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Ancient Bows are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2]

Location and Uses[]

Breath of the Wild[]

Hyrule Compendium Entry

332 (337) Ancient Bow
BotW Hyrule Compendium Ancient Bow
This bow is the result of Robbie's research. Ancient Sheikah technology affords it heightened functionality. Arrows fired from it travel in a perfectly straight line.
Common Locations
Bow 44

Ancient Bows are obtained from the Ancient Oven in the Akkala Ancient Tech Lab.[3] They can be bought for 1,000 Rupees, 15 Ancient Springs, 10 Ancient Gears, and one Giant Ancient Core. They can only be purchased after Link has activated the Ancient Furnace with a Blue Flame. They are the result of Robbie's research into Ancient Technology.[1] This is common among pieces of Ancient Soldier Gear, the equipment archetype that Ancient Bows belong to.[4]

While Ancient Bows have high power and very high durability, their most notable feature is their immense range. Ancient Bows fire Arrows in a straight line for quite some distance before the Arrows become affected by gravity, making them ideal for hitting far-off targets.[1] However, they also have a slow draw speed, being only 70% of a typical Bow.

Ancient Bows are one of only two Bows to have an altered Arrow gravity stat, the other being Silver Bows, though the gravity reduction from Ancient Bows is significantly higher than the latter.

Like other Ancient Technology, Ancient Bows will fold into a more compact shape on Link's back when he's not using them. Being made with Ancient Technology, they will not burn when exposed to Fire or a Scorching Climate, nor will they attract Lightning during storms. In addition, they will also float if they are dropped in water.

Other Appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

The Ancient Bow, alongside the Ancient Arrow, appears as Link's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When activated, Link pulls out the Ancient Bow and shoots an Ancient Arrow, launching with great knockback any opponent trapped in its range.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapanese古代兵装‧弓 (Kodai heisō: yumi)
Taiwan, Hong Kong, MacaoChineseTR古代兵裝‧弓 (Gǔdài bīngzhuāng: gōng)
NetherlandsDutchGeavanceerde boogAdvanced bow
FranceFrenchEUArc archéoniqueArchaonic bow
GermanyGermanAntiker Bogen
ItalyItalianArco ancestraleAncestral bow
South KoreaKorean고대 병기‧활 (Godae byeonggi: hwal)
RussiaRussianДревний лук (Drevniy luk)
Latin AmericaSpanishLAArco ancestral
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See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ancient Bow
    This bow is the result of Robbie's research. Ancient Sheikah technology allows it heightened functionality, Arrows fired from it travel in a perfectly straight line.
    " — Inventory (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Ancient Bow and Arrow" — Tips (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
  3. "Exchange for Ancient Bow?" — Ancient Oven (Breath of the Wild)
  4. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 175