If you plan on surviving for a considerable amount of time in The Long Dark, you’re going to have to learn how to craft a Survival Bow. Today, we’ll give you precise instructions on how to do just that.
How to Craft a Survival Bow
To craft a Survival Bow, players will first need to find a Hatchet or a Hacksaw. Both can be located throughout the game world, except that you cannot find a Hatchet on the Interloper difficulty. It must be crafted at a Forge.
The next step to crafting a Survival Bow is locating a Green Maple Sapling. These can be found on any difficulty, but you must have the Hatchet or Hacksaw to harvest it.
Your third task is to harvest at least two Fresh Guts from the carcass of a Deer, Wolf, Bear or Rabbit. In certain circumstances this can be done with your hands, but it’s best to use either a Hunting Knife, Hatchet or a Hacksaw. In the early days of your play through, harvesting Fresh Guts is most easily accomplished by finding a Deer carcass.
Return to your base of operations and drop the Green Maple Sapling and two Fresh Guts from your inventory and onto the floor. You can set them anywhere you’d like so long as they aren’t outside or in a container.
After five days, the Fresh Guts will turn into Cured Guts, and after six days, the Green Maple Sapling will turn into a Cured Maple Sapling.
Place the Cured Maple Sapling and the two Cured Guts back in your inventory and find a Workbench. If you’re in Mystery Lake, for example, there are Workbenches at the Trapper’s Cabin or the Camp Office. Once you locate a Workbench, click on it and choose the Survival Bow option. It will take you five hours to complete, and it does require a Hunting Knife to craft.
Since you know how to craft a Survival Bow in The Long Dark, you should probably learn how to craft a Simple Arrow as well.