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A powerful greatbow. Fires a heavy arrow long distances.

Base Stats

Market Value
104 Silver
3 kg

Ranged Combat

17 dmg (Arrow)
Armor penetration
120 ticks (2 secs)
90 ticks (1.5 secs)
29.9 tile(s)
65% - 85% - 75% - 50%
Avg. accuracy
49 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
4.86 (3.66)
Stopping power

Melee Combat

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


Crafted At
Crafting spot/Fueled smithy/Electric smithy
Required Research
Skill Required
Crafting 6
Work To Make
9,000 ticks (2.5 mins)
Resources to make
Wood 60
Neolithic, NeolithicRangedHeavy, NeolithicRangedChief

The greatbow is a moderately heavy, single-shot ranged weapon which deals a slightly higher amount of damage per shot; slightly longer time between shots; slightly longer range and high overall accuracy.


Great bows can be manufactured at any smithy once the greatbow research has been completed; from Wood 60 Wood and 9,000 ticks (2.5 mins) of work. A crafting level of at least 6 is required.

Great bows can also be purchased from neolithic war merchants and orbital combat suppliers, or obtained from the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Heavy Archer 42.22% Normal 50-180%
Archer Chief 93.25% Normal 100%


Greatbows are the most powerful overall neolithic-tier ranged weapons in the game, beating the recurve bow in terms of range and damage, and handily beating the other options in its class. Accuracy at short and medium distances is also very good, as well as stopping power which is high enough not only to stagger humans, but also slightly larger targets such as cougars and all insectoids. Interestingly, the greatbow has a shorter cooldown than the short bow and recurve bow, as well as a longer warmup than cooldown, which is reversed compared to the aforementioned bows.

Close-up accuracy is worse than the other bows though, with close DPS only being on par with the recurve bow's. This weapon's also less skill-friendly than the other bow variants due to the aforementioned close-up accuracy as well as a longer warmup/cooldown cycle. The greatbow also surprisingly has the second-lowest armor penetration out of all neolithic-tier ranged weapons; even the short bow has better AP - the greatbow's DPS makes up for this though.

Mass is also higher than most other neolithic-tier ranged weapons (similar to many rifle-class firearms), with only the pila having an even higher mass. However, the greatbow's mass is still low enough that it generally won't have an adverse effect on a colonist's caravanning capabilities.

Similarly to the recurve bow, the greatbow's suitable for offensive and support roles. However, unlike the recurve bow, the greatbow's strictly best used in short-to-medium distance engagements due to its relatively poor close-quarters accuracy. This weapon's also an excellent choice for a hunting weapon, being nearly as good as the bolt-action rifle in this regard.

Against an unarmored human, a greatbow can kill with 3 hits to the torso, 2 hits to the head or neck, or 1 hit to the brain; cripple or destroy limbs in 2 hits; and destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 4 hits (~18.6 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

While it is the best of the bows, it is rapidly outclassed by even early guns of the same quality. Even Tribal starts will loot firearms to replace it, making researching it largely a waste of time. Should you find or craft a particularly high quality greatbow it might remain competitive in the early game.

Quality table

  • Quality Damage AP Accuracy
    Market Value
    Awful Greatbow 15.3 13.5% 52% 68% 60% 40% 4.37 2.27 2.97 2.62 1.75 52 Silver
    Poor Greatbow 17 15% 59% 77% 68% 45% 4.86 2.87 3.74 3.3 2.19 39 Silver
    Normal Greatbow 17 15% 65% 85% 75% 50% 4.86 3.16 4.13 3.65 2.43 39 Silver
    Good Greatbow 17 15% 72% 94% 83% 55% 4.86 3.5 4.57 4.03 2.67 49 Silver
    Excellent Greatbow 17 15% 78% 100% 90% 60% 4.86 3.79 4.86 4.37 2.92 73 Silver
    Masterwork Greatbow 21.25 18.75% 88% 100% 100% 68% 6.08 5.35 6.08 6.08 4.13 183 Silver
    Legendary Greatbow 25.5 22.5% 98% 100% 100% 75% 7.29 7.14 7.29 7.29 5.47 915 Silver
    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
  • Melee Combat

  • Tool Attack Damage Type Power AP Cooldown Likelihood Base DPS
    Overall - - 9 13% 2.00s - 4.50
    Limb Blunt Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 50.00% 4.50
    Limb Poke Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 50.00% 4.50
  • Version history

    • 0.3.410 - Added
    • At some point between Beta 18 and 1.2 it was nerfed. Accuracy was decreased from Touch accuracy was changed from 93% to 65%, range was decreased from 32 to 30 and damage from 18 to 17. It was also increased in weight from 1.2 to 3.0.