A simple, improvised bow, suitable for hunting small game.
In-game description

The survival bow is a maple self-backed longbow that shoots simple arrows at targets such as wildlife. When shot, it provides experience to the Archery skill.

Overview[edit | edit source]

In terms of effectiveness as a distance weapon, the bow has drawbacks and advantages compared to the hunting rifle; it is not necessarily better or worse. While the bow is much lighter than the rifle, arrows are heavier than bullets. Arrows shot from the survival bow cause more severe bleeding wounds than bullets, but have a far lower chance of a critical hit. Unlike rifle rounds, arrows are retrievable after being shot; however, the arrow loses some condition each time it strikes something (including the ground, so missed shots count).

The bow's condition will degrade about 2-3% per shot and, unlike the rifle, cannot be repaired. On the other hand, the player can craft new bows and arrows, as long as materials are available. This means players with limited access to gunsmithing materials and equipment may eventually find themselves forced to rely on bows or stones as their primary hunting weapons.

Finally, the bow has a heavier, slower projectile, resulting in arrows travelling in an arc and a time-delay between arrow release and impact. These two mechanics make the bow a slightly more difficult-to-aim weapon, making it better-suited for offense (i.e., hunting) than for defense.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

The bow requires some practice to use effectively and some factors should be taken into consideration with its use:

  • Draw speed: It's slower than aiming the rifle.
  • Horizontal sway: When drawn, the bow will sway from left to right affecting the arrows flight accordingly. When it tilts to the right or left, the arrow will fly a bit to the right or left of the center of your aim. The sway increases if the player is tired.
  • Vertical targeting: Arrow flight trajectory forms an arc, following in-game physics, similar to the real world. Farther targets will require aiming higher.
  • Arrow flight speed: Arrows fly much slower than bullets, so take a target's movement into consideration.
  • Usability: The bow, unlike the rifle, cannot be fired while crouched unless one's Archery skill is Level 5.

Hunting[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hunting

The survival bow is a craftable, aimable tool used to launch simple arrows at targets. While arrows do have a chance to kill animals instantly with a critical hit, they more commonly cause massive bleeding wounds that will drain the animal's health over time. As such, when hunting, it would be wise to consider what the animal may do in the more likely event that it is not killed instantly. Landing a successful shot most commonly implies an investment in time and energy as the player will need to either follow/track the animal as it bleeds out or find its carcass later on. The player can retrieve their arrow from the carcass by simply clicking on it.

Bleed-out time[edit | edit source]

Each species of animal takes a specific amount of time to bleed out, as follows:

Zone Hit Bear Deer Wolf
Head 45 minutes 20 minutes Instant
Chest 120 minutes 25 minutes 40 minutes
Hind 240 minutes 40 minutes 45 minutes
Foot 240 minutes 120 minutes

60 minutes

Rabbits die instantly when hit by an arrow. Moose do not bleed out.

Note: The bleed-out time diminishes with higher levels of the Archery survival skill.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Crafting the bow is usually best done in increments after all materials and needed tools have been obtained. Increments may be divided to a minimum of 0.5 hours (30 minutes) at a time.

Cannot be repaired or harvested.

Locations[edit | edit source]

The survival bow can randomly spawn in the game world (excluding Interloper) on different playthroughs. Same observed spawn points include:

Desolation Point[edit | edit source]

Mystery Lake[edit | edit source]

Pleasant Valley[edit | edit source]

Forlorn Muskeg[edit | edit source]

Broken Railroad[edit | edit source]

  • Near the Hunting Lodge, by the corpse close to the fallen trees.

Hushed River Valley[edit | edit source]

  • Next to a frozen corpse inside an ice room, in the ice cave containing waterfalls.
  • At an abandoned camp north of Cloudtop Falls.
  • In an unnamed cave near the northern edge of the map, somewhat west of Mammoth Falls.
  • Next to a frozen corpse at Moose Overlook.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Like the hunting rifle, the bow can't be used with a sprained wrist.
  • Arrows are less likely to cause a critical wound than bullets.
  • Arrows cause more bleeding than bullets, causing a shorter bleed-out time.
  • Arrows fired straight upwards can hit and kill the player.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Cooking Can openerCooking potRecycled can
Fire Starting
Starter FirestrikerMagnifying lens
Accelerant AccelerantJerry canLantern fuel
Ice Fishing Fishing tackleHookLine
Hand Tools
Standard HacksawHatchetHeavy hammerHunting knifePrybar
Improvised Improvised hatchetImprovised knife
Weapon Distress pistolHunting rifleRevolverSurvival bowStone
Ammunition Flare shellRevolver ammunitionRifle ammunitionSimple arrow
Lighting FlareFlashlightMarine flareStorm lanternTorch
Mending Quality toolsRifle cleaning kitSewing kitSimple toolsWhetstone
Sleep Bear skin bedrollBedroll
Story Jeremiah's knifeScrap metal shard
Other CharcoalMountaineering ropeSnareSpray Paint
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