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Published on May 10, 2016
The Bow can be a great choice for PvE. Its naturally high ammo count, both in the mag and in reserve, is perfectly suited to long periods of sustained combat. Although proficient snipers will employ their weapon of choice at medium range with little to no difficulty, the rest of us will appreciate how easily the Bow slides into the role of an all-purpose killer.
Much like No Land Beyond, the Queenbreakers’ Bow is a very all-or-nothing proposition. It requires either two body shots or a single headshot to kill. Even with the Combat Scope, if you can’t hit the head, it has likely the longest TTK of any Sniper Rifle except the No Land Beyond.
This puts the Bow in a pretty unappealing position because it can only do its job well if the Guardian using it is is a deadeye. With a normal Fusion Rifle, landing a full burst anywhere on the body is usually an easy kill, but you don't have the range benefit that QB brings.
In PvE you can still dispose of the right enemies in close range with a body shot, but this isn’t true in PvP.