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English | Japanese

“This arrow from my grave... A blessing of the forest... Which becomes a poison to tyrannical regimes."
"Poisonous blood, emerge boiling from the deep green!"
"The wise man's Yew Bow, be known as the sacrament of the druid―――”

Archer, Fate/Extra


Yew Bow: The Bow of Prayer (祈りの弓イー・バウ, Inori no YumiĪ Bau?) is a crossbow made from the wood of one of the Yew trees from the Forest of Sherwood, which Robin Hood used as his base of operations. He makes use of it as a regular bow to shoot arrows and utilizes poison arrows to poison his targets. Also his trump card, once the bow's name is invoked, it has the ability to instantaneously amplify and surge out any impurities stockpiled in the target's stomach, such as poison and diseases. If the target is poisoned, it will make that poison explode like gunpowder, dealing extreme damage close to a lethal dose of poison.[2][3] If invoked in the situation the target is poisoned, it strengthens the current poison already afflicting the target, increasing the poison damage in addition to extending the effect of poison by another turn, while adding the even deadlier poison of the Yew tree to stack on top of that.[4]

The bow can materialize a number of roots that swarm around the target and take the form of a tree that subsequently bursts and withers. His yew bow houses ultra-nature powers such as the extremely strong poison from the Yew tree, and the ability to reproduce Sherwood Forest.[3] Besides being simply a weapon effect, it is possible to dye the surroundings with the poison of the Yew tree with an arrow fired and pierced onto the ground acting as the origin, turning the area into a space of poison.[4]

English | Japanese

“One order, coming right up!"
"Tree of burial, hone your fangs."
"Yew Bow!”

Archer, Fate/Grand Order


The act of making a bow from a Yew, which are holy arbor for the Celts and in Northern Europe, in the Forest of Sherwood has ceremonial connotations of "becoming one with this forest." It is said that the Yew is a tree that leads to the world of the dead, and Archer, perhaps knowing of that, said "I want to be buried at the place where this arrow drops" before firing an arrow at the end of his life. The arrow hit the root of a Yew tree as was expected, and accordingly to his wishes, he was buried by the side of the big tree along with his beloved partner.[2][3] It was by this sequence of events that his bow made from only the wood of a yew tree came to be imbued with enough power to be used as a Noble Phantasm.[3]

DevelopmentEdit

huke is the weapon designer for Yew Bow.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fate/Grand Order Material Book I

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