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Horizon Forbidden West

Delta Sharpshot Bow (Very Rare)

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Nathan Garvin

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

Delta Sharpshot Bow Description

“Used by Quen soldiers, this fast-firing, long-range bow inflicts extra damage against unaware targets. It can be upgraded to deal more damage against Burning enemies.”

You can buy the Delta Sharpshot Bow from the Hunter in Thornmarsh.

How to Get the Delta Sharpshot Bow

Location Cost
Thornmarsh Hunter 1249x Metal Shards + 1x Clamberjaw Circulator + 1x Large Machine Core

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 a merchant who keeps this weapon in stock, and in this case it’s a long trek indeed. The Delta Sharpshot Bow is sold in the town of Thornmarsh, which can be located along the western coast. It’s one long trek for a bow which is, to be fair, a significant statistical upgrade over any of its Rare counterparts.

In addition to a hefty number of Metal Shards, you’ll need to trade a [Clamberjaw] Circulator, a common drop from Clamberjaws. You can find these ape-machines at a site west of the Tallneck: The Stand of the Sentinels.

How to Use the Delta Sharpshot Bow

One of the best Sharpshot Bows in the game, the Delta Sharpshot Bow is a non-nonsense weapon that specializes in dealing hefty amounts of Impact damage. It also inflicts a great deal of Tear damage, but for high-end Sharpshot Bows, it’s safe to say that any such weapon that doesn’t have access to Tear Precision Arrows isn’t specialized in removing components. The focus on Impact damage is clarified by this weapon’s access to Strikethrough Precision Arrows and Advanced Precision Arrows, both of which are fairly expensive. Fortunately this weapon retains accesss to standard Precision Arrows, keeping it cost-effective for hunting Midweight machines.

As far as perks go, the Delta Sharpshot Bow has bonuses to Stealth Damage, Overdraw Damage and Burning Enemy Damage, even though it has no means of inflicting that sort of damage, itself. Setting an enemy on fire also runs rather contrary to its stealth bonuses… unless you can inflict the Burning debuff with a single arrow (or Triple Notch). It’s an… odd assortment of perks that don’t always gel well, but you’ll appreciate the Stealth Damage and Overdraw Damage bonuses when it comes to pure sniping, at which this bow excels.

Like most Very Rare weapons, the Delta Sharpshot Bow can unlock up to three Coil Slots when fully upgraded.

How to Upgrade the Delta Sharpshot Bow

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 127x Metal Shards, 4x Braided Wire, 4x Small Machine Core, 1x Medium Machine Core
II Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks Coil Slot 212x Metal Shards, 6x Braided Wire, 2x Clamberjaw Tail Duster, 1x Thunderjaw Tail
III Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks New Ammo 300x Metal Shards, 10x Braided Wire, 1x Large Machine Core, 1x Thunderjaw Circulator, 2x Stormbird Storm Cannon
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 450x Metal Shards, 2x Large Machine Core, 1x Stormbird Circulator, 4x Slitherfang Earthgrinder, 1x Clamberjaw Primary Nerve
V Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 600x Metal Shards, 1x Luminous Brainstem, 1x Slitherfang Primary Nerve, 2x Apex Ravager Heart, 1x Apex Tremortusk Heart

Delta Sharpshot 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.
  • Medium Machine Core: Rare drop from all Midweight machines.

Delta Sharpshot Bow Rank II Upgrades

  • Clamberjaw Tail Duster: Very Rare drop from [Clamberjaws]. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed. Chamberjaws can be found west of the Tallneck: The Stand of the Sentinels.
  • Thunderjaw Tail: Legendary drop from [Thunderjaws]. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed.

You can find Dreadwings and Stormbirds in the mountains southeast of Cliffwatch.

Delta Sharpshot Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Large Machine Core: Rare drop from all Heavyweight machines.
  • Thunderjaw Circulator: Uncommon drop from Thunderjaws.
  • Stormbird Storm Cannon: Legendary drop from [Stormbirds]. Must be detaches before the machine is destroyed. Stormbirds are very rare until you travel to an island to the far west during the main quest [Faro’s Tomb]. Alternatively, you may be able to find a Stormbird earlier in the mountains southeast of Cliffwatch, in the blacked-out, supposedly “inaccessible” part of the mountain range.

You can knock three Earthgrinders off a Slitherfangs upper underbelly.

Delta Sharpshot Bow Rank IV Upgrades

  • Stormbird Circulator: Uncommon drop from Stormbirds.
  • Slitherfang Earthgrinder: Very Rare drop from [Slitherfangs]. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed. Slitherfangs will only spawn after the main quest The Kulrut is finished. You can subsequently find a Slitherfang Site along the northern end of The Stillsands.
  • Clamberjaw Primary Nerve: Rare drop from Clamberjaws.

Delta Sharpshot Bow Rank V Upgrades

  • Luminous Brainstem: Very Rare drop from all Heavyweight machines, as well as [Scorchers], [Apex Frostclaws] and [Specters].
  • Slitherfang Primary Nerve: Rare drop from Slitherfangs.
  • Apex Ravager Heart: Very Rare drop from Apex [Ravagers].
  • Apex Tremortusk Heart: Very Rare drop from Apex [Tremortusks]. You can find a Tremortusk at the Raintrance Hunting Grounds, but it will never be an Apex model. These won’t start spawning until Tremortusks appear globally, which will occur after you complete the main quest The Broken Sky. You can find a Tremortusk Site northeast of The Bulwark.

Delta Sharpshot Bow Stats

Precision Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 85 91 100 110 123 140
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear 95 98 102 108 114 120
Strikethrough Precision Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 102 109 120 132 147 168
Advanced Precision Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact - - - 187 208 238
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear - - - 183 193 204

Delta Sharpshot Bow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
hfwstealthdamageperkicon.jpg Stealth Damage +15% +15% +15% +15% +40% +40%
hfwperkoverdrawicon.jpg Overdraw Damage +25% +25% +25% +25% +25%
hfwburningenemydamageicon.jpg Burning Enemy Damage - - - +10% +10% +25%
  • Stealth Damage: Increases damage against unaware or suspicious (yellow) enemies. Unlocked by default, improves to +40% at Rank IV.

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

  • Burning Enemy Damage: Deals extra damage to enemies who are Burning. Unlocks at Rank III and initially deals +10% damage, increases to +25% damage at Rank V.

Delta Sharpshot Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
hfwprecisionarrowicon.jpg Precision Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
hfwstrikethroughprecisionarrowicon.jpg Strikethrough Precision Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact damage
hfwadvancedprecisionarrowicon.jpg Advanced Precision Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
  • Precision Arrows: The standard ammunition for Sharpshot Bows. Deals heavy Impact damage and heavy Tear damage. Great for sniping from afar, especially as a stealthy first strike.

  • Strikethrough Precision Arrows: Specialized arrows that penetrate enemies, allowing them to strike multiple targets. Deals heavy Impact damage at the expense of any Tear damage, and is highly situational. Requires Piercing Spikes to craft, making them somewhat expensive.

  • Advanced Precision Arrows: More powerful Precision Arrows, these deal massive Impact and Tear damage. Expensive to craft due to requiring Volatile Sludge, these arrows should be saved for the most opportune shots made on the most powerful of enemies.

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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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