This devastating automatic crossbow is the perfect marriage of ancient Earth weaponry and Tenno technology.

The Zhuge is a Tenno automatic crossbow. It boasts impressive damage that is complimented by its very high status chance, limited by its projectile nature and very slow fire rate.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 35
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 125 Blueprint2 Blueprints Price:Credits6420,000


This weapon deals primarily Puncture b Puncture damage.


  • Tied with Panthera for the highest base damage of all fully automatic weapons.
  • High base accuracy.
  • High critical chance.
  • Highest status chance of all fully automatic weapons.
  • Very ammo efficient.
    • High ammo reserve for its magazine size.
    • Uses rifle ammo pickups instead of the scarcer bow/sniper ammo pickups.
  • Ragdolls and pins the target to the wall on a kill.
    • Ragdolled bodies fly in a straight line and can damage other enemies in its path.
  • Counts as a bow in regards to Fire Rate mods, doubling the fire rate bonus.
  • Silent.
  • Can use the bow-exclusive Thunderbolt mod.
  • Has a Madurai Pol polarity.


  • Low Impact b Impact damage - less effective against shields.
    • Projectiles have travel time, making it more difficult to hit moving targets at long distances.
  • Moderately slow reload speed.
  • Third slowest fire rate of all fully automatic weapons, behind Attica and Panthera.


  • Zhuge, compared to Attica:
    • Higher base damage (100.0 vs. 80.0)
      • Higher Impact b Impact damage (5.0 vs. 4.0)
      • Higher Puncture b Puncture damage (75.0 vs. 60.0)
      • Higher Slash b Slash damage (20.0 vs. 16.0)
    • Lower critical chance (20% vs. 25%)
    • Lower critical damage multiplier (2x vs. 3x)
    • Higher status chance (35% vs. 10%)
    • Higher fire rate (4.17 rounds/sec vs. 3.67 rounds/sec)
    • Faster reload speed (2.5 s vs. 2.8 s)
    • Higher Mastery Rank required (10 vs. 7)

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • Can be used on bow-only Sortie missions.


  • While possessing an Auto trigger, the Zhuge is best used when fired in bursts to better aim shots and manage its small magazine. On the other hand, its automatic fire combined with its native knockback makes it good when strafing against multiple enemies, or shooting a single tough enemy multiple times.
  • Thunderbolt synergizes well with the Zhuge due to the weapon's magazine size and automatic trigger, giving it a very high chance of triggering explosions within a shorter amount of time than conventional bows. This makes the Zhuge more proficient at crowd-control than single-shot bows like the Dread, with its full-auto fire allowing one to strafe an area with explosive bolts to deal damage against multiple enemies.


  • The Zhuge was originally introduced in Warframe China as a timed-exclusive item, alongside the Ninkondi and Spira.
  • The Zhuge is named after the Chinese word for the repeating crossbow, Zhūgé nǔ (諸葛弩), literally meaning "the Zhuge [Liang] crossbow", in turn named after its purported inventor Zhuge Liang. Zhuge Liang was a Chinese chancellor that lived during the Three Kingdoms Period of China, and is considered one of the greatest strategists of the era.
  • The Zhuge is the fourth crossbow introduced in the game, after the Attica and Ballistica/Rakta Ballistica.

Zhuge Skins


  • Zhuge in Codex.

Patch HistoryEdit

*Hotfix 22.12.3
  • Changed the Zhuge’s Critical Chance to the intended 20%.

Update 22.12

  • Mastery Rank increased from 0 to 10

See alsoEdit

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