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Traveler's Bows are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]Traveler's Bows go unnamed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Location and Uses

Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

321 (326) Traveler's Bow
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A small bow used by travelers for protection. It doesn't do a lot of damage, but it can be used to attack foes from a distance.

Common Locations

Hyrule Field
West Necluda


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Traveler's Bows are weak ranged Weapons commonly used by travelers for protection.[1] Though they don't do much damage, they can be used to attack enemies at a distance.[1] They're most commonly found in Hyrule Field and West Necluda, either wielded by enemies or in chests.

Being made of wood, Traveler's Bows are therefore flammable, and they will burn if exposed to Fire or a Scorching Climate. However, they're not magnetic, but they will float if they're dropped in water.

Traveler's Bows belong to the Traveler's Gear archetype of equipment, which are all said to be used to defend travelers throughout Hyrule. A Traveler's Bow is part of an unnamed set of equipment used by Link in promotional media, alongside a Soldier's Broadsword and a Traveler's Shield.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Link uses the Traveler's Bow as his neutral special move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like in Breath of the Wild, when Link fires an Arrow, it lingers on the ground. Link can then pick it up and throw it at opponents or draw two Arrows, which deal double damage when loosed.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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  • Artwork of Link wielding a Traveler's Bow from Breath of the Wild

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  • Concept art of Link wielding a Traveler's Bow from Breath of the Wild

  • Link aiming two Arrows with the Traveler's Bow from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

See Also


  1."Traveler's Bow
    A small bow used by travelers for protection. It doesn't do a lot of damage, but it can be used to attack foes from a distance.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  2. ↑"Traveler's Bow
    A small bow used by travelers for protection. It doesn't do a lot of damage, but it can be used to attack foes from a distance.
    " — Allies (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)

There might not be quite as many bows as there are close combat weapons in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but they're certainly fun to play around with. In this Zelda Breath of the Wild best bows guide, we'll be walking you through a complete list of the best bows in Breath of the Wild, so you'll have no trouble tracking them down as easily as possible.

Should they be of use, we have plenty of other guides on Breath of the Wild, all of which can be found in our main guides hub page.

Zelda Breath of the Wild Best Bows

Just below, you'll find our complete list of the very best bows that we can find scattered around the vast land of Hyrule. You might have to journey far and wide to find some of these elusive weapons in Breath of the Wild, so make sure to stock up on provisions before you venture out.

Ancient Bow

With an attack rating of 44 and a durability level of 120, the Ancient Bow is quite possibly one of the toughest items in the entirety of Breath of the Wild, able to be a reliable weapon for Link that won't break anytime soon.

The Ancient Bow can only be obtained from Robbie in the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab, but only once the player has completed his quest line and obtained all the materials required to make the bow: Ancient Gear x10, Ancient Spring x15 and one Ancient Core.

The Bow of Light

A storied item that has appeared throughout the Legend of Zelda series, the Bow of Light is an item that is actually often wielded by Princess Zelda herself, but can be obtained by Link very close to the conclusion of his adventure in Breath of the Wild.

Along with the Master Sword, this is the only weapon that can go toe-to-toe with Calamity Ganon, as it fires arrows of pure light. The Bow of Light has an attack rating of 100, making it indisputably the best bow in Breath of the Wild.

Great Eagle Bow

Used by the Rito Champion Revali, the Great Eagle Bow is quite possibly the best bow in Breath of the Wild for aerial combat, allowing the user to shoot arrows 'with the speed of a gale.'

The Great Eagle Bow is rewarded to Link for recapturing Divine Beast Vah Medoh, and can be repaired by Harth the blacksmith in Rito Village should it ever wear out. The bow has an attack rating of 28, but this is bolstered by the fact that it fires three arrows at once.

Royal Guard's Bow

Like the Royal Guard's Claymore, the Royal Guard's Bow can be found in various locations within Hyrule Castle, given the fact that it was once wielded by the guards stationed there, in their duty to protect the royal family of Hyrule.

Despite having an attack rating of 50 points, the durability of the Royal Guard's Bow is extremely poor, meaning that firing the bow in quick succession will cause the weapon to rapidly degrade, so Link might want to make multiple trips back to Hyrule Castle for the bow.

Savage Lynel Bow

As the name might suggest, the Savage Lynel Bow can only be obtained through killing Lynel, or more specifically, the silver variant of Lynel. These Lynel are the toughest of the bunch, and can only be found in the northern reaches of the Hebra region.

The Savage Lynel Bow has an attack rating of 32 points, and also has the ability to shoot three arrows at once, giving Link some additional firepower. Although the bow doesn't have a fantastic range, it does have a solid durability rating, so it should stick around for a fair few shots for Link.

More info on the best bows in Breath of the Wild can be found in the video below.

Only the most fearsome type of Lynel will offer Link a chance of obtaining the Savage Lynel Bow and as such, you might need a guide on how to take down all types of Lynel.

If your Link is already kitted out with the best possible ranged weapons in Breath of the Wild, then hopefully our guide pages on the best melee weapons in the game, as well as the best shields found within Hyrule, can be of some use to you. Alternatively, you can return back to the beginning of this equipment guide, to relearn what we've already covered.

Now that we've been through the best possible bows to get for Link in Breath of the Wild, you should have no problem dealing with enemies from a safe distance.

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Breath of the Wild Bows

This is a list of bows found in Breath of the Wild.

