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Bows are a Weapon Category in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Bows are long-ranged weapons that necessitate Arrows to function and possess no melee capability. There are 2 types of bows; short bows and long bows, each with their own unique firing animations and mechanics. Short bows are well suited for PvP as they have a high firing rate (High Damage Per Second). Long bows are well suited for PvE, where they can snipe an opponents from long and safe distance. Reloading is slower for longbows, making them less adequate for closer enemies such as PvP. These weapon scale well with Dexterity.

  • Pros: Short Bows; Fast firing rate, good scaling with dexterity and good for PVP. Long Bows; Longer Range than Short Bows,  good scaling with dexterity and good for PvE.
  • Cons: Short Bows; Not as long range as Long bows. Long Bows; Takes time reloading arrow, lower firing rate and deals less damage than Short bows.
  • Note: At high levels in Faith, Divine and Occult upgrade bows using Moonlight Arrows deal more damage than the Darkmoon Bow.

 

All Bows in Dark Souls

  Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Aux
Effects
Requirements
Param Bonus
Durability / Weight - Shot Range
Image Name icon_dmg_phy.png
icon_prot_phy.png
icon_dmg_magi.png
icon_prot_magi.png
icon_dmg_fire.png
icon_prot_fire.png
icon_dmg_lightn.png
icon_prot_lightn.png
icon_dmg_cbonus.png
icon_prot_stab.png
icon_aux_toge1.png
icon_aux_toge2.png
icon_strength.png
icon_dexterity.png
icon_intelligence.png
icon_faith.png
icon_other_dura.png
icon_other_weig.png
Range Acquired From
short_bow.png Short Bow 31
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
0
  7
D
D+15
12
A
S+15
0
-
-
0
-
-
100
0.5
50
  • Default gear for Hunter
  • Purchased from Undead Merchant for 1000 souls
  • Drops from Skeleton (bow)
  • Drops from Undead Archer
composite_bow.png Composite Bow 55
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
0
  11
C
C+15
12
C
C+15
0
-
-
0
-
-
100
1.0
38
darkmoon_bow_1.png Darkmoon Bow 80
0
80
0
0
0
0
0
100
0
  7
E
E+5
16
D
D+5
0
-
-
16
D
D+5
400
1.0
50
longbow.png Longbow 36
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
0
  9
D
D+15
14
A
S+15
0
-
-
0
-
-
100
1.0
50
black_bow_of_pharis.png Black Bow of Pharis 34
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
0
  9
E
E+15
18
S
S+15
0
-
-
0
-
-
100
1.0
65
  • Drops from Pharis in Darkroot Garden
  • Note: Bows can only be fired while held with both hands.
  • Despite bows only being usable while two-handing, the listed strength requirements still apply.
  • Different Arrows will alter the range and base damage of bows.
  • The best arrows to use for bows depend on what type of bow you're using
    • Fire arrows - Will give you the highest damage on Chaos or Fire bows
    • Moonlight Arrows - Will give you the highest damage with Enchanted/Magic and Divine/Occult bows
    • Large Arrows - Will give you the highest damage with a normal +15 or +5 crystal bows
  • Bows have two categories: short and long. Longbows (Long, Black) tend to have more range and better scaling, but fire slower than Shortbows (Short, Composite, Darkmoon).

 




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