Green Hell: How to Build and Use Bow Traps

What are Bow Traps, and what are they used for?

The dangers players will face in Green Hell primarily come from wildlife, disease, and starvation. However, there are times when it will be necessary to defend your camp from hostile natives. If you’re looking for a crafty way to dispatch enemies before they sneak up on you, consider setting some Bow Traps to help you. These devious devices fire an arrow from a primitive crossbow at whatever steps on its tripwire.

This guide will walk you through how to build and utilize Bow Traps and offer some advice on the best places to set them.

How to build Bow Traps in Green Hell

Bow Trap Recipe in the Notebook in Green Hell
Bow Trap Recipe in the Notebook

Bow Traps are simple enough that you don’t need to find a prototype to be able to construct them. However, you will first need to craft a Bow of any variety before the blueprint will appear in your notebook.

Once you’ve done this, you can construct a Bow Trap using the following:

  • 4 Long Sticks
  • 5 Rope
  • 2 Sticks
  • 1 Small Stick

How to use Bow Traps in Green Hell

Remember that this trap, while deadly, isn’t useful for killing animals. With that in mind, choosing a location where human enemies will trigger it is important, but wildlife will not. Here are some tips to help make your Bow Traps more effective:

Placing a Bow Trap in Green Hell
Placing a Bow Trap in an Optimal Location

1. Narrow Passages

While the tripwire of this trap is quite long, it is still better to set it across narrow passages such as doorways and cave entrances. This strategy guarantees that any enemy crossing through that passage must trigger the trap before they can enter. Just make sure ahead of time that it isn’t a passage that wildlife also frequents.

2. Roads and Footpaths

The Amazon jungle is dense with foliage and difficult to navigate. Because of this, the few footpaths and roads on the map are regularly used by natives to make travel easier. Setting a Bow Trap across a major thoroughfare greatly increases the chances of it being triggered by an enemy.

3. Away from Animals

The Bow Trap is ineffective at killing animals but can still be triggered by them if they cross over the tripwire. Before deciding where to set your trap, study the area and ensure the location isn’t frequented by medium or large animals such as capybaras, armadillos, or jaguars.

Pros and cons of Bow Traps

Looking at a Set Up Bow Trap in Green Hell
Bow Traps in Green Hell are Great for Base Defense


  • These traps require ammunition to function
  • Bow Traps are quite large, and may be difficult to find a place for
  • They are practically useless for capturing animals
  • Animals can trigger this trap without being killed by it
  • These traps make very little sound, so they don’t work well as a warning system


  • This trap is useful for base defense
  • Natives struck by this trap are usually killed immediately
  • Alternate arrow types can be used in this trap
  • These traps have a wide trigger area
  • This trap is very easy to construct

Tips and tricks for using Bow Traps

Adding Ammunition to a Bow Trap in Green Hell
Adding Ammunition to the Bow Trap
  • The height of these traps places the crossbow level with a human head, so make sure the trap is built on level ground, or the arrow may strike too low or miss entirely
  • Enemy AI is very easy to trick, so leading natives into these traps is simple
  • Small choke points between trees, logs, and other obstacles can be utilized, as enemies rarely climb over them
  • Don’t plan on recovering arrows you load into this trap, as they are very difficult to locate if they don’t break

Final thoughts on Bow Traps

With future advancements to combat in the works by Creepy Jar, now is as good a time as any to bolster your camp’s defenses. Whether you are surviving alone or with friends, having an extra bow watching your back is always better.

Looking for some more hints to help you stay alive in the jungle? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started.

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