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Middle-earth Shadow of War: How to Use the Bow

How to Use the Bow in Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Talion comes equipped with a bow in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which you can start using in the game’s first chapter. To draw your bow and nock an arrow, all you have to do is press and hold the L2 button, or LT if you’re on the Xbox One.

However, the important thing to note about this is that holding down the button will put you in focus mode, and your focus bar in the bottom left corner of the screen will start to drain. Focus mode puts everything into slow-motion, giving you time to aim a proper shot. To release the arrow, just press the R2 button to fire. When your focus bar is depleted, you’ll still be able to aim your bow and fire arrows, but you just won’t have that added slow motion advantage to make use of. This means that you’ll need to be more careful with how you use the bow, especially if there are enemies near you.


At the start of Shadow of War, you’ll only be able to carry five arrows at a time, though they’re pretty easy to come by. Just look for the glowing white arrows as you make your way through.

For more on Shadow of War, be sure to check out our wiki.

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