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Weapon Slot Primary
Weapon Type Bow
Trigger Type Charge
Projectile Speed 70.0 (85.0 charge)
Noise Level Silent
Firing Rate 0.5 rounds/sec
Accuracy 16.7
Magazine Size 0 rounds/mag
Max Ammo 72.0 rounds
Reload Time 0.8s
Normal Attacks
Crit Chance 50.0%
Crit Damage 200%
Charge Attacks
Charge Time 1.0 sec/charge
Crit Chance 50.0%
Crit Damage 200%

CODEX Entry: DreadCodexbw
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 weapon can be sold for Credits 32px ‍7,500.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits 32px
Circuits 32px
Polymer Bundle 32px
Time: 12 hr
Rush: Platinumicon 45
Market Price: N/A Blueprint 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 upon death or when he is forced to flee.


This weapon deals primarily Slash damage.


  • Higher Base Damage than Paris (Tied with the Paris Prime).
  • Highest critical chance of all bows, increasable to 100% with Point Strike (Tied with the Paris Prime).
  • Silent.
  • High Slash Damage makes it effective versus Infested and Flesh type enemies.
  • Can stagger Ancients on every hit, even uncharged.
  • Bolts drop less when compared to Paris.
  • Two V polarity slots.
  • Can hit multiple enemies in a line.
  • The bow exclusive mod Thunderbolt makes this weapon more devastating against groups of enemies.
  • Innate Punch Through when fully charged


  • Low Impact and Puncture damage, ill-suited against Shields or Armor.
  • Slow fire rate renders Dread ill-suited for close quarters.
  • When charging arrows between each shot, enemy shields will often start to regenerate in between each shot.
  • Requires large amounts of Plastids to build. (Only a disadvantage to new players.)
  • Can be hard to find its blueprint. (one must defeat the Stalker in order to have a chance of its blueprint dropping.)

Weapon Loadouts

Main article: Category:Dread Build

See the user build section for builds using this weapon.


  • Use the Arrow Mutation mod to compensate for the low ammo capacity and regain lost ammo.


  • Using a build of Shred, Speed Trigger, and Fast Hands will allow you to charge your bow almost instantly.
  • In addition to pinning enemies to surfaces, arrows from Dread will dismember foes.
    • Nekros's desecrate will use both enemy dismembered parts as targets (as if there were 2 bodies), potentially yielding 2 drops.
  • It seems that an arrow that dismembers a foe has a chance to continue, until it hits another surface. (Confirmed, but no solid percentiles (if any) have been noted yet.)
  • 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.


  • 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 Paris bows, the Dread uses arrows with a curved blade for a tip, as opposed to a pointed head.
    • Although these arrows are fired with their blades horizontally, they still appear to cause vertical dismemberment.
  • The Dread appears to be the only bow with an optical assist installed.
    • The cylindrical object near the grip could be a scope, rangefinder or possibly a laser sight of some kind.
  • 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 attained this stock of the Stalker's weapons, or where the Dread, Despair and Hate are produced.


  • Banshee w/ white Dread
  • Colour Customization of Dread
  • Default Colour

See also

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