Bows were the only type of Ranged Weapon in the original Diablo I. So a player who prefers doing damage from range would have to play using Bows. This was not a problem then when using Bows did not require Arrows. The scenario changed after Diablo II, when new types of Ranged Weapons were introduced.
Bows have been used by many classes as their primary Ranged Weapon. Players who prefer a higher Attack Speed and accuracy but doing a small amount of damage opt for Bows instead of Crossbows.
One of the main differences in bows between the two games is the fact that bows require ammunition (save for bows equipped on a hireling), as opposed to the original Diablo, where arrows were limitless and non-existent as items.
One of the most famous weapons in the Diablo universe is the Windforce Bow.
|Diablo I Bows|
|Short Bow • Long Bow • Hunter's Bow • Composite Bow • Short Battle Bow • Long Battle Bow • Short War Bow • Long War Bow|
|Diablo II Bows|
| Normal Bows — Short Bow • Hunter's Bow • Long Bow • Composite Bow • Short Battle Bow • Long Battle Bow • Short War Bow • Long War Bow|
Exceptional Bows — Edge Bow • Razor Bow • Cedar Bow • Double Bow • Short Siege Bow • Long Siege Bow • Rune Bow • Gothic Bow
Elite Bows — Spider Bow • Blade Bow • Shadow Bow • Great Bow • Diamond Bow • Crusader Bow • Ward Bow • Hydra Bow
|Amazon Weapons • Axes • Bows • Crossbows • Daggers • Javelins • Katars • Maces • Orbs • Polearms • Scepters • Spears • Staves • Swords • Throwing Weapons • Wands|