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The bow is a tool that is used to shoot arrows.



Skeletons drop a bow occasionally as a rare drop.


Both unenchanted and enchanted bows can be caught while fishing. Unenchanted bows make up part of the junk category, while enchanted bows make up part of the treasure category.


The bow is crafted with three sticks and three pieces of string.

Stick String Empty
String Empty Stick
String Stick Empty


Two bows can be combined in the crafting grid to combine their durability. This can also be done through use of the anvil, to preserve enchantments.


The bow is used to fire arrows.


See also: Combat

When the player right-clicks while holding the bow, if they have at least one arrow in their inventory, it will load the arrow into the bow, firing when the player lets go. The bow takes durability damage from this. The arrow does 1.5 hearts of damage upon impact with an entity.


The bow has 350 durability points. It loses 1 durability point when used to fire an arrow.


The bow can be enchanted directly through the Enchantment table.

Enchantments applicable to the bow include:


Main article: Arrow

Arrows shot using the bow eventually lose velocity, causing them to start falling, resulting in them having arched trajectory.

Shooting an arrow usually uses up the arrow, but if it does not hit an entity, it can be picked back up. However, if the bow is enchanted with infinity, the player does not lose arrows from their inventory, and the arrow that is shot cannot be picked back up, even if it doesn't hit an entity.

Arrows shot from a bow enchanted with flame appear on fire, and set fire to any entities they hit.


# Task Objective Needs
34 Fire a Bow. Use a bow to shot an arrow.
Bow.png Arrow.png


Version Date Changes
1.15 Sep 01, 2011
  • Added the bow
1.22 Jun 29, 2012
  • Bows are carried by skeletons
1.24 Dec 22, 2012
  • Skeletons have a higher chance of dropping their bows
1.27 Nov 13, 2015
  • Added a bow sound effect
1.29 Sep 27, 2019
  • Damage dealt by bows is now affected by Power instead of Punch
  • Arrows shot with an Infinity bow can no longer be picked up
  • The bow no longer loses durability when mining blocks
1.29.1 Oct 05, 2019
  • Firing a bow on a raft no longer causes errors


  • The flame enchantment is overkill on overworld mobs. It can kill a skeleton with one arrow.


See Also