Elden Ring: Where to Find the Black Bow & Location

Add one of the better bows in Elden Ring to your arsenal with this guide to where you can find the Black Bow.

Unique in Elden Ring, the Black Bow is a standard bow with the unique ability to use the Barrage Ash of War, it also boasts high damage, relatively low weight, and incredible usability should you invest in the stats to equip it.

The Black Bow takes some effort to acquire, and bows aren't endgame DPS monsters, but they do have their uses in PvP or singling out enemies in PvE.

Black Bow Location

The Black Bow is in Leyndell, Royal Capital. Getting your hands on it requires you to defeat two shard-bearing demigods (Godrick and Renalla are good choices), then make your way to the Altus Plateau, past the Draconic Tree Sentinel Boss, and into the city proper.

Follow the ramparts down until you reach the main thoroughfare. The closest Site of Grace is called "Avenue Balcony."

Defeat or avoid the Erdtree Avatar miniboss there, and continue west until you see a small square with a fountain inside it. 

To the right of the square is a hall with a Crucible Knight in it. Don't go that way. Instead, take the elevator across from it down and exit.

Jump onto the rooftops to the right of that exit and make your way across them.

You'll need to jump across a few gaps, but you'll eventually see the Black Bow as a shiny item on your right.

Black Bow Passive Effects and Abilities

The Black Bow is the only standard bow that can equip the Barrage Ash of War. It's also impossible to give it any other Ashes of War, and it's upgraded through Somber Smithing Stones.

As a standard bow, the Black Bow's version of Barrage will deal more damage than it would on a light bow, but the weapon weights double what most other bows do. It also requires 20 Dexterity to even use, far more than most other bows.

Black Bow Stats

Here are the Black Bow's base stats.

  • Damage type: None
  • Ability: Barrage (FP cost — 2)
  • Weight: 4.0
  • Attack Power
    • Physical: 70
    • Magic: 0
    • Fire: 0
    • Lightning: 0
    • Holy: 0
    • Critical: 100
    • Range: 50
  • Guarded Damage Negation
    • Physical: --
    • Magic: --
    • Fire: --
    • Lightning: --
    • Holy: --
    • Guard Boost: --
  • Attribute Scaling
    • STR: E
    • DEX: D
  • Attributes Required
    • STR: 9
    • DEX: 20
  • Passive Effects
    • None

That's everything you need to know about the Black Bow in Elden Ring, from where to find it to what it takes to wield it. Its availability in the mid-game belies its usefulness no matter what point in the game, especially as a harassment tool in PvP. It's especially useful for high Dexterity builds that lack a consistent long-range tool.

We've covered where to find plenty of other weapons and gear in Elden Ring, including the Blasphemous Blade, Nagakiba, and Grave Scythe. Our guides hub for the game has so much more.

Contributor

John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.

Published Aug. 30th 2022

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