There are two bows in Sons of the Forest, the Crafted bow and the Compound bow.
The Crafted bow, as its name suggests, can be acquired by crafting it with early game materials. The Compound bow can be looted in a certain bunker that requires digging with the shovel first.
In this guide, I will explain how to get the Crafted and Compound bow in Sons of the Forest, as well as how to get arrows.
Similar to bows, there are also three axes in the game. If you’re looking for an improved woodcutting tool, consider checking out our guide on all the axes and how to get them.
How to Get the Crafted Bow in Sons of the Forest
The Crafted bow can be crafted right after exploring around for a bit. It requires the following materials to craft:
- 2x Sticks (found on the ground or by chopping trees)
- 1x Rope (found in various containers & camps around the world)
- 1x Duct tape (found in the crash site & in various containers around the world)
Open your inventory and combine these three materials to make the Crafted bow. While not the strongest bow in the game, it’s a great early-game ranged weapon for hunting and even taking down mutants.
Of course, you’ll also need arrows to use it so keep reading to find out how to make them.
How to Get Compound Bow in Sons of the Forest
The Compound bow can be found after looting a certain bunker on the southwest side of the map.
However, before looting the bunker, players will need to obtain the Shovel.
Consider checking out our guide on how to get the shovel, as well as the rebreather and the rope gun for more details.
After obtaining the shovel, travel to the following location and dig to uncover the hidden bunker. This bunker is known as Maintenance Hatch B.
Locate the bathroom within the bunker and the Compound bow can be seen right next to the bathtub.
How to Make Arrows
There are three types of arrows available in Sons of the Forest. Here are all of them:
- Stone arrows (crafted – 2x feathers, 2x sticks, 4x small rocks)
- Carbon fiber arrows (looted from containers)
- 3D Printed arrows (crafted at the 3D printer)
Stone arrows can be crafted on the go. Feathers can be found by killing birds, while sticks and small rocks are almost everywhere on the ground.
While stone arrows are the weakest, they are also the easiest to acquire.
To change arrow type in Sons of the Forest, players will need to press R while looking down.
Keep in mind that players can only carry up to 20 of each type of arrow.
To summarize, players can get a bow in Sons of the Forest by crafting the Crafted bow or finding the Compound bow. As for arrows, they can be crafted, looted, or printed, based on the type of arrow you want.
For a more lethal ranged weapon, consider checking out our guide on how to get the pistol and all of its attachments in the game.
Do you enjoy using the bow in this game? Do you use it to hunt animals, or to kill mutants? Let us know in the comments below.