Icon Name Damage Range Durability Weight Stats Needed
Stat Bonuses
Availability Special Note
black-bow-of-pharis.png Black Bow of Pharis 34/0/0/0

65 100 1.0 9*/18/0/0
Forest Hunter drop Has the longest range of the bows at 65 meters.
composite-bow.png Composite Bow 55/0/0/0

38 100 1.0 11*/12/0/0

New Londo Ruins treasure -
darkmoon-bow.png Darkmoon Bow 85/85/0/0

50 400 1.0 7*/16/0/16

Ascension only

Upgrade +10 bow with Soul of Gwyndolin
long-bow.png Long Bow 36/0/0/0

50 100 1.0 9*/14/0/0

Darkroot Basin treasure

Undead Crystal Soldier drop
short-bow.png Short Bow 31/0/0/0

50 100 0.5 7*/12/0/0

Starting weapon for the Hunter class

Sold by Undead Merchant Male

* When wielding a weapon with two-hands, the strength requirement is reduced. See individual pages for more detail


Damage: The Damage stat dictates how much damage the weapon does. The Damage stats for a bow or crossbow are W / X / Y / Z:
  • W is Physical Damage
  • X is Magical Damage
  • Y is Fire Damage
  • Z is Lightning Damage

Damage is further modified by the types of arrows or bolts used.

Range: The Range determines the maximum distance an arrow or bolt can be fired. Damage will decrease proportionately with the Range stat the further the arrow/bolt travels.
Durability: The durability of the weapon. The effectiveness of the weapon will severely deteriorate when the durability falls below 30%.
Weight: The weight of the weapon. Note that carrying over 50% of your Equip Weight will reduce the speed of your rolls, while going over 100% will reduce your regular speed to walking and attempts to roll or backstep will leave you momentarily stunned.
Requirements: The Requirements determines how high various Stats must be in order to wield the weapon effectively. The Requirement stats for an weapon are W/X/Y/Z:
  • W is the Strength required
  • X is the Dexterity required
  • Y is the Intelligence required
  • Z is the Faith required

Wielding a weapon without the required Strength and/or Dexterity will incur a penalty to the Physical damage of the weapon, while lower-than-required Magic and/or Faith will reduce the Magic damage of the weapon.

Also keep in mind that your character gains a 50% bonus to Strength by wielding a weapon with both hands, thus reducing the actual Strength required. For example, a character with 18 Strength can wield a Great Axe (Requires 26 Strength) properly if she holds the weapon with both hands (18 x 1.5 = 27).

Stat Bonuses: The Stat Bonuses rating indicates the level of bonus you receive based on the associated Stat when you use a weapon. This rating can be S, A, B, C, D, or E (in order from most to least bonus for the associated skill).
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