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Arrow Traps are wall-mounted ranged traps that shoot an arrow when something moves through its trigger range.

Mechanics

Arrow traps sense anything moving within 6-7 tiles in front of them, but cannot detect movement above or below their line of sight or through walls.

Once triggered, they immediately fire a single arrow that travels on a straight, horizontal trajectory until it hits a character (dealing 2 HP of damage) or a solid wall.
Once the arrow has been used, the trap is harmless.
It will not fire at monsters that spawn in front of it (such as Bats or Spiders) until they move.

If the arrow can be retrieved, it makes a useful weapon against tough enemies, as it will deal 2 HP of damage to anything it hits, rather than the usual 1 from any other thrown object.
However, the arrow can only be used once as the arrowhead will break off when it hits an enemy. The shaft can be picked up and thrown, but does not hurt enemies so is only really useful for triggering other arrow traps.

Disarming

Since arrow traps only have a single arrow loaded into them, the usual strategy of disarming them is to trip them by throwing a decoy object into their target zone, such as a rock or pot. Be aware that the rats running around the mines, or the locusts in the temple can trigger the arrow traps as well.

Keep in mind that the arrow will rebound off a wall at a roughly 45 degree angle downwards, so take care when triggering them from below.

Arrow traps can also be destroyed with a mattock or a bomb, in which case they will drop the un-fired arrow. Beware that an explosion may cause the arrow to be thrown in an unpredictable direction.

If a web happens to spawn in front of one, it will safely catch the arrow when something moves on the other side of the web.

If you have the shield, it will protect you from any arrows that hit you from the front.
It is also possible to use a corpse (such as a Caveman or a Damsel) or even a carried Critter as a 'meat shield' to absorb the shot. This will cause you to drop the body you were holding (or in the case of critters, kill the creature and launch you backwards).
Be aware that this will expend two of a Damsel's three hit points, so do not attempt this with a Damsel who has already taken damage if you intend to sacrifice them or bring them to the exit alive.

Despite the trap's 'line of sight' being 7 tiles long, dropping past an arrow trap far away will cause the arrow to go over your head as you fall faster than the arrow travels.
The faster you are falling, the closer to the arrow trap you can fall and not get hurt.  But, beware that the arrow may ricochet off a wall and hit you anyway.

It is also possible to whip an arrow out of the air as it is coming towards you. This is very difficult to pull off as your timing must be exact, but is possible to do if there is no other way. This won't work unless there are at least two spaces* between you and the Arrow Trap.

Another way to successfully disarm the trap (although it takes more steps and only works with a certain set of items) is to break the block behind the trap, using a bomb or the mattock , and then shoot the trap with a shotgun or a freeze ray, which will activate the trap and the arrow will be shot out normally.

(*) You can whip arrows having only one tile between you and the arrow trap, if and only if the arrow trap is facing right. You need no downward momentum to do this. This is likely due to a rounding error which causes the arrow to spawn one pixel further out if the arrow trap is facing left.

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Exclusively found in Areas 1 and 4, the Arrow Trap will shoot arrows at anything that comes within six or seven tiles directly in front of them. The trap itself is a stone square with a face carved on it. All thrown objects, including arrows, pots, stones, Damsels, and skulls will set off arrow traps. Gold and gems also cause arrow trap to trigger. Enemies that come in front of one will also trigger the trap, which will usually kill them. Arrows shot from the Arrow Trap do 2 damage. Note that as of version .99_5, Arrow Traps serve as light sources.

In the unfortunate occasion that you come across an Arrow Trap without any thrown objects on hand there is a work-around method for baiting the trap with your bombs and ropes. This method can also save you the hassle of backtracking to find a stone to trigger the Arrow trap as well. In version 1.1 (and perhaps in some previous versions), if the arrow trap can be stood upon, you can flip-hang over the arrow trap to cause it to trigger right as you pass over it, causing it to miss (however, the arrow can still hit you if it bounces off an opposite wall). Another bypass to the arrow trap is when you are holding an arrow, you can fall or jump in front of the trap, while moving to it, and the arrow from the trap will pass through you. This method is gratifying, but does not always produce results.

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