How to Make a Bow in Minecraft

Bored of hand to hand combat? Give ranged a try

by Kara Phillips

As you delve further into crafting in Minecraft, you’ll be able to create weapons and armor to protect you from even the fiercest of enemies. Initially, you’ll rely on swords, and axes are your primary weapon, hopefully with a shield to take some of the heat off your health bar, but ranged combat is also an option, allowing you to keep your distance from any enemies to save your health from depleting too quickly. In addition, bows will become an essential tool to have on hand in Minecraft, especially if you find yourself in the middle of a raid, so you should have one sooner rather than later. So, read on to find out how you can craft a bow.

Can You Craft a Bow in Minecraft?

Luckily, crafting a bow requires several materials you’ll have access to from the moment you spawn into a new world, so you should be able to make one quickly. You’ll need six sticks and three string to create a bow and begin to practice your archery skills. Sticks are incredibly easy to come by, but string proves more of a challenge since you will need to actively hunt spiders to gather unless you stumble across a chest in a village or cave which happens to store some. Otherwise, it’s best to take your best sword out for an adventure. Since spiders spawn at any time of day, they are pretty easy to find and kill.


Once you have gathered the correct materials, you’ll need to arrange them on a crafting table, as seen above. So, the three pieces of string go down in the right column, and the sticks are arranged in a V shape to the left. It’s essential to note that your bow will not come with arrows, so you will either need to craft some or look at enchantments for infinite arrows to make the most of the weapon. But at least now you’ll be able to hide in a high location and snipe your enemies.

Minecraft is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices.

- This article was updated on January 17th, 2023

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Kara has spent two years as a freelance video game journalist, and many more exploring the weird and wonderful world of tech. Outside of Attack of the Fanboy, she's chewed the ear off Nintendo Life, TechRadarGaming, and Patch Magazine, and basically anyone who will listen to her endless rambles.