Serpent Bow

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attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 75
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
Rng 50
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy -
Mag -
Fire -
Ligt -
Holy -
Boost -

attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str E
Dex D 
Arc D
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 8
Dex 15
Arc 11
Bow None
Mighty Shot FP - (6 6)
Wgt. 3.5 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Serpent Bow is a Bow in Elden Ring. The Serpent Bow scales primarily with Dexterity and is a good Weapon for long ranged combat. 

 

Malformed bow in the shape of a pair of poisonous snakes. Imbues arrows with poison through pagan magic, revealing its true worth when used with poison-infused arrows.
Used by assassins known as the Formless Serpents.

 

Where to Find Serpent Bow in Elden Ring

The Serpent Bow weapon can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Serpent Bow Notes & Tips

  • Weapon Skill: Mighty Shot
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War
  • Serpent Bow can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones
  • Adds a base of 15 poison build-up to all arrows. This leaves a visible effect on the arrows.
    • Best paired with Serpent Arrows for faster poisoning. Specially effective when using its skill, Mighty Shot.
    • The poison inflicted is not deadly poison, despite bearing similar design elements to the Serpentbone Blade and the Venomous Fang. See (Poison) for more information. 
    • The buildup of Scarlet Rot from Rotbone Arrows is not affected by this bow, since Scarlet Rot doesn't scale.
    • The way this bow works is adding poison build-up to all arrow-like fired projectiles, including crossbows.
      • This means all you have to do is hold this bow in one hand, and it will still add poison build-up to any projectiles fired from any bow or crossbow of your choice in the other hand. It will take more hits than just using the Serpent Bow itself, but if you hit enough times, it will proc poison.

  • The Arcane scaling on this weapon does not affect damage. The arcane scaling only affects the build-up of poison, bleed, and sleep passive effects of arrows. This bow is mostly advantageous with builds that integrate medium to high arcane.
    • Deals similar damage to the Longbow, and shares the same Weapon Skill. Can be a potential substitute for it.
    • At low levels the Black Bow or any Light Bow with Barrage may be more effective for quickly applying status buildup (at short range).

  • Sell Value:  er runes 13 100.

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Serpent Bow

  • Videos for the Serpent Bow Coming Soon

 

Serpent Bow Upgrades in Elden Ring

Please see the Upgrades page to understand the weapon bolstering process.

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones

This upgrade can't be enchanted with Magic nor boosted with Consumables.

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Serpent Bow Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 75 - - - - 30 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +1 85 - - - - 33 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +2 96 - - - - 36 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +3 107 - - - - 39 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +4 118 - - - - 42 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +5 129 - - - - 45 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +6 140 - - - - 48 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +7 151 - - - - 51 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +8 162 - - - - 54 E D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +9 172 - - - - 57 D D - - D - - - - - - - -
Standard +10 183 - - - - 60 D D - - D - - - - - - - -

 

 

Elden Ring Bows
Albinauric Bow  ♦  Black Bow  ♦  Erdtree Bow  ♦  Horn Bow  ♦  Longbow  ♦  Pulley Bow



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    • Anonymous

      It makes no sense to me that this bow's arcane scaling doesn't effect the damage.

      If it only effects the poison output, that is no different than arcane stats with any poison dealing weapon, so why put it as a scaling on the bow?

      I feel like it is broken like all of the other arcane scaling weapons used to be, but this one didn't get fixed.

      • I know it would be difficult to obtain a table of how each upgrade level and point in Arcane affects each status on each arrow (by which I mean how much), but it would certainly be nice to have.

        • I know it would be difficult to obtain a table of how each upgrade level and point in Arcane affects each status on each arrow (by which I mean how much), but it would certainly be nice to have.

          • Anonymous

            Man, this makes me want to know more about the Formless Serpents. I have a hunch they used the Serpentbone Blade.

