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Bows in Breath of the Wild

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Breath of the Wild features several different Bows for long-distance combat. Many of these Bows follow a series of archetypes, such as "Boko," "Soldier's," and "Traveler's." Initially, Link can carry up to five Bows at a time in his inventory; however, he can obtain additional slots by giving Korok Seeds to Hestu. Hestu will upgrade Link's slots up to 13 slots. If Link takes another Bow while his inventory is full, he will drop the Bow or put it back if it came from a Treasure Chest. Each Bow, including duplicates, occupies its own slot in the inventory. The other seven slots are occupied by all six types of Arrows and the Bow of Light. Some Bows also have bonus abilities such as shooting Arrows at quicker succession or multiple Arrows at once.

List of Bows

Bow Compendium No. Strength Durability Range Description
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Bow of Light
319/324 100 100 500 Princess Zelda gave you this bow and arrow for the battle with Dark beast Ganon. When wielded by the hero, it fires arrows of pure light strong enough to oppose the Calamity.
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Wooden Bow
320/325 4 20 20 This wooden bow may not be the most reliable for battling monsters, but it is excellent for hunting small animals.
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Traveler's Bow
321/326 5 22 20 A small bow used by travelers for protection. It doesn't do a lot of damage, but it can be used to attack foes from a distance.
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Soldier's Bow
322/327 14 36 20 A bow designed for armed conflict. Inflicts more damage than a civilian bow, but it will still burn if it touches fire.
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Knight's Bow
323/328 26 48 20 The sturdy metal construction of this bow offers superior durability, while its lack of firing quirks makes it quite reliable. Once favored by the knights at Hyrule Castle.
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Royal Bow
324/329 38 60 20 In the past, the king of Hyrule presented this bow to only the most talented archers in the land. Its combat capabilities are as impressive as its extravagant design.
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Forest Dweller's Bow
325/330 15×3 35 20 The Koroks made this bow for Hylians. It's crafted from flexible wood and uses sturdy vines for the bowstring. Its construction may be simple, but it fires multiple arrows at once.
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Silver Bow
326/331 15 40 20 A bow favored by the Zora for fishing. It doesn't boast the highest firepower, but the special metal it's crafted from prioritizes durability.
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Swallow Bow
327/332 9 30 40 This bow is a favorite among Rito warriors. The bowstring has been specially engineered for aerial combat, which allows it to be drawn faster than a normal bow.
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Falcon Bow
328/333 20 50 40 A highly refined Rito-made bow created by a master Rito craftsman. Rito warriors favor it for its superior rate of fire, which helps them excel even further at aerial combat.
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Great Eagle Bow
329/334 28×3 60 40 A bow without equal wielded by the Rito Champion, Revali. It's said Revali could loose arrows with the speed of a gale, making him supreme in aerial combat.
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Golden Bow
330/335 14 60 40 This Gerudo-made bow is popular for the fine ornamentations along its limbs. Designed for hunting and warfare alike, this bow was engineered to strike distant targets.
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Phrenic Bow
331/336 10 45 40 A bow passed down through the Sheikah tribe. Concentrating before drawing the string will allow you to target distant enemies as easily as those nearby.
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Ancient Bow
332/337 44 120 50 This bow is the result of Robbie's research. Ancient Sheikah technology allows it heightened functionality, Arrows fired from it travel in a perfectly straight line.
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Royal Guard's Bow
333/338 50 20 30 This prototype Sheikah-made bow was designed to fight the Great Calamity. made with ancient technology, it boasts a high rate of fire and firepower but has low durability.
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Twilight Bow
[note 1]
30 100 8,000 A bow used by the princess who fought the beasts of twilight alongside the hero. It's said to contain the spirits of light's power. It fires arrows straight and true, as if beams of light.
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Boko Bow
334/339 4 16 20 A basic Bokoblin bow made of wood. It's made by taking any tree branch and tying a string to either end, so don't expect much in the way of combat effectiveness.
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Spiked Boko Bow
335/340 12 20 20 An upgraded Boko Bow bound with animal bone to boost its durability and firepower. Its craftsmanship is sloppy, but it's light and easy to use.
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Dragon Bone Boko Bow
336/341 24 30 20 A Boko bow reinforced by fossils. Bokoblins handpicked the materials it's made from, so it boasts a respectable firepower.
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Lizal Bow
337/342 14 25 20 A wooden bow created by Lizalfos. It's reinforced by the bones of a large fish - a marked improvement over any standard wooden bow.
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Strengthened Lizal Bow
338/343 25 35 20 A Lizal bow with a grip reinforced by metal. The body is made from the branches of a flexible tree that grows near water, which offers some serious destructive power.
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Steel Lizal Bow
339/344 36 50 20 This bow is wielded by lizalfos who are expert marksmen. The metal that reinforces much of the weapon adds some additional weight but offers heightened durability.
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Lynel Bow
340/345 10×3 30 20 A Lynel-made bow crafted from rough metal. True to the vicious nature of Lynel weaponry. It fires a spread of multiple arrows at once. Ideal for taking down quick-moving targets.
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Mighty Lynel Bow
341/346 20×3 35 20 This massive Lynel bow sports a bowstring made from a metal so tough, mere Hylians have trouble drawing it back.
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Savage Lynel Bow
342/347 32×3 45 20 This Lynel bow is made from a special steel found at the peak of Death Mountain. It has tremendous stopping power and can pierce thick armor as easily as thin paper.
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Duplex Bow
343/348 14×2 18 40 A bow favored by the skilled archers of the Yiga Clan. It's been engineered to fire two arrows at once to ensure your target comes to a swift and none-too-pleasant halt.

See Also


  1. Obtained randomly from the Treasure Chest dropped by scanning Super Smash Bros. series Zelda amiibo