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21st Jun '16 9:55:27 PM MyFinalEdits
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* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series you can occasionally obtain fire arrows for your bow...as well as ice arrows that freeze enemies, light arrows that beat enemies in one hit, and ''[[TrickArrow bomb arrows]]''. Most arrows are implied to be magical, but you can still set regular arrows on fire by shooting them trough burning torches. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' gives fire arrows to Bulblins (and their twilight counterparts), which typically do [[AnnoyingArrows minimal damage]] and can be swatted out of the air with your sword. If you're wearing the Zora armor, however, they do a massive six times normal damage. Out of combat, Fire Arrows were used on two separate occasions to trap you on a bridge coated with oil.

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* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series you can occasionally obtain fire arrows for your bow... as well as ice arrows that freeze enemies, light arrows that beat enemies in one hit, and ''[[TrickArrow bomb arrows]]''. Most arrows are implied to be magical, but you can still set regular arrows on fire by shooting them trough burning torches. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' gives fire arrows to Bulblins (and their twilight counterparts), which typically do [[AnnoyingArrows minimal damage]] and can be swatted out of the air with your sword. If you're wearing the Zora armor, however, they do a massive six times normal damage. Out of combat, Fire Arrows were are used on two separate occasions to trap you on a bridge coated with oil.



* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization V]]'', ''everything'' shoots flaming projectiles when attacking cities! [[FridgeLogic Even swordsmen]]...
** Well, the swordsman and other non-gun using are just throwing some flaming bottles into the city, most likely to do damage to the city itself (and to make sure the city can attack back with a ranged attack). However, swordsman somehow throw heat seeking flaming bottles when being attacked by ''aircraft''.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization V]]'', ''everything'' shoots flaming projectiles when attacking cities! [[FridgeLogic Even swordsmen]]...
** Well, the swordsman and other non-gun using are just throwing some flaming bottles into the city, most likely to do damage to the city itself (and to make sure the city can attack back with a ranged attack). However, swordsman somehow throw heat seeking flaming bottles when being attacked by ''aircraft''.
swordsmen.
21st Jun '16 9:45:11 PM MyFinalEdits
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* One of skill items players can use in VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals is this. Puzzle-wise, it's used to burn unreachable grasses.

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* One of skill items players can use in VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' is this. Puzzle-wise, it's used to burn unreachable grasses.
21st Jun '16 9:01:01 PM wentesur
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* One of skill items players can use in VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals is this. Puzzle-wise, it's used to burn unreachable grasses.
17th Jun '16 2:51:05 AM Doug86
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. The Brotherhood Without Banners use them to set a building on fire to smoke out the mercenaries within, and one is used to light a VikingFuneral for Lord Hoster Tully -- Edmure Tully keeps missing the shot so his uncle has to take over.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The Brotherhood Without Banners use them to set a building on fire to smoke out the mercenaries within, and one is used to light a VikingFuneral for Lord Hoster Tully -- Edmure Tully keeps missing the shot so his uncle has to take over.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Tyrion gives the specific order, "Rain fire on them" when Stannis is landing his forces before the castle walls in the Battle of Blackwater. There seems no reason to use flaming arrows except for psychological purposes (earlier a flaming arrow was used to set off a [[GreekFire wildfire]] explosion) and all it does it cause their toughest soldier to have a HeroicBSOD when he sees a ManOnFire. Tends to stick out as in [[ASongOfIceAndFire the novels on which its based]], GeorgeRRMartin avoids HollywoodTactics -- flaming arrows are only used when someone wants to set a building on fire. And in the wildlings' attack on Castle Black, ''both'' sides use flaming arrows for no discernible reason whatsoever.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Tyrion gives the specific order, "Rain fire on them" when Stannis is landing his forces before the castle walls in the Battle of Blackwater. There seems no reason to use flaming arrows except for psychological purposes (earlier a flaming arrow was used to set off a [[GreekFire wildfire]] explosion) and all it does it cause their toughest soldier to have a HeroicBSOD when he sees a ManOnFire. Tends to stick out as in [[ASongOfIceAndFire [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the novels on which its based]], GeorgeRRMartin avoids HollywoodTactics -- flaming arrows are only used when someone wants to set a building on fire. And in the wildlings' attack on Castle Black, ''both'' sides use flaming arrows for no discernible reason whatsoever.
15th Jun '16 12:10:32 AM MyFinalEdits
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* Modern day Incendiary Rounds are essentially the Bullet version of a Flaming Arrow. Tracers are less so: the primary purpose of a tracer is to tell the shooter where he hits (or used at designated parts of a magazine to keep count of bullets remaining), and are a less then ideal choice for setting things aflame.[[HollywoodTactics Hollywood]] uses both tracers and flaming arrows at times when it would be ineffective, typically because both put on a better light show then their regular, oftentimes more practical, counterparts.
** Flaming arrows used by Medieval archers have a number of modifications from the normal arrow, in order to avoid some of the engineering challenges of such arrows (the difficulty in getting it to stick in the target, the added weight of the flammable material, etc.); some had longer and thicker shafts (so that they wouldn't snap off when fired, and won't set the bow or the archer's bow hand on fire), [[http://www.longbowandarrow.co.uk/ekmps/shops/richardhead/images/-cage-fire-head-medieval-style-arrowhead-9931-p.jpg cage-like heads]] (to allow them to stick into the target while burning), and such.

