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Horizon Forbidden West

Frost Hunter Bow (Rare)

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Nathan Garvin

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

Frost Hunter Bow Description

“This prized mid-range Tenakth bow delivers precise Frost payloads that can make an enemy’s armor Brittle or detonate Chillwater Canisters.”

You can buy the Frost Hunter Bow from the Hunter in Plainsong, as well as from a Hunter east of LATOPOLIS.

How to Get the Frost Hunter Bow

Location Cost
Plainsong Hunter/LATOPOLIS Hunter 549 Metal Shards + 1x Scrapper Circulator

You can buy this bow from various merchants in the eastern half of the Forbidden West. To access these areas you must complete the quest The Embassy. The Hunter in Plainsong, as always, is a good source of mid-game weaponry, but you can get this weapon even earlier, from a Hunter just to the west of LATOPOLIS, whom you’ll probably visit during the quest Death’s Door.

In addition to Metal Shards you’ll need to furnish the merchant with a Scrapper Circulator, an Uncommon drop from Scrappers.

How to Use the Frost Hunter Bow

The Frost Hunter Bow is one of the earlier sources of Frost damage, especially if you prefer using Hunter Bows over Blastslings, which is one of the few boasts that can be made about this weapon. Its Frost damage output and Frost Buildup are both fairly low, however, so at best you should expect this weapon to be transitional, albeit in a midrange form-factor.

Despite the “Frost” in its name, this weapon is also capable of firing Acid Arrows with similar proficiency and damage output, for better or worse.

Although its on-paper number aren’t great, when used in conjuction with “Triple Shot”, Hunter Bows like this can actually output decent elemental buildup.

Further boosting this weapon are its two perks: Draw speed (unlocked at Rank I and improved at Rank IV) and Overdraw Damage (unlocked at Rank III). These are complimentary perks, allowing you to draw arrows fully faster, and rewarding you for doing so.

Like most rare weapons, this specimen can gain up to two Coil Slots when fully upgraded.

How to Upgrade the Frost Hunter Bow

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 75x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 2x Small Machine Core
II Increased Weapon Stats 112x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 1x Skydrifter Razor Tail, 1x Scrapper Radar
III Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 150x Metal Shards, 3x Braided Wire, 2x Medium Machine Core, 1x Skydrifter Circulator
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 250x Metal Shards, 6x Braided Wire, 3x Medium Machine Core, 1x Skydrifter Primary Nerve, 1x Bellowback Sac Webbing

Frost Hunter Bow Rank I Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Braided Wire: Common drop from all machines.
  • Small Machine Core: Uncommon drop from all Lightweight machines.

Frost Hunter Bow Rank II Upgrades

  • Skydrifter Razor Tail: Very Rare drop from Skydrifters. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed.
  • Scrapper Radar: Rare drop from Scrappers. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed.

Frost Hunter Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Medium Machine Core: Rare drop from all Midweight machines.
  • Skydrifter Circulator: Uncommon drop from Skydrifters.

Frost Hunter Bow Rank IV Upgrades

  • Skydrifter Primary Nerve: Uncommon drop from Skydrifters.
  • Bellowback Sac Webbing: Rare component from [Bellowbacks]. You must avoid destroying the Cargo Refining Sac to loot this component.

Frost Hunter Bow Stats

Frost Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
hfwfrostdamageicon.jpg Frost 8 9 10 11 13
hfwfrostdamagebuildupicon.jpg Frost Buildup 51 54 58 64 77
Acid Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
AcidDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid 8 9 11 12 13
AcidBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid Buildup 52 55 60 66 79

Frost Hunter Bow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
hfwdrawspeedperkicon.jpg Draw Speed - +25% +25% +25% +65%
hfwperkoverdrawicon.jpg Overdraw Damage - +15% +15%
  • Draw Speed: Increase the speed at which you fully draw and overdraw arrows. The longer you draw an arrow, the more damage it deals. Unlocked at Rank I with +25% Draw Speed, this increases to a whopping +65% at Rank IV.

  • Overdraw Damage: Deals extra damage when a shot is “Overdrawn”. This perk is unlocked at Rank III.

Frost Hunter Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
hfwfrosthunterarrowicon.jpg Frost Hunter Arrows Deals hfwfrostdamageicon.jpg Frost damage and hfwfrostdamagebuildupicon.jpg Frost Buildup
AcidAmmoIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid Hunter Arrows Deals AcidDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid damage and AcidBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid Buildup
  • Frost Hunter Arrow: Your generic Frost Arrow, it deals light Frost damage and inflicts moderate Frost Buildup.

  • Acid Hunter Arrow: 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
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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
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