[RPG] Can power attack be used with bows


Can power attack be used with composite bows?
The composite bow adds the Strength modifier to damage (instead of the Dexterity modifier) so "power attack" maybe can be used too.

Best Answer


You can choose to take a –1 penalty on all melee attack rolls and combat maneuver checks to gain a +2 bonus on all melee damage rolls.

(Power Attack feat description, emphasis mine)

Power Attack says melee, which means it doesn’t apply to ranged attacks. Technically, you can use Power Attack before making ranged attacks, but it won’t do anything—you’ll take no penalty to your attack roll and gain no bonus to your damage roll.

The feat you are looking for is Deadly Aim. It works the same way, but it requires Dexterity instead of Strength, and there is no bonus for using two hands.