"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)
|QL||Name||Damage||Speed||Max sockets||Str req||Dex req||Lv req|
|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||—|
|43||Short Siege Bow||13–30||0||5||65||80||25|
|46||Large Siege Bow||10–42||10||6||80||95||25|
|Class||Base attack frames||Base attacks per second|
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, and bow damage scales with the wielder's Dexterity, with each point of Dexterity equivalent to 1% enhanced damage.
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.
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.)
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:
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.
Bows may not be transmogrified into any other item type.