Fast-firing bow fashioned out of bones.
— In-Game Description.

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


The Primal 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. It has a faster fire rate than the Mechanical Bow, but does slightly less damage than its counterpart.


The Primal Bow can be found as Floor Loot or in Chests, or by Crafting it.

Crafting and Upgrading

The Primal Bow can be found in Rare rarity.

Rarity Resource Result
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It can be upgraded into a Flame or Stink Primal Bow with the following ingredients:

Name Ingredients:
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Primal Flame Bow

1 Gas Can
1 Firefly Jar
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Primal Stink Bow

1 Stink Sac
3 Stink Fish


The Primal Bow deals 65 Damage per shot for 65 Damage per Second. It has a headshot multiplier of 2x.

Primal Bow
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DPS: 65
Damage: 65
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 Primal Bow is the easiest of the two bows to upgrade. Firefly Jars and Gas Cans are very easy to find.
    • However, locating a frog or getting lucky with Stink Floppers may prove difficult.


Chapter 2: Season 6

  • Update v16.00: The Mechanical Bow is introduced in Rare rarity. It is part of the new craftable weapons system.
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