When you first begin your adventure in Ghost of Tsushima, Jin will have only his broken armor and trusty katana, but you’ll need a lot more to win the fight against Mongols. This guide contains information on how to unlock both the Half Bow weapon and the Longbow.
You won’t be able to miss getting this weapon through the story, but it’s easy to get lost in exploring before taking on a few major quests and finding yourself in an early situation where ranged weapons could have come in handy.
Once you meet him at his dojo above the Hiyoshi Springs, follow him on his quest until he at last entrusts a Half Bow to you. This weapon has a good range and can fire quick shots with a decent amount of power, and can be upgraded several times.
If you continue to complete Sensei Ishikawa’s side quests after getting him to join your fight, he will eventually reward you with the addition of Fire Arrows for the Half Bow, that let you ignite enemies and terrain to deal extra damage.
Unlike the Half Bow, this weapon can be entirely missed if you decide to rush headlong through Act 1 and into the second region of the game.
You may hear rumors of a musician with a story to tell, and you’ll find him on the other side of the Bamboo Strike house above the main inn. Accept the Mythic Tale known as The Curse of Uchitsune to begin a quest to find a legendary bow by tracking down areas with purple flowers.
The trail will end with the acquisition of the fabled Longbow, as well as a challenging duel, but after this you’ll be able to make use of the Longbow against your enemies. It will automatically zoom in your sight when drawn, and can fire much farther and deal much more damage – even piercing armor and helmets.
You can also swap to limited Explosive Arrows that can destroy entire areas and terrify your enemies.