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For the bow weapon in the Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon game, see: Bow.

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The Recurve Bow is a weapon in Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, Far Cry 5, Far Cry New Dawn and Far Cry 6.

Far Cry 3

« 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 explosive or flaming arrows. »

In-Game Description

« 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 any of the three radio towers.

The Recurve Bow kills any enemy (except Pirate Heavy Gunners, Privateer Heavy Gunners, Privateer Heavy Flamers, and anything like a cassowary or bigger) 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.


Paint Jobs

The look of Recurve Bow could be customized with one of six available paint schemes. Each scheme costs $200 and does not affect weapon performance.

Far Cry 4

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).

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


Far Cry 5

« This bow is the non-firearm weapon of choice for highly skilled Green Berets from Vietnam. »

Weapon Description

The Recurve Bow returns in Far Cry 5 alongside the new Compound Bow.

Far Cry New Dawn

Optimized Recurve Bow

« Just because you don't use bullets doesn't mean you don't deserve something sleek. »

In-Game Description

Far Cry New Dawn

The Optimized Recurve Bow returns in Far Cry New Dawn and is the third bow acquired by the player. It is a Rank 3 weapon and has more stopping power than its makeshift counterparts. It appears to be held together by duct tape on its middle, with metal fixtures holding the duct tape in place.

"Blood Dragon" Recurve Bow

« Better than piano wire and a tree branch. Part of the Blood Dragon Theme. »

In-Game Description

Far Cry New Dawn

The "Blood Dragon" Recurve Bow returns in Far Cry New Dawn and is the fourth bow acquired by the player. It is a Rank 4 weapon and has the most stopping power compared to its counterparts — only rivaled by the "Lucky Shot" Compound Bow. It has almost the exact same stats as the "Lucky Shot" Compound Bow but has slightly less accuracy and doesn't have the bow sight. It appears to be a replica of the bow used in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Far Cry 6

The weapon returns once more in Far Cry 6


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


  • In Far Cry 5, the description for the Recurve Bow is a reference to Rambo.
    • However, the reference is somewhat incorrect, since Rambo uses Hoyt Gamemaster Long bow in Rambo IV briefly and a Compound bow in every other instance(with the exception of First Blood).