Bow of Light

Main article: Bow of Light

The Bow of Light is a bow only available for use in the final battle with Dark Beast Ganon, gifted by Zelda to help defeat it. It has an attack of 100, range of 500 and a nominal durability of 100, but cannot break within the boss fight.

The amiibo-onlyTwilight Bow is similar but weaker, and can be used outside of the final boss battle.

"Princess Zelda gave you this bow and arrow for the battle with Dark Beast Ganon. When wielded by the hero, it fires arrows of pure light strong enough to oppose the Calamity."

— In-game description

Wooden Bow

Main article: Wooden Bow

Wooden Bows have a base power of 4, base durability of 20 and base range of 20. They can often be found on the ground, or in the hands of Stalkoblin's or Red Bokoblins on the Great Plateau. Due to the construction being mainly wooden, this weapon can catch fire. They are tied with the basic Boko Bow as the weakest bows that Link can acquire in the game.

"This wooden bow may not be the most reliable for battling monsters, but is excellent for hunting small animals."

— In-game description

Traveler's Bow

Main article: Traveler's Bow

Traveler's Bows have a base power of 5, base durability of 22 and base range of 20. They are usually wielded by Stalkoblins and Red Bokoblins in and around the Great Plateau area. Link can find several Traveler's Bows on the Great Plateau, including one in a Treasure Chest at the Temple of Time, as well as one within the Oman Au Shrine.

As the World Level increases, they will tend to be replaced by Soldier's Bows.

"A small bow used by travelers for protection. It doesn't do a lot of damage, but it can be used to attack foes from a distance."

— In-game description

Soldier's Bow

Main article: Soldier's Bow

Soldier's Bows have a base power of 14, base durability of 36 and base range of 20. They are typically wielded by Lizalfos and Blue Bokoblins all over Hyrule. They are similar in appearance to the Traveler's Bow, however many more metal reinforcements are present, which signifies a much higher durability rating.

Link can find his first Soldier's Bow in a treasure chest on the Great Plateau, located at the top of the Temple of Time. Another Soldier's Bow will continuously spawn at the Tabantha Bridge Stable, on top of tarp that covers some crates. As the World Level increases, they will tend to replace Traveler's Bows, and be replaced by Knight's Bows in turn.

"A bow designed for armed conflict. Inflicts more damage than a civilian bow, but it will still burn if it touches fire."

— In-game description

Knight's Bow

Main article: Knight's Bow

Knight's Bows have a base power of 26, base durability of 48 and base range of 20. They can usually be found in the possession of Blue Bokoblins in the Gerudo province and Black Moblins in the Hebra province. They have a fully metal construction, meaning lightning will be attracted and potentially cause a strike to hit Link. As the World Level increases, they will tend to replace Soldier's Bows, and be replaced by Royal Bows in turn.

"The sturdy metal construction of this bow offers superior durability, while its lack of firing quirks makes it quite reliable. Once favored by the knights at Hyrule Castle."

— In-game description

Royal Bow

Main article: Royal Bow

Royal Bows have a base power of 38, base durability of 60 and base range of 20. They look very similar to the Royal Guard's Bow, but the colours are much brighter.

"In the past, the king of Hyrule presented this bow to only the most talented archers in the land. Its combat capabilities are as impressive as its extravagant design."

— In-game description

Forest Dweller's Bow

Main article: Forest Dweller's Bow

Forest Dweller's Bows are wooden, triple-shot bows with with a base power of 15 per arrow, base durability of 35 and base range of 20. They can be found in various locations in Hyrule, but are most common in the Korok Forest. Made entirely from wood, they will catch fire if brought into close proximity with a flame. They have the ability to fire three arrows at once, whilst only consuming one.

One must be equipped at all times whilst attempting The Test of Wood Shrine Quest, or Link will be disqualified and be required to start the trial again.

"The Koroks made this bow for Hylians. It's crafted from flexible wood and uses sturdy vines for the bowstring. Its construction may be simple, but it fires multiple arrows at once."

— In-game description

Silver Bow

Main article: Silver Bow

Silver Bows have a base power of 15, base durability of 40 and base range of 20. They can be found in various locations in Hyrule, but they are most common in and around Zora's Domain. Made almost entirely from metal, in a thunderstorm lightning will be attracted to the weapon, potentially dealing significant damage to Link. They sport the classic Zora colors of blue and silver.

"A bow favored by the Zora for fishing. It doesn't boast the highest firepower, but the special metal it's crafted from prioritizes durability."

— In-game description

Swallow Bow

Main article: Swallow Bow

Swallow Bows have a base power of 9, base durability of 30 and base range of 40. They can typically be found in the areas surrounding Rito Village. They follow the general Rito aesthetic, featuring multi-colored ribbons on the bow's limbs and stabilizers with a mainly wooden construction.

"This bow is a favorite among Rito warriors. The bowstring has been specially engineered for aerial combat, which allows it to be drawn faster than a normal bow."

— In-game description

Falcon Bow

Main article: Falcon Bow

Falcon Bows have a base power of 20, base durability of 50 and base range of 40. They can typically be found in the surrounding areas of the Rito Village. One in particular can be obtained from a treasure chest located in the Flight Range.

"A highly refined Rito-made bow created by a master Rito craftsman. Rito warriors favor it for its superior rate of fire, which helps them excel even further at aerial combat."

