Dread is the calling card of the Stalker. It fires arrows that can decapitate.

The Dread is a deadly hunting bow firing bladed arrows, serving as the Stalker's signature weapon. This bow sports a large amount of Slash b Slash damage, the best critical chance stat of all weapons, and high status chance, causing many shots to inflict highly damaging lacerations.

This weapon can be sold for Credits647,500.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 45
MarketIcon Market Price: N/A Blueprint2 Blueprints Price: N/A

The Dread cannot be purchased separately, but it is included in the What Stalker? bundle. Its blueprint can be dropped by the Stalker (Shadow) upon death or when he is forced to flee.


This weapon deals primarily Slash b Slash damage.


  • High Slash b Slash damage – effective against health.
    • Only bow in the game that primarily focuses on Slash b Slash damage.
  • Tied with Lenz for the highest critical chance of all weapons and all bows.
  • High status chance.
  • Silent.
  • Charged shots have innate 1 meter Punch Through.
  • Pinpoint accuracy when aiming down sights (RMB ).
  • Ragdolls and pins the target to the wall on a kill.
    • Ragdolled bodies fly in a straight line and can damage other enemies in its path.


  • Low Impact b Impact and Puncture b Puncture damage – less effective against shields and armor.
  • Arrows have a travel time and travel in a slight arc.
  • Draws from the rare sniper ammo pool.

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • All "charge weapons" (guns) are capable of holding their charge during a sprint. As long as the user starts the charge, they are able to finish the charge while they are still sprinting. This allows more mobility for the user.  An example of this is charging the weapon from behind cover, then running into a room firing the bow as soon as an enemy is sighted.
    • Using elevators and opening co-op doors does not cancel the charge, however hacking consoles and opening lockers will. 
    • Sliding when you are about to hit the ground (from any height) is very useful for keeping your charge instead of losing it by rolling
    • While wall running will not cancel the charge, edge grabbing will.
  • A maxed out Point Strike increases the Dread's critical chance to 125%, guaranteeing normal criticals and as of Update 13.5, a 25% chance to proc Orange criticals, approximately doubling the critical damage.
  • In Conclave, Dread will apply a 2-second Slash b Slash proc to the target, each damage tick dealing 3 damage.


  • Hunter Munitions excels on this weapon thanks to being Slash b Slash focused and its very high critical rate.
  • Fire rate increases charge rate, so Speed Trigger helps immensely. Alternatives are Shred or Vile Acceleration, and they all will allow you to charge your bow rapidly.
  • Dread can stagger Ancients on every hit, even with uncharged shots, helpful on long Infested/Void missions, where high level Ancients become hard to deal with.
  • Thunderbolt and Multishot add a devastating AoE effect for fighting multiple targets.


  • The Dread is unique in that its 'string' glows. Light runs along the string towards the draw point.
    • This light glows reddish when it is drawn.
  • Unlike the other bows, the Dread, utilising primarily Slash b Slash damage, uses arrows with a curved blade for a tip, as opposed to the pointed head of Puncture b Puncture-based Paris (Prime), or the blunted mace-like head of the Impact b Impact-based Cernos (Prime).
    • When drawing the bow, the arrow's blade rotates from a horizontal to a vertical position, meaning that fully charged shots are fired with their blades vertically. This clashes with the Codex description, which describes decapitating arrows, and a horizontal blade is better suited to decapitation.
  • The Dread has a cylindrical object installed near the grip. While its purpose is unknown; it is possibly a laser sight, rangefinder, or other form of optical assist.
  • Despite the Dread being referred to as the Stalker's calling card, it is strangely available for purchase with Darvo having stock. It is never explained where he obtained this stock of the Stalker's weapons, or where the Dread, Despair and Hate are produced.
  • When the Dread is being made in the Foundry, it has a chance to show the Mire as the floating silhouette that appears upon approaching the Foundry in the Orbiter.


  • Dread in the Codex.
  • Banshee w/ white Dread
  • Colour Customization of Dread
  • Default Colour
  • 700k red CRIT with dread. Not invisible. No forma.

Dread Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 22.12
  • Mastery Rank increased from 0 to 5
  • Charge speed increased from 1 to 0.5 secs

Update 8.0

  • Introduced

See alsoEdit

WeaponsDamageCompare AllCosmetics

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