| Recurve Bow
|Supported attachments|| Red Dot Sight|
|The Far Cry 3 Weapons|
|Melee|| Machete · Japanese Tanto · |
|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
In Far Cry 3, this weapon will become available after activating three radio towers.
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 in Far Cry 3, and purchased in Far Cry 4. 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.
Platform Control Action PC
Right Mouse Button (Hold)
Left Mouse Button (Hold)
Left Mouse Button (Release)
L1 Button (Hold)
R1 Button (Hold)
R1 Button (Release)
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
- "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
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
|Supported attachments||Reflex Sight, Marksman Sight|
The Recurve Bow can be unlocked through purchased from the store at the beginning. It can also be found for free in Yalung's Teeth, a cave directly east of Banapur, along the western shores of the river. Search under the water where two wooden planks once served as an entry point for the bow's former owner; an unamed man who, according to a nearby journal entry, had taken refuge there and was sustaining himself by eating the flesh of the Demon Fish that live in the underground pool there. You will find the bow beside his body, a tragic end for a man friendly to cause of the Golden Path. Care must be taken when retrieving the bow as there is at least one demon fish patroling the water nearby, possibly the very fish that killed the unfortunate refugee. A good supply of arrows (three bundles) can also be found nearby.
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, flaming bolts 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). Exploding bolts, 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).
The reflex sight really only helps the player in CQB combat, though it does provide a very clear picture on target. Meanwhile, the iron sights give a clear, albeit vague, sight picture and distance gauge. Finally, the Marksman sight is the best, as it has both distance markers, and a relatively clear picture.