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The Recurve Bow is a weapon in Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (as the Bow), and Far Cry 4.

Far Cry 3Edit

Recurve Bow

(FC3) Recurve Bow Icon

FC3 cutout bow
Category Special
Price $925
Ammunition Arrows
Fire Arrows
Explosive Arrows
Magazine size 1
Maximum ammo 50
Attachment slots 1
Supported attachments Red Dot Sight
Marksman Sight
The  Far Cry 3  Weapons
Melee Machete · Japanese Tanto ·
Tribal Knife
Handguns .44 Magnum · 1911 · 6P9 · D50
Assault Rifles ACE · AK47 · F1 · MS16 · P416 · STG-90
SMGs A2000 · BZ19 · MP5 · Skorpion · Vector .45 ACP
Shotguns 1887 · M133 · SPAS-12
Explosives C4 · Grenade · Mine · Molotov
Sniper Rifles M-700 · SVD · Z93
Launchers RPG-7 · GL-94
Machine Guns DShK · PKM · U100 · MKG
Specials Flamethrower · Flare Gun ·
Recurve Bow · Repair Tool
"The recurve bow packs a big punch for such a low-tech weapon. It is useful for hunting both man and beast, and can be outfitted with both explosive and flaming arrows."
— in-game handbook
"These bows were used by Huns, Greeks, Turks, Howdy Doody, Dick Cheney--if a civilization kicked ass while on horseback, they probably had recurve bows. Today’s recurve bows are made of fiberglass or carbon instead of wood and are more durable and reliable."
— Survival Guide

The Recurve Bow first appears in Far Cry 3.

It becomes available after activating three radio towers.

The Recurve Bow kills any enemy (except Pirate Heavy Gunners, Privateer Heavy Gunners, Privateer Heavy Flamers, and large animals) with one arrow.

It is capable of killing enemies silently using a variety of arrows at medium-long distances. The weapon is useful in most scenarios as it seems capable of both anti-personnel and anti-vehicle damage types.

It can be fitted with one of three Arrows, normal arrows, fire arrows, or explosive arrows, each of which is acquired through crafting. It should be noted, however, Fire and Explosive Arrows are not unlocked until later in the game. Out of the three arrow types, only the Standard Arrow is indestructible, which means you can retrieve your arrows and reuse them indefinitely. It is worth noting that while Explosive Arrows provide a significant blast radius, their actual destructive power is slightly weaker than an ordinary grenade, meaning that destroying some vehicles will take two or more hits.

Arrow quivers can be crafted from various animal hides, in order to allow the player to hold more arrows at a time.The extended arrow quiver allows you to carry 30 normal arrows and 10 explosive or fire arrows. In Far Cry 4, the maximum for normal arrows is increased to 50.

Exploding arrows can be used to score instantaneous kills on enemies, making the recurve bow with explosive arrows an expedient means of liberating outposts "undetected" without too much difficulty.

In single player you can purchase sights for the bow, one of which is a Marksman Sight with four crosshairs ranging from fifty meters, eighty meters, and one hundred meters. The second sight that can be purchased for the bow is the Red Dot Sight which appears as a bright red dot without a red outline, this allows for the bow user to use the bow for a more up-close-and-personal method of eliminating targets in silence. The Bow is more like a shoot and scoot weapon - if in area with more enemies, try to kill one and then quickly relocate. Make sure when using this tactic, to have distance, height and/or cover. It is not recommended for close combat.


Far Cry 3 Blood DragonEdit

Neon bow

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon's Variant

"It's a bow. Seriously, if you need a description of what a bow does, maybe you should stop playing. Maybe read a dictionary. People who don't know what bows are get shot in the eyeballs. 'But a bow isn't the future,' you're whining. That's why we put neon on it, because neon is the future. Hence, this is the bow of the future."
— in-game description

A Bow is also featured in Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon.

It behaves identically to the regular Far Cry 3 bow, except outlined in neon. The arrows also leave a neon trail in the air when fired, which makes it much easier to judge the trajectory of the arrows and re-adjust aim if necessary. Scope upgrades are not available for the bow in Blood Dragon. The bow has greater utility in Blood Dragon, as the game lacks a silenced sniper rifle, leaving the bow as the only practical silent sniping weapon.

Far Cry 4 Edit

Recurve Bow
Category Specials
Price 60,000
Ammunition Arrows
Magazine size 1
Maximum ammo 30
Attachment slots 1
Supported attachments Reflex Sight, Marksman Sight

The Recurve Bow is unlocked when you first visit a trading post. It can also be found for free at Yalung's Teeth.

The Recurve Bow is a higher quality bow than the Hunter Bow and remains the best bow for the entire duration of Far Cry 4. It is the weapon of choice for those looking to get clean kills while hunting. Unarmoured human targets always die in 1 shot. Armored foes can take multiple shots before dying (2 in the chest for Royal Guard defenders). However, it CAN reliably one-shot heavy flamers, provided that the player shoots them through the face mask (not through the back of the head, or the sides). 

Meanwhile, fire arrows are recommended against heavy enemies (such as heavy gunners and flamers). However, they are best used as a distraction, since they have no noise when fired (unlike the flare gun) and the enemies can't trace them back to the player (like with Molotovs). Explosive arrows, on the other hand, are very handy for taking down vehicles, large groups of enemies, or for stunning heavy enemies (they are not a reliable one-shot kill). 

Though the Marksman Sight provides elevation markings for different distances, you should not attempt to use these as the actual target point is always at the center of the reticle, just like the Reflex Sight.

For some reason, shooting the undercarriage of a helicopter will kill anyone in the vehicle.


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Far Cry 4 Weapons
Melee: Kukri
Handguns: Mark IV  •  M-712  •  1911  •  6P9  •  A.J.M. 9  •  .44 Magnum  •  D50
Shotguns: D2 (Sidearm)  •  M133  •  1887  •  SPAS-12
SMG: A99 (Sidearm)  •  Skorpion (Sidearm)  •  MP34  •  A2000  •  MP5  •  Vector .45 ACP  •  BZ19
Assault Rifles: AK-47  •  STG-90  •  F1  •  MS16  •  P416  •  A52
Sniper Rifles: Dragunov SVD  •  M-700  •  Z93  •  SA-50
Machine guns: PKM  •  U100  •  MKG  •  MG42
Launchers: M-79 (Sidearm)  •  RPG-7  •  GL-94  •  GL-A87  •  LK-1018
Specials: Auto-Crossbow (Sidearm)  •  Flare Gun (Sidearm)  •  Flamethrower  •  Harpoon Gun  •  Hunter Bow  •  Recurve Bow  •  .700 Nitro
Far Cry 4 Equipment
Explosives: Grenade  •  Molotov Cocktail  •  Throwing Knife  •  C4  •  Mine


Platform Control Action

Right Mouse Button (Hold)
Left Mouse Button (Hold)
Left Mouse Button (Release)

Draw Arrow
Release Arrow
Cancel shot


L1 Button (Hold)
R1 Button (Hold)
R1 Button (Release)
Square Button

Draw Arrow
Release Arrow
Cancel Shot

Xbox 360

L-T (Hold)
R-T (Hold)
R-T (Release)
Button "X"

Draw Arrow
Release Arrow
Cancel shot

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