            • Anonymous

              It's absolutely ridiculous this isn't classed as a short bow, literally looks nothing like a longbow, and is extremely slow. I can get enough hits to proc poison / sleep with the Black Bow in less time it takes for this due to it's agility and having shortbow mechanics.

              Black Bow = 4 hits to proc sleep, 4 hits to proc poison, can roll-shot, can quickly shoot after landing from jump, extremely high mobility.
              Serpents Bow = 2 hits to proc sleep, 2/3 to proc poison, can't roll-shot, can't quickly shoot after landing from jump. Very limited mobility, and honestly it makes this weapon completely useless in PVP.

              • Anonymous

                I'm thinking about making my first status build and was wondering if this is significantly better at applying poison or marginally compared to the black bow. Can I get some insight from anyone that's tried these out?

                • Anonymous

                  as of patch 1.05 the poison buildup doesn't apply to other bows/crossbows when offhanded, it only adds poison buildup to arrows fired from this bow

                  • Anonymous

                    this really should have the Light Bow moveset, it's the second smallest bow in the game, only Misbegotten Shortbow is smaller , lol

                    • Anonymous

                      Did they nerf this bow? I've got 99 arcane and am using this with bleed arrows, but both it and black bow require 11-12 shots to bleed one of the dragons in dragonbarrow.

                      • Anonymous

                        so i am going for a status bow build (my idea was making an assassine of sorts that can use a lot of status affliction through arrows),
                        is this the best bow i can use

                        • Anonymous

                          On a dex build even with minimal arcane, this is the best bow in game, I was surprised black bow didn’t beat it because that’s the go to bow in every souls game

                          • Anonymous

                            I notice it doesn't have passive poison, does that mean it gets its "true worth" from serpent arrows only, or will the **** I fletch get bonus build?

                            • Anonymous

                              Very fun for stealth invasions when using poisoned arrows of some kind. Applying poison and then disappearing back into the bushes to harass your quarry and deplete their supplies is just good, clean fun.

                              • I am using the Arrow's Reach Talisman and fetched poison arrows to increase range and with an Arcane of 32, it takes 2 to 3 arrows to proc poison and usually kills the mob. The extra range is letting me manual aim and take mobs out from a great distance. I also use to poison strong mobs and run away while the poison does its thing. What does upgrading with Somber stones do for this bow? The chart looks like it only increases physical damage which is not what I use this bow for. I use my longbow for damage only to save poison arrows.

                                • Anonymous

                                  This thing is crazy with a decent amount of Arcane. At 45 Arcane, testing on the Troll outside the Secluded Cell grace, the longbow took 5 poisonbone arrows to proc. The Serpent Bow took just two.

                                  • Build idea: Poison Dragon Acolyte (early game)

                                    This bow + rot breath (dragon comm. Inc.), should do for some ez laidback gameplay. Use rot breath to inflict one DoT, then start using arrows to inflict a 2nd DoT. Alternate when the infliction runs out, rinse n repeat.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Has Arcane scaling but is unfortunately stuck with Mighty Shot. Barrage or Arrow Rain would be nicer for faster status procs.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Does anyone know if I can left hand this, with short bow on right hand using rain of arrows + bleed arrow? Will the Serpant's bow passive add on to the rain of arrows skill?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          needs higher scaling or better range. pulley or black just outclasses this anyday esp since its so easy to apply poison with serpent arrows

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I don't know why my comment has been removed but I have reason to believe this bow has inverse scaling on fire arrows. Because I increased my Arcane stat and this REDUCED the damage of firebone arrows. I still have the numbers.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              50 ARCANE + Serpent Bow + Serpent Arrow + Mighty Shot Ash of War = 1 SHOT POISON THROUGH SHIELDS

                                              If they are running some anti-status effect incantations or talismans it might be 2 or 3.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Fun fact! The way how this bow works is to add poison build-up to arrow attacks. So in other words all you have to do is hold this bow in one hand and it still gonna add poison build-up to any arrow attacks from any bow or crossbow of your choice. It will take some hits, but if you hit it enough it will proc poison.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I’ve got this leveled up on my dex/arc build, using the serpent arrows from the Caelid merchant, and really it’s just disappointing. Poison is too slow to be much use in a game where fights are often decided in seconds.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    As of 1.3.2:

                                                    The Bow's damage itself indeed does not scale with Arcane, but as the ONLY Bow with Arcane Scaling it is also the only way to have Status Effects from Arrows Scale with Arcane, except for Rot and Cold.
                                                    Also, while the Bonus Poison Build up is massive on Poison Arrows, it is actually weakly applied to every Arrow shot with this Bow.

