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A basic wooden arrow.
Also known as
Added in
Item type
Obtained through
Arrow Basket
Max. Stack
50 with Quiver
Used by
Crafted Bow
Modern Bow

Arrows are craftable projectile weapons added in update v0.05 to The Forest.


Arrows come in five types: normal, modern, bone, poison, and fire. They are used in conjunction with the bow as a ranged weapon, and are therefore useless without a bow. After an enemy is dead, the player can collect the arrows used from the body, though fire and poison arrows will become normal arrows again. Additionally, if the player shoots and misses, it is possible to collect the arrow from the ground where it landed.

The bow and arrows are most useful for ranged combat, being generally much too slow in close quarters. The player can stand on a platform or cliff ledge and pick off the enemies below. Normal arrows are suggested for animals, as most require only one hit to kill. Fire, Poison, and Bone arrows are intended for cannibals and mutants (with the exception of babies, who should also be hit with normal arrows, as they only require one hit to kill).

On the PlayStation 4 version, the player must look down and press R1 to change between arrow types.

Practicing aiming can be done by building a wood target:

Target Stick Log


Arrows Stick Feathers
Stick Feathers Bones
Cloth Booze


Arrow can be stored in:


Additional arrow storage can be achieved by making a Quiver, this will increase the carrying capacity from 30 to 50.

Quiver Rabbit

Known Bugs[]

  • It is possible to shoot 2 arrows at once by pressing Left Mouse Button very fast after releasing first arrow.


Update History[]

New craftable item added : Arrows (Stick plus 5 feathers)
Version Changes
v1.0 Items that cannot be crafted due to being at max capacity in inventory now show up in recipe list with an icon showing it cannot be carried
v0.73 Fixed issues with arrows not sticking into end boss

Arrows and spears can now pass through stick and bone fences

Fixed one of the bone arrow views in inventory not visible

Fixed remaining issue with combining recurve bow & arrows to set the active bonus

v0.72 Snowberries can now be used like twinberries to poison weapons and arrows

Fixed enemies sometimes not turning green when shot with poison arrows

Added recipe to combine modern bow + arrow to set the active bonus

Modern arrows pinned to enemies no longer turn into normal ones

Can no longer light arrows if the bow is already being aimed

Fixed animation glitch when aiming the bow while an arrow is being lit

Player can no longer cycle arrow types while the bow is drawn

v0.71 Added Modern Arrows
v0.70 Fixed second arrow appearing if fire button pressed immediately after releasing an arrow from the bow

Fixed fire arrows on modern bow not lightable from standing fires Fixed stuck arrows not falling from trees when tree is cut down Reduced damage from arrows on modern bow slightly

v0.69b Fixed missing arrow + jack mushroom = poison arrow recipe
v0.68 Fixed a specific case of adding ingredients on the crafting mat that allowed to turn arrows into other types of arrows if having less than 5

Fixed arrows freezing in mid air when shot towards end boss cutscene trigger

v0.67 Fixed bone arrow feathers missing alpha channel and some birds missing alpha channels

Fixed bone arrows blurring wrongly when equipped on bow

v0.66 Arrows, spears and flintlock pistol can now deal increased headshot damage to enemies

You can now make poison arrows using poisoned mushrooms

v0.65 Fixed player visibility not being affected by held flaming arrow light

Fixed arrows not sticking into rabbits correctly

v0.63 (multiplayer) Improved performance issue when hitting animals with arrows

(Audio) Added impact event for when arrow hits plane wreckage

Fixed shooting arrows downward while standing on logsled causing player to fly up into the air

(multiplayer) Fixed Arrows stuck in animals not being synced correctly between players

v0.62 Fixed error in multiplayer when hitting bushes or water zones with arrows

(Multiplayer) Arrows in birds and animals should now be visible and retrievable by both players

Arrows stuck into fishes and are now retrievable.

Fixed spears and arrows not sticking into fig trees

v0.60 Fixed arrows spawning a duplicate when shooting seagulls

Fixed enemies not turning bloody when hit with spears or arrows

v0.58 (Audio) Tuned existing arrow impact sounds and added new arrow impact sounds for animals and mutants.

(Audio) Added new arrow impact sounds for when arrows hit bushes, small trees and water surfaces.

v0.57 Fixed arrows sometimes going underneath terrain if shot directly downwards
v0.56 Arrows hitting a partially cut down tree now remain attached to the tree

Right-click will now cancel the arrow draw and preserve the arrow

v0.55 Craftable bone arrows added to the game.

(Multiplayer) Fixed arrows collected from bodies not being removed for other players

Fixed spears and arrows not sticking into some large tree stumps around the world

Fixed poison arrow effects not being applied to enemies correctly

Player no longer reaches for an arrow after firing the bow with no more arrows in backpack

Fixed arrows sometimes floating when shot into terrain

v0.54 Fixed some issues with restoring arrow bonus after loading a saved game

Fire arrows can now be lit by holding them close to a fire source while bow is drawn

Fixed spelling mistake in inventory arrows

v0.53 Fired Arrows now stick into all enemies and animals!

Fixed arrows not correctly registering hits on some structures such as storages

Fixed arrows not going through custom wall windows

Fixed arrows sometimes bouncing off target doing no damage

v0.51 Fixed arrows and spears bouncing off animals and sometimes landing angled on trees etc.
v0.47 Fixed broken transparency on part of arrow feathers
v0.46 Fixed fire arrow not lighting up leaf traps
v0.44 Fixed regression with stick & rock bag changes causing poisoned arrows to not show up as such
v0.42 New poisoned effect: when shot with poisoned arrows enemy movement is slowed and damage output is reduced for a short time

Added information about poison arrows to survival book

v0.41 Particles – replaced fire effect on lit arrows!

