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Sun-Touched Hunter Bow (Rare)

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

Sun-Touched Hunter Bow Description

“A trophy kept by the Tenakth, this mid-range Carja bow has an increased chance of landing extra powerful Critical Hits.”

You can buy this weapon from the Hunter in Scalding Spear.

How to Get the Sun-Touched Hunter Bow

Location Cost
Scalding Spear Hunter 632 Metal Shards + 1x Tracker Burrower 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, and while you can also buy the Vanguard Hunter Bow there, the components for this bow are much, much easier to obtain.

Speaking of which, in addition to the Metal Shards you’ll need to trade a Tracker Burrower Circulator. By this point in the game, this variant of Burrower is fairly common, so getting one of these components shouldn’t be much bother.

How to Use the Sun-Touched Hunter Bow

The Sun-Touched Hunter Bow is, in many ways, a poor-man’s version of the Vanguard Hunter Bow, and while both can be purchased around the same time, the latter is far more expensive, especially due to the [Tideripper] Heart required to buy it. Compared to an earlier Hunter Bow, the Slicing Hunter Bow, you’ll find this is a moderate improvement in almost every way; it deals more Impact and Tear damage, has access to both Hunter Arrows and Advanced Hunter Arrows, as well as Fire Arrows. The Fire damage dealt by this bow is superior to that of the Fire Hunter Bow, but inferior to the Wildfire Hunter Bow, befitting this weapon’s rarity.

In addition to its superior base damage, this bow also gains three perks - Critical Hit Chance, Critical Hit Damage and Overdraw Damage, making it a decent all-rounder that’s just as useful for fighting Midweight machines as it is for picking off wildlife.

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

All in all, the Sun-Touched Hunter Bow is a fine mid-game upgrade that can hold you over until you get the Vanguard Hunter Bow, but if you’re more daring, you can also just skip this weapon and go hunt a Tideripper, instead.

How to Upgrade the Sun-Touched 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, 1x Perk Improvement 112x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 1x Bellowback Sac Webbing, 2x Lancehorn Drill Horn
III Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks New Ammo 150x Metal Shards, 3x Braided Wire, 2x Medium Machine Core, 1x Bellowback Circulator
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 250x Metal Shards, 6x Braided Wire, 3x Medium Machine Core, 1x Bellowback Primary Nerve, 2x Rollerback Hammer Tail

Sun-Touched 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.

Sun-Touched Hunter Bow Rank II Upgrades

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

Sun-Touched Hunter Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Medium Machine Core: Rare drop from all Midweight machines.
  • Bellowback Circulator: Uncommon drop from Bellowbacks.

Sun-Touched Hunter Bow Rank IV Upgrades

  • Bellowback Primary Nerve: Uncommon drop from Bellowbacks.
  • Rollerback Hammer Tail: Legendary component from [Rollerback] machines. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed. Rollerbacks can be found southwest of Saltbite.

Sun-Touched Hunter Bow Stats

Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 28 33 36 41 41
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear 55 63 71 80 80
Fire Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
FireDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Fire 9 10 12 13 15
FireBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Fire Buildup 55 60 65 71 85
Advanced Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact - - - 51 61
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear - - - 116 148

Sun-Touched Hunter Bow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
hfwcriticalhitchanceicon.jpg Critical Hit Chance +5% +5% +5% +5% +15%
hfwcriticalhitdamageicon.jpg Critical Hit Damage +15% +15% +15% +40%
hfwperkoverdrawicon.jpg Overdraw Damage +15% +15% +15%
  • Critical Hit Chance: increases the chance that an attack will deal Critical Damage. Starts out at +5%, but raises to +15% at Rank IV.

  • Critical Hit Damage: Critical Hits deal extra damage. Unlock at Rank I, increases from +15% damage to +40% damage at Rank IV.

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

Sun-Touched Hunter Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
HunterAmmoIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Hunter Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
FireAmmoIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Fire Hunter Arrows Deals FireDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Fire damage and FireBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Fire Buildup
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.

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

  • 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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  • 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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