The Bowcaster is a weapon particularly favored by Wookiees. It is a powerful, cross-bow like weapon which can fire several shots at once, or be charged to fire a single shot which usually affords the user a one-shot kill.
Star Wars Battlefront 1
A typical bowcaster holds a total of 210 shots, and can be put to use as a shotgun or a sniper rifle equally well. Firing the weapon uncharged will produce a line of around seven projectiles which can be devastating at close range and reasonably effective at engaging enemy infantry at a distance. Using charged shots, Stormtroopers, Shock Troopers, Engineers, and officers are 2 hit kills, while scouts and jump troopers are 1 hit kills. Uncharged shots 6 shot kill Stormtroopers, Engineers, and officers, Shock Troopers are 8 hit killed, and a bowcaster 4 hit kills Snipers and Dark Troopers.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Instead of the bowcaster needing to be charged to spray more bolts, the bowcaster will automatically spray its maximum bolts without charging. It can be charged to fire a single, concentrated bolt, dealing a lot more damage. A skilled marksman will make good use of the charge feature on the weapon. This has the potential to deliver, as a regular sniper rifle would, a killing head-shot.
The weapon is also equipped with a telescopic sight, similar to that found on a sniper rifle in that it can zoom in twice to afford the user astonishing range. Combined with the accuracy of the weapon, which makes delivering a head-shot all the more likely. It can also fire faster than the sniper rifle. Finally, due to having a spread shot and powerful single charged shot, it is effective in close combat as well as having the capability to eliminate infantry from a considerable range, making it a valuable asset and devastating on the battlefield.
However, the shots from the bowcaster are slower than blaster shots, requiring shot leading at longer distances.
The weapon is also notable for having been used by the wookiee, Chewbacca.
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The Wookiee Bowcaster (sometimes called the Wookiee Crossbow) was a Wookiee short-range projectile weapon that fired a metal quarrel enveloped in energy. Bowcasters could load multiple quarrels to create a spread-fire effect, and were given further enhancing with close range effectiveness. Some Wookiees made their bowcasters out of Blaster Rifles.