A friend and I were discussing this today, after the Elven Woodwind Short Bow was added. It sounds nice,but it really doesn't do/add anything. It's half the cash value of a Shoddy Long Bow, so it's resale value is minimal. Yes, it can generate a pattern, but i know of no one who uses a short bow. I don't even have the recipes for a short bow staff. To break it down Long Bow | Short Bow Slot 2-Handed for Both Weight 3 3 Damage 7-21 3-9 Targets 1 1 Strength Bonus Very Low Very Low Critical Chance 5% 5% Parry 2-7 1-3 There is no other difference. Short bow has absolutely nothing a Long Bow doesn't, except Short Bows do less damage and parrying less effectively. even the cost of a base weapon of the NPC vendors (180 vs 300) in negligible now that you can get 500 GP a day from the Oracle. Crafting is no different. Bow staff bonuses for material is the same (as far as I know) whether using a short bow staff or a Long bow staff. The long bow takes 2 bow strings vs 1 for a short bow, so it actually gets more bonuses from the materials there. The Masterwork and Enchanting options are the same. So, the 2 questions I have are - Is anyone currently using a short bow? and if so, what are your reasons? How can we change this to make Short Bows a viable option? It's not like Long Sword vs 2 Handed sword (of bash or pole arm weapons) where the damage loss can be made up by having a shield. Even Short Swords and Daggers have the poison bonuses as an appeal to use them. I suggested to my friend maybe allowing Short Bows to equip a Buckler as well (for more defense) but they said the damage loss (slightly more than 50%) wouldn't make the added defense worth it.