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Horizon Forbidden West

Hunter Bow (Uncommon)

Nathan Garvin

Information about the Hunter Bow in Horizon Forbidden West, including how to upgrade it, and what the strengths and weaknesses of the Hunter Bow are.

Hunter Bow Description

“Favored by Nora hunters, this balanced, all-purpose bow is best suited for mid-range combat. It can be upgraded to deal greater damage and deliver Acid payloads.”

Aloy begins the game with the Hunter Bow.

How to Get the Whisper Hunter Bow

Location Cost
Initial Equip N/A

Aloy starts the game with this weapon.

How to Use the Hunter Bow

The Hunter Bow is Aloy’s starting weapon, and it’s not just a generic example of the entire class of Hunter Bows, it’s arguably the game’s default weapon. With middling firing speed, this midrange weapon deals a small amount of Impact damage and a moderate amount of Tear damage, making it somewhat useful for removing components and little else. While a servicable enough weapon, its low stats ensure you’ll outgrow it fairly soon.

Perhaps the only interesting feature of this bow is that it unlock Acid Hunter Arrows at Rank II. These will allow you to deal Acid damage and inflict the Corrode debuff, although as is to be expected for this weapon, the damage output and elemental buildup are both woefully low.

Like most Uncommon weapons, it will unlock a Coil Slot at Rank III.

How to Upgrade the Hunter Bow

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats 50x Metal Shards, 1x Braided Wire
II Increased Weapon Stats, Unlock New Ammo 75x Metal Shards, 1x Braided Wire, 1x Burrower Circulator
III Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks Coil Slot 95x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 1x Small Machine Core, 1x Burrower Soundshell

Hunter Bow Rank I Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Braided Wire: Common drop from all machines.

Hunter Bow Rank II Upgrades

  • Burrower Circulator: Uncommon drop from Burrowers.

Hunter Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Burrower Soundshell: Very Rare drop from Burrowers. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed.

Hunter Bow Stats

Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III
Impact_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Impact 15 18 21 28
Tear_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Tear 25 33 43 60
Acid Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III
Acid_Damage_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Acid - 7 8 9
Acid_Buildup_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Acid Buildup - 30 36 45

Hunter Bow Perks

The Hunter Bow does not unlock any Perks.

Hunter Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
hfw_precision_arrow_icon.jpg Hunter Arrows Deals Impact_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Impact and Tear_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Tear damage
hfw_acid_hunter_arrow_icon.jpg Acid Hunter Arrows Deals Acid_Damage_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Acid Damage and Acid_Buildup_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Acid Buildup
  • Hunter Arrows: Your standard ammuntion for the Hunter Bow. Deals low Impact damage and moderate Tear damage. Good for hunting animals and removing components, but lacks the punch required to bring down heavier machines.

  • Acid Hunter Arrows: Your generic Acid Arrow, it deals light Acid damage and inflicts moderate Acid Buildup.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2022
  • Last Updated
    31 March 2022
    Version History
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This guide for Horizon Forbidden West includes the following:

  • A Walkthrough for Main Quest
  • A Guide for all Errands, Side Quests and Cauldrons
  • An in depth analysis for Weapons and Armor.
  • Information on all new and returning Machines
  • How to find and complete all four Melee Pits
  • How to unlock and complete all stages of the Arena
  • How to find and override all five Tallnecks
  • Locations on all Collectibles
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    • Vista Points
    • Survey Drones
    • Signal Towers
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