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How to Craft an Improvised Bow in DayZ: Standalone

Updated on October 13, 2014
The Improvised Ashwood Short Bow is the first weapon introduced in DayZ that can be crafted.
The Improvised Ashwood Short Bow is the first weapon introduced in DayZ that can be crafted. | Source

The Improvised Ashwood Short Bow is not only the first craftable weapon added to DayZ, but is also the first to have ammo that can also be crafted. Many players go through ammo faster than they can find it, and often need to travel to unsafe areas in order to locate a decent supply. Unlike other weapons, the Improvised Bow is made from resources that are commonly found outside of the hot spots, and the Improvised Arrows can be crafted from other obtainable ingredients.

In This Article:

  1. Resources and Tools Needed
  2. Obtaining an Ashwood Stick
  3. Finding a Rope
  4. Building The Improvised Bow
  5. What You Need To Know

Note: DayZ is currently in early access Alpha Testing, and is not a finished product. This article was written based off version .49, and the information included could change in future versions. I will update this article if the information changes in future versions.

You will need to use an axe to create the Ashwood Stick
You will need to use an axe to create the Ashwood Stick | Source

Resources Needed For Crafting The Improvised Bow

The Improvised Bow is made from an Ashwood Stick and a Rope. The rope is a common resource that can be found, but the Ashwood Stick is rarely found while looting. However, you can create an Ashwood Stick with the use of an Axe.

  • Ashwood Stick
  • Rope
  • Firefighter Axe or Splitting Axe (To Get Ashwood Stick)

An Ashwood Stick is created when you chop down the Ashwood Tree.
An Ashwood Stick is created when you chop down the Ashwood Tree. | Source
The trunk of the ashwood tree has a grey look with a visible green texture.
The trunk of the ashwood tree has a grey look with a visible green texture. | Source

Obtaining an Ashwood Stick

Since the latest updates, it is difficult to find an Ashwood Stick by looting. But, it can be created by chopping down an Ashwood Tree. In order to complete this task, you must first have a Fireman's or Splitting Axe. They can often be found inside industrial buildings, barns, garages, Firehouses, storage units, and other shed like structures.

Ashwood Tree


The Ashwood Tree is a small or medium size tree with bushy leaves. It has a short grey trunk, that has a greenish tint that is noticeable when looking at it up close. Many long branches expand from the truck at a low level, causing the leaves of the tree to create a canape that covers most of the branches and trunk.

It can be found inside several towns, and is common in the areas between towns and heavily wooded areas. It has been easier for me to find this tree on the central west cost, between several small towns. I have also found these on the east cost, between the beach and the heavily wooded area to the west.

Both Firewood and an Ashwood Stick will be created when chopping down an Ashwood Tree
Both Firewood and an Ashwood Stick will be created when chopping down an Ashwood Tree | Source

Steps for Creating the Ashwood Stick:

  1. Approach an Ashwood Tree while holding an axe
  2. "Chop Firewood" should appear on the screen in white letters. If this does not appear, try using your scroll wheel to prompt the text.
  3. Select your main action button (Default: f)
  4. A chopping animation should follow
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the tree falls to the ground.
  6. If you had room in your inventory, both the Firewood and an Ashwood Stick will be automatically added. If not, you can search the area by opening up your player window. You should see both an Ashwood Stick and a Piece of Firewood

Many of the common rope locations are buildings that are normally not considered high loot and are skipped by many players.
Many of the common rope locations are buildings that are normally not considered high loot and are skipped by many players. | Source

Finding a Rope

The rope is one of the resources that seem to be available when you don't need it, but rare when you do. Players might pick them up more often than other resources, since they can also be used to craft backpacks, courier bags, and fishing poles. This small black rope is often laying on the floor of the same buildings that commonly house the splitting and fireman's axe. Below is a list of common rope locations.

  • Barns, Sheds, and garages
  • Industrial buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Storage Units
  • Grocery Store
  • Pubs

I have also found ropes in Police Stations, vehicles, Sheriff's Offices, military buildings, Firehouses, and several houses. They are not as common in these types of buildings, but can be found almost anywhere that loot commonly spawns.

The rope's background will turn orange when you drag it over the Ashwood Stick
The rope's background will turn orange when you drag it over the Ashwood Stick | Source
You will be given the option to create the Improvised Bow, or the Fishing Rod.
You will be given the option to create the Improvised Bow, or the Fishing Rod. | Source

Building an Improvised Bow

There are only a few steps for crafting the Improvised Ashwood Short Bow. This is best done in a safe location, and with enough storage space to carry your new weapon.

Steps for Crafting an Improvised Bow:

  1. Open your Inventory, with both your Ashwood Stick and Rope visible on the screen.
  2. Drag your rope over the Ashwood Stick, the ropes background should turn orange. (You can also drag the Ashwood Stick over the rope)
  3. Release your mouse button, a pop-up should appear, giving you two choices.
  4. Choose "Craft Improvised Bow From Rope and Ashwood Stick"
  5. Allow your player to finish the building animation

The Improvised Bow will be added to your inventory if you have available space. If not, it can be found by opening your inventory (Default: Tab) on the left hand side, in the area labeled vicinity. You can then place the bow on your back, in a large backpack, or hold it in your hands.

The Improvised Bow is a silent weapon, but using it properly will take some practice.
The Improvised Bow is a silent weapon, but using it properly will take some practice. | Source

What You Should Know

  • The Improvised Bow takes up 12 inventory spots, 6 vertical X 2 horizontal
  • The same resources are needed to create the Fishing Pole
  • The Bow can use Composite or Improvised Arrows
  • This weapon is effective against zombies, but it not easy to use. You will want to practice before attempting to use it as your primary means of defense.
  • This is an ideal weapon for hunting.
  • It is often a good idea to keep an extra rope when possible. This can also be used to make a backpack, courier bag, or fishing rod.

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