Millwood Greatbow

139 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
100 icon-wp_stability.png -
icon_weight.png 9.0
Requirements & Bonus
C E - -
28 12 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatbow damage_type-icon.jpg None
skill-icon.jpg Pierce Earth icon_fp_cost.png - (20/20)

Millwood Greatbow is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC


Greatbow crafted with black oak and wielded by Millwood Knights. Only specialized great arrows can be fired from the bow.

It is said that the Millwood Knights used these to face their sworn enemy, the Abyss Dragon.

Skill: Pierce Earth

Fire a greatarrow with a burst of strength and a prayer that violently shakes its target and explodes on impact.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused nor Buffed.
  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite
  • The weapon has an exceptionally low range of 39. This is the lowest of all the bows.
  • Since bows cannot be used without being 2-handed, the "true" Strength requirement for this weapon is 19.
  • Has an A scaling in Strength and the highest base damage out of all the Greatbows, making it good for Strength builds and builds with just the required attributes.
  • By simply meeting the requirements, this weapon hits harder than the Dragonslayer Greatbow, arguably because of the lack of range. 
  • Damage may vary depending on ammunition(great arrows).

Location/Where to Find

  • From the Snowfield bonfire, proceed to the collapsing ridge over the forest of wolves. From here, stay to the right to avoid most wolves until you reach the cliff at the bottom of the hill, then head left to reach the Millwood ruins. From here, go around the ruins to the left, up the small hill with several screeching tree enemies and wolves on top of it. On the left side of the hill will be some wolf enemies and two Millwood Knights with bows surrounding a corpse containing the bow and five arrows.
  • A suicide run might be necessary here without a friendly phantom, as there are several strong enemies that have a tendency to aggro you at once. One possible tactic would be to try and run past all of the enemies, grab the bow from the corpse, then jump off the ridge immediately to the right to escape. Rapport pyromancy works on Farron Followers and Millwood Knights, but not on wolves.
  • Fextralife Video: Millwood Greatbow location
  • Video Example of above instructions. Video starts just before the large wolf thats before the Millwood Ruins.

Moveset and Videos:

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Millwood Greatbow Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 139 - - - - C E - - - - - - - - - - -
+1 154 - - - - B E - - - - - - - - - - -
+2 165 - - - - B E - - - - - - - - - - -
+3 193 - - - - B E - - - - - - - - - - -
+4 217 - - - - B E - - - - - - - - - - -
+5 242 - - - - A E - - - - - - - - - - -

Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength icon-strength_22.png Strength icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith icon-faith_22.png Faith icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical  Stability    
    Spell Buff Spell Buff      

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

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    • Anonymous

      01 Sep 2021 21:57  

      It's possible to cheese the two knights with a bow from the ledge close to where you originally fight the boss wolf. When you first get to the specific spot there's 2 wolves laying there. You can shoot them from below and their arrows will just hit the ground. If you're doing this area straight after Cathedral and haven't been able to upgrade your bow you'll need a lot of arrows obviously (un-upgraded shortbow hits for around 17). Still, I think it better than clearing that whole area and losing your souls on a suicide run when you're at that level.

      • Anonymous

        14 May 2021 10:14  

        Honestly, it's only a suicide run when you're low leveled. Otherwise, bring a good shield and sword at a later level (or some good late game spells if you're a caster) and you're pretty much set. Just try and pick off the knights one at a time. At this point, the wolves shouldn't be too much of a problem and the trees go down in a few hits.

        • Anonymous

          23 Mar 2021 23:03  

          got summoned as a blue because i forgot i had the covenant on, so i proceeded to help a washing pole host by infinitely shooting arrows at the invader. needless to say he ran away and then noped the **** out of there

          • Anonymous

            22 Feb 2021 16:34  

            i met a guy in the arena that used this, and he absolutely wrecked me. it was insane. i kept rolling because i couldnt tell when he was going to shoot. every time i rolled more than 3 times, i would get hit right when i got up. he messaged me later saying sorry, and he also told me a good counter for this weapon. not everyone is a crybaby saltlord, so if you kill someone and they're clearly don't know what their doing, message them. tell them what they're doing wrong. help them out. we all have sucked at the game at least once, and you should know more than anyone how it feels to be killed by a good player. please be nice out there guys, and praise the sun \o/

            • Anonymous

              14 Dec 2020 12:42  

              that one moment when the invader puts on the obscuring ring and tries to snipe you and you get close to figure out that they have no draw time whatsoever and hit you instantly and start doing melee attacks with it that kill you in seconds

              • 10 Jun 2020 20:21  

                "By simply meeting the requirements, this weapon hits harder than the Dragonslayer Greatbow, arguably because of the lack of range." Wouldn't the lack of range make this not correct. But either way I tested and the Ammunition matter way more than the Bows in terms of actual range and falloff, even on the onislayer greatbow with the hawk ring the millwood arrows have bad range and falloff compared to dragonslayer arrows, while onislayer arrows retain damage and accuracy on the millwood bow without the hawk ring

                • Anonymous

                  15 Apr 2020 19:03  

                  i didn't have enough strength to use it one handed but i did two handed? how tf do you use a bow with one hand? by using your magnum dong?

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Apr 2020 21:40  

                    how come no ones is talking about the lore description?! "used these greatbows to face they're sworn enemy, the abyss dragon" THAT DOESN'T PEAK ANYONE'S INTEREST?!

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Feb 2020 11:44  

                      If you get a headshot with an onislayer greatarrow powered by this greatbow s weapon art, would the target have time to dodge the explosion?

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Jan 2020 17:05  

                        I've found an easier way to get to the ledge with the greatbow. From the wolf pit, you can see the two Millwood Knights and their three wolves, along with the greatbow lying on the ground. There's a section of that wall that has a sweet spot you can jump up. It's awful to try and describe as there's no real markers, but there's a section in the middle of that ledge where if you jump into it, you'll be "lifted" just a bit. Try it a couple times and you'll eventually jump onto the ledge, right in front of the knights. This bypasses the Millwood ruins, the forest of terrible trees, and just saves a lot of time in general.

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Sep 2019 09:41  

                          True strength requirement's 19 (according to two-handing)? I know it's a STR weapon and you gonna place a couple of points on that attribute, just asking.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Jun 2019 21:03  

                            No suicide run needed. Just wore my trusty Havel shield and dragonslayer greataxe. Use the shield special to turn to stone and spam that axe weapon art.

                            • Anonymous

                              21 Jun 2019 20:51  

                              heres a idea: run around and grab the bow, run up the tower, use the WA to knock those archers off their precious tower, then have some fun just sitting there sniping while every one is helpless >:)

                              • Anonymous

                                05 May 2019 14:13  

                                This bow is perfect for most situations. Trying to crack Nameless King's dragon buddy? Two hits needed. Want to interrupt an invader's parry-kill to your buddy? Timed WA. Want to mess with people because you can? Why not? Only issue is range, which you can fix with killing your Giant friend, but who the hell would do that?

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