Sons Of The Forest: How To Get Crossbow [Walkthrough]

While crossbows can be an efficient way to take out enemies, actually finding it can be absolute hell!

Sons Of The Forest allows players to access hunting items, crafting items, weapons, and more that are deadly towards enemies and can annihilate anyone but makes it a torturous journey to find the item, such as the Sons Of The Forest Crossbow. Players might need assistance figuring out how they can get their hands on it, as well as the items that are needed beforehand! 

Important: To take advantage of the crossbow to demolish enemies, players need to obtain the maintenance key and the shovel. 

Key Takeaways
  • In order to get the crossbow, players need to get their hands on a maintenance key, shovel as well as the ammo that is needed to use the crossbow. 
  • The crossbow can be used in combat in order to take out enemies. 
  • The shovel is needed in order to dig out the bunker in which the maintenance key is present. 
  • The maintenance key is a crucial element of nearly all puzzles in the game since it is required in order to unlock doors. 
  • Players also need to get ammo or bolts, without which players can’t make any use of the crossbow. 
  • The crossbow is located in a bunker that is buried deep within a cave that is present beside two buggies, and the bunker leads to a lavish hideout. 
  • To get the shovel, players need both the zipline as well as a scuba gear since players need to swim through quite a long journey of underwater streams. 
  • The Shovel is present in the lap of a dead worker clad in orange that is propped against a stone towards the very end of the cave. 
  • The maintenance key is present in a hidden bunker that is located beside a golf cart and surveyor tripod, which players can dig out using the shovel.

What Items Are Required To Get Crossbow? 

One of the most important things that players need to keep in mind is that before they can even think of getting their hands on the precious crossbow, there are a few things that players need to get which are crucial to getting the Sons Of The Forest Crossbow

Shovel (Image Credits Exputer)
  • One of the first items that players need is a shovel, which is needed to dig out the bunker, in which the crossbow is present, and getting the shovel is an arduous journey in itself. Therefore, it will be discussed later. 
  • Another thing that you need is a maintenance key, which is crucial since there are doors present inside the bunker that absolutely cannot be opened without the maintenance key. 
  • To use the crossbow, players need ammo, which can be spawned in several locations on the open-world map.

How To Locate Crossbow 

Map Location Of Cave
Map Location Of Cave (Image Credits Exputer)

The crossbow in Sons of The Forest is essentially an end-game item that isn’t easy to obtain. Players need quite a few items before they can even get it, such as the maintenance key and the shovel. 

  • Players need to start by making their way over to one of the green circles that are located on the map, and the way that players will know that they have arrived at the right location is if there is a golf cart present out in the open. 
  • At a distance from the golf cart, there is also a surveyor tripod present, and players need to head over there. 
  • Right behind the surveyor tripod, there is a small patch of dirt that players need to go towards, and whenever they do, a small shovel icon appears over there, which indicates that players can dig into the dirt, which reveals a bunker that contains the maintenance key. 
Two White Buggies
Two White Buggies (Image Credits Exputer)

After that, you want to make your way over to a cave that has two buggies parked right outside it. 

  • One of the buggies is white and is parked pretty far off from the entrance of the cave. 

Entrance Of The Cave

Entrance Of Cave
Entrance Of Cave (Image Credits Exputer)

Now, when it comes to the entrance of the cave, it is hidden quite well by nature, and if players are not careful, they might easily miss out on their chance of entering the cave. 

Split Between Stones
Split Between Stones (Image Credits Exputer)
  • The cave entrance is split between two stones, and players need to travel a bit before they can make their way there. 
  • Start moving through the stones that lead towards the cave, and you can interact with the entrance by holding down E. 
Interacting With Entrance
Interacting With Entrance (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Once you do so, an animation plays whereby players can carefully tread between the thin walls and safely make their way inside the cave itself. 

