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Bows are long-ranged weapons that use physical muscle power to fire (however, a character's Strength attribute has no effect). They are similar to crossbows and guns in use; all three use the shooting skill and related hunter skills, including Auto-Shot. Character stats are applied the same way for each type, although stats will vary from item to item.


Although all races of Hunter, Warrior, and Rogue can equip crossbows, only Night Elf, Blood Elf, Troll and Orc hunters start with bows.

Trolls have the racial trait Bow Specialization which grants a 1% additional crit ranged chance when a bow is equipped.

Vs. Other Shooting Weapons

  • There are a wide variety of bows available, and they are often the cheapest shooting weapons in the Auction House.
  • Bows typically have a shorter cooldown time than that of crossbows, but with lower Damage.
  • Unlike guns, bows cannot be crafted by any profession. They must be must be bought, looted, or earned from quests.


A bow may be enhanced by installing an engineer-crafted scope on it.

Patch changes

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See also

  • Per Class Proficiencies for which classes can use which weapons.