What is the Compound Bow, and what’s it used for?
The Sons Of The Forest Compound Bow is an extremely useful ranged weapon capable of dealing serious damage to targets from a safe distance. In addition to its renewable ammo, the Compound Bow is silent and won’t alert enemies to your location like guns will.
This Compound Bow is a pretty standard sport model, designed to give arrows additional power without causing increased strain on the archer. The Compound Bow is a serious upgrade from the Crafted Bow the player can make at the start of the game and is an excellent choice for both hunting and combat.
How to get the Compound Bow in Sons Of The Forest
The Compound Bow can be found inside Maintenance Tunnel B, next to the corpse of some poor guy who died with his head in a bathtub. The bow and corpse can both be found in the bathroom of the flooded apartment inside the maintenance tunnel.
The entrance to this tunnel is buried under a cannibal camp and will require a shovel and perhaps some forced evictions to reach.
What ammo does it use?
The Compound Bow uses arrows as ammunition and can fire the following three kinds:
- Stone Arrow
- 3D Printed Arrow
- Carbon Fiber Arrow
To switch between arrow types, aim the camera down at the player’s feet and press the reload key (default
R key.) Higher-quality arrows will fly straighter and deal more damage.
Low-quality Stone Arrows will drop quickly, requiring the player to aim well above their target when firing. These arrows deal less damage but can be crafted from the inventory by combining 4 small stones, 2 sticks, and 2 feathers.
3D Printed Arrows
Mid-quality 3D Printed Arrows can only be created at a 3D printer, requiring 50ml of resin to produce a batch of 5. These arrows fly relatively straight and deal moderate damage.
Carbon Fiber Arrows
High-quality Carbon Fiber Arrows cannot be crafted and must be found in the world. These arrows are somewhat rare and can be found inside military crates and stuck into corpses around points of interest, caves, or bunkers. These powerful arrows fly very straight and deal significant damage.
Tips and tricks for using the Compound Bow
Hold down the attack button (default Mouse 1 button) to pull back the bowstring until the arrow is drawn all the way back. Releasing before this animation is finished will cancel the draw. When you are aimed and ready to fire, release the attack button to let the arrow fly. Press the block button (default
Mouse 2 button) to release a drawn bow without firing.
Arrows that strike a target in the head will deal much more damage and can even kill an unarmored cannibal in one hit (giants and heavies excepted.) This extra damage does extend to Puffies.
Shooting a target in the leg (if it is bipedal) will cause it to fall to its knees or collapse to the ground. This is a good tactic for preventing pursuit or stopping enemies from fleeing and bringing reinforcements. Additionally, the Compound Bow is powerful enough to decapitate or dismember enemies when firing carbon fiber arrows at close range.
How to equip the Compound Bow
Once you have acquired the Compound Bow, you can equip it by:
- Opening your inventory
- Panning the mouse up and to the left of the crafting mat
- Selecting the Compound Bow by left-clicking on it
- The inventory will close, and you will have the weapon in hand
How to add the Compound Bow to the quick-select bag
Alternatively, if you’ve added the Compound Bow to your backpack, you can access it through the quick-select menu. Briefly hold down the inventory key to pull out the quick-select bag.
This is much faster than panning the inventory screen whenever you want to switch weapons. If you have the shovel on your quick-select bag, you can find it in short or long weapon slots.
The Compound Bow is considered a long weapon but can also be added to the short weapon slot. The long and short weapon slots on the left side of the backpack hold weapons such as the Tactical Axe, Crafted Spear, Rope Gun, Crafted Club, and more.
To add the Compound Bow to the quick-select bag:
- Open the inventory screen
- Add the backpack to the crafting mat by right-clicking on it
- If there is an item in both the long and short weapon slots, right-click on one to remove it
- Right-click on the Compound Bow to add it to the quick-select bag
How to assign the Compound Bow to a hotkey
If you’d like to have your bow in hand with a single keystroke, you can assign it to a hotkey by:
- Open the inventory
- Mouse over the Compound Bow above and to the left of the crafting mat
- With your mouse over the weapon, press one of the ten available hotkeys (1-0) to assign it to that key
- Now when you press the assigned key, the Compound Bow will automatically be equipped to your hands
The player can carry a maximum of 20 Stone Arrows, 20 3D Printed Arrows, and 25 Carbon Fiber arrows.
The Crossbow deals more damage than the Compound Bow; however, it must be reloaded after each shot. Additionally, the player can only carry 15 Crossbow Bolts, while the player can carry a maximum of 65 arrows.
No. The Compound Bow does not have a weapon rail and cannot use attachments.
No. The Compound Bow cannot be dropped or traded with other players.
Final thoughts on the Compound Bow
Silent, deadly, and versatile. The Compound Bow is a survivor’s best friend in Sons Of The Forest. Whether you are hunting moose, mutants, or your friends, it is unmatched in its ability to execute targets silently from a distance. Now get out there and be the Rambo you were always destined to be.