                                                    (Tested against the Troll in front of the Third Church of Marika with exception to Sleepbone Arrow that was used to put the Runebear in Mistwood Ruins back to Sleep!)

                                                    With the exact required stats of 8 STR, 15 DEX, 11 ARC as minimum:

                                                    +0 with 8 STR, 15 DEX, 11 ARC = 75+6
                                                    +10 with 8 STR, 15 DEX, 11 ARC = 183+27

                                                    +0 with 99 STR, 15 DEX, 11 ARC = 75+16
                                                    +10 with 99 STR, 15 DEX, 11 ARC = 183+73

                                                    +0 with 8 STR, 99 DEX, 11 ARC = 75+23
                                                    +10 with 8 STR, 99 DEX, 11 ARC = 183+102

                                                    +0 with 8 STR, 15 DEX, 99 ARC = 75+6
                                                    +10 with 8 STR, 15 DEX, 99 ARC = 183+27

                                                    +0 with 99 STR, 99 DEX, 99 ARC = 75+33
                                                    +10 with 99 STR, 99 DEX, 99 ARC = 183+148

                                                    Longbow for Comparison:
                                                    11-99 ARC + Longbow = 3 Sleepbone Arrows
                                                    11-99 ARC + Longbow = 6 Rotbone Arrow
                                                    11-99 ARC + Longbow = 6 Coldbone Arrow
                                                    11-99 ARC + Longbow = 5 Bloodbone Arrow
                                                    11-99 ARC + Longbow = 5 Poisonbone Arrow
                                                    11-99 ARC + Longbow = 4 Serpant Arrow

                                                    11 ARC + Serpent Bow = 3 Sleepbone Arrow
                                                    99 ARC + Serpent Bow = 2 Sleepbone Arrow
                                                    11 ARC + Serpent Bow = 6 Rotbone Arrow
                                                    99 ARC + Serpent Bow = 6 Rotbone Arrow
                                                    11 ARC + Serpent Bow = 6 Coldbone Arrow
                                                    99 ARC + Serpent Bow = 6 Coldbone Arrow
                                                    11 ARC + Serpent Bow = 5 Bloodbone Arrow
                                                    99 ARC + Serpent Bow = 3 Bloodbone Arrow
                                                    11 ARC + Serpent Bow = 3 Poisonbone Arrow
                                                    99 ARC + Serpent Bow = 2 Poisonbone Arrow
                                                    11 ARC + Serpent Bow = 3 Serpant Arrow
                                                    99 ARC + Serpent Bow = 1 Serpant Arrow

                                                    Bonus:
                                                    11 ARC + Serpent Bow = 23 ANY Arrows to Poison
                                                    99 ARC + Serpent Bow = 8 ANY Arrows to Poison

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Unless your trying to proc poison as quickly as possible this bow is great for normal useage, because it does make normal arrows poison arrows after like 10 shots.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Using this to open up boss/PvP fights before switching to a bleed weapon for melee is *chef's kiss*. Arcane builds in general are so much fun now.

                                                        • Can someone tell me for sure: does this bow make only poisonous arrows proc faster or does it also apply to usual arrows?

                                                          It says in the weapon stats that it doesn't have a passive effect and I used on some usual enemies with usual arrows and it doesn't seem do proc.

