|Icon of the Bowgun from Radiant Dawn.|
A short, mounted bow that shoots stones or quarrels. It can also hit adjacent enemies.
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.
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions
||Definition, etymology and notes
||Bowgun. "Bowgun" is a Japanese term for crossbows created from the English words "bow" and "gun", and is an example of wasei-eigo.