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Bows have changed a bit in Dark Souls 3. Different Bow types have different attack speeds, ranges and damage. They require arrows and usually a decent amount of Dexterity. It will be possible to use a Short Bow in melee range. Bows can not be infused.

 Name & Icon   Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

    Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill - Range
icon-wp_physicalAttack.pngicon-wp_physicaldef.png icon-magicbonus.pngicon-wp_magicdef.png icon-firebonus.png icon-wp_firedef.png icon-lightningbonus.png icon-wp_lightningdef.png icon-darkbonus.png icon-wp_darkdef.png CriticalStability Frosticon-wp_poisonbld.pngicon-wp_bleed.png Strength Bonus Dexterity Bonus Intelligence Bonus Faith Bonus Maximum ditance an arrow can fly

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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From


Short Bow

77

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

0

0

0

7

E

12

D

0

-

0

-

42

40

2.0

-(4/4)

Rapid Fire

Starting Equipment: Thief

Buy: Merchant Greirat's expanded inventory


Longbow

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

0

0

0

 9

E

 14

D

 0

-

-

50

 50

4.0

 -(9/9)

Puncture

High Wall of Lothric

Black Bow of Pharis

67

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

63

-

-

-

9

E

 18

C

 -

-

 -

-

63 

 65

3.0

-(7/7)

Pharis Triple-Shot

Dropped by mini Cleric Beast-like enemy in Farron Keep. There are 3 around a soul to the left of the second bonfire in this area. One of them drops it

Dragonrider Bow

110

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

63

-

-

-

19

D

 15

E

 -

-

 -

-

50 

 75

6.5

 -(9/9)

Puncture

Smouldering Lake

Composite Bow

73

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

42

-

-

-

12

D

12

D

 -

-

 -

-

 42

 65

3.5

-(4/4)

Rapid Fire

Bought from the Shrine Handmaid for 3,500 souls after giving her the Dreamchaser's Ashes.

Darkmoon Longbow

36

-

44

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

50

-

-

-

7

-

 16

E

 10

C

 -

-

50 

 50

4.5

-(10/10)

Darkmoon Arrow

Soul Transposition using Soul of Aldrich

 

White Birch Bow

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

-

-

-

8

E

 20

D

-

-

-

-

49

 

50

2.5

-(6/6)

Unseen Arrow

The Ringed City - Found on the swamp's cliffside past the Inner Wall area.

 




    • 21 Apr 2017 10:00  

      PVP: DamnNoHTML had a PVP bow build based around a composite bow. He suggests Leo ring and trading with people as they roll into you. He was also using free aiming to catch people waiting for you to shoot before rolling, though not much success. Might need some serious practice to be effective. Says Shield Turtles and hyper armor weapons counter.
      PVE: Can be super easy for PVE. Aim for the head, use no armor/rags, Flynn Ring, Lloyd's Sword Ring and Hidden Body for max damage. I like to use the Storyteller's Staff as a catalyst with this for the poison art, can save a lot of arrows against tough enemies. Pharros Bow is likely the way to go, so you don't need much strength.

      • 18 Mar 2017 11:00  

        These definitely need a serious buff. Reasons: A; Can't be infused B; Poor projectile tracking C; Poor projectiles speed. They are still viable if you are doing a pve build, but not so much in higher level pvp. I think they could fix this simply by either giving the arrows better lock on tracking mechanics similar to that of the AI or by increasing the speed at which the arrows travel.

        • 28 Feb 2017 00:39  

          "Acquired From" for composite bow says "Bought from the Shrine Handmaid for 3,500 souls after giving her the Dreamcaster's Ashes." and links to a nonexistent page. It should say "Dreamchaser's Ashes" and link to Dreamchaser's Ashes.

          • Stupid.05 May 2016 23:37  

            Anyone else got beef with the fact that the arrows of all the npc enemies have amazing tracking, but all of our projectiles suck? Not to mention that npcs can get the lock-on tracking from way outside lock-on range?<br/><br/>Also, I wanted to see a "Snipe" battle art that allowed archers to, after somewhat of an overdraw animation, fire an arrow that traveled REALLY freakin' fast with greatly lessened arrow drop.

            • Pure bow build?05 May 2016 14:43  

              Was impressed by the weapon arts of the bows. I want a build revolved solely around bows, but how do I go about one? Should I level up the magic stats (INT/FTH) for the elemental arrows and their unique bow counterparts or go pure quality and stay low level? Or should I go 20/40 and dump 40 in Luck for a SL100 Meta build?

              • Little tip for bows in this game29 Apr 2016 16:40  

                If you off hand a bow, pressing L2 immediately ready's that bows' weapon art, without the animation and additional input of switching to two handing it inbetween. So it's a nice way to get a ranged shot follow up off (Like Flaskers!) really quickly after using your main right handed weapon. Works especially nice with Rapid Fire because its so fast.

                • Dark Souls 3 killed Bow Playthroughs26 Apr 2016 02:04  

                  Note that you can't infuse bows I feel like bow oriented playhtroughs are significantly. You use to be able to infuse bows with the same tire if element arrow you were using for significantly increased damage. Chaos for fire arrows, magic fit darkmoon arrows, dark for dark arrows, and so on. Now that you can't their damage is harder to make acceptable. Black bow and darkmoon SRM like the clear winners here.

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