Un­less you’re rid­ing away from a group of en­e­mies, Bayek’s bow rarely seems par­tic­u­larly use­ful in com­bat. Many en­e­mies are shielded, and shoot­ing guards from dis­tance is likely to alert oth­ers – par­tic­u­larly since even di­rect head­shots don’t guar­an­tee a kill. Still, a leisurely hunt is one of Ori­gins’ more en­joy­able side ac­tiv­i­ties, and a later un­lock­able that gives you the chance to guide an ar­row’s tra­jec­tory mid-flight lets you pull off some sat­is­fy­ing long shots on even the quick­est of Egypt’s beasts. Whether you’re sell­ing hyena skins or ac­cu­mu­lat­ing crocodile hides to buff up your de­fences, ev­ery­thing has a value, though or­nithol­o­gists might not be too pleased with the num­ber of re­quests that re­quire you to kill herons. There’s a good rea­son for it, how­ever: their feath­ers are used in rit­u­als for the dead – and Bayek en­coun­ters plenty of corpses on his jour­ney.

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