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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."

- Game Guide(src)

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 I Bows
Short BowLong BowHunter's BowComposite BowShort Battle BowLong Battle BowShort War BowLong War Bow
Diablo I Unique Bows
Diablo I Unique Bows — The Needler (Short Bow "Crossbow") • The Rift Bow (Short Bow) • The Blackoak Bow (Long Bow) • Fleshstinger (Long Bow) • Flame Dart (Hunter's Bow) • Bow of the Dead (Composite Bow) • The Celestial Bow (Long Bow) • Deadly Hunter (Composite Bow) • Eaglehorn (Long Battle Bow) • Windforce (Long War Bow)
Hellfire Unique Bows — Blitzen (Composite Bow) • Flambeau (Composite Bow) • Gnatsting (Hunter's Bow)

Diablo IIEdit

In Diablo II, bows are an alternate (faster, but less potent) choice to crossbows. Amazons specializing in ranged combat typically use bows. Amazons additionally have their own types of bows which other classes may not use. Many of their skills in that specialty require a ranged weapon to be equipped. Hirelings may also use bows.

Bows use arrows to fire (one per shot), while crossbows use bolts.

Diablo II Bows
Normal BowsShort BowHunter's BowLong BowComposite BowShort Battle BowLong Battle BowShort War BowLong War Bow

Exceptional BowsEdge BowRazor BowCedar BowDouble BowShort Siege BowLong Siege BowRune BowGothic Bow

Elite BowsSpider BowBlade BowShadow BowGreat BowDiamond BowCrusader BowWard BowHydra Bow
Diablo II Unique Bows
Normal Bows — Pluckeye (Short Bow) • Witherstring (Hunter's Bow) • Raven Claw (Long Bow) • Rogue's Bow (Composite Bow) • Stormstrike (Short Battle Bow) • Wizendraw (Long Battle Bow) • Hellclap (Short War Bow) • Blastbark (Long War Bow)
Exceptional Bows — Skystrike (Edge Bow) • Riphook (Razor Bow) • Kuko Shakaku (Cedar Bow) • Endlesshail (Double Bow) • Witchwild String (Short Siege Bow) • Cliffkiller (Long Siege Bow) • Magewrath (Rune Bow) • Goldstrike Arch (Gothic Bow)
Elite Bows — Eaglehorn (Crusader Bow) • Widowmaker (Ward Bow) • Windforce (Hydra Bow)

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.

Normal Bows
Short BowWarden BowLong BowRecurve BowHunting BowBattle BowSiege BowMarukiYumiComposite BowDaikyuHankyuHigoyumiRanger BowLongshot BowSniper BowPhantom BowRevenant BowTwinbowDoubleshot
Legendary Bows
UskangLongshotEtrayuThe Raven's WingKridershotCluckeyeWindforceVenomhuskSydyru CrustUnbound BoltLeonine Bow of HashirOdyssey's EndYang's Recurve
Crafted Bows
Apprentice Warden BowLongshotAdept Hunting BowGrand Master Siege BowMagnificent HigoyumiGlorious Sniper BowVenomhuskExalted Phantom BowExalted Fine Phantom BowExalted Grand Phantom BowExquisite Twin BowSovereign DoubleshotSydyru CrustUnbound Bolt

See alsoEdit

GeneralAxes (2-Handed) • BowsCrossbowsDaggersJavelinsMaces (2-Handed) • PolearmsSceptersSpearsStavesSwords (2-Handed) • Throwing WeaponsWands
Class-specificAmazon WeaponsCeremonial KnivesDaiboFist WeaponsFlails (2-Handed) • Hand CrossbowsKatarsMighty Weapons (2-Handed) • OrbsWands

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