Mastering the bow in The Last of Us Remastered


Being stealth is essential to surviving the post apocalyptic world of The Last of Us Remastered. In a world full of clicker zombies that navigate their way to you by the sound you make-- certain take down methods and weapons are obvious choices over a gun. Also, in a world where ammo is rare, you don't want to waste it!

Prima Games is here with 5 reasons you should utilize the bow and arrow in this article that breaks down the basics while giving you some tips and tricks on how to capitalize on this underrated weapon's power.

1. Buy the Upgrades

When players are first introduced to the Bow during Chapter 4: Bill's Town, there aren't a lot of reasons to use it. While aiming, the projective arch makes long distance shots difficult, and it seems like most of your arrows simply snap in half on impact. The results can be discouraging.
Upgrading your Bow can massively improve the way it performs. You'll suddenly find yourself looking for places to take advantage of it, rather than thinking of it as a last resort. Whether it's the Reload Speed, Range or Draw Speed, each of the upgrades will make a noticeable difference in its ease of use. While we can't say for certain, players may also find that they are able to retrieve more of their arrows.

2. Devastating Power

There are certainly more powerful weapons than the Bow, but when it comes to balancing stealth and damage, there is nothing else like it. If you upgrade the Range, it's capable of silently taking down targets at long distances with one hit, and can even drop a Clicker with two body shots, or one montage worthy bolt to the head.

When it comes to Hunters, Soldiers, Runners and Stalkers, as long as they aren't wearing body-armor, one arrow will do the trick. This allows players to effectively clean out an entire area without making a sound, or needing to get too close. Think about the bookstore on Chapter 5: Pittsburgh, or the six Runners near the beginning of Chapter 8: The University. There are definitely more examples to be found, but those are two that provide perfect opportunities to let the Bow shine.

3. Not Just an Offensive Option

When players decide to fire up the Survivor or Grounded difficulties, the Bow is going to be their best friend. Its ability to take out the opposition silently is a massive benefit, but it also allows them to sneak past hoards of Infected without being detected.

To do this, players must equip the bow as they are in the crouched position. They don't have to fire the weapon, but with it simply in their hands, they will move at the slowest pace the game allows. This means there is little chance that the finely tuned hearing of a Clicker will pick up on their movements. Think about the tunnel in Chapter 10: Bus Depot, or the room full of Infected that Joel and Sam end up in during Chapter 6: The Suburbs as examples of where this advanced maneuver will come in handy.

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