World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Bows – Part 1

Bows in World of Warcraft are long-ranged weapons. Why? Unlike many weapons in the game including daggers, fishing poles and swords, bows do not require a character to in physically very near to its target for it to inflict damage. All it needs is a good distance and a clear shot from the character to strike a possibly lethal attack. Though bows have many varieties, generally, this World of Warcraft weapon category is the cheapest shooting weapon in the Auction House. Furthermore, bows could not be crafter or made by any profession in the game; rather, bows should be looted, bought, or earned from a quest. However, bows generally have a lower damage compared to other World of Warcraft weapons such as axes and swords.

Crossbows and guns are quite similar to bows when it comes to use and functionally. All three weapons use shooting skills and related hunter skills which includes the Auto-Shoot skill. However, unlike the other two World of Warcraft weapons, bows do not rely on the character’s Strength. In fact, strength has no effect whatsoever to the effectiveness and efficiency of using bows.
Hunters, Warriors and Rogues can all use crossbows but, only the races Night Elf, Blood Elf, Orc Hunters, and Trolls can start with a bow. If your character is a troll, you can use the Bow Specialization trait which will immediately give your character 1% additional crit ranged when you equip a bow.
Archer’s Longbow

The Archer’s Longbow is a level 27 weapon that binds immediately when it is equipped. It has a speed of 2.60 and can inflict as much as 21.8 damage per second or 39 to 74 total damage. It is weaker compared to other bows but in earlier levels, it still is quite good to use. You can fish this item in Feralas.
Archstrike Bow

The Archstrike Bow is a ranged weapon that binds to the character when it is equipped. It Is quite a good weapon to use when you are in level 70 considering that you can hit your target even if you are quite far from it. The Archstrike Bow has a speed of 2.30 and can inflict as much as 49.5 damage per second or 79 to 149 total damage.
Ashenvale Longbow

Ashenvale Longbow is a level 58 bow that is not quite durable but is extremely useful and packs quite a punch of power. It binds immediately to the character that picks it up and improves the agility of the character by 12, intellect 12 and attack power by as much as 24. It has a speed rating of 2.70 and can induce 59.5 damage per second to its victim or a whopping 112 to 209 total damage. Use the bow when you have a clear shot of your target for a more effective use of it.
Ashwood Bow

The Ashwood Bow binds immediately to the character that picks it up and increases the agility of the character by only 1 point. However, you should know that when you have a better weapon to use then avoid using the Ashwood Bow as much as possible. Why? The bow is literally weak. It can only inflict from a measly 11 to 22 damage to its target or 7.8 damage per second and has a speed rating of 2.10. Use the Ashwood Bow only when you are left with no choice.
Ancient Bone Bow

The Ancient Bone Bow is built for use in the earlier levels of the game starting at the 40th level. When equipped to a character, the Ancient Bone Bow will increase the agility of the character by 11. It has a speed of 2.80 and can inflict 39.2 damage per second or 77 to 145 total damage. For a level 40 weapon, the Ancient Bone Bow is surely one of the most powerful bows that you can possibly use. Of course, the effectiveness of such a weapon depends greatly on the skill of the player that controls the character or avatar. Some Ancient Bone Bow drops are Lord Alexei Barov (4.3%), Doctor Theolen Krastinov, Lorekeeper Polkelt (1.1%),Instructor Malicia (1%), The Ravenian (0.9%) and Lady Illucia Barov (0.9%).
Azerothian Longbow

The Azerothian Longbow is quite a popular bow used by players in the 57th level and higher. This bow is powerful in terms of attack power. It has a speed rating of 2.70 and can inflict as much as 58.1 damage per second or a total damage from 109 to 204. With the right accuracy and timing, the Azerothian Longbow will be your asset in the game given that it is also quite durable.
Ancient Amani Longbow

Ancient Amani Longbow is no longer available within the games of World of Warcraft. However, for the sake of completing the list of bows that is, or at least have been, a part of the World of Warcraft gameplay, the Ancient Amani Longbow is included. This bow is built for use by level 70 players and is very powerful. When picked up, it binds to the character and automatically increases the character’s agility by 19 and the critical strike rating by 18. It has a speed rating of 3.00 and can inflict 124.3 damage per second to its unlucky target or a total of 261 to 485 total damage.

 

Baelog’s Shortbow

Baelog’s Shortbow is a level 35 weapon that, with good skills, can be a really good asset to a player. This bow can be used when you are in the 40th level and higher. When equipped, Baelog’s Shortbow will increase the hit rating by 1.44%. It has a speed rating of 3.00 and can inflict 35.7 damage per second or 74 to 140 total damage.
Alley’s Recurve

Alley’s Recurve is a bow that you can get on the Mark V is Alive (Group) quest. It binds to the character that picks it up and automatically increases the character’s stamina by 10 and agility by 7. Furthermore, Alley’s Recurve also has the power to improve hit rating by 0.4% and the attack power by 14. Alley’s Recurve has a speed rating of 2.50 which is not exceptional in any way. Moreover, it can only inflict 55.6 damage per second or 97 to 181 total damage to its target.
Balance Long Bow

The Balance Long Bow is a bow for level 40 and higher players. It is quite a durable weapon but is not quite powerful enough to induce real damage to its target. With a speed rating of 1.80, the Balance Long Bow can bestow 20.9 damage per second or 26 to 49 total damage to its target. It is not powerful enough so you might want to find another weapon to use.
Blasthon Bow

This level 56 bow packs a modest set of specifications. The Blasthon Bow binds immediately to the player that picks it up but does not increase any of the character’s skill or abilities. It has a 2.60 speed rating and can inflict 47.4 damage per second or from 86 to 161 damage to its target.
Black Bow of the Betrayer

The Black Bow of the Betrayer requires players to be in the 70th level for it to be used. It binds immediately when picked up and will also give you the chance to gain 8 mana and you may also drain 8 mana from the target as a consequence of a successful attack. Moreover, when the Black Bow of the Betrayer is equipped, it will increase the attack power of the character by 26. It has a speed rating of 3.00 and can inflict a whopping 95.8 damage per second or from 201 to 374 total damage to its target. Clearly, Black Bow of the Betrayer is one of the more powerful bows in World of Warcraft. Note that you will need 10% drops of Illidan Stormrage.
Bow of Searing Arrows

Bow of Searing Arrows binds to a character in the 37th level only when it is equipped. On that event, this World of Warcraft bow will increase the character’s chance to strike the target with a Searing Arrow that would cause 18 to 26 Fire damage. It has a speed rating of 2.70 and can inflict 42.0 damage to its target or 79 to 148 total damage. Though not a very powerful weapon, the Bow of Searing Arrows is definitely a good weapon to use when you want to strike your target from afar.
Bow of Plunder

The Bow of Plunder is already eliminated from the list of bows that you can use in World of Warcraft. However, we shall still discuss it. This dagger is not a powerful one. It packs in 2.60 speed and can only damage its target by as much as 19.1 damage per second or from 34 to 65 damage. World of Warcraft players seldom use the Bow of Plunder especially if they have other weapons to choose from. Bow of Plunder is no longer available for use in World of Warcraft because of it is not much use to most players of the game.

You Are Welcome To Read :

World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Daggers Part 1
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Axe Part 1
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Fishing Poles
Counter Strike Weapons Guide: Assault Rifles
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Bows Part 2
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Bows Part 3
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Bows Part 4
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Bows Part 5
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Bows Part 6
World of Warcraft Weapons Guide: Bows Part 20