Improvised Ashwood Short Bow

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Improvised bow made of wooden branch and rope.

The Improvised Ashwood Short Bow is a type of weapon in DayZ Standalone.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Improvised short bow is in most cases the lowest risk ranged weapon currently in DayZ. Loot a few small villages and you have a good chance of finding the materials (an axe or a long wooden stick, a knife and a rope, which is also craftable), while avoiding the dangers of bigger cities. Ammunition can be made by scavenging chicken coops for feathers and arrows can be crafted by checking the ground for sticks to sharpen or cutting of branches from trees, making the weapon completely void of needing cities for restocking other than the first run.

The weapon itself is good for hunting, and makes almost no noise, except for the travel of arrows which is loud along the flight path. If the user is not used to the weapon, aiming can be tricky, as no sights are provided, requiring the user to use their eyes to judge where the arrow hits, using the arrow and drawing a line along it with your eyes, can be a good way to do this. Its not recommended to use the bow beyond close-medium range in combat, unless very proficient with it. It will kill fairly quickly, though the difficulty in aiming for critical spots can make it require several arrows to kill.

The bow used to be more inaccurate but the timing of sway shots from previous patches has been eliminated. Judging distances can be tricky and depends upon the type of arrow fired.

To have a better accuracy lean to the left, the arrow will mostly fly into that direction.


Crafting[edit | edit source]

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Damage[edit | edit source]

Ammunition Type Hit Health Blood Shock Shock (Head Shot) Bleed Chance
Sharpened Stick 8.0 -70 -160 160 16000 170%
Improvised Arrow 10.0 -90 -180 180 18000 180%
Bone Arrow 11.0 -95 -190 190 18000 190%
Composite Arrow 12.0 -100 -200 200 20000 200%

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Although the bow is considered to be one of the hardest weapons to use in the game, it can be one of the most economical due to the ability to craft ammo, the fast firing speed, and the high damage dealt by the weapon.
  • Although the bow has no recoil, the player will aim slightly upward after firing each arrow which will require the player to re-adjust their aim after every shot.
  • Much like other weapons, dragging any arrow into your hotbar slots and pressing the number associated with the arrow will quickly load an arrow, without the need to open your inventory.