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The War Bow is a ranged weapon in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is is a low damage bow that specializes in delivering elemental payloads to targets, forcing them into vulnerable states. This bow is best used in conjunction with other weapons due to its low impact and tear damage.

Special Variants

Aside from the ones available from normal merchants, War Bows have 2 different variants of "Very Rare" value. Both can use all available Ammo types as Shadow variant does.

The Lodge War Bow is acquired as the most prestigious reward from the quest Weapons of the Lodge, requiring Aloy to earn a Blazing Sun on all 15 Hunting Ground trials in the base game. It has superior base elemental strength over the regular variants.

The Banuk Champion BowFW is only available from special merchants in The CutFW for 12 Bluegleams. It has superior base elemental power over all other variants and is capable of 'overdrawn' shots which allow the user to fire exceedingly powerful shots by holding the string back longer than usual. It could be considered the most powerful War Bow in the game due to its stats and unique mechanism.

Ammo

The War bow can use 3 types of arrows, with a maximum possible ammo capacity of 30 each.

Shock Arrows inflict Shock Damage and severity and can cause anelectrifying explosion if shot at exposed Power Cells.

Freeze Arrows inflict Freeze damage and severity and can cause freezing explosions if shot at unprotected Chillwater Canisters.

Corruption Arrows do no damage and cause targets to be hostile towards anything instead, if hit with a large enough dose.

The numbered value of damages vary based on difficulty played.

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Ammo Type Damage Damage-Icon Elemental Severity Crafting Requirements Used With
Shock Arrow Very Low Medium Shock-Icon 10x Ridge-Wood

5x Metal Shards

5x Sparker

Basic

Carja

Shadow

Lodge

Banuk Champion

Freeze Arrow Very Low Medium Freeze-Icon 10x Ridge-Wood

5x Metal Shards

3x Chillwater

Carja

Shadow

Lodge

Banuk Champion

Corruption Arrow None Very High Corruption-Icon 10x Ridge-Wood

5x Metal Shards

2x Metalburn

Shadow

Lodge

Banuk Champion

Trivia

  • During one scene of Aloy training for the Proving, she is shown killing Watchers with normal arrows shot from a War Bow, which is not possible in gameplay.
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

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