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Horizon Forbidden West

Purgewater Hunter Bow (Rare)

Nathan Garvin

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

Purgewater Hunter Bow Description

“A mid-range bow crafted by the Oseram to drench targets. It can be upgraded to deliver Acid payloads and deal extra ranged damage after a successful melee attack.”

You can purchase the Purgewater Hunter Bow from the Hunter in Scalding Spear.

How to Get the Purgewater Hunter Bow

Location Cost
Scalding Spear Hunter 632 Metal Shards + 1x Lancehorn Circulator

You can buy this bow from various merchants in the western half of the Forbidden West. To access these areas you must complete the quest The Eye of the Earth, which is about a third of the way through the main questline.

Once this hurdle has been overcome, you still have to make the trek west to find merchants who keep this weapon in stock. One of the earliest is a Hunter in Scalding Spear, whose price includes a [Lancehorn] Circulator as well as Metal Shards.

How to Use the Purgewater Hunter Bow

The most noteworthy feature of the Purgewater Hunter Bow is… well, in the name, really. It’s one of the earliest sources of Purgewater, at least with any form of bow as a delivery weapon. It also can make use of Acid Arrows, although this is a much more common elemental arrow variety. The damage output of this bow is nothing special - you either want it for the Purgewater Hunter Arrows, or you should spare your resources and ignore this bow.

As for its perks, it has the rather dubious “Melee Follow Up” perk as well as the “Overdraw Damage” perk. The former will cause bow attacks immediate following a melee attack to deal extra damage, while the latter will cause all overdrawn shots to deal extra damage… a feature that’s almost universal shared among Hunter Bows.

As with most rare weapons, the Sun-Touched Hunter Bow can aspire to two Coil Slots when fully upgraded.

How to Upgrade the Purgewater 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 Snapmaw Sac Webbing, 1x Lancehorn Drill Horn
III Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 150x Metal Shards, 3x Braided Wire, 2x Medium Machine Core, 1x Snapmaw Circulator
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 250x Metal Shards, 6x Braided Wire, 3x Medium Machine Core, 1x Snapmaw Primary Nerve, 4x Stalker Stealth Generator

Purgewater 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.

Purgewater Hunter Bow Rank II Upgrades

  • Snapmaw Sac Webbing: Rare component from [Snapmaws]. You must avoid destroying the Chillwater Sac to loot this component.
  • Lancehorn Drill Horn: Very Rare drop from [Lancehorns]. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed.

Purgewater Hunter Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Medium Machine Core: Rare drop from all Midweight machines.
  • Snapmaw Circulator: Uncommon drop from Snapmaws.

Purgewater Hunter Bow Rank IV Upgrades

  • Snapmaw Primary Nerve: Rare drop from Snapmaws.
  • Stalker Stealth Generator: Very Rare component from [Shell-Walkers]. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed.

Purgewater Hunter Bow Stats

Purgewater Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
hfw_purgewater_damage_icon.jpg Purgewater 8 9 11 12 13
hfw_purgewater_damage_buildup_icon.jpg Purgewater 52 55 60 66 79
Acid Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
Acid_Damage_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Acid 9 10 11 12 14
Acid_Buildup_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Acid Buildup 53 57 62 68 81

Purgewater Hunter Bow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
hfw_melee_follow_up_icon.jpg Melee Follow Up +15% +15% +15% +40%
hfw_perk_overdraw_icon.jpg Overdraw Damage - +15% +15%
  • Melee Follow Up: Bow attacks deal more damage immediately after a melee attack. Unlock with +15% damage at Rank I and improves to +40% at Rank IV

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

Purgewater Hunter Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
hfw_purgewater_hunter_arrow_icon.jpg Purgewater Hunter Arrows Deals hfw_purgewater_damage_icon.jpg Purgewater and hfw_purgewater_damage_buildup_icon.jpg Purgewater Buildup
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
  • Purgewater Hunter Arrow: An arrow that inflicts Purgewater damage, this particular bow deals light Purgewater damage and inflicts moderate Purgewater 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
    Version History
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  • A Walkthrough for Main Quest
  • A Guide for all Errands, Side Quests and Cauldrons
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