Recurve bow

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Recurve bow

Recurve bow

A recurve bow. Its construction behaves like a tuned spring, storing energy more efficiently and delivering a faster shot.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Neolithic
Class
Neolithic
Market Value
66 Silver
Mass
1.3 kg

Ranged Combat

Mode
Single-Shot
Damage
14 dmg (ArrowHighVelocity)
Armor penetration
21%
Warm-Up
87 ticks (1.45 secs)
Cooldown
99 ticks (1.65 secs)
Range
25.9 tile(s)
Accuracy
70% - 78% - 65% - 35%
Avg. accuracy
72%
Velocity
56 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
DPS
4.52 (3.25)
Stopping power
1

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
Limb
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
Limb
9 dmg (Poke)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
4.5
Melee Average AP
13%

Creation

Crafted At
Crafting spot / Fueled smithy / Electric smithy
Required Research
Recurve bow
Skill Required
Crafting 5
Work To Make
5,000 ticks (1.39 mins)
Resources to make
Wood 40
Technical
weaponTags
Neolithic, NeolithicRangedDecent


The recurve bow is a light, single-shot ranged neolithic weapon which deals a slightly higher amount of damage per shot than a short bow, has a moderate time between shots, slightly better range and slightly higher overall accuracy.

Acquisition

Recurve bows can also be manufactured at any smithy or crafting spot once the Recurve Bow research has been completed; Wood 40 Wood and 5,000 ticks (1.39 mins) of work. Do note that you start with the required research project already completed with the lost tribe scenario. A crafting skill of at least 5 is required.

Recurve bows can be purchased from neolithic war merchants and orbital combat suppliers, tribal and outlander settlements, or obtained from the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Hunter 92.89% Normal 50-180%

Analysis

The recurve bow is a jack-of-all-trades neolithic weapon. While even the earliest guns will match and surpass it, crafting recurve bows can be useful for tribal starts.

Of neolithic weapons, the recurve bow's range and accuracy are good, and it has the highest armor penetration, even beating the greatbow. It is superior in every way to a shortbow of equivalent quality. Overall damage, DPS, and range are inferior to greatbow, even against heavy armor. Generally, a recurve bow must be one or two quality levels above a greatbow to be worth it, however the recurve bow is cheaper to craft and research. Most importantly, tribal starts begin with recurve bows already researched, while greatbows require further investment into a dead-end line of weaponry research on a start with slow research already.

In terms of DPS, basic firearms such as autopistols and revolvers are significantly superior to recurve bows out to 12 tiles, and competitive for the remainder of their range.

As such, if a sufficiently skilled crafter is available, any new bows made by tribal colonies should be recurve bows but generally looted firearms will begin to replace all neolithic weapons before upgrading all pawns to recurve bows is practical. As even Tribal starts can quickly loot said firearms, researching recurve bows with a New Arrivals start is largely a waste of time. Should you find or craft a particularly high quality bow, it might stay relevant into the early game but it must be at least Excellent quality to be competitive with commonly looted guns.

Stats

Against an unarmored human, a recurve bow can kill with 3 hits to the torso, 2-3 hits to the head, 2 hits to the neck, or 1 hit to the brain; cripple limbs in 2 hits; and cripple or destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 5 hits (~21.5 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

Overall, the recurve bow is best paired with a careful shooter up to level 11, and with a trigger-happy shooter beyond that point.

Quality table

Ranged

  • Quality Dam. AP Accuracy
    (Touch)
    Accuracy
    (Short)
    Accuracy
    (Medium)
    Accuracy
    (Long)
    DPS
    (Optimal)
    DPS
    (Touch)
    DPS
    (Short)
    DPS
    (Medium)
    DPS
    (Long)
    Market
    Value
    Awful Recurve bow 12.6 18.9% 56% 62% 52% 28% 4.07 2.28 2.52 2.12 1.14 33 Silver
    Poor Recurve bow 14 21% 63% 70% 59% 32% 4.52 2.85 3.16 2.67 1.45 50 Silver
    Normal Recurve bow 14 21% 70% 78% 65% 35% 4.52 3.16 3.53 2.94 1.58 66 Silver
    Good Recurve bow 14 21% 77% 86% 72% 39% 4.52 3.48 3.89 3.25 1.76 83 Silver
    Excellent Recurve bow 14 21% 84% 94% 78% 42% 4.52 3.8 4.25 3.53 1.9 99 Silver
    Masterwork Recurve bow 17.5 26.25% 95% 100% 88% 47% 5.65 5.37 5.65 4.97 2.66 165 Silver
    Legendary Recurve bow 21 31.5% 100% 100% 98% 53% 6.78 6.78 6.78 6.64 3.59 330 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Melee

  • Feature Toggle
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    Recurve bow Recurve bow Limb (Blunt)Limb (Poke) HP Value
    Quality
    DPS[1] AP[1] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful 3.6 10.4% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 50% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 50% 100 33 Silver
    Poor 4.05 11.7% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 50% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 50% 100 50 Silver
    Normal 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 50% 9 2s 13% 4.5 50% 100 66 Silver
    Good 4.95 14.3% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 50% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 50% 100 83 Silver
    Excellent 5.4 15.6% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 50% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 50% 100 99 Silver
    Masterwork 6.53 18.85% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 50% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 50% 100 165 Silver
    Legendary 7.43 21.45% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 50% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 50% 100 330 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

    1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox.
      It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder
    2. 2.0 2.1 Chance for attack to be selected, assuming only the weapon's attack verbs are considered. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder

    Graphs

    The graphs assume a normal quality recurve bow against an adult human that's out in the open in clear weather. For DPS, projectile speed has also been factored into the equation, with the weighting based on the base amount of attacks that it'll take to put the aforementioned target into pain shock.

    Recurve bow's accuracy with various shooters without any trait. Recurve bow's DPS with various shooters without any trait.

    Recurve bow's accuracy with various shooters with careful shooter. Recurve bow's DPS with various shooters with careful shooter.

    Recurve bow's accuracy with various shooters with trigger-happy. Recurve bow's DPS with various shooters with trigger-happy.

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