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Horizon Forbidden West

Slicing Hunter Bow (Rare)

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Nathan Garvin

Information about the Slicing 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.

Slicing Hunter Bow Description

“This mid-range bow is optimized for tearing off machine parts. A coveted weapon among Utaru warriors.”

You can buy the Slicing Hunter Bow from the Hunter in Plainsong.

How to Get the Slicing Hunter Bow

Location Cost
Plainsong Hunter 549 Metal Shards + 1x Clawstrider 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 is one of the first merchants you’ll come across who sells it.

In addition to Metal Shards you’ll need to furnish the merchant with a [Clawstrider] Circulator, an Uncommon drop from Clawstriders. You can find several of them just north of Plainsong.

How to Use the Slicing Hunter Bow

At first glance the Slicing Hunter Bow is of dubious value, being a marginal increase over the starting [Hunter Bow], and some of this statistical advantage is merely due to the fact that the Slicing Hunter Bow can be upgraded further than its more common counterpart.

The Slicing Hunter Bow has one major advantage over all Hunter Bows found previously, however: it can use Advanced Hunter Arrows. These are roughly twice as powerful, albeit at the cost of being over ten times more expensive to craft (in terms of Metal Shards per arrow). Still, it’s a fairly significant upgrade in damage output, much-needed for the more powerful machines you’ll be facing as you venture further west.

The weapon deals more damage when shots are overdrawn as well as gaining bonus Tear damage against components, both useful perks for this class of weapon. When upgraded it can gain up to two Coil Slots.

How to Upgrade the Slicing Hunter Bow

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats 75x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 2x Small Machine Core
II Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 112x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 1x Widemaw Tusk, 1x Clawstrider Razor Tail
III Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks New Ammo 150x Metal Shards, 3x Braided Wire, 2x Medium Machine Core, 1x Widemwaw Circulator
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 250x Metal Shards, 6x Braided Wire, 3x Medium Machine Core, 1x Widemaw Primary Nerve, 1x Shell-Walker Lightning Gun

Slicing 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.

Slicing Hunter Bow Rank II Upgrades

  • Widemaw Tusk: Very Rare drop from Widemaws. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed.
  • Clawstrider Razor Tail: Legendary drop from [Clawstriders]. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed.

Slicing Hunter Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Medium Machine Core: Rare drop from all Midweight machines.
  • Widemaw Circulator: Uncommon drop from Widemaws.

Slicing Hunter Bow Rank IV Upgrades

  • Widemaw Primary Nerve: Uncommon drop from Widemaws.
  • Shell-Walker Lightning Gun: Very Rare drop from [Shell-Walkers]. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed.

Slicing Hunter Bow Stats

Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 26 29 31 36 36
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear 50 55 63 70 70
Advanced Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact - - - 46 52
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear - - - 105 130

Slicing Hunter Bow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
hfwcomponentteardamageicon.jpg Component Tear +10% +10% +10% +10% +10%
hfwperkoverdrawicon.jpg Overdraw Damage +15% +15% +15%
  • Component Tear: Deals extra Tear damage when striking components. Starts out at a base +10%, but increases to +25% at Rank IV.

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

Slicing Hunter Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
HunterAmmoIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Hunter Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
hfwprecisionarrowicon.jpg Advanced Hunter Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
  • 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.

  • Advanced Hunter Arrows: Boasting roughly double the strength (and ten times the cost) of normal Hunter Arrows, these are much more suited for dealing with heavier machines. Deals moderate Impact and heavy Tear damage. Probably wasted on wildlife.

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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
    • Ornaments
    • War Totems
    • Vista Points
    • Survey Drones
    • Signal Towers
    • Black Boxe

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