How to make a bow in Minecraft

How to make a bow in Minecraft 2022 (step-by-step)

Bow and Arrow is one of the most useful items for every player. The uses of bows and arrows are the same as the use of them in the real world, and today I am gonna tell “How to make a bow in Minecraft”

In Minecraft, there are two kinds of attack styles…

  • First – melee (Melee represents all kinds of ground attacks such as with swords and punching)
  • Second – ranged (Here ranged represents all kinds of long-ranged attacks such as with trident and with Bow)

A bow can be more useful for you while killing a creeper before it can explode or hit mobs from afar.

How to Make a Bow in Minecraft?

In a Nutshell:

To make a bow in your Minecraft world all you have to do is open the crafting table. In the crafting table there you will see 3×3 crafting grid, and here you have to place three strings one by one in the third column of the crafting grid.

Then you have to just put one stick beside each string that is placed in the first row and third row. Now place another stick in the first box of the second row.

Now simply click the bow and drag it into your own inventory.

How to make a bow in Minecraft

So now without further ado let me tell something more about the bow.

Bow in Minecraft

How to make a bow in Minecraft

Just as I said Bow is a weapon that is used to attack any object from a far distance, but in detail, if I wanna say then a bow is one of five weapons in Minecraft. I am talking about the only Five weapons in Minecraft such as sword, axe, crossbow, trident, and Bow.

Basically, it works as the only primary ranged weapon for the Player, and the most interesting thing about bow and arrow is only this weapon aside from Crossbows and Tridents that damages entities.

The reason, Minecraft creators used ranged weapons like this is because it makes everything so easy to kill mobs. Btw that’s also a season why crafting bows and arrows is a little difficult. But don’t worry I am here, and I am gonna tell you the best way to create a bow in Minecraft. 

To fire a bow all you have to do is hold down right-click to charge the shot, then aim the thing you want to attract and release to fire.

Durability & Strength:

How to make a bow in Minecraft

Basically, a simple bow can be easily used 385 times without losing any power or breaking it.

Note:- The farther you will go to aim any object and hit any object the damage will decrease, But if you wanna get more results or the best results then always shoot when the bow will be at maximum charge.

There are different ways to know whether the bow is fully charged or not. 

First: When the drawing animation will be stopped and will start shaking then it means that the bow is fully charged or it can be the arrow that will be shot when it is fully charged.

(It will leave a particle trail, but however, it looks much like that of a critical hit when jumping and attacking with a sword)

Available Platforms

Edition PlatformAvailable
Java EditionWindows, Mac & Linux PC’sYES
Bedrock EditionXbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC’sYES
Education EditionMac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC’sYES
PlayStation EditionPlayStation 3 & 4YES


Now you all know much about Bow and in which platforms you can use it so without further ado let me tell you our main topic…“How to make a bow in Minecraft”

Also Read: How to make a flower pot in Minecraft

How to make a bow in Minecraft

Before telling you the recipe for creating a bow in Minecraft you have to first collect some items that are required because without them you can’t craft a single thing.

Required items to craft a bow

To create a bow first all you have to do is craft a crafting table. If you don’t know let me tell you in short how you can create a crafting table so easily.

The crafting table can be made so easily by placing 4 planks inside the 2×2 grid crafting menu. When you will make a crafting table you just have to place the table on the ground.

How to make a bow in Minecraft

After opening it you will see a 3×3 crafting grid there.

Note: You can also find crafting tables in different villages but the chances of getting a crafting table in villages are too low. So it’s better to craft it by using a crafting menu.

Now you have to create sticks to craft bows in Minecraft. Sticks are one of the most essential items because they will be the wood part of the bow.

Though I already told you how you can create sticks in my previous article, yeah if you didn’t read that then you can also check that article first…(Click here to read- How to make sticks in Minecraft)

If you don’t have much time then let me tell you in short how you can make sticks…

Steps to make Bows in Minecraft

To create a stick you will have to collect logs first. So by punching on any nearby tree sometimes you will get logs.

How to make a bow in Minecraft

Now just put the logs into the crafting table to get planks from them. You can also see the image that I gave below…

How to make a bow in Minecraft

When you will able to collect planks from them then you have to put those planks inside the crafting with a specific pattern.

The pattern: In the first row you have to put a plank in the middle empty box, and the same goes for the second row too, put a plank in the middle empty box.

Note: Make sure that other boxes are empty, otherwise you won’t able to make sticks from them.

How to make a bow in Minecraft

If you created sticks successfully then all you have to do now is collect strings. Collecting string is one of the easiest works in Minecraft, and there are two different ways to collect string in Minecraft.

