Makeshift Longbow

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Makeshift Longbow


The Makeshift Longbow is a weapon in Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider. It is a type of bow and the first one Lara ever uses. In the reboot she grabs one from an unfortunate hunter and in Siberia in Rise of the Tomb Raider, she creates one herself.

The Makeshift Longbow is also one of the easiest items to create for a Cosplay outfit.


Tomb Raider (2013)

The Makeshift Longbow is the first type of bow obtained in the reboot game, it is also the very first weapon found in the game. The Makeshift Longbow is found in the Coastal Forest during the level Woman Versus Wild. Lara climbs up to a tree, where a Dead Hunter is dangling and takes his bow.

To get used to using the Makeshift Longbow, the player needs to hunt deer during the level.

Throughout the game, the Makeshift Longbow is upgraded first to a Recurve Bow, then to the Compound Bow and finally switched for a Competition Bow.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

In the Siberian Wilderness, after losing most her gear, Lara is forced to create her own Makeshift Longbow. The Makeshift Longbow is one of four bows in the game and can be upgraded 5 times to improve the bow's properties. (In the Siberian Wilderness Demo there are 3 upgrades available.[1]) Lara later looses the Makeshift Longbow when she is captured in the Gulag. When she escapes she takes the Recurve Bow and the Rope Arrows with her she found in the prison building.


  • Damage
  • Draw Speed
  • Hold Time
  • Rate of Fire


Tier 1
Cost: 2 Hardwood, 2 Hide
Stronger limbs allow for increased string tension and faster arrow speeds for more damage.
Applied to all bows.
Cost: 4 Hide
Wrapped grip provides better handling of the bow and faster draw speed.
Applied to all bows.
Cost: 4 Cloth
Hide wrapped bow string around the nock decreases finger tension for additional hold time.
Applied to all bows.
Cost: 12 Salvage
Arrow nocks on the bow string allow for quicker loading of arrows and a faster fire rate.
Applied to all bows.
Tier 2
Cost: 17 Cloth, 1 Boar Fat
Requirements: Crafting Tool
Wax creates a more flexible string which makes drawing smoother and faster.
Applied to all bows.





  1. Siberian Wilderness Demo video
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