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For shortbows in Dragon Age II, see Shortbows (Dragon Age II).

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Shortbows are ranged weapons that use arrows for ammunition. Among the various types of bows, shortbows are the fastest to fire, but have limited range and punch. Shortbows can be used with special arrows which deal additional effects, such as stunning an opponent or interrupting spellcasting.

Properties[]

Name Attribute Attribute Modifier Aim Time Speed Modifier
Shortbows 50% strength
50% dexterity
100% 0.2 0.0

Scaling[]

Tier Base damage Armor penetration Critical chance Range Requisite Runes
Elm (Tier 1) 5.00 3.00 1.00 20.00 10 dexterity 0
Ash (Tier 2) 5.50 3.60 1.10 21.00 12 dexterity 0
Yew (Tier 3) 6.00 4.20 1.20 22.00 14 dexterity 0
Whitewood(Tier 4) 6.50 4.80 1.30 23.00 18 dexterity 0
Ironbark (Tier 5) 7.00 5.40 1.40 24.00 24 dexterity 0
Sylvanwood (Tier 6) 7.50 6.00 1.50 25.00 26 dexterity 0
Dragonthorn (Tier 7) 8.00 6.60 1.60 26.00 30 dexterity 0
Vhenadahl (Tier 8) 8.50 7.50 1.70 27.00 34 dexterity 0
Ancestral Heartwood (Tier 9) 9.00 8.25 1.80 28.00 38 dexterity 0

Shortbows[]

Dragon Age: Origins[]

Name Damage
Critical chance Armor penetration Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Bregan's Bow
Ironbark
Requires: 24 dexterity
7.00 1.40% 5.0 1.00 0 +3 armor penetration
+6 attack
+10% critical/backstab damage
Requires the Bregan's Bow DLC
Darkspawn Shortbow
Varies
Requires: 10 dexterity
5.00 1.00% 3.00 1.00 0 +0.5 armor penetration
-1 dexterity
Orlesian Bow
Varies
Requires: 10 dexterity
5.00 1.00% 3.00 1.00 0
Scout's Bow
Varies
Requires: 10 dexterity
5.00 1.00% 3.00 1.00 0 Rapid aim (-0.1s) Purchased from Varathorn and Ilen or found in elven treasure.
Shortbow
Varies
Requires: 10 dexterity
5.00 1.00% 3.00 1.00 0
The Dark Moon
Dragonthorn
Requires: 30 dexterity
8.00 1.60% 6.60 1.00 0 +2 willpower
+10% nature resistance
+1.5 armor penetration
Available from Varathorn at the Dalish Camp after completing three main quests.
The Fox's Bow
Sylvanwood
Requires: 26 dexterity
7.50 1.50% 6.00 1.00 0 +10 defense against missiles Found in the vault of Redcliffe Castle.
Whitewood Bow
Whitewood
Requires: 18 dexterity
6.50 1.30% 4.80 1.00 0 +3 damage
+5% ranged critical chance
Found in a chest in the Kadan-Fe Hideout.
Wilds Bow
Yew
Requires: 14 dexterity
6.00 1.20% 4.20 1.00 0 +10% nature resistance Loot from hidden Chasind Cache in Korcari Wilds.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening[]

Name Damage
Critical chance Armor penetration Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Bregan's Bow
Dragonthorn
Requires: 30 Dexterity
8.00 1.60% 6.60 1.00 0 +6 Armor Penetration
+10 Attack
+15% Critical/Backstab Damage
Pre-order bonus item from gamestop.de.
Darkspawn Shortbow
Varies
Requires: 10 dexterity
5.00 1.00% 3.00 1.00 0 +2 cunning
+1 armor penetration
+2 attack
Dragonspite
Vhenadahl
Requires: 34 dexterity
8.50 1.70% 7.50 1.00 0 +4 damage
Rapid aim
Reduces Hostility
+10 attack
+20 damage vs. dragons
Located: Silverite Mine - Gas Pit

The Darkspawn Chronicles[]

Name Damage
Critical chance Armor penetration Strength modifier Runes Enhancements Notes
Darkspawn Shortbow
Yew
Requires: 14 dexterity
6.00 1.20% 4.20 1.00 0 +0.5 armor penetration