Drill Arrow

hdr-drillarrowAccording to his origin tale in Adventure Comics #256 (1959), the Drill Arrow is the second trick Green Arrow ever devised. Stranded on Starfish Island, Oliver created the Drill Arrow to retrieve coconuts. He used the elastic from his socks to make the arrowhead spin. You know, as you do.

The drill arrowhead is extremely sharp and spins at a very high rate to increase penetrating power. A wood-shop drill press tops out at around 3,000 Rotations Per Minute (RPM). It’s doubtful the elastic band from a sock could achieve that speed, but it was fast enough to go through a coconut husk. It is intended to be a utility arrow, but it would be extremely lethal if used against a living thing. Though rare, this trick did find its way into GA’s regular arsenal.

The idea behind this arrow has a few notable flaws. First,an arrow already rotates in flight. (The degree and speed of rotation will vary by archer and equipment.) In addition, a drill needs time to penetrate the surface it is working, especially something as hard as stone or metal. A fired arrow simply doesn’t give it that time to work. However, if it uses a device to hold it in place once it hits the target, it can have time to cut through. It is possible that this is the idea behind the Safecracker Arrow.


  • Type: Utility Arrow
  • Frequency: Rare
  • Effects: A spinning arrowhead cuts through targeted surfaces at high speed.
  • First Appearance: Adventure Comics #256 (1959)