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"While a crossbow is a blessing for an untrained army, skill with a longbow will always outperform it."
Mario Auditore.[src]

Ratonhnhaké:ton wielding a bow

The bow is a ranged weapon that has been used by many human civilizations, spanning over millennia. It relies on projectiles called arrows, commonly stored in a portable container known as a quiver.

Usage

Use of the bow by archers has been prevalent since the Middle Ages, spanning into the Renaissance. Individuals with the weapon were commonly assigned as sentries for important locations, and used their bows to attack trespassers from the rooftops that they were stationed on.[1][2]

In battle, soldiers with bows were used to pick off enemies from a distance, and were effective in defending their walls during siege warfare. During the Renaissance, the crossbow became popular for this purpose as well, though a longbow was a more effective choice if used by a skilled soldier.[3]

A team of Assassin archers

The Assassin Brotherhood used bows frequently, as they were silent, long-ranged weapons, and many individual members were known for their skill with them. The Assassin Qulan Gal helped to assassinate Genghis Khan by shooting his horse with a bow and arrow, and would later be commemorated with the bow as his Assassin Seal.[2]

Perotto Calderon and Cipriano Enu, both Italian Assassins, acquired great skill with the bow and were able to kill targets from up to four rooftops away with a single arrow.[3]

During the American Revolutionary War, the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton wielded the bow for both combat and hunting purposes, using it to kill assassination targets and animals alike. His skill with the weapon was so honed that he could even target specific limbs of his prey.[4]

Weapon Statistics

Peloponnesian War (5th century BCE)

Name Rarity Max DPS (Lvl 99) Attributes Availability
Achilles' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+10% CRIT Chance
+20% Damage with Devastating Shot Ability
Defeat a mercenary with the epithet "the Marksman"
Ares' Bow of Slaughter Rare 6495 (Randomised) Complete Fang for Your Buck
Artemis' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+20% Bow Charging Speed
+20% Damage with Predator Shot Ability
Complete The Daughters of Artemis
Ashen Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Attika Bow Rare 6495 +23% Hunter Damag
+20% Bow Charging Speed
Complete Escape from Athens
Bandit Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Bighorn Bow Rare 6495 +23% Hunter Damage
+50% Adrenaline on Headshot Kill
Purchase from Helix Store
Bow of Dumontos Rare 6495 +23% Assassin Damage
+40% Fire Damage
Defeat Pleistos
Bow of the Assassin Rare 6495 +23% Hunter Damage
+20% Damage with Overpower Abilities
Complete Follow That Boat
Bow of the Muses Rare 6495 (Randomised) Complete The Writing's on the Wall
Bow of the Stalker Rare 6495 (Randomised) Complete Caged and Enraged
Competition Bow Rare 6495 (Randomised) Complete Barnabas Abroad
Cursed Bow of Hades** Legendary 7180 + % Warrior Damage
+ % Fire Damage
Burning applies to nearby enemies
Defeat Agamemnon
Death-Mark Bow Epic 6808 (Randomised) Complete Idiot Hunt
Entry Not Found (Abstergo Laser Bow) Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+50% Headshot Damage
Slow Time 5 Seconds when Low Health (2 Minute Cooldown)
Purchase the Abstergo Pack DLC
Eros' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+30% Adrenaline per Hit
+50% Chance to not Consume Special Arrows
Loot legendary chest in Andania Mine
Fanged Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Assassin Damage
+40% Poison Damage
Basic Arrows become Poison Arrows
Loot legendary chest in Cave of Mt. Zas
Greek Reflex Bow Rare 6495 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 6808
Foteinos Legendary 7180 +25% Warrior Damage
+50% CRIT Damage
+600% Adrenaline on Parry, but the user catches on Fire
Purchase the Helios Pack DLC
Hades' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% warrior damage
+40% fire damage
Basic arrows become fire arrows
Defeat a mercenary with the epithet "of the Ashen Wake"
Heavy Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Heirloom Bow** Epic 6808 + % Hunter Damage
+ % Damage with Bows on Distant Targets
+ % Headshot Damage
Complete Home is Where You Make It
Helot Bow Rare 6495 +23% Warrior Damage
+30% Damage with Bows on DIstant Targets
Purchase the Spartan Starter Pack DLC
Herakles' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Warrior Damage
+20% Damage with Bow Charged Shot
+20% Damage with Bull Rush Ability
Loot legendary chest in Koinyra Fortress
Hunter's Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Improved Hunter Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Complete Debt Collector
Kythera Bow Rare 6495 (Randomised) Complete All Bonds Will Break
Natakas' Hunting Bow* Epic 6808 +24% Hunter Damage
+30% Damage with Bows on Distant Targets
+20% Bow Charging Speed
??
Oaken Bow of Chambers Epic 6808 +24% Hunter Damage
+50% Headshot Damage
+50% CRIT Damage
Loot the Epic chest in the Tomb of the Daughter of Atlas
Odessa's Bow Rare 6495 +23% Hunter Damage
+50% Headshot Damage
Complete The True Story
Odysseus' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+20% Damage with Bow Charged Shot
+30% Elemental Damage but -30% Elemental Buildup
Purchase Odysseus Pack DLC
Ornate Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Paris' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Assassin Damage
+20% Bow Charging Speed
+20% Damage with Ghost Arrows of Artemis Ability
Complete We Will Rise
Pessesh en Gerrehh Rare 6495 +23% Assassin Damage
+40% Poison Damage
Ubisoft Club
Petomai Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+10% CRIT Chance
+25% CRIT Chance with Rain of Destruction Ability
Purchase the Ikaros Pack DLC
Precursor Reflex Bow** Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Rebellion Bow** Epic 6808 + % Hunter Damage
+ % Damage on Isu
+ % Bow Charging Speed
Complete Free Their Minds, the Rest Will Follow
Recurve Bow Rare 6495 + % Hunter Damage
+ % Bow Charging Speed
Purchase Athenian Weapons Digital Pack DLC
Reflex Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Serpent Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
The Skyripper Epic 6808 +24% Hunter Damage
+30% Damage with Bows on Distant Targets
+20% Damage with Bow Charged Shot
??
Steropes' Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+20% Damage with Bow Charged Shot
+20% Health and Armor
Defeat Steropes
Swift-Winged Bow** Legendary 7180 + % Hunter Damage
+ % Bow Charging Speed
Knockback on CRIT Bow Charged Shot
Loot the Epic chest in the Mausoleum of the Kingless Queen
Thrakian Bow Rare 6495 +23% Hunter Damage
+50% Damage on Animals
Ubisoft Club
Toxarchos Reflex Bow Common 6185 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Rare 6495
Epic 6808
Valentine's Ornate Bow Epic 6808 (Randomised) ??
Vine Bow Legendary 7180 +25% Hunter Damage
+30% Damage with Bows on Distant Targets
+25% Hunter Damage but -15% Armor
Helix Store
Viper Bow Rare 6495 (Randomised) Loot
Wolf-Hunting Bow Rare 6495 (Randomised) Complete Archery Practice