                                                          Can someone confirm/infirm this? Thanks

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            So this bow doesn't proc is u use usual arrows bit it procs faster if I use poison arrows - is this correct? Can someone correct me/confirm?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              When combined with serpent arrows, this will poison everything that can be poisoned extremely quickly.
                                                              It's a very efficient way to dispatch annoying bosses and enemies from afar, even those with high poison resistance (I just killed Astel with this, was much easier than expected).
                                                              The bow also has very low weight, which makes it a great back-up weapon.

                                                              • With a Serpent Bow +10 & 50 Arcane, it seems that poison is applied faster than with other bow-types according to my own tests. It also gives a small poison build-up to all other types of arrows.


                                                                It takes 2 shots to apply a 9dps for 90secs poison with either Poisonbone or Serpent arrows. The difference in damage between them is marginal at best, also. (305 vs 314, surprise hit) 1 Mighty Shot to apply poison with both types of arrows.
                                                                It takes 8-11 shots with Bone, Magicbone, Bloodbone and Rotbone Arrows to apply the same poison (Bleed and Scarlet Rot were applied before the Poison procced). 5-6 shots using Mighty Shot.


                                                                The increased build-up only applies to the Serpent Bow with Poison-inducing arrows, it takes the same amount of shots as any other bows to apply other status effects. (Tested with Sleep, Frost, Bleed, Rot ...)


                                                                It takes 4 (serpent)/5 (poisonbone) shots to also apply a 9dps for 90secs poison using a Horn Bow +23 and a Harp Bow +0. 5(serpent) & 6(poisonbone) shots with the Barrage skill.


                                                                With this information, we can conclude that the Serpent Bow's description means that it adds a small poison build-up to any arrow types you shoot with it, and a larger build-up for poison-infused arrows. The Serpent Arrows are wrongfully labelled as dealing Heavy Poison while actually only applying regular poison.

                                                                All of this has been tested against the giant enemy right outside of the Secluded Cell Site of Grace in Stormveil Castle.

                                                                • Lots of people commenting on this being bugged, but it really isn't... I think the damage scaling is confusing people as arcane currently doesn't change the AR of this bow, and having a letter indicating scaling is why do many people are complaining. Arcane only affects the poison buildup applied by shots from this bow. If it's working as intended From should've gotten rid of that letter indicating damage should also scale with arcane.

                                                                  I personally love the bow as it is, great way to proc poison at range in PvE. Not so useful in PVP other than to harass people or surprise attacks. Weapon art seems to inflict extra poison buildup, usually can trigger poison in just one shot in PVP. It's a cool thing to have at your disposal, it's not op but does great at applying pressure.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    For a poison build this bow rocks. Have a weapon with poisonous moth flight and once you poison a target at range you can move in and hit it HARD with the wep art. I run this bow with a poisoned flowing curved sword (personal choice for strong attacks) with poison moth flight.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      does the arcane scaling on this allow it to affect scaling of statuses other than poison? eg. scarlet rot, bleed

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Ok, through testing at minimum requirements, it adds 25 build up to arrows with elemental damage, and 30 to normal and status effect arrows and 40 to poison arrows (this was not upgraded and are a rough estimate based on a single troll to arrows used, and each arrow was tested 3 times, my guess is at max upgrade and high stats it’ll double at best, using rot and poison arrows will be the preferred arrows, bleed arrows was the most painful to guess as it killed the giant very quickly before the poison however I imagine that at max, the bleed will proc 1 arrow difference or the same time, making it extremely lethal

                                                                        I am still testing at 50 arc with 0 upgrades and it’s only been a 1 arrow difference for normal arrows 2 for poison and so far no change (that’s noticeable) for elemental arrows, my guess though, it’ll be very handy for bleed builds at the start of a fight plus with rot arrows, once rot procs switch to poison throwing darts if you want and have the talisman that gives the damage boost

                                                                        Using river blood with this and bosses have been a joke for myself and my finger barer

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          The ARC scaling affects the amount of poison buildup from the bow on top of the arrows, not the damage. I believe this is as intended.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            does this inflict poison with all kind arrows? I'm wondering what ammo use on it. Serpent arrows, and maybe rot ones?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              does this inflict poison with all kind arrows? I'm wondering what ammo use on it. Serpent arrows, and maybe rot ones?

