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Moar Bows Minecraft Plugin

Last modified on Apr 18, 2023 in Plugins

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There is only one kind of bow in Minecraft, the normal one with no special abilities besides using arrows with potion effects. This can be frustrating if you’re creating a customized PvP server or simply wanting more abilities with your projectiles. Fortunately, using Spigot or Paper allows you to quickly install plugins to enhance the game. One of these is Moar Bows, a straightforward addon that implements powerful and useful bows. Whether you’re wanting to shoot blackholes or meteors, this plugin allows you to do that and more. There are many different kinds of bows to craft and use in your server, leading to interesting gameplay. Installing and configuring the plugin is easily done with our panel system. However, newcomers may find it difficult to get everything prepared. Due to this, we’ve created this Apex Hosting tutorial to show you how to install and use Moar Bows on your Minecraft server.

How to Download

  1. Navigate to the Moar Bows plugin page on Spigot’s website.
  2. Once there, locate the Download Now button to the right and click on it.
    Moar Bows Spigot Download
  3. Save this file somewhere easily accessible for later use.


Server Installation

Before installing Moar Bows on your server, make sure you have Spigot or Paper selected in the Game File section of the panel. This is a requirement for plugins to be supported and loaded properly in-game. Once you’ve confirmed this, proceed to follow the instructions below.

  1. Head towards your Apex server panel, then click FTP File Access near the top left.
    Minecraft FTP
  2. Proceed to enter your Password in the text box and click Login.
    Minecraft FTP Login
  3. Once logged in, locate and press on the plugins folder.
  4. Continue to click on Upload at the top left corner.
    Minecraft Server Upload Files
  5. Drag and drop the plugin file into the respective area, then wait for it to reach 100%.
    Moar Bows Minecraft Installation
  6. Once it’s finished uploading, return to the main server panel and click Restart.
  7. When it’s done loading the plugin, join and execute /plugins to confirm the installation.
    Minecraft Plugins Command

    Note: If successful, it’ll appear as green in the plugin list.


Getting Started

Upon joining your server, you’ll want to execute the /mb gui command to view all available bows. This is only accessible by server operators or players with correct permissions. We’ll go into more details regarding commands and how to use them in later sections. Besides this, you can begin to read about each bow and even choose one you want, by simply clicking the item. By default, there are 28 of them to try out with unique abilities associated with each type. These can range from causing an earthquake to automatically shooting arrows.

Moar Bows List GUI

We’ll be reviewing some of these bows to give you a better understanding of their capabilities. All of them can be tweaked via its configuration file, or you can create your own instead.


Getting started with the plugin typically involves using commands, as this allows you to view and test any bows. Many server operators or players with permissions from their manager, like LuckPerms, use them at first to either have fun or determine what’s suitable for their server. Review the list of commands below to begin trying them in-game.

/mb guimoarbows.guiOpens the GUI menu displays all custom bows.
/mb getallmoarbows.adminProvides you with all the bows to try out in-game.
/mb listmoarbows.adminReveals a complete list of all known bows in-chat.
/mb reloadmoarbows.adminReloads the plugin to apply recent changes.
/mb get [bow-name] [player]moarbows.adminThe ability to give anyone a specific bow from the plugin.
N/Amoarbows.anvilAllows you to create a custom bow by renaming it to a defined name.
N/Amoarbows.repairAllows you to repair any special bows.
N/Amoarbows.enchantAllows you to enchant any special bows.
N/Amoarbows.update-notifyProvides you with a notification to update the plugin, if available.
N/Amoarbows.use.*The ability to use any custom bow.
N/Amoarbows.use.[bow-name]The ability to use a specific bow from the plugin.


Unique Bows

Due to the amount of possible bows to use, we’ll briefly cover some interesting ones to try out. These can be for simple fun, trolling, or intense and custom player combat. We strongly encourage you to test each one for your own reference, as each bow has different abilities. However, they also have cooldowns so it’s not completely overpowered.

Void Bow

Moar Bows Void Bow

The first bow is extremely straightforward, as it simply teleports you to the location of the arrow after shooting it. There is a 5 second cooldown for this ability, but comes in handy when you run out of ender pearls to escape a sticky situation. Otherwise, if you don’t have anything for quick transportation this helps with that too.

Meteor Bow

Moar Bows Meteor Bow

An excellent bow at dealing the most damage to a large area is a Meteor. Using this against creatures or players sends a large projectile from the sky to the arrow’s location. This deals normal and knockback damage against anything in its radius. However, this has a 10 second cooldown since it’s overpowered.

Pulsar Bow

Moar Bows Pulsar Bow

If you’re losing the fight against mobs or players, then using the Pulsar Bow is a good choice. This creates a blackhole at the arrow’s location to attract anything in its path. It can be used to escape situations or forcing someone in one position for you to consistently deal damage. This has a 10 second cooldown due to its powerful ability, similarly to the Meteor Bow.


Crafting Recipes

Moar Bows Earthquake Recipe
Moar Bows Snow Recipe

The Moar Bows plugin doesn’t only have commands to spawn in these items, but also recipes for players to craft them. There isn’t an easy way to learn them all, as it’s stored in the configuration file. However, a general rule of thumb is to surround a normal bow with specific blocks or items. The exact recipes for each type is completely up to you, as you’re given the ability to customize it. By default, it’s relatively easy to obtain powerful bows so changing how players craft them is highly recommended.


Server owners may want to completely change how the custom bows work or create their own versions of them. This and any other changes require tweaking the configuration files. There are two main ones to review and use: bows.yml and config.yml. General settings are stored in the second one, with all the plugin items inside the first. If you’re going to create your own bows, then make sure to use the existing settings for default ones as a reference. There isn’t an official wiki or anything of the sorts, so tread carefully when editing these files. The instructions below show you the necessary steps to successfully make changes to the plugin’s configuration.

  1. Navigate to the FTP File Access from your panel, then Login accordingly.
  2. Continue to the plugins directory and select your MoarBows folder.
    Moar Bows Plugins Folder
  3. Once there, locate your desired config file and press Edit on the right-hand side.
    Moar Bows Config Files
  4. Proceed to make your changes, then click Save at the top.
    Moar Bows Config Edit
  5. Return to the main server panel and press the Restart button to apply the edits.


Common Issues

Plugin Isn’t Loading

Occasionally, the plugin may not load due to several reasons. A popular case for this situation is that you’re using the wrong Server Profile for the installation. Make sure you’re uploading the file in the right profile, as there could be multiple if you configured it that way. Otherwise, double-check the Game File section of the panel has Spigot or Paper selected. This is required for plugin support, but it must also be Minecraft version 1.14+. If this isn’t correctly set up, Moar Bows will likely continue failing to load properly.

Unable to Use Commands

In cases where you’re unable to use plugin commands, make sure you have the correct permissions assigned to your account in your manager. Alternatively, becoming a server operator will resolve all problems. However, ensure you’re executing these commands correctly in-chat since their arguments determine if it runs or not. Otherwise, if the situation is persistent, then it may be a sign the plugin isn’t working properly.

Useful Links

Moar Bows on Spigot
How to Install Plugins to Minecraft Servers
Installing and Using LuckPerms on Minecraft
Becoming a Minecraft Server Operator

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