*Only available after downloading Legacy of the First Blade
**Only available after downloading The Fate of Atlantis

Ptolemaic Egypt (1st century BCE)

Hunter bows

Name Rarity Quality (Max Level 55) Damage (Max Level 55) Attributes Availability
Achilles Heel Seeker Common 115 712 Charging Speed I Blacksmith, Loot
Alchemist's Dream Rare 117 707 Charging Speed II
Critical Hit Rate I
Complete Predator to Prey
Ash Bow Legendary 122 717 Charging Speed III
Bleeding on Hit I
Ranged Hit Multiplier
Blacksmith, Loot
Big Game Bow Common 116 707 Charging Speed III Blacksmith, Loot
Bow of Arash Rare ?? ?? Charging Speed II
Critical Hit Damage I
Complete Pax Romana
Cobra Royale Legendary ?? ?? Charging Speed III
Bleeding on Hit III
Poison on Hit
Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Combat Bow Common 114 702 Charging Speed II Blacksmith, Loot
Crescent Moon Legendary 123 712 Charging Speed IV
Combo Multiplier II
On Fire
Helix Store
Deathstorm Legendary ?? ?? Adrenaline on Kill II
Charging Speed IV
On Fire
Blacksmith, Loot
Desheret Patrol Bow Common 115 702 Charging Speed III Blacksmith, Loot
Gazelle Bow Common 115 712 Charging Speed I Blacksmith, Loot
Hemet Rare 119 712 Charging Speed II
Adrenaline on Kill III
Obtained from Ubisoft Club for 20U
Horn Bow Legendary ?? ?? ?? ??
Hunting Bow Common 114 707 Charging Speed I Blacksmith, Loot
Im-Khent Bow Common ?? ?? Charging Speed I Blacksmith, Loot
Lightning's Strike Legendary 123 712 Charging Speed IV
Combo Multiplier II
Ranged Hit Multiplier
Purchase the First Civilization Pack DLC
Lion's Mane Legendary 121 707 Charging Speed III
Critical Hit Damage II
Health on Kill
Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Longbow Common ?? ?? Charging Speed I Blacksmith, Loot
Nubian Bow Common ?? ?? Charging Speed III Blacksmith, Loot
Obsidian Bow Rare ?? ?? Charging Speed II
Critical Hit Damage II
Blacksmith, Loot
Overseer of All Disputes Common 115 707 Charging Speed II Blacksmith, Loot
Painless Death* Legendary ?? ?? Charging Speed IV
Adrenaline on Hurt III
Sleep on Hit
Complete The Walls of the Ruler
Self-help Remedy Common 115 712 Charging Speed I Blacksmith, Loot
Serpent's Scourge Common 115 707 Charging Speed II Blacksmith, Loot
Ta-Sety Bow Legendary 121 712 Charging Speed II
Critical Hit Rate II
Low Health Critical
Nomad's Bazaar
Traveler's Curve** Legendary ?? ?? Charging Speed II
Adrenaline on Kill II
Sleep on Hit
Complete Love or Duty
Wolfsbane Rare 119 707 Charging Speed IV
Critical Hit Rate II
Blacksmith, Loot

