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Bows and Quivers in a piles of weapons
Not to be confused with a dwarven crossbow; For a comparison of different weapons, see Weapon.

A bow is a ranged weapon that fires projectiles called arrows. Bows behave similarly to crossbows for the most part, though they seem to be preferred by elves and goblins.

As ranged weapons, bows use and train the bowman (bowdwarf) skill; as melee weapons, bows use and train the swordsman (swordsdwarf) skill, instead. Dwarves cannot forge bows nor arrows, limiting supply to artifacts, and whatever low-quality specimens can be traded from elven or human (which are more preferable since they can usually bring weapon-grade metal arrows) caravans and scavenged from invaders. Due to their marked similarity to native weapons, your dwarves would likely be better served in battle with high-quality crossbows and bolts than inferior imported bows and arrows. All dwarves can equip bows. Bows do not have to be made out of wood - they can, like all other weapons, also be made out of metal.


  • If a squad is assigned multiple ammo types, dwarves with "individual choice ranged" may carry the wrong ammoBug:1374.
"Bow" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: egdoth
Elvish: ramí
Goblin: uneg
Human: ethro
Ranged and ammunition
Blowgun and blowdart · Bow and arrow · Crossbow and bolt
Edged (slashing)
Edged (piercing)
Dagger · Morningstar · Pick · Pike · Spear
See also: Attack types