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The Shortbow is Tinkers' Construct's replacement for the vanilla bow. It works essentially like a normal bow: you hold right click to charge, release to fire, and it uses arrows. However, you can make it from different materials and customize it with modifiers, like any other Tinkers' Construct tool, and you can also customize the arrows.

The Shortbow is easy to obtain, and you can easily manufacture Flint arrows. The Shortbow can be used for hunting small game and defending yourself, to a degree. However, the Longbow is better for larger game or dangerous prey.

Crafting

You can make a Shortbow in a Tool Station by assembling different parts, like any other tool. It is made with two Bow Limbs and a Bowstring.

The material properties listed when making the parts does not correspond quite correctly to the Shortbow, as it uses a largely different relevant stat set, as listed below.  As a note, all stats listed are using the default Bowstring, and the other two strings may yield different results.

Material Stats
MATERIAL Draw Speed Arrow Speed Durability Misc.
Blue Slime 1.2 seconds 1.2 x 576
Green Slime 1.2 seconds 1.2 x 1,536
Pig Iron 1.2 seconds 1.2 x 384 Tasty, Reinforced 1
Bone 1.5 seconds 1 x 192
Wood 1 second 1 x 384
Cactus 1 second 1 x 384 Jagged
Paper 0.62 seconds 0.5 x 48 Writable
Thaumium 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 576 Thaumic
Ardite 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 960 Stonebound
Manyullyn 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 1,536
Copper 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 384
Iron 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 576 Reinforced 1
Alumite 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 768 Reinforced 2
Bronze 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 576 Reinforced 1
Cobalt 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 1,152 Reinforced 2
Steel 2.4 seconds 1.2 x 768 Reinforced 2

When mixing 2 different now limbs in to 1 shortbow, the numeric stats (Draw Speed, Arrow Speed multiplier, and Durability) are always the average of the two materials' base values (plus or minus 2 hundredths of a second of draw speed) with the exception of the following materials, listed in the table below: Stone, Flint, Netherrack, and Obsidian.  When mixing these with any material other than these, the draw speed is far worse than the average of the two materials' stats would indicate.  


MATERIAL Draw Speed Arrow Speed Durability Misc.
Stone 0.8 seconds 0.2 x 10 Stonebound
Flint 0.8 seconds 0.2 x 10 Stonebound
Netherrack 0.8 seconds 0.2 x 10 Stonebound
Obsidian 0.8 seconds 0.2 x 10 Reinforced 3

Tested on unarmored Skeletons, spawned Creatively. Version 1.8.4a for Minecraft 1.7.10.

MATERIAL ATTACK DAMAGE TYPE OF ARROW DRAW
Wood 4 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Stone 1.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Cactus 4.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Flint 1.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Iron 8 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Bone 4 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Obsidian 1.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Netherrack 1.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Slime 6 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Paper 1.75 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Cobalt 7.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Ardite 7.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Manyullyn 8 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Copper 7.5 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Bronze 8 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Alumite 8 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Steel 8 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Blue Slime 6 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
Pig Iron 8 Flint Arrowhead, Feather Fletching Full
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A Shortbow at full draw.

Modifiers

Modifiers can be used on the Shortbow normally, however most apply to it the same way that they apply to a tool, like a Hatchet, rather than how they would to a weapon, as a Longsword.  Only a few directly impact the shortbow's main function:

Any damaging effects should be applied to the arrow, rather than the bow.  Even then, however, the following arrow modifiers do not work when the arrow is fired from a bow (only when it is used in melee):

Notes

  • On certain computers, even holding the Shortbow has been known to cause severe FPS drops, due to the 3D modeling.

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