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The Sharpshot Bow is a ranged weapon in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is a slow-firing yet highly accurate bow, and excels in long range combat where precision is required. Its arrows specialize in dealing high impact and tear damage, and consist of Precision, Tearblast, and Harvest Arrows.

Special Variant

The Banuk Powershot BowFW is a specialized Sharpshot Bow available only once per playthrough, from Bluegleam Merchants in The Cut. It normally costs 14 Bluegleam, though the AdeptNG+ version requires additional resources. It is capable of 'overdrawn' shots where the user can draw the string longer than the limit of regular variants for exceedingly powerful shots. It has 3 slots and is capable of using all 3 varieties of Sharpshot Bow ammo like the Shadow variant. Combine this with nocking triple arrows and some decent damage mods, and a fully power-drawn shot can do some very, very serious damage per (very slow) shot from a rather surprising range, perfect for sniping. Its range is enough that a fully drawn shot can hit an enemy from a range where they can't actually find you; even a Thunderjaw can be taken down like this without it ever firing at you. Similar to the Banuk Striker and Champion Bow, undercharged shots deal less damage and tear than even standard bows, with Tearblast Arrows being the only exception.

Ammo

Precision Arrow

Precision Arrow

A highly damaging arrow that deals high impact damage and medium tear damage. Very effective for sniping for headshots and machine weakpoints alike.

Tearblast Arrow

Tearblast Arrow

Deals no damage but very high tear shortly after impact. It utilizes a powerful compressed air blast to easily strip armor and components off machines. This arrow also knocks down weaker human enemies, rendering them vulnerable to Critical Strikes. The blast can attract a lot attention, however.

Harvest Arrow

Harvest Arrow

Deals low impact damage and moderate tear. It removes machine parts with high precision. Removed parts that can be looted will yield more resources.

Weapon Stats

Numbered value of damage are presented from left to right following the Difficulty order from Story to Ultra Hard, numbers in Bold are of Normal difficulty. Numbers in brackets are the base values of Powershot bows. Tear damage remains the same between Easy and Very Hard.

Ammo Type Variants Damage Damage-Icon Tear Tear-Icon
Precision Arrow Basic
Carja
Shadow
AdeptNG+
240-75-60-54-48-42 60-30-15
Banuk PowershotFW
Adept PowershotFW NG+
400(200)-125(63)-100(50)-90(45)-80(40)-70(35) 100(50)-50(25)-25(13)
Tearblast Arrow Carja
Shadow
AdeptNG+
None 200-100-50
Banuk PowershotFW
Adept PowershotFW NG+
Harvest Arrow Shadow
AdeptNG+
40-13-10-9-8-7 100-50-25
Banuk PowershotFW
Adept PowershotFW NG+
200(20)-63(8)-50(5)-45(5)-40(4)-35(4) 120(100)-60(50)-30(25)

Ammo and Modification Slots by Variant

Bow Variant Precision Arrow Tearblast Arrow Harvest Arrow Mod Slots
Basic Precision Arrow 1
Carja Precision Arrow Tearblast Arrow 2
Shadow Precision Arrow Tearblast Arrow Harvest Arrow 3
AdeptNG+ Precision Arrow Tearblast Arrow Harvest Arrow 4
Banuk PowershotFW Precision Arrow Tearblast Arrow Harvest Arrow 3
Adept PowershotFW NG+ Precision Arrow Tearblast Arrow Harvest Arrow 4

Acquisition Details

Variant Sources Regular Cost Ultra Hard Cost Sell Value
Basic Merchant-IconGeneral Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 105 MetalShardsTransparent 525 MetalShardsTransparent 25
Carja Merchant-IconTier 2/3/4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 210
10 Metalburn
MetalShardsTransparent 1,050
20 Metalburn
MetalShardsTransparent 50
Shadow Merchant-IconTier 3 & 4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 800
1 Sawtooth Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 4,000
2 Sawtooth Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 100
AdeptNG+ Merchant-IconTier 3 & 4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 1,600
1 Sawtooth Heart
1 Longleg Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 8,000
2 Sawtooth Heart
2 Longleg Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 100
Banuk
PowershotFW
Bluegleam Merchants
(1 per playthrough)
14 Bluegleam 14 Bluegleam MetalShardsTransparent 100
Adept
PowershotFW NG+
Bluegleam Merchants
(1 per playthrough)
MetalShardsTransparent 1,250
14 Bluegleam
1 Scorcher Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 6,250
14 Bluegleam
1 Scorcher Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 100

Trivia

  • If the Player chooses to fight Nil to conclude Cause for Concern - Farewell, he is able to fire an arrow similar to that of Tearblast. It has an effect similar to a sonic explosion or a Watcher's flash attack on Aloy, momentarily reducing her hearing and vision.
  • The bow Rost carried throughout his appearance during Aloy's childhood in the game is a Sharpshot bow, judging by its physical appearance.

References

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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