*Only available after downloading The Hidden Ones.
**Only available after downloading The Curse of the Pharaohs.

Light bows

Name Rarity Quality (Max Level 55) Damage (Max Level 55) Attributes Availability
Apedemak Legendary ?? ?? Rate of Fire IIII
Critical Hit Damage II
On Fire
Nomad's Bazaar
Arc Bow Common 114 918 Rate of Fire I Blacksmith, Loot
Bitter Bow Rare 115 913 Rate of Fire II
Combo Multiplier I
Blacksmith, Loot
Bow of Ra* Legendary ?? ?? Rate of Fire II
Combo Multiplier I
On Fire
Bow of Wadjet Legendary 122 925 Rate of Fire III
Critical Hit Damage II
Poison on Hit
Composite Bow Legendary 123 925 Rate of Fire IV
Adrenaline on Kill II
Health on Hit
Blacksmith, Loot
Corrupted Soul Legendary ?? ?? Rate of Fire III
Bleeding on Hit II
Low Health Critical
Unlocked through Uplay
Cupid's Bow Legendary 123 925 Rate of Fire II
Critical Hit Rate IV
Extra Arrow
Purchase the Wacky Items Pack DLC
Griffin Legendary 121 918 Rate of Fire III
Bleeding on Hit II
Elevation Multiplier
Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Hunger of the Underworld Legendary ?? ?? Rate of Fire IV
Bleeding on Hit II
Health on Kill
Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Hyperion Rare 118 918 Rate of Fire III
Critical Hit Rate II
Neith Legendary ?? ?? Rate of Fire III
Bleeding on Hit I
Extra Arrow
Blacksmith, Loot
Morning Sun Legendary ?? ?? Rate of Fire III
Adrenaline on Kill II
Ranged Hit Multiplier
Blacksmith, Loot
Ousirmaatre Setepenre Common 115 925 Rate of Fire I Blacksmith, Loot
The Parthian Rare 117 925 Rate of Fire I
Critical Hit Damage II
Blacksmith, Loot
Quick Bow Common 114 913 Rate of Fire II Blacksmith, Loot
Recurve Bow Legendary ?? ?? ?? ??
Spirit-Catcher Legendary ?? ?? Rate of Fire II
Critical Hit Rate II
Health on Hit
Completion of Lights Among the Dunes
Toxotai Bow Common ?? ?? Rate of Fire III Blacksmith, Loot

*Only available after downloading The Hidden Ones.

Warrior bows

Name Rarity Quality (Max Level 40) Damage (Max Level 40) Attributes Availability
Aldebaran Rare 96 (Lvl 45) 1273 (Lvl 45) Precision II

Bleeding on Hit I

Blacksmith, Loot
Assessor of Ma'at Legendary
Battos' Bow Rare 87 1117 Precision II

Critical Hit Damage II

Complete Founding Father
The Crimson Death Legendary 89 1117 Precision II

Combo Multiplier I

Health for Critical

Nomad's Bazaar
Crown Jewel Rare Precision II

Adrenaline on Kill II

Unlocked through Uplay
Elect of Ra** Legendary 122 1552 Precision III
Bleeding in Hit IV
On Fire
Defeat the Faithless One.
The Fourth Plague Legendary 93 1127 Precision IV

