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How to Farm Arrows in Elden Ring (3 Methods)

How to Farm Arrows in Elden Ring (3 Methods)

Elden RIng has a ton of builds you can create and by far the least used weapons are the bows in the game. When you think of bows, you usually think of them as a second way of defending yourself or even a way to farm for Runes very easily. There is actually a lot of thought that was put into bows and crossbows in this game and most people overlook just how good they are.

To use bows and crossbows, you are going to need a ton of arrows and bolts. To farm for arrows and bolts there are really only 3 main methods to do so. You can buy them from specific Merchants around the world, farm the crafting materials so you can craft them, or just find them around the world.

You will need to take advantage of all these ways to get enough arrows to fight whatever you are going to fight. Not all enemies that you fight will be weak to arrows or bolts, but it is good to have as a reaction just in case you need to hit something from a farther distance.

How should you farm for Arrows and Bolts in the game?

There isn’t really a good way to farm arrows in Elden Ring, but your best bet would be to farm either Runes or crafting materials so you can either buy or craft arrows. If you wanted to farm enemies for arrows, you would be there defeating them over and over and it would not be a short experience.

If you want to get a lot of arrows, you will need to find the materials and the cookbooks for the recipe for each one. Not a lot of people take advantage of the crafting in the game, but if you like arrows or bolts, you will need to use them to get the most out of it.

Here are the 3 main methods of farming for Arrows and Bolts in Elden Ring:

1. Buy them from specific Merchants

There are a total of 30 different shops in the game, but not all of them sell arrows or bolts. The ones that do are usually the traveling merchants around the world. They are all in their designated spots and they never move, so once you find them, they show up on your map and you know exactly where they are.

Every merchant sells similar items, but you will run into that merchant that finally sells you the item you want. If you do get confused about which merchant sells what, we have laid out a lit of all the arrows and bolts in the game and the best possible way you can find them later on in the article. Every time you find a merchant, make sure to check their stock and make notes on what each of them sells.

2. Farm the crafting materials for specific arrows

The new addition to FromSoft games is the option to craft items. This is huge because it adds another layer of options to the game. The best part of the crafting menu is the number of arrows you can craft once you find the designated cookbooks. You do need to find the recipes first before crafting, but that hunt is what makes it rewarding.

The materials around the world are absolutely everywhere so you could go through the whole game collecting materials and then you get a recipe book. You then see something that takes the material you have been collecting and you are all et with whatever you want to craft. All you need to do is farm the materials and you can craft a whole arsenal of arrows and bolts.

We have a list of arrows in the latter part of the article that tells you exactly what recipe book you need for specific arrows or bolts if you are also interested in that. It can get a little confusing to read, but just find the arrow or bolt you are looking for in the list and it will let you know exactly what you need to do to get it.

3. Find them around the world

This is by far the worst way to farm for arrows on this list because of how few arrows you can actually find. At most, you will probably find 30x of 1 specific arrow and this won’t last long at all if you use it for your main weapon. Yes, you can find a bunch of arrows on bodies, but this is almost as slow as trying to farm enemies for arrows.

It is not bad if you explore and you rack up a ton of them for your use later on, but if you want to farm for them this way, you probably want to stick with the other 2 options on this list. We would recommend doing an arrow playthrough on your second playthrough because you will have racked up enough arrows in your first playthrough to have a full arsenal of arrows.

Just try not to rely too much on finding them for your source or them because it is not super reliable. Stick with crafting and buying if you want to do some serious farming for them.

Where to find every Arrow

Arrows are by far the most common of ammunition and they are fired with small and long bows. From lightning arrows to bleed arrows, there are honestly soo many to choose from. You can actually have a build entirely using bows and arrows if you really want to. We aren’t going to go over the exact locations of every single arrow, but we will tell you where the easiest places to get each one is.

