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

-

-

-

-

7

E

12

D

-

-

-

-

42

40

2.0

-(4/4)

Rapid Fire

Starting Equipment: Thief

Buy: Merchant Greirat's expanded inventory


Longbow

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

-

-

-

 9

E

 14

D

 -

-

-

-

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 Elder Ghru,
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.

 




    • Anonymous

      24 Aug 2019 00:15  

      I was recently a noob or still am. Not sure but I did get most trophies and defeated all bosses and in the beginning i was hoping bows would be good but none of them are. It's funny how a glove (caestus) can do more damage than a bow. Totally sucks because most games with bows. I like using them. It's a shame fromsoft nerfed them from what I can tell since most have trash scaling and bows in the wiki of the first show it to have had good scaling. Why did they do this? Why did they nerf these? Guess im gonna have to get remastered after I get platinum in this one.

      • Anonymous

        21 Feb 2019 19:12  

        Oni slayer bow. From profaned capitals bonfire run down the ladder and walk on the brige be carefull of (fireballs and gargoyle) keep on the right side, you sould see platform. Jump on it and behind is the Oni slayer bow. Milwood bow is located in Ashes of Ariandel. From the first bonfire, or from the one thats near bridge go where the wolfes are. From the first bonfire walk straight, until snow collapses than run straght from wolfs and turn left (on the very end) than run alongside buildings and keep left (be aware of milwood warriors) there should be path and walk straight. You'll encouter wolfs and millwood archer. The bow is under him. From bonfire near bridge you need to go up the mountain turn left, run straight and turn left again and the road is the same.

        • Anonymous

          05 Aug 2018 17:45  

          I wish the was a bow that can be used a socery catalyst but only use soul arrow and farron dart and a great bow that can fire soul spears and great soul arrows

          • Anonymous

            07 Jun 2018 01:10  

            For the record, it's so bizarre players can't infuse these. It was possible in 1 and 2. Why not now? The only one that even works with a magic build is the Darkmoon Longbow, and that's with intelligence. Shame!

            • Anonymous

              14 Feb 2018 06:53  

              What's with the description for the Black Bow of Pharis? Drop by a 'mini cleric beast-like enemy', they're called Elder Ghru and those things are not mini. The bow is held by one of the three Elder Ghru huddled while another of them is holding the hat of Pharis.

              • Anonymous

                16 Jun 2017 10:07  

                If you practice bow enough you can punish players who roll towrads you. This is actually really good, just use like a lightning arrow execept you need to shoot more precisely. If you perfectly roll catch, you can headshot him, dealing extra damage and staggerd enough to recover your stamina for next move.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Apr 2017 16:00  

                  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.

                  • Anonymous

                    18 Mar 2017 16:00  

                    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.

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Feb 2017 06:39  

                      "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.

                      • Anonymous

                        Infusion19 Jul 2016 17:19  

                        I miss it, would have been a good feature on them.. I found the damage of bows very.. very lacking.

                        • Anonymous

                          Dat Bow is missing27 Jun 2016 12:02  

                          There's a bow missing that you can get from the silver knights after Sulyvahn right before you reach Anor Londo

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