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Baldur's Gate Equipment Database: Search Results
Shortbow
Category: Weapon (Shortbow) Value: 30
Lore Req to ID: 0 Weight: 2

Two-Handed Weapon
Speed Factor: 6
Range: 75
Proficiency: Shortbow
Requires: 6 Strength

Shortbows were the first bows to be developed, although they were not called such. This is more of a default term that refers to anything which is not a longbow. Shortbow staves are about five feet long on the average. As the years passed, attempts were made to increase bow ranges. Bows were either given longer staves or flexibility was increased with no change to the length. The former resulted in what is now called the longbow.