Bow: Location and Best Upgrades | Last of Us 2

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This page about the Bow, a Long Gun in The Last of Us Part II. Read on to learn how to get the Bow, as well as the best weapon upgrades for it, and how to use the Bow.

Bow: Basic Information

Bow Icon
Description Long-range bow with silent shots and slow draw speed.
Type Long Gun
Capacity 6

Bow: Best Upgrades

Bow: List of Upgrades

Name Parts Effect
Draw Speed 50 Restring the bow to increase draw speed.
+50% Nocking Speed
+70% Draw Speed
Stability 60 Replace the grip to decrease weapon sway.
+60% Stability
Rangefinder 80 Add a rangefinder to automatically mark the distance of enemies on the reticle.

Best Upgrades for the Bow

Upgrade Upgrade Priority
Draw Speed ★★★★
Stability ★★★☆
Rangefinder ★★☆☆

With only three upgrades available, Draw Speed is the go-to upgrade for the bow, since slow draw speed is the weapons biggest weakness, and this will improve the speed you can use it with significantly. After that, upgrading stability will in turn increase accuracy and allow you to take out enemies more reliably.

The rangefinder upgrade is rather unnecessary, and should mainly only be gotten if you have extra parts to spare, or you just really enjoy fighting with this weapon.

How to Use the Bow

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The bow is similar to the rifle in that it is great for long ranged combat. However, the key difference is that the bow is silent, so it is much better when your enemies have not yet been alerted of your presence. If you are the type of player who prefers Stealth Kills and picking off enemies slowly and cautiously, the bow will be excellent for you.

You will still need to be smart though, only taking out enemies that are away from their allies, and not currently engaged in conversation. This can allow you to widdle down a group's numbers so that if they do find you, there will be way less enemies to take out.

For bows, landing headshots is vital for two reasons. The first one is the fact that a head shot is s guaranteed kill (However, even if you don't get a head shot, there is still a good chance you will take out human foes and runners in a single shot). The second one is the fact that landing a headshot gives you a chance to get the arrow back, allowing you to conserve ammo!

Unlike other weapons where you find ammo lying around, arrows can be crafted by using the following recipe (which is learned after obtaining the bow automatically):

Item Ingr. 1 Ingr. 2 Ingr. 3 Effect
Arrows x2
Arrows x2
Binding Blade - Standard ammo for the bow. Silently kills enemies. Crafts 2 arrows.

Not surprisingly though, very slow draw speed and fire rate means that it is not good in close-ranged situations. When an enemy has already spotted you, or enemies are rushing at you, you'll definitely want to switch to something like the Shotgun or Pistol.

Bow Location

Obtained automatically

This weapon is obtained automatically in Seattle Day 2 - Hillcrest, during a cutscene that happens after you encounter a runner in a garage. Once you reach this point in the story, you are guaranteed to pick up the weapon.

Last of Us 2 Weapons

List of Weapons


Semi-Auto Pistol Revolver
Military Pistol Hunting Pistol

Long Guns

Long Guns
Bolt-Action Rifle Pump Shotgun Bow
Semi-Auto Rifle Double Barrel Shotgun Crossbow
Flamethrower Silenced Submachine Gun -


Throwable Weapons
Bottle Brick Molotov
Stun Bomb Trap Mine Pipe Bomb


Other Weapons
Machete Hammer 2x4
Axe Pickaxe Pipe
Sickle Club Baton
Pipe Wrench Switchblade Shiv


Recovery Items
Health Kits

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    • I’m more of a stealth player so I didn’t enjoy the boss fight in the hospital. One touch and you’re dead, that’s not enjoyable or realistic. Might as well run outside and kick a bear. I’d get the same thing happen, dead. Too much story in this game as well, I feel like it’s hours of videos that takes away from the game play. Just give me the details and move it along. I don’t need to know who’s screwing who.

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