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 damage, the best critical chance stat of all weapons, and high status chance, causing many shots to inflict highly damaging lacerations.
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This weapon deals primarily Slash damage.
- High Slash damage – effective against health.
- Only bow in the game that primarily focuses on Slash damage.
- Tied with Lenz for the highest critical chance of all weapons and all bows.
- High status chance.
- Charged shots have innate 1 meter Punch Through.
- Pinpoint accuracy when aiming down sights ( ).
- 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 and 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.
- See Category:Dread Build to see how players mod this weapon.
- See Category:Dread Guides for guides on how to use this weapon effectively.
- For more general help with weapons, you may wish to browse Category:Weapon Guides.
- 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 proc to the target, each damage tick dealing 3 damage.
- Hunter Munitions excels on this weapon thanks to being 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 damage, uses arrows with a curved blade for a tip, as opposed to the pointed head of Puncture-based Paris (Prime), or the blunted mace-like head of the 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.
- Stalker, the assassin that uses this weapon.
- Hunhow's Gift, a pack of items used by the Shadow Stalker.