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* Modern day Incendiary Rounds are essentially the Bullet version of a Flaming Arrow. Tracers are less so: the primary purpose of a tracer is to tell the shooter where he hits (or used at designated parts of a magazine to keep count of bullets remaining), and are a less then ideal choice for setting things aflame.[[HollywoodTactics Hollywood]] uses both tracers and flaming arrows at times when it would be ineffective, typically because both put on a better light show then their regular, oftentimes more practical, counterparts.
** * Flaming arrows used by Medieval archers have a number of modifications from the normal arrow, in order to avoid some of the engineering challenges of such arrows (the difficulty in getting it to stick in the target, the added weight of the flammable material, etc.); some had longer and thicker shafts (so that they wouldn't snap off when fired, and won't set the bow or the archer's bow hand on fire), [[http://www.longbowandarrow.co.uk/ekmps/shops/richardhead/images/-cage-fire-head-medieval-style-arrowhead-9931-p.jpg cage-like heads]] (to allow them to stick into the target while burning), and such.
14th Jun '16 1:32:07 PM Zxczxczbfgman
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** Flaming arrows used by Medieval archers have a number of modifications from the normal arrow, in order to avoid some of the engineering challenges of such arrows (the difficulty in getting it to stick in the target, the added weight of the flammable material, etc.); some had longer and thicker shafts (so that they wouldn't snap off when fired, and won't set the bow or the archer's bow hand on fire), [[http://www.longbowandarrow.co.uk/ekmps/shops/richardhead/images/-cage-fire-head-medieval-style-arrowhead-9931-p.jpg cage-like heads]] (to allow them to stick into the target while burning), and such.
10th Jun '16 2:24:20 PM TheBigBopper
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As a result, flaming arrows were practically never used in field battles like they are in fiction because they were rubbish at killing men and horses, as well as cumbersome and inefficient. Lighted arrows in real life were used to:

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As a result, flaming arrows were practically never used in field battles like they are in fiction because they were rubbish at killing men and horses, as well as cumbersome and inefficient. The way that the movies depict them as more deadly against people than regular arrows is pure, inaccurate RuleOfCool. Lighted arrows in real life were used to:
10th Jun '16 2:23:14 PM TheBigBopper
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--> "Fire arrows! [[RuleOfCool They're just so cool, aren't they?]] You've seen them in the movies, and they look like [[FrickinLaserBeams laser guns]]!..They must have used them in battles, didn't they? ..I mean, people being shot, just fire, burning and *PSHHHHT* "AAARGH!" They must have used them, right, right, yeah? *deadpan* [[ArtisticLicenseHistory No.]]
10th Jun '16 2:11:49 PM TheBigBopper
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* And most of all, set flammable material such as wooden buildings and ships on fire. Usually it would take a ''lot'' of fire arrows even to accomplish this, since most of them would be duds, but the enemy would have to divert their manpower making sure that none of them caught, since it would only take one or two good ones out of a hundred to set the target on fire.

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* And most of all, set flammable material such as wooden buildings buildings, siege engines, and ships on fire. Usually it would take a ''lot'' of fire arrows even to accomplish this, since most of them would be duds, but the enemy would have to divert their manpower making sure that none of them caught, since it would only take one or two good ones out of a hundred to set the target on fire.
10th Jun '16 2:10:44 PM TheBigBopper
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