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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 three types of arrows.

Special Variants

The Nora Longshot Bow, 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 with certain editions or DLC. All three are of "Rare" value with 2 slots, and slightly altered stats compared to the Carja Hunter Bow. The tokens to get these bows do not reload upon starting New Game+, as with other special purchase contents. In the Complete Edition, the Banuk Culling Bow and Carja Mighty Bow are available for free (one time only) from tier 2-4 merchants.

The Banuk Striker BowFW is a variant of the Hunter Bow available for purchase from Bluegleam Merchants in The Cut once per playthrough. It normally costs 16 Bluegleam, though the AdeptNG+ version requires additional resources as well. It is capable of 'overdrawn' shots, a mechanic that allows player to fire exceedingly powerful shots by drawing the string longer than other variants would allow. This is arguably the most powerful Hunter Bow in the game, as long as the player overdraws the bow. Otherwise, it deals less damage and elemental severity, which can make it unsuitable for rapid firing.

Ammo

Hunter Arrow

Hunter Arrow

Deals low impact and Tear. The arrow is relatively unreliable for combat later in the game and functions best for hunting animals and shooting interactive objects to conserve resource.

Fire Arrow

Fire Arrow

Deals low fire damage over time, and medium fire severity on impact. It can be used to set machines on fire, and is particularly effective against machines of fire vulnerability. Successfuly hittingBlaze Canisters with one will trigger fiery explosions that deals Fire damage and severity.

Hardpoint Arrow

Hardpoint Arrow

Deals medium impact damage and high tear on impact. Effective against tougher machines as it removes parts from machines easier and deals additional damage compared to the standard hunter arrow.

Weapon Stats

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. Numbers in brackets are the undercharged values of Striker bows.

Ammo
Type
Bow Variant Damage Damage-Icon Elemental
Severity Fire-Icon
Tear Tear-Icon
Hunter
Arrow
Basic
Carja
Shadow
AdeptNG+
60-15-15-14-12-11 None 50-25-13
Banuk StrikerFW
Adept StrikerFW NG+
160(40)-50(15)-40(10)-36(9)-32(8)-28(7) 130(40)-65(20)-33(10)
Fire
Arrow
Carja
Shadow
AdeptNG+
48-15-12-11-10-8 38-25-13 None
Banuk StrikerFW
Adept StrikerFW NG+
64-20-16-14-13-11 75(40)-50(20)-25(10)
Hardpoint
Arrow
Shadow
AdeptNG+
120-38-30-27-24-21 None 150-75-38
Banuk StrikerFW
Adept StrikerFW NG+
280(80)-88(30)-70(20)-63(18)-56(16)-49(14) 180(100)-90(50)-45(25)

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
AdeptNG+ Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow 4
Banuk StrikerFW Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow 3
Adept Banuk StrikerFW NG+ Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow Hardpoint Arrow 4
Variant Bows Hunter Arrow Fire Arrow 2

Acquisition Details

Variant Sources Regular Cost Ultra Hard Cost Sell Value
Basic Rost [note 1] N/A N/A N/A
Carja Unknown [note 2] N/A N/A MetalShardsTransparent 50
Tier 2/3/4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 50
5 Sparker
5 Wire
MetalShardsTransparent 250
10 Sparker
10 Wire
Shadow Merchant-IconTier 3 & 4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 650
1 Watcher Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 3,250
2 Watcher Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 100
AdeptNG+ Merchant-IconTier 3 & 4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 1,300
1 Watcher Heart
1 Stormbird Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 6,500
2 Watcher Heart
2 Stormbird Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 100
Banuk
StrikerFW
Merchant-IconBluegleam Merchants
(1 per playthrough)
16 Bluegleam 16 Bluegleam MetalShardsTransparent 100
Adept
StrikerFW NG+
Merchant-IconBluegleam Merchants
(1 per playthrough)
MetalShardsTransparent 1,250
16 Bluegleam
1 Fireclaw Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 6,250
16 Bluegleam
1 Fireclaw Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 100

Notes

  1. This bow is used by the young Aloy during the introductory quests and cannot be obtained otherwise.
  2. Aloy starts the quest The Point of the Spear with this bow in her inventory.
Weapons
Ranged Weapons Blast Sling - ForgefireFW - Hunter Bow - IcerailFW - Rattler - Ropecaster - Sharpshot Bow - Sling - StormslingerFW - Tearblaster - War Bow
Melee Weapons Spear - Sylens' Lance
Stealth Weapons Traps - Tripcaster
Heavy Weapons Deathbringer Gun - Disc Launcher - Firespitter - Firestriker - Mine LauncherFW - Oseram Cannon - Ravager Cannon
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