Bow cobbled together from found parts. Craft with it to make it stronger!
— In-Game Description

The Makeshift Bow is a Crossbow in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was introduced in Chapter 2: Season 6.


The Makeshift Bow uses a targeting system to fire projectiles, which need to be charged up to go the optimal distance. The damage is the same regardless of charge. The projectile launched is a very fast arrow. The bow is weak compared to the other bows, dealing a low amount of damage, however, it has a fast reload time.


The Makeshift Bow can only be found as Floor Loot or in Chests. It cannot be obtained by Crafting.

Crafting and Upgrading

The Makeshift Bow requires 4 Animal Bones to upgrade to a Rare Primal Bow.

It can be upgraded to a Rare Mechanical Bow with 4 Mechanical Parts.


The Makeshift Bow deals 52 Damage per shot for 52 Damage per Second. It has a headshot multiplier of 2x.

Makeshift Bow
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DPS: 52
Damage: 52
Fire Rate: 1
Magazine Size: 1
Reload Time: 0.8s

Strategy Guide

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The risk was calculated... but I'm bad at math.
This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.

  • The Makeshift Bow is best upgraded to a Primal or Mechnical Bow as soon as possible, as it is the weakest of all the available bows.
  • If you are stuck with the makeshift version, try and hit headshots as much as possible to maximize the damage.


Chapter 2: Season 6

  • Update v16.00: The Makeshift Bow is introduced in Uncommon. It is part of the new craftable weapons system.
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