Inside The Cave 

Using Torch To Traverse
Using Torch To Traverse (Image Credits Exputer)

Once you’ve managed to make your way inside the cave, you can encounter absolute darkness, but one way that players can easily traverse inside is by using a torch that can illuminate and light up the inside a bit so that it becomes a bit easier to see. 

  • The entire inside of the cave is a long walk, and most of it leads down and keeps heading down between narrow pathways. 
  • Keep making your way toward the very end of the cave, where you come across a bunker
Finding The Bunker
Finding The Bunker (Image Credits Exputer)

Heading In The Bunker 

There is a square bunker that is located towards the very end of the cave and is protected by a steep edge. 

  • Interact with the bunker by E, and it grants you the ability to hold onto the entrance of the bunker and make your way down. 
Yellow Ladder
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  • Grab onto the yellow ladder, and start to carefully step your way down, ensuring that you watch your step, and when you do make it down, you encounter a massive room
  • The room itself feels like a disaster-safe bunker that people would use if they were in a natural tragedy to save themselves. 
Bookshelves With Ladder
Bookshelves With Ladder (Image Credits Exputer)
  • The ladder is located between two bookshelves, and it has been conveniently placed between them. 

When you step down from the ladder and turn around, you are met with a room that seems like it has been ripped off its resources

Room Ripped Of Resources
Room Ripped Of Resources (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Head towards the very far end of the room and turn right to encounter a door that has a small icon towards the right of it. 
Door With Maintenance Key
Door With Maintenance Key (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Here, players are to use the maintenance key that they acquired, which unlocks the door and opens it for you to let you through. 
  • Head through the door, and it leads you to a room that seems like it is a reserve for growing plants and herbs. 

Plant Room 

Plant Room
Plant Room (Image Credits Exputer)

Going into the plant room, players encounter a very brightly illuminated room with tons of plants, greenery, and herbs growing in a controlled environment. 

Extension Of Plant Room
Extension Of Plant Room (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Head toward the very end of the plant room, which then leads you into an extension of the same room. 
  • Toward the back of the second room, you should be able to encounter three lines of planters that have been spaced out from each other. 
Dead Body Beside Bloody Trail
Dead Body Beside Bloody Trail (Image Credits Exputer)

If you take a look between planters 2 and 3, you can see a trail of blood splattered all across the floor. 

  • Towards the very end of the blood splatter, there is a dead body, and the crossbow itself is placed on the right of the dead body. 
    Using The Crossbow
    Using The Crossbow (Image Credits Exputer)

Players can interact with the crossbow by holding down E, and once you do, you can easily pick it up and add it to your inventory. 

Shovel Location 

Now, one of the most crucial elements that players cannot miss out on is the shovel, which is required to dig the bunker through which players can get the maintenance key which is also important to unlock doors. 

To get the shovel, players do need to have the zipline as well as the scuba gear

  • Make your way over to a cave that is located towards the front of the snowy mountains, and the cave is surrounded by streams of water. 
Cave By Streams
Cave By Streams (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Once you’re at the location, you can see a body that is present in the middle of the stream, and if you get closer to it, players can grab onto the slingshot it. 
Slingshot (Image Credits Exputer)
  • From there, head further into the stream, and there is an arching cave entrance that you can head into. 
Arching Entrance
Arching Entrance (Image Credits Exputer)

Inside The Cave 

Zipline (Image Credits Exputer)

Once you’ve made your way inside the cave, continue heading down the cave until you encounter a zipline that makes traversing through the cave a whole lot easier. Hang onto the zipline, and it should lead you to the very end and drop you off. 

Swimming Into The Depths
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  • Use your scuba gear, and head to the very depths of the cave, deep into the water, and after you reach the bed of the cave, turn around and start swimming even deeper through. 
Pocket Of Air
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  • Keep swimming until you can encounter a pocket of air where you can rise back to a part of the cave that doesn’t have water everywhere. 
  • As you head past two more enemies, you start to fall down a stream of water, and it leads you toward the very bottom of the cave. 
  • Once you’ve slid down enough where you can come back up from the water, steer towards the left and start heading forward. 
Three Red Boxes
Three Red Boxes (Image Credits Exputer)

You want to head past the three red boxes on the ground and then keep heading down the cave, past the crystals that appear on the walls of the cave, and simply keep heading through the passageways. 

