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An arrow-like projectile used by crossbows. Made out of necessity and a bit of goodwill. It won't exactly kill a bear, but it will do its job.
~ In-game description

An arrow-like projectile used by crossbows. Made out of necessity and a bit of goodwill. It won't exactly kill a bear, but it will do its job. In-game description


The Improvised Bolt is a craftable ammunition in DayZ. A crude Improvised Bolt is craftable by combining a Short Stick with any knife. Combining the crude bolt with a Chicken Feathers will make a feathered Improvised Bolt. The crude bolt is very inaccurate and should only be used at short distances. The feathered bolt has improved ballistics and is more accurate. The crude bolt can be shot 5 times before becoming ruined and the feathered bolt can be shot 4 times before becoming ruined.

The Crossbow is a very good weapon to silently kill zombies with. Unlike suppressed weapons, the crossbow does not aggro Infected while shooting. Since the crude bolt is able to be shot 5 times it is a very cheap and effective way of clearing a dangerous area, such as military zones, without aggroing infected. The crude bolt is very inaccurate and the chance of missing at 20 meters or more is quite high. In such cases the feathered bolt is better even though it ruins much faster. If hit by a bolt it is possible to remove it by bandaging, allowing yourself to use the same bolt.

Crafting[ | ]

Wooden Stick
75px-Kitchen knife
Ammo SharpStick
Ammo SharpStick
Chicken Feather
Ammo ArrowPrimitive

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Trivia[ | ]

  • The Improvised Bolt models were initially released in v0.48.124737 on 13th August 2014 as the Sharpened Stick and Improvised Arrow; two separately named arrow types, and were only usable with the Improvised Ashwood Short Bow. The arrows were removed in 0.63 Beta awaiting reimplementation on newer technology. The models returned as crossbow bolts in 1.21 Experimental, as scaled versions of their respective arrows due to the Crossbow's size increase.

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