Here is every Arrow and how to find them:

  • Arrow – Arrows used with small and long bows. Can be purchased from basically any Merchant in the game.
  • Bloodbone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Bloodrose after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (6).
  • Bone Arrow – Arrow whittled from thin animal bones. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (1).
  • Coldbone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones with a frozen tip. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 3x Rimed Crystal Buds after you get the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook (7).
  • Dwelling Arrow – Arrow in which the spirits of small animals are thought to dwell. Dropped by the Ancestral Followers or sold by the Nomadic Merchant in Soifra River for 160 Runes.
  • Fire Arrow – Arrow with the tip set alight. Sold by the Nomadic Merchant east of the Astray from Caelid Highway North Site of Grace for 120 Runes.
  • Firebone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones. Crafted with 6x Thin Animal Bones and 1x Smoldering Butterfly after you get the Armorer’s Cookbook (2).
  • Golden Arrow – Carved arrows made in tandem with the Erdtree Bow. Sold by the Hermit Merchant at Hermit Merchant’s Shack in the Altus Plateau for 120 Runes.
  • Haligbone Arrow – Arrow whittled From animal bones. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 2x Golden Sunflowers after you get the Missionary’s Cookbook (4).
  • Lightningbone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones with a lightning-infused tip. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Fulgurbloom after you get the Ancient Dragon Apostle’s Cookbook (1).
  • Magicbone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 2x Glinstone Fireflys after you get the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook (5).
  • Poisonbone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Poisonbloom after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (3).
  • Rainbow Stone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones tipped with chips of Rainbow Stone. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 3x Ruin Fragments after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (7).
  • Rotbone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Aeonian Butterfly after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (15).
  • Serpent Arrow – Arrow carved to resemble a flying snake. Dropped by the snails in Nokstella, Eternal City, or sold by the Dragonbarrow’s Isolated Merchant in Caelid for 120 Runes.
  • Shattershard Arrow – Arrows whittled from animal bones tipped with a shard of crystal. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 2x Cracked Crystals after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (11).
  • Speepbone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Trina’s Lily after you get the Fevor’s Cookbook (2).
  • Spiritflame Arrow – Arrow set alight with ghost flame before firing. Dropped by the undead warriors in Nokron, Eternal City, or found on bodies in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree.
  • Stormwing Bone Arrow – Arrow whittled from animal bones fletched with storm hawk feathers. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Stormhawk Feather after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (10).
  • Trina’s Arrow – Arrow carved to resemble a withered water lily. Sold by the Nomadic Merchants in East Limgrave and in Lurnia of the Lakes, or dropped by Archers of Ordina.

Where to find every Bolt

Bolts are a lot harder to find, but they do a lot more damage. The range they have is a lot farther than regular arrows, and this makes it the perfect weapon to use for very long-ranged battles. It is good for PVP if you are versing multiple people and you need to run away from the fight.

As we said before, we aren’t going to give you the exact locations of every single bolt, we are going to tell you the best ways to get them.

Here is every Bolt and how to find them:

  • Bolt – Ammunition used for crossbows. Can be purchased from basically any Merchant in the game.
  • Black-Key Bolt – Bolts used in Crepus’ Black-Key Crossbow, an assassin’s tool of exquisite craftsmanship. Found past the first Gargoyle door in the Roundtable Hold.
  • Bloodbone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Bloodrose after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (6).
  • Bone Bolt – Bolt carved from a thin animal bone. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (1).
  • Burred Bolt – Bolt covered in thorns. Sold by the merchant inside the Mohgwyn Dynasty Mausoleum, after the Dynasty Mausoleum Entrance grace for 200 Runes.
  • Coldbone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone with a frozen tip. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones and 3x Rimed Crystal Buds after you get the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook (7).
  • Explosive Bolt – Bolt tipped with a shard of Explosive Stone. Sold by the Nomadic Merchant in Mt. Gelmir for 160 Runes.
  • Firebone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone. Crafted with 2x Thin Animal Bones and 1x Smoldering Butterfly after you get the Armorer’s Cookbook (2).
  • Flaming Bolt – Bolt with a fiercely burned tip. Sold by the Nomadic Merchant in south Caelid for 120 Runes.
  • Golden Bolt – Bolt blessed with an incantation of the Erdtree. Sold by the Hermit Merchant at Hermit Merchant’s Shack in the Altus Plateau for 120 Runes.
  • Haligbone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones and 2x Golden Sunflowers after you get the Missionary’s Cookbook (4).
  • Lightning Bolt – Bolt tipped with a shard of Gravel Stone. Sold by Nomad Merchant with infinite supply in Forest-Spanning bridge site of grace in Altus Plateau.
  • Lightningbone Bolt – Bolt crafted from animal bone with a lightning-infused tip. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Fulgurbloom after you get the Ancient Dragon Apostle’s Cookbook (1).
  • Lordsworn’s Bolt – Well-crafted bolt with an illustrious design, wielded by regulars of a lord’s army. Looted from one of the archers at the bridge using or protecting the large mounted crossbow at the Bridge of Sacrifice in Limgrave.
  • Magicbone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones and 2x Glinstone Fireflys after you get the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook (5).
  • Meteor Bolt – Enchanted work of craft made in tandem with Full Moon Crossbow. Sold by the Isolated Merchant outside of the Academy of Ray Lucaria for 120 Runes.
  • Perfumer’s Bolt – Bolt created with perfumer techniques. Dropped by the Pages inside Tombsward Ruins in Weeping Peninsula.
  • Poisonbone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Poisonbloom after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (3).
  • Rotbone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone. Crafted with 2x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Aeonian Butterfly after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (15).
  • Sleepbone Bolt – Bolt carved from animal bone. Crafted with 3x Thin Beast Bones and 1x Trina’s Lily after you get the Fevor’s Cookbook (2).

