|Supported attachments|| Red Dot Sight|
- "The recurve bow packs a big punch for such a low-tech weapon. It's useful for hunting both man and beast, and can be outfitted with both explosive and flaming arrows."
- — in-game description
The Recurve Bow is a weapon in Far Cry 3 capable of taking enemies out 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 limited anti-vehicle damage types and it can be unlocked for free by activating 3 Radio Towers. The Recurve Bow kills any enemy (except Heavy) in one arrow.
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 campaign. Out of the three arrow types, only the ordinary arrow is indestructible, which means you can retrieve your arrows and use them indefinitely. It's worth noting that while explosive arrows do provide a significant blast radius, their actual destructive power is no more than that of an ordinary grenade, meaning that destroying vehicles will take multiple hits.
Arrow quivers can be crafted of various animal hides, in order to allow the player to hold more arrows at a time.
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.
In multiplayer the bow remains similar to its singleplayer counterpart, one of the major differences is that you cannot equip both a sight and a special arrow at the same time. Explosive arrows have a large explosion radius but low damage (They are still able to instantly kill upon a direct hit) and flaming arrows have less contact damage upon a direct hit but an after-burn effect that usually ignites its surroundings or the unfortunate victim it has hit.
In co-operative modes and singleplayer the bow is a good alternative to rocket launchers or grenade launchers as it can be used to take down heavy gunners or flamethrower wielding armoured brutes in around three or four direct shots to the torso or head, these massive amounts of damage help kill any foe within an instant.
In co-operative game modes the bow is unusually overpowered, it can take down any enemy that isn't heavily armoured in a single hit and has virtually no gravitational effects or arrow drop over medium ranges. It can be used to eliminate a group of exposed, stationary targets nearly instantly with no effort whatsoever, by tapping the aim button and holding it for a few seconds before releasing the trigger you can 'snap-shoot' targets for instant kills within seconds, as long as the target doesn't move.
The recurve bow is available early in multiplayer through the purchase of the predator pack or through various editions of the game such as the 'Insane' edition.
Right Mouse Button (Hold)
Release & Fire Arrow
Release without firing Arrow
L1 Button (Hold)