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Glowblast Sharpshot Bow (Very Rare)

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Nathan Garvin

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

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Description

“As deadly as the tribe that crafted it, this long-range Tenakth bow delivers devastating Plasma payloads that can prime a target for a Plasma Blast or detonate Glowblast Canisters.”

You can purchase the Glowblast Sharpshot Bow from a Hunter at either The Raintrance Hunting Grounds or Thornmarsh.

How to Get the Glowblast Sharpshot Bow

Location Cost
The Raintrance Hunting Grounds/Thornmarsh Hunter 1035x Metal Shards + 1x Thunderjaw 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. You can also buy it from the Hunter at The Raintrance Hunting Grounds, which is further east. Either way, you’ll have to travel quite a distance to buy it.

In addition to a hefty number of Metal Shards, you’ll need to trade a [Thunderjaw] Circulator, a common drop from Thunderjaws. These apex predators are surprisingly common throughout the Forbidden West.

How to Use the Glowblast Sharpshot Bow

The Glowblast Sharpshot Bow is a very interesting weapon. Starting out with three types of ammo unlocked, each of them has its own niche - Precision Arrows deal Impact damage, Plasma Precision Arrows inflict Plasma and Plasma Buildup, and Tear Precision Arrows are almost singularly focused at tearing components off enemies. The first two have synergy - hit an enemy with Plasma Precision Arrows until they’re under the effect of the Plasma Blast debuff, then switch to Precision Arrows to make the inevitable explosion really hurt. Tear Precision Arrows may not contribute synergistically, but they’re a welcome addition all the same, and their inclusion ensures this bow outclasses the Cleaving Sharpshot Bow in almost every possible way.

Like most Very Rare weapons, the Glowblast Sharpshot Bow has three perks - High Ground Damage, Overdraw Damage and Component Tear - and it can unlock up to three Coil Slots when fully upgraded.

If there’s any downside to this weapon, it’s the fact that its upgrade requirements are dominated by Greenshine. If you’ve scoured the map thoroughly and have a healthy stockpile built up, it may not be a problem, but machine components are a renewable resource - Greenshine isn’t, so make sure you’re ready to commit before upgrading.

How to Upgrade the Glowblast Sharpshot Bow

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 127x Metal Shards, 4x Braided Wire, 4x Small Machine Core, 1x Greenshine Sliver
II Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks Coil Slot 212x Metal Shards, 6x Braided Wire, 1x Greenshine Fragment, 1x Greenshine Cluster
III Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 300x Metal Shards, 10x Braided Wire, 1x Large Machine Core, 1x Greenshine Chunk, 2x Greenshine Cluster
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 450x Metal Shards, 2x Large Machine Core, 2x Greenshine Chunk, 2x Greenshine Slab
V Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 600x Metal Shards, 1x Luminous Brainstem, 3x Greenshine Chunk, 3x Greenshine Slab

Glowblast 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.
  • Greenshine Sliver: Rare resource found in limited quantities in static locations. Greenshine Slivers are typically found in eastern regions, like No Man’s Land and The Daunt.

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Rank II Upgrades

  • Greenshine Fragment: Rare resource found in limited quantities in static locations. Greenshine Slivers are typically found in desert regions, like the Stillsands.
  • Greenshine Cluster: Very Rare resource found in limited quantities in static locations. Greenshine Clusters are typically found underwater, in Deep Water Sites.

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Large Machine Core: Rare drop from all Heavyweight machines.
  • Greenshine Chunk: Rare resource found in limited quantities in static locations. Greenshine Chunks are typically found in coastal regions.

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Rank IV Upgrades

  • Greenshine Slab: Legendary resource found in limited quantities in static locations. Greenshine Slabs are typically found in mountainous regions.

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Rank V Upgrades

  • Luminous Brainstem: Very Rare drop from all Heavyweight machines, as well as [Scorchers], [Apex Frostclaws] and [Specters].

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Stats

Plasma Precision Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
hfwplasmadamageicon.jpg Plasma 22 25 27 30 33 37
hfwplasmadamagebuildupicon.jpg Plasma Buildup 166 177 186 200 215 230
Precision Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 92 103 112 123 137 156
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear 76 80 85 91 98 105
Tear Precision Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 9 10 11 12 14 16
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear 393 417 439 473 507 543

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
hfwhighgrounddamageicon.jpg High Ground Damage +15% +15% +15% +15% +40% +40%
hfwperkoverdrawicon.jpg Overdraw Damage +25% +25% +25% +25% +25%
hfwcomponentteardamageicon.jpg Component Tear - - +10% +10% +10% +25%
  • High Ground Damage: Deals extra damage when you’re attacking from an elevated position. Unlocked by default, improved from +15% to +40% at Rank IV.

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

  • Component Tear: Deals extra Tear damage when striking components. Unlocks at Rank II and increases from +10% to +25% at Rank V.

Glowblast Sharpshot Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
hfwplasmaprecisionarrowicon.jpg Plasma Precision Arrows Deals hfwplasmadamageicon.jpg Plasma damage and hfwplasmadamagebuildupicon.jpg Plasma Buildup
hfwprecisionarrowicon.jpg Precision Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
hfwtearprecisionarrowicon.jpg Tear Precision Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
  • Plasma Precision Arrows: Heavy arrows rigged with Glowblast canisters, inflicts minor Plasma damage and heavy Plasma Buildup. Hit an enemy until they’re affected by the Plasma Blast debuff. When the debuff wears off an explosion will trigger, dealing additional damage to the target. Switch to Impact damage while the target is under the effects of the Plasma Blast debuff to increase the damage the exlosion deals.

  • 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.

  • Tear Precision Arrows: Specialized Precision Arrows that deal tremendous Tear damage, but little Impact damage. Excellent for removing components, but deals very little actual damage to most machines. Use these to remove troublesome weapons or harvest must-have components (ideally before a fight begins), but be wary - removing too many components may deprive you of Weakpoints to strike if you want to destroy the machine.

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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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