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Icon of the Bowgun from Radiant Dawn.

A short, mounted bow that shoots stones or quarrels. It can also hit adjacent enemies.



First game

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

The Bowgun (Japanese: ボウガン Bowgun) is a rare bow-type weapon which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and has only appeared in one game since, Radiant Dawn. It originated as a basic bow whose main selling points were its increased critical rate, high hit rate, and its low weapon level, ensuring that all playable bow users could wield it immediately. It did not appear in either remake of this game.

In its second appearance, seventeen years later, the Bowgun was reclassified as a crossbow, and is the weakest of the crossbow series of weapons. Unlike conventional bows, the Bowgun and other crossbows can attack adjacent and distant enemies alike, but in exchange its damage calculation completely ignores the user's strength stat and is based only on its own might, giving it a fixed, mostly consistent damage output no matter who uses it.


Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light -- 2 5 2 100 20 2 37 950 -- Deals bonus damage to flying units.
Radiant Dawn Is wii bowgun.png -- 24 12 100 0 1-2 40 2,000 -- Ignores the user's strength.
Deals bonus damage to Is gcn pegasus.png flying units.


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Inventory Gordin
Armory Chapter 1Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 13Chapter 22

Radiant Dawn

Disarm and steal* Part 2: Chapter 2, enemy WarriorEndgame, enemy Warrior (×2/×4), enemy Sniper (reinforcement; ×3) (Normal/Hard only)
Part 4: Chapter 3, enemy Warrior
Shop Part 3: Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Endgame
Part 4: PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Endgame


Class Bowgun Another bow
Archer Bs fe01 archer bow 02.png Bs fe01 archer bow 01.png
Hunter Bs fe01 enemy hunter bow 02.png Bs fe01 enemy hunter bow 01.png
Sniper Bs fe01 sniper bow 02.png Bs fe01 sniper bow 01.png
Horseman Bs fe01 enemy horseman bow 03.png Bs fe01 enemy horseman bow 01.png

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bowgun --
Japanese ボウガン Bowgun. "Bowgun" is a Japanese term for crossbows created from the English words "bow" and "gun", and is an example of wasei-eigo.
Spanish Lanzadardos Dart shooter
French Petite arbalète Little crossbow
German Balester Bullet-shooting crossbow
Italian Balestra-fionda Crossbow-slingshot



Bows and Crossbows
Basic bows BowBowgunBow of ZoltanBroken BowBronze BowClarisse's BowEmblem BowGlass BowGordin's BowGreat BowInnes' BowIron BowKiller BowLong BowRaian's BowRienflecheRubber BowRusted BowShort BowSilencerSilver BowSlack BowSteel BowToy BowTraining Bow
Bows with secondary effects Anna's BowAstraBeacon BowBlessed BowBrave BowCleave BowCrescent BowCupid BowHunter's BowLaguz BowLunaMeisterbogenMila's BowNiles's BowQuick BowPython's BowSuperior BowUnderdog BowVenin BowViolin BowWolt's Bow
Magic-based bows Magic BowRadiant BowShining Bow
Ranged bows Double BowIron LongbowLongbowSilver LongbowSteel LongbowTowering Bow
Close-range bows Double BowIron ShortbowMini BowSilver ShortbowSteel Shortbow
Crossbows AqqarArbalestBowgunCrossbowTaksh
Regalia and personal bows FailnaughtLughnasadhMulagirNidhoggParthiaRolf's BowTathlum BowThe InexhaustibleYewfelle