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Bows

In addition to melee weapons, Link can carry around Bows and Arrows. These can be instantly drawn out, even when a melee weapon is currently equipped. Aim for the head to stun a target, deal extra damage, and cause the enemy to drop their weapon.

All bows have a set durability. After using the bow in combat, it will deteriorate and eventually break. Once a bow breaks, try to find another one quickly or equip a spare from your inventory. Bows can have special effects, just like weapons.

Effect Description
Attack Up Increases the power of Link's attacks in combat.
Durability Up Increase the durability of a weapon, allowing it to be used in combat for a longer period of time before breaking (when compared to weapons of the same name).
Quick Shot Increases the rate of fire of a bow.
Five-Shot Burst Turns one arrow into five without using additional arrows.

Link will begin the game with 5 Bow Slots. These can be upgraded by finding Korok Seeds and giving them to Hetsu, a character exploring Hyrule. See the Korok Seeds page for more info.

Bows in BOTW
Name Damage Material Effect
Wooden Bow 4 Wood -
Traveler's Bow 5 Wood -
Soldier's Bow 14 Metal -
Knight's Bow 26 Metal -
Royal Bow 38 Metal -
Royal Guard's Bow 50 Metal -
Silver Bow 15 Metal -
Golden Bow 14 Metal Increased Zoomed
Swallow Bow 9 Wood -
Falcon Bow 20 Metal -
Great Eagle Bow 28 Metal -
Phrenic Bow 10 Metal Increased Zoomed
Ancient Bow 44 Ancient -
Boko Bow 4 Wood -
Spiked Boko Bow 12 Wood -
Dragonbone Boko Bow 24 Wood -
Lizal Bow 14 Wood -
Strengthened Lizal Bow 25 Metal -
Steel Lizal Bow 36 Metal -
Lynel Bow 10×3 Metal Turns one arrow into three without using additional arrows.
Mighty Lynel Bow 20×3 Metal Turns one arrow into three without using additional arrows.
Savage Lynel Bow 32×3 Metal Turns one arrow into three without using additional arrows.
Duplex Bow 14×2 Wood Turns one arrow into two without using additional arrows.
Forest Dweller's Bow 15×3 Metal Turns one arrow into three without using additional arrows.
Bow of Light 100 Magic Imbued with the power of light.

Arrows

Unlike melee weapons, bows use weapons with different elemental properties. While bows cannot be purchased from shops, arrows can be found with every merchant and at each general shop. You can store hundreds of arrows in your inventory, unlike all other weapons and their limited slots.

Arrow Effect
Arrow A normal wooden and iron arrow. It can be set on fire by placing it next to an open flame.
Fire Arrow An arrow that is set on fire. The arrow will break on impact and set an object or the environment on fire. Effective against ice enemies.
Ice Arrow An arrow with the power of ice. The arrow will break on impact and freeze nearby objects and the environment. Effective against fire enemies.
Shock Arrow An arrow with the power of electricity. The arrow will break on impact and shock anything nearby. Effective against metal or wet objects and environments.
Bomb Arrow An arrow that explodes on impact, dealing massive damage within a small radius. Does not explode in rain, and will instantly explode near lava.
Ancient Arrow An arrow made with ancient technology. Extremely powerful, even against ancient machines, but often negates any loot dropped by the creature.