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FFIV Bow
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The Elfin Bow.

Bows (, Yumi?) are a recurring group of weapons from the Final Fantasy series. They first appear in Final Fantasy II, and are used by most Archers. Bows are notable for dealing the same amount of damage regardless of the user's position in the front or back row.

Bows often require arrows to be equipped to determine the type of damage dealt, while in some games, the bows themselves are standalone weapons and need no additional components. In early games, arrows needed to be purchased in multiples as they were consumed in battle, while in more recent games, ammunition becomes infinite. Recurring bows are: Dark Bow, Yoichi Bow, Elven Bow, Killer Bow, and the Artemis Bow, which tends to be the ultimate bow.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IIEdit

Ice Bow FFII Art

The Ice Bow.

Maria Bow

Bows are the starting weapon of Maria, though Leila also has some skill level in bows. Bows require no ammunition. In earlier versions, equipping a bow will lower that character's magic accuracy bonus by seventy points. This was removed from the "Origins" release and all later versions.

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Final Fantasy IIIEdit

Great Bow FFIII Art

The Great Bow.

Ranger Bow

Bows can be equipped by the Freelancer, Onion Knight, Warrior, Black Mage, Red Mage, and Ranger jobs, and are the specialty of the Ranger. Arrows are consumed in battle and must be purchased in multiples. Artemis Bow is the ultimate weapon for Rangers.

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Final Fantasy IVEdit

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The Elven Bow.

FFIV Arrow

Bows are primarily equipped by Rosa. Rydia, Edward, Palom, Porom, Cecil, and Cid can equip bows in all versions but the 3D version. Arrows are consumed in battle and must be purchased in multiples, but in the 3D version, ammunition is infinite.

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Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

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Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

Bows can be equipped by Rydia, Palom, Porom, Leonora, Luca, Cid, Cecil, Ceodore, Rosa, and Izayoi.

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Final Fantasy VEdit

FFV Bows Icon iOS Bows can be equipped by the Freelancer, Ranger, and Gladiator jobs, until the Ranger's level 3 ability Equip Bow allows a character to equip bows regardless of job. Bows are standalone weapons and require no ammunition. All bows are long range and as such ignore damage reduction in the back row. Bows deal damage based on Strength and Agility.

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Final Fantasy XIEdit

FFXI Archery 2

The Loxley Bow.

Bows can be used by a number of jobs, but the Ranger job is the only one proficient enough to use weaponskills with them.

Though there is a massive amount of bows, the most notable bows include:

  • Yoichinoyumi (Rangers and Samurai only)
  • Expunger
  • Cerberus Bow
  • Arco De Velocidad
  • Failnaught
  • Hamayumi
  • Ifrit's Bow
  • Perdu Bow
  • Lamian Kaman

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

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The Aevis Killer.

Bows are the most basic of the ranged weapons. Their arrow shots are unblockable, but are also quite sensitive in inclement weather such as rain. Arrows equipped have infinite ammunition. Weapons are universal among the player characters.

This is no longer the case in the International Zodiac Job System as bows can only be equipped by the Archer. In all versions, Fran joins the party initially equipped with a Shortbow.

The damage formula for bows is:

DMG = [ATK * RANDOM(1..1.125)]- DEF] * [1 + STR * (Lv+SPD)/218]

Due to the weight put on a user's Strength and Speed stats, it is recommended to equip Vaan or Balthier with a bow.

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Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

RW Fran Weapon Icon

Fran once again uses bows in battle, and is the only playable character who does so. Her bows are standalone weapons and require no ammunition.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

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The Starseeker in bow mode.

Serah wields a bowsword that switches between bow and sword forms.


Final Fantasy XIVEdit

Bows can be equipped by the Archer class, a Disciple of War.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

FFT Windslash Bow

The Archer uses bows, which come equipped with arrows. The Archer can use the "Aim" ("Charge" in the PSX version) ability to build up power in a bow for a more powerful attack. Arrows are sensitive to obstacles and may be blocked.

Because the trajectory of bow is parabolic, the arrow may travel across obstacles if they are not too high. Also the default range of 3 to 5 grids increases as the attacker's position is higher than the target, and vice versa. The damage power of bow is related to the wielder's Speed stat, but is unaffected by Haste or Slow status.

The trajectory of crossbow is always a straight line and its range is not affected by elevation. Also the damage power relates to the wielder's physical attack power rather than speed.

Bows are two-handed weapons and crossbows are one-handed. If the unit is capable of equipping a crossbow and a shield, they can hold them at the same time, balancing long range attack with defense.

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Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

FFTA Perseus Bow

Hume and viera Archers uses the bow class of weapons, while hume Hunters and viera Snipers and Assassins use the more powerful set of greatbows. Bows and greatbows are cheaper to purchase at Cyril and Muscadet.

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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

FFTA Malbow

Bows can now be equipped by Archers and Rangers, while greatbows can still be equipped by Hunters, Snipers, and Assassins. Most have kept their names and abilities taught.

List of bows: List of greatbows:
  • Max's Oathbow
  • Seventh Heaven

Vagrant StoryEdit

There are eight different types of bows.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

FFT-0 Bow Icon
Type-0 Longbow

Model of Trey's bow and arrow.

Trey uses a bow as his weapon of choice.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of FatesEdit

Bows are weapons used by the Selkie tribe. They are the only weapon able to attack from long ranges. As Selkies level up, they gain the ability to fire more projectiles, the max being five. Their charge ability allows them to fire many arrows at once rapidly.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeEdit

Bows are once again usable by the Selkie tribe.

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Final Fantasy Mystic QuestEdit

MQBowofGrace

Phoebe uses the only bow, the Bow of Grace, as her primary weapon was given to Benjamin. She has limited ammunition, merely called Arrow(s) and it does shoot-elemental damage to enemies, good against aerial-type enemies. Her arrows can inflict Blind.

The Final Fantasy LegendEdit

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Final Fantasy Legend IIEdit

FFLII Bow Icon

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Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

FFLIII Bow

Bows appears as a type of weapon.

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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit

FF4HoL Stardust Bow

The Stardust Bow.

Bows can be equipped by all jobs, but are benefited most by the Ranger crowns. Bows deals more damage against flying enemies. They are standalone weapons and will always target enemies in the rear of the enemy formation.

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Bravely DefaultEdit

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The Mythril Bow.

Bows can be equipped by any job class, but only Rangers have a natural S-rank for weapon aptitude. Equipping the Bow Lore support ability allows characters to have an S-rank for bows regardless of job class.

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Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

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FFTA Buster SwordThis article or section is a stub about equipment in Final Fantasy Dimensions. You can help the Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

FFAB Silver Bow N

The Silver Bow

FFTA Buster SwordThis article or section is a stub about equipment in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. You can help the Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it.

Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

Bows can be equipped by the Ranger.

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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK Bow Icon

Bows are ranged weapon with focus on increasing user's Attack, but they also mildly improve Magic and Mind.

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