— In-game description

Great Eagle Bow

Main article: Great Eagle Bow

The Great Eagle Bow is a triple-shot bow with a base power of 28 per arrow, base durability of 60 and base range of 40. It can be obtained after completing the Divine Beast Vah Medoh, as a gift from Kaneli for saving the troubled Rito Village. It once belonged to the Rito Champion Revali.

If the bow breaks, it can be remade by speaking with Harth who will craft a new one for 5 bundles of Wood, a Diamond, and a Swallow Bow.

"A bow without equal wielded by the Rito Champion, Revali. It's said that Revali could loose arrows with the speed of a gale, making him supreme in aerial combat."

— In-game description

Phrenic Bow

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Main article: Phrenic Bow

Phrenic Bows have a base power of 10, base durability of 45 and base range of 40. They have limited "zoom" capabilities, making them ideal for targeting distant foes or directing arrows toward specific locations on Hyrule's dragons.

"A bow passed down through the Sheikah tribe. Concentrating before drawing the string will allow you to target distant enemies as easily as those nearby."

— In-game description

Golden Bow

Main article: Golden Bow

Golden Bows have a base power of 14, base durability of 60 and base range of 40. One, which respawns, can be found in the Barracks of Gerudo Town. Like Phrenic Bows, they have limited zoom capabilities.

"This Gerudo-made bow is popular for the fine ornamentations along its limbs. Designed for hunting and warfare alike, this bow was engineered to strike distant targets."

— In-game description

Ancient Bow

Main article: Ancient Bow

Ancient Bows have a base power of 44, base durability of 120 and base range of 50. They can be obtained from "Cherry" in the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab for 1,000 Rupees, 10 Ancient Gears, 15 Ancient Springs, and 1 Giant Ancient Core per bow after lighting the tech lab's furnace with Blue Flame. Their distinguishing characteristic is that arrows shot from Ancient Bows do not fall under gravity, as with other bows.

"This bow is the result of Robbie's research. Ancient Sheikah technology affords it heightened functionality. Arrows fired from it travel in a perfectly straight line."

— In-Game Description

Royal Guard's Bow

Main article: Royal Guard's Bow

Royal Guard's Bows have a base power of 50, base durability of 20 and base range of 30. They can be found all over the place within Hyrule Castle. Like all Royal Guard's weapons, they have high power, at the cost of relatively low durability. In appearance, they look similar to the Royal Bow in a darker color scheme.

"This prototype Sheikah-made bow was designed to fight the Great Calamity. Made with ancient technology, it boasts a high rate of fire and firepower but has low durability."

— In-game description

Boko Bow

Main article: Boko Bow

Boko Bows have a base power of 4, base durability of 16 and base range of 20. They are typically carried by Red Bokoblins in and around the Great Plateau, and are occasionally used by Stalkoblins and Bokoblins on horseback. They are tied with Wooden Bow as the weakest bows that Link can acquire in the game.

"A basic Bokoblin bow made of wood. It's made by taking any tree branch and just tying a string to either end, so don't expect much in the way of combat effectiveness."

— In-game description

Spiked Boko Bow

Main article: Spiked Boko Bow

Spiked Boko Bows have a base power of 12, base durability of 20 and base range of 20. They are typically carried by Bokoblins. They are often used by Bokoblins and Lizalfos.

A Spiked Boko Bow can be found behind the waterfall in the River of the Dead, on the Great Plateau. Given its base power of 12, the Spiked Boko Bow is a powerful Bow for the early game. While this is the only Bow found on the Great Plateau in the standard mode, many Bokoblins can be found wielding Spiked Boko Bow's on the Great Plateau in Master Mode.

"An upgraded Boko bow bound with animal bone to boost its durability and firepower. Its craftsmanship is sloppy, but it's light and easy to use."

— In-game description

Dragon Bone Boko Bow

Main article: Dragon Bone Boko Bow

Dragon Bone Boko Bows have a base power of 24, base durability of 30 and base range of 20. They are typically carried by Blue Bokoblin and Black Bokoblins in various locations in Hyrule, but more prominently in the outer regions of the map, such as Akkala, Hebra, and the Gerudo Highlands.

"A Boko bow reinforced by fossils. Bokoblins handpicked the materials it's made from, so it boasts a respectable firepower."

— In-game description

Lizal Bow

Main article: Lizal Bow

Lizal Bows have a base power of 14, base durability of 25 and base range of 20. They are commonly wielded by Green Lizalfos in the Lanayru province, who also favor the use of Shock Arrows. The construction of this bow is mainly wooden, with the occasional addition of bone. This means it won't attract lightning, but can still catch fire.

"A wooden bow created by Lizalfos. It's reinforced by the bones of a large fish - a marked improvement over any standard wooden bow."

— In-game description

Strengthened Lizal Bow

Main article: Strengthened Lizal Bow

Strengthened Lizal Bows have a base power of 25, base durability of 35 and base range of 20. They are commonly wielded by Lizalfos of all varieties. They are rather similar in design to the Lizal Bow, but with metal reinforcements to increment the durability and damage output of the weapon. This construction choice means the weapon will attract lightning.

"A Lizal bow with a grip reinforced by metal. The body is made from the branches of a flexible tree that grows near water, which offers some serious destructive power."

— In-game description

Steel Lizal Bow

Main article: Steel Lizal Bow

Steel Lizal Bows have a base power of 36, base durability of 50 and base range of 20. They can usually be found in the hands of Black Lizalfos in the outer regions of Hyrule. Decent mid-range bows, as metal weapons they will act as lightning rods, so the player should be unequip them in thunderstorms.

