Short bow

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Short bow

Short bow

A simple short selfbow made from a single piece of wood.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Neolithic
Class
Neolithic
Market Value
45 Silver
Mass
0.8 kg

Ranged Combat

Mode
Single-Shot
Damage
11 dmg (Arrow)
Armor penetration
16%
Warm-Up
81 ticks (1.35 secs)
Cooldown
99 ticks (1.65 secs)
Range
22.9 tile(s)
Accuracy
75% - 65% - 45% - 25%
Avg. accuracy
64.8%
Velocity
44 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
DPS
3.67 (2.38)
Stopping power
0.5

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
Skill Required
Crafting 2
Work To Make
2,400 ticks (40 secs)
Resources to make
Wood 30
Technical
weaponTags
Neolithic, NeolithicRangedBasic


The short bow is a very light, single-shot ranged weapon in RimWorld which deals a moderate amount of damage per shot; slightly longer time between shots; slightly shorter range and moderate accuracy.

Obtaining

Short bows can be crafted at a Crafting spot, Fueled smithy or Electric smithy. They require Wood 30 Wood, 2,400 ticks (40 secs) of work, and a Crafting skill of 2.

Alternatively, short bows can be purchased from neolithic war merchants and orbital combat suppliers, tribal and outlander faction bases, and obtained from the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Archer 92.27% Poor 50-180%

You also start with two short bows in the Lost Tribe scenario.

Analysis

Short bows are one of the easiest ranged weapons to create, so are an important item for the Lost Tribe and Naked Brutality scenarios. A crafting spot can be created almost anywhere, instantly, and wood is typically not hard to find. Any ranged weapon at all allows you to safely hunt animals; even 0% manhunter animals will retaliate in melee combat, but not at range. Any weapon at all also gives a basic defense against hostile wildlife and raiders.

As they are so cheap, they aren't great as actual weapons. Short bows have the 3rd lowest DPS of all player-craftable ranged weapons in the game, ahead of only the pila and incendiary launcher. Other weaknesses include low accuracy and inability to stagger humans, something all other neolithic options can do. The short bow is best suited for close-quarters engagements due to its high close accuracy and slow projectile velocity.

Naturally, a short bow will be significantly overshadowed in terms of combat performance by even the most basic of firearms such as autopistols and revolvers. Two short bows are roughly equal to one of the aforementioned firearms. New Tribes also begin with the recurve bow researched, offering an immediate upgrade, assuming someone has a Crafting skill of 5 or more. Replacing the short bow with better ranged options should thus be your second priority, only after making sure everyone has a weapon of any kind.

Stats

Against an unarmored human, a short bow can kill with 4 hits to the torso, 3 hits to the head or neck, or 1 hit to the brain; cripple or destroy limbs in 3 hits; and cripple or destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 6 hits (~27.8 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

Overall, the short bow is best paired with a careful shooter until level 9, 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 Short bow 9.9 14.4% 60% 52% 36% 20% 3.3 1.98 1.72 1.19 0.66 23 Silver
    Poor Short bow 11 16% 68% 59% 41% 23% 3.67 2.5 2.17 1.5 0.84 34 Silver
    Normal Short bow 11 16% 75% 65% 45% 25% 3.67 2.75 2.39 1.65 0.92 45 Silver
    Good Short bow 11 16% 83% 72% 50% 28% 3.67 3.05 2.64 1.84 1.03 56 Silver
    Excellent Short bow 11 16% 90% 78% 54% 30% 3.67 3.3 2.86 1.98 1.1 68 Silver
    Masterwork Short bow 13.75 20% 100% 88% 61% 34% 4.59 4.59 4.04 2.8 1.56 113 Silver
    Legendary Short bow 16.5 24% 100% 98% 68% 38% 5.51 5.51 5.39 3.74 2.09 225 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Melee

  • Feature Toggle
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    Short bow Short 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 23 Silver
    Poor 4.05 11.7% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 50% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 50% 100 34 Silver
    Normal 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 50% 9 2s 13% 4.5 50% 100 45 Silver
    Good 4.95 14.3% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 50% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 50% 100 56 Silver
    Excellent 5.4 15.6% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 50% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 50% 100 68 Silver
    Masterwork 6.53 18.85% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 50% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 50% 100 113 Silver
    Legendary 7.43 21.45% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 50% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 50% 100 225 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

    Short bow vs. comparable weapons

    This section goes over how well the short bow fares against comparable weapons (similar value, tech level or similar characteristics) in 1 vs. 1 combat.

    Methodology

    • All testing is semi-automated which allows for large sample sizes to be gathered per set of results with ease
    • All pawns have a skill level of 8 in shooting
    • No pawns have any traits that affect combat performance
    • All pawns are of 18 years of age and completely healthy
    • Pawns are divided by walls to prevent stray shots from skewing results in any way
    • Weather conditions are kept clear and no cover is used

    Results in the tables below are the percentages of battles that short bows either won or tied against the weapon listed in the first column of said tables, with a sample size of 2,000 battles per result. Higher percentages are better.

    Unarmored

    For the unarmored testing, all pawns wore normal quality plainleather pants and plainleather button-down shirts.

    Short bow vs. 3 7 12 18 25 32 40
    Recurve bow 38.85% 31.25% 25.70% 22.75% - - -
    Pila 82.20% 77.60% 66.05% 64.50% - - -

    Flak armor

    For the flak armor testing, all pawns wore normal quality steel simple helmets, flak jackets, flak vests, plainleather button-down shirts and flak pants.

    Short bow vs. 3 7 12 18 25 32 40
    Recurve bow 36.60% 31.75% 20.75% 22.80% - - -
    Pila 90.15% 84.80% 74.65% 72.60% - - -

    Marine armor

    For the marine armor testing, all pawns wore normal quality marine helmets, marine armor, plainleather button-down shirts and plainleather pants.

    Short bow vs. 3 7 12 18 25 32 40
    Recurve bow 34.60% 25.50% 20.70% 18.85% - - -
    Pila 89.75% 83.45% 71.80% 70.85% - - -

    Graphs

    The graphs assume a normal quality short 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.

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

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

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

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