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The hunter bow is a type of bow specializing in short to medium range combat due to its faster reload and firing time, and has limited capacity for three types of damage: impact, elemental and tear. It can use hunter, fire, and hardpoint arrows.

Special Variants

The Carja Mighty Bow and Banuk Culling Bow are variants of the Hunter Bow available by trading special tokens that are pre-loaded in the inventory on some editions of the Game. Both are of "Rare" value with 2 slots. The Carja Mighty Bow has superior impact damage over regular variants, while the Banuk Culling Bow specialize on Tear Damage. The tokens to get these bows don't reload upon starting New Game+, as with other special purchase contents.

The Banuk Striker BowFW is a variant of the Hunter Bow available for one-time purchase per playthrough from Special Merchants in The Cut, costing 16 Bluegleam. This variant has superior attributes over others, safe for Handling. It is also capable of 'overdrawn' shots, a mechanic that allows player to fire exceedingly powerful shots by drawing the string longer than other variants would allow. It could be safely assumed as the most powerful Hunter Bow in the game.

Ammo

The Hunter Bow's ammo pouch can be upgraded to hold up to 60 arrows per type.

Hunter Arrows deal minimum damage and Tear, but are relatively cheap.

Fire Arrows inflict Fire damage and severity and can cause a fiery explosion if shot at unprotected Blaze canisters.

Hardpoint Arrows deal decent damage and Tear.

Numbered damage value are presented in left-to-right order following Story to Ultra Hard. Note that Elemental and Tear damage remains at the same number on Easy, Normal, Hard and Very Hard difficulties. Numbers in Bold are of Normal difficulty.

Ammo
Type
Crafting
Requirements
Variant Damage Damage-Icon Elemental
Severity
Tear Tear-Icon
Hunter
Arrow
2x Ridge-Wood
1x Metal Shards
Basic/Carja
/Shadow
60-15-15-14-12-11 None 100-25-13
Banuk Culling 60-15-15-14-12-11 120-30-15
Carja Mighty 64-20-16-14-13-11 100-25-13
Banuk Striker 160-50-40-36-32-28 260-65-33
Fire
Arrow
2x Ridge-Wood
5x Metal Shards
3x Blaze
Carja/Shadow 48-15-12-11-10-8 Fire-Icon38-25-13 None
Banuk Culling 48-15-12-11-10-8 N/A 20-5-3
Carja Mighty 64-20-16-14-13-11 Fire-Icon38-25-13 None
Banuk Striker 64-20-16-14-13-11 Fire-Icon75-50-25
Hardpoint
Arrow
5x Ridge-Wood
10x Metal Shards
Shadow 120-38-30-27-24-21 None 300-75-38
Banuk Striker 280-88-70-63-56-49 360-90-45

Ammo and Modification Slots by Variant

Bow Variant Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow Mod Slots
Basic Hunter Arrow 1
Carja Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow 2
Shadow Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow 3
Adept (New Game+) Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow 4
Banuk Striker FW Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow 3
Adept Banuk Striker FW (New Game+) Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow 4
Carja Mighty (Complete Edition) Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow 2
Banuk Culling (Complete Edition) Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow 2

Acquisition Details

Variant Source(s) Cost Notes
MetalShardsTransparent Resources
Regular Ultra Hard Regular Ultra Hard
Basic N/A N/A N/A This bow is used by the young Aloy during the introductory quests and cannot be obtained otherwise.
Carja Tier 2/3/4
Merchants
50 250 Sparker x5
Wire x5
Sparker x10
Wire x10
Aloy starts the quest The Point of the Spear with this bow in her inventory.
Shadow Tier 3 & 4
Merchants
650 3.250 Watcher Heart x1 Watcher Heart x2
Banuk Striker Bluegleam
Merchants
N/A Bluegleam x16 This Bow can only be purchased once per-playthrough
Adept Tier 3 & 4
Merchants
1.300 6.500 Watcher Heart x1
Stormbird Heart x1
Watcher Heart x2
Stormbird Heart x2
Adept Striker Bluegleam
Merchants
1.250 6.250 Bluegleam x16
Fireclaw Heart x1
This Bow can only be purchased once per-playthrough
Carja Mighty Regular
Merchants
N/A Carja Mighty Bow Token Only Available in some editions of the game
Tokens do not reload on New Game+
Tier 2/3/4
Merchants
N/A N/A Available free of charge in Complete Edition
Banuk Culling Regular
Merchants
N/A Banuk Culling Bow Token Only Available on some editions of the game
Tokens do not reload on New Game+
Tier 2/3/4
Merchants
N/A N/A Available free of charge in Complete Edition
Weapons
Ranged Weapons Hunter Bow - War Bow - Sharpshot Bow - Sling - Blast Sling - Ropecaster - Rattler - Tearblaster - Icerail FW - Forgefire FW - Stormslinger FW
Melee Weapons Spear - Sylens' Lance
Stealth Weapons Traps - Tripcaster
Heavy Weapons Deathbringer Gun - Disc Launcher - Firespitter - Firestriker - Mine Launcher FW - Oseram Cannon - Ravager Cannon