Where to find every Greatarrow

Great Arrows are one of the best weapons to use if you are trying to defeat something big. If it is a boss or a giant, these will help defeat them fairly quickly. There will be those enemies that are strong to them, but most enemies will die very quickly if you use the special Great Arrows.

If you do find a great bow, make sure to test these out because they are a lot of fun to use. Plus Radahn’s Spear is very easy to get once you defeat him in his festival.

Here is every Greatarrow and how to find them:

  • Great Arrow – A greatarrow as large as a spear for use with greatbows. Can be bought from Patches for 300 Runes. It is also sold by a few other Merchant in the Weeping Peninsula and Mt. Gelmir for the same price.
  • Bone Great Arrow – Greatarrow as large as a spear whittled from stout animal bones. Crafted with 1x Hefty Beast Bone after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (13).
  • Golden Great Arrow – Carved greatarrows made together with the Erdtree Greatbow. Sold by the Hermit Merchant at Hermit Merchant’s Shack in the Altus Plateau for 500 Runes.
  • Golem’s Great Arrow – Greatarrow of black stone crafted by a civilization now gone to ruin. Found along with Golem Greatbow from Guardian Golem at Limgrave Tower Bridge.
  • Golem’s Magic Arrow – Greatarrow of black stone crafted by a civilization now gone to ruin. Dropped by magic Golem archers in Caelid.
  • Radahn’s Spear – Greatarrows used by General Radahn during the festival of combat. Sold by Enia at the Roundtable Hold for 800 Runes after Starscourge Radahn has been defeated.

Where to find every Greatbolt

The Great Bolts obviously have a smaller selection, but these are the best options to use if you want to get the most damage out of a single piece of ammunition. It travels the farthest distance and the amount of stun damage they do is actually insane.

If you do get a great crossbow, then make sure to try it out because you won’t regret it. The explosive bolts are probably the most fun because you can take out a lot of enemies in one shot.

Here is every Greatbolt and how to find them:

  • Ballista Bolt – Greatbolt as large as a spear for use with Hand Ballista. Can be bought from Patches for 300 Runes. It is also sold by a few other Merchant in the Weeping Peninsula and Mt. Gelmir for the same price.
  • Bone Ballista Bolt – Greatbolt as large as a spear carved from stout animal bones. Crafted with 1x Hefty Beast Bone after you get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook (13).
  • Explosive Great Bolt – Greatbolt tipped with a clump of Explosive Stone shards. Sold by the Nomadic Merchant in Mt. Gelmir for 800 Runes.
  • Lightning Greatbolt – Greatbolt tipped with a clump of Gravel Stone shards. Sold by the Nomadic Merchant in the Mountaintop of the Giants for 500 Runes.