"This bow is wielded by Lizalfos who are expert marksmen. The metal that reinforces much of the weapon adds some additional weight but offers heightened durability."

— In-game description

Duplex Bow

Main article: Duplex Bow

Duplex Bows are double-shot bows with a base power of 14 per arrow, base durability of 18 and base range of 40. They are used by members of the Yiga Clan, in particular by the Yiga Footsoldiers who will occasionally teleport in close proximity to Link after he has defeated Master Kohga in the Yiga Clan Hideout. These bows will fire two arrows at once, and only consume one in the process, hence the name "duplex".

"A bow favored by the skilled archers of the Yiga Clan. It's been engineered to fire two arrows at once to ensure your target comes to a swift and none-too-pleasant halt."

— In-game description

Lynel Bow

Main article: Lynel Bow

Lynel Bows are triple-shot bows with a base power of 10 per arrow, base durability of 30 and base range of 20. They can be obtained by defeating standard, red-maned, Lynels scattered in the overworld, for example on Ploymus Mountain. These bows will fire three arrows at once, and only consume one in the process.

"A Lynel-made bow crafted from rough metal. True to the vicious nature of Lynel weaponry, it fires a spread of multiple arrows at once. Ideal for taking down quick-moving targets."

— In-game description

Mighty Lynel Bow

Main article: Mighty Lynel Bow

Mighty Lynel Bows are triple-shot bows with a base power of 20 per arrow, base durability of 35 and base range of 20. They can be obtained by defeating Blue-Maned Lynels scattered in the overworld, for example in Deep Akkala (Note that Lynels are generally affected by World Level, and may be upgraded to White-Maned or Silver level). These bows will fire three arrows at once, and only consume one in the process.

"This massive Lynel bow sports a bowstring made from a metal so tough, mere Hylians have trouble drawing it back."

— In-game description

Savage Lynel Bow

Main article: Savage Lynel Bow

Savage Lynel Bows are triple-shot bows with a base power of 32 per arrow, base durability of 45 and base range of 20. They can be obtained by defeating White-Maned Lynels or Silver Lynels scattered in the overworld, for example in the Coliseum Ruins. These bows will fire three arrows at once, and only consume one in the process. They can be found in five-shot variants.

"This Lynel bow is made from a special steel found at the peak of Death Mountain. It has tremendous stopping power and can pierce thick armor as easily as thin paper."

— In-game description

Zelda Breath of the Wild - Bow Spin Tutorial
This article is about the recurring weapon. For the fashion accessory, see Ribbon.

Bows,(TLoZ | ALttP | LA | FS | FSA | TMC | PH | ST | SS | ALBW | TFH)[1] also known as Hero's Bows,(MM | TWW | TP)[1] and Fairy Bows,(OoT)[1] are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.

Location and Uses

The Bow allows Link to fire Arrows as its main ammunition, allowing him to snipe enemies and faraway objects such as Switches.[2]

Being a staple item in The Legend of Zelda series, the Bow is almost always found in a Dungeon. Typically the item is often guarded by a Sub-Boss, most commonly within the console Zelda games with a few exceptions. In the top-down styled Zelda games, the Bow can shoot Arrows at any cardinal direction. In the 3D console games, the Bow instead switches to a first-person view and can fire Arrows at any angle. Since its debut, the Bow has been expanded to be equipped with and fire other varieties of Arrows, such as the Fire and Ice Arrows, among a few others.

The Bow of Light is a recurring upgraded form of the Bow, which fires Arrows of sacred light. The Crossbow is a variant of the regular Bow, which instead fires Arrows from a wide angle, and has only appeared in ambiguous and non-canon media.

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Manual Comment

The Legend of Zelda

Bow, and wooden and silver arrows

Link can use them only if he has both the bow and an arrow. For each arrow Link shoots, he loses one ruby. Oh, by the way, there are some enemies that can be disposed of using only the bow and arrow. So be alert!

In The Legend of Zelda, the Bow is found in Level 1 of the First Quest and in Level 5 of the Second Quest. In order to use the Bow, Link must purchase an Arrow from a Shop for 80 Rupees.[3] After Link has done so, he will be able to shoot the Bow by consuming one Rupee per Arrow shot.[4] The Bow and Arrow deals 2 damage to enemies that can be inflicted by them. Pols Voices are weak to Arrows and will be defeated by them in one hit. Gohmas can only be defeated with the Bow and Arrow.[5] Link can also shoot Silver Arrows from the Bow, which must be used as the final blow on Ganon to destroy him.

A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, the Bow is found in the Eastern Palace. Arrows are now introduced as ammunition items, allowing the Bow to fire Arrows without using Rupees. The Bow is a powerful weapon whose Arrows inflict piercing damage to most enemies, making it a stronger weapon than the starting Sword. In some situations it is the only weapon that can damage certain enemies, namely the Eyegores. Aside from attacking enemies at a distance, it can also be used to hit and activate Switches that are out-of-reach. While mostly used to solve puzzles, the Bow is also necessary to defeat Ganon by shooting a Silver Arrow when he is weakened.

The Bow is also used to play the Shooting Gallery game in the Village of Outcasts.