Critical Hit Damage II

Health on Hit

Blacksmith, Loot
Hippopotamus Charge Rare 86 1128 Precision I

Critical Hit Rate I

Blacksmith, Loot
Hou Yi's Bow Legendary
Jackal's Gaze Legendary 95 1056 Precision IV

Bleeding on Hit III

Health on Hit

Helix Store
Khryselakatos Legendary 92 1138 Precision II

Adrenaline on Kill II

Elevation Multiplier

Blacksmith, Loot
Nekhbet's Wing Legendary
Priest of Ma'at Rare 88 1067 Precision II

Bleeding on Hit II

Defeat The Hammer in Cyrene Gladiator Arena
Rain of Arrows Common 94 (Lvl 45) 1273 (Lvl 45) Precision I Blacksmith, Loot
Scales of Truth Legendary 93 1138

Precision IV

Critical Hit Damage I

Extra Arrow

Complete the Trials of Anubis, Sobek and Sekhmet once before completing any one of them one more time.
Serket's Reach Legendary
Sty Common Precision III Blacksmith, Loot
Swift Branch Rare
Til-Tuba Bow Common Precision I Blacksmith, Loot
Wall of Sand Common 94 (Lvl 45) 1263 (Lvl 45) Precision II Blacksmith, Loot
Wings of Ashur Legendary 91 1117 Precision III

Adrenaline on Hurt II

Elevation Multiplier

Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar

**Only available after downloading The Curse of the Pharaohs.

Predator bows

Name Rarity Quality (Max Level 40) Damage (Max Level 40) Attributes Availability
Amenhotep's Bow Legendary 93 650 Stealth Damage IV

Combo Multiplier II

Health on Kill

Blacksmith, Loot
Ancestral Bow Rare 87 645 Stealth Damage II

Bleeding on Hit II

Barbed Longbow Legendary 93 650 Stealth Damage III

Bleeding on Hit III

Health for Critical

Helix Store
Concealed Garment Common 85 651 Stealth Damage I Blacksmith, Loot
Copper Arc Common 84 645 Stealth Damage I Blacksmith, Loot
Desert Companion Common 95 (Lvl 45) 735 (Lvl 45) Stealth Damage II Blacksmith, Loot
Hades Rare 87 651 Stealth Damage I

Adrenaline on Kill II

Blacksmith, Loot
Jebel Barkal Legendary 89 645 Stealth Damage III

Combo Multiplier II

Ranged Hit Multiplier

Nomad's Bazaar
Lion's Cry** Legendary 123 (Lvl55) 527 (Lvl55) Stealth Damage III

Critical Hit Rate II

Poison on Hit

Loot Battlefield of Kadesh
Lord of Bones Legendary 91 645 Stealth Damage III

Bleeding on Hit III

Poison on Hit

Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Mute Bow Rare 87 644 Stealth Damage II

Critical Hit Damage II

Blacksmith, Loot
Neith's Observer Common 85 640 Stealth Damage III Blacksmith, Loot
Quagga Rare 87 645 Stealth Damage II

Adrenaline on Kill II

Available from Twitch Prime Pack DLC
Rain Bow Rare 87 645 Stealth Damage II

Critical Hit Damage II

Helix Store
Smoke and Mirrors Legendary 93 656 Stealth Damage III

Critical Hit Rate II

On Fire

Blacksmith, Loot
Trophy Hunter Legendary 93 641 Stealth Damage II

Critical Hit Damage III

Elevation Multiplier

Defeat War Elephants Qetesh & Resheph
Victoria Common 85 645 Stealth Damage II Blacksmith, Loot
Whisper of Death Common 94 (Lvl 45) 729 (Lvl 45) Stealth Damage II Blacksmith, Loot
Wildland Bow Common 94 (Lvl 45) 735 (Lvl 45) Stealth Damage I Blacksmith, Loot

**Only available after downloading The Curse of the Pharaohs.

Anglo-Saxon England (9th century)

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Hunter bows

Name Class Attack Speed Impact CRIT-PRC Availability
Hunnish Bow Wolf ?? ?? ?? ?? ??

Light bows

Name Class Attack Speed Impact CRIT-PRC Availability
Iron-Storm Bear ?? ?? ?? ?? Loot chest in Beteleah Farm

Predator bows

Name Class Attack Speed Impact CRIT-PRC Availability
Recurve Bow Raven ?? ?? ?? ?? ??

Behind the scenes

In Assassin's Creed III, it is possible to kill two guards with a single arrow. At full drawpower and close-ranged, it may injure up to three enemies if in close file.

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