How to Make a Bow in Minecraft

What kind of weapon do you use in Minecraft? Is it a wooden sword? A trident? Or perhaps a bow? Compared to other weapons, the bow has varying damage and range depending on how the player uses it.

This makes it such a versatile weapon. Here, we will give you a tutorial on how to make a bow in Minecraft.

What Is a Bow?

Before we get to the tutorial, let’s get to know about the bows first. A bow is a weapon that can be made in Minecraft. It is a ranged weapon, which gives the player an alternative method of delivering their attack.


A. Since it is a ranged weapon, it allows the player to deal damage from afar (a fully charged bow releases an arrow up to 64 blocks upward at 53 m/s)

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B. It can be enchanted and there are plenty of enchantments available for bow

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C. The Strength status effect does not affect the damage dealt using a bow. Rather, it is affected by the charging time.

A fully charged bow can deal between 6 and 8 hearts with a 25% critical chance. A critical attack deals 9 to 10 hearts


A. It requires arrows to use

B. Arrows travel in an arching path over distances. As such, it might take time before the player get used to it

C. The range and damage of a bow depending on how far back the player draws the arrow.

For example, an arrow with minimum charge (about 3 ticks) barely travels one block and deals only half heart damage.

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The player needs to charge it fully for the best result

D. It cannot damage Endermen as when the player shoots at them, the arrow will either deflected or disappears. A bow with Flame enchantment, however, can still ignite Endermen

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  • Flame: turns ordinary arrows into flaming arrows
  • Power: increases the bow damage
  • Unbreaking: increases item’s durability
  • Mending: uses XP to mend weapons, armor, and tools
  • Infinity: the number of arrows becomes infinite
  • Punch: increases knockback dealt, which repels enemies backward
  • Curse of Vanishing: after the player dies, cursed item will disappear

Supported Platforms

Supported Platforms

Requirement Materials

To make a bow, you will need 3 sticks and 3 strings.

Requirement Materials to Make a Bow

How to Make a Bow in Minecraft

Ready to make your bow? Here’s how to make one.

1. You will need a 3 x 3 crafting grid for this so open the crafting menu by using a crafting table

Bow in Minecraft

2. After the menu is opened, arrange the materials like this:

How to Make a Bow in Minecraft

3. First row: empty box, stick, string

4. Second row: stick, empty box, string

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5. Third row: empty box, stick, string

6. Make sure that you arrange the materials exactly like the above. Once you have done arranging, the bow icon will appear on the right box

7. Make your bow and move it into your inventory

Make a Bow in Minecraft


Alright, that’s our tutorial on how to make a bow in Minecraft. It isn’t that difficult, is it? A bow can be a powerful weapon, especially if it is fully charged and enchanted.

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As such, having it in your inventory would be great. And now that you know the steps to make it, you can make one whenever you want.