Link's Awakening

In Link's Awakening, the Bow is not found in any dungeon but is instead bought from the Town Tool Shop in Mabe Village for 980 Rupees, making it one of the most expensive items in The Legend of Zelda series. It can, however, simply be stolen. The Bow becomes available once Link has bought the Deluxe Shovel from the store. Like the Bow in A Link to the Past, the Bow is able to inflict heavy damage onto most enemies, and in some cases is one of the very few items that can damage certain enemies, such as the Armos who are normally invincible to the Sword. Despite its usefulness, the Bow is not actually required up to a certain point. It becomes necessary to shoot at a cyclops statue in Turtle Rock to make a Key drop.

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Bow is called the Fairy Bow.[6] It is found in the Forest Temple, awarded after Link defeats the three Stalfos. As an item obtained when Link is an adult, it cannot be used in the past as a child. As in previous games, the Bow is used to snipe enemies as well as objects such as switches, especially Eyeball Switches. Most notably, the Bow is used to engage the first three Poe Sisters in combat by firing Arrows at their portraits, although they do not actually require the Bow to be defeated. The Bow can also be used to fight Phantom Ganon, although it is not necessarily required either. The Bow becomes necessary to fight Ganon at his castle by shooting Light Arrows at him when he is stunned.

Ocarina of Time introduces horseback archery, in which Link can ride Epona and fire Arrows while galloping along. This method of archery is used to great extent in hunting Big Poes in Hyrule Field, which can only be attacked by shooting Arrows at them while riding Epona, as they will vanish if Link attempts to approach them himself. Link must also ride Epona to participate in the Horseback Archery Range near the Gerudo Fortress, where Link must shoot at targets while Epona automatically gallops along the track.

Another Shooting Gallery game can be played in Kakariko Village when Link is an adult and he is even provided a Bow to use if he does not already have the Fairy Bow. The prize for winning the game is a larger Quiver. However, Link will only be rewarded 50 Rupees if he is using a rented Bow.

Ocarina of Time also introduces three new Arrows that the Bow can be equipped with: the Fire Arrow, Ice Arrow, and the aforementioned Light Arrow. These Arrows produce different effects when shot, making the Bow more versatile and useful in defeating certain enemies and solving puzzles. These Arrows must first be equipped to the Bow to be used.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, the Hero's Bow is found in the Woodfall Temple, guarded by a lone Dinolfos. The Bow is required to solve puzzles and defeat certain enemies and mini-bosses, including Gekko, the Wizzrobes, Mad Jelly, and Eyegores. As in Ocarina of Time, Link obtains the Fire, Ice, and Light Arrows to equip his Bow with, all of which are found in the subsequent temples.

Horseback archery returns in Majora's Mask, made possible by riding Epona once Link has retrieved her. Horseback archery plays a less significant role in Majora's Mask as it is not required to complete anything, although it can be used as a strategy to fend off the Ghosts at Romani Ranch during the night of the First Day.

The Bow can also be used to play a variety of archery games found throughout Termina. It is used to play the Shooting Gallery games found in East Clock Town and the Southern Swamp, as well as the archery game sponsored by the Swamp Tourist Center, in which Link must shoot at Koume's hanging target without actually shooting her. A fourth target-shooting game is provided in Honey and Darling's Shop, although the Bow is not necessarily required to play it.

Four Swords

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In Four Swords, the Bow can be obtained as a temporary item in certain areas of Stages. It handles similarly to how it behaved in A Link to the Past.

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, the Hero's Bow is found in the Tower of the Gods. The Bow is used to shoot targets such as Eyeball Switches to activate doors and platforms. Some enemies, such as Beamos and Gohdan, can only be defeated using the Bow. Link also receives the Fire, Ice, and Light Arrows during his quest. Unlike previous games, The Wind Waker implements such Arrow varieties right into the Bow itself as modes, so that Link can easily and instantly switch between any of them (by use of the R-button) without needing to go into any subscreens beforehand.

The Bow is also used to play a shooting mini-game with the Fishman, provided Link has already had a portion of his Sea Chart filled. The game requires Link to shoot Arrows at the Fishman to help relieve his body aches.[7]

During the final battle against Ganondorf, Princess Zelda uses Link's Bow to cover for him by shooting Light Arrows at Ganondorf, stunning him and allowing Link to strike him with the Master Sword.

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, the Bow appears as a temporary item in certain Stages, similarly to Four Swords. It is most often used to solve certain puzzles, but can also be used to attack enemies from afar. The Links can also upgrade their Bow by presenting it to a Great Fairy at her fountain, which she will raise to Level 2 - a stage at which not only gains the power to charge Arrows, but also can shoot an array of three Arrows at a time, instead of the standard one.[8]

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, the Bow is found in the northwestern section of Castor Wilds. Link obtains it by shrinking to Minish size and entering a small hole beyond a puddle of water, where he fights a group of five Mulldozers that relinquish the Bow once defeated. The Bow is used to defeat enemies and activate Switches, most notably the wall-mounted Eyeball Switches. It is also required to fight Eyegore Statues, which are initially inactive and will only move once an Arrow is shot into their eye. Unlike previous games, the Bow is not nearly as powerful as it once was and the upgraded Four Sword is usually stronger in most circumstances.

Link can also get his Bow upgraded to shoot Light Arrows, provided if he does so before traveling to the Palace of Winds. Once Link has FusedKinstones with Strato at Hyrule Town, he will be able to enter the Home of the Wind Tribe via a portal. Link must then use the Gust Jar to remove a ghost from Gregal, curing him of his possession and preventing his death. When Link later revisits him, he will receive the Light Arrows. The upgrade allows Link to charge his Bow by holding the button it is equipped to, which will allow it to shoot stronger Light Arrows.

