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.

 




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    • Anonymous

      07 Sep 2020 04:48  

      as someone who uses bows a lot in this game and with the game getting a bit old i will share some of my secrets, and the gimmicks that make it good and that have worked for me
      PVP

      Duels: you will need to get comfortable with free aiming because you will need to lead your shots when they start bobbing and weaving to close the distance. I personally keep a rapier in my left hand to punish them for being too aggressive with a stab or just parry them but you use what works for you. You can dodge while drawn but there is a short period of time you are unable to roll after shooting so be aware of that. You can head shot stagger people out of everything even during i frames and out of poisey weapon arts. If someone rolls into you stand your ground, you can shoot them before they can attack if your quick. I would highly recommend staying under 30% equip load because the spacing it give is extremely valuable when using a ranged weapon. try to out space attacks and shoot them. Use rope firebombs to punish there aggression. When running into poise casted lighting arrow, dont give up or get demoralized, start knocking an arrow to bait there attack and dodge it then when your at neutral you can knock faster than them, you have to manually shoot them in the head so aim fast. Make sure you have a knights ring and or hoove ring on standby for turtles. for when people try to hide behind cover throw firebombs to get them out. Now explosive bolt crossy boys are a real threat especially if they are using a fast loading crossbow like the light crossbow, all i can say is that against this you better not miss and you better i frame those explosions. If your particularly insidious you can have black flame on the ready for people running up to you while blocking and you will break there guard, though this is an expensive gimmick. You may feel like your not hurting them much but all that damage adds up and if you play perfectly they really cant do anything. I would stick to using the short bows and longbows in this environment particularly the composite bow and the black bow of pharis

      Invasions: while all the things i had mentioned before are useful this environment allows you to get crafty, you should never willingly engage in a fair fight or fight anyone head on unless you have been backed into a corner. The great bows particularly the mill wood are great for knocking people off bridges and ledges there are countless areas this is useful, also the rope bridges can be broken with great arrows or maybe it was the mill woods weapon art. If you choose to go with something like a longbow you will have to slowly widle them down. Head shot them while they try to fight enemies, they will be hit with counter damage. shoot explosive barrels with fire arrows, in the early game this is an insta kill. Bait them into doing stupid things like jumping off ledges without cat ring or following you into a staged ambush. Utilize the obscuring ring to take pot shots, keep in mind that they can see you knock the arrow with sharp eyes so mix up your position, also the white birch bow has invisible arrows. try your best to stay unnoticed for as long as possible, and think of a good way to get the jump on them. It may seem fruitless but making them waste estus by peppering them with arrows is very potent especially if they only have 1 or 2 by the time the engage you. Always be looking for creative ways to hurt them. Always make sure that before you engage there is somewhere to run. I would recommend sticking to the great bows and longbows in this environment due to there range. The black bow of pharis is a great choice due to its range and shot speed, the mill wood can achieve some insane damage and knock people off ledges, and the composite bow is not a bad option either though id recomend using hawk ring with feather arrows. You can get some insane range with black bow hawkring and feather arrows.

      PVE

      regular enemies: you can cheese most enemies with a bow by shooting them from somewhere they cant reach. You can headshot stagger most humanoids. Try not to fight more than one enemy at once. You can bait enemies into a safer area to fight. explosive barrels can be very useful. Most enemies arent built to deal with you so you can just kinda hit and run until there dead.

      Bosses: you can head shot stagger many of the bosses in this game or hit weak spots that might not otherwise be exposed making it a refreshing way to approach some of the bosses. You will have to learn there long ranged moves and this usually includes move that will one shot you but you will see bosses do things you never knew they could. you can cheese some bosses by using the arena to run away and never really engage with them.
      I may have left some important stuff out but i think i got most of it down
      Hopefully some of you found this helpful and give a bow build a try :)
      ~Alba Corvus

      • Anonymous

        24 May 2020 20:37  

        I did a "Just bow" run. The best bow is Pharos and Millwood. The dark moon bow is trash (magic arrows are too expensive), compost bow is just for poison arrows, and onislayer is for pvp. Rings: Leo, Mist, Flynn and Red tearstone. Tips: Use normal arrows all the run, heavy just for bosses You can use poison arrows + composite for poison build Don't use big bows on normal enemies, are too slow to use them You shouldn't have to use the Hawk ring in all the run Friede is the easiest boss in this run, and Deacons/ Wolnir the hardest You can use this buil in PVP, but you shouldn't be able to do anything Luckily, you aren't too mad to do a run like this

        • 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.

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