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English Longbow

English Longbow
THIS IS A GAGE CHIVALRY PACK ITEM!
Arrows can be picked back up
Regular ammo pickups are disabled for this weapon.

English Longbow FBI Files
THIS IS A GAGE CHIVALRY PACK ITEM!
Arrows can be picked back up
Regular ammo pickups are disabled for this weapon.

Gameplay
Unlock Level 29
Inventory Slot Primary
Weapon Type Special
Firing Mode(s) Single shot SemiIcon
Cost $652,000
Statistics
Magazine 1
Total Ammo 35
Rate of Fire 300
Damage 2,000
Accuracy 96
Stability 96
Concealment 29
Threat 37
Other
Internal name long
Achievement(s) Heisters of the Round Table
Mod stats
Description
The English Longbow was the original weapon of mass destruction. Providing devastating power at range, it could end a battle before a single sword was swung.

The English Longbow is a special weapon for PAYDAY 2, introduced in Update #77 as part of the Gage Chivalry Pack DLC.

OverviewEdit

The English Longbow is the Plainsrider Bow's older, meaner sister, possessing much more damage, the second highest in the game, behind the HRL-7, and tied with the Heavy Crossbow. However, each arrow is pulled back for a much longer time than the Plainsrider in order to achieve maximum distance and accuracy, limiting it to best be used as a source of burst damage. This also means that a player can regenerate all their ammo supply quickly with Bullet Storm or Swan Song by spamming the fire key.

SummaryEdit

Pros

  • Very high damage
  • Accurate
  • Can be customized to feature Poison or Explosive Arrows
  • High concealment
  • No recoil

Cons

  • Single-shot
  • Low ammo for a primary
  • Despite the base stat, the RoF is slow due to having to pull back the arrow for a lengthy period for each shot
  • Explosive arrows disable the ability to headshot and pickup arrows

TipsEdit

  • The longbow requires only a brief draw time before a lethal shot can be fired. Because of this, it can deal with multiple enemies rapidly.
  • When fully drawn, the arrows travel at very high speed and have relaitvely low drop rate, making it easier to kill Snipers from a distance.
  • With the critical bonus from Low Blow, the English Longbow can kill a Bulldozer in 1 shot on Overkill difficulty. However, this is not very reliable, since the critical hit only has a 30% chance to proc.
  • With the critical bonus from Low Blow coupled with explosive arrows the longbow can wipe out Captain Winters and his shielded cronies in a matter of seconds, making it possibly one of the most effective ways of dealing with him.
  • Shooting before fully pulling the arrow back only affects the range and not the damage. This can be useful if you are stuck in close quarters.

Available modificationsEdit

Explosive Arrow Cost: $9,000 | Gage Chivalry Pack - Infinite Granted
Explosive Arrow (English Longbow)
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage -2600 Accuracy Stability
Concealment Threat


Poison Arrow Cost: $9,000 | Gage Chivalry Pack - Infinite Granted
Poison Arrow (English Longbow)
Total ammo -10 Magazine Reload
Damage -3700 Accuracy Stability
Concealment Threat


Concealment Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
ModBoost
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability
Concealment +1 Threat


Stability Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
ModBoost
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +4
Concealment Threat


Accuracy Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
ModBoost
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy +4 Stability
Concealment Threat


Total Ammo Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
ModBoost
Total ammo +2 Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability
Concealment Threat


Team Boost Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
TeamBoost
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability
Concealment Threat

Special Effect: +3% Experience & money reward for you and your crew.

AchievementsEdit

Heisters of the Round Table Heisters of the Round Table
Complete any heist on the OVERKILL difficulty or above with 4 players using only Gage Chivalry Pack masks, primary weapons, melee weapons and Ballistic Vests or heavier armors. Unlocks the "Agatha Knight Veteran" mask, "Blooded" material and "Agatha" pattern.

TriviaEdit

  • The English Longbow's high base Concealment is somewhat unusual given the great length of the real-world weapon on which it was based. The minimal length of an authentic English longbow is typically 6ft. (approx. 1.8m) from end to end, which is taller than even the standing height of certain heisters in the game.
    • True to life, the English Longbow sports a significantly more powerful shot damage compared to the Plainsrider Bow, due to its real-world counterpart's heavy draw weight. Most bows typically have 40-60 lbs of draw weight, while medieval English Longbows ranged from 120-200 lbs. It does take slightly longer than its competitor to fully nock an arrow, though, as a side effect of this property.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the longbow, like virtually all medieval ranged weapons, was essentially incapable of penetrating contemporary plate armor. Its usefulness versus armored knights was largely in its ability to kill/disable their mounts, disrupting massed charges and leading to falling injuries.
    • Somewhat counter-intuitively, however, arrows are quite effective versus most modern body armor, which is constructed from woven Kevlar cloth. Arrows' comparatively low velocity and high mass allows them to simply push fibers apart, which takes far less energy than breaking them. Even correctional stab vests, which use specialized fabrics to mitigate this, would likely fail against a longbow. Only hard armor inserts (e.g., the ceramic plates used in Interceptor body armor) offer reliable protection against such low-tech threats.
  • The in-game weapon fires arrows with bodkin points, spike-like arrowheads typically made of unhardened steel with a square cross-section.
    • Contrary to popular belief, bodkins were likely developed and used primarily for economic reasons and not their armor-penetrating capability. They are significantly easier/cheaper to manufacture than blade-like broadheads, as their shape is inherently stiffer, allowing the use of cheaper (and much less penetrative) unhardened steel and making them less vulnerable to warping during cooling.

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