Setup burnable cloth model on arrows

Added cloth to burnable arrow upgrade recipe

Arrows are now limited to 5 on the crafting mat and adding/removing arrows from the crafting mat moves all 5 without requiring to hold the batch button

Fixed arrow fire wrongly showing fire hit particles when shot

v0.37 Poison arrow can no longer poison player when shooting while sprinting forward
v0.36 Fixed arrows sometimes bouncing off deer and other animals
v0.35 Fixed single/first arrow not upgrading like others

Fixed arrow combined with bow losing its bonus

Fixed setting the default arrow type to use with bow on the crafting mat

v0.34 (Audio) Arrows hitting trees now have a sound effect!

Arrows on the crafting mat show the tint matching their current bonus

Fixed held arrow type switching when having a mixed fire/poison/regular pile of arrows, also fixes fire staying up on arrow sometimes

Fixed inventory batching with fire/poison/regular pile of arrows (both to and from the crafting mat), batching arrows will now only grab the targeted type

Fixed bugs when mixing fire/poison/regular arrows on crafting mat

v0.33 (Balance) Increased arrow poison tick delay & total duration

(Multiplayer) Fixed not being able to gather arrows from other players

Added arrow bonus material toggling to quiver arrows

Added poison arrow bonus green looking material

Arrow on held bow now shows arrow bonus material

Poisoned arrows can now also infect players & animals

Fixed applying bow arrow bonus with crafting cog while having bow equipped

Fixed arrow not properly targeted when trying to pick it up, making it difficult to collect

v0.32 Craftable poison arrows added to the game.
v0.31 Improved arrow behavior with physics objects, it now properly collides with most objects it can be expected to even if it cannot stick in it

Fixed wrong model bow and arrow on crafting mat

v0.29 (Multiplayer) Fixed fire arrows sometimes kicking clients
v0.28 Lit arrows can now set leaf pile traps alight
v0.27 (Balance) Deer can no longer be killed with 1 arrow
v0.26 Improved look for lit arrow animation
v0.25 Upped max arrow amount in inventory from 12 to 30

Fixed player crouching glitching out whilst holding lit arrows

Arrow fire now properly burns close by objects

Arrow fire now properly shuts down after a few seconds

It no longer possible to shoot arrows while lighting it on fire

Lighting arrows now requires to hold the “Lighter” button for half a second

Fixed spamming the “Lighter” action with a fire arrow equipped creating several fires over time (could eventually cause fire to stay on forever and enemies to get caught on fire when poked with the fire arrow)

Fire arrows now look red in inventory

Multiple arrows can now be upgraded at once with a single bottle of booze

v0.24b Fixed arrow getting consumed on crafting mat when used with bow to set ammo type (it now properly goes back in the arrow stack)

Fixed issue with lighting arrows when having more than 12 arrows in a saved game

v0.24 Arrows now limited to 12 in inventory

Fixed enemies sometimes facing wrong direction when hit with arrows

Tweaked arrow physics settings so that it falls down more at it flies in distance. With those settings, a fully charged arrow shoot (5s bending) is very accurate while a mid charged one cannot go far in distance and can only be used for close up combat

Fixed slight fired arrow positioning issue

Arrows now go through cave doors and can stick to terrain behind!

New upgrade recipe: Bow set ammo (1 bow + 1 arrow, none consumed, sets which arrows are used first by the bow)

New upgrade recipe: Fire arrow (1 arrow + 1 booze)

v0.23d Fix for burning arrows kicking clients
v0.23 (multiplayer) Players can now see each other fire arrows and other burning projectiles properly

New art added: Improved bow and arrow

(Audio) Fixed timing and tuned levels of bow and arrow

v0.22 Crafting arrows while having bow equipped and no arrow before now properly equips an arrow automatically
v0.21 When already equipped, lighter no longer needs to be stashed first to light a weapon or arrow
v0.20 Arrows fired and Arrows lit added to game stats

Fixed arrow fire going out when right clicking while aiming

v0.19 Deer will react more to being shot with arrows

Burning arrows no longer damage owner player when fired

Burning weapons & arrows no longer burn things when not attacking with it

v0.18 (multiplayer) Arrows can now damage other players
v0.17b (multiplayer) Fixed arrows shot by clients not affecting animals/enemies
v0.17b Arrows will no longer fly through enemies without damaging them.

Arrow pick up icon added and better positioning, and will now turn on pick up trigger when it sticks to any object

Arrows now stick in trees and other static objects correctly.

v0.10 Fire Arrows! Press L with bow equipped and at least 1 piece of cloth in inventory
v0.08b Improved collision on custom wall piece with window (you can now shoot arrows through window)
v0.07 Arrows should now work more effectively against enemies
v0.06b Improved Bow and arrow sound effects
v0.06 Fixed bug where arrows could get stuck in sky above fires

Fixed issue where you could remove feathers before crafting arrows and still craft the arrows

v0.05 Arrows added to the game

Axes Plane AxeCrafted AxeRusty AxeModern AxeClimbing Axe
Melee KatanaMacheteTennis RacketClubCrafted ClubChainsaw(Fuel)Upgraded StickUpgraded RockWeak SpearUpgraded Spear
Ranged Crafted BowModern BowWeak SpearUpgraded SpearFlare Gun(Flare Gun Ammo)Flintlock Pistol(Old Gun Ammo)Slingshot(Throwable Rock)
Projectiles MolotovBombHead BombSticky BombDynamiteArrowBone ArrowFire ArrowPoison ArrowModern Arrow
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