7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Bow / Crossbow Parts

Learn how to obtain Bow / Crossbow Parts and what they can be used for

Admittedly, we aren’t wholly sure what qualifies as a bow or crossbow part that would require special machinery to make. Whether it is pulleys, triggers, tension screws, or something else, you will need Bow / Crossbow Parts if you want to craft anything more than a Primitive Bow in 7 Days to Die.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about scavenging and using Bow / Crossbow Parts in 7D2D and how they can be used best.

How to get Bow / Crossbow Parts in 7 Days to Die

Bow / Crossbow Parts are rare, specialized components specifically designed for creating powerful bows and crossbows. They cannot be crafted, so there are only a few ways to get your hands on these valuable materials:

1. Scavenging

Searching Military Crates for Weapon Parts in 7 Days to Die
Searching Military Crates for Weapon Parts

As with all advanced weapon parts, you can search for Bow / Crossbow Parts anywhere you’d expect to find a functional firearm. Gun safes, weapon bags, hardened chests, gun racks, and weapon crates are all great locations to find these components.

2. Scrapping

Breaking Down Spare Bows for Parts in 7 Days to Die
Breaking Down Spare Bows for Parts

Waste-not, want-not. If you need Bow / Crossbow Parts, you can also scrap existing non-primitive (tier-2 and above) bows and crossbows to reclaim a portion of their parts. These weapons can be found in the same locations as their parts and include the Wooden Bow, Iron Crossbow, Compound Bow, and Compound Crossbow.

3. Trading

Buying Bow_Crossbow Parts From Trader Hugh in 7 Days to Die
Buying Bow_Crossbow Parts From Trader Hugh

Some traders will carry weapon parts in their inventory for sale. This is typically the most costly method of collecting these components, but it can be much faster than trying to search for them if you have dukes to spend. Trader Hugh in the Snow Biome of Navezgane is typically your best bet to find what you need, as he specializes in weapons and ammo.

Tips for farming Bow / Crossbow Parts in 7 Days to Die

These parts are not easy to find by any means. Fortunately, you’ll probably only need a few unless you’re crafting lots of bows and crossbows. But we’ve got you covered if you need tips to make your search more effective.

1. Bow / Crossbow Perks

The Archery Perk in 7 Days to Die
The Archery Perk

With the addition of the crafting skill system in the A21 Update, players can now increase their chances of finding specialized parts for a certain weapon or tool by investing in its relevant perk. For Bow / Crossbow Parts, players should consider putting points into the Archery perk to increase the odds of finding what they’re looking for.

2. Gun Shops and Factories

Searching a Gun Store for Weapon Parts in 7 Days to Die
Searching a Gun Store for Weapon Parts In-Game

Navezgane is dotted with numerous gun shops of various sizes as well as shooting ranges and the coveted Shotgun Messiah Factory in the Wasteland Biome of Navezgane. All of these locations are great places to search for weapon parts of any kind, in addition to ammo, armor, and explosives.

Remember: The all-in-one brand for ranged weapons in 7D2D is “Shotgun Messiah,” so any buildings or crates with that name on them are likely to be carrying guns, weapon parts, and ammo.

3. Government Buildings and Military Bases

Approaching a Military Outpost in 7 Days to Die
Approaching a Military Outpost

Governmental buildings (such as police stations, fire stations, etc.) can be found inside and near the outskirts of cities and often conceal at least one gun safe or an entire armory in some cases. Additionally, the abandoned military bases dotting the countryside are bound to carry at least a few high-value weapon containers.

Be careful, however, as these locations are often well-defended and swarming with armored and feral undead.

Using Bow / Crossbow Parts in 7 Days to Die

Bow / Crossbow Parts are specialized components specifically designed for use in archery weapons. As such, they are used for crafting any modern bows or crossbows. The following 4 recipes can be crafted using this resource.

1. Wooden Bow

Wooden Bow Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Wooden Bow Crafting Recipe

This tier-2 Wooden Bow is much more than just a stick strung with sinew. Capable of silently and effectively eliminating targets, this bow is a big step up from more primitive missile weapons.

2. Iron Crossbow

Iron Crossbow Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Iron Crossbow Crafting Recipe

The Iron Crossbow is a tier-3 weapon visually similar to medieval weapons of war. Much like its ancestors, this weapon is capable of picking off targets from a safe distance and even penetrating armor with the right ammo.

3. Compound Bow

Compound Crossbow Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Compound Crossbow Crafting Recipe

This tier-4 Compound Bow is the modern hunter’s best friend. Quicker and more mobile than any other bow and sporting a hefty damage value, this weapon is a silent killing machine in the hands of an experienced archer.

4. Compound Crossbow

Compound Bow Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Compound Bow Crafting Recipe

The Compound Crossbow is an accurate, silent, and deadly tier-5 crossbow. With one of the highest stealth damage values in the game and impeccable accuracy at mid-range, this mechanized weapon is the highlight of any stealth build.

Final thoughts on Bow / Crossbow Parts

With all of the other crazy machines, our character is capable of constructing out of scrap, bows, and crossbows of pretty much any variety should be within our grasp as well. But we understand The Fun Pimps added in these components as a balance for other weapons requiring specialized parts, so we don’t mind looking for them.

If you’re looking for more tips to help you get started in Navezgane, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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