Greatbows are a type of Weapon in Elden Ring. Greatbows are ranged weapons that can be used to inflict damage on hostile characters from afar and with great potential to break guard. They grant no guard protection, encouraging users to maintain distance from advancing enemies. Greatbows do not share the ability to fire mid-jump with the other types of bows. Greatbows require Great Arrows as ammunition.

Greatbows can not be greased, spell buffed, or given new affinities, and out of all the Greatbows, only the Greatbow can be modified with many different Ashes of War, allowing you to change their Skills and Damage Type. The rest have fixed Skills that cannot be changed.

 

 See also: Bows | Light Bows

Elden Ring Greatbows

 

 

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Elden Ring Greatbows Base Values

Quick Search of All Weapons

Name
Phy Range Mag Fire Ligh Holy Crit
Boost
Str Dex Int Fai Arc Wgt Skill
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Greatbow

125

-

50

 -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

 20

D

20

D

-

-

-

-

-

-

10

- (9 9)

Through and Through

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Golem Greatbow

130

-

50

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

24

D

18

E

-

-

-

-

-

-

14.5

- (9 9)

Through and Through

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Erdtree Greatbow

60

-

50

-

-

-

-

-

-

65

-

100

-

20

E

14

E

-

-

14

D

-

-

11.0

- (9 9)

Through and Through

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Lion Greatbow

120

-

50

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

-

22

D

18

D

-

-

-

-

-

-

9.5

- (25 -)

Radahn's Rain

Elden Ring Greatbows Max Standard Values

Quick Search of All Weapons

ame Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt Upgrade
Erdtree Greatbow 147 - - - 159 100 150 D D - D - - - - - - - - - 11 Somber Smithing Stones
Golem Greatbow 318 - - - - 100 150 C D - - - - - - - - - - - 14.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Greatbow 306 - - - - 100 150 D D - - - - - - - - - - - 10 Smithing Stones
Lion Greatbow 294 - - - - 100 150 D D - - - - - - - - - - - 9.5 Somber Smithing Stones

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Only four greatbows and only one unique weapon art. ...I mean Radahn's Rain is a very GOOD weapon art in the right situation, but I can't help but feel cheated every time a unique weapon has a non-unique weapon art.

      • Anonymous

        I just want to put it out there that great bows in the Haligtree are hilarious. Now if only we could get a good ole "fus roh dah" in here. Rejection is funny too, but I really want to send these marshmallows flying.

        • Anonymous

          I had two great bows in my inventory and I could not pickup a third. I placed both of them into my storage and same result. Anyone else have this issue? Bug?

          • Anonymous

            These need to be sped up significantly. Im a greatbow enjoyer, but there's really no reason to use one over a jar cannon outside of through and through. And they require significantly more investment to do less damage per shot, ash aside.

            • Anonymous

              We need a dex-scaling greatbow just like the demonslayer greatbow in ds3. Hope will be added in a future dlc

              • Anonymous

                Feels like Greatbows in general could use a big buff. They have the same range as longbows and can't be used crouching or on horseback. They deserve an advantage more than just better damage.

                • Anonymous

                  You always two hand bows so... 13 STR for "Greatbow" & "Erdtree" 15 STR for "Radhans" and 16 for "Golem's"

                  • Anonymous

                    I love using the Greatbow with Enchanted Shot as a finishing move, it always catches people off guard in PVP because the shot is super delayed, and instead of attacking me most players just begin panic rolling to dodge the shot, it's super funny.

                    • Anonymous

                      The Erdtree greatbow with holy great arrow turns into your normal shots are like the skill from DS3 millwood great bow (exploding shots for area dmg) :) enjoy.

                      • Anonymous

                        To the people who are saying that greatbows are useless and that Jar Cannon is the best:

                        On paper Jar Cannon is the obvious winner. I'm going to use Golem Greatbow as example. At both +5 Jar Cannon deals about 100 more damage than Golem Greatbow (tested on Banished Knight using regular bone ammunition for both). That's a big difference.

                        However, in practice, it is different. Jar Cannon takes 4 seconds to recover before you can do another action like dodging, weapon swapping and shooting another greatbolt. Golem Greatbow takes 2 seconds to recover. Furthermore, for 9FP you can use ashes of war Through and Through on Golem Greatbow to deal more damage and lower the recovery time to 1.5 seconds, meaning you can shoot 2 greatarrows in 3 seconds as opposed to the Jar Cannon shooting 1 greatbolt in 4 seconds. That's a big difference.

                        So, saying that greatbows are useless is not true when they are just as useful as every other ranged weapon type in the game. It really comes down to how you use it. Everything has its pros and cons and by using the Jar Cannon over Golem Greatbow you will be sacrificing speed for damage.

                        • Anonymous

                          From testing with 50/50 str/skl, it appears ballistae do more damage than greatbows... unless you use the greatbow skill (through and through), then greatbows do more damage.

                          • Anonymous

                            Golem Greatbow seems to be the best one, has the best scaling + highest base damage. For me at least, I hardly ever use the weapon skills, so it is possible that Lion Greatbow works better for those who prefer skills to raw power.

                            • Anonymous

                              I've seen at least two more Greatbows BESIDES the Erdtree Greatbow being used by other players online. Clearly lots of people are getting these weapons, but its being updated on this site at a snail's pace.

                              • Anonymous

                                There is a Golem greatbow. Not sure whether it’s a random drop, but I got it from the golem outside Morne Castle

                                • Anonymous

                                  You can get the Earth-tree great-bow by killing the chariot behind the fog-wall (need a keystone) in Tomb of knowledge. To kill it you have to get all the way around where the 2 Scions are (drop down the ledge) and up the elevator, there is a tough halberd enemy here so careful. After you killed him, stand where he stood and look up, there are 3 pods on the ceiling. Shoot the chains when the chariot is almost underneath to kill it

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