Wooden arrows are the most commonly used ammo in the game pre-workbenches. Compared to their High Velocity Arrow counterparts, they have less velocity and more drop but are considerably cheaper and easier to craft.
Requiring only basic materials, wooden arrows are crafted from wood, and stone, making them the most accessible ammo after spawning off the beach. They are a default blueprint on servers using vanilla settings and are craftable without a workbench.
Even after players have access to metal and a Tier 1 Work Bench, most usually stick with the standard arrow due to the Metal Fragments allocation for base defense instead of a minor offense circumstantial perk.
Players can loot arrows from several crate types found along roads and monuments, but they are not on NPC loot tables.
Due to their meager crafting cost, arrows do not provide much benefit from being recycled.
Before the Compound Bow Nerf, wooden arrows’ most significant raiding utility came from the cheap price to safely and effectively destroy Auto Turrets, costing just 100 arrows from a fully charged compound bow to destroy.