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, the Hero's Bow is kept in the Goron Mines. It is the treasure of the Gorons and once belonged to the hero of legend.[9][10] The item is guarded by the Goron Dangoro, who suspects that Link has come to steal the weapon.[11] After being defeated, Dangoro realizes that Link has come to save Darbus and allows him to take the weapon so that he can save the Goron patriarch. While Link cannot obtain specialized Arrows in this game, he can combine his Arrows and Bombs together to create explosive Bomb Arrows.

The Hawkeye can be used in conjunction with the Bow as a sniper scope, which adds a crosshair for better aim. The Hawkeye can be purchased in Malo Mart after playing a target-shooting game with Talo and Malo in Kakariko Village.

As in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Link can also fire the Bow while riding Epona. This is used to great extent while escorting Telma and her wagon through Hyrule Field, as Bulblin archers will attempt to set fire to the wagon with Fire Arrows from afar and Kargaroks disrupt the journey by dropping explosives to scare Telma's horse. Horseback archery is also used to fight King Bulblin when he is encountered at the Great Hylian Bridge during the escort; Link must fire Arrows at the weak points in his armor to proceed.

During the penultimate fight against Ganondorf, Princess Zelda calls upon the Spirits of Light to receive the Light Arrows and aids Link with her own Bow by shooting at Ganondorf to stun him while on horseback. This allows Link to close in on Ganondorf without interference and strike him with the Master Sword.

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, the Bow is found in the Temple of Courage. The Bow is used differently in this installment, as the stylus and touch screen are dominantly used during all aspects of gameplay. Unlike the manual aiming and shooting of the Bow as seen in previous titles, the Bow is shot simply by tapping the touch screen with the stylus in the direction of a target or at the target itself. A line may also be drawn from Link to the target to better aim and shoot an Arrow; even if the line does not reach the target in question, Link's vision range will increase, revealing targets previously concealed by the borders of the normal game screen. As in previous games, the Bow is used mainly to snipe enemies and far off objects, especially Eyeball Switches. Arrow Orbs are used to redirect Arrows to whichever direction they are pointing at, by shooting an Arrow into the orb. These Orbs allow Link to strike objects that are obscured at an angle.

The Bow is also used to play a target-shooting game at Molida Island.

Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, the Bow is obtained at the Fire Temple. The Bow uses the same control scheme as in Phantom Hourglass, by using the stylus and touch screen to aim and fire an Arrow. Arrow Orbs return and are again used to redirect Arrows to other directions.

An upgrade to the Bow, called the Bow of Light, is obtained at the Sand Temple after the defeat of Skeldritch. The Bow is able to charge its Arrows and fire bolts of sacred light, producing a stronger attack. It was once used by the Spirits of Good against the Demon King Malladus, and Link and Zelda are urged to find it as a means of driving his spirit from Zelda's body.[12] Aside from shooting stronger Arrows, the Bow plays a pivotal role in the final battle against Malladus. After reconnecting her spirit with her body, Zelda takes the Bow of Light and uses it to stun Malladus in Cole's body, allowing Link to strike him.

The Pirate Hideout features a target-shooting game in which Link must shoot at the Miniblins with the Bow to rescue a Goron child trapped in the hideout.

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, the Bow is kept at the Sandship and obtained after defeating LD-002G Scervo. The Bow is utilized by pulling back the Nunchuk similarly to how one would pull back the string of a bow. By holding the C-button on the Nunchuk, Link can shoot an Arrow by releasing said button. However, the A-Button can be pressed instead of using the aforementioned method, although it takes longer for the Arrow to charge up. Normal enemies can be shot with the Bow as well as items that can be knocked off of trees. Dropped items from enemies (such as Hearts) can also be shot with an Arrow, causing them to stick in the side of walls. Doing so will allow Link to reclaim the Heart as well as the Arrow.

Link can also upgrade the Bow at the Skyloft Bazaar's Scrap Shop for a fee, which increases its range and strength.


A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, the Rented Bow can be rented from Ravio's Shop. It is the first item that Ravio rents to Link, initially for free so he can enter the Eastern Palace. Afterwards the Bow can be rented for a fee of 10 Rupees,[13] followed by 50 Rupees once the Eastern Palace is cleared. Like Ravio's other rented items, Link will lose the Bow if he collapses during battle, in which Ravio's bird Sheerow will appear to recollect the Bow, forcing Link to rent the item again. Once Link obtains all three Pendants of Virtue, he will be able to purchase the Bow to keep for 800 Rupees. The Bow is used similarly in past 2D Zelda games, but now no longer uses ammunition and instead uses Stamina to fire Arrows.

The purchased Bow can be upgraded to the Nice Bow by Mother Maiamai once Link has rescued at least ten lost Maiamais. This Bow fires an array of three Arrows at once.

Link is also given the Bow of Light by Zelda during the last phases of the final battle against Yuga Ganon, when he merges into the wall. This Bow is unique as it allows Link to fire Arrows when he has wall merged, which becomes necessary to distract Yuga to strike him from behind.

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, the Bow appears in certain Levels as an item the Links can use for the duration of that Level, similarly to those in Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. The Bow is used identically to the one from A Link Between Worlds, as it uses Stamina instead of actual ammunition to launch Arrows. The Bow is often used in solving puzzles; some unique puzzles require the Links to form a Totem so that the top Link can fire an Arrow at a target. This can also be used as a strategy in fighting enemies who are stacked on top of each other. The Kokiri Clothes can be worn to upgrade the wearer's Bow, allowing it to shoot an array of three Arrows at once.

