In true Soulsborne fashion, Elden Ring features a wide array of ranged weapons, all capable of making their presence known on the battlefield. But what is the best bow in Elden Ring? To answer that, as well as to help any ranged combat enthusiasts currently roaming the Lands Between, here are the 10 best bows and crossbows in Elden Ring, ranked.

10 – Shortbow

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To start our list we have the Shortbow, a lightweight bow available as part of the Bandit class starting gear. Initially, it was not planned to include the bow on the list, but the short bow established itself as the representative of the light bow class thanks to its adaptability and low requirements of 8 Strength and 10 Dexterity.

9 – Big Bow

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Perhaps early Greatbow players will find it in their journey. The Greatbow is capable of inflicting large amounts of damage in exchange for its mobility. Much like the shortbow, the big bow’s strength is that the weapon is both easy to obtain and highly adaptable.

You can get your hands on a Greatbow by defeating Radahn Knights in Fort Gael. It can also be found on the Highway Lookout Tower. To wield the bow, players will need to have at least 20 Strength and 20 Dexterity.

8 – Erdtree Arch

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In eighth place we have the Erdtree bow, an ideal choice for those looking for a bow that can adapt to both dexterity and faith, while allowing its wielder to remain mobile. The bow is capable of inflicting both physical and holy damage and can be empowered by using holy arrows.

The Erdtree Bow can be acquired by opening a chest on the second floor of the Erdtree Shrine area, located in the Royal Capital of Leyndell. To effectively wield the Erdtree bow, players must have 8 Strength, 12 Dexterity, and 14 Faith.

7 – Horn bow

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While the Erdtree Bow allows even melee-focused builds to deal elemental damage by imbuing Holy’s shots, the Horn Bow allows its wielder to deal pure magic damage by enhancing their shots with magic. pure. That said, the bow has earned its place on our list thanks to its ability to allow its wielder to deal multiple types of damage for less.

You will be able to get the Horn Bow by interacting with a corpse on the Sofia River. To effectively wield the horn bow, players must have 10 strength, 14 dexterity, and 12 intelligence.

6 – Erdtree Great Bow

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The Greatbow version of the Erdtree Bow, the Erdtree Greatbow’s greatest strength, like its full-sized counterpart, lies in its ability to deal physical and holy damage to targets, although in order to fire its arrows, the players will have to sacrifice mobility. Another benefit of the bow is that even Dexterity and Strength-focused builds will be able to use it without investing heavily in Faith, thanks to its 20 Strength, 14 Dexterity, and 14 Faith requirements.

You can get the Erdtree Greatbow in Elden Ring by destroying the tank which will undoubtedly make your life hell on Fringefolk Hero’s Grave.

5 – Golem Great Bow

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Considered by many to be the ultimate version of the Greatbow, the Golem Greatbow shines with its ability to deal massive damage, which is possible thanks to its flat number output and good scaling with the Force. That said, overall the Golem Greatbow is, when wielded by the right build, a weapon capable of bringing down even the mightiest of dragons.

You will be able to obtain the Golem Greatbow by defeating the numerous golem archers scattered across the lands in between, as the weapon is a possible drop from them. However, to effectively wield the greatbow, players will need to have 24 Strength and 18 Dexterity.

4 – Crepus’ black key crossbow

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Considered by many to be the best crossbow in the game, Crepus’ Black Key Crossbow thrives on the fact that there are no requirements for its use. It’s important to point out that having no requirements means the weapon doesn’t fit attributes either.

That said, Crepus’ Black-Key Crossbow has earned its place on the list thanks to its ability to deal consistent high damage, as well as its usefulness against distant targets. To obtain the crossbow, players must unlock the first sealed door in the Roundtable Hold, which can be done using a certain number of Stonesword Keys.

3 – Great Lion Bow

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The only boss weapon on our list, the Lion Greatbow, given only to those who managed to prove their might and defeat the Starscourge demigod Radahn, can be considered one of the most destructive bows in the game, thanks to his weapon skill “Radahn’s Rain”, which allows its user to rain down gravitational arrows on their targets, dealing massive damage. It’s important to point out that in order to truly showcase the weapon’s potential, players need to use Radahn’s spears as large arrows.

You can get the Lion Greatbow by trading a Remembrance of the Starscourge with Enia, on the Roundtable Hold. To effectively wield the weapon, players must have at least 22 Strength and 18 Dexterity.

2 – Compound Crossbow

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The closest thing Elden Ring players will find to an automatic ranged weapon, the Compound Crossbow has earned its place on our list thanks to its ability to fire three bolts at once, a feature that allows players not only to inflict high damage, but also to inflict status ailments. to enemies with only a few changes.

You will be able to find the Compound Crossbow in the area surrounding Grace’s site located on Craftsman’s Shack. To wield the weapon, players must have 16 Strength and 16 Dexterity.

1 – Longbow

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The starter bow of the Samurai class, as well as the finest bow in Elden Ring, the Longbow may be considered the base model of its class, but that’s where it shines the most, as the Longbow is able to adapt every build in the game extremely well, while inflicting high amounts of damage.

If you didn’t choose Samurai as your starting class, the Longbow can be purchased from the Twin Maiden Husks for 1,200 runes. To wield the bow effectively, you will need to have 9 Strength and 14 Dexterity.

Ring of Elden is currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC, exclusively through Steam. You can check out our review of From Software’s new epic here.

– This article was last updated on March 11, 2022