Horizon Forbidden West Best Bows [Top 5]

We have listed the 10 best bows in Horizon Forbidden West you should have in your arsenal while doing the story, side quests, or encounters.

Horizon Forbidden West lets players choose various weapons to fight against machines and humans. However, bows are the most popular choice, like in the prequel. The developers have added several bow types in the game, each unique from the others in terms of rarity, performance, and elemental damage type. Some are ideal for close-range combat, while others are designed for mid to long-range situations. 

HFW Best Bows Summary

Bows are your main weapon in Horizon Forbidden West. 

  1. Hunter Bow: A versatile starting bow, upgradable for late-game use.
  2. Fire Hunter Bow: Early fire weapon with broad applicability and one coil slot.
  3. Sharpshooter Bow: High damage, long-range, effective against early-game machines.
  4. Hardweave Sharpshot Bow: Long range, two coil slots (one unlocked).
  5. Marshal Hunter Bow: Forces humans or machines to fight each other.
  6. Wildfire Bow: Shoots fire arrows and deals fire damage.
  7. Carja’s Bane: Close-range Warrior Bow, highly upgradeable with five coil slots.
  8. Death-Seeker’s Shadow Bow: Electrocutes targets and has five coils (three unlocked).
  9. The Sun Scourge: Late-game weapon, high damage, fires Fire, Freeze, and Acid arrows.
  10. Forgefall: Top-tier bow, 179 base damage, uses Advanced Plasma Precision Arrows.

Here is a quick look at the comparison between the Best Bows in Horizon Forbidden West:

Weapon Name TypeDamage Tear
Hunter Bow
Hunter Bow15.025.0
Sharpshot Bow
Sharpshot Bow75.038.0
Fire Hunter Bow
Hunter Bow6.0 (Fire Damage)25.0
Hardweave Sharpshot Bow
Sharpshot Bow68.050.0
Marshal Hunter Bow
Hunter Bow47.0154.0

Remember that the following list is based on our personal choice, and you might find some other bows better than these. That is okay, as the choice varies from player to player.

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1. Hunter Bow

The Most Basic Bow To Start Off With.
Hunter Bow Stats Damage  Tear 
Base 15 25
Level 1 18 33
Level 2 21 43
Level 3 28 60
  • Why I chose This: It was the main bow I started the game off with, and great to relearn the mechanics again.

First, we have the Hunter Bow, the first bow every Horizon Forbidden West player gets to use. Unfortunately, unlike most of the other bows that we’ll mention on the list, the Hunter Bow has no perks attached to it.

Horizon Forbidden West best bow
Hunter Bow

The Hunter Bow only comes with a single Coil slot, but that will be enough. It is because most of you will use the Hunter Bow only during the early stages of the game, and you won’t encounter tough enemies at this time. You can increase the weapon’s damage through the Coil slot. However, you must reach level 3 of the weapon before you can use its Coil slot. 

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2. Sharpshot Bow

The Earliest Precision Bow To Obtain.
Sharpshot Bow Stats (based on difficulty) Damage  Charged  Tear  Uncharged
Story 400 200 200 100
Easy 125 63 50 25
Normal 100 50 50 25
Hard 90 45 50 25
Very Hard 80 40 50 25
Ultra Hard 70 35 25 13
  • Why I chose This: Considering your limited options, this will be the best early-game precision bow.

If you’re looking for a bow that can help you quickly remove components from the Machines early on in the game, then the Sharpshot Bow is here to help you.

Compared to some of the other bows present in the game, this one has a slow draw speed but deals more damage. Its range is also great, and it can help you take down targets that are far away. It comes with a single Coil slot that becomes available when you reach level 3 of this weapon.

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Sharpshot Bow

The Sharpshot Bow can be purchased from the Merchant in Chainscrape. It will cost you 127 Metal Shards and 1 Charger Circulator. 

3. Fire Hunter Bow

The Best Common-Rarity Hunter Bow.
Fire Hunter Bow Acid Damage Buildup
Base 6 25
Level 1 7 31
Level 2 8 38
Level 3 9 47
  • Why I chose this: It is the best green rarity bow, which allows me to use fire elemental bows to expose weaknesses.

