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"Bows are ancient hunting weapons intended to propel projectiles further and faster than the human arm. They’re possessed of solid killing power, and commonly fire faster than more complex ranged weapons, like crossbows."

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Bows are one of the classes of two-handed Ranged Weapons in the Diablo game series.

Diablo IEdit

In Diablo I, bows have unlimited arrows and serve as primary weapon of the Rogue, who shoots bows with triple firing speed. Some monsters use bows too. They are the only ranged weapon in the game.

Diablo IIEdit

Diablo II bow data[1]
QL Name Damage Speed Max sockets Str req Dex req Lv req
1 Short Bow 1–4 5 3 15
5 Hunter's Bow 2–6 −10 4 28
8 Long Bow 3–10 0 5 22 19
12 Composite Bow 4–8 −10 4 25 35
18 Short Battle Bow 5–11 0 5 30 40
23 Long Battle Bow 3–18 10 6 40 50
27 Short War Bow 6–14 0 5 35 55
31 Long War Bow 3–23 10 6 50 65
30 Edge Bow 6–19 5 3 25 43 18
33 Razor Bow 8–22 −10 4 25 62 21
35 Cedar Bow 10–29 0 5 53 49 23
39 Double Bow 11–26 −10 4 58 73 25
43 Short Siege Bow 13–30 0 5 65 80 25
46 Large Siege Bow 10–42 10 6 80 95 25
49 Rune Bow 14–35 0 5 73 103 25
52 Gothic Bow 10–50 10 6 95 118 25
55 Spider Bow LoD 23–50 5 3 64 143 41
60 Blade Bow LoD 21–41 −10 4 76 119 45
63 Shadow Bow LoD 15–59 0 5 52 188 47
68 Great Bow LoD 12–52 −10 4 121 107 51
72 Diamond Bow LoD 33–40 0 5 89 132 54
77 Crusader Bow LoD 15–63 10 6 97 121 57
80 Ward Bow LoD 20–53 0 5 72 146 60
85 Hydra Bow LoD 10–68 10 6 134 167 63
Diablo II bow attack speed data[2]
Class Base attack frames Base attacks per second
Amazon 13 1.92
Assassin LoD 15 1.66
Barbarian 14 1.78
Druid LoD 15 1.66
Necromancer 17 1.47
Paladin 15 1.66
Sorceress 16 1.56

Bows are two-handed Missile Weapons in Diablo II. They are an alternate (faster, but less potent) choice to crossbows. Bows use arrows to fire (one per shot), while crossbows use bolts. Amazons specializing in ranged combat typically choose bows over crossbows, due to comparatively fast attack speed and low Strength requirements. Rogue Archer hirelings can equip bows in the expansion.

Like crossbows, bows are compatible with Amazon Bow and Crossbow Skills, magic and rare bows can have Amazon skill prefixes and Dexterity suffixes,[3] and bow damage scales with the wielder's Dexterity, with each point of Dexterity equivalent to 1% enhanced damage.[4]

The expansion also has a category of Amazon bows, which count as bows as well as Amazon Weapons. Neither rogue hirelings nor other classes may use Amazon bows.

Set bowsEdit

The set bows in classic are:

There are no additional set bows in the Lord of Destruction expansion. (M'avina's Caster is classified as an Amazon bow.)

Unique bowsEdit

The unique bows in classic are:

Additional unique bows in the expansion are:

An additional unique bow in offline and ladder expansion play is:

Bow rune wordsEdit

The maximum number of sockets possible in a bow is 6.

In the expansion, the following Weapon Rune Words function in nonmagic bows with exactly the specified number of sockets:

Additional Rune Words for bows in ladder play are:

Diablo IIIEdit

In Diablo III, bows are mostly used by Demon Hunters, whose skills often require a ranged weapon to be equipped. Bows do not require ammunition, but can be paired with quivers. Bows are second only to hand crossbows in firing speed. Melee classes may not use bows, but can equip the Scoundrel with them.

As of Patch 2.1, all bows drop with Dexterity bonus only. Bows can roll bonuses to maximum Discipline as of patch 2.2.0.

Bows may not be transmogrified into any other item type.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Arreat Summit - Items: Weapons and Armor
  2. Diablo 2 attack speed calculator
  3. The Arreat Summit - Items: Magic
  4. The Arreat Summit - Basics: Character Information

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