The Bow is acquired by all three Links in the first Level of Tri Force Heroes, the Deku Forest. It then appears in Buzz Blob Cave (three Bows), Moblin Base (two Bows), Forest Temple, Hinox Mine, Fire Temple, Training Ground, Palace Noir, Floating Garden, and Sky Temple (one Bow per Stage). They also appear in the Forest Zone, Flooded Zone, Fortified Zone, Shadow Zone and Baneful Zone of the Den of Trials, as well as the Coliseum's Woodlands and The Ruins arenas.

Breath of the Wild

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Bows are no longer a singular item in Breath of the Wild, but an entire class of weapons with varying stats that Link can equip. As such, Bows can be found much earlier and more easily than in previous games. However, Bows have a Durability system and will break after repeated uses. To counteract this, several Bows can be carried and switched between as needed. Different types of Arrows, such as Fire Arrows, can also be obtained and used with Link's currently equipped Bow.

Some bows, like the Lynel Bow and Forest Dweller's Bow, shoot multiple arrows. Most shoot three arrows, although the Duplex Bow shoots two and a randomly occurring item bonus allows some bows to shoot five arrows. Multiple-shot bows do not consume multiple arrows. Two additional types of bow, the Phrenic Bow and the Golden Bow, allow the player to zoom in and gain a clearer view of the area they are aiming at when the bow is used. This effect also increases the range of the bow's shots, allowing Link to hit targets that are further away then would otherwise be possible.

A slow-down effect will occur when Link aims with a Bow while airborne. While aiming, Link's Stamina will be drained quickly and he will not be able to aim once it runs out. Link can stop the slow-down effect by pulling out the Paraglider or canceling it by pressing the B button twice.

Link can carry a maximum of thirteen Bows after completing upgrades with Hestu.[14]

List of Bows


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The Legend of Zelda: The 15 Most Powerful Bows In Breath of The Wild, Ranked

To the delight of many Nintendo fans, the developer teased a sequel to the classic fantasy epic, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While the brief trailer has Zelda fans giddy over Link's next Switch adventure, we shouldn't forget the original 2017 open-world epic. The game is so rich and massive that many are still venturing, battling, and making new discoveries in the game to this day.

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Being a Zelda game, the Bow and Arrow is a staple weapon here; and a handy one at that. Knowing your way around a good bow is a useful way to balance offensive prowess with evasiveness, and can be key to Link's survival.

Join us as we examine the game's 10 best bows overall. We'll be stressing strength and durability here, but also factoring in range and amount of shots a bow can launch at a time. Keep in mind, a few of these come with exclusive or special circumstances, like the Amiibo-specific bow.

Updated April 15th, 2020 by Stephen Lagioia: Breath of the Wild is one of those endlessly appealing titles that gamers can still return to years later and enjoy. The core game is enough to keep fans enticed, though recent DLC releases have further enhanced the experience with added content and challenges. As such, we felt it appropriate to update our list with even more powerful bows Link can use.

15 Duplex Bow

This favored bow of the Yiga Clan archers can be deceptively effective. If you can get past some spotty durability, this can make for a great long-range weapon. The Duplex Bow comes with an admirable range of 40, making it a force to be reckoned with at a distance.

Not only this, but it also unleashes 2 arrows at once. This mitigates some of the need to be super accurate at range while amplifying its damage output.

14 Silver Bow

Being a bow originally designed for the more tame act of fishing, the Silver Bow doesn't offer a ton of sheer power. Still, what it lacks in offensive prowess it mostly makes up for in resourcefulness. The special metal it's made from ensures this will be a solid, durable weapon that won't annoyingly break too often.

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It comes with a more-than-respectable 40 durability, allowing you to save on time and resources with this sleek silver weapon.

13 Golden Bow

Given the superiority of the material itself, it shouldn't be a surprise that the Golden Bow outdoes its silver counterpart as a whole.

As it happens, this bow is actually a notch weaker than the Silver Bow, but only by a single point. The good news is that this Gerudo-made weapon flexes its muscle elsewhere. It shines as one of the single-most durable bows in Breath of the Wild, standing at a solid 60. It's also an effective range weapon, with a distance of 40. The extra zoom provided when aiming further helps Link target foes from afar.

It's certainly one of the most durable bows you'll find that isn't extremely rare, and can be secured in the Gerudo Desert.

12 Falcon Bow

In terms of bows with solid stats across the board, this Rito-crafted weapon mostly delivers. The only area in which it comes up a bit short is its overall attack power, which still sits at a decent 20.

Yet, the Falcon Bow manages to soar in most other areas, coming with a swift rate of fire that makes this fittingly great for aerial combat. Not only does it have terrific range, but it's surprisingly durable with a base stat of 50.

11 Forest Dweller's Bow

Having Link go full-blown assassin from afar can be fun, but sometimes you just need a quick go-to for close-range hunting. The Forest Dweller's Bow, made by the Koroks, is a good weapon in this case.

Though its range is a tepid 20, it's fairly long-lasting for being made of wood. The combination of flexible wood and sturdy vines for its bowstring allow for its suitable durability of 35. You definitely want to use this up close to make the most out of it - but it can really pack a punch in these circumstances. In fact, you can inflict a whopping 45 damage in total, as it fires 3 arrows at once; each of which has 15 attack power.