Two Dead Workers Clad In Orange
Two Dead Workers Clad In Orange (Image Credits Exputer)
  • You know you’re going in the right direction if you encounter two dead bodies of workers that are clad in orange work outfits, and one of them is sitting, and enemies are surrounding it.
  • Keep going straight, and you want to follow the direction that is directly ahead of the dead workers. 
  • The narrow passageway is extremely long, and players simply need to keep heading through it. 
Salt Water Spikes
Salt Water Spikes (Image Credits Exputer)

Eventually, you reach the end of the narrow passageway, and you are met with an area that has tons of salt-water spikes

Heading Straight Ahead
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  • Head straight from those spikes, and right at the center of the area, steer a bit to the left, and keep heading towards crawling enemies
  • Avoid them and instead follow the path ahead of them, which leads you back to another narrow passageway. 
Narrow Passageway After Spikes
Narrow Passageway After Spikes (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Go up the path, and eventually, you go back underwater, where you need to keep heading straight. 
  • Head back up to the surface, and you encounter another enemy, 
Dead Worker With Shovel
Dead Worker With Shovel (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Turn right and keep heading forth, and towards the very end of the cave, there is an orange worker’s dead body that is propped up against a stone with a shovel in its lap. Players can simply grab the shovel. 

Maintenance Key Location 

Map Location
Map Location (Image Credits Exputer)

Moving on, to get the Sons Of The Forest Crossbow, the player also needs another item which is known as the maintenance key. The main use of the maintenance key is to simply grant players the ability to open up doors that would otherwise be completely inaccessible to head into. 

  • Players want to start by making their way toward the eastern end of the map, and the easiest way that players can go there is by heading around the snowy mountains so and then traversing by foot. 
  • After you’ve done that, you want to come across an area where there is a surveyor tripod as well as golf carts surrounding the area. 
Square Bunker
Square Bunker (Image Credits Exputer)

After that, go ahead and go towards the area where there are tons of yellow leaves, and as they get closer to the leaves, they can use their shovel in order to dig. 

  • Digging into the area reveals a square bunker, and the door of the bunker opens up to allow players inside. 
Blue Light Illuminating
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  • Hold down E in order to interact with the bunker, which then allows players to start making their way down the ladder, and when they do so, players are able to take note of the room that is in complete darkness except for the teal light illuminating the room slightly. 
  • Make your way carefully down the steps, turn to the right a bit, and you can encounter a hallway that has been lit up the same way. 
Dead Body In Hallway
Dead Body In Hallway (Image Credits Exputer)

Start heading past the dead body that is propped up against the wall, and keep running past the long corridor. 

Door On The Right
Door On The Right (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Towards the middle of the corridor, players come across a door to the right, which is open and leads into a lavish apartment
Maintenance Key Obtained
Maintenance Key Obtained (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Towards the very far end of the room, there is a table that has been placed against the wall, and on the table, there is a 3D printer, and towards the right of it, the maintenance key is located. 


And there we have it! All that players need to know about the Sons Of The Forest Crossbow, and with that, we will wrap up our guide! Make sure to read up on our Sons of The Forest Cannibals guide, which covers all types of cannibals that you can find in the game! If you want to know how to get your hands on the rebreather in-game, then our Sons of The Forest Get Rebreather guide will be just for you! 

Apart from this, another excellent weapon that you can get is the pistol, and in order to get that, you should check out our Sons Of The Forest Pistol Attachments guide! To protect yourself from enemies, you might need to get a solid armor set, which can be obtained by reading our Sons Of The Forest Golden Armor guide!

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Mina Anwar

Mina is a Gacha games guides writer at Exputer with years of writing experience. When she is away from work, Mina can be found venturing through Mondtstat and Liyue, a place she calls her second home.

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