These are the best arrows and bolts in Elden Ring!
In Elden Ring, bows, crossbows, and other tools that shoot projectiles are tied to their ammunition. And some of the Arrows and Bolts you can choose from are very strong. Some are better for pure damage, but Bow-only Skills like “Barrage” and “Rain of Arrows” and the “rapid-fire” ability of the “Pulley Crossbow” make them great for changing state effects.
But even though they are powerful, the need for ammo can be one of the most annoying things about using them. This is because they have a limited number of shots, so you have to constantly find, make, or buy more. Here are the choices that you should spend your time and Runes on.
At first glance, Perfumer’s Bolts look like they are worse than Explosive Bolts. When they hit the ground, both explode, but the Explosive Bolts do more damage.
But the Perfumer’s Talisman increases their damage by 20%, even though its name doesn’t really say that. If you want to use a Crossbow as a sidearm, you’ll need that Talisman slot, so Explosive Bolts are a better choice.
But Perfumer’s Bolts are a strong choice for a Crossbow-only build.
Pages, which are common in Leyndell, the Royal Capital, but can be found all over the Lands Between, drop Perfumer’s Bolts. Even though Pages are hard to farm, Perfumer’s Bolts drop more often than a lot of rare things in Elden Ring, and each drop gives you five Bolts, so it’s not the worst way to farm if you want to do it.
In Elden Ring, Ballistae don’t have many options for ammunition, and the Lightning Greatbolt is usually the best pick. The next-closest rival is the Explosive Greatbolt. Both do the same amount of damage and cause a small explosion when they hit, but the Explosive form does Fire damage instead of Lightning.
And while you may need to switch between them based on the enemy, Lightning Greatbolts are usually better.
Lightning injury is worse in the rain or in water, and when Bolts land in liquid, they make a bigger explosion. On the other hand, fire harm is worse when it’s wet.
Also, Lightning Greatbolts fly much farther and straighter than other Greatbolts, so you don’t have to account for as much of an arc when shooting them. You can find them in a few places in the Lands between, but if you want a steady supply, you can buy them from the Hermit Merchant in the Mountaintops of the Giants, south of the Stargazer’s Ruins.
Stormwing Bone Arrow
If you want to do pure physical damage with a Bow or Light Bow, you should use the Stormwing Bone Arrow. Only the Great Arrows, Ballista Bolts, and Lordsworn Bolts do more damage than its 55 physical damage.
That might not be enough to get it on this list, but Stormwing Bone Arrows also have a few unique benefits: they travel farther than normal arrows and deal much more Poise damage, which lets you stun enemies who are attacking you and break their Stance fairly fast.
The Stormwing Bone Arrow is also the only type of ammo on this list that can be made by hand. To make them, you need Stormhawk Feathers. Feathers are dropped by Warhawks, which are mostly found in Stormveil Castle and can be a pain.
You can also find the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook , which has the recipe for making these Arrows, in the same place. Stormveil Castle is an early-game place, so farming Stormhawk Feathers will get easier as you go.
Radahn’s Spears aren’t usually the best choice for Greatbows when it comes to damage, but they do seem to fly much faster than the other options. They also do 20% more damage to Gravity-type enemies, such as the different Fallingstar Beasts, which is nice but doesn’t change the game much.
But the real reason to use Radahn’s Spears is because the Lion Greatbow increases their damage by 20% (or 40% if you get a second one in New Game Plus). Once you kill Starscourge Radahn, you can buy as many Radahn’s Spears as you want from Enia at the Roundtable Hold, but it will cost you 800 Runes.
Meteor Bolts give Magic damage, and they do more damage when used with the Full Moon Crossbow. They also do more base Physical damage than the other Elemental Bolts. And since the Full Moon Crossbow does Magic damage by default, there are many ways to increase that damage.
The most important of these is the 35 percent boost from Terra Magica, which is especially useful for Crossbows since the fact that it forms a stationary buff zone isn’t as much of a drawback.
If you want a Crossbow build that does a lot of damage, the Meteor Bolt-Full Moon Crossbow mix might be the best choice. Meteor Bolts can also be bought from an Isolated Merchant near Raya Lucaria for 120 Runes. This can be done as many times as you want. Start at the Main Academy Gate Site of Grace and head south to find him.
Serpent Arrows are your best bet if you want to harm someone from far away. They cause 78 Poison to build up, which is a lot more than the other Arrows and Bolts.
Even though poison isn’t as strong as Scarlet Rot, it’s much easier to get Serpent Arrows than any of the weapons that cause Rot.
Some of the snail enemies in the game drop them, but the easiest way to get them is to buy them from the Isolated Merchant in Dragonbarrow, who will sell you an endless number of 120 Runes.
Burred Bolts cause 65 Bleed damage per bolt, which is the most of any type of ammo. And anyone who has played Elden Ring knows how strong this status effect can be.
When you use Burred Bolts with the Pulley Crossbow, your enemies will die in just a few minutes.
You can buy them for 200 Runes from the Imprisoned Merchant in the Mohgwyn Dynasty Mausoleum, but getting there might be hard. This trader isn’t very close to a Site of Grace, and a Sanguine Noble is keeping an eye on him.
So, you might be better off killing him and giving the Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold his Bell Bearing.
Golem’s Great Arrow
The Great Arrows made by the Golem do the most damage by default. Since Great Arrows can’t change your position, that’s about all you need to know.
But they also do more damage to Poise and make a wind blast that knocks smaller enemies off their feet. This effect is not only good for single shots. But it also makes the Rain of Arrows Weapon Skill into an airstrike.
Golem’s Great Arrows, as you might have guessed from the name, are dropped by non-magical Golems with Greatbows, like the one on the bridge to the Divine Tow. So getting Golem’s Great Arrows will take a while.
Black-Key Bolts are a very effective way to cause Scarlet Rot. Which is usually a Status effect that doesn’t happen very often. Even though other Bolts and Arrows can do the same thing, Black-Key Bolts do 60 damage per Bolt, which is more than the other options.
Unfortunately, there is a big problem with how helpful they are. You can’t buy them, which is usually the best option, and you can’t make them either.
It’s not easy to get the other Bolts or Arrows that apply Scarlet Rot because you have to farm Basilisks in the Lake of Rot to get the Aeonian Butterflies you need to make them. Not good. But you can’t suffer, even if you want to, to get Black-Key Bolts.
There are only 90 in the Land’s Between, which might not even be enough to get you to the end of Basket Random.
St. Trina’s Arrow
St. Trina’s Arrows are one of the best ways to put someone to sleep. Which is one of the rarest state effects in the game. Since each shot gives your opponents 96 Sleep, they’ll be ready for a nap before you know it.
But it won’t be easy to get your hands on these Arrows. The Albinauric Archers in the Consecrated Snowfield, especially in Ordina, Liturgical Town, drop them.
With their bows, these enemies will constantly shoot at you from far away, making it hard to farm. But it might make killing them over and over again more rewarding.