The Fire Hunter Bow is another bow you can acquire early on in the game. In the beginning, you won’t be able to get your hands on many weapons that can deal fire damage. Therefore, it will be wise to get a Fire Hunter Bow weapon as soon as you unlock the merchants in Chainscrape. Like the Hunter Bow, this one also comes with a single Coil slot, which you’ll unlock when you hit level 3, with no perks attached. 

Horizon Forbidden West best bow
Fire Hunter Bow

To get your hands on the Fire Hunter Bow, visit the Merchant at The Daunt. You will need 127 Metal Shards and 1 Bristleback Circulator to craft it. 

4. Hardweave Sharpshot Bow

The Best Rare-Quality Precision Bow.
Hardweave Sharpshot Bow Damage  Tear
Base  68 50
Level 1 74 52
Level 2 83 57
Level 3 93 63
Level 4 105 75
  • Why I chose This: For a Rare Bow, it has great default perks, especially considering how powerful Overdraw is early on.

The Hardweave Sharpshot Bow comes with two Coil slots unlike the bows mentioned above. The first one is unlocked by default, and you can use a Coil as soon as you get the weapon. As for the second Coil slot, it becomes available when you hit level 4 with the weapon.

There are also two perks attached to the weapon. The first increases the long-range damage by 15% at level 1, which increases to 40% at level 4. On the other hand, the second perk increases the overdraw damage by 15%.

Horizon Forbidden West best bow
Hardweave Sharpshot Bow

You can purchase it from the Merchant in Plainsong. The cost of the Hardweave Sharpshot bow is 549 Metal Shards and 1 Grazer Circulator. 

5. Marshal Hunter Bow

The Best Very Rare Bows from Hunting Medals.
Marshal Hunter Bow Stats Damage  Tear 
Base 47 154
Level 1 53 165
Level 2 58 173
Level 3 63 187
Level 4 70 199
Level 5 80 214
  • Why I chose This: For a Very Rare type bow, I found it had great perks, such as increased Overdraw and Concentration damage.

Along with regular arrows, the Marshal Hunter Bow uses Berserk Hunter Arrows. If you use them on an enemy, they will go crazy and start attacking their allies. This works on both Machines and human enemies.

Best Bow In Horizon Forbidden West
Marshal Hunter Bow

The Marshal Hunter Bow has three Coil slots. The first is available at the base levels, while the other two are unlocked when you upgrade the weapon. As for its perks, it has three. The first one increases the burning enemy damage by 15%, the second one increases the overdraw damage by 15%, and the third one boosts the concentration damage by 10%. 

You must spend time in the Hunting Grounds to collect medals to get Marshal Hunter Bow. Afterward, you can purchase it from the Arena Merchant for 84 Hunting medals. 

Other Honorable Mentions

Here are some other Bows in Horizon Forbidden West that we didn’t mention above in the guide but are worth noticing:

  • Sunshot Hunter Bow: This bow draw speed, but has low damage than the others
  • Tears Of The Land-God: It can perform Long-ranged damage and has a good 20% concentration damage.
  • Piercing Sharpshot Bow: This bow can do multiple enemy damage, but it has less tear damage than the others.

My Experience And Take On The Best Bows

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For me, the Death-Seeker’s Bow has to be the best since I used it a lot during the post-game cleanup and in the opening sections of the Burning Shores DLC. However, if you’re looking to apply elements from afar, then the Sun Scourge is definitely something you wouldn’t want to pass up when trying to quickly take down machines while they’re in a brittle or corrosive state.

Lastly, while the Forgefall is certainly one of the best bows on the list, I found that its ammo economy, along with crafting munitions, is highly demanding. Sure, it has the highest damage, but you can certainly use other weapons that will prove more viable, such as the Shredder Gauntlets or Bolt Blasters like Blast Forge.

This marks the end of our Horizon Forbidden West best bows guide. We hope that you’ll be able to acquire the right bow through it. Have you unlocked all of these bows in the game? Which one is your favorite and go-to weapon? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. 

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