How to get the Battle-Tested Bow in Octopath Traveler 2

One of the best bows in the game

The Battle-Tested gear in Octopath Traveler 2 is some of the best equipment you’ll find in the game. The best part is that some of it is completely free to acquire, such as in the case of the Battle-Tested Bow, which only takes a bit of skill and luck to get.

How to get the Battle-Tested Bow in Octopath Traveler 2

The Octopath Traveler 2 Battle-Tested Bow is one of the best bow and arrow weapons in the entire JRPG. It has a strong power of +390 physical attack and +120 to your critical chance. In addition, it has the bonus ability of having a small chance of occasionally decreasing the enemy’s physical defense.

It is for this reason that it is one of the best bows in the game. Unfortunately, there is only one way to acquire the Battle-Tested Bow and it’s going to take some luck to get it. There is a single NPC in the game that will drop the Battle-Test Bow, and the drop rate is only a 2% chance.

This means that you could effectively defeat the NPC 50 times and possibly not see the bow drop once.

Battle-Tested Bow NPC location

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If you’re ready to grind for the Octopath Traveler 2 Battle-Tested Bow, head over to the city of New Delsta, as discovered by YouTuber Zelendes. This city is on the eastern continent. When you arrive here, go to the Tutor NPC who is in front of the inn in town.

She is only available during the daytime, so only Hikari and Ochette will be able to battle her. Hikari should be at least level 30 to take her on while Ochette should be level 25 or higher. Defeating her will give you a 2% chance of obtaining the Battle-Tested Bow.

Tips for beating the Tutor

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The Tutor NPC is a nine-rating boss out of 10, which means that she is one of the hardest around. Even at the proper level for this fight, you may be overwhelmed if your gear isn’t up to par. Make sure you have the best possible equipment that money can buy. I suggest heading to the Roque Company Island and buying equipment there, but you’ll need a ship for that.

There is a cheap way of beating this boss, though. Save the game and head on over to the Black Market in New Delsta Flats, just west of the Abandoned Village. At night, you can buy the Bottled Nightmares for 3000 each.

This will effectively render the boss unable to attack you for a short time and damage them considerably, too. You can repeat this method to defeat them in a somewhat cheap manner. It’s a costly method, so it may be worth saving and then reloading your same save for each attempt until you get the Battle-Tested Bow.

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