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A Recurve Bow is a bow with limbs that curve away from the archer when unstrung. A recurve bow stores more energy and delivers energy more efficiently than the equivalent straight-limbed bow, giving a greater amount of energy and speed to the arrow. A recurve will permit a shorter bow than the simple straight limb bow for a given arrow energy and this form was often preferred by archers in environments where long weapons could be cumbersome, such as in brush and forest terrain, or while on horseback.Recurved limbs also put greater stress on the materials used to make the bow, and they may make more noise with the shot. Extreme recurves make the bow unstable when being strung. An unstrung recurve bow can have a confusing shape and many Native American weapons, when separated from their original owners and cultures, were incorrectly strung backwards and destroyed when attempts were made to shoot them.
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Two variants of a bow and arrow are featured in Battlefield Heroes: the Royal Arcus Root and National Bending Bone. Available for the Commando kit, both weapons were introduced with the Halloween 2012 bundle.
Both bows have an unlimited amount of arrows, with headshots dealing 50 points damage. This is countered by the relatively low rate of fire of 45. Bows zoom to .25 when in scope, is extremely slow to move while in scope, and shows several bubbles in a horizontal fashion for aiming.
Both weapons are optimized for medium ranged combat. Arrows fired travel as fast as RPGs, making it difficult to hit targets from long distances. At short ranges, arrows output low damage.