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                True to it's description, it did EVENTUALLY inflict poison with regular arrows with my 44 arcane character. Tested at the troll in the passage just west of gatefront, it took like 15 arrows though and the troll was almost dead by the time it works, bow was +4

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Either a visual bug with the scaling or part of the interaction with serpent arrows on this weapon. Arsenal shows significantly lower damage with serpent arrows, but the damage is comparable if not more than any other arrow.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Does not seem to affect frostbite unless I'm not noticing. And, if that's the case, there's no weapon with frostbite which can be increased with arcane (status effect-wise).

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Bleed build up is pretty insane with this thing. It's like bloody slash but with 10x the range (minus the damage because of bug).

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Upgrading this seems to drastically improve the poison build up, as does using the weapon art instead of firing regularly.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          If you invest in arcane this will boost the build up of all status effect arrows, not just poison. It's good, but man I wish there was an arcane light bow.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            It would seem that this bow does not affect Rot buildup. Tested with the mini dragons outside Fort Faroth with +10 Serpent and +10 Pulley with feathered arrows. Seems to take 15 arrows with each.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Can confirm that Mighty Shot increases Aux buildup, ie. poison build up. Tested on the foot soldiers outside Raya Lucaria entrance: using Mighty Shot and Serpent Arrows, I could guarantee poison was applied in 1 shot whereas normal shots took 2.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I did some additional testing on the dragons in the Dragonbarrow area with non-upgraded weapons.
                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                Longbow (+0)
                                                                                                Wood Arrow: 62 damage
                                                                                                Serpent Arrow: 49 damage, 9 arrows to poison
                                                                                                -
                                                                                                Serpent Bow (+0)
                                                                                                Wood Arrow: 59 damage, 49 arrows to poison
                                                                                                Serpent Arrow: 46 damage, 4 arrows to poison
                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                Now, 49 arrows seems like a lot, so i figured that this might simply be due to the massive poison resistance of dragons.
                                                                                                So I tested it again on the giant near the Church of Elleh.
                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                Longbow (+0)
                                                                                                Serpent Arrows: 4 arrows to poison
                                                                                                -
                                                                                                Serpent Bow (+0)
                                                                                                Wood Arrow: 18 arrows to poison
                                                                                                Dwelling Arrow: about the same
                                                                                                Serpent Arrow: 2 arrows to poison
                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                From this, we can conclude that the passive effect of the serpent bow is working properly.
                                                                                                However, unless the enemy is incredibly weak to poison, non-poison arrows will simply kill the enemy before the poison is applied.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Did some tests on runebear in Mistwood (with 28 Arcane points):
                                                                                                  Serpent Arrow (Poison):
                                                                                                  +9 Serpent Bow: 3 hits
                                                                                                  +16 Horn Bow: 5 hits
                                                                                                  Sleepbone Arrow (Sleep):
                                                                                                  +9 Serpent Bow: 3 hits
                                                                                                  +16 Horn Bow: 4 hits

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Does the bow alone apply poison buildup to your arrows? Or does it only improve buildup on poison arrows?

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      It's a Special Weaponry. Requires Somber Smithing Stone to Upgrade. Additionally you can't use Dark Flame Blood or Poison Armaments and can't change things with Ashes of War either.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Info here is completely wrong. It upgrades with somber smithing stones, not normal ones and you cant change the Ash

                                                                                                        • Could be a bug, but damage does NOT scale with Arcane at all. Only Dexterity and Strength changes the damage output. It could be referring to just the innate poison damage which is disappointing. Was hoping for a ranged Arcane weapon.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Doesn't take Ashes of War, Requires Somber Smithing Stones to upgrade, can't tell if any poison effect happens with regular arrows either.

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