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Horizon Forbidden West

Kue's Sharpshot Bow (Uncommon)

Nathan Garvin

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

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow Description

“The result of Kue’s metal weaving. This bow is quick on the draw and is best used at shorter range to tear off machine parts. It can be upgraded to land critical hits more often.”

You’ll obtain Kue’s Sharpshot Bow for completing the side quest “The Roots That Bind”.

How to Get Kue’s Sharpshot Bow

Location Cost
Riverhymn, Kue N/A

To get your hands on Kue’s Sharpshot Bow you’ll need to complete the quest The Roots That Bind. The bow will be given to you at the end of the quest.

How to Use Kue’s Sharpshot Bow

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow is an oddity - it has the stopping power of a low-tier Sharpshot Bow, but the draw speed and focus on Tear damage over Impact damage that you usually find on Hunter Bows. The descriptive text claims the bow is “best used at shorter range”, but Kue’s Sharpshot Bow exhibits no lack of long-ranged functionality, and once fully-upgraded it constitutes a significant upgrade over the standard Sharpshot Bow.

While Kue’s Sharpshot Bow is a fine early-game upgrade, it has one major problem: location. By the time your make your way up to Riverhymn, you’ll have passed by Plainsong, where a Hunter will sell you the [Hardweave Sharpshot Bow] and the Slicing Hunter Bow. The former is a better conventional Sharpshot Bow due to its higher Impact damage and perks, while the latter deals vastly more Tear damage due to its Advanced Hunter Arrows. This makes it difficult to recommend investing too much into Kue’s Sharpshot Bow when better alteratives will be available before you can even gets your hands on this weapon.

You should also factor in the fact that Precision Arrows are more expensive to craft than Hunter Arrows, and however Kue’s Sharpshot Bow may emulate a Hunter Bow, it still fires Precision Arrows. It also will use Sharpshot Bow Weapon Techniques, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your build. You won’t be using Triple Notch with this bow, but that seems like a fair trade for Braced Shot.

Unusually for an Uncommon weapon, Kue’s Sharpshot Bow has a perk, unlocking Critical Hit Chance +5% at Rank II. It also has the standard Coil Slot, which unlocks at Rank III.

How to Upgrade Kue’s Sharpshot Bow

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats 50x Metal Shards, 1x Braided Wire
II Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement 75x Metal Shards, 1x Braided Wire, 1x Clawstrider Circulator
III Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks Coil Slot 95x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 1x Small Machine Core, 1x Clawstrider Razor Tail

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow Rank I Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Braided Wire: Common drop from all machines.

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow Rank II Upgrades

  • Clawstrider Circulator: Uncommon drop from [Clawstriders].

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow Rank III Upgrades

  • Small Machine Core: Uncommon drop from all Lightweight machines.
  • Clawstrider Razor Tail: Legendary drop from Clawstriders. Must be detatched before the machine is destroyed.

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow Stats

Precision Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III
Impact_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Impact 45 56 65 76
Tear_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Tear 56 64 71 80

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III
hfw_critical_hit_chance_icon.jpg Critical Hit Chance - - +5% +5%
  • Critical Hit Chance: increases the chance that an attack will deal Critical Damage. Unlocks at Rank II.

Kue’s Sharpshot Bow Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
hfw_precision_arrow_icon.jpg Precision Arrows Deals Impact_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Impact and Tear_Status_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png Tear damage
  • Precision Arrows: The standard ammunition for Sharpshot Bows. Deals heavy Impact damage and moderate Tear damage. Great for sniping from afar, especially as a stealthy first strike.
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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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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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