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The Bow and Arrow is the first ranged weapon that Wander can use in his hunt for the colossi. It is in Wander's possession from the beginning of the game. It can and sometimes must be used while riding on Agro's back.


Wander using the bow on horseback.

The bow has an unlimited amount of arrows, but it is not an effective weapon for killing the colossi. The amount of damage done is negligible, and the major sigils of a colossus must be stabbed with a sword for it to die.

Arrows are, however, useful in getting the attention of a colossus and for triggering certain weak spots. For example, in the fight against Cenobia, using the arrows to get its attention is absolutely necessary. In the fight against Quadratus, Wander must shoot one of the weak spots, located under the hooves, in order to climb it. While a player can get by decently with modest bow skills in Normal Mode, it is a necessity to aim fast and accurate for Time Attack and Hard Mode.

Arrows are not only useful for fighting the colossi, but are also needed for collecting fruit or lizard tails. The player can can look around easier while aiming the bow, instead of using the in-game camera. Another use is testing whether or not a certain area is solid and climbable.


Archery practice on fruit.

The bow seems to be made from some sort of pink wood and has around four strings in front of the handle, which the arrow goes through, to enhance accuracy. It has a long, silvery string that shines very brightly and is very durable.

Colossi that require the Bow and Arrow to defeat

2. Quadratus - To shoot the bottoms of the hooves.
5. Avion - In order to get its attention while it is sitting at its perch and initiate the fight.
8. Kuromori - When it is climbing a wall, its legs must be shot.
9. Basaran - Its feet must be shot when it is unbalanced over a geyser.
10. Dirge - Arrow must be fired at its eyes when it is chasing Wander.
13. Phalanx - All three of its gas bladders must be shot for it to come closer to the ground.
14. Cenobia - Wander must shoot arrows at Cenobia to make it knock over the pillars he is standing on.
16. Malus - The player must fire at its left shoulder when standing on its right hand.

The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD  · PS4)
Characters Wander  · Agro  · Mono  · Dormin  · Emon
The Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Unused Colossi ( Devil  · Evis  · Griffin  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Saru  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm  · Yamori A  · Datamined Colossi)
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
Colossus Arenas Temple  · Proto  · Arena  · Kirin's Hill  · Canyon · Canossa  · Lakeside  · Underground  · Geyser  · Gravewind  · Leo's Cave  · Poseidon's Lake  · Desert  · Ruins  · Parthenon  · Sanctuary
Unused Arenas ( Badlands  · Cave  · Crater  · Devil's Plain  · Dune  · Hillock  · Labyrinth  · Sluice  · Stonehenge  · Valley )
The Forbidden Lands Shadow creaturesSave shrinesFruit treesWhite-tailed lizards

The Shrine of Worship
Umbral GladeStone Arch GorgeDried MarshNorthern SpanDesert FortressMisty FallsRavine EntranceHalf-moon CanyonWestern PlainRound Stone HillLair to the WestStone Bridge CliffCliff PathLair on the MesaWestern CapeArch Bridge PlainBlasted LandsAutumn ForestEastern BluffValley PlainSouthwestern CapeSouthern PlainGreen CapeThe Broken Seal

Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time AttackGolden Coins
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo
SotC Template CoverLogov2.png Walkthrough
Characters Wander  · Mono  · Agro  · Dormin  · Lord Emon  · Guards  · Shadow Creatures
Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Locations The Forbidden Lands  · Shrine of Worship  · Colossus Arenas
Main Items Power-ups (Lizards · Fruit) · Weapons (Ancient Sword · Sword of the Sun · Queen’s Sword · Sword of Dormin · Bow & Arrow · Ancient Bow · Harpoon of Thunder · Life Sword) · Collectibles (Relics)
Gameplay Hard Mode  · Save shrines  · Time Attack  · Reminiscence Mode  · Watermellon  · Barrel
Media Roar of the Earth (OST)  · Official Art and Guide Book  · Nico Bonus DVD  · Film
Releases OPM Demo  · PS2 original  · PS3 remaster  · PS4 remake  · Credits
Early Builds Preview version  · PSU Preview version  · E3 Demo
Unused Content Unused Colossi  · Datamined Colossi  · Colossus Test Stages  · Unused Locations  · Beta Mountains  · Shadow of the Colossus Development Phases

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