10 Knight's Bow

The knights of Hyrule Castle know what's up when it comes to their weaponry. This bow is an all-around beast.

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While its range isn't the greatest ever, it comes with a base attack of 26, sturdy durability clocking in at 48, and a Quick Shot ability. It doesn't typically make for a fantastic sniping weapon. Yet, the Quick Shot functionality makes the Knight's Bow a solid choice when you're in a pinch or a gritty close-range fight.

9 Steel Lizal Bow

While this bow is on the heavy side, it's quite worth it, as its potent metal makes for a highly durable piece of equipment; clocking in at durability of 50. Those pesky Lizalfos are really tough marksmen to survive, and it's thanks in large part to their expertly crafted bows such as this one.

They can typically be found in the Hebra Mountains and Akkala Highlands. They''l serve you well, with their admirable attack base stat of 36.

8 Mighty Lynel Bow

Sure, squaring off against the large Minotaur-esque Lynels is an intimidating prospect. Yet, it can be worthwhile if you land their loot; the Mighty Lynel Bow in particular. While this bow has a more powerful counterpart called the Savage Lynel Bow, the lesser "Mighty" variant is still one of the strongest, most useful bows in Breath of the Wild.

This weapon has a key attribute - the ability to fire off 3 arrows at once, essentially tripling the damage inflicted; assuming all 3 hit their mark. It also stands at a pretty durable level of 35.

7 Royal Bow

This bow is fit for a king - or in this case, the king's archers - with some pretty well-rounded stats of a respectable 38 attack and solid 60 durability. As you'd expect, the Royal Bow can be a royal pain to find, though it's occasionally dropped by Silver Bokoblin, Lizalfos, and Moblins.

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Slaying a towering Hinox can, at times, also yield one of these coveted bows. Though if you don't feel like clashing with one of these beasts, Link can also stealthily approach a sleeping Hinox and snatch one from them, as they sometimes wear them as necklaces.

6 Great Eagle Bow

This is the legendary bow of Rito Champion Revali, and it shows. Coming equipped with an admirable 60 points in the range category, this Great Eagle Bow soars through the air like a bird, making for an accurate and efficient shot. Its strength stands at 28, which looks far more appealing when you consider that it fires 3 shots at once.

The Rito Village Elder Kaneli will grant you this bow after you conquer the Divine Beast Vah Medoh. Don't fret if and when it breaks - a brand spanking new one can be crafted by Harth for the cost of a Swallow Bow, a Diamond, and 5 Wood bundles.

5 Savage Lynel Bow

Yes, the offensive might of the Mighty Lynel has been covered, but this is the real deal. For one, the Savage Lynel Bow is even more durable, clocking in at a solid 45. This special bow was forged in the steel of Death Mountain's peak, which explains why it's so sturdy.

This weapon also comes with at least a 3-shot-burst. With 32 damage per arrow, that isn't too shabby. You can even land a rarer 5-shot variant if you're lucky enough, making the weapon even more devastating. Just be careful around Golden Lynels in Master Mode, because they wield these devastating bows themselves!

4 Twilight Bow

If you're scratching your head wondering why you haven't seen or even heard of this epic bow, with its hypnotic glowing arrow tips, it's because you need the Zelda Amiibo from Super Smash Bros. to have a chance to obtain it.

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Simply scan in the Amiibo and an enticing, shimmering gold chest will fall from the sky along with some herbs. Open the chest and cross your fingers that you happen upon this legendary Twilight Bow. If you don't get it on the first take, you can always rescan and try again. And you'll certainly want to.

While the bow isn't the most accurate, launching arrows in a ballistic trajectory, the range stands at an insane 8000, so they'll travel vast distances. It's also quite durable, standing at a whopping 100.

3 Ancient Bow

Guardians are some of the most powerful, frustrating baddies to deal with in Breath of the Wild. Taking one of these gargantuan bots down requires both strength and precision, which means that you're best served using Ancient Sheikah-developed tech, and specifically the Ancient Bow.

Once you've completed Doctor Robbie's side quests, you'll be able to craft Ancient weaponry and armor in exchange for Rupees and Guardian Parts. While this is all pricey, it's well worth it, especially when dealing with the Guardians roaming Hyrule. The bow's got it in just about all areas; with a 44 base attack, 50 range, and a tank-like 120 durability. Basically, it'll be awhile before you'll have to worry about it breaking.

2 Royal Guard's Bow

This is essentially a Royal Bow with a darker, older tinge. It also swaps out durability with strength, clocking in at 50 strength and only 20 durability. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given the lore behind it; it was made with ancient technology to fight the Great Calamity.

Thus, unlike its counterpart, it's best used for quicker, more offensive pushes, as it breaks down rather quickly. Still, it manages to be one of the most powerful single-shot bows in the game, second only to the exclusive Bow of Light. These can be found in Princess Zelda's room as well as the Hyrule Castle Armory.

1 Bow of Light

In terms of Zelda lore, this weapon is a bit like the Master Sword of bows, with its recurring, near iconic status.

The Bow of Light is a bit of a dicey choice to include on this list - but it's certainly not because of its stats, which are legendary. Like the Twilight Bow, this is essentially an exclusive item with special circumstances. This bow is only granted to you by Princess Zelda upon facing off against your arch nemesis, Ganon.

But the fact is that, in the course of this singular event, the Bow of Light is simply the most powerful bow in the game, bar none. It comes with a beastly 100 attack, 100 durability, and 500 range.

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