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Plainsrider Bow

Plainsrider Bow
THIS IS A WESTERN WEAPON PACK ITEM!
Arrows can be picked back up
Regular ammo pickups are disabled for this weapon.

Plainsrider Bow FBI Files
THIS IS A WESTERN WEAPON PACK ITEM!
Arrows can be picked back up
Regular ammo pickups are disabled for this weapon.

Gameplay
Unlock Level 15
Inventory Slot Primary
Weapon Type Special
Firing Mode(s) Single shot SemiIcon
Cost $327,000
Statistics
Magazine 1
Total Ammo 50
Rate of Fire 300
Damage 1,000
Accuracy 96
Stability 96
Concealment 30
Threat 37
Other
Internal name plainsrider
Achievement(s) Recycling Hedgehog
v·d·e
Mod stats
Description
Iron firearms may have ultimately won the West, but the osage flatbow was dominant for over a thousand years. A tool for hunters and warriors, the flatbow was the true weapon of the West.

The Plainsrider Bow is a unique bow and arrow weapon introduced in The Butcher's Western Pack and Update #66 as part of PAYDAY 2.

OverviewEdit

Being the most primitive weapon in-game, the Plainsrider Bow may seem to be an archaic addition: do not be fooled by its appearance. Featuring great damage, perfect accuracy and an abundance of ammunition, the Plainsrider functions for a skilled user in the similar position of a Sniper Rifle. However, due to its firing arc, high RoF, amazing concealment and low-magazine, the weapon becomes much more versatile in use. Along with a low level requirement, no necessary skills and a well-rounded set of stats, the Plainsrider can function well for any user on any difficulty.

This jack-of-all trades usage is amplified by one of the weapon's modifications, the Explosive Arrows. In addition to adding a large amount of damage, the explosives function much like HE Rounds: punching through shields, Maximum Force Responders' body armor and Dozer faceplates with ease. There is one handicap: as the arrows explode upon impact with an enemy or surface, the weapon becomes much like other Special weapons in being unable to sustain fire without the assistance of an Ammo Bag (or Gambler team-mate).

Given the ability of the user to retrieve non-explosive tipped arrows from fallen enemies, it's theoretically possible to never run out of ammunition for the Plainsrider. In practice however, many shots can be made outside of the player's reach against enemies such as Snipers, making this playstyle dubiously effective at best.

SummaryEdit

Pros:

  • Versatile use for Stealth and Loud builds
  • Completely silent, unless the Explosive Arrows mod is used
  • Very high concealment
  • High damage and accuracy
  • Standard arrows can be retrieved after firing by simply walking near them
  • High damage means it's still viable if stealth is broken

Cons:

  • Each shot is slow to pull off, and must be "charged"
  • Arrows fly in an arc, and range is reduced by this
  • Can only replenish ammunition by picking up arrows or use of an ammo bag
    • Becomes entirely reliant on ammo bags when modded with Explosive Arrows
  • No modifications aside from custom arrows
  • Though a silent weapon, is unaffected by Silent Killer and The Professional
  • Cannot be used in bleedout

TipsEdit

  • If used while under the effects of Swan Song or Bullet Storm with normal arrows, one can effectively create a surplus of ammo pickups to use when the skills' duration expires. This can also be done with explosive arrows, but only if the arrows are not charged; charging explosive arrows will cause them to detonate on impact.

Available modificationsEdit

Explosive Arrows Cost: $9,000 | The Butcher's Western Pack - Infinite Granted
Explosive Arrows
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage -800 Accuracy Stability
Concealment Threat


Poisoned Arrows Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Infinite Granted
Poisoned Arrows
Total ammo -15 Magazine Reload
Damage -1400 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.

Total Ammo Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
ModBoost
Total ammo +8 Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability
Concealment Threat


SkinsEdit

AchievementsEdit

Recycling Recycling
Pick up 100 arrows.
Hedgehog Hedgehog
Get 10 or more arrows stuck in a Bulldozer at the same time.

TriviaEdit

  • The name "Plainsrider" is historically used to refer to the Native American Plains Indians cavalry units, and the weapon being a bow suggests that it was inspired by those of the tribes known for the use of horse archers.
    • Although numerous, the wild-western setting of the parent DLC narrows the possible tribals down to the Kiowa, Cheyenne and Comanche, with a strong implication towards the last due to the former two transiting to firearms fairly early into the 18th century. The decorative markings on the limbs are also visually similar to those of a (very basic) real-world Comanche bow, though the weapon's overall curvature does not match that of its possible equivalent.
  • It has the highest concealment out of all the weapons in the Special category.
  • It has the fastest reload in the game, at just 0.33 seconds.
  • The Plainsrider is the only non-melee weapon in the game to not have an "aim" function. This isn't too big of a problem, however, as the weapon's aimpoint does not bloom and the arrows' trajectory is always a long forward arc with zero horizontal deviation.
  • It is quite effective as a stealth primary, being capable of killing an alerted Murkywater mercenary with a single shot to the head on Death Wish.
  • Despite the bow's inherently high damage, it does have problems shooting the locks off of the many common door types, taking anywhere close to 5-6 arrows just to pop off the doorknob of a basic wooden door.
  • The Plainsrider Bow is the first DLC weapon to make use of a non-DLC unique modification. Its special Poisoned Arrows were added after an update and even though the mod item is not tied to the Western Pack, it can only be used by the Plainsrider.

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