Bowcraft

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Crafting bows requires the Woodcrafting and Fletching skills.

Making a Bow

Wood

Bows are ideally made from wood with the Flexible affinity. This includes species such as Elm or Hickory. Rarer flexible woods include Osage, Boxwood, and Yew; using these rarer woods gives you a higher chance to create high quality bows.

Finishing

Bows can have grips added for additional stats. For ranged combat you want high Hitroll, high Dexterity, and Luck[needs confirmation]. Using a Flexible would will naturally apply Dexterity and Movement Regen, a Green Jade grip can supply a healthy amount of Luck.

Fletching

Making arrows is known as fletching. The skill includes the ability attach feathers and arrowheads to arrows.

Wood

Whereas the bow itself should be created with a Flexible-affinity wood, arrows are ideally created with Dense or Rigid wood with a significant difference in damage. As with all wood crafting it's a good idea to choose a less common wood to get higher quality results.

Example arrows of different woods. All are MASTERCRAFT quality and of the same level to create a steady baseline of comparison:

Wood Affinity Damage
Catalpa Soft 3 to 21
Sandalwood Aromatic 3 to 24
Elderberry Flexible 3 to 24
Darkwood Exotic 3 to 33
Ironwood Exotic 3 to 33
Beech Dense 3 to 33

Arrowheads

Adding arrowheads to your arrows allow you to add Hitroll and change the type of damage. Standard arrowheads do pierce damage, broadheads do slash damage, and blunt-tip do crush damage. Readily available and producing good stats, Steel is an easy choice for creating arrowheads.