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This page contains information about a DayZ item that is currently not spawning/craftable, and/or is not functional - but is not a removed or replaced item, in Stable branch.
The information on this page does not apply to the current version of the game or the content is not available.

Improvised Ashwood Short Bow
Version 0.62
Category Weapons > Ranged
Type Bows
Cartridge Sharpened Stick
Improvised Arrow
Bone Arrow
Composite Arrow
Size 12 Slots (2x6)
Weight 950 g (2.09 lb)
Absorbency 10%
Fire Modes Single Shot
Range <100m
Rate of Fire Slow
Noise Very Low
Zeroing None
Location Must Be Crafted
Rarity Unknown
Improvised bow made of wooden branch and rope. — In-game description

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


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.


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