Are bows gimped? in Pillars of Eternity: Characters Builds, Strategies & the Unity Engine (Spoiler Warning!) Posted April 23, 2015 On the other hand, many casters and bowmen in the game are skeletons, and piercing damage doesn't even tickle them. A scepter might even be better. Rods are slashing/piercing, both damage types equally bad against skeletons. Only the fighter skeletons seems to have decent DR. Doesn't the wizards have something like 4 standard DR, 7 piercing DR? Not really worth optimizing damage type then imo. I like war bows, with good damage boost I believe they have fairly competitive damage against targets with low to medium DR and they require very little micro compared to gun switching or just trying to not overkill too much. Using them with the NPCs can be problematic though because you really want high might. Hunting bows seem kind of meh though because the enemies they are useful against tend to be very easy to kill with AoE. If any ranged weapon is gimped it's probably the regular crossbow. There is probably no situation where it wouldn't be more effective to use a war bow or an arbalest.