  • First: By killing spiders
  • Second: By breaking cobweb

Let’s see how you can collect strings…

By killing Spiders: 

How to make a bow in Minecraft

Basically, if you kill Spiders and cave spiders then you will notice that they drop 0 to 2 strings upon death. However, you can easily increase it to 1 per level of looting. The maximum number of getting strings from spiders is 5.

By breaking cobweb:

How to make a bow in Minecraft

This will be a treasure for you if you really want strings because by breaking cobwebs with a sword you will get a good amount of strings in a short period of time.

However, finding cobwebs isn’t easy work but possible. Basically, cobwebs spawn in mineshafts, stronghold libraries, igloo basements, abandoned villages, and woodland mansion spider spawner rooms.

Though a cobweb drops one string after breaking it whenever you will see a cobweb you will see many cobwebs around them so I said, it will be like a treasure for you.

Steps to make a bow in Minecraft

After you collect all the required items now it’s time to craft a bow by using them. So to create a bow in Minecraft you have to first open your crafting table, and as you all know that a crafting table has a 3×3 crafting grid.

How to make a bow in Minecraft

Now put the gathered materials into the crafting table, but also make sure that you are putting all required items inside the crafting table in the pattern.

By placing the materials in a formation or pattern you will be able to make a bow in Minecraft. So here’s the pattern you will have to do inside the crafting table…

In the first row of the crafting table grid, a stick will be there in the second box and a string will be in the third box. (The first box will be empty)

In the second row, you will have to place a stick in the first box, and a string will be there in the third box. (This time second box will be empty)

And the last and final, in the third row there will be a stick in the second box and a string will be there, but in the third box. (here the first bow will be empty too)

If you little confused then you can just look at the image that I gave below…

How to make a bow in Minecraft

Also Read: How to make glass in Minecraft

Other ways to obtain Bow in Minecraft

From Skeletons and Strays: There are 8 to 8.5 of chances of getting bows and arrows after they were killed by you. You can increase the chances of dropping a bow by 1% per level of looting.

How to make a bow in Minecraft

From TradingBy giving two emeralds to village traders you can easily get a bow but if you ask me what will be better then I will go with crafting a bow instead of trading.

By fishing: Sometimes you can get a bow while fishing but however in most cases the bow will be damaged.

How to make a fire Bow in Minecraft

How to make a bow in Minecraft

A fire bow is a kind of bow that is more powerful than the normal bow, you can also tell that this is the upgraded version of a normal bow. By giving some additional extra powers you can easily kill any mobs faster than the normal one.

to create a fire bow you will need some other materials too such as an anvil, a normal bow, and an enchanted book with flame 1.

Just like a crafting table this time you also have to place an anvil on the ground, and after right-clicking on it you will see that the window is opening.

In the anvil window there you will see two empty slots. There you have to place the bow in the first slot and in the second slot, you will have to place the enchanted book.

If you did this little step perfectly then congratulations because now you will see the enchanted bow in the third empty slot, and now you can store it in your inventory.

How to repair a bow in Minecraft?

How to make a bow in Minecraft

If you wanna repair a bow then all you have to do is put the bow inside the anvil’s first slot and then place some other additional materials (materials that are required to make a bow or another damaged bow) in the second slot.

Now wait for a little and you will see that the anvil repaired the bow.

Uses of a bow in Minecraft

How to make a bow in Minecraft

As you all know that Bows can be drawn back so easily by using them. To use a bow you will need at least one arrow in your inventory. You can use a bow at its full potential when the bow will be charged fully and kill any mobs you want.

You can also be forced to move at its sneaking speed but unless they are riding a horse, minecart or boat, or flying with elytra. The arrow on the inside of the bow looks like a regular arrow, regardless of what kind of arrow is actually coming out of the bow.

However you can’t kill an endermen by using a bow with an arrow, but you can kill any mobs using this. The reason you can’t kill Endermen is because of their teleportation skill.

Still, the only way to ignite the enderman is by shooting the enderman using a bow enchanted with Flame.

Also Read: How to make charcoal in Minecraft

FAQS about How to make a bow in Minecraft

—> How do you make a bow and arrow in Minecraft?

In this whole article I told you completely how you can craft a bow in Minecraft, but if you still didn’t understand then here’s a video…In the video, you will also see how you can create arrows…

—> Can a bow have mending and infinity?

Basically, A bow can have many enchantments, and yeah however there are mending and infinity are also available.

Mending has the ability to fix the bow itself whenever you obtain experience, and the infinity enchantment allows you to only hold one arrow in your inventory, instead of having 64.

—> Can you make a Netherite bow?

Unfortunately, there’s no Netherite bow in the game as of version 1.16.

—> Can you make a diamond bow in Minecraft?

However, you can not a diamond bow in Minecraft. But you can if you have mods. This can also be added in 1.13 with behavior packs.

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