Stone Arrow.png Stone Arrow (50)
Tranquilizer Arrow.png Tranquilizer Arrow (50)
Ranged damage 95 (Stone Arrow)
35 (Tranquilizer Arrow)
Rate of fire 0.5 RPS
DPS 47.5 (Stone Arrow)
17.5 (Tranquilizer Arrow)
Weight 8
Durability 100
Durability per use 1
Single use No
Added in Patch 187.0
Item ID 362
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 362 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Weapons/PrimalItem_WeaponCrossbow.PrimalItem_WeaponCrossbow'" 1 0 0
Required level Level 25
Engram Points 12 EP
Crafting XP 18 XP
Prerequisites Bow.png Bow
Unlocks Grappling Hook.png Grappling Hook

Crafted in Smithy.png Smithy
Required Stations Refining Forge.png Refining Forge
Resources breakdown [Expand]
7 × Metal Ingot.png Metal Ingot
14 × Metal.png Metal
10 × Wood.png Wood
35 × Fiber.png Fiber
Total Base Ingredients
10 × Wood.png Wood
35 × Fiber.png Fiber
14 × Metal.png Metal

The Crossbow is an advanced hunting tool. It is the upgraded version of the Bow.png Bow. Every shot from the Crossbow is fully charged and deals more damage, but takes slightly longer to reload than the Bow. It is not as efficient as a Longneck Rifle with Tranquilizer Darts for increasing a creature's Torpor, at least in terms of Torpor per Damage (TPD), but deals higher Torpor per Second (TPS) if successfully firing at its maximum firing rate of 0.5 RPS.

Usage[edit | edit source]

When loaded with Stone Arrows, the Crossbow can be used as a ranged weapon to hunt and kill other players or creatures.
When loaded with Tranq Arrows, it can be used to knock other players or creatures unconscious. Since the torpor delivered by a Tranq Arrow scales with damage, it raises the target's torpor by a higher amount than an arrow shot from the Bow.
Most creatures will take about 2.5 times as much damage if you shoot them in the head. Torpor gain from Tranquilizer Arrows does scale with this boost.

Flying creatures take 1.5x damage from non-bullet ranged weapons.

The Crossbow can also be fired underwater, making it an ideal choice for hunting or taming underwater creatures such as a Megalodon, Plesiosaur, Mosasaurus, or Dunkleosteus.

Notes/Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Although the damage output of the Crossbow is high, its slow attack speed of 0.5 attacks per second results in only 48 damage per second against unarmored targets for Stone Arrows. This is half as much as a Pike.png Pike provides.
  • Like the Bow, Arrows fired from the Crossbow can be recovered by walking over the area of impact. However, they will be recovered as Stone Arrows, regardless of which type of arrow was fired. The arrows will sometimes break on impact or despawn before you can get to them, so they are not always recoverable.
  • The crossbow is a highly resource-efficient weapon due to using cheap, field-craftable Stone Arrows as ammunition. Combined with the utility factor of being able to fire underwater, consider keeping a crossbow in your hotbar to use on slower and/or weaker opponents(and in case you unexpectedly find yourself fighting aquatic enemies) and saving a more effective but costlier firearm or other higher-tier weapon for tougher opponents.