Evoking the design of ancient bows, the high impact Cernos is perfect for hunting down highly shielded enemies.

The Cernos is a Tenno bow, specializing in damaging shields by specializing in Impact b Impact damage. Much like other bows, it functions with a charge mechanic, and sports very high accuracy at range, despite the arrow drop. It is most effective against the Corpus as it can easily break through their shields, but is less effective against the Grineer and Infested, due to a lack of other damage types.

This weapon can be sold for Credits647,500, it is also a requisite ingredient for Mutalist Cernos.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 45
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 225 Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: Credits64 20,000


This weapon deals primarily Impact b Impact damage.


  • Silent.
  • Fast charge attacks.
  • High Impact b Impact damage – effective against shields.
  • Good critical chance.
  • Charged shots have innate Punch Through.
    • Allowing it to hit multiple enemies in a line.
  • Pinpoint accuracy when aiming RMB .


  • Needs to be charged to deal max damage.
  • Low Puncture b Puncture and Slash b Slash damage – less effective against armor and health.
  • Slow firerate renders the Cernos ill-suited for close-range combat.


  • Cernos, compared to Cernos Prime:
    • Lower base damage (100.0 vs. 180.0)
      • Lower Impact b Impact damage (90.0 vs. 162.0)
      • Lower Puncture b Puncture damage (5.0 vs. 9.0)
      • Lower Slash b Slash damage (5.0 vs. 9.0)
    • Lower charge attack damage (200.0 vs. 360.0)
    • Faster reload speed (0.6 s vs. 1 s)
    • Different polarities (Madurai Pol vs. Madurai PolMadurai Pol)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (0 vs. 8)
  • Cernos, compared to Rakta Cernos:
    • Lower base damage (100.0 vs. 125.0)
      • Lower Impact b Impact damage (90.0 vs. 112.5)
      • Lower Puncture b Puncture damage (5.0 vs. 6.25)
      • Lower Slash b Slash damage (5.0 vs. 6.25)
    • Lower charge attack damage (200.0 vs. 250.0)
    • Slower charge time (1.0 s vs. 0.25 s)
    • Lower status chance (10% vs. 15%)
    • Lack of an innate Blight effect
    • Different polarities (Madurai Pol vs. Madurai PolMadurai PolNaramon Pol)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (0 vs. 12)

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • Due to the weapon's high Impact b Impact damage but low Puncture b Puncture and Slash b Slash damage, consider using this to drain the enemies' shield first then finish them with other weapons which have higher damage where the Cernos lacks. Alternatively, consider making this your main bow for going against Corpus troops, the majority of which have high shields but very low health.
  • With a maxed Point Strike and Critical Delay mods, it is possible to raise the Cernos' critical chance to 104.3%, ensuring that all shots will deal critical damage.
    • Using a maxed Critical Delay however will also result in the Cernos having an even slower fire rate. This can be countered with the usage of a fire rate mod, preferably Speed Trigger.


  • The name "Cernos" means "horn" in Gaulish.
  • Being an Impact oriented bow, the Cernos uses arrows with a mace-like head, with a larger impact area. This spreads the kinetic energy of the arrows across a wider area, creating a blunt impact.


  • Cernos in the Codex.
  • Nekros and Cernos
  • Cernos in back
  • Cernos Quiver Colour Customization
  • Cernos Bow Colour Customization
  • New Cernos holster look

Cernos Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

See alsoEdit

WeaponsDamageCompare AllCosmetics

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